SANTA PAULA, Calif. (Feb. 2) – Jaz Products has renewed a contingency award program rewarding drivers in all IMCA divisions during a milestone sponsorship season.The Santa Paula, Calif., high performance parts manufacturer and retailer celebrates its 20th season as a marketing partner with the sanctioning body. A total of $14,100 in product certificates will be given to drivers based on national or regional point standings. Champions earn $500 certificates, with $300 for second, $200 for third, $100 for fourth and $75 for fifth place finishers in national point races for IMCA Late Models, IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Jaz also returns to the national decal program for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, with the same $500-$300-$200-$100-$75 payout structure in place for each of the five regions for that division.Modified drivers must display two Jaz decals in designated locations on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. Jaz Products certificates will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. Information about Jaz-manufactured seats, fuel cells and pit accessories, as well as safety equipment, seat belts, fuel accessories and race car plumbing available for retail sale, is available by calling 805 525-8800, at the www.jazproducts.com website and on Facebook. “Jaz manufactures a wide range of safety-related products and is one of those organizations that is never at the center of any controversy,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Their products are first class and the support they provide their dealer network and our members is outstanding. We’re proud to have partnered with Jaz for the last 20 years.”
Elia and Mane continued to cause problems with their pace in behind and Green did well to parry the latter’s shot wide before Fonte smashed Ward-Prowse’s corner against the crossbar soon after. Dunne was fortunate to avoid harsher punishment when he booted Elia on the edge of the area moments before the interval and Ward-Prowse bent the resulting free-kick wide. Rangers enjoyed more possession after the break and came close to taking the lead when substitute Mauro Zarate, on for Taarabt, stretched to meet Matt Phillips’ cross but was unable to generate any power on the finish. Austin nearly found a breakthrough in the 73rd minute when he diverted Joey Barton’s shot goalward from close range but Fraser Forster did brilliantly to react and push the ball over. Both teams pushed forward in search of a winner in the latter stages but it was Southampton who stole the points as Mane wriggled his way around Steven Caulker and drilled his shot into the top corner. There was time for more late drama as QPR had the ball in the net before the final whistle blew but the linesman had his flag up and the home fans were sent home disappointed again. Press Association Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner to give Southampton a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory and ensure QPR began life after Harry Redknapp with defeat. Chris Ramsey, who was put in joint-charge with Kevin Bond following Redknapp’s resignation on Tuesday, issued a plea for more flair from QPR before the game and duly recalled talented Moroccan Adel Taarabt for only his second start of the season. Redknapp had declared Taarabt “overweight” back in October and while the forward showed some elegant touches, he failed to make the desired impact and was replaced in the second half. Rangers were often clumsy in possession and struggled to service Charlie Austin, who once appeared the side’s trump card in the battle for survival but now has just one goal in seven matches. Southampton have also endured a dip in form of late, suffering consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea, but this victory will revive their confidence as they sit third before Manchester United play on Sunday. QPR remain second bottom of the table and the hunt for a new manager now looks even more urgent. The first opportunity of the contest fell to the visitors as Elia was sent clear and with Rob Green rushing out to intercept, the winger shot first time but missed the target. Taarabt gave the home fans something to cheer about as he danced round James Ward-Prowse, first with a Cruyff-turn and then a neat touch through the midfielder’s legs, but Rangers failed to create any clear-cut openings early on. Instead, it was Southampton who looked the more likely and Victor Wanyama should have broken the deadlock 15 minutes in when Richard Dunne’s header dropped loose in the box, but the Kenyan skewed wide. Saints dominated the first half and could have been out of sight had Mane and Eljero Elia been more ruthless in front of goal while Jose Font hit the crossbar from close range. Rangers grew in confidence after half-time and had chances themselves but as the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Mane found the top corner with a strike at the death to maintain Saints’ charge for the top four.
Colon, who turns 43 next week, has pitched for the New York Mets since 2014 and is 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA this season.For Richards, Tommy John surgery, with its recovery time of up to 16 months, would cost him most of the 2017.“Certainly it is a long recovery and puts you out, not only for this season, but the lion’s share of next season, probably all of next season,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s anything you want to rush into.”Richards becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.Wilson throws simulated gameWilson, the veteran left-hander, threw a three-inning simulated game for the first time Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, but no minor league rehab assignment has been scheduled.“He is not game ready,” Scioscia said.Wilson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound this month and has targeted a mid-June return.Scioscia said Wilson looked good after throwing about 40 pitches.“It’s encouraging, but there’s still a process involved,” Scioscia said. “It’s going to take awhile.”AlsoRelief pitcher Javy Guerra cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Guerra (9.00 ERA in four appearances this season) was designated for assignment last week. … Left fielder Craig Gentry (back) rejoined the team at Dodger Stadium. “It’s done just in hopes of having the best outcome of having him be healthy,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you want to jump into any kind of surgery, let alone a surgery of the magnitude of a Tommy John procedure. I think, for Garrett’s interests, it’s best to take this course.”Richards, 27, was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA in his six starts this season before being placed on the disabled list.The hard-throwing right-hander was seeking a second opinion in recent weeks.“Garrett got input from numerous sources, both players and doctors, and felt that this was the best course of action,” Scioscia said. “That’s solely his decision.”Stem cell therapy is uncommon, but not a course of action that is not unheard of. Among known players to have undergone the technique include former Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon, who underwent treatment after missing the 2010 season with the New York Yankees following elbow surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Garrett Richards could return this season.The Angels’ ace, out indefinitely with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, has opted not to pursue Tommy John surgery for the time being.Richards received a stem cell injection Monday in the hope of avoiding the procedure.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Richards would be evaluated in six weeks.