With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

For the eleventh time in his career, Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota, was voted the “Driver of the Year” by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers.,California’s Colby Johnson is the “Rookie of the Year” Award recipient in the ‘410’ division of the North American Sprint Car Poll.,Jack and Bonnie Elam of JJ Auto Racing (their 14th such award) will receive “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the ‘410’ poll.,Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows: Dave Pusateri, the late Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, the late Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, the late Earl Baltes, Casey Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.,`Brent Marks, `Myerstown, PA, `34 First Place Votes - Donny Schatz 16; Brad Sweet 2; Greg Hodnett 1.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is on a mission to make an NFL roster, and he's hoping the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football will help him get there.,Other league venues will be Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) for the Legends, Legion Field for the Iron, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Express, Spectrum Stadium (University of Central Florida) for the Apollos, Rice-Eccles Stadium (University of Utah) for the Stallions, the Alamodome (University Texas-San Antonio) for the Commanders and SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) for the Fleet.,The AAF features several well-known coaches, including Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Mike Riley (San Antonio) and Mike Martz (San Diego), in addition to Neuheisel.,Despite an impressive showing at the NFL Combine two years ago � where he finished first among quarterbacks in the vertical jump (35.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds) � Knight was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.,In addition to local stations, TNT will broadcast two games per season (one regular season and a playoff game) and the NFL Network will air two weekly games.

• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.3), Brady Manek (eighth, 6.7) and Kristian Doolittle (10th, 6.3).,• James failed to record a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games, but has produced at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in six of his 14 games since.,• James failed to produce a double-double in his first 104 collegiate games but has produced at least 10 points and 10 boards in six of the 13 games since.,• With an average of 16.3 points per game, James is fourth in the Big 12 scoring race.,• By scoring 20 points on Jan. 16 against Kansas State, James became the 45th Sooner to eclipse 1,000 points in an Oklahoma uniform (eighth in the Lon Kruger era).

R.C. Slocum spent nearly three decades coaching football at Texas AM, and if the rules changed, recruiting didn't.,But money, social media and the pursuit of national glory changed recruiting in the Lone Star State, at least at Texas and AM.,For the first time in 20 years, Texas, AM and Oklahoma will finish in the top five of the 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings.,Now that recruiting budgets at Texas and AM have climbed into seven figures, it's easier for coaches to go national as well as fly recruits in for visits.,Besides 10 Texas recruits this year, he signed players from Georgia, California, Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Washington D.C.

The resulting Kickapoo Park Community Garden, which opened in late April, 2018, is the collaborative effort of Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County and the Community Garden Sub-Committee of the Blue Zones Project/Pottawatomie County.,Partners in Caring

As part of Avedis Foundation’s Pottawatomie County Education Initiative, Avedis continues to serve as a stakeholder to promote the services and activities provided by Partners In Caring (PIC), a multi-partnered, coordinated school health team that provides critical, combined support to rural schools to ensure that children are healthy, safe, engaged, and ready to learn.,Blue Zones Project read more

At the top spot, OU’s Spencer Papa and Jake Van Emburgh were defeated by No. 11 Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick 6-4.,Sooners Alex Bakshi and Stefano Tsorotiotis were defeated by No. 49 Grayson Broadus and Matt Gamle 6-3 at No 3.,Van Emburgh took the first frame 6-4 before Ciammarrra won the second 6-4 to send the court to a deciding set.,Jake Van Emburgh (OU) vs. #63 Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-4, 4-6, 3-5, unfinished

3.,Ferran Calvo/Mason Beiler (OU) vs. Alex Lebedev/Axel Nefve (ND) 5-4, unfinished read more

Against Winthrop, OU picked up the doubles point with wins from Jasmine Asghar and Ivana Corley at the top spot and Kianah Motosono and Olekdandra Korasvili on court three.,In singles, Corley cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory on court five, while Camila Romero got a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot.,Korashvili and Motosono again captured the point for OU, holding on for a 7-6 (5) victory at the No. 3 spot.,The award marked the first career honor for Korashvili, who made her OU debut this spring.,She becomes OU’s first Big 12 Player of the Week since Whitney Ritchie in 2014.

• The Sooners snapped ISU winning streak last year in Norman with a 21-point victory to close the regular season

• Oklahoma is the only school in the country with a win over a team from every major conference (Power Five + Big East).,• OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.1), Kristian Doolittle (eighth, 6.6) and Brady Manek (ninth, 6.5).,• Oklahoma’s opponents are averaging 32.0 points in the first half.,• Graduate guard Miles Reynolds continues to make the most of his lone season with the Sooners, earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for games played Dec. 17-25.,Reynolds averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Oklahoma’s two most recent wins (Creighton and at Northwestern) to earn the honor for the first time read more

On court two, Camila Romero and Martina Capurro got the Sooners off to a hot start when they shut out Winthrop’s Alisa Soloveva and Rafaela Santos 6-0 in just 25 minutes.,The point came down to court three, where Kianah Motosono and Oleksandra Korashvili downed Tayla Van Eck and Ellie Burns.,Freshman Motosono clinched the match for OU with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ellie Burns at the No. 6 line.,Capurro trailed 6-4 in the breaker, but staved off match points to take the lead and win the frame to send her court to a deciding set.,Jasmine Asghar (OU) vs. Rafaela Santos  (Winthrop), 6-4, 4-6, 6-6, unfinished

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