Mitchell Hunt made his career-first visit to the winner’s circle at Tri-City Motor Speedway, following his IMCA Modified victory Friday night at the Auburn, Mich., speedplant. (Photo by Amanda Scott) AUBURN, Mich. (May 17) – Friday night belonged to Mitchell Hunt. Hunt won the Allstar Performance IMCA Modified main event at Tri-City Motor Speedway on a night that saw nearly 30 entries in the division. Outside polesitter Garrett Bennett led the opening laps before Chris Cohoon took over the top spot. But Hunt marched his way to the front and muscled away the lead from Cohoon on lap eight and never looked back. By Roger M. Williams For Hunt, it was his first-ever Tri-City feature win. Opening night winner Matt Szecsodi, A.J. Ward, Jacob Flickinger and Brenten DeYoung secured top five finishes.
JR Smith could be on a new team soon.The Heat are interested in a “salary-designed trade” with the Cavaliers for the 33-year-old shooting guard, according to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, which cites unidentified league sources. Smith will become a free agent after 2019-20.“We have a trade chip in JR Smith, and his contract, where we can take on some money that other teams are trying to get some cap relief from,” Cleveland general manager Koby Altman told reporters in mid-April. “We are actually the only team in the NBA that can provide guaranteed cap relief until July 1. We can guarantee that right now.“So, we’re going to keep on being aggressive adding those assets because we do eventually want to consolidate and be really good at some point.”Smith was traded from the Knicks to Cleveland in January 2015. He was a valuable contributor during the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2015-16 but he has declined since then.He averaged 8.3 points in 2017-18 and just 6.7 during his 11 appearances last season. The veteran has also played for New Orleans and Denver over his 15-year NBA career.The Cavaliers finished 2018-19 with a 19-63 record and missed the playoffs. They mutually agreed to part ways with coach Larry Drew after the season and hired John Beilein away from Michigan to replace him. John Beilein explains decision to leave Michigan for Cavaliers NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers unlikely to deal Kevin Love, would have to be ‘overwhelmed’ by offer The report notes:”The Heat also have contracts they could look to move in the offseason in a deal such as this and would have to absorb Smith’s deal.”Smith played in just 11 games in 2018-19 before he agreed to part ways with the Cavaliers and sat out the rest of the season. Cleveland had a chance to move Smith before the deadline but decided to hold on to him with the hopes of dealing him this summer, according to an earlier report from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Related News “Rebuild is not a word we’re going to use here, I saw it more as a renaissance,” Beilein told reporters at his introductory press conference. “Look at all those banners up there. It’s been done before. Why can’t it be done again?”The Cavaliers hold the fifth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Burnett says the results of the original vision of the arena have already been exceeded. Santizo says the board is pleased with the progress of the River City Renaissance Project despite some delays. MASON CITY — The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning for the Mason City Multi-Purpose Arena. The arena is one of the four components of the River City Renaissance project that is financed with the help of the Iowa Reinvestment Act, with the goal of repurposing Southbridge Mall. Mayor Bill Schickel says today’s celebration caps the first and biggest phase of the project. The program manager of the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Reinvestment Act Program, which is helping to finance the River City Renaissance Project, was in Mason City for today’s ceremony. Alaina Santizo says she’s happy to see the largest phase of the project completed. Burnett says many people have to be thanked for making the arena project happen. Santizo says IEDA is keeping track of the rest of the projects that are tied into the project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says he’s been pleased to work the on downtown project since assuming the job. Listen to audio from today’s ceremony here The first public event for the arena will be this Sunday with “Skate with Santa” from 1-4 PM. People wanting to skate are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. The first sporting event in the new arena is scheduled for Saturday December 28th when the North Iowa Bulls play their first game. The IEDA Board had contingently approved a maximum benefit of almost $9.2 million for the downtown project through the state’s Iowa Reinvestment Act. The $38 million Renaissance project includes the new multi-purpose arena, a $24 million, 112-room Hyatt Place hotel in the eastern part of the main parking lot of the mall, a convention center complex that includes the hotel and Music Man Square, and a performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side.