Weather Improves as 2020 Moves Closer

first_imgSunday will not be rain-free, although it will be an improvement over Saturday, according to forecasts.A ridge of high pressure off the east coast of the state will begin to move closer to shore today, forcing its clockwise flow over our area. That will mean showers in the Atlantic will affect Miami-Dade or Broward counties, as well as areas not of us, such as Orange County and the I-4 corridor.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Palm Beach County could still see a few isolated to widely scattered showers through Monday.We can expect to have partly sunny skies and drier conditions by New Year’s Eve, and sunny skies and cooler temperatures for the first day of 2020.last_img

The Latest: Texas Rangers manager thanks health care workers

first_imgMurphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4. There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. March 25, 2020 Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___ Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market.MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date.Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.___Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled. The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium.The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___ Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine.The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.”Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___ ___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.” Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley.“I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.” Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines.At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.center_img The Latest: Texas Rangers manager thanks health care workers ___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___ The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially.The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers. The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___ NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___ Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

St Fort completes sprint double at CARIFTA Games

first_img… Anderson, Cope deliver recordsWILLEMSTAD, Curacao (CMC) – Jamaican Britany Anderson set a new record in the Girls’ Under-18 sprint hurdles while Trinidadian Khalifa St Fort completed the sprint double by winning the 200 metres, to climax the 46th CARIFTA Games here Monday evening.Anderson’s victory underlined Jamaica’s dominance in the sprint hurdles as they swept all four events at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, to once again reiterate their class on the final day of the track and field showpiece.The record was one of two in the final session for Jamaica as Daniel Cope also set a new mark in the Boys’ Under-18 discus throw.Powerhouse Jamaica won two of the four 200-metre finals and clinched three of the 800m gold on offer, while also picking two gold medals in the 4×400-metre relays.Anderson set the tone for the evening session when she stopped the clock at 13.16 seconds, erasing her countrywoman Janeek Brown’s two-year-old mark of 13.29.She led a Jamaica one-two as Daszay Freeman followed her home in 13.39 while Bahamian Gabrielle Gibson did enough to grab bronze in a time of 14.07.Dejour Russell easily captured the corresponding Boys’ 110m event, speeding to a time of 13.19 seconds to beat Rasheem Brown of Cayman Islands into second in 13.70, and fellow Jamaican Jeremy Farr into third in 13.71.Barbadians Tre Hollingsworth (13.89) and Nathan Fergusson (13.93) missed out on the podium when they finished fourth and fifth respectively.Meanwhile, Amoi Brown narrowly missed out on countrywoman Samantha Elliott’s seven-year-old record of 13.42 seconds, when she crossed the line first in the Girls’ Under-20 event in 13.44.Brown followed her home in 13.49 to create another Jamaica one-two, with Laetitia Bapte delivering bronze for Martinique in 13.79.In the Boys’ Under-20, Orlando Bennett won a close battle with Bahamian Tavonte Mott, clocking 13.60 for the victory to his challenger’s 13.64.Jamaican Alex Robinson was third in 13.72.Rising Caribbean star St Fort once again emphasised her credentials when she followed up Saturday’s victory in the 100m with another convincing triumph in the 200m.She clocked 23.99 seconds to easily dismiss Grenadian Halle Hazzard who took silver in 24.15, while Jamaican Kasheika Cameron grabbed bronze in 24.28.Jamal Walton of Cayman Islands ensured the Jamaicans did not taste gold in the Under-20 category as he won the corresponding Boys’ half-lap in a time of 21.29, ahead of Trinidadian Jerrod Elock who stopped the clock at 21.54.Guyanese Compton Caesar, who two days ago captured 100m gold, returned to take bronze in 21.57. Jamaica, however, had the upper hand in the Under-18s, winning both the Girls’ and Boys’ events. Michae Harriott crossed the line in 23.73 to barely get the better of Bahamian Devine Parker (23.87) while in the Boys’ event, Michael Stephens raced to 21.30, to pull off a narrow win over Joel Johnson of the Bahamas (21.55).In the 800m, Barbadian Jonathan Jones proved the spoiler, as his win in the Boys’ Under-20 event prevented Jamaica from completing another clean sweep.He was timed at one minute 51.51 seconds, finishing ahead of Jamaican Agerian Jackson who took silver in 1:52.07.However, the Jamaica flag was all over the remaining three 800m events with Cemore Donald (2:11.28) and Shaquena Foote (2:13.44) producing a one-two in the Girls’ Under-18, Kimar Farquharson (1:54.65) and Tyrese Reid (1:54.79) pulling off a similar feat in the corresponding Boys’ race, and Chrissani May winning the Girls’ Under-20 in 2:12.43.Cope, meanwhile, stole his share of the headlines when he tossed the discus 61.25 metres to break the record of 60.44 set by fellow Jamaican Phillippe Barnett last year.Saj-Jay Stevens and Kevin Nedrick extended Jamaica’s success in the field events, winning the Girls’ Under-20 javelin in 45.10 metres and the Boys’ Under-20 shot putt in 19.29m respectively.Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago made their presence felt in the distance relays, winning the Boys’ Under-18 event in 3:14.65 and the Boys’ Under-20 in 3:09.32 respectively.last_img read more

Rowing & Sailing Federation Sets Record Straight on Chierika Ukogu

first_imgThe Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation has rubbished claims that Nigeria’s lone representative at the women’s single sculls event of the 2016 Olympic Games went to Brazil without any assistance from the country.Secretary of the Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation, Mrs. Olubunmi Ola-Oluode, insisted yesterday that Ukogu who was introduced by another athlete has been enjoying the full support of the federation under the leadership of Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni (rtd) since 2015 when she made up her mind to represent Nigeria. The bewildered secretary revealed that the federation registered her for 2015 World Cup in France and ensured that the International Rowing Federation (FISA) paid for her feeding, hotel, and local transportation along with her coach during the tournament.She described the cheap campaign on social media purportedly claiming that Ukogu was abandoned was nothing but an attempt to ridicule the federation’s relentless support for her before, during and after every international tournament.Ola-Oluode was quick to point out that the decision of the federation to set the record straight was not an attempt to downplay the effort of Ukogu who she described as a patriotic Nigerian.“There can never be an Ukogu competing at the 2016 Olympics without the Nigeria Rowing, Canoe and Sailing Federation under Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni.“The federation registered her for Olympics qualifiers in Tunisia last October with all-expense paid. The president also paid her allowance for this trip as well. She didn’t pay a dime for this trip,” the secretary revealed.She explained that the federation gave the athlete a letter of introduction to the United State of America Rowing & Sailing Federation not because they wanted her to use it against the country or the federation, but to get the training, support from her club in the USA since they have one of the best coaches and equipment in the world.“Immediately she qualified for Rio2016, we got her International Olympic Committee scholarship for ten months, after which the Africa Olympic Commission also gave her scholarship for support towards the Olympics.“We were together in Swiss, a trip that was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. She didn’t pay a dime for her ticket to get to the Olympic.“All she has gotten has been through the federation. Even when Nigeria Olympics Committee said they had exhausted their slot for IOC scholarship, the federation approached FISA and IOC who directed the NOC to request for additional slot to accommodate her.”She lauded the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for Ukogu and her personal trainer as she dispelled insinuations that the US based athlete bought her ticket to Rio.“The Federal Ministry of sports sponsored her to the Games and paid her allowance and that of her personal trainer in full.”Finally, the federation slammed reports that she abandoned her education just to compete for Nigeria at the Olympics as she emphasized that the federation and the government of Nigeria do not joke with athletes welfare.“She never abandoned her medical study for any sport. She started her medical school in New York city on the 14th August 2016.”“She was staying in Philadelphia but now relocated to New York for her studies.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers compete in 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

first_imguwbadgers.comBadgers head to US Championships: Four members of the UW men’s track team and one member of the UW women’s track team joined four former Badgers at the 2005 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday in Carson Ca. Chris Solinsky, Tim Nelson and recent graduate Matt Tegenkamp will all compete in the men’s 5,000 meters, Demi Omole will run the men’s 100-meter dash, Alonzo Moore will enter the men’s triple jump and Melissa Talbot will compete in the women’s heptathlon. Former Badgers Josh Spiker (1500 meters), Matt Downin (10,000 meters) and Isaiah Festa (steeplechase) will also compete in the four-day tournament.Downin, who graduated from Wisconsin in 2000, enters the championships as the highest-seeded athlete in the UW contingent. After clocking a mark of 28 minutes, 37.09 seconds, Downin is the No. 7 seed in the 10,000-meter field. Tegenkamp is the No. 8 seed in the 5,000 meters and Solinsky ranks No. 10 in the 5,000.The championships will feature nearly 1,000 of the top track and field performers in the country, all battling for a bid to represent the United States in the World Outdoor Championships Aug. 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.Krabbenhoft sidelined: Incoming freshman Joe Krabbenhoft, a highly touted 6-foot-7 recruit for the UW men’s basketball team, will have to put his Wisconsin debut on hold after athletic trainer Henry Perez-Guerra diagnosed the newcomer with a left foot injury.According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, a follow-up exam last Wednesday revealed a slight break in the foot, which will sideline Krabbenhoft for 4-6 weeks. However, the paper reports, Krabbenhoft should be cleared to play when the Badgers begin practice in the fall.Krabbenhoft injured the same foot during his prep career, undergoing surgery in his junior season at Roosevelt High after suffering a stress fracture. Gridiron game times announced: The Big Ten Conference and ESPN have now announced start times for six of Wisconsin’s 12 football games for the upcoming season. The Badgers’ first four games will air on ESPN networks. Wisconsin’s Sept. 3 season opener against Bowling Green will kick off at 11 am on ESPN, the following week’s tilt against Temple is another 11 am start on ESPN, the Badgers’ week three matchup at North Carolina is set for 6 pm on ESPN2 and Badger fans will be treated to a Camp Randall nightcap in week four as Michigan returns to Madison for a 6/6:45 start that will air on either ESPN or ESPN2. Wisconsin’s Oct. 22 matchup against Purdue is set for 2:30 on ABC and the season finale in Honolulu, Hawaii is scheduled for 8 pm on ESPN2. — uwbadgers.com contributed to this reportlast_img read more

Wisconsin returns home, star midfielder won’t play

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)After six consecutive away games, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team finally returns home to Madison to take on Northern Illinois University. The Badgers (4-2-2) will play a nonconference tune-up match against the Huskies today before re-entering league play against the Michigan State Spartans this weekend.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, midfielder Victor Diaz will not play against Northern Illinois. Diaz will be replaced by senior Erik Ortega. Although the Badgers will surely miss the quick-score ability Diaz brings — seven points on the season, second-most on the team — UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is extremely confident in his replacement. “Erik has a lot of experience and leadership,” Rohrman said. “He is going to have no problem stepping in and playing well.” NIU (2-3-3), will provide Wisconsin with a good opportunity to hone its skills before taking on a tough Michigan State team. However, neither Rohrman nor his team is overlooking the Huskies this evening. “They have great size in the back and through the defensive midfield positions,” Rohrman said. Although the injury bug can strike at any time, the Badgers have plenty of depth at every position. “We are the type of team where if you have a couple injuries we are certainly deep enough that we can ask other players to step in,” Rohrman said. “I think everybody has done a good job of understanding and accepting their role.”Another player to keep an eye on this week is UW sophomore forward Brian Bultman. One of many promising young faces on the UW roster, Bultman is the leading scorer on the team with four goals, including the game-winner against Western Michigan. His explosiveness and tenacity going after the ball could provide a spark for Wisconsin’s offense this week against Northern Illinois University and Michigan State.After intense practices over the last few days, Rohrman is confident that his team is prepared for whatever challenges NIU might present. “We just have to play our game and take care of them on both sides of the ball,” Rohrman said. “We have to keep the ball on the ground, move the ball quickly and get to the point of attack. We have to be very disciplined and hard-working on the defensive side, and we have to be committed to getting forward and being dangerous on the attacking side.”So far this season, Wisconsin has scored impressive road wins over California, Stanford and Gonzaga. Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the stout play of the Badgers’ “bend but don’t break” defense, five consecutive shutouts by goalkeeper Alex Horwath and a poised offense led by dynamic forwards Victor Diaz and Brian Bultman.Last week, Wisconsin played to a tie in its games against UW-Green Bay and the No. 14 University of Michigan squad. Rohrman was impressed with his team’s performance against UW-Green Bay and Michigan despite both games ending in a draw. “Green Bay was a battle up there,” Rohrman said. “They are extremely athletic and one of the most dangerous teams we have seen so far.” Playing in a hostile environment in Ann Arbor, Wisconsin managed to score two goals against Michigan before ending in a draw after two overtime periods. “I thought we had quite a good game against a very good Michigan team,” Rohrman said. “We did a little bit better at getting our wide guys involved into the attack.” Winning at home is critical for a team to maintain its confidence, and the Badgers have an opportunity this week to prove they are one of the best teams in the nation. A decisive win at home after a long stretch of away games could be the catalyst that hurtles the Badgers into talks of a Big Ten championship in 2007. As Badger fans welcome their team back home tonight against the Huskies, it will be up to the UW men’s team to protect its turf and reputation.After spending so much time on the road the last three weeks, the men’s team is eager for a chance to play in front of the Badger faithful. “It’s certainly welcome,” Rohrman said. “One of our goals is to be a tough team to play and win a majority of our games at home. We have to take care of business tomorrow.”last_img read more

Badgers’ Giles brings winning touch to program

first_imgSenior Jasmine Giles has been consistently improving since her freshman season.[/media-credit]People who have been around sports long enough will say actions speak louder than words. For Wisconsin captain Jasmine Giles, however, the two go together.Giles, a senior from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada has been the physical and vocal presence for a Wisconsin women’s hockey team in need of leadership. With only three other seniors in the lineup, Giles has been key to keeping Wisconsin above water this season.This hasn’t been the only year in which Giles has been an important part of the team. Since her days as a freshman, when she tallied eight goals, Giles has improved her play significantly. As a sophomore, she had 23 points and nearly doubled that total last season. According to Giles, her leadership abilities have improved as well.“Every day is a learning process — you learn to deal with things differently,” Giles said. “Every day I learn something new about being a captain.”For somebody who was never a team captain growing up, Giles is doing quite an extraordinary job. Since she arrived in Madison, Giles has played in all 133 games for Wisconsin.“You have to take care of your body because we work out so much; it’s so easy to get an injury,” Giles said. “I work out hard in the summer, which keeps me strong.”The streak is even more impressive considering the type of player she is. Although Giles is a forward, she often plays defense on power plays and tied Hilary Knight for the team lead in blocked shots last season. The versatility Giles displays each game still impresses the coaching staff.“She understands that she needs to lead by example and she’s done a great job of that,” head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I give her credit for being a tough physical presence but also doing the little things right as well.”One of the main duties as a captain is to make sure the team shows up on time, motivated, and working to their full potential. Giles hasn’t disappointed in that regard.“Once you been here for so long you know not to take this last year for granted,” Giles said. “Sometimes the last place you want to be is out on the ice but those are the days you get better.”This year, the work has paid off at crucial moments. Against a Minnesota team that had not trailed the entire season, Giles scored the game-tying goal which put a spark in the Wisconsin offense. After goals from three other Badgers, Wisconsin dominated the Gophers in that game.“She reminds me a little bit of [Erika] Lawler in that she’s hard working and a gritty player,” DeKeyser said. “She’s the kind of player we needed to bring some fire and energy to the group.”DeKeyser, who is from the same town as Giles, recruited her with the intention of bringing in a player with a lot of passion. According to senior Kyla Sanders, that zeal is especially noticeable between periods.“She’s a really good leader,” Sanders said. “She’s very vocal and expresses herself.”With such a disappointing start to the season, Wisconsin has needed players to step up and motivate the team. The Badgers went 34-2-5 last year, but have skated to a 6-4-0 start the new campaign. Nevertheless, Giles believes the team appears ready to break out of the slump. Her strong play recently should help back up her statements.“I’ve been impressed with our team and how we’ve improved every week,” Giles said. “That’s the most rewarding thing to see.”One of the main reasons the captain has kept a positive attitude is because she has seen the benefits of hard work. During her freshman year, the Badgers posted a 36-1-4 record in their title run, and last year the team won its last nine games en route to a national championship. Although the freshmen are hungry for their first title, Giles said that winning one title makes you hungry for more.“It never gets old, I’ve done it twice and it was just as good the second time,” Giles said. “It’s one of those things you could do a hundred times and you won’t get sick of it.”If Giles keeps the team as determined as she is, maybe her teammates will share that championship experience as well.last_img read more

2014 Airtel rising stars to screen 2000 footballers

first_imgAfrica’s most comprehensive search for young football talent, Airtel Rising Stars will screen at least 2000 Ghanaians, both male and female over the period between June and July this year.The footballers will be drawn from every region in the country on a zonal selection basis coordinated by the Ghana Football Association.Airtel Rising Stars which is in its fourth year has become the best collaborative effort between the Ghana Football Association and any of its partners at promoting juvenile football in the country.Since its inception in 2011, Airtel Rising Stars has produced players for the national juvenile teams. Notable among them is Priscilla Okyere who captained the National Under- 17 team to a bronze finish at the World Cup and currently plays for the National Under-21 team.Four more girls from Airtel Rising Stars also played for Ghana in the World Under-17 cup played in Costa Rica.The Head of Corporate Communications at Airtel, Donald Dwira expects this year’s Airtel Rising Stars to have an even bigger impact on Ghana. “This year, we are targeting the National Boys Under-17 national team as well. We have made a huge statement with the Girls National Team and we will add to the numbers there. But we also want to find players who can have a chance with the National Boys Juvenile side or the Black Starlets. If we can find players worthy of representing their country, we will not only be helping them fulfill their talent, we will also help bring honour to the country.” Said Donald DwiraThis year’s Airtel Rising Stars will be launched on the 28th of May in Accra. The ten regions of Ghana will be divided into four zones who will then compete in zonal championships in Ho, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Tamale. The best players from each zone will be selected to play a national finals competition to be held in Sunyani.Donald Dwira expects the competition for places to be tough at the finals to be tough.“This year’s Airtel rising Stars will be by far the best and the most competitive. We are looking at the best players in Ghana at the Under-17 level in the country’s juvenile leagues. At the finals in Sunyani, only the best players will be selected to make the final squad which will represent Ghana at the Africa competition of the Airtel Rising Stars to be played in Gabon. Anybody the technical team managing the football competition picks would be deserving of the prestigious privilege to play for Ghana and the level must be the same as being in the Black Starlets or the Black Maidens team.” The Head of Airtel’s Corporate Communications said.. The Airtel Rising Stars championship in Gabon will feature seventeen countries within which the Bharti Airtel Group, the global telecom giant operates in. The Airtel Rising Stars project is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the group which is one of the most loved brands in Africa.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, February 10, 2015•12:28 a.m. Kaylena M. Nash, 25, Wellington was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated endangering of a child in a reckless situation and unlawful discharge of a firearm in the Wellington City limits.•9:20 a.m. Bobby J. Kent Jr, 35, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County arrest and detain order for probation violation.•2:47 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 700 block N. C, Wellington.•3:17 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington.•3:27 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington.last_img

DeAndre Hopkins trade grades: Cardinals hit home run for Kyler Murray; Texans whiff on return

first_imgNFL free agency unofficially began with a shocking blockbuster trade Monday when the Cardinals acquired four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans for running back David Johnson.Arizona also got a fourth-round pick with Hopkins, per the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, while Houston got two picks with Johnson, a second-rounder this April and a fourth-rounder in 2021. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/7b/deandre-hopkins-011319-getty-ftrjpg_7r5i1n756zto1lrajf0dkir1j.jpg?t=1217668144&w=500&quality=80 David Johnson is 28. He played in only 13 games and was essentially benched for Drake after dealing with a few injuries around midseason. The Texans aren’t one of the better checkdown-to-back offenses in the NFL and will need to get creative in using the converted wide receiver’s skill set.The Texans now need to dive into a deep class of wideouts without a first-round pick, because they can’t go into the season with oft-injured Will Fuller and Kenny Stills as their only two reliable options at the position.Hopkins makes the Cardinals a much better team. Johnson makes the Texans no better than they were in 2019, and probably worse. Texans: DThe Texans were in the market for a running back with Carlos Hyde and Lamar MIller heading into free agency. David Johnson will be the automatic starter, with holdover Duke Johnson Jr. now being a little a used receiving-oriented backup. Hopkins, signed through 2022, was set to earn $12.5 million in 2020. Johnson is set to earn $10.5 million this year. So money-wise in a veteran-for-veteran move it’s a wash. Unfortunately, football-wise, it’s a lopsided deal.MORE: Bill O’Brien gets roasted for trading DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins trade gradesArizona receives: WR DeAndre Hopkins2020 fourth-round draft pickHouston receives:RB David Johnson2020 second-round draft pick2021 fourth-round draft pickMORE: Fantasy analysis of Hopkins trade (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/32/5e/david-johnson-102119-getty-ftrjpg_9ocaw8o1xeqh17z19u04thuho.jpg?t=-283776035&w=500&quality=80 Cardinals: AOne of the Cardinals’ biggest offseason needs was a true No. 1 go-to wide receiver for second-year QB Kyler Murray. Now Murray will get to experience what Deshaun Watson had — a smooth route-runner who can take over games catching passes at high efficiency all over the field. Hopkins’ consistent coverage attention also makes Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk more dangerous as complementary targets for Kliff Kingsbury’s high-volume spread passing game.Johnson was a tough contract to dump, but the Cardinals lucked out in getting a taker in the Texans. He was a completely expendable offensive cog with Kenyan Drake, who was transition tagged, taking over as Kingsbury’s prolific feature back of choice down the stretch last season.As for also giving up the picks, the Cardinals didn’t even have to part with a 2020 first-rounder, with which they can solely target a bookend tackle for D.J. Humphries now. The NFC West is a tough, offensive-minded division with the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams, so the Cardinals had to increase their firepower to keep up. Steve Keim wasted no time to give Kingsbury and Murray exactly what they needed to take the next step in Year 2.MORE: Live grades for 2020 NFL free agency signings, tradeslast_img read more