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Lauren Hill gets her own Wheaties box

first_imgThe commemorative box was posted on the Lay up 4 Lauren twitter page.CINCINNATI – Known as the “Breakfast of Champions,” Wheaties has depicted winning athletes on its cereal box for decades.Lawrenceburg native Lauren Hill now has her own commemorative box, just days after scoring four points in her college debut for Mount St. Joe’s.Hill is battling terminal brain cancer and her story has went global, with many athletes and celebrities reaching out to the 19-year-old.There is a new push on social media to get Lauren on The Ellen Degeneres Show.last_img read more

Nathan McClintic, 66

first_imgNathan McClintic, 66 of Greensburg, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home. Nate was born in Greensburg on June 16, 1952, the son of John and Sylvia (Miers) McClintic. He was a 1971 graduate of South Decatur High School. On July 24, 1982 he married Natalie Ryle at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and she survives.Other survivors include one brother – Danny (April) McClintic; five sisters – Mary Jean (Jim) Dunn, Eileen (John) Alexander, Virginia (Larry) Ashley, Margaret (Roger) Hogan and Holly (Mark) Studler; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Judy Ray, one brother Douglas McClintic and infant twin siblings Patrick and Patricia McClintic.Nate worked at PrintPak and Schlemmer Wholesale in Greensburg for many years. He was a member of the Greensburg American Legion. Nate was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed vacationing in Daytona Beach.Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4PM – 7PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral Service will begin on Friday at 1PM also at the funeral home with Pastor Mark E. Studler officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be made to the family at read more

Brussels Diamond League meet to hold behind closed doors

first_imgThe AG Memorial Van Damme Diamond League athletics meeting will be held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Scheduled for September 4, the meeting programme will remain as planned, but organisers have confirmed no fans will be in attendance. This year’s meeting will include two one-hour world record attempts, with British distance runner Mo Farah and Ethiopia’s women’s half-marathon world record holder Ababel Yeshaneh both due to be taking part.The event is scheduled to also feature a “triathlon” contest between two of the best women’s heptathletes ever – Belgium’s Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam and British world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson.The competition will consist of the 100 metres hurdles, shot put and high jump.Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis is set to be in action too, with the women’s 400m, men’s 200m and a mixed 4x400m relay other events organisers plan to stage.The Belgian Government has said that anti-COVID-19 measures which include a ban on spectators at sporting events will remain in place until at least the end of August, which led AG Memorial Van Damme organisers to preemptively announce there will be no crowd. “There has not been a decision yet on sports events from September 1 on,” Brussels meeting director Cédric Van Branteghem said.“But the organisers do not want to take any risk and we also want to be very clear as from today.“The health and the safety of the spectators, the athletes and the staff are our highest concern and priority.“From a practical point of view the best thing to do was to decide now and to clearly communicate with our fans and our audience on ticketing issues.”The decision to go crowd-less was decided with title partner AG Insurance, Brussels Mayor Philippe Close and, Benoit Hellings, the city’s first alderman for sport and the climate. Tickets for this year’s event will remain valid for the 2021 edition, which is due to take place on September 3.The Diamond League meeting is poised to be broadcast live in Belgium by VRT/Sporza and RTBf.Belgium has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent days, reporting more than 600 new cases for four days in a row.—RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: Brussels Diamond LeagueCOVID-19Mo Farahlast_img read more

Vincent Kompany frustrated by injury recurrence

first_imgVincent Kompany has revealed “a number of small and local injuries” are hampering his comeback. “Today was a bad day for me,” the 29-year-old Belgian wrote on his Facebook page. “My body feels invincible – the best it’s ever been – but i’m challenged by a number of small and local injuries. It leaves me more frustrated than with any of the ‘big’ injuries I’ve had but it’s a challenge that I will overcome. “There are worst things in life of course and I never forget that. So I’m definitely not asking anyone to feel sorry for me and I hope you wouldn’t anyway. This is a way to communicate my situation to those who maybe deserve answers. “I’ve made many sacrifices to get where I am today and football is everything to me. This is what I fought for so hard. I want to be the best defender in the world and I want Manchester City FC and Belgium to become the best club and country in world football. I won’t give up that dream. Injuries have and still are preventing me to play my role the way i’d want to but it’s not stopping me to progress. I will get on with it and when I do come back.. I will be stronger again. “My mindset stays unchanged, I will fight to get what I deserve, my best years in football.” Press Associationcenter_img The Manchester City captain came on as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win over Sunderland following an eight-game absence, but lasted just nine minutes before a recurrence of a calf problem forced him off. Kompany admitted his fitness problems were a source of frustration, but vowed to return stronger than ever. last_img read more

For Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia, staying true to her game is as important as protecting the ball

first_img Published on February 21, 2018 at 11:21 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham The magic number for Tiana Mangakahia is eight.Playing point guard and running the offense, Mangakahia has the ball in her hands for a majority of the game, and when she turns the ball over eight times or more, Syracuse often loses. So far this season, Mangakahia’s averaged 4.5 turnovers in wins as opposed to 8.6 in losses.“For any game the goal is to stay under five,” Mangakahia said. “More than five is not good. I want zero.”Taking care of the ball is key for Mangakahia and Syracuse (20-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) with two regular season games remaining and the ACC tournament looming. Save for a handful of outliers, the eight-turnover trend holds strong across Mangakahia’s body of work this season, so when the Orange visits North Carolina (14-13, 4-10) on Thursday, it’ll hope its star point guard, who leads the country in assists per game with 9.9, keeps the turnovers to a minimum while still maintaining her electric passing.“I’m just going to keep playing the way I play,” Mangakahia said. “I’m not going to stop. If I think I’m forcing it, I’ll slow down and try to take care of the ball more, but if I see an opening of a no-look pass or threading the needle, I will try to get that there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMangakahia’s vision, players and coaches agree, is what makes her so good for SU. In games, she fires surgical passes, often without even looking where they’re going. In practice, teammates are still occasionally caught off guard by the passes Mangakahia can, and does, make, they said.Against then-No. 17 Duke on Feb. 15, Syracuse led by three with 10.8 seconds until halftime. As the clock dwindled, Mangakahia slipped a screen and drove right while the screener, freshman center Amaya Finklea-Guity, rolled parallel to her on the other side of the paint. As four Blue Devils defenders converged on Mangakahia, she stared at the rim while zipping a no-look pass through a thicket of arms to Finklea-Guity for a buzzer-beating layup.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBut what makes Mangakahia such a lethal passer has at times been her Achilles’ heel. If teammates aren’t ready for the ball to find them, or Mangakahia simply tries to force a pass, it frequently results in the opposition running out in transition.This happened midway through the first quarter against then-No. 4 Louisville on Feb. 4 when Mangakahia slipped past a defender pressuring her and tried to push a no-look pass to Isis Young on the right wing. Instead, star UofL guard Asia Durr deflected the pass and went coast-to-coast for two points.Syracuse’s coaching staff doesn’t necessarily want to reign in Mangakahia’s circus passing, but rather impress upon her that the highlight pass isn’t always the best pass.“She’s really having to adjust to the different coverages she’s seeing out there,” SU associate head coach Vonn Read said. “I think she’s getting better at doing that.”Coming off a ball screen at the top of arc is when Mangakahia is most prone for turnovers, she said. She moves around the screen and then assesses the five options before her. She could kick the ball back to the screener for a pick-and-pop 3 — often Digna Strautmane sets screens as SU’s lone big that can consistently shoot 3s — or float the ball down low to Finklea-Guity, SU’s other post player.Beyond the two bigs, Mangakahia also has shooters — generally Gabrielle Cooper and Miranda Drummond — in each corner. She could pass the ball straight ahead off a screen to the near corner, or make a skip pass cross-court to the opposite shooter.And if the defense doesn’t collapse on her, Mangakahia can always take the ball to the basket herself. In the split-second coming off a screen, she needs to survey all five options and pick the right one.“The game is happening so fast, and Tiana plays with such instinct that she’s just going to try and make the right play,” Read said, “and I think her film work is helping her to do a little bit better in that area.”Recognizing how defenses react off a ball screen is, at best, extremely difficult to identify and learn in-game or purely in practice, Read said. So, Mangakahia has delved into game film.For the last few weeks, she’s started having solo film sessions with SU head coach Quentin Hillsman, where the two analyze plays in-depth. It’s a chance for Hillsman to tell his point guard what he wants her to do in a certain scenario, and an opportunity for Mangakahia to diagnose issues in how she reads defenses.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design Editor“We just sit down and go through four, five clips and tell her what she needs to look for and I want to take her opinion, ‘What were you looking for?’” Hillsman said.Once she’s sifted through enough film, Mangakahia takes the lessons learned and applies them on the practice court, repeatedly playing through ball-screen scenarios. The hope is relentless repetition will make reading defenses in games second nature.And if the numbers mean anything, all the extra attention to detail is starting to pay off. Across SU’s last eight games, Mangakahia is averaging 4.75 turnovers a game. In that stretch, which started on Jan. 21 with a 70-52 win over Pittsburgh, SU is 6-2. Mangakahia had three turnovers in that game. She’s only exceeded seven turnovers once in that span — 10 in SU’s 84-77 loss to then-No. 4 Louisville. The other loss, 73-64 to Virginia Tech, is an outlier, as Mangakahia had just five turnovers.Then, a week after the Louisville loss, when SU played Wake Forest, Mangakahia orchestrated SU’s offense perfectly. With 4:34 left in the second quarter, Mangakahia caught the ball at the top of the arc. SU trailed, 38-19.Finklea-Guity came from the low post and set a ball screen on Mangakahia’s defender. As Finklea-Guity slipped toward the basket unmarked, Mangakahia floated her a pass for an easy two.At game’s end, SU was victorious, overcoming a 21-point deficit on the road. Mangakahia had zero turnovers in a game for the first time all season.“Sometimes I’m really stressing and nervous,” Mangakahia said, “telling myself I need to limit turnovers. That game, I wasn’t thinking about it as much and I just played freely.”Hopefully for SU, she plays freely for the foreseeable future. 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Alicia Hansen switches to shortstop, leads Syracuse in split against Notre Dame

first_imgIn the middle of a game against Niagara on Mar. 27, head coach Shannon Doepking approached senior Alicia Hansen with one question: “What are your thoughts about playing shortstop?” Hansen admitted that she was caught off guard at first, but she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.“Put me there. I wanna play there,” Hansen said to Doepking then. “Can you put me there right now?” Even though she has not played the position since her time at Liverpool High School, Hansen was needed to fill in for injured shortstop Neli Casares-Maher against Notre Dame this weekend. In the doubleheader against the Fighting Irish, Hansen didn’t commit an error and led the team with six assists. Her performance in the field and with her bat fueled Syracuse (14-19, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) in both games against Notre Dame (20-12, 4-5 ACC). “She’s literally probably our only option that could do it,” Doepking said. “She does it really well.”Entering the weekend series, Hansen hadn’t played in the infield all season long. While she experienced playing second base her first two seasons at SU, she was switched to outfield once sophomore Gabby Teran entered the program. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore the first game against Notre Dame on Mar. 29, Hansen went out to Skytop Stadium early to readjust herself to the infield bounces. She read how the ball bounce differently on each hop while also changing her arm angles with each throw to perfect the timing. “I would definitely say it is harder to go from outfield to infield than it was to go from infield to outfield,” Hansen said. “This was my first ground ball on dirt in a few years.”In the fourth inning of the first game of the doubleheader, Hansen’s fielding at the new position was tested for the first time. With two outs and a runner on third base, Notre Dame freshman Quinn Biggio hit a ground ball toward sophomore Lailoni Mayfield. The ball bounced off of Mayfield’s glove and deflected toward Hansen. Without panicking, Hansen fielded the ground ball perfectly and tossed it to first base for the inning ending out. “She has played almost every single position out there,” junior Alexa Romero said. “She’s just a very talented athlete.”With runners on first and second, Notre Dame senior Caitlyn Brooks swung at a pitch on the outside part of the strike zone. The ball bounced up the middle, toward the hole between Teran and Hansen. Hansen reacted before Teran and easily slided over into the gap. The odd bouncing ball fell into her glove as she turned toward second base. With Teran stepping on the bag, Hansen calmly tossed it to the second baseman for the first out of the game.When she wasn’t on the dirt waiting for ground balls, Hansen played a vital role in Syracuse’s first win over Notre Dame since 2016. After a five-run lead was narrowed to a 5-5 tie, a bases-clearing triple gave the Orange it never lost.Hansen may have to continue making plays like that going forward as Doepking was not willing to put a time estimate on Casares-Maher’s injury. But to the head coach, that may not be a disadvantage to her team.“She’s a gritty, scrappy kid who just wants to help this team and she’s really really good,” Doepking said. “It’s just impressive to see what that athlete is capable of doing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

O’Riordan reflects on first year as a pro

first_imgHe says he’s learned a lot during his time with the Swans. Colin O’Riordan says his first year playing Aussie Rules football has been an ‘eye-opening’ experience.The Templemore native signed an international rookie contract with the Sydney Swans in October 2015.Prior to making the move down under the JK Brackens club man was a regular on the Tipperary senior football team.last_img

U.S. Open 2019: Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas looking forward to tournament at Pebble Beach

first_img U.S. Open 2019: 5 holes where Pebble Beach will be won … or lost Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are ready for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.The major tournament will begin Thursday, and Fowler said he was “looking forward” to playing at the legendary course, even though he has only competed there a handful of times. U.S. Open 2019: 5 storylines to follow at Pebble Beach U.S. Open 2019: Odds for Tiger Woods, favorites to win at Pebble Beach “To me I look at Pebble as not necessarily a place that the more you play it you have an advantage, necessarily,” Fowler told reporters Monday. “It’s a pretty straightforward golf course. There’s only a couple of tee shots that are somewhat blind that you need to just make sure that you’re comfortable on lines. It’s pretty much right in front of you. Very small greens.“So, I love that about it. It’s not very tricky. You hit it in a lot of the middle of the greens here, and you’re going to be in a good position. … But how could you not like this place and get good vibes, especially the last couple of days with the weather we’ve had and just makes you feel good. It’s a beautiful place.” Related News Thomas, who won the PGA Championship in 2017, will be looking for his second major title.“I really do love U.S. Opens, I love the test, the grind,” Thomas said. “They just have a different feel to them, like all the majors do. And I’m excited to go out there and check it out because when you get weather like this at Pebble Beach, it’s got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s going to be a fun week.” Fowler, 30, has won five times on the PGA Tour but he has never come out on top in a major championship.“Obviously there’s a lot of great players that haven’t won a major,” Fowler said. “It’s not necessarily something I think about or worry about. I know that when the time is right, it’s going to happen.“If I don’t win a major, that’s not going to necessarily define me. Do I want to win a major? Yes. I would love to and then knock off some more after that. But it’s not going to define who I am.”Rickie Fowler press conference— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 10, 2019Thomas, meanwhile, will be coming off a 20th place finish at the Canadian Open last week.“My game right now, it’s pretty good. It’s obviously not exactly where I’d like it to be,” Thomas said. “I felt like last week … we did better. I rolled the ball great last week, I just didn’t make anything.”last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Sun, glorious sun… it’s in the forecast and looks to be a beautiful weekend in Olympia.  Get outside and enjoy all the parks and outdoor activities that Thurston County has to offer.   Here is just a few suggestions from recent articles and our events calendar.  See a full list of things to do around Olympia by clicking here.The Hands On Children’s Museum opens their doors for free admission on Friday night from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.Watch the action at the youth Hershey Track Meet on Friday evening at Ingersoll Stadium.The First Annual Olympia Comics Festival event premiers this weekend with activities on Friday night and Saturday.Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day (Saturday) by taking your family to one of these awesome outdoor activities.Ryan Earl will be defending his title in the Capitol City Men’s Amateur golf tournament on Saturday.Add a skill to your repertoire – learn about raising chickens or go on a field trip about native plants.Enjoy a recital performance from students at Johansen Olympia Dance Center.  The local dance studio is celebrating its 40th anniversary.Catch the Seattle Sounders (U23 team) on Sunday at 2:00 pm.  Get tickets through Black Hills Football Club.Cheer for the Oly Rollers as they battle a team from London on Sunday night.Try the junior refuge manager program at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Submit an event for our calendar here.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Extra games pay big dividends as LVR prepares for AA Field Hockey provincials

first_imgIt’s always good to look on the brighter side of life.So when the L.V. Rogers Bombers suffered a crushing 1-0 loss to J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the final of the West Kootenay High School Girl’s Field Hockey Tournament, skipper Val Gibson took the positive approach.And the strategy paid off in spades as the Bombers not only qualified for the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships with Wild Card wins over Princess Margaret of Penticton and Surrey’s Southridge, but the players gains some valuable experience playing on a surface that will be identical to the provincial showdown.“The Wild Card games were a terrific chance for the Bombers to practice on the turf field and for the girls to gain some confidence,” Gibson said on the eve of the three-day AA tournament beginning Wednesday in West Vancouver.“It also allowed the girls to try moves that just do not work on grass.”LVR opened last week’s Wild Card tourney in Kelowna with a 2-0 win over Okanagan No. 2 Princess Margaret. Hailee Gerun and Jena Wheeldon provided the offence.The Bombers then dumped Fraser Valley No. 3 from Southridge by the same 2-0 score as Allie Zondervan and Chiara Chirico scored.Tara Yowek, a key to LVR’s success, backstopped the wins in goal.“Tara is very smart and very aggressive (and) manages the defence very well,” Gibson said of her star keeper.“She is fearless in goal but will need to control her emotions.”The wins power the Bombers to the tournament ranked ninth overall.LVR has been slotted into the four-team pool with Collingwood from the North Shore, Vancouver Island rep Shawnigan Lake Island and Little Flower Academy of Vancouver.Other players that must play well for LVR include midfielders Naomi Perkins, Hailee Gerun, Abbie Bourchier-Willans and Allie Zondervan along with snipers Emma Borhi, Jena Wheeldon, Lauren Walgren and Chiara Chirico.This is the second straight year LVR has qualified for the tournament after being shutout of the event since 2001.In 2012, the Bombers finished 10th after losing to Rossland in the final game of the tourney 2-1.last_img read more