Sports Minister hails Taekwondo, Table Tennis Qualifiers

first_img Loading… She is making history at 20 as the second female to fly the Green-White-Green flag in the Olympics since Athens 2004. Read Also:Sports Minister  lifts Junior Olympic Triple Jumper Elizabeth Anyanacho, a 300 level student of Statistics at the Federal University of Technology Owerri, is the current national champion and the 2019 African Games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has applauded Elizabeth Anyanacho, who is the first Nigerian female to qualify for Taekwondo in 16 years and second female ever Taekwondo Olympian for the country as well as table tennis player, Cicilia Edem Effiong. He said their qualifications have further raised the hope of a good outing at the games. The Minister also reiterated the need to catch athletes at a very young age considering the fact that Anyanacho, who has been part of an active high performance taekwondo programme aimed at producing international champions and Olympians, started Taekwondo at age 15 .Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Of The Most Powerful Women Across The Globe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

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State Bound

first_imgCongratulations and best of luck to our 3 area boys who qualified for the state track meet this weekend in Bloomington, Indiana.  Winning the regional in the 3200m was Curt Eckstein of Oldenburg Academy.  Two other area young men also qualified by placing second in their respective events.  They are John Moody of Batesville who will be running the 400m, and Mark Belke of East Central who placed second in the pole vault.  Check WRBI’s web page this week for more details on when these young men will be competing.last_img

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Coleman Racing Products gives awards to drivers in all five IMCA Modified regions

first_imgMENOMINEE, Mich. – Coleman Racing Products begins its second decade of IMCA sponsorship by giving product certificate awards in all five Modified regions.The rookie of the year and the sixth place finisher in point standings in each region for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds receive $50 product certificates from the high performance parts manufacturer and distributor located in Menominee, Mich.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.“Coleman Racing Products has been steadfast in their support of the IMCA Modified division and we’re proud to renew our partnership for an 11th season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Another great crop of rookie Modified drivers will receive recognition via the Coleman program again in 2016.”Information about Coleman products is available by calling 866 265-3626, at the www.colemanracing.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

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J.R. Holmes

first_imgRecently J.R. Holmes, the head basketball coach at Bloomington South High School, passed the legendary Jack Butcher as the winningest coach in Indiana boys basketball.  This win total was 807 which when this article appears I am sure will be higher since Bloomington South is one of the state’s 4A favorites to reach the state finals.Butcher was a coach at Loogootee and has been retired for several years.  Holmes began his coaching career at Cannelton High School in the early 70’s.  Some people will argue that Holmes reached this level simply because he has coached that long.  My theory is, you only get to coach this long if you keep winning.  In Indiana, you win or you find something else to do.Congratulations to J.R. Holmes for the basketball program he has developed at Bloomington South High School.last_img read more

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Zabaleta: Nothing is won yet

first_img Zabaleta said: “Most of our players have been here for more than two years, so we have experience of the game against QPR where everything was decided in the last minute. “We don’t want that again, so we need to have a good rest because Sunday will be another tough game. “We need to finish this with a big win on Sunday, and we need the fans from the start. “They have a chance to celebrate another title so I am sure the atmosphere here on Sunday will be fantastic for 90 minutes, and I am sure the players will give 100 per cent to win the game. “I hope that after 95 minutes we are all celebrating together.” Press Association City effectively need only a draw from their final game of the season against West Ham on Sunday to clinch a second Barclays Premier League crown in three years. Manuel Pellegrini’s men put one hand on the trophy as they beat Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday to move two points ahead of Liverpool, and with a much superior goal difference. Some anxiety was evident as City were forced to wait until the 64th minute for Edin Dzeko to break the deadlock, but the mood was celebratory by the time Yaya Toure scored the fourth. Fans will now hope to turn Sunday’s clash into a party but Zabaleta has warned the job is not done yet. “Everybody was happy, of course,” the right-back said. “Every time you win a game like that you celebrate, and we knew it was an important game to give us another step forward for the title. “But every single player knows we have done nothing yet. “We need to keep fighting. The spirit of this group has been fantastic in the last few games and we just need to keep playing the way we want to play. We have been doing it for the whole season so we will change nothing. “We know a draw is enough to win the league but we won’t be playing for a draw. We will play to win.” City know all about last-day roller coasters having famously struck twice in the closing minutes against QPR in 2012 to snatch the title from Manchester United on goal difference. With Liverpool playing Newcastle simultaneously, even though City have the upper hand, the potential for a nerve-jangling finish still exists. Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta insists nobody at the club is celebrating the title yet. last_img read more

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Serena Williams Pulls out of French Open

first_img“The first time I felt it was against (Julia) Goerges (third round), it was really painful. In my doubles yesterday I tried lots of different tapings. It didn’t really get a lot better.“I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow. I won’t know until I get the results. I’m beyond disappointed. I gave up so much, time with my daughter, all for this moment, so it’s really difficult to be in this situation. I always try to think positive.”When she was asked whether it was a mistake to play in Sunday’s doubles, she replied: “I really felt like I needed to play. I wanted to try different strappings to see what’s helping. I sacrificed so much to be here.”“It’s very difficult because I love playing Maria, it’s a match I always stood up for.”“Her game matches so well against mine. I made every sacrifice that I could so it’s extremely disappointing. I said that if I’m not at least 50 or 60 per cent I shouldn’t play.“I’ve never had this before, I’ve never felt this in my life, but it’s so painful and I don’t know how to manage it. I’ve had every injury in the book but this is different,” the 36 year-old American said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The much anticipated match between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the ongoing French Open has been called off with Williams calling a press conference minutes before the match on Monday to announce that she is injured and subsequently withdrawing from the competition.Williams had on Sunday played a three-set double with her sister, Venus, which they lost 6-0, with signs that there might be some discomfort, especially when Serena was serving.Speaking at the press conference, she said: “Unfortunately I have been having issues with my pec muscle, right now I can’t actually serve.last_img read more

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Other USC sports are thriving in anonymity

first_img“Any Given Saturday” runs every other Wednesday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Nick at burtonn@usc.edu. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: USC students need to be better fans of sports other than football. Students need to go and support the other perennial national powers in the USC athletic department like water polo and volleyball. Trojan pride should be for more than just football and all that jazz.It’s the shame schtick every year, and much to the chagrin of the school’s marketing department, little appears to change. This year, though, there is a tangible possibility it might.The newly launched Pac-12 Networks, despite all its criticism and frustration over ongoing negotiations with DirecTV, is providing Pac-12 and USC fans with previously inconceivable viewing opportunities for the so-called “non-revenue sports,” aka everything except football.Now, I think most everyone on this campus is excited for the return of Trojan football on Thursday. It’s been a much-needed rest for the team and its fans. It was oddly relaxing to not have a football game to plan the entire weekend around.And with the return to the gridiron in Salt Lake City, USC students will have another football-free weekend to plan. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a Trojan-free weekend.The USC women’s soccer team will be taking on Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., at 1 p.m. Previously, that would have meant nothing. If you were at all interested in what happened, you could have looked up the score online later. Now, if you’re interested or just want to enjoy a lazy Friday afternoon, the game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.Already, USC soccer has been featured five times on the Pac-12 Network, including its two most recent road games in Arizona. Counting their game against the Beavers on Friday, the Women of Troy will be featured on live television four more times over the course of the year, including their final road game in Pullman, Wash. on Oct. 12.Then, of course, there’s the top-ranked, undefeated, four-time defending national champion men’s water polo squad, which takes on No. 3 archrival Stanford in Palo Alto at 9 a.m. on Saturday live on the Pac-12 Network. In their last matchup, shown live on ESPNU, the Trojans yielded the Cardinal a late equalizer before winning in overtime.Now, nine in the morning is quite early. And water polo isn’t necessarily the most television-conducive sport. So if you’re actually looking to go somewhere, might I suggest women’s volleyball against Arizona State on Sunday evening (the Women of Troy also play Friday night against Arizona, but I’m just going to assume that isn’t too high on people’s Friday priority lists)?Now, for you volleyball skeptics out there, hear me out. I was once one of you. I thought volleyball was stagnant and repetitive and, on the whole, not very exciting. And I still don’t understand the strategy of the game on even the most elementary level (tall people in front, that’s all I got), but let me tell you, volleyball is legit. The authority with which a ball is “killed,” or how crazy the libero seems diving all around the hardwood court, cannot be appreciated on television.But if, perhaps, you live on Menlo and the Galen Center is a little too far of a trek for you … you guessed it. Watch it live on the Pac-12 Network from the comfort of your own couch.Fans should take advantage of the newfound exposure being provided to the other sports and give them a fair look. No, the soccer won’t look like Barcelona, try as coach Ali Khosroshahin might. But the “beautiful game” still is just that. And I know that there are plenty of volleyball players and fans in Southern California who will appreciate the game played on the level it is in the Pac-12.So even if you don’t feel like making it out to Galen or McAlister Field anytime soon, you can still catch the Trojans on TV. Football might be the most fun sport at USC, but it certainly isn’t the only one.last_img read more

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Syracuse struggles to contain Virginia tailback Taquan Mizzell in triple-overtime loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Antwan Cordy looked back only briefly as he sprinted into the end zone after scooping up a ball that had bounced on the turf.Taquan Mizzell, who entered the game as the nation’s leading receiver among tailbacks and Virginia’s top offensive threat, lay flat with Donnie Simmons on top of him. Cornerback Julian Whigham had wrapped him up, and Simmons’ blow popped the ball loose.The frustration of the first 20 minutes in which Syracuse had missed numerous chances to score had vanquished with its 7-0 lead.“We did our best to contain him,” Whigham said. “… Our idea going in was just to contain him.”Early on, Syracuse was able to do that. Mizzell finished with 69 receiving yards and tacked on 58 more rushing, but had just -1 yard through the first four drives to go along with his fumble. As the clock ticked, he was able to heat up, and so too did Virginia (2-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) in its 44-38 triple-overtime win over Syracuse (3-3, 1-1) on Saturday at Scott Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMizzell told his coaches he would be back in the game mentally after the fumble, and thanked his coaches after the game for sticking with him.“I do think I ran the hardest I’ve ever run today,” Mizzell said. “There were moments today that our offense dreamed of and we just have to build off that.”Whigham said when SU first started watching tape in preparation for the game, Mizzell’s quick and shifty hands stuck out right away. He said that whenever they hit him on screen passes, the goal was to “box it and cage” it. The Orange “tried” to do that, Whigham said.In overtime, though, Mizzell ran in a 13-yard touchdown in the second overtime to put Virginia up 38-31. Then on the first play of the third and final overtime, his 12-yard run up the right side took the air out of any chance Syracuse had to keep the Cavaliers scoreless on their drive.“He is really talented,” SU linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “He definitely has a knack for receiving and he’s a pretty good route runner. I felt like for the most part we did really a good job, by when it came down to the last couple of drives we let up on them.” Commentslast_img read more

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Defense struggles in season finale

first_img[media-credit name=”Andy Fate” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]There’s nothing more dangerous in sports than a team playing with nothing to lose.The 15th-ranked Wisconsin football team found that out Saturday afternoon when a five-loss Penn State team came to Camp Randall and shattered any BCS hopes that Badger fans were holding on to.The Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) defense has been one of the constants under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, ranking fifth in the country in scoring. That didn’t deter Penn State (7-5, 5-5) from going right after the Badger defense with its freshman gunslinger Christian Hackenberg.Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions’ offense set the tempo on the first drive, hitting a 68-yard touchdown pass to Adam Breneman on the fourth play of the game. From that play on, the Penn State attack, with head coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien pulling the strings, had its way.“We didn’t really get in a rhythm on the first play or the first series, from that long touchdown on,” senior linebacker Chris Borland said.Wisconsin’s secondary would have to make do without its second leading tackler and redshirt sophomore safety Michael Caputo who was ruled out with a head injury. Redshirt freshman Nate Hammon was charged with the duty of filling in for Caputo.“Michael is a huge loss for our defense, used in every package,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said. “We’re going to take all the precautions with the kids to make sure that we’re making the right decisions, and we’re trying to make the right decisions with him. But it was a major loss to not have Michael out there.”Penn State was on the move again in its second drive, cruising down the field with a 69-yard drive that included a 52-yard catch and run by junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Allen Robinson. Leading into the matchup with the Nittany Lions, the Badgers had let up just one play that was more than 50 yards all season and had already given up two to Penn State in the first quarterSenior defensive tackle Beau Allen got the defense back on track with a blocked field goal that led to three straight drives without allowing Penn State on the scoreboard.The Nittany Lions began to run an up-tempo offense to catch the Badgers’ defense off guard and it worked.Wisconsin began to have trouble substituting in and out of different defensive packages, which led to a penalty for 12 men on the field and even a play where only nine players were on the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers.“A lot of the time we were trying to wait until the last second to see what they were going to end up in and the way we had our substitutions, we had a couple of packages in that caused a lot of guys to come in and out,” senior defensive end Tyler Dippel said. “When we are calling plays late, that can happen, but I’m not going to blame anything on that. I think it was just moreso guys trying to get ready fast and the speed of the game.”But confusion was no more evident than on Penn State’s second scoring play when wide receiver Eugene Lewis was left uncovered wide-left that made for an easy pitch and catch from Hackenberg despite Andersen pleading for a timeout on the sideline.Penn State would go on to score three times in its next four possessions, riding the arm of Hackenberg who finished the game with 339 yards through the air and four touchdowns, making Saturday his ninth game with at least 200 passing yards in a game.“He’s a very talented young man,” Andersen said of Hackenberg. “I think their coaches did a great job coaching. Obviously, Coach O’Brien is calling it out there for them now. He calls the whole offense. So he got us to where he wanted us a few times, and we got schemed up pretty good by a very good football coach, and they took advantage of it.”After Wisconsin’s offense was able to claw back into the game with time winding down in the fourth quarter, the onus was back on the defense with less than five minutes left in the game to get the ball back in the hands of offense.With a third-and-9 after a false start call and just more than three minutes on the clock, the defense seemed to be on the verge of redeeming itself for a poor performance for most of the day when Penn State checked to a draw play that went for 61 yards and effectively iced the game.Penn State totaled 465 yards on Wisconsin and averaged eight yards per play while putting up 31 points — 25 more than the Badgers’ six point average at home this season.“It was the worst performance of the season by far, and at the worst time, so it is just terrible. It is disappointing,” Borland said.Wisconsin had not allowed an offensive touchdown since Nov. 9 against BYU, but allowed four — all through the air — to Penn State.It will not get much easier for the Badger defense as nine seniors that saw a lot of time on the field for the defensive squad will be gone after the bowl game, but the young players are ready to build off of their performance this season.“As a defense we strive to be great, before this we were one of the best defenses in the country and I think we still are,” freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton said. “Things can be corrected. From here on out I can guarantee a lot of these players will bust their butts and make sure that whatever was incorrect is corrected.”last_img read more

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Lynn Swann resigns as athletic director, Folt announces

first_img“Each sport has a different ebb and flow, but right now all of our fall sports are really set, they’re all going, things are going really well, things are in a really good situation,” she said. “And in a few months, we’re going to start looking to winter sports, and we’re going to be doing more recruiting and more building, so in a way this is a very good time because it allows me to select an athletics director that’s going to be the person all those new people will want to meet.” Both Folt and Roberts said they’re excited with the direction of the department. “Being on the Committee on Infractions, [has] allowed me to do is see what the cutting-edge issues are with sports today, so I can bring that information back to my colleagues at USC, and we can take actions that are going to have us be avoiding problems in the future,” Roberts said. Folt said Roberts’ experience as a student-athlete at UC Davis, understanding of collegiate athletics and legal background make him a well-qualified candidate. Folt also stated that special adviser to the president Dave Roberts, who currently serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions, will fill the athletic director role in the interim. He has been the vice president of athletics compliance at the University since 2010.  Swann’s resignation comes four days after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that USC alumnus B. Wayne Hughes Sr., founder of self-storage company Public Storage and a good friend of Swann’s, donated almost $400 million to the University from 2010-15, just before Swann took over as athletic director. The article also reported that Swann was given “a seat on the corporate board of a Hughes company, American Homes 4 Rent, and directorship on the board of Hughes’ charity,” and that Hughes donated over $165,000 to Swann’s 2006 campaign for governor in Pennsylvania. Roberts told the Daily Trojan that his first step will be to talk to coaches, administrators and student-athletes in the coming weeks to find out what the department can change and improve. He said his ultimate priorities are to set things up for the next athletic director and ensure that student-athletes have the best experience possible. Folt also announced the members of a search committee that will be in charge of finding a permanent replacement. The committee is chaired by Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson. “Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in an email to the USC community. It includes alumni representative Bill Allen, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green, Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan, Provost Charles Zukoski, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso and trustees Jeff Smulyan and William McMorrow.  Folt added that the committee will include two student-athletes yet to be named. She told the Daily Trojan that she is drawing on positive experiences from including two students on her provost search committee. President Carol Folt announced Monday that Athletic Director Lynn Swann resigned from his position. Swann had served as athletic director since 2016. “I think you probably know by now that I always start from the students and think about the student-athletes,” Folt told the Daily Trojan. “And, as we look forward to the next athletic director, having that strong perspective of student-athletes is really important … I couldn’t have a person better poised to think about what are the things that an athletic department needs to be to be a great athletic department in the next year, five years, 10 years.” Swann, a former USC wide receiver, came under fire for multiple scandals in the athletic department during his tenure. His resignation comes just months after USC’s involvement in the college admissions scheme, in which the FBI found that former senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former water polo coach Jovan Vavic received bribes to falsely identify prospective students as recruits, and two years after the FBI arrested former men’s assistant basketball coach Tony Bland for his role in the college basketball bribery scandal. With all the problems that happened under Swann’s supervision, some were surprised at the timing of the decision. Folt said there is no single appropriate time for a dramatic overhaul due to the ever-changing nature of the athletics department. Lynn Swann served as athletic director since 2016, presiding over various athletic scandals including the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scheme. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I think the main reason I decided to [include student-athletes] is that my experience has always told me that when you can involve students in decisions that are very pertinent to them, you’re going to get a much better outcome,” Folt said. “So I’m looking for an athletic director that is really helping us build a very strong student-centered focus.” Amanda Sturges contributed to this report. “Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote in her announcement email. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.”last_img read more

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