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first_imgFacebook81Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Janelle Guthrie for Thurston County Relay for LifeMore than 500 people from 71 different teams will gather at Komachin Middle School next weekend for Thurston County’s annual Relay for Life to fight cancer—but you don’t have to be part of a team to participate. The event, which runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 23, through 6:00 p.m. June 24, is open to everyone who wants to make a difference.Former Secretary of State Sam Reed is encouraging his friends and colleagues to join the event to show support for current Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who recently completed six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation for a rare form of colon cancer.Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s Office will be “rocking the socks” at this year’s Dr. Suess-themed Relay for Life of Thurston County. Photo credit: Kim Wyman“It’s been seven years since I was diagnosed with stage three kidney cancer,” Reed wrote in a letter encouraging people to support the Relay for Life. “Since my left kidney fully contained the cancerous tumor, it was surgically removed, and – after two weeks of recuperation – I’ve been off and running since then. I was lucky. Unfortunately, my good friend and outstanding successor, Kim Wyman, hasn’t been so fortunate. She is weak and tired but is slowly recuperating at this time.”Reed will be joining other local cancer survivors for the Survivor Lap on Friday night. He’s walking with and raising money for the “Wyman Rocks the Socks” team, and he hopes Wyman will be by his side.Every participant has a similar reason to relay. Most have lost loved ones or friends to the disease—and many also relay to show support for those still fighting the battle.What is Relay for Life? The Thurston County Relay of Life honors cancer survivors with its annual Survivor Lap shortly after opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Relay for LifeThe Thurston County Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track for 24 hours. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.The Thurston County Relay for Life is considered a “mega-event” because it generally raises more than $200,000 each year. Already this year, the more than 500 people participating have raised nearly $256,000 toward the event goal of $310,000.Why Relay?Last year alone, the Relay for Life movement contributed $406 million to fund potentially life-saving cancer research grants. According to the latest American Cancer Society (ACS) Annual Report to the Nation, cancer death rates are dropping across all racial and ethnic groups and among the most common types of cancer.Last year’s fundraising paid for more than 1.2 million calls and chats from patients or caregivers seeking info and support.Madelin White is a champion for those battling cancer.Locally, Madelin White of Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs & Day Spa of Olympia & Lacey donates her time teaching a class for cancer patients called “Look Good, Feel Better” at Western Washington Oncology in Lacey. Relay for Life fundraising helps women purchase wigs to help them through hair loss due to treatment. Volunteers also provide free rides to treatments and doctor’s appointments through the “Road to Recovery” program. The Relay for Life resource team can also help families locate lodging across the country to help them when loved ones are in the hospital far from home.Families facing cancer can call the ACS hotline at 800-227-2345 for resources.What to Expect at RelayThe more than 70 Relay for Life teams will assemble pop-up tents around the track at Komachin Middle School, decorated to support this year’s Dr. Seuss-inspired theme – Cancer: Not here, not there, not anywhere! Teams will collect fundraising donations through bake sales, barbecues, silent auctions, raffles and sales of other items. Be sure to bring cash to support the cause.The event will also have Relay for Life gear for sale, a gathering space for survivors and caregivers, information and registration tents, food and coffee trucks, pizza service and first aid all near the center stage where ceremonies and other activities will take place.  Parking may be challenging but Paramount Church nearby has offered its parking lot and public transit is also an option. Carpooling is encouraged.Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center staff “rock the socks” for cancer survivor, Kim Wyman. Photo credit: Harmony Hill Facebook pageOpening ceremonies start at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 23 followed by the annual Survivor Lap honoring cancer survivors and those who care for them. Survivors will have reserved parking, receive a gift bag full of donated items and enjoy a dinner provided by Applebee’s of Olympia.Teams will then take to the track, participating in theme laps such as the bubble lap where people blow bubbles for a lap or the “sock monkey” lap in honor of a past participant who lost her battle against cancer but loved sock monkeys. Teams will also have fun activities to pass the time, like a lip sync challenge and a Mr. Relay drag queen beauty contest. Throughout the Relay, walkers will enjoy upbeat music from a professional disc jockey.As the skies dim, volunteers will prepare for the Luminaria ceremony at 10:00 p.m. where participants honor survivors and lost love ones by decorating white paper bags that are then filled with a layer of sand and a tea light.  Participants walk quietly until 11:00 p.m., enjoying the soft glow of the luminaria and reflecting on how cancer has affected their lives.Thurston County Relay for Life participants decorate luminaria bags to remember and celebrate those who’ve battled cancer. Photo credit: Shannon ZengelAs the music resumes, walkers will continue relaying into the night and all the next day until Closing Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24.Whether you’re a Relay for Life regular or if you’re just learning about it, we encourage you to join us! Together we can help beat cancer.Learn more at www.relayforlifeofthurston.orglast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement bu96wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9484vbeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaj70( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kexWould you ever consider trying this?😱1g85Can your students do this? 🌚5djmwoRoller skating! Powered by Firework Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday, unveiled his future plans for India at the Olympics. First, he wants to help the country finish in a respectable position at the 2024 Paris Olympics with a handful of medals and a top-ten finish at Los Angeles 2028. Rijiju, who was in Chennai for the inauguration of a hockey stadium, announced that the Sports Ministry will provide financial aid to each and every Indian athlete competing at the international level.Advertisement “It is not possible to create champions overnight. We will go to the Tokyo Olympics with available talent. The next big target is Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. Recently, I had a meeting with the IOC and the heads of the sports federations. We have set a target that the medal count should be in double digits at Paris 2024 and by 2028, India must be among top ten medal winners at the Olympics,” Rijiju said.Advertisement “Every discipline in sports is equal and so is every sportsperson. The sports ministry is not here to impose our measures on the federations, but we are here to provide the facilities and infrastructure. We have taken measures to transfer the prize money to the athletes as soon as they return to the country from the tournament. We are ready to provide financial assistance to any athlete who has represented India,” he confirmed. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 60taNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs19w5nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7if7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k6Would you ever consider trying this?😱b7rCan your students do this? 🌚8omunRoller skating! Powered by Firework A couple of days ago, Australian cricket team’s rising sensation Marnus Labuschagne was personally commended by the one and only Sachin Tendulkar. The legendary icon of Indian cricket was impressed by the young Aussie’s performance in Test cricket, and drew similarities with himself over any of his compatriots. Now after receiving such honour, Marnus Labuschagne returns his courtesy.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesSachin Tendulkar was recently asked about any present cricketer that he could relate himself with, and Team India’s hall of fame chose Labuschagne to be the one. Remembering the 25 year old’s brilliant performance in the Ashes last year, Tendulkar specifically praised the young Aussie’s footwork.“His footwork is so precise. So he would be the one I would say,” Tendulkar told reporters.Advertisement Earlier today, Cricket Australia’s digital content team cricket.com.au uploaded a video on their official Twitter handle, where Labuschagne was asked about his reaction to Tendulkar’s comments. Following the news of himself getting applaud from none other than the Little Master, Labuschagne was overwhelmed about it. Check it out below-“It was pretty amazing, it’s one that definitely when I saw it I was quick to read it and it really hit me. Amazing words from someone of that calibre. I was very grateful for his words and just stoked really,” Labuschagne said in the clip.Since his debut in Red ball cricket back in 2018 against Pakistan, Labuschagne has maintained a stunning consistency in the format. With 14 international appearances in Test cricket, the young all rounder has scored a total of 1459 runs with a batting average of 63.43, which includes four centuries and eight half centuries, along with 12 wickets.The brilliant Test records and an amazing 353 run haul in the 2019 Ashes earned Labuschagne his first limited overs debut against India in the January ODI series. He scored 46 and 54 runs in the second and third ODIs respectively. Despite the Aussies losing the series 2-1 to the hosts, Labuschagne sealed his no. 4 position in the batting order comfortably.Currently leading the top scorers list of the ICC World Test Championships, Labuschagne will be seen in action in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa starting on 29th February.Also read-Sachin Tendulkar picks an Australian batsman when asked which current player is most similar to him!See which New Zealand batsman Shardul Thakur just referred to as ‘god of legside’ Advertisementlast_img read more

August 4, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRenee Becker Swartzhas been named theNew Jersey Library Champion for 2012.Renee Becker Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission and the New Jersey Center for the Book, has been named the New Jersey Library Champ­ion for 2012 by the New Jersey State Library.The award hailed Swartz as someone, who for more than 46 years, “has worked tirelessly to ensure that the importance of libraries, reading and literacy is fresh in the minds of elected officials and the general public.” The award goes on to commend Swartz for “her illustrious career, noteworthy accomplishments and meritorious service to her community, state and nation.”Swartz, of Rumson, re­ceived the award during the New Jersey Library Associa­tion Conference in Atlantic City last month.“Online information sources, electronic books, and the yet unimagined and exciting new ways that will be devised to access both print and non-print media present an extraordinary challenge and an unparalleled opportunity for the library of the future,’’ Swartz said. “I will continue to devote my time enthusiastically to the creation of tomorrow’s libraries and to the life-altering experiment in information delivery that our institutions and the people of New Jersey will experience together in the years to come.”Swartz has been a member of the Monmouth County Library Commission since 1966 and the commission chair since 1976. She was the driving force in the construction of the library’s Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury and its headquarters in Manalapan, the largest public library building in the state of New Jersey.Under her guidance, the Monmouth County Library System has grown to 13 branches and 14 member libraries, serving the information needs of almost 500,000 residents of Monmouth County. She continues to champion innovative and educational programming throughout the library system, spearheading a master plan review to move the Monmouth County Library System into 21st century initiatives and endorsing the expansion of its teen and young adult department.On the state level, Swartz founded the New Jersey Center for the Book in 2000, which is an affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress, and continues to serve as its chair. She has served as the governor’s appointee to the New Jersey State Library Advisory Council since 1976; and was its chair from 1986-1991, and again from 1994 to the present.Swartz has been on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame since 1994 and for 22 years has served as chair of Program Associates, the trustee board of the School of Communica­tion and Information at Rutgers University.On the national level, Swartz was a presidential appointee to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Board from 2004-2009, and is a continuing national member of the Board Emerita. IMLS is the independent federal grant-making agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation’s 18,500 museums and 125,000 libraries through grants of more than $22 million annually.Swartz has chaired the New Jersey delegations to the 1979 and 1991 White House Conferences on Library and Information Services, and has served as the permanent New Jersey member of the White House Conference Task Force since 1979. She served on the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Board from 1995 to 1999. In 1991, she was selected by the American Library Association as the National Trustee of the Year. In 2000 she was selected by the American Library Associ­ation as one of the 100 most influential library leaders of the 20th century.She most recently served on Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton’s Women in Politics Public Service Project and Colloquium, representing her alma mater, Barnard College, where she is a trustee emerita.Her wisdom, leadership and foresight as a member and Chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission earned her a Lifetime Service and Achievement Award in 2006 and two Trustee of the Year Awards from the NJ Library Association (1980, 1999) – the only trustee to receive that honor twice.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – On a recent spring evening, the three-piece Art Deco combo softly played jazz in the woodsy foyer of the Strauss Mansion Museum.Quietly listening to guitarist Doug Clarke, Joe Accurso on electric piano and Gary Mazzaroppi playing stand-up bass were a sparse group of about a dozen people.Then, Audra Mariel, a wisp of a woman stepped up. Girlishly twirling her hair with her left hand, holding microphone in her right hand, she begins singing George Gershwin’s “But Not For Me” in an unexpected sultry, smoky voice.“The house sort of glows at night,” said Lynn Fylak, president of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, which owns the 1893 21-room, wooden mansion on Prospect Circle. “It’s dimly lit. There’s just an energy buzzing in here. It’s pretty cool.”Cool is the society’s “Music at the Mansion” series, a combination of music, food and beverage (brought by guests) and fundraising.“Hopping,” said Chris DuBarton, a member of the society’s board of directors, describing the scene at Music at the Mansion nights. “Everybody has a good time. “They wind up playing till they have to go home.”Over the years, the mansion, once owned by New York City businessman-philanthropist Adolph Strauss, has hosted small music events.“The house has to be used,” Fylak said. “My focus was to get more activities and programs.”So, it was a natural progression after Fylak and Mariel met to begin a music series last summer. Mariel voluntarily hosts the events, where she often performs.“She was very enthusiastic about being in the house,” Fylak said. “It’s a vibe.”Music at the Mansion serves various purposes, getting people acquainted with the society and area musicians, along with raising funds for the society. The $15 admission fee is split between the musicians and the society – normally the splitting of about $400 taken at the door, Fylak said.The concerts will continue at least until November, Fylak said.“I think it’s fabulous,” said Harry Moorhouse, 68, of Monroe between sets on this recent night. “I think the vocalist is amazing, to put it in the least. I really enjoy it.”“I listened to a lot of different vocalists growing up,” said Marial, 31, a Middletown resident whose creative side is actress, teaching theater workshops at Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre and singing. “I don’t want to sound like anybody else, but I imagine I’ve been influenced by people.”Mariel said she generally performs jazz standards. So, on the recent night, she sang such selections as “Summertime,” “Always” and “Blue Skies.”“I love this kind of stuff, especially the Great American Songbook,” said Thomas Wiedmann, 21, of Howell. “I grew up on that at my grandma’s house – Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin, Harry James.Wiedmann was familiar with Mariel and Art Deco from a performance they did at Brookdale Community College, where he attends school and where Accurso of Atlantic Highlands, Clarke of Asbury Park and Mazzaroppi of Rumson are music professors.The performance at the mansion “has the whole aesthetic to it,” Wiedmann said.“The atmosphere can’t be beat, evocative of the turn of the (19th-to-20th) century,” said Craig McKeown, 65, who attended with his wife, Cynthia.“We enjoy this kind of music,” said Cynthia McKeown, 62. “My daughter thought we would enjoy the atmosphere. The band was great.”“The ensemble was absolutely charming,” Craig McKeown said.Craig McKeown said those attending the concert were “very congenial.”“Eating, drinking and listening to music, what could be better?” Mariel said. “An opportunity for the community to go out and have a fun night and be a community. And a local venue for musicians to play.”Scheduled concerts in the “Music at the Mansion” series:Thursday, May 26, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Joe Francis and friends.Thursday, June 30, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Jazz Gypsies.Thursday, July 28, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Arturo, Denner and Avidon.$15 admission, bring beverage or food to share.All start at 7 p.m. and run to about 10 p.m. at the society’s Strauss Mansion Museum, 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands. Sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society  www.ahhistory.org.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jay Cook |OCEANPORT – Sound the trumpets: Monmouth Park is set to open 2018 as track officials are patiently waiting in the winner’s circle for a landmark ruling deciding its future.Monmouth Park is engaged in one of this year’s most anticipated U.S. Supreme Court cases as it battles alongside New Jersey to overthrow a federal regulation prohibiting sports betting in all but four states. While the decision hasn’t yet been handed down, a ruling this summer from the nation’s highest court could revolutionize the horse racing track into a 21st century, multi-faceted gaming and wagering destination.The park’s operator, Dennis Drazin, is so confident they’ll be victorious that he’s channeling thoughts from Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath circa 1969.“I’m not going to say, ‘I guarantee it,’ but I’m pretty close to it,” Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park, told The Two River Times earlier this week.Monmouth Park’s opening day on May 5 will mark five months since the U.S. Supreme Court first heard oral arguments in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – formerly known as Christie v. NCAA before former Gov. Chris Christie left office earlier this year.The NJ Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which Monmouth Park is associated with, is a party to the litigation with New Jersey as they petition the court to overturn the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a regulation limiting legalized sports betting to Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.“I’m very confident that we’re going to win,” said Drazin, a local attorney based in Red Bank. “I’m less confident in which way we’ll win.”Drazin foresees two outcomes in the event the Supreme Court sides with New Jersey: either it determines a 2014 statewide repeal to all sports betting regulations is valid or it finds PASPA to be unconstitutional.If the state repeal to sports betting regulations is the majority decision, then New Jersey’s sports betting industry would become a privately regulated entity that would “protect the public, would govern the sports betting industry and other sports betting facilities and racetracks would join and be governed by those rules,” Drazin said.Sports betting at Monmouth Park would be up and running within two weeks of the court’s decision in that scenario, Drazin said.The other avenue, finding PASPA unconstitutional, could mean the state has to go forward and introduce new legislation regulating a sports betting industry. But that could take time, Drazin continued, because of the necessary regulatory process of public meetings and public hearings.With a sports betting decision possible as early as May 14, horse racing fans who frequent Monmouth Park have seen a mobilization in full effect. The William Hill Race & Sports Bar, located inside Monmouth Park, would be a hub of legalized betting – the space already has over 40 high-definition TVs and simulcast waging available to customers. Monmouth Park invested over $1 million in grandstand renovations earlier this year with room to accommodate up to 7,500 patrons outside the bar, Drazin added.Then there are the different revenue projections on how much a legalized sports betting industry could generate in New Jersey. Drazin estimated that New Jersey’s market could generate about $10 billion, but that certainly isn’t set in stone.“Go back to 2014 – Monmouth Park was the only one willing to do this,” he said. “Monmouth Park really was the first one to start this, so I think early on we would generate a big share of that money.”Gearing up for 2018With excitement surrounding the Oceanport-based establishment, Drazin said jockeys, trainers and owners alike all petitioned for an early start to the 2018 season. Monmouth Park doesn’t typically open for live racing until after the Kentucky Derby but that will change this year as fans will be able to place simulcast bets and live bets on Saturday, May 5.Those calls for an early start were reinforced when stables opened for business late last month. Horses and training staffs from Kentucky to Colts Neck began arriving to Monmouth Park as early as April 20 in preparation for the upcoming racing season.Drazin also said the racetrack will try bundling different grade stakes races together on specific days “to attract more fans and (generate) a higher interest.” Cards on May 26, June 17, June 30, July 29, Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 will have bundled races.The gates on May 5 are set to open at 10 a.m. with a special post time of 1:45 p.m. Fans can take advantage of best-dressed couple and best hat competitions while also celebrating Cinco de Mayo themes around the racetrack.Here’s a listing of the other events and festivals scheduled for Monmouth Park throughout the 2018 season. For more information, visit MonmouthPark.com.May 5 Opening Day/Kentucky Derby DayMay 13 Mother’s DayMay 26 to 28 Jersey Shore Food Truck FestivalJune 10 48th Annual Irish FestivalJune 17 Father’s DayJune 23 to 24 Wine & Chocolate FestivalJune 30 Summer Racing Festival T-Shirt GiveawayJuly 8 Classic Car Show & Oldies DayJuly 14 to 15 Surf & Turf Seafood FestivalJuly 28 Ladies’ DayJuly 29 The betfair.com Haskell InvitationalAug. 4 Italian Festival and Wine TastingAug. 11 Cigar & Bourbon Picnic Pig RoastAug. 19 Latin Fiesta: Tu Sello Latino FestAug. 26 NJ Thoroughbred Festival & GiveawaySept. 1 to 3 BBQ & Craft Beer FestivalSept. 8 Food TrucktoberfestThis article was first published in the May 3-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

August 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMy year begins with the opening of the hill, usually well before January 1st. Opening Day marks of my passage of time.While I claim I do not make New Years resolutions, the case could be made I do. I set goals for my skiing every year. The first few days I ski, I do a bit of self-evaluation and often go out with a senior ski school trainer to figure out how I can improve.The changes are often little, but occasionally substantial.The most substantial change has been my position on my skis. Over the years my stance moved from “forward” to very centered. We were talking about this the other day when one of my friends said they heard Ingemar Stenmark, by far the winning-est World Cup racer ever, trained with his DIN setting at the lowest possible. This kept his movements light, incremental and he remained centered on the ski. If only we all could ski so evenly.Think about the progression of learning to ski. The motion remains essentially the same from the first day to the last.We start in a gliding wedge. To turn, we pressure the uphill ski and ride it around until it moves across the fall line and then step on to the other ski and ride it around. Repeat. And repeat. We glide down the slope at an even pace and with great control.We center our balance by standing on the turning or outside ski.As our balance (our confidence) grows, our stance narrows and we match our skis (parallel) and begin to move both skis into the turn at the same time. Not needing a wedged ski as a set of training wheels, we stand balanced on and pressure the outside ski. For some this takes a day. For some a week.But the turning motion remains the same.The trick in skiing remains taking the initial motion– the step onto the uphill ski and stand centered on it through the turn– and maintain that same early initiation in all the turns we make and in all the different terrain we encounter.The earlier we stand and balance on that turning ski, the more control we exertover our spped and direction. Stand on it late into  the turn and we must push hard to slow down at the end of every turn. Stand on it early and we maintain an even speed down the hill.My work for this yeaar (not a New Year Resolution) is to initiate early and remain centered in all terrain. To ride my ski and not to push.Simple.I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and the best to you in the New Year. Or new millennium if that is your belief. On December 21, according to some Mayan calendar readings, the world was to end.  As I write this, several days later, the world seems just fine.One shamanistic friend of mine explained the upcoming “event” a little differently. The interpretation he put forward posited the end of the calendar indicated the start of a new age, a new world. The world as we know it would end, but the “end” would shift the world to a new paradigm, not annihilation.I’m accepting his interpretation. The promised apocalypse fell in the middle of a storm cycle that produced endless days of 20 to 40 cm snowfall. The alpine firs at the top of the mountain stood like an army of snow ghosts waiting for the next apocalyptic frontal attack. Rocks have been banished ‘til April. And the bit of blue sky showing between snow showers a few days ago was greeted with smiles that only became broader when it started to snow again. Snowing hard.On the dawning of the first blue sky morning in over two weeks, we’d collected over 13 feet of snow and boasted over 8 feet of settled base.Merry Christmas. Pow. Pow. Pow. Happy New Year.A little over halfway through the cycle, one early morning I ran into a couple of friends in Freshies, a local coffee shop. They were dressed in civies. I was dressed in ski gear, season pass around my neck and clearly heading to the hill. Their shop’s door has a sign delineating their hours. At the bottom is the bold notation, “If it snows 15cm or more, we ski and will open at noon or one depending on the conditions.”  True aficionados.They looked bagged. Totally exhausted.“You’re not going up this morning?””We have to work.” Pause. “And a day off will be good.”Even the hardcore were taking a break from the endless snow.Now that’s a new millennium I can live with.last_img read more

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Chase Fourcade and Evan Veron and Southeastern Louisiana’s Tamarcus Russell and Juwan Petit-Frere are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Fourcade wins offensive honors as teammate Veron shares the defensive award with the Lions’ Russell. Petit-Frere claims the special teams’ accolade.No. 18 Nicholls (2-2, 1-1 SLC) snapped an 11-game drought to No. 11 Sam Houston State (1-2, 0-1) with a 27-7 win Saturday. It was the Colonels’ first win over a ranked opponent since 2008. Southeastern Louisiana (1-3, 1-1 SLC) took down Lamar (1-3, 0-2 SLC) 30-24 in Beaumont. Nicholls travels to contest Lamar this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT while Southeastern returns home to play host to Northwestern State on Saturday at 7 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls – Jr. – Quarterback – Metairie, La.Fourcade proved his efficiency running the Colonel offense Saturday, completing 15-of-23 pass attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown while adding 60 yards on the ground in nine carries. The junior quarterback’s 12-yard touchdown strike to Damion Jeanpiere in the second quarter gave Nicholls the lead that the team would never let go of en route to the victory over the No. 11 Bearkats.Honorable Mention: Chason Virgil, Southeastern Louisiana; Jake Blumrick, Stephen F. Austin.Co-Defensive Players of the Week: Evan Veron, Nicholls – Jr. – Linebacker – LaPlace, La.; Tamarcus Russell, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Linebacker – Dadeville, Ala.Veron matched his career best Saturday of 2.0 sacks set earlier this season against Kansas. Veron finished with four stops in the 20-point victory over Sam Houston, also drawing a holding penalty. The Colonel defense limited the Bearkats to 53 yards rushing on 30 carries, holding Sam Houston to single digit points in a regular season game for the first time since 2009. The junior linebacker ranks ninth in the NCAA in sacks with 5.0 to his name, also ranking 10th in tackles for loss with 8.5.Russell led the Lions with 12 tackles and three tackles for loss in the conference win over Lamar. The senior linebacker posted eight solo stops and assisted on four others. A native of Dadeville, Ala., Russell leads SLU with 44 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss through the first four games of 2018.Honorable Mention: Davon Jernigan, Lamar; Ryan Woods, Stephen F. Austin.Special Teams Player of the Week: Juwan Petit-Frere – Jr. – Kick Returner – Orlando, Fla.Petit-Frere averaged 51.0 yards per kickoff return in the Lions victory against Lamar on Saturday. The junior from Orlando, Fla., returned a kickoff 81 yards to set up a Lion field goal. Through four games, the consensus preseason All-American is averaging 31.1 yards per kickoff return.Honorable Mention: Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls; Remi Simmons, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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first_imgTOTTENHAM are on their winter break after making hard work of overcoming Southampton in the FA Cup.But Jose Mourinho is still hard at work scouting RB Leipzig, while Dele Alli is in hot water for a video appearing to mock the coronavirus outbreak.Follow all the latest Spurs new and gossip below…Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 10:03 pmTRANSFER COU-P?Philippe Coutinho will reportedly be allowed to leave Barcelona for a cut-price fee of £77million in the summer as they look to get the Brazilian off their books.Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and former club Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.But it is understood that Bayern – who have an option to turn his loan spell into a permanent stay for £102m – are unwilling to take up their offer.It is believed that the Bavarian outfit are keen to snap up Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz instead.According to the Daily Express, Barca are planning to offload a number of players – including Coutinho – as they prepare to provide boss Quique Setien with sufficient funds to spend in the summer.They claim they are ready to make a huge loss on the ex-Inter Milan playmaker who they signed for £145m from Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2018 and will accept offers of around £77m.SunSport reported last month how the Blaugrana are desperate to offload the Copa America winner to raise money in order to replace ageing striker Luis Suarez.Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 9:12 pmJOSE EVOLUTIONJose Mourinho has revealed he wants to evolve Tottenham’s manner of playing.The Portuguese is aiming to mould the side in his vision after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November.He told Sky Sports: I want to try to have an evolution of the team in areas where we cannot do it now.”If Mourinho manages to get Tottenham back into the Champions League next season, that could give him extra cash to spend in the summer transfer window.Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes in January.Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 8:24 pmNOT NAMED IN THE WILLSpurs and Manchester United are set to miss out on Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose.Barcelona are favourites to land the £100million-valued forward, 22, who has scored 46 goals in 114 games.The Catalan giants are set to ask LaLiga for special dispensation to sign Jose outside the transfer window.Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 7:37 pmJOSE HITS BACKMourinho has hit back at comments from Paul Merson, who claimed “it looks like Manchester United all over again.”The Spurs boss, who was in Munich to watch RB Leipzig take on Bayern, said: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club.“You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy.“Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them.”Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 6:50 pmDEAD BALLERChristian Eriksen continued his start to life at Inter Milan by hitting the crossbar in their stunning win over AC Milan.He hit the underside of the bar from a set-piece about 35 yards out as the ball dipped and bent unpredictably.Inter were 2-0 down at the end of the first half but came back to win 4-2 at the San Siro. Christian Eriksen almost scoring the free kick of a lifetime pic.twitter.com/USgv7xydBT— Inter vs Milan Videos (@DerbydiMilano) February 9, 2020Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 8:17 amMOU’S SPYING MISSIONJose Mourinho used the winter break to head to Munich to scout RB Leipzig.The Portuguese was in the stands with headphones, a scarf and a baseball cap on as Bayern and their Bundesliga rivals played out a 0-0 draw.Spurs play Leipzig in their Champions League last-16 first-leg match at the Tottenham Stadium on February 19.Sam Street10 Feb 2020, 8:03 am’SINCEREST APOLOGIES’Dele Alli has apologised after posting a video appearing to mock an Asian man over the deadly coronavirus.One clip – titled “Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume” – shows Alli, 23, wearing a face mask as he films a man who appears to be Asian.The camera then pans to a bottle of antiseptic handwash, with another caption reading: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”And Alli later wrote on Chinese social media account Weibo: “It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. “I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.” Christian Eriksen almost scoring the free kick of a lifetime pic.twitter.com/USgv7xydBT— Inter vs Milan Videos (@DerbydiMilano) February 9, 2020Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 5:55 pmMOU’S SPYING MISSIONJose Mourinho used the winter break to head to Munich to scout RB Leipzig.The Portuguese was in the stands with headphones, a scarf and a baseball cap on as Bayern and their Bundesliga rivals played out a 0-0 draw.Spurs play Leipzig in their Champions League last-16 first-leg match at the Tottenham Stadium on February 19.Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 5:11 pmDELE ALL INDele Alli is facing a ban after the FA opened an investigation into a social media post about coronavirus.Alli has since apologised after appearing to mock an Asian man over the deadly coronavirus on Snapchat.The Tottenham ace sent a string of offensive videos on Snapchat while at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.But Alli could now be hit with a ban after the FA revealed they would be launching an investigation into the content.Anthony Chapman11 Feb 2020, 4:18 pm’SINCEREST APOLOGIES’Dele Alli has apologised after posting a video appearing to mock an Asian man over the deadly coronavirus.One clip – titled “Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume” – shows Alli, 23, wearing a face mask as he films a man who appears to be Asian.The camera then pans to a bottle of antiseptic handwash, with another caption reading: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”And Alli later wrote on Chinese social media account Weibo: “It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. “I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.”Anthony Chapman10 Feb 2020, 3:33 pmTRANSFER COU-P?Philippe Coutinho will reportedly be allowed to leave Barcelona for a cut-price fee of £77million in the summer as they look to get the Brazilian off their books.Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and former club Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.But it is understood that Bayern – who have an option to turn his loan spell into a permanent stay for £102m – are unwilling to take up their offer.It is believed that the Bavarian outfit are keen to snap up Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz instead.According to the Daily Express, Barca are planning to offload a number of players – including Coutinho – as they prepare to provide boss Quique Setien with sufficient funds to spend in the summer.They claim they are ready to make a huge loss on the ex-Inter Milan playmaker who they signed for £145m from Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2018 and will accept offers of around £77m.SunSport reported last month how the Blaugrana are desperate to offload the Copa America winner to raise money in order to replace ageing striker Luis Suarez.Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 1:56 pmJOSE EVOLUTION Jose Mourinho has revealed he wants to evolve Tottenham’s manner of playing.The Portuguese is aiming to mould the side in his vision after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November.He told Sky Sports: I want to try to have an evolution of the team in areas where we cannot do it now.”If Mourinho manages to get Tottenham back into the Champions League next season, that could give him extra cash to spend in the summer transfer window.Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes in January.Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 11:52 amNOT NAMED IN THE WILLSpurs and Manchester United are set to miss out on Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose.Barcelona are favourites to land the £100million-valued forward, 22, who has scored 46 goals in 114 games.The Catalan giants are set to ask LaLiga for special dispensation to sign Jose outside the transfer window.Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 11:04 amDELE VERY SORRYHere is a video of Dele Alli’s apology to Chinese fans that he posted on Weibo.It was translated for him after he mocked Coronavirus. Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 7:18 amTRANSFER COU-P?Philippe Coutinho will reportedly be allowed to leave Barcelona for a cut-price fee of £77million in the summer as they look to get the Brazilian off their books.Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and former club Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.But it is understood that Bayern – who have an option to turn his loan spell into a permanent stay for £102m – are unwilling to take up their offer.It is believed that the Bavarian outfit are keen to snap up Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz instead.According to the Daily Express, Barca are planning to offload a number of players – including Coutinho – as they prepare to provide boss Quique Setien with sufficient funds to spend in the summer.They claim they are ready to make a huge loss on the ex-Inter Milan playmaker who they signed for £145m from Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2018 and will accept offers of around £77m.SunSport reported last month how the Blaugrana are desperate to offload the Copa America winner to raise money in order to replace ageing striker Luis Suarez.Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 9:31 pmVERTO-GO? NO!Jan Vertonghen’s gent insists the defender’s reaction to being subbed against Southampton has nothing to do with his uncertain future.The Spurs star is out of contract at the end of the season and has been given no assurances over an extension by his new boss.But Vertonghen’s agent Tom De Mul told HLN Sport: “He’s feeling better now.“His reaction had nothing to do with his future. He was just disappointed when he got subbed off.“Jan still wants to achieve great things with Spurs. He wants to qualify for the Europa League or Champions League, to win the FA Cup.“He is 32 but still very ambitious. He is focused. He still has so many targets. The European Championships are a super important goal too.“Jan is still super happy at Spurs and loves London. He is still very committed.”Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 9:02 pmSING WHEN YOU’RE WIJN-INGChris Waddle believes Tottenham’s new signing Steven Bergwijn might frustrate fans.He told the Racing Post: “Bergwijn needs to add consistency to his game.“You look at him and you see a player who’s good on the ball, can spot a pass, can go past players and can score goals. So you’re immediately wondering why he’s not been snapped up by a bigger club before.“My sense is that he’ll drift out of games and that might frustrate fans. But if he can sustain his appetite – and with a place in the Holland squad to nail down before the Euros he will certainly be trying – then he’ll be a hit.”Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 7:51 pmVIVE LA ROSEExclusive by Alan Nixon: Danny Rose will be watched by French giants Paris St Germain when he turns out for Newcastle.Tottenham’s exiled left-back, 29, is playing for his next move during his loan spell with the Toon and PSG are hot on his trail.And with a spell in the shop window Rose is keen to prove he can still be a top-flight operator.PSG were keen to take the England international during the window when they feared French cap Layvin Kurzawa was leaving.Both Juventus and Arsenal want Kurzawa and are likely to return for him this summer when it will be easier to do a deal.This would leave PSG needing a left-back and Rose will be top of their watchlist as he comes out of the shadows at Spurs.Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 6:59 pmCUP UPSETThe Carabao Cup is in danger of being killed off by proposed changes to the Champions League.Premier League chief Richard Masters voiced his fear as Uefa try to increase the number of group stage games from six to ten.That would put the EFL Cup in a vulnerable position in what is an already crowded fixture calendar.Masters said: “In the end, there isn’t enough space.“It’s not an absolute that if somehow the shape of the European competitions changes, the Carabao Cup is terminally damaged.“There are some clever fixture people out there that may be able to slot the thing together. But I think it would fundamentally alter its trajectory.”Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 5:59 pmROSE ME UPDanny Rose has revealed that he misses White Hart Lane and believes that leaving that ground was a “huge factor” behind the club’s current situation.He told 5 Live Sport: “One of the last days I was at the club, I think it was me and Eric Dier, we were speaking about those days and how dangerous and powerful we were.“I don’t know if people would remember this but we didn’t lose at White Hart Lane. And that is a huge factor.“For me, the new stadium is unbelievable but I miss the Old White Hart Lane. We finally made White Hart Lane a fortress and people have to remember we played at Wembley for a year and a half.”Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 4:50 pmBALE NOT SPURRED ONGareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has definitively ruled out a sensational return to Tottenham for the Welshman.He told Spanish newspaper AS: “He’s 30 years old, he’ll be 31 next year. I don’t know how long Gareth will play for. It’s what his lifestyle wants.“He loves Madrid. His children have been there since they were babies, they speak Spanish, believe it or not [laughs].“The whole lifestyle is fantastic. I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, beautiful.“Here it’s freezing cold. If you’re one of the greatest footballers to have ever played, why do you want to…”Gary Stonehouse10 Feb 2020, 4:11 pmBACK FOR MAURMauricio Pochettino is reportedly hopeful of being Manchester United manager next season.The Mirror claim that the former Spurs boss is still hovering on the Red Devils radar but the club will only sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they finish outside the top six.The report adds that Pochettino, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Daniel Levy in November, has told friends he wants to resume his career in the summer.The 47-year-old is prepared to be patient as he lines up his next move but is understood to be excited by the prospect of taking over the United dugout.Gary Stonehouse9 Feb 2020, 3:27 pmNO MOUR OF THATPaul Merson claims Jose Mourinho is looking like he regrets becoming Tottenham manager.He told the Daily Star: “I said when he went there it would give them a lift and there would be a charm offensive – and he was all smiles for a while.“But everyone knew it wouldn’t last, didn’t they? He’s gone back to being Grumpy Mourinho again. And I don’t see how he’s improved them at all. Not one bit.“He looks like he’s thinking: ‘What have I done coming here?’ You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”Load more entries… Dele’s apology : pic.twitter.com/UPo1rJRKfS— ᴀʟᴇx (@_10kanee) February 9, 2020Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 10:16 amJOSE HITS BACKMourinho has hit back at comments from Paul Merson, who claimed “it looks like Manchester United all over again.”The Spurs boss, who was in Munich to watch RB Leipzig take on Bayern, said: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club.“You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy.“Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them.”Alex Terrell10 Feb 2020, 9:19 amDEAD BALLERChristian Eriksen continued his start to life at Inter Milan by hitting the crossbar in their stunning win over AC Milan.He hit the underside of the bar from a set-piece about 35 yards out as the ball dipped and bent unpredictably.Inter were 2-0 down at the end of the first half but came back to win 4-2 at the San Siro.last_img read more