Foster taking Olympic tips

first_imgSidelined England keeper Ben Foster has revealed he is training with Olympian Jonny Brownlee to recover from a serious knee injury. “October is the six-and-a-half month mark so it’s a realistic target and so far there’s been no set-backs and I’m pushing it hard with the extra load I’m doing on the bike. Touch wood we’re on course.” The 32-year-old has raised almost £5,000 for Cure Leukaemia so far after being invited on the ride by former Wolves and England midfielder Geoff Thomas. Ex-midfielder Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003 and was given three months to live but has been in remission since 2005 and has been a major fundraiser for the charity. And Foster is eager to start the four-day trip, which begins at Greenwich Park next Thursday. “Everything I do I try to push it a bit more. I know sitting on the bike for four to six hours on the trot for four days is going to absolutely kill you,” he said. “I’ve never done anything like this in my life and I don’t want to be found out and get three hours in and say ‘I’m going to have to get off’. “I’ve done over 200k in the last few days and I feel all right so when I comes to the ride I’ve got a bit of energy.” To sponsor Ben please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/BenFosterL2P/ The West Brom star joined the Olympic triathlon bronze medallist on Monday to continue his rehab from a damaged cruciate knee ligament. He is also cycling from London to Paris next week and has used his time with Brownlee, who won bronze at London 2012 behind gold medallist brother Alistair, to prepare for the Cure Leukaemia charity ride. Press Association Foster has been out since March when he suffered his third cruciate knee ligament injury but believes the help from Brownlee has been invaluable. “I was up in Leeds yesterday with Jonny, we did a 60k ride and it was a really good opportunity to learn a few things,” he told Press Association Sport. “I think he took it easy on me. The average pace was about 26 or 27 kilometres an hour which isn’t too bad but some of the hills were hard. “He found things super easy but it was nice to get out and learn a few tips, stuff you wouldn’t know like energy saving and how to ride in a group. “One of the physios here used to work for Team GB and knows him from there so he pulled a few strings. “The club have said once I’ve finished the ride I need to start lowering the amount I’m doing. I really do have to focus on gym-based work to strengthen but for now it’s perfect for my rehab because there isn’t any impact on my knees.” Foster is hopeful of returning by October but insisted his extra training for the 500k ride to Paris will not see him back for the Baggies any earlier. “You’ve got to do the six-month stint, when you do your cruciate it’s a six-months rehab minimum, you can’t come back any earlier than that,” he said. last_img read more

Five DEFY Gymnasts Win State Championships

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Postscenter_img Bio admin Elizabeth Dobson of the Down East Family YMCA won titles in both the floor exercises (above) and the vault during state YMCA championship competition in the Prep-Optional Advanced division last weekend at Ellsworth.—HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — Kassidy Robidoux of the Down East Family YMCA is the all-around state gymnastics champion for Level 4 at ages 13 and up. Down East Family YMCA gymnast Molly Fresh in the floor exercises goes through her routine during last weekend’s state championship competition at Ellsworth.—HUGH BOWDENRobidoux led a contingent of DEFY gymnasts who turned in winning performances at last weekend’s State YMCA Gymnastics Championships hosted by DEFY at Ellsworth High School.“Kassidy had the meet of her life,” said DEFY coach Doug Springer of Springers’ Gymnastics Center. “She nailed every routine that day.”Also winning titles for DEFY in the various events were:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBelle Merritt, floor champion for Level 4, ages 13 and up.Alicia Allen, floor champion for Level 5, ages 13 and up.Maggie Keating, beam champion for Level 6, age 12.Elizabeth Dobson, vault and floor champion for the Prep-Optional Advanced Level.The championships, spread out over two days of competition, involved 250 gymnasts from 10 teams across the state — Mount Desert Island, Auburn/Lewiston, Bangor, Bath, Central Lincoln County, Rumford, Old Town/Orono, Oxford Hills, Waterville and DEFY.DEFY will be sending six gymnasts to the North East Regional Championship May 15-17 in Glens Falls, N.Y.Competing will be Madison Thornton and Kassidy Robidoux at Level 4, Maggie Keating at Level 6, Kelsey Maguire at Level 7 and Kayla Maguire and Elizabeth Dobson at Prep-Optional Advanced. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.last_img read more

MDI basketball: Girls fall in quarterfinals; boys advance with upset

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img BANGOR — Ask 100 people as they entered the Cross Insurance Center earlier today which Mount Desert Island basketball team would advance to the Eastern Maine Class B semifinal and odds are that 99 of them would have said the undefeated Trojan girls. Instead, it was the 12th-ranked Trojan boys, who entered Saturday’s quarterfinal with a record of just six wins and 13 losses for the season and moved on by upsetting the fourth-ranked Gardiner Tigers 57-53.On the girls’ side, the Trojans, who were picked by many to claim their second straight Eastern Maine title after cruising to an 18-0 record in this year’s regular season, ran into a ninth-seeded Gardiner team that was ready, willing and able to play the role of giant killer. The Tigers did just that, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on back-to-back three pointers by senior guard Morgan Carver and freshman forward Logan Granholm. They never let that lead get away.The Trojans started out cold from the floor, missing shot after shot, and they never really warmed up.Sophomore guard Darcy Kanu came off the bench to gift the Trojans a brief lift late in the first period, picking off an errant Gardiner pass and racing down the court for a layup, then scoring on a drive to the hoop and converting the ensuing foul shot to leave the Trojans trailing only a single point, 14-13, at the buzzer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut that was as close as MDI would ever get.After Gardiner senior Savannah Vinton-Mullens opened the second period with a three-pointer, MDI twice cut the lead back to two points. But the Tigers got another three-pointer by Carver and a pair of foul shots from sophomore Mary Toman late in the quarter to take a 27-21 lead into the halftime break.The Tigers opened with a roar in the third period, scoring 12 unanswered points to build a 39-21 lead. Meanwhile, the Trojan shooters continued to struggle and before the period was over, Gardiner held a lead of as many as 21 points.MDI finally put together a rally in the fourth period, with a driving layup by senior guard Sarah Phelps, a pull-up jumper by junior forward Kelsey Shaw, a drive to the hoop by senior forward Molly Carroll and a three-pointer by Shaw, cutting the Gardiner lead to 52-40 with 5:04 to go.But for the rest of the way, each time the Trojans scored, the Tigers would match them.And with MDI losing junior guard Sierra Tapley, Shaw and Phelps on fouls, the firepower just wasn’t there to cut further into the Gardiner lead.Shaw, even though frequently off the mark with her shots, finished with a team-high 20 points, and Kanu and Phelps each added eight for MDI. Tapley, frequently one of MDI’s leading scorers, managed just six points for the game, all of them in the first half.For the Tigers, who upped their record to 9-11, Carver led all scorers with 23 points, Granholm had 13 and Toman finished with 10, all in the second half.As for the Trojan boys, they gave MDI fans plenty to cheer about in the first game of the afternoon session, where they edged away from the Gardiner boys in the final minutes of the fourth period to notch their second upset win of the tourney. The youthful Trojans, with just two seniors on the squad, knocked off the fifth-seeded Ellsworth Eagles 52-45 in a preliminary playoff just three days earlier.The boys’ quarterfinal was a tight battle from start to finish with no more than six points ever separating the two teams.The Tigers edged in front 11-9 in the first period and pushed the lead to 15-9 on back-to-back baskets by senior forward Bradley Weston and junior center Jordan Lamb to open the second period.But a pair of sophomores gave MDI a 16-15 lead as Gus Reeves scored from underneath the basket and Riley Swanson followed with a driving layup and a three-pointer.Lamb put the Tigers back in front on a drive to the hoop, but sophomore forward Graham Good closed the period with a conventional three-point play to give the Trojans a 19-17 halftime edge.The two teams matched basket for basket through the third period before Swanson knocked down a three-pointer to close the quarter with a 34-31 Trojan lead.MDI pushed the lead to five points three times in the early moments of the fourth period, but each time the Tigers battled back and with two minutes to go, the Trojans were clinging to a 49-47 lead.Sophomore forward Russell Kropff came off the bench after an MDI time-out and scored eight points in the final two minutes, wrapping up the scoring with a driving layup after senior forward Seth McFarland, who had 14 second-half points and 18 for the game, put the Tigers just two points back at 55-53.Eight players contributed to the scoring for MDI. Swanson led the way with 17 points. Kropff and sophomore guard Aaron Snurkowski each finished with 10, with Kropff’s points all coming in the second half.MDI will now face the top-seeded Medomak Valley Panthers in semifinal action on Wednesday at 8:35 p.m. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Over 200 Schools in Lagos Set for Heritage Bank Skoolympics

first_imgOver 6,000 students from about 200 public and private schools from all the local government of Lagos State are expected to participate at the maiden edition of Heritage Bank Skoolimpics.At a press conference at the Molade Okoya Thomas Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday to herald the event, the Executive Director, Lagos and South-west/Corporate Banking of Heritage Bank, Mrs. Mary Akpobome, said the bank was spearheading the noble project in the state because Lagos State has been known to be successful in driving sports initiatives.In his address, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Sports, Deji Tinubu, said the state is excited at the project because it will help to develop youths in the state in a disciplined manner. “One of the teachings of the t state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is to take the kids away from various kinds of social ills that every kid should participate in at least one sport. We want to go back to the old days when secondary students were already sporting heroes even while still in school.“The future stars are the ones in secondary schools now and if we don’t tap their talent now we would be losing a generation of sporting heroes,” Tinubu noted.Brand Ambassador of Heritage Bank Skoolympics, Mary Onyali, appealed to stakeholders to make the event a continuous project, saying it would be of immense benefit to Nigerian children.The completion will take place in two venues- the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and Rowe Park Sport in Yaba, between November 2 to 4.Five sports, which include basketball, athletics, handball, table tennis and swimming, will feature at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mertens Vows to Help Osimhen Settle in at Napoli

first_img“It’s difficult to come from another country and settle in, we must help them fit in here,” stressed the Belgian international.Napoli are expected to announce the deal to sign Osimhen from Lille with Italian sources assuring it’s €50m plus bonuses and Orestis Karnezis.Italian sporting press reported yesterday that little details like commissions to agents and the payment schedule rather than any serious issues are the things delaying the announcement of the deal by Napoli.The 21-year-old Osimhen has been in stellar form for the Ligue 1, with the forward scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances as Lille finished the 2019-20 season in fourth place.Osimhen only signed for the French Ligue 1 club last year from Sporting Charleroi after impressing on loan at the Belgian First Division A side in the 2018-19 season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Femi Solajawith agency reportAhead of Napoli’s announcement of Victor Osimhen’s switch to the Naples-based club, Belgian forward and the Serie A team’s star, Dries Mertens has promised to help the Nigerian starlet settle in the Italian squad next season.“I want to help the team and the young people like Victor (Osimhen), that’s my future. I want to help Osimhen and Petagna, we can play together.last_img read more

Junior defenseman succeeding by going unnoticed

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoWhen taking in a Wisconsin men’s hockey game at the Kohl Center, Matt Olinger is probably not the first player you notice on the ice. In fact, he may be the last.But if you ask him and his coaches, the junior defenseman is actually playing his best hockey if you don’t even notice him at all.”A compliment you would like to give a defenseman like Matt is: ‘I didn’t notice you all game,'” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.There are not a lot of times that an athlete would consider a statement like that much of a compliment, but Olinger is the perfect example. And he doesn’t try to use any sort of smoke and mirrors in describing his role for UW.”I’m a third line D-man — just go out there and my job is not to get noticed,” the junior blue liner said. “If I don’t get noticed out there, that means I’ve done my job. If I am getting noticed, I’m making mistakes.”Being a stay-at-home defenseman also means taking a hit on the statistic sheets.Olinger has played in all but one of Wisconsin’s 24 games so far this season yet doesn’t have a single goal or assist to show for it. In his 78 career games as a Badger, he has four assists.For his teammates, those numbers are fine.”He’s doing a great job, we couldn’t ask for any more out of him,” assistant captain and fellow defenseman Tom Gilbert said. “He’s fundamentally sound, he’s tough, he wins one-on-one battles.”But while UW needs scorers like Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski, it’s not always about the goals and glamour.”[My role] is fine with me — I’ve grown into it the last three years,” Olinger said. “[Coach Mark Osiecki] and Coach [Troy] Ward have helped me fit that role and I think I’m doing a pretty good job right now.””I think you have to play to your strengths,” Eaves said. “He recognizes what his strengths are. His strength is getting the puck into the hands of the scorers and letting them do their thing.”But it hasn’t always necessarily been quite that way. While he has never been an offensive-minded defenseman, his numbers show that playing on the blue line didn’t always keep him from scoring.The Madison native had 40 points in 68 games while playing for the Madison Capitols in the 1999-00 season. But his shift towards more of a defensive presence occurred in his three years with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.There, he had just 31 points in 156 games.”Ever since I’ve played, I’ve tended to lean that way,” Olinger said of his defense-first mentality. “Ever since I came here, it is even more that way now.”Even though he didn’t post big numbers in the USHL, that didn’t keep him from winning awards as the Cedar Rapids’ best defenseman, most dedicated player and the Rough Rider Award after the 2002-03 season.But his shift towards being a stay-at-home defenseman was just part of his story, a journey which began with a young Olinger growing up watching the Badgers and has ended with him donning the cardinal and white himself.”Since I was a little kid, I’ve been coming to these games,” Olinger said. “I’ve seen the 1990 team win the national championship, I’ve seen all the goaltenders in net — it’s just a dream come true.”The road to his dream was one that he had never even thought about as he went through high school.He was happy just playing Midget hockey for the Capitols and knew barely anything about junior hockey. Things changed quickly.”A lot of the junior teams came and watched me play, but I didn’t know much about it,” Olinger said. “I started talking to coaches, and I started learning about this whole other world of junior hockey.”Soon after, he found himself trying out for Cedar Rapids and Des Moines and received yet another surprise when he was actually picked up by the Rough Riders.”I wasn’t expecting to go,” Olinger said.The move meant leaving Madison Edgewood High School a year early to move away from home, living with a whole new housing family and taking on the rigors of playing junior hockey while finishing high school.If you thought leaving for college after graduation was bad, imagine leaving a year earlier when you least expected it.”I wasn’t ready for that right away,” Olinger said. “I thought I was going to be here in Madison, going to Edgewood for my senior year, and then all of the sudden, I’m leaving. It was a big change in my life.”It’s an interesting change that most high-school kids — and most athletes for that matter — don’t even have an opportunity to have but one that Olinger embraced and used to mature both on and off the ice.He parlayed that experience into quick success at and away from the rink at UW.”I had a chance to go out and learn how to be responsible,” Olinger said. “I had already been away [from home]. It helped me transition into playing college hockey and living on my own.”Those few years helped Olinger achieve his childhood dream, and despite his lack of scoring, hasn’t disappointed in his three-year career.He won the award for Most Improved Player his freshman year and hasn’t looked back. He has taken on more of a leadership role and has become more of a voice in the locker room this season.”He’s come full circle already, both on and off the ice,” Wisconsin senior captain Adam Burish said. “His first two years here, he wouldn’t say a word. Now every game he’s in there saying stuff, which is good. And on the ice, his confidence level has risen.”This weekend Olinger, who grew up loving the Badgers and hating the Minnesota Gophers, will write another chapter into his fairy tale at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Syracuse looks to improve offense against stingy Virginia defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ DURHAM, N.C. — The prevailing answer to Syracuse’s offensive futility on Saturday night was that the Orange has to “keep taking good shots.”But the biggest problem in SU’s 19-point loss to Duke was that “good shots” were at a heavy premium. The Blue Devils’ man-to-man defense all but physically shrunk the court while holding Syracuse to just 19 makes on 62 attempts — with a focus on keeping drivers out of the paint and the ball out of Rakeem Christmas’ hands. And if any team is built to duplicate, or even one up, Duke’s defensive clinic, it’s Virginia. The Orange (18-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) welcomes the No. 2 Cavaliers (27-1, 15-1) for a 7 p.m. game in the Carrier Dome on Monday night, when the conference’s best defense will meet one of its coldest offenses. UVA holds opponents to a 35.2 percent shooting clip — the country’s second-best average behind No. 1 Kentucky — and the SU guards will need to step up after stumbling at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “We just have to move the ball better and really attack it better,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said after the Duke game of facing Virginia’s defense. “Our movement wasn’t there tonight and because of that our other stuff wasn’t there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we’re moving, when you look back at games, that’s when we’re at our best offensively. Just movement wasn’t there.”After Saturday’s game, SU head coach Jim Boeheim looked at the open shots his team missed instead of the ones it couldn’t create. He mentioned missed transition 3s by Cooney, Michael Gbinije and B.J. Johnson, and added that Syracuse had to “make some of them, if not all of them, to be in the game.”That will also be the case against Virginia and, since the Cavaliers also pride themselves on top-notch transition defense, there could be even less open shots to go around. “We know they’re good and have a really, really good defense,” Christmas said on Saturday. “That’s what we know.”Like the Blue Devils defensive approach on Saturday, UVA’s man-to-man is capable of taking away the low post, perimeter and penetration all at once. The Cavailers’ pack-line defense emphasizes helping in driving lanes, doubling down on big men and closing out hard on shooters, which doesn’t bode well for an Orange team dependent on a small handful of scoring threats. With this defense, the Cavaliers have held three teams below 40 points and three below 30 this season. If SU doesn’t move off the ball, shoot better and ultimately improve the way it lagged against Duke, it could join one of those clubs. “We didn’t spread it out enough tonight and we couldn’t get inside off the dribble,” Gbinije said after the Duke game. “… It’s nice we get to turn around and play right away, and we’ll need to fix those things against a tough Virginia team.” Comments Published on March 2, 2015 at 12:20 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Bennett hits form

first_imgCarrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett just missed out on a podium place at the Trofeo Playa de Palma in Mallorca.The Bora – Argon 18 rider finished 4th in the bunch sprint which decided the 168 kilometre event. Victory went to IAM Cyclings Matteo Pelucchi.last_img

Lowry continues preparations for St Andrews

first_imgAfter finishing in a tie for 9th place at last week’s US Open, Lowry has broken back into the world’s top 50 and will be looking to continue his good form in the build-up to next month’s Open Championship at St Andrews.Later this evening, Padraig Harrington is back in action on the PGA Tour when he tees-off at the Travellers Championship.last_img

8th Graders ‘Transitioning to High School’ Parent Informational Meeting to be Held Wednesday, February 8th

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisParents of 8th graders are reminded that their students will be bringing home 9th grade materials on Monday, February 6th.A ‘Transitioning to High School’ parent informational session will be held on Wednesday, February 8th from 6 to 7 pm in the Cafetorium at Thunder Bay Junior High to help parents prepare their child for high school.For more information, parents are asked to contact Alpena High School “E-House” Principal, Romeo Bourdage at 989–358–5217.Another meeting will be set up for All Saints and Immanuel Lutheran students in the future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: All Saints, High School, Immanuel Lutheran School, Junior High, Parent Meeting, Parents, Romeo Bourdage, Thunder Bay Junior HighContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office Handle 46 Complaints, Make 30 Traffic Stops, Issue 3 Citations, 1st Week in FebruaryNext AHS Key Club Need Your Post ‘Super Bowl’ Bottles to go to Service Leadership Conferencelast_img read more