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first_imgAthletics East New Britain athletes Sharon Toako and Annie Topal were in great form last weekend helping their New Mexico Highlands University Team win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships in Golden, Colorado. The Conference Championships are the highlight of the track season for most NCAA College athletes with only those who hit the qualifying marks going on to represent their schools at the National Championships. The RMAC championships brought together athletes from 14 universities from around Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska and Utah for a weekend of competition in the full range of track and field events. Toako continued her recent great run of form with a championships record throw of 48.36m to win the Javelin, giving a whopping margin of 9 metres over the second placed athlete. This mark is a conference record, being the best women’s Javelin throw ever at the Championships, eclipsing the previous mark of 47.10 which was set in 1999. Toako is ranked second in the country in NCAA division two as she now turns her attention to the nationals which will be in Charlotte North Carolina later this month. Topal was also in great form setting personal best performances in the long jump, triple jump and 400m hurdles. The 21-year-old, competing in only her first season in the USA was placed third in the long jump with 5.99m which was a significant improvement on her previous best of 5.52m and as expected Topal went on to win the triple jump. Her triple jump mark of 12.82 also ranks her second in the country in NCAA D2 competition. After clocking a personal best 62.23 seconds in the heats of the 400m hurdles Topal was expected to challenge for first place in the final but had to settle for fourth in 63.42 after hitting the sixth hurdle quite hard. Meanwhile another athlete hoping to make it to the nationals is Poro Gahekave who will compete in the Lone Star Conference Championships this weekend representing Lubbock Christian University. Gahekave has been in fine form recently clocking personal best times in the 800m (2:15.13); 1500m (4:45.05); and 3000m steeplechase (11min18.82). Sprinter Afure Adah who recently attended the Commonwealth Games is already assured of her place at nationals as her Minnesota State team are currently ranked Number 1 in Division Two in the 4x100m relay.last_img read more

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – When the camera cuts to the fans at the Iron Bowl, keep an eye out for two of the Montgomery area’s top prospects.Auburn commit Jalen Harris from St. James, and Alabama commit Brandon Kennedy from Wetumpka made the trip to Tuscaloosa to watch the Tigers and the Tide square off before joining them on the field next season.“When I go to the game, I’m just looking for a good vibe from all the fans,” Harris said. “It’s good to see all the fans getting after it and just being loud and cheering on their team. And seeing the players hyped before the game, with the pregame music. On those third downs when Auburn needs a stop and it just gets that much louder, that’s a plus.”Harris – a 6-5, 238-pound 3-star tight end – caught 23 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns for the Trojans. He committed Auburn in June and was selected to the 28th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game on Dec. 13 at Cramton Bowl.Kennedy – a 6-2, 293-pound 4-star offensive lineman – will also be at the Alabama-Mississippi game, as well as the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Florida.“I’m just most looking to being with the commits and having a good time and just seeing a good game from Alabama,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said he expects to see fellow 4-star Alabama commit Lester Cotton from Central-Tuscaloosa, and Harris plans to meet with 4-star Auburn commit Darrell Williams from Hoover.Will the rivalry get the best of them if they bump into each other?“Just a little friendly trash talking every now and then,” Harris said. “When I’m around Montgomery with a bunch of Alabama fans it’s like that. But it’s all in fun.”Both players said they keep an eye on their respective positions when the rival teams face off.“I always look at the offensive line and see how well they’re doing,” Kennedy said. “I just know that I need work to get better because I want to get to where they are.”Kennedy said he’s gotten a few “Roll Tides” on his previous visits, and fans are already flocking to Harris.“I’ll get ‘War Eagles,’ or take a picture or something like that,” Harris said. “I’ve even had someone ask me to sign something for them.”Alabama currently has the No. 1 recruiting class and Auburn is ranked 11th, according to 247Sports.“I’m just looking for a good game between two big powerhouse SEC schools,” said Harris prior to the game. “It’s just going to be a real good game. It’s the biggest rivalry in Alabama, everybody knows about Alabama vs. Auburn. I just can’t wait to see some good football.”Wetumpka High School's Brandon Kennedy (73) during football practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2014.Wetumpka High School’s Brandon Kennedy (73) during football practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto © Irish Racing Tipperary jockey Shane Crosse has five rides at Dundalk this evening.The Cahir native was crowned champion apprentice at Naas on Sunday.The 17 year old will fancy his chances of glory this evening on Commodus in 6 o’clock handicap and Vhagar in the 6.30 maiden. The first of eight races on the all-weather track gets underway at 5.30.last_img

first_img Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Omg this is awesome 🙂 MANCHESTER UNITED face LASK in a Europa League last 16 tie which should be pretty plain sailing.Odion Ighalo inspired the Red Devils to a 5-0 first leg win in Austria back in March leaving them with plenty of wriggle room at Old Trafford.Manchester United secured Champions League football by beating LeicesterCredit: AFP or licensorsThe competition also takes on less significance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than it might have done after United secured a Champions League spot with a 2-0 win at Leicester last week.What time does Man Utd vs LASK kick off?Man Utd take on Lask on Wednesday, August 5.The match kicks off at 8pm.It will be played behind closed doors at Old Trafford.What TV channel is Man Utd vs LASK on and can I live stream it?Man Utd vs LASK is live on BT Sport 1.Coverage commences at 7.30pm – half an hour before kick off.To live stream head to the BT Sport website or app.How can I watch Man Utd vs LASK FREE?Team newsOle Gunnar Solskjaer will be expected to ring the changes for this one, ahead of an almost certain quarter-final next week.Odion Ighalo will expect to start with the likes of Daniel James and Diogo Dalot also likely to play their part.It remains to be seen whether youngsters such as James Garner, Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi. Meanwhile their opponents have had a change of manager since the first leg, with Valerien Ismael replaced by former Austria women’s manager Dominik Thalhammer.Latest oddsLatest odds from Ladbrokes are as follows:Man Utd 2/9Draw 5/1LASK 14/1Both teams to score 21/20 center_img Football player touch female referee s breast! Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelslast_img read more

first_imgIMCA will announce mid-week before the dates bonuses are to be awarded at each track.  The second $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus of the season will be paid to the May 30 Late Model winner at 34. Hot laps are scheduled to take to the track at 6:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Sunoco bonuses will be presented at Late Model sanctioned tracks this year. Drivers are eligible for one bonus during the 2020 racing season. Jeff Aikey was the winner at Independence Motor Speedway last Saturday night.center_img While the grandstand will be closed, fans will have the opportunity to watch the night’s racing action by logging on to IMCA.tv or affiliate DoneRight.tv. The live streaming service will carry a one-time charge and will not require a membership to watch from the comfort of your living room. WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The payday got even better for the winner of Saturday’s main event for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at 34 Raceway. last_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell practices during baseball spring training, in Bradenton, Fla.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Overall, Josh Bell had a fine rookie season in 2017.The Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous winner Cody Bellinger of the Los Angles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong.Bell’s 26 home runs established an NL rookie record for a switch-hitter. He also had a .255 batting average and a team-high 90 RBIs in 159 games.However, the 25-year-old Bell is looking for more consistency after a slow start and cold finish last year. He arrived at spring training nearly a full month before the reporting day.“I felt it was important to shake the cobwebs off earlier this year,” Bell said. “Some guys can roll out of bed and be ready to play in a game. I’m not that way. I need more time to prepare and the more prepared I am the more confident I am that I’ll perform well.”Bell hit just .214 with two homers in his first 20 games last season after arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his left knee two weeks before spring training opened. However, the Pirates gave no thought of sending him back to Triple-A Indianapolis.“Josh was still trying to literally get his legs under him,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was a little frustrating for him and we had to pump the air breaks a few times.”Bell was hitting .262 with 23 home runs at the end of August. But he hit just .221 with three homers in his last 27 games.The poor finish caused Bell to change his offseason itinerary.He originally planned to drive the length of the Pacific Coast Highway to take in some breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Instead, he stayed home in Dallas and spent extra time in the weight room and batting cage.“You always want to finish the season strong and go into the offseason with a good feeling,” Bell said. “I was very disappointed with the way last season ended. I don’t want that to happen again this year. I tried to take safeguards to avoid that from happening.”The Pirates, though, were pleased with Bell’s performance.“There were some ups and downs but you’re going to have that with young players,” Hurdle said. “I like what Josh Bell did last season and I like what he can do us going forward. I like Josh Bell a lot.”The Pirates also appreciated Bell’s defense graded well in advanced metrics. He was shifted to first base from outfield in instructional league following the 2014 season.“I’ve put a lot of time into learning the position and it felt like everything started really coming together last year,” Bell said.The Pirates have had high hopes for Bell since selecting him with the first pick of the second round of the 2011 amateur draft.“Josh is one of the young, potential leaders of this group,” Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said. “He had a great rookie season, and instead of taking a deep breath and saying, `I’ve got this thing figure out,’ he wants to go to the next level. He wants to be a good player for a very long time.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img

first_imgAll knots and snarls, a series of small mushroom clouds exploding from his jowls.The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker knows it’s time for a trim but he’s a little particular about the way he wants it cut, so Matakevich decided to hold off until he could get back home to Connecticut, where a good friend has doubled as his barber for years.Then organized team activities and minicamp started and the itching nearly became too much.“I sort of forgot that it’s a little different when it’s hot out,” Matakevich said with a laugh. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyler Matakevich’s signature red beard is a jagged mess. In this photo from June 13, 2018, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich (44) takes part in an NFL football practice in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)center_img The player nicknamed “Dirty Red” by coach Mike Tomlin as a rookie two years ago expects to have the beard a little more under control when the Steelers report for training camp next month.FILE – In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich (44) runs a drill during NFL football practice in Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin gave Tyler Matakevich the nickname “Dirty Red” when the Steelers linebacker was a rookie as a tribute to his mane of red hair and his relentless play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)Considering the workload Matakevich could carry in 2018, that’s probably wise.The seventh-round pick in 2016 will be given every chance to earn the starting linebacker spot created by Ryan Shazier’s spinal injury.No pressure or anything, all Matakevich has to do is take over for a Pro Bowler and good friend who also happened to be one of the most physically gifted players in the NFL.Matakevich is doing it by leaning on Shazier, who has become a de facto coach while continuing his recovery from the collision in Cincinnati last December that altered both the course of his career and his life.When Matakevich wasn’t sure about a specific coverage during a workout on Tuesday, he trotted over to Shazier’s golf cart and started peppering him with questions.“I saw like, ‘Hey Bro, what are we doing here?’ Stuff like that,” Matakevich said. “He just helps you out. I’m so thankful for that.”And for the opportunity to play at all. The Steelers took a flyer on Matakevich when they selected him with the 246th overall pick in the 2016 draft following a highly productive college career at Temple in which he recorded at least 100 tackles in each of his four seasons.The numbers and the awards — such as being the 2015 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year — were hard to dismiss.So too, were the other ones. Like his sluggish 4.81-second 40-yard dash time at the combine and his 6-foot-1, 235-pound frame that makes him more fire hydrant than fighter jet.Still, Matakevich carved out a roster spot by making himself a special teams ace — he’s already blocked two punts in two seasons — and is keenly aware that in most places the prospects for seventh-rounders is iffy at best. Pittsburgh, however, is not most places.“These coaches love you,” Matakevich said. “They’re going to tell you what you need to do to be successful. They’re going to put you in the right spots and at the end of the day it’s on you. You’ve got to be able to do whatever it takes.”Inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky understands Matakevich isn’t Shazier or former Steeler Lawrence Timmons, but he is refusing to hold Matakevich to a different standard.“He might not be big enough,” Olsavsky said. “He might not line up like Lawrence and Ryan … but if you just look at the plays he’s made here, you’re like, ‘wow, that guy’s made a lot of plays.’”The key will be doing it on a more regular basis and staying on the field.Shortly after Shazier’s wrenching exit, Matakevich found himself on the sideline when the left shoulder problems he’d been battling all season simply became too much to bear. He spent most of the season wearing a harness during games to protect it after initially tweaking his labrum in Kansas City in mid-October.When a Bengals player bumped into him in the third quarter on Dec. 4, the shoulder was cooked for good.“They tried, even once they got it in I was like, ‘Alright, let’s go’ and they were like ’You’re not going anywhere,’” Matakevich said. “It was frustrating because those opportunities don’t come around too often.”There’s a small three-inch scar on the front of Matakevich’s left shoulder, a reminder of the procedure that took care of his labrum, his rotator cuff and his biceps in one fell swoop. The arm that he admits was “just hanging there” for much of last season is now fully healthy.The front office is so encouraged by Matakevich’s progress it opted not to use a draft pick on a linebacker for the first time since 2010.General manager Kevin Colbert made it a point to bring up Matakevich’s name unprompted in the aftermath and Matakevich heard the message loud and clear even as the team signed well-traveled veteran Jon Bostic as insurance.“It makes you really believe in yourself because you know that the guys upstairs believe in you,” Matakevich said.There’s no question that Matakevich has earned the belief of the guy he may line up alongside. In many ways he’s following in Vince Williams’ footsteps. A former sixth-round pick himself, Williams is now the elder statesmen in the linebackers’ room thanks in part to his skill and work ethic. He sees the same things in Matakevich.“He’s smart. He understands the game. He understands what it takes to be a pro,” Williams said. “He takes care of his body. He studies. That’s really all you can expect from him right now.”Well that and maybe a haircut by the time the team reports to Saint Vincent College on July 25, when Tomlin is expected to shout “Dirty Red” early and often. That’s fine by Matakevich.“You can call me whatever you want,” Matakevich said. “Just keep me around.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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