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  • Update on the latest sports

    first_img March 16, 2020 Owners are adding two playoff teams, bringing the total to 14. That will occur this season, with only the top team in each conference getting a wild-card bye.Additionally, the league’s business season will start as scheduled on Wednesday. However, there was no immediate word on timing and potential format changes for the draft, scheduled for Las Vegas from April 23-25.In other NFL news:— The Titans are keeping the quarterback who led them within a victory of the Super Bowl, agreeing to a four-year, $118 million extension with Ryan Tannehill. The Titans went 7-3 over their final 10 regular-season games after Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah). Tannehill was 9-4 as a starter last season and led the NFL with a career-best 117.5 passer rating, the fourth-highest in NFL history and a franchise best. He threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions during the regular season after coming to Tennessee from the Dolphins.— The Patriots have extended the contract of safety Devin McCourty, who is eighth in team history with 26 interceptions. The 32-year-old McCourty has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with New England. — The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The MLS team says the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.” The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus.— The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Circuit of the Americas — in Austin — was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled.— The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages have suspended operation. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.— Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.— Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCDC hints sports schedules could be shut down through AprilUNDATED (AP) — The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned. Associated Press —Greece’s Olympic committee says the handover ceremony for the Olympic flame for the Tokyo games scheduled this Thursday will take place behind closed doors as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Greek health authorities have warned all people to stay at home, and have shut restaurants, bars and cafes, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters to curb the virus. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.— A New York Yankees minor league prospect has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Yankees didn’t identify the player, who is the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. The team said the player had spent his entire time at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, and hadn’t been over at the main stadium and facilities used by the major leaguers.— NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced on Sunday. Gavitt says there’s not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating. College basketball’s showcase was canceled Thursday. That led to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.— The Marlins became the first organization to completely close their complex, sending players home from Jupiter, Florida. The Rangers followed suit, closing down their camp in Arizona.— Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the coronavirus. NFL-NEWSNFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL will have labor peace through at least the 2030 season.Players have approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players. The package was accepted by the 32 team owners last month and was initially rejected by the union’s executive board by a 6-5 vote. Player representatives voted 17-14 in favor, with one abstention. Union members had the final say and approved it by a 1,109-959 margin.The 17-game schedule won’t happen before the 2021 season. The mechanics for an uneven number of games will be worked out in the interim, with the possibility of the extra game being played on neutral sites. — A person familiar with the trade says the Ravens have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick in next month’s draft. The 33-year-old Campbell was due to earn $15 million this season and count $17.5 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. He’s expected to agree to a revised deal with the Ravens.— Falcons defensive tackle Tyeler Davison has agreed to a three-year contract extension. Davison started 12 of 16 games for Atlanta last season, recording a career-high 55 tackles with one sack and one fumble recovery.— Veteran tackle Anthony Castonzo has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Colts. The 31-year-old has been the anchor of the offensive line since he arrived in 2011 as a first-round pick. Castonzo has started all 132 games he has appeared in during his NFL career, plus eight postseason games.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUE-KOEPKAKoepka passing on Premier Golf League New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday night seem to suggest that sports in this country could for all intents and purposes be gone until May, if not later.That’s twice as long as the 30-day shutdowns that the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer decided to put into place last week. The league suspensions were in response to the global coronavirus pandemic that has already made a deep impact on the U.S. financial markets and has been blamed for at least 64 deaths in this country.Major League Baseball also was going with what essentially was a 30-day shutdown after canceling the rest of spring training and pushing back the start of regular season play for two weeks; Opening Day was to have been March 26.In other virus-related news: The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”— Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The proposed Premier Golf League is getting the cold shoulder from at least two of the game’s top players.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) tells The Associated Press he has no interest in the league, saying he has “a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.” With golf shutting down over concerns about the new coronavirus, Koepka said he wanted it made clear he wasn’t going anywhere.Koepka was the top-ranked golfer until Rory McIlroy replaced him last month. McIlroy already has passed in the Premier Golf League, saying he valued his freedom to decide when and where to play instead of the proposed schedule of 18 tournaments, not including the majors.Koepka’s decision is another setback to a league promising guaranteed money and a team concept.PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan made it clear in a memo to players in late January that its tour members could not play both.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

  • The Latest: Kentucky’s athletics budget proposal dips

    first_imgMichigan State also said no athletic department staff members tested positive. One Michigan State athlete did not report to campus after testing positive at home last week.Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said if sports are played this fall, it would not be a normal season with capacity crowds at Michigan Stadium.“Will it be 50% or 30% or 20% or 10, or zero? I’m not sure,” Manuel said. “That’ll be a combination of listening to our public health officials, knowing what our stadium capacity can handle, given the direction that is put out by the governor’s office or the university.”Manuel also stood by comments he made previously that he couldn’t envision sports at Michigan without students being on campus.“If it’s declared that … our students can’t come back to campus for class, why would I ask a student-athlete to come back and participate in sports?” Manuel said. “It’s against how I think about our student-athletes. They are students first.” The NCAA on Wednesday approved plans for an extended preseason to give teams more time to hold walk-throughs. With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out spring practice for most teams, along with the usual required summer activities for players such as weight training and film study, schools want to make up for lost preparation time.___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel.Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12. June 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Kentucky’s proposed athletics budget includes a 17% reduction in adjusted operating expenses to account for projected decreases in ticket revenue. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19.The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results. Hoiberg is entering his second season at Nebraska. His parents are Nebraska graduates and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954-63. ___The University of Texas announced that 13 football players tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation.Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. The Latest: Kentucky’s athletics budget proposal dips The virus outbreak prompted the NBA to halt play on March 11. The WNBA has yet to begin the 2020 season. ___A limited number of spectators will be allowed at Iowa Speedway each night for IndyCar races July 17-18.About 5,000-6,000 tickets will be available each night at the facility, which has more than 25,000 permanent seats. Groups of fans will be separated by at least 6 feet in order to align with state guidelines for COVID-19 at the oval track, which is just under a mile long.All tickets previously purchased for the Iowa races will be honored, including season tickets. But seating will be reassigned for all existent ticketholders in order to follow safe social distancing guidelines. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase. Associated Press center_img Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.” ___Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will donate a portion of their salaries to the athletic department’s general operating fund to help offset revenue shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic.The athletic department said in a statement Thursday the amount of the donations would be determined when the 2021 budget is closer to being finalized.Frost’s salary is $5 million this year. Hoiberg is set to earn $3 million.Frost is in his third year as head coach. He grew up in Wood River and was Cornhuskers quarterback in 1996-97. His father played football for the Huskers, and his mother was a standout on the track team and is in the school’s athletic hall of fame. More AP sports: and PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. The proposed budget of $148.5 million is down from nearly $156.5 million for 2019-20. That total includes a $7.5 million reduction in the adjusted operating budget to $37.1 million. The program will cut nearly $1.5 million for team travel and anticipates about $4.3 million less in K Fund donations.The department says in a release that the self-sufficient program anticipates hosting events as scheduled. But it’s monitoring COVID-19 and adds that it will work with partners if developments force budget adjustments.___The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce. Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.”Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___ IndyCar didn’t allow fans for its first race of this season June 6 at Texas, and no spectators will be at the next race July 4 on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets are already on sale for the two races July 11-12 at Road America in Wisconsin, on the 4-mile, 14-turn road course.___Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes on Monday, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days.Michigan also disclosed results from its testing. Sami Rifat, a physician with the athletic department, says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests.“Both of those individuals were completely asymptomatic at the time of the testing. None of our staff have tested positive,” Rifat said in a video conference Thursday.last_img read more

  • Being 20 points ahead of this Man City side was unthinkable, says Klopp

    first_img(REUTERS) – Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp says he is amazed that they are 20 points ahead of a strong Manchester City squad but that he is not focussed on whether Pep Guardiola’s side can catch up in the Premier League title race.Klopp said he watched City beat Burnley 5-0 on Monday and marvelled at their dominance as Guardiola made eight changes to the starting lineup to showcase their squad depth.Liverpool are due to play City on July 2, after Guardiola’s side play Chelsea, and the title could be decided by then with seven games to go but Klopp said his sole focus was on today’s opponents, Crystal Palace.“What I realised when I watched the game last night was how is it possible that any team is 20 points ahead of this team, that’s unthinkable,” Klopp told reporters in a virtual news conference.“We must have, obviously, done a couple of things really well and right. But no, I don’t think about whether City can catch us, I think about Crystal Palace … I’m only concerned about what we are doing in the next game and not what City are doing. “I watch them because we play them in nine days, not for hoping that they lose. I wanted them to lose last year against Leicester (City) but that didn’t work really well so that’s why I stopped doing that.”City pipped Liverpool to the title last season by a single point and the turning point was a hard-fought 1-0 win over Leicester City in their penultimate game. Palace were the last team to win a league match at Anfield back in 2017 and Roy Hodgson’s side come into the contest on the back of a four-match winning run.“Roy is doing an incredible job there,” Klopp said. “The organisation of the team is really at the highest level; the team is physically strong with a good setup.“They’ve had four games in a row without conceding a goal. It’s all positive from their point of view but we have our own targets.” Klopp confirmed Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson were back in contention but James Milner and Joel Matip would not be available.last_img read more

  • Unbeaten Women of Troy host USC Classic

    first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team began the season with two road tournaments, winning all three games in each event. Now, the No. 6 Women of Troy (6-0) look to defend their home court as they host the USC Classic on Thursday and Friday at the Galen Center.Serial killer · Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio has started the year on a high note, recording 66 kills in the team’s first six games. – Ralph Cheung | Daily Trojan The team will face Texas A&M on Thursday and No. 20 Florida on Friday. No. 13 San Diego will also compete in the tournament, but they are slated to play only Texas A&M and Florida.Despite concerns regarding the team’s youth, the Women of Troy already dominated both the Community Bankers Volleyball Classic in Stockton, California and the Commonwealth Classic in Lexington, Kentucky this season. In three of their six matches, the Women of Troy didn’t give up a single set. In addition, the Women of Troy have given up two sets in a match to an opponent only once so far this season, against the host Pacific Tigers in the Community Bankers Volleyball Classic.Head coach Mick Haley was impressed with his team’s performance in Kentucky and believes they are ready for their home tournament this weekend.“All of the competition was as good or better than the competition we played the week before [in the Community Bankers Volleyball Classic],” Haley said. “We came out of there with three wins. We only lost one set. This competition this week probably is going to be as good.”Haley also said that finally playing at home will help his team.“For the players, it’s a fresh breath of air,” Haley said. “They get to sleep in their own beds. They’re right here on campus [and] they get to play in front of their own fans. For them, it’s a real treat.”The Women of Troy showed why they are ranked No. 6 in the nation in the two tournaments, but Haley says there are still changes that need to be made.“We’re growing and we’re getting better,” Haley said. “But we’re still a work in progress.”So far this season, USC has received major contributions from a number of players. Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio leads the team so far this season with 66 kills and has recorded more than half of the team’s service aces with 20. Bricio also has been strong on defense, recording the fourth-most digs so far this season for the Women of Troy with 56.Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu made her season debut on the volleyball court during the Women of Troy’s game against Kentucky in the Commonwealth Classic, and she started to make an impact almost immediately. In only three games this season, Nwanebu already ranks fourth on the team in kills with 37, fourth in hitting percentage at .390 and owns the highest kills per set average on the team at 3.70.The Lucas, Texas native said she missed her time on the court and is glad to be contributing again.“It feels awesome,” said Nwanebu. “I didn’t realize how much I would miss it until I was actually playing again. I hope to never have an injury like that again. It was awful sitting out for that long. The girls were just amazing. Through everything, they supported me.”Nwanebu also said her leadership role with the team is mainly to help her teammates bond more.“I feel like my leadership is just to try to make them feel more part of the team,” she said. “I just try to get their confidence up like the older girls did for me.”Other notable players on the team that have made a difference early on include senior setter Hayley Crone, sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola, freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis and sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham. Crone and Pizzasegola have excelled at their position, setting up 248 kills combined this season.Even more impressive is that those 248 assists are more than the total amount of assists USC has allowed from all their opponents combined this season. Gillis currently ranks second in both kills and digs for the Women of Troy with 53 and 63, respectively. Whittingham leads the team in digs with 67, in addition to 11 assists.Gillis says she had a great time on the six-game road trip to begin the season.“I think it was fun,” Gillis said. “I liked going on the road because there is a lot more pressure at home. So, [at] away games, you can just kind of let go.”USC is riding momentum heading into their home tournament this weekend, but winning their own tournament will not be an easy task. Texas A&M holds a 5-1 record and a three game winning streak coming into this tournament. With that said, Texas A&M has likely done well this season in part due to the strength of their schedule. In fact, the six teams Texas A&M has faced this season combine for 12 wins and 23 losses.Texas A&M might also be considered the weakest team in this tournament because they are the only team competing that is not nationally ranked.When they play Texas A&M, the Women of Troy will have to keep an eye on Angela Lowak and Ashlie Reasor. Lowak leads Texas A&M in kills with 57 and has the third-most amount of digs on the team with 49. Reasor has also been a major contributor to Texas A&M, recording 46 kills and 25 digs so far this year.No. 10 Florida has dropped its last two games, but holds a 3-2 record. The team’s two losses were against Florida State and Texas, two top-10 teams.When the Women of Troy play Florida, the focus will be on containing setters Alex Holston and Mackenzie Dagostino. Holston leads her team in kills with 63 and Dagostino has nearly all of her team’s assists this season with 213. Dagostino also has the third-most digs on Florida with 40.San Diego, though they won’t face the Women of Troy, will surely cause problems for Texas A&M and Florida. The Toreros boast a 5-1 record and are currently on a four-game winning streak. Middle hitter Alaysia Brown, setter Jianna Bonomi and outside hitter Sandra Lozic will be the players to watch on San Diego.Brown leads her team in kills with 69 and is third on the team in hitting percentage at .321. Bonomi has collected a team-leading 137 assists  and ranks second on the team in digs with 57. Lozic ranks third on the team in both kills with 47 and digs with 45.It definitely won’t be an easy task to win this weekend for the Women of Troy, but Haley is ready for it based on how his team played last week.“I think Kentucky plays evenly with [Texas] A&M and challenges Florida a bit,” Haley said. “Florida is a very athletic team and they’ll be fun to watch. I think this is another good challenge for us.”last_img read more

  • Manju Rani: “Was confident about medal as I had a good training”

    first_imgLast Updated: 18th October, 2019 22:50 IST Manju Rani: “Was Confident About Medal As I Had A Good Training” Manju Rani says she was certain about winning her silver medal at the World Boxing Championships SUBSCRIBE TO US Session ID: 2020-09-09:a497f1c9d0cf86485a2aea5d Player Element ID: video_player_5f5847a7a602b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manju Rani says she was certain about winning her silver medal at the World Boxing Championships First Published: 18th October, 2019 22:50 IST Digital Desk FOLLOW US 10 months ago Indian Idol 11: Neha Kakkar forcibly kissed by contestant on stage WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago YouTube says consumption of videos in Indian languages growingcenter_img WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Indian Navy committed to enhance cooperation with like-minded navies: Admiral Singh 10 months ago Mumbai: Best places to try scrumptious South Indian dishes in the city LIVE TV COMMENT 10 months ago Kashmiri youth send clear message: ‘I am as Indian as you are’ Written By Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTEDlast_img read more

  • Larry Donajkowski wins 60 Second Inspiration grand prize at BAC’s annual fitness gala

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Throughout the year, you’ve seen plenty of our 60 Second Inspiration stories. The segment reviews the journeys of Bay Athletic Club members whose drive and determination have gotten them on a path to healthier life. Larry Donajkowski was one of those recognized. Now, he’s taken home the grand prize at Bay’s annual fitness gala. You may remember seeing his story back in June.A visit to the doctor for a routine physical in December of 2018 was Larry’s wake up call. He weighed in at nearly 300 pounds, and his doctor suggested she would need to increase the dose of his blood pressure medicine. But Larry took this as a personal challenge.“I wanted no part of that. So I asked her if she could give me six months to improve my health.”That’s when he decided to start taking his diet and his amount of physical activity seriously.“January 1 of 2019 I weighed in at 290 pounds. As of today, I’m down to 191 pounds.Donajkowski says his journey took an incredible amount of will and discipline, and involved him going to the gym five to six times on most weeks. He says he took the time to construct most of his regimen by himself, powering changes with nothing but gym equipment, the internet, and will power.“I just got started by a bunch of google searches. I just replaced a lot of my foods with vegetables, and almost all my foods consisted of lean meat.”His hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed. Donajkowski took home the 60 Second Inspiration grand prize at this year’s annual fitness gala. The husband and father of three walked away with a five hundred dollar gift card and an extraordinary amount of confidence. He says when he first got started, it was hard to envision himself at this point.“Being 43 years old, I never thought I would receive a standing ovation ever again in my life and I’m getting goosebumps right now just thinking about it. So it was pretty awesome.”So far this year, Larry has completed a half marathon, and he has no plans of abandoning his own race for better health. He says he’s thankful to the people at Bay for making the transformation so easygoing.“I highly recommend to anybody who’s looking to kick start their 2020 [to] check out the Bay Athletic Club.”Congratulations are also in order to runners up Ron Garrow and Jennie Handrich.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 60 Second Inspiration, bay athletic club, fitness, Gala, Larry DonajkowskiContinue ReadingPrevious Road Repairs are put on hold due to weather conditionsNext Police confirm one death in Monday crashlast_img read more

  • Kobe Bryant struggles, but he’s not alone in Lakers’ loss

    first_imgBryant also displayed bravado afterward, dismissing any concerns he could complete the 2015-16 season nursing his current workload.“What’s long-term?” Bryant asked before joking with a reporter. “Equinox pick-up games, dude. I’ll post your (butt) up there. It doesn’t matter.”Of course, Bryant’s scoring struggles did not dissuade the continuous fan support surrounding his final NBA season. The Atlanta Zoo named its black mamba after Bryant, a twist on how the Lakers’ star went by the black mamba nickname because the snake’s predator-like qualities symbolized his on-court aggressiveness. Though he called the gesture “pretty darn cool,” Bryant has his limitations. He has reiterated he does not want the Lakers or any opposing teams to shower him with lavish gifts, as the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter and the Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once enjoyed.“What’s been going on with the video tributes and the response from the fans and players as well, to me that’s the most special,” Bryant said. “That’s more special than any gift.”Of course, a win would mark the best gift. Instead, the Lakers (3-16) failed to start a winning streak against Atlanta (13-9), which featured double-digit efforts from Al Horford (16 points), Paul Millsap (15), Kent Bazemore (15), Lamar Patterson (14) and Jeff Teague (13). “There’s a lot of self doubt, self criticism and a lot of moments where we feel discouraged,” Bryant said. “Keep your head down and continue to work.” Bryant was not alone. D’Angelo Russell struggled with both his shooting accuracy (6 of 16) and ball handling (seven turnovers), two areas that overshadowed his first career double-double with 16 points and four assists. Julius Randle had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and five rebounds, well short of the double-double efforts Lakers coach Byron Scott expects him to average. Scott conceded the team “ran out of gas” in trimming a 19-point deficit toward trailing only 85-81 with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter. Yet, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson did not close the game after posting 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Lou Williams stayed in the game because of his 18 points on a 6-of-13 clip off the bench. So did Bryant, whom Scott said will likely keep his same minutes despite nursing fatigue. “It’s hard,” Scott said. “He’ll hit a few shots right at the time I want to take him out.”That did not happen often against Atlanta. Bryant missed his first five attempts. He struggled with both mid-range jumpers (0 of 8) and 3-point shots (2-of-10). Bryant only showed some rhythm when he made consecutive 3-pointers midway through the third quarter, a sequence that prompted the Lakers’ 37-year-old star to throw out three fingers with each hand. ATLANTA >> The time gave Kobe Bryant a chance both to recharge and to strategize. But then an announcement blared over the loudspeaker as the Atlanta Hawks soon played a minute-long video on their scoreboard on Friday at Philips Arena.The video showcased highlights of Bryant’s 20-year NBA career. In Bryant’s tribute video, former Hawks player Dominique Wilkens then said, “I’ll see you in the Hall.” Bryant then tapped his heart and waved to the sell-out crowd of 19,051 fans, most of whom wore his Lakers’ No. 24 jersey. But nowhere did Bryant actually show many in-game highlights. The Lakers’ 100-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks featured the return of Bryant shooting inefficiently before conceding tired legs.“Not very good,” said Bryant, who scored 14 points on only 4-of-19 shooting in 35 minutes. “They’ve been better.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Wellington police notes: Monday, June 2, 2014

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, June 02, 2014:•7:08 a.m. Officers investigated a suicide of a known subject in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:41 a.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the 700 block W. 4th, Wellington.last_img