Simpson Returns To The Blue Oval To Break An American Record

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2-mile record as part of Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced Tuesday, April 3. Boldon also unveiled world-class competitors in the pole vault and high jump inside Drake Stadium for what has the potential to be a historic night of track & field action. Simpson, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee reigning 1,500-meter champion and Olympic bronze medalist, will challenge the American record of 9:20.25 in the two-mile race Friday, April 27, under the lights at Drake Stadium. “I’m so excited to be returning to Iowa again this year to compete in my first outdoor race of 2018 at the Drake Relays,” Simpson said. “I’ve had so many special runs on the Blue Oval including collegiate and stadium records and this year records are on my mind again. I’ll be returning to the Drake Relays to challenge the outdoor 2-mile American Record. Runs like this are never easy or predictable but I’m excited to face the challenge in front of fans who have cheered me on to great runs in the past.” Simpson will try to better the current record of 9:20.25 set by Shannon Rowbury in 2014. However, Cunningham won’t have an easy route to another Drake Relays title. The 2017 Drake Relays champion Levern Spencer returns to Des Moines. The Olympian own the St. Lucian national record in the event at 6-6 (1.98m). Another national record holder, Doreen Amata, will make her Drake Relays debut in 2018. The Nigerian record holder in the event, Amata is a two-time Olympian and served as Nigeria’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics. Canadian Alyx Treasure is another Olympian set to push the field in what has the makings of another outstanding competition at Drake Stadium. “I love to start the year off on home soil! Drake Stadium will bring out the best in all of us!” Kendricks said to announce his return to Des Moines. The women’s high jump will feature another standout field headlined by Vashti Cunningham who has won four USA Championships at just 20 years old. Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, competed at the Drake Relays in 2016 as a high-school phenom and has since won a world indoor title and represented the USA in the 2016 Olympics. She owns a personal best of 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the event, an American junior record.center_img Kendricks isn’t the only elite vaulter set to compete at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays. Another member of the 6-meter club and the 2015 World Champion, Shawn Barber, will go jump for jump against Kendricks. Barber is the Canadian record holder in the event and the 2015 and 2016 Drake Relays champion. Scott Houston, the 2018 American indoor champion is also in the field.  Print Friendly Version Last year, Simpson won her fifth-straight race at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with her 1,500-meter win as she held off rival Brenda Martinez. Martinez returns to the Relays to challenge Simpson again. Upstart Alexa Efraimson, who owns the American junior record in the 1,500 meters (4:03.39) and the national high school record in the 3,000 meters (9:00.16) joins the veteran laden field racing toward an American national record. Another Olympic medalist and Drake Relays champion headlines the men’s pole vault field. Sam Kendricks was the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion in the event he also won at 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. He is just one of 22 men in the history of the sport to clear six meters (19-8). All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale to witness all three of these events at Drake Stadium, including the potential setting of an American record. Visit DrakeTix.com to secure tickets to what has the promise to be a historic night at Drake Stadium.last_img read more

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Photos: 49ers great Joe Montana selling Calistoga ranch for $3.1 million

first_imgLegendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is selling his Calistoga, Calif. ranch for $3.1 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 87-acre property is near a 500-acre property with a Tuscan-style mansion that Montana listed for $35 million seven years ago, according to the report.The ranch has a private gated bridge entrance with spectacular vineyard views, a lake and an 11-stall breezeway barn with tack room, among other amenities. …last_img read more

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SA’s emergency power plan

first_img25 January 2008South Africa’s Cabinet emerged from a two-day meeting on Friday with a top priority plan to tackle the country’s “national electricity emergency”, saying it was confident that SA’s healthy economic growth could be sustained, and stressing that there would be no freezing of new investment projects.Speaking to journalists in Cape Town after the Cabinet meeting, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said the “unprecedented, unplanned” power outages that have hit South Africa over the last two weeks “must now be treated as a national electricity emergency that has to be addressed with the urgent, vigorous and co-ordinated actions commensurate with such an emergency situation.”Erwin conceded that the government had been caught wrong-footed by the increased demand for electricity spurred by the robust economic growth of recent years, saying its instruction to state company Eskom to embark on a massive infrastructure building programme in 2004 “was, in hindsight, late.”Eskom plans to invest R150-billion in its power supply infrastructure over the next five years, mostly on new power stations, including the return to service of three mothballed power stations.In addition, the government made moves towards the end of last year to fast-track electricity projects by independent power producers, as well as electricity co-generation projects involving both Eskom and private industry.“Both of these are now receiving urgent attention, and announcements will be made as we are able to provide certainty,” Erwin said.In the meantime, however, it was crucial to bring South Africa’s electricity supply and distribution system “back into balance”, both to reduce the need for power cuts and to allow for system maintenance to take place without putting the system under even greater stress.Key to this, Erwin said, was reducing demand. As an immediate, “quick hit” measure to achieve this, the government would soon introduce a power-rationing programme, setting quotas for industrial, commercial and residential users and using both incentives and penalties to ensure that these quotas are met.Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, briefing journalists alongside Erwin, said the examples of countries like Cuba and Brazil had shown that an energy crisis “can be turned around to make a country grow even more economically and save substantial amounts of money if a nationwide energy efficiency drive is politically driven.”Erwin said the government viewed the next two years as being critical.“We must stress that the successful implementation of these programmes will give us much more comfort within a two-year period,” Erwin said. “It is also critical to stress that the growth of South Africa’s economy at the current healthy levels can continue if we change our behaviour and become more energy efficient.“This emergency must entrench energy efficiency.”Erwin said that South African consumers, long used to getting their electricity extremely cheaply by international standards, would also have to face up to the reality of “further significant increases in electricity prices.“However, such increases will be implemented so as to significantly lessen their impact on the poor,” Erwin said, adding that despite the increases South Africa would still remain “the most competitive large energy system in the world”.Regarding the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Erwin said the Cabinet was fully briefed on the electricity situation “as it specifically relates to the World Cup and on general progress with the preparations for infrastructure for 2010. There is no threat to the successful holding of the event, as plans to ensure electricity security in that period are well advanced.”Other measures the government aims to implement in order to reduce South Africa’s demand for electricity include:Increasing the use of more efficient lighting, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light fittings.Increasing the use of of solar water heaters.Increasing the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP Gas) for domestic cooking.Converting traffic and other public lights to solar power with battery backup.Introducing smart metering to enable Eskom, or municipal power distributors, to remotely manage residential customer load during times of peak demand.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Morata has potential, but Hazard fulfilling my No9 needs

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Morata has potential, but Hazard fulfilling my No9 needsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard is fulfilling what he wants from a No9 ahead of Alvaro Morata.Sarri concedes Hazard and Morata are very different kinds of players, with the selection decision based on style of play and where the space on the pitch is likely to appear, as much as anything else.”I think Alvaro of course is better in the box, maybe he is better to attack spaces, but I have to say Eden is improving. As you saw in the last match, for the second goal, he attacked very well the spaces,” explained Sarri.”It is different because Eden of course is better when he comes to play with the midfielders, is better to open spaces for the wingers. It’s different, it’s another way of playing.”Alvaro’s potential is to be a very good player. At the moment, I think we need to be balanced on the pitch, we need to be more solid, and so in the last matches I preferred these solutions, but for the future everything is open I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Notre Dame Sent Mail About Its High School Prospect Camps To A Starting Offensive Lineman At Rutgers

first_imgNotre Dame accidentally sends recruiting letter to Rutgers OL.Chris Muller is a rising redshirt junior at Rutgers. He has appeared in 26 games for the Scarlet Knights the past two seasons, making 25 starts at right guard. One of those starts was actually against Notre Dame in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl. Apparently, the Fighting Irish staff either didn’t remember Muller from that game, or were so impressed that they are attempting to recruit him over a year later. Tonight, Muller tweeted that he received mail from Notre Dame about its upcoming 2015 summer high school prospect camps, a curious delivery considering Muller is entering his fourth year at another program. Well this is awkward… #CHOPNation pic.twitter.com/OsQLwniVCK— Chris Muller (@Chris_Muller70) February 21, 2015Not sure if this is an actual NCAA infraction but either way Notre Dame should probably update its recruiting mailing lists. More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015last_img read more

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Photo: Shelley Meyer Had A National Championship Ring Made Into A Necklace

first_imgurban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State’s players and coaches weren’t the only ones to receive rings for the national championship. The coaches wives also received some “bling” for the win, and Shelley Meyer tweeted out a picture of her new jewelry yesterday. She had the ring turned into a necklace. There is probably no more sought after accessory in the state of Ohio right now.Buckeyes got their “ring bling”-Buckeye Coaches’ Wives got some championship bling of their own. #1 #natlchamps pic.twitter.com/jxOfYrwGsx— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) March 27, 2015Few college football coaches’ wives are as active as Shelley Meyer. She and the other Buckeye wives definitely earned this after a long season.last_img read more

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Annie Lennox Blogs For Global Moms Relay

first_imgAnnie Lennox and her husband – mothers2mothers founder Mitchell Besser – have blogged for the Global Moms Relay.“Each and every one of us belongs to a long lineage of women stretching back through the aeons of time, without whom our very existence would not have been facilitated,” wrote Annie. “I appreciate my mother and everything she went through. As a woman and mother, I passionately believe that women everywhere in the world deserve access to sexual and reproductive health care.“I’ve been banging this drum for more than a decade. No child should give birth to a baby, and no mother or child should die because of HIV and AIDS.”“So many mothers have stories of unspeakable sadness — partners who have rejected them; children, siblings, even parents who have died of the virus,” added Dr Besser. “There are stories of coming home to share their HIV status with family members only to find that each brother and sister has been living with the same virus and the same secret fears. All of these extraordinary mothers overcoming seemingly impossible challenges; rising up, fighting to survive.“I view mothers with awe; for their resilience; for their generosity of spirit; for their capacity to heal themselves and then reach out and heal others.”Read the full blog here.last_img read more

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New Englands NonReceiver Receivers May Be The Greatest Threat To Philadelphia

Washington15.9198.874.4 16LA Chargers84.476.5+7.9 23Minnesota76.775.0+1.7 The Eagles have the fourth-worst differential between how they defend wide receivers (71.2 passer rating allowed) versus how they defend tight ends and running backs (100.5). And this deficiency has played a significant role in their infrequent struggles this year. In Philly’s lone low point in the NFC Championship, it was tight end Kyle Rudolph who Keenum found for a 25-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive. In the regular season, three of the Eagles’ four worst games in terms of passer rating allowed when guarding running backs were in the team’s three defeats, including a 144.1 passer rating allowed on RB/TE targets against the Seahawks (including two touchdowns), and 134.3 on 13 targets against the Chiefs. While they allowed a 100.0 rating on eight targets in an otherwise sterling defensive effort during a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in the final week, many starters were sitting for large stretches of that game.1The Eagles also allowed a 143 passer rating when defending RB/TE in a Week 7 win over Washington.But there’s also statistical evidence that passer rating may be underselling Philadelphia’s efficiency in defending targets to running backs and tight ends. When we focus only on yards per attempt on these targets, the Eagles defense ranks as the fourth best (6.18 allowed per attempt). Similarly, the Eagles rank fifth-best in Raw Quarterback Rating (Raw QBR) because that statistic is based on expected points and makes an adjustment for yards after the catch.But before any jubilant Eagle fan starts scaling the “Rocky” steps in a dune buggy, consider that the Eagles didn’t play many teams this season that excel at passing to non-WRs. The Patriots’ offense is No. 1 not just in total yards on passes to RB/TEs but also in Raw QBR on passes to those players, and the only offenses the Eagles faced that ranked in the top 10 in both of those statistics were Kansas City, Washington (twice) and the Los Angeles Chargers. So let’s isolate those games: 1Baltimore100.860.4+40.4 8Detroit98.677.1+21.5 2Jacksonville95.155.9+39.2 30Houston101.6106.9-5.3 Passer Rating Against 15Dallas102.493.9+8.5 28Oakland102.6105.5-2.9 4Philadelphia100.571.2+29.3 32Seattle72.288.0-15.8 5Buffalo96.169.7+26.4 LA Chargers44.7199.126.1 11Cleveland113.097.4+15.6 This is all well and good until you consider that the Patriots pass like no other team. No team in the NFL needs to worry less than the Patriots about a defense like Philadelphia’s taking away their wide receivers because no team in the NFL does more damage on throws to running backs and tight ends. Top threat Rob Gronkowski at tight end (health permitting), along with pass-catching running backs James White and Dion Lewis, can consistently abuse vulnerable linebackers and safeties that opposing teams typically try to hide in pass coverage.So will the Eagles be able to slow the non-receiver receivers of New England? The regular-season evidence looks damning for Philadelphia. The traditional measure of NFL passing efficiency is passer rating. So let’s look at how opponents’ passers fare when the Eagles defend running backs and tight ends in coverage versus when they defend wide receivers. Passes to tight ends and running backs cause problemsRegular-season difference in passer rating allowed when the opponent threw to wide receivers vs. when it threw to tight ends or running backs 9LA Rams92.472.4+20.0 On paper, the Eagles seem well constructed to stop the Patriots’ fearsome passing game. Like most teams that can defend in this league, the Eagles built their pass defense around edge rushers and cornerbacks in order to keep teams from beating them on deeper passes outside the numbers to wide receivers. This approach paid huge dividends in their upset victory over the Vikings in the NFC Championship, as Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum simply didn’t have the time to find his elite wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who also were given less cushion to operate. 13NY Jets102.889.6+13.2 19Carolina99.795.3+4.4 TeamTight ends/running backsWide receiversDifference Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20New Orleans84.980.5+4.4 21Atlanta96.993.9+3.0 22Tampa Bay98.896.5+2.3 Average vs. all other teams5.70.3386.339.1 7Cincinnati99.376.3+23.0 29Green Bay102.2107.2-5.0 25New England92.592.3+0.2 OpponentWeekYd/AttPass TDRatingRawQBR 18Chicago95.389.8+5.5 17Tennessee95.988.9+7.0 26Kansas City82.685.1-2.5 31Pittsburgh81.387.9-6.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City210.11134.383.1 The Eagles had trouble with teams that pass well to TE/RBsHow Philadelphia’s pass defense did in the regular season when it faced teams that ranked highly in passing to non-receivers vs. teams that didn’t 6Miami110.485.7+24.7 27San Francisco96.098.8-2.8 24Arizona87.085.7+1.3 14Washington90.679.0+11.6 Washington78.83143.092.7 10NY Giants108.389.2+19.1 Average7.41.50118.869.1 12Indianapolis103.890.6+13.2 3Denver113.381.7+31.6 Their average Raw QBR allowed to these teams was 69.1, which is 30 points worse than their average in all other games. And that 69.1 Raw QBR against would rank sixth-worst in the league. Similarly, the Eagles allowed an average of 7.37 yards per attempt to these opponents versus just 5.72 to teams that are not nearly as prolific in throwing to non-WRs.So when you adjust for tendencies of opponent, all three statistics (rating, Raw QBR and yards per attempt) converge and it’s clear that, on paper, the Patriots have a decided edge against an otherwise sound pass defense. Of course, all this largely evaporates if Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion 10 days ago, is not recovered and can participate in Minnesota. While he’s returned to practice, he’s still in the concussion protocol and has to be cleared to play by an independent doctor. The team’s backup tight end, Dwayne Allen, caught just 10 passes all year and wasn’t even targeted by Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game, though Allen played over two quarters after Gronkowski’s injury against the Jaguars.If Gronkowski does play, the Patriots will be in an unusual spot for a game of this magnitude. The Patriots have long been famous for their a chameleon-like offense — the team will find your biggest weakness and design a fresh game plan around exploiting it. But based on the Eagles’ defensive splits, the New England offense may not have to morph into something else this time, but instead may be able to simply play to its greatest strength. read more

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Keylor Navas will not leave Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has no intention of leaving, despite the club’s pursuit of Thibaut CourtoisThe Champions League holders are believed to have had a breakthrough in their negotiations with Chelsea over the signing of their first-choice goalkeeper with a fee of €35m having been reportedly agreed on.But Maurizio Sarri’s side have delayed the sale of Courtois due to the fact that they need to find a replacement first, before they can sanction the sale.Meanwhile, Navas has been the number one goalkeeper at Real for the past three seasons but has always had to deal with constant speculation over being replaced by a more high-profile player.In fact, the Costa Rica international was close to joining Manchester United in 2015 as part of an exchange deal for David De Gea before the deal sensationally fell through due to technical problems in sending the paperwork.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Zinedine Zidane had chosen to stand by Navas and maintained faith in him throughout his two-and-a-half years in charge at Real.But now the Frenchman is gone, Navas has lost his greatest ally at Real and appears set to lose his spot in the team for the new season.The most likely candidate that will force the 31-year-old out of the line-up is Courtois, who appears set to join Real soon.But AS have reported that Navas is determined to fight for his place at Real and has no plans on leaving.last_img read more

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Mane says Liverpool progress every season

first_imgAccording to the Reds’ footballer Sadio Mane, Liverpool has improved every year since he has been at the English Premier League club.Liverpool is currently in the first position of the English Premier League table.And Sadio Mane believes his team gets better every year.“Every single season we progress and that is positive for us,” he told Sky Sports.“That’s why we train hard every single day, to learn a lot, to get better and better.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s positive and now we are going to go for something special with the club,” he added.“At the moment we are at the top of the league.”“There is so far for this season to be done but everything is possible,” Mane commented.“We are going to try and take game by game without making pressure for ourselves because we know it is very high.”last_img read more

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