Quick Hits: May 2018

first_imgNorth: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trailby Scott JurekScott Jurek is one of the world’s most accomplished ultrarunners (fueled entirely by a vegan diet), and in 2015, he attempted to set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Just a week into his run, he sustained a quadriceps muscle tear that nearly shattered his record-setting dreams. But never bet against the champ. Jurek finds a way to push through injury in one of the most demanding and transcendent efforts of his life.Pipeline tree-felling begins in Nelson CountyAtlantic Coast Pipeline construction began in Nelson County last month near Wintergreen Resort, where crews began clearcutting along the 600-mile route. The pipeline also received permission to begin cutting trees along the pipeline route through national forest lands in West Virginia and Virginia.Moonlight MadnessDon’t feel like waking up for another early-morning road race? Toe the starting line of the Moonlight Madness 10K and run trails by the light of the moon. Race begins at 9 p.m. on May 26 at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, W.Va.Nooga’s 11-year-old Climbing ChampA Chattanoogan cemented his claim as one of the nation’s best young climbers in February by winning his class in USA Climbing’s 2018 Bouldering Youth National Championship. Hugo Hoyer, then 10, was one of six members of the High Point Chattanooga team to qualify for the national tournament. He’d finished third in the same competition in 2017 and third at USA Climbing’s Sport & Speed Youth National Championships in 2016 in Kennesaw, Georgia.Hoyer’s parents, both climbers, have encouraged him to climb since his playground days. A couple of years ago, they scouted climbing cities around the country before eventually relocating from Hoyer’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to Chattanooga.New A.T. Hall of FameA new class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be honored this month at a ceremony in Pennsylvania. The eighth class of A.T. hall of famers includes the late photographer George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who lived in Asheville, N.C., in the early twentieth century. Masa’s influential images of the mountains and ardent conservation efforts are credited with helping with the foundation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another regional inductee—Bob Peoples—is the owner of the Kincora Hostel, just off the trail in Hampton, Tenn. In addition to his hiker hospitality, Peoples is also known for his tireless trail maintenance efforts. Along with Masa and Peoples, two more inductees, William Kemsley and Liz Levers will be inducted during the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs on May 4.Runners Find Puppies on Barkley Marathons CourseBack in March, two runners training on the course of the infamous Barkley Marathons, a grueling 100-mile slog in the backcountry of Tennessee’s remote Frozen Head State Park, found an abandoned litter of black lab puppies. According to Runner’s World, Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott were running on a trail when they heard noise in the nearby woods and surprisingly discovered five puppies huddled together trying to stay warm in near-freezing temperatures. After contacting a ranger station, the runners carried the puppies to safety, and the litter was eventually brought to Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. With the pups on his mind, Scott went to the shelter soon after the rescue and decided to adopt one of them. He named him Barkley.Fastest Race in AshevilleFor the past decade, some of the best runners in Asheville have gathered each week for a fast, flat training run along the French Broad River that finishes at the Wedge, an iconic brewery in the River Arts District. This legendary training run has grown into a 10K race on May 5—and it’s not just for fast folks. It’s a kid- and family-friendly event, and all youth runners under 17 get a 40% discount. The race benefits Girls on the Run WNC. Learn more at:ashevillerunningcollective.comRock Stars in VirginiaThe first-ever RockStar VA challenged mountain bikers to tackle 270 miles of dirt or gravel from Harrisonburg (ROCKtown) to Roanoke (STAR City). The multi-day bikepacking event began April 7 and included snow, rain, and sub-freezing temperatures on the first day. Of the 35 registered riders, only 9 finished (one rider was still on the course as of press date). Barry Croker won the trail route in 3 days, 19 hours, and 27 minutes. Croker has been racing mountain bikes since the early 90s and was the first to ride the Massunutten Ring solo. The 40-year-old rider is an active duty Air Force engineer with six children. David Landis took the gravel title in 1 day, 17 hours, and 45 minutes, and Jonathan Hicks and Dustin Welch completed the gravel ride on singlespeeds.last_img read more

IRFU announces bid for women’s World Cup

first_imgThe stadia include University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queens University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.Last year the women’s team reached the semi finals in France before they were beaten by England, however they earned  a measure of revenge for that loss last Friday beating England in the Six Nations. In other news the Irish men’s team have moved back up to third in the World rankings following yesterday’s 19 points to 9 Six Nations win against England at the Aviva.last_img

Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson bitten by dog, hospitalized

first_imgJust wanted to let everyone know that I’m fine. This happened earlier in the summer, and sadly we had to put our dog down. I got four stitches that are healing up nicely. Thanks @sportexpressen for giving me something to do today. https://t.co/JQY5HxJGb0— Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) July 31, 2019Ekman-Larsson said because he has family friends who have small children and younger cousins, he would never forgive himself if the German Shepherd bit one of them.Last summer, he signed an eight-year extension with Arizona that earns him an average of $8.25 million per year.He scored 14 goals with 30 assists in 81 games last season. The upcoming 2019-20 season will mark Ekman-Larsson’s 10th year with the Coyotes organization. Chris Kunitz announces retirement, will join Blackhawks’ staff Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s offseason isn’t going exactly as planned.While home in his native Sweden, the Coyotes captain was bitten on the hand by a family dog and needed stitches, according to Swedish news outlet Kvälls Posten. He went to the hospital, where he received a tetanus shot and antibiotics, as well. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner The incident happened in May shortly after the end of the World Championship.Per the Swedish publication, Ekman-Larsson put the German Shepherd down after he was bitten and was quoted saying similar incidents had happened with the dog in the past and he had to be put down. Related News Wild oust GM Paul Fenton after disappointing 2018-19 season Ekman-Larsson took to Twitter to confirm the story, adding that he needed four stitches and he is healing.last_img read more

Rain or Shine dumps Phoenix for 2-2 record

first_img“I challenged them before the game that I want them to be a running team from the beginning,”said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his squad evened its record to 2-2.Ed Daquioag scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field in less than 22 minutes while James Yap broke out of his shooting slump and explode for 20 points, hitting eight of his 10 shots to lead the Elasto Painters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think this is the best game I’ve seen him play,” Garcia said of Daquioag.Daquioag’s night though was cut short after hurting himself on a drive against Phoenix rookie Jason Perkins at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter. He also collected five rebounds and five assists. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense It was a dominant win for the Painters despite playing without their star center Raymond Almazan.Garcia said it was his decision not to play Almazan, who did not attend team practice the past couple of days.“Actually, after the loss against Global, [we got into a commotion] but I think everything’s good right now,” he revealed.Garcia said he called out Almazan after his poor outing in a 78-70 loss to GlobalPort on Friday.The Painters shot 55% from the field and had 31 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins paced the Fuel Masters (2-2) with 17 points apiece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA now ‘letting players play’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Rain or Shine’s Eduard Daquioag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine raced to a commanding lead and never looked back en route to a 120-99 whipping of Phoenix in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters went on a 35-6 blast to take a 39-11 lead in the first quarter and extended it to as much as 39 points in the third period as the Fuel Masters just didn’t show up right from the opening tip.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Lacklustre Celtic draw in Europa League qualifier first leg

first_img silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Despite the disappointing performance, Mikey Johnston was a bright spark impact The Parkhead side began to boss the game but were found wanting again in defence in the 13th minute, when an in-swinging free-kick from Vaidas Slavickas, after Kieran Tierney had fouled Andro Svrljuga, was headed in by Verbickas who stole in unmarked at the back post.Celtic, however, soon regained control.Forrest’s drive from the edge of the box was pushed round the post by Kardum – the corner came to nothing – before the keeper saved a header from Johnston, who ought to have done better with Forrest’s cross.On the half-hour mark Ajer tip-toed through the home defence before shooting straight at Kardum from 10 yards, the keeper then thwarting Callum McGregor’s close-range strike before ending the half comfortably gathering a Dembele free-kick.Rodgers was handed another central defensive problem six minutes after the restart when Simunovic limped off to be replaced by Lustig after landing awkwardly on his ankle. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal gameday highlights 🎙️ Brendan Rodgers: “I felt for the supporters tonight. They’ve come all the way out here. Probably trains, buses and everything. It’s a disappointing performance for them. They saw a goal but we have to be much better than that.” #SUDCEL #UEL pic.twitter.com/kPF8cs8ccp— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 23, 2018Midfielder Olivier Ntcham got the visitors off to a perfect start in the ARVI Football Arena when he headed in a Mikey Johnston cross in the third minute.However, Ovidijus Verbickas levelled in the 13th minute with a headed goal which would have frustrated Brendan Rodgers, the Hoops boss having lamented poor defending in the Champions League qualifying exit at AEK Athens last week.Home keeper Ivan Kardum pulled off a series of saves, notably from James Forrest and Johnston, as the visitors dominated the first half.But Craig Gordon had to make a couple of crucial blocks after the break, with the draw leaving the Scottish champions some work to do next week although they should finish the job off in Glasgow.With Jack Hendry and Dedryck Boyata out through injury, Rodgers paired Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic in the heart of his defence with the latter also pulling up injured soon after the break.Cristian Gamboa retained his place at the expense of regular right-back Mikael Lustig while French striker Moussa Dembele took over from Leigh Griffiths as 19-year-old attacker Johnston was given his first European start.The picturesque surroundings of a 6,500-capacity stadium which had seats to spare belied the importance of the match to Celtic, keen to re-establish their European credibility.Many fans were still finding their places when Celtic took the lead with a simple goal, Johnston’s cross from the left picking out Ntcham who headed past Kardum with minimum fuss. 1 Celtic took a step closer to qualifying for the Europa League proper despite labouring to a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Lithuanian side Suduva.Olivier Ntcham’s effort got the Bhoys off to the ideal start when he headed home Mikey Johnston’s cross but the defence still remains a concern. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Football News possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener MONEY Celtic wobbled for a while and Gordon made a great finger-tip save from striker Rigina Cicilia’s strike from the edge of the box before diving to his right to parry a powerful drive from substitute Julius Kasparavicius, both times the resultant corner coming to nothing.Griffiths replaced Johnston and Emilio Izaguirre came on for Gamboa in a double substitution as Rodgers tried to get his side back on track.The Scottish champions began to press with purpose in the final stages and Ajer headed a Griffiths corner past the post in added time but Suduva held out for the draw which had looked unlikely at the start of the evening. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more