KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This one was for Sarah.Braid spinning in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold in women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport paid tribute to late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke.Burke, a leading advocate to have several events — including halfpipe — added to the Olympic program, died following a training accident in 2012. Her parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, watched as Bowman made history.The 20-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., put together a pair of athletic runs in the finals. Stringing along dizzying series of spins and grabs, Bowman performed the two highest-scoring runs of the finals.Her first one, an 85.80, put pressure on Martinod, who led qualifying. Bowman’s second run was even better. She clasped the side of her helmet in disbelief then sat and waited to see if Martinod or American teammate Brita Sigourney could top her.Nope.Sigourney, who washed out in her first finals run, appeared ready to threaten Bowman before her backside skimmed the snow with only one jump off the 22-foot halfpipe left.That left Martinod, who retired in 2007 but returned to the sport in 2012 at the urging of Burke. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman was one of the oldest performers in the 23-skier field and her introduction included a series of outtakes with her young daughter.Martinod was clean but not spectacular. Her 85.40 earned silver but didn’t really come close to bumping Bowman from the top of the medal stand.There were several hard crashes during qualifying, the worst coming when Anais Caradeux slammed into the ice during her second run. The 23-year-old Frenchwoman lay motionless for several seconds before being tended to by medics.Caradeux sustained lacerations on her face but managed to ski down the halfpipe to the medical tent. She qualified ninth but didn’t compete in the finals. Caradeux said afterward she blacked out for “10-15 seconds” and sustained some short-term memory loss.Then again, Caradeux was hardly alone on a sometimes bruising night. Sigourney took a rough fall during her first finals run, with Bowman sprinting up the halfpipe to help her up. She recovered in time to take a second trip down the slope but it wasn’t nearly good enough.Sigourney blinked back tears of disappointment, though they were soon cast aside during an event that served as a celebration of Burke’s legacy.“A lot of girls were really pushing themselves,” said Rosalind Groenewoud of Canada, who finished seventh. “I wish (Sarah) could have won tonight if it wasn’t me.”(Will Grave, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby fire five past Man Utd U18by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18s were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County yesterday.Hit by a three-goal, seven-minute Rams salvo in the first half, it was a blow which the Reds couldn’t recover from, despite Mark Helm’s strike providing a glimmer of hope before the interval. Two further Derby goals after the break put the game well out of United’s reach.The trio of Bjorn Hardley, Calen Gallagher-Allison and Hannibal Mejbri – all 16-year-olds – were called up to make their full Under-18 debuts in place of Connor Stanley, the suspended Reece Devine and Will Fish, who had made an impressive bow for the Under-23s against Fulham the previous evening at Leigh.
Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of a Minnesota-based company that produces theatrical shows, exhibits, cruise ship activities and outdoor events.The deal announced Thursday is for VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based subsidiary, Cirque Dreams.While terms were not disclosed, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre told The Canadian Press the transaction is worth “several million dollars.” Advertisement Advertisement The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents last year. (Associated Press) Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: VStar, which has about 120 employees, is best known for its children and family shows, including “PAW Patrol.”The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents in 2017.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch volunteers will be kicking off the first day of the beach clean-up and fitness series ‘trash-ercise’, on Tuesday, July 10. Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Volunteers receive all of the training and supplies, including volunteer campsites, to share information on river protection while completing hands-on projects on the Kasilof, Kenai and Russian Rivers. According to Stream Watch it’s “a *shore* way to keep our community clean and hearts healthy.” Stream Watch will provide trash bags to volunteers. The ‘trash-ercise’ series will take place on every Tuesday through July and August. The series is open to runners, walkers, or fat bikers who volunteer their time to pick up beach litter. Volunteers will meet each week at the North Kasilof Beach. From Soldotna, head south on Sterling Highway for 13.5 miles. Take a right onto K-Beach Road, and in 4.8 miles turn left onto Kasilof Beach Stub. For any questions, please call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch
Veteran firefighter Terri Reid has ambitions to reach the highest levels of the Baltimore County Fire Department. She took a significant step toward that goal March 11 when she was recognized for her promotion to lieutenant.At a ceremony at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson, Reid, who has been on the department for 11 years, received her promotion to EMS lieutenant—only the second time a Black woman has risen to the position since the department started in 1882.“My ultimate goal is to continue to climb up the ladder in Baltimore County and to make a difference, to have people come behind me,” Reid told the AFRO after the ceremony. “I don’t want to be the second African-American female firefighter alone. I’d like for other minorities…[to] promote into our department.” Lt. James Artis, who founded the Guardian Knights—a Black firefighters group within the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1994—and has been with the department since 1990, feels that significant progress has been made on the recruitment side. However, more needs to be done to increase the numbers of officers of color, he said.Currently, the department has four Black fire captains, 10 fire lieutenants, and three EMS lieutenants among 264 officers. There are currently 996 sworn fire department personnel, 185 of whom are minority personnel. According to Fire Chief John Hohman, the vast majority of these 185 are African-Americans, as Hispanics and Asians only make up 2% and 1% of the force respectively.“I think the recruitment efforts and things have changed,” Artis said. “We still have a lot of work to do as far as promotions. We’re starting to move in the right direction, and, fortunately for us, the administration is listening.” For Artis, the ultimate goal is a fire department as diverse in all ranks as the population it serves. “That would put everybody on an equal playing field,” he said. “ When I say that, I don’t want it to be as if we are asking for the rules to change. I think if we were given an opportunity, back when, to have come into the department, we would probably be in better positions than we are right now. So again, it’s a work in progress.” Insuring that minorities are fairly represented is the responsibility of Fire Chief John Hohman, who determines the BCFD’s minority recruitment policies. When Hohman began working for the fire department 37 years ago, there were only two African-Americans and no women on a force of about 500. Hohman said the department receives approximately 4,000 applications for each recruiting class and focuses on minorities in an effort to improve the department’s diversity. The department generally accepts 20-40 recruits in each class, officials said.“We’re still not where we want to be, and we’re going to continue to do better,” Hohman said, adding that he works with the Guardian Knights to find suitable candidates.“We depend on them a lot,” he said. “And we depend on other minority members of our department. . . . I tell all of our [personnel that] people are only going to want to work here if you go out and tell them that this is a good place to work.” On her own initiative, Reid, who oversees seven EMS units and responds to calls requiring advanced life support, developed an outreach program to help prepare minority firefighters for the officer’s exam. The group meets monthly to go over standard operating procedures.“Our next officer’s exam will be in December of 2014,” Reid said. “So we’ve reached out to anyone…but mostly minorities are the ones that are coming forward, and we’re working with them to get them in top shape to be ready for the lieutenant’s exam.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uDonald Trump’s meeting with HBCU presidents is receiving dubious reactions at best, in the wake of the antics of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House staffer Kellyanne Conway. We’ll open the phone lines to get the response of our listeners to Trump’s HBCU photo op…410.319.8888. Also, my conversation with veteran White House correspondent April Ryan, who is covering her fourth president.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team announced its 2019 spring schedule, highlighted by the 502 Derby against Louisville City FC on March 2 at 5 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.The spring friendly against the two-time and reigning United Soccer League champions from LouCity will be the first of three home exhibition matches for the Cardinals under the direction of first-year head coach John Michael Hayden. UofL will also host Lipscomb on March 30 at 6 p.m., and before concluding the spring at home against Indiana on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Louisville will also play a spring exhibition match on the road at Lindsey Wilson on April 5 at 7 p.m.”We’re very excited about the upcoming spring competitions,” Hayden said. “Each opponent will present different challenges that will allow our team to grow from both individual and collective perspectives.”Tickets for the 502 Derby at Lynn Stadium are $10 for reserved chairback seats and $5 for general admission/berm seating and will be on sale to the public starting Monday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m., ET. Tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET.The Cardinals ended their 2018 season with an 11-5-3 record overall and ranked 16th in the final United Soccer Coaches poll after advancing to the NCAA Championship for the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years. The 2018 season included the program’s first ACC Championship title after Louisville earned victories over Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina in a span of eight days. As the focus turns to the 2019 season, Hayden and his coaching staff will use this demanding spring slate to prepare the Cardinals for what they will encounter in the fall during the regular season.”The spring allows us to evaluate ourselves while also honing in on the playing model we hope to see in the fall,” said Hayden. “The quality of our competition this spring will help prepare us as we plan for a demanding fall schedule.”Louisville City FC comes to Lynn Stadium to complete the team’s first preseason under head coach John Hackworth. LouCity is coming off its second consecutive USL Cup Championship, becoming the first team in USL history to win back-to-back titles. City returns 17 of their 22 championship players this season, including Louisville men’s soccer alumnus Paolo DelPiccolo.Lipscomb advanced to the third round of the 2018 NCAA Championship before ending its season with a 2-1 loss at Kentucky. The Bisons were 10-10-1 overall and 5-1-0 in the Atlantic Sun before earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship with a 2-0 win over Stetson in the ASUN title match.Indiana registered a 20-3-1 record overall after falling 2-0 to Maryland in the semifinal round of the 2018 NCAA College Cup in Santa Barbara. The Hoosiers were 8-0-0 in the Big Ten before earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship with a 3-0 win over Michigan in the title match of the Big Ten Tournament.Along with the three spring matches at Lynn Stadium, the Cardinals will also host SIU Edwardsville for a closed match (not open to the public) on Feb. 23. Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @UofLmenssoccer.2019 LOUISVILLE MEN’S SOCCER SPRING SCHEDULESaturday, Feb. 23 | vs. SIU Edwardsville | 5 p.m. | Closed to PublicSaturday, March 2 | 502 Derby vs. Louisville City FC | 5 p.m. | Lynn StadiumSaturday, March 30 | vs. Lipscomb | 6 p.m. | Lynn StadiumFriday, April 5 | at Lindsey Wilson | 7 p.m.Friday, April 19 | vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Lynn Stadium Story Links Print Friendly Version