New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) American swimming legend Anthony Ervin, the brand ambassador of this years Delhi Half Marathon, says he was into smoking during the intervening years between his Olympic gold winning feats in 2000 and 2016.Ervin brings with him an unusual yet astounding personal story that led him to win the 50m freestyle gold at Rio Olympics, 16 years after he won his first gold medal in the same event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.He gave up competitive swimming at the age of 22 in 2003 and auctioned his 2000 Olympics gold on eBay to help the survivors of Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 280,000 in the days after Christmas in 2004.He decided to make a comeback by resuming his training again in 2011 at the age of 30.”I was into smoking after quitting swimming. But once I decided to make a comeback I had to stop it. So, I stopped smoking and went for training to be in top form and fitness. I appeared for the trials and then got into the team,” said Ervin at a media interaction ahead of the Delhi Half Marathon November 19.Ervin is the first swimmer and one of the few non athletics background brand ambassadors of this prestigious event.After his comeback, Ervin did not achieve immediate success and he finished fifth in his pet event of 50m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. He did not lose hope and kept himself motivated.His perseverance paid off Ervin won the gold in 50m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides another yellow metal in the 4×100 freestyle relay. His name entered into record books as the oldest individual gold winner in swimming.advertisement”Its difficult to say which gold was better and more memorable. Sydney was my first gold and I was just 19 at that time too young to savour the achievement. This Rio gold was also something special,” said Ervin in his first visit to India.”I always believed I had the potential to be better, that thought needs to be there. There is always more to learn about myself, measure my potential and get better than before,” said Ervin when asked what inspired him to make a comeback.Asked about the auction of his 2000 Olympics gold which fetched USD 17,000, he said, “I have no regrets to have auctioned the gold medal. The fund went to UNICEF and I felt happy. The gold medal is also safe and sound at somebodys home.”Reports say that a swimming fan from the Philippines bought the gold medal.A man of free spirits who quit swimming in 2003 as he wanted to be unhindered and unfettered from the discipline of being a competitive and professional swimmer, Ervin was placed into the sport of swimming as a child with the hopes that he would channel his energy and aggression into something productive. “I was good at mathematics and science at school. I did want to be a professional swimmer. But I love Olympic movement. I hope I will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said the swimmer who also won a gold each in 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle in the 2001 Fukuoka World Swimming Championships.”I will keep myself fit and take part in the Olympic trials and hopefully I will be selected in the team. I think I have a strong chance to be in Tokyo,” said Ervin who will be 39 by the time of Tokyo Olympics.Ervin said running liberated him and he enjoyed it more than swimming at times.”I may be one of the rare swimmers who likes running. Its a luxury for me as it allows me to look around and observe people, which I dont get in swimming.”About the Delhi Half Marathon, he said, “I am honoured to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 as the event ambassador.”This race is one of the most sought-after running events for elite and amateurs alike and the elite athletes field proves the fact. I look forward to the race day and experience the excitement and the energy first hand.” PTI PDS ATK ATK
The 2004 NSW Country Championships were held last weekend with the Hunter Western Hornets taking out the Champion Permit title and Newcastle City being named as the Champion Club. The Hunter Western region claimed both the Mens and Womens Open titles with the Central Coast Men’s Open side fighting off Wagga to claim the Men’s Open crown for the second year running. Lead by Captain Dean Wilbow and a strong game from Dylan Hennessy, the Central Coast won an exciting 4-3 match. In the Women’s Open Wagga and Newcastle University fought out a tight, high standard match, with Newcastle University eventually claiming their first Women’s Open Country Title 4-3. Riley Sohier, Tournament Coordinator and a NSW Touch Development Officer for the Hunter Western Region, was extremely pleased with the running of the event and the standard of touch shown throughout the tournament. “The tournament was exciting, with a very high standard of touch played, it was a great effort from the Hunter Western Region and we’re hoping that will be reflected at next year’s NTL’s,” he says. “It’s great to see a promising future for the region, with Wallsend claiming the Mens and Womens 23 years double.” Newcastle City also showed they have a very bright future, claiming the title of Champion Club. Newcastle City won three of the senior titles on offer, with Newcastle University also claiming the Womens Open title. Both the Mens and Womens Under 23’s finished second to the Wallsend side. “We’d like to congratulate Joe Campbell and his committee for their many years of long, hard, yards. All the hard work has finally paid off for Newcastle City,” Mr Sohier says. The NSW Country sides will be named on the NSW touch website soon. The sides will travel to Victoria in October for the Australia Cup competition. “NSW touch, both players and staff, are looking forward to the tournament in Victoria. It will be the first time since the 1985 Nationals that NSW touch have toured Victoria,” says Mr Sohier. Final Results Mens Open: Central Coast 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Newcastle University 4 def Wagga 3 Player of the Final: Linda Poolman (Newcastle University) Mixed Open: Kiama 8 def Peninsula 5 Player of the Final: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Women 18s: Tamworth 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18s: Kempsey 4 def Nelson Bay 1 Player of the Final: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23s: Wallsend 4 def Newcastle City 2 Player of the Final: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23s: Wallsend (1) 5 def Newcastle City 3 Player of the Final: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Womens O/30s: Wollongong 3 def Wallsend 0 Player of the Final: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30s: Peninsula 7 def Doyalson 3 Player of the Final: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35s: Forster 3 def Mudgee 1 Player of the Final: Lyn Eason (Forster) Mens O/35s: Newcastle City 4 def Dubbo 1 Player of the Final: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 1 Player of the Final: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40s: Forster Tuncurry 5 def Central Coast 2 Player of the Final: Mark Koch (Forster Tuncurry) Mens O/45s: Wagga 3 def Wollongong 2 Player of the Final: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Mens O/50s: Newcastle City 2 def Port Macquarie 0 Player of the Final: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) Champion Permit: Hunter Western Hornets Club Champions: Newcastle City By Rachel Moyle
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.
zoom Inadequate maintenance and voyage planning led to the grounding of bunkering tanker Arca 1 in January 2017 near Sydney, Nova Scotia, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).On 8 January 2017, while being delivered to Mexico from Sorel, Quebec, the tanker went aground in Little Pond, Nova Scotia in heavy weather while under reduced propulsion due to a failure of the port propulsion clutch.There were no injuries to the six people on board and there was no pollution. The vessel sustained major damage to the hull and propulsion machinery. A few days later, the vessel was refloated and towed to Sydney.In its investigation report, TSB found that the tension on the main propulsion clutch was not checked and adjusted before or during the voyage as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. As a result, the clutch failed due to slippage, causing the loss of port propulsion and a reduction of vessel speed. The loss of speed increased the time required to reach Sydney, preventing the vessel’s arrival before weather deteriorated.The vessel gradually could not continue moving forward in the severe weather, causing it to drift to the west. The anchor was deployed to attempt to secure the vessel, but it could not hold and the vessel continued to drift further west towards the shore until it ran aground.TSB’s investigation also found that the master was not qualified to act as master of the vessel and the motorman was not qualified to act as chief engineer. Voyage planning was carried out in a manner that was not consistent with best practices, as contingencies and limitations were not taken into account. If crew members are not qualified for the positions to which they are assigned, they may not carry out these duties effectively, increasing the risk of an accident or injury, TSB wrote.Following the occurrence, the vessel owner brought the vessel to its final destination on board a heavy lift transport. The owner will have the vessel certified for operation in ports and for short-distance, coastal navigation.
Members of the Maryland Terrapins celebrate a touchdown on Nov. 15, 2014 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been a bumpy start to the season for Maryland, and it does not look like it will level out any time soon. The Terrapins are sitting at 2-3 coming off back-to-back losses as they prepare to travel to Columbus on Saturday to take on top-ranked Ohio State.Here is a look at coach Randy Edsall’s team.Quarterback carouselIf you think the Buckeyes have had a complicated quarterback situation, think again.Maryland has reinvented what it means to have a quarterback controversy this season. It began during the offseason and has yet to subside.Redshirt junior Perry Hills won the three-way battle during fall camp and led the team to a season opening victory over Richmond — a Football Championship Subdivision program — but he was canned midway through Maryland’s disappointing loss to Bowling Green in favor of Caleb Rowe.The fellow redshirt junior stepped in and started the last three games for the Terrapins — a win over South Florida and back-to-back embarrassing losses against West Virginia and then-No. 22 Michigan — but struggled immensely.Rowe — who is dead last in passing efficiency among qualified quarterbacks — has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games, completed a harrowing 33 perecent of his passes and zero touchdowns. In the second half of both games, he was pulled for redshirt senior Daxx Garman.Sadly for Edsall, Garman hasn’t been able to stop the Terrapin ship from sinking.In his two relief appearances, the transfer from Oklahoma State has completed just six of 18 passes, has been sacked five times and tossed only one touchdown while also being picked off once.So which one of these underwhelming résumés will Edsall choose to start in Columbus?The coach said he does not even know, as he told reporters during his Sunday conference call that “everyone is in play.”In fact, Edsall stole a page from OSU coach Urban Meyer’s book, saying he might not announce his starter until Saturday at noon. As of Tuesday afternoon, Maryland’s depth chart lists all three as co-starters.However being on the road against the Buckeyes, it might not matter which of the three it is.No help on defenseWhen a team’s offense struggles, sometimes the defense bails it out by shutting down opponents. Just ask this year’s Buckeyes about it.Unfortunately for Maryland, the said scenario is not happening.The offense ranks 114th nationally and second-to-last in the Big Ten, just ahead of Penn State. Defensively, the Terrapins are not much better, as they are 109th in the country for total defense and second-to-last in the conference, narrowly ahead of Indiana.In its three losses, Maryland has given up point totals of 48, 45 and 28. Additionally, opponents are averaging 199 rushing yards per game.The lone bright spot for the Terrapin defense comes on the pass rush, as the unit is tied for fourth in the country with 19 sacks.But with the offense in a sizable slump — last week against Michigan it had only 105 yards — and the defense not being able to slow down opponents, victories appear like they will be hard to come by for Edsall’s Terrapins during conference play.Offensive line is innocentThe bad quarterbacking cannot be blamed on Maryland’s offensive line.The unit didn’t allow a sack in first three games and has let up just six overall — five of which have been when Garman was under center.Most of its success in pass protection can be attributed to experience.Redshirt junior left tackle Michael Dunn has started 30 consecutive games for Maryland, while redshirt senior right guard Andrew Zeller has appeared in 26 straight games — including 18 straight starts. Ryan Doyle, a redshirt senior, has a combined 31 starts at different positions on the O-line under his belt.The veteran presence these three provide has been valuable for the Maryland offense, despite its ineptitude in other areas.Mile-wide turnover marginIf turnovers have been slowing down OSU, then they have stopped Maryland.The Buckeyes have a turnover margin of minus-four — tying them for 101st in the country along with three other Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue) — but the Terrapins are even further in the hole.Maryland has a turnover margin of minus-nine. Cincinnati is the only team with a greater deficit in the category.The Terrapins, however, do take the crown for most turnovers, as they have coughed up the pigskin 17 times — two more than Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic.With a defense as leaky as it is, the offense can’t afford to give opponents that many more offensive possessions, especially against the Buckeyes and the remainder of its conference foes.Beyond the BuckeyesAfter Saturday’s matchup versus OSU, Maryland will have a bye week before its scheduled contest against Penn State at home on Oct. 24. Kickoff time for that game is yet to be announced.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has hailed their “fantastic” new stadium and says it will “bring the club to the next step”.The opening of the Spurs new stadium continues to be delayed amid reports of electrical and structural issues.The club released a statement on Wednesday saying that their clash against Manchester United on January 13 will be hosted at Wembley stadium.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We knew at the beginning of the season we were very excited, we knew we would have a chance to play in the new stadium,” Lloris told Sky Sports.“We don’t really know when it’s going to happen. There’s a lot of expectation from the players because it’s something fantastic for the club and will bring the club to the next step.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday said that he hopes the new stadium would be ready to host their first Champions League last-16 tie in February next year.
Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has revealed he is experiencing his worst period as a player at the club.David Wagner’s men suffered a fifth-consecutive defeat on Saturday following their 3-1 home loss to fellow strugglers Southampton at the John Smith Stadium.The Terriers are currently seated in 19th position on the Premier League table ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Manchester United, and have won only two games in the league so far.Lossl signed for Huddersfield from Mainz on loan in the summer of 2017 after they secured promotion to England’s top tier division, before making the loan deal a permanent move in June.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.He said, according to BT Sport:“It’s definitely the worst point we’ve had in the 18 months that I’ve been here. But I think we have to show what character we’re made of. We have to stand together as a team and as a club as well.”“These guys in the stands are loyal as always and we really do need them. We need them to believe as much as us. We saw in moments in the second half what difference it really makes when all of us stand together.”“I do really think that we can turn this around, because we have performed very well this season, and we have the quality in the team. If we want to turn it around, we need to stay positive. I don’t want to go down.”
Newcastle United midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced in an official letter sent to the South Korean FA that he will be retiring from international football.Ki who is also the captain of the South Korean National team has been in the international football scene for 11 years.He made the announcement after he sustained injury while on international duty even though he had earlier planned to retire after the 2018 World Cup but South Korea convinced him to play one more tournament.“With the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup being my last event, I’m laying down the big honor and responsibility of the national team,” Ki said, in a letter sent to Korean Football Association and obtained by The Korea Herald.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In my football career, the national team was more valuable than anything else. I want to thank fans who have loved and supported me for all this time.“The national team is having a difficult time after we failed to meet fans’ expectations at the Asian Cup, but I believe our players will overcome the difficulties under Bento’s guidance,“Now, I will be one of the football fans who support the national team and will wish the best for South Korean football.