Aikey collects Sunoco bonus on record night at Indee

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (May 23) – One of Independence Motor Speedway’s winningest drivers went home with a bonus following his latest checkered flag run, on a record setting opening night.  By Jerry Mackey The headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature. Jeff Aikey drew the pole position and went on to drive the Rick Dralle-owned no. 77 to a comfortable win. The race went flag to flag with Aikey taking the win and first $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus of the season over Eric Pollard and Sean Johnson.  Saturday mid-day rains made for very challenging conditions at Indee but thanks to the never say die attitude of co-promoter Justin Temeyer, the new season got underway on Saturday night with­out fans in attendance due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The record 161 drivers in attendance gave a very big shout out to Temeyer and partner Mick Trier for making the racing happen.  Kaden Reynolds established himself as a driver to be reckoned with in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. Reynolds took the action packed win over Billy Rhodes and Tyler Ollendieck. It was an all Murty front row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. The elder of the two, Da­mon Murty fought off the challenges of his son Dallon early before Steve Meyer snuck between the two. Damon went on to get to the checkers first ahead of Meyer and Dallon Murty.   Jeff Aikey took the opening night IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature win and took home the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus given Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. (IMCA Photo) Tony Olson shot to the high side on the very fast track in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main from his second row start and took the lead from pace setter Kip Siems. Olson scored the opening night win ahead of Jayden Schmidt, who made the long tow from Seymour, WI. Siems rounded out the top three on opening night.   Aikey also sat on the pole for the IMCA Modified main event, but Troy Cordes had his 71C ma­chine dialed in, raced from a third row start and overtook Aikey and cruised on to the win ahead of Jordan Hicks and Darin Duffy.  last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: Godzilla vows to win WBF title for Nigeria

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20 Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi of Nigeria has vowed to defeat his Argentine opponent, Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, when they clash for the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 20.Their clash will headline the nine-bout boxing show, which holds on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The show will also feature live musical performances by Zlatan Ibile, Mayorkun and Ortisefemi among other artistes.Speaking after his training in Lagos yesterday, Godzilla, whose 18 fights have yielded 17 victories by knockout and loss, said he is aiming to win the title for Nigeria.“This fight is a fight for my country. I will do everything legitimate to ensure the belt comes to Nigeria. Argentina tends to beat us at football and I intend to summon the spirit that propelled Nigeria to win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games to avenge our numerous defeats by Argentina on the football pitch,” he said.The hulking ring artist said he is familiar with Argentine boxers, having had nine fights in the country. While he is fighting Chiquito for the first time, he, however claimed to be familiar with his strengths and weakness through videos of his previous fights.“I have watched videos of him of fighting. I’m taller than he is, meaning I have a longer reach. He likes to get close to his opponents, but I’ll keep him at a distance and punish him once the opportunity arises. He won’t be able to cope with my punches and I’m confident that the fight will not go beyond two rounds,” he bragged.Three other title fights are scheduled to hold at the event. They include a defence of theWest African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title by Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, who faces Ghana’s Ezekiel Anan; WABU welterweight title defence by Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, who takes on Ghana’s Sanitor Agbenyo; and the national bantamweight title bout between Sadiq “Happy Boy Adeleke and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi.Other bouts are the national featherweight challenge clash between Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje and Olusegun Moses, national super featherweight contest between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan; national light heavyweight duel between Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, and Olanrewaju Segun. Professional debuts for Alaba “Eylbow” Omotola and Bolaji “Fight to Finish” Abdullahi and an all-female bout between rising star, Cynthia “Boby Girl” Ogunsemilore and Aminat Yekini.The best boxer at the show will win a cash prize of N1 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night 20Onoriode Godzilla EhwariemiWBFlast_img read more

The Latest: WAC cancels all spring sports

first_img1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus. March 18, 2020 The Latest: WAC cancels all spring sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.” The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3. The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.center_img Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m. All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___ 3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___ Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.last_img read more

The Latest: Djokovic pledges about $1 million to help Serbia

first_imgThe Latest: Djokovic pledges about $1 million to help Serbia Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian.___ Associated Press Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. ___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season. The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified.She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.” ___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.” March 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,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

Drew Lock: strange offseason hasn’t curbed his expectations

first_imgA third-round pick in 2015, Heuerman spent his rookie year on IR after blowing out his left ACL covering a kickoff at the team’s rookie minicamp.He totaled 63 catches for 678 yards and five touchdowns in 51 career games.Heuerman faced long odds of making the roster this year with a tight end corps that features Noah Fant and newcomers Okwuegbunam and Nick Vannett along with Troy Fumagalli, Andrew Beck, Jake Butt and Austin Fort.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton July 31, 2020 Associated Press “Today’s world is adjusting, so we’ll adjust to that. The mature kids will come in and do everything they can to get up to speed, but again, they’re going to be young guys without an offseason program. We definitely have to give them some rope and temper it a little bit and take it one practice at a time.”While Lock remains defiant in the face of these obstacles, he said he’s also a realist.“The real factor of it is yes, we didn’t get enough time with each other. We’re going to get a shortened period of time to pick up a lot of things extremely quick and it may not be the prettiest at first,” Lock said. “But our job is to make the mistake, learn from it and try not to make that mistake more than once because we really don’t have time to make the same mistakes.”TIGHT END LOGJAM:The Broncos began to clear their logjam at tight end by releasing oft-injured sixth-year pro Jeff Heuerman. The first offseason after a quarterback’s rookie year usually is crucial to his development and his chances for long-term success because it’s the first time he’s immersed in the pro game and can absorb advanced concepts that build on the crash course from his rookie year.Lock and three other members of last year’s rookie QB class — the Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew, the Giants’ Daniel Jones and Washington’s Dwayne Haskins — not only missed out on that in-person progress but also were left to navigate a catch-up training camp while operating out of a new system.Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is the new offensive coordinator in Denver, joining Jay Gruden (Jacksonville), Jason Garrett (New York) and Scott Turner (Washington) in bringing new playbooks to second-year QBs.After Lock went 4-1 last December, Elway spent his offseason building around him, signing free agents Graham Glasgow and Melvin Gordon and drafting Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Lloyd Cushenberry III and Albert Okwuegbunam, all of whom could be starting come September.Given all the changes, Elway was asked this week if expectations for Lock in Year 2 should be tempered. “Yeah, they’re definitely tempered,” Elway said. “I don’t think we can expect with no offseason for us to come out and be hitting on all cylinders. I know that we have spent a lot of time in Zoom meetings and Pat and his staff on the offensive side have spent a lot of time with it. But there’s nothing like being on the practice field. It’s going to be a slow build. “The expectations of Drew — I mean, he did play well for five games, but that was only five games last year. He didn’t have the offseason this year, which for young football players is always very, very important. I know he spent a lot of time throwing to the receivers and getting the timing and doing what they could do away from the facility. We’re very young on the offensive side.”Because Lock spent three months on IR last year with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, he’s essentially still a rookie, and Elway said back in 1983 “I always remember as a rookie it was important for me to see other helmets and not just Bronco helmets.”The NFL scuttled the entire four-week preseason at the players’ request to allow them to slowly ramp up their football fitness, something that’s both beneficial and detrimental as the roster gets built.“I was hoping for a couple preseason games just because we are so young on the offensive side to get to see somebody else,” Elway said. “We’re going to have to deal with it. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced NFL teams into an unconventional offseason and wiped out the entire preseason, two factors that led Broncos general manager John Elway to temper his expectations for second-year quarterback Drew Lock in 2020. Lock’s own ambitions haven’t abated one bit.“Not being able to be with the guys as much as you normally would is not going to change how I feel going into the season,” Lock said Friday. “I still want to do the things … I thought we could do this year.” Drew Lock: strange offseason hasn’t curbed his expectations ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

2016 AWCON: Nigeria Draws Ghana, Mali and Kenya

first_imgThe host, Cameroun was housed in group A, seeded top and will play South Africa, Zimbabwe and Egypt.The top two teams from the preliminary stages will qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.The opening game will take place between Cameroun and Egypt at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, while Nigeria gets the title defence against Mali at the Stade Municipal de Limbe.The Super Falcons will be looking to extend their dominance on the continent with an eighth African women title at this year’s edition. The competition will kick start on November 19 through December 3, 2016Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The defending champions of the African Women’s Cup of Nations Nigeria, has been paired against Ghana, Kenya and Mali in Group B of this year tournament which is billed to take place in Cameroun.The draw ceremony held on Sunday in Yaounde, Cameroun with several African football legends including Roger Miller and Rigobert Song in attendance.last_img read more

School of Cinematic Arts introduces new minor

first_imgThe School of Cinematic Arts will offer a new minor in media and social change starting in the fall of 2015.The minor will teach students how to make impactful media by studying the professional practices of creating, analyzing and distributing media centered around social change.Some of the courses offered in the minor include documentary production, writing and social change, nonfiction film and television and gender, sexuality and media.Michael Taylor, executive director of the Media Institute for Social Change, said that the program’s courses will prepare students to create social change in their fields.“It’s really to provide an opportunity for students who are interested in media content creation and research to take classes in a focused curriculum on various aspects of media for change,” Taylor said. “Students will gain insight into the professional practices of creating media content and analyzing existing content and learning how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into the work they are doing in related fields.”Taylor created the minor after students came to him and asked how they could include issues of social change in their fields. Taylor said students wanted to use the social change skills to strengthen their work.“What became clear to me was that so many students, not just in the School of Cinematic Arts, but from all over the university were starting to realize that media is the language of the 21st century,” Taylor said. “They can better do what they do by learning to speak that language and they can better do what they do in terms of spreading the messages that they want to spread- — having to do with various social issues — by working across disciplines with people from all over campus, and that’s what this minor is really intending to provide for students.”According to Taylor, the minor strives to bring students from different majors together.“It’s a pretty broad curriculum that’s really meant to appeal to people across various disciples, because what we are thinking is that by bringing people together from different schools [and] from different programs all around this subject of media and social change, it will enrich everyone’s point of view and everyone will be contributing a slightly different point of view,” Taylor said.Students will benefit from working with other students with different majors, Taylor said.“By working across disciplines and learning something about business, something about journalism, something about filmmaking, something about documentary filmmaking, fictional filmmaking, [and] by bringing public policy and sociology and education all together, I think it makes everyone stronger and enriches what everyone does in whatever career path they eventually take.”Currently, there is a minor in photography and social change offered through Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a nonprofit social innovation program in the Price School of Public Policy. Both programs are similar to media and social change in that they inspire social change and innovation.last_img read more

Ninth-ranked men’s tennis to take on Bay Area teams

first_imgThe No. 9 men’s tennis team comes back to Marks Stadium after over a month on the road for two back-to-back conference matches against No. 16 Cal on Friday and No. 36 Stanford on Saturday.USC is 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12 after losing 4-3 to Washington on Friday and beating Oregon 4-3 on Sunday.The Trojans have four singles player ranked nationally. At No. 25 is senior captain Max de Vroome, currently enjoying the best ranking of his college career. No. 55 is junior Nick Crystal, followed three spots behind at No. 58 by freshman Logan Smith. Another freshman, Jake deVine ranks at No. 109. The only doubles pair is composed by Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven, currently at No. 38.The first opponent for the Trojans is No. 16 Cal on Friday. The Golden Bears are 10-3 on the season and undefeated in the Pac-12 after beating Arizona 4-0 and Utah 4-3 last week.Four Cal players are currently ranked nationally in singles. At No. 17 is junior Andre Goransson, followed at No. 28 by junior Florian Lakat. At No. 40 is sophomore Billy Griffith, while at No. 62 is senior Oskar Wikberg. The Golden Bears have two doubles pairs in the rankings as well. At No. 44 is junior Filip Bergevi with Lakat, who is also ranked at No. 76 with Goransson. The last meeting between USC and Cal dates back to last year, when the Trojans defeated the Bears 4-2 on the road in Berkeley.USC will play No. 36 Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal are 10-6 overall, and they have an undefeated 2-0 record in the conference.The Cardinal have four players in the rankings. Sophomore Tom Fawcett leads the team at No. 6, followed at No. 56 by another sophomore, David Wilczynski. At No. 101 is freshman Sameer Kumar, while senior Maciek Romanowicz is currently at No. 110. Romanowicz is also in the doubles rankings at No. 64, pairing up with senior Nolan Paige.The Trojans beat the Cardinal 5-2 in a non-conference match earlier in this season on Feb. 26. In that match, the Trojans were able to come back after losing the doubles point, recording five wins in the singles matches. The only loss in singles came from Court 5, where freshman Jack Jaede lost at the tiebreak of the third set to Romanowicz.The matches will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Kadejhia Sellers is more than just fast

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Three seconds were left on the clock. Manchester Regional High School (New Jersey) was down by one. The ball was in Kadejhia Sellers’ hands, like it always was at the end of games. The star basketball player would graduate Manchester as the all-time leading scorer with 1,059 points. And Manchester just needed two.Head coach David Sposato still remembers what happened next vividly. Sellers dribbled the length of the floor, through the entire defense for a game-winning layup as the buzzer sounded.“For most people to dribble the length of the court in such a short period of time while being covered would be impossible,” Sposato said. “But due to her sheer speed, she was able to do it.”Sellers has taken her speed to the next level, now a senior leader for Syracuse in track and field. She received All-ACC honors in 2016-17. That spring, she placed third in the 400 meters at the ACC Championships. Last season was highlighted by a win in the same event at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. Her raw athleticism and leadership make her the runner she is.“She’s the kind of kid that I’d love it if she had eight years of eligibility and we can go ahead and play with her being a 60-meter runner one year and play with being a 200-meter runner one year,” Syracuse assistant coach Dave Hegland, who coaches the sprinters, said. “I just think she could do a lot. She’s got a really wide range of abilities.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSellers’ mom, Patsy Waters, remembers when Sellers was little and played outside, developing the versatility that would propel her. During games of hide and seek, Sellers would sprint and be the first one hidden. She was never caught.“She just moves really, really quick,” Waters said.  “So I was like, ‘wow.’ And she has really long legs, too.”When she moved from South Carolina to New Jersey her sophomore year of high school, she landed a spot on the Manchester basketball team.The 2014-15 season was Manchester’s best in three decades. After Sellers graduated, it went from 15 wins to five wins the next year. Sposato said she still holds an “iconic” role in school history. Her number, 20, has not been worn since she left. It didn’t matter if she were exhausted, Sposato said. With their fast pace style of play, she normally was. But when the team needed her late, she would kick into another gear.“It’s a great thing when your best player is also your hardest worker,” Sposato said. “So the rest of your team is working their butts off because you have a girl who’s a stud, who’s all out sprinting and coming early and putting the time in.”She ran track before she moved states, though only in the outdoor season because of basketball. She threw discus — not every meet, she was just “playing around” — and nearly broke a school record on her first throw. She’s also ran the 60 meters in 7.37 seconds which Hegland called “exceptional” for a 400-meter runner.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorSposato believed that even if she was taught volleyball, she would’ve been the best player on the court. Hegland wishes there was more time in each season so he could have really seen what she could do.At Manchester, a fast time in the 400-meters in her junior year caught the attention of schools like Syracuse. Hegland said the more the staff learned about Sellers, the more they liked her.“The fact that she was playing basketball and playing at a high level, that helped her,” Hegland said. “She picks up on new things really quick … She’s a very adaptive athlete.”Some Division II schools offered to bring her in for both basketball and track. But Sellers said she recognized that while her passion was basketball, her talent was track. She could do more with it.When Sellers got to SU, she had to make adjustments. Running indoors for the first time, she had to learn how to cut into lanes quicker, as well as adjust to different lengths.“Mentally it kind of messes you up, whereas outdoor you’re just running one lap and indoor is two laps,” Sellers said.But she fit in quickly, becoming All-ACC in indoor, not outdoor. Hegland was impressed with how well she faced the steep learning curve. As the only senior female sprinter on the roster, it’s now her turn to help the younger runners make their adjustments.“She always has a plan and a goal not only for herself, but for the whole team,” Alexis Crosby, a freshman teammate, said. “So it’s been an inspiration to be around her and to just learn from her.”While Sellers specializes in the 400-meter run, she has been used elsewhere — and has found success. She finished second in the 200-meter race in the 2017 BU Valentine invitational. In the 2015 Cornell Greg Page Relays, she won the 300-meters.But no matter what Sellers does, her philosophy remains the same.“Everything I do, I have to make sure I do it in excellence,” Sellers said. “Because if I do it in excellence, then the team will follow that excellence.”center_img Published on January 30, 2019 at 1:01 am Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more

African Freestyle Football Championship Starts in Lagos

first_imgHowever, the 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship will be a fusion of freestyle football and entertainment as top musical and dance artistes will be performing, including Falz, Vanessa MDEE, KCEE, Mayorkun, Slim Case and Mr. RealFeet and Tricks International, organisers of the event has named former professional English footballer, John Fashanu; former Head of Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni; and former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, Superstar actresses, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh as brand ambassadors for this year’s Championship.All with enviable careers and celebrated globally are undoubtedly a perfect representation of the sporting excellence the brand stands for.Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo, said this year’s championship would be a mind-blowing competition for participating athletes and fans of the sport.“We have a dream of promoting freestyle football and exposing the country’s talents to be among the best in the world stage. Last year’s event was very successful and we believe this edition would even be better,” he said.One of the brand ambassadors, Samson Siasia, noted that it was great to have such a noble idea which provided an option for lovers of football.“Those who cannot do the rigorous one will just do their thing with freestyle. I look forward to the tournament because it’s going to be exciting,” Siasia said.After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and eight female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on Saturday September 15 in a keenly contested competition that is expected to produce the first African male and female Freestyle Football Champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first-ever African Freestyle Football Championship will start today with the qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.Freestylers from various parts of the country and some others top ones on the continent are expected to be on parade.The championship will also host international freestyle professionals; Guinness world record holder, Iya Traore and Female freestyle legend, Raquel Benetti from Brazil.last_img read more