Men’s Tennis Continues Season At ITA Central Region Championship

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team heads to Stillwater, Okla. for the ITA Central Region Championships on Thursday through Monday, hosted by Oklahoma State. Fans can watch all of the action via live stream at okstate.com/watchtennis. Results will be posted on okstate.com throughout the day as well as on itatenn.com at the conclusion of each day. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will be one of several teams taking part in this year’s Central Region Championship and will see some of the top players in the country. Junior Calum MacGeoch will be one of the highest-ranked returners in the ITA Central Region as he finished last season as the 20th-ranked player in the region. Sophomore Vinny Gillespie looks to make another deep run at this year’s tournament. Last fall, he advanced to the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles with Ben Lott, who graduated last spring. Live Streaming last_img read more

A Note About My Parents

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now When I was 17, I started a rock-n-roll band. My mom gave me her eyeliner and foundation makeup. She also gave me some costume jewelry and a few women’s shirts. They looked great with the jeans I wore until they were threadbare.When we played big gigs, my mom would show up. Especially if it was a battle of the bands kind of thing. She’d bring the people who worked for her company to help ensure we won.She never told me I had to go to college. She never told me I needed a career to fall back on. She never expected me to do something that I didn’t want to do. Instead, she supported me chasing my dreams. Nothing was off limits, even if it wasn’t a safe choice.She never told me to be realistic. Unrealistic was realistic, if I worked hard. My dad wasn’t around, but he always supported me pursuing my dream.When I decided to move to Los Angeles, both of my parents supported my decision. My mom was upset when I packed up the car and left late at night, but, she never tried to stop me. Instead, she cut inspirational quotes out of Reader’s Digest and mailed them to me. I taped all of them to the inside of my daily planner and reviewed them daily.I wasn’t in Los Angeles for more than a few months when my dad called to tell me that he got me an audition for a band in New York City. They were being produced by Def Leppard’s first producer, and they needed a new front man because their singer got married and his wife had just had a baby, so he had to go legit. I flew to New York for an audition my dad arranged.I was never told that I couldn’t do something. I was never told that anything was impossible. I was always told to go for it.You want your kids to be happy. You want to keep them safe. But telling them to play it safe is the riskiest thing you can tell them now—especially if you want them to be happy. As it turns out, life is for living.Here is your permission slip.last_img read more

‘The key is to stay at the wicket and accelerate towards the end’

first_imgThe weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I,The weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I was impressed with the professionalism of the groundsmen.They pass on specific instructions to the coach regarding the use of practice wickets so that they don’t get spoilt. They are very particular about using the pitches and are constantly working on the ground to maintain a high standard of facilities.Finally, as planned, we played a match against Loughborough University. The team was a collection of youngsters, all keen to do well against us. We played the match in a public school spread over 30 acres and the facilities were stunning.They had 12 nets for the younger boys and six nets for the seniors, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports shop. It would be great to have such facilities at home.It was agreed that India would bat first to get as much practice as possible. It worked well, for Sachin, Azhar, Robin and Ajay had useful outings. Only Saurav fell early to a brilliant catch. Unfortunately the bowling was average and Sachin didn’t relish it much though he scored a brisk 64.The wickets were slow and the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The outfield too was soft and the ball wouldn’t travel. The Indians, Azhar and Sachin in particular, stunned the crowd with some stunning shots – not surprisingly one Sachin six hit the gymnasium wall almost 80 yards away.advertisementI called back the batsmen once they seemed to be hitting the ball well; 290 was a fine score. Then the bowlers took over and I was pleased with their line and length. Prasad was simply brilliant, Saurav bowled effectively and Jadeja picked up two wickets in three overs.He just has to believe he has a golden arm. Ultimately they were out for 98 runs. Our second practice game was against the Leicester Second XI at their excellent county ground. We rested Sachin, Srinath and Kumble to give Ramesh, Mohanty and Chopra a chance (Khurasia had twisted his ankle).Final stretch: Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Ajay Jadeja tune up for the South Africa tieThe bowling was better and we lost three wickets for 60 runs, whereupon Azhar, Jadeja and Mongia batted with a lot of confidence to take us past 200 runs. Robin unnecessarily had an argument with a left-arm spinner after hitting him for two sixes and got out.The bowler came out the winner. These are the sort of situations where we have to use our experience and keep our cool. Nevertheless, Saurav with three wickets led the bowlers who polished them off for 130-odd runs.Considering the prevalent conditions, it seems we have to keep our wickets in hand and accelerate later on. I have been stressing that the batsmen shouldn’t be impatient. The most interesting aspect so far has been the meeting of the managers and captains at Lord’s at the recently built media centre that resembles a spaceship about to take off.There was a team photograph of the captains – only the Scottish skipper was missing, probably held up in the traffic on the highway. I found Brian Lara the most humble of the lot and I was impressed when he came up to wish me.Later we were briefed about the playing conditions and about security, especially after the recent bombings in London. The ground at Lord’s was looking as pretty as ever. Hopefully we will do well enough to play here during the tournament.last_img read more

Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise

first_img“I get that I’m tan and I would stand out a little bit in Japan,” Osaka said. “I think the only way people would really care is if I’m wearing some sort of athletic (gear), like, if I was walking around with my tennis racket.“You know, other than that, I don’t think people really care too much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t really walking around (but) when I did, I went at night and had a wig on,” she said, smiling. “I wanted to try to do that. For me it was fun.”She got the wig from her sister and tried it for a joke, but doesn’t feel like it’s necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I personally think she was making it a bigger deal than it had to be,” Osaka said. “Honestly, I feel like people don’t look at other people when they’re walking around.”Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti. She was born in Japan and lived there as a child before moving to the United States. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka makes a backhand return to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia—Naomi Osaka recently took up her big sister’s suggestion to wear a wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity as she walked around in Japan.The 21-year-old Osaka has become a big star in Japan since beating Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ancelotti: Lewy jibes not important

first_imgBayern München Bayern boss Ancelotti moving on from Lewandowski controversy Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 22:51 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RobertLewandowski - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Anderlecht Anderlecht UEFA Champions League Carlo Ancelotti Robert Lewandowski earned a dressing down from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge but Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is focused on beating Anderlecht. Carlo Ancelotti moved to draw a line under Robert Lewandowski’s controversial criticism of the Bayern Munich squad ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener against Anderlecht.Lewandowski questioned Bayern’s transfer policy during the recent window as they failed to match the spiralling spending levels of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester City.Bayern 13/2 for CL title with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was critical of Lewandowski and his agent, questioning the player’s loyalty, while former midfielder Stefan Effenberg invited him to chase a move to PSG or Barca if he so desired.As such, Ancelotti did not see the need to wade further into the debate as he plots a recovery from Saturday’s surprise 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim.”I don’t have to speak with Lewandowski about the interview that he made,” he told a pre-match news conference.”I have to speak to him about the chances that he has to use tomorrow. This is the most important thing.”[email protected]: “@rscanderlecht are a good side, well organised. As always, we have to be cautious in our #UCL opener.” #FCBRSCA pic.twitter.com/oY28bi5hrL— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 11, 2017Bayern broke the Bundesliga transfer record to sign Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for €41million in June and also secured Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez on a two-year loan, along with Hoffenheim due Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule.Contrary to Lewandowski’s doubts over Bayern’s business, Ancelotti believes his current crop have the capacity to improve upon last season’s Bundesliga title – their fifth in succession – and Champions League quarter-final appearance.”In this period, we are not better than last year because last year, in the second half of last season, we were really good,” he said.”We can be better of course, making the new players more comfortable because I think that the new players who have arrived have improved the quality of the squad.”We need time. We are not at the same level at this period but with time we can be better.”Ancelotti added: “We tried to buy new players to improve the quality and I think after one or two months the players give me the confidence we can be better than last season.”I do not want to compare to the seasons before because there was another manager and that is not correct. There are players with really good quality.”last_img read more

‘Dybala strikes fear into opponents’

first_imgJuventus Dybala strikes fear into opponents, says Juventus great Del Piero amid Messi comparisons Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:52 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) paulo dybala - cropped Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Sassuolo v Juventus Sassuolo Serie A The Argentine has been in blistering form of late, with a stunning hat-trick against Sassuolo on Sunday seeing him draw praise from an iconic figure The form of Juventus star Paulo Dybala has Serie A defenders running scared, according to Italy great Alessandro Del Piero.The Argentina international hit a hat-trick on his 100th Juve appearance on Sunday to help the champions to a 3-1 win over Sassuolo and maintain their 100 per cent record at the start of their title defence.Juve to beat Olympiakos BTTS 2/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dybala has scored eight times in those four league games and has 10 in six appearances in all competitions following an explosive start to the campaign.His first at MAPEI Stadium was a sublime curled effort from outside the penalty area and he scored two more after the break, prodding home a clever toe-poke finish before completing his treble with a fine free-kick.Former Juve star Del Piero says it is uncertainty over how he will try to score that makes Dybala – who has drawn comparisons to international team-mate and Barcelona icon Lionel Messi – so dangerous.The last player to score in the first  @SerieA_TIM matches of the season? Luca Toni in 2005/06. #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/MybKVaqtDd— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 17, 2017Asked about the free-kick, Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia: “It wasn’t an exceptional one and it wasn’t at too much of an angle but there was just enough of one for him to score.”[Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea] Consigli was almost in awe and that tells you Dybala is growing, not only with his goals but also in terms of how he plays.”People are afraid to face him at the moment, even when it comes to free-kicks. You don’t know what can happen.”Consigli could have saved it but he moved too late. The free-kick was well-hit, anyway.”last_img read more

Raiola’s demands key to Mkhi-Alexis deal

first_imgTransfers Mkhitaryan-Alexis swap deal stalls as Raiola pushes for contract payment Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:06 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League Manchester United A. Sánchez The outspoken agent is known for getting his way in the transfer market and his demands will have to be met for Arsenal to get their man Arsenal’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by Manchester United due to his contract running for another two years, Goal understands.The Gunners are hopeful of securing Mkhitaryan as part of a deal which will see Alexis Sanchez move the other way, although neither club are prepared to sanction the transfer unless the Armenia international agrees to join Arsene Wenger’s side this month.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola, who has already met with Arsenal officials at the club’s London Colney training ground this week, is also determined to secure a fee for himself as part of his involvement in brokering the deal.Arsenal are requesting a flat fee of £35 million for Alexis, and Raiola says Mkhitaryan will play a pivotal role in the outcome of their negotiations with United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told The Times.”Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”Mino RaiolaRaiola emphasised his opinion that Mkhitaryan is the centre-piece of the transfer talks, not the Arsenal forward.”Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around,” he added.Alexis has been the subject of a transfer tussle between United and Manchester City but, with the latter pulling out due to the demands of the Chilean’s agent Fernando Felicevich, the frontrunners to sign last season’s 30-goal man are now Jose Mourinho’s men, with the former Barcelona star already agreeing personal terms.Meanwhile, Wenger’s January transfer activity is likely to be affected by the Premier League Short Term Cost Control (STCC) rules which came into play at the start of the season.The new rules mean that teams can only increase their wage bill by £7m above what it was last season. Arsenal’s struggle to add to the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac last summer was partly because of their failure to offload fringe players on high salaries. Wenger’s side had a wage bill of £191m two seasons ago, according to the most recent club accounts available via Companies House. It is one reason why Arsenal needed to ship out Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Sanchez before bringing replacements in.Coquelin joined Valencia for a fee in the region of £12m last week, while Walcott is on the verge of joining Everton for £20m. Mathieu Debuchy, meanwhile, is in talks over signing with St Etienne six months before his contract expires, which would free up further wage space for Bordeaux star Malcom, the 20-year-old winger Arsenal are keen on signing in January.Pierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains a primary target of Wenger’s and new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is playing an integral part in the talks which could see the 28-year-old arrive as a replacement for Sanchez. Olivier Giroud has been mentioned in discussions and it remains a possibility that he would head to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal.Former Dortmund head scout Mislintat was heavily involved in Arsenal’s first signing of January, the 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, and is again involved in talks for both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.West Brom defender Jonny Evans is the subject of interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal, with the Gunners also hopeful of bringing in an experienced centre-back this month due to Laurent Koscielny’s injury problems and Per Mertesacker’s impending retirement.A defensive arrival would likely see one of Calum Chambers or Rob Holding go out on loan.last_img read more

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

AN OPEN LETTER TO ACTORS OF COLOR FROM AN ACTOR OF COLOR

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement But being an actor of color has by no way hindered my success in the commercial, theatre, film and television industries. Quite the opposite – it has propelled it.Though my acting career has been brief in comparison to some of my peers, I have been able to monetize my creativity and make acting a sustainable way of living. In the past year alone I have booked 4 Feature Films, 3 TV Pilots, 3 Web Series, 2 Professional Theatre contracts, and so many commercials I’ve lost count.This is not to “toot my own horn” by any means – but I am a busy working actor. My agent…she’s happy. It’s something every actress & actor strives for, and I don’t fully agree with the sentiments of some of my peers that the industry consistently conspires against us.Numerous times I’ve seen in social media groups, some of which are geared towards providing casting notices specifically to actresses & actors of color, people complaining about the lack of breakdowns for performers of color or specificity therein. I’ve seen the latest statistics on representation on screen and I understand that certain things do still have to catch up in terms of on screen representation in relation to proportion of the population (which I think is the fairest measure). But in fact when you read the reports, the trends are looking favorable for this, and in some cases representation meets or exceeds that of the proportion of population (more so when the total cast is taken as a whole and in television – leads still seem to be disproportionately white by the reports I’ve read that take the US population in account).Now I’m not here to argue the intricate details of that at the moment, though I understand that’s often that’s were the devil resides. It’s definitely a conversation we must have. What I’m suggesting is that we are moving past the tipping point of change in the industry in terms of opportunity, and that this is a great time for us actors & actresses of color. So let’s move forward with a more nuanced narrative that acknowledges this.I have never seen so many stars of varying ethnic backgrounds. From Dwayne Johnson to Danai Gurira, you only need to turn on your television and open your eyes to see the plethora of different people. Audiences want to see diverse casts and change has happened and continues to do so. This is the entertainment business after all – emphasis on business – and you don’t think that great financial successes like Black Panther have had an impact on casting considerations? Or that even older successes like Rush Hour didn’t catch attention? You really don’t think that those executives haven’t taken a long, hard look at demographic proportions and projections domestically and worldwide, and factored in the marketing benefits of having a diverse cast? Who their audience is and will be? Audiences are diverse and ultimately pay the bills of those who produce content. It only makes sense from a business standpoint.It doesn’t seem to me that there exists a “racist conspiracy” that intends to keep us down. If the system was so inherently oppressive, how else would a person such as myself be able to be thriving in what is arguably the most competitive market in the world? In addition, I’ve performed in (paid) productions that have covered stories based internationally from Afghanistan to St Lucia. Sure, call me an Uncle Tom if you like – but in my experience thus far, I have overwhelmingly received support in my career.CD’s from Mann, to Jules, Powerhouse, Jigsaw, Larissa Mair Casting, The Casting Group, Brunch Store and numerous independent and major production companies (just to name a few) – have all brought me in. And multiple times at that. I’ve competed for roles against white counterparts and I’ve gotten them. These decision makers are behind us, they pitch us to their clients and they fight for us.To them I have nothing to give but thanks – and I don’t think that we do that enough.The fact is is that success is now based more on personal merit and strategy then I think some would like to admit, and for performers of color it’s been bolstered by the increased marketability of diversity. The industry at large is not void of its fair share of superficiality and “looks” matter too of course, but our “look” is in demand and growing.Every single up and coming performer of color I’ve been following or worked with – works hard. Myself included. And every up and coming white performer I’ve seen that continues to remain viable – works hard. So what’s the common denominator? Work Hard. Be persistent. Embody change through your own excellency. It really does pay off with the application of gumption and strategic decision making.For us performers of color, the odds are becoming increasingly stacked in our favor. In my opinion, it’s easy to play the blame game rather than strap on your boots and hit the pavement. We didn’t choose an easy industry, it’s a difficult one all things considered. And when you insightfully take into account the totality of your experiences in this acting game and the opportunities that present themselves – the work is there for the taking.Besides, isn’t that what we want to be known for?by TARICK GLANCYCLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH TARICK GLANCYFOLLOW TARICK ON SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE:Facebook: https://facebook.com/tarick.glancyTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/thisbepuddyInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisbepuddyWebsite: : https://www.tarickglancy.com/IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8401430/ I am an actor of color.Well, partially if you want to get technical. My father is Canadian (pretty much as white as they can get) and my mom was born in Guyana. According to industry terms that all actors, directors and producers will be familiar with, the best way to describe my look is “ethnically ambiguous”. In daily life I am seen as “ethnic” of various sorts, or mixed – which I am.In fact what “seems to be” versus “what is” can be applied to my chosen career field to greater and greater degrees. Twitterlast_img read more