Graeme Smith was an absolute nightmare, feel Broad & James Anderson

first_imgLondon: The English pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad are definitely not the youngest of the lot, but they have sights on the Ashes which will be played in Australia and both believe that is a series they can remain in shape for.“I don’t think I could go until your age,” Broad told Anderson in an Instagram live chat. “Your action’s so smooth, it looks a lot calmer on your body whereas mine is a little more forceful through my body I think.“But I’m loving the environment at the minute. I love playing for England. I still have huge motivation to keep playing and you just assess that year by year. And we’ve got that carrot dangling over us of Australia in Australia which looks like an achievable carrot to grab.”Anderson said that fitness was his prime focus. “The big thing is standards. If your standards feel like they’re dropping then yeah you might consider finishing,” Anderson said.“But as long as my standards stay high, my fitness levels stay good and my skills stay where I want them to be and my speed stays pretty good which they have been (I’ll keep playing).”Commenting on the batsman who troubled them most, both picked former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith.“Graeme Smith, I found an absolute nightmare. I wish I could have bowled at him having worked on my around the wicket stuff and try and draw him to drive through extra cover. But for me just over the wicket trying to swing it into the stumps, hopeless,” Broad said.Anderson echoed the sentiments and said: “I had exactly the same problem. When I first started, my first series against him was 2003 and all I could do then was swing the ball back in. I didn’t have an out-swinger to a left-hander and I couldn’t wobble the ball across him. So I was just feeding his strength. I just go so annoyed.” IANSAlso Read: I am still ambitious to play for England: James AndersonAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

Beach volleyball wins NCAA Championship

first_imgThe USC beach volleyball team won the NCAA National Championship on May 7, beating Pepperdine 3-2 to clinch the program’s third consecutive national title.The No. 1 ranked Trojans had been dominant all year, finishing with a 38-1 record, so it was no surprise they found themselves in Gulf Shores, Ala. last weekend, looking to defend their back-to-back national championships. USC carried its regular-season momentum into the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, running rampant through the competition. Facing the top programs in the nation, the Trojans were flawless, and they swept South Carolina, Hawaii and Pepperdine to earn a spot in the final.But for the first time since their sole loss of the season against UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship, the Trojans faced major adversity in their rematch against Pepperdine. The first dual of the final matchup went in favor of Pepperdine’s Deahna Kraft and Anika Wilson, who downed the young pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis. The Trojans responded quickly, as juniors Jenna Belton and and Jo Kremer dispensed of their competition 21-18, 21-15.With the two teams tied at 1-1, Pepperdine’s Brittany Howard and Corinne Quiggle regained the Waves’ advantage with a tough three-set victory over seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler. The seesawing affair continued with the Trojans’ decorated senior pair of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes winning another tightly contested three-set dual, evening the match at two wins apiece.Both teams were set for a deciding final matchup with the National Championship on the line. It was up to junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin to notch a win over Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo and Heidi Dyer and bring home another national title. After capturing the first set 21-19, the Trojan pair dropped the second 18-21, setting up a dramatic final frame in an already razor-thin final.But the Trojans were able to seize the moment, as Cannon and Martin won the title-clinching set 15-13, giving USC 104 all-time NCAA team championships. For seniors Kelly Claes, Sophie Bukovec, Allie Wheeler, Sara Hughes and Nicolette Martin — who made up head coach Anna Collier’s first recruiting class — the win over Pepperdine marked their third national championship in four years at USC.“They came in and pretty much set the tone from the beginning,” Collier said. “From the moment they were sophomores, they took control of the situation and started building a team culture. They improved so much in volleyball, but more than that, they became a unit.”Collier refers to the group as the “Fab Five,” and on Sunday, the senior class solidified its legacy in USC history, giving the Trojans their 20th NCAA championship in women’s sports.“It came down to those last two points,” Claes said. “It was just an unreal feeling — I’m on cloud nine right now. I’m just so proud of all these girls and the fight that all of us had.”To wrap up a season full of silverware, the Trojans had three pairs selected to the all-tournament team, including Claes and Hughes, who were named the top overall pair. Cannon and Martin were honored as the No. 3 pair, with Bustamante and Dennis following just behind in No. 4.last_img read more

Jim’s View: Talking about the Dodgers’ pitching heritage with Jon Weisman

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Today’s podcast guest is Jon Weisman, author of “Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition.” We discuss the process of writing this book — spoiler, he pulled together a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time — and talk about (among other things) blogging, civility, why the “historian” job may be the best one in a baseball organization, and why laying all blame for all Dodgers struggles at the feet of Andrew Friedman may be a little misguided.last_img

CVS, Walgreens Ask Customers Not to Open-Carry Guns in Stores

first_imgPharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS are joining some other big name retailers who have recently asked customers not to open-carry guns within their stores.Walgreens posted a statement on its website Thursday morning to announce the change. It reads in part, “We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials.”Shortly afterward, CVS issued a similar statement. The company explains, “We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence, and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a safe environment. We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores.”Earlier this week, Walmart and Kroger also announced new policies asking customers to stop openly carrying guns in their stores, even in states in which open-carry is legal. That includes Sam’s Club locations.Walmart also announced last Tuesday that it will no longer sell handgun ammunition after its current stock runs out.last_img read more

Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf

first_img Members of Parliament have hailed the health benefits of golf, following a recently published scientific review by researchers at the University of Edinburgh. A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons welcoming the review, which highlights the considerable physical and mental health benefits of the sport. The review, supported by the World Golf Foundation, found that golfers live longer than non-golfers, playing golf improves cholesterol levels and body composition, and also appears to improve wellness and self-confidence. Golf is also expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases (See below for more information). The motion welcomes “the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews” and “looks forward to members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.” The motion was tabled by Co-Chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Group, Stephen Gethins MP. He said: “This report is welcome and shows the huge range of health benefits that golf brings to people of all ages. This review will be of major interest to policymakers in the UK, as it reveals the benefits of the sport for longevity, but also for quality of life. “Golf clearly plays an important role in maintaining a healthy, active population, and I look forward to seeing further research into the impact of the sport on health, particularly for older people. I hope that people in my constituency of North East Fife and across the UK will continue to pick up their clubs and enjoy the considerable health and social benefits that golf delivers.” Also signing the motion was Group Co-Chairman and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Karl McCartney MP. He said: “Since the Parliamentary Golf Group was established last year, we have been keen to promote the health benefits of the sport. I welcome this review, and in particular its finding that golfers of all ages and abilities can gain the same health benefits as those at the elite level, including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life. “Golf is the fifth largest sport in the UK in terms of participation, and I hope that we can continue to encourage people of all ages to take part, and enjoy the health benefits that a round can provide.” Lead researcher, Dr Andrew Murray, commented “Our review is clear that golf has overall health benefits. Golf provides moderate intensity physical activity, which is recommended by the World Health Organisation for its key role in improving life expectancy, helping prevent over 40 major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, and improving mental health. “Golf can provide health benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. The interest and leadership of Stephen Gethins, Karl McCartney and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf in promoting the health benefits of the sport, and policies that promote growing the game is so important in helping people and populations gain the physical, mental, and social benefits golf can provide.” Steve Mona, World Golf Foundation CEO, added: “This scientific review is clear that golf can improve the health and well-being of the 55 million people in over 200 countries that play the game worldwide.  The World Golf Foundation is committed to growing the game, and to do this we warmly welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf at the UK parliament, with a clear focus on increasing interest and participation in our sport.” The full text of the motion is as follows: Early day motion 409 – Golf and Health That this House welcomes the recent scientific review by the University of Edinburgh relating to golf and health published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine; notes that this study highlights that golf can provide moderate intensity physical activity as advocated by the World Health Organisation and our four home nations’ Chief Medical Officers’; further notes that this study outlines that, whilst the 55 million golfers worldwide, ranging from four to 104 years old may not win the Ryder Cup, or indeed the Open Championship, they can gain the same benefits such players obtain through golf including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life; is pleased that the report is being widely shared by player ambassadors such as Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player, Padraig Harrington as well as members of our European and United States Ryder Cup teams; encourages others to consider the report’s implications, and look out for future research from this group; further welcomes the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews; and looks forward to hon. Members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.   6 October 2016 Golf is good for you – it’s official Golf can help you live longer, cut the risk of many chronic diseases and improve your self-esteem, according to a research project. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh reviewed 5000 papers to assess the health and well-being benefits of the game. These include a five-year increase in life expectancy and improved quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.  Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity. The project highlights that in a round of golf a player will take up to 17,000 steps, walk up to eight miles and burn up to 1200 calories. Regular golf can also help reduce anxiety, improve confidence and boost self-esteem, all of which contribute to improved mental wellbeing. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “This is great news. Through our Get into golf campaign we’ve been spreading the message that golf is good for your health and we’ve shared stories of people whose lives have improved by playing the game. “This research makes it clear that our enjoyable and sociable sport has a very important part to play in the government’s strategy to tackle inactivity and we look forward to encouraging even more people to take up the game.” Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up the sport with great value coaching from PGA professionals. To find an activity near you and to read more about the benefits of playing golf visit www.getintogolf.org Get into golf is supported by National Lottery funding. The Golf & Health project is supported by all of golf’s major organisations and an initial eight ambassadors with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them. They are Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O’Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA). The project has been launched by the World Golf Foundation and the scoping review has been published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, said:  “This project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more – all to the sport’s benefit.” Find out more at www.golfandhealth.org Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 6 Oct 2016 Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf last_img read more

Quinault Beach Resort & Casino Announces Expansion Plans

first_imgFacebook132Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Quinault Indian NationThe Quinault Indian Nation will commence a $25 million expansion of its Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in March, according to the Tribe’s President, Fawn Sharp.Quinault Beach Resort offers a quiet respite from daily life on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.The expansion follows the completion of a 159-room remodel at the resort and will expand the property’s fast food services, add two additional bars and include a combined gift and coffee shop. The casino will benefit from up to 70 percent more space to house newly added slot machines. A new 500 car, 4 story parking garage will also serve the area as a badly needed Tsunami shelter.  The expansion project will employ more than 100 laborers during the construction as well as add to the resort’s current workforce upon completion. The Tribe is already the largest employer in Grays Harbor County, providing more than 1200 jobs for both tribal members and non-tribal residents.Don Kajans, General Manager of Quinault Beach Resort & Casino stated, “I am excited that the Quinault Nation will continue to expand its properties. This expansion project not only allows us to employ more locals, it will also help us to bring more people to the area. It’s good for the resort, good for Quinault and good for Ocean Shores. And our patrons will love the changes.”Players will find plenty of slots and table games in the Quinault Casino.“The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino has been a major component of Quinault Nation’s employment and economic structure for the past 16 years. It is largely due to its success that we have been able to diversify,” said President Sharp. “We have been proud to provide such a comfortable and rewarding entertainment facility to area residents and visitors alike at this beautiful location, surrounded by the majestic Pacific Ocean and hundreds of acres of protected wetlands and glorious forests. We have been proud to provide employment for so many families, economic support for the region and millions of dollars in support for such necessities as emergency services for nearby communities,” she continued.Quinault Beach Resort & Casino is an active member in the Ocean Shores community helping to attract a large number of visitors to the area.  For more information contact Lorna Grover at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, phone number 360-289-5001.last_img read more