Charles Woodson leaving ESPN

first_imgCharles Woodson’s tenure as a broadcaster with ESPN is over, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL great announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Woodson, who spent 18 seasons in the NFL, shared a message on Instagram as he thanked ESPN and his on-air “Sunday NFL Countdown” colleagues — Sam Ponder, Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck and Rex Ryan. Woodson shared the set with them for the past three years after retiring from the NFL in 2015.  “You have given me the opportunity immediately out of the NFL to work in television. It’s been a wonderful three years. It’s been a blast. I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, gained some great friends,” Woodson said, in part. View this post on Instagramcenter_img Many thanks to @espn @espnnfl it was a good run!!A post shared by Charles Woodson (@charleswoodson) on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:53am PSTWhile Woodson didn’t reveal what’s next, the former All-Pro defensive back alluded to his next venture as he said, “For everybody out there who may have tuned in and watched me every week. I’ll see you next season somewhere. Stay tuned.”Woodson has been selected to the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame and joined Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 2017 over the past three years. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection in his career with the Raiders and Packers.last_img read more

‘Hard work pays off’: The making of Pirates slugger Josh Bell

first_imgThat hard work he’s been putting in since he was a kid in high school is still paying off, and back then he wasn’t just learning that work ethic from his dad. Bell said he remembers watching his mom sit up at night or early in the morning writing her book on teaching and learning about diversity. Sometimes when the family would go on trips to other cities for his baseball tournaments, she would have to bring her laptop with her, but for the most part she sacrificed a little sleep so she could get her work done and then be with her family during the day. Those memories still stick with Bell many years later, and watching his mother work hard at her craft influenced how he’s always worked at his.“It’s just hard work pays off,” Bell said, “and I saw that from both of my parents.” Ask his mother or his high school baseball coach and it’s apparent pretty quickly that there isn’t one because there are actually so many that it gets hard to single one out. For his mother, Myrtle Bell, a college professor, there are not only the ones she saw when Bell was 5 years old at the field by their house outside Dallas, there are the ones in high school, the ones she doesn’t even remember — the ones former teammates or even former opponents come to tell her about.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAsk Josh himself, and he practically shrugs off the Paul Bunyon-esque longball exploits of his youth.“I never really looked at myself as a power hitter,” Bell told SN. “I was always like, never strike out.”But mom remembers it differently.When he was just 5, she and her husband Earnest would take him to a nearby youth baseball diamond and throw to him. And he would launch the ball over the fence and over the street behind it. From both sides of the plate.“It was comical,” Myrtle Bell said. Whichever of Bell’s many home runs capture the imagination and stick in the memory, the player we see today is doing what he’s doing because he has just the right combination of natural strength and athleticism, and he applies a strong work ethic to go with it.Both of those things are a testament to his parents. His father, a retired computer engineer who looks like he could bench press a Buick, didn’t play baseball himself, but when his son was very young he took some of his knowledge of the game and knew early that teaching Bell to switch hit would be wise.“He learned to investigate and troubleshoot and figure out what would be best,” Myrtle Bell said. “So he studied the game of baseball. … He studied and he read about switch-hitting, and he decided to make Josh a switch hitter.”Those childhood lessons took easily, and then as Bell got into youth baseball, his father would always have him play a level up against kids at least a year older than he was. And then as a high school player at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Bell would regularly stick around after practice to do more work. His dad would either be there with him or he would write down for Bell what he should do.“A half-mile of lunges after the game, or run backward for a half-mile after practices and whatnot,” Bell said of those days.No big deal, the way he describes it now. Occasionally a teammate would decide to stay after practice and try to do it with him, but Bell’s mother never saw any of them do it more than once. Some of them will approach her now to talk about the bombs they remember him hitting back in high school, like the one he hit out of the Baylor University ballpark and into the Brazos River in 2011 when he was a senior. “People joke that it’s still floating out there,” she said.The guys who played against Bell back then have their own stories too. In June when the Pirates were playing in Houston, a young lady approached Myrtle Bell in the stands to introduce herself because her boyfriend once pitched against Bell and Bell took him deep. Almost a decade later, he still remembers it well. But for Bell’s mother, it’s just one of many in her memory.And even the hits that didn’t go out of the park still stand out to the ones who watched him play in those days.MORE: Rays’ underdog attitude paving way for potential powerhouseBrian Jones, who came to coach Jesuit in 2009 for Bell’s junior year, still loves to talk about the time at a tournament in Austin that fall when Bell hit two home runs from the left side of the plate in his first two at-bats, and then when he came up for the third time, the other coach put in a left-handed pitcher, thinking they would avoid getting hurt a third time. So Bell moved to the right side of the plate. The other coaches were incredulous, Jones said, audibly questioning just who Bell thought he was.“So he proceeds to hit one into probably a 10-mph wind, a line drive straight to the center field wall,” Jones said. “The kid catches it, but when he hit that ball you could have heard a pin drop in that stadium.”Otherwise, Jones has trouble pinning down just one memorable homer from Bell’s high school career. There’s the Baylor home run, of course, but also one he hit during his senior year when the team was playing a game at the Ballpark at Arlington that hit the back wall of the Rangers’ bullpen. And even without the home runs, Jones could see that he had something special in Bell.“You could see things the way he ran the outfield, you could see things the way he ran the bases. You could see how he put in work. He was just a skinny 6-2 at that time. He really hadn’t formed body weight or anything along those lines,” Jones said. “But you could definitely see the potential was there.”These days, Bell is putting together the best season of his young career. An All-Star for the first time, Bell went into the break with 27 home runs and the most RBIs in baseball. He has a .992 OPS and if he somehow doesn’t hit another home run all season, he’ll still have more than his previous career-high of the 26 that he hit in 2017, his first full year in the majors.Bell attributes the growth he’s shown has a hitter this year mostly to better timing at the plate. “I just feel like I’m in a better place to hit,” Bell said. “More on time to hit fastballs and to react to balls out of the zone for the most part. Just a lot of hard work.”Bell said he feels like he’s in his “A swing” more often this year — what he described as essentially his default, natural swing — and as a result, he’s hitting better on the whole and going deep more often.“The less redirection in my swing, the farther the ball goes. So if I square the ball up and I’m not changing anything at all in my body, if it’s in my A swing path, that’s when the ball travels the farthest,” Bell said. He’s had more than a few titanic shots this year. Five of them have traveled more than 450 feet, two of those more than 470. And Bell isn’t just about displays of power. He’s been a better overall player in 2019. He’s hitting for the highest average of his career, his wRC+ of 150 is almost 40 points higher than he’s ever posted and he’s improved by eight defensive runs saved in the field from 2018.  There’s usually that one home run. The one in Little League when the coach or the parents realize a kid’s got something extra. Or the one in high school that gets the first scout to write down his name. Or the one that locals talk about for years afterward.But for Josh Bell, there isn’t one.last_img read more

Sumner Regional Medical Center looking to fill housekeeping – 2nd shift position

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Housekeeper on our evening shift.  Hours are 11:30 to 8:00 pm, with shared holidays and weekends.  Weekend hours are 7:00 to 3:30 p.m.Full benefits package, including KPERS is offered with this position.  Apply in person at Sumner Regional Medical Center, attn: Traci Smith, 1323 N. A St., Wellington, KS or online at www.srmcks.org.  EOE; Post-offer drug screen required.last_img

Clear Lake’s Earth Day big event won’t happen this weekend, but you can still do things to participate

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s Earth Day activities were supposed to be held this weekend, but the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the event’s plans. Earth Day Committee member Jan  Lovell says one of the popular events, the 5K/10K, has switched to a virtual event.  “So essentially that means each runner can choose when and where to run anytime between now and Sunday at midnight. It can even be on your treadmill. A portion of the funds are going to a really wonderful organization. It’s a new organization, the North Iowa chapter of Ainsley’s Angels.”Lovell encourages people to get outside and use the parks and trails that are open.  “Check to see that the site you are going to is open. Our state parks are open during the day, and our county conservation areas are open during the day. Be sure to socially distance yourself six feet apart. Prepare for limited access to restrooms, most of those facilities are not open. Do bring hand sanitizer and use it often. Bring your own water bottle. This isn’t the time to be sharing water bottles or using drinking fountains for sure.” Lovell says another big event has involved large groups going out and picking up trash, which she says they are encouraging people to do as individuals.  “Clear Lake will be having a more formal kickoff later when it is safe to do as groups, but in the meantime, some individuals are going out and choosing their favorite areas, as long as they are separated, doing the social distance separating, wearing gloves, going on your own or just with one or two other individuals. In Clear Lake you can register online for this still. For more information head to earthdayclearlake.orglast_img read more

New Intercity Transit Route Options for Puget Sound Commuters

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0 Sing with me!  “The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round…”Thurston County’s public transportation provider, Intercity Transit, offers tremendous opportunities for safe, green transportation throughout our region.  They provide more than simply bus service. Intercity Transit has commuter vanpools, they help facilitate carpools, encourage bicycling and walking, provide door-to-door Dial-A-Lift service for qualified riders, and specialty van programs.Recent grants to Intercity Transit from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Regional Mobility program have opened up two new express routes that operate between Thurston, Pierce, and King Counties within typical work-day hours. The new express routes nearly doubled the number of weekday trips for Puget Sound commuters.Here are the details on the new Express routes:Route 592, operated by Sound Transit, leaves the Olympia Transit Center for downtown Seattle with stops at the Capitol Campus, the new-and previously unserved-Hawks Prairie Park and Ride in Lacey, DuPont Station, Lakewood Station, and the SR 512 Park & Ride.  Buses depart every 30 minutes between 4:12 and 6:42 a.m. and return from Seattle every 30 minutes between 3:20 and 5:50 p.m.  The one-way fare from Olympia to Seattle is only $3.50 and takes about two hours each way.Route 609, operated by Intercity Transit, departs from Tumwater’s Department of Labor and Industries rand serves the Department of Health, Tumwater Park & Ride lot (on Israel Rd and Bonniewood),  Capitol Campus, Hawks Prairie Park and Ride, Lakewood Station, and the SR512 Park & Ride.  The 609 makes ten northbound trips and eleven southbound, running from 5 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.  The one-way fare for this trip is only $3.Olympia resident Clark Gilman regularly uses Intercity Transit buses to commute to work.These new express routes have been funded with over $4 million in state and local grants and are scheduled to run through 2015.  If ridership numbers remain strong, additional funding will be sought to maintain the service.Olympia resident and long-time Intercity Transit user Clark Gilman is a huge fan of the new Route 592.  Having first used their services in 1981 as an Evergreen student, he now occasionally commutes to Seattle for work.“My job requires that I spend two days each week in Seattle.  I walk or ride my bike to downtown Olympia on the other three days.  Why bus?  It’s less expensive, it’s lighter on the environment, and I’m a social person and I enjoy meeting new people each day,” comments Gilman.“I have never had a fixed enough schedule to commit to a carpool.  For me, driving to downtown Seattle and parking is like working another shift.  The bus drops me a block from our Seattle office fresh and relaxed.  I’ve noticed a real difference in my energy level since I began commuting by bus,” explains Gilman.Gilman’s switch to Route 592 has enabled him to use the money he’s saved on parking and gas to buy a tablet computer.  He reads, listens to music, and shares family photos with fellow riders.  While he says some coaches are definitely more comfortable than others for the long trip, having this route has been a real blessing.Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson calls this “another example of the great partnerships between our Legislature and state, regional and local transportation agencies working together to keep Puget Sound moving.”  The grants also provided for the purchase of three new 40-foot hybrid-electric buses to help with the new routes.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo lowers its market value by 25 million

first_imgHowever, in the summer of 2018 one of the most remembered transfers of recent times would be officially made, when Cristiano left Real Madrid to leave for Italy, to sign his new contract and thus become a new player of the Juventus A signing that, without a doubt, turned the whole of Turin into one of the great candidates to be European champions and left, on the other hand, a worrying vacancy in Madridist terms to cover an exit of such magnitudes. Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best players on the planet. His scoring figures in the last decade allow him to be among the top scorers in history, and therefore it is normal that his market value, despite being 34 years old, remains high.His stage at Real Madrid raised him to football skies. There, in the Santiago Bernabéu, it was where he wrote the most glorious pages of his sports career, where he got the most prestigious records, and where he signed the largest volume of trophies as a professional footballer. Its output has resulted in sports downturn, but also in market value downturn. The latest update of the Transfermarkt specialized website confirms it again. If recent analyzes confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo bargains less than in Real Madrid and, in turn, his scoring figures are below those he used to in the white team, now, in economic terms he has starred in his third decline in market value of consecutive way. Curiously, all after leaving Real Madrid to go to Juventus.When it militated in the white set its market value was established around 100 million euros. But once in Series A, its market value already suffered the first drop, when it fell to 90 million euros. A downfall nothing important, nothing worrisome, but that now, after the last update, has undergone a new devaluation in the market that leads it to be currently valued at 75 million euros. It meansn season and a half its market value has dropped from 100 to 75 million euros.He remains a decisive striker. Maintains high scoring figures. But its effectiveness is no longer outstanding and its scoring figures are already remarkable and not excellent. A sporting context that has been directly reflected in economic terms and, for the third consecutive time, its market price has fallen again. Such is the case that it has already been established in values ​​similar to those of his arrival at Real Madrid, before his great explosion, before living the best sports stage of his professional career.last_img read more

Postponed the presentation of Godó, which keeps its dates

first_imgThe presentation of the subsequent version of Barcelona Open Financial institution of Sabadell match, which needed to happen tomorrow Tuesday at the Barcelona Metropolis Council, has been postponed “as a result of of the newest information in relation to COVID-19 “, though right this moment the celebration of the match stays” on scheduled dates. “This was confirmed by the group of the Conde de Godó match via an announcement. The presentation was to be held tomorrow Tuesday at the Saló of Cent of the consistory of Barcelona. In any case, from the match group they maintain the dates initially deliberate for the match dispute (April 18 to 26).“Each the match group and native, nationwide and worldwide authorities, together with the ATP, They’re carefully monitoring the occasions to ensure the well being of each athletes and spectators and followers always, in addition to of the normal inhabitants“, says the assertion.The group will examine a brand new date for the presentation of the match, “always following the indications of each the ATP and of the competent authorities “.last_img read more

St. Benilde overcomes 15-point deficit, slips past Mapua

first_imgMarinerong Pilipino stuns Tanduay, enters D-League semis Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carlo Young also shot 4-of-9 from threes to wound up with 13 points and four rebounds, while Edward Dixon registered 10 markers and 10 boards.“I’m just super happy and super enthusiastic right now. It took out all of the fatigue we’re feeling,” said coach TY Tang, as the Blazers outscored the Cardinals, 22-8 in the fourth quarter. “It’s really the character that we’re trying to build up. We’re slowly getting there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’St. Benilde crawled out of a 56-41 deficit with three minutes to play in the third frame and continued on chipping away the lead in the payoff period before finally grabbing the lead, 65-64, with 6:23 to play.With the Blazers holding on to a 72-69 lead in the final minute, the Cardinals had a shot to force overtime, but Andoy Estrella muffed his trey as Rene Sta. Maria iced the game with two freebies with 4.6 ticks left. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde snapped its four-game losing skid and downed Mapua, 74-69, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.JJ Domingo reached a new career-high, pouring 24 points and four rebounds for the Blazers, while Clement Leutcheu tallied a double-double in tune of his 14 markers and 17 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Quarters: 13-12, 31-38, 52-61, 74-69. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. St. Benilde improved to 2-4, finally tasting a victory in the hard court after its first win came out of a technicality after Perpetual wore the wrong uniform in their season opener.Christian Bunag led the way for Mapua (1-5) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, while Estrella and JP Nieles both had 12.The Scores:ST. BENILDE 74 – Domingo 24, Leutcheu 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Sta. Maria 6, San Juan 4, Naboa 3, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Pili 0, Bunyi 0.MAPUA 69 – Bunag 13, Estrella 12, Nieles 12, Magboo 12, Raflores 7, Gabo 4, Victoria 4, Orquina 3, Aguirre 2.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Longtime Fort St. John Flyers member passes away

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A longtime member of the Fort St. John Flyers hockey team has passed away.Rod Fonteyne sadly passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 84.Flyers President Paul Van Nostrand says that Fonteyne was involved with the Senior Flyers not long after he moved to the Energetic City in the early 1960s. As a player/coach, Fonteyne lead the Flyers to their first ever championship. After playing with the Flyers for a number of years, Fonteyne later worked as the arena manager here in Fort St. John. He also served on the Flyers Executive until his passing yesterday.- Advertisement -Van Nostrand says that after speaking with his wife Larra, there will be a private family service for Rod in his hometown of Wetaskiwin. He added that the Flyers are also going to be honouring Fonteyne sometime in the near future, though no official plans have been made as of yet.last_img read more