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Specialization


first_imgI have never been a component of specialization in one sport.  In an article from High School Today there were a lot of reasons of why playing multiple sports in high school is better for your son or daughter.First of all, you use more muscles if you play several sports.  The multiple-sport athlete is usually a school leader–they not only play more than one sport, they are involved in several academic clubs.The multiple-sport athlete is a necessity in a small high school.  Since there are more small schools in a state like Indiana, this is especially true.  A multiple-sport athlete not only develops a well-rounded body, but also a well-rounded high school experience.  One way to think of it is“You don’t just teach math to a high school student, so why just one sport”.last_img read more


McDermott hopeful of beating the drop


first_img He added: “There was nothing in the first half but they have got major quality. When Adam Le Fondre had a shot and hit the post – if that goes in maybe it’s different. It was a great goal they scored, the first goal and the second goal, what can you say?” McDermott’s side have 10 games remaining to save their top-flight status and the manager hopes they can repeat the late-season charge which earned them promotion last term. He said: “We had to make up about 14 points last year and we did that. We have to make up one or two at this time – we think we can do that. We have to keep doing our stuff, keep the spirit going and the group together. “We have finished the last three seasons really strongly. If we can do the same this season I’ll take that. It would give us a real chance. There is not a lot in the league at all really.” Manager David Moyes was pleased with the performance but felt it took time to build momentum after losing defender Phil Jagielka to injury in the opening minutes. Moyes said: “We played well. I thought we started well but the injury rocked us badly and it took us a wee while to settle after that. Reading were always a threat, had a few chances, hit the bar. That is the way the Premier League is, whoever you play, the games are tight.” Jagielka could face a spell out after suffering a “bad, bad gash” in a challenge by Le Fondre. The Royals slumped to a 3-1 loss at Goodison Park to remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League, but the visitors hit the woodwork with the score still 0-0 and had other opportunities before Marouane Fellaini struck after 43 minutes and Everton then eased away with further Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas strikes. Reading battled on and grabbed a late equaliser through substitute Hal Robson-Kanu, and McDermott said: “We played some great football after that and that gives me real hope going forward.” Reading boss Brian McDermott felt his side showed enough battling quality in defeat at Everton to believe they can escape relegation.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Florida might extend statewide evictions ban


first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is considering extending the statewide moratorium on housing evictions that is set to expire on Saturday.DeSantis signaled the possibility of the extension during a roundtable discussion in Orlando about the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying officials will have “something on that soon.” The moratorium, which was implemented in April, allows people to avoid eviction from their homes amid the virus outbreak.The governor has previously extended the ban twice, hours before it was set to expire, news outlets reported.last_img


Tracy’s Karate holds 103rd tournament in Bucksport


first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio BUCKSPORT — Karen and Dennis Tracy have been holding karate tournaments for 40 years now. As the faces of martial arts in Hancock County, the two are no strangers to teaching the craft to students of all ages.The couple, owners of Tracy’s Karate on Bangor Road, first began teaching the sport in 1971. Over four decades later, their reach has expanded across the state in an effort to bring karate to as many people as possible.The Tracys continued that mission recently when more than 200 competitors came to Hancock County recently for this year’s edition of the Maine team karate championships. Teams of five participants from Maine and Atlantic Canada took part in the Tracys’ annual event, which took place at Bucksport High School.“It was another successful tournament,” Karen Tracy said. “Everyone competed with grace and showcased the progress they’ve made and the skills they’ve learned.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCompetitors came to Bucksport from 18 dojos in the region. Nine of those dojos compete under the Tracy name, stretching from Hancock County all the way to Yarmouth.Participating teams had to win six matches in order to be crowned the tournament’s grand champion. This year’s winning black belt team consisted of Mike Giles of Bangor, Dustin Coty of Presque Isle, Johnathan MacArthur and Cameron Sarchi of Yarmouth and Sadie Hartt of Presque Isle.Each year, black and brown belts contribute yearly dues to sponsor a scholarship fund for students seeking to continue their educations. This year, Marissa Thompson of Bucksport, Malorie Young of Bar Harbor, Jenna Rice of Yarmouth and Dustin and Dylan Coty of Presque Isle received scholarships totaling $3,250.“We want the students who come here to not just develop good karate skills but also build skills that can take them throughout life,” Karen Tracy said. “Even when you’re not doing karate, mental strength and discipline will take you where you want to go.”Students as young as three or four years of age come to Tracy’s for lessons, but age is not a limiting factor at this dojo. One of the students, Charlie Bishop of Bucksport, is 86 years old.“He’s still going strong all these years later,” Dennis Tracy said. “It just goes to show that dedication and commitment can overcome anything.”In addition to the championships in Bucksport ever year, the couple also puts on a qualifying tournament at the high school in the spring. Like the state team championships, that tournament draws nearly 200 competitors to the high school.“It’s something we love doing,” Dennis Tracy said. “To see hundreds of people improve their skills and get rewarded for their hard work is something that makes it all worth it for you.”The next tournament will be held April 28 at Bucksport High School. The winners will advance to next year’s Maine team championships at the same location. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more


Danielle Wyatt Takes Funny Dig at Indian Pacer Jasprit Bumrah


first_imgLondon: After India’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah tweeted “coming soon”, with a picture of him working out at a gym, England’s top-order batswoman Danielle Wyatt took a funny dig at the pacer. Down with a back stress fracture just before the South Africa series, Bumrah is back on his toes, it had been reported earlier. Bumrah on Tuesday had updated fans about his fitness and gave signs of being back on the field very soon. However, Wyatt tried to pull the pacer’s leg and commented on the picture: “Baby weights”. Sources in the know of developments had said that the doctors in the UK were happy with the recovery that Bumrah was making post the injury and his back has been put on auto-heal mode and doesn’t need any surgery. IANSAlso Read: Women’s T20 Challenge: Velocity Record Easy Win Over TrailblazersAlso Watch: Know About | Vedic Philosophy in 21st Centurylast_img read more


Tyus Battle’s altered shot ‘was always fine’ amid his early-season struggles


first_img Published on December 6, 2018 at 12:40 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Comments Tyus Battle was surrounded by reporters after Syracuse’s slim victory against Cornell last Saturday. Seated in the middle of Syracuse’s locker room minutes after dropping 26 points on the Big Red, Battle was distracted by a television on the wall. But when a reporter asked a few questions about his shot, Battle perked up.Battle lifted his right wrist up toward his chest and started flicking. First, he pantomimed a motion almost directly forward, a line-drive shot. That’s what he said his shot used to look like. Changing his jumper had consumed last summer as he looked to become more NBA-ready.Then, he raised his right elbow, creating an arm angle slightly greater than 90 degrees to increase his arc. With it raised, his follow-through pointed upward, toward the TV mounted on the wall.“I’m trying to get my elbow up,” Battle said. “Completely up. And now it’s a better opportunity for the ball to go in the basket.”After leading Syracuse (6-2) in scoring a year ago, Battle’s shots didn’t fall in SU’s season-opener. Despite the small sample, the questions began, and they haven’t stopped since. But work with NBA trainer Drew Hanlen during the summer — and the hundreds of shots that followed each week — proved the struggles were an anomaly. Battle has quickly turned it around and leads the Orange in scoring (17.0 points per game), again, despite scoring a season-low two points on Tuesday. He’s done it by making perimeter shots consistently.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was fine,” Battle said Dec. 1. “It was always fine. I was just missing shots, we played like two games and I didn’t make shots. It happens, slumps happen. I’m making them, so it’s all good now.”A season ago, Battle shot 39.9 percent from the floor and 32.2 percent from three. He put his name into the NBA Draft discussion, and attended a pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Clippers. While in L.A., he got in touch with Hanlen, who’s trained young NBA stars like Joel Embiid and Jayson Tatum, among others. Battle and Hanlen worked out the first time the night before the prospective draftee’s workout with the Clippers.Hanlen, an NBA skills coach and consultant, hoped to “iron out” some of the hitches in Battle’s jump shot, so they worked out for a few hours that night. And they worked well together, Hanlen wrote in an email. They continued their partnership throughout the summer. Their goal: create a “smooth, free-flowing shot,” Hanlen wrote. By the end of the summer, Hanlen wrote that Battle’s shot-release time dropped from a second to half a second.“He has some of the tightest handles I’ve seen in a college player,” Hanlen wrote, “so we really locked in on shooting mechanics.”But it didn’t show up in game one: Battle shot 3 for 10 against Eastern Washington on Nov. 6. That was followed by three more games below 50 percent from the floor, including only one 3-pointer in SU’s first four games.Then, Battle broke out. He made 8-of-10 shots against Colgate on Nov. 21, including all three of his 3s. Afterward, Boeheim said he hoped “nobody ever changes his shot again.”Battle didn’t feel like he’d done anything differently, he said. He rewatched six games worth of his tape before facing Colgate and noticed he wasn’t ready to shoot on the catch. But Battle’s shooting mechanics didn’t change. Many of his early-season attempts came after some dribbling or late in the shot clock. But now, when a swing pass comes, he often catches on his way down from a hop step, already preparing to shoot.That day, and against Ohio State and Cornell, the shots went in. But Battle struggled against Northeastern on Tuesday, going 1 for 7. In response, Boeheim summed it up simply, saying “It happens.”With the return of Frank Howard as the primary ball-handler, Battle shot 64.8 percent, including 8 for 11 from 3-point range, in their first three games together this season. The junior thinks he’s benefited from better looks this season, and that’s allowed him to take advantage of the major mechanical shift he feels this summer gave him: a higher arc.In the season’s first few games, Battle seemed intent on driving to the basket, shooting runners off one leg and hoping for fouls. Now, he’s locked back into his pull-up jumper that was so effective a season ago. The 6-foot-6 junior rises up so high on his shot that he’s at no risk of getting blocked.Now, in a groove, Battle doesn’t hesitate. His left foot lands first, then his right a little ahead. All that’s left to do from that point, with the threat of an explosive first step keeping the defender off of him, is to rise up and knock it down.“When you see the ball go in, it makes things a lot easier,” Battle said. “Especially when you’re looking to score the ball.”He’d put the work in. Battle spent time watching film of his own shot, along with watching tape of his idol Kobe Bryant’s jumper. Battle worked out with professionals like Embiid and Tatum, but also took shots under his father, Gary’s, supervision even as the Dome floor was being converted to a football field after SU’s season opener.Most importantly, based on Battle’s continued self-message this season, he just shot. He shot before practice. He shot after practice. He shot between classes.After the shots finally fell against Colgate, Battle wasn’t surprised. He “knew they were gonna start falling,” he said afterward. He’d put in too much work for them not to.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Dundalk return to Europa League fray


first_imgThe League of Ireland champions are still in with a great chance of making the knock-out stages of the competition but a win later won’t guarantee them a spot in the last 32.Ronan Finn, Chris Shields and Stephen O’Donnell are all injury doubts for the game at Tallaght Stadium, which kicks off at 8.05pm.Manchester United could go top of their Europa League group this evening – they host Dutch side Feyenoord at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s side are currently third in the standings.Tipperary’s Shane Long is expected to start for Southampton as they travel to Sparta Prague.Long is playing his way back after an injury lay-off while 9 days ago his wife had a baby.Kick off is at 6.00pm.last_img


Koffee to Tour With Grammy-Award Winning R&B Star Daniel Caesar


first_imgKoffee was recently featured on Apple Music’s UpNext series where she gave fans a deep insight into her life and career.In March 2019, the 19-year-old released her five-track debut EP titled “Rapture”. The EP debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, making her the youngest artist to do so. The EP also took the top spot on the iTunes Reggae Chart. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Its been a hot year for Koffee and the rising reggae sensation shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon.Grammy-Award winning R&B artist Daniel Caesar announced on Twitter that he will be hitting the road on a two-part tour starting in Asia on July 20, with the American leg on the tour starting on July 30.Caesar, who dropped his sophomore album CASE STUDY 01 on June 28, won his first Grammy at the 2019 Grammy Awards for his collaboration “Get You” with fellow R&B singer, HER. His 10-track sophomore album featured vocals from Brandy, Pharrell, Sean Leon and Jacob Collier, and John Mayer, and has already created a buzz for the 2020 Best R&B album.Koffee, who has been making waves globally with her hit song “Toast”, will join Caesar on tour, showcasing not just her lyrics to a new audience, but also her guitar skills.last_img read more


Man Utd ‘forced’ to sign Depay


first_imgManchester United were “forced” to sign PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay early because of interest from French Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain.Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal said the club wanted to wait until the summer to bring in the 21-year-old Dutch winger.But after announcing a deal in the region of £25-30m, Van Gaal said: “I have been forced to sign him.”I had to handle it otherwise he would have signed for PSG,” he added.Depay, who has scored 21 goals as PSV won this season’s Dutch title, has signed a contract believed to be until 2019, with the option of another year.He will join in June, subject to a medical. More on this story:What will Manchester United get from Depay?Tottenham reportedly had a bid for the player turned down  last year and Depay had attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe, with PSG and Liverpool reportedly keen to sign him.”When you sign a player you disturb the focus of your present group of players,” Van Gaal said.Depay told Manchester United’s website:  “It was a little difficult with all the speculation about my future, but now I’ve chosen to sign for Manchester United and my dream came true.”When asked why the Dutch international would have signed for the reigning French champions PSG instead, Van Gaal replied: “Because at that time he was not reached by me. “I don’t want to speak with players before the season has ended – I have also a feeling to my players. But now, because of the close relationship I have with PSV, I could handle it.”last_img read more


Angels reportedly pursued Patrick Corbin, Nate Eovaldi before they signed elsewhere


first_imgThe Angels are also involved with Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, according to a source. The level of their involvement is unknown, though. The Angels have presumably checked in on almost all the prominent starting pitchers available.While those close calls all involved free agents, Eppler said Monday that the first day of the winter meetings involved more trade discussions.Eppler, who likes using football analogies when describing the Angels’ process toward moves, said: “We could kick a field goal if we wanted to, but let’s go for a touchdown.”Related Articles General Manager Billy Eppler, who wouldn’t refer to any deals specifically, said he’s not upset with the way the offseason has gone so far.“I hold no frustrations at this time,” he said.Eppler added that the Angels assign a value to all potential acquisitions, and will make deals when the cost matches the value.“We’re comfortable with our positions on things,” he said. “If it works out, it works out. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”Corbin signed a six-year, $140-million deal, and Eovaldi for four years and $68 million. If the Angels were in the neighborhood on those deals, it would suggest they have the resources to make significant additions. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone LAS VEGAS — Although the Angels have been unable to land any significant pitching help this winter, they were reportedly chasing two of the winter’s biggest prizes before they went elsewhere.The Angels were one of four finalists for Nate Eovaldi before he re-signed with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, according to NBC Sports Boston.The Angels also quietly pursued Patrick Corbin, who ended up signing with the Washington Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were both public in their pursuit of Corbin, who is a native of upstate New York.Both of those players came off the board a week after the Angels came up just short in trying to bring back Garrett Richards, who signed with the San Diego Padres. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more