Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn and Kenya’s Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei will lead a truly world-class elite cast of athletes to the IAAF silver label sixth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race scheduled to hold next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Walelegn is the third fastest man over the 10km race so far this year courtesy the 27:37 seconds he ran last March to win the Laredo 10km road race on March 11 in Laredo, a town in the autonomous community of Cantabria located between the cities of Santander and Bilbao in Spain.He will be challenged for the $20,000 top prize money for men by Kenyan trio of Timothy Kiplagat who came third (27:52) behind the Ethiopian at the Laredo race, Josphat Kiprono Menjo who came fifth (28:28) at the Valencia 10km road race in January and holds the fourth fastest time of all-time (27:04) and 2016 winner, Simon Cheprot who will be coming to chase history as the first man to win two Okpekpe titles. For the women, Kenya’s Tuei will be the athlete to beat. She is the fastest woman over the distance so far this year courtesy the 30:57 seconds she ran to win the Valencia 10km road race in January. Her time is the 36th joint fastest on the all-time list and she will be hoping to become the fourth Kenyan woman to win the title.Tuei will be hotly challenged for the top prize of $20,000 on offer by compatriot Mary Waithera who won the Laredo 10km race last March with 31.48 seconds, the ninth fastest time in the world so far this year.Also in with a chance is 2016 winner, Paulline Njeku Wanjiku who, like Cheprot will be seeking a slice of Okpekpe history as the second woman to win two Okpekpe titles.Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Getachew Gudeta and Bahrain’s Damaris Muthee Mutua are also two women that could challenge for the title.Gudeta was third in 2016 and would feel she is ripe to climb the podium as champions while Mutua who ran 34:06 in Kenitra, Morocco about two weeks ago will fancy her chances of becoming the first woman from the Middle East to win the Okpekpe title.Spokesman for the race Dare Esan is confident a new course record will be set come May 12 in Okpekpe.â€œThe quality of elite runners for this year’s race is the best so far and this is easy to understand. As the first IAAF silver label race to be staged in West Africa, the quality must be very high and what we have done is to assemble gold level running men and women elite athletes for the race. This is a step higher than what the IAAF requires us to do,â€ Esan concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
September 17, 2020
Following back-to-back road losses and on the heels of a five-game losing streak, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team returns to the Kohl Center Thursday to face Penn State.The Badgers will look to not only snap its losing skid but also to avenge a 58-56 overtime loss when they face the Nittany Lions on the road.“It’s a great game for us at home to hopefully get back on track,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “The next game is an important piece in the puzzle in getting momentum going toward the Big Ten tournament.”In order to get its first win since Jan. 18, Wisconsin will look to get its offense and defense back on track, both of which have struggled during the losing streak, especially over the last two games.When the Badgers traveled to Michigan for a Feb. 1 matchup with the Wolverines, they came out flat from the start on both sides of the ball, leading to a 70-48 rout in Ann Arbor.Against Purdue in Sunday’s game, UW played well in the first half, trailing by just six at the break. They couldn’t keep it going in the second half, however, letting the game slip away early in the period before making a comeback to lose by a 66-49 margin.Part of the reason Wisconsin has struggled to get stops on the defensive end has been an inability to grab boards, allowing opponents second-chance points.“I think right now our biggest struggle is rebounding,” guard Alyssa Karel said. “We’re having trouble grabbing both defensive and offensive boards. … I think that’s one thing we definitely need to buckle down on and just get done.”While the Badgers have only been outrebounded by a margin of 106-101, they have had trouble giving up crucial offensive rebounds, which have led to second-chance points.The best example is Purdue’s Danielle Campbell grabbing her own rebound and finding Brittany Rayburn for a 3-pointer as time wound down at the Kohl Center in the Badgers’ last home game.In the last meeting between Wisconsin and Penn State — which marks the beginning of the current five-game losing streak — the Badgers held a 17-point lead near the midway point of the second half before allowing the Nittany Lions to go on a 19-0 run and eventually send the game into overtime.UW’s problem against the Nittany Lions and both games against the Boilermakers was one that has been a recurring theme all season: an inability to finish strong in the second half.“It’s the story of our season so far; we just have trouble finishing games,” Karel said. “If we don’t start doing it in this game, I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.”In overtime at Penn State, UW could not stop Tyra Grant, who scored 12 of Penn State’s 13 points in the extra period, including the game-winner as time expired. Grant scored a game-high 32 points in the game on 12-of-24 from the field and 3-for-6 beyond the arc.As Grant and the Nittany Lions travel to Madison, the Badgers will need to find a way to slow her down to have success Thursday.“We’ve just got to keep her emotions in check and stop her together as a team,” junior captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “When she gets emotional, she’s really good. It helps a lot that we’re at home so she doesn’t have that home crowd behind her.”Offensively, Wisconsin’s 56 points at Penn State are the most they’ve scored during the losing streak, as they have averaged just 48 points in the four games since.Over the last two games, the Badgers have struggled to put points on the board in the absence of Mariah Dunham, who was second on the team in scoring before her dismissal.UW has gotten at least two points from each player on the roster over the same period, but aside from Karel — the team’s leading scorer at 13 points per game — no player has averaged more than six points in the last two games.“We just need to play basketball, just simply play,” Stone said. “We’re trying to find that team that we had earlier in the season, and we need to play with confidence and get it back.”
September 16, 2020
Senior long-distance runner Maverick Darling earned a personal-best run Sunday, finishing 16th overall in the 5,000-meter race at one of the most prestigious long-distance events in the nation.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin men’s and women’s track teams, this weekend’s Wisconsin Open marks the final competition before the all-important Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio next weekend.Men’s assistant coach and cross country head coach Mick Byrne said that the quality of competition in the Big Ten makes the conference outdoor championship a highly anticipated event.“The conference is so competitive, it’s so deep in all events across the board,” Byrne said. “It’s a really tough meet. Times go out the door; you don’t consider time. It’s about competing. It’s completely different than running at a meet like we did this past weekend out at Payton Jordan or Mt. SAC or any of the big invitationals.“Indoors, it’s competition. Nobody cares about how fast you ran coming into the meet. It’s all about head-to-head competition. That’s why we run conference events; that’s why they’re very exciting.”The UW men’s team has already won conference championships at the indoor track and cross country championships, including a second place finish at the NCAA Championship for the cross country team.Senior long-distance runner Elliot Krause said a goal of any good track program is to complete the triple crown – winning the cross country, indoor track and outdoor track championships in the same season. The Wisconsin Open will serve as the final preparation for the eager Badger team.“We’re trying to conclude that triple,” Krause said. “I think everyone’s very focused. Everyone’s excited and this is definitely what we’ve been looking forward to all season. This is definitely the highlight of the outdoor season.”Based on the accomplishments of the team so far this season, success in the coming weeks is a definite possibility.Along with Krause, senior Maverick Darling and sophomore Alex Hatz make up the Wisconsin trio of long-distance runners that have dominated the standings. Krause was named co-Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week April 25 after finishing first among collegians and 10th overall in the Elite Invitational section of the 5,000-meter race at the Mt. SAC relays, which concluded April 20. His time of 13:34.30 ranks second in the NCAAs this season and is the fifth best time by an American.Both Darling and Hatz set personal records on Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., which is considered the country’s most competitive meet for long-distance runners. In the top section of the 5,000-meter race, Darling finished fourth among collegians and 16th overall with a time of 13 minutes, 30.4 seconds, beating out Krause for best-Big Ten time in the 5,000-meter event this season. Hatz’s run of 3:39.87 in the 1500-meter race is the Big Ten’s top time this season and is good for third in the country.While Darling and Hatz found success this past weekend, the Badgers lost a key member of their squad to injury. Junior multi-event athlete Japheth Cato, the 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, ruptured his Achilles heel competing at Payton Jordan and will not compete in the Wisconsin Open or the Big Ten Championships. He is scheduled for surgery on Thursday.Women’s competition heating upWith the postseason nearing, women’s track head coach Jim Stintzi said his team will be undergoing some changes.Redshirt sophomore Deanna Latham, who was named a 2012 Second Team All-American for the heptathlon, will compete in open events, not the heptathlon.Stintzi also said that fifth-year senior Caitlin Comfort has not opened up in a 10,000-meter race. He said that the key for his team for the championship is hitting its peak performance at the right time.“It really is a bit of an unknown quantity,” Stintzi said. “People are running faster right now. We’re setting season personal records. So I feel like we’re moving in the right direction, but we’re just a little bit up in the air right now.”Comfort finished fifth in her section of the 5,000-meter race with a personal-record time of 16:18.05 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, which the women’s team also competed in this past weekend. Her time ranks fifth best in the Big Ten this outdoor season.Comfort will run both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races at the Big Ten Championships next weekend. As a long distance runner, Comfort said she averages between 80 and 90 miles per week to prepare herself for further distances.Senior thrower Taylor Smith also set a personal record in the shot put by more than three feet, and topping her own school record with a throw of 56 feet, 11 1/2 inches to win the Triton Invitational.Byrne said that the Big Ten Outdoor Championship is a great opportunity for your team to showcase its talents to other teams in the league.“The conference meet is all about competing,” Byrne said. “It’s great experience for your athletes. It teaches them what the sport is all about. It’s our priority. If you’re a Badger, you get excited about competing about the Big Ten Championships – that’s just what we do.”
September 8, 2020
Premier League champions Manchester City travel to Goodison Park this evening looking to keep the pressure on Liverpool with victory over their Merseyside neighbours Everton. Pep Guardiola’s side have roared back to form in intimidating fashion since their slip-up at Norwich City after the international break and face an Everton side struggling for form under Marco Silva There are not many things more dangerous in world football than a wounded Manchester City.Ever since their stunning 3-2 defeat at Norwich earlier this month, Guardiola’s side have gone into overdrive with 14 unanswered goals in their last three games, including eight against Watford in their last league outing. An unprecedented blitz of five goals in the opening 18 minutes gave an indication of the mood Man City were in, going on to add three more for the second-biggest Premier League victory ever.Preston North End provided slightly sterner opposition for a second-string City in midweek, although the frightening strength in depth at their disposal means that they were still able to play the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and David Silva in their 3-0 win at Deepdale.City will be expecting a tougher test again away to Everton, but in terms of sheer firepower they are Europe’s very best right now. Indeed, their tally of 24 goals from their opening six league games – an average of four per match – is the most at this stage of a top-flight season since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1955-56.Guardiola’s side have also scored in each of their last 28 Premier League games – the third-longest run in the competition’s history – with their last top-flight blank coming at Stamford Bridge in December 2018.City have rarely had problems at that end of the field, particularly in recent years, but it is in defence where the main concerns lie, with Nicolas Otamendi the only fit senior centre-back in the squad.Despite that, City have not conceded a single goal in the three games since John Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines, with Fernandinho slotting in alongside Otamendi and young duo Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis providing a timely reminder of their qualities in midweek.It therefore already seems a long time ago that Norwich shocked the football world at Carrow Road, although it will not be lost on Guardiola that the result came in their most recent away league game – they have not lost two in a row since Boxing Day.For all of their fine form since then, the gap to leaders Liverpool remains at five points and could even grow to eight by the time this match gets underway, with Jurgen Klopp’s side in action against Sheffield United in today’s early kickoff.There is perhaps a glimmer of hope for Everton, then, particularly considering they have won 10 home Premier League matches against the defending champions in the past – only Liverpool have won more in the competition’s history.This is an Everton side in poor form, though, languishing 14th in the table after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Sheffield United.Indeed, it is now three losses in four league games for a side many tipped to push for a top-six spot this season, piling the pressure on the shoulders of Silva following some extravagant spending.Losing to Man City is unlikely to be enough to tip the board over the edge – assuming another 8-0 hammering is not on the horizon – but last weekend’s defeat to Sheffield United certainly pushed him closer to the exit door and will have damaged their confidence hugely too.All of their disappointment had come on the road prior to that result, with Everton having won six in a row at home, going unbeaten in seven and keeping six clean sheets during a run which included triumphs over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United – not to mention being the last team to take league points off Liverpool.Sheffield United’s smash-and-grab 2-0 triumph at Goodison was Everton’s first loss in front of their own fans since Man City’s last visit in February and will leave many fearing the worst as the champions come to town again.The Toffees did at least return to winning ways against United’s Steel City neighbours Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting both goals in a 2-0 triumph at Hillsborough.While the prospect of a first trophy since 1995 will always be appealing to the club, for now it is their league form that they need to sort out, and a heavy defeat this weekend would only raise more questions as to the future of Silva.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
August 28, 2020
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich.,—Students at Hinks Elementary School sung and danced their little hearts out Wednesday afternoon at their winter holiday music concert.Kindergarten through 5th grade filled the gymnasium with joyful holiday music for the school’s annual concert.The opening act included all grades performing holiday songs to an audience packed with family and friends. Not only did students add clapping and dancing to the performance but a little percussion as well.Music educator, Candyce Peterson who directed the concert, even added a few fun sing–along songs such as “Deck the Halls” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”Want to see more local news? Visit WBKB 11 News Website.Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Salvation Army seeking kettle bell ringers, volunteers ahead of ChristmasNext Besser Museum to host evening of lights this weekend
August 14, 2020
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August 14, 2020
“Emily has been so strong through this, through a difficult time, and she really wants to lead this Colby Cave Memorial Fund and we think of that as outstanding that she’ll be the leader as we roll out this program that we’ll have for many years to come in Edmonton and throughout our country.”The Colby Cave Memorial Fund proceeds will be focused on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children. Nicholson welcomes the hockey community to partner with them.”We’re looking for people to donate to this and really have something that we can do on an annual basis to make a difference in people’s lives,” he added. “That was something that was really important to Colby. He worked a lot in the community so we can help kids and individuals with mental health and also get kids to play hockey and other sports. This will be something that Colby and Emily will be very proud of. I can tell you that the Edmonton Oilers along with so many other people in the hockey community will work many, many hours to make this happen for Colby.” The Edmonton Oilers announced Tuesday the creation of the Colby Cave Memorial Fund in honor of the forward who died over the weekend at the age of 25.”My greatest honor in life will always be that I am Colby Cave’s wife,” Emily Cave said in a statement. “I love him dearly, I always will and miss him beyond words. He taught me so much. He was genuine, caring, selfless, had a contagious laughter, but most importantly had the biggest heart. “Though our time with him on earth was cut short, I am grateful that the whole world can now see how incredible my husband was and how lucky I am to be his wife. Colby would be humbled by the Colby Cave Memorial Fund, and I am looking forward to continuing his legacy alongside the Edmonton Oilers and the rest of the hockey community.” On April 7, the team reported that Cave suffered a brain bleed overnight and was airlifted to Toronto. He underwent emergency surgery to remove a colloid cyst that was putting pressure on his brain and was placed in a medically induced coma. The Oilers announced his passing on Saturday.Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson discussed the impact Cave had on the organization and the hockey community.”You look at Colby, undrafted player, went to the Boston Bruins, a great story,” Nicholson said. “They had a jersey for him in the ECHL and he never went there. It just showed the character of Colby, the type of player he was, how hard he worked and now I look at how our family has come together. “Kenny (Ken) Holland, our president and GM, reached out right away to Emily. We were able to get Colby’s Mom and Dad out to Barrie (Ont.) and just the outpour of support from the hockey community. Mark Lamb, his coach in Swift Current, all the great things he said about Colby as a player and how he worked to have his dream [and] play in the National Hockey League. Jay Woodcroft, coaching him in Bakersfield, to Dave Tippett, everyone just speaks of the great, great character of Colby. What a tremendous person he was.”MORE: Hockey community honors Colby CaveNicholson said he’s spoken often with team captain Connor McDavid, reminiscing about Cave. McDavid remembered the hard-working forward as a quality teammate who was selfless and brought a positive attitude.”He (Cave) always made sure his teammates were front and center,” Nicholson noted. “We had a couple of difficult times and Colby went up and down between the Oilers and Bakersfield, and every time that coach Tippett and Kenny would talk to him, he took it in such a positive way. He went down and worked harder and came back up. I remembered him coming back up and scoring some great goals so it’s really just the character.On Monday, cars lined up on Highway 16 in North Battleford, Sask., to pay tribute to Cave as his family returned to their hometown. Nicholson said he was moved seeing the support in the community for Colby.Incredible view of the tribute to Colby Cave’s family along Highway 16 in North Battleford. #ColbyCave pic.twitter.com/XYaNRQcPgP— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) April 13, 2020According to the Oilers chairman, Emily Cave will lead the fund’s efforts in hopes this will keep Colby’s memory alive.”We really want to make sure we do this with the hockey community,” Nicholson said. “The Boston Bruins, who were such a big part of Colby’s professional career, will certainly look at doing things for Colby in his name. The Western Hockey League and (commissioner) Ron Robison have been reaching out, so we really just want to make sure we have a real partnership to do something special.
May 14, 2020
The team has completed 1002 passes, but does the center of the final field with Riqui and Arthur look more like the one you want to see and not the one formed by Rakitic and Vidal?We will see it on the fly. The reality is that in the first part they were much cooler. Then when Arthur left for example they were with ten.How is it that Messi wins him matches?What he has done all his life. Sometimes there are games of these that get stuck and in the end a great play appears. A great heel of Arturo and that same play has occurred in the first part. When the ball falls on Messi’s feet the success rate is very high. Quique Setién spoke after the game in the flash interview and in the press room.Did they suffer more than expected?When teams lock you back, it is not easy to find the roads. But you have to look for alternatives to try to hurt. Sometimes playing short and sometimes with depth.What are the first nuances that you want to implement?The seal is the same. Do things right. There are four or five concepts that are important and that must be maintained over time. You have to keep them the whole game, not ten minutes or sixty minutes. We have been fine, especially in activation after loss.
May 14, 2020
María Sharapova goes by one in every of the lowest moments of her lengthy profession. It will be the worst if it weren’t for the 15-month suspension he suffered from doping in 2016 after falling in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in opposition to Serena Williams and that actually was the starting of the finish of his presence in the tennis elite. 4 years later, the Russian has fallen once more in Melbourne, however this time in the first spherical, and already hyperlinks three defeats to the first trade in Grand Slams, after Wimbledon and the 2019 US Open. From that step again, out of practice and uncovered to accidents, he solely gained one event (Tianjin in 2017) and his greatest end in majors was to attain Roland Garros 2018 quarters. His defeat additionally brings extreme penalties, as a result of he defended 240 factors for reaching eighths final yr and so they have vanished. In that manner, Maria will transfer from position 145 which now occupies 380 (provisionally), the lowest he could have been in since he turned an expert (on August 5, 2002 he was the 470th in the rating). At the second, he loses 235. From the depths of the checklist it will likely be unattainable for him to take part in tournaments until he receives an invite, equivalent to the one he was supplied to play the first main of the season. That’s what the Nyagan participant has lived primarily, thanks to her wonderful previous, and might nonetheless serve her in essential tournaments. Donna Vekic executed Sharapova at the Rod Laver Enviornment on Tuesday. And he or she, winner of 36 titles, together with 5 nice, and former world primary, was very touched by the defeat: “I discover it troublesome to say what’s going to occur in 12 months,” mentioned Sharapova, Australian Open champion in 2008. “I used to be fortunate to be right here and have the opportunity to I would really like to thank Craig (Tiley, president of Tennis Australia) and his whole workforce for permitting me to be a part of this occasion, “he added. “I don’t have a crystal ball to say if I can or if I need to (play the variety of tournaments I would really like), however I might love to, sure”, the Russian wished. “It’s arduous to say if I’m on the proper observe at the second, however the solely manner out is to proceed believing in myself, as a result of if I do every part proper and I don’t consider, then it will likely be a nasty method, “he concluded earlier than dealing with an unsure future.