St Kitts Life Expectancy on the Rise

first_img Tweet Share (SKN Observer) Minister of State with responsibility for Health, Senator the Honourable Wendy Phipps, said that life expectancy within the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has gone up.She was making her presentation in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 17.Senator Phipps said that in 2012, life expectancy for males would have been 68.8 years, but had increased to an average of 74 years. For females in 2012, it was 74 years, but has now increased to an average of 78 years, making the average life expectancy today across genders 76 years.“St. Kitts and Nevis over the last 40, 50 years or more would have had massive improvements in conditions of living and the socio-economic general situation,” she said, a stark contrast to that of the 1950s, where “the life expectancy in this country was pegged at 50 years of age.” Share Sharecenter_img LifestyleNewsRegional St Kitts Life Expectancy on the Rise by: – December 27, 2019 84 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Man Utd ahead of Chelsea in race to grab Dembele

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent scouts to watch Demeble in action at least three times in the last six months and the forward is said to prefer a move to United ahead of Chelsea. read also:Messi prefers Barcelona to sell Dembele instead of Coutinho The report claims Dembele has intimated to United that they are his preferred choice this summer and Ed Woodward is ready to press ahead with the transfer. Manchester United are ahead of Chelsea in the race to Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and they are confident of signing the striker for £60m. Ousmane Dembele  The Daily Star says United have been tracking the France U21 international for 12 months and view him as the long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku. The former Celtic forward, 23, has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season before football was suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much EasierThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A RoleA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

Premier League clubs jostle for Barcelona’s Coutinho

first_imgFive Premier League clubs are battling to sign out-of-favour playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer.Advertisement Loading… Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester City Arsenal and Newcastle United are all said to be in the hunt for the Brazilian, as outlined by the front page of Thursday’s edition of El Mundo Deportivo.Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is on a season-long loan arrangement from Barcelona – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised.On Wednesday a report in ABC said Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta views Coutinho as a ‘fundamental pillar to his project’ at the club and will insist upon his signing this summer.It came on the same day that El Mundo Deportivo claimed that Newcastle have already spoken to Coutinho regarding a deal as they have made their interest official.It is even claimed that Newcastle, who are hopeful of a Saudi-backed takeover being completed in the coming weeks, want Mauricio Pochettino – who managed Coutinho at Espanyol – to replace the club’s current boss Steve Bruce.Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponementBarcelona are said to be keen on selling the former Liverpool star this year to raise vital funds, while the player is said to have little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.The Brazilian scored 21 goals in 76 outings for Barcelona after moving in a club record €160m fee from Liverpool in January 2018 but he has consistently flattered to deceive since.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Archaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These DiscoveriesEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more

Eagles Arrive Austria for Final Warm up against Czech

first_imgOn Wednesday, the Eagles will travel the short distance back to Vienna, where they take on the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium in the three-time African champions’ final pre-World Cup friendly.Apart from the 23 players, Technical Adviser Rohr has for company in camp, assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf, Jean-Luc Royer, Imama Amapakabo, Alloy Agu, Enrico Pionetti and Bernard Gines. There are also Dayo Enebi Achor (Team Administrator), Ibrahim Gyaran (Team Doctor), Hassan Suleiman (Physiotherapist), Pascal Patrick (Team Coordinator) and Toyin Ibitoye (Media Officer) It would be recalled that the Embassy of Austria in Nigeria last week denied the lead physiotherapist Nnaemeka Anozie and Equipment Manager, Chidi Ngoka entry visas into that country, thereby depleting the backroom staff.However, the Nigeria Football Federation has approached the Embassy of Austria in London with fresh applications for Ngoka and Anozie, and there is hope they could join the team in a couple of days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad arrived and settled down at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria yesterday evening, as Coach Gernot Rohr and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) intensified the final phase of preparation for the team on all fronts. Earlier yesterday, Rohr dropped defender Ola Aina and midfielder Mikel Agu from the 25 men in camp, to make a final list of 23 players 24 hours ahead of FIFA’s given deadline. An all-executive-seat chartered jet flew the Super Eagles delegation, led by the NFF 2nd Vice President/Chairman of Strategy Committee, Mallam Shehu Dikko, to the Austrian capital (Vienna), and the group then proceeded by road to Bad Tatzmannsdorf.last_img read more

Turris breaks out of slump

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe proverbial monkey is finally off Kyle Turris’ back.With a goal three minutes into the third period of Saturdaynight’s matchup against St. Cloud State, Turris broke a streak of nine gameswithout scoring a goal. If that slump doesn’t seem too daunting, consider howTurris started the season.Coming to Wisconsin with the most preseason hype of anyplayer in recent memory — he was the No. 3 overall pick by Phoenix in the NHL EntryDraft — Turris didn’t disappoint early in the year. Through the team’s firstfour games, the freshman from British Columbia netted five goals, tallied sevenassists and at one point led the nation in scoring.But then the WCHA season started, and the freshman phenom’storrid pace cooled down. He managed to record just four assists through ninegames and had five games in which he didn’t score a single point.So it came as no surprise to see Turris get a bit moreexcited Saturday than after any of his previous goals.”It feels really good,” Turris said of his goal. “It wasjust a matter of time.”Turris jumped around between a few different lineupsSaturday, starting the night off on the top line with Ben Street and PodgeTurnbull, but he skated with Michael Davies and Aaron Bendickson when he scoredin the third. The movement between lines allowed Turris to fire off agame-high seven shots on goal, including three in the final period.”I was getting lots of shots, I was hitting posts,” Turrissaid. “I was getting lots of great passes from [Street] and Bendickson andPodge and Davies.”Finally, one of those shots went in. Bendickson and DavisDrewiske were credited with the assist as Turris beat St. Cloud State netminderJase Weslosky to tie the game up at 3-3. Josh Engel would later add his secondgoal of the game to give Wisconsin a 4-3 win.”I think it was lucky,” Turris said. “It kind of wentthrough his arm. I just tried to throw everything on net, tonight especially.”After the goal, the entire Wisconsin bench jumped up incelebration, all knowing the pressure Turris had relieved with his goal.”I think all you need to do is look at the bench after hescored,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “His teammates were still pounding him onhis shoulder pads.”Eaves said Turris’ teammates empathized with the freshman,as they have all been through ups and downs in their careers.”That’s a nice weight to be lifted off his shoulders,” Eavessaid. “His teammates feel for him, because they know that he’s a gifted playerand they … have all gone through similar kinds of slumps like that. For anoffensive guy, it’s a struggle.””Kyle is a great player,” said forward Josh Engel, whorecorded two goals in Saturday’s win. “He’s going to be one of those greatplayers in the NHL, too.”Perhaps another reason for the Badgers’ celebration afterthe goal was what it meant for them as a team. When Turris has found the netthis season, Wisconsin is 4-1. When Turris is held without a goal, UW is just3-5-1.”They were really happy for him,” Eaves said. “They know,too, that if Kyle’s being productive, we have a better chance of beingsuccessful on the ice.”Turris’ score came at a crucial time in Saturday’s game.After jumping ahead to an early 1-0 lead, UW eventually fell behind 3-2 headinginto the final period. For a team that had recorded just one sweep prior to theseries, Eaves knew the third period would be the biggest of the weekend.”This is our sixth period. This is the period when you growas a player,” Eaves said. “If you want to become a champion player or achampionship-caliber team, this is the period where you have to show yourworth.”With his goal to tie the game, Turris certainly showed hisworth and reminded fans why he was so highly touted coming into the season. Andfor Turris, he hopes the goal is a sign of things to come.”I just got lucky on one, so hopefully they’ll start cominga bit easier,” Turris said.last_img read more

After Giancarlo Stanton clobbers baseball, Dodgers clobber Marlins 11-1

first_imgThe Dodgers’ rotation has been in a state of flux all season. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon Beachy haven’t appeared in a game as they recover from shoulder and elbow injuries, respectively. Neither is expected back before June at this point. When Brandon McCarthy underwent season-ending elbow surgery on April 30, the arms shortage intensified.Rookie right-hander Carlos Frias slotted into one starting job. He can further solidify that job at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, when the Dodgers try to sweep the three-game series. It would be the Dodgers’ fourth series sweep of 2015; they swept four home series all last year.Now Bolsinger, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash last November, seems to have the other job locked up. The right-hander was officially recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon. Unlike the last time he was recalled from the minors, Bolsinger probably doesn’t have a return flight booked.“We’re still sitting with one less player and one extra bullpen guy, so we still have things to do, but yeah,” Mattingly said. “We know that we’re running out of off days, that time of year when every five days somebody’s going to have to post up. We’re pretty much getting there.”Said Bolsinger, “It gives you a little confidence when they start believing in you, the team and the guys, so I’m happy. Things are going well right now. I’m locked in right now. We’ll see where it goes from there.”Yasmani Grandal has caught both of Bolsinger’s major-league starts this season. The catcher said Bolsinger’s slider control was better this time around, even to the surprise of the Marlins.“I think the fact that he came up and went back down and nobody really saw him in between, and then he came back up, kind of helped because the scouting report is not around,” Grandal said. “They had no clue he was throwing a slider right now. That’s what Michael Morse said — ‘Does he throw a slider?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, they were telling me in there it was a curveball.’”Bolsinger retired nine outs via ground balls, eight in the air and three via strikeout. Stanton’s home run was the only blemish on Bolsinger’s record. The rest of the game was all Dodgers.Their 21 hits were a season high. Two cleared the fence — Howie Kendrick’s fourth home run of the season in the third inning and Andre Ethier’s fifth home run of the season in the fourth.Ethier tied a career high with five hits in five at-bats. Kendrick had four hits and Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke had three each.Haren (4-2) was charged with 11 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first game against his former team. The Dodgers dealt Haren to Miami in December, part of a three-team trade that brought Kendrick to the Dodgers from the Angels. • Video: See Vin Scully’s call on Stanton’s home runSo while it seems anyone can win a game for the Dodgers these days, manager Don Mattingly promised he will not give the ball to any old bum off the streets of Oklahoma City. Bolsinger (1-0) was not chosen for Tuesday’s start because the Marlins were a good matchup for the 27-year-old right-hander, although ultimately they were. He allowed five hits and only one run in 5 2/3 innings — an identical line to his only other start for the Dodgers, back in April.Mattingly indicated that Bolsinger was chosen because he has a chance to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter for a while.“We’re past the point where we can pick a lefty for this spot knowing that we’re going to switch the next day, pick a righty for this team because we know we’re going to switch the next day,” Mattingly said. “We’re past the switching-the-next-day point. He’s the guy at this point getting the opportunity to try to stay around.” It almost doesn’t matter who pitches for the Dodgers at home anymore. When you can pay the opposing starter his entire salary and still win 11-1, as the Dodgers did to Dan Haren and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, the game does not seem fair.This time, Mike Bolsinger was tasked with winning a game at Dodger Stadium. Few tasks in baseball have looked easier in 2015; the Dodgers have won 15 of their first 17 games at home. Bolsinger was even generous enough to spot Miami the longest home run hit by anyone this season, a 483-foot blast off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. That wasn’t nearly enough.• Photos: Dodgers score 11 runs on 23 hits to beat Marlinscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers looking to move on from Team Kobe

first_img“If I take a step back and I say ‘the Los Angeles Lakers,’” second-year forward Larry Nance Jr. said, “the first name I think of is still Kobe Bryant.”The Lakers are moving forward with a nucleus of young players and a likable, optimistic head coach. At 36, Luke Walton is the league’s youngest head man. He is four months younger, in fact, than Metta World Peace, who quipped, “It’s great to be playing for someone who wore diapers with me at the same time I was wearing diapers.”The pressure of replacing Bryant falls mostly on the shoulders of players who are in their first few years in the league: Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and rookie Brandon Ingram.Many of them remain in touch with Bryant. “He’s open to all of us,” Clarkson said.That apparently includes workouts.Randle said he spent time training with Bryant shortly before the start of the season.In one sense, Bryant’s absence means the young stars will be on their own, having lost the stewardship of an all-time great. A different perspective – a more cynical one, yes – is that they are also liberated from the shackles of sharing the court, ball and limelight with Bryant, who now busies himself with various business enterprises at his Newport Beach offices.“He was the head man around here last year,” Clarkson said. “It’s just kind of one of those things where you’ve got to pay your homage to someone that’s been here, and he earned every right to what we did last year, with his farewell tour. We were kind of just along for the ride at the time, trying to get better.”Clarkson said “it was just a tough situation for us.”Every new city meant a variation on the same celebration of Bryant. A video crew chronicled his every move. With boom mics overhead, few conversations were truly private. When Bryant moved through the locker room, a crowd followed.Think the Lakers will miss that side of playing with a legend?Clarkson struggled for the right words, saying “in terms of the team … people think it’s cool” that those distractions are gone.“Of course guys want to be a part of that stuff that happened last year in terms of the season and everything,” he said, “but some guys are kind of relieved and are happy about not having to see all that stuff and all that.”Without Bryant, Monday’s media day had a much looser feel. The contingent of international media members was smaller, the Lakers’ six foreign players, including China’s Yi Jianlian, no match for Bryant’s global brand.“I remember last year coming in here and the whole vibe was different,” Russell said. “Him not being here, it’s different.”Get used to it.“It was all about Kobe,” Russell continued. “Now, it’s a different headline. It’s about the young guys and it’s about the new coaching staff. There’s so many more headlines that you guys can talk about.”Once training camp begins Tuesday in Santa Barbara, coaches will begin tinkering with lineups, players will show off new skills honed over the summer, and it will all be scrutinized against the backdrop of the fact that, for the first time in 20 years, Bryant is not here.Or is he?“I can sense him,” World Peace said. “He is here. He’s always going to be here. This is the Lakers organization and the Mamba is still here.”Sometimes, if you go back to the building where he once reigned, you might even hear someone call out his name. “Coby!”Coby Karl, the new head coach of the Development League D-Fenders, poked his head out from behind a black curtain.You were expecting someone else?“Life,” Julius Randle said, “goes on. Just because Kobe’s retired, the Lakers organization’s not going to stop.”His name doesn’t hang on any banners inside the Toyota Sports Center or downtown at Staples Center. Not yet. But 20 years after Kobe Bryant arrived, and five months after he departed, Bryant remains a heavy presence around the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img EL SEGUNDO >> It was the first new day since Mamba Out, and players milled about in the Lakers practice gym, bouncing from one station to another, posing for official photos, snapping selfies, pausing for interviews.It all made for a pretty routine media day, the rite of fall that announces the arrival of a new season, except for the palpable absence of someone who had not missed one of these in 20 years.Then someone called out, he yelled a name, and the two syllables echoed through the gymnasium that had heard them thousands of times before. Millions?It was that name. Did he say…?last_img read more

LeBron James joining the Lakers leads to instant reaction

first_imgLakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on social media.“I am sure the Lakernation is rejoicing The acquisition of LeBron James means that the Lakers are just a smidgen away from being real contenders. Congrats to @MagicJohnson & @LALakersLive et al. Cross your fingers for news from San Antonio,” Abdul-Jabbar tweeted.What Abdul-Jabbar is likely referring to is a possible trade that would bring L.A. area native Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Lakers.Leonard has expressed interest in joining the Lakers but remains under contract for another year with the Spurs before he can become a free agent.The ball is in the Lakers court to make a move and avoid having a situation similar to Paul George, who made it clear in the past that he wanted to play for the Lakers but ultimately decided to stay with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn purple and gold, James will be expected to carry that same mindset to an organization that has a young core to make up its roster and a rich history of winning championships.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Reaction quickly started to take over social media with comments, predictions and expectations for James and the Lakers.Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to respond to the news: “Welcome to the family @KingJames” and a job “well done” to Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.Point guard Lonzo Ball tweeted: “Y’all really thought he was gonna pass up the greatest city in the world… #TheKingIsHere.” Forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted his excited: “LAKESHOWWWW. @KingJames let’s go my brotha let’s rock.”A third member of the Lakers’ young core, Josh Hart tweeted “The SHOW is back.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Western Conference became a whole lot tougher Sunday when it was announced that LeBron James will leave the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career and join the Lakers.“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible 4 seasons,” James posted on his Instagram story with a photo. “This will always be home.”The Cleveland native spent 11 of his 15 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers and led the organization to its first championship in 2016 during his second stint with the team.He spent four years with the Miami Heat, winning two championships with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years They weren’t the only L.A.-based athletes sharing thoughts on James.Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig tweeted “I am very excited to have @kingjames here with the @lakers We are looking forward to great things. I’ll see you soon Congratulations.”The Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović tweeted: “Now LA has a God and a King! Zlatan welcomes @KingJames…”Days prior to James’ decision, former NBA players shared reactions to James as a free agent at the 2018 NBA Awards Show.Former NBA center Ben Wallace wasn’t willing to make a bold prediction about his former teammate’s next move after guessing wrong in the past.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”James is expected to help the Lakers dethrone the Golden State Warriors as the top team in the league.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former member of the Warriors. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”James did have his options throughout the free agency process, including a chance to return to Cleveland, play in Houston for the Rockets or in Philadelphia for the 76ers. In the hours leading up to the announcement, James’ representatives reportedly met with members of the 76ers’ front office.Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, held his stance that the four-time MVP was leaving Cleveland.“My assumption is why not (leave),” Hollins said on the NBA Awards red carpet. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believed LeBron would remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).”In the hours following the move, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee agreed to join the Lakers on one-year deals also the team also re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a 1-year, $12 million deal.So what’s next for the Lakers?Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

All in with Shannon Spake: Fox Sports’ broadcasting polymath is always on the move — literally

first_imgIn high school and college, Spake said, she had to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to swim practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On top of that, she had practice every day after school, not to mention meets on Saturdays.Spake said her life began to move “in a positive direction” once she moved to New York after college in 1999. But she credits swimming as the element that gave her the foundation for that push. Swimming, she said, kept her on the rails as much as it could.While Spake was in New York, those rails took her through positions at Nickelodeon, CBS News and HBO. A reporter/producer position WCCB-TV brought her to Charlotte in 2003, and in 2005, she began the NASCAR reporting/hosting portion of her career at Fox Sports’ Speed. In 2006, she left Speed for ESPN.Then, while Spake was working for ESPN in 2014, the rails brought her back to swimming … and biking … and running.Another chapter in Spake’s life, another reason to go all-in.* * *These days, Spake’s workout routine borders on excessive. In 2014, when she started training for her first triathlon, the bar was lower.Spake’s passion for endurance training is the result of the kind of break that no longer exists in her calendar. The 2013-14 college basketball season had ended, and she had four months before college football season would bring her back to work.Most would have selected Spake’s other option — sitting around and drinking wine for a few months. But she likes to stay motivated. “Not busy; motivated.” She instead followed the lead of some NASCAR drivers who had been competing in triathlons.”I was like, ‘All right, I was a swimmer in high school,’ I had already run a couple of marathons in ’05 and ’06, so I knew that I could do the distance thing.” Spake said. “I knew that I had the discipline to train, and I was like, ‘Might as well just try it.'”That year, she trained for and competed in a sprint triathlon (0.5-mile swim, 12.4-mile ride, 3.1-mile run). She loved it. The next year, she trained for and competed in an Olympic triathlon, double the distance of the sprint. She loved it.In 2016, Spake signed up for her first 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman. For this level, she needed a trainer, and he installed the training regimen Spake continues today. View this post on Instagram (FOX Sports) (FOX Sports) (FOX Sports) Spake describes her routine as “pretty manageable.” You be the judge. The following is her weekly schedule in the fall.Monday is swim day: “I’ll wake up, get my kids up, my husband will drive them to school, and I’ll go to the pool. I’ll swim for an hour, hour and a half, go home, take a shower, come here (Fox Sports).”Tuesday is bike day: “I do the same thing; get my kids up in the morning. If it’s a long bike, I’ll get on the bike before they get up. If I have a five-hour bike ride, I’ll get up and get on the bike by 4 a.m. so I can get two or 2 1/2 hours done before they wake up. And plus, if I have to be (at work) at noon, and I have a six-hour bike ride, I have to get on the bike by 5 or 6 a.m.”Wednesday is for running. During NFL season, Thursdays are her off-days: “I’ll wake up and kind of get some stuff done. I’ll do some prep work (for the game she’s covering that weekend).”On Friday, she flies to the location of the game, but not before she gets in her long run for the week. When it’s not football season, Spake on Friday bikes and runs (typically a half-hour bike ride followed by a three-mile run). On Saturday, she’ll run 12 or so miles — sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the stage of her training.Spake insists endurance training is a bigger challenge mentally than it is physically. When she runs, she listens to podcasts to avoid letting her mind wander. “Because if you do, it’s going to tell you to stop.” During long bike rides on her Peloton, she watches NFL games. For somebody so busy, multitasking is key.”I love the discipline, and I love the structure,” Spake said. “I love the fact that I knew today I had to wake up and do an hour bike ride, and then tomorrow I have to run nine miles.”It makes me a better person doing something for myself because — I think it was Kelley Earnhardt who told me (this), and I picked up on the analogy — a lot of moms are always filling other people’s cups: the work cup, or the kid cup, or the husband cup, or the family cup. And then you go, well, where’s the time and the energy to fill my cup?”I need to fill my cup. This does that.”* * *In 2016, Stanford’s football home opener against Kansas State received a jolt of electricity. Christian McCaffrey, then a junior for the Cardinal, returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown. The play didn’t count; it was called back due to a penalty. But it still sticks with Spake, who was reporting for Fox on the sidelines that night.”I had never seen a human being move as fast as he did,” Spake said of McCaffrey, who now plays in the NFL for the Panthers. “And he’s 10 times the athlete now than he was when he was at Stanford.”Witnessing the athleticism of professional athletes is “100 percent” what Spake enjoys most about covering the NFL, which she has been doing for Fox Sports since 2017. Part of the reason: Despite her unusually strong endurance, she does not consider herself athletically inclined.”I’m not a very balanced person,” Spake stated frankly. “If I were to try to run a route, I’d fall all over myself. I can’t shoot a basket. If I try to dirt bike or mountain bike with my husband, I fall all over myself. But I can go and do some of these endurance things.” See you tomorrow! @atlantafalconsA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 25, 2017 at 7:45am PST* * *Spake isn’t sure if she experiences pain because she’s a 43-year-old who runs 70.3s, or if she experiences pain because she has two rods in her back.Regardless, the pain does come; it’s the downside of Spake’s hyperactive lifestyle.But the payoff is worth it. Sure, the pride associated with endurance racing is great, but Spake insists the best parts about Ironman events are the people and the relationships.Spake, who is an Ironman Foundation Ambassador, said the foundation is hosting a massive service project at Ironman Florida this year to rebuild structures that were destroyed by the hurricane last year. Such service projects are commonplace around Ironman events.”When people ask me how a race goes, the race part of it is, to me, it’s what allows me to experience everything around it,” Spake said. “The physical part, it allows me to kind of experience all these beautiful things around it.” Spake was training for her next athletic achievement, and she needed a twist to her Saturday morning run, a new source of focus. Nothing motivates the 43-year-old more than her husband, Jerry, and identical twin boys, so her house, as part of a newly configured running loop, would serve as her water station. She would be able to use her own family as a checkpoint, of sorts.This particular Saturday was Jerry’s birthday, and the air conditioning in Spake’s house was broken. That wasn’t expected to be a problem. Spake’s husband would welcome the repair man at 7:30 a.m. while she was on her run. Sure enough, when Spake reached her house for her final water checkpoint of the morning, Jerry was dealing with the A/C repair man.Spake’s husband, though, gave her a look of frustration upon her arrival; the dog had given Jerry the last thing he wanted on this already chaotic birthday — a nice dropping inside the house. She felt obligated to delay the rest of her run and clean up the poop herself, so she did. Her two boys, fixated on their iPads, didn’t even notice their mom’s brief visit.”I am never going back to the house again,” Spake told Sporting News with a laugh as she recalled her reaction. “Like, once I’m on my run, I am not going back!”Now Spake’s Saturday morning runs — you know, just your typical, 19-mile jogs — go relatively uninterrupted. “I’m just there to have a good time and to use it as training for Chicago in October,” Spake said.That training seemingly never stops. Spake the human — both as an athlete and as a broadcaster — never stops, either, save for the couple hours before she goes to bed each night. That time is reserved for wine.So, make that two things that can stop Shannon Spake: dog poop and wine. The only thing that can stop Shannon Spake is dog poop.The veteran sports broadcaster found out the hard away about a year ago. Many recognize Spake for her work with Fox Sports, where she handles all anchor duties for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series races and pre-race shows, co-hosts “NASCAR Race Hub” on FS1 and reports from sidelines at NFL and college basketball games.Few know she is a badass athlete herself.When Spake encountered the dog poop last year, she had already run 14 of her 19 miles that day. She was training for Ironman Florida, a full Ironman triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile run. The event was postponed when Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City, Fla., in October. Spake, who had been granted a week off from her NFL reporting duties to race in the triathlon, instead entered the New York City Marathon, which was scheduled for the same weekend.Having trained for a 140.3-mile triathlon, Spake was “more than ready” for NYC.Imagine running a marathon — especially that marathon — and thinking, eh, piece of cake.This weekend, Spake will compete in an Ironman 70.3 (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 13.1-mile run) in Michigan, her second 70.3 in the span of one month. When she runs in the Chicago Marathon in October, it will mark her fourth completed marathon.This is the result of Spake’s persistence. She somehow manages all of her duties at Fox Sports while improving upon her already-ridiculous physical endurance. She does all of this while raising her two 9-year-old boys.”I’m an all-in person,” Spake explained.She has always been an all-in person. That wasn’t always a good thing.* * *While on a recent cruise, Spake and her husband were getting massages at the ship’s spa. Spake’s massage therapist encountered a surprise.”You forgot?” Jerry asked. Yep. Spake failed to warn the massage therapist of the two rods in her back.Spake was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 9. A few years’ worth of chiropractor visits later, she was told she needed surgery to address the curvature of her spine. The rods were inserted on each side of her spine, and they immediately became a massive part of her life.”I had to quit dancing; I had to quit all kinds of sports,” Spake said. “I had to take some time off of school. I had to be aware for about a year until the fusion settled.”There were kids that didn’t understand and heckled me a little bit. I always had the scar, which goes all the way down my back.”At the time, Spake didn’t know her scoliosis diagnosis and subsequent surgery would indirectly lead to the discipline and structure that continues to define her life, both professionally and athletically.Spake grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under a single mother who worked three jobs. She said she did not have much guidance early in her life, and she often got derailed.”I didn’t have the best academic situation,” Spake admitted. “Again, I’m all-in, so if I was going to clubs at 17, I was going to clubs at 17. It wasn’t about school. If I was going out with my friends on a Friday or Saturday night, I was going out!”Beneath the surface, though, the seeds that would facilitate Spake’s rise had already been planted. With other sports out of the question in the wake of her surgery, she took up swimming, a non-impact, straight-line sport that would allow her to remain active. View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Work. @nflonfoxA post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:37pm PSTSpake understands her variation of athleticism is different than the kind possessed by the athletes she covers. But her life away from work gives her a greater appreciation of what they do, and from a mental standpoint, she can relate.For example, Spake understands how athletes enter a zone in which they can’t hear the crowd screaming. She knows all about the anxiety athletes feel before a game or a race. When she interviews an athlete, she asks the same questions she would appreciate being asked of herself before or after an event.Of course, many of the athletes Spake interviews don’t know that, distance-wise, she can easily outrun, say, Julio Jones. Yet she has never felt disrespected by a subject.”I don’t think I’ve ever given off the impression that I can relate to them physically, because I can’t,” Spake said. “I don’t know what it’s like to get in that huddle. But I do feel like I’ve spent a lot of time at practices and a lot of time watching film.”That’s a huge thing for me, and it always has been in my career, going to all those practices and allowing those players or drivers to see me giving their team and what they do as much respect as they feel like it deserves.”After all, Spake is a sports fan who grew up yearning for the NFL sideline gig she now has. And her job allows her a unique ability to blend her interests.In 2013, she began a tradition of running stadium stairs while on site at college football games. She’s proud to say she has run the steps at Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, to name a few. Her favorite experience was reaching the highest point of Penn State’s Beaver Stadium on a Friday morning with the massive venue all to herself.Spake has run the stairs at basketball arenas and NFL stadiums, too. This football season, she plans to add to her list that already includes 35 sports venues. Done! Thank you all for the support!!! Number 4 in the books!!! 06:35:21 @im_foundation @ironmantri #santarosa703A post shared by Shannon Spake (@shannonspake) on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:16pm PDTSpake again has her eyes on a full Ironman Triathlon. After missing out on Ironman Florida last year, next year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, is on her radar, though she has not yet committed.As a college football fan would, Spake described the Kona event as “the granddaddy of them all,” a daunting event due to the island’s volatile climate. The 2020 edition of Kona is tempting, she said, because she is “not getting any younger.”For now, though, Spake will continue with her current routine. This weekend’s event in Michigan will be her fifth 70.3. She is not shooting for a personal-best time, which is just under six hours. Simply being able to complete two half Ironman triathlons in one month is the goal.last_img read more

Top boy players target McGregor Trophy

first_imgImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 10 Jul 2018 Top boy players target McGregor Trophy Leading boy players will head to Kedleston Park Golf Club in Derbyshire next week in pursuit of one of golf’s most sought after U16 titles.They’re aiming to follow in the footsteps of such golfers as Justin Rose and Eduardo Molinari and lift the McGregor Trophy, as the English U16 boys’ open championship is better known.It’s always a hugely popular event and this year is no exception. The championships was heavily over-subscribed, with an entry of 200 players for 144 places.Those with handicaps of 2.9 and better were accepted, while players with handicaps up to 3.6 went on to a reserve list and the others were balloted out.The final field includes competitors from 14 countries, with an especially strong challenge from English players.Among them is Max Hopkins (Bishops Stortford) who, at the age of 14, was last year’s runner-up. Twelve months on, he’s an England boy international who’s on duty at this week’s European team championships.He’s also been named in one of two England teams to defend the Nations Cup at the McGregor Trophy. The other five players are also key contenders in the championship.Conor Gough, 15, (Stoke Park) won the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies and is also in playing at the Europeans this week. Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted) was joint runner-up in the men’s Berkhamsted Trophy. Dominic Clemons, 16, (Hanbury Manor) tied third in the Midland U16 boys’ championship; Tom Gregory, 15, (Stoke Park) tied fifth in last year’s McGregor Trophy; and Taylor Paul, 16, (Stoke Park) won the Midland U16 boys’ championship.The Nations Cup is played over the first two rounds of the championship, with the best two scores counting in each round. England’s teams took first and second place in last year’s competition.Kedleston Park (pictured) was one of this year’s regional qualifying courses for The Open and will provide the boys with an excellent test of their golfing skills. It’s a mature parkland course and is set within the grounds of Kedleston Hall, an 18th century mansion.The championship takes place from Tuesday to Thursday, 17-19 July. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days. Then the leading 40 competitors and ties qualify to play the final 36 holes on the third day.center_img Tags: Kedleston Park, McGregor Trophy, U16last_img read more