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SA swimmer clinches World Cup title

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first_imgRyk Neethling achieved the feat for two years running, in 2005 and 2006, while Roland Schoeman finished runner-up to Neethling in 2005. 18 victoriesThere was also success for South African Kathryn Meaklim in the women’s competition; she finished third in the overall standings, which was worth $30 000, after winning 18 events throughout the series. She also picked up six silvers and two bronzes, making her the winner of the most women’s medals. Gold, silver, bronzeHe completed a haul of all three medals on offer with third place in the 200 metes freestyle in a personal best time of 1:43.19. Melloulli took second, while Germany’s Paul Bierdermann powered to victory in 1:40.83 seconds to eclipse the world record that had previously belonged to Australian legend Ian Thorpe. The depth and the high level of performances by South African swimmers throughout the World Cup series was on show at the final event in Berlin. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 30-year-old was second in the 100 butterfly in a fast 58.05 seconds, and also finished second in the 200 butterfly, this time in an African record 2:06.60. Loots claimed a third medal in the 200 individual medley by finishing third. He won 12 medals in total, made up of 10 golds and two bronzes. In addition, Townsend was pipped to the 200 IM title by Olympic 1 500 metres freestyle champion Oussama Mellouli, after a terrific battle which the Tunisian won in 1:52.41, a new African record. Townsend smashed the South African record with his time of 1:52.51 as both men bettered the previous World Cup best. Meaklim’s success was built on her dominance of the 400 metres individual medley, which she won five times, including in a World Cup record 4:27.21 in Stockholm. Cameron van der Burgh continued South Africa’s recent successes in the short-course FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, claiming the men’s overall title after the conclusion of the 2008 series in Berlin on the weekend. Meaklim picked up a victory in the 400 metres individual medley, finishing close to five seconds clear of second placed Emma Smithurst, while veteran Mandy Loots enjoyed a superb competition. 18 November 2008 Darian Townsend excelled with victory in the 100 metres individual medley in 51.80 seconds – the fastest time recorded for the event throughout the World Cup series. The World Cup record belongs to Ryk Neethling, with a time of 51.52 seconds. His efforts were well rewarded as he pocketed a cheque for $100 000 for his overall victory. On top of that, each individual win was worth $1 500. He then destroyed the 100 metres mark that had belonged to Ed Moses since January 2002, lowering the record from 57.47 seconds to 56.88. Breaststroke doubleVan der Burgh did the 50 and 100 metres double in the breaststroke, clocking 26.05 and 57.32 seconds respectively for two dominating victories. Van der Burgh, a breaststroke specialist, broke three short-course world records during the 2008 series. In Moscow, he clocked 26.08 seconds for the 50 metres to better the previous record of 26.17, set by Oleg Lisogor, which had stood since January 2006. Under the 26-second barrierVan der Burgh’s 50-metre record in Moscow didn’t stand for long, however, as he became the first man to crack the 26-second barrier for the 50 metres a week later in Stockholm, with a sensational time of 25.94 seconds. Lyndon Ferns completed South Africa’s medal haul in Berlin by picking up silver in the men’s 100 metres freestyle in 46.71 seconds. Victory went to Olympic champion Alain Bernard of France. last_img read more

Mets Rally Beats Rockies, 3-2

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first_imgNEW YORK — Curtis Granderson had a lot to live up to when he signed a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets in the offseason.For much of this year, though, it’s been a struggle for the three-time All-Star after moving across town.He came through on Sept. 8, hitting a tying triple off former-Met LaTroy Hawkins and scored two pitches later on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly to give New York a 3-2 win that stopped the Colorado Rockies’ four-game winning streak.Things may be looking up for Granderson, who has seven RBIs over his last four games — hitting .400 during that stretch. Manager Terry Collins believes that the pressure of changing leagues and trying to fulfill a big contract may have gotten to him for a good portion of the season.“It is a little different game, different pitchers and a lot of other things he is not used to,” Collins said. “He is swinging the bat good right now and that is good for us.”After Lucas Duda’s RBI double in the first, Jordan Lyles, Tommy Kahnle, Brooks Brown and Christian Friedrich pitched shutout ball through the eighth.Travis d’Arnaud doubled leading off the ninth against Hawkins (3-3), who blew a save for the third time in 25 chances.Granderson’s triple past right fielder Charlie Blackmon scored pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. Granderson then scored easily ahead of Drew Stubbs’ off-line throw on Flores’ fly to center.Carlos Torres (7-5) pitched a perfect ninth for the Mets, who wore camouflage jerseys as they started a 10-game homestand.Michael Cuddyer tied the score in the second with his seventh home run. Activated before the game, Cuddyer had been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a strained left hamstring, his third DL stint this season.“I was able to get a good pitch to hit and fortunately I didn’t miss it,” said Cuddyer.Nolan Arenado homered off Vic Black’s changeup on an 0-2 pitch leading off the eighth for a 2-1 lead. “I just threw a bad breaking ball to a guy that is a good hitter,” said Black.Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out seven and walked one. His curveball was hit or miss at times, but the 6-foot-3 left-hander made pitches when he needed to.“There was some that were good and some that were not so good,” said Niese. “Fortunately the good ones I was able to get outs on, and the bad ones they did not crush like they probably should have.”Lyles gave up one run and three hits in six innings.Mets center fielder Juan Lagares ran into left-center and extended to make an outstanding backhand catch to rob Arenado of an extra-base hit with a runner on in the first.Kahnle, a 25-year-old rookie from Latham, New York, pitched a perfect seventh for Colorado.(SCOTT ORGERA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trans Tasman Posters available for purchase

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first_imgTo Purchase one of these fantastic posters, please go to the General Resources section on the TFA Online Shop.These posters would be a great addition to any affiliate office wall or similar.last_img

Nick Saban Responds To Jim Harbaugh After Twitter Shot

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first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban went on a bit of a rant about satellite camps, recruiting rules and the need for a college football commissioner. While he specifically mentioned that his words weren’t meant as a shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, his point didn’t get through. Harbaugh took to Twitter a few hours later, blasting Saban for both his rant and the fact that Alabama’s staff broke recruiting rules.Well, now Saban has responded to Harbaugh. In a quote to ESPN, Saban said that he doesn’t “really care” what Harbaugh thinks or tweets. It’s a strong response.Nick Saban tells @ClowESPN about Harbaugh: “I don’t really care what he thinks or tweets. I say what I think is best for CFB & the players”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 1, 2016Harbaugh and Saban are two of the most hard-headed in the profession, so it’s no surprise that neither wants to back down here. We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

Llorente open to Athletic Bilbao return

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first_imgFernando Llorente has admitted that he is open to the idea of returning to Athletico Bilbao with his contract at Tottenham set to expire at the end of next seasonThe forward has endured a frustrating season on the sidelines at Spurs with Llorente often finding himself behind Harry Kane in the pecking order.The Spaniard has only made one start in the Premier League all season and it is understood that Spurs have made it clear that they will not stand in his way if he was to leave the club during the summer transfer window.“It is my home and wonderful things happened for me there that will never be forgotten,” said Llorente, according to Sports Mole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Athletic will always mean so much to me. If they were to propose a comeback, I would certainly think about it.”Llorente spent nine seasons at Bilbao and scored 118 goals in 333 appearances and became the club’s 15th highest goalscorer in their history, before sealing a transfer to Juventus in 2013.After leaving the Serie A champions in 2016, Llorente had further spells with Sevilla and Swansea City.last_img read more

Craig Bellamy believes Wales will qualify for 2020 Euros

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first_imgFormer Manchester City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy has backed his country to qualify for the European Championships in two years time.Speaking to BBC Sport, Bellamy said: “I believe in this group and think they have got one or two tournaments in them,”“I would expect us to qualify for the next Euros.”He also believes that Wales should be developing a stronger ‘structure’ at youth level in order to build teams capable of regularly competing at major tournaments in the future.“I’m more concerned with the next generation than the current one,” Bellamy continued.“How do we get them to become successful because at younger age groups we’re nowhere near qualifying for major tournaments?”“That needs to be addressed, as does our identity to what the senior team plays like.”“We can build a structure but we must have a clear identity. We talk identity and we’re very good at lip service.”Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“But do we truly believe in it? I haven’t seen it and that needs to be hit home for us to have a future in the next 10 to 20 years.”The former Blackburn Rover’s star finished by praising the English FA for their current set up and believes the Welsh should look to follow their example going forward.“England have had a lot of success in youth tournaments, winning World Cups, and that tells me straight away they’re heading in the right direction,” he added.“They’re going to have a lot of confidence on the back of that when it comes to senior level.”“The FA are on the right path, they’ve got their act together and that’s what is putting them ahead of most nations.”last_img read more

PSV wonderkid prefers Mexico over MLS

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first_imgThe Mexican winger Hirving Lozano has had a great season so far with the Dutch Eredivisie team and praised his former league.Hirving Lozano joined Dutch Eredivisie club PSV in the summer of 2017.Since then he has played 66 games, scoring in 37 occasions.He is loving his first time playing outside Mexico, but he said that if he would ever stop playing in Europe, he would prefer the Mexican Liga MX over the United States’ Major League Soccer.“I would not rule out MLS, right now things are going well for me here though. I am young and I hope to have a long career here,” the 23-year-old told ESPN.“Hopefully that would be a long way away, although no one knows what the future holds. I would never rule it out, although [if I did have to leave Europe] I would lean more toward a return to Mexico.”“All the Liga MX clubs are good and [if I had to return] I would opt for the one that would be the best option for me,” he added.“Lozano, who said it was always his dream to play in Europe, added he would love to sign with a club in England or Spain someday.”There were many rumours over the summer about him leaving the Netherlands to join a team in other European competitions.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I like both leagues and I would not rule out either one. I would love to play in both [Premier and LaLiga],” Lozano explained.“It would be great if something really nice were to happen and then I would take the decision that was best for me and my family.”“But I have a way to go. I have to see what will happen in this season. I always try to think about what would be best for my family and for me,” the Mexican footballer added.“The rest is a long way away, but those would be my main reasons [in any decision].”“To be here, to be improving, to have this dream for my future and to try to be the best I can be – and yes, I am aware that this was a big jump for me. All I can do right now is to live in this moment. The future, it will come and I have faith that it will be good. But right now I am living each day at this moment,” he concluded.Goooooolazo de @HirvingLozano70!!!! pic.twitter.com/VAe2ROT5ZJ— Alberto García Aspe (@betogarciaaspe8) February 24, 2019last_img read more

The Division Of Elections Has Certified The 2018 Primary Election

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first_imgFollowing completion of the board’s review, the Director of the Division of Elections, Josie Bahnke, announced today that the election has been certified. Carpenter will face off with Shawn Butler the sole candidate for the Democratic Primary for District 29 in the upcoming general election. For House District 29 in the Republican Primary, Ben Carpenter, of Nikiski maintained the lead by a mere 12 votes to challenger Wayne Ogle, also of Nikiski. According to Gillham members of the community have requested that he move forward with a write-in campaign if the results stay the same when they are certified: “I’m being inundated with people wanting me to do a write-in, and that is something that has crossed my mind. I will make that decision once the certification is in.” last_img read more