GULF BREEZE, Fla. – The University of West Florida’s Argie’s R&R program paid a visit to Oriole Beach Elementary School this past Tuesday.Five student-athletes participated in the reading and recess program, reading to eight first grade classes and leading stretching exercises, stressing the importance of both education and physical activity. After the event, the students had an opportunity to ask questions of the student-athletes that included baseball’s Chad Allen (Orlando, Fla.), Justin Bennett (Roswell, Ga.) and Jake Stephens (Marietta, Ga.), and UWF cross country runners, Jared Black (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Ruth Ashley (Altamonte, Springs, Fla.).UWF is hoping to visit a total of 25 area elementary schools this season with the next being Oakcrest Elementary on Oct. 25. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Photo GalleryPrint Friendly Version Share UWF Student-Athletes Volunteer at Local Elementary School
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES As Michael Chang vividly recalls each memory of Japan, he sounds more like a grandfather telling family tales than the former No. 2 tennis player in the world. The good old days of the past flashed back to him, piece by piece, as Chang began talking as if this were his curtain call on this Asian island.After losing to top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the AIG Japan Open on Wednesday, Chang, the 30-year-old Chinese-American who is loved and admired by Asian communities around the world, reminisced on the thought of ending his highlight-filled career. He’s already announced that he will only stay on Tour for no more than a year with a “selective schedule.” So when asked what his fondest memories were of Japan, the 12-year ATP Tour veteran started to recollect, always adding a touch of humor and speaking in a very polite way.“Wait, do my matches with the Emperor and the Empress count? I don’t even remember if I won that one,” said Chang, filling the interview room with laughter. Chang was invited to the Imperial Palace before the start of the 1998 Japan Open.“The one match that stands out for me is playing Boris (Becker),” Chang said of the former No. 1, whom he beat in the semifinals of the 1994 Japan Open.It was the only time Chang beat Becker in an ATP Tour match.“I remember we practiced before the tournament. We played a practice set. I beat him and I had never beaten Boris before. We went to shake hands and he comes up and says, ‘You got lucky today.’ So when I played him in the semifinals, I had a little more extra incentive to go out and beat him.“I’ve had a lot of fun matches, too. The time I played mixed doubles with Ai (Sugiyama) in the charity event when they had the Kobe earthquake, that was a lot of fun. There’s definitely a lot of great memories here in Japan and the people . . . The country’s been very, very kind to me over the years. I’m very thankful for that.”And just as he stopped, Chang forgot to mention one other thing: “Actually, I was the first to play here with the roof (closed) and I played Stefan (Edberg) the first match they used the roof because of rain,” Chang said. “And they had a leaking problem.”The laughter aside, Chang — the winner of 34 career titles — is quite serious about his retirement plans. Fans don’t want him to leave and Chang knows that. He’s received encouraging words from fans not only in Asia, but almost everywhere he travels.But Chang, currently ranked No. 103, said he will continue to take the court “if I could play at the level that brought me to No. 2 in the world.”This year, his record stands at 7-18 in singles and 1-2 in doubles. Chang has a career 660-302 record.“I know there comes a time where it’s time to move on and do other things. For me, I know the support that I get from the Asia-Pacific regions in particular is . . . very, very unique. For me, it’s truly a great feeling. In many aspects, it’s something that touches my heart deeply.”So, does Chang have a set date or tournament in mind to step off the court for good?“I do,” he paused. “I do, but I’m probably not going to share that just yet. I think I’d like to be able to finalize if that’s what I want and also be able to talk about it with people who are really close to me. I haven’t made anything final. I have a thought. I have a thought where I’d like to be able to finish off my last event.”Chang, a devout Christian, has always been a fan-loving, community-based individual. After he retires, Chang knows he’ll spend time with his family’s charity program, the Chang Family Foundation, aimed at getting kids involved in sports and the community.The foundation runs a fall basketball league in Seattle and has a Family Cruise planned for 2004, which will consist of 400 families on a ship in Hawaii.“I know I’ll be involved in tennis one way or another. I don’t think you spend this much time in the sport of tennis and just cut yourself off,” he said.“But (the Chang Family Foundation) will definitely take up a lot of my time,” said Chang, who is single. “And maybe somewhere in there, hopefully, I’ll have my own family. That I have no timetable for. I know my tennis timetable better than that one.”Those in the interview room laughed. So did Chang — perhaps for the last time here in Japan. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
The 30-year-old, who had joined from Manchester United in 2017, failed to make an appearance once the season started post Covid-19 break, and hadn’t played since the 3-2 loss to Arsenal back in February.Towards the beginning of June, rumours started circulating that Nice in France were taking an avid interest in the defensive midfielder, and a transfer was sorted out later on, seeing Schneiderlin sold for a measly fee of €2m up front with some bonuses.Speaking to Nice-Matin for his first interview since sealing his return to his home country, the player explained why he chose to leave Goodison ParkEmbed from Getty ImagesHe said: “I needed a structured club like OGC Nice. For example, when I joined Everton, it was for Ronald Koeman. After that, there were choices that seemed less in line with what I had been sold”.However, he is very grateful for the club allowing him to leave so easily this summer.He continued: “I wanted to already leave last year. It was close to being done, but the club kept me. They told me they really counted on me this season, but would give me an exit pass next summer.“I told the director of football to shut all other negotiations. I had chosen Nice and wouldn’t go anywhere else. From that moment onwards, they were really classy”.During his spell with the Toffees, Schneiderlin made 88 appearances, scoring one goal and assisting another two.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoTemenos by CNBC CatalystIs a Digital Revolution Crucial for Banks to Stay Ahead in a Post-Pandemic World?Temenos by CNBC CatalystUndo Even if he was still playing here and there under Carlo Ancelotti, it was very clear Morgan Schneiderlin wasn’t part of the Italian’s long-term plans at Everton.
West Indian spinner Sunil Narine’s bowling action was again reported on Thursday, during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty 20, according to an AFP news bulletin. “Narine has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during Wednesday’s PSL Twenty20 game between Lahore Qalanders and Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah,” said a Pakistan Cricket Board statement.“The match officials’ report on Narine’s bowling action will be sent to Cricket West Indies (CWI) and he will have to go through the process that is followed by the CWI, for suspected illegal bowling actions,” the statement continued.According to the AFP release, the 29-year-old Narine, who plays for the Lahore Qalandars, was placed on the warning list, but can continue to participate in the tournament. He was first reported for an illegal action during the Champions League in India in 2014, and as a precaution, his name was withdrawn from the West Indies squad for the 2015 World Cup. He returned to the game after remodeling his action. Narine was subsequently reported in November, 2016 during an international match in Sri Lanka, the AFP release stated. He was suspended after biomechanical tests proved that his action was beyond the fifteen (15) degree limit allowed under the International Cricket Council’s rules.Narine was cleared in April 2017, in time for the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he plays for Kolkatta Knight Riders. This latest report may jeopardise his participation in this year’s IPL season, starting early next month. Sunil Narine has played six Tests, 65 One Day Internationals and 48 Twenty20s
“No, but they were a bit slow. President Pinnick and I wanted to meet in January, but I couldn’t,” Rohr told morgenweb.de.“Then came the coronavirus and lockdown. Actually, we agreed, it was only about details. Finally, the sports minister also interfered.“I had requests from Congo and Mali, which I refused.”Rohr was appointed Super Eagles head coach in August 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says he rejected offers from Mali and Congo to sign a new deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr penned a two-year contract extension in May that will see the German finish as the longest-serving coach in Super Eagles history by the end of his tenure.The 66-year-old’s previous deal, which was extended ahead of the 2018 World Cup, was due to run out this month. Under the terms of the new deal, Rohr will be expected to spend the majority of the year living in Nigeria, take a pay cut, and be paid in local currency.Rohr previously managed the national teams of Gabon, Burkina Faso, and the Niger Republic before taking charge of the Super Eagles.
After losing out of the league title, Asante Kotoko on Sunday saw another opportunity to claim a trophy slip by, this time in the SWAG Cup match.Kotoko after leading the double header 1-0 from the first leg in Accra were stunned at their favourite grounds, the Baba Yara Stadium where Heart of Lions roared to a 2-0 success in 90 minutes.Lions scored in each half with Mohammed Tanko handing them the lead in 39 minutes before substitute Bright Nsiah to sealed the day with a fine goal two minutes from time.And for Lions coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, a former junior team coach of Asante Kotoko, the SWAG success becomes his first domestic silverware in the top flight.The game which has come to be known as the ‘SWAG Match’ is an annual event on the domestic football calendar and is played in celebration of the contributions made by the sporting media.Source: ghanafa.org
Verona van de Leur went from Dutch Sportswoman of the Year to porn actress living on streets and in and out of jail
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REAL vs FAKE GOLD “WHEN you’re the best in your country, everyone expects something from you.”What the Netherlands didn’t expect was for former Sportswoman of the Year Verona van de Leur to sue her parents, live on the streets, spend time behind bars and sign up to a career in porn.Verona van de Leur was once Holland’s golden girl of athleticsHer life has taken plenty of twists and turns before ending up in pornDe Leur, 34, was the golden girl of gymnastics when she burst on to the scene aged 14 after winning two junior European medals.Two years later her profile rocketed as she won five European Championship medals, three World Cup final medals and a silver at the World Championships.At the age of just 16, Verona joined a long list of icons after being crowned the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year but with success comes expectation, pressure and money.Speaking to SunSport, she said: “At eight or nine, winning a medal is like a gift. Everyone is proud, parents, friends, grandparents and you were special in a way so it’s always a good feeling.“When it goes on and you’re on the podium for the first time then the pressure starts.“When you’re not on the podium you get all the hate and being told you’re not good enough. Then it became an obsession, not just for me but for everyone around me.“You get sponsors, contracts and it’s a big deal for everyone. You have to start pleasing everyone.”Born in Gouda, Verona was brought up by loving parents and a sister who supported her gymnastics career from the age of five.It was her parents who looked after her finances and contracts while she was putting in gruelling hours in a bid to fulfil her dream of making the Olympics in 2004.But her rise to the top quickly came crashing down when injury dashed her hopes of making the games in Athens before later realising her father had spent £5,000 of her own money during a visit to Las Vegas.Verona was set for stardom when she was just a teenagerHer career highlight came in 2002 when she was named Holland’s Sports Woman of the YearVerona, who has released the book ‘Simply Verona’, added: “My parents had the card of my bank account and they paid all the finances.“For me, nothing changed, it was the same school, same training but I know my parents had a better life. A little less pressure for them because of the money, of course, I didn’t get much.“I was getting tens of thousands of euros every year and even injured they helped me throughout my entire career before quitting.”That was just the beginning and 2008 sparked a complete U-turn in her career after she decided to quit athletics before filing a short law-suit against her parents.“I think in the last year of my career I was asking for money but I wasn’t getting a clear answer. I just thought well it’s my dad I don’t want to have an argument he knows what he’s doing.“When I quit they didn’t accept it and he came back with all these arguments.“He came up with all kinds of excuses but when I saw some of the papers I knew there was a lot wrong then I realised all the money I should have had was spent.“Money is a big drive for them but it wasn’t for me. With money you find out more about people.“I don’t know who my own parents are. You look back to the gymnastics and all the pushing and what is important. Was it for your daughter or just the bank account? You feel used in a way.”After a lengthy court battle, Verona was later awarded a settlement from her father in the region of £81,000 paid in installments.It has been ten years since she last had contact with her family and during that time her life continued to spiral.Along with her boyfriend and before receiving her settlement, the little money Verona had quickly ran out forcing her to live in her car for two years. Shoplifting food from supermarkets to live, Verona had a moment of madness when she blackmailed a couple who were having an affair and asked for 1,000 euros.She said: “We spent the little money we had on places to stay but it all went and I didn’t have a job and we thought we can sleep in the car for one night and we will see tomorrow.“From one day went two days, two to three and then it was two years.In the winter it was the hardest you don’t even know if you will wake upVerona on her time living on the streets“It was living by day. In the winter it was the hardest you don’t even know if you will wake up.“You just eat in supermarkets if there’s something for free but if there’s not you just have to take it.“I’m not proud of it. I never thought years before that this was what I wanted to do.“The blackmail just kind of overcame me. I was just taking pictures and it happened in front of me.“I just confronted this woman and when she asked if I was blackmailing her I said ‘yes and I want some money for it’.“The money was needed but I didn’t get anything and I thought that was it.“But she went to the police with my number plate and my description and they ended up arresting me.“I regret it in a way but I still want to confront her and tell her what she did was wrong. But I needed the money at the time. I would not put myself in that situation again.”Verona spent 72 days in jail and with the opportunity to turn over a new leaf, she was approached by a company to join the porn industry.Admitting that the pay was much better than gymnastics, she and her boyfriend took the plunge where she remained in the business for eight years.She said: “The erotic business wasn’t a decision, it was more of an opportunity for me.“I was coming from much worse so for me it was a big step.“Obviously I didn’t think as a child it was what I wanted to do but I didn’t care.“I didn’t have to look for family and friends for their approval. The people around me were accepting me for who I am and my choices.Verona spent two years living in her car before going to jailAfter spending time in jail, Verona turned to a career in pornVerona has released a new book documenting her extraordindary life called ‘Simply Verona’“First I had a contract as a webcam girl and then one or two months later me and my boyfriend had our own business but we only did things together.“He’s my photographer and he’s my actor. That was a huge relief for me because otherwise I could not work in this industry.“We both lived on the streets and so we both have been through the same. I enjoyed my work. I can look back on eight good years.”Simply Verona is available in hardback from all online retailers now and will be published in ebook on 1st April.Verona has released a new book ‘Simply Verona’ Source: Athletics – thesun.co.uk
Related Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Apparently, Scarlett Johansson’s appearance as Ivanka Trump in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live‘s season-42 finale this past weekend wasn’t the biggets shocker of the night. The Captain America: Civil War star was spotted making out with Colin Jost, who co-anchors the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, at the afterparty held at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, sources tell the New York Post.“Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the SNL season finale party at 30 Rock…They would make out a bit, then go back to talking,” according the source. “They were at the bar in front of everyone…they made out at least twice…Then they went back to talking and hanging with other people.”The two were reportedly “flirting and canoodling in full view of everyone at the afterparty, including the SNL cast and crew,” says another eyewitness. “They were laughing and seemed to really hit it off.”It turns out that this isn’t the first time ScarJo, 32, and Jost, 34, have reportedly hooked up.“It’s been going on for a bit,” an insider tells E! Online, adding that the Scarlett and Colin started dating after her hosting SNL back in March. Johansson filed for divorce from her husband, French journalist Romain Dauriac, in March after less than three years of marriage. They share a two-year-old daughter, Rose.Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011.
Related eccolo74/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new lawsuit alleges that the hotel chain Motel 6 regularly supplied guest lists and personal information of guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which used the information to target people for arrest, including guests with “Latino-sounding names.”The suit, filed by the attorney general of Washington state, criticizes the “unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices” of the hotel chain.The practice allegedly happened in at least six Motel 6 locations in Washington between 2015 and 2017, and included the personal information of at least 9,151 guests, according to the suit. The suit, filed in state Superior Court, also alleges that the practice was not limited to Washington and occurred at other branches of the hotel chain in other states, specifically citing Phoenix, Arizona.“On a number of occasions after reviewing the guest list, ICE agents arrested or detained Motel 6 guests,” the suit states. ICE agents work under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security and are responsible for arresting people who are not legal residents.A spokeswoman for Motel 6’s parent company, G6 Hospitality, did not immediately return ABC News’ requests for comment, but gave a statement to The Washington Post.“Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General,” the statement from spokeswoman Raiza Rehkoff said in The Post.The lawsuit alleges that the guest registry information “was provided on an almost daily basis by some motels without the ICE agents having provided any documentation or evidence of reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or a search warrant for the requested guest registry information.”After singling “out guests based on national origin, including guests with Latino-sounding names,” the agents would “determine if any of the guests it identified were wanted by ICE in connection with civil immigration matters,” the suit states.“Motel 6 staff observed ICE identify guests of interest to ICE, including by circling guests with Latino-sounding names,” according to the suit.The lawsuit alleges that the practice is a violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, and the state of Washington seeks “injunctive and other equitable relief for Motel 6’s actions.”For its part, ICE would not confirm that it received information from the hotel chain and declined to comment on the lawsuit specifically since the suit is directed toward the hotel chain and does not name ICE as a defendant.“Due to operational security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not typically disclose or discuss specific information related to the source of its enforcement leads. Further, ICE is not party to the litigation and as such, will not comment any further regarding the lawsuit,” ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe said in a statement to ABC News.“The agency receives viable enforcement tips from a host of sources, including other law enforcement agencies, relevant databases, crime victims, and the general public via the agency’s tip line and online tip form,” her statement added. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
While watching ESPN I heard a sad joke at the expense of the Orioles. One of the anchors said something along the lines of “you can count the number of fans that saw the win on one hand.”I am not one to miss any games when it is possible for me to following them on TV or by checking the box scores. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make it to a game yet due to college, an internship, and various clubs that I am a part of, but in the next couple weeks I plan on going to a few games. That said, even I was beginning to lose interest within the first few weeks of the season… yes the start to the season was that bad. Still I would keep checking the box scores and pray that night that the Orioles would win.When I am at home it is not easy to watch the game; my dad who has been tired of seeing his favorite team lose for so long refuses to have them on. If I have the game on in the family room my dad will yell “They suck. Turn that **** off.” So I go to my room and watch by myself.Every year the crowd keeps getting thinner, the prices for some reason keep going up, and the team gets worse.Long losing streaks don’t help; the nine-game losing streak at the beginning of the season turned a lot of fans off, that were hoping this would be the year that the Orioles finally compete or at least finish above .500.Star players like Adam Jones, and upcoming players like Nolan Reimold have failed to deliver this year. These are players that the Orioles planned to promote the team around. As of now Reimold is in the minors and Jones is still struggling to find constancy at the plate.After 12 straight losing seasons, only the die hard fans remain, the old fans that many call band wagoners have picked other teams and switched hats.For those of you that keep going to the games I applaud you; it shows loyalty and heart that I wish everyone had. The true fans shine in times like these and it shows a positive quality of a human being.I for one love my sports teams with everything that I have. The baseball season is special because every night there is a game on which means something good to watch.So tell me what keeps you going to the game?Please follow and like us: