Piece of My Heart Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_imgCome on and take it! Tickets are now available for Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, which begins performances on June 25. The bio-musical, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, stars Zak Resnick as the titular legendary songwriter, as well as Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Teal Wicks as Ilene and de’Adre Aziza as Candace. Opening night is set for July 21 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. In addition to Resnick, Kritzer, Wicks and Aziza, the cast features Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy and Bryan Fenkart as Young Wazzel. The ensemble includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff and Mark Zeisler. View Comments With a book by Daniel Goldfarb, Piece of My Heart tells the story of one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. His hits, which were recorded by such artists as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Otis Redding, include “Twist and Shout,” “Tell Him,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang On Sloopy,” “Cry, Baby” and many more. Piece of My Heart Star Files Related Shows Zak Resnick Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 14, 2014 Teal Wicks Leslie Rodriguez Kritzerlast_img read more

Top Ten Hip Opening Yoga Poses for Athletes

first_imgNot only is hip mobility essential to peak athletic performance, it helps maintain the natural range of motion we should have and helps prevent physical injury. Here’s our look at the top ten hip opening yoga poses for athletes.As children, we are naturally flexible, gumby-limbed little beings who can bend and stretch in any way we desire without anything locking up on us. As we get older, and if we have put in years of trekking, cycling, running, skiing, or even if we are chronic sitters due to career choice or leisure activities, physical discomfort is inevitable if we are lacking openness and balance in the hip region. Whatever the repeat activity we engage in, chances are we have all experienced hip tightness. Think about when you first rise from bed in the morning, walking like the Tin Man, going about your morning activities with a bit of nagging back pain or knees that will not bend until you become more mobile throughout the day.Hip tightness can cause an array of physical discomfort from literally altering your gait to making once-enjoyed activities painful and unpleasant. A lack of fluidity in the hips can exacerbate already-existing back and knee pain, or can eventually become the source of back and/or knee problems due to overcompensation in these areas of our body. Each muscle, joint, tendon, ligament and limb has its assigned duty to carry out the physical task we are attempting. When one body part is dysfunctional due to weakness, injury or immobility, our bodies compensate by relying on another part to take over a function. If we can take time — literally just 10 to 15 minutes a day — to focus on restoring functionality to that pesky part that is disrupting the natural balance and flow of our bodies, we can reduce or eliminate pain and increase our athletic agility, strength and stamina.Adding these top 10 hip opening yoga poses to the end of each workout (or after a hot shower or bath) will restore strength and openness in your outer hips, psoas muscles (located in the lumbar region), hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings and lower back. Try holding each asana for 10 slow, deep breaths. Ease into each pose slowly and do not force the stretch.Cobbler’s Pose with a Forward Bendcobblers-poseSit upright with your shoulders rolled back. Your knees are bent and opened to the sides and the bottoms of your feet are touching. Hold your feet with your hands and let your elbows gently push your knees closer to the floor as you take a deep breath and exhale bending forward at the waist. Continue to hold this pose for up to 10 breaths and try to deepen the stretch slightly with each breath. If needed, yoga blocks can be placed under each knee for comfort. This asana releases tightness in your lower back and opens the hips and inner thighs.Eye of the Needle Hip Opening Yoga Poseeye-of-the-needleLying on your back, bend both knees with your feet flat on the ground. Cross your right ankle over your left leg with the outer part of your right ankle resting above the left knee. Slowly pull your left leg up and into the chest with both hands on your left hamstring. Hold for a count of 10 breaths then release and repeat this pose on the other side. This asana focuses on reducing tension held in your glutes and hamstrings.Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One Legged King Pigeon Pose)one-legged-pigeonFrom Downward Facing Dog pose, bring your left leg through your arms and place your left knee on the floor, aligning it with your left thumb. Open your left foot to the side and keeping your right leg straight, slide it back until you feel as though you are in a bent legged split. Try to keep your left shin horizontal in front of you and root down with the right hip as much as your flexibility will allow. Steady yourself with your hands on the floor. Hold this pose for a count of 10 breaths. With each breath, lower your torso into the stretch with the eventual goal of folding completely over until you can rest your head to the ground in this hip opening yoga pose. This is my favorite asana for stretching the glutes and hip flexors. If you can rest your forehead on the ground, this pose will also release tension in your back.Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose, Variation)down-dog-variationIn Downward Dog Pose, lift your right leg high behind you with a flexed foot. Bend at the knee and start rotating your right leg out while keeping your hips squared. Keep your pelvis tucked under and inward to protect your back. This pose can be an intense hip opener and you may not be able to hold it for 10 breaths. Aim for 5 slow breaths then switch to your other side.Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)lizard-poseThis pose is similar to the One Legged King Pigeon Pose above. From Downward Dog Pose, bring your left leg forward through your arms. Your left knee will be bent and your left foot will be flat on the ground. Your right leg will stay extended and your right knee will slightly touch the ground. Bend both arms and rest your forearms on the ground on the inside of your left leg. Repeat on the other side.Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)happy-baby-poseThis asana is welcoming after some of the more intense poses. Lie on your back, bend your knees into your chest. With hands facing each other, loop your index and middle fingers around your big toes. Draw your legs outward with both knees bent and gently pull the knees down to the floor, deepening the stretch with each of your 10 breaths.Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (One Legged Bridge Pose)one-legged-bridge-poseThis pose will stretch your hip flexors and activate your glutes, and inner and outer thighs. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Arms are extended, resting on each side of your body and your hands will be flat on the floor. Push into your feet and slowly raise your hips towards the ceiling. You can clasp your hands underneath you which helps to open your chest and extend your upper back. Slowly raise one leg while maintaining this bridge pose and repeat on the opposite leg. Frog Posefrog-poseYou will be positioned on all fours for this hip opening yoga pose. Bring your forearms to the floor and widen your knees as far as apart they will comfortably go. Think how a frog’s lower body appears when it is still. Come out of this pose by raising yourself up onto each hand then gently slide one knee in at a time by shifting your body weight to each side.Child’s Posechilds-poseWhen you have eased out of Frog Pose and have returned to all fours, with knees wide, feet facing the ceiling and big toes touching, simply let your sit bone rest on the tops of your feet, hands outstretched in front of you and forehead touching the ground. This is a restful ansana that will help you prepare for your final pose.Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining bound Angle Pose)reclining-bound-angle-poseLie down on your back with arms extended and relaxed at your sides, palms facing up. Bend the knees and touch the soles of your feet together so your knees open to the sides. Breath deeply and relax into this hip opening yoga pose for 10 breaths.— Shawna Sullivan is a Colorado-based writer, athlete and fitness competitor. Our yoga model Erin Bruce is a Registered Yoga Teacher. Photos by AHB Media.last_img read more

Uniondale’s Battle To Wipe ‘East Garden City’ Off The Map

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sirens blazing, Uniondale firefighters recently rushed to Hempstead Town Hall, where they joined a protest brigade trying to extinguish their neighboring community of East Garden City, which has sparked fears of gentrification.Civic leaders from Uniondale say East Garden City doesn’t technically exist. They argue that planners and developers concocted the name to distance prime real estate north of Hempstead Turnpike from the racially diverse neighborhood on the south side. Lawmakers back Uniondale’s cause, but wiping East Garden City off the map is easier said than done. At stake is what to call the heart of the area also known as the Nassau Hub—home to almost half the county’s economic activity and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.“It’s a shame! It’s a pity! We don’t want East Garden City!,” chanted dozens of protestors outside town hall during the March 10 rally as a convoy of Uniondale fire trucks rolled up in support—lights flashing and horns blasting.“Greedy developers are trying to steal the economic assets and commercial tax base of one of the few racially integrated communities on Long Island,” said Gregory Maney, a Hofstra University professor and co-facilitator of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition (GUAAC), to the Hempstead Town Board after the rally. “The East Garden City fiction is a thinly veiled gerrymandering and gentrification initiative to strip a majority minority community of our core assets.”The area known as East Garden City, as the name suggests, lies east of the well-to-do village of the same name. It’s one of many unincorporated hamlets that cause geographic confusion across LI, but is the only one to spark protests of late. And its origins are the subject of much debate.Entities that list their address as East Garden City—many of which drop the “East”—include Nassau Community College (NCC) and Museum Row as well as homes and businesses along Stewart Avenue between Merchants Concourse and the western border of Roosevelt Field Mall, which also falls east of village limits. Right across the street from NCC, the coliseum and several major office buildings are listed as Uniondale—yet the arena’s website only identifies its address as “Long Island.” Forrest City Ratner is slated to begin an estimated $260-million renovation of the coliseum this summer.According to a U.S. Census Bureau map, the northern border of East Garden City is Old Country Road, but businesses and homes between that thoroughfare and Corporate Drive to the south list their addresses as Westbury. Yet that area does not fall within the Westbury village border, either.For taxing purposes, the 3-square-mile locality known as East Garden City falls within the Uniondale Library District and the Uniondale School District. It has the same zip code as Garden City. But what concerns Uniondale residents most is that East Garden City became its own census designated place (CDP) in the 2000 count—a development that, some worry, could lead to the area being incorporated, and that, they fear, could mean its usurping Uniondale’s biggest tax revenue generators.“The Uniondale School District relies on the entire tax base of Uniondale, and the possibility that part of that tax base will be taken away has worrisome implications,” said William Lloyd, superintendent of the Uniondale School District, which the state has classified as a high-needs district.An “East Garden City” sign on Stewart Avenue was removed amid the growing debate. The Uniondale Fire Department has also been installing “Welcome to Uniondale” signs around the disputed area. With such contradictory signage, Uniondale’s suspicions seem justified.“There is no plan afoot to rename the coliseum area,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray told skeptical Uniondale residents when they urged the town board to pass a resolution codifying that East Garden City does not exist. At the town’s April 14 meeting, the board passed a resolution urging the Census Bureau to nix East Garden City. She later said the board plans to delete mentions of East Garden City from all town documents.“The community of Uniondale has been treated like a hockey puck and we’re tired of it,” said Jeannine Maynard of GUAAC, an umbrella group of civic associations that are leading the charge to abolish East Garden City.Anti-East Garden City protestors cheer as the Uniondale Fire Department rolls up at Hempstead Town Hall on March 10, 2015 (Long Island Press).CENSUS-TAKING BLUESThe former Nassau County district attorney who was elected last year to represent the disputed domain in Congress has urged Census officials to remove East Garden City from the 2020 count.“We do not know how or why it was decided that this area, which has historically been part of the Uniondale community, should become its own census-designated place under a different name,” U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) wrote in a letter to the Census Bureau’s New York Regional Director, Jeff Behler.Census officials said that East Garden City became a CDP based on information provided by local planning offices and elected officials, adding that the boundary of Uniondale has not changed “since at least 1990.” The agency noted that CDPs are only used for counting populations, so their borders aren’t legally binding.“To change the boundaries of Uniondale and East Garden City, the Census Bureau would need to receive notification from Nassau County, the partner who originally delineated the geography for this area,” Vince Oiser, chief of the Geographic Standards Criteria Branch, said in a statement. “The Census Bureau will work with local officials to accommodate a change if requested.”When asked who specifically on the local level the Census worked with, the bureau directed the Press to Robert Brickman in the Nassau County Planning Department. When Brickman was asked to comment, Sean Sallie, a senior planner in the agency, told the Press that the county has no role in the designation, and he doesn’t know who the Census spoke with, but he sympathized with Uniondale’s concerns.“Whether you dissolve the [East Garden City] CDP into Uniondale, it doesn’t necessarily cause a reapportionment,” he said. “We can understand if you’re living in Uniondale, on top of your mind is what is the impact on the property tax base.”Sallie noted that if the East Garden City CDP debuted in the 2000 census, it would predate current staffers in his department. It would also predate the new residential developments in East Garden City—Avalon at Garden City, Meadowbrook Pointe and Archstone Meadowbrook Crossing apartments. For such a change to occur in time for the 2000 census, the request would date back to the administration of former Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta, the Republican who nearly bankrupted the county.To address Uniondale’s concerns, Congresswoman Rice met last week with Census officials, civic leaders, Nassau County and Hempstead town officials and others. She announced afterward that Census officials agreed to the request to repeal “East Garden City” as a CDP. The Nassau County Planning Commission said it will follow Hempstead Town’s lead in passing a resolution formally requesting the Census to dissolve the East Garden City CDP.“We know there’s no such thing as ‘East Garden City,’” Rice said. “It’s Uniondale, and calling it by any other name will only divide a community that should remain whole.”The hard part now is spreading the word, civic leaders said.“We’re calling upon media outlets, government agencies, businesses and developers and realtors to consistently use the name Uniondale when referring to” the area known as East Garden City, said GUAAC’s Maynard during a news conference following the meeting with Census officials.HAZE OVER GARDEN CITYUniondale isn’t the only place that’s anti-East Garden City. The Village of Garden City has historically opposed the unincorporated area using a knockoff of its name without homeowners and businesses located there paying village taxes.The village took their gripe to a different federal agency: The U.S. Postal Service. That’s because when letter carriers started using zip codes in 1963, Garden City didn’t get its own. To this day, it shares its 11530 designation with the Village of Stewart Manor, the unincorporated hamlet of Garden City South and East Garden City, which isn’t an uncommon situation.“Because ZIP Codes are based on the location of delivery post offices, they often do not correspond to political jurisdiction boundaries,” said Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the postal service. “This means millions of Americans receive their mail delivery from post offices that are located in adjacent towns, villages or cities.”Seventeen years ago, the village had asked the postal service’s ZIP Code Boundary Review committee to consider changing the code to better distinguish Garden City from East Garden City, but the committee denied the request. Applicants can try again once a decade, but the village hasn’t bothered, according to the postal service.“Garden City is America’s first planned community,” Bertram Donley, then-vice president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce told Newsday in 1998. “It’s sort of like a brand name, and you have people ripping off that brand name.”The current leadership of that business group referred a request for comment to the village administration, which did not return calls.“Is it not absurd that this immense area east of Garden City is paying taxes supporting other places and other schools but still have a Garden City address?!” wrote John Ellis Kordes, the former Garden City village historian, in the Garden City News three years ago.ZIP code changes are most likely to occur when a community has a growth spurt, but the community identity argument is often dismissed, said Marion, the postal service spokeswoman.“It’s not necessarily the easiest thing,” she said.And so, the post office at Roosevelt Field Mall—which used a Mineola address when it was an air field, notes North Hempstead Town Historian Howard Kroplick—remains billed as Garden City, despite its location just east of the village line. Garden City Bowl and Avalon Bay remain open for business and rentals. And a “Welcome to Uniondale” sign sits at the corner of Quentin Roosevelt Boulevard and Commercial Avenue—50 feet from an office building called the Garden City Center.The inset shows the “Welcome to Uniondale” sign directly in front of the Garden City Center, an office building in the area that the Census called East Garden City (Long Island Press).BLURRED LINESStudies terming LI among the most racially segregated suburbs nationwide often cite the line dividing neighboring villages of Hempstead and Garden City—the former black and working-class, the latter wealthy and white.Evidence of this division has been proven in court. In December 2013, a federal judge ruled that Garden City village officials violated the federal Fair Housing Act by approving a zoning ordinance that nixed a planned affordable housing complex, effectively discriminating against would-be minority residents. Garden City’s appeal of the decision is pending.“In Garden City, like too many other cities in New York, working families of color are unfairly excluded from finding a safe and affordable place to live,” said Ismene Speliotis, executive director of the nonprofit Mutual Housing Association of New York, at the time. “It’s sad that, in Garden City, it’s taken a years-long legal battle to force them to stop.”Hempstead’s border with Garden City is a more stark black-and-white separation, but Uniondale’s border with East Garden City is blurrier, since both areas are unincorporated hamlets. Of the more than 6,200 residents in East Garden City, 67 percent are white while nearly 90 percent of Uniondale’s nearly 25,000 residents are minorities, according to the Long Island Index, a non-profit research group funded by the Rauch Foundation.Hempstead and Uniondale share a border as well, and together with Roosevelt and Freeport, they form a “Corridor of Color” though south-central Nassau, as community leaders have come to describe it. Hempstead-based civil rights attorney Frederick Brewington, a co-convener of The Corridor Counts, an advocacy group that represents the area, notes that the fact that Uniondale is unincorporated made it easy to surreptitiously rename about half the community.“Simply because Uniondale doesn’t have its own government, a village government, people thought that they were easy pickings,” Brewington says.PROMISED LANDThe issue of what to call the area where East Garden City and Uniondale intersect dates to at least 1961, when the Mitchel Air Force Base was decommissioned and the county subdivided the parcel into NCC, Hofstra University, the Nassau Coliseum and nearby office complexes.When NCC acquired its campus in 1962, it used a Garden City address, but when the coliseum opened across the street a decade later in ’72, the arena was listed as being in Uniondale. The southwest corner of the former military base went to Hofstra University, which lists its address as Hempstead, since the college was founded within its village boundaries.Interestingly, Hofstra noted on its website that parts of the campus fall within Hempstead, Uniondale and East Garden City. When asked to clarify the geography, Karla Schuster, a Hofstra spokeswoman, said the website was wrong. The area south of Front Street and west of California Avenue are Hempstead and “everything else on campus is in Uniondale,” Schuster said.During the March rally at Hempstead Town Hall, some longtime residents told the board that the boundaries of Uniondale extend as far north as Old Country Road, adjoining Westbury village’s southern border.“It’s just unbelievable that the town could be cut in half the way it has,” said Marie Catanese, an 89-year-old Uniondale resident who has lived in the community since 1955 and been defending its border since the 1970s as co-founding president of Uniondale Neighbors In Total Effort (UNITE).Kordes, a former Garden City village historian, has a different assessment about what to call East Garden City—and how far back the debate goes. He suggests that it originated in 1869, when wealthy entrepreneur Alexander Stewart bought 4,000 acres of the Hempstead Plains for $400,000 and founded Garden City village there that year.“Uniondale predates Garden City as a settlement, however, you can’t call [East Garden City] Uniondale because it was part of the original Stewart purchase of the Hempstead Plains and never part of Uniondale (although it is within the Uniondale School District),” he wrote. “You could rename the area Meadow Brook, N.Y., as that is an historically correct name for that area but renaming it would be difficult at this time.”A historian on the Uniondale side of the debate suggests that Uniondale’s claim to the East Garden City area predates even the Stewart purchase.“The oldest of the Uniondale boundary lines are those established back in 1813 which make up the Uniondale School District,” William Rowe wrote in The Uniondale Story, published in 1963. “The school district lines go as far north as Old Country Road.”But he also conceded that the Uniondale lines are open to interpretation.“As an unincorporated area…Uniondale has no exact boundary lines except for those which are set up for specific purposes,” he wrote, citing the school district and fire district borders as examples.COLISEUM TOWNUniondale activists publicly launched their fight just as the county and town started finalizing plans to renovate Nassau Coliseum, which falls within the East Garden City CDP but has a Uniondale address.When Nassau County lawmakers and Hempstead town council members voted on measures advancing the plans in recent weeks, the advocates showed up in force to urge Forrest City Ratner, the coliseum’s incoming operator, to invest in Uniondale. The change in the arena’s operators comes as its anchor tenant, the New York Islanders, moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn following years of stalled plans to renovate the facility at the Hub.“We are demanding economic justice and corporate responsibility,” Pearl Jacobs, co-chair of the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, told Nassau legislators in April. “As the host community, Uniondale will bear the brunt…of redevelopment. Uniondale and its adjacent communities should receive a community benefit agreement [CBA] to offset the inconvenience.”Advocates argued that since Forest City Ratner signed a CBA with Brooklyn when it built the Barclays Center, Uniondale should get the same treatment when the developer renovates the coliseum. Ashley Cotton, a spokeswoman for the developer, countered that it’s not a fair comparison.“It is an entirely different scope in terms of scale and substance,” she said of the 28-acre, $4-billion Barclays project, which had a residential component. She noted that the company has committed to hire locally and offer discounted tickets to local groups once the renovated coliseum reopens.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), who represents Uniondale, pushed for more, including investments in the community center, cleaning up vacant homes and providing other upgrades.“Whatever you want to call it, this community is absent an agreement that offers them something in exchange for being the host community for the coliseum,” he said.And if all goes as planned, Uniondale will play host to a lot more than just the coliseum. After County Executive Ed Mangano announced during his state of the county address that two new Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute facilities are planned for the coliseum site, GUAAC launched a letter-writing campaign to ensure that the new medical center calls its planned location Uniondale and not East Garden City.But, regardless of what it’s called, those tasked with protecting the disputed area are going to continue responding to 911 calls for help no matter whether those on the other end of the line believe they’re in Uniondale or in East Garden City.“Our trucks say Uniondale, and the men and women in our department risk their lives every day for the Uniondale community,” said Uniondale Fire Commissioner Richard Harris. “It’s troubling to me that part of our community has been taken away from us.”last_img read more

The drop in Brisbane unit values has finally slowed

first_imgUnit values halted their downward slide during January.THE drop in Brisbane unit values has finally slowed with new figures revealing some subtle growth in January.The latest CoreLogic home values figures revealed that unit values increased 0.1 per cent during January.This was on the back of a 0.9 per cent drop during the past quarter and a 0.7 per cent drop last year.The median unit value for Brisbane was now $384,551.Brisbane’s median house value actually dropped by 0.1 per cent during January to $532,395.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the unit market was still dragging down Brisbane’s results as a whole as a result of concerns around supply and buyer caution.According to the latest Jones Lang LaSalle, Brisbane apartment market report, market fundamentals for the unit market are expected to remain difficult in the short to medium term as a high level of stock is absorbed.“Downward pressure on apartment values and rents is expected to be maintained, but ease slightly in the short-run,’’ it said.“Any recovery in the inner Brisbane apartment market will be dependent on the continued growth of the Queensland economy and any subsequent increases in population growth stemming from that improvement.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: January quarterly00:34last_img read more

Inclement weather postpones Modified Stampede at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Mother Nature continues her domination of Dodge City Raceway Park in 2018 with Saturday’s scheduled event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas postponed due to inclement weather.With forecasts of excessive rain and frigid temperatures, Saturday’s sixth annual Modified Stam­pede has been rescheduled for Saturday night, May 19.  The event will feature a $750 winner’s share for IMCA Modifieds with Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in action as well.With the opener nixed for a third consecutive time, Dodge City Raceway Park will now kick off the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, with a full card of championship chase action.last_img read more

Receivers provide means to Badgers’ end around

first_imgJunior wide receiver David Gilreath (85) has become Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst\’s go-to option on the end around play.[/media-credit]While a lot of talk in football today has to do with the popularity of the wildcat formation at all levels of the game, the Wisconsin football team has chosen a different means to their end.Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and the Badgers prefer the end-around to the wildcat, and the reason behind Chryst’s preference is simple.“It works,” Chryst said. “And you can run it again. Really, it’s not that complicated; if you’ve got a play that works, you run it again.”Since Chryst’s arrival in 2005 as offensive coordinator, the end-around has become a staple in the Wisconsin offense, but it was not until more recently that it took on such a prominent role for the Badgers.For the most part, Chryst uses a pair of wide receivers — juniors Isaac Anderson and David Gilreath — as his main options on the play.Through eight games, Gilreath has run the ball 13 times for 59 yards and Anderson has taken it four times on the end-around for 49 yards. Each receiver has found the end zone once on the ground this season.While the coaches’ goals may differ, Gilreath believes he can take it the distance any time the ball is handed off to him, much like he did a year ago at Indiana when he scored on a 90-yard touchdown run to break the game open early in the second half.“Coach (Chryst) usually says, ‘try to get four yards,’” Gilreath said. “But I’m actually trying to score. I figure if I try to score, I should get four yards.”Anderson noted a similar mentality.“Oh man, I’m trying to score whenever I get the ball,” Anderson said. “I’m trying to get the ball and run as fast as possible. I just read the blocks and hit the hole as soon as I see it.”As much as the two receivers have done this season running the ball, it was the addition of another player to the mix last week that really showed what the play could do for UW.Chryst called junior tight end Lance Kendricks’ number against Purdue, handing him the ball on the Badgers’ first play from scrimmage. The Milwaukee native picked up 21 yards on the play and set the tone for the Wisconsin offense for the rest of the game.Kendricks took the ball three more times in the game, finishing with 91 yards on the day, 31 more than the entire Boilermaker offense. Based on last week’s game plan, Kendricks appears to fit the criteria for the end-around.“Can they do something with it after they get the ball in their hands?” Chryst said of evaluating potential end-around options. “Lance did a heck of a job running it, but it takes everyone doing what they need to do for the play to work.”According to Kendricks, he had no idea Chryst added the play to the playbook for the game.“It was surprising,” Kendricks said. “I didn’t think he was going to put it in, but he put it in, and I just went with it; and I guess it worked so that’s pretty much it.”Of the Badgers’ three options on the end-around, the one who runs the ball most frequently is also the one who was least familiar with the play coming out of high school. Gilreath said he could recall running the play only once in high school, adding that it did not work well.Anderson, on the other hand, came in with a lot of experience running the end-around at the high school level for The Blake School in Minneapolis.“We definitely ran that play quite a bit, and got a lot of touchdowns off of it,” Anderson said. “I broke a few big runs on it, so I had a couple clips on my recruiting tape that I sent here.”Although Kendricks has moved to tight end at Wisconsin, he was a wide receiver in high school, so speed is not an issue for him. He got plenty of experience running the ball as well, occasionally lining up at running back during his time at Milwaukee Rufus King.So, when Kendricks took four handoffs Saturday against Purdue, it was nothing new.“I felt real good,” Kendricks said of running the ball again. “I used to play running back a little bit in high school, but I didn’t really know I still had [that ability], I guess.”Kendricks had what is believed to be (though it has not yet been confirmed by the UW) the best rushing performance by a tight end in Wisconsin history Saturday with his 91 yards.Although he stole the end-around spotlight from Gilreath and Anderson for the week, the Badgers’ primary running wide receiver joked that Kendricks was not quite on his level.“He has to take one 90 yards,” Gilreath said, referring to his 2008 touchdown at Indiana. “Then maybe there’s a competition between us. He’s got to take one the distance first or not get caught from behind; one of those two.”“It looks like he could be the better runner out there though,” he continued. “He stiff armed one guy, made somebody miss and he got loose up the sideline for a minute; or at least he thought he was. But right now it looks like Lance is the better runner.”All three athletes do seem to share a similar mentality about the end-around, though.While they would prefer to catch the ball in the passing game, they’re more than happy to oblige when the coaches ask them to take the ball on a handoff in the backfield.“It’s an opportunity to get the ball in your hands and make a play; I just like touching the ball,” Anderson said. “I just try to be a playmaker. Definitely, when I touch the ball I just try to do as much as I can with it.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis to play for Grand Canyon University

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse forward Alex Halis will play for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona this upcoming season following his transfer from SU, GCU head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a phone call Tuesday afternoon.Halis left Syracuse after starting 22 of 38 games in his first two years under head coach Ian McIntyre, scoring 10 goals and assisting on three. This past season, he started the Orange’s final four games of the season — two in the conference tournament and two in the NCAA tournament — and scored three goals combined in games against Duke, Louisville and Georgetown.Earlier this year, Halis declined to go into detail for the reason behind his transfer. “Whatever happened, happened,” Halis said via Twitter direct message in February. “I’m obviously not happy I left Syracuse and I’m leaving it at that.”Grand Canyon first became a Division I team in the 2013-14 school year, joining the Western Athletic Conference. In the men’s soccer team’s two years in D-I, it has compiled a 9-26-4 record. Hyndman is entering his first year as head coach, having already amassed the sixth-most wins in NCAA Division I men’s soccer history (466) and garnering a Major League Soccer Coach of the Year Honor in 2010 after guiding FC Dallas to the MLS Cup final.Hyndman said he recently saw Halis playing in Halis’ home country of Canada and was impressed, but had a thought Halis would want to play professionally in Greece. Hyndman told Halis to be wary of the financial risks of the move due to the current state of the Greek economy, he said, and for multiple reasons eventually lured him to GCU, where both will be entering their inaugural season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHyndman added that Halis was intrigued he’d be tasked with building a successful team from the ground up and not one that was already a proven national powerhouse. The head coach also said his former resume definitely came in handy when attracting the former SU forward to play for him.Grand Canyon is building a 2,800 seat stadium on campus that will be used for the 2015 season. And now, Halis goes from starting on a team in the Sweet 16 to the newest member of one still trying to build an identity in Division I. Comments Published on July 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Bricio thrives on fast track to stardom

first_imgJust two years ago in Mexico, USC sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio was a big fish in a small pond, excelling at a sport that involved hitting a ball over a net when the rest of the country was — and still is — preoccupied with kicking a ball into a net. Now, Bricio has taken over the volleyball scene at USC and across the nation with a deadly serve and a quiet intensity that intimidates opponents while inspiring her teammates.Bricio has been a force on the USC women’s volleyball team since arriving on campus. She took the conference by storm from the outset, winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor an unprecedented five times throughout the course of the season and helped the team advance to the NCAA Tournament. Her rise to volleyball stardom, however, was not always a certainty, and for a long time seemed to be even unlikely.A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Bricio never envisioned herself playing volleyball after high school. At 16 years old, she was the youngest player to ever play for Mexico’s national team and displayed enough talent to play at the next level. Despite all of her accolades in high school, her future in volleyball seemed foggy at best.“I only figured out I wanted to play in college two or maybe three years ago,” Bricio said. “My dad told me how cool it would be to play in the United States, and I thought ‘Yeah, it would be really cool,’ but I didn’t have any scholarships and I thought I wasn’t good enough to play there.”Eventually, though, her father convinced her to pursue it, and soon enough Bricio was entertaining offers from several NCAA programs. The decision for Bricio came down a choice between currently top-ranked Texas and USC. The allure of Los Angeles and the Trojan tradition was enough for Bricio to choose playing for head coach Mick Haley and the Women of Troy.Haley was a fan of Bricio from the start, and saw something in her that he rarely finds in recruits — let alone international recruits.“As an athlete, she’s tall, she’s strong, she’s quick and she’s explosive,” Haley said. “She’s got the classic arm swing, and had all of that before she came here.”Despite Bricio’s offensive prowess, Haley knew that there would be things to work on in her game during her collegiate career, but he did not expect her to be so willing to adapt or adjust so quickly to life as an NCAA volleyball player.“She wasn’t spongy and wasn’t really tuned-in defensively,” Haley said of Bricio as a high school player. “But her greatest asset is she just loves to play the game. You put her in a competitive situation, and she kicks it up four times. That’s what we picked up on.”As a freshman, Bricio immediately became a star. She started all 36 matches for the Women of Troy and played in all but one of the team’s 122 sets. Along with her five selections as Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Bricio was the first-ever freshman to win the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and was named the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association National Player of the Week on Oct. 9 of last year.By the end of the season, Bricio had proven herself on the court to be a legitimate star on an already star-studded volleyball team. She led the team in kills, service aces and points, and finished the season ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in kills per set with 4.06. These accolades were good enough to earn her a spot on the Pac-12 All-Conference team, the Pac-12 All-Freshman team and even an honorable mention on the AVCA All-America team. She was named Freshman of the Year by Volleyball Magazine and, to top it off, was named the Freshman of the Year for the Pac-12.After such an impressive freshman season, many wondered whether Bricio would suffer from a sophomore slump. So far this season, this has not happened, as she has managed to find ways to improve her game even further, especially on the defensive end.“Samantha couldn’t wait to get back here in August to join the team,” Haley said. “Which is surprising because she was a little homesick last year. She is now one of the team leaders whether she knows it or not. She’s improving her game in the backcourt, she’s already improved her passing. She was awesome in blocking, another area she’s trying to improve.”Bricio has seen her number of kills decline this season, but not for lack of effort or skill. By design, the offensive strategy has shifted to a more spread-out attack style, in part to save Bricio for the postseason and in part to utilize USC’s newest offensive weapon — freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu.As an outstanding freshman outside hitter, Nwanebu is in a way following in Bricio’s footsteps from last season. Though there might be competition between the two, Nwanebu is happy to have Bricio standing alongside her on the court.“Sam is one of my best friends,” Nwanebu said. “I remember last year when I was in high school and she was a freshman, I just wanted to be her, I thought she was so amazing. When I got here I was intimidated at first, but she welcomed the freshmen with open arms.”More than her statistics or athletic ability, Bricio’s most important skill is arguably her attitude and dedication for the team. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund has been impressed by Bricio’s demeanor from the beginning.“What she brings is such a quiet intensity,” Hagglund said. “You don’t really see her out there cheering or jumping around, but you will see her get a straight-down kill and not see her make any facial expression. Last year, she was an offensive asset for us. This year, she does everything.”With only four weeks remaining in the regular season, Bricio looks to lead USC to its first national championship in 10 years. With her improvement in all areas of her game and a talented roster of teammates around her, this just might be the year the Women of Troy break through — and Bricio will add yet another accomplishment to her resume that, only two years ago, seemed to be virtually impossible. Follow Kurt on Twitter @legen_daryKurtlast_img read more

It’s Argentina, Chile Copa America Final!

first_imgTens of thousands of spectators were ordered to take shelter inside the stadium, leaving the ground empty as torrential rain pounded the stands.For a while it looked as if play would be abandoned, with the teams forced to return to the venue on Thursday to complete the remaining 45 minutes.However a break in the weather allowed teams of ground staff to set about clearing excess water from the field, and after a delay of two hours and 25 minutes, the second half resumed at 10:25pm local time (0325 GMT).“It was hard to stay focused, for those hours,” Pizzi said. “Just sitting in the dressing room waiting for something.”When play got under way both sides produced one of the most entertaining halfs of the tournament, Colombia attacking relentlessly in an effort to get back into the match and Chile chasing a third goal to kill the game off.Colombia had appeals for a penalty waved away early in the second half when Daniel Torres tumbled over the outstretched leg of Gonzalo Jara in the penalty area.With Real Madrid star James Rodriguez doing his best to take control of the match, Colombia looked lively in attack but were unable to find the final ball to unlock Chile’s defense.The Colombians’ job became even more daunting in the 57th minute when Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez was sent off, collecting a second yellow for a clumsy challenge on Aranguiz.The closing stages of the game descended into a niggly encounter, with referee Chicas Aguilar of El Salvador eventually issuing eight yellow cards and one red.Colombia continued to chase the game relentlessly, but came up short, paying the price for a lackadaisical start which saw Chile seize control with two goals in the first 11 minutes.“It’s one of those nights where you feel a certain amount of unfairness,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. “We made mistakes and we paid for them in the beginning.”Pekerman however was seething over the penalty incident involving Torres that he felt could have swung the game in his team’s favour.“In the second half the team believed we could get a draw,” Pekerman said. “There was a clear penalty that could have changed the game. But it wasn’t given.”Fuenzalida was the architect of Chile’s opener, racing clear of the Colombian defense down the right flank before crossing to Alexis Sanchez.The Arsenal star was beaten to the ball by Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado, but the Juventus player could only succeed in heading back to the feet of Aranguiz who tapped in from close range.Four minutes later, Chile doubled their lead.A long goal kick from Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo found Sanchez, who turned Santiago Arias inside out on the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a fierce low shot which struck the bottom of the post.The ball rolled into the path of Fuenzalida who had the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0 after only 11 minutes.Sunday’s final will be the second time Argentina and Chile have met in the tournament. Argentina beat the Chileans 2-1 in their opening Group D earlier this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chile stormed into the Copa America final on Wednesday night, beating Colombia 2-0 in a weather-disrupted semi-final that took more than four hours to complete.The defending champions advanced to a repeat of last year’s final against Argentina on Sunday after a whirlwind start left Colombia chasing the game.Chile, who had destroyed Mexico 7-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday, picked up where they left off, scoring twice in the opening 11 minutes to take a grip on the contest.Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Jose Pedro Fuenzalida made it 2-0 after 11 minutes.“It’s a good feeling to be back in the final again after overcoming difficult opponents,” Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.“We got off to a good start, played aggressively and had a lot of anticipation. That helped us score the goals.”Chile’s explosive start to the contest was overshadowed by the intervention of Mother Nature at half-time, as a powerful electrical thunderstorm rolled into downtown Chicago and halted play.last_img read more

FCPPL Preview: AshGold to hold on to lead while Chelsea, Aduana chase

first_imgMatch Day 25 of the First Capital Plus Premier League will see exciting matches played in stadiums across the country. Despite all eyes being on the Super Clash this match day, the results from the seven other games will potentially have more far reaching consequences than the game in Accra.WAFA drew 0-0 with Bechem United on Friday while Inter Allies played, annd beat, Heart of Lions 2-1 at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. AshGold v LibertyAshanti Gold are hanging on to the top by their fingernails.Inconsistency has caused their lead at the top to be reduced from seven to just two. And with the likes of Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars chasing tirelessly behind, they would need to step up their performances starting with the game against Liberty.They have scored 28 goals and this is less compared to the number of goals scored by Medeama and Edubiase who are seven and eight places behind them. Liberty do not exactly have a particularly good record. Many would spin their first victory in five games over WAFA largely on their familiarity with the poor pitch when they played at home. They would be hoping to keep Dansoman happy with a victory from Obuasi.AshGold (1st) last five games: L D L W L Liberty (8th) last five games: W L D L L Berekum Chelsea v MedeamaBerekum Chelsea squandered their opportunity to take over at the top of the league on the last matchday. The curtain is however not closed for that opportunity to take over as they are just two points behind AshGold and as such would need to secure a victory to stand a chance.The odds are in their favour as despite playing at home; they are the league’s most potent attacking side having scored an impressive 33 goals and conceded 22. They face a side that also deadly in attack; Medeama are the second highest scoring team in the league with 29 goals in 24 matches.They would come into this game hungry for a victory following their 2-1 defeat to Great Olympics. A negative result will see Medeama slide further down the league log from the safe ninth position it occupies. Chelsea (2nd) last five games: L W W W DMedeama (9th) last five games: L W D D L Hasaacas v Great OlympicsBoth teams come into the game following their victories in the last games.Hasaacas beat struggling B.A United 2-0 while Olympics beat Medeama 2-1 in Accra. Both teams have been involved in seven games since 2006 and the results have been even: three wins for both sides and a draw.This game is very crucial for Olympics who are in the relegation zone. A win can potentially see them leave the dreaded last three and possibly see them stay in the league. Hosts, Hasaacas would also want to keep home fans happy and a victory for them might see them enter the top four for the first time.  Hasaacas(7th) last five games: W L D W WOlympics (15th) last five games: W D W L WB.A United v Aduana StarsBottom placed B. A United have a fairly better record at home than their abysmal record away which continued last weekend at Hasaacas.They would face a strong Aduana Stars in the Brong Ahafo regional derby on Sunday. Aduana move one place up to third and can now be considered serious title contenders as they are just three points away from the reach of the league leaders. And with AshGold famous for their inconsistent performances, Aduana’s take over at the top would not surprising.That is, if they can also deliver. BA United are on the verge of regulation and a negative result can all but cut short their stay in the elite division. B.A Utd (16th) last five games: L D L D DAduana (3rd) last five games: W L W L WWa All Stars v New Edubiase When Edubiase travel to the north west of Ghana, they will hoping to get the same score line as they did six months ago in the first round.They will also be coming into the game fresh from their 2-1 thrashing of Hearts of Oak. Wa All Stars will most certainly not want to disappoint their home fans just like they did six months ago. Unlike their opponents, All Stars don’t come into this game on the back of a victory having lost 2-0 to Heart of Lions. That defeat saw them go down yet again to the sixth position. For a club that, unlike three weeks ago, were seen as title contenders, this slump in performances is highly unappreciated by its fans and Wa Park will want to see excitement come Sunday. All Stars (6th) last five games: L W D D LEdubiase (10th) last five games: W D W LW–Look elsewhere on the site for a preview of Hearts v Kotoko. The Joy Sports team will begin coverage of the league from 2pm on the Sports Arena. Live commentary of the Super Clash.last_img read more