first_imgHoping to provide another way for customers to interact with their favorite shops, Specialized is partnering with Strava to develop what they call “Strava Shop pages.” Currently only offered to select Specialized retailers in the US, Canada, UK, and Austrailia, Shop Pages contain the shop’s identity plus allow the unique customers of that shop to compete amongst themselves on a personal leaderboard. This allows both the shop and the customers to see how is out riding the most, as well as climbing stats. Shops will also be able to create group events that are announced through the Strava program. Currently limited to select Specialized retailers, the pres release states that the service will be available to all bike retailers later in the year.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Lodi facility will serve as the sales, service and repair facility for Liebherr USA’s mobile cranes, crawler cranes, and foundation equipment divisions in western USA.Liebherr USA’s crawler cranes and foundation equipment division in Lodi will offer a product range of crawler cranes, duty-cycle crawler cranes, piling and drilling rigs as well as attachments, such as rotary drives, hammers and vibrators.The mobile and crawler cranes division will provide a range of mobile cranes with telescoping or lattice booms on wheeled or crawler-tracked undercarriages, ranging in lifting capacity from 40 to 3,000 tons (36.2 to 2721.5 tonnes).The Lodi facility will also provide technical assistance, field service, yard storage for consignment cranes, stock and replacement parts, and equipment repairs. It will also host inventory for sale, and deploy rental fleets.The facility is located in California’s Central Valley, approximately 84 miles (135.2 km) east of San Francisco and about 36 miles (58 km) south of Sacramento. www.liebherr.comlast_img read more

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first_img Published: May 9, 2017 8:17 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Soccer coach comes out to team as transgender, video goes viral Lightner can often be seen driving players to and from practice or games, and is active on the club’s social media accounts. He also happens to be a transgender man, a fact about himself he hadn’t shared with many of the kids at the club — that is, until now. After one recent practice, he called his team into a huddle and came out to them in an inspiring speech that has since gone viral. “Some of you may or may not know this, but I am transgender,” Lightner says in a 7-minute video posted to YouTube on May 3. Throughout the video, which has over 52,000 views, the players on screen listen respectfully, and one can be seen walking up to Lightner to give him a hug. He explains to them in kid-friendly terms what that means and why he has chosen to tell them. “I’m a boy. I just look a little different on the insides than some other boys do. I think of myself as a boy,” he says, adding, “I was born a girl.”“I grew up playing soccer as a girl,” Lightner says. “And that’s not something I share with players or people in the sports world very often, because it’s not an easy thing. We have a lot of rules in sports about how boys play and how girls play and that’s not really fair,” he says. “I got told a lot of things about being a soccer player as a girl — that I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that,” Lightner continues. “I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t strong enough, or I was too strong, I acted too much like a boy.”He wanted the kids to know the struggles that he has overcome, and the importance of living as your authentic self.“I may have this white skin and I may look like I just cruised through life with a lot of privilege — which I have had — but I have one thing that a lot of people don’t know about me … we should all be who we are, exactly who we want to be, and not hide who we are.”Putting it all in perspective, he added, “I’m still the same person, but now you just know a little something else about me.”Lightner admitted that he was nervous to confide in his team, but when he opened up the floor for questions, he got a surprising response. Instead of asking about his gender, the first question was a typical kid’s inquiry: “How old are you?”“That’s the important thing? That’s what you guys want to know?” he laughed. For the record: “I’m almost 37.”center_img (CBS) Kaig Lightner is the founder and director of coaching at the Portland Community Football Club in Portland, Oregon. Over the past five years, he and the club have been committed to making low-cost, high-quality athletics available to the area’s underprivileged youth. They provide equipment and coaching to give every kid in the community a chance to be active. SHARElast_img read more

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first_img What is a podcast39Podcasting produces media files (MP3 for audio/MP4 for video) available for downloading via an automatic feed.  Users may listen to and/or watch these files through their computers or portable media players.Podcast subscribers will have access to archived broadcasts of UWF athletic events, and starting in 2009-10 the UWF Sports Information office will produce a weekly recap podcast including interviews with coaches, student-athletes, and athletics staff.How do I listen or subscribe to the podcast391. Subscribe to the West Florida Athletics Podcast through Apple’s latest version of iTunes by clicking here.2. Subscribe to the podcast RSS feed by clicking here.  For more information on RSS feeds, click here.3. (ARCHIVES OF BROADCASTS ONLY) Listen through the current broadcast schedule (link) and click on the “Podcast” link for any archived event after 2/22/09.  Users can still access previous broadcasts through the “Audio Archive” feature, but these events are not available by download through the podcast.4. (NON-BROADCAST EVENTS ONLY) Click the links below.DateEvent7/27/09Men’s Basketball Press Conference8/18/092009 Fall Sports Media Day 9/2/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 1)  9/9/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 2)9/17/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 3)9/23/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 4)9/30/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 5)10/9/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 6)10/15/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 7)10/23/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 8)10/29/09UWF Athletics Podcast (Week 9)Print Friendly Version Share UWF Athletics Podcastlast_img read more

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first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Just days away from the start of track and field’s biggest competition of 2009, top officials from the Japan Association of Athletics Federations expressed pride in its athletes and confidence that they’ll have a successful showing in Germany. “I would like you all to perform understanding the great expectations people have,” JAAF president Yohei Kono told the national team during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon at a Tokyo hotel. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img “The (Japanese) citizens have high expectations for the world championships,” he added. “We’ve seen you have shown great outcomes, making big progress. We hope that you all show your growth in Berlin. The real-deal athletes can’t be competitive only in the nation. The real samurai can compete fairly in the world.“That said, I hope each athlete breaks his or her best mark first, and then national records, or we have some that even aim for the world records or tournament records.”The 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships begins on Aug. 15 in Berlin and concludes on Aug. 23.Japan is sending a delegation of 59 athletes (32 men, 27 women) to Germany, including hammer thrower Koji Murofushi, a 15-time national champion, 2004 Athens Games gold medalist and 2008 Beijing Games bronze medalist.Pole vaulter Daichi Sawano, a two-time Olympian, is seeking his first worlds medal, as is long-distance runner Kayoko Fukushi, who also competed at two Olympiads. She is the Asian record holder in the half-marathon.Other competitors include sprinters Naoki Tsukuhara and Shinji Takahira, who helped Japan win a 4×100-meter relay bronze in Beijing. It was Japan’s first track medal in the Olympics since the 1928 Amsterdam Games. The two other relay members, Shingo Suetsugu and Nobuharu Asahara, are not competing at worlds. Asahara has retired.At the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Reiko Tosa won Japan’s lone medal, picking up a bronze in the women’s marathon on the final day of competition. Tosa’s performance set a benchmark for Japan’s athletes in 2009.“The level of the world is improving day in and day out, but we would like the Japanese athletes to compete well in the world championships in Berlin,” said Tsunekazu Takeda, the JOC president. “We would also like you to compete and break your own personal records, looking ahead to the London Games in three years.”Susumu Takano, The team manager, said Team Japan has set a target of earning at least one medal at worlds. He said six top eight-finishes represent the other big goal.Takano described these targets as realistic targets.“We believe we have made enough preparations since Beijing as we held monthly training camps,” Takano noted. “Fortunately, most of the athletes who participated in the training camps made the national team.”Entering the worlds, there are a number of unknowns for the Japan national team, notably the fact that 29 of the 59 participants are first-timers.The team features 13 athletes who are 23 or younger, including heralded sprinter Chisato Fukushima (100, 200 and 4×100 relay), Yurika Nakamura (5,000 and 10,000) and Yuriko Kobayashi (5,000). All three competed at the 2008 Beijing Games.Seventeen-year-old Miho Shingu, the youngest member of Team Japan, makes her world championships debut this year. The Higashi Osaka College Keiai High School student is slated to compete in the 4×400 relay.Japan’s youthful identity is part of the team’s blueprint for the future, according to Takano.“We ‘sowed some seeds’ by having some young prospects compete in Osaka (the 2009 Osaka Grand Prix in May) to give many of them an opportunity, and it has started sprouting up,” said Takano.He added: “We are going to give the best support we can. This is the important first step toward London.”Sawano was selected as Japan’s male captain, while hurdler/4×400-relay member Satomi Kubokura earned the honor on the women’s side.Sawano is clearly motivated to help Japan have a successful performance at worlds, but refuses to be intimidated by the feelings of pressure to repeat what the aforementioned 4×100-relay unit accomplished in China.“In Berlin, we would like to show the best performance we can,” he said. “We cannot be overshadowed by the feat of the relay team” Leaving for Berlin: Track and field athletes Daichi Sawano (right) and Satomi Kubokura vow their determination for the upcoming world championships at Berlin during a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. | KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more

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first_imgTo lose or not to lose.For John Calipari, that is the question.With Kentucky sitting at 26-0, Calipari hits the home stretch of the regular season wondering if a well-timed loss might serve a purpose as the Big Blue angles for a national championship.In theory, a loss would do two things: It would relieve the pressure of trying to make history and it would prove to all those young players on the Kentucky roster that they are not invincible.At the same time, though, losing is losing. It can create the shadow of a doubt.(OK, I know what some of you cynics are thinking: Why bother losing a game when all you have to do is wait a couple of years for the NCAA to vacate all the wins? Shame on you.)Vols see positives in loss to KentuckyVols fall to No. 1 KentuckyFor those keeping score, only seven teams have gone undefeated on their way to national championship in men’s college basketball — none since Indiana in 1976.Since then, only three teams have reached the NCAA Tournament undefeated — Indiana State in 1979 (Larry Bird’s team lost to Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the national championship game), UNLV in 1991 (lost in the national semifinals) and Wichita State last year (lost in the second round to a Kentucky team that was underseeded at No. 8).Two others, Kentucky in 1954 and North Carolina State in 1973, had perfect seasons but imperfect resumes. That Kentucky team turned down an NCAA Tournament bid when three players were declared ineligible and N.C. State was barred from the postseason because of recruiting violations.All of which begs the question: Is a loss in the short term helpful over the longer haul of the postseason?Tennessee men vs. KentuckyCalipari seems to be leaning in that direction. Last week, he tried to turn a mistake by freshman Karl-Anthony Towns in the second half at LSU into a teachable moment, going so far as to tell his players he wanted to lose the game.“I even said, ‘I hope we lose. Watch this!’ ” Calipari said after the game.Indeed, a sideline camera caught Calipari turning toward his own bench and fist-pumping after LSU’s Keith Hornsby nailed a 3-pointer shortly after Towns was whistled for a technical foul by doing a chin-up on the rim after a dunk.“I’m not worried about losing,” Calipari said. “This is about getting better.”Kentucky has flirted with defeat. The ‘Cats went to overtime against Ole Miss and Texas A&M in their first two SEC games. And then there was the LSU game.As for what remains in the regular season, only a home game against Arkansas and a trip to Georgia offer more than token resistance. Then there is the SEC Tournament, where Kentucky fans will turn Bridgestone Arena into Rupp Arena South.Vols coach Donnie Tyndall: Kentucky among best everAs good as this Kentucky team may be, it doesn’t measure up to some of its predecessors that did not go undefeated. The best SEC team I ever saw was Kentucky 1996. The Big Blue was loaded. There were six eventual first-round NBA draft picks on that Rick Pitino-coached team.Consider: Ron Mercer, then a freshman, started only three of 16 SEC games but was the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft a year later.That Kentucky team lost to UMass in the second game of the season (coached by Calipari, as a matter of fact) and then won 27 straight. But in the final of the SEC Tournament, the ‘Cats encountered Mississippi State and Dontae Jones, who lit them up for 28 points in one of the most electrifying individual performances in SEC history.After Mississippi State’s 84-73 win, Pitino didn’t sound too alarmed. In fact, he said the loss was the best thing that could’ve happened.“As great as people make us out to be, we couldn’t have made a great run in the tournament unless we lost tonight because things have come too easy,” he said.Things have come pretty easily for the current ‘Cats. Would a loss serve as a reset entering the postseason?I say no. Given the choice, I would refuse to lose.David Climer’s columns appear on Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Reach him at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer. REMAINING GAMES Games remaining on No. 1 Kentucky’s (26-0, 13-0 SEC) regular-season schedule:Saturday: Auburn (12-14, 4-9), 6 p.m., ESPNWednesday: at Mississippi State (12-13, 5-7), 6 p.m., SEC NetworkFeb. 28: Arkansas (21-5, 10-3), 3 p.m., WTVF-5March 3: at Georgia (16-9, 7-6), 8 p.m., ESPNMarch 7: Florida (13-13, 6-7), 1 p.m., WTVF-5last_img read more

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first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Testing numbers on Sunday at the Jacksboro Middle School COVID-19 were described as “pretty good” though they were no where near last weekend’s numbers at neighboring Anderson County. Last weekend, nearly a 1,000 people turned out for the free tests.  At Jacksboro, Sunday numbers were short of 400.  That’s 934 at Anderson County compared to 397 for Campbell County, according to one health department official.Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues through the week at the Campbell County Health Department at Jacksboro.  The office begins taking phone calls for appointments each morning at 8 am at 423.562.8351.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/04/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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