San Jose Earthquakes general manager, John Doyle, says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be a key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in the English Premier League and Championship.Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons (14) as a key element.”We’re delighted to welcome Simon back,” Doyle said in a team statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack,” Doyle insisted in a report on the Major League Soccer website.Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa. He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica’s crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9 last year.Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. He is also the only midfielder in the club’s history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.
SIR BUDGET, owned, trained and bred by Michael Beecham, romped the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday, winning by three lengths at odds of 7-1.Ridden by Orlando Foster in a field of 11, SIR BUDGET raced close up as the 1-2 favouriteTALENTED TONY K, DREAMLINER (5-2), and GARY GLITTER (7-2) disputed the lead, coming on to the main track.The leaders came under pressure from SIR BUDGET, leaving the furlong pole as the consistent four-year-old colt lengthened his strides to beat GARY GLITTER and the 99-1 outsider, WELL BLESSED, convincingly in a time of 59:0This was SIR BUDGET’s third win from 15 starts this season, but Beecham said that this one came as no surprise.”He ran well for a long way to be second a furlong out in the race won by Penelope, weakening in the closing stages to finish a fair sixth.”That race, however, was over seven furlongs and, reverting to the straight course, a distance to which he is better suited, he delivered big time,” said the 62-year-old Wolmerian who grew up in Trench Town.Meanwhile, the Ryan Darby-trained BLUE PEPSI LINKS (2-1) won the day’s supporting feature for the Joseph Armond Memorial Cup over 1820 metres, this by four lengths from BOUNCE.EMPHATIC VICTORYHeld off the early pace by title-chasing apprentice Bebeto Harvey as PIANO MAN and highly-fancied BIG BLACK NATION alternated in the lead, the 3-y-o son of Blue Pepsi Lodge was produced three wide entering the straight and soon came away for an emphatic victory.Harvey, meanwhile, gave himself an outside chance of catching the leader, Omar Walker (failed to ride a winner), in the race for the jockeys’ championship, moving six adrift of the four-time champion with three racedays remaining in 2016. Walker has so far ridden 67 winners, Harvey 61.The nine-race programme produced a stunning upset in the closing race over 1300 metres, victory going to the free-running 40-1 outsider, NAFEESA, with Oneil Mullings riding for owner-trainer Cleveland Mitchell.
What looked to be one of the closest finishes yet during a Cup race at the speedway fizzled when Kevin Harvick, running second, was forced to pit with a flat tire with four laps to go. With Kenseth’s biggest challenger out of contention, the Ford driver beat the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Mark Martin to earn his sixth career victory at California Speedway, along with a Saturday-Sunday sweep. It was the 13th win for Roush Fenway Racing at the track. “That is awesome, you guys!” Kenseth yelled on the team radio as his Carhartt-sponsored car streaked across the finish line. “Thanks to everyone – especially Robbie, if you’re listening.” “Robbie” would be crew chief Robbie Reiser, who was forced to watch the race from home thanks to a four-race suspension from a Daytona 500 infraction. Kenseth’s crew, led by interim crew chief Chip Bolin, got the driver out front on a pit stop under caution with 20 laps to go. That caution for a mysterious bit of debris that never was shown halted 102 consecutive laps of green-flag racing and erased Johnson’s lead. “If anyone has seen the debris, I’d like to know where it was,” Johnson said. “I didn’t see any. There was five trucks looking, and I still don’t think they ever saw it.” Kenseth got the lead out of the pits, followed by Harvick, Burton, Gordon and Johnson, who lost four spots. It seemingly set up a 20-lap shootout between Saturday night’s Busch Series winner and last week’s Daytona 500 champion, and Harvick apparently was on his way to making a run at the lead as the laps wound down. But David Reutimann’s crash with seven laps to go caused a 15-minute red flag and another restart – this time with four laps remaining. But just as the drivers rolled through Turn 4 and prepared to dash to the finish, Harvick turned down pit road to repair the unluckiest of flat tires. It was a stunning turn of events for a driver who was trying to become the first person since Jeff Gordon in 1997 to win the first two races of the season. “We were going to beat him,” Harvick said matter-of-factly after getting out of his car. “But shoulda, woulda, coulda. He won the race.” Harvick finished 17th, and Kenseth beat Gordon by 0.679 seconds to win his 15th career Cup race. “It’s crazy how things like that happen,” Gordon said of Harvick’s misfortune. “The guy wins the Daytona 500, everything goes right last week and then something like that happens.” Prior to the eventful last 20 laps, the estimated 70,000 fans had an opportunity to wander around, shop for merchandise or shiver in the cold while the field ran long enough without a caution to make two green-flag stops. That was much different than the first half of the race, which had seven cautions. After his fifth-place finish Sunday and well-documented runner-up effort at Daytona, Martin is atop the points standings for the first time since 2002 ahead of Burton, Gordon, Harvick and rookie David Ragan, who replaced Martin in Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 car. Roush and Martin parted ways after last season, but it’s done nothing to slow down either of their careers so far. There have been 39 NASCAR events at California Speedway, and Roush has won one-third of them. He’s also won seven of the last eight spring races at the track, counting all three professional series. firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Roushville or Kensethtown should be the leading candidates. NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and driver Matt Kenseth made for a winning combination yet again Sunday at the two-mile oval by going to Victory Lane in the Nextel Cup Series’ Auto Club 500 for the second year in a row. • Photo Gallery: Auto Club 500 | 2 | 3 • Photo Gallery: Racing Fans FONTANA – Since Fontana can’t actually lay claim to having California Speedway within its city limits, perhaps the county of San Bernardino should charter a new city.
City Administrator Steve Hewitt estimated 95 percent of the town of 1,500 was destroyed and predicted rescue efforts could take days because survivors could be trapped in basements and under rubble. Among the only structures that survived was the Bar H Tavern, the town’s lone bar. It was briefly converted into a morgue. Survivors picked over the remnants of their homes and possessions, still dazed by the twister’s strength and scope. The town, previously best known as the home of the world’s largest hand-dug well – 32 feet in diameter, 109 feet deep when it was finished in 1888 – was a nightmare of splintered homes and smashed vehicles, the air redolent with the smell of sap from trees stripped of bark. “We want everybody to know, and I plead to the American people as well as the people here in Kansas, this is a huge catastrophe that has happened to our small town,” Hewitt said. “All my downtown is gone. My home is gone. My staff’s homes are gone. And we’ve got to find a way to get this to work and come to work every day and get this thing back on its feet. It’s going to be tough.” Among the funnel clouds Saturday were a series of half-mile- wide “wedge” tornadoes – similar to the one that devastated Greensburg on Friday night, meteorologist Mike Umscheid said. Umscheid said the slow-moving storm system would likely spawn severe weather early into this morning. “It looks like it’s going to be another long night,” he said. Greensburg residents said they heard tornado sirens – a common feature of towns in “Tornado Alley” – about 20 minutes before Friday’s storm hit. Even with that heads-up, Frank Gallant had no place to go. Gallant, who uses a wheelchair, had no basement, so he moved to the center of his house with his miniature pinscher, No. 5. “You just hope you’ve lived up to the Lord’s expectations, and you’re going to the good place and not the bad,” said Gallant, 47. Terry Gaul, a salesman on his way back from a business trip, pulled into a John Deere dealership with his partner to wait out what they thought was a hailstorm. “The next thing we heard was this loud rumble,” said Gaul, his red polo shirt stained with blood and his face crosshatched with cuts. “There were these two John Deere combines sitting there, and the next thing I know, they started rocking. Then we started spinning like a windmill, and I said, ‘Oh, boy, it’s all over with now.”‘ The tornado rolled Gaul’s van, throwing him into the back seat. When he came out, he noticed something missing. “I never seen where those two combines went,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GREENSBURG, Kan. – A fresh wave of tornadoes ripped through the Plains late Saturday, a day after a tornado all but destroyed this town, killing eight and injuring dozens more. The National Weather Service said it had received reports “well into the double digits” of twisters touching down in six counties. Numerous tornadoes were reported from South Dakota south into Oklahoma as forecasters scrambled to keep issuing warnings. The new storms forced rescuers to abandon search efforts Saturday in southwest Kansas, where crews had spent the day digging through the wreckage from Friday night’s giant tornado. That twister left little standing in Greensburg beyond the local pub. Friday’s weather was blamed for nine deaths in Kansas, a figure authorities feared could rise even before the latest twisters.
“This is an early warning,” Baldassare said, “of widespread fallout from the housing market crisis. The economic worries are reflected in the top three issues residents listed: immigration, jobs and the economy, and health care. “This combination of concern about immigration and and escalating economic anxieties makes for a highly charged and unpredictable political atmosphere,” Baldassare said, “especially as we head into an election year.” Put another way, voters won’t be going to the Feb. 5 polls in a cheery mood, which could make for a hard sell for proponents of Proposition 93, the ballot initiative to loosen term limits. A plurality of 47 percent to 41 percent supports the measure, though its margin of support continues to shrink. In a Field Poll earlier this year, the initiative was supported by 59 percent of the voters. “I’d say there is a constant trend,” said Kevin Spillane, spokesman for the No on 93 campaign. “The more people know about 93, the less they like about it.” But, voters like the idea of shortening legislators’ potential stay from 14 years to 12, and allowing lawmakers to stay in a single chamber because, Baldassare said, they would be required to make “more efficient use of their time in office” rather than always focusing on the next election. “There is a significant appetite for reforming California’s term limits laws,” said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the Prop. 93 campaign. “We want to put an emphasis on experience to make the Legislature more effective. Voters will understand that.” By a 2-to-1 margin, voters support the concept of term limits. But, they are split – 42 percent support and 46 percent oppose – on whether current term-limited legislators should be able to stay in office until they reach 12 years in the chamber they’re now serving. The poll, which surveyed 2,002 residents, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent. The survey of 1,442 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. email@example.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSchwarzenegger’s approval rating improved from 50 percent to 57 percent since the last PPIC poll was taken in September. In the same period, the Legislature saw its approval numbers rise from 34 percent to 41 percent. “They’re giving them an A for effort,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of PPIC. “But, those numbers will be hard to sustain when the governor and Legislature get back in January and are dealing with the economy and the budget deficit.” The good will earned by calling a special session on health care and water storage could evaporate, Baldassare said, if the governor and Legislature fail to forge deals. The looming budget deficit – now estimated at $14 billion – would further sour the public’s mood, depending on how lawmakers approach it. Two-thirds agree with Schwarzenegger’s plan to require state agencies to cut 10 percent from their budgets. And 65 percent say they don’t want the deficit to be solved by tax increases alone. More Californians – 42 percent – prefer spending cuts alone to a mix of taxes and spending cuts – 36 percent. Amid growing concerns about the weakening housing market, 52 percent of California residents worry their own financial circumstances will be hurt. Renters (62 percent) are more likely than homeowners (46 percent) to be concerned. The subprime mortgage crisis and signs of a worsening economy are taking a toll on Californians, who, according to a statewide poll, have lost the optimism with which they began the year. The poll, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, shows that 65 percent of residents expect bad economic times in the coming year – up from 39 percent in January. At the same time, Californians’ approval of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature has improved, in part because they’re seen as trying to work on issues of importance to voters – such as health care. Nearly all residents – 92 percent – believe the issue of the uninsured is a problem in the state. And a ballot initiative to loosen term limits – whose success could hinge on whether lawmakers pass health-care reform – continues to get the support of voters, though that support is slipping.
Premier League clubs are using new technology and techniques to train their players’ brains and make them smarter on the pitch, as new book The Athletic Brain reveals. Arsenal’s Petr Cech uses a variety of innovative techniques, including practicing one-handed saves against a table-tennis robot. It shoots ping-pong balls at him, improving his hand-eye co-ordination. To keep his mind and vision flexible, he also practices with ball of different sizes and shapes, and other, stranger methods. Mario Gotze loved it, and used it to practice the skills that helped him score the winner in the 2014 World Cup final. The Footbonaut helps players get more touches of the ball in less time and sharpens their mental skills. Its creator claims you can get as many touches of the ball in 15 minutes as you would in a week of normal training.It’s the same principle behind futsal, which is one of the reasons why Brazil has created so many great players over the years. They play on a smaller pitch, with a small heavy ball, which means each player gets many more touches of the ball.Liverpool’s Bill Shankly pioneered a similar kind of training during the Reds’ glory days, which he called the ‘sweat box’. 5 5 5 5 United were also one of the early pioneers of computer games to help train players’ 3D vision and object tracking skills. These are a vital part of football, where you have to keep track of the movement of the ball, your teammates and your opponents. Advanced versions of these games are now being used to train athletes across a range of sports from ice hockey to Aussie rules. One example is Neurotracker. The athlete puts on 3D goggles and stands in front of a screen with a number of balls bouncing around on it like a computer screensaver. They have to track the position of the balls, which get faster and faster as they progress. This kind of training can improve players’ decision making on the pitch. In Germany, Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim have installed a multi-million pound device called the ‘Footbonaut’. It’s the ultimate toy – a 14m x 14m room with a ball-firing machine on each side. Players have to control the ball and then pass it through one of 64 targets as quickly as possible. They get points for speed and accuracy. You can use colours,” he told the Evening Standard. “Imagine you saving the ball but at the same time a card is held up. You save the ball and shout the colour – you are concentrating on more things. That makes your peripheral vision better as well. Your brain is working much more than just with a simple catch.” Manchester United have also tried to train their players’ peripheral vision. Sir Alex Ferguson worked with vision coach Dr Gail Stephenson to try and give the likes of Gary Neville, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs an edge on the pitch. It was at her suggestion that United abandoned their infamous grey kit in 1996. 5 Shankly and his coaches put up wooden boards on the training field, and the players would have to constantly make and receive passes by bouncing the ball off the boards to each other, with no gaps in between. This not only helped their fitness, it also trained their brains and helped develop the passing skills that brought three league titles to Anfield in the 1960s and 70s.In other sports, they’re experimenting with even more high-tech methods, including brain-zapping headsets that could improve endurance and stamina, and clever tricks to help players stay cool during penalty shootouts. In 10 years time, football training could look very different.The Athletic Brain – How Neuroscience Is Revolutionising Sport And Can Help You Perform Better by Amit Katwala is out on August 11 and available to pre-order now
WEST COVINA – A 10-acre lot on the south end of town is proving to become the latest battleground in West Covina, as residents, city officials and former officials square off in a debate about its future. Nearly 800 residents have signed a petition asking the City Council to not sell 10 undeveloped acres of Shadow Oak Park. The petition comes in response to the council’s 4-1 vote to send written offers to prospective buyers of the property. City officials said the letters were sent out to see how much money could be gained that would benefit the community, such as buying a replacement for an outdated communications system. But residents opposed to the project say officials opened the door to development that will add to traffic and negatively affect their quality of life. “The whole park was given to the city as a park,” Williams said. “To use it as something else is something I don’t think is fair.” Mike Miller, a former councilman and city employee, has claimed the council acted illegally according to government code when it went into negotiations with Rowland regarding the property. The members had to first vote declare the 10 acres as surplus property, he contended. “You have to \ land equal to or larger than” the 10 acres, Miller said, adding there should also be a public hearing before the land is sold. However, City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman said the city did nothing illegal. “At this point, the city has not declared it surplus,” Alvarez-Glasman said. If the city was to declare the property surplus, he said, a public hearing would have to take place first. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsRumors are circulating in the neighborhood that Rowland Unified School District is interested in buying the park to build a continuation school. However, officials at neither Rowland USD nor West Covina City Hall have not confirmed that claim. The city, however, is in negotiations with Rowland regarding the property. “We’re probably like other agencies, waiting to see if (the city) declares (the land) surplus,” said Rowland Superintendent Maria Ott, who added it is premature to speculate what the district would want to do with the land. Alfred Williams, a 30-year resident of West Covina, has been on a mission to get the council to change its vote: He’s sent out fliers to his neighbors urging them to speak up at council meetings and collected the signatures on the petition. He said the neighborhood wants a park – not condos, schools or houses.
BY EMMET RUSHE: Instagram and Fitspiration go hand in hand these days.If you have no idea what ‘Fitspiration’ is, it is the fitness styles inspirational ‘memes’ that you will see frequently shared all over social media.These memes are supposed to inspire and also be a call to action for the millions of people on social media. They are the antidote to the super model inspired ‘Thinspiration’ of the 90’s and early 2000’s.Fitspiration will have tag lines like; ‘Strong is the new Skinny’ ‘Don’t stop until you’re proud’ You don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it’ and ‘Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated’Fitspiration will have pictures of super-hot models with amazing bodies, 6 pack abs, toned arms and thighs.They will be wearing as little as possible so they can showcase their God and Goddess like physiques, each one tanned and oiled to within an inch of their perfectly whitened teeth. Inspirational……Or is it?What is so different from the ‘Thinspiration’ that they were trying to dispel?Remember the tagline, ‘Strong is the new skinny’, we have all seen it.The initial idea was that getting in shape and hitting the gym will be better for your health than endlessly dieting and starving yourself to try and emulate a supermodels waif like appearance.But somewhere along the way things have gotten out of hand. When you look at the two movements as a whole, there is very little difference.The Fitspiration movement will tell you that they are absolutely about health and they can prove it by the never ending pictures of their meals, smoothies, shakes and gym sessions that they repeatedly post on Instagram.But is this health?They seem to think so.When you look through some of the leading Fitspiration Instagram users, it is more like an advertisement for soft-core adult films. The rules seem to be, wearing as little as possible while either squatting or showcasing your butt to the camera.And you have to squat, because if you don’t squat you can’t get ‘dat ass’ that is the newest fashion accessory.So this brings me back to my original point.Is this actually inspiring you to get in shape and lose weight?Social media is all about being accepted and part of a community.So let me ask you; Do you actually want to create your own Fitspiration, or are you happy to just passively consume someone else’s?We love being associated with these beautiful people but do we secretly hate ourselves for not being more like them?Do you feel bad about yourself when you scroll down your news feed and see their seemingly perfect bodies and lives?Claire Mysko a director at the National Eating Disorders Association had this to say;“Finding a community can be a positive thing.” ”And there are a lot of people who are really using social media to promote body positivity, body acceptance and the kinds of messages that we feel are more helpful and healthy for folks.” ” Still, “it’s important to be in tune to how much of it you are looking at and how is it making you feel.” Plus, the beauty of Instagram is that it’s a very visual way to check yourself.” “If your entire social media feed is filled with dieting and fitness-related messages that might be a signal that you might need to reach out for help or rethink the approach.” ”For some people it can actually be dangerous, and can lead to more extreme behaviour.”On the flipside, if you yourself have dozens of Instagram followers just waiting for your next fitspo picture, remember your own influence.It should be about sending messages that are about body acceptance, and body positivity, versus the ‘not good enough until you get here’, or ‘until you reach this goal’ messages that can be gleaned from some pages.Just ask yourself, ‘how is it making me feel’? And if the answer to that is, ‘Well, I feel really bad about myself and I wish I could look like this’, etc., then that’s really a sign that you need to change who you are following.Do what makes you happy. And if Instagram and Fitspiration stop being fun, just delete it. Life’s too short. #TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: ARE INSTAGRAM AND FITSPIRATION AFFECTING YOUR WEIGHT? was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnInstagramweight issues
latest tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Lloris makes the long walk back to the tunnel after being sent off Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos On matchday two against Barcelona, he inexplicably charged at the feet of Luis Suarez who calmly pulled the ball back for Philippe Coutinho to score.And on Wednesday night, the France skipper crudely brought down Chelsea target Hirving Lozano as PSV claimed a late draw to leave Spurs’ European ambitions clinging on by a thread.And Preece, who now works as a commentator and goalkeeping expert, admits the problem lies with the 31-year-old’s judgement.“You look in these situations and you try to find out what the core of it is,” Preece explained on the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show. 4 “But the other part of the game is to come out of his box and to clear things before they get to become a problem.“But at the moment, that judgement is off. Looking at it for me, I can’t see much technically wrong it, his positions are fine.“But when it comes to making those decisions, they are totally wrong and it’s not even close.” 4 LATEST 4 BEST OF On his day, there are few better in the world – something which teammate Kieran Trippier acknowledged after the Frenchman made several key saves to deny West Ham United an equaliser on Saturday.The problem however, lies in his decision-making and not his ability.Preece continued: “He just needs to sort of sit back in and go with his instincts because he is a keeper who is on two ends of the scale.“He works a lot from his goal line so when he is making saves; he’s very close to his goal line so he is very deep in his goal. “So you maybe look at his starting position. Now, from what I can see, it’s not really that different, it’s purely just on the judgement of the ball as it is passed forward.“Now this season, especially in the two games against Barcelona and PSV, they’re just two balls that are in nobody’s right mind for him to come for.“They are in the path of the player in question, there’s no danger, there’s players covering – he has no purpose at all in that scenario.”Although Lloris lifted the World Cup with France in Russia, it was his mistake which allowed Mario Mandzukic to score in the Final against Croatia. Hirving Lozano was clattered by Lloris Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Hugo Lloris has been slammed for his ‘totally wrong’ judgement in games by goalkeeping expert David Preece.The Tottenham Hotspur No.1 has made two fatal errors in the Champions League so far, which have directly resulted in goals. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Popular Football News 4 revealed scrap The goalkeeper protests his innocence after rushing out Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Lloris looks on in despair as Mandzukic scores in the World Cup Final