Jeter my toughest rival – Fraser-Pryce

first_imgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the most successful female 100 metre runner of all-time, has singled out American Carmelita Jeter as her fiercest rival. Fraser-Pryce described the American as an athlete, who forced her always to be at her best. During the interview with Christian sports website Cross The Line, Fraser-Pryce also spoke of her injury affected Olympic campaign. Asked to pinpoint her toughest rival, the Jamaican Empress of Speed replied, “I would have to say Carmelita Jeter, over the years, competing with her, whenever she is in the race you know that you must show up.” The sprinter added that her faith in God helped her through a challenging Olympic campaign, which was made particularly difficult due to a toe injury. “I had been injured so that was very difficult for me leading up to the Olympics but eventually I was able to just let go and know that God is in control,” added Fraser-Pryce. She was second when Fraser-Pryce won her second Olympic gold medal in 2012 and won a third World bronze medal in 2013 despite a nagging injury.    Jeter, now 37, had to be persistent in her drive to the forefront of world sprinting. She was third in the 2007 World Championships behind Veronica Campbell-Brown and US teammate Lauren Williams and third again in 2009 behind the Jamaican pair of Fraser-Pryce and Kerron Stewart. Her time to mount the top of the podium came in 2011, when she defeated Campbell-Brown, Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago and Fraser-Pryce at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.center_img “You cannot have a bad race against her because she is a fierce competitor,” Fraser-Pryce explained.  In a response that unveiled her own love of athletic battle, she added, “I like that about her because I know that when I am racing against her, I need to be at my best, when it is time to run she is just focused and ready.” “In the long run, whatever happened I knew that He would work it all for my good, so going to the Games, I had a peace and was relaxed knowing that I had done everything that I could.” At the Olympics, she finished third in the 100 metre final, which was won by her training partner Elaine Thompson with Jeter’s compatriot Tori Bowie in second place. The bronze medal pulled Fraser-Pryce ahead of Americans Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers, who both, like her, won the Olympic 100 metres twice. Neither Tyus nor Devers qualified for a third Olympic final in the 100 metre. “Getting there was hard, but then actually being there, I was just enjoying the moment,” Fraser-Pryce shared. Fraser-Pryce, who won in 2012, 2013 and 2015, is nominated to the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportswoman of the Year Award.last_img read more

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Five things we learned from the El Classico

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi bagged his league-leading 33rd goal of the campaign as Barca stayed on course for a historic unbeaten season © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, May 7 – Barcelona emerged from a thrilling Clasico the more satisfied on Sunday as the 10-man Catalans edged closer to a first unbeaten La Liga season following a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergi Roberto both missed the second half at Camp Nou, the first injured, the second sent off, as Gareth Bale’s late strike rescued Real a point. Lionel Messi had given Barca the lead after early goals from Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. Barca, already crowned champions, remain 15 points ahead of Real in the table but this clash was about more than just points.Here, we look at five things we learned from a controversial contest.No such thing as a dead ClasicoIf Sunday’s match proved anything, it is that the Clasico always means something.Eight yellow cards and one red pointed to the heat in the game, which fizzed throughout and briefly erupted during five bad-tempered minutes at the end of the first half.Without the usual relevance to the league table, and with their differing fates in La Liga and the Champions League, this match came down to a basic need to prove one team was better than the other.Barca will claim Real scraped a draw against opponents down to 10 men for half of the match while Real will say they were without their star player for the same time, and perhaps longer at full fitness.And that is not to mention the many grievances against the referee, from both sides, that could have swung the result. In the end, the debate was left open.Ronaldo makes Real sweatReal Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final © AFP / Josep LAGOZinedine Zidane’s nightmare, far more than a defeat at Camp Nou, would surely have been to lose Cristiano Ronaldo to injury less than three weeks before the Champions League final.Real now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage, with tests due to be carried out on Monday.After the match, Zidane reported that Ronaldo had said it was only a “small problem” but in the same breath admitted the striker was a “little bit worried” by the swelling.The hope will be that Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes after his collision with Gerard Pique because the damage was not significant, rather than made it worse to avoid sitting out a Clasico.Either way, the Portugese will now endure the unwanted attention that comes with sustaining an injury so close to a crunch game. Liverpool will watch with interest.Barca showing their champion coloursPerhaps if there was a match to demonstrate all the attributes that pushed Barcelona to a domestic double, this was it.There was the individual brilliance of Messi, who steered the momentum by putting his side ahead with a superb solo effort in the second half.There was the important save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who denied Ronaldo early on.There was the grit and resilience instilled by Ernesto Valverde, as Barca played for 45 minutes a man down but still eked out a draw. There was the standing ovation for Andres Iniesta and valuable opener from Luis Suarez.There was also a little bit of luck, as Real were denied a clear penalty late on when Jordi Alba booted Marcelo.This was Barca, not always at their mesmerising best, but gutsy and, in the league at least, unbeatable.Bale makes his caseGareth Bale could be heading for the exit in Madrid © AFP / LLUIS GENEGareth Bale had the last word and he will hope Zidane was listening.After being left on the bench for both semi-final legs against Bayern Munich, and taken off at half-time against Juventus, Bale is most likely to start the Champions League final against Liverpool as a substitute.He has three more games to change Zidane’s mind and this was a decent start, his goal, a left-footed curler into the top corner, reminiscent of the forward at his sensational best.But it was not all plain-sailing for Bale, who was lucky not to be sent off for thrusting his studs into Samuel Umtiti’s calf and, for large spells, was a bit of a bystander out wide.This was Bale’s 15th goal in 24 games this year, an impressive record, but perhaps Zidane was left still wanting more.VAR will add accuracy, but at what cost?This would have been a fascinating test-case for VAR, a match that was ultimately decided by poor refereeing decisions but defined by its fluency, tempo and aggression.La Liga will introduce video technology next season and Zidane, rather pointedly, said: “Then we’ll see how a match like this turns out.”But the bad calls hindered both teams. VAR might have ensured Real were awarded a late penalty, Bale was sent off, Suarez penalised before Messi’s goal and a second Suarez goal, ruled out for offside, stood.But would the game have been better for it? Perhaps more accurate, but the stoppages would also have killed its rhythm.This match showed why VAR can be valuable but cannot be intrusive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bayern turn down Wenger for vacant manager’s post

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years at the club © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMUNICH, Germany, Nov 7 – Bayern Munich have turned down an approach from Arsene Wenger to take over the vacant manager’s position following the sacking of Niko Kovac, the German champions said on Thursday.“Arsene Wenger called (Bayern chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to make him aware of his interest in the job,” a Bayern spokesperson told AFP subsidiary SID. “Bayern appreciates Wenger’s work at Arsenal, but he is not being considered as coach.”Kovac was dismissed at the weekend following a poor run of form that culminated in a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern’s worst Bundesliga defeat in a decade and one which left them fourth in the table.Kovac’s assistant Hansi Flick has taken over as interim coach as Bayern search for a more permanent replacement, with club president Uli Hoeness saying on Tuesday they expected to name Kovac’s successor by November 23.However they have been publicly rebuffed by both Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, who said on Monday he would be staying with the Dutch champions until at least the end of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Everton set sights on former Manchester City defender

first_imgMicah Richards could be offered a chance to resurrect his career back in England with Everton.The 26-year-old was released by Manchester City earlier this week, following a season spent on loan at Italian side Fiorentina.The City academy product made his debut under Stuart Pearce and became the club’s youngest ever skipper aged 19, however his chances in recent years have been limited under Manuel Pellegrini due to the form of full back Pablo Zabaleta.Everton boss Roberto Martinez has already added Tom Cleverley to his ranks this summer, and talkSPORT understands the Spaniard is keen to bolster his defensive options. The Toffees chief has identified Richards, who is keen to play at centre back, as a possible long term replacement for Sylvain Distan. 1 Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards last_img read more

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WOW! JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF METEOR SHOWER ABOVE DONEGAL

first_imgWOW! Justin MacLochlainn from the brilliant tourism company Donegal Photographic Tours managed to capture this incredible shot this weekend.It was taken on the North coast of Donegal at Dunaff, Inishowen of the meteor crashing through the atmosphere.“It was the last shot of the night, witnessing the Geminid shower above our heads,” he said. Fancy a night out with the professionals?donegalphototours.com0868982147WOW! JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF METEOR SHOWER ABOVE DONEGAL was last modified: December 14th, 2014 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:DONEGAL PHOTO TOURSGeminidJustin Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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Mavericks? How to achieve a whiter smile

first_imgThere are any amount of whitening products on the market. From toothpastes, to rinses, strips, and gels. Today we want to give you an idea of what is out there and more to the point what exactly it can do for you to achieve a whiter smile.Whitening Toothpastes All toothpastes help remove surface stains, because they contain mild abrasives. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach.Non peroxide Whitening Strips & GelsNon peroxide whitening strips & gels are widely available in Ireland in various retail outlets. They normally contain active ingredients such as sodium chlorite or sodium bicarbonate. Some products are quiet good, and work great as a maintenance product if you get your teeth whitened professionally. They are perfectly safe to use. Peroxide Whitening Strips & GelsIn Ireland Whitening products may legally contain 0.1% peroxide for sale to public or up to 6% is contained in products used by professionals (dentists).Therefore the over the counter product is not going to be reaping impressive results overnight with 0.1% peroxide. If you attend your dentist results will be better. There are also some products out there available via popular internet sites containing high levels of peroxide which we would not recommend doing. Remember these products are not recommended by the Irish medicines board, however the feedback we received is that there is a lot of people using these products.How Long Do Whitening Effects Last?Teeth whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, the level of staining, and the type of whitening system used.RisksAnyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a bleaching product. Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Teeth whitening under this condition could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant women.However as above non peroxide products are perfectly safe.Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. This is because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity. Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots, because roots do not have an enamel layer.Fillings, crowns, and other restorations. Tooth-colour fillings and resin used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten. Unrealistic expectations. Individuals who expect their teeth to be a new “blinding white” may be disappointed with their results.Risks Associated With Peroxide WhiteningThe two side effects that occur most often with teeth whitening are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums. Both of these conditions usually are temporary and disappear within 1 to 3 days of stopping or completing treatment.Mavericks Recommended Steps to Whitening:1. Get a professional clean done by your dentist. Consult them on the whitening service they can provide.2. Decide whether to use professional service by your dentist or if home treatment will suffice.3. If going for home treatment, purchase a kit with trays that can be molded to suit your teeth & gums.4. Be consistent and complete full treatment.5. Avoid foods/drinks that will stain teeth.6. Use a non peroxide whitening kit to maintain your new look!So now gents you know what you have to do to ditch the Shane McGowan look and get the Joey Essex look!Mavericks? How to achieve a whiter smile was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DentalJoey EssexMAVERICKSshane mc gowanteethwhite teethlast_img read more

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Jonsdittir Leads Women’s Golf In First Round at MVC Championship

first_imgFreshman Sigurlaug Jonsdottir is tied for 13th-place after shooting a 78 to lead the Bulldogs. Junior Madison Glennie carded a 79 and is tied for 18th-place. Freshman Aimee Gerschke recorded an 83, while sophomore Grace Dunn shot an 85. Junior Nicole Blanchard rounded out the team’s effort with an 87. “We just had a rough day, but there were bright spots though. Sigurlaug [Jonsdittir] was one-under for her last six holes. She showed a great display of grinding it out,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. The second round of the MVC Championship will get underway at 1 p.m. on Monday.  Print Friendly Version CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in ninth-place on Sunday at Dalhousie Country Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Bulldogs totaled a score of 325 and are in ninth-place. Drake is 10 strokes back from fifth place Loyola, while Missouri State is leading through 18 holes with a 302. “We are staying focused on what we can control and are ready to make a move tomorrow,” said Pruett. Story Links Results last_img read more

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SAA continues flights to West Africa

first_img14 August 2014South African Airways will continue to operate in West Africa despite the Ebola outbreak, in line with World Health Organisation recommendations, while stepping up measures to protect its passengers, crew and ground staff, the airline said on Wednesday.The airline noted that the WHO’s emergency committee on the Ebola outbreak, after meeting in Geneva last week, concluded that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade to West Africa.“Having noted the announcement by WHO, SAA has stepped up measures aimed at protecting its passengers, crew and ground staff,” South African Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali said on Wednesday.SAA flies to five destinations in West Africa, namely Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal) and Lagos (Nigeria).“There is no travel ban to any of these destinations as a result of the outbreak of the virus in that region. The airline remains committed to ensuring the enforcement of international health protocols associated with air transport.”Tlali said that vigilant staff would be on the lookout for passengers showing symptoms associated with the Ebola virus – including sweating, nose bleeding and vomiting – adding that SAA staff are adequately trained to manage incidents of this nature, should the need arise.Should a passenger show symptoms at check-in, he or she will be isolated at once before undergoing interviews and tests conducted by the health authorities. “In the event that there is any doubt regarding the medical condition of any passenger, SAA may elect to deny such passenger/s to board its aircraft,” Tlali said.“In cases where passengers develop symptoms after the aircraft has commenced its flight, the crew on board will initiate specific procedures that include isolating such passengers from others on board.”The virus is not airborne and so no transmission can occur via air circulation in the cabin. Rather, it is transmitted through infected bodily fluids.Each of SAA’s aircraft has been equipped with special protective gear to enable the crew to respond appropriately, as well as a special biohazard waste disposal kit.SAA will remain in communication with local health authorities and monitor the situation on a continuous basis, enabling it to review its decisions in the light of any future developments.“SAA would like to urge everyone travelling to the West African region to take the necessary precaution and be vigilant,” Tlali said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Master Your Craft: Lessons Learned from a Loser

first_imgIn the words of American writer Gertrude Stein “It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.” In your quest to become a great filmmaker, designer or video editor, don’t be discouraged when things get difficult. After years of mundane projects, DaVinci didn’t get his first big break until he was 46 (with the painting of the Sistine Chapel)….and all the unsuccessful and mundane projects he completed up to that point prepared him for his first big success.If you want to develop your skills daily and learn more about becoming a better filmmaker check out the PremiumBeat blog where we cover every aspect of the filmmaking process, get inspired with some of the best showreels and demo reels, but most importantly don’t stop making films!This video series was first shared by Delve on their Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing!What did you think of the video series? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Becoming an masterful artist isn’t always fun, sometimes it can be downright boring.If you’re reading this blog then you’re probably a creative person in the film/video industry, and rightfully so, a life filled with creativity is fun and fulfilling, or at least that’s what we’re told. Even if you’re in the industry you always wanted to be, it may be far from what you imagined. Creative work can sometimes feel difficult, frustrating or (even worse) pointless.Even the happiest people have all gone through difficult creative seasons. Initially it seems like the best way to get out of these difficult seasons is to do something different ASAP. If you’re in a job rut this may mean you go looking for another position, even if it doesn’t pay well. If you’re just creatively hindered this might be changing your lifestyle until you feel more creative.However, running away from difficult situations isn’t usually good for you as an artist, or you as a person. The following video series takes a fascinating look at Leonardo DaVinci and shows us how rough seasons in life can actually make us better artists:last_img read more

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