London 2017 | Stage all set for Hardee at Worlds

first_imgLONDON (AP): Trey Hardee wants to set the record straight: No, he’s not retired. Never has been. The thought really never crossed his mind. The two-time world champion decathlete understands why everyone may have jumped to that conclusion. He’s 33, has been sidelined by an assortment of injuries and did some broadcasting work for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. On top of that, his Wikipedia page actually listed him as retired. “I still really love what I do,” he said. With world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medallist Ashton Eaton surprisingly announcing his retirement in January, the stage now belongs to the ‘other’ American who, in virtually any other era, wouldn’t have been relegated to such status. Once the top rival of Eaton, Hardee could take his spot atop the medal stand at the world championships in London. “I consider myself the bread in the Ashton sandwich,” Hardee joked about being around before Eaton’s arrival and still around now. “When we were (competing), we were always like, ‘Let’s finish 1-2.’ Neither of us cared. We were like, ‘Let’s dominate this event and represent the United States, make sure we show what the American decathlon stands for.'” For years, it was the Eaton and Hardee Show in a 10-event competition spread over two days. At the 2012 London Games, Eaton took gold while Hardee grabbed silver. That despite Hardee having surgery on his throwing elbow a few months before the Olympics. Another showdown loomed in Brazil. But Hardee was hobbled heading into the Olympic Trials and withdrew from the competition after aggravating his hamstring. A healthy Hardee turned in quite a performance at the U.S. championships in June, when he won the decathlon with 8,225 points. He held off the next wave of American decathletes eager to take over such as 24-year-old Zach Ziemek and Devon Williams. Both will accompany Hardee to London. “It’s a nice time to be a decathlete in the U.S.,” Hardee said. Hardee is part of a distinguished list, joining Eaton (2013, 2015), Dan O’Brien (1991, 1993, 1995), Tom Pappas (2003) and Bryan Clay (2005) as the only Americans to win the world decathlon title. Hardee captured his titles in 2009 and ’11. “Whatever my legacy is, it’s not for me to determine,” said Hardee, who trains in Austin, Texas. “I was just led down the right path. All I needed to do was put in the work.”last_img read more

Van Vicker Endorses Pink for Africa

first_imgAfrican movie icon Van Vicker has given his support to Pink for Africa, a non-profit organization that educates African women about breast cancer.“I support ‘Pink for Africa’. Go to and support,” Van Vicker posted on his Instagram page.Founded by breast cancer survivor Juliette Mills-Lutterodt, her survivor story has become a strong influence and support for many African women battling cancer.Launched in 2013, the organization has managed to provide for hundreds of cancer patients, including breast cancer awareness campaign through the media, seminars in schools and collaboration with other women’s groups.Voicing his support for the women’s group, Van Vicker will not only give the campaign a momentum but will encourage many to follow suit. Commanding a very credible voice in Africa, Van Vicker might have a considerable platform to spread the massage that women with breast cancer be given more care while also sending a strong message that Pink for Africa should be given more support to fight breast cancer, which remains one of largest causes of death worldwide. “The actor voices his support for the organization because they are saving many lives on a daily basis through their programs,” a source close to Van Vicker said. “Van is with the strong hope that with this public support given to the organization it will capture the public’s attention and inspire them to donate more to the fight against breast cancer.“Right now Van Vicker feels honored to add his voice to the organization’s efforts to raise awareness on the necessity and benefits of acting now to combat breast cancer among women,” our source added.According to the source, as an influential person in the African entertainment industry the Afro-Hollywood Award winning actor also has a moral responsibility to serve as a strong voice for institutions that are in the fight to save the lives of women.“This is very key moment for Van Vicker. It is it is a moment for action toward reducing the high deaths from breast cancer and how he will encourage other ace entertainment figures in Africa to follow suit in the coming years will likely determine the fate of African breast cancer women survivors,” ended the source.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Filipino triathlete champ August Benedicto not resting on his laurels

first_imgDENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest “It’s a good thing because there’s another Asian Elite coming in and the people won’t just be supporting me since there are also other racers that they would look out for.”Benedicto admitted that even at this point in his career, he still always feels the pressure every race.“Of course there’s pressure but I always pray whenever I race but there’s my family who’s always supporting me, sponsors like Alaska and sir Fred Uytengsu,” said Benedicto. “I always see that as motivation to always be better and calm my nerves.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022center_img Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists “As I always say as long as the race hasn’t ended, you can’t say that you’re the champion,” said Benedicto in Filipino Friday at Shangri-La Mactan here. “For me, when I wake up on a positive mood and you feel that you will have a good finish then you have a good chance at the race.”Benedicto was the fastest Asian Elite in the past two 70.3 races, finishing ninth in Davao last March and 10th in Subic in June, but he still doesn’t want to preempt his place in Cebu on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThis time, Benedicto will be racing alongside Nikko Huelgas, a two-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games and the no.91 athlete in the International Triathlon Union’s rankings.“This will be a good fight on Sunday [race day]. Nikko Huelgas is here and let’s see what happens then,” said Benedicto, who also expressed his happiness that there are other elite Filipino triathletes in the race. Filipino triathlete August Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCEBU CITY—August Benedicto is regarded as one of the best triathletes of the in the country, having finished in the top 10 of the past Ironman 70.3 Philippine races.But his success has never gone to his head, even when he’s considered the face of the Philippines in the event.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Keith Thurman pushes for rematch, says fight vs Manny Pacquiao a ‘draw’ View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United defender hunt update! Barcelona star reveals retirement plans

first_img Barcelona defender Gerard Pique 1 Gerard Pique has ruled out a return to Manchester United by revealing he wants to see out his career with Barcelona.The Spaniard spent four years at Old Trafford after joining the Premier League side from Barcelona in 2004.However, the defender struggled to break into the first-team set up and returned to Barcelona for £5m in 2008 after making just 23 appearances for United.Since returning to his boyhood club the 28-year-old has developed the promise he showed in his youth, winning four La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.And while reports maybe linking Pique with a return to Manchester United under new boss Louis van Gaal, the Spain international has insisted he is happy where he is.“I can safely say that I plan to retire here at Barca,” Pique told El Partido de las 12.“Whether that’s at the end of this season or six years from now. I won’t play for another club.”last_img read more

Documentary lauds Latino WWII vets

first_imgAngier’s piece follows California’s war effort as a whole, including the contributions of Mexican-Americans. “We don’t hammer it home, like `Oh, they’ve been forgotten and we’re remembering them,”‘ he said. “But we make it clear that when we talk about California in the war, the contributions of Mexican-American veterans was very critical and that their sacrifices were very high.” Diaz applauded the film’s efforts to highlight Mexican-American achievements in the war. “I like the Hispanics to be known for what they did,” 82-year-old Diaz said. “And that’s the reason why (I did) this, because we Hispanics have really been ignored on what we went through.” Diaz served as a private first class in the 65th Army Infantry division during World War II. IRWINDALE – Crowding around a big-screen television set, about two dozen people gathered Thursday night at the AMVETS Post 113 for a special viewing of a film featuring a handful of San Gabriel Valley Latino armed forces veterans. The Public Broadcasting Service documentary, “California at War,” premiered on KCET and featured testimonials from four Valley veterans, including post members Rudolph Estrada and Benigno Diaz. Producer Joseph Angier visited the post in May and met with about a dozen area veterans for the film, which is meant to run as a companion piece with Ken Burns’ upcoming World War II series “The War.” That film drew much debate earlier this year from critics who said Burns overlooked the contributions Latinos made in World War II. Since then, Burns has publicly agreed to add such footage to his 14-hour film. He fought on the front lines in Germany and received a Bronze Star for trying to save a fellow comrade who was drowning in the Danube River after a 1945 raid. “California at War” will re-air at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, three days before the debut of Burns’ piece. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Arsene Wenger wants to win the title MORE than anybody else, talkSPORT told

first_imgArsene Wenger wants to win the Premier League more than any other manager, according to Sam Allardyce.The French boss has been criticised this season after Arsenal extended their league trophy exile to 12 years.With the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United faltering, it was arguably their best chance in recent years.Gunners fans remain divided on the position of their long-term manager and reports on Friday suggest the 66-year-old could be about to pen a new deal at the Emirates.Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The big thing for Arsenal is the stability Arsene has brought, even though the fans don’t seem to be happy with the outcome.“It wouldn’t have been so bad if Manchester City or Chelsea won the league this year – I think it’s put extra pressure on him because Leicester have won it.“With Arsene, it’s been all his life for the last 19 years, so he is keen on carrying on obviously. If he’s keen on carrying on, there’s a discussion between the board and him.“Arsene – for me – wants to win the title more than anybody else, he’s as ambitious as anybody else, I’m certain.“With what’s happened this year with all the big boys slipping up there was an opportunity for him.”Despite fighting for relegation with Sunderland, Big Sam has enjoyed watching a top-flight campaign with Leicester City claiming a shock title win and the likes of West Ham and Southampton taking the top seven by storm.“It’s been an unbelievable season this year,” he added.“The diversity and the teams that have come up trumps that people didn’t expect“Leicester have been written off all season and they’ve proved everybody wrong. The biggest challenge for them is when they play in the Champions League, hit that bracket and play at that level – will they be able to cope with the trials and tribulations and then play in the Premier League?“That’s always been the big challenge but they should enjoy it while they can and it’s been a fairytale, a dream come true. They should enjoy every minute and get ready for next season.”last_img read more

West Ham transfer news: Hull reject Hammers bid for Robert Snodgrass

first_img The London club have tabled a reported offer of £3million Hull have turned down a bid for midfielder Robert Snodgrass from Premier League rivals West Ham, it is understood.Snodgrass turned down a new long-term deal with the Tigers last month, and although the club recently triggered a one-year contract extension on the Scotland international, West Ham have tabled a reported offer of £3million.A club source revealed that the bid had been rejected but West Ham are expected to further test Hull’s resolve, while the 29-year-old’s refusal to commit himself to the KCOM Stadium has alerted several other Premier League clubs.Hull sacked Mike Phelan on Tuesday night and have wasted little time in appointing Portuguese Marco Silva as his replacement.Silva was introduced to the media at the club’s Cottingham training ground on Friday and West Ham appear to have been ready to take advantage of the upheaval.Snodgrass has been a stand out player for Hull this season as they have struggled to adapt to life back in the top flight.The Tigers won only three of their 20 league games under Phelan, who had been hindered by injuries to key players and a lack of investment, but Snodgrass has caught the eye with 12 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.The former Leeds and Norwich midfielder missed most of the 2014/15 season and half of the following campaign due to a serious knee injury.But he has rediscovered his best form with the Tigers this season, scoring in the recent home draw against Everton with a brilliant free-kick – he had hit the crossbar with a similar effort 10 minutes earlier – and also finding the target in Monday’s defeat at West Brom. 1last_img read more

Bush boasts four-year low in federal deficit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Only a president with such a historically bad economic record would be this excited about a $248billion deficit,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “Under his watch … record surpluses turned into record deficits as far as the eye can see.” Republicans are trying to persuade voters that the GOP champions tax cuts while Democrats will raise taxes if they gain control of Congress. Democrats contend the administration’s tax cuts have primarily benefited the wealthy. “There’s a difference of opinion in the campaign about taxes,” Bush said, predicting that the GOP still will control the House and Senate after Nov.7. “I would like to … make the tax cuts permanent. And the Democrats will raise taxes.” The administration credits its tax cuts for the improving economy, contending that they helped the nation withstand the 2001 recession, the terrorist attacks and corporate accounting scandals. The deficit narrowed sharply because revenues climbed by 11.8percent, outpacing a 7.4percent increase in spending. WASHINGTON – The federal deficit fell to a four-year low in the budget year that just ended, a result President George W. Bush pointed to Wednesday in claiming Republicans are better stewards of the economy than Democrats. The administration said the deficit dropped to $247.7billion – welcome news for Republicans struggling to keep control of Congress. Bush boasted he had made good on a 2004 campaign promise to cut the deficit in half over five years. “These budget numbers are proof that pro-growth economic policies work,” Bush said. Democrats said the improvement in the 2006 federal deficit was a temporary blip. They predicted rising deficits for years to come unless policies are changed. Administration officials said the actual 2006 deficit is down to 1.9percent of the gross domestic product. They said that is below the 40-year average deficit of about 2.3percent of the GDP, which measures the value of all U.S. goods and services. This continues a positive trend that comes despite soaring war costs and $50billion in emergency spending for hurricane relief, they said. Still, the long-term deficit picture is bleak. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the deficit for the current budget year will rise to $286billion. Over the next decade, the office forecasts that the deficit will total $1.76trillion. Bush’s critics argue that the White House is using sleight of hand when boasting about the deficit. The president can rightly state that he has fulfilled his 2004 campaign pledge to cut the deficit in half by the time he leaves office. In fact, he can say he has done it three years early. But in making that claim, the president is using the administration’s original forecast of what the 2004 deficit was expected to be – not what it actually turned out to be. Back when Bush made his promise, the administration was predicting that the 2004 deficit would be $521billion. That prediction turned out to be off by $100billion. To achieve the feat of slicing the actual 2004 deficit number in half, the federal deficit Bush was highlighting would have to have dropped to $206billion, not $247.7billion. Democrats say the narrowing of the deficit will be temporary because when 78million baby boomers retire, the cost of Social Security and the Medicare health care program for the elderly will soar. “The fact that some are trumpeting this year’s deficit number as good news shows just how far we’ve fallen. Our budget picture is extremely serious by any measure,” said Sen. Kent Conrad, the senior Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pirates of the Caribbean’s Redd to Meet Guests at Disneyland

first_imgShare This!Are you ready to meet the redhead in a brand new way at Disneyland?This swash-buckling pirate will not only be joining the auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean beginning June 8. In the brand new scene the auctioneer will be overseeing a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods, while Pirate Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.But that’s not your only opportunity to see Redd! In addition, Guests will begin to be able to meet this fierce character in New Orleans Square that very same day! Redd’s backstory is that she travels to various Caribbean ports selling rum and collecting coin and she’s ready to parley with you.Keep your eye out as you travel around New Orleans Square because you just may come in contact with a pirate!last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of November 17, 2018

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsMore awards rolling in! DCL earned the #1 spot for best cruise for families, and sixth for best cruise line in the Caribbean from U.S. News & World Report. The entire fleet made the top 15 best cruise ships, with the Fantasy at #4, the Magic at #6, and the Dream and Wonder tied at #15.Last chance to participate in the #ShareYourEars campaign! Don’t forget to share your cruise-inspired mouse-eared photo with the hashtag to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and Disney will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish.Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Star Wars: The Last JediBlack PantherA Wrinkle In TimeAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 Ant-Man and The WaspChristopher RobinThe Nutcracker and the Four RealmsFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIt’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already here! Maybe you are gathering up all the family and cruising together…or maybe you planned this cruise to escape the rest of your family (we don’t judge). Either way, there’s lots of fun in store for you this week! Turkey day doesn’t take over the ship too much – of course this is still first and foremost billed as a Very Merrytime cruise. Still, you can expect the basic fundamentals of the day to be covered on board.Food – Yes, you can have your traditional turkey dinner, without cooking or cleaning! Here is the menu that has been offered for the last several years.Football – The games will be broadcast, pending satellite availability of course. Games are usually shown in places like the adult pubs or sometimes on Funnel Vision. Times and places will be listed in your Personal Navigator. (Check here, here, and here for examples from past Navigators.)Friends – Don’t forget your cameras for a photo with Pilgrim Mickey!Whether you are spending the holiday by land or by sea, have a very happy Thanksgiving!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Calllast_img read more