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first_imgThe marketing campaign for the 90th Comrades Marathon, the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon, was launched in Johannesburg on Thursday under the slogan “Be Part of It – Bamba Iqhaza”, as the event pushes to become “the most inclusive sporting event in South Africa”.The Comrades Marathon, the world’s oldest ultramarathon, is an important sporting event in South Africa, attracting runners from all over the world. (Image: Comrades Marathon, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) launched its campaign for the 90th Comrades Marathon, the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon, on Thursday in Johannesburg.The 2015 campaign is centered on the CMA’s vision of an all-inclusive Comrades Marathon, with the slogan: “Be Part of It – Bamba Iqhaza”.‘The most inclusive sporting event in SA’“Comrades attracts around 300 000 spectators, 2.5-million TV viewers, and 4 000 volunteers, but our mission is to become ‘The most inclusive sporting event in South Africa,’” said CMA General Manager Chris Bruwer.“So what we are asking is ‘where are the others?’ We want everyone to be involved. Go on the web and see how you can ‘Be Part of It,’ or in Zulu: ‘Bamba Iqhaza‘.“We invite every Comrades runner, stakeholder, volunteer and supporter to be a part of this iconic race in one way or another,” he added. “There are numerous ways to get involved and participate in the camaraderie while uniting the nation through this iconic event.”2015 raceThe 90th edition of the race will be run on Sunday, 31 May 2015. An “up-run”, it will start at the Durban City Hall at 05:30 and end 12 hours later at the Oval Cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of 87km.The opening date for entries is 1 September 2014, with the entry period set to close on 30 November or as soon as the special entry cap of 23 000 has been reached.That figure is only 1 000 runners less than the number allowed for the Millennium edition of the race in 2000, which produced a world record 14 343 finishers in under the 12 hour time limit. With a field close to the size of the 2000 entry, that record could fall.“We are certainly hoping to improve on that record and have more people on the ground from the 23 000 entry capping,” said Race Director Rowyn James.Old Mutual, which has long been associated with the Two Oceans Marathon, has taken on the role of primary sponsor of the event.Massive money for recordsA massive R1.5-million has been put up for grabs to the first man and woman to break the current men’s and women’s “up-run” records respectively.Both records belong to Russians, with Leonid Shvetsov’s 2008 winning time of 5:24:47 in 2008 the men’s record, while Elena Nurgalieva’s 2006 victory in a time of 6:09:24 stands as the female record.“It’s an incredibly difficult record to break,” commented nine-time winner Bruce Fordyce, who broke the record five times. “Everything will have to be right on the day, and it needs to be competitive right up to the finish line. I think the money is safe for a while.”‘Times are there to be broken’Current Comrades champion Bongmusa Mthembu said: “Times are there to be broken. If it is your day, then it’s your day.“The man who got that record was human, which shows if the approach is correct it can be broken.”The first man and first woman to cross the finishing line will receive R375 000 each.The total prize money for the 2015 Comrades Marathon is R2 600 000, which is in addition to the possible bonuses the winners could earn for record-setting runs.QualificationAlthough entries open on 1 September, with the now traditional “Early bird R30 discount” for South African runners on offer for the first month , every entrant will be required to qualify by running a five-hour marathon as the results of the 2014 Comrades Marathon will no longer count. The new qualifying period will run from 1 August 2014 to 4 May 2015.“The reason for this is two-fold,” James explained. “We want to encourage runners to be fit and healthy for race day. Further, we want to support all other road-running races in the country, especially the Comrades Marathon qualifying races, by driving Comrades runners to participate in those running events.”Runners will be rewarded with a special anniversary medal in next year’s race, which will be the same size as the one used in 1988, the 150-year anniversary of Pietermaritzburg, and 2010, when the 85th running of Comrades took place.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key position of Events Manager, based in our national office in Canberra.Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm AEST on Monday, 25 May 2015. To see the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] Related Files150511_tfa_events_manager_v1-0-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img

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first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti warns Man Utd off Skriniarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has warned suitors off Milan Skriniar.The defender is being linked with Manchester United this month.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgMichigan is one of the big winners of National Signing Day, landing No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary a few hours ago. That doesn’t impress everyone from the state, however. NBA All-Star and former Michigan State basketball great Draymond Green was tweeted at about Gary by a Michigan fan. In response, he brought up his recruitment, and the fact that former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell, now one of the NFL’s top rushers, was a two-star [email protected] yeah I was 127 out of 150 when I left high school and LeVeon bell was a 2 star. That never matters!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 3, 2016Green wasn’t the top player in his class back in 2008, but he was a four-star recruit according to most recruiting services. His point about Bell is valid, however. ESPN, Rivals, and Scout all had Bell as a two-star. leveon bell espn 2-starleveon bell rivals 2-starleveon bell scout 2-starWhile schools like Michigan State often do well with diamonds in the rough, most coaches would rather fill their classes with known superstars, and take their chances that way.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – A woman is facing five charges, including attempted murder, after a four-month-old baby girl and a man were stabbed and assaulted in a condominium in Toronto’s west end, police said Thursday.Officers were called to the building near Sherway Gardens mall at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the infant unconscious in the lobby, said Const. David Hopkinson.Police were able to resuscitate the baby and she was rushed to a trauma centre in the city where she remains in critical condition.The man, woman and baby were in one of the building’s units when the two adults began arguing, police said.Police allege the woman uttered threats while holding a knife, and allegedly went on to injure the man and the baby.After initial confusion about the nature of the baby’s injuries, Hopkinson said the baby was stabbed, but the injuries the child sustained from an assault were far more serious. He did not provide details of that attack.“We believed originally that the significant injuries that the baby received were from the stabs, we now know it was not,” Hopkinson said. “The other assault that the baby suffered is what caused the injuries that finds the baby in critical condition in hospital.”The man fled the apartment with the baby to seek help, police said, and his injuries are considered minor.“We had been told that a woman was responsible for this series of incidents and that she was armed and had fled the building,” Hopkinson said. “Our officers searched the area and they did come upon a woman. She herself was suffering from some serious injuries, but she was taken into custody and taken into hospital to be treated.”The 34-year-old Toronto woman has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of uttering death threats, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.Police have not specified the relationship between the woman, man and baby.last_img read more

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first_imgBTIG, LLC announced today an expanded list of celebrity guest traders for the 15th BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.Celebrated across the firm’s 14 global locations, BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a high-impact event, where the firm donates the day’s profits to hundreds of charities nominated by clients and celebrity guests. The event attracts a diverse group of celebrities including all-star athletes, actors, actresses, journalists, models, fashion designers, politicians and other cultural icons passionate about supporting meaningful causes. Expected celebrities include:NEW YORK: Alan Hahn, Alex Rodriguez, Allan Houston, Angel Cordero, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Bob Papa, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brian Cashman, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Beck, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chase Headley, Chris Wragge, Chuck Scarborough, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darryl Strawberry, David Diehl, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Didi Gregorius, Dwight Gooden, Eric Decker, Eric LeGrand, Gene Michael, Geraldo Rivera, Gerry Cooney, Grant Hill, Greg Bird, Hannah Storm, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Calipari, John McEnroe, John Starks, Johnny Velazquez, Kristin Davis, Laurie Hernandez, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Culpo, Oz Pearlman, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Ralph Sampson, Reggie Jackson, Rick DiPietro, Ricky Steamboat, Rosanna Scotto, Sara Blakely, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Tony Richardson and Victor Cruz.SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds, Damon Bruce, Dave Dravecky, Jeremy Affeldt, Kelenna Azubuike, Marcus Peters, Renel Brooks-Moon, Ronnie Lott, Ted Robinson, Vida Blue and Warren Moon.BOSTON: Rick Porcello.“Pooling our global resources, we work together to support hundreds of organizations in need of additional funding each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BTIG. “Inviting celebrities passionate about helping others builds excitement and makes the day even more memorable for everyone involved.”Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG has donated more than US$40 million to hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including more than US$5 million from the May 2016 event. “Our celebrity guest traders are an extension of our team on BTIG Commissions for Charity Day,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “Year after year, many of them return to lend their name to a special, annual event that helps support so many others.”last_img read more

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–LAD1905Brooklyn Superbas143146 –NYY1939New York Yankees1623✓1 –STL1942St. Louis Cardinals1605✓8 –LAA2002Anaheim Angels1576✓81 Although that Philadelphia team lost in the division series, it still rates as the best Phillies squad in history. Here’s every franchise’s best team ever: FRANCH.TEAMCOMP. ELOWON WS?RANK AMONG BEST TEAMS EVER –PHI1942Philadelphia Phillies14004 –ATL1998Atlanta Braves158642 –KC2005Kansas City Royals143771 –CHW1917Chicago White Sox1579✓68 –CHC1962Chicago Cubs144194 –DET2003Detroit Tigers13972 –MIL1982Milwaukee Brewers1558246 –LAD1953Brooklyn Dodgers158640 –SEA1978Seattle Mariners142940 After the Yankees dynasty declined, MLB’s best teams started to be a lot less good. The 1960s were understandably weak — with just two teams in the Elo top 100 — because MLB expanded by eight teams during this span. The 1980s don’t have the same excuse, and the decade’s best squad — the 1986 Mets — rates as only the 62nd-best team ever. The first six seasons of the 2010s were similarly middling; of the teams from those years, the 2011 Phillies rank the highest on the all-time list, at No. 76. –NYY1908New York Highlanders1449136 –OAK1916Philadelphia Athletics14025 One hundred and 10 years ago, the Chicago Cubs ended the regular season with a 116-36 record. That .763 winning percentage is the best in modern baseball history by a comfortable margin, but the Cubs went on to drop the World Series to the White Sox in six games. Might they still be the greatest team in baseball history?We recently calculated historical Elo ratings for every team after every game as part of our Complete History Of MLB interactive graphic. (We’ve done the same for the NBA and NFL.) Elo ratings are one of our preferred metrics at FiveThirtyEight, because their simple inputs make them useful for comparing the relative strengths of teams across the entire history of a league. We can also use Elo to calculate season ratings for every MLB team since 1903, when the first modern World Series was played.1Our interactive goes back a little further, to 1871. The quality of 19th-century baseball teams was pretty uneven — meaning the top teams from that time would dominate historical rankings — so to focus on more recognizable franchises, this piece is looking only at seasons since 1903. We arrived at an overall season rating — what the table below calls “composite” Elo — by blending each team’s peak, average and final Elo for each season. This lets us take into account a team’s highest level of performance, its sustained performance throughout the season and, broadly, how well it did in the postseason.2Elo ratings are carried over from season to season, which means that most of a team’s rating at the start of a season is based on its previous season. This is useful when trying to estimate a team’s quality early on, but for assessing individual seasons, it unfairly dings teams that rose to greatness after a terrible year. For our season calculations, “average” and “peak” Elo calculations start at game 40.So who comes out on top? The 1906 Cubs have the highest peak Elo, but because of their World Series loss, they rate as the second-best team since 1903, behind the 1939 New York Yankees. We ranked all 2,374 team-seasons from 1903 to 2015 — you can explore them below: –MIN1933Washington Senators157774 –NYM1986New York Mets1580✓62 –DET1935Detroit Tigers1585✓43 –OAK1911Philadelphia Athletics1607✓7 –KC1977Kansas City Royals1560213 –CIN1934Cincinnati Reds143669 –TB2002Tampa Bay Devil Rays144296 –TEX2011Texas Rangers1568141 GRAPHIC: We calculated Elo ratings after every game in MLB history — more than 400,000 ratings in total. Explore every team’s history » –TB2012Tampa Bay Rays1558237 –HOU1998Houston Astros1572110 –PHI2011Philadelphia Phillies157776 –PIT1909Pittsburgh Pirates1609✓4 –ARI2002Arizona Diamondbacks1564166 –CLE1915Cleveland Indians1451156 Every MLB franchise’s best season, 1903-2015 –CIN1976Cincinnati Reds1595✓23 –SF1985San Francisco Giants1461251 * 1994 World Series was not played –CLE1954Cleveland Indians159424 Our Elo ratings find that the league was a bit more top-heavy in its earlier decades. If you scan through the top of the list, you’ll notice that most of the best seasons since 1903 happened more than 50 years ago — in fact, 71 of the 100 best seasons fall before 1960. The New York Yankees’ insane dominance in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s is responsible for a lot of this imbalance. Twenty-five of the 100 best seasons are Yankees seasons from those decades: –SEA2001Seattle Mariners159034 –BOS1912Boston Red Sox1584✓46 –NYM1962New York Mets1398✓3 –STL1908St. Louis Cardinals143251 –BOS1932Boston Red Sox141412 –WSH1994Montreal Expos1561*208 –SD1969San Diego Padres1419✓23 –BAL1911St. Louis Browns141715 –SD1998San Diego Padres1543480 –CHW1932Chicago White Sox143561 –CHC1906Chicago Cubs16202 –WSH1969Montreal Expos1421✓25 FRANCH.TEAMCOMP. ELO1ST YEAR?RANK AMONG WORST TEAMS EVER The 2003 Detroit Tigers lost 119 games, winning five of their last six to avoid the 120-loss modern record set by the 1962 Mets in their first season as a franchise. Elo isn’t fooled, though — the 2003 Tigers had a slightly worse run differential than the 1962 Mets and have a slightly lower rating here. The 1904 Washington Senators, now the Twins, were even more terrible according to Elo, going 38-113 (the equivalent of a 121-loss modern 162-game season). Angels fans probably don’t look back on the 91-loss 1969 season too fondly, but, compared with the other franchises’ lousiest seasons ever, it’s not a bad low point, ranking just 279th-worst.So what will come in 2016? The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds have had a rough start and could make a run at new Elo lows for their franchises. But the real team to watch is the Chicago Cubs, who have started the season at 24-6 with an incredible +102 run differential. It’s a hard pace to keep up, but if they do, the Cubs could make a run at becoming one of the greatest teams of all time.See the complete history of every MLB team.Check out our latest MLB predictions. –COL1993Colorado Rockies1444✓105 –MIL1969Seattle Pilots1443✓103 –TEX1973Texas Rangers143144 –MIA1993Florida Marlins1449✓146 –BAL1970Baltimore Orioles1600✓19 –HOU2013Houston Astros142535 –ARI2004Arizona Diamondbacks1449143 –SF1905New York Giants1601✓13 –PIT1953Pittsburgh Pirates141819 –ATL1911Boston Rustlers14149 –LAA1969California Angels1464279 –MIA2003Florida Marlins1537✓601 –MIN1904Washington Senators13871 The 1939 Yankees and 1906 Cubs are in a league of their own, more than 10 Elo points ahead of the other franchises. The Marlins have only been around since 1993, but it’s still sort of sad that their best team ever (World Series champions no less!) is just the 601st-best team ever. The Colorado Rockies, a franchise that was also born in 1993, are about as sad, but without the World Series rings. The San Diego Padres have had a much longer commitment to mediocrity; the franchise’s best team in its 47 seasons of existence comes in at No. 480. Fans of the Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Twins and Phillies may also be disappointed by their team’s position in this list. All seven franchises go back to 1903, but none of their teams in the last 113 seasons have come close to cracking the top 25.But great seasons aren’t the only way to be an exceptional baseball team. Here’s every MLB franchise’s worst squad ever: –TOR1979Toronto Blue Jays141922 –TOR2015Toronto Blue Jays1565161 Every MLB franchise’s worst season, 1903-2015 –COL2007Colorado Rockies1537596 read more

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first_imgIt was the Egyptian that evened out the score prior Firmino’s goal, which secured Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final spot. However, when discussing the game, Steven Gerrard made an embarrassing statement in regards to Mo Salah’s physical skills.It was the Egyptian that pulled Liverpool out of the bad situation they were in. Salah scored after Ederson saved Sadio Mane’s kick but failed to capture the ball, thus leaving it loose in the penalty area. Mo did not hesitate and capitalized the chance as he quickly went past Ederson and gently dinked the ball over Nicolas Otamendi’s tackle into the back of the net.While analysing the game and Salah’s goal, Gerrard made a mistake.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A dink on his weak foot,” he said, according to the Mirror.Facts are, Mo Salah did indeed score with his left foot. However, this is his preferred side as opposed to Gerrard’s claim. Fans were fast to catch the mistake and make fun of the Liverpool legend.last_img read more

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first_imgPep Guardiola has hailed Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as “something special” after celebrating 10 years at the clubThe Belgium international arrived at City on 22 August 2008 from German side Hamburg for only £7.65m.Since then Kompany has gone on to win three Premier League titles, three League Cups an FA Cup and two Community Shields in his 10 years at City.And, despite the defender’s fitness struggles in Guardiola’s two years at the Citizens, the Catalan coach could not be happier to work with Kompany.“When one guy is with the same club for 10 years it’s because he is something special,” he told CityTV, via Goal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“So you have to be so proud like I am to work with you this period.“Now will be our third year – thank you so much.”Kompany’s team-mates also had their say on his decade-long service to City.“Very few players have the privilege, to have a career like you have, with this club,” said Claudio Bravo.Benjamin Mendy added: “You were born with this club!last_img read more

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