Gophers taking last opportunities to prepare for Big Ten championships

first_imgGophers taking last opportunities to prepare for Big Ten championshipsThe triple-dual meet this weekend will be similar to the championship roster.February 1, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWith the Big Ten conference championships just around the corner, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are making final preparations before heading into their triple dual meet this weekend.Minnesota will face conference foes Wisconsin and Purdue Friday and Saturday in the Boilermakers’ pool.The roster traveling to Purdue this weekend will resemble the roster that will participate in the conference championships that take place at the end of February.“We have this meet and the Minnesota Challenge, then Big Tens,” coach Dennis Dale said. “It’s really important that our guys do the times they’ve talked about doing before Big Tens.”The Gophers will have to contend against their toughest opponent since the beginning of the season when they go against the No. 12 ranked Boilermakers, but that hasn’t stopped Dale from expecting a strong meet from his team.“We know that they’re a legitimate opponent,” Dale said. “There are 17 swimming events and I’d like to win more than 10 of them.”Winning a majority of the events means that Minnesota will need to take some distance events, something they had trouble with against Arizona State in their last meet.Finding victories in the distance events may be difficult because Mike Holmes – one of Minnesota’s top distance freestylers – will not make the trip to Purdue because of a conflict with school.Although the absence of Holmes hurts, senior Tyler Schmidt believes his teammates have to perform at their highest this weekend. “It’s one of those things where you have to be on top of your game,” Schmidt said. “They (Boilermakers) may not be the ranking that we are, but they’re going to have some good swimmers.”Women ready for challengeMinnesota hasn’t performed great in the triple dual meet in recent years, but coming in as the highest ranked team ought to ease concerns.The Gophers, ranked No. 8, have to contend with a No. 18 Wisconsin team that has given them trouble in the past.“This is always a challenging meet for us,” co-head coach Kelly Kremer said.Last year Minnesota split the triple dual meet, beating Purdue, but losing to the Badgers by 89 points.Although a win against Wisconsin would avenge last year’s loss, Kremer wants his team feeling good heading into the final stretch.“This is really our last major competition heading into Big Tens, so it’s just more about learning everything we can about our races and make any changes we feel necessary going into the Big Ten championships,” Kremer said.last_img read more

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Xtrfy move into Australia with Grayhound sponsorship

first_imgSwedish gaming gear provider Xtrfy has expanded its presence into Australia with sponsorship of esports organisation Grayhound.Credit: XtrfyThe move coincides with Xtrfy’s entrance to the Australian consumer market. Xtrfy products are now available in Australian stores such as JB Hi-Fi and Mwave. Grayhound Gaming is an organisation best known for its performances in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. After finishing runner-up to Vici Gaming at the Asia Minor in Katowice, the team went on to a disappointing 23-24th finish in the Major, being eventually knocked out by Fnatic. ”We’re glad and proud to team up with Grayhound. Not only has the team had an impressive year, we also appreciate their entertaining and charismatic approach and we’re looking forward to creating something out of the ordinary together. We have a lot planned for the future and we’re confident that it will be appreciated by both fans and the gaming community in general”, said Joakim Jansson, CEO at Xtrfy.“Xtrfy is as real as it gets. While we were at the Katowice Major, Joakim and the team at Xtrfy surprised one of my players (erkaSt) with a personally signed mouse pad from his favourite CS player of all time, f0rest. The team at Xtrfy possess an unprecedented level of care, passion and dedication; these traits are greatly apparent in the equipment they produce – it only took a second for dexter to confirm ‘this is actually the best keyboard I’ve ever used’. There is mutual respect and encouragement in all aspects, competitively and socially; it’s an honour to partner with and represent a genuinely adored brand to our home country of Australia. We’re working on some exceptionally cool s*** with Xtrfy right now, keep an eye out!”, commented William Gray, Managing Director at Grayhound Gaming.Xtrfy is no stranger to the esports world, with the brand best known for sponsoring Ninjas in Pyjamas. Esports Insider says: What better way to enter the Australian market than with a partnership with one of the best orgs in the country? Grayhound are known as a fun bunch and we’re excited to see the “exceptionally cool s***” promised from the partnership.last_img read more

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Richard Simmons loses ruling in defamation case against “National Enquirer”

first_img Related FilmMagic/Rodrigo Vaz(LOS ANGELES) — Looks like Richard Simmons has lost his defamation suit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online, Variety reports.On Wednesday a judge in Los Angeles issued a tentative ruling suggesting that he would be dismissing the case.  Simmons sued in May over stories that claimed he was in the process of becoming a woman.Quoting the ruling, Variety reports that Judge Gregory Keosian ruled that being misidentified as transgender doesn’t inherently mean someone has been defamed.“While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them,” Keosian ruled.At a hearing on Wednesday, lawyers for the fitness guru had argued that the intent of the National Enquirer story was to ridicule Simmons.“The object of the National Enquirer was to do everything they could to humiliate this person,” Simmons attorney Neville Johnson argued. “They made it up entirely out of whole cloth. I submit that when you make something up intentionally… and put it on the cover, there’s an inference you can make that somebody’s reputation is going to be harmed.”But the judge sided with an argument made by the defendants attorney Kelli Sager that, “There is nothing inherently bad about being transgender.”Judge Keosian is expect to issue a final ruling shortly.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Saajid Husani – risk taker, innovator, photographer

first_imgSaajid Husani is a risk taker, an innovator, a photographer unlike any other with lots of edge who says his job is his hobby and he wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of his life.One of the first local photographers to use drones to elevate his work, Husani had a different path planned for his life than photography, as after graduating from the West Demerara Secondary School, he successfully pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guyana. But in his third year, when a “random Facebook friend” offered him his first paid job in photography, his hobby became more than a pastime, as he decided to follow what made him happy and started a photography business.Describing his business as “art first, business second”, he explained that his philosophy was to focus “on the craft itself and the business aspect will follow”. The approach seems to be paying off, as the response has been “tremendous”. The De Willem native, who currently resides on the East Coast of Demerara, says he is very grateful for the support he gets from thousands of Guyanese. From weddings to commercial shoots with Rafieya Husain, Miss World Guyana 2014 and Miss Universe Guyana 2017, Husani has covered a wide range of subjects, utilising myriad techniques. In fact, he says pushing himself to keep delivering better quality all the time is the goal of Saajid Husani Photography.Of his entrepreneurial endeavour and the lessons learnt along the way, he said, “It’s a long and tiresome journey, no shortcuts, but it’s all worth it.”The artist, who says willingness to sacrifice is the most important quality of an entrepreneur, noted that he drew inspiration from other entrepreneurs and “a lot of things”, adding that his dream mentors, whom he has all met, are local Guyanese people “since they are the ones who worked right here and made it big”. He further revealed that his mother was his biggest influence and he wished he could be half the person she was.The 23-year-old advised aspiring entrepreneurs to “have good composure when dealing with problems, and be willing to put in all your time, cause it’s not simple, a 9-5 business when it comes to entrepreneurs”.“Whenever something has to get done, time of the day is irrelevant,” he declared when questioned about his most productive times during the day.Such moments of intensity break through Husani’s relaxed yet edgy exterior; when coupled with his professionalism, they offer a glimpse of his complexity and many nuances.Noting that it was a slow upward climb for his business in Guyana’s present economy, Husani said more local startup groups where entrepreneurs could engage and communicate with each other freely were needed.Questioned about his definition of success, the photographer, whose ready sense of humour was quite evident, laughingly said “eating what I want when I want”, before turning serious: “…it’s to look at what you do, feeling content with what you have accomplished in the time you did it.”Contact: 641-1622, www.facebook.com/Saajid.Husani.Photography/last_img read more

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Mo Farah retains 10,000 metres world title

first_imgBritain’s Mo Farah survived a last-lap trip to retain his 10,000 metres world title in some style on Saturday, extending his dominance of men’s distance running at major championships.Almost tripped up by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor as he took the first bend after the bell, the 32-year-old regained his balance and his composure to storm down the final straight and finish in 27 minutes 01.13 seconds.Farah, who has endured a difficult few months after his coach was the subject of doping allegations, raised his arms and roared in delight as he crossed the line. Kamworor was outpaced over the final 100 metres but finished second in 27.01.76 to claim silver, while his compatriot Paul Tanui was third in 27.02.83.A trio of Kenyans formed an imposing barrier at the front of the field for most of the race and the last-lap clash was only the worst of several points of contact with the Briton after he came through the pack to challenge them in the latter stages.”So many times I nearly got tripped, nearly went down but thank God I did not go down,” Farah told the BBC in a trackside interview.”There were three or four times that I nearly went down. I’ve got long strides so it’s easy to catch. But I don’t know if (they) deliberately tried to take me out either. I don’t know what to think about it.”The reigning Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion has now won six straight distance titles at major championships going back to his second place in the longer event at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.His season has been overshadowed by allegations in a BBC investigation linking his coach Alberto Salazar with doping. Salazar, also the coach of American Galen Rupp who finished fifth on Saturday, denies any wrongdoing.Although there has never been any suggestion that Farah has been guilty of doping, the Briton said the disruption had taken its toll on his preparations for Beijing.”It wasn’t easy to do after (the year) I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve just had to let my running do the talking and just keep winning medals. That’s what I’m good at.”It’s not easy running 27 minutes in this heat.”The last lap, that was close. I honestly thought at one point I was gone because I stumbled.”Farah will attempt to become the first man to do the 5,000-10,000 double at consecutive world championships at the Bird’s Nest Stadium next Saturday.last_img read more

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