Quick Hits: December’s News from the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgKentucky: Bode Trading Skis for HoovesWe’ll soon be seeing Bode Miller at the Derby instead of the Winter Olympics. During a recent interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Miller revealed that he’s planning to become a horse trainer when his skiing career is over. The move was sparked by Miller’s friendship with well-known trainer Bob Baffert, who’s led multiple horses to Kentucky Derby wins. Baffert and Miller already own horses together, and Miller said he’s in the process of buying a training facility in Kentucky to begin his equestrian pursuits in earnest.Hike the A.T., Paddle the Mississippi Jared McCallum is having quite an adventure. The 28-year-old former Marine has been trying to figure out what to do with his life after an honorable discharge in 2009. Earlier this year, he decided to take a break from his work as a civilian security contractor in Afghanistan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. After spending five months completing the famous 2,185-mile footpath, he decided he wasn’t quite ready to head home to Florida. Instead he’s working his way south slowly, paddling the entire Mississippi River—2,340 miles from Minnesota to Louisiana—in a canoe. Sporting a Forrest Gump-style beard with his dog Scout by his side, McCallum recently told Illinois’ Quad-City Times that he anticipates finishing around Christmas, and along the way he’s enjoyed some river magic, due to the kindness of others. “Someone let me camp in their front yard,” he told the paper. “You can’t do this kind of thing without the good people of America like that.”Dulles, Virginia: That Kid Is FastEarlier this fall, 9-year-old Caleb Hymans of Annandale, Va., ran quite a race at the Dulles Day on the Runway, finishing the 5K in 18:47. His time posted at the D.C.-area airport was certified by the Association of Road Race Statisticians as a world record for his age. “It was really cool,” Caleb told The Washington Post, “with all the airplanes flying overhead.”Berlin, Pennsylvania: Bug Spray Repels RobberDon’t mess with Annabelle Miller. The store clerk at Berlin’s CSI Coalfield Mini market recently proved she has uses for bug spray beyond keeping skeeters away. Miller grabbed a can when a masked would-be robber entered her store and demanded money. A surveillance video shows Miller instead giving the female crook a big dose of insecticide, which led to her retreat from the store. Miller later told a local news station, “I just got mad. I’ve got better things to do with my night than that.”Beyond the Blue RidgeGrand Prairie, Texas: Indoor Skiing in TexasThe Texas heat usually doesn’t bring skiing to mind, but in mid-October, city officials in Grand Prairie announced plans to build a 350,000-square-foot indoor skiing facility. CBS had the skinny on the $215 million joint project being called The Grand Alps Resort, which will be home to the longest indoor ski run in the world at 1,220 feet in length and 300 feet tall. The resort, attached to a 300-room luxury hotel, will also feature an Olympic half pipe, an ice climbing wall, and a luge track. The indoor ski resort has a tentative opening date of early 2018.Colorado Springs, Colorado: Changing Gears in Bike RacingIn October, USA Cycling revealed the 2015 national championship calendar and it featured some noticeable changes. First up is the addition of the inaugural Fat Bike National Championship, which will take big wheelers through a snowy course in Ogden, Utah, on Valentine’s Day. A big southern race—the USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships—will return to Greenville, S.C., with the time trial component as a new addition, as well as a new spring date (April 18-19). Soon after, young racers in the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships will ride through the streets of Asheville, N.C., from May 8-10. Back in South Carolina, Rock Hill will host two events this year: the USA Cycling BMX National Championships on March 21 and the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships from July 21-26. Not on the docket this year: a 24-hour mountain biking national championship, due to declining participation in the discipline.Peoria, Illinois: Cemetery 5KOwners of the Springdale Cemetery in Central Illinois are getting creative with their marketing initiatives. In an effort to encourage people to buy burial lots, the cemetery recently began hosting a series of 5K races to showcase the property’s scenery. “We know if we get people back into the cemetery, they’re going to be amazed at its beauty,” Bob Manning, chairman of the cemetery management authority, said in a story by the Associated Press. “Then, hopefully, they’ll think of us when time comes.”last_img read more

Cricket News Sachin Tendulkar’s son bought for THIS price in T20 Mumbai League Auction

first_img Mumbai : Arjun Tendulkar, son of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, was on Saturday picked for Rs 5 lakh by the Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb for the second season of the T20 Mumbai League after an intense bidding. At the auction, Arjun, a budding left arm pacer and a batsman, who had played unofficial Tests for India-U19, was among the few players in focus. Arjun was included in the all-rounder category with a base price of Rs 1 lakh.Several teams bidded for him but the highest bid was raised to Rs 5 lakh by North Mumbai Panthers, which is the maximum bid amount, after which Charu Sharma, who was conducting the auction, gave the two new teams — Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb and Eagle Thane Strikers — an option to exercise the OTM (Opportunity to Match). Arjun Tendulkar is bought for 5 lakh rupees in Mumbai T20 League. The likes of Sarfaraz Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivam Dube will be a part of this league. The league will begin on May 14 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  highlights Both the new teams opted to exercise the OTM at Rs 5 lakh after which two cards were placed in a bag and Mumbai Cricket Association ad hoc committee member Unmesh Khanvilkar picked up a card which was of Aakash Tigers and that is how they got Jr Tendulkar.Before the auction, players like Suryakumar Yadav, Akash Parkar (Triumph Knights Mumbai North East), Shivam Dube, Siddhesh Lad (Shivaji Park Lions), Prithvi Shaw (North Mumbai Panthers), Jay Bista and Dhurmil Matkar (SoBo Supersonics), Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande (Arcs Andheri), Shreyas Iyer, Eknath Kerkar (Namo Bandra Blasters) were retained by the six franchises.Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan (Eagle Thane Strikers), Dhawal Kulkarni and Shams Mulani (Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs) were chosen by the two new franchises in the eight-team affair.Before the auction, it was announced that seven U-19 players including batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal were not available for the league, which begins on May 14 at the Wankhede stadium. Meanwhile, Sujit Naik also fetched Rs 5 Lakh bid. Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of the League. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Attorneys for Bryan Stow, Frank McCourt seek favorable jury in Dodger Stadium beating case

first_imgOne of Stow’s assailants, Louie Sanchez, was confrontational with fans while inside the stadium during the game and should have been thrown out by the second inning, Girardi said, but there was no security in the section in which Sanchez and his friend Marvin Norwood were seated.“I mean, it’s crazy, and nobody does anything about it,” Girardi said.When Stow was attacked in the parking lot, security was also absent, even though two guards were supposed to be present, he noted. “Somehow they didn’t make it,” Girardi said.The attorney insisted that Stow did not attack Sanchez or Norwood, both of whom have pleaded guilty to attacking the father of two. “He never touched anybody.” Stow’s medical care has thus far reached into the millions of dollars. “You’re not supposed to end up this way going to the game,” Girardi said, adding that no person or entity in the current ownership of the Dodgers faces any potential liability. Fox countered that Stow had a blood-alcohol level well above what is considered the legal limit to drive both at the time of the attack and earlier in the stadium. He said security at Dodger Stadium that day was the highest in the stadium’s history for an opening-day game.A Major League Baseball representative who was present at the game said he had never seen such a large security force at any game, Fox said, adding that security included nearly 200 Los Angeles Police Department officers in the parking lot in addition to a mix of LAPD officers, off-duty lawmen and private security guards in the stadium.Judge Victor Chavez ordered the prospective jurors to fill out a questionnaire meant to gauge their ability to be fair to both sides.“What is your opinion, if any, of Frank McCourt?” is question No. 34 of the proposed 45-question survey filed by his lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court.Jurors are also being asked their opinions of the Dodger organization and Dodger Stadium and whether they have ever had a negative experience at the facility.Both attorneys will be probing to see if jurors have come to any opinion as to whether Stow should be compensated by McCourt or the Dodgers. About 100 prospective jurors in the trial of a San Francisco Giants fan’s negligence suit against ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt heard widely different accounts from attorneys Tuesday about who was responsible for the severe brain injury suffered by the former paramedic in a beating outside Dodger Stadium.Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz was attacked by two Dodger fans in a stadium parking lot after the opening-day game on March 31, 2011. A lawsuit was filed on Stow’s behalf two months later.Thomas Girardi, representing Stow, blamed the attack on a lack of security. But Dana Fox, on behalf of McCourt and three Dodger entities he created, said Stow and the two men who attacked him share responsibility for the “tragic, terrible injuries” he suffered.The lawyers gave prospective jurors a brief summation of the case shortly after they were brought into the Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom where the trial will take place. Stow, in a wheelchair, was in the front row of the courtroom, along with his parents and relatives.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more