Diary of a captain – Boxing

May 3, 2021

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first_imgSOME flirt with the idea for a few sessions, maybe even a fortnight, but you can spot the reaction in people’s faces: this is hard. When you enter the ring you know that there’s no team to back you up. The guy in the opposite corner has trained for weeks and has dedicated hours of his life to ensure these are the hardest three rounds you’ll ever face. You can’t afford to be weak, you can’t afford not to train hard and you can’t afford to make a mistake. For the squad the pinnacle of the season is Varsity. But to get there you need bouts, which means a continual cycle of peaking physically for fights throughout the season. No one can afford to be on anything other than top form for a contest, so the training is intense from the word go. Preparations begin before the start of Michaelmas when our nutritional plans kick in and the hard work starts. All squad members train 7-10 times per week with the emphasis on building up split second explosive power and technical ability. In a typical session sprints precede circuits on the rope, then sparring. Rounds on the bags are mixed with drills, shadow boxing and more body weight circuits. Track and hill sprint sessions are run two mornings a week, conditioning the body through intervals to reach maximum performance quickly with the fastest recovery time possible. You don’t eat before these! Weight circuits run in the evening focus on explosive movements to build strength and stamina without size, where dedicated sparring sessions focus on building the finished product. We have a mature squad this year, retaining talent from past Blues and others who have trained with the club before. The female squad has gone from strength to strength, receiving recognition from the Blues’ committee, although not counting towards our Varsity fight. We stand to make it 3 wins in 3 this year at the Town Hall, and the pressure of wanting to achieve is already bearing down on us.last_img read more


The Latest: NASCAR suspends May 9 race at Martinsville

September 18, 2020

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first_imgThe proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When NASCAR suspended racing four events into the season, it listed the event in Virginia as its return date. But Virginia is under a stay-at-home order until June 10.NASCAR in a statement said it is considering restarting the season without fans in May. It has privately told teams that NASCAR is hopeful to race May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600.“Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined,” NASCAR said in a statement.___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group.The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.” The Latest: NASCAR suspends May 9 race at Martinsville The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season. April 17, 2020 An employee of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact has tested positive for COVID-19.The team made the announcement Wednesday and said the employee had mild symptoms for a few days is doing well. The person has been placed in quarantine.Montreal did not specify whether the employee was a player or another member of the team’s staff. The Impact said it is the only confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the organization so far.___The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity. Associated Press center_img ___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July.The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing. It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.”Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded. The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ ___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling.Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR has suspended its May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway and did not give an indication on when the season will resume. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


Badgers pull away late, defeat Wildcats, 78-63

September 16, 2020

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first_imgJon Leuer contributed 26 points and six rebounds as the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 78-63 Sunday at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Before Bo Ryan arrived at Wisconsin to coach the men’s basketball team, a perfect home record hadn’t been attained since the 1929-30 season.On Sunday night, Ryan notched his third perfect home record with the Badgers in his 10 seasons in Madison.Junior guard Jordan Taylor and senior forward Keaton Nankivil each hit a key three-pointer in the game’s final three minutes to stifle a Northwestern comeback in No. 12 Wisconsin’s 78-63 victory Sunday.Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4) led by 16 points two minutes into the second half, but Northwestern whittled that down to three after a 20-7 scoring run. A John Shurna three-pointer with just over seven minutes to play made it a 58-55 game.The Badgers eventually increased their lead back to eight points before Taylor knocked down a deep three above the key with the hand of 6-foot-5 forward Drew Crawford in his face.The Wildcats (16-12, 6-11) then answered with two consecutive layups. After Davide Curletti converted one for NU, Crawford stole the inbound pass to lay it in for two more and bring the score to 70-63 with 2:19 left.On UW’s next trip downcourt, Taylor drove to the basket, taking Nankivil’s defender with him. The junior then kicked the ball out to a wide-open Nankivil on the right wing, where the senior took full advantage.The Wildcats never scored again.“It was kind of a shot-clock situation, so I really didn’t want to have to give the ball [away] and put one of my teammates in a bad situation,” Nankivil said. “Jordan did a great job of drawing two guys and an open shot, a situation where if I pass it, it would put someone else in a worse situation probably, so I figured I might as well toss it up there and see what happens.”Senior forward Jon Leuer led all scorers with 26 points on nine of 14 shooting from the field and tied for the game-high with six rebounds. Three other Badgers also scored in double-digits: Taylor (16), Nankivil (15) and Gasser (10). Taylor also added seven assists.Over the course of Northwestern’s 20-7 run, Wisconsin hit just two of nine shots from the field and turned the ball over three times, while the Wildcats hit seven of 11 attempts, including five three-pointers.Northwestern featured just four players contributing to the scoreboard, but all of them scored in double figures. Guard Michael Thompson led the way with 19 points, while Curletti came off the bench to chip in 18.All other Northwestern players attempted just four shots on the night, but it didn’t prevent the Wildcats from hitting 50 percent from the field, including seven of nine from three-point range in the first half.“They had looks,” Ryan said. “Man, I would think – the way these guys shoot – they must put mannequins right in front of them and just shoot right over the top of them in their shooting practice. We might have to try that, because even if we had guys up on them – especially in the first half – with a high hand, they just dropped and fired, just shot over the top because they do it well.Northwestern finished the night with a 46.8 shooting percentage and 52.4 from the perimeter. Wisconsin shot 65.4 percent in the first half and finished with a 57.4 clip for the game. The Badgers hit 42.1 percent of their three-pointers.The Wisconsin frontcourt conceded just three offensive rebounds to Northwestern. The Badgers, in turn, scored 13 points off their six offensive boards and scored 22 points in the paint.Leuer, along with Nankivil and sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz, carved up the inside with great post play, rebounding and passing. Both Leuer and Nankivil converted a three-point play after battling for two points in the paint.“I felt like I could be pretty effective in the post,” Leuer said. “My teammates did a great job of finding me in the post, and once I got in there, I just wanted to make a strong move towards the basket, and for the most part, I thought I did a pretty good job of it.”Taylor never became discouraged in the second half during Northwestern’s surge due to Leuer’s ability to penetrate inside.“They made their run, they did the same thing last year, but I just felt like we were always in control, especially the way Jon was playing,” Taylor said. “You just throw it down to him and don’t have to worry about anything.”last_img read more