“Competing head to head for so many years will be remembered forever. The sporting rivalry between us was very nice on a personal level. I think that the fans also enjoyed it, be they Madrid or Barca supporters, and those who just like football in general will also have enjoyed it.”Messi won his sixth Ballon d’Or in 2019 to go one ahead of Ronaldo, who has claimed the prestigious honour on five occasions.During Ronaldo’s time in the Spanish capital he scored 450 goals in 438 matches, while Messi netted 472 goals in 476 appearances across all competitions. “It was special and it was a duel that will remain forever as it went on for many years and it isn’t easy to keep competing at the highest level for so long,” Messi told Dazn Italia when asked about his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.“More so in the two teams that we were at, so demanding as is Madrid and Barca, the best two in the world. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said his intense rivalry with former Real Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo at “the best two” clubs in the world will never be forgotten.Advertisement Ronaldo left Madrid as the club’s all-time top scorer after nine seasons to join Juventus in 2018 and the two have not faced each other since. Loading… Read Also: Barcelona topple Real Madrid as richest club, hit $891m markThe Clasico had a distinct flavour when Ronaldo was at Madrid, according to Messi.“Obviously when Cristiano was at Madrid the games against them were always special,” the Argentina captain said. “It was all the more special because of what those game mean but those times are behind us and things go on, it’s what it is.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?These TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet
The International Olympic Committee will hold high-level talks on Tuesday, as doubts grow over the Tokyo Games and with some in Japan urging officials not to risk lives by pressing ahead during the coronavirus emergency. IOC president Thomas Bach says he will follow recommendations from the World Health Organization as the Olympic Games come under threat from the coronavirus pandemic While countries across Europe have gone into full lockdown after the continent was declared the new epicentre of the deadly virus by the World Health Organization, no decision is expected yet on a possible postponement, or indeed cancellation, of this summer’s Olympics. The IOC’s executive board will meet via conference call to prepare an “information exchange” ahead of a series of talks with athletes’ representatives, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs), planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. The issue of qualifying will be a particular focus of Tuesday’s telephone meeting. The Boxing Road to Tokyo event in London on Monday became the latest qualifier to be put on hold. Subsequent Americas and final world qualifiers, scheduled to take place in May, have also been put on ice. However, the IOC told AFP its position “has not changed”. “The numerous measures taken by authorities worldwide give us confidence and allow us to remain determined to organise the Olympic Games capable of bringing the whole world together in peace,” it said Monday, with the opening ceremony on July 24 just 19 weeks away. The IOC also said it was “proud of the solidarity and the flexibility” shown by athletes, the international federations and the National Olympic Committees faced with the “challenges regarding qualifiers in several sports”. The body said it was “closely cooperating” with all athletes affected and “is showing all the necessary flexibility to adapt the qualifying systems”. Officials like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC chief Thomas Bach have repeatedly insisted preparations should continue to light the Olympic flame. But with events from the Premier League to NBA basketball scrapped, and Japanese sport also at a standstill, even US President Donald Trump has suggested putting the Olympics on hold. Japan has seen relatively few cases, with 814 testing positive and 24 dead. But some people on the streets of Tokyo voiced concern for the fans that would pour in from abroad. – ‘Cannot sacrifice lives’ – Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldArtist Got Bored With Quarantine & Painted Flowers All Over WallsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Japanese residents have expressed concern that the spread of the new coronavirus may make it impossible to host the Olympics this summerKoki Miura, a 27-year-old employee at an internet company, told AFP: “To be honest, even if Japan overcomes this crisis, we wouldn’t receive visitors from the world. I think we’d better not hold it.”“We cannot sacrifice people’s lives for it,” added Miura, who said the Games should be postponed – if not cancelled outright.Public opinion in Japan appears to be moving against the Games. A poll for public broadcaster NHK taken March 6-9 suggested 45 percent were opposed to going ahead as planned, with 40 percent in favour.And a new poll of more than 1,000 people released Monday by Japan’s Kyodo news agency showed 69.9 percent of respondents believe Tokyo will not be able to hold the Games as scheduled.Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has said it is “unthinkable” to cancel the Olympics but the decision rests with the IOC. Bach has stressed the IOC will follow World Health Organization recommendations.Masao Sugawara, a 90-year-old pensioner, told AFP: “Personally, I think it would be safer to postpone the Olympics for a year, just as President Trump said. Look at the panic.”“Of course it would be disappointing, though,” he admitted.Organisers and Japanese officials insist preparations for the Games are continuing as scheduledRead Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledgeManfred Otto, 45, a half-Japanese, half-German lawyer, said he was “worried” about the Games and stressed: “We really need to be careful.”“If the outbreak does not get controlled by June or July, I think we should postpone it,” said Otto.The betting odds are increasingly shifting towards the opening ceremony not taking place on July 24. Bookmaker Paddy Power is offering 4-1 against the Games opening on time.This comes as the virus – which has killed 7,000 people worldwide – shreds the international sporting calendar, with almost no elite sporting action taking place last weekend.Sugawara said the magnitude of the coronavirus trumped sporting considerations.“I am 90 years old. Except for wartime, I have never felt so worried.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Oldenburg, In. — The Indiana Office of Energy Development recently announced applications are being accepted for the Indiana Propane School Bus Grant program now through Friday, Oct. 19.The goal of the grant is to increase public school corporations’ access to and knowledge of new propane school buses, which help decrease school children’s exposure to harmful emissions, lower maintenance costs and increase fuel diversity.Grant recipients will receive between 50 to 100 percent of the incremental costs of buying new propane school buses, which is the difference between a propane bus and a diesel or gasoline bus.To qualify, Indiana public school corporations must own their buses and have access to propane fueling infrastructure or show they will have access if awarded a grant. Additionally, projects must involve the purchase of a minimum of two new propane school buses.Click here to download an application.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Roston Chase announced his return to the domestic scene with his seventh first-class hundred which propped up Barbados Pride’s batting against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.The West Indies batsman survived two chances to lead a rescue operation for the Pride, gathering 114 and taking the hosts to 296 for nine in their first innings at the close, after they were put in to bat on the first day of their eighth-round match at Kensington Oval.Chase struck 11 fours and two sixes from 225 balls in a shade over 5¼ hours, sharing important stands with club-mate Justin Greaves and newcomer Tevyn Walcott that pulled the Pride around from a treacherous 31 for five.Greaves scored 60 in sharing 131 for the sixth wicket with Chase, and Walcott made 49, putting on a further 97 for the seventh wicket with the returning Windies star.The 25-year-old Chase reached his third regional first-class hundred from 188 balls, when he guided a delivery from Barbados-born all-rounder Kyle Mayers to third man for his 10th four.He, however, was dismissed in the closing stages of the day to left-arm spinner Larry Edward, whose 3-71 from 20 overs made him the Volcanoes’ most successful bowler.Watched by a crowd that included Cricket West Indies vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, the Windwards Cricket Board president, and West Indies selector Lockhart Sebastien, Volcanoes carved up the Pride’s top-order batting in the morning session with disciplined, if not devastating bowling, after being greeted by a helpful, green-top pitch.Lanky left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson made the breakthrough, when he had Shayne Moseley caught at second slip for two from a loose drive.Shermon Lewis struck with successive deliveries to put the Pride on their heels at 15 for three, when he had Anthony Alleyne, the home team’s other left-handed opener, caught in the same position for seven, flirting outside the off-side, and bowled Jonathan Carter, another left-hander, with a well-pitched yorker.Pride sank to 25 for four, when their captain Shamarh Brooks was brilliantly caught by Roland Cato left-handed, low at second slip off Johnson for 10 before veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford, making his 100th regional first-class appearance, had Kevin Stoute caught at mid-on for four from a flawed on-drive.Greaves came to the crease and started the operation to rebuild the innings with Chase, taking Pride to 61 for five at lunch.Chase was fortunate before the interval to have gained an early reprieve on one, when Johnson failed to hold onto a sharp, high chance.After lunch, Chase had another slice of good fortune on 14, when substitute fielder Josh Thomas muffed a skier at fine leg from a top-edged sweep off Shillingford.After this let-off, Chase buckled down and with Greaves gradually eased the tension in the Pride dressing room, both reaching the half-century mark in the final half-hour before tea.But Greaves was caught at forward short leg off Shillingford just before the break after a 2¼-hour stay in which he struck nine fours from 94 balls.Walcott came to the crease and with Chase carried Pride to 171 for six at tea before they emerged from the break to continue the repair job.Chase continued to inch to his milestone, but Walcott was a revelation, playing some handsome strokes, including the shot-of-the-day, a sublime extra-cover push off Mayers for one of his nine fours.He stayed long enough to usher Chase to his milestone, but Edward, who has played the game domestically in Barbados for club champions University of the West Indies, was brought on for an extended spell from the northern (3Ws Stand) end with a day waning and he broke the partnership.Edward had Walcott caught at short mid-wicket before he added Chase caught at extra cover three overs later and Hayden Walsh, Jr caught behind for one in the final half-hour to put the game back in the balance before West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, not out on 24, and fellow Test player Jomel Warrican, not out on four, batted through the final three overs before stumps were drawn.Johnson, who was stretchered off the field after sustaining a leg injury while executing a piece of fielding, ended the day with 2-21 from 11 overs, Lewis bagged 2-36 from 12 overs and Shillingford 2-92 from 22 overs.Pride – second in the table on 75.2 points before the match – have so far gained two batting points and Volcanoes – last on 52.2 points entering the match – have so far earned three bowling points plus 0.8 pace bowling points.BARBADOS PRIDE 1st inningsA. Alleyne c Cato b Lewis 7S. Moseley c Cato b Johnson 2S. Brooks c Cato b Johnson 10J. Carter b Lewis 0R. Chase c Hodge b Edwards 114K. Stoute c Johnson b Shillingford 4J. Greaves c Hodge b Shillingford 60T. Walcott c (sub.) Thomas b Edward 49K. Roach not out 24H. Walsh c wkp. DDH Smith b Edward 1J. Warrican not out 4Extras: (b-2, lb-10, w-6, nb-3) 21Total: (9 wkts, 90 overs) 296Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-15, 3-15, 4-25, 5-31, 6-161, 7-258, 8-279, 9-281.Bowling: Johnson 11-5-21-2, Lewis 12-2-36-2 (nb-1, w-6), Mayers 20-5-53-0 (nb-2), Shillingford 22-1-92-2, Edward 20-3-71-3, Theophile 2-0-9-0, Hodge 3-2-2-0.
The Latest: Dortmund defends players pictured without masks Associated Press Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season.___ Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___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 6 German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. June 4, 2020 ___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16. All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes. Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday. The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned. Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches.They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Their coach and mentor, Fubara Onyenabo however said, â€œwhat they lack in size, they augment with team work and technical ability.â€In their quarter final encounter against Anambra State, the Rivers State team proved they not only had the brain to outwit bigger opponents but also the will, as they out-dunked their opponent.However, in their semifinal match against the eventual winner and perhaps the biggest side, in terms of size, Ebonyi State representative, St. Augustine Seminary, Ezzamgbo, an encounter that was believed to be the game of the Equatorial Conference, it was a ding dong affair in which the â€˜Rivers kidsâ€™ led up to the third quarter, but by the fourth quarter, the winner however proved that size and indeed height was a big factor in basketball and they used it to outwit their opponent.It was not surprising when the kids from Rivers eventually caved in and the dream of visiting Lagos was in ruin, but they left Enugu with their shoulders high.They did not leave empty handed though. They went home with the bronze medal and a footprint.Speaking with THISDAY, Coach Onyenabo said it was the first time the school would be participating in the Milo Secondary School Basketball, adding that their aim was not really to win but to test-run his boys and have a feel of how the competition was but promised to be back bigger at the next edition.â€œThe ultimate aim is to expose them to the biggest stage as far as basketball is concerned. Most of them came from the volatile part of the state where cultism was the order of the day but I have been able to shield them away from trouble through the Da-F Basketball Academy, which sponsors most of them to schoolâ€, Onyenabo said.Ebuka Okpara, who is the best player for the side said he was happy to have gone home with a bronze medal, but would have been happier to have made it to the national finals in Lagos as he was yet to travel to that part of the country.â€œI have heard a lot of stories about Lagos and was hoping to be there one day, and I felt Milo Basketball would have provided the platform to achieve that objective,â€ Okpara said.However, that is just half the story of the Community Secondary School, PABOD, Port Harcourt, boys.The true story about these kids was that for basketball they would have added to the number of boys terrorising the streets of Port Harcourt and its environs as most of the came from the volatile part of the state-Niger Axis and Abuja, where cultism, drugs usage and guns firing are the order of the day.For a member of the team, Yusuf Rasheed, he would never have thought of going to school as his parents could not afford his school fees and would probably have been in the streets.â€œPlaying basketball gave me the opportunity to be in school because my parents could not afford sending me to school. By playing basketball, it takes care of my school fees,â€ he said.Ifeayni Anthony Koko had similar story to tell, as he also leverage on playing basketball to return to school, while some of his colleges that do not have such luxury are now roaming the streets and looking for ways to make ends meet.Milo believes that children who are physically active in exercise and sports are less likely to be obese and most likely to do well all round. It is a brand that is known for building future champions. Having steered this cause for 19 consecutive years and still counting, milo uses sports as a metaphor to teach school children the important life skills such as determination, confidence, discipline, teamwork and respect.Over 9,000 schools from the 36 states and the FTC jostled for the prestigious trophy of champions.Winners in both male and female categories in the conference were rewarded with the championship trophies and various cash rewards for the development of sports facilities in their respective schools.This yearâ€™s national finals is slated for Lagos from June 11-17, where each of the male and female winners from the four conferences would be contesting for the grand trophy. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nestle prides itself as an organisation that had been in the forefront of grassroots sports in the country with its yearly Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship. Beyond that, the competition has also helped keep kids in schools and out of streets writes Kunle AdewaleÂ Spectators at the Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, could not help but pitch their support for Rivers State representative, Community Secondary School, Pabod, Port Harcourt, at the Equatorial Conference of the 19th Milo Basketball Championship. This was not only because of the unique basketball artistry displayed by the kids but by virtue of their small size. The Rivers team was the youngest in age and smallest of stature, which made many to wonder how they would cope against the bigger boys some of whom were double their sizes.
USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies is gearing up for a variety of projects in the upcoming year, which it will organize from a new home — a new building that opened last week.ICT works to create new and innovative technologies, particularly in the field of virtual reality sector. The institute recently moved from its old Marina Del Rey, Calif., facility into a new building in Playa Vista, a housing and corporate development just north of Los Angeles International Airport.ICT was started in 1999 in conjunction with the U.S. Army to explore the opportunities for the military by combining fields such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality technologies, the entertainment industry and the game industry.“One of the unique things about ICT is that we are multidisciplinary — it is truly a place that has engineers and artists housed together, and … a lot of good things are coming out of it,” said Randall Hill Jr., executive director of ICT.The Army was drawn to USC because of its proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment industry as well as its academic expertise, especially in technical fields, said Todd Richmond, ICT project director.“ICT is unique … [because] USC is unique,” Richmond said. “It is home to [an] entertainment community, [and it combines] critical mass of not only traditional technical expertise but also creative [expertise].”Today, ICT is still primarily funded by the military. Its goals include basic and applied research for virtual reality technologies, including designing prototypes and generally trying to create as “real” of experiences as possible in the virtual world, Richmond said.“Realism doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be super high-def video and audio … It’s about engagement. [We aim to] create experiences that engage the learner,” Richmond said.Hill highlighted the institute’s connections with the entertainment industry through its use of storytelling to create a real environment for viewers.“What we want to do is create experiences that are memorable, and stories are the way people have been doing it since the beginning,” Hill said.ICT received an acknowledgement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its work in the movie industry. Light Stage technologies developed by ICT have been used in movies such as Avatar, King Kong and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.The institute is working on a variety of projects for the upcoming year, focusing on issues from healthcare and social work to movie technology.On the healthcare and military side, virtual technologies are being used to help treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental conditions. Avatars created by ICT are used to train soldiers at Camp Pendleton and other military training bases.Projects such as these will not only save money for the military, Richmond said, they will also be essential in saving people’s lives. Hill added that the future of virtual technologies is infinite, and ICT’s work is helping pave the way for a multidisciplinary approach to virtual reality.ICT is primarily a research institute, meaning it doesn’t offer courses or degrees. Faculty members from many different university departments hold positions at ICT, however, and undergraduates are exposed to the center through their professors.“A lot of our strength has come from collaborations we’ve had with schools from USC,” Hill said.The institute also works with student groups on campus and offers a summer internship program for undergraduates. Graduate students have the opportunity to become directly involved with the program through their research.“We really love the energy that students bring to the place,” Hill said.Students and faculty will be able to access the new facilities located at the Hughes Aircraft Facility, a building that has a long history of technological innovation, Richmond said.The facility is a LEED-certified green building and has many cutting edge features. One of the highlights is a projector that displays images in 3-D without the necessity of 3-D glasses for viewers.The space is very open, Hill said, and is designed for meetings and collaboration. To encourage collaboration, each cubicle has a whiteboard for employees to brainstorm while working.“It’s a fairly kinetic environment where people are always messing around with things,” Richmond said.In addition, the facility has more spaces for conferences, meetings and workshops, including a 130-person theater and a variety of open meeting spaces.The institute also has a satellite location that is more focused on lab space. At this facility, games that mix virtual and physical realities, such as a Wild West Gunslinger game, are created and tested.“[That location is for] prototyping and projects that need a bigger space — it’s like a big sandbox [for] mixing the physical world and digital world,” Richmond said.
Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Michelle Collaros prepared to put her youngest son, Dimitrios, to bed when he came running into a back room yelling, ‘Mommy, Zach’s in! Zach’s in!’ She was uneasy. With her stomach in knots, she trudgesd into the living room of her Steubenville, Ohio, home and looked at the television. It’s Oct. 15, 2009, and her eldest son, Zach, has taken over at quarterback for Cincinnati against South Florida. ‘I can’t watch when he’s on TV like that,’ Michelle said. ‘I’m very nervous.’ Seconds later, her stomach flipped again as Zach is sacked on his first play. Wait a few more seconds, though, and the scene has changed completely.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Michelle’s younger brother, Zach’s uncle, was yelling to her frantically through a cell phone. The Collaros’ home phone rang incessantly in the next room. Michelle was nervous, but considering her son’s winning pedigree, she shouldn’t have been. Facing third-and-11, Zach darted up the middle on a quarterback draw and broke away from the Bulls defense, racing 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Bearcats ahead for good. ‘I knew from the very beginning that he was going to be a winner,’ said Reno Saccoccia, Collaros’ high school football coach. ‘All he needed was an opportunity.’ Now, less than a year later, Collaros looks to continue his remarkable success as UC’s starter. An injury to the forearm of starting quarterback Tony Pike pushed Collaros into the spotlight during the heart of the Big East schedule. Collaros led the Bearcats to a 4-0 record and the No. 5 national ranking during his time as Pike’s replacement. His name may have been new to teams and households across the country, but his success wasn’t. Collaros has been a winner his entire life, boasting a 41-1 record as a starting quarterback in high school. He showed few weaknesses a year ago and frustrated opposing defenses with his ability to make plays with his arm and his legs. A dual threat in football, yes, but Collaros is also a dual athlete. He flirted briefly with a career as a baseball player in high school and at Cincinnati. Collaros comes in as the clear No. 1 quarterback for the Bearcats and using the athleticism honed through both sports, he is looking to prove his four-game tear last year was no fluke. ‘Those four games really helped me into this offseason with people on the team looking to me in adverse situations,’ Collaros said. Adverse situations often brought out the best in Collaros. Each of his first three touchdowns in 2009 came on third down. In all he posted six scores on third or fourth down. ‘I don’t know if it will make a difference whether you can game plan for him or not,’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘The guy is a playmaker. … I don’t know what he can’t do. I think he’s a heck of a quarterback.’ In his best game as the starter last season, Collaros threw for 480 yards and ran for 75 more against Connecticut on Nov. 7 with three combined touchdowns. The passing total ranks second in school history, and his 555 total yards is now the school record. Over the course of his four games at the helm, Collaros put up staggering numbers: 1,233 yards passing, eight touchdowns and just one interception and a 78 percent completion rate. The Bearcats beat each opponent by an average of 14 points per game. ‘Zach did a great job getting himself ready,’ said Pike, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. ‘His performances from last year spoke for themselves. … Zach’s a winner.’ Perhaps Collaros was destined to have that breakout moment. Mark Glaser, his uncle, remembers high school coaches sitting up on a hill, intently watching Collaros when he was only in the seventh grade. While at Steubenville High School in Ohio, Collaros broke every major passing record and won back-to-back state titles in his junior and senior seasons. And he never left the field. When he wasn’t under center, Collaros was a starting cornerback for his final three years. When he wasn’t on offense or defense, he was returning kicks on special teams. He took three kicks back for scores in his senior year alone. The way Collaros became Steubenville’s quarterback had Saccoccia thinking déjà vu while watching that long touchdown run against South Florida. ‘He was in a playoff game, and our quarterback went down,’ Saccoccia said. ‘Zach came in and the third play he took it for a 72-yard touchdown run on a draw, the same as he did against USF.’ ‘It was eerie the way that happened.’ His 41-1 record in high school includes one season as quarterback of the freshman team. It was during that year, 2003, to be exact, that Collaros suffered his last loss as a starting quarterback. Playing as a freshman against the junior varsity team from John Marshall High School, Collaros vividly remembers that feeling of defeat. ‘They scored on a trick play, and they beat us (on the final drive),’ he said. ‘It still hurts. Me and my friends still talk about that stuff. That was our only loss in any sport.’ It’s not surprising for that one loss to be firmly planted in Collaros’ mind. After all, it’s his only blemish in more than six years. How is that possible? Anyone who knows him chalks it up to his unparalleled competitive nature. ‘Ever since he was young he had such a drive to win,’ Collaros’ uncle, Mark Glaser said. ‘It was unbelievable. You’d have to almost tell him that it was OK to lose. He didn’t get that.’ This wasn’t just true for sports, Glaser said. Any card game with his family had the same stakes as football. ‘Handling losses is not something you want to be good at,’ Collaros said, smiling. Saccoccia said Collaros gets his competitive streak from his mother. Her assessment of her son’s lone high school defeat shows that Saccoccia is probably right. ‘In this house we didn’t count that game, because they were junior varsity and our kids were just freshmen,’ she said. Despite all the accolades and awards Collaros was earning on the football field — he was the Ohio Division III Player of the Year in 2006 and named an EA Sports All-American Third Team — baseball presented the more likely path for him to follow. As a talented high school shortstop, he committed to play baseball at Kent State like a number of former Steubenville players. ‘He was playing a position where he stood out,’ said Scott Stricklin, the Kent State head baseball coach. ‘Everything you see him do in the pocket and then scrambling as a quarterback, he did the same thing as a shortstop.’ Eventually, that football talent paid off, catching the eye of coaches in the Big East such as former UC head coach Brian Kelly and his staff. That led to a better-late-than-never scholarship offer to play quarterback in the Big East, something that couldn’t be passed up. So he backed out of his commitment to Kent State. ‘We recruited him out of high school and we missed on him,’ Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said. ‘You talk about intangibles and being a winner. …They don’t come any better than Zach Collaros.’ Sweetening the Cincinnati offer was the chance to play baseball at the school as well. Collaros went out for the Bearcats baseball team in the spring of 2009, playing in 36 games and hitting .204. Besides the pure enjoyment of being a two-sport athlete at UC, Collaros said baseball actually helped him improve as a quarterback. ‘Footwork especially carries over from baseball to football,’ he said. ‘Turning a double play is kind of like throwing a quick slant. (You practice) different arm angles, too. You might have to sidearm it sometimes instead of throwing it over the top. There’s a lot of things that help out in football.’ Most people already had an idea that his time as a two-sport athlete would be brief, UC head baseball coach Brian Cleary said. But that breakout run against South Florida cut it even shorter than he anticipated. ‘As I’m watching him break that 75-yard run, I’m cheering for him to get in the end zone,’ he said. ‘And as soon as he does, I kind of realize, ‘Holy cow, there goes his baseball career.” Collaros opted not to play baseball in the spring of 2010 in order to learn the football playbook under new head coach Butch Jones. With all of his time focused on improving during the offseason, Collaros can’t wait to return to the field, especially with the Bearcats getting back their leading rusher, two of their top-three receivers and two All-Big East offensive guards. One of those receivers is the 6-foot-3 Armon Binns, with whom Collaros had special chemistry a year ago. Binns was on the receiving end of half of Collaros’ passing touchdowns and 30 percent of his passing yards. ‘The guy has got eyes in the back of his head for me,’ Binns said. ‘He can see me no matter where I’m at on the field.’ In Collaros’ mind, a successful season would be winning all 13 games. If that’s going to happen, the connection with Binns must flourish once again. Not one coach denied Collaros’ talents as a player. Now it’s time to see if they can come up with a game plan to stop him. ‘Now he is ready for the team to be his this year,’ Pike said. ‘He has done all of the work to get himself there, and I expect big things from him this year.’ firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports this morning say Cahir will be without Robbie Costigan for the replay due to a rib injury picked up yesterday.Loughmore were looking to make history by becoming the first side to retain the O’Dwyer Cup and they’ll get a second bite at the cherry on Friday. Other results from around the county yesterday.The County Intermediate football semi-final replay saw Drom-&-Inch beat Borrisokane in Templederry. The final score was Drom-&-inch 2-8 Borrisokane nine points.They will now come up against Upperchurch-Drombane in final. Fethard have been relegated to intermediate football next year after they suffered defeat to Moycarkey Borris in Boherlahan. The final score was Moycarkey 2-9 Fethard 1-4.Cappawhite/Treacys powered past Golden/Kilfeacle in the West Under 21 ‘B’ hurling final…beating them on a scoreline of 3-18 to Golden’s 2-9.The south Tipp U21 ‘A’ Hurling semi-final ended in a draw…Ballingarry and Carrick-Swans could not be separated in their encounter, with a final score of Ballingarry 1-9 Carrick-Swans 12 points. The replay of the Senior Football County final has been scheduled for Friday next, St Stephen’s Day in Leahy Park, in Cashel, with throw-in at 1 o’clock.Yesterday’s enthralling decider saw Loughmore-Castleiney and Cahir finish up all square after over 60 minutes of high quality football.The final score was Cahir 1-10 Loughmore-Castleiney 2-7.
The Capitals will visit the White House on Monday to celebrate last June’s Stanley Cup victory after there was some uncertainty as to whether Washington would attend.However, at least one player already has indicated he won’t make the trip. Forward Brett Connolly said he intends to “respectfully, decline.” He expressed last summer he would not attend if the Capitals were invited. “That’s all I will say about it,” Connolly added, per the Associated Press. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It’s obviously a big deal and gains a lot of attention, but I have been in full support of an old teammate that I am really good friends with and I agreed with.”Several other players, though, showed interest in celebrating their championship with President Donald Trump at the White House. Captain Alex Ovechkin said he “can’t wait,” while center Nicklas Backstrom said Tuesday: “It’s exciting. Any time you get an invitation from the president and be at the White House, it’s going to be a great experience.” Related News Goalie Braden Holtby was more reserved while discussing his interest last summer, saying the team would work to reach a decision together when the time comes.”I don’t know. We’re gonna try and make that a group decision,” Holtby said in June, per NBC Sports. “Weigh the positives and negatives of everything. In any situation like that, you want to make sure you’re doing what’s right for what you believe in and that should take thought — and weigh a group decision.”The Capitals won the Stanley Cup in five games, winning the series over the Golden Knights, 4-1, to give Washington its first title in franchise history. David Pastrnak injury update: Bruins winger (thumb) game-time decision vs. Islanders Vladimir Tarasenko injury update: Blues RW to return Tuesday vs. Oilers