Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 24, 2013

first_imgDerp.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 24, the day Jane Fonda released her first workout video in 1982, sending housewives, and teenage boys everywhere, into a VHS buying frenzy:Armstrong: Tour de U.S. GovernmentThe Justice Department revealed yesterday their plan to take back the millions of dollars the government spent sponsoring confessed doper Lance Armstrong. From 1998 to 2004 the U.S. Postal Service paid Armstrong $17 million, almost half of the $40 million it spent on its cycling team. The filing says that Armstrong was “unjustly enriched” and call for triple damages assessed by the jury. Armstrong and his team of lawyers plan to fight the lawsuit. His defense only has to prove that his doping did not damage the USPS, while the Justice Department will base its case on the illegal status of performance-enhancing drugs in the competitive cycling and Armstrong’s cover-up of his doping habits.Breathe Deep that Clean AirThank the Blue Ridge for our clean mountain air and enjoy a lungful. The American Lung Association released their annual State of the Air report today, and only Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Cincinnati metropolitan area, which extends into Kentucky, made the list in our neck of the woods. Those two were ranked ten and eight on the list of dirty-air cities. The other eight cities were all located in the golden state of California. The rankings were based on which cities have the worst year-round particle pollution, which comes from vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, and other sources.Safe Route Development in Development in Shenandoah ValleyWalking or biking to school has obvious benefits for everyone: exercise and independence for the kids, less toxins in the air, and the parents don’t have to schlep their offspring around anymoI WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND! Schools and communities in the Shenandoah Valley are planning projects to make that happen through the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program. The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a workshop in Fishersville, Va. to help school administrators and county planners tap into the $4.2 million the program will grant in the next year to make neighborhoods near schools more pedestrian friendly. VDOT is currently supporting 60 ongoing projects statewide. See, the transportation department isn’t all bad, right?last_img read more

New Potters role for Wright

first_img Wright, previously the Potters’ academy manager and head of coaching and coach development, succeeds Terry Robinson, who left the club this summer to take up a role as Leicester’s director of football. Wright told www.stokecityfc.com: “I am very much looking forward to the challenge. “It’s a great achievement what we have done so far and the important thing now is to maintain that category one status, but also at the same time ensure that we are in a position to produce good young footballers.” Stoke have confirmed the appointment of Dave Wright as their new academy director.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gery: Hack reflects on father’s influence in desire to pursue sportswriting career

first_imgSports captivate so many of us for different reasons. They’re a special part of people’s lives and identities from childhood to adulthood.And every fan, athlete and coach has their own story on why sports are special to them. It’s something I’ve thought about as I tried to figure out what story I should tell as my last for The Daily Orange.What made a quiet kid think he could pursue a career that required him to do countless interviews? Why did I want to be a sports writer?The answer always comes back to why sports are special — the chance to see something great, the rush of adrenaline felt in competition, the battle to overcome adversity. These emotions and feelings are all linked to just about every form of sports. And they’re all captured in stories.The first sports stories that gripped me and my brother — ones that still do — were told by my dad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’d tell us stories about the Philadelphia Phillies’ Dick Allen and basketball legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe — two of his favorite players growing up. He’d tell us stories about his playing days on the baseball diamond — describing the cast of characters on his team and all of the battles they had with their rival throughout the years. And he’d tell us stories about his first few years coaching high school basketball — before we could tag along to practices and games — fondly recalling memorable moments with his players.Each story still brings a smile to my face. Each one reminds me why I gave this whole sports journalism thing a shot.Everyone has stories that are special to them. For the last three years at The D.O., I got the chance to put those kinds of stories into words covering Syracuse athletics.I covered up-and-down seasons for the ice hockey, women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams during my time on those beats. I covered the softball team’s record-setting, 45-win season in 2011 and the men’s basketball team’s improbable run to the Final Four this season.Each team played memorable games — some ending in victory, others in defeat — that I wrote about. But I also simply got to ask the coaches and players about their stories.Why were sports special to them? What brought them here to Syracuse to continue their careers?They remembered the first time they picked up a ball. They smiled when a special memory came rushing back to them. They reflected on the bonds with their family, teammates and coaches, and how they’ve influenced them.The coaches and players here took the time to answer my questions, giving me some insight into their lives and who they are. Their families and friends took the time to tell me all about them, too.And it was all so I could tell their stories.Those experiences are what I’ll take with me. They remind me why sports are special.So as I finish up this final column, I think back to my dad’s stories and some of his advice.He coached with fire and passion. It was reflected in his teams, defined by their competitive play and hustle. He’d often tell his players to “go nuts” on the court. It was his way of saying, “Play hard.”And when we’d go to the baseball field to hit, he’d constantly remind us, “Don’t get cheated.” It was about swinging hard every time.I still think about those two short phrases. They’re really about working hard and pushing a little harder.I hope I was able to do that with the stories I told. I hope they captured the emotions, personalities and experiences of the players and coaches I covered. Because when stories do that, they show why sports are special.It’s certainly been a special ride for me the last three years.Ryne Gery is a former sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his columns no longer appear. You can reach him at [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 29, 2013 at 12:19 amlast_img read more

Conor Benn destroys Jussi Koivula with 2nd-round TKO to retain WBA belt

first_img“Kieron Conway put up a great fight, he’s a tough boy, he has a great work rate, but I do believe I clearly won by four rounds,” he said after the fight. “But it is what it is. I’m gutted. I’m still champ but I deserved the win.”Conway can take a lot of positives from this draw. Expect him to challenge again for the British title. Also on the card:Otha Jones III def. Michael Horabin via a first-round TKO (referee stopped fight); lightweights.Craig Richards def. Andre Sterling via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-111, 115-112); British light heavyweight title final eliminator.Shannon Courtenay def. Valerija Sepetovska via second-round TKO (referee stopped fight; bantamweights.Charles Frankham def. Ilgvars Krauklis via first-round knockout; super featherweights.Recce Bellotti def. Josue Bendana via fourth-round knockout; featherweights.Anthony Fox def. Duane Sinclair. 79-73 on points; light heavyweights Conor Benn defended his WBA Continental welterweight title in empathic fashion Friday, defeating Jussi Koivula via second-round TKO at London’s York Hall.”The Destroyer” (15-0, 10 KOs) rallied after taking a lot of punishment in the opening round of his debut as a headliner. Koivula (24-7-1, nine KOs) caught him with a right hand early and looked determined to get the job done inside the first three minutes. The “Ice Man” continued to take the fight to the 22-year-old champ and eventually sent him stumbling back to the ropes with a left hand. Koivula easily won Round 1 and silenced the crowd, which began to grow nervous. Benn looked to match Koivula’s work rate in the second; finally, with 1:15 gone, he landed a short left hook that sent the Finnish fighter to the canvas. It wasn’t long before Koivula was down again after a flurry of punches. The referee stopped the fight with 53 seconds remaining in the round after Benn backed Koivula up against the ropes and landed a big right hook followed by a left hook.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a year”He came out firing, tried to throw me out (of) my game plan,” Benn said after the fight. “He thought I was a little boy. I knew he was going to come out like a 35-year-old man, and he thought he could bully me around, but I wasn’t having any of it.””I wanted to get the balance right, the old Conor Benn and the new and improved Conor Benn,” he added. “I think I showed a little bit of both today.”Said promoter Eddie Hearn: “Three of four fights ago I don’t think [Benn] would have of reacted like that.””Now we move into the danger zone, the likes of [Samuel] Vargas and Josh Kelly,” Hearn added. “That could end up being a huge domestic fight, Josh Kelly against Conor Benn.”Co-main event: Ted Cheeseman retains British super welterweight title after split draw with Kieron ConwayCheeseman (15-1-1, nine KOs) defended his Lord Lonsdale belt one fight after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Sergio Garcia for the EBU European super welterweight title. The judges scored the bout 115-114 for Cheeseman, 116-113 for Conway and 114-114.”The Big Cheese” showed power and persistence against a game opponent.He started on the front foot and landed the better shots in the early rounds, working the body well before going upstairs. As the fight entered the middle rounds, however, Conway (12-1-1, three KOs) grew in confidence and started to land with hook after hook to the body. With blood coming from Cheeseman’s nose in the fifth, Conway continued to land the jab before setting up combos to the head and body. Cheeseman, with his head down and his hands up, walked into the shots before landing a few combos of his own when he backed up Conway against the ropes.With both men fighting on the inside and happy to trade blows, the bout turned into a test of who wanted it more. Cheeseman’s experience appeared to pay dividends in the final two rounds as he delivered well-placed body shots that slowed Conway. Cheeseman looked deflated by the decision.last_img read more

Edward Snowdens Back With an App

first_img Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Privacy advocate (and some would say national hero) Edward Snowden is back in the limelight thanks to a new security app.Snowden, who blew the whistle on the NSA’s illegal surveillance practices, has partnered with the Freedom of the Press Foundation to develop a new app dubbed “Haven.” It’s meant to turn a spare Android phone into a powerful personal security system.The app transforms your phone into an intelligent listening device. You place this anywhere you want to secure, and Haven will listen in. If it detects someone, it will turn on the camera to record the intruder. It also uses the phone’s other features and hardware — like the accelerometer — to detect movement or whether the phone’s been messed with. All of this gets sent to your primary phone via encrypted messaging app Signal, so you can be appraised of the situation as it develops.AdChoices广告“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there,” Snowden told WIRED. “The real idea is to establish that the physical spaces around you can be trusted.”Snowden’s purpose for this app is to protect people against more physical threats. Much of your strongest cybersecurity can be circumvented by anyone with physical access to your devices. Using a specialized and motion-sensitive system to monitor a precious computer or location from physical intrusion is… well, a step probably too far for most, but definitely smart.This system is also far cheaper than a total home security system — especially one with these sorts of features. You can imagine, though, that the intended users are well people like me. I travel a fair bit, and I report on cybersecurity. That makes me a rather frequent target. I’m not terribly concerned most of the time, but if I got advance warning of something, as I have in the past, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be a fantastic option.Outside of that specific use, though, Haven could help teens keep tabs on intrusive parents — which could be huge if the parents are abusive, say. It could also help as a defense against stalkers, for instance. That could be huge in itself, though. Such a simple, cheap, secure, and potentially effective means of personal security is a great resource.If you’re interested, check it out. No paranoia necessary.last_img read more