Nominations for Sports Fed annual awards

first_imgClub of the YearKickboxingJudoBasketballCyclingWomen’s Lightwieght RowingFencingTeam of the YearWomen’s Hockey BluesRugby LeagueWomen’s Netball BluesSportswoman of the YearFrances Smithson(athletics, multieventer)Martine Bomb(athletics, sprinter)Hannah Bowe(hockey)Beth Wild(hockey, cricket)Rachel Hughes(cycling, triathlon)Rebecca Bayliss(judo)Justine Aw(fencing)Sportsman of the YearDave McGaw (cycling)Richard Hildick-Smith (swimming, modern pentathlon)Matthew Dodwell (fencing)last_img

Outdoor Updates: Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain

first_imgTo save the trees, firefighters were lowered down to the grove to build an irrigation system to protect the trees and air tankers dropped fire retardant inside of the grove. Prior to 1994, the trees were thought to be extinct. Today, there are less than 200 remaining. Though some of the trees were charred by the fires, the species has survived.  Researchers concerned over dwindling Loggerhead Shrike numbers Seven hikers are missing after an avalanche along Nepal’s famous Annapurna Circuit, a popular trekking route in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains. At least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides are missing after the avalanche swept the trail. Thirty others have been rescued. The avalanche hit just before noon local time on Friday at an altitude of 10,597 feet.  Read the full story here:  Read the full story here:  Hikers on Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit missing after avalanche As wildfires rage across the continent of Australia, firefighters have managed to save a prehistoric grove of Wollemi Pine trees, which grow in a secret location within Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney. The trees are thought to have existed during the Jurassic period, with the oldest fossil of the Wollemi Pine dating back 90 million years.center_img Australian firefighters save a grove of prehistoric trees, of which only 200 remain The loggerhead shrike is a bird that resembles a small version of a mockingbird, but that’s where the similarities end. The loggerhead shrike is a predatory songbird that preys on a variety of small animals and even kills birds heavier than they are. “Many times, you’ll see their larders, which is where they have skewered their prey on a thorn or barbed wire,” says Eric Soehren, biologist and manager of the Alabama State Lands’ Wehle Land Conservation Center. “That’s where the butcher bird name comes from. It’s a songbird, but it’s an efficient killing machine.” This tragedy comes just a few years after the 2014 Nepal snowstorm disaster, when at least 43 people from around the world were killed when severe snowstorms and avalanches struck the Annapurna Circuit, resulting in Nepal’s worst trekking disaster.  The numbers of loggerhead shrike have declined considerably in their range. Numbers in latitudes north of a Missouri-Kentucky-Virginia line have plummeted. Fortunately, in the South, a large population of the bird remains. In order to track and identify why their numbers are falling, biologists are banding as many shrikes as possible and asking the public to report any banded birds they see on  Read the full story here: read more

Volleyball preps for Pac-12 teams stocked with talent

first_imgDillon Matthew | Daily TrojanThe No. 21 USC women’s volleyball team will begin its Pac-12 journey on Wednesday against rival No. 11 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, and the Trojans will be challenged by the Bruins early in their bid to return to the NCAA tournament.  The Trojans regularly face the Bruins twice in conference play, yet they did not manage to defeat the Bruins last year in four- and five-set losses from their two matches.The Pac-12 conference in Division I women’s volleyball hosts a daunting schedule for all teams involved.  The conference includes the 2016 NCAA National Champion Stanford as well as six additional teams, including the Trojans, who are currently also nationally ranked: No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Oregon, No. 11 UCLA, No. 16 Utah and No. 25 Colorado.Facing UCLA first is going to build the foundation for the Trojans’ Pac-12 performance, but a loss could be detrimental to the team’s momentum as it follows up this game with a match against the currently unranked Oregon State and Washington State programs prior to meeting No. 7 Washington on Oct. 1 at the Galen Center.“The game against UCLA will be fun, especially since the team has been preparing for conference to start against our crosstown rival,” junior middle blocker Brittany Welsh said.  “Preseason has been great for us because we have been working through our system to get ready for the Pac-12 competition.”As they had last season and this season thus far, the Trojan lineup is presumably going to rely heavily on sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier.  This season alone, Lanier has swung on approximately one-third of the Trojans’ overall hitting attempts — compiling 171 kills in the 40 sets she’s played.  UCLA is presumably going to key in on this Trojan tendency and match up larger blockers while focusing on establishing double and triple blocks against Lanier while she’s front row, which actually unlocks many opportunities for the Trojan offense.Senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina, who share setting duties for the Trojans, will be keys to success for USC against UCLA.  Since the Bruins will likely focus on deterring Lanier as an offensive threat, these two setters have the opportunity to establish their faster-paced offense to give junior outside hitter Alyse Ford and senior opposite hitters Niki Withers and Brittany Abercrombie more hitting opportunities with less pressure from the Bruin block.However, the key aspect to success against UCLA will be the setters implementing the middle blockers into their offense more than they are currently setting them.  The Trojan middle blockers — Welsh and seniors Jordan Dunn and Danielle Geiger — collectively account for a little over 11 percent of the total attempts despite their combined 79 kills on 154 sets to this date.  Effectively setting the Trojan middles can only be achieved with a solid serve receive and defensive unit, which junior libero Victoria Garrick has done by leading the back row and accumulating a team-high 150 digs so far this season.Ultimately, UCLA will be ready to compete and may have a different playing style than what the Trojans have been exposed to, since many of their indoor players also compete for the school’s beach volleyball program, whereas the Trojans’ squad is solely indoor athletes.Senior setter Sarah Sponcil of UCLA will be leading its offense, and her experience on the sand will give her court vision and awareness that is not typically embodied by solely indoor players.  Sponcil just transferred to UCLA from LMU, where she was a standout beach volleyball athlete before withdrawing to compete for Team USA last year.The Trojans’ most difficult hurdle to overcome, however, will be the Bruins’ defense.  UCLA junior libero Zana Muno has already earned Pac-12 weekly defensive honors and sophomore libero Savvy Simo has also accumulated numerous digs when playing alongside or replacing Muno.  Both liberos have been key players on the UCLA beach squad in past years, and their defensive capabilities are highly attributable to covering the entire court in the sand game.Both the Trojans and Bruins are expected to be fired up, and they anticipate a grueling match that will display two ranked and rivaling programs competing to gain an early lead in Pac-12 play.last_img read more

Stidham limited at Patriots’ padded practice

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 07:49 IST Stidham Limited At Patriots’ Padded Practice Tom Brady’s departure has created a void the New England Patriots might need two quarterbacks to fill. One of those quarterbacks appears to be dealing with a setback that could hinder his chances to win Brady’s old job Tom Brady’s departure has created a void the New England Patriots might need two quarterbacks to fill. One of those quarterbacks appears to be dealing with a setback that could hinder his chances to win Brady’s old job.Second-year pro Jarrett Stidham was limited at Friday’s practice for the first time since the Patriots began the padded portion of training camp. Stidham was in uniform for the non-padded practice, but watched from the sideline with his helmet in his hand while standing next to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for much of the team’s combined scrimmage.The Patriots don’t appear too concerned about the 2019 fourth-round pick’s status.“Coach (Bill Belichick) held him today, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be out there ready to roll the next time we practice,” McDaniels said afterward.The 24-year-old Stidham is competing with veteran Brian Hoyer and recently signed 2015 MVP Cam Newton for the starting job. On Wednesday, Belichick said he would consider a two-quarterback system if that’s “what gives us the best chance to win.”Stidham struggled early on in camp to gain a rhythm with his receivers, throwing multiple interceptions. Belichick downplayed the quarterback’s miscues as simply knocking off some offseason rust.“I think in the early stages there’s definitely a timing, confidence, anticipation issues that are different from player to player,” Belichick said before practice. “The first day or two, three, whatever, is not as critical as going forward when you’ve been through things multiple times.”Stidham was the last quarterback on the field Friday and started his day taking snaps from an unguarded center alongside Hoyer and Newton.He progressed to throwing with Hoyer at roughly 15 yards apart and later threw short crossing routes as Newton and Hoyer worked with other receivers on downfield passes.The only deep throws Stidham made Friday were to a coach on an adjacent practice field as the punt teams worked on the main field.“You want to have the perfect day at practice, you want to have the perfect game, but I also believe it’s an imperfect game we’re playing,” Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch said about Stidham.Fisch said he was unaware of any significant injuries in the quarterback room.Newton and Hoyer split first-team reps during the team period of practice, with each orchestrating downfield drives.“As we’re going through the evaluation of the quarterbacks, we’re just trying to make sure they’re all getting similar plays — not worry too much about rep counts, per se,” Fisch said.McDaniels has been impressed with Newton’s ability to adapt to his new surroundings nearly two months after joining the team.“We added him basically in July, and I think he’s really busted his butt to try to learn and grow each day he’s been with us,” McDaniels said.McDaniels didn’t tip his hand as to which direction the Patriots are leaning at quarterback, but said he is itching for an answer.“As soon as the decision is made, then obviously that’s an opportunity to start going in a specific direction,” he said.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd August, 2020 07:49 IST COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more