Ronald Koeman hopes Dusan Tadic can last the distance for Southampton this term

first_img Press Association Saints boss Koeman is impressed by the 26-year-old’s resolve, but admitted the jury will be out until the new year on whether he can stay the course this term. “I think it’s too early to judge that,” Koeman said. “At this time last year Tadic was fantastic and he was starting with physical problems in December, January. “Wait until January and ask me again.” The international break that follows Saturday’s trip to Sunderland will be the only respite before the hectic Christmas schedule. Former Holland defender Koeman believes he will only need to make minor tweaks to his selection policy to cope with the Premier League’s rigour this term. The Southampton boss did, however, insist that he will be selective when it comes to resting his top stars, challenging his squad to dig in when the season grinds past the halfway point. “First of all I’ve made more changes in the Capital One Cup,” said Koeman. “And I’m not a fan of making a lot of changes every week. “Sometimes I’ll leave one or two players out to give those players a rest, because I’ve learned also from last year.” The Serbia playmaker set an impressive early pace in the first half of his debut season at Southampton, but struggled to cope with the relentless winter schedule. Tadic has vowed to learn from the spate of injuries he suffered at the tail-end of last season, as he adjusted to his first campaign without a winter break. center_img Ronald Koeman has challenged Dusan Tadic to back up his claims he is now better equipped to cope with the Premier League’s unforgiving winter.last_img read more

Rain and Sweater Weather Returning to South Florida

first_imgTime to break out those sweaters and jackets!The wild weather pattern that we experienced during the holidays will be taking yet another turn this weekend.Saturday will bring with it rain and the beginning of cooler temperatures.Showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon ahead of that cold front, says the National Weather Service.The overall rain chance is 40 percent, and the high will be about 86, with breezy winds coming from the south at 10 to 16 mph and gusts of up to 21 mph.By Sunday, we will wake up to temperatures in the upper 60s, with dry and sunny conditions, and winds from the north at 11 to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph. “The coldest temperatures will be felt Sunday and Monday morning with lows in the low to mid 40s across the interior and low 50s along the east coast,” says the NWS.The cooler weather and dry conditions will stay with us into next week, with Monday’s high temperature forecast to be 72, and staying around that point through Wednesday. Graphic courtesy: WPTV/NewsChannel 5last_img read more

SAME PITTFALLS: Syracuse squanders opportunities in loss to Pittsburgh, remains 1 win shy of bowl eligibility

first_imgThe pandemonium that occurred with 1:03 left on the Carrier Dome turf was a microcosm of Syracuse’s frustrating season. Coaches yelling at players. Players yelling at referees. Fans yelling throughout the stadium.A pass from Charley Loeb to Kendall Moore caught, and then spiked to the ground by the Syracuse sideline.The fake field goal that could have propelled the Orange past Pittsburgh for bowl eligibility slipped away. One last mistake to cap off a game — and the previous 10 before it — filled with them.“Hell yeah (it’s frustrating),” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “I want to put my hand through a wall right now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse squandered away opportunities in all three facets of the game during its 17-16 loss to Pittsburgh (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, but most glaringly on offense. The “overblown” penalties Shafer described earlier this week returned in the form of 77 yards, and a game that the Orange (5-6, 3-4) could have won multiple times goes down as just another tally in the loss column. Now Syracuse is faced with a must-win game against Boston College one week from now.“We can’t keep saying, ‘Oh, we killed ourselves,’” defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “Then stop shooting yourself in the foot. Put away the gun.“We can’t keep doing that and expecting to come out victorious.”Sam Rodgers shouted on the sideline following the timeout. Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch said the long snapper was upset with the line judge on that fourth-and-8 attempt from the Pittsburgh 36-yard line. A “discrepancy” between Rodgers and the line judge kept Rodgers from getting over the ball, and allowed Panthers head coach Paul Chryst to call a timeout just before the snap.Rodgers flung the ball back to Loeb, who in turn threw it to an uncovered Moore on the right sideline.“He was just upset because the referee would not let him get over the ball,” Lynch said of Rodgers.But bad break or not, Syracuse had other chances. Plenty of them.Hunt was late getting to a wide-open Quinta Funderburk in the right corner of the end zone and overthrew Christopher Clark on a flea flicker. Two fourth-quarter throws that would likely have meant six points for Syracuse.“I didn’t get to see the flea flicker because I was hit, but the one to Quinta I was late on.” Hunt said. “If I would have thrown it earlier, that would’ve been a touchdown.”Offensive coordinator George McDonald and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester did not come out for interviews after the game, despite being requested.Ryan Norton missed a 41-yard field goal with 8:38 left in regulation — and this was after Aaron Donald blew through SU guard Omari Palmer to block the extra point after the Orange’s first touchdown.Shafer said he knew it was over once Donald got penetration.“I said, ‘Hoo boy, this isn’t good.’”Even the defense, which played nearly two-thirds of the first half, missed chances. On Pittsburgh’s third drive — which resulted in a field goal — the Orange came close to forcing two turnovers. Durell Eskridge dropped an interception on an under-thrown ball by Tom Savage and Lynch knocked a loose ball out of play when he tried to fall on it at full speed.“Those are the plays that could change the course of the game,” Lynch said. “Early on we were beating them pretty bad, so if I picked that fumble up it could’ve been a different outcome.”Hunt then found Alvin Cornelius for on a 42-yard scoring strike to give Syracuse a 16-10 lead with 6:25 left in the third quarter, but the defense slipped up again.Eskridge, Wayne Morgan and Jeremi Wilkes all missed tackles on Isaac Bennett’s game-winning touchdown run on the last play of the third quarter.“We had it in our hands and we let it slip away,” Bromley said.As Hunt’s pass to Chris Clark fell incomplete in the final minute, Hunt lay near the 45-yard line, writhing in pain after a hit from K’Waun Williams. The “boos” that rained down from the Carrier Dome on-and-off in the final minutes returned.Moments ago, it seemed a trick play would send the Orange bowling. Instead it sends SU stumbling into a must-win finale against Boston College.“We have to foster that frustration and turn it into motivation,” Shafer said, “and go find a way to get this victory against Boston College back here in the Dome.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

ASU loss comes down to Wilcox

first_imgI don’t remember what happened to the Trojans this weekend, and no, it’s not for the reason most folks would expect of a college student on game day. It’s because in the rush of having to step on the field to interview players, tweeting out the final result of USC’s game against ASU (which I presumed would end 34-32), I was shocked to hear big cheers from the ASU supporting contingent of the crowd. Everything was a blur. Members of the press rushing to the visiting players. USC players walking off the field looking equal parts shocked and enraged. The student section sitting in stunned silence, while f-bombs were hurled in the hallway to the home locker room.Let’s be honest — nobody needs to relive the moment ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong snatched a wobbly Hail Mary pass from Mike Bercovici out of the sky — with the exception of the defensive coaching staff, who should have the GIF of that play on loop permanently set as their desktop background.On the field, it looked as if Strong and the Good Lord Himself were the only ones who knew where that ball was going. USC sophomore defensive back Leon McQuay III was three yards deep into the end zone (where there were no receivers) — and he was the one of the closest USC players to the ball.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, who was closest to the play, has been called upon to be many things for the Trojans over the years. Unfortunately, none of those things entailed morphing into Richard Sherman in Hail Mary situations. The three defenders backpedaling in intermediate coverage certainly didn’t know that Bercovici was going to go long. All of this adds up to the fact that I can’t blame the USC defensive players for that play, because it was probably the single worst play call I’ve seen all year.That failed Hail Mary defense was actually more endemic of USC’s defense this season. The Trojans’ defense tries to do a lot of things. Sometimes it succeeds, but in the Trojans’ two losses, it failed. Badly.Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox favors a 3-4 defense with a “bend, but don’t break” approach. It relies on the collapsing size of the field of play and the out-of-bounds markers to assist in the coverage game — it’s actually quite brilliant when it works. By the time an opposing offense marches into the red zone, Wilcox can drop linebackers into coverage and swarm the shortened field, giving the pass rush time to secure a sack or force a poor decision from opposing quarterbacks.There’s a problem with this approach, though, and it’s the fact that when the system “breaks,” it’s incredibly costly — the Trojan defense that had given up zero passing touchdowns the entire season prior to Saturday gave Mike Bercovici five touchdowns and a story for his grandkids — not to mention an average of 18.9 yards per completed pass. Here’s a list of the length of ASU’s touchdown “drives”: 2:33, 2:24, 12 seconds, 14 seconds and 23 seconds.It’s too early to call for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s job at this point, but the game was lost on some poor defensive play calling. The Trojan defense saw some major changes over the offseason — few of them were good changes. Let’s not forget that Dion Bailey and Demetrius Wright left for the NFL Draft, that this season’s newly christened Lord Voldemort is still indefinitely suspended with two high ankle sprains, and most importantly, Clancy Pendergast is looking for work.This is not a test — the defensive coordinator of the Trojans’ hellacious, physical defense from last season is currently unemployed by a college football team. Meanwhile, Wilcox is given the nod when it was Pendergast’s breakneck coverage schemes under last season’s 5-2 defense that made the best use of junior defensive end Leonard Williams’ blocker-swallowing abilities.Instead, the Trojans continue to bend, not break, under the befuddling schemes of Wilcox. Sophomore Su’a Cravens plays linebacker against a non-existent rushing attack and is nowhere to be found in what should have been a prevent scheme in the last seconds.My colleague Jake Davidson wrote that the Trojans have yet to fashion an identity for themselves this season. He’s right. The notion of a Trojan defense being flimsy enough to even bend is so foreign to us that it does not merit comprehension. We’ve seen broken defenses (The People of USC v. Monte Kiffin, 2012), and we’ve seen the famous defenses of the Cushing, Matthews, Maualuga years. But we’ve never seen a defense as puzzling as this, incurring penalty after penalty and getting blown past on coverage despite two five-star recruit defensive backs in Cravens and McQuay.The Trojans have a long way to go, both coaching and discipline-wise, before they can hope to beat the likes of head coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats. This is not a matter of team morale, but a matter of one coaching staff simply outclassing the other — and I’m afraid Sarkisian and Wilcox may be in over their heads against Rich Rod in Tucson. Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time It Is,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers wrap up regular season at home against No. 10 Buckeyes

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (28-4, 18-4 WCHA) returns to LaBahn Arena to host the No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-12, 12-10) in its final regular-season series.This weekend marks the final home series for the Badgers’ senior class. Wisconsin will honor its six seniors — Emily Clark, Sam Cogan, Mikaela Gardner, Annie Pankowski, Maddie Rolfes and Sophia Shaver — before Saturday’s game. The class has already cemented its place in Wisconsin hockey lore as one of the most decorated groups in program history.The group of six has advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four each year they have been at UW and has won five WCHA titles. Clark, Cogan and Pankowski are all members of the 100-point club at Wisconsin, while Gardner and Rolfes are each in the top-15 in program history in defensemen scoring.Women’s hockey: Badgers dominate Duluth to regain No. 1 ranking in the nationThis past weekend, the No. 2 University of Wisconsin Women’s hockey team (28-4-0, 18-4 WCHA) traveled up to Duluth, Minnesota Read…Wisconsin’s duo of Clark and Kristen Campbell earned WCHA Forward of the Week and WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors, respectively, Tuesday. The two led the Badgers to a sweep of Minnesota-Duluth last weekend in which Calrk score three goals and Campbell stopped 43 of the 44 shots she faced.A sweep against Ohio State would not just be a signature moment for the group of six, but could also help clinch the WCHA regular season title for the Badgers. Wisconsin currently holds a two-point lead on Minnesota, who will travel to take on Bemidji State this weekend. The winter of the WCHA regular-season title will receive the top seed in the conference playoffs with the benefit of having a bye week the week of March 1-3. The top-seed will automatically advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff March 9-10 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.Wisconsin has been superb at home against Ohio State all-time, posting an 11-0-1 record against the Buckeyes in the seven-year history of LaBahn Arena in which they’ve outscored the Buckeyes 51-7 while posting six shutouts. Clark has recorded seven goals and five assists in her last six home games against the Buckeyes.Men’s hockey: A look back at Mark Johnson’s legendary careerThousands of Wisconsin fans packed the Kohl Center last Saturday night as the University of Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team was Read…Fans attending should be advised that the series is happening during the 2019 WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. Limited parking will be available in Lots 29, 46 and 91 for $10 each day and fans should allow extra time to get to LaBahn Arena.Puck drop Friday is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s puck drop is set for 3 p.m. Both games can be watched on FloHockey, listened to live on the Badger Sports Network or followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey or read more

Clonmel racing cancelled

first_imgTomorrows race meeting at Clonmel has been called off.An inspection at Powerstown Park this morning found the track to be unraceableThursdays abandoned meeting will now go ahead on Tuesday next, February 10th. This follows on from the postponement of the final day of the National Coursing meeting at the track on Monday last again due to a frozen track.The coursing has been rescheduled for Sunday next.last_img

NFL playoff picture: Cowboys add to NFC East lead, Saints look up at Rams

first_img(An updated NFL playoff picture reflective of Week 13 NFL results can be viewed here.)The three Week 12 games played on Thanksgiving had a big impact on the NFL playoff picture before Sunday’s games arrived. And as the week continued Sunday, even more changes were made to the postseason outlook. Of course, at this point in the season, almost all game results have playoff implications, and the Cowboys’ upset of the Saints on Thursday had huge ones, too. Who’s knocking on the door:7. Colts (6-5)8. Dolphins (5-6)9. Bengals (5-6)10. Broncos (5-6)11. Titans (5-6)The Colts’ last-second win over the Dolphins was huge for both teams; Miami’s loss dropped it several spots in the playoff picture. The Titans suffered a tough loss to the Texans on Monday night. The Bengals are close to being just about out, especially with Andy Dalton placed on injured reserve.Who’s just about out:12. Browns (4-6-1)13. Bills (4-7)14. Jaguars (3-8)15. Jets (3-8)16. Raiders (2-9)Buffalo buried Jacksonville with a win over the Jags on Sunday as the Jets and Raiders further buried themselves. At least the Browns have some promise for the future with Baker Mayfield.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Top storylines from Week 12 in the NFLNFL playoff pictureNFCWho would be in:1. Rams (10-1), first in NFC WestSeattle beat Carolina on Sunday, meaning LA needs to wait at least one more week to win the NFC West. Regardless, the Rams are sitting pretty with a manageable schedule remaining, including two freebies in the division.  What’s left:  at DET, at CHI, vs. PHI, at ARI, vs. SF2. Saints (10-2), first in NFC SouthNew Orleans fell behind Los Angeles on Thursday night. Now the Rams have a chance to control the top seed and home-field advantage despite losing to the Saints. The Saints have a little more work to do to take care of the division, too, as they could see the lead drop to three at the end of Week 13 with two left against the second-place Panthers.  What’s left:  at TB, at CAR, vs. PIT, vs. CAR3. Bears (8-3), first in NFC NorthThe Bears got the big, Mitchell Trubisky-less win over the Lions they needed Thursday to keep their comfortable lead in the division. Now, assuming they can take care of business against the Giants, the Bears can aim for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye when they play the Rams in a couple weeks.  What’s left:  at NYG, vs. LAR, vs. GB, at SF, at MIN4. Cowboys (7-5), first in NFC EastThe Cowboys know they’ll be in first place all by themselves after Week 13 as their big victory over the Saints followed up their wins over the Eagles and Redskins. If they beat the Eagles again next week, they will be a near-lock to pull away in the division. The Cowboys will have a hard time, however, catching the Bears and are likely capped at this seed.  What’s left:  vs. PHI, at IND, vs. TB, at NYG5. Vikings (6-4-1), wild cardWith so many teams fighting for the two NFC wild-card spots, the Vikings needed to bury the Packers on Sunday night. The good news is they did it; the bad news is they might have lost Xavier Rhodes to a hamstring injury ahead of their game against the Patriots. And after that game comes a crucial matchup against the Seahawks.  What’s left: at NE, at SEA, vs. MIA, at DET, vs. CHI6. Redskins (6-5), wild cardWashington is in for now thanks to Seattle’s win in Carolina, as the Redskins have the tiebreaker over the Seahawks via conference record. The bad news for Washington is the fact that it has so much competition for a wild-card spot and is dealing with injuries. The good news is the schedule is manageable. What’s left: at PHI, vs. NYG, at JAX, at TEN, vs. PHIWho’s knocking on the door:7. Seahawks (6-5)8. Panthers (6-5)9. Eagles (5-6)The Panthers suffered a crushing loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Not only did they drop out of the No. 5 seed and fall behind Seattle, but they fell behind Washington the playoff picture, too. (Washington beat Carolina earlier this season.) The Eagles, on the other hand, essentially saved their season with a last-minute win over the Giants. Going into the Sunday and Monday games of Week 13, below is the current NFL playoff picture.MORE: NFL standings | Week 12 scoreboardNFL playoff pictureAFCWho would be in:1. Chiefs (9-2), first in AFC WestBecause they lost to the Patriots and because the Texans are hot, the Chiefs can’t rest easy in the quest for home-field advantage. Fortunately they have a relatively manageable remaining schedule, with the Week 15 showdown against the Chargers looming as the toughest game left.  What’s left:  at OAK, vs. BAL, vs. LAC, at SEA, vs. OAK2. Patriots (8-3), first in AFC EastSunday’s win over the Jets was a big step for the Patriots in terms of the division standings, but the Steelers’ loss to the Broncos was even bigger for New England’s overall AFC outlook. Next week’s game against the Vikings — and the Steelers game, of course — will play a big factor in the playoff seeding. New England will be sitting pretty if it can beat Minnesota.  What’s left:  vs. MIN, at MIA, at PIT, vs. BUF, vs. NYJ3. Texans (8-3), first in AFC SouthThe Texans, who also gained a spot in the standings with the Steelers’ loss, still have a comfortable lead in their division with five games left to play, but the Colts are starting to put some pressure on the South leaders. Riding an eight-game winning streak, Houston can set its goals higher for one of the top two seeds. Unfortunately, one of its early losses was to New England.  What’s left:  vs. CLE, vs. IND, at NYJ, at PHI, vs. JAX4. Steelers (7-3-1), first in AFC NorthPittsburgh needed a win in Denver to keep the No. 2 seed ahead of a tough stretch that includes games against the Chargers, Patriots and Saints. The Steelers didn’t get it. That aforementioned New England game could determine whether the Steelers will have a first-round bye.  What’s left: vs. LAC, at OAK, vs. NE, at NO, CIN5. Chargers (8-3), wild cardWith their win over the Cardinals on Sunday, the Chargers padded their cushion over a big pack for one of the AFC wild cards. They also kept alive and well their chances of catching the first-place Chiefs with that Week 15 game looming. Philip Rivers is hot. Joey Bosa is back. LA is in good shape ahead of a big game in Pittsburgh. The only downer is Melvin Gordon’s latest knee injury.  What’s left: at PIT, vs. CIN, at KC, vs. BAL, at DEN6. Ravens (6-5), wild cardThe Ravens have no breathing room with this spot, so they desperately needed to pull away from the Raiders in the second half Sunday. The Steelers’ loss also pulled the Ravens a game closer in the division standings. The question moving forward will be what to do at quarterback when Joe Flacco is healthy enough to play, especially with two tough AFC games (Chiefs and Chargers) left on the schedule.  What’s left: at ATL, at KC, vs. TB, at LAC, vs. CLE.center_img Who’s just about out:10. Packers (4-6-1)11. Falcons (4-7)12. Buccaneers (4-7)13. Lions (4-7)14. Giants (3-8)15. Cardinals (2-9)16. 49ers (2-9)Green Bay’s playoff hopes all but ended with its loss in Minnesota on Sunday night; it now loses tiebreakers to the Vikings, Seahawks and Redskins. Atlanta, Detroit, New York, San Francisco and Arizona sunk further down after losing this week. Tampa Bay got a win with Jameis Winston, for whatever that’s worth when decision time on his future with the franchise arrives.last_img read more

Good Performance of Branković in Speed Skating at World Championship in Montreal

first_imgB&H representative Edin Branković competed in speed skating (short track)  at the World Championship, held from 14-16 March in Montreal (Canada).The B&H representative recorded a good performance in the competition of the best 48 athletes in speed skating from 30 countries of the world, announced the B&H Association of Skating Sports.Branković took 31st place in the race of 1.500 meters, while he took 33rd place in the race of 1.000 meters. Charles Hamelin from Canada is the winner in these disciplines.The B&H association of Skating Sports emphasizes that Branković scored points that will keep him in a high position in the wold ranking of best speed skaters.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Black athletes could make history at Winter Olympics

first_imgUnited States long track speed skater Shani Davis glides around a turn as he practices in Adler Arena for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 31, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)(NNPA)–There are five African-American athletes to keep an eye on during the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.Speed skater Shani Davis, along with women’s bobsled members Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans and Jasmine Fenlator, are each in position to help make American history in the Winter Olympics.Davis, 31, already made history by becoming the first Black male athlete to win a Winter Games Olympic individual sport medal when he won gold in the 1000-meter speed skating event at the 2006 Olympics at Turin. He won gold in the same event at the 2010 Winter Games at Vancouver, and could become the first American to ever win three straight Winter Games Olympic gold medals if he wins the 1000-meter again in Sochi.Unlike Davis, though already seasoned Olympians, Jones and Williams will be performing in their first Winter Games, both as members of the USA women’s bobsled team. Jones, 31, is one of the most famous hurdlers for team USA, but switched to bobsled with hopes of earning her first ever Olympic medal. She had fell just short of winning a medal as a hurdler during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing in 4th place in the 100-meter hurdlers.In this Oct. 25, 2013, photo, Jazmine Fenlator, right, and Lolo Jones look up after coming to a stop after racing in the U.S. women’s bobsled team Olympic trials in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)According to reports, Jones persuaded Williams to join her on the women’s bobsled team to help her chances at taking the gold at Sochi. Williams, 30, won a gold medal during the Summer Games in London with the women’s 4×100-meter relay team. If she wins a gold medal in the women’s bobsled event, she’ll become the first woman to ever win a gold medal in both the summer and winter Olympics.Jamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, Jan. 19. 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)A win for Williams and Jones would also mean a gold medal for Evans and Fenlator, too. Evans, 25, who competed in the shot put and sprinting in college, is the brakeman for the team, and Fenlator, 28, will serve as the diver. All four women are looking to become the only African-American women to win a Winter Olympic medal besides Vonette Flowers, the first ever Black athlete to win a Winter Olympic medal when she won gold in the 2-man bobsled event in 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City.Black athletes in Sochi for OlympicsShani Davis: Speed skatingAbout Davis: Davis began roller skating at age 2 in Chicago. He quickly became bored with roller skating, as he was always “getting in trouble for skating around the rink at high speeds.” At age 6 a coach suggested he switch to ice skating. Shortly thereafter, his mother started working for an attorney, whose son was involved in speed skating. These influences led him to switch, and he joined the Evanston Speed Skating Club the same year.Most memorable achievement: Winning gold in the 1000m at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and winning gold at the 2005 and 2006 world all around championships.Future goals: To win gold in the 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, to make him the first male speed skater to win gold at three consecutive Games.Elana Meyers, left, and Aja Evans of the United States celebrate their second place at the two-woman Bobsled World Cup race in Koenigssee, southern Germany, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Aja Evans: BobsledAbout Evans: Previously a sprinter and shot put athlete, her coach at the University of Illinois mentioned bobsled to her while watching the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She considered the physical attributes required for the sport, and realized she had all of them. She first tried bobsled in October 2012 in Lake Placid, N.Y.Her hero: U.S. heptathlete and long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee.Future goals: To compete in bobsled at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and in athletics at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Jazmine Fenlator: BobsledAbout Fenlator: She began bobsled in September 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Her college athletics coach Robert Pasquarillo sent in an application to the United States Olympic Committee on her behalf. “My first thought was a flashback to ‘Cool Runnings.’ My next thought was remembering how Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in a winter sport in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and it was in bobsled. I wanted to show disadvantaged kids that it’s not where you come from, it’s where you end up.”Family trials: Her family almost lost their house in August 2011 because of Hurricane Irene. “The night before our ‘combine and push’ championships, which rank you for the start of the season, I got a call from my sister that there was four feet of water in our home and that they had been living in a hotel for a week.”Future goals: To win a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.Lolo Jones: BobsledAbout Jones: She was looking for something different following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. That year, she took up bobsled. “Hurdlers get fired up with things in our way. We are used to obstacles, so I saw bobsled as a new challenge.”Sporting philosophy: “I am inspired by failure. The process of defeat, picking yourself back up again, is the hardest thing in the world.”Future goals: To win a medal in bobsled at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Lauryn Williams: BobsledAbout Williams: Previously a sprinter, she won silver in the 100m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2012 Games in London. She also won gold in the 100m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She began competing in bobsled in 2013.Awards: She was named the 2004 Athlete of the Year by the Sports Council in the United States.Goal: To win gold in bobsled at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.Source:; R. Key, Indianalponis Recorder contributed to this report. read more

What do single moms, motivated professionals and baby boomer retirees have…

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