first_img30 June 2008Hank McGregor paddled a perfect race in testing rough sea conditions to win his second Durban Surf Ski World Cup title on Sunday in a contest that was laced with intrigue and ultimately decided by tactics and composure on the water.McGregor pinned his ears back and stuck to a line the he felt would be the best straight course from the start at Vetch’s Pier in Durban to Westbrook beach outside Tongaat, while around him the elite paddlers fell foul of tactical errors and lapses in judgment in the three-metre high seas and a south-westerly wind that gusted up to thirty knots.‘Conditions were perfect for me’“Conditions were perfect for me, but I actually didn’t know whether I had won the race until I reached the beach finish,” said a relieved McGregor after the race – relieved because he had been despondent to see a ski finish ahead of him. It turned out that it belonged to a back-marker who had enjoyed a fast race from their reversed-order start.It was only once he had asked the race timekeeper, Margie Oliver, where he had finished, and was told that he had won, that McGregor could punch the air in triumph.The race provided a captivating duel as McGregor stuck to his straight line option, while talented Durban youngster Clint Pretorius opted for a line much further inshore. Cape ace Dawid Mocke went two kilometres out to sea, while the defending champion, Oscar Chalupsky, switched lines throughout the race.‘I panicked’“Hats off to Hank as he raced a great race, but I can’t believe that with 45 years of experience I panicked and changed my mind in the middle of the race,” said Chalupsky, who was unnerved by reports that Mocke had taken the lead with his gamble to race far out to sea where the runs were formidable.Mocke conceded that he too had strayed too far out to sea, even though he had stuck with the readings from his GPS Navigation device. “Suddenly I started getting this reading from my GPS telling me to go in closer, and I realised that I was too far out,” said Mocke afterwards.He cut sharply towards shore as the race neared the finish at Westbrook Beach, but could only watch as first McGregor reached the finish and then Pretorius, leaving him in third place overall.Second placeIt was, however, enough to see him leapfrog into second place in the final World Series rankings, ahead of Tahitian Lewis Laughlan, who did not fare well on the day and finished eighteenth overall.Oscar Chalupsky finished fifth, just behind his younger brother Herman, who had doggedly persisted with a line closer inshore throughout the race.His fifth place was enough to wrap up victory in the World Series rankings for the veteran surf ski paddler, after he held off the challenges of Mocke and Laughlan.Women’s winnerThe women’s title was successfully defended by Cape Town star Alexa Cole (nee Lombard), who thrived in the big downwind conditions. She led the ladies race from start to finish, holding off Kiwi ace Katie Pocock, to win by less than 30 seconds.“I had no idea where I was in the race because the sea was so big and I never saw any of the other girls,” said Cole. “When I got to the finish I was trying to concentrate to make sure I didn’t make a mistake in the shore break. Then I heard over the loudspeakers that I was the first woman home.“I also heard the announcer saying that Katie (Pocock) was right behind me, which added just a touch of pressure as I was coming in through the big shore break!”StungIn addition to encountering dolphins and flying fish during the race, Cole was also stung on the hand by a bluebottle, which caused uncomfortable swelling of the glands in her arm.“The downwind conditions were just perfect for me,” said Cole afterwards. “It wasn’t as big as last year’s race, and I never felt out of control.”Durban star Michelle Eder wrapped up third ahead of Nathalie Veckranges and Tiffany Kruger.Tough conditionsThe thrilling action on the heaving seas north of Durban proved to be too much for the junior world marathon champion Grant Van Der Walt. Racing in his first surf ski race, the Johannesburg schoolboy overshot the finish and was eventually rescued from the beach at Princes Grant, 20 kilometres north of the finish.Durban paddler Steph De Robbillard also caused anxious moments for his seconds and family. He was unaccounted for late into the day, until he was located at Tinley Manor.Scottburgh star Shadrack Mkhize excelled, finishing just ahead of the first double ski, paddled by Butch Murray and Gary Albers. Kelly Howe and Thomas Prior took the mixed doubles class, while Jenny Cullinan and Bettina Risch were the first all women’s double ski crew home.RESULTSDurban Surf Ski World CupMenHank McGregor (RSA) 1:56:24Clint Pretorius (RSA) 1:57:07Dawid Mocke (RSA) 1:57:40Herman Chalupsky (RSA) 1:58:59Oscar Chalupsky (RSA) 1:59:01Jeremy Cotter (Aus) 1:59:37Tim Jacobs (Aus) 1:59:47Dean Gardiner (Aus) 2:00:48Matt Bouman (Aus) 2:01:44Daryl Bartho (RSA) 2:02:59 LadiesAlexa Cole (RSA) 2:21:01Katie Pocock (NZL) 2:21:05Michele Eder (RSA) 2:25:44Tiffany Kruger (RSA) 2:29:43Natalie Veckranges (RSA) 2:36:45 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgItaly coach Mancini delighted to have booked place at Euro 2020by Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini is delighted to have booked their place at Euro 2020.Mancini praised Italy for showing “patience” to beat Greece 2-0.The Azzurri have won all seven games in Group J and qualified for Euro 2020 with three matches to spare, something the Nazionale have never previously achieved.Jorginho converted a penalty and Federico Bernardeschi’s shot was deflected to secure the victory.Mancini said, “The lads did really well. First of all, I want to thank the fans at the Olimpico for coming out and supporting us, even if the first half when we were a bit tense, perhaps nervous at being back in Rome.“We wanted to dedicate the win to the kids at the children’s hospital,” the Coach told Rai Sport, referring to this week’s team visit.Greece put up a brick wall for an hour, but were eventually broken down by a penalty.“We’ll meet teams who sit back and defend. We were too frenetic in the first half, but should’ve patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we started long balls and that’s no good.“It was a much more relaxed second half, we kept focused and achieved our objective.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHead coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It turns out it isn’t just SEC football fans who are willing to go above and beyond to display their fanhood on a daily basis. Sunday night, a Kentucky hoops supporter named Gina Estep tweeted a photo of her friend, who is pregnant, showing just how much she’s into Wildcats basketball. The UK supporter has painted her stomach into a basketball and added two Kentucky logos. It’s [email protected] Thought you would enjoy this soon to be UK fan:) pic.twitter.com/DtOlhdpSal— Gina Estep (@Ginadawn1) February 16, 2015Score another win for Kentucky – the Wildcats are certainly going to add one more hardcore fan very soon. Props.last_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Ruben Fleischer, the director of zombie comedy Zombieland, has explained why it took him ten years to make a sequel, saying that he wanted to maintain a “really high standard” of storytelling. The filmmaker is back with the much-awaited sequel Zombieland: Double Tap with the core cast of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin reprising their fan-favourite characters. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fleischer said he and film’s writing team struggled to crack the “right story” for the sequel. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The easy answer is, I think we all wanted to stretch our legs and try different things. I think we were all excited to do other stuff. But, the other thing is, we just couldn’t figure out the right story to tell. It took a minute to get a story that we all felt was worthy, to come back to Zombieland for,” the director said. “We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than original. And that ultimately all comes down to the script.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Statistics Canada report says 46 per cent of all incarcerated youth across Canada were Indigenous in 2016-17. Here is a breakdown by province of admissions to custody of Aboriginal youth during that time (in per cent):Newfoundland and Labrador: Males 6; Females 0Prince Edward Island: Males 13; Females 0New Brunswick: Males 11; Females 15Ontario: Males 10; Females 15Manitoba: Males 81; Females 82Saskatchewan: Males 92; Females 98British Columbia: Males 44; Females 60Yukon: Males 74; Females 100Northwest Territories: Males 94; Female 60Nunavut: Males 100; Females 100Source: Statistics Canada. Note: There was no information listed for Nova Scotia, Alberta or Quebec.last_img read more

first_img[polldaddy poll=6386631]Debate Part IIDebate Part IIIDebate Part IVAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Six of the eight candidates vying for the role of national chief of the country’s most influential First Nations organization squared-off in a debate which aired Thursday.The hour-long debate featured incumbent AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, Dene National Chief  Bill Erasmus, Ryerson University professor Pam Palmater, Manitoba lawyer Joan Jack, former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly.Technical difficulties kept Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel from participating in the debate via Skype from Geneva. George Stanley, regional AFN chief for Alberta, was unavailable to participate.Only chiefs can vote in the AFN election for national chief and the vote will be held in Toronto next Wednesday.Atleo, who participated in the debate from Ottawa, stuck to his message of being the unity candidate and ignored the pointed criticism from some of his challenges.“I think, as national chief over the last three years, of all the moments spent with families and with the kids especially. I think about Jaden, a 10 year-old boy in a northern remote community that I had a conversation with in his, really, one-room shack with no running water and no electricity and a slop pail out on the front porch,” said Atleo. “We have to achieve change for the Jadens across our respective territories that must compel our work going forward.”Palmater, however, directly attacked Atleo and the AFN under his leadership.“The status-quo is killing our people…various communities across the country are in crisis mode and we are not calling it a crisis at the AFN,” said Palmater. “The policy of appeasement at the AFN has not gained the AFN, or anyone else, any favours.”Nelson took a different tact, while avoiding direct criticism of Atleo, he said the chiefs needed to send a message that they are not afraid of Ottawa.“The AFN really messed up at the so-called Crown-First Nation gathering (in January)…They treated Harper as God, the chiefs were muzzled and what happened is you have massive cuts,” said Nelson. “People have to quit being afraid….the Americans are on our side, if you don’t get the Americans on your side, you are not going to get anything from Canada.”Jack presented a starkly different vision for the AFN, saying the organization had to again reconnect with people in First Nation communities, prioritizing Indigenous languages, and let the regions drive the national organization’s agenda.“Most of the people in our communities don’t understand they just get continually left behind by all of these discussions somewhere else,” said Jack. “The regions of the AFN must be empowered so they implement solutions that meet their own needs in their own territories.”Kelly highlighted her experience as Treaty 3 grand chief saying she was both connected to the traditional teachings and the demands of dealing with the governments of the day.“I have a long history of being educated by our elders about the spirit and intent of our treaties,” said Kelly. “It’s not about just going to government with our hand out, we can’t do that anymore…we have to just take action, we have to assert our inherent jurisdiction our inherent rights.”Erasmus portrayed himself as the candidate who could bring a smooth shift in the current direction of the AFN to take a stronger stand on rights.“Canada really has no jurisdiction over us whatsoever…the Canadian government is a lesser authority, the legislation they are trying to apply to us is illegal,” said Erasmus. “People know who I am. I think they are comfortable with me in this position and they know I am capable of doing the job.”last_img read more