Harrison says he will answer critics

first_imgAudley Harrison insists he will answer his critics by seeing off Ali Adams and putting himself back in the frame for a major title.Wembley’s former Olympic champion faces the Iraq-born Adams, who lives in Chelsea, at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on May 26.It will be the 40-year-old Harrison’s first bout since he was beaten by David Haye in a one-sided world heavyweight title fight in November 2010.Harrison said: “I know it’s dangerous to look past an opponent, especially when they’re hungry and motivated like Ali Adams. But let’s be honest, I’m in a different league.“After I give Ali Adams a lesson in the sweet science, I’m looking for a challenge with one of the upcoming heavyweights. I’m throwing my name into the hat with David Price, Tyson Fury, Jonathan Banks or Seth Mitchell.”The much-maligned Harrison says he will retire if he loses to Adams, who has pledged to end his career.A victory could set up a clash with the likes of Price, who fights Sam Sexton for the British title this weekend.“I found a way to create some goodwill with my appearance on Strictly Come Dancing and I made my body heal,” Harrison added.“I’m ready to put in not one, but a succession of Olympic-type performances to finish my career on a high and go out as a British bad-boy-done-good, who turned his life around and did himself, his family and his country proud.“Through my trials and tribulations, people will come to understand the power of never ever giving up and rising up each time life knocks you down.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Golden State Warriors reportedly to waive veteran Shaun Livingston

first_imgVeteran guard Shaun Livingston, who won three NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors, will be waived by the team, according to published reports.Livingston, 34, still has intentions of playing at least one more season, which would be his 16th year in the league. It was thought he might retire after this season. ESPN first reported the news.The former fourth overall selection in the 2004 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers has played the past five seasons with the Warriors. He averaged 4.0 …last_img read more

Sephaka named Springbok Women’s coach

first_img25 February 2014 Former Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka was on Monday named the new Springbok Women’s head coach, while Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel was named assistant coach ahead of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August. Former Springbok Women’s captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-Calata is the new team manager. Sephaka and his management team will work closely with Jacques Nienaber from the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Mobi-Unit, who will oversee the overall implementation of the Saru coaching blue print.‘A major coup’ “It is a major coup for us to have a former Springbok guide the national women’s team,” said Saru CEO Jurie Roux. “Lawrence is an up-and-coming coach and has worked with our elite women in the last few months, so he is familiar with the set-up and the expectations on the team. “His experience as a former Springbok and his familiarity with the demands and the pressure associated with representing one’s country will certainly add to his coaching input as he prepares the squad for the World Cup.”Consultant Sephaka, who played 24 tests between 2001 and 2006, was named as a consultant to the Springbok Women’s team before their first training camp in Cape Town last month, while Tsotsobe-Calata and Dazel also assisted at the camp in their respective roles. The former Springbok will work closely with the Gauteng-based players, in particular, in the months leading up to their next training camp in June and their pre-World Cup European tour, as he is one of five coaches who will run satellite coaching stations across the country with the women. The objective of these coaching stations is to ensure that the players improve their skills in all areas of the game, as well as role-specific preparation to excel in their respective positions.‘It makes sense’ Roux also welcomed the appointment of Dazel and Tsotsobe-Calata. “Renfred has been working closely with the Elite Sevens squad based in Port Elizabeth, and since those players will be eligible for selection for the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup, it makes sense to ensure continuity in the coaching team,” he said. “He has also played the sport at the highest level as a former Springbok Sevens player and provincial 15-a-side player so, similarly to Lawrence, he understands the demands on a national team. “It also gives Saru great satisfaction to appoint Nomsebenzi the team manager. She was the first captain of the Springbok Women’s team in 2004, and as she played alongside some of the women, she knows what the players need to deliver their best performance on the field. “I believe this trio is the ideal management team.”World Cup preparation The Springbok Women’s preliminary World Cup squad have been hard at work since early January to improve their fitness and skills levels, and will continue to work with the Saru Mobi-Unit and satellite coaches in the next few months to prepare for the international showpiece. The squad will assemble in Pretoria on 18 June for a seven-day training camp, which will be followed by a tour to London and France from 25 June to 5 July for warm-up matches against the Nomads and World Cup pool competitors, France, respectively. They will gather again in Stellenbosch for a pre-World Cup holding camp from 14 to 27 July, with the squad set to depart for Paris on 27 July for the international spectacle.Springbok Women management teamHead coach: Lawrence SephakaAssistant coach: Renfred DazelTeam manager: Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-CalataTeam doctor: Jerome MampanePhysiotherapist: Tanushree Pillay SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio State University Extension Director Rennekamp to step down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Roger Rennekamp, associate dean and director of Ohio State University Extension, will bring his 40-year career in Cooperative Extension to a close on July 31.Rennekamp has served Ohio and its citizens since 2016 as the 12th leader of OSU Extension, which has an office in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Specializing in agriculture and natural resources, Ohio 4-H youth development, community development, and family and consumer sciences, Extension educators bring the knowledge of The Ohio State University directly to Ohioans.During his tenure, Rennekamp has been responsible for a number of positive organizational changes.“Dr. Rennekamp has forged a large number of new partnerships that have served to heighten awareness of Extension’s mission among both internal and external stakeholders,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Rennekamp also led a comprehensive restructuring of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, that aimed to eliminate inefficiencies and expand the voice of county-based personnel in organizational decision making. Some of his other accomplishments while at OSU Extension have included increasing the starting salary for Extension educators, streamlining the promotion process for nonfaculty educators, initiating Ohio State’s Community Engagement Conference, and creating an Extension internship program. Additionally, Rennekamp was responsible for using an issue-based framework for communicating the value of Extension, bringing a renewed focus on talent development within the organization, and introducing a new videoconferencing platform that allowed for enhanced communication and saved Extension personnel both time and money.Rennekamp was also responsible for the Extension Endowment Initiative, which resulted in record-breaking philanthropic support for OSU Extension.last_img read more

CRPF jawans injured as militants open fire in Anantnag district

first_imgSeveral jawans were injured in an attack by militants on a CRPF patrol party near Lazibal area, Anantnag district of south Kashmir, on Thursday morning.However, unconfirmed reports suggest four jawans were injured. “We are assessing the situation. Reinforcements have been sent to nab the attackers,” said a police official.last_img