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Weekend Pick: Myrtle Beach Marathon

first_imgThe 17th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is this Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 a.m. If you’re looking for a flat and fast 26.2 miles then this is your race! With a beautiful course that follows along the awe-inspiring Atlantic Ocean, you’ll wind your way through the famous Million Dollar Mile. This is a perfect course for your friends and family to get involved.The entry fee for the marathon is $125. The Runner’s Expo, which is at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, is where you’ll be able to collect bibs, t-shirts, and race info. It’ll be open on Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday from 11am-9pm.For those looking to run a little less, there are a number of options. On Friday, there will be a Neon Night 5K and Ripley’s Family Fun Run. The Dasani Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, starting at the same time as the full.All participants can enjoy a post-race party at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach where there will be free food and refreshments from 5-7pm. Tickets for guests and non-participants are $20. Awards and trophies will be available for pick-up at this event.The Myrtle Beach Marathon, and all associated events, are produced entirely by volunteers. On race weekend, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to aid participants in many different ways from registration, shirt hand-out, water, food and aid stations to the finish line. All volunteers receive a free Volunteer T-shirt, free entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties, and the grateful thanks of the Marathon Committee and all participants. If you would like to volunteer and help us make this a memorable event for all participants, please click here. We are constantly updating and adding new volunteer opportunities.last_img read more

Badgers finish road trip against Bemidji State

first_imgAfter a disappointing 12-6-2 start before the holiday break last year, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has started out even stronger in the 2013-2014 season. The Badgers are 12-2-2 this season with their only losses coming from top-ranked Minnesota back in early October.The Badgers will look to cap off their solid start to the season with a series against Bemidji State (7-7-2 WCHA 4-5-1) this Friday and Sunday. The series comes on the back of a six-game road trip for Wisconsin in which they played three teams currently receiving votes in the national polls (Boston University, North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth), finishing with a record of 4-0-2.“I guess it’s certainly nice to get an opportunity to play at home again,” head coach Mark Johnson said in a press conference Monday afternoon. “It’s been a demanding and very satisfying six games on the road against great competition.”The Badgers haven’t played at home in nearly a month and the players are looking forward to the respite from bus rides, hotel rooms and rabid WCHA fans.“As cliché as it sounds, it’s so great to be home,” senior forward Madison Packer said. “Not just so that we can rest in our own beds and not have to travel, but to play in front of our own fans is just incredible.”Bemidji State’s 4-5-1 conference record places them in the middle of the pack in the race for the WCHA regular season title. The Beavers have key wins over Ohio State and Minnesota-Duluth this season. They also swept their series with Minnesota State in mid-November. Their most recent win over Minnesota-Duluth will certainly give Bemidji some confidence coming into Madison this weekend.Two key matchups define this game. One is between Bemdji State’s freshman goaltender Brittani Mowat against Wisconsin’s powerful offense.Mowat has been impressive in her freshman campaign, boasting a 2.1 goals against average, including two shutouts against Lindenwood and Minnesota-Duluth. Wisconsin is averaging three goals per game and has averaged 36 shots on the season. If Bemidji’s defense cannot control Wisconsin’s explosive offense, it could be a long night for the freshman goaltender.The other intriguing matchup will be between Bemidji’s top scorer Hanna Moher and Wisconsin’s top scoring defense. Moher, a sophomore forward, has seven goals on the year including four in conference play. Serving up many of her opportunities is fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Tougas. Tougas leads the team with six assists on the year, half of which were direct through Moher before finding the net. The Wisconsin defense, on the other hand, has been one of the most impressive defenses in the country. They are currently allowing just one goal per game, tied for the best in the country along with Minnesota.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they could be without star senior goaltender Alex Rigsby. During a game where Rigsby should have been celebrating setting the all-time record for wins at Wisconsin, she hobbled off the ice late in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Rigsby is still questionable for the Badgers’ game Friday. However, if unable to play this weekend, the team is still confident in freshman backup Ann-Renée Desbiens.Desbiens entered the game late in the second period after Rigsby went down with the injury, taking just a few warm up shots before being thrown into the game.“She played very well and gave us an opportunity to come away with a 1-0 victory,” Johnson said.Desbiens finished the game with a shutout and 13 saves. The performance was good enough to win Desbiens her first WCHA honor as the Rookie of the Week. In all, Desbiens has played 207 minutes this year and holds an impressive goals against average of .87. Whether Desbiens or Rigsby takes their position in front of the net this Friday, the team will be confident that whoever is between the pipes will play well.“Rigsby is obviously our rock,” Packer said. “She has had an absolutely incredible career here. However we’re confident with whoever is back there and [Desbiens] has proven herself so far this season.”Whoever wins those two battles will likely gain the upper hand this weekend when the Badgers meet the Beavers for the first time this season. As the first half of the season comes to a close, both Wisconsin and Bemidji State will be looking to finish 2013 strong and carry that success into 2014.“You want to finish [the first half of the season] off on a positive note,” Johnson said. “Depending on how this weekend goes, it has been a good first half up to this point.”last_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout likely to be runner-up in another AL MVP race

first_imgTrout also hit .312 with 39 homers, just two short of his best.Defensively, he improved in most of the metrics, earning his way into consideration for his first Gold Glove. He lost out to Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. for that honor.Despite all of that, even Trout admitted as the season came to an end that it was going to be tough to beat Betts for the award, because he also had an exceptional season.Betts hit .346 with 32 homers and 30 stolen bases, to go with a 1.078 OPS. Thanks to his outstanding defense, Betts led the major leagues in WAR, according to both Baseball-reference and FanGraphs.Of course, Betts also has an edge on Trout because the Red Sox went to the playoffs and the Angels didn’t even contend. Although in recent years voters have put less emphasis on team performance – evident by Trout’s MVP award in 2016, when the Angels had a losing record – it is still difficult for a player on a non-contender to overcome a strong performance from a player on a contender.The MVP is determined by a vote of 30 writers, two representing each city in the league. Votes were submitted before the start of the postseason.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout might be experiencing some deja vu on Thursday.The American League MVP will again be announced, and the Angels star will again be in the top three.But he’s probably not going to win.When the top three finishers were announced last week, it was no surprise that Trout was included, along with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Cleveland Indians third baseman José Ramírez. When the winner is announced on Thursday, Betts is expected to take the honor. The results will be announced on MLB Network, in a program starting at 3 p.m.It could be Trout’s fourth time finishing second in his seven full seasons in the majors, to go along with twice winning the MVP and once finishing fourth. The fourth-place finish was last season when he missed nearly two months with an injury.Ironically, this was in many ways Trout’s best season.His 1.088 OPS was a career high, and also the best in the majors. His adjusted OPS, which takes ballparks into account and sets the league average at 100, was 199. That was also a career high and major league best in 2018.Trout set a career high with a .460 on-base percentage, and his .628 slugging percentage was just one point off the career high he set last season. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Juventus wants Džeko?

first_imgJuventus have been linked with a move for Manchester City striker Edin Džeko, reports sportsmole.co.uk.The Bosnian is rumoured to be heading for the exit door at the Etihad Stadium after struggling to live up to his £26m price tag since moving from Wolfsburg two years ago.The Bianocneri were believed to be tracking the 27-year-old before he joined the Citizens and are known to be in the market for another forward this summer.According to Il Sussidiario, Antonio Conte wants Džeko to partner the incoming Fernando Llorente, who is joining on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season.Džeko has scored 12 goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season.last_img