Theodore Roosevelt CSG Joins US 5th Fleet AOO

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Theodore Roosevelt CSG Joins US 5th Fleet AOO April 8, 2015 View post tag: middle east Theodore Roosevelt CSG Joins US 5th Fleet AOO View post tag: Navy View post tag: CSG Authorities Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US 5th Fleet View post tag: Theodore Roosevelt The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) following a routine transit of the Suez Canal, April 6.While in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO, TRCSG will provide a range of flexible and adaptable capabilities in order to conduct theater security cooperation efforts, maritime security operations and provide crisis response.Commanded by Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, TRCSG is composed of the flagship aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).The strike group will conduct a wide range of operations alongside regional and coalition partners aimed at building trust and cooperation while helping set conditions for regional stability.U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.[mappress mapid=”15606″]Image: US Navylast_img read more

Marco is pipped in French championship play-off

first_img England’s Marco Penge was just pipped in the French men’s international amateur championship when he lost a title play-off on the second extra hole in heavy rain at Chantilly.The honours went to Ivan Cantero of Spain but Penge, who holed a 50-footer to birdie 18 and get in the play-off, was not disappointed. “It’s a learning curve for me,” he said.“I gave it a good go and tried my best,” said the 18-year-old international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. “This time it wasn’t enough, but next time, you never know.“I’ve had good start to the year and I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and looking forward to the St Andrews Links Trophy,” he went on. Penge, from the England Golf men’s squad, has proven good form north of the border, having previously won the 2015 Scottish men’s open stroke play.Penge was five-under par and leading the French championship after 36 holes, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of five-under 66, which included an eagle and five birdies. But the third round was washed out by heavy rain and the championship reduced to 54 holes.When play resumed, Penge had to play through heavy rain on his final nine holes, losing at least one shot to the bad weather when he had to putt through puddles. “I wasn’t happy with that, but the putt on the last gave it back to me,” he remarked, after holing the monster putt for a level par last round – and five-under overall.The Chantilly green staff made a tremendous effort to prepare one hole for the play-off, the short 16th. The green was squeegeed and the bunkers were pumped out and, first time round, both players halved in three. Cantero also managed another three at the second attempt to win the championship and the Coupe Murat.Chantilly will host the European men’s team championship this summer and this event attracted an excellent quality field of players keen to gain course knowledge.England Golf’s Men’s Performance Manager, Steve Burnett, watched the final round and commented: “This is a really good result for Marco in a very strong field.”Marco also had the support of his girlfriend, England women’s international Sophie Lamb, who caddied throughout, despite the drenching rain.Click here for full scoresImage © Filipe Farinha 22 May 2016 Marco is pipped in French championship play-off last_img read more

Worth of athletic scholarship can go beyond degree

first_imgIn this Dec. 7, 1988, file photo, Auburn’s Tracy Rocker, center, the winner of the 1988 Outland Trophy, gets a congratulatory handshake from runner-up Tony Mandarich, right, of Michigan State, at a ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Stoltman, File)Playing football at Michigan got Joe Holland more than an education.It got him a job. Two, in fact.The linebacker on the Wolverines’ 1988 Big Ten championship team was hired out of college by a fellow Michigan alum, with his football connections landing him the initial interview. That he’d worn the famed winged helmet caught the eye of his second employer, too.“The president of this startup was a huge Michigan fan and lived in Ann Arbor and was a good friend of Bo Schembechler. I’m going to potentially go work for these guys and he’s a Michigan fan? That didn’t hurt me,” said Holland, now the co-owner of an Internet software company.“So yes, it’s absolutely been helpful.”The debate over paying college athletes has clouded this entire football season, beginning with allegations in August that 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel received money for signing autographs. Johnny Football was eventually cleared, but the NCAA is still fighting an antitrust lawsuit by former players who believe they’re owed billions of dollars in compensation.At the NCAA’s annual convention later this month, restructuring proposals driven, in part, by larger schools wanting more autonomy — including the ability to give athletes stipends — will top the agenda.“We’re not talking about pay for play,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “We are talking about the cost of education.”But what, exactly, is a college education worth?Using public and telephone records and social media, The Associated Press traced 90 players who were listed as seniors on the 1988 teams at four schools — Michigan, SEC co-champion Auburn, Akron and Wake Forest. The 23 — enough for a starting offense and defense — who could be reached by phone were asked if they got their degrees, what role their educations have played in their lives and, looking back 25 years later, whether they think the tradeoff was worth it.(One player is dead, and another five had names too common to be traced.)The AP’s findings:— Each of the 23 had earned his diploma.— All said their educations have played pivotal roles in their lives.— Though almost all said players should receive increased stipends — enough to get a pizza with friends or take their girlfriend out to dinner, not buy a new Escalade — only two questioned whether the scholarship they got for playing football was a fair tradeoff.— Only one would make a different choice if given the chance to do it over or would advise his child to take a different path.“You’ve got a unique experience that millions of people would die to have. To put on the uniform, to go into the largest stadium in the country and to get a free education,” said J.J. Grant, one of Michigan’s starting linebackers in 1988 and now a shipping team leader for MillerCoors.“It’s a huge opportunity to put your foot into a door and open a conversation into just about anything you want to do.”For some players, an athletic scholarship was their only means of going to college. Tuition, even at a state school, was too expensive, and that scholarship meant the difference between higher education and a blue-collar job or a career in the military.More than that, however, were the experiences and contacts their education provided — opportunities that helped shape their adult lives.For some, college was their first time away from home; one player said he wasn’t sure if he’d ever have ventured beyond the state where he grew up otherwise. For others, their status as a college football player gave them entree to a future employer, be it through a direct connection or the affection the large network of alumni and fans have for anyone who wore their favorite team’s jersey.“The first couple years, I knew people who were interested in what I did,” said Jim Thompson, an offensive lineman at Auburn. “I write big-truck insurance. It’s not like car insurance. It’s a specialized market. I don’t think playing college football hurt me.”When Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Tracy Rocker got into coaching, he already had a long list of contacts from his days at Auburn, where he was a two-time All-American and the SEC player of the year in 1988.Grant’s former Michigan teammates are now a “Who’s Who” of athletic administrators, business executives and coaches, San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh among them.While his friends don’t play a pivotal role in his career, they might for his son Derek, a college junior who ultimately wants to get into sports management.“I’ve got unique connections that can help him,” Grant said. “You’ve got to use those connections. It comes back to not what you know, it’s who you know, and I’m using the hell out of them.”A number of players also said the goal-oriented nature of a football team made them attractive candidates for potential employers, some of whom told them they figured that if a man had enough focus and drive to earn a football scholarship, that work ethic would translate to his next job.“Certain characteristics that I developed during football … were lifelong skills,” said Alvin Mitchell, who started at outside linebacker for Auburn and is now a minister and a sergeant in the Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office. “I still use them every day. Every. Day.”But Shan Morris, who played safety at Auburn, said he’s done the math on his scholarship, and it doesn’t quite add up.Yes, athletes get a free education, along with room and board. That’s no small thing considering tuition and room and board averaged $17,860 for in-state students at public universities in 2012-13, and $39,518 for students at private schools, according to the College Board.But even with limits on practice that were imposed in 1991, playing a college sport is the equivalent of having a full-time job. And then some.“My scholarship was not worth the amount of hours,” said Morris, now the principal at his own commercial real estate firm in Atlanta. “We were probably working for somewhere between $3 and $5 when you work it out.“I could have worked at McDonald’s and paid my tuition with the money I got.”Even those who think the tradeoff is fair believe players should be getting more than they do.When clothing, transportation and other “miscellaneous” expenses are tallied, the difference between the value of a scholarship and the total cost of an education can be as much as $6,000. Athletes already miss out on part of the college experience because of the time commitments their sports demand.Not having the spending money to take part in the kinds of activities that make college college — parties, dances, the occasional meal off-campus — only deepens the divide.“I knew several people that were from poverty level families, coming to college. It was almost worse for them,” said Shawn Fagan, who was an offensive lineman at Akron. “They got a free education and meals, but they had no money to basically live.“Back then, I’d get maybe $20 from my parents now and then,” Fagan continued. “That’s food. But it’s not much when you’re a young adult trying to have some fun.”Particularly with what the universities are getting in return.College sports generate about $6.1 billion in revenue each year, according to the latest NCAA research. The broadcast deal for the NCAA basketball tournament alone is worth $10.8 billion over 14 years; the combined deals for the new college football playoff system and other top bowls will bring in another $7 billion over 12 years.“They’re creating the revenue, I definitely think they should be able to reap a little bit the benefit of the rewards,” said Brent White, who started at defensive tackle for the Wolverines. “I’m not saying they should be getting paid off like boosters, getting new Mercedes-Benzes to drive around. But it would be nice for them to have enough money to go out and get groceries without having to get it from the training table and bring it home.”A little money in their pockets might help some players avoid the temptation of unscrupulous agents and boosters, too.“You come from a family that doesn’t have anything, someone puts something out there and you can think, ‘It’d be easy. Nobody will find out. I’ll take this money,’” Fagan said. “That’s the reality of life.”The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors approved a rules change in October 2011 that would have given athletes a $2,000 stipend for expenses not covered by their scholarships, only to have it tabled after smaller schools objected.That irritated the larger schools of the BCS conferences, who are now the driving force in efforts to restructure the NCAA’s governance. The big schools — and their conferences — want the power to make decisions on matters that directly affect them, particularly financial issues.“If we think things are stuck in 1975 for the student-athletes, we’d like to get to the 21st century,” Delany said. “And we think connecting the structuring to the needs of the 21st century, consistent with the resources we have, is the right thing to do.”last_img read more

Port Plaza Features Olympia Brew Fest August 3

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Olympia Brew Fest, on August 3 from 1:00 – 8:30 pm, showcases Northwest micro-breweries and supports Thurston County Economic Development.  Everyone 21 years of age or older with a valid ID is welcome at the Port Plaza.More than 30 Northwest breweries will be on hand with 60+ beers along with five local food vendors and live music.  General admission includes a commemorative mug and six taste tickets for $25.  You may also purchase additional taste tickets.  Admission for designated drivers is discounted to $5.Port of Olympia is a sponsor of this event which benefits the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development Program.You will find the Port Plaza just north of Percival Landing, behind Anthony’s Homeport.  Look for the tall viewing tower.Submitted by Port of Olympialast_img read more


first_imgDoug O’Neill312286%39%$135,062 John Sadler121218%33%$70,880 -30- FINISH LINES: Dressed in Hermes, 7-2 second choice on the morning, was scratched from today’s Sham Stakes due to a fever . . . Leading trainer Richard Baltas plans to enter three horses in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday card Monday, Jan. 18: Beat of the Drum (Flavien Prat), Journey On (Mario Gutierrez) and Tiz a Kiss (Santiago Gonzalez). Named for the diminutive stretch-running mare trained by the late Bobby Frankel, the Megahertz is for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf . . . Triple Crown-winning jockey and Eclipse Award finalist Victor Espinoza hopes he’s on another Triple Crown candidate next Saturday at the Fair Grounds when he pilots impressive maiden winner Z Royal in the Grade III LeComte Stakes at a mile and 70 yards for D. Wayne Lukas and Ahmed Zayat, who campaigned American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory last year . . . Award-winning author Gary West will be on hand at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning to sign “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF) . . . On Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. TOEWS ON ICE WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTToews On Ice (pronounced Taze), winner of three straight stakes for Bob Baffert before running second to stablemate Mor Spirit in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity, worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.With Martin Garcia up, Toews On Ice worked with Undeniable U and set fractions of 24.80, 37.40 and 49.20, with a six furlong gallop-out time of 1:14, according to Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Undeniable U was given the identical time of 1:01.20.Also prepping for the Lewis Saturday was Delta Jackpot and Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator for trainer Keith Desormeaux. The Curlin colt was timed in 1:01.40 under Keith’s brother Kent Desormeaux.Beset with an erratic weather pattern that has brought recent rains, horsemen took advantage of a fast track Saturday morning, with 262 recorded workouts, including 11 on the dirt training track. Steve Knapp820025%25%$46,590 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo3467318%47%$308,930 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Rafael Bejarano45128427%53%$581,110 Michael Machowsky612017%50%$53,120 Tiago Pereira211505%29%$109,952 Steven Miyadi1033130%70%$75,730 Brice Blanc1010110%20%$131,210 Ty Kennedy171226%29%$55,330 Santiago Gonzalez51108320%41%$410,350 Martin Pedroza2431113%21%$58,310 Jeff Bonde921022%33%$64,860 Kent Desormeaux232459%48%$235,590 Tyler Baze413787%44%$202,918 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 Mario Gutierrez353639%34%$140,874 Drayden Van Dyke1821011%17%$86,360 Philip D’Amato2235714%68%$277,350 Craig Dollase411125%75%$48,120 Abel Lezcano1221017%25%$77,340 GONZALEZ ATTEMPTS TO DETHRONE BEJARANOTOEWS ON ICE PREPS FOR ROBERT B. LEWISBALTAS HAS THREE FOR GRADE III MEGAHERTZ Jack Carava720029%29%$32,500 Martin Garcia211255%38%$130,044 Jose Verenzuela710114%29%$14,930 Kristin Mulhall831138%63%$133,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas1752129%47%$301,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 Edwin Maldonado3161419%35%$175,820 Agapito Delgadillo911111%33%$39,020 Bob Baffert2231414%36%$209,310 Mike Smith2042220%40%$380,790 Victor Espinoza181216%22%$106,300 Richard Mandella1011210%40%$58,138 Peter Eurton1325115%62%$79,970 GONZALEZ CONTINUES ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITAIt’s not a stretch to call Santiago Gonzalez an overnight sensation, at least since he began riding in the United States just over a year ago.The 32-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has made an impact with bettors and horsemen alike, and early on is giving perennial Southern California kingpin Rafael Bejarano a run for the money nine days into Santa Anita’s Winter Meet where he is second behind Bejarano in the standings with 10 victories, only two behind the front-runner.“This kid will ride the card,” said his agent, former trainer Craig Stephen, alluding to the fact that Gonzalez will ride all eight races if the opportunity presents itself. To date, he leads all jockeys in mounts accepted this meet with 51, six more than Bejarano.“And,” Stephen was quick to add, “he’ll work 10 horses in the morning. He’s that hungry. The success we’ve had together so far has been a huge surprise to me. When he first came out here, I thought I was really up against it.“I thought the odds were stacked so far against me. He wasn’t a bug boy, he didn’t speak English, and nobody knew his name. He had a great reputation in Venezuela, but that doesn’t transfer to the U.S.“Thanks to all the trainers and owners who have helped us along the way, especially Jim Cassidy. We couldn’t have done it without them.” Fernando Perez362186%31%$128,858 Alex Solis520140%60%$103,424 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Peter Miller2541116%24%$124,630 Clifford Sise, Jr.612117%67%$53,340 Flavien Prat2732511%37%$181,552 Alonso Quinonez1424114%50%$83,100 Robertino Diodoro312033%100%$28,600 Jerry Hollendorfer272447%37%$155,122 David Lopez2552620%52%$159,820 William Spawr842050%75%$101,100 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 8)last_img read more