Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Asheville, N.C.

first_imgAnother of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s home bases, Asheville, N.C., has long been celebrated as a top outdoor hub. It was named Beer City, U.S.A., and is considered one of the best craft beer destinations in the country. It also has an impressive music scene, a burgeoning local food movement, and is home to Biltmore Estate—whose surrounding grounds are home to miles of intown singletrack.The French Broad River flows right through town, and breweries line its banks in the River Arts District, making it possible to float downriver and climb ashore at a pub for a perfect summer afternoon.A growing number of trails and greenways are being built in town, including extensions to the Reed Creek Greenway and the UNC-Asheville Trail system. The Mountains to Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway also run right through town.But the best adventures are found just outside city limits; Bent Creek and surrounding Pisgah National Forest are home to some of the best singletrack in Southern Appalachia. Trail runners flock to the area for epic races like Shut-In and the Mount Mitchell Challenge. Road cyclists love to train and race the steep, winding mountain roads surrounding Asheville. Asheville is especially known for its world-class paddling community; the French Broad, Pigeon, Nolichucky, and Nantahala Rivers are all nearby, and so is the Green River, which hosts one of the biggest downriver races in the country.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? The Mountains to Sea Trail—which passes through Asheville—stretches more than 900 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And the newly constructed French Broad River Paddle Trail stretches 140 miles from the headwaters of the French Broad all the way to Douglas Lake in Tennessee. enables paddlers and canoeists toVote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Cazenovia track girls dominates OHSL Liberty meet

first_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls track and field The Cazenovia girls track and field team picked the right time to roll out their best performance yet of the 2019 season, earning an historic victory at last Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division small-school championship.Setting an all-time league record for points scored and margin of victory, the Lakers earned 212 points to overwhelm Skaneateles (79) and five other squads for the crown.It was a total team effort for the Lakers as 21 different girls contributed to score in every event en route to earning 21 All-League selections, including eight individual first-team honors during the meet. They also achieved 18 new season-best performances, many at sectional or state qualifier meet standards. Senior Captain Maddy Gavitt led the squad, earning three titles in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Gavitt hit a season best in the long jump at 16 feet 4 1/4 inches for first with Chloe Smith third at 14’11 1/4″.In the triple jump, Gavitt was just short of her school record distance in the triple jump at 35’7 1/2″ and won a jump-off at 4’9″ to triumph in the high jump, with Paige Hunt third at 4’8″. Hunt earned a title of her own capturing the pole vault at 9 feet, with Gavitt fourth.Cazenovia’s distance runners were a huge ingredient in the team’s success, exceeding pre-meet expectations in every race.center_img They were led by Molly Hart (11:38.78) and Isla Stover (11:46.07) who finished 1-2 at 3,000 meters, each with personal bests. The duo finished third (Hart, 5:17.24) and fifth (Stover, 5:27.98) in the 1,500, also in season-best times.The 4×800 meter team earned honors as Claire Braaten (2:37.9) led the team of Kelly Frost, Mary Williams and Finlay Stover to their best time of 10:54.62. Braaten returned to score fourth in the 800-meter run.Frost earned all-league honors individually as she won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 8:37.67, with Jackie Gamlen earning fourth place in 9:27.13.Savannah Johnson led the sprinters, earning second place in the 100-meter dash in a state qualifier eligible time of 13.27 seconds. She also earned all league status in the 200 with a 27.78 seconds and anchored the 4×100 team of Grace Dolan, Caryn Gagnon and Hunt to second in 53.13 seconds.Peyton Basic was dominant in the 400-meter dash, earning first team honors in a career-best time of 1:02.80. Dolan was fifth in 1:07.70 and both girls returned to join Cavy Monahan and Ella Huftalen for a season best time in the 4×400 of 4:31.13, which put them in third place. Basic also captured fourth in the 200.The Laker hurdlers added 26 points to the effort as Melanie Michael won the 100 hurdles in 17.38 seconds and Gagnon was second in 17.81 seconds, also returning to place third and fifth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles.Cazenovia’s throwers also added to the exceptional meet, scoring 24 points of their own. Claire Edwards scored in both the discus (second place, 88’8″) and shot put (fourth) while Kenzie Yates (26’4 1/2″ in the shot) and Tessa Hanskenecht (78’4″ in the discus) each finished third in the league.Lili Gavitt capped the Lakers’ championship performance with a second-place effort in the pentathlon as she achieved a personal best performance of 2,259 points across the five events.The Lakers competed at the Clinton “Junkyard” Relays on Saturday  as a final tune-up as they prepare for the Section III Class B-2 championships next Thursday at Canastota.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Dortmund confirm Ilkay Gundogan will not renew contract

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have confirmed that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will not renew his contract with the Bundesliga club.The Germany international’s current deal expires next summer and although it was widely believed he would not extend his stay at Signal Iduna Park beyond then, it has yet to be confirmed up until now.Last week speculation suggested that Manchester United were ‘closing in’ on his signature for a fee believed to be in the region of €30 million (£22m), before a number of other top European clubs were linked with the midfielder.The German apparently held talks regarding a possible United transfer while David Moyes was in charge at Old Trafford, with the 24-year-old seen as a natural successor to Michael Carrick.It remains to be seen whether Gundogan will follow departing coach Juergen Klopp out of the club at the end of the current Bundesliga campaign, but the German club may look to cash-in rather than letting him go on a free next year, as was the case with former striker Robert Lewandowski.Lewandowski spent four years with Dortmund and notched 74 league goals in 131 matches, though he opted not to sign a new contract and saw out the final year of his deal before joining arch rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer. MAN UNITED BOUND?It has been widely expected that Gundogan would leave Dortmund this summer, and this news now pretty much confirms it.The German club will not want to let one of their best players leave on a free next summer, especially when they will receive in the region of £20m – £25m for him.The English press went big on the Manchester United rumours and while the hype has died down a bit, with subsequent reports suggesting the earlier ones were premature, the feeling in England is certainly that United are favourites, given he has been a long-term target and they so clearly need a midfielder of that ilk.Arsenal are in the market for someone more defensive (Schneiderlin probably) and they have Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla who would play in the Gundogan position. VIEW FROM GERMANY Tobias Hlusiak, Eurosport Germany: This news really isn’t a surprise for anyone following professional football. Gundogan did extend his contract one year ago when he was seriously injured, but only for 365 more days.That made it quite clear what he was up to.Dortmund presented him with a possible contract-extension months ago, but Gundogan never really thought about signing it.So they felt he was leaving. That’s why they already lined up possible replacements in Leverkusen’s Gonzalo Castro and Mainz’ Johannes Geiss. As far as Gundogan’s future is concerned, it has seemed quite certain that he would be going to the Premier league for a long time.But in the last few days more and more rumours about Bayern have emerged. Dortmund fans are afraid of losing their next top-talent to Guardiola’s squad. But my sources say that England is more likely. United seem to be in the driver’s seat.–last_img read more

Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell celebrates a daughter, mourns a father and chases his hoop dreams

first_imgHis lap bar down and secured, Sindarius Thornwell is on one heck of a roller coaster ride, determined to keep it moving.He’s getting after it at Clippers training camp, which tipped off Tuesday at the University of Hawaii exactly one week after Thornwell’s father, Gregory Wade, died in his sleep, the victim of a heart attack at age 46.Five days before he lost his dad, Thornwell’s daughter, Skyla-Love, was born.Thornwell arrived in Honolulu, where he’s competing for a job, thinking about them. “I’ve been up and down the last month or so, but it’s life,” Thornwell said by phone from Hawaii following the team’s first official practice. “Today was fun. It’s easy to come out and practice because that’s what my dad would have wanted; it was his dream to see me play (in the NBA) and have success in basketball. That’s my motivation – to keep making him proud, you know?”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Thornwell, 23, enters his second NBA season as one of 17 players fighting for 15 spots on the Clippers’ roster. He’s among the team’s nine listed guards, though Coach Doc Rivers seems open-minded about it, having indicated that the 6-foot-5 Thornwell, “whatever he is,” could also be useful as a small forward.In 15.8 minutes per game last season, Thornwell averaged 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He also collected nine “Did Not Plays,” including seven in nine games in February. The appearances he made on the floor in that span lasted 32 and 33 seconds, respectively.At media day, he spoke openly about how much that stung, what a reality check it proved to be, and how it led to important professional development.“When I was getting those DNPs … I knew I was in a hole and Doc wasn’t calling on me, so I came in every day and treated my workouts like games,” Thornwell said. “My worst experience ever was in Phoenix, we were up 30 the whole game and I didn’t get in the game until like the last 10 seconds. I never wanted to feel like that (again), so I took everything more seriously, I came in and started to act like a pro. And it translated when I got my shot again, and I finished the year pretty strong.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters After playing in only three games the previous month, Thornwell played every game in March, starting seven of them.Ups and downs, you know?Thornwell also lost his uncle, Dajuan Thornwell, with whom he was especially close, just before the 2015 basketball season, on Sept. 17 – three years and a day before Wade’s death last week.Sindarius Thornwell was a junior at South Carolina then, and he went on to make the SEC All-Defensive Team that season, foreshadowing for the following year when he threw college hoops for a loop, leading the seventh-seeded Gamecocks to a second-round upset of second-seeded Duke and then all the way to the Final Four.For his efforts, Thornwell became South Carolina’s first player in 11 years to be drafted into the NBA, selected 48th by the Milwaukee Bucks and traded to the Clippers for cash considerations.Last week, Thornwell posted footage from the celebration that followed his selection on social media. Wade is at the center of it, glowing, telling people how proud he is.“He was the light in the room,” Thornwell said of his dad, who loved motorcycles and the Dallas Cowboys. “He was the guy who came in and made everybody laugh. If you were in a bad mood, he’d bring a smile to your face – that’s what you saw on Instagram in the video.”Thornwell said he’s doing all right, and that his family is doing OK, too.“We have each other’s back and we’re holding each other up,” Thornwell said. “We can’t bring him back, so we’re just taking it one day at a time.”On the court, Thornwell said that means getting to work, having fun “just coming in and trying to mix it up a little and stay active.”“It’s like nothing matters when you’re on the court but basketball,” he added. “Whatever problems or whatever’s happening, when you’re able to step onto the court, you’re able to separate from it, you know?”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Greg Zuerlein playing Saturday? (Updated)

first_imgThe second giveaway to Zuerlein’s status will be L.A.’s transaction report. McVay also told reporters the Rams are bringing in kickers Thursday to work out. That would suggest that by sometime on Friday, Los Angeles will potentially sign a kicker. If a signing is made, that bodes poorly for Zuerlein’s status.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endEven against a strong 49ers defense, Zuerlein is a solid kicker start if he’s active. He’s made all his extra points and knocked in four-of-five kicks from beyond 50 yards this year. He’ll also get to kick in some relatively warm California weather compared to what many kickers will deal with in late December elsewhere. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Greg Zuerlein playing Saturday in Week 16?UPDATE 2: Zuerlein is officially ACTIVE.UPDATE 1: It’s believed Zuerlein will be “good to go” and as of Friday night, the Rams had not signed another kicker. There will be two things that can give away Zuerlein’s status one way or the other before we get to Saturday night. The first is if Zuerlein starts kicking at practice. Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that he’ll wait as long as he can for Zuerlein’s quad to heal before he starts kicking again. SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineups Greg Zuerlein has the rare kicker injury that could affect fantasy football championships. The man they call ‘Greg the Leg’ and ‘Legatron’ is dealing with a quad injury that’s so far prevented him from actually kicking a football at practice this week. The Rams take on the 49ers on Saturday night in Week 16, and Zuerlein is an every-week starting fantasy kicker when healthy, so this injury could actually affect start ’em, sit ’em decisions and waiver pickups. We’ll have updates below until the official active/inactive report drops about 6:45 p.m. ET Saturday.For injury updates on Will Fuller anad Carlos Hyde, go here;​ for news on Jameis Winston’s injury, go here; for the latest on Julian Edelman’s availability, click here. For more news and fantasy advice, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.last_img read more