Lamar Names Aqua Franklin Head Women’s Basketball Coach

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – Aqua Franklin has been named Lamar University head women’s basketball coach announced Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Montagne Center. Franklin becomes the 14th head coach in program history. Prior to returning to the KU sidelines for the 2015-16 season, Franklin spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State. She helped lay the foundation for what has become one of the premier programs in women’s collegiate basketball. In 2014-15, Mississippi State posted a 27-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in SEC play, setting school records for wins in both categories. The Bulldogs also advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament that season. Due to her efforts on the recruiting trail, the Bulldogs brought in a class that was ranked among the nation’s top-20 in 2013. Franklin comes to LU with 10 years of coaching experience which includes the previous four seasons serving as the associate head coach at Kansas. Her résumé also includes one year as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin before making stops at Mississippi State and her first stint at Kansas. “I am honored and proud to be named the next women’s basketball coach at Lamar University,” said Franklin. “One of my dreams has been to be a head coach in my home state. My Texas background and connections make Lamar the perfect place for me. My staff and I will be committed to our student-athletes in engaging and empowering them to be the best version of themselves on and off the court. We will compete at the highest level and continue the winning tradition as a championship level program. This is a special opportunity and I am thankful for Dr. Kenneth Evans, Marco Born and the rest of the administration for their trust and support.” During her time with the Jayhawks, Franklin has mentored four KU guards to all-league accolades, including Christalah Lyons each of the past two seasons. During the 2016-17 season, Franklin mentored guard Jessica Washington to new heights on the hardwood. Washington became the first Jayhawk to garner Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors after averaging a league-best 19.3 points per game in Big 12 play.center_img During her first stint with the Jayhawks, Franklin helped KU to one of its best seasons, which was highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Franklin coached Angel Goodrich to a banner season as she led KU with 23.3 points per game and set the KU school record with 250 assists. Goodrich was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Associated Press (AP) and was one of four finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award. “I’m extremely excited to be naming Aqua Franklin as our next head coach,” said Born. “As we began the process of looking for our new head coach, there was one name that kept rising to the top. Aqua has put together a very distinguished career and is viewed as one of the up and coming talents in coaching. It goes without saying that she came highly recommended. She also has great recruiting ties within the state of Texas, and already has a strong knowledge of the Southland Conference.” Franklin comes to Beaumont with strong ties to the Southland Conference having spent the 2010-11 season at Stephen F. Austin. During her time in Nacogdoches, she helped Tammara Marion become one of the top guards in school history. Marion ended her career as the 25th player to score 1,000 points and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. Franklin’s coaching career began at her alma mater where she served as a graduate assistant. Her time on the A&M sideline came following a professional playing career in WNBA. Selected as the 38th overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2008 draft, Franklin lead the Monarchs to the opening round of the WNBA playoffs. She spent the following season with the Seattle Storm.last_img read more

Northwestern State Names Anna Nimz Head Women’s Basketball Coach

first_imgNimz joins Pat Nolen Pierson, James Smith, Jennifer Graf, Brooke and Scott Stoehr, Jordan Dupuy and Bilderback as coaches whose first Division I job came at Northwestern State. “They seemed excited about things instead of being more reserved. What excited me is, when this broke, I got text messages from all three girls.” Nimz credited her time at both junior college programs for giving her insight into the totality of running a college basketball program, something that was evident in her two seasons at UTRGV. That list grew by one Saturday as Anna Nimz, the 34-year-old associate head coach at UT Rio Grande Valley, was named the 10th full-time head coach in program history. “Anna is a hard-working winner,” said UTRGV head coach Lane Lord, who took Nimz on his Pittsburg State staff as a graduate assistant after her playing career ended. With Nimz on staff, the Vaqueros led the WAC in scoring defense in 2018-19, produced five All-WAC selections and tallied the most WAC wins (10) in program history. Nimz arrived at UTRGV after eight years as a junior college head coach, spending five seasons at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, before coaching three years at Kilgore College in Texas. In three seasons at Kilgore, Nimz posted a 58-36 overall record, reaching a pair of NJCAA Region 14 championship games. “To be 34 and to have an opportunity to take over a great program, in a place where you feel you fit, that’s important,” Nimz said. “I’m excited about the intangibles surrounding this opportunity.” A two-year letterwinner and team captain at Pittsburg State, Nimz spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach at UTRGV, helping the Vaqueros reach the 2019 Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game and earn a 2019 Women’s Basketball Invitational berth. “It’s a place you can win,” she said. “It has a strong basketball tradition. The facilities put you in a position to excite kids. It presents itself as an exciting opportunity. I like the Southland Conference. It’s a very competitive, tradition-rich conference.” In addition to averaging 10.9 points and 3.1 assists per game in her two seasons at Pittsburg State, Nimz was named the Pittsburg State Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year for 2006-07 and was named a Student Major of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. A two-time Pittsburg State graduate, Nimz was the 2008-09 Graduate Student of the Year in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. From Labette, Nimz was hired to rebuild a once-proud Kilgore College program that had fallen to seven wins in 2013-14. Hired in June 2014, Nimz took the standing Kilgore roster and improved from seven wins to 16 in her first season. Nimz takes over following Missy Bilderback’s decision to step aside two weeks after accepting the job March 17. Nimz’ hiring is subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State. “Anna’s resume also reflects one who leads by example and gets involved,” Burke said. “She is going to be a great addition to our department, our campus and in our community. She will place value on cultivating relationships and engaging all constituencies, including Lady Demon alumni. She has a tremendous work ethic and will work tirelessly to enhance the profile of the program.” Nimz took over the Labette program at 25 years old, giving her ample opportunities to grow in an on-the-job atmosphere. The similarities in Pittsburg and Natchitoches appealed to Nimz. She was Kilgore College’s Employee of the Year in 2016-17. That approach helped Nimz recruit three all-conference and three all-region players at Labette while five of her student-athletes earned scholarships to NCAA institutions. “I was able to meet with Lacee (Savage), Tristen (Washington) and Halei (Gillis),” Nimz said. “The thing that stood out is they’re ready to work. Every one of them mentioned making the conference tournament. I asked them if they wanted to make the tournament or put in the work to make the tournament. The responses I got back from them were great. I’m really happy with everything they brought to the table. “I enjoy the small town and heard how family-oriented the university is,” Nimz said. “I heard amazing things about the people in town and the people at the university. For me, that’s attractive.” Although unable to visit campus because of issues surrounding the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Nimz was able to speak to several current Lady Demons during the interview process. The Lady Demon tradition also appealed to Nimz. “Anna brings successful head coaching experience and a commitment to the total student-athlete that is going to pay dividends for Lady Demon basketball on several levels,” Director of Athletics Greg Burke said. “She also exudes boundless energy and passion that will inspire and motivate the young ladies in the basketball program. People who know her describe her personality as ‘infectious’ and that will resonate well in areas such as recruiting, fundraising and public relations.” “She knows how to handle every facet of our program to the point I could leave for a week and she would not miss a beat overseeing the team. She will win games but academics and family will both be high priorities for her, too. People are going to love her because she will take an interest in them. She is going to make somebody feel important every day.” She followed with consecutive 21-win seasons, marking the first time in 21 years Kilgore College had won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons. Courtesy of Northwestern State AthleticsNATCHITOCHES, La. – The tradition-rich Northwestern State women’s basketball team long has enjoyed success with first-time Division I head coaches. Nimz began her coaching career at Pittsburg State as a graduate assistant, helping lead the Gorillas to their first 20-win season in 14 years while recruiting and coaching eight All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honorees. “Having an opportunity at such a young age, being thrown into the fire, made me grow quickly as acoach,” Nimz said. ” I was going to clinics, watching videos, working through trial and error, and it made me grow into the coach I am today.  Labette provided me a great opportunity to step in and figure out who I was as a coach and I am forever grateful for that.”last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, WINNER:  “This is a good way to start off the New Year.  It’s nice to win a race like this for Peter.  We broke sharp and he was a little tough with me on the backside, but once I got him covered up, he dropped the bit and relaxed beautifully.  He’s a very consistent horse and at this distance, he’s really tough.”TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, TEXAS WEDGE, WINNER: “When turf racing stopped in Kentucky, it was either turn him out or bring him home and we wanted to bring him home. That horse (Bay Muzik) has a lot of speed and he showed it.  My other horse Captain Scotty tracked him and I thought for a second he was going to win it but then Texas Wedge got jostled around, he broke super sharp and we didn’t want him that close. Flavien did a great job as always and got him to settle and made that run.” NOTES: The winning owners are Altamira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch LLC, STD Racing Stable and Miller, A.last_img read more


first_imgAUTHENTIC ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER SHAM ROMPBob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2.“He looked good this morning,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify 2018). “He’d never done that, and I think it was the noise,” Baffert continued, addressing the colt’s ducking to his left in midstretch and again a sixteenth out in the one-mile Sham.“He heard the noise, he went to the rail, and when he saw the rail, he got scared from that, so I think we’ll either use ear plugs or blinkers next time, but his competition might be a little closer to him in his next race, and that might help, too.”While the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 was initially mentioned as Authentic’s next race, little if anything is written in stone when it comes to racing, particularly on Baffert’s often 11th hour agenda.“I’m not sure right now,” he said.Stay tuned.RACING FAREWELL FOR OMAHA BEACH BUT NOT MIKE SMITHMike Smith is poised for another major conquest, this in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.The 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider doesn’t have much space left on his glowing resume in a career that began in 1982 when he won 36 races and his mounts garnered $109,111.That’s tip money in today’s inflated economy. Last year, Smith’s mounts earned just over $10 million and he hopes to get off to a rousing 2020 aboard Omaha Beach in the Pegasus.Trained by Richard Mandella for Fox Hill Farms, the son of War Front captured the Grade I, seven furlong Runhappy Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita, but Smith sees no reason he can’t successfully negotiate the additional three furlongs.“He won the Arkansas Derby at a mile and an eighth, and in the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt) Mile, other than getting away real bad and having a lot of kickback, he ran the mile pretty easy,” Smith said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“His next race, a mile wasn’t going to hurt him. As a matter of fact, it probably would have helped us in that situation, so I’m not really worried about the distance . . . I’m riding for a man like Mr. Mandella, and he can get them ready for anything they have to do.”Like Omaha Beach’s legion of fans, Smith, too, is ambivalent about the colt’s retirement to stud following the Pegasus. “He’s starting to really come around, and there’s no telling what he’s capable of achieving,” Smith gushed. “He’s got that kind of ability, but hopefully he’ll retire nice and healthy before becoming a stallion.”While the racing career of Omaha Beach nears its end, for Mike Smith at 54 and his agent of 15 years Brad Pegram, they still see Emerald City at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.“In a career that has its ups and downs, I’ve been extremely blessed,” Smith said. “Even my downs are pretty good, other than when I broke my back in 1998 (he suffered two broken vertebrae in an Aug. 31 spill at Saratoga and was sidelined more than five months).“Hopefully, I can finish out my career on an upswing. I don’t think I’d ride off into the sunset. I’d still like to hang around and do some things in TV or publicity, but I plan on riding another few years.”Amen to that.STORM THE HILL RETURNS TO SPRINT IN LAS CIENEGASStorm the Hill shortens up in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The six-year-old mare is coming off five straight races of a mile or longer, including a fifth in the Grade I Matriarch Dec. 1.“She’s won sprint stakes twice at Santa Anita,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, alluding to the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy in 2018 and the Unzip Me in 2017. “She’s doing very well. She breezed this morning (five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.40) and should be set to go.”Flavien Prat was aboard for the drill and rides back in the Las Cienegas.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court worked five furlongs under Flavien Prat today in 1:01.60 for trainer Peter Eurton, who plans to attend the Eclipse Awards Dinner Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park in hopes that in a wide open division, the son of Court Vision is named two-year-old champion male of 2019. In all there were 223 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Clockers’ Corner celebrated the life of trainer Gary Sherlock this morning with friends and family enjoying a repast of delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries thanks to the efforts of Rosie Ybarra, Debbie Baltas, Aiden Butler, Nate Newby, Isabel Estrada, cooks Tony and Isaac, baker Colt and Geovanni Franco‘s agent, Jimmy Giannone. Sherlock died last Sunday at the age of 74. One of his horses, stakes winner Show It N Moe It, runs in next Sunday’s $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes with Sherlock’s long-time assistant Edwin Alvarez listed as trainer . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, resuming live racing with first post time 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m., with free General Admission and free parking.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 5th, 2020Quick Questions With Trainer Eddie TrumanWORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20Ax Man (Baffert) 1-05-20Grinningeartoear (Koriner) 1-05-20Storm the Hill (Behind), Just Grazed Me (Light Blue Cap) and Violette Szabo (Red Cap) (D’Amato) 1-05-20Flagstaff (Sadler) 1-05-20Vallestina (Meah) 1-04-20Speed Pass (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-04-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-04-20Higher Power (Outside) and Aggressivity (Sadler) 1-04-20Time is Now (Outside) and Show Business (Mandella) 1-03-20Show It N Moe It (Sherlock) 1-02-20 GOOD NEWS AT 54: SMITH TO CONTINUE RIDING STORM THE HILL IS BACK SPRINTING SATURDAYcenter_img AUTHENTIC WON’T ‘DUCK’ HIS FUTURE RIVALSlast_img read more

20 Cent Santa Anita Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot Pays $421,150.70 As Track Completes Weekend With Public Excluded

first_img20 Cent Santa Anita Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot Pays $421,150.70 As Track Completes Weekend With Public ExcludedARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2020)–Owner/trainer Bruce Headley’s 12-1 longshot Zillinda, one of five “live” horses in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, rolled late to best nine rivals in winning Sunday’s eighth and final race, triggering a massive $421,150.70 Jackpot payout.  The single winning ticket was purchased for $1,728 through under surreal and silent conditions for the second consecutive day with no public admission due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, Sunday’s Rainbow Six was comprised of races three through eight.Winning numbers and prices in the Rainbow Six sequence were as follows:  R3, #6 $8.40, R4, #5 $8.60, R5 #9 $9.40, R6 #5 $11.00, R7 #2 $45.60 and Race 8, #5, $26.60.Owned by both Headley and Matson Racing, Zillinda, a 6-year-old California-bred mare by Cyclotron, had one win from 24 starts coming into today’s $12,500 claimer for older fillies and mares at six furlongs.Run over a main track listed as “good,” Zillinda, who was ridden by Ruben Fuentes, rallied to outfinish Queen Carmelita, who was also “live” in the Single Ticket Jackpot, by a neck.With a carryover from Saturday of $315,194, there was $138,838 in new money bet today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $454,032.00.Entries will be taken on Tuesday for Friday, with first post time set for 1 p.m.  Again, due to public health decrees from local, county, state and federal health officials, there will be no public admission to Santa Anita, for morning training or afternoon racing, until further notice.For updated information, fans are encouraged to visit or to call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Poch admits he could get Spurs axe, but won’t go grey worrying about it

first_img“And if we don’t improve our  performance, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same.”Pochettino guided Spurs to their first-ever Champions League final in June.But he now finds himself under pressure after a terrible start to this campaign — including a 7-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich in their last European outing.2 Mauricio Pochettino said he does not worry about noise from outsideCredit: Getty – ContributorMOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutPoch said: “I’m not surprised, this is football.”If you don’t perform as people expect, it’s normal.“Football is always about  winning today — what happened yesterday is gone. Managers and coaching staff always need to win today and tomorrow.”Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clash MAURICIO POCHETTINO has admitted for the first time his job is under threat at Tottenham.But the beleaguered Spurs boss will not go grey worrying about his future.2 Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for his side to return to winning ways in the Champions LeaguePoch, whose team host Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday, has faced calls to quit after winning just three of their 12 matches this season.He said: “I understand the business, I am 47. Look, why do you think I don’t have white hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this.”I only pay attention about what we need to improve our performance.last_img read more

Ulster battle to win over Wasps

first_imgThe home side came into Friday’s clash having learned that flanker Marcell Coetzee will be out for another nine months after returning to South Africa to have further surgery on a serious knee injury.Wasps are injury-ravaged themselves with director of rugby Dai Young complaining of having to open their European campaign just five days after defeat to Saracens in the Premiership, while Ulster enjoyed an extra 48 hours’ rest following their Pro14 win over Connacht last weekend.And Young’s mood will hardly have been improved by seeing hooker Tom Cruse (thumb) and centre Brendan Macken (head) depart the action inside 20 minutes.Wasps did lead 6-3 at the break thanks to the boot of Jimmy Gopperth, who added a further three points early in the second period, before Ulster finally found their feet in slippery conditions.Christian Lealiifano went agonisingly close to the opening try as he came up just short, but Ulster did not have to wait long as wonderful work from Charles Piutau in the 55th minute sucked in Christian Wade and Willie le Roux, allowing Jacob Stockdale to score in the left corner.That same pair combined again two minutes later, Piutau breaking to feed Stockdale, who threw over his head and back inside for Stuart McCloskey to go over.John Cooney missed both conversions but it mattered not as Lealiifano slotted two penalties in the final 10 minutes – the second after Josh Bassett was sin-binned for a high shot – as Ulster ensured Wasps left a sodden Belfast without so much as a losing bonus point.FULL TIME: Tries from Jacob Stockdale & Stuart McCloskey help @UlsterRugby to turnaround their half-time deficit at the Kingspan Stadium— Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) October 13, 2017 Photo by Getty Images. Caption: Christian Lealiifano in action for Ulster v Waspslast_img read more

Tkatchenko steps in with 200 000 for FORU Cup

first_imgTkatchenko intervened after desperate pleas from the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) on the eve of the Oceania Rugby Nation’s Cup which starts tomorrow.And he expressed disappointment at the PNGRFU’s preparations towards running the event.“This tournament is about our standing on the regional and world stage in Rugby Union, and the PNGRFU cannot afford to show false cause and leisurely go about its preparations as has clearly been the case.”“As a government, we are willing to help but we cannot do that if we are not aware of plans, programmes and their goals just like this tournament.”“What has transpired is the inefficiency and incompetency of the current executive. The welfare of the players and the game are our concern and if the PNGRFU as the stakeholder cannot do the right thing by them, that is a great concern,”  said Tkatchenko.Of the funding, 150 000 will go towards Television Broadcast and live streaming on the International Rugby Board (IRB) site.50 000 kina will take care  of the accommodation for the three visiting countries- American Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tahiti.last_img read more

‘Please fix my toilet’: Olympic teams suffer through problems at Rio’s Athletes’ Village

first_imgIt was the latest upset for an Olympics taking place amid a severe economic recession, a Zika epidemic, the impeachment process of suspended president Dilma Rousseff and a spike in crime in Rio state — which is so broke it needed a government bailout to pay police salaries in arrears.The latest crisis began on Sunday, when the Australian team said its building in the Athletes’ Village was uninhabitable because of problems with plumbing and electricity.Now, with those issues resolved, the Australians have moved in. But other teams have complained about conditions in many of their apartments. The Argentine committee said that two of the five floors of its building were uninhabitable, and it had to rent apartments nearby for some of its technical staff. The Belarus Olympic committee published photos of dirty windows and blocked drains on its official page. Egyptian athletes had no hot water and their toilets did not flush, while a Kenyan wrote “Please fix my toilet” on a notice board in the Olympic Village.A squad of 600 plumbers and electricians has been scrambling to repair everything.“It is a massive operation and a massive undertaking to fix everything in such a way that we don’t disturb the athletes and we don’t compromise the security,” Mario Andrada, Rio 2016’s communications director, told The Washington Post. The operation was on course to finish by Thursday night, he said.But even that operation has run into trouble.On Wednesday, officials from Brazil’s Ministry of Work inspected laborers’ conditions and found the emergency team had been contracted informally, without the proper documentation. Fines could be levied if the subcontractors who hired the workers don’t produce the necessary documents, the ministry said in a statement published on its website.A spokeswoman for Rio 2016, speaking on condition of anonymity because of internal regulations, said organizers had presented the necessary documentation to the ministry.But questions remain: How bad were the problems, and why wasn’t the village ready when athletes began moving in on Sunday?On July 26, TV Globo’s nightly news program, Jornal Nacional, said one company contracted to fix the issues found problems in 57 out of the 272 apartments it was working on, including a lack of power and showers that did not work.Filmed in shadow, an unidentified engineer working there said he believed the defects stemmed from the construction of the complex, built by a real estate consortium with plans to eventually sell the units. Rio 2016 is renting the complex of 3,604 apartments from Ilha Pura.“I believe they had deadlines. They had to deliver the works on the date, and they delivered it the way it was,” the engineer said.Ilha Pura, or Pure Island, the real estate developer that built the complex, said the company had delivered the apartments in pristine condition.“The construction work was 100 percent finished,” a spokeswoman said in an email. “No kind of structural problem was found.” She spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing internal regulations.Ilha Pura supplied technical teams to help finish the work, the spokeswoman said, and its priority was to offer athletes “the best hospitality infrastructure.”That was not what the Australian team found when it conducted a “stress test” of the apartments on Saturday — turning on toilets and taps on several floors at the same time.“The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring,” delegation chief Kitty Chiller said in a statement. “In our mind, our building is not habitable,” she later told reporters.Andrada, the spokesman for Rio 2016, said the complex had been turned over to organizers at the end of May but water and electricity were connected in June.“The main cause for the delay was that water and electricity were connected too late” and there was no time to check the units before they were handed to the national Olympic committees, he said.Andrada said it was not clear whose fault that was.“Ilha Pura could maybe have delivered some of the apartments in better condition,” he said. “We should have done better testing. But we are not discussing this now.”“Now the focus is on the resolution of the problem, not the cause of the problem,” he said.On Wednesday evening, some athletes described the problems they found. Shimaa Hashad, a member of the Egyptian shooting team, had no hot water when she arrived at her apartment earlier that day, and her toilet did not flush. “We told them and they fixed it,” she said. “My friends from other countries told me about the same problems.”The Dutch team brought two technicians of its own after facing similar issues at Olympic Villages in London and in the Russian city of Sochi. But Rio was worse, said spokesman John van Vliet. Dutch field hockey player Mink Van Der Weerden said those efforts meant his apartment was in good condition when he arrived.”They did a bit of work,” he said. “And now it’s all good.”Kiton Muca, an administration assistant for the Albanian team, said its members had faced some small issues on arriving, such as toilets that didn’t flush, but these had been resolved. “For each Olympic Games, this is the situation,” he said. Rio is his third.Others faced more serious issues. The Argentine Olympic committee rented apartments in a nearby condominium for some of its technical staff because two of the five floors were “uninhabitable”, its president, Gerardo Werthein, told reporters in Buenos Aires on Monday.”It was very bad but it is being repaired,” Eduardo Moyano, the team’s communications director, told the Post, adding that the problems would probably be resolved in two or three days.last_img read more

Solskjaer responds to Van Persie: “You inherited my number, that’s all”

first_imgThe disastrous United season has caused an open confrontation between two club legends. The current coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has responded to the harsh criticism made by Robin van Persie, striker of the ‘red devils’, after the defeat of the team against Arsenal.Van Persie affected Solskjaer his behavior in the post-meeting interview, in which the coach appeared smiling. “I would like to see him a little more nervous, a little more cruel sometimes. He is smiling after such a game. This is not the time to smile,” said the exacting Dutchman. Premier League* Data updated as of January 4, 2020 Words that have not sat well with the hero of the United Champions in the Cmap Nou: “I do not know Robin and he does not know me. He probably has no right to criticize my management style and I will not change. That is definitive. He inherited my shirt number 20 and that is probably all that will take me away because I am not in medieval times, “said the technician at a press conference.last_img read more