SUP the PotomacIf you haven’t been living in a cave or a pineapple under the sea this summer, you have surely heard of the newest outdoor craze sweeping the outdoor nation: standup paddleboarding, affectionately known as SUP. As with most nation sweeping crazes, this one has wide appeal to everyone from new-agers to grandma to adrenaline junkies. What was once a pleasant way to paddle around a pond has become a platform for a diverse set of activities including yoga, surfing, whitewater, and endurance training. The combination of water, bathing suits, and a full body workout have made SUP the sexiest water sport since the wet t-shirt contest. But don’t be intimidated, the inner beauty of this sport is its accessibility. Even the most inexperienced paddler can scoot around on flat water with ease. With summer officially coming to an end this week, now is the time to give it a try. Hurricane Isaac will keep warm and humid weather in town for a few more days, so get on this trend now and next summer you’ll be ahead of the curve.If George Washington crossed the Potomac in this day and age, I’m sure he would SUP it because if we know one thing about our first President, he was always on top of what was new and cool, i.e. democracy. There is no better way to explore our nation’s capital than by SUP. Check out Paddle DC or Potomac Paddlesports for river, rental and lesson information.BONUS: Be sure to check out the Nation’s Triathlon while you’re in townView Larger Map
The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters Tennis Team participated at The Richmond Invite during The Weekend placing 2nd.OA 3 Silver Creek 2 (District rank #4) JV: OA won 4-1Richmond invite: OA finished 2nd out of 8 teams.OA. Kathryn Wilder – lost to Alexandria, beat Connersville, Northeastern; Angela Wanstrath – beat Richmond, Alexandria, Centerville — she won her #2 singles flight!; Sarah Price – beat Northeastern, Centerville, lost FC; Hanna Hurm/Sarah Preston – lost FC, beat EC, Northeastern; Claire Hollingsworth/Carsen Thompson – beat Conn, Northeastern, lost FC.Here was the order of team finish based on points.1. Franklin Central, 2. OA, 3. Alexandria, 4. Centerville, 5. Richmond, 6. Northeastern, 7. East Central, 8. Connersville.Coaches comments: ‘We had a good win versus a highly ranked opponent in Silver Creek. While it was a 3-2 final, we won convincingly at 1 & 3 singles and 1 doubles. And the matches at 2 singles and 2 doubles were very tight. At Richmond, we also had a good day against some big schools and quality opponents. Everyone had a winning record on the day while Angela went undefeated and played especially well, winning her #2 singles flight.’ Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.OA record on season 5-0. District rank: #6Next opponent: Mooresville on Monday (4-23)
ATLANTA — The press conference announcing the final stretch of an event called March Madness was much more low key than its name would suggest.High-ranking members of the NCAA, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations Andrew Young and others who helped bring the Final Four to Atlanta spoke to a crowd of about 50 people, most of who were with the media, at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Georgia World Congress Center. Syracuse plays Michigan on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in the Georgia Dome for a chance to advance to the national championship.“We’re going to have some of the best college basketball in the United States of America over the next few days,” Reed said. “I couldn’t be more excited.”People who spoke at the press conference discussed what the event means to the city in the short and long term, as well as charitable efforts related to the Final Four.After thanking the NCAA and partners such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Coca-Cola Co., Reed talked about the economic effects of the Final Four for the city. Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson and John Rutledge, vice president of market unit sales operations for Coca-Cola, addressed the crowd before Reed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReed said more than 100,000 people are expected to travel to Atlanta for the Final Four games, which is expected to generate $70 million in economic activity for places such as hotels and restaurants.“This tournament brings energy and excitement,” he said. “And you can feel it when you go outside.”Earlier in the press conference, Dan Gavitt, vice president of men’s basketball championships for the NCAA, talked about the significance of holding the 75th NCAA Tournament in Atlanta. This year also marks the first time the Division-II and Division-III championship games are being played in the same city.Gavitt said 7,500 pairs of shoes and 2,500 food boxes will be distributed to people in need throughout Atlanta with the help of local groups. The NCAA will work with another group to refurbish a local community center, he said.“We, along with the local organizing committee at the NCAA, are excited to leave a lasting legacy here in Atlanta through a number of initiatives,” he said.Young, the U.S. ambassador for the U.N. and a civil rights activist, was the last person to speak at the conference. He spoke freely, not reading from a prepared speech.Young spoke about the role of sports in society, which he said extends “far beyond that which anything anybody could imagine.” He cited the ability for a table tennis match to change foreign policy, and then joked that if the North Koreans played basketball, problems could be solved very quickly.Another example of the effect of sports in society he provided was with the civil rights movement, saying Martin Luther King Jr. “grew up” in the Butler Street YMCA.“Even in our movement, and particularly as we went around the country trying to organize young people for nonviolent activities, we found that the only way you could catch up with them was quite often on a basketball court,” Young said. “And they wouldn’t listen to you until you got in the game with them.”He ended the conference by going back to the positive effects the tournament will have on the city.Said Young: “Here for the next few days, the world will be focused on Atlanta, as much as it has, I think, since the Olympics in 1996.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 5, 2013 at 1:46 am Contact Dylan: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dylan_segelbaum
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association, after the Chelsea manager claimed there is a “clear campaign” against his club.The 51-year-old made the comments after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Southampton in December, while he also accused referee Anthony Taylor of making a “huge mistake” by denying the Blues a penalty.Mourinho has until 6pm on 13 January 2015 to respond to the charge.An FA statement read: “It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.”The Blues boss was also angered by the Londoners’ 5-3 defeat at Tottenham on New Year’s Day, claiming the referee in charge, Phil Dowd, was “too slow”.