In this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will explore the resources available through cooperative extension to promote spiritual fitness. What is Spiritual Fitness?Spirituality is a broad spectrum of behaviors, values, and beliefs that individuals hold in regards to their own spirit or soul. For some, their spirituality involves a specific religion, but others practice spirituality through connections with others and/or nature. Spirituality is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety as well as possibly assisting military families with coping with the stresses of military life.For some, spirituality is a key part of their self-care routine. To learn more about the importance of self-care routines, join Military Caregiving on July 10th at 11am Eastern Time for At Our Best: Caregiving Today, a part of MLFN’s Kids Serve Too! partnership with Sesame Street for Military Families. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the importance of self-care for caregivers and give ideas to start a self-care routine.Cooperative Extension and Spiritual FitnessCooperative extension provides resources to help individual and families focus on their spirituality. For example, North Carolina State Extension has collected resources in their youth-focused #passthemike initiative that deal with topics such as religious literacy, islamophobia, and antisemitism. Contact your local extension office to learn more about the programs and resources in your area.Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a great way to develop one’s spirituality. Please see our previous blog on psychological fitness to learn more about the opportunities cooperative extension provides to learn more about mindfulness.Self-care. Self-care is an important part of caring for one’s psychological health. Cooperative extension provides educational resources to learn about the importance of self-care, as well as ideas for self-care routines. For example, have a look at these ideas from Kentucky and Maine cooperative extension.
When Usain Bolt arrived on the stage- well, that’s what London’s Olympic Stadium was for the Jamaican Express- the stadium announcer quite appropriately called him the “World’s Fastest Travelling Show”. What else can you call him anyway? On Thursday night, if one needed to see a champion become a legend, Bolt did exactly that as he clocked a season best 19.32 seconds to seal the 200m race. In that process, the Jamaican became the first man to win the 100m and 200m races in two back-to-back Olympics.Focus is what any trainer or coach would tell a runner minutes before an Olympic final. Not Bolt. He had time for everything else.He flirted with a lady carrying his starting block into the stadium; he had a chat with young team-mate and rival Yohan Blake; he then waved as if he was about to make a statement.And then Bolt ran past the field and became a blur.Race over, Bolt stopped, turned around to greet the man coming in second, and showed he still had a lot of gas left in him by doing 10 push-ups. He then kissed the track, grabbed a photographer’s camera and clicked pictures.Next, he decided to go around doing high fives and posed in his traditional style, much to the delight of people with cameras- professionals and amateurs!At the end of it all, as Bolt went up and collected his second Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics and the fifth of his career, the giant electronic scoreboard read:advertisement1. Jamaica. 2. Jamaica. 3. Jamaica.American fans and journalists could not believe it. This big man Bolt and his fellow Jamaicans had blown away a huge tradition that American sprinters had built up over the years.And when Carl Lewis spoke about the ugly dope word, it only reflected the frustration of the Americans, who have only an old legacy to cling to.While retaining the sprint double, Bolt also equalled the 200m time clocked by Michael Johnson in 1996 at Atlanta. But then Bolt took it easy in the last 20 metres, almost to ensure that he didn’t go too far ahead of the rest on Thursday night.The most striking thing about Bolt is his enormous size. At six feet and five inches, each giant stride he makes eats metres of the track and is a treat to watch.Even on the bend, when you would imagine the laws of physics demand the runner slows down or makes adjustments to his running stride, Bolt is very different. And if in the 100m race, his reaction time to the starter’s gun was slow, there was no such trouble for him in the 200m.Most people would wait for the final dash to cover ground, but as this man had already won the race, he actually appeared to slow down! While all this is a sheer delight to watch, the ability to achieve feats like this on a fast track has to stem from sheer confidence.Before the race, Bolt indulged in a bit of showmanship. It’s his own way of confidence boosting, if he needs to do it. From television commentators to men in eighties who have watched former giants such as Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, the debate has ended.Usain Bolt is now ‘The Greatest’.
In this season of biopics, when one asked Ranbir Kapoor which legend would he like to play on screen, guess what was his answer?Ranbir Kapoor wants to play Amrish Puri on screenNo, neither a sport-star, nor a superstar. Ranbir Kapoor expressed the desire to do a biopic on one of Bollywood’s most loved villains and character artists Amrish Puri.Amrish Puri was one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema who gave gave us memorable characters like Mr India’s Mogambo or Damini’s Chaddha besides playing strict father in DDLJ, Gardish, Ardh Satya, Viraasat and many more.It will be interesting to watch how Ranbir manages to cover Amrish Puri’s vast range. Interestingly, Ranbir is committed to Anurag Basu’s bopic on another legend-Kishore Kumar.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, reacts to a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 143-137 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Clippers won 48 games and made the playoffs without any current or former All-Stars on the roster.Their reward? Getting the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT “We got a battle ahead of us and it’s about locking in,” said Montrezl Harrell, who scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures in a 143-137 overtime win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. “We can’t be in awe.”The Clippers snapped a three-game skid to end the regular season, although the losses had already dropped them from the sixth seed to No. 8.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a whole new season,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Time to get going.”Ivica Zubac added 22 points and 11 rebounds and Patrick Beverley had 14 points in his return from injury. View comments MOST READ Read Next LAWLER’S NIGHTRalph Lawler called his 3,229th and last regular season game for the Clippers.They even obliged his trademark Lawler’s Law, which states the first team to 100 points wins.Lawler, who turns 81 on April 21, plans to end his 60-year broadcasting career whenever the Clippers are eliminated from the playoffs. He’s handled their games for 40 years.UP NEXTJazz: Meet Houston in first round of Western Conference playoffs.Clippers: Meet defending champion Golden State in first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It feels good to get out there and play, and have some success scoring and to feel good about my game and how I’m playing,” Allen said. “It’s something I can look back on a little bit later and see how I improved from the beginning of the year.”The Jazz earned the fifth seed and they’ll play No. 4 Houston in the first round.“When you get an opportunity to play postseason basketball you’re excited, but we’re even more excited because they knocked us out of the playoffs last year,” said Georges Niang, who added 24 points.The Clippers dominated overtime, 17-8. Zubac had back-to-back dunks and rookie Jerome Robinson scored six of his seven points.The Jazz outscored the Clippers 29-24 in the fourth after Los Angeles led by nine. Allen had 14 points in the quarter.His free throws put Utah ahead 126-124, but the Jazz fouled Sindarius Thornwell, who made both to tie it up and force overtime.The Clippers shot 71 percent in the first quarter when they led by 17.TIP-INSJazz: F-C Derrick Favors (back spasms) missed his fifth straight game. … C Rudy Gobert (left ankle soreness), G Kyle Korver (right knee soreness), G Donovan Mitchell (thoracic spasm), G Ricky Rubio (left quad contusion) and G Raul Neto (left ankle soreness) sat out. … They have won eight of 10. … They lost the second game of their final back-to-back.Clippers: Beverley returned after missing the last three games with a right hip pointer. … They lost the season series 2-1. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets slip past Timberwolves to secure West’s no. 2 spot Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Warriors won the season series 3-1, with the Clippers’ lone victory coming in overtime at home on Nov. 12 with some players who are no longer on the team.“The pressure is on them, of course,” Beverley said of Golden State. “Understanding we have to do everything the right way to beat this team.”Rivers joked, “If we could take (Stephen) Curry, (Kevin) Durant and (Klay) Thompson away that would be terrific.”Against the Jazz, the Clippers had seven players in double figures.Grayson Allen led Utah with a career-high 40 points. The rookie made 13 of 14 free throws and five 3-pointers, but was limited to four points in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT
IOA has received an e-mail from the Olympic Council of AsiaIn an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for “ruining sport”.The Indian Olympic Association received an e-mail from the OCA on August 29, which warned IOA of penalty if it withdraws from some sporting disciplines, including football and table tennis, for the September 19-October 4 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.”We have received news that the Sports Authority of India may be forcing the India NOC to withdraw from Football, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, and Sepak takraw in the 17th Asian Games,” the letter from the OCA said.”The team draw has already been completed. As per the constitution, if the IOA withdraws now, a penalty will definitely be levied and the whole draw will need to be done again,” OCA Director of International and NOC Relations Vinod Kumar Tiwari wrote in a mail, sent to top IOA officials.Calling the development as an embarrassment to the country, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that a few officials in the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India were ruining sport in the country.”I don’t blame the whole sports ministry and I don’t blame the sports minister. Two-three officials in the ministry and the SAI are ruining Indian sport by trying to interfere in the working of IOA and national federations,” Mehta said.advertisement”The ministry and the SAI have formulated criteria for sending teams and athletes in Asian Games. That was a case of interfering in the work of selection committee of NSFs and the IOA. Moreover, there were reports that the ministry would not allow NSFs to send teams at their own cost if they want to.”This is a case of interference and violation of autonomy of the NSFs and the IOA under the Olympic Charter. The IOA has just come out of a 14-month suspension and they (government officials) should know that India can again be in trouble if there was interference from the government,” he added.
Brazil 1 Switzerland 1: Zuber pegs back below-par Selecao Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 6/18/18 Getty Images Philippe Coutinho’s curling strike was cancelled out by Steven Zuber’s second-half header as Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland. Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov.Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring.Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the possession and space the underdogs were afforded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The five-time winners failed to extend their lead and were punished early in the second half when Steven Zuber lost his marker at a corner and equalised – a goal that might have opened the game up had Brazil been at their best.But Tite’s side remained somewhat subdued by their own high standards, with Neymar a shadow of his usual talismanic self having only recently recovered from a fractured foot, and their remaining group games with Costa Rica and Serbia now come with more pressure than would have previously been anticipated.Switzerland can reflect on an excellent start to their campaign, having claimed a point from the most difficult of their group matches and improved their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament.#HoppSchwiiz #HopSuisse #ForzaSvizzera #HopSvizra #BRASUI #WM2018 #CM2018 pic.twitter.com/GNcoG4HMuE— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018Vladimir Petkovic’s side began on the front foot, Xherdan Shaqiri sending a bouncing cross towards Blerim Dzemaili that the Bologna midfielder fired over the crossbar with a shot on the turn.Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, almost finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played.Just 10 minutes later, Switzerland were reeling from a piece of sublime, quintessentially Brazilian skill.Marcelo’s cross from the left bounced back out of the box to the feet of Coutinho, who took a touch to control it before unleashing a shot that curled spectacularly around helpless goalkeeper Yann Sommer and in off the post.VOLTAMOS AO JOGO!1-0 | #BRAxSUI pic.twitter.com/IvN6vskWFX— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 17, 2018Having taken the lead, Brazil slowed the pace of the game down and frustrated Switzerland, whose only subsequent attacking foray before half-time ended disappointingly with Zuber firing a shot straight into Thiago Silva, who headed narrowly over the crossbar at the other end just before the interval.Switzerland drew level only four minutes into the second half when a corner from Shaqiri found Zuber unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and he had the simple task of heading the ball beyond Alisson and high into the centre of the goal.Neymar fired into the side-netting from inside the penalty area and Fernandinho hit a speculative long-range shot wide to the left of the target as Brazil probed for a goal to restore their lead, but their attacks lacked the necessary urgency.Coutinho had another chance to score with 20 minutes left but his neat control was followed by a wayward drive, and Gabriel Jesus saw a penalty appeal waved away when he was challenged by Manuel Akanji in the box.Two late chances fell to Brazil substitute Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool forward lashed the ball over before drawing a reaction save from Sommer with a close-range header, and Miranda almost made amends for his failure to mark Zuber earlier but fired wide from 18 yards as Switzerland held on for a deserved point that was secured when a Fabian Schar block prevented Coutinho from having the final say.Key Opta stats:- Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.- Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017.- Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.- Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3).- Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals – he also appeared in 2006, 2010 and 2014.- Brazil have won only one of their last seven World Cup matches against European opposition (D2 L4), a 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup. read more
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett have never been shy about their love for the Duke Blue Devils – they’ve been spotted attending home games and hanging out with players in the locker room. Sunday night, it looks like the duo will be in Houston to watch their favorite college basketball squad try to reach this year’s Final Four. Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer snapped a photo of them finding their seats behind Duke’s bench.Early Tony Romo and Jason Garrett sighting behind the Duke bench pic.twitter.com/kMXVHx0N3R— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) March 29, 2015If Duke loses, expects the conspiracy theories to start flying.
Josh Dobbs SurpriseTennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs is known for being a fan-favorite, and for his accessibility for the Vol supporters that love him. So maybe it isn’t that shocking to see what Dobbs did over the weekend.In conjunction with Special Spaces of Knoxville, Dobbs gave 5-year-old Tennessee fan A.J. Cucksey the surprise of a lifetime. Cucksey, who is stricken with an inoperable brain tumor, received a new play room stocked with UT memorabilia. Best of all, he got to hang out with Dobbs, who has known the boy for some time. Warning: these videos might make you choke up a bit. This boy has an inoperable brain [email protected]_dobbs1 @SpecialSpacesUS did something pretty cool for him. Watch at 11. pic.twitter.com/FNy5kjaGRe— Casey Wheeless (@WVLTCasey) April 24, [email protected] Here is a video I took today of Aj singing Rocky Top to Josh Dobbs. Thought you might want to see it 🙂 pic.twitter.com/7srV4ZhRis— Steve Winfree (@KnoxSportsGuy) April 24, 2016It’s easy to see why Dobbs is such a beloved figure in Knoxville. To watch the entire featue from WVLT, click here.
Fans take in a game at Bill Davis Stadium on April 16.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsJust about anyone who has ever attended a baseball game has witnessed the following scene: A fan in attendance, usually along the first- or third-baseline, isn’t paying attention to the play on the field. Within milliseconds of the crack of the bat, a fan is struck by the ball and takes the brunt of the force of the live ball, only slowed down by air resistance.MLB made waves this winter by recommending that protective netting should be installed beyond the dugouts at all 30 MLB ballparks. Several minor league baseball teams have put in additional protective netting as well, including the local Columbus Clippers.Ohio State Executive Associate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond confirmed that in 2017, protective netting will be expanded at Bill Davis Stadium, extending to the ends of the dugouts on the baselines to protect the most vulnerable fans.“We are always looking for ways to provide a better and safer experience for our guests,” said Associate Athletic Director Mike Penner. “The netting is one way to do that.” Penner told The Lantern that the department has budgeted $50,000 for the project.Some fans watching the OSU baseball team take on the University of Alabama-Birmingham on May 3 had a general consensus about the eventual extension of netting: For the safety of the fans, it’s a change that needs to happen.R.C. Perez, a third-year in sport industry, said he recalls a moment earlier this season when a group of kids sitting on the first-base side above the dugout was moved to another side of the stadium where a batted ball, broken bat or anything else thrown from the field couldn’t injure the young fans or anyone else in attendance.“It’s a great idea (for extra netting) because of the risk to kids and other fans,” Perez said.Dave and Diane Mosbarger — grandparents of OSU senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger — sit by themselves along the third-baseline even with the dugout. Diane Mosbarger said that at least one of them has to be paying attention when a left-handed batter is at the plate.“So many people don’t pay attention too much,” she said. “Ushers are constantly paying attention to foul balls.”The couple has attended over 30 major league ballparks apiece, and although Dave Mosbarger has a different take than his wife, saying that more netting does take away from the experience a little bit, they both said they are sure they will attend many more games in the future despite the increased area of barrier between them and the field.John Grubb has been an usher at Bill Davis Stadium for five years, and he said in his five years working on the concourse level, he has seen too many close calls.“You always have several instances,” Grubb said. “One time, a thrown bat just missed some people in box seats … It’s just a matter of time.”OSU coach Greg Beals said that most fans now choose to view the game through the limited netting behind the home plate area, so the expanded netting will allow fans to sit comfortably anywhere they choose to sit in the ballpark.“I see the purpose in it, to protect the fans,” the coach said. “The fans are so critical in the major league game, and obviously to us as well, so it makes sense from that standpoint.”Beals said hanging the net with suspension cables is important to the process because it eliminated poles that can obstruct the view of fans.“I think once fans get used to the net, you don’t really notice it a lot,” he said.The installation process is expected to take four months.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes that Karim Benzema is “a real team player”The French forward managed just 11 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions in Zidane’s final season in charge of Real.Yet the 46-year-old kept faith in Benzema, who repaid the coach by playing a key role in securing their third straight Champions League title.But, following Zidane’s departure in May, questions over Benzema’s importance to Real have arisen.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Karim was important for the balance of the side in terms of how I wanted the team to attack,” Zidane told UEFA.“He helped to implement our possession game by playing his teammates in. He makes himself available and is a real team player.”Benzema has begun life under new head coach Julen Lopetegui in impressive fashion by scoring five goals in four games.