When Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky , arguably the world’s two best female swimmers, were suddenly, indefinitely without a pool three months before the Olympic Trials, a 71-year-old hall of fame masters swimmer offered to help. In March 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Manuel and Ledecky were shut out as their state-of-the-art training facilities at Stanford closed. All of the public pools in the area did the same. The Olympics, at that point, were still scheduled for July 2020. The Olympic Trials were slated for that June. Other swimmers, either Stanford student-athletes or post-graduates, traveled home. Ledecky and Manuel, NCAA champions for the Cardinal who turned professional in 2018, stayed. “We were scrambling to find any water because the reality was the trials were going to be in about 12, 13, weeks,” said Greg Meehan , who coaches Stanford’s women’s team as well as post-grads including Ledecky and Manuel. “If we get stuck without being … [Read more...] about Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky needed a pool. He offered his backyard.
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RESTRUCTURING PROCESSES by Rob Johnston • Last updated on Share Tweet Joe Root and Eoin Morgan will work with Silverwood to select the final playing elevens. © Getty The ECB have announced a change to the way it selects its men's international teams with responsibility for future squad selections given to head coach Chris Silverwood. The post of national selector will no longer exist which means Ed Smith will leave his post at the end of April. The restructure has been developed and implemented by Ashley Giles, the managing director of England's men's cricket, to provide greater accountability to Silverwood as the head coach. Previously, Smith, who was appointed by then managing director Andrew Strauss in early 2018, headed up a selection panel of three which selected England's squads, with Silverwood and James Taylor the other two selectors. Under the new structure, there will not be a selection panel as such. Instead, … [Read more...] about England head coach to select men’s squads going forward
Tell us how you really feel, LVG. Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal apparently has more in common with old pal Jose Mourinho than we even knew, lashing out at Red Devils CEO Ed Woodward in a recent interview. [ MORE: Liverpool looks to lock up Klopp ] Saying he accepts that he was fired when Mourinho was on the market and adding that it made business sense to the club — a bit of a jab given what you’re about to read — Van Gaal says United is lagging behind the top teams in the world due to a lack of football in the front office. From Sky Sports : “At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that,” Van Gaal told German magazine 11 Freunde. “At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO – somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker.” Somewhere, Mourinho just raised his glass to the sky while simultaneously doing the chef’s kiss with his other hand. Woodward … [Read more...] about Van Gaal: Woodward has ‘zero understanding of football’
BOSTON – Reggie Jackson is the last player remaining in the Thunder’s locker room, and the team’s final bus is scheduled to leave in a few minutes. He frantically throws items into his shaving kit. He grabs his hoodie, clumsily knocking its hanger onto the floor. Then, he reaches for the top shelf of his locker. “Got my baby,” Jackson said as he clutches his basketball. Growing up, basketball helped Jackson, the son of an Air Force officer, find his way while moving between Italy, England, North Dakota, Georgia, Florida and Colorado. Now, those frequent moves are helping Jackson – at one of the NBA’s most interesting crossroads – find his way in basketball. Jackson was the only player last season to start 40 games and come off the bench in 40 games, including the playoffs, but that understates the volatility of his role. He has played point guard shooting guard. He has played with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and without those two stars. He has been asked to lead and … [Read more...] about Reggie Jackson tries to steady Thunder without Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook