first_imgPhotos by Joe ScorsoneOn November 1, 2014, residents of Asheville, N.C., awoke to a chilly surprise: snow. For most folks in town, the Saturday snowfall was an opportunity to sleep late and recover from some Halloween revelry the night before. But for about 200 hardier souls, it was race day. The weather conditions were just another obstacle these runners would need to overcome in climbing 3,000 feet up a narrow, rugged 18-mile trail. When the starting gun sounded, more than a few runners let rip whoops of joy: They were looking forward to what lay ahead.Welcome to the Shut In Ridge Trail Run.A 35-Year TraditionThe origins of the Shut In date back to December 13, 1980, when some 64 intrepid men and women assembled to clamor over rocks, roots, and fallen leaves as they followed the trail of the same name originally blazed by George Vanderbilt that led from his home, Biltmore, to his hunting lodge up on Mount Pisgah. Runners have continued that tradition now for 35 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region.It’s also one of the most mysterious. People tend to learn about the race purely by word of mouth. Capped at 225 runners, Shut In has a sniff of exclusivity to it. Registration filled up in just four days in 2014, which is saying something because would-be runners need to fill in applications by hand and snail-mail them in, along with a check and a self-addressed envelope. Bibs are then awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis (though return runners are given priority), and lucky runners are notified by mail if they made the cut.There’s also the perception that completing the race is something like undertaking a Herculean task. If you’re at a craft brewery in the Asheville area and share the news that you ran Shut In, well, you’re pretty much guaranteed to impress even non-runners in earshot.Tim Epley, the former girl’s basketball coach at TC Roberson high school, was the one who originally dreamed up the idea of racing up Vanderbilt’s mountain path. Back in the late 1970s, Epley worked for the National Park Service as part of its Youth Conservation Corps, which put students to work during the summer building and restoring trails. After the Blue Ridge Parkway was built, park rangers were interested in adding trails that hikers could access via the new scenic byway. Epley’s crew’s job was to restore the Shut In Trail, which was named for the abundant rhododendron and mountain laurel shrubs that encase many sections of the trail.During lunch breaks, Epley would run through the woods for fun. “I would rather run trails than anywhere else,” says Epley, now 62, who retired from running in 1985 due to recurring issues with plantar fasciitis. “And I realized that the Shut In was a special place.”Epley was part of a group of about a dozen running aficionados who gathered every Wednesday at Frank’s Pizza to swap tales over cheesy slices and beer after running. One night, Epley brought up the idea of organizing a race on the trail he had been working on. “I thought we could maybe bill it as the Pikes Peak of the East,” Epley recalls. “It was a good trail to run, but I also thought it would be a great spectator race. People could leapfrog the runners at the different overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and follow the entire race.”Runners climb steadily higher as the course hugs the ridgelines, doing their best to hop over sole-stabbing rocks and to maintain their balance as they skid over fallen leaves. Runners also crisscross the parkway several times, where they can meet up with support crews and enjoy spectacular vistas. While there are dips and downhills here and there, especially a steep spiraling descent that follows the apex of Ferrin Knob, which stands at 4,010 feet high, runners find the air becomes steadily thinner as they make their way up to the finish line at the base of Mount Pisgah, which sits at a cool 5,000 feet.Aside from knee scrapes, twisted ankles, and a few cases of mild hypothermia, Shut In runners over the years have avoided any major injuries. That fact speaks to both the kinds of runners the race attracts and the preparation they put into getting ready to tackle it.“You have to train for it,” says Norman Blair, the owner of Jus’ Running in Asheville and the race director for the past seven years. “Anybody can come off the couch and run a 5K. But a mile on the trail is not the same as running a mile on the road. It’s a lot longer and harder. If you can finish Shut In, it’s an achievement.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPHOTO BY JOE SCORSONEShut In runners also need to beat two time cut-offs along the route or face getting their race number pulled. “We can’t stop someone from running,” says Blair, “but we also don’t want to be waiting until midnight for someone to finish.” Blair says race organizers have also pulled runners off the trail over the years if they looked dazed or disoriented.Blair, who was a professional road racer before he bought Jus’ Running in 2002, ran Shut In himself ten times between 1988 and 1999. And while he acknowledges how challenging Shut In can be, he also thinks part of the appeal of the race is that runners don’t have to be elite to finish it. “It’s very accessible to the average person,” he says. “It’s held at a good time of year to run a long race. And because of how steep the trail is at points, you can actually walk faster than you can run. That’s why it’s an everyman and everywoman kind of race.”That combination of accessibility combined with a challenge helps explain why Shut In lures runners of all kinds who seek to push themselves to beyond their normal limits.Case in point: When Jenn Beck, 37, broke her ankle in a mountain biking accident a few years ago, she fell into a kind of depression as she was forced to lie around and wait for her body to heal. It was then that she vowed to run Shut In, something she considered to be an appropriately badass achievement to celebrate her recovery. When she eventually ran, and finished, the race in 2013, she told herself: “Now I’m in the big boy’s club.”There’s Something Addictive About ItOne of the race’s distinctive characteristics is the fact that so many people run it more than once. David Culp, for example, ran it 15 times—including once, in 1985, when he also served as race director.Michael Byer Jr. ran the race 10 times, five of them alongside his father, Mike Byer Sr., who owns an eponymous auto and truck repair shop in Asheville. “I lived for the challenge,” says Byer, Jr. “It was a way to keep your fitness in check. There was also a real sense of camaraderie among the runners who came back every year.”P1010937_FIXNo one has run every race over the years—though a few have come close. R.C. Cutler holds the distinction of running the first 25 iterations of the race—a streak he began at the age of 46. Others like Garry Sherman, 64; Keith Wood, 65; and Jim Clabuesch, 49, have all run it more than 20 times.The race has seen plenty of repeat champions as well, such as Adam Pinkston, Shiloh Meilke, and Jay Curwen. Curwen, now 48, first ran the course in 1984 as a seventeen-year-old high schooler, when he finished in 19th place. He would eventually win the race four times. Meilke ran his first Shut In in 2004, finishing 13th, before winning the race each of the next five years. His sister, Meadow Tarves, has also run the race several times—and won the women’s division in 2006, placing 11th overall. Then there’s Pinkston, who ran the race eight times, winning seven of them, including in 1984 when he ran with legendary speed and style: His fellow runners all but gawked at his punk-rock-style pink Mohawk as he sped away from them up the trail at a record-setting pace.But the current record holder for most Shut-In finishes is Chris Campbell, 50, who, if all goes well, will toe the starting line for his 30th stab at the Shut In in 2015.Campbell, who makes the 6.5-hour trek down from his home in Virginia to run Shut In, says he never intended to run the race as many times as he has. But it’s become something of a holiday for him, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, an event he looks forward to all year long.“It’s a chance to see if I’m still up for the challenge,” says Campbell. Campbell drove down to Asheville to run his first Shut In in 1984 while a student at Virginia Tech and a member of its track team.Campbell felt strong throughout his first crack at the race. He trailed only the leader, Pinkston, until he hit a pivotal point in the course some 15.5 miles in that begins after runners cross Route 151. That’s where the trail climbs some 1,000 feet of elevation over two miles at a 20 percent grade to finish up at the base of Mount Pisgah. “Those last two miles were definitely the hardest thing I had ever pushed myself through,” says Campbell, who finished in fifth place with a time of 2:40.24. “I remember being overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment that was so much greater than finishing a 5K or 10K, and I knew I had to come back and try again with better training.” Indeed, that final climb up to Mount Pisgah, which is as challenging mentally as it is physically, has always played a key role in the finish to the race. “I’ve won the race walking those final two miles and I have been beaten running them,” says Jay Curwen.While Campbell never won Shut In—he’s finished in the top 20 18 times—he came close in 1990. He remembers feeling strong as he crossed Route 151 and attacked the final climb like he never had before. Then, as he came around the last turn, which is actually part of a short but seriously steep descent toward the end, he looked up to see Roland Randall crossing the finish line. What he didn’t see, however, was that a new set of steps had been built into the hill. He instantly tripped and literally somersaulted across the finish line three seconds later, capping off the closest finish in Shut In history.Shut In runners have faced rain, sleet, and plenty of snow over the years. But the race was cut short only once, in 1991, thanks to a blizzard that blew some two feet of snow into the mountains—forcing Jim Curwen (Jay’s dad), the race director that year, to pull runners off the course after just 13 miles at the Stony Bald Overlook. “You could say I had the fastest winning time in Shut In history,” says Jay Curwen, who hit the overlook in 1:28:14.Last year, with the entire parkway closed due to the snow and ice encrusting it, race director Norman Blair had every reason to postpone the race. But this was Shut In. So Blair made the decision to press on with the race, only with a wrinkle: once runners reached Route 151, they would head downhill from there for four miles, for a total of about 20 miles, rather than finishing up on Mount Pisgah at the traditional 17.8 mile marker.While the downhill miles on the pavement were icy and steep—punishing the quads of the 184 runners who completed the race—it was still easier than finishing the traditional two-mile uphill climb, says Campbell. “We were lucky we got the race in at all,” he says.Over the years, the course route has actually seen some changes, which has created something of a debate around who owns the most impressive time among Shut In winners. Is it Adam Pinkston’s time of 2:11:35 on the original course, which was shorter but also trickier than today’s course? Or is it Shiloh Meilke’s time of 2:16:55 on the current and longer course, which he set in 2006? Aptly enough, Pinkston held the record on the newer route until Meilke first broke it in 2005—while sporting a pink Mohawk like Pinkston had in his own record-breaking run some twenty years earlier.The Future of the Shut In: Hopefully More of the SameIf there is a word that best describes Shut In it might be “tradition.” For as much as Asheville has changed over the past 35 years, so much of Shut In has stayed the same. The top finishers each year receive stained-glass trophies similar to those that were handed out back in 1980. As a nod to history, and unlike just about every other race out there, only those who finish the race receive (cotton) long-sleeve t-shirts. And there’s that archaic registration system—something Norman Blair admits he gets complaints about.Sure he could put everything online, says Blair. He’s even thought about advertising the race in national publications like Runners’ World like they did in the early years. But then registration would fill up in 10 minutes like other races in the area do. “I like the way we do it now,” says Blair. “You have to read and follow directions instead of just pushing a button. You have to try harder if you want to run Shut In.”Another thing that won’t change about Shut In is the size of the field—which will always be limited due to the permits issued by the parkway and forest services. That means that, as long as the permits get issued, running the Shut In each year will remain a special and unique accomplishment.“If you asked me back in 1980 if I thought the race would become as popular as it is,” says Tim Epley, “I would say yes. While I didn’t think they would have to eventually turn people away, I knew that if someone is serious about running, they want to say: ‘I ran Shut In.’”last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Kyrah Klika’s family went through financial hardships when she was in high school, and she later struggled to work her way through college.Now, the Chippewa Falls Vice President at $1.2 billion asset WESTconsin Credit Union in Menomonie, Wis., is assisting those who face similar challenges by bringing awareness to poverty in the community and promoting affordable credit union services.“I wanted to bring light to this because we see poverty everywhere. It does describe some of our membership—those who we run into every day at the grocery store. Those are people who are living and working around us,” Klika tells the CUNA News Podcast. continue reading »last_img

first_imgThe chief executive of Denmark’s Industriens Pension has predicted that market returns will be lower in 2018 and volatility higher, after a buoyant 2017 for international financial markets.The pension fund, which covers the Nordic country’s industrial sector workers, reported an 8.2% return on its total investment portfolio for 2017 in preliminary financial results for the year. This amounted to DKK12.2bn (€1.64bn) in absolute terms.Last year’s result was boosted mainly by listed equities, with infrastructure and real estate generating 8.8% and 8.1% respectively, according to the data published.Laila Mortensen, chief executive of Industriens Pension, said: “The development of financial markets in 2017 was marked by a high level of global growth and continued very easy monetary policy.” Laila Mortensen, CEO, IndustriensShe added that slightly lower returns and greater fluctuations could be expected in 2018 compared to last year, when the markets were unusually stable and rose for most of the year.Market developments last year had contributed to securing a high return on equities and other risk assets, Mortensen said.“But it should also be mentioned that the return on stable, unlisted investments such as infrastructure and property has been very gratifying,” she added.Foreign listed shares, in which Industriens Pension has DKK33.8bn invested, produced a 15.3% return last year, topped by the return on domestic listed shares of 18.9%.The pension fund has DKK11bn in Danish listed equities.Government bonds generated 1.3%, and investment-grade corporate bonds produced 4.4%.Private equity, in which the pension fund has invested DKK16.5bn of its portfolio, returned 10.3%.Mortensen said the pension fund had generated an average annual return of 9.5% over the course of the past decade.Industriens Pension’s total assets under management rose to DKK165bn at the end of last year, from DKK157bn reported at the end of 2016.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Paris Saint-Germain will line up a move to bring Pep Guardiola to the Parc des Princes to replace Thomas Tuchel, according to reports. Tuchel is believed to have fallen out with star men Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and a soured relationship will intensify the pressure on his position. The report goes on to add that should Guardiola swap Manchester for Paris, his former midfielder at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, could join him as his assistant. Guardiola’s current contract in Manchester  runs until the summer of 2021. But the break clause in his contract, which he has denied the existence of, allows him to depart at the end of this season. City are enduring an underwhelming defence of their Premier League title and find themselves 14 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, sat in third. But City officials are confident that, despite an underwhelming season to date which has seen City fall a hefty 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, Guardiola will honour his deal. Only last month Guardiola, 48, said he was “open” to a new contract. This season is his fourth at City. Previously, Guardiola spent four years at Barcelona, winning La Liga three times and the Champions League twice. After a break he joined Bayern Munich, where he spent three years, winning the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons. After succeeding Manuel Pellegrini in 2016, Guardiola led City to back-to-back Premier League titles after finishing third in his first year.Tags: Kylian MbappeManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Granit Xhaka has agreed terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to the Arsenal midfielder’s agent. Sky Germany reported last week that Hertha head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was eager to sign Xhaka in January, and Sky Sports News understands talks between the two clubs are continuing. It is understood Arsenal are looking to recoup as much of the £35m they paid Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, but Xhaka’s agent José Noguera is hopeful a move can be concluded. Noguera said: “Look, I say it frankly and honestly: we agree with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin. We told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sports director Edu – as well as the new trainer Mikel Arteta. ” He added: “Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear. It is only about the transfer fee of the clubs.” Xhaka started new head coach Arteta’s first game in charge, a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Arteta, who was previously assistant manager at Manchester City, even recommended his former club sign Xhaka before he moved to Arsenal. However, the Swiss international looks set for a move away from the Emirates after a controversial few months which included being stripped as club captain for gesturing towards and swearing at fans while being booed off against Crystal Palace. Hertha currently sit 12th in the Bundesliga, just four points off the relegation play-off place. Arteta said the attitude of his Arsenal players was “spot on” after they fought back to salvage a draw at Bournemouth on his managerial debut. He said: “I’m very pleased with some of the things I’ve seen in terms of attitude, character, the passion we showed, and the fight and the spirit the team showed. “[It was] spot on, probably better than I expected over 90 minutes. “A lot of things that happened in the game we prepared, I think they understood them and they tried to take them on board and we liked the final product at the end. “I was worried what would have happened if we conceded a goal, and we did, and I was very pleased with the character they showed, how they came in at half-time, their faces, their reactions, how much they wanted it. “Because normally when they are in this process and you concede a goal, belief goes down and a lot of things that have happened in the past can come back. “And it didn’t happen, it happened completely the opposite side and that’s a real positive to take on board.”Tags: ArsenalBundesligaGranit XhakaHertha BerlinJurgen Klinsmannlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea have reportedly identified Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze as a potential addition during the January transfer window. With their transfer ban having previously been lifted, Chelsea are free to make new signings at the midway point of the campaign, armed with funds raised from the sales of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata. While Frank Lampard is said to be eyeing established world-class players, it appears that the Blues are also considering moves for prospects who they feel have the potential to make the step-up at Stamford Bridge. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea hold an interest in Eze after the playmaker’s impressive performances for QPR in the Championship. The 21-year-old has contributed nine goals and four assists this season, leading to the youngster being regarded as one of the top talents outside of the Premier League. Eze has just over 18 months remaining on his contract at Loftus Road.Tags: Alvaro MorataChelseaEbere EzeEden Hazardlast_img read more

first_img…Arsenal’s Wenger to soon reveal his future after lossBy Ian ChadbandLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea continued their seemingly irresistible surge towards regaining the Premier League title as a late Gary Cahill goal saw them snatch a 2-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday to move a provisional 13 points clear at the top.The latest triumph for Antonio Conte’s unstoppable charges came after London rivals Arsenal’s season continued to unravel with a third straight 3-1 away league defeat, this time at West Bromwich Albion.The Gunners’ fourth loss in five league games raised further questions about the future of under-pressure manager Arsene Wenger, who announced intriguingly afterwards: “I know what I will do. You will soon know”.Conte had been without the in-form Eden Hazard through injury for what always promised to be an awkward fixture for Chelsea at Stoke and, just as they had recently held Manchester City at home, the Potters again made life difficult.Willian put the leaders ahead after 13 minutes thanks to a blunder by Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant but Jon Walters equalised with a penalty before halftime after being fouled by Cahill.The England defender made amends in the 87th minute with a deserved winner and, after Phil Bardsley had been sent off for Stoke in added time, Conte celebrated with his staff on the touchline as Chelsea moved on to 69 points, leaving all the pressure on their nearest pursuers who play on Sunday.Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who host Southampton, and third-placed Manchester City, who welcome fourth-placed Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium, now both have to win just to get back within 10 points of the leaders.WENGER PROTESTSArsenal’s defeat came amid more protests from some of the more vociferous of the Gunners’ faithful about Wenger as the manager acknowledged that his side were in the middle of “a unique bad patch” in his two-decade managerial reign.After dismal defending saw West Brom’s Craig Dawson head home twice from corners in a convincing win for Tony Pulis’s men, Wenger told reporters: “We lose game after game at the moment and that for me is much more important than my future.”Yet as the debates about his prospects became ever louder — one airplane trailed a banner over the ground that declared “Wenger Out” while another trumpeted “In Arsene We Trust” — the Frenchman said he would clarify his future soon.His team, though, now look in serious jeopardy of not enjoying a 20th successive season of Champions League football in 2017-18 — and if Manchester United win at Middlesbrough on Sunday, Arsenal, currently fifth on 50 points, will drop to sixth, two points behind Jose Mourinho’s men.Basement club Sunderland were held 0-0 at home to poor travellers Burnley, while third-bottom Hull City were trounced 4-0 by Everton, for whom league-leading scorer Romelu Lukaku scored twice in added time, taking his season’s tally to 21.The Belgian became the first Toffees’ striker to hit 20 league goals in a season, since Gary Lineker 31 years ago, though his goals were bitter-sweet for Everton fans who know he could leave after this week rejecting a new contract offer.Leicester City’s remarkable resurgence under new manager Craig Shakespeare continued with a fourth successive win under his stewardship since Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.The champions won 3-2 at West Ham United with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy for their first league success away from home all season.Shakespeare, the first Premier League manager to oversee a side scoring three goals in his first three matches in charge, was “intensely proud” of the results his players had gleaned.Like Leicester, Crystal Palace eased their worries with a third straight win, 1-0 at home to Watford through Troy Deeney’s own goal, suggesting master escapologist Sam Allardyce can maintain his record of never suffering a Premier League relegation.After Swansea City’s recent revival under Paul Clement was checked with a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth in the late game, the bottom five teams are now Sunderland on 20 points, Middlesbrough 22, Hull 24, Swansea 27 and Crystal Palace 28.last_img read more

first_imgBRITON Lynsey Sharp was left in disbelief as she went out of the women’s 800m on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships.Sharp, ranked fourth in the world of those competing in Doha, ran out of steam in the home straight as she finished fourth in her heat.The 29-year-old Scot’s time of two minutes 03.57 seconds was not good enough for a fastest loser’s spot.Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Alexandra Bell progressed to the semi-finals.Elsewhere, Christian Coleman, defending champion Justin Gatlin and Britons Zharnel Hughes and Adam Gemili reached the men’s 100m semi-finals, but European champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen was disqualified from the men’s 5 000m.With South Africa’s Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya absent, along with fellow Rio 2016 medallists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya, Sharp was tipped to challenge for a medal in the women’s 800m.Semenya is not competing in Doha after governing body IAAF introduced a rule that athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must either take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile or change to another distance.Despite being among the pack in the home straight, Sharp failed to find the burst of speed needed to finish in a top-three spot, which would have earned automatic qualification.She sat on the track in shock watching the replay of the final stages of her heat.World indoor bronze medallist Oskan-Clarke produced a brilliant sprint to take second in her heat in 2:02.09 while fellow Briton Bell, fifth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, battled her way to third, clocking 2:03.34.Coleman underlined his status as favourite for the men’s 100m as he cruised to victory in his heat in 9.98 seconds.The 23-year-old American is competing in Doha after the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him with missing three drugs tests in 12 months, before withdrawing the claim. A technicality regarding the date of one of the tests resulted in the London 2017 silver medallist being free to compete.All three Britons progressed to the semi-finals with European champion Hughes, 24, the most impressive as he recovered from a poor start to win his heat in 10.08.Hughes, who represented Anguilla as a youth, spoke about the air-conditioning inside the stadium as he told BBC Sport: “It’s different coming from the heat to the cool inside here but I’m happy, I got through easily.“I have to be aware of the block settings; they are different to what I am using so it wasn’t the best start. I won’t let it hamper me.”Gemili, 25, has been hampered by a hamstring problem in recent seasons but finished third in his heat in 10.19 behind the USA’s 37-year-old Gatlin (10.16), who has twice been banned for doping offences.British champion Ojie Edoburun squeezed into today’s semi-finals as a fastest loser having run 10.23 in the first heat.South Africa’s Akani Simbine, fifth at the last Olympics, went through as the second fastest qualifier in 10.01 and Jamaican 2011 champion Yohan Blake is also into the semi-finals, which take place at 16:45hrs BST today with the final at 20:15hrs.last_img read more

first_imgDespite going undrafted, all wasn’t lost for a couple of former Wisconsin football players.According to their respective agents, Roderick Rogers and Mark Zalewski have signed with NFL teams following this weekend’s draft.Rogers, a free safety, signed with the Denver Broncos. With Denver, Rogers will be used as both a safety and nickel cornerback.”He had 10-plus options, but Denver was the best fit,” Rogers’ agent Josh Wright told The Badger Herald.Zalewski, an inside linebacker, inked a deal with the New York Jets, where head coach Eric Mangini uses a 3-4 defense. With two inside linebacker positions in the 3-4, Zalewski has a better chance of making the Jets’ roster, but it’s unclear which side he will play.”It’s exciting and the coaches assured me it is a good situation,” Zalewski said in a statement released by X-A-M Sports VP Shawn Smith. “I’m just going to head into camp doing what I do best.”Despite the disappointment in going undrafted, Zalewski’s agent Tim Valentyn belives the Jets will be a good fit for his client.”We thought Mark would have been drafted … but we are focusing on going forward,” Valentyn said. “We were fortunate enough to have had a couple of choices and we picked the best situation for Mark. He’s going to do great.”Former UW quarterback John Stocco still remains unsigned.Badgers’ recruit to announce decision WednesdayUW men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan may already be putting the final touches on the 2008 recruiting class.Robert Wilson, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Garland Heights, Ohio, has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce where he will play college basketball. While Akron, Cleveland State, Dayton and Penn State have been heavily recruiting Wilson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Wisconsin is his first choice.Rivals.com reported that he had committed to Wisconsin, following a 20-point performance this weekend.As a junior last season, Wilson averaged 17 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists while guiding Garland Heights to a 20-3 record. But Wilson’s stock has risen lately after his performance in the King James Shooting Stars Classic.Wilson would join point guard Jordan Taylor and center Jared Berggren in Wisconsin’s freshman class of 2008. Taylor and Berggren have given UW nonbinding verbal commitments.If the trio of Berggren, Taylor and Wilson were to make their commitments official come signing day in November, Wisconsin would be left with one more available scholarship. However, Ryan is reportedly seeking to use the remaining scholarship to sign a late recruit this spring.last_img read more

first_imgThe 160 kilometre 4th stage includes four categorised climbs including the Category One ascent of Ballaghisheen Pass after 120k.Austria’s Clemens Frankhauser wears the leaders Yellow Jersey while best of the Irish is Eddie Dunbar in 4th, just 5 seconds off the lead.A number of breakaway attempts have been brought under control by the peloton – among those involved in one of the attacks was Tipperary Simon Ryan of the Limerick Mego Raw Cycles team.last_img