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Elecom Kobe linebacker Takahashi juggles duties as player, college coach

first_imgMutsumi Takahashi made up his mind to dedicate himself to coaching when he retired as a player for good two years ago.But the 37-year-old couldn’t resist the attraction of putting on the pads and helmet. After a year’s absence, he returned to the gridiron as a linebacker for the Elecom Kobe Finies in the X League this year. Veteran presence: Elecom Kobe Finies linebacker Mutsumi Takahashi, who also serves as a member of the Kobe University football coaching staff, has helped the X League team win five of its six games this season. | KAZ NAGATSUKA IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 X League, Mutsumi Takahashi, Kobe University, Elecom Kobe Finies, Arena Football League, NFL Pro Bowl, Chuck Pagano For four seasons from 2009, Takahashi played for the Obic Seagulls while he was also the head coach at Otemon Gakuin University, coming and going between Osaka and Chiba, and he felt he was leaving things half-done with both jobs.“Considering my future, I knew that I had to raise my skills as a coach rather than as a player, so I was torn,” Takahashi, who landed a job as kicking coordinator for the Kobe University Ravens this year, said of his decision to resume his playing career.“But at the end of the day, I felt like, you only have one life and you should do this as long as your body allows you to to.”Takahashi had also played for the Fujitsu Frontiers and Asahi Drinks Challengers before the Seagulls. He is a Mr. Versatile in Japanese football. Though he’s primarily been used as a wide receiver, the native of Saitama Prefecture played as a linebacker and defensive back as well.And for Elecom Kobe, which has posted a 5-1 record in the 2014 campaign, Takahashi, a former Arena Football League player, opted to play the defensive position so he could take advantage of his past experience and knowledge on the offensive side of ball.“I’ve been an offensive coordinator and I can read what the offense would do depending on the situations,” he said. “So I know what the defense should do to stop the offense. In terms of what the defense has to take care, I have an amount of experience and that’s my strength.”Takahashi’s weekly schedule is filled with double duties. He commutes to Kobe University to coach on weekdays and practices for the Finies on weekends. And for his coaching gig at Kobe University, Takahashi approaches his players a little differently than how he had previously done.Takahashi was one of two Japanese collegiate coaches who were invited to the NFL Pro Bowl back in January. He said that he’s completely aware of what he observed in Hawaii when he instructs his players.In Japanese sports in general, the athletes act as they are ordered to do by their coaches, but Takahashi was inspired by the NFL coaches, who were working with the players while communicating with each other.“At Kobe University, many of our guys had never played the game (before college),” Takahashi said. “So you have to know that, and suggest things like, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ ‘Maybe you might want to do this?’ rather than ‘Do this, do that’ unsparingly. That’s what (Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck) Pagano was doing (at the Pro Bowl).”As for his relaunched career as a player, Takahashi didn’t even give a rough idea of how many more years he would hit the field.“When I was done with Otemon, I thought I’d play for a year,” said Takahashi, who’s accumulated 12½ tackles and one interception this season. “But as long as I can play, I want to absorb as many things as I can.”Takahashi will face his old club, Obic, on Nov. 16 at Osaka’s Kincho Stadium as the Finies attempt to earn a berth in the four-team final stage. center_img KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

Do something amazing this summer

first_imgSpecifically designed for young people between the ages of 16-17 the NCS programme gives young people the chance to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills from a range of Bristolian celebrities whilst also helping the country get back on its feet.With the country beginning to return to ‘normal’, and lockdown slowly being lifted, everyone – from national organisations to local food banks, charities to corner shops, your neighbours to care homes – is going to need a little more help to get back to whatever ‘normal’ is going to be.But what if you want to help, but aren’t quite sure how to do that?Well, this is your chance to help get the country back to business. You can even decide what your local community needs and set up a social action project of your own. However you choose to help; you’ll pick up new skills, help rebuild local communities, create positive change and get all of our futures off to a good start.Bristol City Robins Foundation will be delivering two, two-week NCS programmes (first programme commencing Monday August 3rd & second programme commencing Monday August 17th) based within the home of Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate Stadium. Like most other projects ran by the Robins Foundation, this NCS programme is completely free of charge.Robins Foundation NCS Coordinator, Carly Price, said: “NCS offers a really exciting opportunity for you to get out of the house, have some fun and do something positive this summer.“I know that for many young people, life has been put on hold for the last few months but NCS provides the perfect chance to kickstart the rest of your year and do something amazing.”To find out more about the programme and to sign up, contact: carly.price@bcfc.co.uk or phone 0783 118 2724.last_img read more

LSU rallies to defeat Auburn

first_imgLSU’s Jared Foster rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against Auburn at the SEC baseball tournament Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.LSU’s Jared Foster rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against Auburn at the SEC baseball tournament Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.HOOVER, Ala. – LSU rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Auburn 9-8 on Wednesday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament.Auburn jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and led 8-3 after four innings, but LSU (47-9) answered with six runs in the fifth to take the lead.“That was about the ugliest game of the year that we have played for the first four innings,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Somehow we found a way to win the game. That to me is a credit to our kids. They really hang in there. We’ve become so used to falling behind in games that our guys don’t flinch. They know we have a good offensive team, and they’re not going to give up when we fall behind like that.”LSU’s Jared Foster had two important hits, including a two-run homer and a double that started the Tigers’ decisive rally in the fifth.LSU used seven pitchers in the win. Doug Norman (5-1) gave up one unearned run over two innings to earn the win. Parker Bugg pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.Auburn (35-23) lost despite scoring its most runs in a SEC tournament game since 1998. Trey Wingenter (1-6) took the loss, giving up three runs in three innings.last_img read more

Sarri again calls for Blues to keep Fabregas

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Pedro faces spell out with hamstring injuryHazard insists he is happy at Chelsea – and playing as a strikerSarri: No pressure on Chelsea to bring in striker Cesc Fabregas has been a fringe player this season. [Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire]Maurizio Sarri has hailed Cesc Fabregas’ importance to his Chelsea set-up and reiterated that he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.AdChoices广告Fabregas has been limited to five Premier League appearances this term, with Jorginho boss Sarri’s preferred option at the base of midfield.Former Arsenal star Fabregas has been linked with moves away from west London, but Sarri insists he wants to hold on to the 31-year-old.Senior Chelsea stars Fabregas, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are all on contracts that expire next summer, but Sarri intends to “respect” the Blues’ policy of only offering one-year extensions to players aged 30 and older.“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri.“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.Sarri’s team face Crystal Palace this weekend. [Picture: Steve Paston/PA Wire]“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.“It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.“As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.“And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.”last_img read more

Two top Georgia targets to decide this week

first_imgThis week could prove to be tremendous in terms of recruiting for the Georgia Bulldogs, as two highly touted prospects are announcing their college destinations. Both are out-of-state prospects, and both play on the defensive line. Sounds like a dream come true, right?The first of the two prospects announcing is Josh Sweat. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. is set to announce December 10. Sweat saw his season come to an abrupt halt after dislocating his left knee. Sweat keeps his recruitment extremely tight lipped, and no one in the recruiting business knows for sure which school he will choose at his announcement on Wednesday. We do know that Sweat is projected to decide between Georgia, Florida State, and nearby Virginia Tech. Sweat plans to be back on the field in time for the start of his freshman season of football. Of course the school he chooses may look to redshirt him to make sure he is completely healthy, instead of risking such a great talent by trying to get Sweat back onto the field too early.The second prospect that will be deciding later in the week is Albert Huggins. Huggins, who was once considered to be a heavy Clemson lean, is now torn between Clemson and Georgia. According to Rivals, Huggins is considered to be a strong side defensive end, the same position that Georgia commits Jonathan Ledbetter and Chauncey Rivers are projected to play. The 6-foot-2, lineman from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, S.C., told the UGASports team earlier that Georgia was his “dream school.” The depth chart doesn’t seem to scare Huggins, as UGA is growing on him and the Bulldogs’ coaches have made him a priority in the recent weeks.If both Sweat and Huggins decide to come to Georgia, the defensive line would be stacked for years to come. With the top-rated defensive tackle Trenton Thompson already committed and numerous four stars right behind him, this could be the best defensive line recruiting class that the Bulldogs have ever put together.Paul Maharry writes for UGASports.com<!–iframe–>last_img read more

Riga “Dinamo” could be joined by Russian strikers Parshin and Chernov…

first_imgAs already reported, the newly appointed head coach Peter Skudra yesterday revealed that the club has reached an agreement “with three or four Russians”.Deniss Paršins signed a contract for one year, reveals KHL insaideri “ArenaBreda”. Currently, the 34-year-old striker, led by Ant, has been playing Nizhny Novgorod’s Torpedo for two seasons. Individually the best for him was 2014-2015. season, when Omsk “Avangard ranks 57 (25 + 32) performance points in 63 matches. Last season started Magnitogorsk” Metallurg “(10 + 5 points in 49 games), but in February joined the Košice team in Slovakia (3 + 1 points in 9 fights).“The transition was verbally confirmed yesterday Pavel Chernov, who was looking for a job all summer, “informs the observer Alexei Shevchenko.” Chernov waited and got a good opportunity to prove himself. Pavel can play in the lowest ranks, but can also enter the “Top 6″. Considering what newcomers are offered to Riga, he will have the opportunity to show himself in the attack. ”The 30-year-old striker played “Vityaz” in Podolsk last season (6 + 13 points in 63 fights), but the individual best was achieved in 2014-2015. season, when Cherepovets “Severstal” scored 35 (17 + 18) performance points in 53 matches.Resources used:t.me/arenabredasport-express.rulast_img read more

Mike Perry allegedly struck several victims in Texas, including a woman

first_img FOLLOW US UFC contender Mike Perry recently got himself into trouble after he allegedly struck multiple people inside a bar in Texas with video footage emerging of Mike Perry punching an old man outside the bar this week. The news of the “Mike Perry bar fight” has garnered considerable attention since then, and MMA fans have also been deriding ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry. However, the incident has taken another turn a day later after it was stated by a victim that Mike Perry assaulted more than one person, including a woman outside the bar.Also Read | Mike Perry UFC career: UFC Star Mike Perry Purchases New 4Runner For Girlfriend Latory GonzalezMike Perry bar fight: Mike Perry assaulted more than one person, says one victim Last Updated: 10th July, 2020 13:20 IST Mike Perry Allegedly Struck Several Victims In Texas, Including A Woman Mike Perry bar fight: A new report has surfaced which suggests that Mike Perry assaulted more than one person, including a woman in Texas. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img Also Read | Mike Perry bar fight: Is Mike Perry Arrested? UFC Star Involved In A HEATED Bar Fight With Elderly manAlso Read | Mike Perry bar fight: Mike Perry Bar Fight Turns Ugly, UFC Fighter Punches Old Man And Uses N-word During FightImage courtesy: Mike Perry Instagram Raj Sarkar First Published: 10th July, 2020 13:20 IST While the “Mike Perry bar fight” news continues to gain traction, no police arrests have been made so far. However, police officials have recorded the statement of the victims and it has been noted that Mike Perry physically assaulted multiple people. Although the entire incident remains a bit sketchy for the fans, Texas Police officials have drafted a timeline of the incident.As per reports from MMA Fighting and Mike Perry’s statement, the UFC superstar was about to leave the bar when he got into a verbal altercation with the first person (unnamed). According to Mike Perry, all the reported victims were putting their hands on him. Perry also noted that when he was having an argument with the first victim, the victim’s girlfriend stepped in and began “clawing” at him, which was when Mike Perry reportedly struck both of them. However, when the UFC star decided to leave the arena, an old man stepped in and tried to obstruct him, when Mike Perry reportedly decided to land a jab on his face.Also Read | Mike Perry UFC career: Who Is Mike Perry’s Girlfriend Latory Gonzalez? Everything About The UFC Star DuoMike Perry bar fight: UFC releases statement over Mike PerryUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has already issued a statement over Mike Perry’s recent stunt and claimed that the promotion is aware of and troubled by the video footage released. UFC also noted that Mike Perry has had some problems with anger and alcohol abuse. UFC has pleaded with fans and announced that the organisation is fully aware of the situation and is taking necessary action. LIVE TVlast_img read more

Flacco set to take home $52 million in guaranteed money

first_imgAs is the case with any NFL contract, the devil is in the details as we begin to see how the six-year, $120.6 million contract signed by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is structured.The deal will officially be signed Monday and pays the 28-year-old $62 million over the first three years of the deal and $52 million in guaranteed money. The Ravens will benefit in the short term from a $6.8 million cap number for the 2013 season, which is less than half of the $14.9 million he would have received if designated with the non-exclusive franchise tag.According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the 2008 first-round pick receives a $29 million signing bonus and option bonuses of $15 million and $7 million built into the contract. This brings Flacco’s take-home amount to $30 million in the first season, $51 million in the first two years, and $62 million by the conclusion of the 2015 season.His 2016 number is where the deal becomes interesting — and perilous — for the Ravens as Flacco would count for $29 million against the salary cap. The NFL’s new television deal set to kick in next season is expected to increase the cap substantially by 2015, but it’s difficult to imagine general manager Ozzie Newsome digesting that 2016 cap number, making an extension likely after the first three years of the deal.With those details in mind, Flacco’s deal is essentially a three-year contract with the Ravens all but certain to address the remainder of the deal prior to the 2016 season.last_img read more

IMCA crowns record 103 Allstar Performance State champions in 2016

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Sixty-four of the record 103 IMCA Allstar Performance State crowns awarded this season went to first-time champions in their respective divisions.Each Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car state champion receives a $100 gift card from Allstar Performance.The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer gives $50 gift cards to each IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champion.Myron DeYoung paced the point race for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers in Michigan for the sixth time in his career. Ricky Stephan’s title in South Dakota was his third straight; he’d also won state hon­ors for Iowa three times.Drew Armstrong’s Arkansas state championship was his career fifth. Tim Ward adds the Iowa prize to a collection that already includes two plaques from his home state of Arizona and another from Nebraska.Three-time Modified champs were Greg Durbin, Jeremy Meirhofer, Dean Deming and Cory Sam­ple in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico and Nevada, respectively.Jason Barnhill was state champion in Alabama. He ruled the Florida standings in 2015. Other drivers winning second state crowns were Randy Brown in California, Daryl Hay in Mis­souri, Collen Winebarger in Oregon, Chase Hansen in Utah and Marcus Yarie in Wisconsin.First-time Modified state champions were Chaz Baca in Arizona, Aaron Monie in Colorado, Kyle Rutkoski in Florida, Chris Clark in Idaho, Steven Bowers Jr. in Kansas, Josh Beaulieu in Minne­sota, Jason Wolla in North Dakota, Anthony Roth in Nebraska, Will Ward in New York, Tate Cole in Oklahoma, Matt Guillaume in Texas and Eddie Kirchoff in Wyoming.Guillaume was previously a two-time Stock Car champion in Texas.Drivers winning the first IMCA Late Model state titles of their respective careers were Luke Goedert in Iowa and Rob Toland in Illinois.Winning career third IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car crowns were Michael Stien in Minnesota and Jerald Harris in Virginia.Clint Benson was champion in Iowa. He’d also topped Nebraska state standings in 2014. Also earning career second state Sprint plaques were Mike Haggenbottom in New Jersey and Mike Downs in Ohio.The first-time champions for the Sprints were Blake Robertson in California, Justin Wolf Medlock in Colorado, Luke Bland in Indiana, Luke Cranston in Kansas, Joshua McCord in Louisiana, Scott Law­rence in North Carolina, Tyler Drueke in Nebraska, Andy Shouse in Oklahoma, Scott Lutz in Pennsylvania, Robby Wolfgang in South Dakota and Robert Vetter in Texas.A record 16 state Sprint Car champions were crowned this season, including first-ever kings in Colorado and Oklahoma.Damon Murty motored to IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Iowa state career championship number five. Abe Huls led the way in Illinois for the fourth time while two-time champs were Joren Boyce in North Dakota, Mike Wiseman in Oklahoma and Travis Van Straten in Wisconsin.Boyce also owns eight Modified titles in North Dakota.First Stock Car state championships were won by Cody Center in Arizona, Steven Johnson in California, Bob Reese in Colorado, Kyle Pfeifer in Kansas, Gary Mattison in Minnesota, Chad Bruns in Nebraska, Dillon Hill in New Mexico, Chris Mills in South Dakota and Westin Abbey in Texas.Mills was the South Dakota Modified champion in 2007.Winners of career second Hobby Stock state crowns were Justin Luinenburg in Minnesota and Dave Riley in South Dakota.Hobby Stock drivers racing to their first-ever state titles included Richard Bennett in Arizona, Phil Reid in Colorado, Cody Nielsen in Iowa, Brady Bencken in Kansas, Andrew Bertsch in North Da­kota, Damon Richards in Nebraska, Sam Hodges in New Mexico, Wesley Warren in Texas and Dillon Johnson in Wyoming.Robby Rosselli racked up Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod career championship number four in North Dakota and Chris Toth added a third Arizona state plaque to his collection.The two-time state champions in the division are Ryan Moser in Colorado, Tony Olson in Iowa, Nelson Vollbrecht in Nebraska and Jorddon Braaten in Oregon.Winning their first state titles were Brian Cooper in California, Cody Malcom in Idaho, Andrew Burk in Illinois, Brian Davidson in Kansas, Tony Rialson in Minnesota, Bradly Scott Schmidt in Nevada, Hunter McDonald in Oklahoma, Karl Brewer in South Dakota, Robert Williams in Utah, Kevin Bethke in Wisconsin and Chuck Delp in Wyoming.Jeffrey Kaup collected career crown number five in Kansas while two-time Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod champions were Brock Aeschbacher in Idaho, Cory Williams in New Mexico and Jeffrey Abbey in Texas.First-time state champions in the class were Dustin Leatherman in Oklahoma, Scott Gray in Utah and Chipita Rowley in Wyoming.Another five-time state champ was Nate Coopman in Minnesota in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Danny Baggerly won for the fourth time in Texas, Kimberly Abbott for the second time in Illinois.Seven drivers – Shalanda Smith in Colorado, Levi Heath in Iowa, Billy Turner in Kansas, Jason Berg in North Dakota, Lance Mielke in Nebraska, Luke Jackson in South Dakota and Mitch Meier in Wisconsin – each won state crown for the first time.Twenty-six Modified champions were crowned for the second straight year, 17 Northern SportMod state champions for the third straight year and 10 Sport Compact state champions for the fourth straight year.Seven hundred and forty-eight different drivers have now won titles since IMCA introduced state championship awards in 2000.last_img read more

Sorry, Gladiators: ABC confirms the end of “Scandal”

first_imgABC(LOS ANGELES) — Olivia Pope and Associates will officially be closing for business in 2018.ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that the Kerry Washington-led ABC drama, Scandal, will come to a close after its seventh season.According to the ABC executive, the decision came straight from Scandal‘s creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes.“I had conversations with Shonda where she has had, for awhile, a sense of how she wanted the story to end,” Dungey said. “And we sat and we talked and she said, ‘Look I really feel like season seven is where I want to wrap up this story, because I, as a fa,n always prefer to end a show where you’re always creatively on top, as opposed to letting this dribble out.’”Dungey, who said the specific number of episodes for next season are still being decided, added that gladiators should expect the series to end on a proper note.“I do think that audiences — especially fans and gladiators who are as loyal to Scandal as they’ve been — are going to want the story to end in the way that Shonda intended it to,” she said.In a statement, Rhimes said the decision to end her hit show was not an easy one to make, but that next year they’ll be “going all out” and, “leaving nothing on the table.”“We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff,” she said.Scandal debuted in 2012 and broke barriers, with Washington as the first African-American female lead in a drama series in over thirty-seven years. The show soon became the number one show for women on Thursdays.The season six finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more