Summer in O.C. Means Beach, Boards and … Football!

first_imgBy Tim Kelly This is the time of year most Ocean City residents and visitors are thinking about beach, bay and Boardwalk.For football devotees, July means the start of NFL training camps and preparation for the upcoming college and high school seasons. For the Red Raiders of Ocean City High School, it means more than 60 student-athletes toiling at a recently concluded mini-camp, participation in a kids camp held by Philadelphia Eagles star Vinny Curry, and regular workouts in the team weight room.Not too shabby for the so-called off-season.Head Coach Kevin Smith was among a large contingent of Ocean City coaches and players who volunteered to assist Curry recently in his fourth annual free kids camp, held for the first time at the Raiders’ home field, Carey Stadium.“It’s a great event and a beautiful day (to volunteer at Curry’s Camp),” Smith said at the time. “And this is the best possible venue for a camp like this. There is no better venue. You look at our program and it’s 100 years old. You’re humbled to be a part of it.”In a tweet, he said, “Thanks to Vinny for bringing the camp to OC and for letting our players work as coaches. Great experience!”Smith was also enjoying some quality dad time with his 6-year-old son, Aidan, who was among the 300-plus kindergarten-through eighth grade kids in attendance at the camp. Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry welcomes a pair of Eagles cheerleaders to his recent camp in Ocean City. Curry’s one-day free event was “my way to give back,” the Super Bowl LIII champion said. Curry does his regular off-season weight training at a local gym “for eight summers now,” he said.  Following the Birds’ Super Bowl win in February 2018, Curry signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Bucs. He returned to the Eagles this off-season, signing a one-year deal to come back to the team that drafted him in the second round out of Marshall University in 2012.“I’m working out on this field all the time,” Curry said of the Carey Stadium gridiron. “I always see kids out here playing football. I just wanted the younger guys to get out here, learn some fundamentals and mostly, just have fun playing a great game.”The Red Raiders recently completed their own weeklong summer mini-camp, which also stressed fundamentals.“Mini-Camp is a time to get back to basics, things like stances, starts and tackling mechanics,” Smith said on the team’s website. “We get a lot of teaching done.”Offensive coordinator Paul Callahan concurred. “We got in a ton of instruction with very little standing around,” he said. “I like the tempo of our practices and the kids played fast.”Ocean City High School football players are honing their skills over the summer as they prepare for the upcoming season. (Photo courtesy OCHSFootball.com)Ocean City is coming off a season with a deceptive 4-6 record. The Red Raiders went 3-2 in the West Jersey Football Conference’s Independence Division, lost a pair of games by six points or less, and made a second consecutive appearance in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. With the experience gained by the returning veteran players, success of the jayvee and frosh programs, and the benefit of all the hard offseason work, the coaches and players have high hopes and expectations.The Raiders open their season on Sept. 6 at Lower Cape May. The home opener is Sept. 13 against Egg Harbor Township.To hear Smith enthuse about the coming season, you’d think opening night was a lot closer than that. “We’re not in pads yet, so at this time of year effort and attitude are the things we use to evaluate our players,” he said. “I was really pleased with what I saw from our guys in that regard.”Local kids from the Upper Township Indians take in the action at the Vinny Curry Youth Football Camp at Carey Stadium. Full practices with the entire team on the field, like this one in 2019, won’t be happening for the foreseeable future. (Photo courtesy Ocean City School District) last_img read more

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Outcomes congress held in Indianapolis

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS—Today, the Indiana State Department of Health is hosting the Indiana Primary Care Learning Collaborative Outcomes Congress in Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.The Collaborative started as a pilot program to help Indiana’s Community Health Centers (CHC) improve patient outcomes in the areas of diabetes, adult and childhood obesity, cancer screenings and tobacco use prevention and cessation. These patient outcomes were expanded to include hypertension and prenatal care.“The Outcomes Congress provides an opportunity for participating Community Health Centers to describe their experience and report successes,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “Peer-to-peer learning makes this experience a valuable one to participants.”Chronic disease is a growing problem in Indiana. The state’s prevalence rates for diabetes (11 percent), heart attack (5.2 percent) and stroke (3.1 percent) are higher than median U.S. rates. In addition, although two out of every five Indiana residents now living will eventually develop cancer, Indiana’s screening rates for breast cancer (69.5 percent), cervical cancer (73.2 percent) and colorectal cancer (62.5 percent) are among the lowest in the nation. Indiana also ranks poorly in the areas of obesity (31.8 percent) and smoking (21.9 percent) – factors that directly impact chronic disease. These issues must be addressed in primary care settings“This gathering is a time to celebrate all of the hard work of Indiana’s Community Health Centers,” said Dr. Adams. “Not only will this event allow participating Centers to discuss how they have improved patient outcomes, it also serves as the beginning of the next phase of improvement, which includes replicating these efforts in other areas.”last_img read more

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Man Utd, Arsenal, Rangers all claim Europa League wins

first_imgRashford and team celebrate winParis, France | AFP | Last season’s runners-up Arsenal romped to an impressive 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday as Mason Greenwood spared Manchester United’s blushes and Rangers got the better of Feyenoord.On a night which featured five British clubs in action, Unai Emery’s much-changed side enjoyed the best result of all with youngsters Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka scoring in Germany.In between, Dominik Kohr was sent off for last season’s beaten semi-finalists Frankfurt, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made sure of the win for Arsenal in the Group F clash.“Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home,” said Emery.Their next game will be at home to Standard Liege, who beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0 on Thursday.At Old Trafford, United had teenager Greenwood to thank as the 17-year-old’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Astana of Kazakhstan in Group L.Greenwood became the youngest goalscorer for United in European competition with a composed finish 17 minutes from time.Victory justified Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to make nine changes from Saturday’s Premier League win over Leicester City with a host of youngsters given their chance to impress.“You could see some of our lads needed games but it’s pleasing we got the three points,” Solskjaer said.The group’s other game saw AZ Alkmaar come from behind to draw 2-2 with Partizan Belgrade in Serbia despite playing more than an hour with 10 men.Wolverhampton Wanderers were unable to make it three wins out of three for Premier League clubs as they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Braga at Molineux.Ricardo Horta’s second-half goal gave the Portuguese club all three points in Group K and it was a disappointing night for a Wolves team who are still without a win in the Premier League this season.In the same group Slovan Bratislava were 4-2 winners at home to Besiktas, who welcome Wolves to Istanbul in a fortnight. – Celtic battle to draw –Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers started in fine fashion as they edged out Feyenoord 1-0 at Ibrox in Group G with Sheyi Ojo scoring the only goal of the game midway through the first half.James Tavernier missed a penalty before that for the Glasgow side on an emotional night as a minute’s silence was held in memory of Fernando Ricksen. The former Rangers and Netherlands defender died aged 43 on Wednesday after a long battle with motor neurone disease.It is an ideal start for Rangers in a tough group and their next match will be away in Switzerland against Young Boys, who lost 2-1 at Porto on Thursday with Tiquinho netting twice for the hosts.Celtic battled to a 1-1 draw with Rennes in France in a fiery Group E encounter, with Ryan Christie’s second-half penalty cancelling out M’Baye Niang’s 38th-minute spot-kick for the hosts before the visitors had Vakoun Issouf Bayo sent off at the death.“I asked for a reaction from the players at half-time and we certainly got that and we thoroughly merited the point if not the three points,” said Celtic manager Neil Lennon of his team’s fightback.– Gladbach stunned –They now host CFR Cluj, the same side who eliminated them in Champions League qualifying. The Romanians shocked Lazio 2-1 on Thursday.Elsewhere, Sevilla, who won the Europa League three years running from 2014 to 2016, beat Qarabag 3-0 in Azerbaijan in Group A with Javier Hernandez getting their opening goal.PSV Eindhoven opened up Group D with a 3-2 victory against Sporting Lisbon while Roma crushed Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0 in Group J.In the same group Borussia Moenchengladbach were stunned by Wolfsberg, losing 4-0 at home to the unheralded Austrian side who were making their group-stage debut.It was a heaviest ever home defeat in Europe for Gladbach, the two-time former UEFA Cup winners.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Down again before soaring: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of West Indies ODI series; replacement…

first_imgAdvertisement 312NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gzl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) blrm7Would you ever consider trying this?😱b6enspCan your students do this? 🌚j8dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered yet another injury that might end his marred year. The injury will rule the right-arm pacer for the three-match ODI series with Shardul Thakur expected to be named as the replacement, although there has been no official confirmation from the BCCI so far. Advertisement After being one of India’s three-pronged attack ever since his debut in late 2012, Bhuvneshwar Kumar soared early but has fallen down the pecking order this year.Advertisement Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun did not divulge the condition of the bowler and claimed that an assessment would be provided after a final prognosis by the medical team following which a media statement would be provided.Although the nature of the injury has not been revealed, it is believed that the nature of the injury is not related to the pulled hamstring that he had suffered earlier this year in England. The pacer reportedly picked up the injury during the recently concluded T20 series against West Indies. The 29-year-old pacer from Meerut informed the medical team after feeling some discomfort.Advertisement The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling lead had a lacklustre series with the ball after finishing the first two matches without a wicket and conceding 36 runs. Despite finishing with two wickets in the final fixture, he leaked 41 runs.The pacer suffered his first setback this year after pulling out of his run-up in his very first spell during India’s high octane clash against Pakistan at the World Cup. Despite returning back in time for the semi-finals, Bhuvneshwar had to be ruled out for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.Shardul Thakur last played in colours for India during their Asia Cup triumph last year and shortly later was handed his Test debut against the West Indies.India’s injury concerns mount after Shikhar Dhawan too failed to recover from his knee injury which ruled him out of the West Indies series entirely. Mayank Agarwal was named as the left-hander’s replacement for the series which is set to commence in Chennai shortly.India head into the ODI series on the bank of a victorious T20 series and also a dominant record against the opposition in the subcontinent.Read Also:Gem amongst stones: Kevin Pietersen discovers swashbuckling toddler on social media; calls for Virat Kohli for his inclusionIndia to create world record with cricket stadium that will accomodate a whooping 110,000 spectators!   Advertisementlast_img read more

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