Source: Jon Gruden fires Raiders’ head strength coach; no other changes expected now

first_imgJon Gruden has fired head strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw, a source told the Bay Area News Group on Sunday morning.No other changes are expected at this time to the Raiders’ strength and conditioning staff, per source. Shaw’s staff included, among others, Deuce Gruden, Jon’s oldest son, and Kelsey Martinez, the only female strength coach in the NFL.Gruden hand-picked Shaw from his performance center in Orlando this offseason, where Shaw trained professional athletes on the ESPN …last_img read more

SA star athlete heads to Beijing

first_imgKhanyi Magubane South Africa’s star athlete Khotso Mokoena has done it again. Standing at almost two metres, Mokoena has qualified to compete in the long jump at the Beijing Olympics. He launched a phenomenal leap of 8,24m with his first effort at the South African Track and Field Championships on 14 March in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.This will be his second participation at the Olympic games. In 2004, when he was only 19, he came fourteenth in the triple jump contest in Greece.Earlier in March this year, Mokoena produced a gold medal-winning performance at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain. The 22-year-old athlete was competing against Britain’s Christopher Tomlinson in a tight final on 8 March.Tomlinson initially led the competition with his 8.06m jump, while Mokoena opened with 8.05m. The two men were neck-and-neck until Mokoena became the clear winner with his final leap of 8.08m. The British jumper claimed the silver medal, while Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi of Saudi Arabia picked up the bronze.Another South African athlete who excelled at the IAAF games was 800m star Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who, despite being the national record holder, had to settle for a silver medal in the race. Sudanese athlete Abubaker Kaki Khamis won the coveted gold medal.Since the start of its participation at the World Indoor championships in the 1990s, South Africa has won eight medals. Mulaudzi has claimed three of those medals in the 800m. Apart from his silver this year and his gold medal win 2004, he also won silver in 2006. Johan Botha was a gold medal winner in the 800 metres in 1999 and won silver in 2001. Okkert Brits took a bronze in the pole vault in 1995 and sprinter Shaun Bownes walked away with a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles in 2001.Who is Khotso Mokoena?Khotso Mokoena is a rising star in South African athletics. He might only be 22 years old, but he already has a long list of awards to his name. In 2004, the same year he first competed in the Olympic Games, Mokoena won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships for his triple jump of 16.77m.By the time he was 20, Mokoena was the holder of all South African records in the long jump and triple jump. He has entered just about all the major athletic contests around the world, where he has hardly returned home without a medal. In 2006, he won a silver medal for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Sydney, Australia for his triple jump.Useful linksAthletics SASuper sport ZoneIAAFNational Olympics Committee of South AfricaDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: India thump Sussex by 6 wickets, record their first win of tour

first_imgVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cracked half-centuries as India recorded their maiden win of the England tour with a six-wicket thumping of Sussex in a rain-affected practice game here on Thursday. India have already lost the Test series 0-4.The two talented youngsters put on 104 runs for the third wicket in impressive style as Indians chased down the 235-run target with 4.1 overs to spare after the game was reduced to 45-over-a side affair due to two rain interruptions.Put into bat, Sussex were 236 all out with seamer R P Singh snaring four wickets but the Indians needed 235 to win due to the revised target under Duckworth-Lewis system.The Indians looked in control even though Sachin Tendulkar (21) did not last long as the other opener Parthiv Patel (55), Kohli (71) and Sharma (61 not out) played around with an average home attack.Kohli’s knock came from 83 balls and included six fours and a six. Sharma’s unbeaten 61 came from 65 balls and studded with eight fours and a six.Tendullkar played some gorgeous strokes before he spooned up a catch at mid-off against left-arm paceman Chris Liddle.As many as four fours were hit by Tendulkar in his brief 17-ball knock.Patel was similarly aggressive, relying a great deal on chipped shots behind square before he played back to off-spinner Chris Nash and missed the line completely. He made his 55 runs from 65 balls and slammed nine fours.But Kohli and Sharma then took over and literally toyed with the home side attack, running their singles crisply and hitting big shots at will.advertisementSharma was effortless in his drives through the off-side and a driven six over mid-off was as exciting as it come. He hit the winning runs off Luke Wells.Much welcomed as the Indians’ win was, it still would bother the tourists that the bowling attack was not looking up to a scratch and that Suresh Raina failed once again.Left-hander Raina, a miserable presence at the crease during the Tests, came into bat with only token runs required by the visitors for a win. He survived a near-catch at the square leg ropes and was bowled off the next ball for a personal score of 12.Earlier, RP Singh took four for 44 but two of his wickets came in the final over when batsmen were attempting to slog and the first two when the conditions were overtly favourable to swing bowling under overcast conditions.Munaf Patel was disappointing and conceded 52 runs from his seven overs for a wicket and generally was slogged around the park.Praveen Kumar was a heartening return to bowling crease after his ankle injury which made him miss out the final Test at the Oval last week. He bowled his eight overs for 28 runs and picked up a wicket.The two spinners, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin bowled economically without appearing threatening at any stage.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more