A Message From Brian Hardin

first_imgHappy New Year Bulldogs!  I hope you had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and that 2018 is off to a great start for you and your family. 2017 wrapped up quite nicely for our men’s and women’s basketball programs and I’m excited for what this new year will bring both of our basketball teams as well as the rest of our student-athletes.I have been on the job at Drake for three weeks and have been so impressed by the interactions I have had with so many members of the Drake University family.  From student-athletes to coaches to staff members to faculty members to community leaders to alumni and many more, the welcome my family and I have received has been overwhelmingly positive.On an occasional basis, I will look to update you via this platform on happenings within our athletics department.  You can expect to see news and notes in this communication to you about anything connected to Drake Athletics.  I also want to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions or send concerns to me that I can attempt to address in these updates.  I will try to include some questions sent to me in each of the newsletters I send out to you.  You can submit your comments/questions for this newsletter to spike@drake.edu. Below are a few items I want to make you aware of right now.GO BULLDOGS! DOLLAR DAY AT MEN’S BASKETBALLOur men’s basketball team is off to a great start in the Missouri Valley Conference.  We currently are 2-0 and are tied for first place in the Valley.  At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, we host Illinois State in a battle of first-place teams.  We are looking to pack the Knapp Center and hope you will join us. We would like this group to be a cross-section of our fan base.  In an ideal situation, we would have representatives of a variety of demographic groups.  This is also not limited to only Central Iowa residents, Drake alumni or current season ticket holders.  The Fan Advisory Council is open to anyone who is passionate about Drake Athletics, the Drake Relays or Drake University.COMMITTEE INFORMATION >>> Congratulations Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa) and Tanner Evans (Grenta, Neb.) from football, Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) from women’s soccer and Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) from men’s soccer on this outstanding recognition.FAN ADVISORY COMMITTEEIn an effort to increase the dialogue between our fans and our athletics department, the Drake Athletics Fan Advisory Council has been created.  The Fan Advisory Council will assist the athletics department in evaluating and enhancing the overall fan experience at Drake Athletics events.  Members of the Council will offer thoughts and insights on a range of topics including game day atmosphere, customer service and other department initiatives. The best accomplishment, in my opinion, was the fact we had five student-athletes earn Academic All-America accolades during the fall.  Our five Academic All-Americans led the nation this fall.  Drake had more Academic All-Americans this fall than Duke, Northwestern, Stanford and Vanderbilt – combined!center_img Our women’s team is also 2-0 and tied for first place in the Valley.  Our win over Loyola on New Year’s Eve capped an undefeated calendar year of play in the conference.  The program Coach Baranczyk and her staff have built is incredible and the members of the women’s basketball team are tremendous representatives of our athletics department and university.ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANSIt was a successful fall for many of our teams in the athletics department.  From our women’s soccer team winning the regular season of the Valley to our volleyball team qualifying for the conference tournament for the first time in seven years and a men’s cross country runner earning Freshman of the Year honors for the Valley, the 2017-18 school year got off to a great start at Drake. To that end, we have created a Dollar Day promotion for Wednesday evening.  General admission seats in the upper level are available for $1, but must be purchased prior to arriving at the Knapp Center on Wednesday.  Tickets can be purchased by entering promo code DOLLAR on DrakeTix.com.  At Wednesday’s game, hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks will be available for $1.DOLLAR TICKETS >>>GAME PREVIEW >>>MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SUCCESSBoth of our men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to a great start in the Valley this year.  Our men’s team has won its first two conference games for the first time in 10 years and our eight wins this season are more than we had all of the previous two years.  I’m impressed by the job Coach Medved and his staff have done this year and I’m incredibly happy for the student-athletes on the men’s team – especially the seniors. ONLINE APPLICATION >>>Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Half-time: Derby County 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgThe lively Oscar almost put Chelsea ahead in an even first half at Pride Park, where Ramires hit the Derby post just before the interval. Oscar sent a free-kick narrowly wide and went close with two other decent strikes during a spell of Blues pressure.Ramires also fired wide for the visitors after in-form Championship side Derby had made a determined start to the FA Cup third-round clash.Ashley Cole did well to clear a dangerous early cross from Jeff Hendrick before David Luiz blocked a driven shot from Rams midfielder John Eustace.Luiz is alongside Gary Cahill for Chelsea, as John Terry is on the bench with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.And Cahill was called into action following a 28th-minute error by Luiz, who lost possession and was grateful to see his centre-back partner block Jamie Ward’s shot.Seven minutes before the break Eustace had an effort saved by Mark Schwarzer after the ball was given away again, this time by Ramires, whose deflected shot clipped the woodwork moments before the half-time whistle.Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keane, Forsyth, Eustace, Hughes, Hendrick, Dawkins, Ward, Martin.Subs: Legzdins, Freeman, Sammon, Bennett, Whitbread, Bailey, Cisse.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Essien, Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Hazard, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu-eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun … and to mark the Olympics.”The photo recalls a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics—something that IOC President Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, center, practice next to South Korea’s Kim Kyu-eun, front right, and Alex Kam during a pairs figure skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGNEUNG, South Korea—A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the rivals, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting That was certainly at play Monday when four North and South Korean hockey players who didn’t take part in the session took a selfie and laughed together. Also grabbing attention: earlier photos of birthday parties thrown for two North Korean players, and a dictionary aimed at overcoming a linguistic divide.“Hockey really does bring people together,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray. “On our team, they are just players. You know … there is no North Korean or South Korean. They are all wearing the same jersey. We are all on the same team.”On Thursday, in another unusual spectacle, North Korea’s national anthem was played and its flag was hoisted alongside an Olympic flag during a boisterous welcoming ceremony for athletes from the North. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North’s anthem and the raising of its flag .A group of South Korean B-boys, or break dancers, twisted their bodies and flipped relentlessly after walking into the center of a group of North Korean athletes. A North Korean band played the Korean folk tune “Arirang.” North Korean athletes hummed to themselves before starting to dance. South Korean dancers joined them, triggering a barrage of camera flashes.“I feel so good,” North Korean figure skating coach Kim Hyon Son said after the ceremony. “I want to see both North and South Korean people being pleased.”The feel-good sparks will peak during the opening ceremony on Friday, when athletes of the Koreas will march together under a single “unification flag” to the tune of “Arirang” instead of their respective anthems. It will be the first such joint march since 2007.It’s unclear what other Olympic moments involving the two countries could make news, particularly because the hockey team isn’t expected to win a medal.“Quite strangely, no medal, no issue,” said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea. “Whether North Korea does some action that pours cold water on the Olympic (reconciliation mood) is something to think about.”But Jung said even one win by the team will be “very meaningful” news. On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.When the Games end, North and South Korean players will be separated, probably for good. Their governments ban ordinary citizens from exchanging phone calls, letters and emails, so they won’t communicate unless they encounter each other in international competitions. Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Similar amicable interactions are visible among the North and South Korean female hockey players, who have formed the rivals’ first joint Olympic team.The team of 12 North Koreans and 23 South Koreans was composed last month as the Koreas agreed upon a package of reconciliation steps following a year of heightened nuclear tensions that triggered fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.Many experts have raised worries about teamwork, and a survey showed a majority of South Korean opposed the joint team. Why? They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.At the height of their Cold War rivalry, sports were often an alternate battlefield between the Koreas. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums. North Korea also boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.Since the Cold War, though, the countries have sometimes used sports as a way to thaw relations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For now, though, things like congenial selfies will have to be enough. The South Korean media certainly liked the latest one showing Kam and Kim flashing smiles and making peace signs. It was reproduced all over the country.The Seoul-based Kookmin Ilbo newspaper even gave it a memorable moniker, a sign of hope after generations of Korean division: “The icon of new peace.”last_img read more

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