February 08, 2014
Nike Summer Tennis Camps
Playing tennis is one of the popular sports in the world. Young tennis players now days take no prisoners. They are playing for keeps, and they are playing very well. Kids now days becomes at a much earlier age than before. What better way to get your tennis playing teen up on his or her game than by attending the Nike Tennis Camp? This article will review the Nike Tennis Camps including the Junior Resident Camp, and the Junior Day Camp. The first thing you definitely don't want t Air Max 90 o miss is when you register for tennis camp; you get a pair of free Nikes Tennis shoes one per family. So, once you get your teens new tennis ordered and start perusing the Nike Tennis Camp site, you will realize you are about to spend money on a good investment. The Junior Resident Camp is for players between the ages of 9 to 18 years, irrespective of the level of playing. There are however select locations where ranked players may attend a Nike summer tennis camp. Nike has selected the best sites and the best coaches for its summer tennis camps to ensure the most growth, and the best experience for the athletes.
There are four programs at Nike Summer Tennis Camps. Program I is designed for the beginner/intermediate player who has either picked up the racquet for the first time, or has started to feel his or her personal skill with the game. Program I emphasizes working on strong fundamentals including proper footwork, grips, strokes, movement, and learning the basics of match play. Program II is for high school students introducing the team concept. High emphasis is placed on improving match play through the use of ones personal strategy and mental toughness. Focus on this level is on increasing confidence in singles and doubles, improving strokes, and the athlete's physical conditioning.
Program III is for skilled Tournament Players looking to move to the next level. This very challenging program offers juniors physical training and match play as well as advanced drills. They key at this level is to build power and consistency. Program IV is for Ranked Players who have already made a commitment to excellence in their game. Designed for USTA sectionally and nationally ranked players age 11 to 17 years, this includes 35 hours per week on the court of intense playing.
There is also a Day Camp option at each level of skill for non resident campers. The Nike day tennis camp accepts children ages 6 17 at all levels. Whether your athlete decides on Day Camp or the Resident tennis camp, the same level of superior instruction is offered. All students receive a personal written evaluation, and all students participate in match play. Everyone will leave camp with an official Nike Tennis Camp T Shirt and other Nike prizes. Visit the Web site for information on sessions, costs, and availability of openings. Get your child out of the house and exercising at a variety of summer sport camps. Basketball, horseback riding, swimming, or tennis are some of the choices. Learn how to successfully compete against higher ranked playersTennis Lessons in San DiegoA review of some of the top places to take T ennis lessons in San Diego California.
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The Nike Summer Tennis Camp is a must for a teen serious about playing tennis, or for one wanting to find out where they stand in the sport.
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Nike Zoom Kobe 7 System Supreme revealed with Facebook and NBA 2K12 integration
We have already seen images of the "Shark" and "Wolf" colorways of the shoe as part of a "Predator Pack," there are still two more dangerous animals that have yet to be revealed, the "Poison Dart Frog" and the "Leopard."
While a Del Sol Supreme version o Air Max 90 f the Kobe 7 is coming on December 22nd, much like the Nike LeBron 9 and previous Kobe models, fans will get a chance to add their own spin with a sneak preview of the NIKEiD module coming to Facebook on December 12th.
Also following in the LeBron and Kevin Durant sneaker lines, Kobe's signature shoe will be making its debut in the NBA 2K12 day and date of the sneaker's release on the 22nd.
Check out the press release below.
Launching December 22, the Nike Kobe VII System Supreme is a performance system allowing players to customize the shoe, switching ankle support and midfoot cushioning. The Nike Kobe VII System Supreme edition includes two interchangeable insert options allowing players to switch out the cushioning and ankle support to match their style of play.
If a player's game is based on speed, there is the Attack Fast insert that features a Phylon midsole with Nike Zoom units in the forefoot and heel for the ultimate in lightweight responsiveness. It also has a low cut, power stretch cuff that hugs the foot for support. Its sock like fit eliminates the need for a traditional tongue and innersleeve, keeping the shoe lightweight.
For games that get intense and physical in the paint, there is the Attack Strong insert. It offers a full length Cushlon midsole and an ankle cuff for a plush, comfortable ride with great support. The sensory cuffs are made of an engineered power stretch material that is padded and perforated for comfort and ventilation.
These two midsole options allow players to customize footwear during practice or in a game to meet their performance needs. The Nike Kobe VII System Supreme offers similar performance fit and feel as the Kobe V and Kobe VI, but offers a different look and includes additional performance customization. In addition to the customizable insert options, next generation Flywire technology provides lock down support, a 3 D heel clip offers enhanced support, and a glass reinforced composite shank in the midsole gives responsive midfoot support.
The Nike Zoom Kobe VII also tells a predator story that's inspired by Kobe's predator like instinct. Predator patterns comes to life in the cast polyurethane outer shell as a "skin" simulating the look of three predator patterns mixed together the Leopard, Great White Shark and Black Mamba. This raised skin pattern lives on each shoe.
Separately, a graphic pattern also lives under the "skin" on some colorways. These color graphics are available for five different predators the Leopard, Great White Shark, Poison Dart Frog and Grey Wolf.
NIKEiD will bring full customization to the Kobe VII System this year, featuring multiple ways to build the system. Customization options include choices for fit, cushioning and colors. An exclusive sneak preview of the Kobe VII System iD debuts on December 12 via NIKEiD's Facebook page.
Nike has partnered with the videogame NBA 2K12, from 2K Sports, to integrate the Nike Zoom Kobe VII System. Beginning December 22 within the NBA 2K12 videogame, the shoe will release in unison with key retailers. Additional Kobe VII colorways will launch in the game at key moments throughout the year.
In addition to the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Supreme System, t he Kobe VII is also sold in the Attack Fast version featuring the low cut cuff and Nike Zoom air, without the Attack Strong insert.
Nike Kobe VII System Supreme: $180
Attack Fast and Attack Strong version. Comes with two midsoles and sleeve heights. The Attack Fast midsole contains Zoom Air in the forefoot and heel. The Attack Strong midsole is Cushlon, and contains no air.more...
February 07, 2014
Nike unveils wristband that measures motion Knoxville News Sentinel
Nike unveiled a high tech wristband Thursday purporting to answer that question. The FuelBand, with a suggested retail price of $149, displays measures of calories burned and steps taken that many weekend warriors may be familiar with through gadgets and apps already on the market. But this device also counts something called N Air Max Rea ikeFuel, billed as a way to compare different activities through one metric.
Running, dancing, skateboarding they all earn these points.
Nike measured the intensity of various actions, and recorded the corresponding motions, to create formulas to determine how much NikeFuel should be awarded when, say, Durant shoots a basketball.
Scientists who study physical activity have been using a similar process with such devices, called accelerometers, for several years to measure how much energy subjects are expending. Nike isn't releasing details about its calculations for competitive reasons, so outside researchers in the field couldn't judge whether they considered the NikeFuel totals accurate.
NikeFuel doesn't take into account factors such as a person's weight that affect the number of calories used. Patty Freedson, the chair of the kinesiology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said that made it difficult to compare the activities of different people.
"If a person is moving a certain amount and they weigh 100 pounds, a 200 pound person who weighs more actually expends more energy," she said.
Joel Stager, director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University, also noted that some athletes are more efficient than others, which also affects the amount of energy expended.
"We're making everybody equal the whole point is everybody isn't equal," he said.
Wojtek Chodzko Zajko, the department head for kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois, said all accelerometers have some error of estimation.
"The best ones are quite accurate," he said. "The worst ones are basically pieces of junk."
In most of Freedson's research, she uses accelerometers attached to subjects' hips, which she believes is a better measure of movement than the wrist. The FuelBand won't work when Armstrong is cycling because such devices can't tell the difference between a person moving forward in a car or on a bike. It's not waterproof, so swimming can't earn points.
The FuelBand a flexible black strip with a single button weighs between .95 and 1.24 ounces depending on the size. It syncs with the Nike+ workout tracking website through a built in USB or wirelessly through Bluetooth to a free iPhone app.
Users can set a goal of how many points they want to earn in a day and compare their totals with friends through social networking. At the launch event Thursday in Manhattan attended by Armstrong, Durant and reigning 100 meter world champion Carmelita Jeter and hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon Nike executives promoted the wristband as a way to encourage people to be more active. The desire to earn points could motivate them in ways big and small, even if it's just taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
"There's no doubt people are better at exercising if they have a partner or are in a group. Certainly they're better at exercising if there's competition," said Dr. Andrew Gregory, an assistant professor of orthopedics and pediatrics and sports medicine specialist at Vanderbilt. "In general, if this creates competition and social interaction around exercise, that's a good thing."
Then again, he believes the same effect can be created w ith a $15 pedometer that counts your steps.
Plenty of people were willing to pay the FuelBand's price tag Thursday, when the initial pre order sold out. Nike may later make more available through pre order, which would be announced on Twitter, before the device hits stores Feb. 22.
The appeal of the wristband to the company goes beyond sales of the gadget, said Charlie Denson, president of the Nike brand. A positive experience using the FuelBand's functions may make customers more likely to buy Nike sneakers and T shirts.
"One of the things we are continuing to see especially with our target consumer, our 14 , 15 , 16 year old it's not just about a transaction," he said. "In fact, the brands that believe the relationship actually ends when the transaction takes place, they aren't going to be around very long. The consumer expectation has moved up considerably around this idea that there's a relationship there. They expect it to be a one on one relationship, a one on one dialogue."more...
poor showing at Masters could mean major things in store for McIlroy
AUGUSTA, Ga. Open favourite.
The world's No. 2 player tied for 25th at the Masters on Sunday, finishing 11 shots behind winner Adam Scott. The last two times McIlroy left Augusta National disappointed, he went on to collect majors later in the season. Open in record fashion. He plummeted off the Augusta National leaderboard on Saturday last year, then picked up the PGA Championship in August.
"I'll take any," the Northern Irishman s Air Max Rea aid. "I feel like my game's definitely heading in the right direction, I'm hitting all the shots. It's just a matter of committing to them all the time."
McIlroy conceded earlier in the week that the adjustment to his new clubs which came as part of a huge endorsement deal with Nike had taken some time. But he said his driving had improved greatly and he was gaining confidence with every round he played.
The clubs weren't his problem this week, McIlroy said. In fact, if not for a 10 hole stretch Saturday in which he dropped eight strokes, he could have been right there in the hunt with Scott and Angel Cabrera.
"If I didn't play that bad stretch of holes like that, I would be a few under par and I would be right in the mix," McIlroy said. "But I'm on the right track going forward. I'm comfortable with my golf game. The equipment hasn't been an issue all year, it was more just me. So I'm happy where I'm heading and I've got a few really good events coming up I'm looking forward to those."
He's looking forward to coming back to the Masters, too.
Though his results don't show it, McIlroy has proven he knows how to play this course. His 3 under 69 on Sunday matched the third best score of the day. In the last three years at Augusta, he's had only four rounds above par.
"I know I've played good enough golf here to win it at times, it's just a matter of stringing it all together in one week," he said. "I'm learning each and every year around here. And I still got plenty of more years to try and get one of those jackets."NOT CLOSE ENOUGH: There were no tears from Brandt Snedeker this time.
Not from him, anyway.
The third round co leader was more frustrated than distraught after blowing another chance at the Masters, the tournament he's dreamed of winning since he was kid. So unflappable over the first three days, Snedeker couldn't make a putt Sunday, shooting a 3 over 75 that left him tied for sixth.
"I'm not as crushed as I was in 2008 because I know I'm going to be there again," Snedeker said as his 2 year old daughter, Lily, cried behind him. "I putted about as poorly as I could today, and I still had a chance on the back nine. I'm very disappointed that I didn't win, but I realize that I'm not that far off from winning this thing.
"I'm going to do it soon."
One of the lingering images of the 2008 Masters was Snedeker sobbing uncontrollably after a dismal final round that included only six pars. It was his first Masters as a professional, and he was just two years removed from the Nationwide Tour. But he had played so poorly after wanting the green jacket so badly, and he was overcome with emotion afterward.
But Snedeker, despite his youthful looks, isn't so wide eyed anymore.
He won the Tour Championship last year, beating Rory McIlroy. There was a three week stretch earlier this season when he was the hottest player in golf, finishing second to Tiger Woods at the Farmers, second to Phil Mickelson in Phoenix and capping the run with a win at Pebble Beach.
"I'm not here to get a good finish," he said Saturday. "I'm not here to finish top five. I'm here t o win, and that's all I'm going to be focused on tomorrow."
He just never had it Sunday. After scratching his way through the front, he opened the back nine with two straight bogeys, including a miss from 3 feet on 10, to fall three strokes off the lead. With the two par 5s still to play, however, he wasn't out of it.
Then he put his approach shot on 13 in Rae's Creek. As the ball splashed into the water, Snedeker grimaced and bent both ends of his hybrid club, looking as if he wanted to snap it.
He managed to save par, only to make bogey on the 14th.
"If I putt the way I normally putt and don't make those two loose swings, I'm right there with a chance to win the golf tournament," Snedeker said. "I know that if I do that again, play the exact same way again and I putt the way I normally do, I got a chance."G'DAY MATES: It was a g'day for all the Australians.
Not only did Adam Scott win the Masters on Sunday, ending the country's agonizing drought at Augusta National, Jason Day and Marc Leishman gave Australia three golfers in the top four.more...
January 24, 2014
Owls plan to use week off to recover
Having shared with his players his thoughts regarding the fortunate timing of the Owls' week off, Rice football coach went one step further in an attempt to drive home what was a key point.
Bailiff whipped out the 2007 media guide and cataloged where the Owls stood midway through the '06 season, a campaign that concluded with the Owls qualifying for their first postseason bowl in 45 years. The Owls famously closed that regular season with six consecutive victories, a feat that would not b Billiga Nike Free Run e required for the present day Owls (3 3, 2 1 ) to claim their second postseason bid in three years.
"That's actually why this is out," Bailiff said, clutching the book. "I went back and read about the '06 year, and they were sitting 1 5 with one win over Army. We're in so much better shape than we were two years ago that we wanted the seniors to share with the younger players where they were two years ago."
The Owls will resume their season Oct. 18 against Southern Mississippi. The time off should allow several starters to recover from injuries.
Linebacker (knee), quarterback (groin), defensive end (stinger) and cornerback (hamstring) should be cleared to play against the Golden Eagles; safety (ankle) is awaiting the results of an MRI. Bailiff is one of several members of the team and staff slowed by a respiratory infection, and with five of the six remaining games scheduled against C USA foes, the Owls will need good health to finish with a flourish.
"We are sitting at 3 3 with five left and Army coming in," Bailiff said. "We still have an opportunity to do some things around here, and that's where this week getting people healthy can really make a difference."
Remodeling continuesOn Nov. 7, Autry Court is scheduled for a grand reopening as Tudor Fieldhouse. With one month remaining before the VIP event, the $30 million remodeling project appears far from complete.
"It's like a fine ragu sauce it's that last hour of stirring that cooks it down," Rice athletic director said. "My mom tells me, 'Hey, the good stuff comes in the last hour of the cooking.' That's exactly what's happening. The last month of this facility we're in the final stages of the ragu."
Humorous analogies aside, Del Conte is confident the remodeling will be completed on schedule. Construction crews are working seven days a week to ensure the public spaces of Tudor Fieldhouse will be ready for viewing. Del Conte did not divulge a contingency plan in the event they are not.
"It is what it is. I feel good about it," Del Conte said. "We're not as far off as you think. It's beautiful."
Nike deal completeWith the red tape cut, athletic director Chris Del Conte announced the details of a five year apparel and footwear deal Rice signed with Nike, a comprehensive package that will outfit all 14 sports teams.
Del Conte would not disclose the financial terms of the deal, but noted the agreement is need based.
Nike will supply each team with apparel and products it requires, and Rice will open a team store dubbed Owlthentics at Tudor Fieldhouse this winter.
The move follows previous efforts to establish uniformity throughout the athletic department and comes on the heels of branding each team with the Old English R.
"When I first got here, every sport had something c ompletely different, and we had nine different logos," Del Conte said. "We wanted to make sure everyone had the same uniform, the same equipment.
"It's creating an atmosphere that we're uniform, the kids' experience is the same, and we look first class."
Huston earns 100th winWomen's soccer coach earned her 100th career victory in the Owls' 2 1 win over SMU last Friday.
After the Owls (7 4 0) defeated Tulsa by the same score two days later, Huston upped her career mark to 101 75 12 and her Rice record to 79 59 10.more...
overcome setbacks to enjoy consistently strong season
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Squalicum boys' cross country runner Nick Gallaher's talent has never been questioned. H Billiga Nike Free Run e just hasn't always been able to display it.
Gallaher fell in love with running after family friend Corey Sorenson talked him into running cross country in seventh grade, he said. The Storm senior has thrived since, but a nagging hip injury has limited him from reaching his full potential.
"Nick has always been impressive when it comes to running," Squalicum cross country coach Katrina Henry said in a phone interview. "He works really hard and just always wants to do the best. He's had little injuries here and there that have prevented him in past seasons from getting to this level."
His last two races at the Northwest Conference Championships and the District 1/2 meet have shown just how effective Gallaher can be when 100 percent healthy.
He PRed with a 15 minute, 58.4 second run, placing third at the conference meet, and then backed that with a 16:05.09 at districts for another third place finish in windy, rainy conditions. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
"I started off the season pretty sick," Gallaher said in a phone interview. "I wasn't doing workouts and only a few of the long runs. Then I started to get back into it and fought back to the position to where I want to be."
Gallaher has still competed at state his previous three years, winning the mental battle an injury can have on a runner. His times have dropped each season, too.
His 5,000 meter PR was 16:50.99 as a freshman, 16:17.31 as a sophomore and 16:12.55 his junior year.
What's carried Gallaher through tough times is his overwhelming passion for the sport. Henry said part of any strong runner's success in genetics and owning an unrivaled work ethic. She sees both traits in her senior runner.
"Running at a high level, you have to be committed to it," Henry said. "You have to make time to sleep and eat properly and do the exercises. You don't clock in at 3 and check out at 5. You have to make it a lifestyle, and that's something Chris (Fredlund) and Nick both do really well."
Gallaher has aspirations to run in college, and his dedication and talent suggests the goal is more than viable. His mental strength has also developed. It's a major reason he's stayed optimistic during frustrating periods.
"There were definitely times where I've come home after not being able to run for three days and gotten really upset," Gallaher said, "but I get through it. I know I'm going to bounce back, because I know it's not too serious."
This year, Henry said consistency has been Gallaher's top quality.
Fredlund, who's also a senior, has been instrumental during Gallaher's career. Gallaher said he and Fredlund have spent countless hours training in the offseason and have both dealt with injuries.
They've posted strong times all year and will spearhead the Storm's quest for a strong state placing.
Besides a state trophy, Gallaher is hoping to qualify for Nike Borderclash 15 an elite race pitting the best prep runners from Washington and Oregon against each other. Gallaher needs to place fifth or better at state to qualify. Squalicum graduate Patrick Gibson won the boys' race last year.more...
January 23, 2014
out world of baseball commitments
Wichita State coach Todd Butler knows how to explain commitments from players in the class of 2015. It seems a little wacky they can sign until November 2014 and won play until the 2016 season. Twenty three of Perfect Game top 50 players in the class of 2015 are committed. No. 3 Kyle Molnar, a pitcher, is headed to UCLA and No. 4 Kyle Dean, an outfielder, to San Diego. In a perfect world, a college coach would get another year to evaluate players.
WSU received oral commitments from two pitchers entering their junior year this week Circle Garrett Hutson and Heights lefty Keylan Killgore. NCAA rules prohibit Butler from discussing them. He can explain the trend toward earlier and earlier c Billiga Nike Free Run ommitments. It started on the West Coast, he said. The Area Code Games started in 1987 in California and the showcase tournament era of recruiting began.
you not doing it now, you going to fall behind, Butler said. years ago, kids would take their visits make decisions in October, right before the November signing period. Now, kids are taking unofficial visits as juniors and sophomores in high school and looking at schools and making decisions much faster. is new for Shocker fans. Butler is used to doing it this way from his time as an assistant coach at Arkansas. Recruiting is always about projecting how an athlete will develop and that skill is put to the test when evaluating someone during the summer before their junior year. By the time that athlete arrives on campus, much can change physically, mentally and academically.
a tremendous amount of projection, Butler said. a pitcher, you looking for a deluxe arm and arm action and you trying to project 15 to 20 pounds on them. For the hitters, you looking for a physical player now, and they just starting to get in the weight room. When you see a good player, you can kind of have an idea how good they going to be in the next couple years. can take on a momentum. Landing a premium arm such as Hutson, a pitcher likely to be a high draft pick after high school, can tell recruits two things: 1) Top players are coming to WSU and, 2) They better commit, or risk losing their slice of WSU 11.7 scholarships.
SHOCKERS AMONG THE SIX
Sean O a senior center at Illinois Benet Academy visited WSU basketball earlier this month. O (6 foot 9, 240 pounds) is down to six schools, including new Missouri Valley Conference rival Loyola.
According to Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun Times Hoops Report, Loyola and Xavier started recruiting O before the other schools. WSU, as well as Seton Hall, UMass and Wake Forest offered this summer.
Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said several Shocker attributes intrigue O He wants to major in engineering. He likes WSU reputation for developing big men. The trip to the Final Four and Koch Arena are also important selling points.
atmosphere at Wichita State is well known in Chicago, Heidkamp said. a great environment to play in. describes O as a post player with excellent scoring and passing skills.
got a very good low post game, Heidkamp said. sees the floor very well out of the post. He can create shots out of the post, not only for himself, but for others. appears to be a vital recruit for Loyola coach Porter Moser, who is trying to upgrade the talent to compete in the MVC.
paper, it would appear Loyola is up against it with the likes of teams in the Big East, ACC and a Wichita State program fresh off the Final Four. Henricksen wrote. though, has hung in there, and Ramblers coach Porter Moser has b een in on O long and hard over the past 18 months. Both Xavier and Loyola have been on O the longest, which the Hoops Report believes will make a difference in this one. WEEK IN SHOCKER HISTORY
Wichita State defeated No. 10 Cal Poly 3 2 on Aug. 29, 2008, its highest ranked victim in 33 seasons of volleyball. Later that day, WSU ended an 0 for 12 skid against Oklahoma in Norman to start 2 0 in the Nike Invitational. Emily Stockman totaled 31 kills and Lindsey Eckenrode added 24 in the two matches. surprised, yes, but at the same time I expected it, Stockman said. think we definitely deserve to be ranked in the top 25 after we had an amazing season last year and now we beat Cal Poly. The Shockers defeated Michigan State 3 1 the next day to win the tournament and start a season that ended with a 30 2 record.more...
Oscar Pistorius weeps in the dock
Facing a minimum life sentence if convicted, his defence will be fought both in court and in the media after former Sun editor, Stuart Higgins, flew in to represent him. The public relations troubleshooter, who left the British tabloid in 1998, represented the 26 year old during the London Olympics and Paralympics.Mr Pistorius' lawyer, Barry Roux, today said the defence required time to investigate in order to "put ourselves in a better position to argue the schedule of the offence". According to friends of the athlete, his lawyers will attempt to argue the killing was a tragic c Billiga Nike Free Run ase of mistaken identity, with the track star thinking there had been a break in at his home in a heavily guarded security estate on the outskirts of the capital, Pretoria.A close friend, who asked not to be named, said they had received a call from Mr Pistorius soon after the shooting in the early hours of yesterday morning and were told by the athlete that there had been a tragic accident. They arrived soon after at Mr Pistorius' home to find him with a bloody and unconscious Reeva Steenkamp. They were told she had been shot after the runner mistook her for an intruder.In a packed Pretoria courtroom today, after the magistrate held up proceedings to eject cameras, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the more serious charge of premeditated murder was being filed.As the prosecutor spoke, the Olympic and Paralympic star held his head in his hands and wept, briefly earning the sympathy of Mr Nel who asked him to "take it easy" and "come take a seat". Mr Pistorius' brother and father both attended the hearing, occasionally leaning forward to give the athlete a pat on the shoulder.The prosecution made it clear the case against the athlete, known as the "Blade Runner", will centre on evidence he "repeatedly and intentionally" shot his 29 year old model girlfriend as she cowered behind a locked bathroom door.Police claimed they have evidence that Ms Steenkamp arrived at her boyfriend's house on Wednesday evening, contradicting the notion that she surprised him during the night.Neighbours have told police that they heard raised voices during the evening prior to the shooting.One neighbour quoted in the local media said that security guards from the Silver Woods complex had found Mr Pistorius by Ms Steenkamp's body in the bathroom. "The door had bullet holes right through it," they told South Africa's Beeld newspaper.Mr Pistorius, who earned $2million ( a year in endorsements prior to the killing, signalled through his agent that he would fight the charge: "The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms," the statement read. "Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over," it continued. "Our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy."The shock value of the alleged murder knocked South African President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address off the front pages with one paper headlining: "Golden boy loses his shine". South Africa's M Net has pulled footage of Mr Pistorius from their schedule and a billboard of him advertising the channel's Academy Awards coverage was removed from the business district of Sandton. Both Nike SA and Oakley SA, which also sponsor the athlete, declined to comment, s aying only that they sent condolences to the Steenkamp family. Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company Pty Ltd 2013.APN APN Group WebsitesNeed Help? Refer to our helpful FAQ section for any problems you might be experiencing.Sunshine Coast Daily Sunshine Coast News National News World News Sunshine Coast Sport Entertainment Movie News TV News Lifestyle Travel Shopping Business Real Estate Home Loans Horoscopes Maroochydore Weather Newspapers in EducationWhat's on TV Guide Now/Next Movies Movie ReviewsSunshine Coast Classifieds Jobs in Sunshine Coast Cars for Sale in Sunshine Coast Property listings in Sunshine Coast Bargains for Sale in Sunshine Coast Obituaries in Sunshine Coast Personals in Sunshine Coast Notices in Sunshine Coast
January 22, 2014
Nike to alter image of strip mine in promo ad for coal
After angry environmentalists objected to a Nike promotional ad for a new West Virginia University football uniform, the athletic apparel giant said Thursday it will modify a graphic depicting a mountaintop removal mine.
Nike issued a statement through the university, repeating what the school had said earlier in the day: The new black and white Pro Combat uniform was designed to honor the heritage of coal mining and 29 men killed in the April explosion at Upper Big Branch mine.
The Mountaineers will wear the coal themed uniform for only one game this season, the Nov. 26 Backyard Brawl at Pittsburgh. Nike paid for the new gear.
The problem environmental activists had with the ad was not the color of the gear off white that appears coated in coal dust or the number 29 on the coal black helmets. It's the depiction of a mountaintop removal mine behind the image of a player, complete with flat, treeless mountaintop, the sound of a Air Max Sverige n explosion and the image of falling rock.
The ad appeared to be a tacit endorsement of the controversial form of strip mining, the activists argued.
Before Nike announced it would modify the ad, opposition was rampant.
Danny Chiotos of Charleston, youth organizer for the Student Environmental Action Coalition, said that WVU football is a uniting force for a small state that lacks a professional team, and for the university to seemingly take a side upsets people.
"I'm largely amused by it and kind of bewildered by it," Chiotos said. "They should come up with a better ad that actually promotes WVU football and the memory of the miners and mine safety."
By depicting a surface mine that also resembles the open pit mines of western states like Wyoming, the original ad also missed a key point about Upper Big Branch: The Massey Energy Co. mine that exploded April 5 was an underground operation.
The graphics were designed by Nike and reviewed by WVU officials.
"The intent was for the player on the field to be surrounded by coal and not as an endorsement of any one form of mining technology," WVU athletics said in a brief e mail.
The ad plunged both the school and the world's largest athletic shoe and clothing maker into one of West Virginia's most emotionally charged and political divisive issues. Sen. Robert C. Environmental Protection Agency over the practice.
Naoma activist Bo Webb demanded the immediate removal of the ad and apologies to the people in the southern coalfields who have been hurt by mountaintop mining.
"I am so angry. It was a prelude to a much larger "Appalachia Rising" rally planned for Sept. 27.
"I hope the players understand that they're being used and rise up. I'd like them to say, 'I'm not being pimped out by Nike and the state of West Virginia and the coal industry," he said, "and I would like to see WVU admit, 'We made a huge mistake.'"
Webb said it's possible the ad was designed by an artist who didn't realize the implications of using strip mine imagery, but he's skeptical of Oregon based Nike.
"Maybe they're naive, but I doubt it," he said. "I seriously doubt it."
Mountaintop removal is done mainly in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Forests are clear cut, explosives blast a part the ridgetops, and massive machines scoop the exposed coal from multiple seams. The debris left behind is dumped into valleys, covering streams with what are called valley fills.
Coal operators say it's the most efficient way to reach some reserves, but people who live near the mines say it's too destructive, ruining their home values, their environment and their health.
The industry, too, is planning a rally in Washington. Its Sept. 15 event will focus on what it considers unfair regulations and the need for jobs.
WVU senior Joe Gorman said Nike and the school should honor underground miners "without glorifying the mountaintop removal that's destroying West Virginia's heritage and the mountains that make us the Mountaineers."
"The ad says, 'It's just the way things are done in West Virginia,'" Gorman said, "but miners and residents of the southern coalfields have been fighting strip mining and mountaintop removal since before I was born, and that's something to be proud of, too."more...
org These Smartphone Apps Track Every Step of Your Day
HAMBURGER: I actually use a combination of a few of them, and there are a few we can talk about. Some of them have more explicit goals for you, and some of them simply track you. So, the first one we can talk about is Moves. And you open it, you install it for the first time, and then you might just forget about it. You might check it at the end of every day. But as you move around every day, as you take a bike ride, go on the subway, it records what you're doing, how fast you're moving, decides if you're in the car or on a bike, and then, at the end of the day, you can actually see how many miles you've walked, how many miles you've biked, how many calories you've burned.
HAMBURGER: The interesting thing about Moves is that it provides the tools to measure yourself, but it doesn't necessarily a Air Max Rea sk you to do anything with it. So you could see how many calories you've burned or how many miles you've walked. But there's another app that just came out a few weeks ago called Human that actually has a premise, a philosophy behind it, that 30 minutes per day of any kind of activity whether you're walking or biking or running can dramatically decrease your risk of just about any malady you can think of. So I think a goal like that is a little more accessible.
HAMBURGER: And once I installed a couple of these apps, I realized I was only walking 17 or 18 minutes a day. And that's what was most interesting to me, is that in your effort to move closer especially in an urban area like New York, you want to move closer to the subway for work and for at home. And I realized I was walking three minutes to the subway in the morning, three minutes at night, a couple minutes to the office. I wasn't doing anything except walking to the bathroom during the day. And it helped me realize that maybe I should get off at Union Square and walk the rest of the way home.
HAMBURGER: I think convenient is the key word. If you look at something like the Jawbone Up or the Fitbit or the Nike Fuelband, you wear them, but you also have to recharge it every night. It's one more thing to maintain, even though the batteries last pretty long. And I think for most people, they love downloading apps onto their iPhone, and they love trying them out. And having it on your phone means that there's no upkeep. It's always there. And it can hurt your battery life a little bit, but on the whole, it's easier to try out, I think, than buying a $100 gadget.
HAMBURGER: Memoto is a little, square camera that you attach to your lapel and this is a little more progressive. And it takes a photo every 30 seconds. And then, at the end of the day, it uploads the photos to the cloud, where you can review them on your computer or on your phone and see a 30 minute snapshot of every time you were meeting with somebody in the bathroom, at lunch, what have you. And the goals of that one are a little more abstract. It's kind of getting a window into recording everything you do and trying to remember all of it.
If you look at some of what some of these companies are doing, let's say Foursquare, which tracks the places that people go, there is so much to learn by all of this anonymized data if we all decide to share it about our health. That was one of the things that I learned when I was writing about Human, is that there have been so few long term studies about something as simple as moving every day, and some of the ones they were citing were in the '90s from a company in China that was trying to create healthier lives for their workers. And they're really.
HAMBURGER: I think something that people don't always consider quantified self, but that's going to become more pervasive in our society is when you look at something like Google Glass, where you have the ability not yet, because of the constraints of the battery on Google Glass. But some day, we're going to be able to record every minute of our lives. And I think people need to start thinking about what that means for them, and how that's going to affect their life and how they live it and what type of changes they might make based on what they can learn. Or maybe it's just sharing with your kids, here's what it was like when I was walking around every day.more...
January 21, 2014
Nike takes on the NFL
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Back in 1998, Oregon and Nike teamed together to tinker with the Ducks' traditional but tired uniforms. Out went emerald green and lemon yellow, in came spruce, mallard and a little something called "lightning."
That was just the start. The gaudy uniform craze that began with Nike co founder Phil Knight's alma mater has gripped every school from Maryland to Boise State, hitting Notre Dame and Michigan along the way.
Nike is taking over the pros from Reebok with a gala uniform unveiling set for Tuesday in New York City. The design details are a closely guarded secret at the Beaverton based shoe and apparel maker, but some images there's no way to know if they're real or fake have circulated on the Internet.
The biggest changes will likely be in the performance aspect of the uniforms, like newer, lightweight fabrics and a sleek silhouette, though a few teams could get an extreme makeover football edition.
Nike isn't commenting until the big reveal.
"I think that what we'll see is a subtle homage to the collegiate revolution in uniform design, but in the framework of arguably the most successful sports franchise there is, the NFL, which is more steeped in tradition that the college landscape was when Nike r Nike Free 4.0 V2 eally got into it with Oregon," said Paul Swangard, managing director of the university's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.
The Ducks signed their contract with Nike in 1996. After the first major overhaul in 1998, the school introduced the Nike designed "O'' logo in 2002.
FILE In this Nov. 12, 2011 file photo, members of the Maryland football team huddle before an NCAA 2003's opener against Mississippi State, the Ducks wore neon yellow from helmet to shoe, which some dubbed the "Human Highlighter" look. In 2006, Oregon introduced black uniforms, while "wings" were incorporated into its jersey design in more recent years a nod to the school's mascot.
"We aren't like USC or Notre Dame or Penn State or Alabama, which are really traditional," said Jim Bartko, the executive senior associate athletics director at Oregon, who has close ties to Knight. "Our philosophy was that every four years we were going to change, so that every player that comes into Oregon in the football program will have a chance to be a part of a design."
Today Oregon has five different helmets, seven jerseys and six pants for 210 possible uniform combinations, enough to carry them through 17 plus seasons, minus bowl games, which usually get new garb. And that's not counting different shoes, socks and undershirts.
Old schoolers claim that Oregon's countless uniforms are an annoying distraction, while kids see them as cool. There's no doubt that they benefit the Ducks in lots of ways, from merchandise revenue to the immeasurable buzz among potential students and recruits.
"It's taken off," Bartko said. "I don't think we would have ever thought back in 1998 that the uniform craze would be where it is now. Our goal and philosophy has always been to be a step ahead of everybody. If they want to copy us or follow us, that's great. We want to be the leader."
Copycats abound, and even the NFL already has tried throwback uniforms (remember the Green Bay Packers in blue and khaki, with brown helmets?).
But college teams have been far more experimental.
FILE This Aug. 20, 2011 file photo shows Georgia football fans pose with the newly unveiled Nike P the most shameless was Maryland's so called Pride uniform, a hodgepodge of so many elements that one critic suggested it looked as if someone had torn up the state flag and pasted it on a jersey.
The uniforms were the work of Under Armour, whose CEO, Kevin Plank, played football at Maryland. Say what you will about the design, it got noticed.
"If this university had to go pay for that publicity, we'd be broke," Terrapins coach Randy Edsall said at the time.
Many c nike ollege programs, even the most traditional ones, are now bandwaggoning. Notre Dame and Michigan wore retro Adidas attire to mark last season's first night game at Michigan Stadium.
The Fighting Irish's showy, shamrock emblazoned helmet still raises the ire of some of ND's more stodgy followers.
"I think in some ways we're seeing now what we always see with marketing, which is that a good idea is originally seen as innovative, but now that everyone is doing it is becoming sort of commoditized," Swangard said. "I think some teams have almost tried too hard, whether it's the highlighter uniforms of Baylor in the tournament, or what Maryland did with their uniforms this past season.
"Now people are doing it just to do it, rather than doing it to convey something about the school's brand or its athletic brand."
A handful of teams, like USC and Penn State, are still shunning the trend for now. But Nebraska Egads! will wear an alternate jerseys at a home game this season, athletic director and former coach Tom Osborne told The Associated Press on Monday.
"It does seem to appeal to the student athletes. Most older fans don't get overly excited about it," he said. "We're walking a fine line because we are traditional, but we also recognize the fact that we don't have to stay the same all the time."more...
Nike Summer Lacrosse Camps for Girls
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Top Summer Camps in FloridaSummer is almost here and if you live in Florida then you will want to check out some great summer camps for your children. Several websites and news agencies have reported that prosecutors have droppe.more...
January 17, 2014
Nike come to terms on deal for shoes
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For at least 25 years, UNLV has been a Nike school when it comes to men's basketball.
The school signed two five year contracts and one three year deal with the famous shoemaker to handle its athletic apparel and shoe needs that is valued at $3 million over the course of the agreements.
UNLV's three year deal covers men's basketball for $155,000 per year for a combined value of $465,000. The five year contracts are for football ($230,000 annually, $1.15 million total) and all other sports ($277,000 and $1.385 million).
"We're extremely happy," UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick said. "This is a great deal for our athletics program. It's significant for our student/athletes. They'll be wearing the best apparel available.
"Financially, it was significant."
Hamrick also said aligning with the Nike swoosh, which is so nationally recognizable and popular with college aged athletes, was a major bonus.
"Branding was very important to me as to the direction that we went," Hamrick said. "Branding was one of the considerations along with, obviously, the dollar figure."
But Nike will not contribute money to UNLV, other than $75,000 annually to help pay men's basketball coach Lon Kruger's five year, $5.2 million salary.
Instead, the contracted money serves as an open account for UNLV to purchase such items as football jerseys, tennis shoes and coaches' sideline golf shirts.
If the school goes over any of the contracted amounts, it receives a 10 percent discount to purchase any other items.
Under previous agreements with three separate companies, UNLV bought items at cost and did not have open accounts already provided. The Nike deals, Hamrick said, will provide substantial savings because that is money set aside rather than cash that comes out of the athletic department's coffers.
During the 2006 07 fiscal year, the school spent $247,777 on Nike, $117,518 on Russell Athletic and $93,000 on adidas.
Considering the dollar amounts of the new Nike contracts, a face value look might make it seem as if UNLV will have spending money left over under the new arrangements.
But there are three reasons why Rebels athletics will need every penny and more.
UNLV will have to make a complete changeover in apparel not only for coaches and athletes but for equipment managers, team physicians and sports information personnel. Nike is giving a two year grace period to change all practice apparel to its brand.
Also, Nike prices are higher. A Russell Athletic hooded sweatshirt that would cost $30 would go for $35 under the Nike label. Multiplied by 500, that's a $2,500 difference, and such an allowance was made when the contracts were signed.
"That was one of the concerns when it came down to looking at the proposals," UNLV equipment director Paul Pucciarelli said. "They might've both been exactly the same, but they really weren't because certain things are a little higher. So we had to do our due diligence."
Perhaps the most important difference is the previous agreements were at wholesale. The contracts with Nike are at retail, which is about 50 percent higher, and again an allowance was made when the deals were formed.
Though the temptation to go with Nike was great at the outset, UNLV did not make any snap decisions. Negotiations went back and f nike orth for seven months before an agreement was finalized.
"I was pleased with the aggressiveness Nike took toward us," Hamrick said. "They wanted us."
The school did an extensive analysis of how much each item would cost and compared the companies. Hamrick and Pucciarelli did not identify what other companies UNLV negotiated with, but they said making sure the Olympic sports were taken care of as well as basketball and football was crucial.
"We went into the negotiations and looking at these contracts with our eyes wide open," Pucciarelli said.
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Nike Clinic will again bring top college coaches to the Lehigh Valley
Seven Division I college coaches headed here for Nike Coach of the Year Clinic
Clemson's Dabo Sweeney, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Miami's Al Golden among those coming to Fogelsville for clinic.
Jim Tressel, Pete Carroll, Urban Meyer and last year both Nick Saban and Bill O'Brien made appearances at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Fogelsville.
But as the event is held for the 10th time Feb. 28 March 2, Tkach, the director of the three day clinic, said a new record has been set for Division I head coaches coming to town.
"We have seven Division I A coaches coming; we've never had that many in one year before," said Tkach, the former Northern Lehigh head coach and Liberty assistant. "We're excited about the list of guys who are expected to be here."
The impressive list features Clemson's Dabo Sweeney, Miami's Al Golden, Missouri's Gary Pinkel, West Virginia's Dana H Nike LunarGlide 4 olgorsen, Minnesota's Jerry Kill, Wake Forest's Jim Grobe and newly named Temple coach Matt Ruhle.
Of course, the impressive lineup of speakers is not limited to head coaches. on Thursday, Feb. 28.
IUP's Paul Tortorella, the national assistant coach of the year, will have a session as will Mike Yurcich of Shippensburg, and Dan Hunt of Colgate. The Lehigh Valley's FCS level programs will be represented by Lafayette College defensive coordinator John Loose and Lehigh receivers coach Jason Miran.
Several of Pennsylvania's top high school coaches will also speak.
One of the top attractions is on Friday night, March 1, when the John C. Whitehead Coach of the Year awards are presented and Easton's Steve Shiffert will receive the Lehigh Valley Football Ambassador of the Year Award.
The clinic is designed for coaches at all levels to attend, and a special package has been put together for District 11 high school coaches and area youth coaches. They can bring a staff of 10 guys for $500 and that includes access to all of the sessions and various buffets.
While the sessions are designed for coaches, fans can also attend as long as they register and pay.
"It's hard to believe, but we're doing this for 10 years now and I just think for the amount of money involved less than a ticket to a major concert it's a great bargain for our Lehigh Valley area coaches to have access to these guys and their knowledge," Tkach said. "We keep the costs down because of the great local sponsorship we receive.
"Some youth coaches may think this is above them, but it's not. These are the best teachers in the world and they really come and break it down for you and show you nuances that can work at any level. They give you stuff you need to know to teach kids. And they will explain it and answer questions. They're very accessible."
And connections are often made that lead to other opportunities.
Tkach tells the story of how Penn State's O'Brien and Alabama's Saban bonded at last year's clinic and it resulted in O'Brien and PSU staffers actually visiting the Crimson Tide to learn about more how Saban does things at a top level.
ZEPHYRS HALL OF FAME
Four new members were recently inducted into the Whitehall Coplay Athletic Hall of Fame.
Those inducted included:
Michelle (Geiger) Brown A member of the class of 1995, Brown made her mark as a basketball and softball player. She was a four time East Penn Conference all star in both basketball and softball. She scored 1,341 points in basketball and went on to an outstanding career at East Stroudsburg where she finished with 961 points and was a first team all PSAC East selection in 1998.
John Kulhamer A member of the class of 1972, Kulhamer had a distinguished golfing career. While at Whitehall, he won the 1971 Lehigh Valley League title with a 72 at Glenbrooke Country Club. As a PGA pro, Kulhamer has attended three Q schools, played on the Florida mini tour and won the Shawnee Open. He was also a two time winner of the AB Thorne Tournament in Lancaster. The Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame member was honored as the 2002 Regional Club Fitter of the Year and in 2003 he was honored by Golf Digest as one of top teachers in the state.
Scott Saylor A member of the class of 1982, Saylor made his mark as an offensive lineman in football and as a shot putter in track. In football he was an all state player in 1981, and recognized as a Big 33 player and a Parade Magazine All American. In track, he set several records including a school mark in the shot put that still stands today. He went on to a collegiate football career at West Virginia and played in four bowl games, winning two. He later signed a free agent contract with the Jets.
Al Weiner A member of the class of 1975, Weiner was a nike n outstanding runner in both cross country and track and field. He was a member of two league championship cross country teams and the 1973 Lehigh Valley League track champs. In 1973, Weiner was undefeated in 13 dual meets and set six course records in becoming Whitehall's first District 11 cross country champ. He went on to become an all PSAC performer at Kutztown, and has been a successful collegiate coach at DeSales where he has been named coach of the year four times and coached six All Americans.more...
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