The Mallards’ five-game win streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night as the WisconsinWoodchucks took advantage of the Mallards shaky pitching, winning 13-4.Starting pitcher Rusty Sellhorn put the Mallards in a bind early. The Woodchucks put runners onthe corners with only one out in the top of the first inning. Fortunately for the Mallards, Sellhornwas able to escape the inning scotch free by striking out the next two batters. This would be thelast time anything fortunate would happen for the Mallards.In the top of the second inning, the Woodchucks led off with three straight hits, two singles anda two-run home run by first baseman Brock Stassi. The lone bright spot for the Mallards wasJustin Parr, brother of shortstop Josh Parr. Justin Parr joined the team Monday and made hisfirst start for the club tonight in left field. In the bottom of the second inning, Parr got his first hitas a Mallard, finishing the game 2-for-4 with an RBI.“Even though it wasn’t the night we were looking for, it’s amazing to come out here and play infront of a big crowd,” Parr said. “It was a great experience, because it’s something I’m not usedto.”“Justin handled himself great out there,” manager C.J. Thieleke added. “We’re excited about hisperformance and composure.”In the top of the third inning, the Woodchucks led off with two doubles, eventually scoring togive take a 3-1 lead. Things continued to go downhill from there for Sellhorn, loading the baseswith one out. Thieleke had seen enough, pulling Sellhorn in favor of pitcher Dillon Napoleon. Itlooked to be the right move, as Napoleon forced Woodchuck first baseman Brock Stassi to hitinto an inning-ending double-play.“Shellhorn felt good to go, but it was a matter of execution as he struggled to get ahead ofcounts,” Thieleke said. “He failed to find his rhythm out there.”The Mallards were able to keep the Woodchucks in check during the fourth and fifth innings,somehow trailing by only one run, with a score of 3-2 headed into the sixth inning. The scorewas deceiving as the Woodchucks couldn’t take advantage of players in scoring position,leaving a total of five men on base through five innings. Someone must have told this toWoodchuck infielder Eric Fritz, as he came out in the top of the sixth inning and hit a three-runhome run to widen the lead making it 6-2 Woodchucks.Hitter of the game, third baseman Travis Whitmore followed Fritz’s lead hitting a two RBI single,giving the Woodchucks an 8-2 lead. Whitmore finished the game 4-for-5, with two runs andtwo RBI. The Mallards finally ended the inning, giving up five runs, but by this point the fanshad seen enough as most of the 6,284 that were in attendance began to file out one-by-one.Despite the empty stands, the Mallards were able to hold off the Woodchucks for twomore innings until the flood gates opened back up in the ninth inning. The Woodchucksscored five runs off of five hits, one of which was a two run homer by second baseman RobLind. This sealed the deal, as if it hadn’t already, giving the Woodchucks the 13-4 victory.Although the loss ended the Mallards five-game win streak, the Mallards edged theWoodchucks in the series six games to four. Tuesday’s game also marked Mallards firstbaseman Harold Riggins’ 35th straight game reaching base safely, which leads the league.
Published on January 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Jacob: email@example.com | @Jacob_Klinger_ Neither player’s contributions come consistently enough.Tyler Roberson is Syracuse’s rebounding menace off the bench one night and largely absent the next. Chris McCullough was one of the best freshmen in the country for much of nonconference play. After a series of passive appearances he’s regained his aggression but is trying to translate it into points.Both have played some of their best basketball in place of one another at the No. 4 spot for the Orange, and as SU (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on Florida State (9-6, 1-1) at 8 p.m. on Sunday the two forwards will try to add consistency to their games. While the frontcourt has been Syracuse’s strength, improvement from Roberson and McCullough would give Rakeem Christmas a more complete partner in the post.“Chris started out great. He played great, great,” Jim Boeheim said after SU’s 46-45 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday. “Now we can’t get him to play bad. We’d like to get him to play bad. That would be a step up from where we are.“And Tyler gets 17 rebounds (against Virginia Tech), and tonight he’s — he was nowhere to be found. In a key possession, Rak’s open in the post and he’s dribbling the ball off his leg. I mean, we just can’t play like this and be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson’s only sporadically contributed in terms of scoring but he’s had breakout performances on the boards.His 17 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 helped prevent Syracuse from blowing a 19-point halftime lead. But it was by far his best performance in three weeks. He followed it up with an invisible showing against Georgia Tech where he only got off three shots and logged four rebounds in 20 minutes.With 7:46 left in the game against the Yellow Jackets, Roberson spoiled an SU breakaway by hanging on the rim, drawing an offensive interference call.“I’ve been coaching for 39 years and I’ve never had a player just go grab the rim like that,” Boeheim said. “I mean, what are you thinking? You’re not.”Roberson said he thought he played similarly to other performances and that more complete showings were just a matter of playing through off games.“Just to rebound, play hard and everything else will come like scoring and everything,” Roberson said of what Boeheim’s asking of him and McCullough. “So just try to do that and let the other stuff come to me.”After averaging 14.4 points per game through SU’s 69-57 loss to St. John’s on Dec. 6, McCullough has tailed off to producing just 4.3 points per game. He’s scored 30 total points since then.McCullough and teammates had said that he needed to be more aggressive. Against Georgia Tech he consistently called for the ball and looked for shots.When he was subbed out for Roberson with 12:37 left in Wednesday’s game — he banged his left knee but said afterward he was fine — he was a couple possessions removed from driving from the free-throw line and pushing in a shot that gave the Orange a 32-30 lead.He sat until coming for Roberson with 1:23 left in the game.“I’m transitioning still. I should be good,” McCullough. “I’m looking for my shot and being aggressive now. Shots just wasn’t falling today.”Both McCullough and Roberson have found ways to contribute, just not consistently or often enough in terms of scoring.“I think he’s doing a good job of contesting shots and rebounding,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said of McCullough. “And the 3 that they missed toward the end, he was up with the guards contesting that shot. So I think the offense will come along with Chris.“And T-Ro, he’s an unbelievable rebounder. I don’t know what his stats were (Wednesday), but he’s definitely going to be key for us down the road.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo © Tipp FM There was no joy for the Tipperary minor camogie team as they lost out by 4 points to Clare in the Munster final last night.1-13 to 2-6 the final score in HospitalTipp went ahead early on through a Casey Hennessy goal but Clare got a grip on the game to lead 1-9 to 1-1 at the break. Caoimhe Perdue goaled for the Premier in the second half but the Banner finished stronger to claim the title.Geraldine Kinnane watched the game for Tipp FM Sport and says Clare were probably deserving winners.
North American esports organisation Immortals has entered the Latin American esports scene by expanding into the growingly-popular shooter title Rainbow Six Siege.Acquiring a Brazilian roster who used to represent BRK E-Sports before leaving on May 31st, this move is part of a “comprehensive deal” between the organisation and Rainbow Six Siege’s developer and publisher, Ubisoft.The roster will represent Immortals from here on out, but it will continue to play, train, and operate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The roster is as follows:Leone “oNe” KayqueJaime Pereira “Cyb3r” Ramos JúniorMatheus “Px” Freire MesquitaDaniel Pinto “Nobys” Coelho NovyDiogo “D1OGO” Fernandes De Souza VieiraLucas “Yuuk” Ridrigues (Coach)Ubisoft will offer Immortals-brand in-game items for purchase from fans and players of Rainbow Six Siege, including a charm and weapon skin. The roster will also make use of Immortals’ new-found relationship with Razer, using its peripherals to train and compete.Bertrand Chaverot, Managing Director of Ubisoft Latin America stated: “As we prepare for this year’s Rainbow Six Pro League in Brazil, the team is excited to work with Immortals to develop a unique brand identity that will appeal to esports fans all across Brazil. Brazilian esports teams hold an undying dedication among their fans, and we believe this partnership will lead to an exciting Pro League season.”As well as entering this title, Immortals houses teams in Dota 2, Clash Royale, Arena of Valor, and Smash. Not only that, it owns the Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant. The Rainbow Six Pro League returns to Brazil on November 17-18th when eight teams from around the world compete at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro.Esports Insider says: The Latin American esports scene is undoubtedly growing, and moves like this from Immortals and Ubisoft will only supplement said growth. It’ll be intriguing to see how the team operates considering it’s in another region to the one the organisation it’s representing.Sign up to our newsletter!
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe offense is clicking, and it’s paying off. The Twins have eight players with double-digit home run totals this season. No team has ever had that many reach 20 in a season, and if the pace they’ve set continues, the Twins could be the first to do it.Thanks to this newly supercharged offense, the Twins are manhandling their division and have the second-highest winning percentage in the American League. They’re looking more like a team ready to realize the promise of the 2017 wild card group.“They wanted an aggressive ballclub, and they wanted to be able to score runs, and I think we’ve done a good job of doing that so far,” Cron told SN. “I think with the additions they brought in, it was a pretty obvious and clear focus on guys with power, and they wanted guys who were aggressive in the zone.”The Twins plucked Cron from the Rays last November when they put him on waivers, and this year he’s rewarded Minnesota with 17 home runs and an OPS of .833. Cron spent four seasons with the Angels, stuck behind Albert Pujols on the depth chart, and only after leaving Anaheim was he able to break out. Last year, Cron hit 30 home runs for the Rays, making him an appealing addition for a Twins roster starved for power and run production. Max Kepler, who has a team-high 21 home runs and already one more than he hit in 2018, said that with the infusion of new bats on the roster he’s seen an organic shift in the offense. “Our approach used to be more passive, taking more pitches,” Kepler said. Now, without a top-down organizational mandate or even suggestion, Kepler said, the team has followed the lead of some of the new faces by being more aggressive at the plate. Cron is a prime example. In his early days with the Angels, he said, they wanted him to try to take more walks, so he fought his natural instinct to be aggressive in the box. Since moving on to the Rays and now the Twins, Cron’s walk rate is down, and he’s swinging at the first pitch he sees almost a third of the time. As a team, the Twins average 3.79 pitches per plate appearance, where the league average is 3.95. They swing at the first pitch just over 33 percent of the time, where the league average is 28.9. In 2018, they averaged 3.99 pitches per plate appearance and swung at the first pitch only 25.3 percent of the time. Baldelli agreed that the team has benefited from more aggressive hitters, but he said that the Twins are also successful because of an offense that’s better balanced than it was a year ago. “We have good hitters and guys who have gotten the job done for us spread throughout our lineup. We also have guys that are very different in the way they do it and the way they get through their at-bats,” Baldelli said. “We have some guys that are very patient, we have some guys that work at-bats that are passive. We have some guys that are pretty free swingers and get it done that way.”MORE: How the next wave of A’s prospects could affect AL wild card raceThis kind of lineup forces opposing pitchers to do a lot of different things to get through it, Baldelli said. And it’s something the veteran newcomers have recognized about this Twins team.“It’s the balance of the lineup that we have,” Cruz said. “And everybody is different in a unique way. That’s what makes us even more dangerous for pitchers. Yea, we’re aggressive, but it’s a mix, you know.”Cruz, who signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Twins in January, called it the ideal lineup.“Even the guys that don’t play every day, when they go and play, they give you good at-bats,” he said. “We don’t feel like we’re missing anyone without the regular lineup.”Cron, who is also on a one-year deal with the Twins, said that he sees his role with the team as complementary to the core pieces that were already on the roster. Guys like himself, Cruz, Gonzalez and Schoop are there to magnify the abilities of the players like Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco.“That’s the core of this team, and that’s why we are where we are,” Cron said. “We kind of came in and try to fill the gaps a little bit, and that’s kind of what the veterans do on teams like this.” A year ago at the start of July, the Twins were 11 games below .500 and effectively out of their division race. After looking like a team on the rise at the end of the 2017 season, they finished last season 13 games behind the Indians in the AL Central. A shift in direction was in order.During the 2018-2019 offseason, they replaced manager Paul Molitor with 37-year-old Rocco Baldelli, who had no major league managing experience, and from November to February they acquired C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Nelson Cruz and Marwin Gonzalez for the offense that had scored 738 runs in 2018 (13th in MLB) and hit 166 home runs (23rd). Through about the first three months of 2019, the Twins are nine home runs shy of matching their home run total from all of last year, and they have the third-highest run total in baseball — with the margin between first and third being just two runs. The group of newcomers has arguably had a positive ripple effect. Consider Kepler, who had never hit higher than .243 in his career. He’s up to .269 so far this season with more home runs at the halfway point than he had all of 2018. Or Rosario, who has already been a great hitter over the past two seasons, but has seen improvements in his power numbers and OPS. Polanco’s OPS is more than 100 points higher than last year, and he’ll be a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.The second half of the season will tell whether the Twins’ resurgence is real, but everything they’ve done through the first three months points to yes. They’re set to win their division handily and go up against the best in the American League for a bid at the World Series, thanks in part to the change that veterans like Cron and Cruz have brought to the team.“I love it. I think our lineup constitution is really good,” Cron said. “I just can’t assume that’d be comfortable for an opposing pitcher to know that there’s not going to be any easy strikes. You’re going to have to execute every pitch, and if you make a mistake we can capitalize on it.”
On one hand, it should come as no surprise that the 49ers advanced to Super Bowl 54 on the strength of 285 rushing yards on 42 attempts against the Packers in the NFC championship game, with San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo having little impact on the result.On the other hand, in a season when leaguewide numbers for passer rating, completion percentage, total completions and touchdown passes all ranked in the top five for highest in a single season in NFL history, it’s absurd that the 49ers were able to deliver a blowout in the title game while their QB completed just six passes. SUPER BOWL ODDS:Chiefs open as slight favorites over 49ersThe box score attached to San Francisco’s 37-20 win on Sunday says Garoppolo went 6-of-8 passing for 77 yards, an average of 9.6 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 104.7. He technically attempted 11 passes, but three were negated by defensive penalties.”I think I threw more (in warmups),” Garoppolo joked after the game.The 49ers are now one of just three teams that have finished a playoff game with 10 pass attempts or fewer in the Super Bowl era — although the 1971 and 1973 Dolphins are hardly representatives of the passing era in which these 49ers play.Fewest pass attempts in a playoff victory – Super Bowl EraBob Griese (MIA): 1973 AFC Champ vs OAK 6Bob Griese (MIA): Super Bowl VIII vs WASH: 7Bob Griese (MIA): 1971 AFC Champ vs Colts: 8Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): 2019 NFC Champ vs GB 8— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 20, 2020Including Sunday’s total, Garoppolo has thrown for 208 yards in two playoff games this year. Contrast that with his QB counterpart in Super Bowl 54; Patrick Mahomes has thrown for more yards in the second quarter alone in the Chiefs’ wins over the Texans and Titans.Below are all 11 throws Garoppolo made Sunday against the Packers, including the three that were negated by penalties.They illustrate just how easily the QB cruised to the Super Bowl while running back Raheem Mostert and San Francisco’s rushing attack terrorized Green Bay’s overwhelmed defense all night.Throw 1First-and-10 at the 49ers’ 11-yard line; 16-yard completion to Deebo SamuelThrow 2Second-and-5 at the 49ers’ 32; 30-yard completion to SamuelThrow 3Second-and-4 at the Packers’ 32; 4-yard loss on a completion to Raheem MostertThrow 4Second-and-6 at the Packers’ 47; incomplete pass(Play negated by roughing the passer penalty)Throw 5Second-and-6 at the Packers’ 28; incomplete passThrow 6First-and-10 at the 49ers’ 25; incomplete pass(Play negated by defensive pass interference penalty)Throw 7Second-and-8 at the Packers’ 15; incomplete passThrow 8Third-and-8 at the Packers’ 15; 6-yard completion to Kendrick BourneThrow 9First-and-10 at the 49ers’ 27; 19-yard completion to George KittleThrow 10Third-and-3 at the Packers’ 47; incomplete pass(Play negated by defensive pass interference penalty)Throw 11Second-and-11 at the Packers’ 43; 10-yard completion to MostertSome notable nuggets related to Garoppolo’s passing performance:— He didn’t attempt a pass in the entire third quarter (though the 49ers had only one possession in the third) and attempted just three passes in the fourth quarter. Two were completed; the lone incompletion was negated by defensive pass interference.— Between the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the fourth, he went 24 game minutes without attempting a pass. “If it’s working, you stay with it,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of the run-heavy approach Sunday. “Our guys were running so hard. Our line coming [off] the ball, our backs. All 11 of our guys how they’ve been all year. The guys fought hard as heck. We’re going to put it all in their hands.”Chances are, San Francisco will need more from Garoppolo in the Super Bowl, especially if Mahomes continues his hot streak. The Kansas City QB just tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (11) for the most TD passes through a player’s first four career playoff games in NFL history. He did that a week after becoming the first player with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes and 50 rushing yards in a single NFL postseason game.Of course, the 49ers could not care less how many passes Garoppolo attempts or completes. They’re 19-5 in his 24 starts since 2017, not including what’s now a 2-0 record in the playoffs.
Naturally, Ford wasn’t happy, Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t happy and New York third base coach Phil Nevin really wasn’t happy. Nevin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. With Citizens Bank Park empty because of COVID-19, everyone heard just how unhappy he and the Bombers were. Foul language ahead:Phil Nevin gets ejected… Leave it to Angel Hernandez to ruin all the fun with a bad call pic.twitter.com/o2rNd8YNDD— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 5, 2020″We all know you don’t want to be here anyway,” Nevin told Hernandez as he was walking to the dugout.MORE: Hernandez was bad in a 2019 Yankees gameYES Network broadcasters brought up that Yankees starter J.A. Happ was not getting similar calls during his abbreviated outing. But that’s Hernandez, who has earned a reputation for being one of MLB’s worst umpires. He also has been the center of controversy off the field. He sued MLB in 2017, claiming racial discrimination (he is of Cuban descent) for why he was denied postseason assignments (he later showed why he shouldn’t have been around in the playoffs.)In June, MLB accused him of eavesdropping on a telephone call that was set up to investigate why Hernandez delayed a Red Sox-Rays game 20 minutes over a rules argument. Hernandez’s attorney told The Athletic that Hernandez was invited to take part in the call. Hernandez was not scheduled to work Game 2 of the Yankees-Phillies doubleheader after being behind the plate for the opener. The Yankees were rallying late in Game 1 of their doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. They were about to bring the tying run to the plate . . . until umpire Angel Hernandez did what he does, which is miss a pitch.Hernandez called Mike Ford out on strikes on a full-count pitch that should have been Ball 4. Had the pitch been called correctly, the Yankees would have had the bases loaded with one out and Miguel Andujar at the plate in an 11-7 game.
Busoga UnitedFC’s head coach, Abby Kikomeko celebrates his club’s second goal.Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Busoga United FC has defeated fellow Eastern based side Bidco FC in a Uganda Premier League match played on Saturday.Busoga United stopped Bidco FC 2-1 in a game played at the Jinja based Arena Stadium. Lawrence Tezikya and David Bagoole netted for Busoga United FC, while Musa Walangalila scored from a header for Bidco FC. Abby Kikomeko, the Busoga United’s head coach says that his players were determined to win the game having lost 2-1 to Onduparaka FC in their previous match.Kikomeko says his players have mastered the art of containing the ball within the midfield which he says will help perform well in the other matches of the second round of the League. Dan Kabaale, the Bidco FC interim coach says he is still laying winning strategies since he is new at the Club. He adds that fans should be patient with their team as they anticipate for victory in the remaining League matches of the 2019/2020 season. *******URNShare on: WhatsApp
“This bonus ties together and strengthens the two most prestigious handicapping contests in the world,” said NTRA Chief Operating Officer Keith Chamblin. “Winning the BCBC in November and the NHC in January would be unprecedented and a feat worthy of the richest payday in handicapping contest history.” Qualifying for NHC 18 continues through January in scores of contests held on-site and online. Next weekend’s contest menu includes a Free-to-Play NHC online contest at NHCqualify.com offering four spots to the NHC. For more information on the NHC Tour and a complete contest schedule, visit NTRA.com/nhc. Now entering its eighth year, the $1 million-estimated BCBC has become one of the most sought after prizes on the tournament calendar. The BCBC, which offers 15 seats to the NHC in addition to cash prizes, is a highly lucrative and exclusive live bankroll handicapping contest with a $10,000 buy-in required to participate. Players enjoy first class access to the two best days of racing in the world with VIP seats that include buffet lunch each day and other amenities. Online and on-site qualifying tournaments, offering $10,000 berths into the BCBC as prizes, continue throughout the summer and fall leading to the November Breeders’ Cup. For more on the BCBC, visit www.breederscup.com/bcbc. In its 18th year, the NHC is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. There are no bye-ins to the NHC. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. In addition to the founding title sponsor, the NHC is presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas.Contact: Jim Mulvihill, NTRA Communications, (859) 422-2663, jmulvihill@NTRA.comAbout the NTRAThe NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, NTRA.com, the Eclipse Awards, the National Handicapping Championship, NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program, and Horse PAC, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA). About Breeders’ Cup The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube Last year’s BCBC winner earned more than $300,000 and first prize at the NHC is $800,000, meaning that successful completion of the NHC Tour Double would be worth more than $4.1 million. Players must be current members of the NHC Tour ($50) to be eligible to win the lucrative bonus. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sunday, July 31, 2016) – A $3 million National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Tour bonus – the largest prize ever offered in the handicapping contest world – will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) November 4-5 and the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) next January 27-29, the NTRA and Breeders’ Cup announced today. The “NHC Tour $3,000,000 Double” starts with the $1 million-estimated BCBC, a lucrative live bankroll contest with a $10,000 buy-in, and continues with NHC 18, the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest, worth an estimated $2.8 million in cash and prizes. The bonus was first revealed during today’s NBC Sports broadcast of the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
DELIGHTED AT RECOGNITION She said that she is delighted to know that her achievements have been noted not just in Jamaica, but all across the world, in places that are not traditionally known for producing good swimmers. Atkinson’s feat followed another historic moment in black history in aquatics as American swimmer Simone Manuel also made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event. “We’re seeing a lot of people from the African nations, the minorities coming out more, swimmers in the Caribbean, and it’s truly fantastic to think that I may have been a part of that, so to break the world record as well, it kind of cements what I have done. It’s just showing that it wasn’t a one-time thing, this girl is the fastest person to ever have swam this event to date,” Atkinson said. “She’s a Jamaican, she’s a person of colour and she’s … well, a female. I think it’s something we can all sit back and think about, because it’s truly a remarkable thing – the fastest person ever to come from Jamaica in swimming.” However, Atkinson said that she is not going to stop there and she is aiming to set even faster times this year. “That is always the goal, to go faster,” she said. “But right now, I’m going to control the things I can, and that’s just getting better and trying to better my stroke and my technique and with that should come faster times.” RJR SportS Foundation Sportswoman of the Year runner-up, Alia Atkinson, said that it is a fulfilling feeling knowing that her world-record swim in the 50-metre breaststroke last year can inspire a new generation of black female swimmers. Atkinson set the record in a time of 28.64 seconds at the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, last October, becoming the first black swimmer to hold a world record on her own after equalling the old record the previous August. “It’s truly something remarkable to sit back and know that I’ve inspired one person, much less thousands of other people from all the different countries,” Atkinson told The Gleaner.