Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mangomikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ 32 32 Cohoon and Lewis will be honored as Difference Makers https://mangomikes.com/cohoon-and-lewis-will-be-honored-as-difference-makers/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:34:45 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/cohoon-and-lewis-will-be-honored-as-difference-makers/ FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking legislation that guaranteed equal opportunity for women in sports. The directors of women’s athletics at the University of Arkansas, Ruth Cohoon and Bev Lewis, each had front row seats and, in fact, starring roles guiding the changes that would take place in […]]]>

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking legislation that guaranteed equal opportunity for women in sports. The directors of women’s athletics at the University of Arkansas, Ruth Cohoon and Bev Lewis, each had front row seats and, in fact, starring roles guiding the changes that would take place in Razorback athletics over the course of of the next half-century.

Razorback Athletics will celebrate Cohoon and Lewis, who, along with many other Razorback pioneers, paved the way for thousands of student-athletes by dedicating plaques in their honor at the Difference Makers Plaza near Gate 10 at the Northwest corner of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The official inauguration will take place this fall and details will be provided at that time.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, we are proud to recognize two individuals who have been instrumental in creating opportunities for thousands of Razorback student-athletes,” said Vice Chancellor and Director. of sports Hunter Yurachek. “Ruth Cohoon spearheaded the creation of a women’s athletics department, integrating intramural and club sports into varsity curricula. After her stellar coaching career, Bev Lewis spent 19 years as Director of Women’s Athletics and was a driving force in the addition of four women’s sports, volleyball, golf, gymnastics and softball. Together, Ruth and Bev laid the foundation for the enduring success of our women’s athletic programs and made a difference for our athletics program and the University of Arkansas.

Ruth Cohoon came to college in 1965 as a 22-year-old swim instructor and quickly found herself a role model, an advocate for the education and advancement of women’s athletics, and a a difference maker who shaped the foundations of women’s athletics in Arkansas. .

During her career at Arkansas, she saw the first athletic scholarships offered to female students and coaching opportunities offered to female educators. Cohoon has consistently fought for more funding, better equipment, more scholarships and greater opportunities for female athletes.

Always eager to learn and grow, Cohoon expanded her role beyond teaching and teaching swimming and by 1971 she had volunteered to do additional administrative work which included collecting ratings of female athletes and their report to the NCAA. She was in the right place when Title IX was enacted and took on the role of director of the first university-funded women’s athletics program in 1972.

Cohoon oversaw a budget of $5,000 in 1972 and worked to improve that figure to $500,000 by the late ’70s. In 1979, she witnessed the combination of men’s and women’s programs under the umbrella of Intercollegiate Athletics at Arkansas. The programs, however, would operate separately, each with its own athletic director and support staff until fully unified in 2008.

Realizing that funding would be a major factor in advancing the women’s program, Cohoon orchestrated the formation of the Lady Razorback Club, a fundraising and scholarship program similar to the men’s Razorback Club.

Cohoon has served on the Board of Directors of AWISA, the Executive Board and Ethics and Eligibility Committee of SWAIAW, the Executive Board and Ethics and Eligibility Committee of AIAW, and the Committee NCAA academic requirements. Cohoon also served as secretary and treasurer of SWAIAW.

Cohoon retired from her administrative position in 1989 but continued to teach until 1999. She was replaced as Director of Women’s Athletics by Lewis in 1989, who held the position until the athletic department was restructured in 2008, and Lewis assumed a new position. . In 2008, the athletic department was reorganized to encompass men’s and women’s athletics under one administrative unit. The position of Director of Women’s Athletics was reorganized to become Associate Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics and Associate Executive Athletic Director, making Ruth Cohoon and Bev Lewis the only women to hold the title of Director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Arkansas.

A 1965 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Cohoon earned her master’s degree in administration from the University of Arkansas.

Lewis was a pioneer in women’s athletics throughout her 33 years at the University of Arkansas, including 19 (1989-2007) as director of women’s athletics. The hallmark of this stint was the overall excellence of the entire women’s athletics program. During her tenure, the University of Arkansas moved to increase women’s athletic participation with the addition of volleyball, golf, gymnastics, and softball. All four sports have competed in NCAA postseason competition in the senior season of each inaugural recruiting class, and they have all established themselves as nationally competitive programs. Every female Razorback sport has reached a new height of athletic performance under her leadership.

Lewis’ career at Arkansas began in 1981 when she joined the Lady Razorbacks as a cross country track and field coach. Under her leadership, the cross country became the first women’s team to achieve a national ranking, finish in the top 10 at an NCAA championship, and capture the first Southwest Conference title in the United States. ‘university. As her career evolved, Lewis served in a dual capacity as coach and administrator, taking over as women’s athletics director in 1989. She stepped down from coaching responsibilities in 1990, devoting herself to the advancing the Arkansas women’s athletics program through her administrative role. . For nearly two decades, Lewis oversaw a separate women’s athletics department that catered to the unique needs of the female student-athlete. Adding four sports, building the largest women-only strength and conditioning center, and adding nutrition and mental health programs are just a few of the many advancements Lewis engineered.

Lewis received one of her greatest personal honors when Bob and Marilyn Bogle requested that a newly constructed administrative building dedicated to women’s athletics be named the Bev Lewis Center for Women’s Athletics in 2003. Lewis’s leadership was also the key to building Bogle Park and Razorback. Field, home of Razorback softball and Razorback football, respectively. Lewis has served collegiate athletics at the highest level as a trustee, as a member of the NCAA Board of Management, the NCAA Championship Cabinet, and the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee. In 1998, she was elected to the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor for her contributions as a coach and administrator.

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Hillsborough County – Six Outstanding Students Win Hillsborough County’s 2022 YEA! Price https://mangomikes.com/hillsborough-county-six-outstanding-students-win-hillsborough-countys-2022-yea-price/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:42:32 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/hillsborough-county-six-outstanding-students-win-hillsborough-countys-2022-yea-price/ Job June 21, 2022 | 3:28 p.m. Middle and high school students honored for their leadership, volunteerism and success despite difficulties Each year the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners Youth Excellence and Achievement Award (YEA!) recognize the positive contributions of young people in three categories: leadership, volunteering or community service, and success despite difficult […]]]>


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Middle and high school students honored for their leadership, volunteerism and success despite difficulties

Each year the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners Youth Excellence and Achievement Award (YEA!) recognize the positive contributions of young people in three categories: leadership, volunteering or community service, and success despite difficult odds. Selected by the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, these individuals are examples of how young people can focus on improving their community and shaping its future.

The Board of County Commissioners honored all of the winners at its June 15 meeting. During the presentation, the following six students were recognized for their initiative, innovation and commitment to Hillsborough County.

Leadership

  • Brenna McGuire, Tinker High School
    McGuire has held many leadership positions, including as an officer of the Future Business Leaders of America, editor of the Tinker K-8 yearbook, and team leader in the Anchored 4 Life program, which helps military children to transition and change. As an A4L team leader, she helped recruit representatives, lead meetings, plan activities, and participated in two community service projects.
  • Ashton Kitchener, Newsome High School
    An AP Scholar with Distinction, Fellow of the National Honor Society, and Executive Officer of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, Kitchiner earned her Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College and will graduate with a grade point average of 7.77 . Ashton owns ALK Enterprises, LLC. and he will attend the University of Florida in the fall where he will study business and entrepreneurship, funded in part by his @BoatsDirect Instagram page, which currently has nearly 93,000 followers.

Volunteer or community service

  • Benjamin Mallin, Coleman Middle School
    A lover of all sports, Mallin contacted the Tampa Bay Athletic Commission in December to request designation of Replay Tampa Bay as a beneficiary of his Bar Mitzvah project. His request resulted in a Replay Tampa Bay record of over 800 sporting goods and approximately $1,800 to support disadvantaged youth in the community. He also participates in the Best Buddies program, the Buddy Baseball organization, the Metropolitan Ministries, and has organized lemonade stands to raise money for victims of natural disasters, religious hate crimes, and cancer research.
  • Emily Moore-Shrieves, Bloomingdale’s High School
    Moore-Shrieves earned her Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College before the high school awarded her her degree. She currently has 330 hours of community service, many of which have been dedicated to Art Factory, A Kid’s Place and Metropolitan Ministries. After graduating as valedictorian and senior class president at Bloomingdale’s, she will attend Harvard University as a political science major, with a minor in international relations or economics.

Success despite tough odds

  • Jae’Shaun Santos, Franklin Boys Prep
    After early personal struggles inside and outside of school, including a period of homelessness with his family, Santos attended gifted classes, received academic awards, and was placed on the school board. honor. He captains his AAU basketball team and is a dedicated and active participant in LAB, the Basketball Learning Academy, which teaches life lessons through sports.
  • Kevin Ibarias Nanez, Lennard High School
    At the age of 13, Nanez, in addition to her mother and sister, emigrated from Mexico to escape a violent domestic situation. With limited knowledge of English, he worked hard and left the ESL program and took honors courses and Advanced International Certificate in Education courses, earning an overall district average of 4.0 . He would like to be in the fields of criminal justice and law enforcement.

During the presentation, Tony Selvaggio, founder of eSmart Recycling in Tampa, donated laptops to all recipients for their hard work and dedication to community service.

The Council also presented a proclamation declaring June 19 National Freedom Day June 19.

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Photo Info: YES! Award recipients with President Kimberly Overman (far left) and Tony Selvaggio (far right)

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Shefflin prepares charges in Galway for bar-setters https://mangomikes.com/shefflin-prepares-charges-in-galway-for-bar-setters/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 07:10:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/shefflin-prepares-charges-in-galway-for-bar-setters/ HENRY Shefflin wants his Galway proteges to rise to the “massive” challenge presented by Limerick in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final. After losing the Leinster final to Kilkenny, Shefflin sat down to watch the Limerick-Clare Munster final the following day and was stunned by what he witnessed. “We’re exhausted after today so thoughts of Limerick straight away, […]]]>

HENRY Shefflin wants his Galway proteges to rise to the “massive” challenge presented by Limerick in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final.

After losing the Leinster final to Kilkenny, Shefflin sat down to watch the Limerick-Clare Munster final the following day and was stunned by what he witnessed.

“We’re exhausted after today so thoughts of Limerick straight away, it’s going to be tough. We know we are the underdogs, they have a fabulous squad and we saw what they did in the Munster final.

“We were so disappointed after our performance in the Leinster final and to turn on the TV and watch the Munster final, my god, that’s what we want to try and achieve. But we have a chance, we’re here. and we’re going to learn a lot from today. We’re going to try to recover and prepare for two weeks.

Shefflin envisioned Galway reaching the last four but are well aware of what they face to qualify for the final. “Of course I would have (considered) because there are great pitchers out there and you’ve seen it in parts of their game. There’s a little transition going on, but I just think that that’s where we have to aim and there’s no point in reaching the last four unless we can deliver even greater performance and performance, and we know that.

“We’re not stupid, we’re playing the All-Ireland champions for three games in a row, so that’s how it is, and it’s the sport we love, a challenge, so let’s face it.”

Shefflin on Saturday applauded the honesty of players like 2017 All-Ireland winning captain David Burke, who informed him when he was ready to be benched.

“He’s been a fabulous leader for his club first and foremost for his county, and he’s gotten himself into a really good shape. He takes very good care of himself and that’s just the way he does it. takes in. I think it’s his love for the game and the way he thinks about the game and how he can just go out and play.

“He got two vital scores and even at the end he came up to me and said, ‘Look, I can do another minute or two, but I’m gone then’, and I think he’s easy to say, ‘I’ll hang in there, I’ll stay here’, and that’s a testament to the character and the player he is.”

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50 years of Title IX: Joelle Weltner – Diving https://mangomikes.com/50-years-of-title-ix-joelle-weltner-diving/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:12:16 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/50-years-of-title-ix-joelle-weltner-diving/ History links This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX by the United States Congress. In 1972, Congress passed Title IX as part of that year’s education amendments. Drafted by Rep. Patsy Mink, Rep. Edith Green and Sen. Birch Bayh, the law prohibits gender discrimination in all schools […]]]>

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX by the United States Congress. In 1972, Congress passed Title IX as part of that year’s education amendments. Drafted by Rep. Patsy Mink, Rep. Edith Green and Sen. Birch Bayh, the law prohibits gender discrimination in all schools receiving federal financial assistance. Although the text of the law made no reference to athletics, it was later determined to encompass all aspects of a school’s operations, including intercollegiate athletic programs. One study found that between the implementation of Title IX and 2006, there was an almost 500% increase in the number of female collegiate athletes.

Joelle Weltner was eleven years old when she started diving. She started out doing competitive gymnastics, a common sport before diving.

“When I started diving, I fell in love with it,” Weltner said. “The air awareness you develop in gymnastics makes for an easy transition into diving.”

Joelle was inspired by two of her older family friends who competed in college diving.

“Being a student-athlete has always been a goal of mine. Without Title IX, I would not have had the opportunity to continue diving throughout my studies. It opened the door for me to pursue a career athletic and academic.

Joelle started her freshman year at Cal Poly in 2018. Throughout her time at Cal Poly, she was very involved on campus.

“I gained leadership experience at Cal Poly as team captain for two seasons. Being the person my teammates got to meet and look up to was awesome.” For the past year, Joelle has completed an internship for the Cal Poly athletic department as part of the development team.

“My experience at Cal Poly has been nothing but amazing. I’ve met so many amazing people. My teammates, I know I’ll stay in touch forever. They’re basically my family.”

“The bar is set high [at Cal Poly] not only for athletics, but also for academics. Students always work to surpass themselves and to be the best person possible. It’s very admirable and it makes me want to be better.”

One of Joelle’s favorite memories at Cal Poly is sitting in the hot tub with her teammates between dives. “We’re just messing around, telling stories, catching up on the weekends. It was a nice break from school and work.”

As for future athletes, Joelle’s advice is, “Use every opportunity and seize it. You never know who you might meet and what doors they might open for you. There are so many opportunities at Cal Poly and being part of a sports team increases those opportunities.”

Joelle graduated from Cal Poly last weekend with a degree in business administration. For the summer, she returns to Orange County, and in the fall, she plans to move to San Diego for a job.

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Three Wolverines Win CoSIDA At-Large All-America Academic Honors https://mangomikes.com/three-wolverines-win-cosida-at-large-all-america-academic-honors/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 16:08:24 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/three-wolverines-win-cosida-at-large-all-america-academic-honors/ Three Wolverines Win CoSIDA At-Large All-America Academic Honors 06/14/2022 12:05:00 // Leah Howard, Kristy McNeil, Scott Kemps • Michigan University All-Americans ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — Three University of Michigan student-athletes — Myles Amine (wrestling, first team), Matty Beniers (ice hockey, third team) and Paul Judah (Men’s Gymnastics, Third Team) – have been named to the […]]]>

Three Wolverines Win CoSIDA At-Large All-America Academic Honors

06/14/2022 12:05:00

// Leah Howard, Kristy McNeil, Scott Kemps

• Michigan University All-Americans

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — Three University of Michigan student-athletes — Myles Amine (wrestling, first team), Matty Beniers (ice hockey, third team) and Paul Judah (Men’s Gymnastics, Third Team) – have been named to the 2022 At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Men’s Teams, announced Tuesday, June 14, by the College Sports Information Directors of America. All three selections are tied for Michigan’s widest men’s category in a college year (2015).

General sports for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program include Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, and Water Polo for men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.

The 2022 At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Women’s Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 15.

Amine was previously named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team last season and is the third Michigan wrestler in program history to earn Academic All-America recognition, along with Eric Tannenbaum (2006, ’07, ’08 ) and Adam Coon (2018). Also a five-time Academic All-Big Ten and NWCA Scholar Award recipient, Amine earned his master’s degree in sports management this spring after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Amine was the NCAA runner-up at 184 pounds in 2022 and became the first five-time winner and All-American at the NCAA championships, adding to the previous top four finishes at 174 and 197 pounds. He captured the 184-pound crown at the Big Ten Championships, nearly winning UM’s first conference tag team title since 1973, and was named the championships co-wrestler. A two-time Big Ten champion, he finished his college career with a 125-23 record, including 21-2 this season. Internationally, Amine captured Olympic bronze at 86kg/189lbs last August in Tokyo and, less than two weeks after the end of the collegiate season, he won his first European championship in Budapest.

Beniers, a sports management major, wins CoSIDA Academic All-America for the first time in his career and is the fourth Michigan ice hockey player to win to do so, joining Jeff Jillson (2002) Zach Hyman (2015) and Straus Mann (2020 , ’21).

A first-team All-American and Big Ten scoring champion, Beniers was a finalist for the Big Ten Player of the Year award and a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection. He served as alternate captain for the Wolverines in 2020-21 and helped guide the team to the Big Ten Tournament Championship and the Frozen Four. A points-per-game player, Beniers has recorded 67 points in 61 career games. Michigan’s Rookie of the Year last season, he was the second pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and after the 2021-22 season ended, he started his NHL career on a five-game streak with one point, just behind Wayne Gretzky, and had nine points in 10 games.

Matty Beniers

A psychology graduate, Judah is a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the first time in his career and becomes the second Michigan men’s gymnastics team representative to win the prestigious honor, joining Justin Toman (2002).

Judah won two titles at the 2022 NCAA Championships, taking the all-around victory with an 85.298 and scoring a 15.000 on the jump en route to tying Sam Mikulak’s modern-era school record of six All-America honors. He also placed in the top four on high bar (second, 14.566) and parallel bars (fourth, 14.366) and placed eighth on floor exercise and high rings. His all-around title was Michigan’s since the 2014 season (Mikulak), while his jumping title was the program’s first overall crown since Anthony McCallum in 2019 (vaulting). Judah was named the Big Ten gymnast of the championships after winning a Big Ten high bar title and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He is currently a member of the United States Senior National Team.

Paul Judah

Michigan now has seven student-athletes who have earned All-America academic honors in the 2021-22 academic year. Aidan Hutchinson (soccer, first team), David Ojabo (soccer, second team), Andrew Vastardis (soccer, second team) and Marc Ybarra (men’s football, third team) all achieved recognition after the fall season.

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Nycolas Joyal’s unusual approach to the Atlas Games earns him a ticket to the CrossFit Games https://mangomikes.com/nycolas-joyals-unusual-approach-to-the-atlas-games-earns-him-a-ticket-to-the-crossfit-games/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 23:39:32 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/nycolas-joyals-unusual-approach-to-the-atlas-games-earns-him-a-ticket-to-the-crossfit-games/ Photo credit: Instagram @nyck.joy Do you like Morning Chalk Up? Access additional exclusive interviews, analysis and stories with an Rx subscription. “Stay in your lane.” That’s what most Semifinals and CrossFit Games athletes say when you ask them about their strategy for a given workout. Satisfied. But not Nycolas Joyal, who made a name for […]]]>

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“Stay in your lane.”

That’s what most Semifinals and CrossFit Games athletes say when you ask them about their strategy for a given workout. Satisfied.

But not Nycolas Joyal, who made a name for himself this weekend at the Atlas Games in Montreal, Que., when he opened the competition with back-to-back wins, eventually finishing fifth overall and clinching his ticket. for the Games.

Joyal’s winning approach: In one practice given throughout the weekend, Joyal’s head could be seen on a pivot, constantly watching where the other athletes were in his heat, waiting for the opportune moment to pounce.

  • During Event 1, Joyal kept her eyes on Vellner and Adler, staying right behind them for most of the workout, saving just enough in the tank to hang on to the last stepping slot, while Vellner and Adler dropped their bars.
  • Event 2 was the same story: Joyal stayed within striking distance, but behind Vellner for the first three laps cleaning toes at the bar and sandbags, then fired the throttle on the final lap, recording his second straight win.
  • But where his strategy paid off the most was during Event 5 on Sunday. Joyal entered the event in sixth place, just three points behind Austin Spencer in fifth and 13 points ahead of Cédric Lapointe in seventh.
  • Throughout training, Joyal deliberately paid particular attention to where Spencer and Lapointe were at all times, staying close to them and making sure he had enough in the tank to advance to the end.
  • “Yes, I kept watching them during the whole event. Cedric came out really fast, so I was like, ‘OK, I’ll let him go for now’, but I came back up during the second half,” Joyal said, adding that paying attention particular to what athletes do’ It doesn’t distract his attention from himself, and it doesn’t “mess up my plan,” he said.
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One big thing: Pat Vellner and Brent Fikowski, who both live in the province of British Columbia, may be the best-known Canadian men in the sport, but the province of Quebec has long been fertile ground for Games athletes. CrossFit, including 2014 Women’s Games champion Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.

  • This year is now exceptional. Joyal, who lives just outside of Montreal, Quebec, will be joined in Madison, WI this summer by Vellner, along with three other Quebecers – winner Jeff Adler, Alexandre Caron (3rd) and Alex Vigneault (4th).

To note: Joyal, who participated in the Eastern Regionals in 2017 and 2018, does not even have a coach. Usually he trains alone.

  • “I don’t have a coach. I’m self-taught” Joyal said, adding that now that he’s qualified for the Games, he’ll likely train with Vigneault here and there this summer.
  • If he could consider hiring a trainer now, Joyal smiled, shrugged, and said, “Maybe. perhaps.”

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Russian champion denounces Bach and shows sympathy for Ukrainians https://mangomikes.com/russian-champion-denounces-bach-and-shows-sympathy-for-ukrainians/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 03:45:15 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/russian-champion-denounces-bach-and-shows-sympathy-for-ukrainians/ Olympic high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, likely to be banned from defending her three consecutive world titles next month, slammed IOC and World Athletics leaders and expressed sympathy for her Ukrainian competitors in a heartfelt open letter distributed Thursday. Lasitskene will likely be sidelined from the world championships in Eugene, Ore., due to a World […]]]>

Olympic high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, likely to be banned from defending her three consecutive world titles next month, slammed IOC and World Athletics leaders and expressed sympathy for her Ukrainian competitors in a heartfelt open letter distributed Thursday.

Lasitskene will likely be sidelined from the world championships in Eugene, Ore., due to a World Athletics decision to ban all Russians following the country’s war with Ukraine.

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The 29-year-old, who has never lost a major international competition, has been among the few Russians allowed to compete in international events in recent years despite the country’s athletics federation being suspended over the doping scandal for a long time in this country.

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This year, however, World Athletics plans to ban all Russians, barring a late and unexpected end to the war in Ukraine. Shortly after the start of the war, the IOC recommended that international sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes.

Lasitskene’s open letter to IOC President Thomas Bach criticizes his recommendation to ban Russian athletes as a way to protect them from possible backlash at world events. She argued that keeping Russians out of sport did not stop the war, “but on the contrary, it gave birth to a new one, around and inside sport, which is impossible to contain”.

“I have no doubt that you lack the courage and dignity to lift the sanctions against Russian athletes,” she wrote. “Because in this scenario, you would have to admit that during all these months you have violated the IOC Charter and the statutes of international sports federations have gone from strict documents to worthless documents.”

Lasitskene, whose main competitors in the high jump over the past five years have been high jumpers from Ukraine, wrote: “I still don’t know what to say to them or how to look them in the eye.

“They and their friends and relatives are going through what no human being should ever feel,” she said. “I’m sure none of this (ever) should have happened. And no argument can convince me to change my mind.

At IOC meetings last month, Bach said the committee would monitor the situation but had not yet made a decision on Russia’s participation in the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“The dilemma we face right now,” Bach said last month, “we cannot fully fulfill our mission to unite the whole world in peaceful competition.”

Lasitskene suggested it might be time to stop identifying athletes by their country; the peaceful coming together of nations is at the heart of the Olympic movement.

“Fans fall in love with athletes not because of their nationality or citizenship, but because of what they show during competitions,” she wrote.

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Inside the Lightning’s cigar bar, among the NHL’s best tickets: ‘It doesn’t get better than this’ https://mangomikes.com/inside-the-lightnings-cigar-bar-among-the-nhls-best-tickets-it-doesnt-get-better-than-this/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:11:38 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/inside-the-lightnings-cigar-bar-among-the-nhls-best-tickets-it-doesnt-get-better-than-this/ TAMPA, Fla. – That’s life. A neat bourbon. A stogie to inflate. And Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s no doubt that dozens of hockey fans across the United States, Canada and around the world enjoyed Tuesday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning-New York Rangers game with a cocktail and cigar in hand, but only […]]]>

TAMPA, Fla. – That’s life.

A neat bourbon. A stogie to inflate. And Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

There’s no doubt that dozens of hockey fans across the United States, Canada and around the world enjoyed Tuesday night’s Tampa Bay Lightning-New York Rangers game with a cocktail and cigar in hand, but only a certain number have been able to do so overlooking the Amalie Arena. ice before, during and after the Lightning tied the best of seven series with a 4-1 victory.

In one of the most unique settings in any of the National Hockey League’s 32 arenas to watch a game, the Lightning sports its own private cigar club where Lightning fans and fans of other teams have the rare chance to enjoy a hockey game right in front of them sitting on a leather sofa or a bar stool in front of some window panes on the suite level.

“I’ve been on the waitlist for three years, and it doesn’t get any better than this,” said 39-year-old Lightning season ticket holder Danny Ayala, puffing out a puff of smoke. “I couldn’t be happier. I’m in construction and it’s a great place to network.

Tampa has long been known for its cigar culture, thanks in large part to Ybor City, five minutes from the arena. Vicente Martinez-Ybor immigrated from Cuba in the late 1880s and founded the cigar-making community in Tampa. While many cigar factories are long gone, the one that still exists is JC Newman. Founded in 1895 by Julius Caeser Newman, it is the oldest family-owned cigar maker in the United States. The club is run by JC Newman and is called Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge after the Diamond Crown brand was launched in 1995 to celebrate 100 years of JC Newman.e anniversary.

Some of the guests who frequent the club and can grab a premium cigar from the lounge cellar include former NHL coach Jacques Lemaire, former wrestling star Hulk Hogan, and numerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaches. Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia also has a cigar club, but you can’t see the ice from inside.

If you’re a member of the Lightning’s two-story Chase Club in one of the arena’s end zones, you get access to the cigar lounge, bourbon bar, premium wine, and dozens of carving stations for delicious pre-game fare.

But access to the Chase Club can also be done via Ticketmaster, also for foreigners.

Eddie Schuyler, 33, of North Jersey, and Ben Pearl, 32, of Jersey Shore are die-hard Rangers fans. Schuyler wore a blue Jeff Beukeboom sweater, Pearl wore a white Artemi Panarin sweater. They work for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, assigned to a Lincoln Tunnel.

They handle all non-police emergencies i.e. fire, extrication, towing, hazmat and medical emergencies between the New Jersey Turnpike and 8e Avenue between 36e and 42n/a The streets of Manhattan plus the interior of the tunnel.

“Every day is a new day,” Schuyler said.


Rangers fans Ben Pearl and Eddie Schuyler spent $1,500 on tickets to the Chase Club and the Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge at Amalie Arena.

At 8 p.m. Monday night, Pearl logged on and discovered the Chase Club tickets. For $1,500 including fees, he purchased the tickets, which included access to the cigar lounge. Schuyler handled flights and hotels.

“And we’re here 36 hours,” Theodora said with a laugh. “But we’re big fans of Rangers and big cigars.”

“How could we miss that? Pearl asked, taking a puff from her Arturo Fuente. “And everyone here is so nice.”

John Jerger holds a six-year season with the St. Pete Lightning. He is the client of Jeremy Krumwiede from Burnsville, Minn.

“Jeremy asked if I had any tickets, so I said, ‘Come here,'” Jerger said, taking a puff of the last of his JC Newman Robusto.


Jeremy Krumwieder of Burnsville, Minnesota, and Lightning customer and season ticket holder John Jerger of St. Pete Beach.

When Krumwieder boss George deMenocal found out, the Rangers fanatic was on the next flight to Tampa from his home in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“It’s the best thing I’ve done in years,” deMenocal said. “Honestly. Nobody would be so inviting to the fan of another team, but it’s great. The energy here is great, the camaraderie, the fun of hanging out with these guys and smoking a cigar. Let’s just say that if New York hosted this, it probably wouldn’t be as welcoming.

Jerger, who has smoked his fair share of Cohiba and Romeo y Julieta cigars and loves the Davidoffs and JC Newman picks he can get at the Lightning games, has a wine and cigar room in his house from which he watches the games Lightning Road, “but I’d rather be here watching a game live any day of the week,” he said. “There’s just something about JC Newman. They’ve been around for about 125 years old and the machines they have in their factory are 100 years old, they still have craftsmen to operate the machines, and these machines are so old and fragile and these guys still know how to work on them to this day. It’s incredible.

The Chase Club is just one of the many cool areas in Amalie Arena that make Lightning matches fun.

Years ago when the previously named Ice Palace was built, it was beautiful but hardly a palace. There were few frills. Downtown Tampa near the arena was also a ghost town.

There was the arena, a hotel, the convention center and the port. There were very few places to eat and things to do. They built Channelside along the water, but there were few actual water views, which was peculiar, and within a few years many shops and restaurants were vacant.

But Jeffrey Vinik bought the Lightning in 2010 and over the past 12 years has worked to completely revitalize downtown and the arena.

Channelside has had a facelift and is now called Sparkman Wharf, which is full of restaurants and shops and is fully open to the waterfront with a beer garden, dining garden and live event venue. There are restaurants everywhere now, there are great hotels (including the brand new JW Marriott), and the Amalie Arena has become one of the top venues in all of sports.

The Lightning has 15,500 season ticket holders, a long waiting list and obviously strong sponsorships. They have sold out over 280 consecutive games.

The Lightning have won 10 straight playoffs, including two Stanley Cups, but even though the team is going through a downturn that all teams inevitably go through, it’s hard to imagine the Lightning falling off the map since coming to a game and downtown Tampa has become such an event.

“We’ve worked hard there, not only to make the team phenomenal, but we’ve created a really strong Lightning fan base that loves coming to the games,” said Lightning President and CEO Steve Griggs, who helped start the Minnesota Wild and came to the Lightning from the Orlando Magic in 2010. “The brand itself has been transformed. I think you see it in our presentation of the game and everything we’ve done in the community.

“But our fan and guest experience is one of the best in the industry.”

Jerger couldn’t agree more.

“Vinik made this region what it is today,” Jerger said. “It was nothing like it is today when he came in and bought the team and revitalized the whole area. They made the Lightning games a must-attend event and Tampa a destination city.

It was definitely for Schuyler and Pearl, who spent a lot of money getting to Tampa.

But they still had a blast and still believe in their team despite Tuesday’s loss.

“I knew they had something special earlier this season when their special teams clicked,” Schuyler said.

“For the past 15 years, at least, our power play has sucked,” Pearl said.

“But they added (Andrew) Copp, (Frank) Vatrano, (Tyler) Motte and (Justin) Braun at the trade deadline, and they were huge,” Schuyler said. “I tell you, we have a chance. We might be going to a parade this year, and it’s been 28 years since I’ve been to a parade. … We’ll be in Colorado next week.

(Photos by Michael Russo)

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Incredible scenes as players and fans party at Elevens bar https://mangomikes.com/incredible-scenes-as-players-and-fans-party-at-elevens-bar/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 07:51:40 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/incredible-scenes-as-players-and-fans-party-at-elevens-bar/ //= do_shortcode(‘[in-content-square]’) ?> Wales players celebrate with fans at Elevens Bar. (Osian McGuinness) The Wales squad celebrated qualifying for the World Cup by partying with fans at Gareth Bale’s Elevens Bar in Cardiff city center last night, In brilliant scenes inside and outside the Welsh talisman bar, the Wales players danced on bins, led fans […]]]>
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Wales players celebrate with fans at Elevens Bar. (Osian McGuinness)

The Wales squad celebrated qualifying for the World Cup by partying with fans at Gareth Bale’s Elevens Bar in Cardiff city center last night,

In brilliant scenes inside and outside the Welsh talisman bar, the Wales players danced on bins, led fans through a selection of songs and happily shared their victory with the Red Wall.

Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson, Aaron Ramsey, Neco Williams, Kieffer Moore, Dan James and Jonny Williams were captured on video in jubilant scenes by Wales fan Osian McGuinness, who couldn’t believe his eyes when the Wales team turned around.

Celebrating Wales’ qualification for the World Cup with fellow Red Wall members on Womanby Street in Cardiff city centre, he and his friends were stunned when the Wales team bus came come.

“As if Wales qualifying for our first World Cup in a generation couldn’t do any better; Happened to stumble upon the Wales squad heading to Bale’s bar for a well-deserved party “, he wrote on Facebook last night.

“We were even led by Neco in a rendition of Super Joniesta, a man who hugged me very enthusiastically five minutes before.

“I can’t stop smiling! To think that we never qualified for a World Cup during my parents’ lifetime until today.

“I’m going to bed a very drunk and happy man.”


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Chelsea’s Lukaku wants Inter Milan back, Mane hints at Liverpool exit, Pogba ‘undecided’ on next club, Manchester United ‘speed up De Jong talks’, Sterling leaning towards Real Madrid https://mangomikes.com/chelseas-lukaku-wants-inter-milan-back-mane-hints-at-liverpool-exit-pogba-undecided-on-next-club-manchester-united-speed-up-de-jong-talks-sterling-leaning-towards-real-madrid/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 15:55:25 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/chelseas-lukaku-wants-inter-milan-back-mane-hints-at-liverpool-exit-pogba-undecided-on-next-club-manchester-united-speed-up-de-jong-talks-sterling-leaning-towards-real-madrid/ The 2021/22 Premier League season is over and attention has already turned to the next transfer window. Champions Manchester City have agreed a deal for Erling Haaland ahead of winning their fourth title in five years, with the Norwegian set to complete his stunning move in the coming days. Liverpool have been asked to react […]]]>

The 2021/22 Premier League season is over and attention has already turned to the next transfer window.

Champions Manchester City have agreed a deal for Erling Haaland ahead of winning their fourth title in five years, with the Norwegian set to complete his stunning move in the coming days.

Liverpool have been asked to react to ensure they can keep pace with their closest rivals and received perhaps the best news of the summer with Mohamed Salah saying he will stay…although Sadio Mane seems about to leave.

Elsewhere, the Erik ten Hag era is officially underway at Manchester United and the Dutchman will usher in several new faces at Old Trafford, while Paul Pogba’s exit has already been confirmed.

Tottenham have already done some business, landing experienced Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic for free while Spurs owners have made £150m available to Antonio Conte to bolster his squad.

Chelsea are also set to go big this summer with Thomas Tuchel receiving £200million to be spent by new owner Todd Boehly, but doubts remain over Romelu Lukaku’s future.

And Newcastle, Everton, Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa should also be busy out of season.

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