Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 01:37:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://mangomikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ 32 32 Partners forged with Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports for 2022 https://mangomikes.com/partners-forged-with-corey-lajoie-spire-motorsports-for-2022/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:52:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/partners-forged-with-corey-lajoie-spire-motorsports-for-2022/ Jacques Gilbert | Getty Images CONCORD, NC – Spire Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Built will return to the team’s family of partners in 2022 and serve as main sponsor aboard Corey LaJoie’s # 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the opening Daytona 500 of the NASCAR Cup Series season at Daytona International Speedway. In addition […]]]>



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CONCORD, NC – Spire Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Built will return to the team’s family of partners in 2022 and serve as main sponsor aboard Corey LaJoie’s # 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the opening Daytona 500 of the NASCAR Cup Series season at Daytona International Speedway.

In addition to The Great American Race, Built will also be featured as LaJoie’s primary partner in nine other races throughout the 2022 season, including:

March 13: Phoenix Circuit
April 9: Martinsville Motor Circuit
May 22: Texas Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)
June 5: World Wide Technology Raceway
July 3: America’s route
August 14th: Richmond Racing Circuit
August 27: Daytona International Motor Circuit
September 4: Darlington Circuit
23 october: Homestead-Miami Speedway

RELATED: Complete 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Built was named NASCAR’s official protein bar when the two organizations announced a multi-year partnership in October 2021.

“Built is more excited than ever to continue our partnership and friendship with Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports,” said Nick Greer, CEO of Built. “There is something incredibly special about Corey and his ability to ‘stack money’ like no one else on or off the track. We’re excited to stack these pennies with Corey and will meet again in Victory Lane soon. Built.com and all of its Built family feel so lucky to be a part of this great NASCAR community. It’s time to go. What a great year it will be.

The phrase “stacking pennies” has become a philosophy of life and career for LaJoie. Despite being the son of two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Randy LaJoie, the third-generation racer has carved his own trajectory in the sport and championed small achievements that add to the sum of a bigger victory.

“I am honored to welcome back my friends from Built.com for their third year in sport,” said LaJoie. “It has been great to be part of their creative marketing strategies to develop the program. Built’s management team brings a ton of energy to Spire Motorsports as well as NASCAR. 2022 is going to be an incredible season with them on and off the track.

LaJoie finished ninth in last year’s Great American Race and earned a career-best sixth place finish at the World Center of Racing in the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400. The Concord, North Carolina native has recorded 12 total starts at Daytona on the NASCAR senior. circuit, including 10 on the traditional 2.5-mile superspeedway and two on the dreaded 3.61-mile road course. In those 10 superspeedway starts, LaJoie led two laps, notching three top-10s and six top-20s.

“Everyone at Spire Motorsports is excited to get the season started,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner TJ Puchyr. “Corey and the whole # 7 team did an amazing job last season. We are extremely proud that Built has recognized this success by adding more races to their 2022 plans. Corey is a smart, patient runner on superspeedways and knows how to follow a plan. That’s why he runs ahead when the time comes to run for victory. He knows the business well, so we know that when we go to the Daytona 500, Corey gives us a chance to win on the biggest stage in NASCAR.

The 64th Edition of the Daytona 500 will be televised live on FOX on February 20 starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. The first of 36 races on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule will be broadcast live on NASCAR MRN and SiriusXM radios.

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Marc Albrighton hopes Leicester have thrown another Wembley charge in FA Cup https://mangomikes.com/marc-albrighton-hopes-leicester-have-thrown-another-wembley-charge-in-fa-cup/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:18:52 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/marc-albrighton-hopes-leicester-have-thrown-another-wembley-charge-in-fa-cup/ Marc Albrighton will be hopeful Leicester have launched another charge against Wembley after starting their FA Cup defense with a convincing 4-1 win over Watford. Despite missing a large number of players due to injuries and international calls, the incumbents proved far too strong for ex-manager Claudio Ranieri’s side in their third round match at […]]]>

Marc Albrighton will be hopeful Leicester have launched another charge against Wembley after starting their FA Cup defense with a convincing 4-1 win over Watford.

Despite missing a large number of players due to injuries and international calls, the incumbents proved far too strong for ex-manager Claudio Ranieri’s side in their third round match at King Power. Stadium Saturday.

An early penalty from Youri Tielemans and a strike from James Maddison put the Foxes on the right track before Harvey Barnes and Albrighton, who led the team, signed the win after a reply from Joao Pedro.

“We are here to keep the FA Cup,” Albrighton told LCFC TV. “I think that must be the goal.

“There is no point in participating in a competition and not wanting to go all the way. We have proven that we can do it before and this is our first step to doing it again. “

Leicester were deprived of 17 squad members for various reasons and the other eight available senior fielders started when manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes, most of them forced.

The team was completed by Vontae Daley-Campbell, 20, and debutant Lewis Brunt, 21. Resting keeper Kasper Schmeichel aside, the bench consisted of six inexperienced players, including three in Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, Kasey McAteer and Will Alves. in the second half.

Albrighton said: “As the manager said – he was proud after the Liverpool game when we won 1-0, but that was a different kind of pride with all the adversity and the week we had , losing players most of the time.

“For the kids it’s a fantastic opportunity to train with us, learn and step in and look like they’ve been playing for years. It’s amazing to be part of such a fantastic team and team.

Watford had some brilliant times. Pedro’s effort came as a quick response to Maddison, bringing the score to 2-0 while the Portuguese also hit the bar when the score was 3-1, shortly after a brief delay for a breakdown of projector.

The visitors also got a penalty call after Brunt clashed with Ashley Fletcher and Daley-Campbell had the chance to avoid a second yellow card for a foul on Pedro.

Still, having made seven changes himself, Ranieri was just happy enough to avoid further injury ahead of some crucial relegation battles to come.

The Hornets, 17th, face Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich – the three teams below them – in their next three Premier League games.

With top scorer Emmanuel Dennis, new signings Hassane Kamara and Samir weren’t at risk at Leicester and now they could all come into play.

Ranieri said: “We are now focusing on the next three matches. We have to be strong, compact and try to do our best, like we do in every game.

“We’re doing well right now and I don’t think of any other signings in the future. I think of these players.

“We bought these players to have another chance to fight together.”


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The Ashes: England fight to save fourth test after Usman Khawaja finishes two hundred | Cricket news https://mangomikes.com/the-ashes-england-fight-to-save-fourth-test-after-usman-khawaja-finishes-two-hundred-cricket-news/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 11:26:15 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/the-ashes-england-fight-to-save-fourth-test-after-usman-khawaja-finishes-two-hundred-cricket-news/ Australia’s Usman Khawaja scored 101 points in the second set after scoring 137 in the Sydney first England reached 30-0 in their bid to save the fourth test from the ashes after Usman Khawaja’s second century match lit day four at Sydney Cricket Ground. England, set an unlikely 388 for the win after Australia declared […]]]>

Australia’s Usman Khawaja scored 101 points in the second set after scoring 137 in the Sydney first

England reached 30-0 in their bid to save the fourth test from the ashes after Usman Khawaja’s second century match lit day four at Sydney Cricket Ground.

England, set an unlikely 388 for the win after Australia declared 265-6 with Khawaja 101 no on 138 deliveries, lost no wicket in the 11 overs before the strains as Zak Crawley (22no ) and Haseeb Hameed (8no) came out unscathed to share their team’s highest opening partnership of the series – surpassing the 23 achieved in Brisbane.

Tourists now need to beat 98 overs on the final day at SCG – or score 358 more for an unlikely win – to end Australia’s hopes of a 5-0 series sweep, and they could still be helped by the rain.

  • England move closer to 30-0 after scoring 388 wins
  • Zak Crawley (22 no), Haseeb Hameed (8 no)
  • Usman Khawaja (101 no) scores the second hundredth of the test
  • Australia declare second set 265-6
  • Jack Leach with four wickets, Mark Wood two
  • Ollie Pope keeps the wicket for England

England have fitness issues over Ben Stokes (side), Jonny Bairstow (thumb) and Jos Buttler (hand) – Stokes didn’t play at all on day four, while the blows to Bairstow and Buttler meant that substitute Ollie Pope kept the wicket in Australia’s second innings.

The Pope took four catches in a tidy display behind the stumps and left arm spinner Jack Leach put four wickets in a much improved outing, but the star of the show was Khawaja, who followed his first 137 innings with another century in its first test since August 2019.

The 35-year-old class oozed again as he drove, cut, shot and swept his way to a 10th cent red ball for his country, two days after scoring his ninth, only entering the camp for the Covid Travis Head shot.

Khawaja's move helped Australia declare 265-6 at SCG

Khawaja’s move helped Australia declare 265-6 at SCG

Khawaja and Cameron Green (74 of 122) shared a fifth wicket of 179 of 238 balls after Australia were reduced to 86-4 in their second dig – the home side’s lead at this point – a both England sacked for 294 in their first innings.

Quick Englishman Mark Wood fired David Warner (3) cheaply, then knocked out Marnus Labuschagne (29) for the third time in the series – the two hitters caught behind by Pope – while Leach had the opening partner of Warner, Marcus Harris (27) pocketed by Pope and launched Steve Smith (23).

Pope’s four catches are tied at most by a substitute outfielder in a test round, first set by Pakistani Younis Khan against Bangladesh in 2001 and tied by Indian Wriddhiman Saha against Australia in SCG last year. .

Pope’s only noticeable flaw with the gloves was dropping a strong chance on Captain Joe Root’s bowling alley when Khawaja was on 70.

Rob Key thinks Jonny Bairstow demonstrated how England should beat Australia with a more positive approach

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Rob Key thinks Jonny Bairstow demonstrated how England should beat Australia with a more positive approach

Rob Key thinks Jonny Bairstow demonstrated how England should beat Australia with a more positive approach

Khawaja made the most of his reprieve, winning two tons in the 131-delivery test with part-time spinner cut Dawid Malan stepping up in the last session after making 35 of 74 tea deliveries.

It took the southpaw just 57 more deliveries to reach triple digits, in which he netted sixes on both Leach and Root, as he followed compatriots Doug Walters and Ricky Ponting in scoring two tons in the same test match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Khawaja has now scored more points than any other English player in this series except for Root, having hit only twice.

Green also impressed after a sketchy start to the inning as he racked up his second fifty-first test since hitting 84 against India on this pitch last January – but there were boos from the crowd as ‘he held the strike as Khawaja approached his century.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins called his team after Green and Alex Carey (0) fell to successive deliveries from Leach, denying the bowler the chance of an Ashes hat trick.

Green was caught off guard by Root before Carey slipped behind Pope on the sweep and the alternate English wicket keeper grabbed a hand as he rushed to his right.

Earlier, England added 36 points to their overnight total of 258-7 as they ceded a 122 deficit in the first set.

Leach (10) was caught in the act of swimming, Nathan Lyon, before the designer Scott Boland (4-36) took the top scorer Bairstow (113) and Stuart Broad (15) behind by Carey.

England then made things interesting with four wickets inside 29 overs, but Khawaja and Green’s partnership brought the momentum back to Australia and, if the weather holds up on day five, the squad of Cummins will have high hopes of taking a 4-0 lead in a series they dominated with England to go another 300 at any stage.

Today’s statistics

  • Usman Khawaja became the sixth Australian to score two centuries in the same test against England and just the third to do so in a test at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • When he hit six in his second inning, Steve Smith only became the sixth batter to score at least 3,000 points in a series between England and Australia. Don Bradman leads with 5,028 and Jack Hobbs is the best Englishman with 3,636.
  • By the end of day four of play, Scott Boland – admittedly with a very small sample size – has the lowest test bowling average of anyone with 10 or more wickets. It currently has 11 wickets at 8.72 each, the exact returns Charles Marriott succeeded in his solitary test in 1933.
  • Ollie Pope made four catches in Australia’s second round, tying the most by a substitute fielder in a test round first set by Pakistani Younis Khan against Bangladesh at Multan in 2001 and tied by Indian Wriddhiman Saha against Australia in Sydney in 2021.

Thorpe: Stokes, Bairstow and Buttler could miss final test

Speaking after day four of play in Sydney, England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said he was not sure Stokes, Buttler and Bairstow were fit for the final test in Hobart – but insisted that they would strike if necessary on the fifth day at the SCG.

Ben Stokes is hampered by a side issue and England assistant coach Graham Thorpe is unsure if the all-rounder will be fit for the final test

Ben Stokes is hampered by a side issue and England assistant coach Graham Thorpe is unsure if the all-rounder will be fit for the final test

He said of the trio: “We obviously have hits. It’s possible [they will miss the final Test] but we’ll assess all of that at the end of the game.

“Obviously Sam (Billings) has been called into the squad and that’s obviously a good indicator of some of the concerns we have with injuries.

“But I’m sure the guys will take whatever it takes to get themselves into a position where they’re able to perform on the last day. They’ll all hit and they’ll all do their best, I know that.

“At the end of the game we have to assess who will potentially be available. With Stokes his injury is not serious because she is versatile.”

Thorpe in search of England’s “intention”

Thorpe, speaking to BT Sport: “Tomorrow it will take a lot of focus, but I still want to see good intentions. You won’t be able to win the game, but you can draw the game and there are ways to draw a game.

“It’s a real opportunity for two guys, or whoever throughout the day, to spend a lot of time at the wicket and put in a good performance to get the team to bring us safely – which I think we do. are capable of doing. “

Sir Alastair Cook, addressing BT Sport: “It will be a good feeling for [Hameed and Crawley]. They would have known that period was coming, so going on the opening, doing your job, surviving it and going into the locker room with everyone patting you on the back, it’s a really nice feeling. They’ll get a lot out of it, but it’s just the start. “

Key satisfied for Leach after transport to four wickets

Rob Key talks to Sky Sports News: “I’m really happy for Leach because he was treated badly by England. an afterthought.

“But because of Stokes’ injury it forced England’s hand. Leach is now allowed to learn on the job to try and find a rhythm so it’s really good to see.”

Khawaja: I couldn’t have written this test better

Australian twin centurion Usman Khawaja, addressing BT Sport: “This game is not easy, you don’t always get games like these, hundreds in a row I wasn’t supposed to play this game either. Fortune had that I was there for. [Travis Head] and it’s amazing how it works. I couldn’t have written it better myself. “


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Russian, Czech and Finnish hockey teams bicker over who’s too drunk to go home after World Juniors is sport’s best saga right now | This is the loop https://mangomikes.com/russian-czech-and-finnish-hockey-teams-bicker-over-whos-too-drunk-to-go-home-after-world-juniors-is-sports-best-saga-right-now-this-is-the-loop/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 17:03:17 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/russian-czech-and-finnish-hockey-teams-bicker-over-whos-too-drunk-to-go-home-after-world-juniors-is-sports-best-saga-right-now-this-is-the-loop/ Thank goodness for Google Translate. It’s not perfect. He paints with a large brush. You need to read between the lines a bit and make an educated guess or two. Without it, however, we would be completely unaware of the saga currently playing out between the Russian, Czech and Finnish junior hockey teams, and that […]]]>


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Yosuke Ideguchi reveals Celtic moniker as he admits Kyogo Furuhashi set the bar for new hires https://mangomikes.com/yosuke-ideguchi-reveals-celtic-moniker-as-he-admits-kyogo-furuhashi-set-the-bar-for-new-hires/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:26:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/yosuke-ideguchi-reveals-celtic-moniker-as-he-admits-kyogo-furuhashi-set-the-bar-for-new-hires/ January rookie Yosuke Ideguchi has told Celtic fans and teammates he wants to be known as “Guchi” after arriving at Lennoxtown. The 25-year-old joined the club from Gamba Osaka on a four-and-a-half-year contract and arrived in Scotland following Hogmanay’s revelation. The Japan international will wear the number 21, and although he can say his first […]]]>

January rookie Yosuke Ideguchi has told Celtic fans and teammates he wants to be known as “Guchi” after arriving at Lennoxtown.

The 25-year-old joined the club from Gamba Osaka on a four-and-a-half-year contract and arrived in Scotland following Hogmanay’s revelation.

The Japan international will wear the number 21, and although he can say his first name on the back, he told the club website he wants to be known by another name.

On the road, he said: “When I was in Japan I watched his team and I was interested in the style, so I’m delighted to be able to join his team.

“I spoke to the manager and he told me he was looking for me to bring my style of play to the team.

“It definitely helps me join Celtic to have Daizen and Reo here well, and I hope to contribute to the team with them.”

Ange Postecoglou knows the J-League well and recruited Kyogo from Vissel Kobe this summer.

He’s already been a smash hit with 16 goals already, so ‘Guchi’ knows there is plenty to do for himself and his fellow Japanese stars Reo Hatate and Daizen Maeda.

Ideguchi added, “Kyogo already contributes to the team, so like Kyogo, I want to be able to contribute to the team, even though our playing styles are different.

“The way Kyogo plays is already big news in Japan. I respect him and I can’t wait to play with him, with my other teammates.


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Osian Roberts: Wilfried Zaha can help Crystal Palace take it to the next level https://mangomikes.com/osian-roberts-wilfried-zaha-can-help-crystal-palace-take-it-to-the-next-level/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:47:29 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/osian-roberts-wilfried-zaha-can-help-crystal-palace-take-it-to-the-next-level/ Osian Roberts praised the demanding nature of Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha and supported him to help the club take it to the next level. The Ivorian international will return from suspension for the New Year’s clash with West Ham after being sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend. It will be […]]]>

Osian Roberts praised the demanding nature of Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha and supported him to help the club take it to the next level.

The Ivorian international will return from suspension for the New Year’s clash with West Ham after being sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

It will be Zaha’s last domestic game before he flies to Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9.

Since the winger graduated from the Eagles academy over a decade ago, he has been regularly criticized externally for his attitude and body language perceived as poor on the pitch, where he can occasionally. time to be seen gesticulating with his own teammates.

However, current boss Patrick Vieira has often praised Zaha’s “winning mentality” and his assistant echoed those sentiments on Friday.

“I can only continue from personal experience over the past few months and I think Wilfried is a top professional who hunger for success,” said Roberts, replacing the Palace manager who isolated him.

“He wants to be successful as an individual and be successful in a team environment. To do this you have to push yourself, you have to push your teammates and always demand.

“Patrick always tells our group of players that you have to demand more of each other and Wilfried is one of the first to do so.

“If we want to raise the bar and go further, which players are ambitious to do, then players like Wilfried are really important in this process.

“He is not the one who will accept mediocrity, he will expect excellence every day in training and in every game.

“He has a major role to play and it’s important players like Wilfried who have that experience and that ability, pass their experience on and help take this group of players to the next level.”

New Year’s opponents West Ham have undergone the transformation Palace are eager to follow from a mid-table club to a team competing in Europe, albeit with a significant investment.

While Roberts did not wish to be drawn to any parallels between the parties, he was more than happy to talk about the managerial exploits of Hammers boss David Moyes, who rebuilt his reputation at the London Stadium after tough times with Manchester United and Sunderland.

The Eagles assistant said: “Every club is very different and I’m sure it will have a lot of differences, but I’m a huge David Moyes fan.

“I used to go to Bellefield and watch Everton first team training when he was manager and Alan Irvine was assistant. They would allow me to go see practice many years ago, so I’ve been a big fan of David for a long time.

“I’m so glad everyone realizes now that he’s a top, top manager.

“Maybe some opinions changed for a short while after you left Everton, but you don’t become a bad manager overnight. The experience he has acquired and the way he plays his teams deserve the greatest respect.

Palace is awaiting the results of routine PCR tests carried out on Friday which could allow boss Vieira to return to the sideline after a Covid-19 fight.


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‘Mohammed Salah would definitely be up there’ – Chelsea’s Mason Mount names 2021 Premier League player https://mangomikes.com/mohammed-salah-would-definitely-be-up-there-chelseas-mason-mount-names-2021-premier-league-player/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:30:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/mohammed-salah-would-definitely-be-up-there-chelseas-mason-mount-names-2021-premier-league-player/ Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has revealed his 2021 Premier League player, naming none other than Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah, who many have called the fittest player in the world at the moment. The Egypt international finished seventh in the 2021 Ballon d’Or behind Jorginho and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea. Salah has scored a total of […]]]>

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has revealed his 2021 Premier League player, naming none other than Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah, who many have called the fittest player in the world at the moment.

The Egypt international finished seventh in the 2021 Ballon d’Or behind Jorginho and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea.

Salah has scored a total of 22 goals in 24 games so far this season and if he remains injury-free he could well be on track to enjoying his best scoring season since 2017/18 when he scored 44 goals in 52 games.



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The legend of volleyball coach Jan Kirk: profile and legacy https://mangomikes.com/the-legend-of-volleyball-coach-jan-kirk-profile-and-legacy/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 17:49:33 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/the-legend-of-volleyball-coach-jan-kirk-profile-and-legacy/ Jan Kirk coached the Fife High School volleyball team from 1987-2011 (Courtesy photo) Courtesy The volleyball world in the Tacoma-Pierce County area lost a giant this week when longtime Fife High coach Jan Kirk was found dead in his north Tacoma home on Thursday. Kirk coached the Trojans from 1987-2011, achieving one of the most […]]]>

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The volleyball world in the Tacoma-Pierce County area lost a giant this week when longtime Fife High coach Jan Kirk was found dead in his north Tacoma home on Thursday.

Kirk coached the Trojans from 1987-2011, achieving one of the most successful volleyball streaks in state history at levels 3A and 2A. Her teams won four state championships during the 90s and she ended her career with an overall record of 671-124.

But his influence went far beyond victories and defeats.

“She was a force of nature,” said her son and Sumner High athletic director Kelly Kirk. “She could rub people the wrong way sometimes, but deep down somewhere they always knew she was right and they had to get along. The game is so much better for its influence. I don’t think she left for that. She just took the opportunity that she saw.

Kelly Kirk saw her mother last Saturday, before heading to Las Vegas for a few days. He said he arrived home late Wednesday and went to see his mother on Thursday, where he found out she had died.

“My sister (Shawna) contacted me and told me that she hadn’t heard from him for a few days,” Kelly Kirk said. “It wasn’t unusual, however. She was 80 years old. Her phone wasn’t her life like many of us.

Jan Kirk had taken blood pressure medication, Kelly Kirk said.

“Paramedics said it looked like a heart attack or stroke,” said Kelly Kirk. “Maybe it’s because the drugs just caught up with her.”

Jan Kirk lost her husband Jerry, a former WSU football player and longtime football and wrestling coach to Kentridge High almost exactly three years ago on December 20, 2018.

The impact of Jan Kirk’s training began almost as soon as she returned to Fife, the school from which she graduated in 1959. Although she just found her own way in the first three or four seasons in As a first-time high school coach, Kirk had already planted seeds that would expand and improve volleyball throughout the region.

In 1989, she and Kelly founded the Puget Sound Volleyball Club. Kirk knew that in order for Pierce County teams to be competitive beyond the local level, area girls needed to be given the opportunity to play beyond the two months of the school season.

In other parts of the state and in other states, club volleyball was already having an impact.

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“She would take teams to the Portland area and get beaten up first,” said Kelly Kirk. “She liked to win. But they were so far ahead. After a few years, we started to catch up.

Soon after starting Puget Sound volleyball, Kirk started a summer league and invited teams from across the region to participate.

“That’s what I mean by impact on other programs,” said longtime Puyallup High School coach Tony Batinovich. “It was a fundraiser for her in Fife. But it wasn’t just for Fife High School. She did it for sports, to make the children better.

Kirk’s own schedule saw its first huge bump when Sarah Silvernail transferred to Fife. The Silvernail team in 1992 won league and district titles before advancing and defeating Kennedy for the first of four state championships.

It’s one of the many memories Silvernail has of his last high school coach and lifelong friend and mentor.

“I thank God for landing on his knees as a senior,” Silvernail said from his home. “I remember one practice in particular. I was 17 years old. I had never been told that I was a good passer. I was the big boy outside, you know. Jan gave me a demo at this practice. At that time, I knew. She would find anyone’s strengths, even if you weren’t the most obvious.

Understanding that Silvernail could pass allowed her new star to grow into a six-rotation player, and it is the thing, said Silvernail, who ultimately saw her reach the U.S. national team. Silvernail said she has always kept in touch with Kirk over the years.

“She was more than just a volleyball mentor,” said Silvernail. “It’s pretty cool, isn’t it. When you are gone, the number of people you have reached really indicates how you have been living your life. She set the bar pretty high.

The Trojans peaked again in 1995, when Fife went 36-0 and beat Selah for the title. The Trojans faced each other the following season, defeating Selah again in the Championship game behind sisters Lisa and Renee Beauchene, Erin Miller and Kelby Saxwold. Fife won the state again in 1999.

The Beauchênes were two of four sisters who completed the Fife program under Kirk, along with Angie and Suzanne. These are just a few of the plethora of successful young women Kirk and his program have produced over the years.

“They always used to call Mike Holmgren ‘The Big Show’,” Kelly Kirk said. “I’ve always thought of her the same way.”

Kirk’s teams have won 20 league titles and 14 district crowns, finished second, third, sixth and seventh in the state and fourth three times in addition to the four championships. She was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Hall of Fame in 2016.

When he wasn’t a coach, Kirk even found time to officiate high school volleyball for nine years.

“I just respected her,” said Marc Blau, the transferor of the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Organization. “(As a coach) she would scold you, make her point, but then go and sit down. There have never been a lot of arm gestures and drama. She was one of a kind.

Kirk’s competitive nature was well known and also respected. And this nature went far beyond the court.

Batinovich recounted a time in Las Vegas, after a tournament involving multiple Puget Sound teams, when Kirk wanted his coaches (including Batinovich) to try a specific restaurant. When the approximately 25 coaches and their relatives arrived, they found the restaurant closed.

But Kirk saw someone inside and got their attention.

“It was the leader,” Batinovich said. “And somehow she convinced him to open the restaurant for those 25 or so people, and we had this wonderful Italian dinner. She had a way of getting things done, like she did that night.

Once the competition was over, however, Kirk surrendered wholeheartedly. Kelly and Batinovich said she just enjoys talking about the game, finding out why the other coaches did what they did.

Kelly Kirk said he believed his mother would count the endless number of players who have gone through his programs, many of whom have played and coached long after leaving Fife, as his biggest legacy.

“It’s like stone in the pond, creating the ripples,” Batinovich said. “Her ripples last forever.”

This story was originally published December 26, 2021 5:00 a.m.


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Irish Premiership: Donnelly brothers on target as fit Glentoran defeats Coleraine https://mangomikes.com/irish-premiership-donnelly-brothers-on-target-as-fit-glentoran-defeats-coleraine/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 21:43:38 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/irish-premiership-donnelly-brothers-on-target-as-fit-glentoran-defeats-coleraine/ Glentoran set up a top-two derby with Coleraine winning Brothers Rory and Jay Donnelly struck as Glentoran beat Coleraine 2-0 at the Showgrounds to secure their eighth consecutive Irish Premiership victory. Rory Donnelly led the visitors in the lead after just four minutes when he guided Shay McCartan’s corner home. Jay Donnelly wrapped up the […]]]>

Brothers Rory and Jay Donnelly struck as Glentoran beat Coleraine 2-0 at the Showgrounds to secure their eighth consecutive Irish Premiership victory.

Rory Donnelly led the visitors in the lead after just four minutes when he guided Shay McCartan’s corner home.

Jay Donnelly wrapped up the win on 62 when he slapped after Conor McMenamin’s explosion on the left flank.

The Glens are tied on points with leaders Linfield ahead of Monday’s Big Two derby at Windsor Park.

The match at Showgrounds was the only game on Wednesday night after Crusaders v Glenavon was postponed for reasons related to Covid.

Mick McDermott’s side, who extended their unbeaten run to 13 games, got off to a perfect start as Rory Donnelly climbed the highest to meet McCartan’s corner, finding the back of the net despite Coleraine goalkeeper attempt Gareth Deane scrambling the ball.

The hosts – who did not have leading scorer Matthew Shevlin – didn’t let that blow deter them, however, and could have equalized through Rodney Brown, but the defender steered Conor McKendry’s corner over the bar.

It came after Coleraine youngster Patrick Kelly was turned down by Caolan Marron’s brilliantly timed tackle, while Jay Donnelly and McMenamin failed to keep their efforts on target for the Glens.

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney opted to turn things around early in the second half by replacing Aaron Traynor with James McLaughlin, and it almost paid off instantly as the forward directed Josh Carson’s cross over from the bar.

The home side failed to pass Aaron McCarey, however, and ended up two points when McMenamin scored Donnelly for the former Cliftonville forward’s 17th goal of the season.

Lyndon Kane and McLaughlin tested McCarey soon after, but Glentoran’s defense – who have now kept their clean sheets in six of the last seven games – must not have been breached.

Coleraine’s attacking troubles boiled down to 10 minutes remaining when Jamie Glackin released a wide volley after taking a good position inside the box.

Coleraine are now winless in five as Glentoran maintain their recent excellent form as they prepare for Monday’s crucial meeting with Linfield.


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Omicron, Trump, Spider-Man: your Monday night briefing https://mangomikes.com/omicron-trump-spider-man-your-monday-night-briefing/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 23:21:01 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/omicron-trump-spider-man-your-monday-night-briefing/ (Want to receive this newsletter in your inbox? Here is registration.) Good evening. Here is the last Monday at the end of the day. 1. The Omicron variant causes a push in the northeast. In New York City, reports of new coronavirus cases have increased by more than 80% in two weeks. Rhode Island, which […]]]>

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Good evening. Here is the last Monday at the end of the day.

1. The Omicron variant causes a push in the northeast.

In New York City, reports of new coronavirus cases have increased by more than 80% in two weeks. Rhode Island, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, is also now the US state with the most cases per capita in recent days.

Many hospitals have reached capacity, and governors in several states have mobilized the National Guard to deal with hospital staff shortages.

2. Chuck Schumer has promised to move forward with Build Back Better.

The Senate Majority Leader’s announcement on the social and environmental spending program came a day after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, in a crucial landmark vote, told Fox News he would not support the plan. Behind Manchin’s opposition lies a long history of opposition to climate action.

Votes on the plan are expected to take place in early 2022, Schumer said in a letter to colleagues, “so that every member of this body has the opportunity to make their position known in the Senate, not just on television.”

Manchin criticized White House staff for handling the negotiations, saying officials pushed him to the limit. The markets collapsed after the bill fell.

Separately, Schumer said he would try to force a fundamental change in Senate rules and potentially change the filibuster rule to pass a voting rights law.


3. Chinese authorities are using private companies to manipulate Facebook and Twitter.

Documents examined by The Times reveal in detail how Beijing generates on-demand content, attracts followers and stalks critics – as part of a global campaign to revamp its image and undermine accusations of human rights abuses.

The documents were part of a Shanghai Police tender to create hundreds of fake accounts on major social media platforms. The accounts were taken offline after The Times contacted the Chinese government about them.

Separately, Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star who accused a former Communist Party leader of sexual coercion, told a Singaporean newspaper that she had been misunderstood. But the minutes-long interview with Peng, which took place at a ski competition in Shanghai, left many key questions unanswered, and his alleged denial aroused skepticism from human rights defenders.


4. Donald Trump sued the New York State Attorney General.

The former president is seeking to end a lengthy civil investigation by Letitia James into her business practices and to bar her office from participating in a separate criminal investigation.

The lawsuit says James’s involvement in both investigations was politically motivated, a tactic Trump has deployed in the past in the face of scrutiny by law enforcement and others. Legal experts say the lawsuit faces a high bar.


5. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced stricter rules for automobile pollution.

According to the plan, new vehicles are expected to average 55 miles per gallon starting in 2026, up from just under 38 miles per gallon today. This would prevent the release of 3.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050, according to the agency. And motorists would save about $ 1,080 in fuel costs over the life of more efficient vehicles.

The Biden administration is expected to rely heavily on executive action and regulation after the centerpiece of the president’s climate agenda was scuttled on Sunday by Senator Joe Manchin.

After decades of underinvestment, the $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden signed last month is poised to make much-needed improvements to train travel along the North Corridor. is.


6. “Q” was silent. QAnon did not.

“Q,” the anonymous online account that sparked the QAnon conspiracy movement, has not been released for over a year. But QAnon is now even more deeply rooted in the political and social fabric of the United States.

In the absence of a leader, the movement evolved into a “choose your own adventure” conspiracy theory. More than 40 candidates who have publicly declared their support for QAnon are running for national elections in 2022, and the lies adopted by his supporters are likely to influence the midterm elections.


7. While Europe returns artefacts, Britain remains silent on the Parthenon marbles.

The sculptures – often referred to as the Elgin Marbles after the aristocrat who brought them from Athens to London in the 1800s – are probably the most famous contested museum objects in the world.

Last week, the sculptures returned to public view after an extended closure of the British Museum’s Greek galleries. They reappeared as other European governments returned similar historical objects. The British government says the fate of the sculptures does not concern it.

The chairman of the museum’s board said in an opinion piece this month that it was open to loaning the marbles to other countries. But the Greek government is awaiting their final return.


8. Give me some (moving) photos of Spider-Man!

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” raised around $ 253 million at theaters across the United States and Canada on its weekend debut. It was the highest opening weekend result in the 19-year Spider-Man franchise in eight films and the third highest in Hollywood history.

No movie has generated more than $ 90 million in domestic sales on the opening weekend since “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019. Despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, more than 20 million people have seen the blockbuster.

If you stick to the small screen, here are The Times critics’ picks for the best TV episodes of 2021.


9. One of the best Italian pastries comes from prison.

Panettone is Italy’s national Christmas cake, and Pasticceria Giotto’s version – located at Due Palazzi prison on the outskirts of Padua – has been named one of the top 10 in the country.

Cooking them is a meticulous process that takes over 72 hours of multiple kneading and proofing. To become bakers, inmates must work with a psychiatrist and then do an internship. As employees, they start at 650 euros (about $ 735) per month, then increase to 800 €, then finally to 1000 €.

As part of The Times Holiday Kitchen coverage, we visited long-haul truckers to see how they throw holiday parties on the road during a particularly busy year.


10. And finally, goodbye LeBron James and hello Mario.

Even before the pandemic, children were moving away from team sports: in 2018, only 38% of children aged 6 to 12 played regularly, up from 45% in 2008. The coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated the trend towards e- sports.

Play was “a lifeline” during the pandemic, a parent, whose children participate in a YMCA esports program, told The Times. It allowed kids to connect and gave parents a break from the expensive industrial youth sports complex. And that gives them some quiet time – unless they take their turn with the controllers.

Have an entertaining evening.


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