Walk Georgia

first_imgMore than 100 of the state’s mayors, city council members and city officials donned their sneakers early Monday morning, June 23, at the Active Georgia Walk to highlight the importance of physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) along with University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company, Grady Healthcare and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual GMA conference, held last weekend in Savannah. “Georgia’s city administrators are a key partner in promoting health and wellness statewide,” said Dr. Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and Outreach. “Their participation in the Georgia Municipal Association’s Active Georgia Walk shows their deep commitment to combating obesity in the state. Through implementation of Walk Georgia in their communities, as both a worksite wellness program and a community-wide initiative, it’s our hope that we can work together to make Georgians more physically active.” The three-mile Active Georgia Walk started on River Street and led city administrators in a loop along Bay and River streets. Area 4-H volunteers with Walk Georgia, along with volunteers from sponsoring agencies and organizations, also took part in the event by registering event participants and guiding them along the course. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, Web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity. Because local Extension agents in Georgia’s counties administer Walk Georgia, the program reaches state residents at the most local level. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and to decrease the number of physically inactive people in all of Georgia’s counties by 5 percent over the next few years. Walk Georgia will debut an updated version of its website this fall, complete with customizable profiles, goal-setting capabilities, personalized calendars and the ability to join groups. The website should open at www.WalkGeorgia.org beginning this September. If you’re interested in being part of this summer’s pilot phase of Walk Georgia, visit pilot.WalkGeorgia.org beginning July 1. For more information on Walk Georgia, visit www.WalkGeorgia.org or visit the program’s blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia/. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.last_img read more

Man arrested for 3 sexual batteries in St. Lucie County

first_imgPolice have arrested a man for multiple sexual assaults in Fort Pierce over the last four years.29-year-old Kano Roen Demetrius Brown was arrested on Thursday in the 1900 block of S. 26th Street in Fort Pierce and has been charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, and kidnapping charges.St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called the details of the crimes “chilling.”Sheriff Mascara said that Brown is accused of multiple violent attacks on women dating back to 2016. The crimes occurred in 2016, 2019, and last month.“Every one of these victims experienced violence at the hands of this animal,” Sheriff Mascara said.Investigators were able to link Brown’s DNA to all three sexual assaults.Brown was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail, and is being held without bond.The sheriff’s office is urging anyone who may have been victimized by Brown to call 772-462-3230, or the Fort Pierce Police Department at 772-467-6800.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE:last_img read more

Brooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach

first_imgBrooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets hire Hall of Famer Steve Nash as coach.center_img September 3, 2020last_img

Angels spring training primer: Starting rotation

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MOVES THEY COULD MAKEWith so many questions about their top starters, the Angels certainly could use another established arm to provide some insurance. Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb are still sitting on the free-agent market. Any of them would upgrade the rotation. The Angels seem unlikely to spend $15 million to $20 million a year, and a second-round draft pick, for one of these pitchers. The next level of free-agent options includes pitchers like Andrew Cashner and Jaime Garcia, whose performances and injury histories carry red flags. If they are to add another starter, it is more likely to be another young starter with options. Ideally, they could find another Bridwell. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. Today, the starting rotation:2017 RECAPFor the second consecutive season, the Angels rotation was ravaged by injuries. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney and Matt Shoemaker — arguably their four most talented starters — all missed significant chunks of the season. In Heaney’s case, it should be noted, the fact that he pitched at all after having Tommy John surgery in 2016 was an unexpected positive. Nonetheless, the Angels’ starters posted a 4.38 ERA, which was sixth in the league. JC Ramirez and Parker Bridwell were two of the pleasant surprises that helped keep them afloat.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Angels added one of the top starting pitchers on the market, winning the sweepstakes for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani (minor league deal).  Ohtani has the stuff to be an ace, but he’s only 23 and has never pitched in the majors, so the Angels will try not to heap too much pressure on him. Part of that is the likely decision to go with some form of a six-man rotation, although off days could allow them to still use five at times. The Angels are hoping the extra rest also helps keep the other pitchers healthy. Expect Richards, Heaney, Skaggs and Shoemaker to join Ohtani in the rotation, with some combination of Ramirez (who can also pitch out of the bullpen), Bridwell, Nick Tropeano and prospect Jaime Barria filling in the blanks. It is a rotation full of potential. Of the seven pitchers who have pitched in the big leagues, all of them have been good in the majors for months at a time. Most of them have also had extended slumps, too, leaving each to prove his consistency.THE NEXT LAYERTroy Scribner, who managed a 4.18 ERA in his rookie season despite underwhelming stuff, is likely to be one of the first options at Triple-A, after Barria. Beyond that, the best starting pitching prospects who could reach the majors in 2018 are Jesus Castillo, Osmer Morales, Jake Jewell and Alex Klonowski.last_img read more

Three takeaways from No. 11 Kansas’ win over No. 16 Texas Tech

first_imgThe No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks reminded the entire Big 12 they are the team to beat on Saturday by destroying a very good defensive Texas Tech team 79-63 at home.Kansas started off the game on fire from the field and the No. 16 Red Raiders really struggled shooting the ball in the first half going 3 for 14 from 3-point range. This may not be the Jayhawks’ best win of the year, but it serves notice to the Big 12 that, while Kansas has its struggles inside and has lost five games already, it is still the class of the conference.Here are three takeaways from KU’s win. Related News There is no defense for a hot handTexas Tech came into Saturday’s game with the third-best 3-point field goal defense in the NCAA, but it doesn’t matter how good a team is on D, if a team is shooting well there is very little you can do about it.Kansas was tied for 106th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage before Saturday’s game at 35.7 percent. It shot 60 percent from 3 in the first half making 9 of 15 attempts. And while it’s possible to say the Red Raiders maybe played bad defense on the perimeter, the fact is that on seven of the Jayhawks’ nine makes, Texas Tech did a good job of contesting. It could have even been counted as eight, but we were grading tough.Anyone who has played basketball knows if a team or player is shooting well, there is little you can do to stop them. Texas Tech had little chance to get stops on defense in the first half.A losing battleThe second Kansas jumped out to an early eight-point lead (10-2), Texas Tech fans knew the Red Raiders were in trouble. The Red Raiders’ issue all year long has been their inability to put the ball in the basket. Only Jarrett Culver has done it consistently and even he goes through bouts of being too passive.Tech ranks 252nd in all of college basketball in points per game (70.7) and it has had even more trouble since the start of conference play as the team is averaging 64.3 points in eight games (5-3).Despite this Texas Tech still has a good chance to win the Big 12 regular season title, its postseason championship and make a good run in the NCAA Tournament. It is that good defensively. However, unless the Red Raiders find something to get them going offensively, they are going to be at risk of an early exit in March Madness. Kansas rips NCAA decision to declare Silvio De Sousa ineligible through next seasoncenter_img Home is where the wins areThere’s a small school in Kansas called Neosho County Community College. It tradionally has a very good baseball team and a ballpark they love to play at. In fact, there have been rumors in past years the team has offered money to opponents to play all of the games of a playoff series on their home field.If that were possible for Kansas basketball it would do the exact same thing. With the win over Texas Tech, the Jayhawks are now 13-0 on the season at home and 1-5 on the road. That’s a stark difference, but it is one that is understandable. Kansas has always been great at Allen Fieldhouse and this year is no exception.However, 1-5 is probably the more notable number here. While it’s great the Jayhawks can dominate teams at home, they can’t do that in March Madness, so they better figure out their road woes. Honestly though, they’re coming off of a big win and they can think about that later. They just crushed a very good Texas Tech team. Kansas to hold out F Silvio De Sousa; Bill Self says he’s ‘proud’ of ‘how we conduct our business’last_img read more