College football’s toughest places to play for 2019, from Death Valley (again) to the Horseshoe

first_imgMORE: College sports’ best football/basketball coaching duosThe truth is it’s a subjective question with more than one good answer. Sporting News, using stats from TeamRankings.com, looked at some of the toughest places to play in 2019, and we have several different categories to pick from.A closer look:Overall: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama) By every metric, it’s just hard to win there. Alabama is 59-4 at home since 2010 and hasn’t lost a home game since 2015, against Ole Miss. There’s a reason why Alabama coach Nick Saban admonishes students who don’t stay for games: He wants to make it even tougher for opponents to win. The Tide were one of 17 FBS teams to go undefeated at home last season, and they did it by winning by an average of 33 points per game. Alabama beat Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn by an average of 25.7 points per game.Last two years: Samford Stadium (Georgia)  The Bulldogs have not lost a home game the last two seasons, though it could be argued they haven’t faced that big a test. In fact, Mississippi State is the only ranked team that has faced Georgia at home. That will be tested this year with a schedule that includes visits from Notre Dame, South Carolina and Texas A&M.Last four years: Memorial Stadium (Clemson)  Clemson has all the same metrics as Alabama the last four years. The Tigers have an identical 27-1 record at home under Dabo Swinney, and a 5-0 record against ranked teams with nonconference victories against Notre Dame and Auburn. Texas A&M will be the next big visitor this season. The pageantry by Howard’s Rock before games hasn’t lost its charm.Since 2010: Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)  The Buckeyes have an FBS-best 60 wins at home since 2010, and that comes with just five losses. Baker Mayfield-led Oklahoma is the only team to walk into The Shoe and win the last two seasons. Urban Meyer lost one Big Ten game at home since 2012 — a shocking upset against Michigan State in 2015. These are the standards first-year coach Ryan Day will have to uphold.Last 15 years: Albertsons Stadium (Boise State)  When the Broncos say they don’t lose on “The Blue,” they mean it. Boise State is 89-8 at home over the last 15 seasons, and they have lost just five home games under coach Bryan Harsin. They lead FBS football with a 91.8 win percentage in that timeframe.MORE: College football’s best programs this decadeAs Power 5 home favorite: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State)Three Power 5 schools have one home loss as the favored team the last five years. You already knew Alabama and Clemson. You might not have known about Kansas State. Imagine how first-year coach Chris Klieman can use that to his advantage once the Wildcats are rolling again.As Group of 5 home favorite: Maverik Stadium (Utah State)The Aggies are 21-0 at home as a home favorite the last five years, but it will be interesting to monitor how that changes with the coaching change from Matt Wells to Gary Andersen.As Power 5 home underdog: Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State)It’s all about that heat. The Sun Devils have an 8-6 record as the underdog at home the last five years; tied for the most wins among Power 5 schools with Virginia (8-9). Herm Edwards will continue to build on that.As Group of 5 home underdog: Falcon Stadium (Air Force)Playing against an Academy School is tough. Playing against that school in their house when they are an underdog isn’t any easier. The Falcons are 6-2 as a home underdog since 2014.MORE: SN’s prediction for Playoff, bowl gamesConference game: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma)It’s the same answer as last year. Oklahoma has lost just one Big 12 game at home the last four seasons — against Iowa State in 2017 — and that includes a 5-0 record against ranked teams. Texas never visits Norman due to the neutral site nature of that rivalry, but every other Big 12 team has. Not one of them has come away from unscathed.At night, Part I: Tiger Stadium (LSU)  The stands are always shaking when LSU plays at home at night, even if the last big game was a 29-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Still, the reputation alone for an unmatched atmosphere keeps the Tigers on this list.  At night, Part II: Beaver Stadium (Penn State)  You can’t mention Tiger Stadium at Night and not have a sidebar about the “White Out” at Penn State, though the last one featured a heart-breaking loss against Ohio State. There aren’t many better settings in college football.One Power 5 to watch in 2019: Michigan Stadium (Michigan)  The Wolverines have the sixth-best record among Power 5 schools at home, boasting 24-4 record since Jim Harbaugh took over in 2015. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma — all schools mentioned above — are the only ones that have been better in that stretch. The problem is those four losses came two times each to Michigan State and Ohio State. The Spartans, Buckeyes and Notre Dame all visit the Big House this year. It’s a big home schedule for Michigan.One Group of 5 to watch in 2019: Spectrum Stadium (UCF)UAB is the only other Group of 5 school that is undefeated at home the last two seasons, but the Knights have got a lot more publicity. UCF is 15-0 at home as part of a two-year unbeaten streak in the regular season. They will put that on the line against Stanford, Houston and South Florida this season. MORE: Ranking college football coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonUnder 80K: Husky Stadium (Washington) Washington is 19-1 the last three seasons and has re-established its Pac-12 power. With that, the reputation for going to Husky Stadium will continue to increase. Chris Petersen did the same thing at Boise State.Between 80-100K: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn) The configuration puts fans at eye level with the players, and despite home losses to LSU and Tennessee last year we’re sticking with this answer. Auburn is 4-1 against ranked teams at home the last two years, including wins against Alabama and Georgia. The Tide and Bulldogs visit Jordan-Hare in November. What’s the toughest venue in college football? That’s a question that’s almost impossible to put a true measurement on. You can go by the wins and losses. You can go by the size of the stadium. You can go by the atmosphere or by time of day (or in most cases, time of night).last_img read more

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Book review: ‘Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier’

first_imgNear the end of “Smokin’ Joe,” hedging on this acknowledgment, Kram writes, “People who knew him for years told me they were sure that Frazier carried his animus for Ali to the grave, that he had been wounded so deeply that he could never let it go. But others were certain that he had come to peace with Ali, particularly those who knew him from his boyhood days in South Carolina. Nearly all told me some variation of ‘Billy never hated a soul in his life.'”But those who knew Frazier “from his boyhood days in South Carolina” were wrong. It’s beyond question that, at times in his life, Frazier did hate Ali. Thus, Kram would have done better to end “Smokin’ Joe” with his own eloquently worded observation: “Any conclusion either way is perhaps clouded by your own thoughts of how forgiving you would be in the same circumstances. Perhaps some of it also has to do with your own belief in the power of reconciliation, how you define ‘unforgivable,’ and the enchantment of happy endings.”Thomas Hauser’s email address is thomashauserwriter@gmail.com. His most recent book – Protect Yourself at All Times  – was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Hundreds of books have been written about Muhammad Ali. As Ali biographer Wilfrid Sheed noted, “He’s one of those madonnas you want to paint at least once in your life.” But surprisingly few books — and fewer good ones — have been written about the men who, with Ali, defined “the golden age of heavyweight boxing.” Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Larry Holmes lent their names to autobiographies. But none of these efforts did justice to their subject.”Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier” by Mark Kram Jr. (published by HarperCollins) does justice to its subject. Frazier won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics and engaged in memorable heavyweight championship fights against Jimmy Ellis and George Foreman. But he’s best remembered for three fights against Muhammad Ali, historic encounters that are the pyramids of boxing.MORE: Join DAZN and watch classic fights plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAt his best, Frazier fought with unrelenting savage fury. “His way was the hard way,” Kram writes. “In the ring, he lived and died by the simple yet daring principle of engagement that, in order to deliver one bone-crunching blow, it was frequently necessary to absorb three in exchange. No one would ever have cause to question his heart or his courage under fire.”After fighting Frazier, George Chuvalo declared, “He fights six minutes of every round.”Frazier was born in Beaufort County in South Carolina on Jan. 12, 1944. His parents, Rubin and Dolly Frazier, had 11 children (eight boys and three girls).A lot has been written about growing up in the midst of ignorance, poverty and disease in the poorest parts of rural America. Kram’s treatment of the subject is well-researched and evocatively written. He writes about Frazier’s early years in a way that brings “Billy Boy” (as Frazier was known then) and his surroundings to life.It was a world where, in Kram’s words, “Fifty percent of African American males [in Beaufort County] suffered from syphilis which rendered them ineligible for service in World War II. Whatever contrived harmony existed between the races hinged on the adherence by blacks to a wide range of humiliating inequities.”Frazier dropped out of school at an early age. His rural South Carolina vernacular left many with the false impression that he was “slow of mind” — an image that Ali later cruelly propagated. He took a bus north to New York where he stole cars and sold them to a junkyard no-questions-asked to make ends meet. Then he moved to Philadelphia, found work in a slaughterhouse, and took up boxing under the watchful eye of Yank Durham.Frazier was short for a heavyweight and had a limited reach. But as Kram notes, “Beyond the raw power he spotted in Frazier, Durham ascertained that there was a big engine inside him. To counterbalance Joe’s physical shortcomings, he was of the belief that Frazier only had one way to go and that was straight ahead into the chest of his opponent.”That was how Frazier fought.Kram explores the Philadelphia gym culture and the ring wars that came with it. He chronicles Frazier’s pro career from his first fight through the sad coda at the end of his fighting days, an undeserved draw against Floyd “Jumbo” Cummings. He details how, for much of his career, Frazier fought with eye damage that severely limited his vision (“I’d rather be rich and blind than poor and blind,” he said).Frazier, of course, will be remembered forever in tandem with Ali and measured forever against him.Muhammad Ali, who proclaimed, “I outshine the sun.””The rivalry between Frazier and Ali,” Kram writes, “was a cultural happening that exposed the deep fissures in American society. By an accident of circumstances, they ended up in the crosshairs of an argument far larger than themselves.”In this rivalry, Kram notes, Frazier “came face to face with black-on-black hate language in his exchanges with Ali. Whatever heights of athletic achievement they drove each other to inside the ring, they dragged each other down in a running feud outside of it.”Kram deftly chronicles the burgeoning war of words between Frazier and Ali; a war that verged on violence between the two men on several occasions during Ali’s exile from boxing. As the book evolves, all three Ali-Frazier fights are well told.In the dressing room before Ali-Frazier I, Durham told Frazier, “Win tonight and the road will be paved in gold.”Frazier won. But even then, his dreams weren’t fully realized. Ali had turned a substantial portion of the black community against him. The now-undisputed heavyweight champion of the world wasn’t able to fully enjoy his reign. He never received the respect he should have as a fighter or a man.”Smokin’ Joe” covers a wide range of subjects from the formation of Cloverlay (the Philadelphia syndicate that financially backed Frazier) to Frazier’s unfortunate relationship with Frank Rizzo (the Philadelphia cop who was elected mayor on a platform of not-so-subtle racism aimed at the black community).It’s infused with anecdotal material such as Frazier’s effort to launch a singing career (his most notable moment as a singer came in 1970 when he slipped onstage while performing and broke his ankle).One theme explored in depth is Frazier’s profligate womanizing.Frazier had four children by two different women (Florence Smith and Rosetta Green) before his 19th birthday. He and Florence married on June 25, 1963, while she was pregnant with their third child. They were so poor that Frazier borrowed his sister Mazie’s wedding ring to use in the ceremony.Kram describes Frazier as being “restless at home.” That’s an understatement. Over the years, he fathered 11 children (six sons and five daughters) by six different women. Florence was the mother of five of the children. In addition to Green, four other women — Joan Mahoney, Sharon Hatch, Janice Cotton and Sheri Gibson — carried a child of Frazier’s to term.”Frazier let the good times roll when it came to women,” Kram writes. “He was prolific in his sexual adventures. Although he loved his children and took seriously his obligation to see to their welfare, he felt hemmed in by the sameness of domestic life. Occasionally, as the four walls began closing in on him, he would engage in quarrels at home late at night as a pretext to storm out of the house in search of action. He looked upon his dalliances as a prerogative due him once the [household] bills were paid.”Some of Frazier’s children were raised in comfort. Others grew up in inner-city public housing. But he loved all of them. At one point, he took his 1964 Olympic gold medal to a jeweler with instructions to carve it into charms, one for each child.In 1985, Joe and Florence began litigating a divorce. The proceeding (like a Dickensian tale out of “Bleak House”) took 12 years to resolve.Kram also gives a detailed account of Frazier’s long (1968 through 2011) relationship with Denise Menz, the most consistent of his extra-marital lovers. Over the years, Menz became, in Kram’s words, Frazier’s “confidante, lover, business partner, and, occasionally, indentured servant. Wherever Joe appeared, it seemed that she was never far away. Charged by Frazier with running his office, she kept the books, lined up caterers, helped him choose his wardrobe, decorated the gym and the upstairs living quarters, and even did loads of laundry.”Menz (who was one of Kram’s sources in writing “Smokin’ Joe”) said of her lover, “He would kneel at his bedside and say his prayers the way a small child would. He believed in all of the Ten Commandments except the ones dealing with adultery. He told me, ‘The Lord don’t care about that.'”Menz also acknowledged what Kram calls “episodes of turbulence” between Frazier and herself with the emergence of other women in Frazier’s later years. “It was the only thing we ever fought about,” Menz said. “I knew I was the other woman but not that there were other women.”Frazier and Menz (who is white) also had to deal with the societal pressures of being in an interracial relationship.”Given how society frowned upon interracial affairs in the 1960s,” Kram states, “it would not have gone well for Joe if it became common knowledge that he was engaged in one. Beyond the certain havoc that it would have caused at home, it surely would have hurt his efforts to build a commercial brand.”The decades after Frazier retired as an active fighter are also well-told in “Smokin’ Joe.” He had always been a drinker. But he drank a lot more than he had before after his days in the ring came to an end.Eventually, Frazier tried his hand at training fighters. In the late-1970s and 1980s, he worked with his oldest child, Marvis, who’d been born in 1960 when Joe and Florence were 16. Marvis was taller and a much lighter puncher than his famous father. He also had a not-particularly-good chin. Referencing Joe’s deficiencies as a trainer, Kram observes, “When it came to passing down his know-how, he only knew the way he had done it. He was not adaptable to fighters’ individual skill sets. When he worked with young fighters, it was as if he saw within them the potential to re-create himself.”Commenting on Frazier’s my-way-or-the-highway approach to training, Eddie Futch declared, “You’ll never be able to convince Joe that he was wrong. Anyone who disagrees with him on anything becomes the enemy.”Marvis won 19 fights as a pro but suffered brutal knockout defeats when overmatched against Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson.One of Frazier’s children is now an attorney. Another died in prison. Nine of Joe’s 11 children are alive today. Kram interviewed four of them. Joseph Jordan Frazier (born to Sharon Hatch in the early 1980s) shared the thought, “My father loved the only way he knew how.”Late in life, his money gone, Frazier suffered from diabetes and hypertension. He underwent surgery for neck, back and shoulder problems. While mowing the lawn, he accidentally cut off one of his toes. Worse, he developed cognitive issues of his own, presumably from the many blows to the head he took in boxing. The final blow was liver cancer. He died on Nov. 7, 2011.There are some nagging factual errors in “Smokin’ Joe.” For example, Kram writes that Ali was allowed to fight Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden (with Ali-Frazier I on the horizon) because “New York had relented and given him a license on the heels of his comeback in Atlanta.” But New York didn’t “relent.” A federal judge ruled that the New York State Athletic Commission had violated Ali’s constitutional rights and ordered the commission to give him a license.There’s also a questionable interpretation of events in the book’s final three pages when Kram recounts what some say was a reconciliation that took place at a private dinner between Frazier and Ali during NBA All-Star weekend in 2002. The dinner did happen. And as recounted by Kram, some kind words were spoken. But in truth, Frazier never let go of the bitterness and anger that he felt toward Ali.Kram acknowledges as much when he begins his book by stating in the prologue, “As the years unfolded and Ali grew infirm, as his speech became slurred and his hands increasingly quivered, Frazier appeared to take cruel pleasure in the adversity that had befallen ‘Clay.’ ‘Look at him, and now look at me.’ he told me [Kram] and others. ‘Who do you think came out the winner?’ He had convinced himself that his signature was embossed on the physical wreck Ali had become. Even as friends reminded him that Ali was a sick man and implored him to back off, Frazier could not help himself from battering his erstwhile rival with verbal haymakers.”last_img read more

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Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles among 3 teams still ‘in the mix’ for Danny Green

first_imgThe Lakers acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in June and have enough cap space to sign a third star. They’re pursuing Leonard, as well.“For me, my biggest thing, my biggest mantra, is winning,” Green said. “I want to be in a situation where I can play, be effective and win. I want to be in an organization that is a contender, so I’m looking at a lot of places that have a really good foundation.”If he heads to the Mavericks, Green would slot in next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis while the Raptors could bring back almost every major piece from their championship-winning team if Leonard and Green re-sign. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Danny Green thinks there’s a ‘higher percentage’ star stays with Raptors There are three teams still in the mix to sign Danny Green.The Lakers, Mavericks and Raptors remain in contention to land the 32-year-old, the guard announced on his podcast’s official Twitter account Tuesday. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles continues to fill out roster, signs Jared Dudley After day three of Free Agency, these 3 teams, in no particular order, are in the mix for Danny. You get to be General Manager, what are you telling @DGreen_14 ?Keep an eye out to this account and @HarrisonSanford for any updates. pic.twitter.com/RWcQuQq3OP— Inside The Green Room (@GreenRoomInside) July 2, 2019Green, along with star Kawhi Leonard, was sent from the Spurs to the Raptors last summer. He shot a career-high 45.5% from 3-point range on 5.4 attempts per game for Toronto during the regular season as the team went on to win its first title in franchise history.“It was a great year and I had a lot of fun,” Green told USA Today’s HoopsHype last month. “It was cool — from being traded and not knowing what was going on to coming to a city that welcomed me with open arms and embraced me. I had a pretty good season, with some ups and downs in the playoffs.” Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers believe they’re ‘firmly in the lead’; Drake plans Raptors pitch “Obviously, I want to maximize on the dollar, but I also want to maximize on the situation,” Green said. “I know I’m not an All-Star or star player, but I want to be remembered as a great role player who won a lot of games and leave my mark in the league.”Green also won a title with the Spurs in 2013-14.last_img read more

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MLB All-Star Game 2019: Start time, TV channel, full rosters for AL and NL teams

first_imgNational League pitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPLuis CastilloRedsSPSandy AlcantaraMarlinsSPSonny Gray*RedsSPHyun-Jin RyuDodgersSPBrandon Woodruff*BrewersSPMike SorokaBravesSPWalker BuehlerDodgersSPClayton KershawDodgersSPJacob deGromMetsRPFelipe Vazquez*PiratesRPKirby YatesPadresRPWill SmithGiants* Max Scherzer was replaced because of a pitching schedule conflict. Josh Hader was replaced because of injury. Zack Greinke was replaced because of a personal matter.2019 MLB Home Run Derby resultsMets rookie Pete Alonso took home the 2019 Home Run Derby honors, ousting fellow rookie sensation Vlad Guerrero Jr. Alonso launched 23 bombs in the final round to win.It was one of the most entertaining nights in Home Run Derby history. In the second round, Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and Guerrero Jr. combined for 79 bombs that needed two, three-swing playoffs to decide. The 2019 MLB All-Star Game rosters reflect not only the emergent players from the first half of the season, but also the teams on the rise. Of the 17 announced starters, only one played for an organization below .500 at the time.Mike Trout, the lone exception, is part of an Angels squad still hovering around the edge of AL wild-card contention. He’s also perhaps baseball’s best player and a mainstay in All-Star lineups. He has already clubbed 26 home runs this campaign. Watch the MLB All-Star Game live or on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Much like the last time Cleveland-hosted All-Star Game in 1997, when young players such as Nomar Garciaparra and Mariano Rivera participated, the 2019 event will introduce an array of faces that will be new to casual fans nationwide. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Matt Chapman are among those making their first appearances in the Midsummer Classic.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball rosterHere are the best ways to follow the action, as well as a list of players for each team:How to watch MLB All-Star Game 2019: Schedule, TV start timeTime: 7:30 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxLocation: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OhioLive stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)The All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9. It will be televised to a national U.S. audience on Fox, which is using a four-man broadcast team of Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.The game is also being streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.With a victory, the National League would draw level with the American League for all-time wins in the exhibition at 44.2019 All-Star Game startersAmerican League lineupPos.PlayerTeamSPJustin VerlanderAstrosCGary SanchezYankees1BCarlos SantanaIndians2BDJ LeMahieuYankeesSSJorge PolancoTwins3BAlex BregmanAstrosOFMike TroutAngelsOFGeorge SpringerAstrosOFMichael BrantleyAstrosDHJ.D. MartinezRed SoxNational League lineupPos.PlayerTeamSPHyun-Jin RyuDodgersCWillson ContrerasCubs1BFreddie FreemanBraves2BKetel MarteDiamondbacksSSJavier BaezCubs3BNolan ArenadoRockiesOFChristian YelichBrewersOFRonald Acuna Jr.BravesOFCody BellingerDodgersDHJosh BellPiratesFull list of All-Star Game reservesAmerican League benchPos.PlayerTeamCJames McCannWhite SoxIFMatt ChapmanA’sIFGleyber Torres**YankeesIFJose AbreuWhite SoxIFFrancisco LindorIndiansIFXander Bogaerts*Red SoxIFDaniel VogelbachMarinersOFMookie BettsRed SoxOFAustin MeadowsRaysOFWhit MerrifieldRoyalsOFJoey GalloRangers* Tommy La Stella and Hunter Pence were replaced because of injury.** Brandon Lowe, who replaced La Stella, was injured and in turn replaced by Gleyber Torres.American League pitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPJohn MeansOriolesSPMasahiro Tanaka*YankeesSPJose Berrios*TwinsSPLiam Hendriks*A’sSPLucas GiolitoWhite SoxSPShane Bieber*IndiansSPJustin VerlanderAstrosSPGerrit ColeAstrosRPRyan PresslyAstrosRPShane GreeneTigersRPBrad HandIndiansRPAroldis ChapmanYankees* Jake Odorizzi and Marcus Stroman were replaced because of injury. Charlie Morton and Mike Minor were replaced because of pitching schedule conflicts.National League benchPos.PlayerTeamCJ.T. RealmutoPhilliesCYasmani GrandalBrewersIFPete AlonsoMetsIFJosh BellPiratesIFPaul DeJongCardinalsIFMax Muncy*DodgersIFTrevor StoryRockiesIFKris BryantCubsIFMike MoustakasBrewersOFJeff McNeilMetsOFDavid DahlRockiesOFCharlie BlackmonRockies* Anthony Rendon was replaced because of injury.last_img read more

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Jure Pejić from FC Travnik transferred to FC Vitez

first_imgFC Vitez, the leader of First League of FBiH, which is fighting its way to Premier league, started assembling a team for the start of second part of season.New player of FC Vitez will be 21 year old midfielder Jure Pejić who used to play in FC Travnik.Pejić said that he believes he made a good choice and that FC Vitez is a good team, and he hopes to continue with playing well in the new team.last_img

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More Than 2.000 Cyclists Participated at the ‘Giro di Sarajevo’

first_imgThe Association of Citizens ‘Giro di Sarajevo’ organized for the sixth time in a row yesterday a bicycle race on the streets of Sarajevo under the slogan ‘We want tracks-our tracks’.More than 2.000 cyclists participated in the race that started from the high school ‘Skender Kulenović’ on Dobrinja.The column of cyclists passed through a section 20 kilometers long with the end goal between the National Museum and the bridge Ars Aevi.With this manifestation, the organizers wished to emphasize to the relevant institutions on the necessity of making bicycle paths that would relieve traffic, as well as increase the safety of all road users.(Source: Fena)last_img

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End of Fairy Tale in Melbourne: Damir Džumhur Says Farewell to Australian Open

first_imgThe most beautiful story of this year’s Australian Open ended today in the third round at Hisense Arena. The B&H tennis player Damir Džumhur failed to beat Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic, and the final score of the match was 3:0 in sets.The B&H tennis player held himself well in the first set, which lasted 37 minutes. With the result 5:4 for Berdych, Džumhur lost the first set after losing the serve, and the score was 6:4 in the first set.In the second set, Damir’s concentration was low. He contested decisions by the umpire and sought a challenge. His nervousness was noticeable, and resulted in the unnecessary loss of a few points.In Melbourne, Džumhur showed that through work and effort, without support of the country and system, excellent results could be achieved. With proper and effective work, which the money earned from Melbourne will help, Damir will be able to achieve his goals and enter the top 100 players in the world.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Denis Stojnić: I want to win the Champion Belt

first_imgDenis Stojnić, the best B&H MMA fighter, is preparing intensively for upcoming matches, and his colleagues and his manager confirm that he is in the best shape he has ever been. Difficult and demanding trainings yielded results, thus Stojnić had already lost seven kilograms.Stojnić’s next opponent or the organization in which he will perform are not known yet, and his coach Martijn de Jong said that the B&H fighter might perform at the Final Fight Championship (FFC).Stojnić should probably enter the ring with Dion Staring, champion of FFC federation, led by Zovko Orzat. As a reminder, Stojnić defeated Staring couple years ago, and they were also long-term sparring partners.“I got a call from my coach last night, and we talked about that possible match. The coach talked to Mark Petrak, one of the organizers in FFC, and he offered a financial compensation for this match and an opportunity for me to fight for the title, and I accepted,” Stojnić said.As a reminder, Orzat and Stojnić are not in overly good relationship, but it is clear that the FFC would gain on popularity if it gets another B&H fighter.“A truly bad champion Dion Staring is on the throne of the FFC and, if this match is held, I promise I will knock him out and take the belt in FFC federation,” Denis Stojnić is convinced.(Source: klix.ba/ photo tapology)last_img read more

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BiH Juniors in Semi-finals of the European Championship against Slovenia

first_imgThe junior basketball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the semi fans of the European Championship will play against the national team of Slovenia.The junior basketball national team of Lithuania last night defeated the Greek team with a result of 81:61 in the last round of the group phase of the European Championship and, therefore, are now in the first place of group C.Since our national team is second place in its group, it will play against the third-placed Slovenian team from group C.The game between BiH and Slovenia will be placed on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Bratislava.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img

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Record Number of People took part in Blood Donation Action

first_imgFC Zeljeznicar and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine of the FBiH organized volunteering blood donation action at the Grbavica Stadium.The action lasted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a total of 121 donors took part in it.Numerous fans of the Blue team, staff members of the Club, as well as citizens of Sarajevo who regularly donate blood for the Institute for Transfusion Medicine took part in this action. All donors received a free ticket to derby match with FC Sarajevo.“FC Zeljeznicar would like to thank to all donors, and to inform fans that the club will organize blood donation actions in the future period as well,” as announced from the club.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

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