first_imgTampere: Sprinter Hima Das on Wednesday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships at Tampere, Finland.The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold, which triggered a wild celebration at the Indian camp. This was though not her personal best as she had clocked 51.13 last month in Guwahti at the National Inter State Championships.No woman before Das has won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior.She is also the first Indian—men or women—to have won a gold in a track event at the world level.Running in lane number 4, Das was behind Romania’s Andrea Miklos at the final bend but produced a stunning burst during the final stretch to cross the finishing line well ahead of the field. She produced her trademark burst at the final 50m.Miklos took the silver in 52.07 while Taylor Manson of USA was third in 52.28.“I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.Das, from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon distrist, now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.The other medal winners are—Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).Das was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.  Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone onto improving her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati.  Congratulating Das, Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla said, “Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img Published on October 29, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus When the game is on the line, head coach Paul Flanagan turns to sophomore first-line center Jessica Sibley.When Syracuse was down, 2-1, on Oct. 19 against Connecticut and only 13 seconds were remaining in the game, Flanagan trusted Sibley to take the deciding faceoff despite the fact that she had lost one in the offensive zone with an empty net a minute earlier.Sibley won the draw and moved the puck back to forward Alysha Burriss before crashing the net. Burriss put a shot on goal and Sibley tipped it in as the buzzer sounded to tie the game.“If she’s rested, she’s the first one I go to,” Flanagan said, referring to sending Sibley onto the ice for power plays, penalty kills and critical game situations.Even though she’s only a sophomore, Sibley’s skills have cemented her as one of Syracuse’s (1-3-4) top players this season. She has developed into a mature team leader that Flanagan can rely on. On the season, Sibley has recorded one goal and three assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Her leadership in the locker room and on the bench is big,” senior forward Allie LaCombe said, “and then obviously on the ice, she’s a wonderful player. She makes the good shots, the good passes. She makes things happen.”SU’s offense has struggled to produce goals this year, but when it does, Sibley often has a hand in the play.Against Providence on Oct. 18, she assisted on all three of SU’s goals. A day later, she netted the game-tying goal. She was named the College Hockey America Player of the Week for her performances.“It’s always a good accomplishment to get awarded for your hard work, so it was nice because we had a good weekend as a team,” Sibley said.Flanagan describes her as a “prototypical power forward” who is big, strong and clears a path when she’s heading down the ice. Sibley is one of the most skilled players on the team, junior forward Melissa Piacentini said, adding that she has good hands, makes smart plays and has great vision.She is well-rounded and good in the defensive zone too, Flanagan said, and that her low scoring numbers aren’t an indication of how well she’s been playing.Because she logs a lot of ice time, she needs to be more judicious about the work she puts in during the games, Flanagan said, adding that she doesn’t always need to go all out on the forecheck.On the bench, Sibley will talk to the players about what they can do differently and how to improve, LaCombe said.Sibley’s usual linemates don’t think she plays or acts like an underclassman and said the players on the team respect her maturity.“I’m shy so I try to work hard on the ice, give pats on the back, do the little things,” Sibley said.Sibley has proven herself as irreplaceable in her two years with the Orange. But in 2014, she hasn’t been the same scorer she was in 2013 when she finished third on the team with 26 points.She’s a scorer, everyone agrees. But even if the goals aren’t coming, she is still valuable and still the same player that Flanagan relies on.Said Flanagan: “If we didn’t have her — if she were on the shelf — that’s a tough void to fill.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Antonio Brown sweepstakes roll on for the #Steelers, as teams come in and out. The #Broncos deemed it too rich. The #Jets enter the mix. The #Raiders have been in it the whole time. Will be a fun week. pic.twitter.com/JSTIkdX53r— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2019Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl player, tallied 1,297 receiving yards and 15 scores with the Steelers in 2018.Brown has spent his entire nine-year career in Pittsburgh. But he has been unhappy with the Steelers and requested they move him last month. Related News NFL trade rumors: Jets have discussed pursuing Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in late February the team would only deal Brown for a significant package in return. The Jets appear interested in Antonio Brown.New York has “entered the mix” to acquire the 30-year-old wide receiver and has made contact with the Steelers about a potential trade, according to a report from NFL Network. The Raiders and Titans are also considering pursuing a deal for Brown, the report says.center_img “Of course, if you’re going to subtract that player (Brown) from your team, you want compensation that justifies that, and that’s what we’re seeking,” Colbert said, via the Post-Gazette. “We’re open to it, but again if it doesn’t benefit us, we won’t do it; that’s as simple as it gets.”New York is also interested in free agent wide receiver Donte Moncrief, according to an earlier report from the Daily News. NFL free agency rumors: Jets interested in wide receiver Donte Moncrieflast_img read more