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Quintain launches bid to delist Wembley ‘palaces’

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A day for Kinsley Ray: Ellsworth comes together in memory of Kinsley Ray Archer

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — As the sun’s rays seeped through the clouds late Saturday morning, the light shining down upon Kinsley Ray Archer’s name provided the perfect backdrop for a moment of peace.An hour earlier, the last batch of participants had crossed the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K finish line behind the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center. With more walkers than runners on hand, the event unfolded not as a competitive race to the finish but as a joyous parade of smiling faces and sky-blue T-shirts down Shore Road and Pond Avenue.Although these few minutes of silence, in which a small crowd huddled around a tree and engraved bench dedicated to Kinsley Ray in Knowlton Park, were in stark contrast to the earlier scenes at DEFY, they were no less powerful; after a morning that began with gray skies, the final image was that of the sun gleaming off a memorial to a baby girl those around her called “a ray of sunshine.”Those moments and more captivated an entire city Saturday morning as the Ellsworth community came together for a day few will ever forget. A DEFY record of 650 people participated in the race in honor of Kinsley Ray, who died of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 4 months Dec. 10.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“People rally together in times like this, and the generosity is amazing,” Holly Archer, Kinsley Ray’s mother, said following the race. “I’ve seen people that I haven’t seen in years and people that have traveled states to be here. It shows the type of community we have here.”The stage for the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K was set in the weeks following her passing as DEFY’s Robin Clarke was brainstorming ideas to support Holly and her husband, Brian “Buddy” Archer. Clarke started by reaching out to one of the Archers’ best friends, Chelsea Sawyer.At the time, Clarke and Sawyer weren’t certain as to what they wanted to do to help. Yet with one of DEFY’s biggest road race’s, the Jerry Kaufman 5K, set to enter its 12th year in 2019, the timing felt right for the race to take on a new cause. The Kaufman family gave the OK for the event to take a new form, and preparations began.As co-organizers, Clarke and Sawyer planned for the event to be a big one from the start. Yet neither could have dreamed of the turnout the race generated or the lengths to which everyone from family friends to random strangers would go to show their support for the couple.“When you look around and see just how many people came out for this, it really makes my jaw drop,” Sawyer said. “So many people went the extra mile to make this happen because this family really deserves it.”DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke lists off award winners following the Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K on May 4. Clarke organized the race with an Archer family friend, Chelsea Sawyer. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLSawyer said the event raised more than $11,000 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society between donations and registration fees. Local businesses were present to provide coffee, a post-race lunch, a giant tent and other amenities free of charge.Bar Harbor’s Judson Cake finished with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds to win the race, and Dara Knapp of Columbia Falls reached the chute in 20:27 to finish as the top female runner. The first-, second- and third-place runners in each age bracket received medals.The top runners, though, knew this event was about more than personal records, hardware or bragging rights. The cause hit close to home for one of the award recipients, Tamera Murphy, and the Trenton native spoke up when she was called forward to collect her medal.“I’m a five-year lymphoma survivor, and I have MS,” Murphy, who placed second in the women’s 60-69 age group, told the crowd. “If I can run it, anybody can.”As Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, received his trophy, he pointed to a police emblem on his sweat-stained shirt. The gesture was one of solidarity with Brian Archer, a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.With the bulk of Archer’s co-workers there in support, the line of deputy cruisers stretched the entire length of the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School parking lot. After all the family had been through, no one was going to miss this uplifting occasion.Judson Cake of Bar Harbor points to a police badge on his shirt after the Kinsley Memorial 5K on May 4 at DEFY. Cake, an officer with the Bar Harbor Police Department, made the gesture in solidarity with Brian Archer, father of Kinsley Ray and a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Seeing the whole community come out like this is everything we wanted and more,” Sawyer said. “It just really warms your heart.”Clarke said earlier in the week that Saturday’s race could be either a one-time event or an annual race in Kinsley Ray’s memory. That decision, she said, is up to the Archer family.“It could just be something we do this year, or it could be for the next 20 years,” Clarke said. “When that time comes, we’ll find another good cause.”Saturday, though, was a time to remember rather than look ahead. From the starting line to the packed awards ceremony in the DEFY gymnasium to the somber moments in Knowlton Park, there were hugs, there were tears and there was healing for a couple that needed it most.As they took a moment to reflect on it all, Holly and Brian Archer gave each other a long embrace in the middle of the park. On day filled with emotions of all kinds, it was just one reminder of the daughter they will keep in their hearts forever and the community that gave them five hours they will remember the rest of their lives.“It’s just so overwhelming,” Holly said. “The kindness everyone has shown us just truly is amazing. It’s what’s gotten us through this whole time.” Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Southland Conference Announces 2018 Football All-Academic Team

first_img DL Dedrick Garner Lamar Fairfield, Texas Sr. 3.14 Criminal Justice Pos. Name School Hometown Cl. GPA Major DB Zyon McCollum* Sam Houston State Galveston, Texas So. 3.08 Biomedical Sciences OL Kade Parmelly^ Abilene Christian Abilene, Texas Jr. 3.90 Kinesiology DB Ryan Reed^3 Northwestern State St. Francisville, La. Sr. 3.59 Industrial Engineering Technology DB Adrian Contreras^2# Sam Houston State Georgetown, Texas Sr. 3.66 Accounting OL Dustin Burns Northwestern State Beaumont, Texas Sr. 3.71 Biology OL Eddie Houston Nicholls Newton, Miss. Gr. 3.18 Human Performance Education LB Langston Tunson Houston Baptist Humble, Texas Jr. 3.93 Legal Studies RB Chance Pierce Abilene Christian Bridgeport, Texas Jr. 3.40 Kinesiology * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District& Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-American# Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection P Alex Kjellsten* McNeese Lake Charles, La. Sr. 3.40 General Studies DL Johnavhon Graham Houston Baptist DeSoto, Texas Sr. 3.15 Kinesiology/Wellness Management OL Hayden Scott Stephen F. Austin Spring, Texas Gr. 4.00 Professional Accountancy RB Dontrell Taylor^2 Nicholls White Castle, La. Jr. 3.75 Petroleum Sciences – Safety Technology OL Chandler Arceneaux*2 Nicholls Bourg, La. Sr. 3.45 Interdisciplinary Studies WR Brandon Myers Central Arkansas Plant City, Fla. So. 3.48 Undecided DB Erik Huhn Abilene Christian Cibolo, Texas Gr. 4.00 Higher Education WR Josh Fink^&# Abilene Christian Coppell, Texas Sr. 3.96 Finance QB Luke Anthony2# Abilene Christian Fort Worth, Texas Jr. 4.00 Finance DB Gavin Roland^ Stephen F. Austin League City, La. So. 4.00 Biology PK Gunnar Raborn McNeese Lafayette, La. Sr. 3.21 Management DL Jon Miller Southeastern Louisiana Pelham, N.Y. Sr. 3.24 General Studies FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian quarterback Luke Anthony is the 2018 Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year and one of the Wildcats’ five selections to the all-academic team, announced by the league Tuesday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.ACU’s five honorees led the way while Houston Baptist, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana collected a trio of selections. McNeese, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin each earned a pair of honorees. Central Arkansas and Lamar each garnered one pick.A two-time all-academic team selection, Anthony was voted to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in finance. A member of the 2018 All-Conference Honorable Mention squad, the Fort Worth, Texas, native led the league in completions (319) and completion percentage (65.9) and ranked second in passing yards (3,019) and touchdowns (23).Four additional student-athletes are also returning all-academic selections, led by three-time honoree Ryan Reed of Northwestern State. Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor, Houston Baptist defensive lineman Andre Walker and Sam Houston State defensive back Adrian Contreras all landed on the all-academic team for a second time.Three other student-athletes posted perfect 4.00 grade point averages – ACU defensive back Erik Huhn and Stephen F. Austin offensive lineman Hayden Scott and defensive back Gavin Roland.Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors and an academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted.To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season.Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season.2018 Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian2018 Southland Football All-Academic Team LB Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund^ Southeastern Louisiana Darmouth, Nova Scotia Jr. 3.89 Biology DL Andre Walker^2 Houston Baptist Slidell, La. Jr. 3.52 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology TE Bransen Schwebel* Southeastern Louisiana Amite, La. Jr. 3.00 Managementlast_img read more

India 3rd in worldwide dope violation in new WADA report

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Lightweights in the competitive arena but India continued to rule the roost as far as doping was concerned, placed once again in the top three in a WADA report based on the information supplied by various national bodies. India had the third highest Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in 2014, with 96 cases, behind Russia (148) and Italy (123). Belgium (91), France (91), Turkey (73), Australia (49), China (49), Brazil (46) and South Korea (43) followed India in the top 10, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report released today. ADRV is a doping case in which a decision is rendered against an athlete following a full disciplinary process. The sanction is either a reprimand or a period of ineligibility. Out of the 96 ADRVs recorded by India, four are non analytical (2 each in athletics and wrestling) cases like failure to submit to appear for a test, possession, use or trafficking of a prohibited substance following an investigation. Out of these 96 dope violations, 79 (56 men and 23 women) failed in-competition tests while 13 (9 men and 4 women) were caught out-of-competition. India, whose medal count in the Olympics has been a mere 24 since 1920, has one of the highest number dope offenders in the last few years. Among the sports which contributed most dope cheats in the country, athletics continued to maintain the top spot with 29 cases, followed by powerlifitng (23) and weightlifting (22) as the trend of the last few years continued. Other sports whose athletes were caught for dope violations were basketball (3), judo (3), taekwondo (3), wrestling (3), wushu (3), boxing (2), canoe/kayak (1), shooting (1) and soft-tennis (1). There was a case of one dope violation each in para-athletics and para-judo as well. In worldwide dope violations in athletics, India — with 29 such cases — stood second behind Russia (39). Italy (15), France (14), China (13) and Kenya (12) are the other countries in top list of dope violations in athletics. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more