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‘Pot Roast’ Fined for Being Overweight

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Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton has been fined yet again for missing his team weight markers. Over the course of his playing career he has amassed a staggering $300,000 in fines for weight-related issues.

His current team, the Denver Broncos, is intent on a shake-up. And Knighton is on the list. Team management believe his weight problems are now affecting the success of the side.

“The Broncos will undergo a number of changes in the coming days and weeks. John Elway (the general manager) won’t sit back and chill. He will be aggressive in fixing the team’s problems.

“One of those issues is Knighton.”

Knighton is listed in the players’ report as weighing in at a trim-taut-and terrific 152 kg. But everyone knows that’s not true. It’s more – maybe a lot more.

But after forking out $300,000 it seems obvious that fining him isn’t working. Elway will need a new strategy.

Knighton is arguably one of the nicest and most respected players in the NFL. He laughs about his weight problem and tells how he got the nickname ‘Pot Roast’:

“It was dark on the plane and everyone was sleeping. The stewardess was walking down the aisle saying, ‘Pot roast? Pot roast?’ and I raised my hand, as if that was my name.

The guy sitting behind me, (former teammate) Clint Ingram is probably the biggest comedian I ever played with – he said, ‘I’m going to start calling you Pot Roast.

“I was like ‘Yeah, whatever.’ But it stuck with me.

“I’m just glad I ordered that instead of the shrimp Alfredo. I just thought it was going to be something to laugh about for the week. But five years later we’re still talking about ‘Pot Roast.’”

 

Aussie BMX Star Looking for Gold in Rio

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Caroline Buchanan has her sights set on a gold medal at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

She already has two BMX world championships to her credit, but is hungry for more.

To help her get there she has enlisted the aid of two Olympic and sporting legends: Marathoner Rob de Castella and pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Both men have been there and done it. Both men know what it takes to compete at the highest level. And both men now count themselves as mentors to the track powerhouse Buchanan.

At the top level the differences between athletes is often incredibly close – “Everyone who makes the Olympics,” said Deek, “looks a bit the same. But you want to know that every day you’ve achieved something that might make a difference, that will make you complete.”

And in a sport like BMX this is crucial. BMX is ruthless, hard, and fiercely competitive. The further back you are from being first at the first bend, the harder it will be for you to make up that difference. Moreover, the further back you are the more likely it is you will be involved in a crash, ruining your chances of even finishing.

Confidence, then, is every bit as important as power and skill.

“And confidence is what Buchanan has after two consecutive world championship wins. She now plans to ride out the remainder of the Australian season before leaving Australia to compete in the 2015 World Cup circuit in April.

BMX Star Has Sights Set on Rio Gold

 Caroline Buchanan has her sights set on a gold medal at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

She already has two BMX world championships to her credit, but is hungry for more.

To help her get there she has enlisted the aid of two Olympic and sporting legends: Marathoner Rob de Castella and pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Both men have been there and done it. Both men know what it takes to compete at the highest level. And both men now count themselves as mentors to the track powerhouse Buchanan.

At the top level the differences between athletes is often incredibly close – “Everyone who makes the Olympics,” said Deek, “looks a bit the same. But you want to know that every day you’ve achieved something that might make a difference, that will make you complete.”

And in a sport like BMX this is crucial. BMX is ruthless, hard, and fiercely competitive. The further back you are from being first at the first bend, the harder it will be for you to make up that difference. Moreover, the further back you are the more likely it is you will be involved in a crash, ruining your chances of even finishing.

Confidence, then, is every bit as important as power and skill.

And confidence is what Buchanan has after two consecutive world championship wins. She now plans to ride out the remainder of the Australian season before leaving Australia to compete in the 2015 World Cup circuit in April.

Courntey Hancock & Liz Pluimers Set for Showdown in Newcastle

Ironwoman Courtney Hancock has opened up about her rivalry with Northcliff club compatriot Liz Pluimers.

Both women are premier athletes in one of the world’s most gruelling sports: The Nutri-Grain Iron Woman Series. But personal differences have produced deep divisions between the two.

But their antagonism has fuelled each woman to beat the other.

Hancock has won the crown three times, including last season. Pluimer has won the title twice. And neither wants to finish behind the other.

Currently Pluimers has an impressive 10-point lead going into this week’s final round in Newcastle. A win here would see her tie up the series and even her title count against Hancock.

“We have different beliefs on how we do things,” Hancock told the Daily Telegraph. “And I don’t think we got along from the start and it has always been that way.

“We have the same love for the sport, but we don’t talk

‘It drives me when I’m racing, because Liz is a great athlete and I want to get out there and beat her.

“I think that drive also helps me go to limits I haven’t been to before.”

Hancock is starring in a Nutri-Grain Sports Stars Challenge on Channel 9 in 2015. She has spent a lot of time filming the show, but refuses to use it as an excuse for her recent form slump (now 6th on the ladder).

“It’s definitely hurt my racing this year, but everything happens for a reason and you’ll see me return next year a bit more focused.

“That’s why I want to finish the season in Newcastle with a strong result and hopefully a win.

Luke Houlihan to Challenge for Bay Sheffield Gift

Bay Sheffield Gift. Image:www.aroundyou.com.au

Former basketball player Luke Houlihan has been marked as the man most likely to stop teenage sprint sensation Jack Hale in today’s Bay Sheffield Gift at Glenelg.

Hale burst into the world athletic headlines earlier this month when he posted a stunning 10.13 seconds for the 100 meters at the Australian All Schools championship in Adelaide.

Unfortunately an excessively strong tailwind discounted his time from the record books. But Hale is still the fastest 16 year-old in Australian history with a legal time of 10.42 seconds to his credit.

Hale ($6.00), from Apple Island, has been tightly marked, starting from 2.75 meters. This means that South Australian Houlihan ($3.75) will have a whopping 4.75 meter head start (7.50 meter mark) in the 120 meter race.

Other contenders are Josh Jakeman ($5.00) starting off a 6.25 meter mark, West Australian Matthew Short, and New South Welshman Tim Eschebach (both $8.00).

The racing is expected to be close with the betting on 10 of the athletes coming in under the $10 mark.

Lauren Buchanan is the runaway favourite in the women’s Gift. She will be running off the front mark despite having a dominant regular season. Punters obviously believe the quality backmarkers have been unfairly handicapped.

The weekend Bay Sheffield carnival hosted the 70 meter men’s and women’s Gifts and the men’s 800 meter on Saturday.

Florian Stuns MMA World Agreeing with Nick Diaz

Kenny Florian. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Ex-UFC fighter, now commentator, Kenny Florian stunned the MMA world by agreeing with Nick Diaz’s statement calling Georges St-Pierre a coward.

Georges Rush St-Pierre. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Georges Rush St-Pierre. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Diaz said St-Pierre was scared to fight Anderson Silva: “he didn’t take the fight. He could barely say two things and he’d get the fight, just like that. But he didn’t want the fight.”

Diaz was responding to comments by St-Pierre stating that he (Diaz) had made a mistake in taking the fight against Silva. The fight will take place in Silva’s natural weight class rather than at a catch weight between the two.

Florian weighed into the war-of-words with: “Any champion or fighter always wants the odds to be in their favour. For him (Diaz) to go up in at 185 pounds and fight a guy like Anderson Silva who many consider the greatest of all time, well, I think it’s a smart decision by Geroges. Geroges wanted to fight more at a catchweight of 175 (pounds), maybe even 170 pounds, where it would be in his favour.

Nick Diaz. Image: it.wikipedia.org

Nick Diaz. Image: it.wikipedia.org

“So is GSP scared? Yes, and that’s also what made him one of the best champions of all time.”

Diaz and St-Pierre have had a long running dislike of one another. In the lead up to their March 2013 title fight St-Pierre was promising to ‘put a beating’ on Diaz such as he’d never had. The normally calm and professional champion was incensed at Diaz. For his part, Diaz had insinuated St-Pierre has used performance enhancing drugs. Their fight ended with St-Pierre dong as he promised – and putting a beating on Diaz such as he (nor anyone else) had ever seen.

Chris Kimbrough Shatters World Beer Mile Record

Mother of six, runner, and super-hero Chris Kimbrough has smashed the existing world beer mile record. Once thought unbeatable Chris slaughtered Seanna Robinson’s 1997 record of ^:42.0 by an astonishing 13 seconds.

The event challenges athletes to drink four beers and run a mile – all of it against the clock.

And don’t think this is a wimpy, lmid strength event either. The Official Beer Mile rules require the beer contain at least 5.0 per cent alcohol by volume.

Chris Kimbrough Image: rogueracingteam.wordpress.com

Chris Kimbrough Image: rogueracingteam.wordpress.com

44 year-old Chris Kimbrough, of Austin Texas, made her Rouge Racing Team proud by slamming down all four of her local brews – Alternation Ale – at room temperature and clocking a world record time of 628.6.

Athletes must drink a beer at the start line and one beer roughly every 400m enroute to completing the 1609 meter course.

And while it might seem a pleasant distraction to drink a beer after running each 400 meter lap, drinking while puffing is not for the faint-hearted. Runners can be disqualified for spilling too much beer and not finishing their beer.

In fact, it has now got to the point where some runners will train specifically for this event!

“The run part wasn’t that hard for me,” Kimbrough said. “The last two (beers) were harder to get down because I felt like there was this air here, so it wasn’t going down. Having all those beers in (my) stomach didn’t really bother me as much as I thought it would. I think learning how to get the burp out more before you get to that next beer would probably help.”

The World Beer Mile Championships take place in Austin on December 3.

I hope you’re ready.

Brazilian Olympic Officials Extend Invitation to Pistorius

Officials from the Olympic and Paralympic games in Brazil had said they would welcome Oscar Pistorius in 2016 should the runner be declared eligible.

Pistorius was last week found guilty of negligently killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He has been sentenced to a five-year jail term, but is expected to be released after 10 months.

Oscar Pistorius. Image: www.mirror.co.uk

Oscar Pistorius. Image: www.mirror.co.uk

However South African Olympic and Paralympic officials say that Pistorius will not receive their blessing to compete until the full five year sentence is served.

Rio communications director Mario Andrada said, “He was judged by the South African judicial system. As soon as he fulfils his obligations with that system he will be a free man and a free man is entitled to compete wherever he wants.

“We have to keep in our prayers and thought both families. It was a tragedy … but he will be welcome in Brazil like anybody else”

Pistorius (also known as the Bade Runner) was the first Paralympian to race alongside able-bodied runners at the Olympics. He competed in the 400m and the 4x400m relay in the London Olympics, in 2012.

He then competed in the Paralympics claiming gold in the 400m and 4x100m. But he was controversially beaten in the 200m by Alan Oliveira. Pisotrius claimed Oliveira had an unfair advantage by using longer blades. Animosity has simmered between the two ever since.

The Rio organisers would love for them to compete against each other again.

Pistorius Case to Affect More than Just those Involved.

Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing. Image: www.bbc.co.uk

Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing. Image: www.bbc.co.uk

As Oscar Pistorius counts down the days to his sentencing South Africans have begun to re-evaluate their relationship with home-grown sporting stars.

Senior lecturer in critical thinking and ethics at the University of Cape Town, Jacques Rousseau, believes there was more global than local interest in the Pistorius case.

“I think the interest in Pistorius is mainly with rich whites and they make up less than eight per cent of the population,” he told reporters.

“In terms of how his fall from grace resonated on a national level I think Hansie’s was greater. He (Hansie Cronje) had led South African cricket through a period of almost constant success. He was a cult hero across the nation.

“People want their sporting heroes to be virtuous and noble. That is how South Africans saw Hansie; they felt he exemplified the virtues they aspired to, so when he was unmasked as a cheat they felt let down.”

“Pistorius was always a complicated figure,” Rousseau continued. “He could be selfish and petulant when things didn’t go his way. He complained about another disabled runner when he was beaten. That all clouded his image. I don’t thnk South Africans made the emotional investmen in him that they did in other sporting stars.

South African City Press journalist, Mondli Makhanya, wrote this for a British website: “In his heyday he (Pistorius) was a genuine crossover hero, loved in equal measure by blacks and whites. He crossed that divide in which football stars are worshipped by blacks and rugby and cricket stars are worshipped by whites. He was one of the few unifying figures in a nation still trying to achieve cohesion.

“With his fall from grace, South Africa lost a common hero. In a way, then, Pistorius’s demise has removed a small but significant brick in the country’s nation-building project.”

Marathon World Record Tumbles Again!

Dennis Kimetto. Photo: espn.go.com

Dennis Kimetto. Photo: espn.go.com

Kenyan farmer Dennis Kimetto broke the world marathon record in Berlin on the weekend. This is the sixth time since 2003 the world record has been broken in the same city.

Kimetto’s jaw-dropping time of 2:02.57 has put the two-hour marathon dream on notice. To give you some idea of how fast Kimetto was running, he covered each mile of the 26 mile course in an average time of 4 minutes 41.5 seconds!

Second place getter, compatriot Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, also came in under the previous record. He dashed across the line with the incredible time of 2:03.13.

When asked if a two-hour marathon was possible Kimetto said, “I am expecting a marathon in two hours. I can break this (today’s) record again.”

Runner-up Mutai agreed. “Today showed the time is coming down and down. To beat two hours is possible. If not today, then tomorrow. Maybe next time we’ll get 2:01.”

A two-hour marathon is one of sport’s last great Everests. Its accomplishment would rate alongside Roger bannister’s four-minute mile and Jim Hines’ sub 10 second 100meters.

High performance coaches within the sport of marathon running agree, it’s not a question of if, but when. The right track, conditions, pacing and training can prepare the right athlete to pass this last great sporting milestone.