The march is organised to ensure social distancing and safety. A safety notices asks everyone to wear gloves and face masks and to use hand sanitiser where possible. It also states the 2 metre rule “is essential for the safety of our protesters”. A peaceful march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter is planned for tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd June, in South Park from 1pm. The Instagram account with more information about the Oxford march can be found here. This past weekend saw peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in London, Manchester, and Cardiff. Many more protests are planned around the UK in the coming days. They are sparked by the death of George Floyd, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on 25th May. There have been widespread protests across the US for the past 6 days. “We have support from Black Lives Matter and other organisations, but this is an independent protest, and everyone is responsible for their own actions!” “This is a PEACEFUL PROTEST and we will encourage people toleave if it gets out of hand! This is to ensure the safety of everyone!” The flyer advertising the march states: “We have received much more support than we ever could have expected, and we want to ensure we can abide by social distancing rules! This is especially important as members of the BAME community are more vulnerable to the virus.”
–Niles continues dominance of Under-45 divisionBRITON John accumulated the most points for 2019 in cycling and, on Saturday evening, he was duly rewarded with a plaque and cash prize.The national rider, who was not at the presentation, also won the Most Improved Cyclist plaque at the seventh annual award ceremony of the Guyana Cycling News, which was held at the Saint Stanislaus College in the capital city.Junior Niles has dominated the Under-45 division over the years.The event was attended by most of the top cyclists in the country, and drew praises from current president of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), Linden Dowridge.In a brief speech, Dowridge noted that the event has grown into something “grand”. The GCF president was also hopeful that 2020 would be more productive for the sport.“Sponsors, well-wishers, thank you very much for supporting us and we are looking forward to your continued support for next year. Hopefully, that would be a better year, a bigger year, for cycling. We have a number of things planned and once we are able to put them together successfully, next year should be better.”Balram Singh, head of the independent body– the Guyana Cycling News–was elated that his input has helped to further develop the sport.“Guyana Cycling News started in 2011 because I found that there was no avenue to get cycling information out, especially to overseas Guyanese, so I started to post the result of races, pictures…there was no forum to discuss any aspect of the sport….”Singh noted that after a year-and-a-half, he brought in Malcolm Sonaram and then, later, overseas-based Guyanese Elvis Budhram, who helped with US-based cycling news and stats from time-to-time. He noted that recently, Enzo Matthews also assisted with photos and video footage.Ian Jackson was the top rider in the Over-45 division.Singh added that although donations were received from a number of persons, he normally has to add over $100,000 out of his own pocket, annually, to support the venture.Along with the plaques, over $300,000 in cash was also awarded to the winners.Although John won the top award, Junior Niles again dominated the Under-45 division. The ace cyclist collected award number seven for his consistency and quality performances in his category. In total, he tallied 117 points.Second position in the Masters U-45 division went to Paul Cho-wee-nam (67 points), while third place went to Alex Mendes (46 points).In the Masters Over-45 category, Ian Jackson won ahead of Kennard Lovell and Andy Spencer.Ajay Gopilall was rewarded for his dominance in the Junior division.Denise Jeffrey from Team Evolution was the lone recipient in the female category.Meanwhile, in the Juvenile division, Sherwin Sampson won ahead of Jonathan Ramsuchit and Mario Washington.Berbice cyclists Ajay Gopilall (133 points) and Ralph Seenarine (105) were first and second in the Junior Points Classification.United cyclist Briton John tallied a whopping 192 points, followed by Michael Anthony (168 points), Jamual John (156), Curtis Dey (121), Paul Denobrega (118) and Andre Greene (114).John, who was riding overseas earlier this year, was also rewarded for copping nine local wins, the most this season.Walter Grant Stuart, Andrew Hicks, Marcus Kilier, Deeraj Garbarran and Christopher Griffith also received bonus cash prizes.
That’s nothing compared to Bryant University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which boasts an undergrad enrollment of 3,499. Three, including Dodgers eighth-rounder Ryan Ward, were chosen in the draft.Then there’s Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, which has four draftees enrolled among its 4,648 undergrads. Go Wolves.Bloodlines mattered again, too. The Dodgers drafted the son of retired catcher/minor league coach Bill Hasleman (Ty), and the son of retired catcher Matt Sinatro (Danny). The Padres drafted Dave Roberts’ son, Cole, who’s committed to Loyola Marymount University.AH, THE NAMESAs always, the draft yielded names that would surely be rejected by a book publisher.A.J. Bumpass (Reds), Michael McAvenue (Cubs), Zane Zurbrugg (Brewers), Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Rockies), Maverick Handley (Orioles), Jaxx Groshans (Red Sox), Kona Quiggle (Tigers) and Jackxarel Lebron (Blue Jays) make a mean lineup. Marcus Lee Sang (Phillies) joins Jack Cust and Ray Shook as the rare professional ballplayers whose names are complete sentences. The Dodgers’ second pick, University of North Carolina infielder Michael Busch, played football and hockey in high school. So did their second-round pick last year, University of West Virginia pitcher Michael Grove. Before he was an outfielder at St. Mary’s College, Dodgers 15th-round pick Joe Vranesh was a tight end/linebacker for Concord De La Salle, the top-ranked high school football program in the country. The Astros’ top pick, Cal catcher Kody Lee, possesses a Federerian background. According to his college biography, Lee played three years of water polo at Vista High (San Diego County) and “counts body surfing, bowling, and golfing among his hobbies.” Being a generalist isn’t enough to rocket a young athlete to the top of a major league draft board, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.The opposite might hurt more.Tommy John, the son of the retired pitcher, expressed this thought to me last year. We spoke on the occasion of the release of his own youth athlete training guide, “Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance.” John, a chiropractor based in San Diego, is an advocate for generalists. More than endorsing the long-term benefits of generalizing, John cautioned against the short-term drawbacks of specializing – specifically, the heightened injury risk it presents a youth athlete. The rising rate of Tommy John elbow surgery among baseball players prior to college is the most prominent example, or at least the most personal for John.Though Epstein, a former Sports Illustrated staff writer, began his thesis with the example of Federer, he did not stick to sports. “Studies on the development of musicians have found that, like athletes, the most promising often have a period of sampling and lightly structured play before finding the instrument and genre that suits them,” he wrote.More than any major league team, the Angels seem to be applying this theory to their single-sport specialists. After signing Japanese pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani a year ago, they subsequently employed four more two-way players in the minors: Jared Walsh, Kaleb Cowart, Bo Way and William English. Tuesday, the Angels used their fourth-round draft pick on yet another two-way player, Puerto Rican high schooler Erik Rivera. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut In his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” the author David Epstein began with a premise about sports. Roger Federer played a variety of sports as a child, from skiing to squash, before settling on tennis as a teenager. Tiger Woods famously appeared with a golf club on “The Mike Douglas Show” as a 2-year-old. One began as a generalist, the other a specialist. Each became the best athlete in the world at his chosen sport as an adult. Which path, Epstein wondered, was the more reliable route to a successful career?The title gives away the answer.At the risk of sticking a broad concept where it doesn’t apply, major league draft directors offered a decent endorsement for Epstein’s thesis in this year’s draft. Younger specialists – high school athletes who played only baseball – fell out of favor. Older specialists and younger generalists were in.For proof of concept, look at how two of baseball’s most progressive teams, the Astros and Dodgers, navigated the annual 40-round exercise. Houston used only two of its first 35 draft picks on high school players, the Dodgers two of their first 28. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox “We’re going to give him the opportunity to do both,” Angels scouting director Matt Swanson said. “He enjoys doing both. He did both during the summer. Like what we did with Will English, we’ll allow him to get in the system and let him dictate his career. Maybe they’ll develop both ways. Maybe two or three years from now it will slide one way or another. But when you capture an athlete and give him the opportunity to do both, it’s valuable to them and it’s valuable to us.”Perfect Game USA assigns percentile rankings to pitchers as young as middle school age. The draft suggests these rankings couldn’t matter less.OTHER DRAFT TRENDSGeography never seemed to matter less than it did in 2019.Elon University, located in central North Carolina, boasted an undergraduate enrollment of 6,196 students in the 2018-19 school year. Four of them, including Angels eighth-rounder Kyle Brnovich, were chosen in the draft.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield