Primary School students race around the field for the district’s first Fun Run Fundraiser. By Maddy VitaleOcean City Primary School students went the distance – literally – Thursday in the district’s first Fun Run Fundraiser, raising an estimated $9,000 for matching grants and class trips.From pre-kindergarten to third grade, the students raced around the field while music played in the background and Principal Kathy Smith, PTA members and others kept the kids excited about the event. The object for the children was to run or walk as many laps as they had sponsors for. The back of their T-shirts showed a circle with lap numbers. Some were checked off up to the entire 35-lap event while others were somewhere in the middle.Bella Sullivan, 4, holds up a sign in support of participants in the Fun Run.Either way, there were a lot of children running and walking. Parents and friends watched on the sidelines and cheered in support.Bella Sullivan, 4, held up a sign in support of her friends and cousin who were participating in the run. Kaiden Janto, 7, who is in the second grade, summed up what the fundraiser meant to him.“It’s fun,” he shouted. Theresa Straub, of Ocean City, watched as her sons, Connor, 7, a first-grader and second-grader Christopher, 8, jetted around the field.Theresa Straub, of Ocean City, watches as her two sons zip around the field.“My kids were both really excited and energized leading up to the event,” Straub said. “It is really nice to see it is not materialistic or about selling candy bars. It is getting the kids out on a beautiful day.”Parent Teacher Association President Jocelyn Palaganas said the district hired a company called Boosterthon to come to the school to teach about character education and get the students pumped up for the fundraiser with a pep rally. Classes gathered as teams. Events were held throughout the week and showcased the children’s team spirit as they participated in games all in preparation for Thursday’s finale.Palaganas said other districts have these Fun Run Fundraisers.“The PTA is always looking for new ways to fundraise,” she said. “No one does pizza or popcorn anymore.”Pre-kindergarten students hold hands as they walk a lap.Another Fun Run Fundraiser will be held Friday at the Ocean City Intermediate School. It will be held indoors due to a rainy forecast, school officials said.PTA member Erica Schaffer said of the Fun Run: “I saw it at other schools and fell in love with the idea of making money for schools, character education and a pep rally. This is just a great event for the schools.”Palaganas said the hope is to raise a total of $13,000 between both schools.Students march to the field.It’s a friendly competition.Second-grader Kaiden Janto, 7, stops to say hi to his mother Kerri Janto.Some kids stopped for water breaks.
Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte stole the headlines in the pool at the London Olympics on Monday as she gave her country the first Olympic swimming gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke. On her international debut, the 15-year-old Meilutyte clocked 1:05.47 to touch the wall first, Xinhua reported.American Rebecca Soni, silver medallist at Beijing Games, chased her to finish second in 1:05.55. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Satomi Suzuki who posted 1:06.46.”I can’t believe it. It’s too much for me,” said Meilutyte in tears.”It was hard and difficult. At the moment I can’t speak too much. But it means a lot to me and I’m so proud,” said Meilutyte, who trains in Plymouth, Britain.She easily seized the lead after diving off the block, and never looked back to touch the end. A capacity of Lithuanian athletes, coaches and volunteers roared on the tribune for her, sharing with her the historic success.Soni was little disappointed for a silver but she said learned something along the way.It is the first-ever Olympic medal for Lithuania. Meilutyte is the sole female swimmer of her country in London together with other three male swimmers in the squad.A day before, the teenager set a European record of 1:05.21 in the women’s 100 metres breaststroke semifinal as the fastest qualifier, also her personal best.Only three swimmers have been faster than Meilutyte in history, world record holder Jessica Hardy (1:04.45), Rebecca Soni (1:04.84) and Liesel Jones (1:05.09).
Manchester United 4 Crystal Palace 0: Fellaini hits double as Mourinho’s men cruise Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 23:49 30/9/2017 Getty Images Manchester United won their seventh straight match in all competitions by easing past Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Manchester United cruised to a 4-0 victory over rock-bottom Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Old Trafford.Juan Mata, one of Jose Mourinho’s five changes from Wednesday’s win over CSKA Moscow, struck early on, netting his first Premier League goal since February on his 200th appearance in the competition.And two close-range finishes from the in-form Fellaini either side of half-time took his season tally to four before Romelu Lukaku sealed a comprehensive victory late on as United continued to impress even without the injured Paul Pogba. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. United’s win, which saw Marcus Rashford also shine with two assists, moved them top of the Premier League, a position they will keep unless Manchester City can defeat fellow title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later on Saturday.2 – This is the first time that Marcus Rashford has assisted two goals in a single game for @ManUtd. Creator. pic.twitter.com/iCCTxmDVcM— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017Mourinho’s side have won seven consecutive matches in all competitions, while Palace are pointless and still without a goal from as many top-flight games as their abysmal start to the campaign goes on.Palace’s confidence was already shot coming into the game and United took advantage to move ahead inside three minutes.Rashford – another of the stars brought in by Mourinho – was the creator, easily cruising past Joel Ward down the left and cutting back to Mata, who finished simply with his left foot from 12 yards.That didn’t take long! #MUFC #MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/msqxddtBpO— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 30, 2017A quiet spell followed the early drama, with the next shot on target for either side not coming until after the half-hour mark when David de Gea beat away an effort from Bakary Sako, who was starting in an unfamiliar striking role with Christian Benteke out injured.United had not tested Wayne Hennessey since their opener, but ruthlessly doubled their lead in the 35th minute. Ashley Young delivered a magnificent in-swinging cross from the left which left Fellaini with an easy task to volley in at the far post.That buoyed United, with Chris Smalling heading inches wide and Hennessey making a good save from Rashford at his near post as a demoralised Palace side went into the break two behind.Having struck early in the first half, United repeated the trick within four minutes of the restart. After Young was fouled by Luka Milivojevic, Rashford earned his second assist by whipping in an excellent free-kick from the left and Fellaini made no mistake, heading in from two yards.He’s done it again! #MUFC #MUNCRY pic.twitter.com/U991surOSG— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 30, 2017Jeffrey Schlupp was angry to have a penalty claim down after a challenge from Smalling at the other end, while Young drew a save from Hennessey as United searched for a fourth.Lukaku had a quiet outing, but should have scored when he took advantage of an advantage from referee Mike Dean to run into the area and send a left-footed strike inches wide when he appeared destined to find the far corner.Palace’s wait for a goal went on, with Andros Townsend’s free-kick flying just wide in their only opportunity in the closing stages, before Anthony Martial was impressively denied by Hennessey after being played in by fellow substitute Ander Herrera.But United were not to be denied a fourth goal, Lukaku getting his seventh in as many league games by tapping in from six yards after Herrera and Martial had again combined in impressively creating the opportunity.7 – No player has scored more goals in their first 7 @premierleague apps for @ManUtd than Romelu Lukaku (7, level with Andrew Cole). Heaven. pic.twitter.com/fcsfhDfbdw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017Key Opta stats:- Only Halifax Town in 1990-91 (730 minutes) have gone on a longer run from the start of a season in English league history (top four tiers) without a goal than Crystal Palace this season (630 mins). Palace overtook Burnley in 1997-98 (552 mins) in this defeat to United.- Crystal Palace have lost eight consecutive league games without scoring, the joint-longest run in English league history alongside Hartlepool (two occasions, 1970 and 1993) and Sunderland (1977).- The Eagles remain the only team in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues yet to score a goal in league competition this season.- Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game against Crystal Palace in 17 previous meetings (W14 D3 L0). The Red Devils have set a Premier League record for most games without ever losing to a single opponent.- Crystal Palace are only the second team to lose their opening seven games in a Premier League season, after Portsmouth in 2009-10.- No player has scored more goals in their first seven Premier League appearances for Man Utd than Romelu Lukaku (seven – level with Andrew Cole).- Marouane Fellaini has scored three goals from four shots in the Premier League so far in 2017-18 – more than he netted in the previous two seasons combined, two goals from 46 shots. – Juan Mata, who made his 200th Premier League appearance (the seventh Spanish player to reach this feat), ended a run of 809 minutes without a PL goal. read more
Over in the Western Conference, James Harden’s Houston Rockets, however, rank as the fourth most unbalanced team in the past 31 years — in the 2nd percentile! Meanwhile, this year’s Warriors team is more balanced than usual, ranking in the 76th percentile, which is amazing given that Stephen Curry himself has 2.0 WAR through the first two rounds. The Dubs have a superstar and a well-balanced team. (Which probably goes a long way toward explaining why they’re so great.)The Cavs are favored not because their third, fourth or fifth starter is better than his counterpart on the Hawks. He isn’t. The Cavs are favored because they have LeBron James — and that’s probably enough to get LeBron to his fifth straight NBA Finals. The Fighting LeBrons — err, we mean the Cleveland Cavaliers — face off against the Atlanta Hawks for a trip to the NBA Finals. It’s the four-time MVP vs. four All-Stars.And it’s a close matchup, though the Cavs have a slight edge. The Hawks earned the top seed in the East and home-court advantage, but the Cavs still have a 63 percent chance of winning the series, according to our Real Plus-Minus projections.But if these two teams are similar in their overall level of talent, they are radically different in its distribution. This year’s Hawks team is historically well-balanced — like the 2004 Detroit Pistons, the 2006 Phoenix Suns and the 2013 San Antonio Spurs. The 2015 Cavs, in contrast, are largely carried by James (and, to a lesser extent, by Kyrie Irving).Atlanta has four players — Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll — who have all accrued 1.1 to 1.5 wins above replacement (WAR) through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Meanwhile, LeBron has amassed 2.1 WAR for the Cavs all by himself.The Hawks rank fourth out of the 124 teams to make the conference finals since 1985 in terms of the evenness of their production. (As measured by the distribution of WAR among the five players with the most minutes through the first two rounds, weighted quadratically.1That is, the player with the highest WAR is given a weight of one, the second-highest WAR player gets a weight a four, the third gets a weight of nine and so on.)By that measure, the Hawks’ score was 52.2. (The higher the score, the greater the contribution the team received from its less-heralded players.) LeBron’s Cavs, however, ranked 71 out of the 124 teams with a score of 26.9 — so they’re not extraordinarily unbalanced, but they are less balanced than the typical team in the conference finals. In addition to the brilliance of James, that number was primarily driven by the weak production from Cleveland’s fourth- and fifth-best players, namely Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.Below is a table of each conference finalist since 1985 with their weighted WAR and its percentile. The Hawks are in the 98th percentile, while the Cavs are in the 43rd.2Past LeBron teams, whether the Cavs or the Heat, are even more unbalanced than this year’s Cavs team.
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , Seaport Village Revitalization Plans March 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDevelopers of a project to revitalize Seaport Village had to change their plans after discovering an earthquake fault line running right through the project.GAFCO CEO, Yehudi Gaffen, joined us in studio to talk about the new plan and what it could mean for the future of San Diego. Posted: March 27, 2018