For the fourth time since 2005, Fenway Park opened a new baseball season with a special ceremony. A new World Series banner was raised, and championship rings were handed out. A packed crowd ignored the chilly weather, celebrating the 2018 Red Sox one final time at the 2019 home opener. It was a display filled with Boston sports stars past and present, ushering in the new season with historical flourish. It began an hour before first pitch with fanfare from the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Accompanied by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the musical arrangement included an unsurprising choice: “We are the champions,” by Queen. Banners of previous World Series titled were draped over the Green Monster as fans cheered, culminating with the unveiling of the 2018 version. Past Red Sox winners were also marked by the presence of a few familiar faces who carried in the World Series trophies. The procession emerged from out of the Green Monster, led by 2004 champions … [Read more...] about The Patriots joined the Red Sox to celebrate both teams’ recent championships
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Sheffield’s chance to showcase itself to the globe by hosting this year’s World Snooker Championship will be hindered by scaffolding on one of the city’s main shopping arcades, a trader has claimed. Work to complete a £4.6 million scheme on Chapel Walk is continuing and has left the arcade covered in scaffolding for the last two years. The world’s top 32 snooker players will battle it out at the Crucible Theatre from April 20 to May 6 and Chapel Walk forms a key passageway to Fargate.READ MORE: Sheffield woman due to be sentenced for killing husbandBut Carl Dunne, owner of the Cards and Gift shops on Chapel Walk, said trade was down £13,000 in March compared to 12 months ago and added he feared the presence of beggars and unsightly scaffolding would divert visitors away.He said: “Sheffield thrives on the snooker so I think we are letting ourselves down as a city, especially for the people who are spending money to … [Read more...] about Trader fears Chapel Walk scaffolding could affect the impact hosting World Snooker Championship has on Sheffield
An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn't putting her pole down anytime soon. Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she'll compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she's the shoo-in. The petite, energetic woman from Shelburne, Vermont, said she feels more like 70 than nearly 85. "But you know, I do train five days a week. And when I found out I was going to compete at the worlds, I've been training six days a week because I knew I would really get my body in shape," she said last week, after track and field training at the University of Vermont. Top Sports Photos: March Madness Starts Elise Amendola/AP But she literally won't have any competition in the pole vault in the championships, which runs March 24-31 in Torun, Poland. She is the only one registered in her age group, 80-84, for the sport, for which she set a world record at age 80. In the men's … [Read more...] about Pole Vaulter, 84, Sets Her Sights on More World Records
UPDATE [10:55 a.m.] — This was not the first update I was hoping to share with you all, but according to a report from Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Machado has been telling his friends that he prefers the Yankees, assuming the money is similar. That being said, Bowden still lists the Phillies as the best fit for Machado.Machado went on tour this week, visiting the Phillies, Yankees and White Sox and taking the time to meet face to face and give each organization a chance to sell themselves to him. Machado has told friends in Miami that his preference is the Yankees, and if the offers are close, he’ll be headed to the Bronx. I’m not convinced that Machado is the best fit for the Yankees since they already have Miguel Andújar, who profiles out to a legitimate middle-of-the-order thumper and a player who can become at least average defensively at third base. I think Harper would be the better fit. But GM Brian Cashman has focused on the two-way abilities of Machado, … [Read more...] about Live MLB free agency updates: What’s next after Manny Machado’s visit with Phillies?
By Sabela Ojea and Eloy AlonsoSALINAS, Spain (Reuters) - Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf.gi Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain's first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday."The sea is where I feel peace and freedom, as if it were where I'm supposed to be," she said sitting on her surfboard after an hour and a half of wave-riding practice in the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain."I'm not different from other surfers," said Lopez, who was born with congenital glaucoma and lost her vision completely when she was a child.In its fourth edition, the La Jolla event for surfers with disabilities features its first team competition for visually-impaired female athletes, with Lopez representing Spain.Blind surfers … [Read more...] about Blind Spanish surfer says sea sets her free, goes for world title