The renewal will see Shock Absorber remain front of shirt sponsor for Bristol Bears Women as they embark on the 2020/21 Premier 15s season. The UK’s number one sports bra brand will also continue its sponsorship of Bristol City Women as sleeve sponsor for the upcoming Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign.The brand will be using the partnership to continually educate both Bristol Sport’s women players and their fans on the importance of wearing a proper sports bra. Shock Absorber has conducted extensive research in partnership with The University of Portsmouth; finding breasts move up to 14cm when unsupported during exercise.Bristol Sport Group Head of Commercial, Caroline Herbert, said: “We are delighted that Shock Absorber will continue as principal partner to both our women’s teams.“Shock Absorber are continually innovating and creating quality products, which has put them at the forefront of the global sports bra industry, and it is brilliant to have our women’s teams continue their partnership with such an elite brand.“We are looking forward to developing the partnership with Shock Absorber further, as both teams embark on what is set to be an exciting 2020/21 season.”Hanesbrands Sales and Marketing Director UK and Ireland, Heather Nogueira adds: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with both Bristol Bears Women and Bristol City Women to see how we can grow and develop our relationship over the coming season.“The prospect of how we can help educate not just professional athletes but also all sportswomen on the importance of wearing the right sports bra is hugely exciting.“Our products have undergone stringent research and testing to ensure they’re perfectly suited to the demands of elite sport and it’s fantastic to be working with an organisation like Bristol Sport, with whom we share many core values.“The success of both teams in their respective competitions, coupled with the rise of women’s sport on the global stage, continues to make this partnership an exciting prospect and we look forward to the season ahead and seeing our brand associated with the leading women’s sports teams in the South-West.”
The Baltimore Orioles are nearing spring training and they have just released their promotions and special events.Here is the press release from the Orioles.The Orioles today released their 2018 promotional schedule highlighted by many new items, including DYLAN BUNDY and TREY MANCINI Bobbleheads, a BUCK ‘SNOW’ALTERSnow Globe, an Orioles Garden Gnome, as well as several exclusive giveaway items for children including a Retro Oriole Bird Bank presented by Weis Markets and a Retro Talking Alarm Clock presented by United Concordia Dental. Several family-friendly events will once again return this season, including Kids’ Opening Day, an expanded eight-game “Friday Fireworks at America’s Ballpark” series, and Kids Run the Bases every Sunday, presented by Weis Markets.This season’s promotional list features a variety of apparel for fans of all ages including the return of the fan-favorite Birdland Hawaiian Shirt featuring a new design, five T-Shirts, an Orioles Lightweight Hoodie, an Orioles Puffy Vest, an Orioles Floppy Hat presented by Miller Lite, and an Orioles Cap presented by DAP. The Orioles will also celebrate parents with a Mother’s Day Pashmina Scarf and a Father’s Day Neck Tie, each given to the first 20,000 fans 18 and over.Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to showcase their Maryland pride on July 14 with the return of the second annual Celebrate Maryland Day at Oriole Park. The first 35,000 fans 15 and over will receive a black Orioles Maryland Flag Script Replica Jersey featuring the Maryland state flag. During the game, Orioles players and coaches will also wear Orioles Maryland flag script jerseys and caps, which will be authenticated and auctioned for charity. More details about this event will be available at a later date.Parts of Oriole Park at Camden Yards will transform into a winter wonderland on June 25, six months before Christmas, when the Orioles debut a new “Halfway to Christmas” promotion complete with a unique Buck “Snow”alter Snow Globe. The snow globe, which will feature the three-time Manager of the Year, will be distributed to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over.Two new Orioles bobbleheads and a new garden gnome will be unveiled in 2018. The first bobblehead will feature Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy on June 12, and the second will depict 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Finalist Trey Mancini on July 28. Each bobblehead will be given to the first 25,000 fans 15 and over. Another season highlight will be an Orioles Garden Gnome giveaway on July 29 for the first 25,000 fans 15 and over.Also new this year, the “Friday Fireworks at America’s Ballpark” series will take place every Friday from May through August, allowing fans the opportunity to enjoy the popular postgame activity following eight games this season.The Orioles will begin the 2018 season on Opening Day, Thursday, March 29, when all fans in attendance at Oriole Park will receive an Orioles Schedule Magnet presented by Long Fence. The Orioles will wrap up the first homestand on Sunday, April 1, with the fourth annual Kids’ Opening Day, as all fans 14 and under will receive a Retro Oriole Bird Bank presented by Weis Markets. A variety of unique activities will be offered to randomly-selected children, such as delivering the lineup card before the game and serving as a guest public address announcer. Following the game, kids ages 4 to 14 can run the bases like their favorite Orioles players during the first of 13 Kids Run the Bases opportunities, presented by Weis Markets, taking place after every Sunday home game in 2018.Additional kids-exclusive events this season include two Youth Baseball and Softball Days, presented by Maryland 529, for pre-registered youth teams (April 29 and May 13) and Field Trip Day, presented by WJZ-TV, for pre-registered school groups on May 16. Additionally, on August 12, all fans 14 and under receive a Retro Talking Alarm Clock, presented by United Concordia Dental, with a prerecorded message from the longtime voice of the Orioles Radio Network JOE ANGEL.On April 22, the Orioles will recognize Earth Day when the first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive an Earth Day Tote Bag presented by MLB Network. The reusable bags will feature a green Orioles script logo. Additional details about Earth Day activities will be available at a later date.The Battle of the Beltways series between the Orioles and Washington Nationals, presented by Maryland 529, will take place at Oriole Park on May 28-30. On May 28, all fans will receive a Memorial Day T-Shirt, and on May 30, the first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive an Orioles Cooler Backpack, presented by Visit Sarasota.Fan Appreciation Weekend will take place September 28-30 and will include three giveaways: an Orioles Coaster Set for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over on September 28; an Orioles Puffy Vest for the first 35,000 fans 15 and over on September 29; and an Orioles Duffle Bag for the first 20,000 fans 15 and over for the regular season home finale on September 30.A current list of 2018 promotions and ticket discount offers follows. Individual game tickets will go on sale to the general public on January 25 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Season Plan Members and orioles.com Warehouse Wire subscribers will receive special pre-sale opportunities today. For more information, fans may call 1-888-848-BIRD or visit www.orioles.com.Please follow and like us:
Related Cougars looking for fresh start SALT LAKE CITY — After BYU’s shocking loss to Utah State and equally shocking 1-4 record to date, the question I have is, why is BYU’s football program in the shape it’s in six years into the coaching tenure of Bronco Mendenhall?You’d think a solid program would keep progressing each year and would at the very least be comparable to the previous year’s level. However, the Cougars seemed to have dropped a couple of notches, back to the level of mediocre teams of the Mountain West Conference. With a 1-4 record, it’s likely the Cougars will miss a postseason bowl game for the first time in six years and will be lucky to make it to .500.But for you folks who are expecting doom and gloom, look no further than Utah basketball history under Rick Majerus.Rick Majerus? You remember him, don’t you?He coached at Utah for 15 years and brought the Utes some of their highest of highs with 11 NCAA appearances, including a berth in the national championship game in 1998.And what does he have to do with BYU and Mendenhall? Well, if you look closely, you’ll see his initial years were very similar to Mendenhall’s and then, suddenly, everything seemed to go wrong in one season.Majerus’ first team barely made it above .500, going 16-14 (true, he missed most of the season with his heart surgery, but he wasn’t likely to have done much better his first year). BYU went 6-6 in Mendenhall’s first year.Then, Majerus caught fire, going to the NCAAs two of the next three years and the finals of the NIT one of those years.Mendenhall ran off four straight double-digit win seasons, won two championships and took three bowl victories.However, in Majerus’ fifth year, 1993-94, his program went backward, finishing 14-14, with numerous injuries and suspensions hurting the team. He was forced to use several young players, including a freshman forward named Keith Van Horn. The next year, Utah was 28-6, and the Utes were on top for a decade.This year’s BYU program is struggling in Mendenhall’s sixth year with several key injuries, at least one suspension and even a coach-firing. The Cougars are being forced to play several young players, including freshman quarterback Jake Heaps.Now, I’m not suggesting Mendenhall’s Cougars will be playing in major bowl games the next few years, including a national championship four years from now.However, fans sometimes have to look at the long term and realize this season could just be one of those tough years and the double-digit win seasons will return soon.SCAPEGOAT: When teams aren’t playing well, someone has to be the scapegoat, and for the BYU football team, it’s apparently defensive coordinator Jaime Hill.I understand there might be more to the firing than just losing games and giving up yards. But I do find it is interesting that it was the defensive coordinator that got the sack in Provo, when it’s the Cougars’ offense that seems to have struggled the most all season.POLLSTERS LIKE PAC-10: It took an extra week, but Utah finally moved into the Top Ten this week, despite not lifting a finger.A week ago, three schools passed them after their 56-3 victory, but this week, only Arizona, which also didn’t play, passed them in the AP poll. However, losses by Florida, Wisconsin and Stanford, allowed the Utes to move up to No. 10.The pollsters must really like the Pac-10, as not only did Arizona move up five spots without playing, but Oregon leapfrogged poor Boise State to No. 3, as the Broncos only managed to beat New Mexico State 59-0.HAPPY FOR GARY: Even if you weren’t happy with the outcome Friday night, you had to be happy for Gary Andersen, beating a longtime rival like BYU in just his second year as head coach at Utah State.Andersen brought a new spirit of hope to the downtrodden Aggie program and that hope is now turning into significant wins. He learned well from Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham and is implementing those ideas in Logan. Andersen could probably lose every game the rest of the year, and the fans would be thrilled with him as coach because of the decisive win over BYU.I said last week that the Ags were unlikely to go bowling this year for first time in 13 years, but after Friday’s performance, I’m not so sure. The Aggies are very unlikely to win at Nevada and Boise State, but could win the other five against Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Idaho and end up 7-5.e-mail: [email protected]
Utah’s Sue Nyhus will be making golf history this week in North Carolina. Here’s why Related Utah’s Sue Nyhus shot a 14-over 85 in the first round of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Thursday at Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., which puts her in a tie for 98th place.It wasn’t the start Nyhus was hoping for as she plays in a record ninth United States Golf Association event, the most any man or woman has played in.The 56-year-old from Orem, who is the women’s golf coach at Utah Valley University, got off to a rough start as she made double bogey at her first hole, the par-5 10th hole. She also double-bogeyed No. 15 and had bogeys at 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18 for a 45. She played better on her second nine as she made five bogeys for a 40.None of the golfers in the 120-player field could break par Thursday as Danielle Ammaccapane had the best score with a 1-over-par 72. To make the 50-golfer cut, Nyhus will likely need to shoot around 74 or 75 in Friday’s second round.
The failure to qualify mirrored the disappointment when Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 tournament hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The scorer of Nigeria’s two goals, Sone Aluko, said the whole team was devastated.“I am disappointed, everybody is disappointed,” said the Hull City forward. “We did not get the result we wanted and we now have to pick ourselves up as a team.”Out-of-contract coach Stephen Keshi blamed his players for taking South Africa too lightly in a match they needed to win to qualify for the tournament finals, to be held in Equatorial Guinea.“Maybe we took South Africa for granted and we paid dearly for this,” said the coach, who was only reinstated to his post last month after being sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).The NFF said in a statement that they would shoulder the blame but believed the country would bounce back from the setback.“The NFF takes full responsibility for what has happened,” said the body’s president, Amaju Pinnick. “It is a tragedy for us to come so near and yet fail to reach the finals.“We made so much effort and sacrifice in Congo to achieve the victory we needed there on Saturday and really had no business bungling it here.“This is a disappointment but for us, we gave it our best shot and supported the team fully. This is a dark moment but we will emerge into sunshine shortly.”Former Nigeria skipper Segun Odegbami said he was shocked and that South Africa, who had a poor head-to-head record against Nigeria, must now be taken a lot more seriously.“We have always taken South Africa for granted, believing we can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they have now shown us that this is an end of era,” he said.Abuja-based sports journalist Michael Obasi said the failure to qualify was a sign that there needed to be changes made in the Super Eagles.“The players let a whole country down in front of their fans, just as was the case in 2011 when we also failed to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup,” he said.“We should now do away with this generation of players. We need hungrier and more committed players to represent Nigeria.“Keshi should also bow out of the national team. His best was not good enough.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ABUJA, November 20- African champions Nigeria were reeling on Thursday after they failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations to defend their title.The Super Eagles finished a disappointing third in Group A on eight points despite a 2-2 draw against South Africa on Wednesday night in the southern town of Uyo.