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21Sep/20

Howson strike seals Norwich win

first_img Stoke improved after the interval and looked unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Leroy Fer had a hand on Kenwyne Jones in the area, before Begovic pulled off a smart save to keep out a Robert Snodgrass shot. With both clubs struggling for goals this season, a tight affair had been expected and Norwich boss Chris Hughton will be delighted to have emerged from the contest with all three points. They take his side – whose victory at Manchester City in May was their only other away league win in 2013 – to a total of seven points from six games this term, and up three places to 14th in the table. They leapfrog Stoke, who are now 15th and also on seven points from six matches. Norwich looked full of purpose from the off, with Pilkington bursting forward early on and unleashing a shot that Ryan Shawcross got in the way of. Bennett struck the woodwork in the ninth minute with a sliding effort at the back post as he got the better of Shawcross from a corner, and the ball came back to the Canaries defender for a second attempt, but Begovic was able to gather. There was a suspect moment for Begovic in the 17th minute as a delivery came across the box, with the goalkeeper failing to get anywhere near the ball as it appeared he was shoved to the ground by Michael Turner. Stoke were unable to make anything of a corner at the other end, and in the 28th minute, Begovic looked unconvincing again as he came to catch a Pilkington cross. He collided with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who was judged to have committed a foul, and saw the ball go wide of the post. The hosts tried to step things up and Arnautovic sent a shot swerving just over the crossbar, but a minute later Norwich were in front. The Canaries took advantage of sloppy play from their opponents in the 34th minute as Howson collected the ball from Anthony Pilkington and beat Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who might have done better, from outside the box. Norwich had already hit the crossbar through Ryan Bennett and were good value for their lead, with a shot from Marko Arnautovic that whistled just over being the closest a subdued Potters side came in the opening 45 minutes. The Potters lost possession from their own throw-in and then failed to close down as Pilkington teed up Howson, who fired in a shot that seemed to catch the diving Begovic by surprise. Within five minutes Shawcross had a chance to equalise, but he could only head wide from Charlie Adam’s corner and Jones then slipped as he tried to meet a Geoff Cameron cross into the danger zone. Stoke manager Mark Hughes tried to give his side some fresh impetus by bringing on Stephen Ireland and Jermaine Pennant for Adam and Jon Walters at the interval, and shortly after the break the Potters had a strong-looking spot-kick claim turned down when Jones appeared to be pulled back in the box by Fer. Arnautovic then sent an ambitious attempt off-target, before Norwich began to probe again with the lively Pilkington striking wide and Snodgrass looping a shot over the bar. Jones struck weakly towards the near post, with John Ruddy dropping on the ball, and the Stoke frontman was then replaced by Peter Crouch. Steven Nzonzi drilled into Ruddy’s arms and Begovic then pulled off a great diving stop to keep out a curling strike from Snodgrass, the final really close effort of the game. Press Association Jonny Howson’s first-half strike steered Norwich to their second Barclays Premier League win of the season as they defeated Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

18Jan/20

Weightlifting coach builds foundation of success

first_imgTotten’s interest isn’t in the achievements but with his athletes, whom, he joked, can give back to him in a different way.“Hanging out with young weightlifters keeps me young,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What Totten, the 66-year-old CEO and head coach of a national weightlifting team, experienced as a competitor shaped his coaching philosophy, which has bred considerable success.Totten of Littlestown coached six different world teams, two Olympic teams and three Pan American teams. In 1992, he helped start the East Coast Gold weightlifting team, which has gone on to win 11 men’s national titles and eight women’s titles with the most recent sweep coming at the 2018 National Championships held in Kansas City in May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The joke is we’re shooting for world domination,” Totten said.Totten’s accomplishments and dedication to the sport were honored when he was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame during nationals this year. View comments “I guess I’m really showing my age now,” he joked.Although he didn’t make it to the Olympics as an athlete, Totten would later get the opportunity to manage and coach teams at the Olympics in 1996 and 2004.At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Totten described entering the opening ceremonies, a moment in his life he will never forget as he recounted the camera’s flash bulbs and the raucous crowd.“I literally floated down the ramp,” he said. “I mean it was just unbelievable.”No U.S. athletes won medals during those games, but Totten believes American weightlifting has come a long way since then.“It’s still the ultimate to be able to say that you competed in the Olympics, so, and people don’t realize that, hey, if you even if you get in the top 10, that’s a really big deal,” he said.The opportunity to coach was natural to Totten, who spent his career as a physical education teacher and high school coach of several sports in Carroll County.Today, East Coast Gold has about 15 active centers and almost 300 athletes.“We kind of have the motto, it’s like, we’re trying to do the right things for the right reasons for the right people, and it seems to work,” Totten said. “We try to do things the right way.”How East Coast Gold approaches competition MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names As Totten began lifting in the gym, he felt he got better at his sports.“I think probably the best part of it is that just from the whole psychological standpoint, just building confidence and assuredness in what I could do,” he said.Inspired by the world champions and Olympians who trained at York Barbell, “the mecca of weightlifting at the time,” Totten decided to enter his first competition when he was in 10th grade.“It was a little scary because I was basically by myself,” Totten said. “I had no coach and pretty much coached myself, just learned out of magazines and watching those guys and just kind of learned by trial and error.”Those experiences taught Totten important skills, like perseverance and attention to detail, that he later applied in his coaching career.“The things that took me a while, now I can pinpoint that on other people and fix it pretty well,” he said.Totten used his arduous beginnings in the sport to provide for weightlifters what he never had as a young competitor.“What I found that there were athletes kind of out there on their own that didn’t have a coach, didn’t have a facility,” he said. “They just kind of were in the same boat I was growing up where, just kind of doing it on their own, so I really had a connection with these lifters.”Managing Olympic teamsTotten’s weightlifting career brought him to two Olympic trials in 1980 and 1984. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES East Coast Gold’s main goal is to take care of its athletes so they can perform their best. They can accommodate them with hotel rooms for competitions and a medical staff.“We take care of all their competition needs (so) once they’re there, pretty much they don’t have to do anything besides just put the weight over their head,” Totten said.Without support like that, outside factors can cause stress and take away from performances in competition, he added.“We feel that if we can take care of all that stuff for them, then they’re going to be more relaxed, perform better, and I think it shows,” Totten said.East Coast Gold has several satellite centers, including the main one in Virginia Beach, with the intention of developing more coaches, who can in turn develop more athletes.“We just try to individualize because everybody’s different, and there’s a lot of generic programs out there on the Internet and a lot of Internet geniuses, I understand,” Totten said. “But the bottom line is you have to be able to communicate and have the relationship, and I think that’s one of the things that we do really well, and the athletes know that. I think that’s why they kind of migrate toward us.”Casey Rohrbaugh, a former Penn State gymnast from Hanover, trains with Totten twice a week in Westminster and attested to his value as a coach.“He definitely makes you want to work harder,” she said. “It’s a great quality that I always look for.”A coach herself in gymnastics, Rohrbaugh explained that Totten is constantly asking how an athlete can improve and do better to motivate them.Newer to weightlifting, Rohrbaugh already improved upon her initial appearance at nationals by taking sixth place and helping the women’s title performance this year. “I just like to think that I’m giving back a little bit and creating other opportunities for kids that probably have it a lot better than I do, but just trying to help them the best I can,” Totten said.A self-taught learnerGrowing up in Westminster, Maryland, Totten was “the little guy.”Wanting to get bigger and stronger, he got his first set of weights from York Barbell as a teenager.Totten, who went to Westminster High School, played soccer, wrestled and did gymnastics.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In this June 26, 2018, photo, Leo Totten, right, coaches Casey Rohrbaugh as she lifts during a workout session at Westminster Strength and Conditioning in Westminster, Md. Totten has coached six different world teams, two Olympic teams and three Pan American teams. Rohrbaugh, a former Penn State gymnast from Hanover, trains with Totten twice a week. (Dan Rainville/The Evening Sun via AP)LITTLESTOWN, Pa. — In his formative years as a competitive weightlifter, Leo Totten trained in “some really bizarre little places.”Holes-in-the-wall, unheated garages in the winter — you name it, he said.ADVERTISEMENT With Totten doing the programming for the competition, Rohrbaugh and a teammate began using a phrase that they now like to hashtag on social media.“In Leo We Trust.”Totten says Hall of Fame induction ‘humbling’During nationals, Totten juggled several roles, tending to both his male and female athletes as they competed.Then he heard his name over the announcements that he had to report somewhere.“I thought, ‘Uh oh. What did I do now?’” he said.Totten was informed of his Hall of Fame induction, which took him by complete surprise. He described the honor as humbling.“The appreciation I think is the thing that — you don’t do it for that,” he said. “You don’t even consider that. That’s just kind of the icing on the cake.”Totten has accumulated a lot of trophies over the years, but the hardware doesn’t mean much to him.Once, when moving, Totten threw out four boxes full of trophies, only keeping a few that were significant to him, like the first one he won. NLEX hopes to get back at Korea’s Etland in battle for 3rd DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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