At the beginning of this year’s volleyball season, middle blocker Berkeley Oblad was ready for a great senior year. In 2017, Oblad was a team leader, recognized for many of her achievements that season. She received All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention, AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention. But early in the 2018 season, everything changed for the Utes when Oblad found out she could no longer play and was out for the season due to an elbow injury. “I kind of hurt it last October,” Oblad said, “It was a normal practice and I had just gotten a nice block. I could feel some pain that didn’t end up going away. Throughout the rest of the season, I practiced with one arm and played in games with two. I really thought it got better over the summer, but during double days I could feel that pain again. I then got one good block at the beginning of the season, and I could feel … [Read more...] about While Oblad Steps Down, Choy Steps Up
Stepping up how taking responsibility changes everything
Sport by Press Association October 9, 2018, 3:47 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Under-pressure Jose Mourinho should not be held solely responsible for Manchester United’s struggles this season, according to Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney. Mourinho’s problems keep stacking up as he faces the possibility of a Football Association charge later this week for his comments as he walked along the touchline immediately after his side defeated Newcastle at the weekend. The result – United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Old Trafford – relieved some of the strain on Mourinho, although the Red Devils are already cut adrift from the leading Premier League contenders. Three defeats in eight league matches have led to questions about Mourinho’s future at United, but both Lampard and Rooney believe the players need to take some responsibility for their current plight. Derby boss Lampard, who worked under … [Read more...] about Players need to step up and take heat off Mourinho, say Lampard and Rooney
Cobblers defender David Buchanan has called on his fellow players to step up and take responsibility for the team’s ongoing struggles after giving his complete backing to Dean Austin, describing the under-pressure manager as ‘first-class’ and ‘on a par’ with Chris Wilder. Town’s sluggish start to the season had already created a few murmurs of discontent among supporters before they were humbled 3-1 at home by previously out-of-form and currently managerless Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.The nature of the defeat only served to create further angst and frustration in the stands at the PTS Academy Stadium following on from last season’s relegation, placing more pressure on Austin and his team to turn their fortunes around. Saturday’s loss means the Cobblers are languishing down in 20th in Sky Bet League Two with just six points from seven games so far ahead of this weekend’s trip to 17th-placed Port Vale. Austin has taken … [Read more...] about Buchanan gives full support to ‘first-class’ Austin and calls on players to ‘stand up and be counted’
As we approach a new season of pro football, the league and its players have yet again proven incapable of coming up with an effective response that addresses the issue of the players engaging in various levels of protests when the national anthem is played before the game. In PR we often say that if you are explaining your actions, then you are losing the argument. The league and its players seem to be stuck on their “intent,” not on how their actions are being received by the viewing public. They both “claim” their “intent” is to bring attention to the issue of social justice, though no one has defined what that means. So, President Donald Trump has adroitly defined the issue for them as anti-American and disrespectful to U.S. servicemen. Whatever the league and player’s “intent” was, the public is saying that they don’t support their actions and this dichotomy is causing fans of the sport to turn away in large numbers. … [Read more...] about When Are the NFL Players Going to Stand Up for True Social Change?
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