Are trail sports better than road sports?

first_imgIllustration by Wade Mickley88% say yesTrails are about releasing the spirit, not simply training the body. I run “on” the road; I run “with” the trail. There is no activity more primal than running in the woods. It reminds me that we are animals. When I run on the road, my legs and lungs are the most engaged parts of my body. When I run on a trail, I watch for rocks, roots, snakes, deer, and changes in the lay of the land. I smell wet leaves and pine resin. Trail running engages my whole body; it makes it sharper and looser. When I run on the road, I’m being dutiful and dedicated. When I run on a trail, I am wild and free.—Chris Alexander, Davidson, N.C. Adventure in the rugged outdoors always trumps the challenges that lay ahead on polished urban landscapes. Nothing beats being enveloped by the living forest, then feeling the raw earth crunching and shifting below, and inhaling the fresh oxygen rushing in to relieve overworked, burning lungs. However, road sports get more attention because spectators can watch them easier—plopping down beside the road or in front of their TV.—Jonathan Poston, Asheville, N.C. Leaving the stresses of a job and society for a few minutes—whether it be on a mountain bike or on foot—gives me a connection to something greater than any human can build. Most trails that I visit on a regular basis run with the topography of the land and provide a greater physical challenge than simply running or biking on asphalt.—Clint Ivester, Dallas, Ga. While being better for your overall physical self, trail sports also provide a better, safer atmosphere. They are primitive and enriching. We should appreciate our forests and trails while they’re still there, because they are being assaulted by development and commerce on all fronts.—Nikki McDuffee, Stanardsville, Va.I have run several road marathons over the years, and I have found that my knees and other joints aren’t as receptive to the pounding they must take on the asphalt. What running I do now is on trails. The ground has a lot more give, and the scenery is much nicer.—Karl Kunkel, High Point, N.C.I prefer to run and mountain bike on trails away from fuel-burning vehicles. Inhaling those fumes can’t be good for my health. A road run or ride may do more harm than good to my lungs.—Torrey Coffey, Loganville, Ga.———-12% say noWhile I enjoy the solitude of running in the woods, I have more fun during the experience of larger road races. At some of my favorites, like the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., and the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, tens of thousands of runners congregate in a single spirit. The energy is amazing at these bigger races, and I feel like I am attending a festival. It takes my mind off the physical challenges of the distance and lets me just enjoy being a runner.This is what running is all about—going out and having a great time with some like-minded people. It’s also fun to get the encouragement of huge cheering crowds and take in the sights, including many of our country’s greatest historical landmarks. The best way to see a city is on foot with thousands of running friends.—Rick Moore, Alexandria, Va.I rely on road sports for exercise—mostly out of convenience. I need to run after long days at work to clear my head and relieve stress, but living in a city doesn’t give me the luxury of being able to quickly access a secluded wooded trail. The urban jungle certainly has its disadvantages—inconsiderate drivers, smog, and a lack of scenery—but I’ll take it over the confines of a stuffy, overpriced gym.—Mary Graves, Atlanta, Ga. I’d rather head to the track than the trail. For me, running is all about speed and pushing myself to my absolute limits. I love to see how fast I can sprint, and I just can’t do that on trails with a lot of rocks and roots. The same goes for races. I just can’t post a PR on a rugged mountain course, so I stick to the pavement where I can satisfy my need for speed.—Adam Harvey, Charleston, S.C.last_img read more

American Legion plans fried chicken, smoked pork chop dinner

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville American Legion will hold a fried chicken and smoked pork chop dinner on Friday, October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Ten pieces of chicken for $10, five pieces for $6, smoked pork chops are one for $4 and two for $7. French fries and cole slaw are $2 each.last_img

Trojans battle UCLA at home seeking season sweep

first_imgAfter downing the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion for the first time in three years, the Trojans now have a chance to maintain home and crosstown-cup perfection at the Galen Center for the second act of the USC and UCLA showdown.The 17-5 Trojans, coming off two straight 10-point wins against Washington State and Washington at home, are on the upswing after losing two games against Oregon and Oregon State on their most recent road trip.On the other hand, the 13-9 Bruins have been struggling recently, losing three of their last five games to USC, Oregon and Washington while allowing an average of 76.8 points per game.In the first game of the crosstown rivalry, the Men of Troy easily handled the Bruins 89-75, despite a deafening crowd of 12,993 at Pauley Pavilion.“Bryce Alford is really good,” redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt said. “Last game he didn’t get anything going. We’ve got to make sure we contain him again as well as Tony Parker.”During the contest, the Trojans executed precise outside shooting from their guards, equal distribution inside and out and big plays inside the paint from their forwards.Sophomores Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart were dynamite for USC, converting seven of their 10 three-point attempts, with McLaughlin going for a team-high 23 points on 50 percent shooting.As for the Trojan bigs, freshman Chimezie Metu and junior Nikola Jovanovic helped USC to out-rebound UCLA, combining for 14 of 42 rebounds, while scoring 21 and eight points, respectively. Not to mention, Metu and Jovanovic completed nine of their 12 free-throw attempts, helping USC shoot 78.3 percent overall from the line.In terms of what the Trojans’ defense was able to do against the Bruins, UCLA completed just four of its 19 three-point attempts with their bench accumulating just two points off of four free throws while missing all of their eight shots from the field.As well, the Trojans earned four steals and caused the Bruins to turn the ball over nine times.Moving on from their 14-point win, though, the Trojans have been playing better quality basketball after their two losses in Oregon due to a combination of their interior offense and exterior defense.A resurgent Jovanovic has stepped up his play in recent games, shooting a combined 16-23 in his past two games with 12 rebounds, 40 points, two assists and a 88.9 percent free-throw percentage after scoring just 13 points combined in the Trojans’ losses to Oregon and Oregon State.If the Men of Troy hope to keep their 13-0 record at home untarnished, the 6-feet-11 Jovanovic will have to play consistently on the offensive glass, grabbing offensive rebounds, while contributing hook shots and layups on the scorecard.Not to mention, the Trojans have been dominating in terms of pushing teams inside due to their stringy outside defense. Considering the correlation between opposing 3-point percentage and overall outcome for the Trojans, USC will need to lock down the perimeter and force UCLA shooters inside the arch.In the Trojans’ two wins against Washington State and Washington, the Cougars and Huskies each shot 22.2 and 25 percent from 3-point range, respectively. In USC’s win at Pauley Pavilion, the Trojans held the Bruins to just 21.1 percent from beyond the arch, leading to a 14-point drubbing.“Our goal all year has been to challenge the 3-point shooter and try to run them off the line,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We’ve been doing a pretty good job at holding teams to moderate or low percentage from the 3 line all season, but you never know. UCLA has great shooters from the perimeter.”Despite a shaky 2-2 record in their last four games, the Bruins are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arch, much improved from their loss to USC.Overall, though, reducing Alford, Isaac Hamilton, Parker and Aaron Holiday is imperative to a Trojan victory, ultimately crowd support could determine the result of Thursday’s contest.Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Just a hitter for now, Shohei Ohtani blasts two homers to pace Angels’ victory

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia discusses the injury of Shohei Ohtani, not pictured, in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits the first of his two home runs during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels scores a run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon delivers to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher heads home to score on a single by Taylor Ward against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gets out out of the way of an inside pitch from Texas Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward follows through on a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a two-run homerun with Shohei Ohtani #17 against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) slaps the hand of on-deck batter Andrelton Simmons (2) after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani smiles as he is greeted in the dugout by teammates after scoring on a single by Andrelton Simmons against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria walks off the diamond after retiring the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base as Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) tries to catch the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run, near Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) jumps in the air at home plate with David Fletcher (6) after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after scoring against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre (29) gets congratulations from Rougned Odor (12) and Joey Gallo, right, after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia discusses the injury of Shohei Ohtani prior to the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia discusses the injury of Shohei Ohtani, not pictured, in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits the first of his two home runs during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits the first of his two home runs during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Hours after the Angels announced that Shohei Ohtani would not be pitching for them anytime soon, he demonstrated that he’s still got plenty of value as a hitter.Ohtani hit his 17th and 18th homers among his four hits, backing five scoreless innings from Jaime Barría in the Angels’ 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.“He just keeps going,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He loves to play. Although there’s obviously disappointment in the news today, he wants to play baseball. He had a great game tonight. You couldn’t ask for much more.”The Angels played the game without Mike Trout (sore calf) and Justin Upton (concussion), so they had Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons hitting in the 3-4 spots in the lineup. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter On Wednesday night he got in a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but he escaped by striking out Adrian Beltre and getting Jurrickson Profar on a flyout.Barría allowed just one hit over his next four innings.center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Simmons hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Angels ahead 4-0. It made him the first Angels shortstop since Jim Fregosi to have back-to-back double-digit homer seasons.Ohtani homered in the fifth and eighth innings, the latter a two-run shot that tied him with Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima for the most homers by a rookie from Japan.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani was playing the game even though he learned earlier in the day that he suffered more damage to his elbow, which will most likely require Tommy John surgery that will prevent him from pitching until 2020. Ohtani is still expected to be able to hit in 2019, even if he has surgery.As the Angels try to piece together a rotation for 2019, most likely without Ohtani, Barría has proven to be a strong candidate.The 22-year-old rookie now has a 3.30 ERA after 23 starts and 111-2/3 innings.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Ranking the top 79 free agents available in 2018-19 offseason

first_imgThis offseason has been fascinating.Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are (still) the top free agents on the market — both superstars and both only 26 years old — and rumors of their potential landing spots have not been in short supply. There have been plenty of trades and trade whispers floating around.  MORE: Speculation alert: Cubs-Dodgers trade involving Joe Maddon could workEqually as interesting, if not more so, has been how this offseason has unfolded. Last year, you’ll remember, was unlike any offseason in recent memory. A few players signed early, but for the most part, free agents stayed free until the start of spring training, or even later. Several very good players had to settle for one-year deals. The players were clearly caught off-guard by this development.This offseason, signings — and the money accompanying those signings — haven’t gotten back to more “normal” levels.Anyway, here’s a ranking of the 79 best free agents on the market this offseason. Why 79? Why not? It’s just as random as 50 or 100 or whatever number usually is attached to a list like this. We’ll update as signings happen, so check back often (if things are back to normal).1. Bryce Harper, 26, OFIt’s hard to decide which element is more compelling: Where Bryce winds up or how much money he gets.MORE: The cases for and against the five best fits for Bryce HarperUpdate: Harper will get $330 million over 13 years with the Phillies, the largest deal in baseball history.2. Manny Machado, 26, SSManny heard a few boos in the postseason, but don’t fool yourself: Every team wants a 26-year-old shortstop coming off a 37-homer, 5.7 bWAR season.MORE: The cases for and against the five best fits for Manny MachadoUpdate: Machado will stay in the NL West. He agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres.3. Patrick Corbin, 29, SPA 29-year-old left-hander coming off a season with 11.1 strikeouts per nine and a 2.47 FIP? The line is long, folks. Update: The Nationals landed Corbin with a six-year, $140 million deal on Dec. 6. 4. Josh Donaldson, 33, 3BMaybe this is a bit high for a guy with injury issues the past couple of years, but he’s worth the risk on a short-term (if he’s betting on himself) or incentive-laden contract.Update: Clearly the Braves felt he was worh it, signing Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal on Nov. 26.5. Nathan Eovaldi, 29, SPEovaldi isn’t just here because of his stellar World Series. He had similar dominant stretches in the regular season, and that type of triple-digit mph late in starts is intoxicating. And, like Corbin, he’s only 29.Update: Eovaldi has secured the bag, getting a four-year, $68 million deal from the Red Sox.6. Dallas Keuchel, 31, SPKeuchel probably isn’t a No. 1 on a World Series contender at this point, but he’s as reliable as any free-agent starter on the market. 7. Craig Kimbrel, 30, RPThe 2018 campaign was far from his best season, but he still allowed just 4.5 hits per nine, struck out 13.9 per nine, saved 42 games and had a WHIP under 1.000.8. Michael Brantley, 31, OFAfter two years disrupted by injuries, Brantley came back and was the same reliable force he has been his entire Cleveland career when healthy. The fact he’s not attached to a draft pick is a big bonus for his free-agent prospects.Update: Brantley signed a two-year deal with the Astros.9. A.J. Pollock, 31, CFVery, very talented, but he has played more than 113 games just twice in his six full big league seasons and he has draft-pick compensation attached. Will someone roll the dice? Update: The Dodgers took the gamble and gave Pollock a contract that could run from three to five years and will guarantee him $55 million.10. Marwin González, 30, UT  Maybe this is a bit high for Gonzalez, but he can play pretty much any position with an above-average glove, and after a very slow start to 2018 he hit .285 with 10 homers and an .875 OPS in the season’s final two months. Update: Gonzalez’s versatility landed him a $21 million contract over two years with the Twins. MORE: Five way-too-early predictions for the 2019 season11. Yasmani Grandal, 30, C — Signed a one-year deal with Brewers.12. J.A. Happ, 36, SP — Re-signed with Yankees for two years.13. Joe Kelly, 30, RP — Signed a three-year deal with Dodgers.14. David Robertson, 33, RP — Signed a two-year deal with Phillies.15. Adam Ottavino, 33, RP — Signed a three-year deal with Yankees.16. Andrew McCutchen, 32, OF — Signed a three-year deal with Phillies.17. Zach Britton, 31, RP — Re-signed with Yankees for three years.18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, 32, SP — Accepted a qualifying offer from Dodgers.19. Wilson Ramos, 31, C — Signed a two-year deal with Mets.20. Charlie Morton, 35, SP — Signed a two-year deal with Rays.21. DJ LeMahieu, 30, 2B — Signed a two-year deal with Yankees.22. Jed Lowrie, 34, MI — Signed a two-year deal with Mets.23. Mike Moustakas, 30, 3B — Re-signed with the Brewers for one year.24. Nelson Cruz, 38, DH — Signed a one-year deal with Twins.25. Andrew Miller, 33, RP — Signed a two-year deal with Cardinals.26. Adam Jones, 33, OF27. Matt Harvey, 30, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Angels.28. Jeurys Familia, 29, RP — Signed a three-year deal with Mets.29. Asdrúbal Cabrera, 33, INF — Signed a one-year deal with Rangers.30. Daniel Murphy, 34, 2B — Signed a two-year deal with Rockies.31. Kelvin Herrera, 29, RP — Signed a two-year deal with White Sox.32. Cody Allen, 30, RP — Signed a one-year deal with Angels.33. Steve Pearce, 35, 1B — Re-signed with Red Sox for one year.34. Brad Brach, 32, RP — Signed a one-year deal with Cubs. 35. Brian Dozier, 31, 2B — Signed a one-year deal with Nationals.36. Wade Miley, 32, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Astros. 37. Lance Lynn, 31, SP — Signed a three-year deal with Rangers.38. Josh Harrison, 31, UT — Signed a one-year deal with the Tigers.39. Aníbal Sánchez, 35, SP — Signed a two-year deal with Nationals.40. Gio González, 33, SP41. Jonathan Lucroy, 32, C — Signed a one-year deal with Angels.42. Martín Maldonado, 32, C43. Adam Warren, 31, RP44. Jeremy Hellickson, 31, SP — Re-signed with the Nationals for one year.45. Greg Holland, 33, RP — Signed a one-year deal with Diamondbacks.46. Shawn Kelley, 34, RP — Signed a one-year deal with Rangers.47. Trevor Cahill, 31, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Angels.48. Matt Adams, 30, 1B — Re-signed with Nationals for one year.49. Tyson Ross, 31, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Tigers.50. Ervin Santana, 36, SP — Signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox.51. Adrian Beltré, 39, 3B — Announced retirement.52. Freddy Galvis, 29, SS — Signed a one-year deal with Blue Jays.53. Clay Buchholz, 34, SP — Signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays.54. Bud Norris, 34, RP — Signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.55. Justin Wilson, 31, RP — Signed a two-year deal with Mets.56. Jesse Chavez, 35, RP — Signed a two-year deal with Rangers.57. Joakim Soria, 34, RP — Signed a two-year deal with Athletics.58. Carlos González, 33, OF59. Nick Markakis, 35, OF — Re-signed with Braves for one year.60. Ian Kinsler, 36, 2B — Signed a two-year deal with Padres.61. CC Sabathia, 38, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Yankees.62. Sergio Romo, 36, RP — Signed a one-year deal with the Marlins.63. Ryan Madson, 38, RP64. José Iglesias, 29, SS — Signed a minor-league deal with the Reds.65. Neil Walker, 33, INF — Signed a one-year deal with Marlins.66. Tyler Clippard, 34, RP — Signed a minor-league deal with the Indians. 67. Edwin Jackson, 35, SP68. Derek Holland, 32, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Giants.69. Curtis Granderson, 38, OF — Signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins.70. Jung-ho Kang, 31, 3B — Re-signed with Pirates.71. Brad Ziegler, 39, RP — Announced retirement.72. Drew Pomeranz, 30, SP — Signed a one-year deal with Giants.73. Lonnie Chisenhall, 30, OF — Signed a one-year deal with Pirates.74. Óliver Pérez, 37, RP — Signed a one-year deal with Indians.75. James Shields, 37, SP76. Kurt Suzuki, 35, C — Signed a two-year deal with Nationals.77. Evan Gattis, 32, DH78. Gerardo Parra, 31, OF — Signed a minor-league deal with the Giants.79. Francisco Liriano, 35, SP — Returned to the Pirates on a one-year deal.last_img read more