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first_imgWhile the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, the digital classroom is also subject to many of the same issues as the traditional one — such as cheating.In a new working paper, researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have identified a new method of cheating specific to open online courses, and have recommended a number of strategies that are proving effective in preventing it.The working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” was published today on arXiv.org, an online repository for electronic preprints.Isaac Chuang, a professor of electrical engineering and physics, senior associate dean of digital learning at MIT, and one of the authors of the working paper, explained that he and his colleagues were inspired to examine the problem in an effort to better understand all the opportunities that online courses provide, in both learning and cheating.“If learners in some online courses are circumventing the learning process and obtaining certification without going through the traditional routes of assessment and feedback, then the certification does not necessarily imply that they learned anything. This could seriously devalue MOOC certification,” Chuang said. “This is a well-known issue in academics, and it’s happening in new ways in online settings. We want to understand and address this issue as online education continues to grow.”Andrew Ho, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, chair of the HarvardX research committee, and an author of the working paper, added that the paper describes “a new cheating technique that is particular to MOOCs. It is enabled by specific design features, including the ability to create multiple accounts for free. This is a method of cheating that allows you to acquire a certification for a course in an hour, which is not possible through conventional cheating approaches. This is cheating of a different kind.”CAMEO usersWhile analyzing data gathered from learners using the edX online learning platform, the researchers noticed that certain users were answering assessment questions “faster than is humanly possible,” according to Chuang. Upon further examination, the researchers realized that a number of learners appeared to be employing a cheating strategy they refer to as “copying answers using multiple existences online” (CAMEO).In this method of cheating, a user creates multiple accounts, one of which is the primary account that will ultimately earn a certificate. The other accounts are used to find or “harvest” the correct answers to assessment questions for the master account.To determine the amount of cheating occurring in classes where learners can obtain certification for passing the course, the researchers developed an algorithm that can identify CAMEO users. The algorithm searches for pairs of related accounts in which one account responds to most of the answers incorrectly and the other provides mostly correct answers on the first attempt. Activity time stamps are then reviewed to see when the account suspected of harvesting answers solved a particular problem just after the master account did. The algorithm also looks to see whether related accounts might share IP addresses across multiple courses.The researchers examined data gathered from 1.9 million course participants in 115 MOOCs offered by HarvardX and MITx from the fall of 2012 through the spring of 2015. They discovered that in 69 courses where users were found to have been employing the CAMEO strategy, 1.3 percent of the certificates earned (1,237 certificates) appeared to have been obtained through such cheating. Additionally, the researchers found that among earners of 20 or more certificates, 25 percent appeared to have used the CAMEO strategy. In some courses CAMEO users may account for as many as 5 percent of certificates earned.Although these percentages are lower than the prevalence of reported cheating, which by some accounts is greater than 50 percent, the authors argue that these percentages are nonetheless significant. “This is not an isolated incident of copying on part of one assignment,” Ho says. “This is the wholesale falsification of a certificate.”CAMEO use was found to be higher among young, less-educated males outside the United States. The rate among U.S. users was particularly low, at 0.4 percent of certificates earned. The authors observed that these rates may correlate with the perceived value of the certificate across different countries.The prevalence of CAMEO use was highest in government, health, and social science courses, where 1.3 percent of certificates were earned by employing the cheating strategy, and lowest in computer science courses, where just 0.1 percent of certificates were obtained using the technique.Prevention techniquesThe authors outlined a number of strategies to prevent cheating in online courses, including restricting solutions to assessments until after assignments are due, and randomizing questions so that each learner receives a customized set of problems.However, some of these strategies are costly or may limit learning opportunities. “We may face a tradeoff between enabling learning and preventing cheating,” Chuang noted.The researchers found that in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses where such techniques may have been employed, CAMEO use accounted for just 0.1 percent of certificates earned, as opposed to 1.2 percent of certificates earned in courses that did not use any prevention strategies.While techniques including randomization are easy to employ in STEM courses, Chuang noted that they are more challenging to implement in humanities courses, where multiple-choice questions are commonly used as part of the assessment process. Nonetheless, the researchers hope that their findings will inspire course content creators to implement some of the prevention strategies they have outlined and that this research will inspire further evaluation of cheating in MOOCs.“One of the most interesting lessons from the paper is that there are ways to mitigate cheating that are straightforward and implementable by the teams creating online course content,” Chuang said. “We also expect platform improvements, such as virtual proctoring, to help reduce cheating.”“This paper addresses a growing challenge as higher education digitizes: ensuring that the work that students do is their work,” said George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who was not involved in the research.“MOOCs, and in the case of this paper, the development of multiple online identities, present a new set of challenges for academics,” Siemens said. “The stakes in learning can be high, since academic performance can influence job opportunities. Ensuring that work is done by the student proclaiming to have done it will continue to be a challenge online and in classrooms.”last_img read more


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first_imgFreestyle Double CrossWintergreen, Va., January 26, February 9 & 22 To celebrate the winter season, Wintergreen hosts three competitions on its slopes, which culminate in one overall winner. The races are open to both skiers and snowboarders as well as all ages and skill levels. Each competition has multiple heats of four participants who cruise through the terrain park at lightning speed. freestyleonlinenews.comCupp Run ChallengeSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 3 Designed by Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy in 1973, the short yet stout Cupp Run gives skiers a run for their money every year. The Cupp Runn Challenge has been one of the East’s most trying races since its inaugural year. The giant slalom course plunges 1,500 vertical feet downhill in just under a mile and a half. snowshoemtn.comRichard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup CompetitionSugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., March 9The event is a giant slalom competition, intended for racers with at least intermediate or above ability levels. Competitors can feel good about racing for this event, as 100 percent of all entry fees go to the American Cancer Society. Activities like the Great Bear Race, a magic show, and of course the cake and ice cream make this a great way to hit the slopes with the family one last time before spring settles in. skisugar.comBanked Slalom RaceBeech Mountain Resort, N.C., February 22Berms, hips, slash walls, doubles. You name it, chances are the Banked Slalom course at Beech has it. Although not nearly as big of a crowd-drawer as freestyle wintersport events, banked slalom races in particular are starting to gain in popularity. An added incentive for competitors is access to a discounted lift ticket for the day. beechmountainresort.comCat Cage Rail JamCataloochee Ski Area, N.C., DecemberHead south to Cataloochee’s Cat Cage Rail Jam, a fun, community-based event that sees some pretty talented athletes busting out some pretty sweet tricks. With a season pass raffle, giveaways, food, and drinks, the best part of this rail jam party is in its inclusive atmosphere. The free entry makes getting out there to try something new a more approachable idea for first-timers. iskinc.comBest of the RestBiff-vitationalRoundtop Mountain Resort, Penn., January 4 • iraceforbiff.orgSeptuagenarian PartySugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., January 7 • skisugar.comK2 Pop This!Appalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., January 10 • appskimtn.comWinter Fest Rail JamBeech Mountain Resort, N.C., January 11 • beechmountainresort.comBlackstrap Friday Night Rail JamWisp Resort, Md., January 17, February 21, March 14 • wispresort.comAppalachian Snowboard SeriesBryce Resort, Va., February 8-9 • srrclub.orgPatrick Shire Memorial Giant SlalomLiberty Mountain Resort, Penn., February 9 • paracing.orgWest Virginia OpenSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 22 • snowshoemtn.comSpring Fling 2014Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Tenn., March 9 • obergatlinburg.comSnowy Luau FestivalTimberline Resort, W. Va., March 14-15• timberlineresort.comMeltdown GamesAppalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., March 22 • appskimtn.comMotown ThrowdownMorgantown, W. Va., November • pathfinderwv.comJack Frost CelebrationWhite Grass Touring Center, W. Va., December 6-7 • whitegrass.comSugar FestSugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., December 12-14 • skisugar.comPicnic in the Park Rail JamSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., December • snowshoemtn.com _______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img read more


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first_imgA pristine tract of land that has been the subject of a hotly contested debate for decades will soon be added to the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina.The 50-acre Fires Creek parcel, which sits on the border of Cherokee and Clay Counties in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest, has long been prized for its wildernesslike nature and outstanding water quality.The parcel was one of the few inholdings left when the Nantahala was established in the early 1900s. An inholding is a piece of land within a national forest that remained in private hands even after the forest was initially protected.In 2006, the absentee owners of the Fires Creek parcel, which will soon provide public trout fishing, hiking and other recreational opportunities, sold the land to four locals in the area. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, these locals had dreams of building remote cabins on the property and ultimately turning it into a personal grouse hunting getaway.But access to the remote parcel became a major issue when a proposed road threatened the water quality of the highly sensitive Fires Creek creating a maelstrom of opposition from locals and environmental groups alike.“Most of us grew up in this area, and as little kids we dreamed of owning the only private property in Fires Creek,” Michael Anderson, owner of Lot 3 of the Fires Creek property, said in a statement provided to the Citizen Times.“Our intent was to have a place to grouse hunt and make memories with our families. The parcel was privately owned long before the Forest Service obtained the land around it and could have been sold to anyone. We never wanted that property to be anything but a place for us to get away.”Though the Forest Service did grant the special use permit necessary for the construction of the access road in 2013, the project never came to fruition, and on November 20, 2017, the group of four Fires Creek landowners decided to sell the property to the nonprofit Mainspring Conservation Trust.The sale ensures that the 50-acre piece of property will remain in its natural state. It will also return a popular hiking trail known as the Fires Creek Rim Trail, a 26-mile loop trail, to its original route. This trail was rerouted off of the rim of Fires Creek by the Forest Service in 2013 when the special use permit needed for the proposed access road was granted.The purchase has also been heralded by the local Trout Unlimited chapter, who’s chairman, John Kies, called the Fires Creek parcel “a beautiful, wonderful place.”last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo July 26, 2010 Peru and Chile agreed to relaunch cooperation mechanisms in order to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and also agreed to inform one another about their military expenditures, the Peruvian foreign ministry announced. The agreement was reached during the visit to Lima by the Chilean deputy secretary of foreign relations, Fernando Schmidt, for the Ninth Meeting of the Peruvian-Chilean Consultation and Political Coordination Mechanism with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio. Both officials highlighted the upcoming technical meeting between officials from the two countries’ defense and foreign ministries, “with a view to reviving the coordination mechanisms aimed at validating common standards for measuring military expenditures, to be held in Lima on 26 July.” Schmidt and Popolizio also affirmed the importance of continuing work on demining in the border region, a statement by the foreign ministry indicated. The document indicated the need to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and its serious consequences. For this reason, the two officials agreed that the Sixth Meeting of the Mixed Commission on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances should be held this year, at the same time that they reaffirmed their desire to collaborate on closing their borders to drug trafficking. The deputy foreign ministers made reference to the importance of continuing to develop bilateral trade, which has reached a value of three billion dollars. They also agreed on the importance of coordinating their participation in the regional and multilateral forums of which both countries are members, such as APEC and the Latin American Pacific Rim Forum. Peru and Chile continue to pursue a dispute over maritime borders in the Pacific Ocean, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in consequence of a suit filed by Peru in 2008. Santiago maintains that the borders have been determined, and Lima does not consider this to be the case. The two presidents, Alan García of Peru and Sebastián Piñera of Chile, met in May at the Euro-Latin American summit in Madrid, where they announced progress in “thawing” their relations.last_img read more


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first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tom RandleOne of the keys to effective leadership rests squarely on your shoulders … it’s your ability to build sincere, sound relationships with every one of your members, directors, employees and yes, nobody cares understands or appreciates credit unions (ncua). Put in simpler terms, you need to be able to relate to anyone and everyone! It sounds simple but it really is a very tall order.It goes without saying that all people are unique since they all function in a constantly changing environment in which they are the perpetual center. Everything they do or experience is relative to their personal and unique perceptions of themselves and their world.In order to understand others and their actions, you must learn to understand how they see themselves and their world. It’s this kind of understanding, arising out of your concern and empathy that builds relationships with others and helps you truly connect. That can be a bit of a challenge with some people… and that is why they pay you the big bucks.All human beings are goal-directed to satisfy certain needs and much of their behavior is centered on ensuring these basic needs are met. Dr. Abraham Maslow categorized needs in five basic areas.Biological Needs: These needs must be met in order for the body to survive, and include the need for air, water, food, sleep, and the absence of pain. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_img“The furlough period will last until the end of May whilst senior management, and our drivers, have taken a pay cut of 20% effective from April 1.”Under the scheme announced by British finance minister Rishi Sunak announced last month, furloughed workers can claim 80% of their wages up to 2,500 pounds ($3,068) per month.”These decisions have not been taken lightly,” the statement added. “Our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff… and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows.”The 2020 Formula One season, that was scheduled to begin in Melbourne last month, is yet to get underway after the pandemic cancelled the Australian and Monaco Grands Prix.Races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan were also postponed, with racing unlikely to start until the European summer at the earliest.Topics : ROKiT Williams drivers, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, and senior management will be taking a 20% pay cut during the coronavirus crisis while many of their employees will be temporarily furloughed, the Formula One team said on Monday.Williams joins fellow British Formula One team McLaren who last week furloughed staff while their drivers and senior management had their wages reduced temporarily for a three-month period to reduce costs with the season on a hiatus.”ROKiT Williams Racing is temporarily furloughing a number of employees as part of a wider range of cost-cutting measures,” the team said in a statement.last_img read more


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first_imgLittle League baseball and softball registration is now going on at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth. The registration deadline is March 27 and tryouts will be held at Ellsworth High School on Saturday, March 28, at noon. To register or for more information, call 667-3086, e-mail Shane Lowell at [email protected] or drop by the YMCA. Latest Posts Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img


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first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – Shanel Daley is hoping her outing at the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup later this month closes a difficult chapter in her career, which nearly resulted in her premature retirement from the game.The 28-year-old, a veteran of the West Indies Women squad with 64 One-Day Internationals and 68 Twenty20 Internationals, has been sidelined for nearly the last three years with injury.Picked on the virtue of her experience after proving her fitness – if not her form – in the recently staged Regional Super50 in the Caribbean, Daley said she was excited to be back in the senior side set-up for a major tournament.“It feels really good [to be back],” the Jamaican all-rounder said here at the start of the Caribbean side’s camp at the Ageas Bowl ahead of the June 24 to July 23 World Cup here.“I was talking to Anisa Mohammed and I told her leaving the Caribbean I wasn’t really feeling the fever but when we got here everything just started coming back, it started hitting me that I was at the World Cup.”Daley was one of the veterans from the last World Cup in India four years ago, playing every game as West Indies Women did well to reach the final before losing to Australia.However, it was her last major tournament as injury ruled her out of the T20 World Cup last year when West Indies lifted the title.She said the period away from the game was a painful one and admitted she came close to ending her career.“I think the first year or so was pretty difficult because seeing the team out there playing, they had a few tours in the Caribbean and outside the Caribbean,” she explained.“It was difficult, I won’t lie, it was difficult to the point where I even thought about quitting but I had encouragment from my teammates … I fought through it.”West Indies enter the World Cup as one of the favourites but Daley said with the weight of expectation present, she was not getting ahead of herself.“I’m taking it one day at a time. You know it’s the World Cup and everybody wants to win, we want that title so I think taking it one step at a time [is important],” she said.“[I am] managing myself and seeing how it goes from the training sessions, practice games leading up to the World Cup, I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”She added: “We definitely have to play together as a team. We have to support each other, on and off the field. Once we do that, I think we’ll be good.”Daley’s return to the side has conincided with the selection of four uncapped players for the upcoming tournament, with Reniece Boyce, Quinana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters all handed their debut tour.And she said she hopes the quartet could make their mark quickly.“I think it’s good for the game, I think it’s good for West Indies cricket to have the youngsters among the senior players,” she noted.“I’ve played alongside Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters in Trinidad and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in this World Cup, I’m looking forward to great things from them.”last_img read more


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first_imgIn other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Sports fans again will be able to fill stadiums in New Zealand after the government removed restrictions on public gatherings imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will move from midnight Monday to alert level 1 under which life returns almost to normal, though border restrictions remain in force. New Zealand has succeeded in eradicating the coronavirus; as of Monday it had no active cases of Covid-19 and hadn’t recorded a new infection for 17 days.— Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Sunday he is in favor of having fans back in stadiums as soon as regions are cleared by health authorities. However, that contradicts an earlier message by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who said it wouldn’t be fair for some clubs to have fans and others not. Spain has been gradually lifting confinement restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some regions have entered advanced stages that could allow them to have matches with at least some fans in the stadiums.TENNIS-NEW TOURNAMENTNew tennis tournament in France aiming for younger audience Her Instagram post says “we are the problem.”Brittany Brees shared those words Saturday along with a Bible verse and two quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. She wrote: “To say ‘I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag,’ I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is.” Her husband has apologized several times for his original comments after he received criticism from high-profile athletes and some of his teammates. NASCAR-ATLANTAHarvick wins as NASCAR recognizes social unease following death of FloydHAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is a winner at the site of his first NASCAR Cup victory. NASCAR President Steve Phelps addressed drivers and teams on the track before the race, saying. “The black community and all people of color have suffered in our country, and it has taken far too long for us to hear their demands for change. Our sport must do better. Our country must do better.”Bubba Wallace donned a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter.” Wallace is the only African American in the top-level series.FOOTBALL-OBIT-RILEYFormer Bengals star Ken Riley dead at 72ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ken Riley was a ball-hawk defensive back in the NFL before serving as a head coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Florida A&M. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBREES’ WIFE-APOLOGYDrew Brees’ wife apologizes for husband’s comments on flagNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The wife of New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has now apologized for comments her husband made regarding his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem. FOOTBALL-OBIT-CALDWELLReche Caldwell fatally shotTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former University of Florida and NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was fatally shot Saturday night in his hometown.Caldwell’s mother confirmed her son’s death to the Tampa Bay Times, saying police told her they believe her son was ambushed outside his home in a possible robbery attempt.Caldwell was drafted by San Diego in the second round in 2002. He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in six NFL seasons — four with the Chargers and one each with New England and Washington. Associated Press June 8, 2020 PARIS (AP) — With discussions ongoing over whether the U.S. Open or the French Open can even take place later this year, a new digitally friendly tennis tournament starts Saturday in southern France with four Top 10-ranked players involved.Co-founder Patrick Mouratoglou hopes the Ultimate Tennis Showdown can change the way tennis is viewed by allowing a younger audience to access the raw feelings of players.The UTS features ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. There will be 10 players with matches every weekend for five weeks in a round robin format.Matches will be streamed live with organizers saying every sight and sound will be captured.DOPING DIACK TRIAL Ex-Falcons DE Zook diesATLANTA (AP) — Former NFL defensive end John Zook has died in his native Kansas after a long battle with cancer.Zook originally was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round in 1969 but was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He teamed with Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey to give the Falcons a dynamic combination at defensive end from 1969-75. Zook never missed a game during his tenure with the Falcons, starting 97 of 98 contests. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1973, joining Humphrey in the all-star game.Zook played his last four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring after the 1969 campaign.His brother, Dean Zook, confirmed the death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.center_img Update on the latest in sports: Caldwell was awaiting sentencing this month after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, along with several other former NFL players. He also served prison time on a 2014 drug charge.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GREEN BAY-RYANGreen Bay picks Ryan as new hoops coachGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay is turning its men’s basketball program over to Will Ryan.Athletic director Charles Guthrie has announced that the school and the 41-year-old Ryan have agreed to a deal in principle, though final contract details are still being worked out. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MAYERBoxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return boutUNDATED (AP) — Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Mayer announced her positive test on social media two days before her scheduled bout against Helen Joseph in the Top Rank show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.The former U.S. Olympian is asymptomatic but says she tested positive for the virus on Saturday. The rest of Mayer’s camp has tested negative, including her longtime coach. The son of former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan comes to Green Bay after posting a 14-13 record in his lone season as the head coach at Division II program Wheeling in West Virginia.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-STRENGTH COACHIowa coach denies racial misconductIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle denies any “unethical behavior or bias” based on race.Several black former players posted on social media Friday night about issues they saw in the football program, attributing many of them to Doyle. He was placed on administrative leave Saturday, part of a decision made by coach Kirk Ferentz in what he called “a defining moment” for Iowa’s football program. Harvick turned in another dominating run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, cruising to victory over Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back.Harvick came into the day having led 1,138 laps on the 1.54-mile Atlanta trioval, far more than any other driver in the 40-car field.He now has 51 wins — breaking a tie with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for the 12th spot on the career list. Three of those triumphs have come at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including in 2001 and 2018.Busch ended up second, followed by Truex, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was seventh in what may have been his final Atlanta appearance. Johnson plans to retire as a driver after the season.NASCAR acknowledged the social unrest in the country and vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The school has announced that Riley died early Sunday morning at 72. No cause of death was given.Riley was a four-year starting quarterback at Florida A&M and a Rhodes Scholar candidate before he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL draft. Moved to cornerback by head coach Paul Brown, Riley had 65 career interceptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns in a 15-year career with the Bengals. He also recovered 18 fumbles, and his interception total ranks fifth in NFL history.Although named a First Team All-Pro three times and a second teamer on two other occasions, Riley still hasn’t been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite his impressive statistics. He landed on the All-Pro First Team in 1983, his final season.Riley coached the Rattlers from 1986-93, going 48-39-2 with two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles. He took A&M to the second-ever Heritage Bowl, losing to Grambling State in 1992.NFL-OBIT-ZOOK Massive sports corruption case finally heard at Paris trialPARIS (AP) — A sports corruption trial involving allegations of doping cover-ups and illicit payoffs at the top of track and field has opened in Paris.In six days of hearings, the court is due to hear evidence that Russian athletes paid millions of dollars to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions.Lamine Diack, who served as president of the sport’s governing body for nearly 16 years, is one of the alleged recipients of the payments. The 87-year-old Diack was present in court today, wearing a white face mask.last_img read more


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first_imgSometimes, things just naturally run in the family.Take the case of UW track and field member Jessica Jeremiah.Jeremiah never really competed in track and field until high school, but when looking at her family genes, there was no doubt she would eventually find her way out to the track.The daughter of Asele Woy — a 1980 Olympian for Nigeria’s 4×400 relay team — Jeremiah took after her mother. But it wasn’t because her mother pressed it on her as a kid.”She never really taught me a lot about track growing up,” Jeremiah said. “I knew what track was and ran races in elementary school and stuff like that, but then high school was when I really started competing.”Jeremiah’s mom never really boasts about her Olympic feats, either.”She’s really modest about it, but you can tell she knows a lot about track,” Jeremiah said. “We know her stats and all that, but she doesn’t talk about how she did. She just talks about how she ran and what her motivation was and all that kind of stuff.”For Jeremiah, her biggest motivation is her mother.As Jeremiah continues to adjust to the jump to the competition at the college level, as well as academics, she knows she can always turn to her mother.Not only is Asele a loving and caring mother, but also she knows what Jeremiah is going through out on the track as she, too, went through the same struggle.”She’s great,” Jeremiah said. “She’s always very supportive and calls before every meet and just asks how I’m doing.”But my brother’s also very supportive, too.”Jeremiah and her brother — Idiato — grew up always racing against each other. Any time, anywhere.”When we were little we raced against each other and people on the playground and stuff like that.”But Jeremiah was never able to beat her brother, ever.”When I was little, I was a lot closer to him,” she said. “He’s kind of better than me now, a lot better, actually.”While Jeremiah made her decision to attend UW, “Idi” decided to leave their Milwaukee home for Johnson County Community College in Kansas.However, there’s a strong possibility that the two siblings could someday be reunited on the track as Idi is seeking to transfer to a Big Ten school after his first two years at junior college, maybe even Wisconsin.”He’s very into track,” Jeremiah said of her brother. “He wants to be in the Big Ten and it’d be nice if he transferred here.”It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to men’s track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe, either, as he actually recruited Jeremiah’s brother coming out of high school — and deservedly so.Idiato Jeremiah was a standout in track and football at Nathan Hale High School (West Allis, Wis.) and was the state runner-up in the 100- and 200-meter events his senior year.But regardless of her family ties, Jeremiah’s only focus right now is improvement.The sprinter/jumper is concentrating almost exclusively on the triple-jump event right now and is hoping to hit a personal goal of 40-feet this outdoor season.”I haven’t hit my [personal record of 38-8 3/7 in high school] yet, but I’ve been a little more consistent, I got stronger, and my runway’s better,” she said. “Everything’s better, it’s just that I’m kind of stuck at this one point.”I’m just looking to put everything together and put a 40-foot jump out there pretty soon.”Judging by the way things worked out for her mother, it wouldn’t surprising to see Jeremiah hit her goal sometime soon and jump to new heights.last_img read more