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Lampard refuses to be fooled by Mourinho’s claim Spurs are firing blanks

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S claim Tottenham are firing blanks is not fooling Frank Lampard.Mourinho moaned managing without crocked strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min was like fighting “with a gun without bullets” after Wednesday’s toothless 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig.3 Frank Lampard is not falling for Jose Mourinho’s mind gamesCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut Chelsea chief Lamps is not having any of his old boss’ mind games ahead of Spurs’ visit to Stamford Bridge in today’s early kick-off.He said: “He has got attacking players, let’s get it right.“Dele Alli’s best season at Tottenham was playing up with Harry Kane at times. Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final last year and is an incredible talent.“I watched the interview after the Leipzig defeat and they’re always interesting.“I understand his feelings, because you want all your top players fit. But it doesn’t make me think they’re any weaker, whatever Jose says.”CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Blues3 Spurs and Chelsea have both been hit by injuries for the game at Stamford BridgeCredit: Rex FeaturesLampard also pointed to his own injury problems, claiming few other Premier League bosses have had it so tough this term.The likes of Eddie Howe, Roy Hodgson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may dispute that, but it is true the Blues boss has had a number of stars on the  treatment table at various times.England star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has missed the entire campaign with a ruptured Achilles but could return to the bench today.Andreas Christensen will wear a mask fitted in Milan this week to protect his broken nose if he plays.But N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are out with adductor injuries, while Tammy Abraham may not start having trained only at “70 per cent” due to an ankle issue.Lampard added: “I am not sure many teams in the Premier League have had our injuries. We had huge ones at the start of the season, big ones now in the season.“N’Golo Kante has played 50 per cent of the games when he has been basically a regular starter for the last four years in the Premier League.“Ruben hasn’t kicked a ball yet. We’ve got a lot and I think the fans respect that.”Lampard knows the pressure is on him after Monday night’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester United cut Chelsea’s advantage to fifth-placed Spurs to only one point.Supporters may be willing to give him more time than most managers given his legendary player status — but that slack will not last forever.The United loss was the fifth home reverse in the league this term and left Lampard struggling to sleep.Yet he insists he is thriving on the pressure to perform — just as he did as a player.Lampard, 41, even claimed to have ENJOYED this week as he embraces the challenge.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes3 Lampard may decide to recall Kepa ArrizabalagaCredit: Getty ImagesHe said: “Maybe expectations did go up. But that’s a good thing and that’s normal. That’s human nature.“I thrived on pressure as a player and thrive on it as a manager. I have enjoyed this week.“We lost to Manchester United, I hated the fact we lost and it was a difficult night’s sleep.“But waking up the next day I thought this is a great challenge for us.”It remains to be seen if keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to the starting line-up after being axed for the last two games in favour of  veteran Willy Caballero.But Lampard insisted he was not on a collision course with his bosses over the £71.6million keeper.Latest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeHe added: “I am absolutely together with the board. We want the best and I am paid to make decisions.“The keepers’ union have to stick together and Kepa has been great in his support of Willy.“All he needs to do is train and show great attitude, like I demand of all my players. Things can obviously change.”Frank Lampard says he lost sleep after Chelsea loss against Man Utd but insists he is thriving on pressure ahead of Tottenhamlast_img read more

JFF academy on track

first_img Many local football administrators have called for a project of this kind, as they believe it can help to not only develop young local players, but also create what they describe as a “Jamaican football philosophy”. This, they say, would be done through creating a style of play unique to Jamaican players. How this would be achieved is by having players housed in an academy at an early age. There, they would gain an education both in football and academics while playing at various age-group levels until they are ready for senior national team selection. Former FIFA president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter first broke ground for the academy in Portmore, St Catherine, 14 years ago, but Captain Horace Burrell, who was president at the time, was voted out of office shortly after and replaced by Crenston Boxhill. Boxhill then moved the project from Portmore to Malvern, St Elizabeth. After returning to office in 2007, Burrell decided on a change in location once more and, as such, the Football Centre, which is currently situated at the UWI Mona Campus, was developed seven years ago. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Raymond Grant says that the FIFA Forward Programme, under way at the Football Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), should be completed by the end of the year, as long as everything goes to plan. The FIFA Forward Programme is a partnership between football’s world governing body and the JFF, which will see the construction of a dormitory complex to accommodate national teams. This will include 24 double, occupancy rooms for teams, two rooms for staff, a dining area, a lounge, a reception and catering facilities. Grant said that once the project is completed, how it is used is important to how the sport goes forward in Jamaica. “It all depends on how you structure your programme, which speaks to how long these players participate in the programme, in the facility,” he said. He told The Sunday Gleaner that the project, when completed, would accommodate more than just players learning the game. “Coaching will be done there, lecturing. Anything to do with the technical development of the national programme will centre around the facility,” he said. “There is always an urgent need to develop your technical programme and it’s a revolving process – it never ends. The football, over time, continues to grow, and once there’s the need, I wouldn’t say it is overdue, but at the same time, it is a necessary cog in our wheel in terms of driving the growth and development of the sport.” Under the programme, FIFA says it grants the JFF a basic figure of US$100,000 yearly, but it can receive an additional annual funding of US$50,000 for fulfilling other criteria requested by FIFA to develop football in Jamaica. Of these, two must specifically focus on women’s football. JA FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHYlast_img read more

PNC colour flies over Guyana – PPP

first_img….alteration dubbed Constitutional violationIn what is being dubbed a Constitutional violation, the colour of the national flag hoisted at D’Urban Park, Georgetown, during pre-Independence observance on May 25, 2018, appeared to have been altered.The national flag and D’Urban Park which bore an alteration at last week’s flag raising ceremonyQuestions were raised over the addition, which is a strip of a darker shade of green to the national flag. Following concerns which raised, especially on social media, this Guyana Times sought an explanation from Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton on Tuesday but this was unsuccessful.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) released a statement highlighting its own concerns of the latest feature. As such, it said that coalition Government must explain to Guyanese why the national flag “had to be altered with the PNC/R theme colour.” The People’s National Congress is the major arm in the larger A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that forms the ruling party in the APNU/Alliance For Change Government.The PPP expressed its dissatisfaction with what it referred to as “the despicable and unconstitutional alteration of Guyana’s national flag”, which was hoisted to mark the nation’s 52nd Independence anniversary. The Party said that Guyanese have witnessed the practice of national symbols being treated as the property of this Administration – the last such act evidenced in the seizure of the national flag from the Corriverton Town Council on the anniversary of the Republic.It said too that the fact that the unauthorised alteration of the national flag connects one of Guyana’s most significant national symbols to the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), via the inclusion of the PNCR’s party colour along the end of the Golden Arrowhead, is reminiscent of the “repressive regime” of the PNC pre-1992.The PPP added that the practice of the PNCR flag being flown above Guyana’s courts has not been forgotten by the Guyanese people. The party said this act is the latest of an increasingly authoritarian Administration and adds to the numerous constitutional violations committed since May 2015.The PPP was adamant that The Second Schedule included in Guyana’s Constitution devotes two pages (pages 260 and 261) to the heraldic description of Guyana’s national flag. The description makes it clear that there are five distinct colours and defines their proportions.last_img read more

Crystal Palace owner Parish pleased to have rescued Zaha from Man United nightmare

first_imgCrystal Palace owner Steve Parish is proud he rescued Wilfried Zaha from his miserable move to Manchester United.The winger swapped Selhurst Park for Old Trafford in a £15m deal – the last Sir Alex Ferguson ever did at the club – but the player never settled up north.Zaha returned to Palace in the summer on a loan and it was made permanent in January for around £6m.“We were delighted to strike a deal to ensure Wilfried Zaha remains a Palace player,” Parish said.“We were sad to see him depart but thrilled for Wilfried when he made his step up to Manchester United two years ago but unfortunately things didn’t work out for him there.“When we heard we could get him back on loan I was hoping we would eventually be able to turn that into a permanent deal, so I am pleased to have done that now.“It’s brilliant to see him back enjoying his football again with us in the Premier League.” Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace 1last_img read more


first_imgTim Jackson with his mobile billboard campaign.Donegal TDs have all given the thumbs down to the Clean Up Politics campaign to reduce politicians’ earnings.According to Tim Jackson, founder of the campaign, this refusal has cemented the TDs’ lack of credibility among voters affected by years of cutbacks.“It’s very disappointing that not even one of the TDs was willing to show real leadership on this, indicating how little their words really mean when they decry austerity and corruption but aren’t interested in bringing an end to the perks and benefits taken by the political classes.”Jackson’s Clean Up Politics campaign called on Donegal TDs to: – Cut TDs’ salaries from €90k to €45k gross p/a– Cease €13m+ annual taxpayer payments to political parties and Independents– Account for all expenses, making receipts publicly available at the end of each year– Cut TDs’ pensions to the average public service rateDeputies Padraig MacLochlainn, Joe McHugh and Charlie McConalogue did not reply to the correspondence from the Clean Up Politics campaign, whilst Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty declined to endorse the changes, citing concerns including the possibility of increases in political donations from private sources.Jackson continued, “The proposal to cut TDs’ salaries meant they would still earn €10,000 more than the average industrial wage, but the point is that such a change would ensure our leaders might better understand the plight of ordinary families around this county, and also deter greedy politicians from making a career in what are crucial governing roles. The public however has the chance to create change at election time, because most of us can see through our TDs’ empty words.”Jackson, from Ballybofey, has indicated he may run in the General Election as an Independent. DONEGAL POLITICIANS REFUSE TO BACK MAN’S ‘CLEAN-UP POLITICS’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clean Up PoliticsdonegalTim Jacksonlast_img read more


first_imgJudith McCarthyDonegal County Museum’s Curator Judith McCarthy has been appointed to the board of the National Museum of Ireland. This appointment was announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD on Friday last.Speaking following her appointment, Judith McCarthy said it is an honour for her personally and for the County Museum to be appointed to the Board of the National Museum of Ireland. She said “I have been Curator of Donegal County Museum for over 20 years and in this time have worked closely with local communities and with groups nationally and internationally to promote and preserve our cultural inheritance.  These experiences will guide me in my new role as a Board member of the one of our foremost National Cultural Institutions and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”Donegal County Museum, which is part of Donegal County Council, has been to the fore in a number of local, national and international initiatives including the Decade of Centenaries commemorations, securing a visit of the St. Conall Cael Bell and Shrine from the British Museum and promoting the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland.“The Museum has been involved with commemorating the Decade of Centenaries since 2012 when we organised an exhibition on the Ulster Covenant in association with the Thiepval Memorial Loyal Orange Lodge.  We held a very successful exhibition on Donegal and World War I in 2014 & 2015 and continue to work with organisations both nationally and locally on forthcoming commemorations”.“In 2016 the Museum is playing an integral role in the Donegal 2016 centenary programme. The Museum’s programme includes an exhibition charting the story of Donegal in 1916, a lecture series, and schools activities including a schools’ education pack and interactive drama workshops”. “In 2014 we successfully negotiated the loan of the Bell and Shrine of St Conall Cael from the British Museum for display in Donegal County Museum for a 4 week period. We were honoured to host this visit last summer and it was made even more special when we were able to negotiate the display of the artefacts in the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney. This was a very momentous occasion for the entire community”.During her time as curator of the museum, Judith has acquired extensive experience of working in the local museum sector and has been involved in a number of national initiatives.“The Donegal County Museum has been involved in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland since the first Pilot Phase during which participants devised and tested the standards. The Museum has achieved both Full and Maintenance of Accreditation in this programme.  We play a very active role in the preservation and protection of the archaeological heritage of Donegal and liaise closely with the staff of the National Museum of Ireland and the National Monuments Service to monitor, provide advice and report on the preservation of archaeological sites and artefacts discovered in the county”.Judith concluded “I am delighted with this appointment to the board of the National Museum of Ireland and look forward to continuing to play a role in the development of this very important sector. Locally we have a very key role to play in preserving and protecting our cultural inheritance not only because of it’s importance to the local community but also it’s intrinsic value from a national and international perspective.”DONEGAL MUSEUM CURATOR APPOINTED TO BOARD OF NATIONAL MUSEUM was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AppointmentdonegalJudith McCarthymuseumlast_img read more


first_imgTHE FRENCH crook who ripped off 200 Donegal people for millions of euro has had receivers appointed to his business, offering protection to those who invested in his fake scheme.And a court has heard how Francois de Dietrich is still sending emails to some of those investors – despite being warned to stop.The High Court in Belfast has moved to protect creditors of the company run by the on-the-run businessman Francois de Dietrich, with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) being granted an order which allowed them to appoint provisional receivers to his ETIC Solutions. The order also prevents the company from making preferential creditor payments, in other words all investors will be treated equally.It is the clearest indication yet that anyone who wants their money back from the scam which de Dietrich set up should contact the UK FSA.The FSA said de Dietrich was believed to be behind an illegal investment scheme.Several people are seeking judgments against ETIC which operated on both sides of the border.An application to have ETIC Solutions wound up is due to be heard next month and will not be affected by the appointment of provisional receivers.In January Francois de Dietrich was committed to an 18-month prison sentence after he failed to comply with a court order insisting he reveal where his assets were held.The businessman was not in court to hear the sentence being passed and since then police have not been able to ascertain his whereabouts.The FSA earlier obtained a high court order restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing Stg£20,223,485.The court was told that while the company’s offices in Derry were closed, there was evidence of some ETIC investors receiving e-mails.endsFRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: CROOK’S EMPIRE WOUND UP AS COURT HEARS OF DODGY EMAILS was last modified: March 15th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgIT seems a queue is forming to have a go at Donegal GAA.The latest to get into that queue is the Irish Independent’s Vincent Hogan who today launched a savage attack on the county team.He doesn’t mince his words. You can ignore it – or you can read Hogan’s vitriolic attack herehttp://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/vincent-hogan/vincent-hogan-mcguinness-a-leader-of-sheep-2940524.htmlIRISH INDO COLUMNIST IN SAVAGE ATTACK ON DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAGAAlast_img read more


first_imgThe seniors lost out to a very strong Realt na Mara side in the Intermediate Final at O’Donnell Park on Sunday. The Bundoran side opened the scoring in the first minute and continued to extend their lead as the match progressed. Although the day didn’t go as we hoped, credit to Francie, Dougie, James, Gerard and the entire squad for their excellent achievement in reaching the club’s first Intermediate final. Good luck to Realt na Mara in their Ulster campaign.The reserves had no fixture this week.The Junior Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser will take place on Saturday 14th November at the Halfway House in Burnfoot. This should be a great event so mark the date in your calendar now!Naomh Colmcille are holding a ‘Get to Know Your Club’ night on Wednesday 4th November at 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and find out about all aspects of the club – facilities, senior and underage teams, coaches, committee, etcThe club AGM is scheduled for Thursday 26th November at 8:00 pm. All nominations and motions need to with the club secretary 21 days before the AGM in writing.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be supdated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U21s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U13s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U11s. Check the Facebook page for latest update. U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players. Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers will be included in next week’s notes.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST JUNIOR STRICTLY COME DANCING FUNDRAISER was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

Boldon Named The Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb has announced the hiring of Blake Boldon as the 12th Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Boldon will be introduced during a press conference held in the Courtside Club of the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m.Boldon, a native of Osceola, Iowa, currently serves as the executive director of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and has an extensive background and record of success as a competitive athlete, collegiate coach and event director.”I am excited to become a part of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, Drake University and the Des Moines community,” Boldon said. “As an Iowan and former Relays competitor, I know firsthand the tremendous history and tradition the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has in Iowa, the U.S. and in the international track and field community. With Hy-Vee’s partnership, the Drake Relays has become one of the premier athletic events in the world. Through my experience growing up as a spectator, competing as an athlete and coaching, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has played a significant role in making me who I am today.  The opportunity to build upon the incredible foundation of success while we work to continue to elevate the profile of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is truly an honor.”In addition to Boldon’s familiarity with the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, his experience at Beyond Monumental and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon presented the unique qualifications Hatfield Clubb was looking for in selecting the 12th Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Director of the Relays.”Blake is the perfect candidate at the right time who has a personal and passionate history with the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee,” Hatfield Clubb said. “His extensive knowledge of and passion for track and field, coupled with his experience leading major events make him uniquely qualified for the position. However, it is his demonstrated integrity and his undeniable commitment to excellence that stand out. I have had the opportunity to see and have been incredibly impressed by Blake’s deep dedication to his work as well his admiration for the people he works with at Beyond Monumental. I very much look forward to working with Blake as we enter a new era with the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.”In his previous role, Boldon has transformed the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) and its associated races within the Beyond Monumental organization into one of the premier road racing events in the nation over the last four years. Overseeing a budget of nearly $2 million, Boldon has propelled the event from the 60th largest marathon in the country to the 20th. That growth rate was the third largest nationally for a marathon and the largest for a half marathon. His leadership has resulted in the IMM setting annual revenue records and a 100 percent growth in sponsorships while also making the IMM an agent of change in the Indianapolis community. In addition to strengthening the existing lineup of events, Boldon created the Monumental Mile in 2014 that was ranked by Shape Magazine as one of the top 10 1-mile road races in the nation alongside with Des Moines’ Grand Blue Mile.”The Drake Relays serves not only as one of the nation’s most celebrated high school, intercollegiate, and elite track and field event, but also as a university-wide celebration for the Drake community and an important cultural event and economic driver for Des Moines and the Midwest,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “This legacy as America’s Athletic Classic has been carefully cultivated over more than a century, most recently under the exceptional leadership of Brian Brown and with the robust support of Hy-Vee. I am confident that Blake Boldon has the leadership experience, logistical expertise, and creative vision to carry this legacy forward.”Before taking the reins of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Boldon spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania as the Quakers’ head cross country coach and track and field distance coach. While managing every aspect of a successful Division I cross country program, he was also involved in the planning and execution of the Penn Relays and coordinated the Penn Relays Men’s Olympic Development Mile.Boldon also coached at UAB (2009-10) and Iowa State (2005-08), serving as the recruiting and academic coordinator at the latter.As an Iowan and competitive athlete, Boldon is extremely familiar with Drake Stadium and the iconic Blue Oval, where he won the 3A state title in the 1,600 meters in 1998. As a collegian at Missouri State, he won five Missouri Valley Conference titles and a Drake Relays title in the 1,500 meters in 2003. Boldon graduated from Missouri State with a degree in education in 2003 and was named MSU’s Outstanding Male Athlete Award winner in addition to being a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.Boldon also competed professionally, returning to the Drake Stadium many times. In 2007, he became just the third Iowan to run a sub 4-minute mile during the indoor season and finished fourth at the USATF Indoor Championships. Later that season he finished second at the Drake Relays to American record holder, Alan Webb, who shattered the Drake Stadium record with a 3:51.71 finish in that classic race. Boldon’s professional career also include four top 10 finishes at USATF Championships.Boldon assumes the role of Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays from Brian Brown, who recently completed an 11-year tenure directing the iconic event. In 2016, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee saw more than 40,000 fans witness some of the finest professional, collegiate and high school performances of the year at Drake Stadium.As part of the building excitement for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Relays staged numerous Olympic Preview events that brought more than 60 Olympians to the Blue Oval. Those athletes would go on to win 20 medals at the 2016 Rio Games, including 10 gold medals. In addition to showcasing that Olympic talent, the 2016 Relays featured a total of 11 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee records that were broken or tied and three world-leading marks were established. The 108th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is scheduled for April 26-29, 2017.Print Friendly Version What Others Are Saying last_img read more