Related XTERRA England, the off-road triathlon festival raced and won by Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack on 8 September, will be screened on Channel 4 television in the UK as part of a 30-minute highlights programme. The TV show will air on Saturday 12 October on Channel 4 at 07.30 GMT, before moving to repeats across the Channel 4 network, Sky Sports and Eurosport over the coming months.Millions of viewers will enjoy the new annual sporting spectacle that is located in the stunning Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey. The 2013 edition featured the XTERRA England Championship triathlon – a 1.5K swim in the private spring-fed Vachery Lake, before hitting the trails and singletrack of the classic British woodlands for a 30K mountain bike ride, then completing the race with a tough 10K trail run.The race in south east England attracted some of the best athletes in the world including Ben Allen, Sam Gardner, Yeray Luxem, Hector Guerra, Jacqui Slack and Kathrin Muller, as well as 350 age group athletes who were competing for their own personal goals or to grab one of the 40 qualifying slots on offer for the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, Hawaii.The TV show will also feature action from the XTERRA Sprint Triathlon, 1,500m and 3,000m swims, the event’s big expo and live music stage, capturing what was ‘a fantastic and inspirational day of racing and outdoor enjoyment in the heart of South-East England.’The race is open already for 2014, with the race date set for 23-24 August and a new Women’s Only Super Sprint added to the schedule. Super-early bird pricing is open until the close of play today, 30 September, for all races; and athletes are recommended to enter early to confirm their race place as all events are set to sell out following the TV show’s first screening.As in 2013, all entrants in 2014 will receive a commemorative t-shirt and every finisher receives a medal and complimentary food and drink and More Than Massage physio post-race care. There are 40 age-group slots for the XTERRA World Championship, held later in the year in Maui, Hawaii.The 2014 event promises to offer something for everyone, with on-site camping within the Vachery Estate, an exhibitor’s area featuring the latest in triathlon gear and produce from local suppliers plus fun activities for all the family. Athletes and their families can enjoy a pasta-party in the evening before the race, which features live music and a pro question and answer session and even get fuelled up with the racers’ breakfast on race-day morning.The Vachery Estate is located just outside the picturesque village of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills, only minutes from London and the motorways, M25, M23 and M3.www.xterra-england.co.uk
New Orleans Police say shooting leaves 1 dead, 9 injured Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans Police say one man is dead and nine others injured following a shooting in the French Quarter.Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said during a news conference that officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the shooting at the intersection of Iberville and Bourbon streets.Harrison said the shooting victims whose ages ranged from 20 to 37 included two females and eight males. One male victim died at a hospital.Harrison said police do not know what motivated the shooting, but one male victim was among two men arrested on firearms charges.Harrison said the shooting happened despite an increased police presence for the Bayou Classic football game Saturday night between Southern and Grambling universities.No further information was immediately available. An investigation is ongoing. Author: AP Published: November 27, 2016 8:16 AM EST SHARE
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts believes that more attention needs to be paid to youth football in Jamaica. Ricketts was speaking at a press conference launching the second edition of the Scotiabank Concacaf Next Play Cup, a competition spanning four Caribbean countries – Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament will commence on November 28 and run until December 7 and Ricketts believes the competition will engage kids at an early age and expose them to the sport, while fostering skills in the game.“I’ve always thought that at this level, we need far more attention,” Ricketts said. “This Next Play is kind of equivalent to the JFF grass-roots programme, where we connect with kids aged 12 and under and try to get them to fall in love with the sport and, of course, to get them technically prepared.”Ricketts hopes that the programme provide aspiring footballers with not only the appropriate football education but life skills that will be able to take them far. “Sometimes we teach our kids the technical aspects of football much too late. I do believe that this programme will fundamentally address some of the key issues, and as I said to these youngsters, football provides a platform for greatness, but you must mix your academics with your footballing skills, and the sky is the limit,” Ricketts added.Over 2,000 boys and girls aged 10-11 from approximately 224 schools across the Caribbean will take part in the tournament. The youngsters will participate in an academy that will teach them the basics of the sport, as well as various social skills that are imperative to their development. Holy Family Primary School, reigning champions of the Jamaica leg of the Next Play Cup, were in attendance. – D.W.