“The Thru Hiker Project is the biggest campaign we’ve done yet in the U.S.,” said Ross Herr, Sales and Marketing Manager for Salewa North America. “We’re rolling out some really exciting new products this spring and we want to get it in the hands of the core users first. Anyone making the commitment to complete one of the major thru hikes in the U.S. is clearly committed. We want to make their trip that much more special and give them the opportunity to pay it forward along the way.” Boulder-based Salewa North America, the leading mountain sports company founded in the Italian Dolomites, today announced plans for its inaugural Thru Hiker project which will give ten lucky thru-hikers exclusive Salewa products and free shoes for a year while they hike the most iconic U.S. trails this summer, according to a press release from the company. To learn more about the project, or to apply, visit www.salewa.com. Salewa seeks enthusiastic thru hikers that plan to hike either the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, or the Appalachian Trail this summer. Ten winners will be selected to receive a head-to-toe product kit from Salewa, including apparel, headwear, their new Alptrek backpack, and free shoes for a year. In addition to the gear they’ll receive for themselves, each winner will also become an official #SALEWASHOEANGEL, giving shoes to fellow hikers along the trail. Salewa also plans to update each hiker’s progress on the trail, giving other hikers the opportunity to connect with the shoe angels and potentially pick up a pair of free shoes for their own adventures.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s department says that they have arrested a Florida Keys man who kidnapped a 17-year-old girl in order to get through a COVID-19 checkpoint after he was initially turned away.The incident occurred sometime in the morning on May 21st.Authorities say 37-year-old Alexander Michael Sardinas and a 43-year-old woman from Islamorada pulled up to the Keys checkpoint in a ridesharing vehicle but were both refused entry due to lack of identification.A short while later, a highway patrol officer spotted Sardinas and the woman arguing and offered them a ride to Florida City.From there, the pair reportedly walked to a Publix where they noticed a teen with a Keys hurricane reentry sticker on her vehicle.At that point, Sardinas approached the teen and demanded that she drive them to Tavernier and threatened to harm her if she refused to do so or touched her cell phone.The victim complied and drove them to the security checkpoint where she showed her ID and was granted access.Authorities say the teen did not alert them to the situation as she passed the checkpoint because she was afraid of what Sardinas might do.Once the teen passed the checkpoint, she dropped Sardinas off at a gas station and the woman off at a pharmacy before calling a relative. The relative then contacted the police.Detectives later located both Sardinas and the woman at different locations and reported that neither of the suspects denied being with the victim. The victim was also able to identify Sardinas through a photo lineup.Sardinas has since been charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment. Other charges are still pending.
The Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2 The league says it will appeal the judge’s decision. It says it jeopardizes the soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.___Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says players are now able to train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”Play has been suspended in the world’s richest league since March 13. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the 2020-21 season. The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a champion.The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to “necessary corrections” depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons. The league says “discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the season.”Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups with social distancing maintained.___The final Asian qualifying place for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to be decided in February.The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games were announced. The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.The 12-team women’s tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The French soccer federation has rejected the league’s bid for a 22-team second division next season to save clubs from being relegated.The French league voted last week to allow Le Mans and Orléans to stay in the second division while Pau and Dunkerque were promoted from the third division. But the executive committee of French soccer’s governing body has overruled that decision.The FFF says that “the two relegations for the 2019-20 season are maintained and the second division will remain at 20 clubs for the 2020-21 season.”The French government ordered soccer and rugby leagues to be canceled at the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the Spanish league’s official request to play on those days.League president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day but the federation had been against the idea.The federation says it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans. ___Bologna says a member of its staff may have coronavirus and if it is confirmed the entire squad will go into quarantine.Bologna says the latest series of tests revealed “a suspected positive case for COVID-19.”The club says that as a precaution the team will train individually on Thursday.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. May 27, 2020
Danny Graham scored his first goal for Sunderland as the Black Cats claimed a crucial win in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.Graham hung out a leg to meet a wayward Jordi Gomez shot, the ball sneaking in off the post via the striker’s calf.Jermain Defoe added a scrappy second as Sunderland climbed from third-bottom to 14th place for a few hours at least.James McCarthy hit the post for the hosts who failed to score for the first time in eight league matches.The omens were not good for Sunderland at kick-off despite their vital win over Southampton last time out.Everton were defending an unbeaten record at Goodison Park in 2015, while the Black Cats had not won on the road since the turn of the year. It was perhaps no surprise to see Everton boss the opening 45 minutes with Romelu Lukaku seeing an early shot blocked and Leon Osman curling just wide.Lukaku should have done better when put clean through by Osman’s lofted pass, the striker crowded out by Costel Pantilimon.Golden GrahamDanny Graham’s last goal in the Premier League was scored during a loan spell at Hull in December 2013, and came against former club Swansea. Graham’s goal against Everton dropped Hull into the bottom three.Sunderland slowly settled, with their three-man attack of Defoe, Connor Wickham and Graham providing good outlets.But a weight of numbers up top seemed to count against them when Defoe’s firm drive cannoned off Wickham Pantilimon twice came to Sunderland’s rescue shortly before the break, first smothering Lukaku when the Belgian again stole beyond the last defender and then standing firm to repel Osman’s low drive.Phil Jagielka’s header deflected just wide off Wickham as Everton started the second half with a flurry of corners but the hosts were caught out by a sucker-punch on 53 minutes.Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat had talked up how important Graham is to his side despite his failures in front of goal, and the striker repaid his faith in fortuitous fashion when he deflected Gomez’s shot past the wrong-footed Tim Howard.Everton continued to probe without success, with McCarthy hitting the post with the best of the chances they created and Seamus Coleman seeing half-hearted appeals for a penalty turned down.A crucial Sunderland win was sealed five minutes from the end when Adam Johnson’s drilled cross deflected off Coleman and on to Defoe, who deflected the ball in with his thigh, the ball also brushing his hand on the way into the net. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat: “It was good we won, it was not our best game but it was effective. It could be very important.”Everton were the better side but it is all about winning, give 100% and show the fans what they want and that is what we did.”They gave everything, they all want to stay up and the fans were great. They give the players something extra.”Everton boss Roberto Martinez: “We knew it would be difficult but I thought we completely controlled the game.”You have to score goals when you are so dominant. That gives you the game. “Sunderland had great belief and were waiting for their opportunity. The first goal is an unfortunate deflection, the same with the other goal.”Jermain Defoe scored his fourth goal for Sunderland since joining in JanuaryDick Advocaat has guided Sunderland to seven points from the last nine available