This message resonated with Kathrine and she quickly developed a passion for running.

“You don’t want to be a cheerleader. Cheerleaders cheer for other people. You want other people to cheer for you. The game is on the field, life is to participate — not to spectate.”

This message resonated with Kathrine and she quickly developed a passion for running. While attending Syracuse University she practiced with the men’s cross country team, where she met coach Arnie Briggs, who completed the Boston Marathon himself.

Tales of Arnie running the race motivated Kathrine to make that her goal. She wanted to run the Boston Marathon herself, but when she told her coach the idea was immediately shot down — unless she could prove herself. Switzer explains in her memoir Marathon Woman.

“No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon!” he shouted, as skidding motorists nearly killed us. Then he added, “If any woman could do it, you could, but you would have to prove it to me. If you ran the distance in practice, I’d be the first to take you to Boston.” I grinned through the gloom and flakes. Hot damn, I thought, I have a coach, a training partner, a plan, and a goal: the biggest race in the world—Boston.
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In other words, jot down your best-case scenario for the Blue Jays before the season started. Was it 100 wins? Well, if they play at a 100-win level for the rest of the season, they’ll win about 92 or 93 games, which should be enough for a wild-card spot. Anything less than that, though, puts them in serious jeopardy.

That’s what the Blue Jays need, then. They need to play like their best-case scenario for the next 150 games. It’s certainly possible. Two teams have done it and made the postseason, and two more would have made it under the current setup.
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It’s just not likely, though. You knew that, but here are some cold, hard numbers to make you remember just how difficult it’s going to be.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue left his starters in despite a sizable lead in the final period.

First off here is a link to that transcript so you can read it ALL for yourself and make your own decisions about what he did or did not say. Here are the quotes from RGIII that don’t fit the narrative described above however.

Another failed proposal would have allowed coaches to review any play or call on the field, bringing issues like pass interference and offsides calls under greater scrutiny. That wasn’t the only replay-related rule to get shot down. A Washington proposal to remove the cap on coaches’ challenges also fell short of passage.

Millsap was in position to do so after Kent Bazemore won a jump ball over Kyrie Irving with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Irving was forced into a jump ball scenario after LeBron James inbounded the ball into the corner, allowing two Hawks defenders to trap him.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue left his starters in despite a sizable lead in the final period. But Atlanta, without Dennis Schroder, chopped away at the lead, outscoring Cleveland, 44-18, in the fourth quarter. The Hawks were able to do so despite James, Irving, and Kevin Love each playing more than 40 minutes.

The blown lead comes just days after the Cavaliers were bludgeoned by a Hawks team that missed its starters due to either rest or legitimate injury.

The 2017 Formula One season is here, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne on March 26. It will end several months from now, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 26. A total of 20 races will be held across multiple continents, and seeing what happens with the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes is one of the most intriguing things in the sport in a long while.
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The crazy thing about Gonzaga being here is that while it’s defining storyline is well-known to everyone

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In 2012, the NFL and referees were in the middle of a labor dispute, causing the league to use scab refs for the season. A year’s worth of bad officiating came to a head on Monday Night Football in Week 3 on a play that has come to be dubbed “The Fail Mary.”

A last-second Hail Mary from Russell Wilson was caught by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings, with receiver Golden Tate grabbing the ball just after. The refs on the field were confused, with one official ruling it as a touchdown, the other an interception. Finally the referees agreed the call of “touchdown” would stand, while the entire football world was confused.
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If someone emailed the field and corrected the call it might have been correctly ruled as an interception. Instead, the Fail Mary was a huge blemish on football’s referee problem on one of the game’s brightest stages. The fallout from the bad call was a huge motivating factor in ending the dispute and getting the real refs back to work.

The most obvious storyline of all heading into the title game is Gonzaga looking to take the final step in its transition from Cinderella story to established national powerhouse. It’s a saga far too extraordinary and dense to cover in a space like this, but thankfully Ricky O’Donnell did a masterful job doing just that on Sunday.

The crazy thing about Gonzaga being here is that while it’s defining storyline is well-known to everyone, its secondary storylines would also be enough to garner extreme attention from casual fans in any other year.

While the Gonzaga angle is the headline-grabber for obvious reasons, North Carolina also brings a sexy backstory of its own into Monday night. Let us not forget that the Tar Heels were on the receiving end of arguably the greatest finish in NCAA tournament history just 364 days ago. A victory would restore order to the basketball universe in Chapel Hill, while a second straight championship game loss would be a gut-punch the likes of which few programs have ever endured.

Nike has interest in Ball, but not at that price.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight told USA Today in early April that while he thinks projected top-five NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is “an awfully great player,” the $1 billion price tag on a shoe deal could be a deal breaker.

“It’s a little steep,’’ Knight said. Alluding to Lonzo, he added, “we still have an interest.”

Last month, LaVar Ball claimed he and his three sons would settle for no less than a $1 billion shoe deal with Nike, Adidas or Under Armour.
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Romo said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was doing him a favor by cutting him. “I’ve never had a better boss or mentor than Jerry Jones,” he said via ProFootballTalk.

In the Cowboys official statement on Romo’s release, Jones said, “As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.”

Jones added that he felt Romo “left everything he had on the field,” which is probably a good indication of why he did the favor. Though as Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram reports, it doesn’t appear the Cowboys ever intended to make Romo pay it back.

While that was indeed a nice gesture by Jones, it doesn’t guarantee that Romo will stay off the field. Despite officially signing on to become the new lead NFL game analyst with CBS, replacing Phil Simms, Romo is now free to sign with any team.
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That’s not pure speculation, either. He wouldn’t rule out an NFL return during his introductory teleconference.

NFL Draft watch notes: What is Aaron Murray? And more from Mel Kiper

The NFL is apparently unsure what to think of Murray as well. A scout told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that half the league views him as a backup and half as a starter. Despite that he’ll have started more than 50 games in college, the debate about Murray and his draft placement is on.

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Kerr and Quinn鈥檚 relationship dates back to 2017. The two met through their former agent, Mike Tannenbaum, and Kerr spent time at Seattle Seahawks training camp before his first season at Golden State.

Quinn said that Kerr reached out to him to let him know he understood what Quinn was experiencing.

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After Westbrook鈥檚 game-winning shot, the Mavericks only had seconds left. The best shot they got, however, was a deep three from Harrison Barnes that rattled off the rim to the right. The buzzer sounded, and Oklahoma City came after Westbrook in a celebration scene at mid-court.

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Keepers: You can start Eli Manning in Week 12 (this is not a joke)

It’s the last bye week of the season, the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner, and it’s actually okay to start Eli Manning this week. Let Keepers guide you through your Week 12 sits, starts, and free agent moves.

After a week of R&R, the Rams are poised to see how much noise they can make down the stretch with 30 carries a game for Zac Stacy and their own brand of the Lions’ “sack or scorch” pass defense. Jeff Fisher despises and fears offense, but there are rumors that even he took a journey to the mysterious East over the bye week to study arcane scrolls detailing the dark art of “downfield passing”. Since, you know, he traded up into the Top 10 to grab a receiver with 4.3 speed and all.

The Titans almost managed an upset of the Colts behind stout cornerback play and a dink-and-dunk fandango to Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker. Ryan Fitzpatrick is proving to the the kind of backup QB that every team wants (and Green Bay probably wants most of all) and the defense has quality at all three levels. The sum of those parts still comes out to an average squad, though – and one that will be facing some very difficult decisions at the QB position this offseason.

Give Tom Flacco this: he’s mastered small sample sizes. In 2017, backing up star Zach Terrell, he completed 10 of 12 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown (passer rating: 242.4) and rushed 28 times for 266 yards (9.5 per carry) and two scores.

Keep that up over a full season, and you’ll win the Heisman!

He won’t keep that up, obviously. But the younger brother of (much taller) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe offered at least a few hints that there might be life after Terrell. Granted, Flacco will have to hold off three-star sophomore Jon Wassink, but one can assume decent quarterback play.
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The Bills are expected to finally have rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel back from injury

The Battle of Ohio actually has some intrigue for once. The Bengals lost two in a row and their division lead slipped to two games, while the Browns are still hanging around in the wild card hunt. Cincinnati needs Andy Dalton to get back on the wagon soon, but that will be a tall order against Cleveland’s strong defense.

Two teams with a combined 5-13 record and nothing left to play for except draft position. I’ll pass. Not even Terrelle Pryor can make this one interesting for me — he has regressed sharply the past four weeks and now has a bum knee, sapping his running ability. It was fun while it lasted.

Kids Earl Thomas III Jersey The Bills are expected to finally have rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel back from injury, after the first rounder sat out of the lineup since Week 5 with a knee injury. Listed as probable, Manuel will be backed up by Thad Lewis, who is also listed as probable for the game.

Pittsburgh should have all of its major contributors ready to go in Week 10, including the return of wide receiver Markus Wheaton. The rookie sat out the last four games with a finger injury, but is listed as probable after participating fully in practice.
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Green Bay opened as a 10-point favorite, according to OddsShark.com, but that line was before the extent of Rodgers’ injury was known. The line has since dropped in Philadelphia’s favor, with the Packers a modest 2-point favorite, according to some oddsmakers.

In fact, with Foles, Cooper has become a legitimate starter. The second-year quarterback’s ability to throw-open his wide receivers and make anticipation throws, has allowed Cooper to excel. This is not all on Foles of course, as Cooper has shown off his speed on screens and post routes, while also getting open in tight spaces like the redzone. He has been a scoring threat during Foles’ tenure, as Cooper scored four touchdowns off of his passes. Granted, this is all a small sample size.

NFL news roundup: Dwayne Bowe to start, Aaron Rodgers hopes to return in Week 12 and more

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will play against the Denver Broncos in Week 11. Bowe was arrested earlier in the week and charged with possession of a controlled substance. While such an incident typically spurs action from a team, the Chiefs are reportedly going to wait for the proceedings to play out before taking action, keeping their top wide receiver available against their tough AFC West rivals.

Former Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders tight end Todd Christensen, a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, passed away on Wednesday. Christensen dealt with liver disease and other illnesses in recent years, and passed on due to complications from surgery. He was an excellent player, an All Pro in 1983 and 1985.
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Howie Long Limited Jersey Even though the result of the game meant the Ravens could add another tally to the win column, it’s hard for me to drop my guard given the way the offensive struggles continue. The finger should primarily be pointed toward the offensive line, which seams to be the stream that crap continues to flow down, stinking up all other subsequent areas of the unit.

If quarterback Joe Flacco can survive the rest of the season without having his ribs broken, I’ll be shocked.

For the Bengals, an exciting moment was spoiled by a failed offensive possession in overtime that set the Ravens up for victory. On Monday, Josh Kirkendall of SB Nation’s Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, blamed the playcalling in overtime that gave away the win:

Instead of using the team’s work-horse back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is on the roster to gain those tough yards (despite not really doing it well this year), the Bengals call Giovani Bernard. Perhaps at the time the thought-process made sense.

NFL free agency: Jaguars make big moves to bolster defense

The Jaguars had over $73 million in available salary cap space and they’re not letting it go to waste.

Jacksonville was one of the more aggressive teams as NFL free agency began, landing two of the biggest defensive prizes.

The Jaguars signed defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Cardinals with a four-year contract worth $60 million and former Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye to a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $26 million guaranteed. They also inked safety Barry Church to a four-year deal worth $26 million.

Adding Campbell gives the Jaguars an impressive defensive front, on paper. He joined a group that already includes Abry Jones, Dante Fowler Jr., and Malik Jackson, who was the big free-agent acquisition last year when the Jaguars signed him away from the Broncos. The Jaguars also expect big things from defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who had eight sacks last year after getting selected in the third round of last year’s draft.

Jacksonville could also re-sign defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, the team’s first-round pick in 2010, for added depth after releasing defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks.

The closest thing to that quote anyone could find was a Seattle writer saying, the sense is fans and media around Alabama are already looking past UW, which is different from saying players and coaches are already looking past UW and therefore UW will win.
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The knock off Alabama quote is Half True on the Facts-O-Meter; the quoted lineman said, Why not us? rather than, That’s going to be us.

But Washington fans did indeed make WE WANT BAMA signs that’d later turn into Playoff punchlines, so we’ll give the Tide’s wall-creators that one.

Star WR recruit Joshua Moore talks LSU, FSU, and visit plans

Standing on the sidelines of the Nike Opening Regional Camp in the Crescent City was Joshua Moore, one of the nation is best receivers.

The four-star receiver from IMG Academy by way of Yoakum, Texas was not participating, having already earned an invite to The Opening Finals, taking place in early July in Portland. Instead, he made the trip to support his brother Jordan, a four-star cornerback committed to Texas A&M who was still looking to get the invite, but didn’t end up earning one.

SB Nation caught up with Josh Moore during the event.

He recently released a top 10 list of schools featuring Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Texas A&M, in no order.

It wasn’t too hard to get to 10, Moore said.

NFL Blitz is defense paid no attention to pass interference, which made stopping one juggernaut player easy — you just tackled him as soon as the play started. That makes depth more important in a close matchup like this, where Winston-Evans-Jackson is a strong enough trio to challenge Roethlisberger-Brown-Bell. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay is lack of a fourth playmaker leaves the team just short of a big upset.

David Johnson would be a borderline superhero in a Blitz reboot, but one man alone isn’t enough to slow down a juggernaut Packers offense.

The Cowboys are too much, too soon for an Eagles offense that is still coming together after a rough 2016. The Zeke-Dak-Dez combination is simply tough to beat, and Philly is only advantage in this matchup is Matthews vs. Beasley.
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