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July 30, 2015

The Recknor repeats as Softball Player of the Year

The Recknor repeats as Softball Player of the Year

The Recknor repeats as Softball Player of the Year

1/3 Angie Recknor is making a second impression with new slowpitch softball bats 2015. She is relaxed as she sits and talks at the kitchen table of her parents’ Minnetonka home, quick to smile and laugh. This is not the Hopkins lefthanded pitcher most opposing batters have come to know. The truth is that, The Recknor spend a lot of time and money to receive the best slowpitch softball bats 2015 , the Miken SYCHMA-3-27 Psycho Maxload ASA 100 Comp Slowpitch Bat.

That first impression is an intimidating glare, followed by a loud thwack into the catcher’s glove. Most batters get their first decent look at the softball on Royals catcher Andrea Smith’s toss back to the pitcher. They wouldn’t recognize this Recknor, the first two-time selection as the Star Tribune’s MetroSoftball Player of the Year.

“I’m very competitive,” Recknor said, “but I’m different away from the game. I can’t stay serious for more than three or four minutes without going off the wall.”

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July 21, 2015

Thailand’s Ultimate Travel Competition Coming to a Close

Applications for the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Ultimate Travel Competition Coming to a Close

Applications for the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Ultimate Travel Competition Coming to a Close

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomes applications from adventurous and energetic couples worldwide, to participate in “The Ultimate Thailand Explorers” social networking competition, but the deadline is quickly approaching. Due to the current economic climate, many couples are already taking advantage of the possibility of participating in this travel competition in Thailand and winning the extravagant prizes.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009 — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomes applications from adventurous and energetic couples worldwide, to participate in “The Ultimate ThailandExplorers” social networking competition, but the deadline is quickly approaching. The ultimate travelcompetition’s winning couple will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD, a holiday package valued at $3,000 USD, round trip airfare from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, two Blackberry Flip Pearl phones, and a voucher for two spa treatments at Oasis Spa in Bangkok and Chiida Spa in Chiang Mai. Due to the current economic climate, many couples are already taking advantage of the possibility of participating in this travel competition in Thailand and winning the extravagant prizes.

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July 10, 2015

Canada: the number one supplier of Cuban tourists

Cuban tourists

Cuban tourists

Regardless of what the U.S. chains decide, Canadians are likely to continue flocking to Cuba. Canada was the number one supplier of Cuban tourists last year, accounting for 120,000 of the Caribbean island country’s 700,000 visitors. Many of those people, or their friends and relatives, are likely to return next winter. And if they are denied the right to book with one travel agency, they are likely to spend their money with another one down the street.

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July 10, 2015

Business Travel U.S. bill on Cuba threatens Canadians’ travel

Business Travel U.S

Business Travel U.S

THIS column has more to do with vacation trips than business travel. But most laptop luggers also take holidays and two of the biggest players in this drama are giants of both business and leisure travel. So here goes.

The right to travel, one of the basic rights that Canadians take for granted, is under threat from U.S. legislation.

Two of the largest travel agency chains in Canada — American Express and Carlson Wagonlit Travel — are American-owned. Normally that shouldn’t be a problem.

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July 10, 2015

Business class routine in Canada offered south of the border

Business class routine in Canada

Business class routine in Canada

In the new competitive marketplace, domestic flights have become spokes feeding worldwide networks. Many business travellers flying into Los Angeles, New York, Chicago or Dallas from an overseas city may well continue with the same airline to another U.S. city. Forcing those passengers to switch to a lower level of service, no longer makes economic sense.

On top of that, airline research indicates a demand for business class service on certain routes from passengers travelling strictly within the United States, particularly between New York and Los Angeles. Carriers say they will monitor reaction before deciding whether to extend the three- class offering.

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July 10, 2015

Business travel U.S. airlines begin class competition service debut

Business travel U.S. airlines

Business travel U.S. airlines

BY DOUGLAS McARTHUR SOMETHING Canadian business travellers have come to take for granted – a business class cabin on key domestic air routes – is only now being introduced in the United States.

Delta Air Lines started the trend late last year by putting planes on its New York to Los Angeles routes that were configured to offer business class in addition to first and coach (economy) class. This month, United entered the competition by introducing three classes on about 100 weekly flights linking six airports – Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Newark and New York JFK. For both airlines, the flights are continuations of international services, using the same planes that fly to and from foreign destinations.

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July 09, 2015

Softball: Sterling holds of D.G. South

Softball: Sterling holds of D.G. South

Softball: Sterling holds of D.G. South

On a day when softballs were flying all over the yard, a simple communication error was as big a play as any in Saturday’s nonconference matchup between visiting Downers Grove South and Sterling. The Mustangs had that lapse, and it cost them dearly in an 11-10 loss to the Golden Warriors. Sterling used the best softball bats named 2015 Louisville Slugger Vapor, while D.G.South use the bat from Miken. The battle begins.

The teams combined for 23 hits, but it was one that was taken off the board that proved to be crucial. South was down 9-5 entering the fifth inning, but a 3-run homer from Caitlyn Daly, the first batter faced by Sterling reliever Priscilla Aponte, narrowed the gap to 9-8. Aponte hit the next batter, Crystal Loehman, and South manager Ron Havelka sent up a pinch-hitter, Kaley Smith, to bat. Smith rapped a single up the middle to apparently put runners at first and second — then the fun began.

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July 07, 2015

The queen of ASA travel softball: Moore Wilson

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The queen of ASA travel softball: Moore Wilson

When he first contacted former league president Bill Conroy to express interest in owning a team, the plan was for the Glory to debut in 2008. But circumstances changed when the Connecticut Brakettes chose to focus on ASA travel softball after reaching the NPF championship game last summer.

So as he prepared for a three-week family vacation to the Caribbean, Wilson attended the league’s winter meetings in December and eventually agreed in mid-January to transform the Brakettes into a Washington expansion team.

“Five of us came from the Brakettes and we had no idea what was going on when we found out our team folded. We were pretty much just waiting and once I heard from Paul and heard what he had in store and what he wanted to offer us I said yes,” Pauly said. “I didn’t need any more explanations because I knew he wanted to make this team big.”

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July 06, 2015

Roundup Baseball: Royals and Volume Services Inc. Culver

The National League's Chicago Cubs

The National League’s Chicago Cubs

In the lawsuit filed last month, Gary Culver is seeking $150,000 from the Royals and Volume Services Inc. Culver said his spine and right hand were injured in the attack. . . . Edmund Browalski, a baseball writer for the Polish Daily News and an official scorer for Detroit Tigers’ American League games, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 66. Browalski was chairman and executive secretary of the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He founded the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in Orchard Lake, Mich., and was a member of the Michigan Bowling Hall of Fame. A catcher in the Class C Dixie League in 1935-36, he had covered the Tigers for the Polish Daily News since 1951. . . . Houston Astros’ starting pitcher Bob Knepper underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and can begin a rehabilitation program in two to three days, said a spokesman for the National League club. (more…)

July 06, 2015

THE TALK OF CHICAGO: BEARS MAY GIVE CITY SWEET REVENGE

baseball-1Chicago likes to think of itself as the city that works, one way or the other. But in recent years, what with political wars, racial politics and strikes, more things seemed not to. Then last year this city of three million people lost its Second City ranking to Los Angeles. And the Chicago Cubs, on the brink of departing from the cherished local baseball tradition of losing, reverted to form at the last minute, at the hands of a team from another sunny southern California city with a Spanish name.

But now, 22 years after a tough- talking, hard-hitting, fist-swinging tight end named Mike Ditka helped the Chicago Bears crunch the hated New York Giants, 14-10, for the National Football League championship, that same tough-talking, hard- hitting, clipboard-throwing coach is leading the same Bears into the final National Conference playoff game before the Super Bowl.

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July 05, 2015

First season of Keohohou in the Women’s Softball League

Pic-26-1After talking with Wilson for the first time on the phone, Keohohou solicited a trade from the Racers, where she’d won a championship in 2005.

“It was the right timing for me to be able to do that. When I first talked to Paul before it was official I was coming to the Glory, within the first five minutes of talking to him I was sold,” she said. “He’s very easy to trust. I like what he’s about and I want to be a part of it.”

So much so that Keohohou plans to move from Newbury Park, CA to become an instructor at the Glory’s indoor softball facility.

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July 03, 2015

The introduction of Women’s Pro Fastpitch softball league

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As she sat on a bucket inside the Glory dugout following a recent victory, Moore looked into the beaming face of a travel player and remembered what softball meant to her at that age.

Before she grew up to become Liberty University’s career leader in batting average (.419), runs (191), hits (229) and home runs (58), she was a youth league star who once sought autographs following Virginia Roadsters’ games.

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