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Osaka Secures Olympic Qualification for Japanese Men and Women

Osaka Secures Olympic Qualification for Japanese Men and Women

Japan experienced a double celebration in Osaka as both the men’s and women’s teams secured their spots as the final regional qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Triumphing in the Asia Rugby qualification tournament, both teams, having previously participated in the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens in Rio 2016 and as hosts in Tokyo 2021, are poised to make a triumphant hat-trick appearance in the French capital next year.

The women’s team secured their qualification first with a 21-14 victory against China, followed by a thrilling comeback from the men’s team, who matched the scoreline to beat Hong Kong China and solidify their place in the upcoming Olympic Games.

Hong Kong China’s men are still in the running to qualify for their first Olympics, with a chance to secure a spot in the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2024 for the runners-up and third-place team. In the men’s competition, China earned their place with a dominant 36-0 win against UAE in the third-place play-off, while the beaten finalists China and third-place team Hong Kong China will compete for the final Olympic ticket in the women’s event.

The Tokyo Olympics, played behind closed doors, provided Japan’s players with their first major sevens tournament experience in front of their home fans. Both the men’s and women’s teams excelled throughout the tournament, although they faced challenges in their respective finals after rarely being tested in earlier matches.

In the women’s category, Japan and China showcased their dominance, conceding no points on day one. The Sakura Sevens defeated Kazakhstan 43-0 and Thailand 19-0 in Pool D, while China recorded comprehensive victories over Hong Kong China (50-0), India (62-0), and Guam (52-0). Both teams conceded for the first time in the semi-finals but secured places in the final, with the Sakura Sevens defeating Hong China China 33-5, and China overcoming Thailand 29-5.

The final between Japan and China lived up to expectations, with momentum shifting throughout the game. Despite an early mistake that led to China’s opening score, Japan rallied with a double from Mei Ohtani, taking a 14-7 halftime lead. Japan captain Yume Hirano and China’s Yang Feifei added more tries, making for a thrilling match that ended with a grandstand finish and a victory for Japan.

In the men’s competition, Hong Kong China impressed with their work at the breakdown, frustrating Japan. Liam Doherty’s opening try gave them an early lead, but Japan responded through Taiga Ishida and Kippei Taninaka. The final seemed destined for extra time, but Takamasa Maruo’s late match-winning try secured Japan’s victory.

Overall, Japan’s teams showcased their strength and resilience, earning their places in the Olympic Games Paris 2024.


Master Kohli skillfully crafts a 'flawless portrait' to surpass Tendulkar.

Master Kohli skillfully crafts a ‘flawless portrait’ to surpass Tendulkar.

After matching Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone of 49 ODI centuries against South Africa on his 35th birthday earlier this month, Virat Kohli secured his place as cricket’s contemporary batting maestro by achieving a record 50th one-day international hundred during India’s World Cup semi-final triumph over New Zealand on Wednesday.

Having equaled Tendulkar’s feat against South Africa, Kohli set the new record at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium with a stellar innings of 117.

Tendulkar, India’s cricket legend, had achieved his 49th century in his 451st innings, a record long thought to be insurmountable. However, Kohli needed only 279 matches to surpass his idol.

Celebrating the momentous occasion, Kohli sprinted for a quick double off fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, reaching the century milestone. He then expressed his joy by leaping and punching the air. Removing his helmet, Kohli placed his bat on the ground and bowed towards the stands, where his wife Anushka Sharma and Tendulkar, along with other Bollywood celebrities, applauded.

Reflecting on the surreal moment, Kohli remarked, “It’s the stuff of dreams. Anushka was sitting right there, Sachin ‘paaji’ (elder brother) was there in the stands. I mean, it’s very difficult for me to explain this, but if I could paint the perfect picture, I would want this to be the picture.”

Expressing gratitude for the support, he continued, “My life partner, the person I love the most, she’s sitting there. My hero, he’s sitting there. And I was able to get the 50th in front of all of them and all these fans in such a historic venue. It was amazing.”

Kohli’s third century of the tournament played a pivotal role as unbeaten India defeated New Zealand by 70 runs, securing a spot in the final against Australia or South Africa.

Overwhelmed by the achievements, Kohli admitted, “This all feels like a dream, honestly. It’s too good to be true. It feels surreal. I never thought I’d be here ever in my career.” He also acknowledged his consistent contribution to the team, stating, “Just to help the team so many times. Again a big game today, and I played the role I have throughout the tournament so that the guys around me could express themselves. I am glad things came together so nicely, and we could put a good total on the board.”

Tendulkar, acknowledging Kohli’s growth, shared his joy on social media, saying, “I couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke my record. And to do it on the biggest stage – in the World Cup Semi-final – and at my home ground is the icing on the cake.


Tigers Showcase Remarkable Performances on Day One of Midseason Invitational.

Tigers Showcase Remarkable Performances on Day One of Midseason Invitational.

Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU swimming and diving team wrapped up the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational in Bryan-College Station with an array of standout individual and team performances during Wednesday night’s opening session at the Rec Center Natatorium.

The day kicked off with LSU swimming preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. CT, followed by diving prelims at noon CT. Notably, 11 swimmers advanced to the ‘A’ final in the evening session. Among them, distance specialist Jacob Pishko set the stage with the second-fastest time in program history for the 500-yard free.

Pishko’s remarkable performance placed him just behind former Tiger Craig Hamilton, who held the school record for 11 years at 4:19.12. Pishko narrowly broke it with an impressive time of 4:19.65.

Freshman Jere Hribar demonstrated his speed prowess by securing victory in the 50-yard free, overcoming a slow start off the blocks. Hribar’s winning time of 19.45 ranks him just behind Tiger Olympian Brooks Curry on the all-time LSU list.

Wednesday night saw several other notable achievements, including freshman Levi Thome claiming the seventh spot in the 200-IM (1:46.40) and Allison Tomusden posting a time of 4:47.83 in the 500-free, ranking sixth in school history.

In addition to rewriting the school record book, some Tigers achieved ‘B’ cut times. Chloe Cheng finished the 200-IM in 1:59.09, and the relay team of Reagan Osborne, Katarina Milutinovich, Michaela de Villiers, and Megan Barnes clocked 1:28.88 in the 200-free relay.

On the diving front, LSU’s women competed on the three-meter, with Helle Tuxen (300.05) and Maggie Buckley (291.10) securing seventh and eighth place, respectively. For the one-meter final, Carson Paul claimed fifth place with a score of 340.55, while Zayne Danielewicz placed seventh with a score of 304.20.

This year’s midseason invite features unique prelim sessions as the 2024 Paris Olympics draw near. Morning sessions occur in long-course meters, providing swimmers with an opportunity to qualify for the Summer Games. In the evening finals, the pool transitions back to short-course yards, allowing swimmers to compete for qualifying cuts to the NCAA Championships in March.

Live stats for the Art Adamson Invitational are available on the MeetMobile app, and each evening session can be streamed on SEC Network+.

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Archery Compound Open Mixed Team Event at the 2023 Asian Para Games: Rakesh Kumar and Sheetal Devi Clinch Gold

Archery Compound Open Mixed Team Event at the 2023 Asian Para Games: Rakesh Kumar and Sheetal Devi Clinch Gold

In a remarkable display of skill and precision, India’s Rakesh Kumar and Sheetal Devi secured the gold medal in the compound open mixed team archery event at the Asian Para Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, on Thursday. Facing a tough challenge from China’s Lin and Ai, the Indian duo emerged victorious with a score of 151-149. This victory not only secured India’s 18th gold medal in the Games but also stands as the inaugural gold in archery for the nation at this prestigious event.

Earlier today, Sidhartha Babu achieved a momentous feat, clinching a gold medal in the mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 event. His exceptional performance set a new Games record with an impressive score of 247.7 points, earning him a coveted spot in the Paris Para Olympics 2024.

In another stellar display of talent, Sachin Sarjerao Khiladi secured a gold medal for India on Thursday in the men’s F-46 shot put event at the Asian Para Games 2023. Breaking the Games Record, Sachin achieved a remarkable distance of 16.03m.

Sachin’s phenomenal effort in his fourth attempt propelled him to the highest position on the podium at the Asian Para Games. Additionally, fellow Indian athlete Rohit Kumar secured the bronze medal with an impressive throw of 14.56m.


The newly formed British women's cycling squad has set its sights on the Tour de France Femmes, boasting a budget commensurate with its lofty aspirations.

The newly formed British women’s cycling squad has set its sights on the Tour de France Femmes, boasting a budget commensurate with its lofty aspirations.

A burgeoning addition to the British cycling scene in the coming year will be the newly established women’s cycling outfit, Hess Cycling. Fueled by the vision of Swiss entrepreneur Rolf Hess, the team is poised to secure a British Continental race license, anticipated to be granted in the ensuing weeks.

Previously operating under a Luxembourg license, the squad is poised to emerge as one of seven women’s Continental teams on the British circuit in 2024.

“This marks the genesis of our quest to position Hess Cycling at the forefront of professional women’s cycling in Britain,” declared Hess in a statement released on Wednesday.

The team, backed by substantial financial resources, boasts an inaugural budget of €750,000 (£650,000), a figure surpassing that of other British women’s teams by a factor of six. Additional sponsorship agreements are on the horizon for 2024.

“Over the past year, we’ve labored to establish the managerial framework and commercial infrastructure, and we eagerly anticipate bolstering the cycling community both here in Britain and beyond,” the founder emphasized.

With lofty aspirations, the team sets its sights on achieving WorldTour status, a milestone never before attained by a British team, and aims to vie at the Tour de France Femmes in 2025.

According to a press release, the upcoming season’s roster will feature riders currently competing at the WorldTour level, including several anticipated to shine in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

The team’s central mission will revolve around nurturing British talent, with an eye towards shaping future stars of the sport. As an initial stride in this direction, Hess announced the acquisition of 17-year-old Holly Ramsey, a promising junior academy rider under Team GB.

Ramsey expressed, “The team’s envisioned environment aligns perfectly with my developmental trajectory as a rider, and I’m eager to join forces with my fellow cyclists. For years, I’ve regarded British women racing at the Continental and World Tour levels as role models, and to now compete alongside them is undeniably thrilling.”

Hess Cycling will unveil its complete roster next month. In the current season, their 10-woman squad featured one British rider, 28-year-old Alice McWilliam, who secured an impressive 8th place finish at the Lancaster Grand Prix.


Sidhartha Babu Triumphs at Asian Para Games 2023, Sets New Record in Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 Event, Securing Gold Medal

Sidhartha Babu Triumphs at Asian Para Games 2023, Sets New Record in Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 Event, Securing Gold Medal

At the 2023 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, India’s Sidhartha Babu achieved a remarkable feat by clinching the gold medal and setting a new Games record in the mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 event. Babu’s outstanding performance in the finals garnered him an impressive 247.7 points, securing not only the top spot but also a coveted spot in the 2024 Paris Para Olympics. Meanwhile, Avani Lekhara concluded in 8th place in the same event’s finals. With Babu’s victory, India’s gold medal count at the Asian Para Games has now reached an impressive 17.

In a triumphant display of skill and strength, Sachin Sarjerao Khiladi secured India’s 16th gold medal at the Asian Para Games 2023 in the men’s F-46 shot put event. Surpassing the Games Record, Sachin achieved a remarkable distance of 16.03m.

Sachin’s exceptional performance in his fourth attempt catapulted him to the highest position on the podium, clinching the gold. Another Indian athlete, Rohit Kumar, showcased his prowess and earned a well-deserved bronze with a top throw of 14.56m.


Al Michaels Earns Every Ounce of Trust

Al Michaels Earns Every Ounce of Trust

In the midst of a recent sports event, a fervent outcry arose. This time, the focal point was the venerable Al Michaels, a broadcasting legend whose iconic “Do You Believe in Miracles?” call is etched in history. However, in an unexpected turn, Michaels made a call that seemed out of sync with his usual style and insight. Just a week ago, he seemed momentarily perplexed by Christian Kirk’s touchdown, which shattered a 24-24 deadlock, securing a victory for Jacksonville over New Orleans.

Michaels’ words at the moment were, “Kirk takes the ball all the way, to about the 1-yard line… They’re gonna spot it as he thinks he scored the touchdown… And they’re going to call it a touchdown now.”

From the televised footage, it appeared Kirk wasn’t as close to going out of bounds as suggested, immediately celebrating the touchdown. Discontent among Jacksonville fans wasn’t just about the call’s accuracy; they also yearned for a greater level of enthusiasm. This sentiment harkened back to the Jaguars/Chargers playoff game earlier in the year, where Michaels and Tony Dungy faced criticism for their less-than-boisterous call during a major comeback.

“Time to retire,” declared an ‘expert’ on X after the Thursday Night game. But can we honestly claim that this individual has never erred in their own line of work? Singling out Al Michaels seems unjust, especially given his decades of unforgettable broadcasts and games. Having spent time in both radio and television booths, I know there are numerous reasons an announcer might miss a call. While I’m not ruling out the possibility of a genuine mistake, show me a broadcaster who hasn’t stumbled on a call before, and you’d be presenting me with a blank page.

The truth of what transpired lies known only to Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, and the production team on site. Broadcasters never set out to make mistakes intentionally. I can vouch for this from personal experience. It’s a heart-wrenching experience when you fumble a call, especially early in your career, before you learn that it’s all part of the growth and improvement process. Much like in sports, it’s about bouncing back and nailing the next call.

Let me be clear, I’m an ardent admirer of Michaels, and I’ve lauded his work in this column before. This isn’t an attempt to make excuses for him. Michaels doesn’t need me to be his advocate. Following the playoff game in January, the internet erupted, and he quelled the flames. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post sought out Michaels for his perspective.

He dismissed it as “internet compost!” Michaels went on to state that he wouldn’t call a game for the sake of “over-the-top YouTube hits.”

“A lot of folks who understand this industry are annoyed with the over-the-top yelling that makes a game sound like an offshoot of talk radio,” Al Michaels messaged The Post earlier this year. “I’m in that corner, but there are others who obviously think otherwise.”

I’m inclined to agree with him on the intentional ‘over the top’ calls for viral sensation; it doesn’t resonate with me either. Shouting incoherent words or phrases doesn’t constitute a great call. But, I digress. Let’s return to what might have transpired in the booth during Michaels’ call of Kirk’s touchdown.

The distance from the play can significantly impact a call. How so? Many stadiums and teams prioritize revenue over providing optimal vantage points for broadcasters, be they local or national. I say this with a touch of humor, but it’s true. Broadcast positions have become increasingly impractical for calling games. Football broadcasts now originate from end zone corners rather than the 50-yard line.

Traditional broadcasters prefer to rely on their eyes rather than the monitors in the booth to narrate the action. Depending on the vantage point, it might have appeared closer to being out of bounds than it actually was. To exacerbate matters, viewers at home had the true angle, revealing that it wasn’t a close call.

Bear in mind, I’m merely presenting potential scenarios that could have unfolded in the booth.

For broadcasters who use the monitor to call the action, is there anything worse than the screen going blank? What do you do in that situation? Attempting to refocus on the field during a play in progress isn’t easy. There’s a delay in your cognition—first, comprehending what’s happening, then catching up with the action. I’d wager those ‘X’ experts wouldn’t fare well if they tried it.

These announcing roles may seem effortless, but that’s solely due to the extraordinarily skilled men and women who occupy them. There’s far more to broadcasting than what the audience at home can fathom.

One variable that’s challenging to grasp but occasionally occurs is when a producer or director accidentally speaks in your ear. Broadcasters’ headsets not only pick up the voices of the announcer and analyst but also have a channel for the producer or director to communicate with them. This communication is inaudible to the viewer; it’s internal and serves to convey crucial information to the announcers. For instance, which replays the production truck will show before the break.

The producer also cues the booth for a commercial break. For instance, “going to break in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” so we know when to stop talking. At times, it can be a distraction, especially if you’re not anticipating them engaging you, particularly during a play in progress. It does happen.

There’s also the possibility of momentarily lacking the words to describe what you’re witnessing. This isn’t exclusive to seasoned broadcasters, believe me. Throughout a game, consider how many words you hear from the play-by-play announcer. Many, right? Sometimes words escape you, or you might find yourself saying things that don’t align with the action.

Once again, these aren’t excuses, but rather straightforward realities.

In one instance, I’ll stand up for Michaels. I previously discussed perceived biases by announcers in this column. Jaguars fans believe Michaels harbors ill feelings toward their team due to two recent incidents involving Jacksonville. Any national announcer will attest that they don’t harbor animosity towards your team. At this point, it’s merely coincidental. Announcers have enough preparatory work for a broadcast to avoid thinking, ‘How can I rile up the Jacksonville fans?’ Al Michaels doesn’t hold a grudge against your team.

Michaels is a highly decorated, deeply respected play-by-play announcer. He’s called countless pivotal moments in sports, from the Olympics to the World Series, Super Bowls, and NBA Finals. Al Michaels has been there. I’m certain he’ll know in his heart when it’s time to step back and transition into retirement. Leaving these roles can be exceedingly challenging when they’ve become your life and defining legacy. I don’t believe we’ve arrived at that juncture with Michaels. I’m unsure of his thoughts regarding how much longer he wishes to continue.

He’s already proven to have a resilient spirit. He hasn’t allowed the internet to dictate his self-worth or confidence. Social media has given a platform to fans, and incidents within the framework of a game or broadcast get blown out of proportion. Right or wrong, the groundswell is undeniable. Michaels has.


Olympic Qualifiers: Banyana Banyana Grapple with DR Congo in Away Match

Olympic Qualifiers: Banyana Banyana Grapple with DR Congo in Away Match

In the first-leg of the 2024 CAF Women’s Olympic qualifier at the Stade Des Martyrs on Wednesday, Banyana Banyana and DR Congo shared the honors, settling for a 1-1 draw.

DR Congo dominated the early stages, launching relentless attacks that were met with commendable saves from visiting goalkeeper Kaylin Swart. The persistence paid off when Grace Mfwamba netted the opener in the 48th minute.

The South African senior women’s team, sponsored by Sasol, faced an uphill battle in search of an equalizer. Thembi Kgatlana displayed commendable efforts, but the reward remained elusive. At halftime, coach Desiree Ellis’ squad trailed 0-1.

Returning for the second half, the visitors exhibited a marked improvement. It was Kgatlana who finally broke through, executing a stellar strike from a Nicole Michael cross to level the score in the 48th minute. Despite subsequent opportunities for both sides, the half concluded without further goals, resulting in a deadlock.

Reflecting on the game, Ellis expressed satisfaction with her team’s performance, particularly considering the necessity of fielding players in unfamiliar positions. She commented, “We aimed for a positive result away from home, despite having an entirely new defensive lineup.” Ellis noted the youthful composition, stating, “There were two 21-year-olds, one 20-year-old, and one 22-year-old, all playing together for the first time. So, I am very pleased. While we had chances, particularly later in the match, I am content with the outcome.”

With the advantage of an away goal, Banyana Banyana hold a slight edge. However, DR Congo promises to be formidable competition when the teams face off in the second leg at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Monday, October 30.

Is Virat Kohli in a good position to compete in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics?

Is Virat Kohli in a good position to compete in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics?

India’s bid to host the 2036 Olympic Games received a significant boost, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recognition of the nation’s efforts. Cricket, after a hiatus of 128 years, has reclaimed its spot on the grand stage of multi-sport events. The 141st IOC Session in Mumbai witnessed the reinstatement of cricket into the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic lineup. Virat Kohli stands as the quintessential face of cricket, even in regions where the sport is either unfamiliar or just beginning to gain traction.

In a momentous turn of events, the IOC Session concluded in Mumbai with a tale of bat and ball, offering the cricket-crazed nation an opportunity to vie for the prestigious Olympic gold medal. India temporarily set aside its fervor for the World Cup to commemorate cricket’s return to the Olympic fold.

Recognition for the sport’s resurgence since the 1900 Games extended far and wide, with various stakeholders being acknowledged. It was Niccolo Campriani, the Sports Director of the Los Angeles 2028 Organising Committee, who resonated deeply with India by spotlighting Virat Kohli.

Of all the contemporary cricketing luminaries, Virat undoubtedly reigns supreme, his name echoing through regions where cricket either remains unplayed or is just beginning to establish its presence. This includes the hosts of the 2028 Games—the United States of America.

Highlighting Virat Kohli’s digital popularity in the context of its impact on the global sports community, Campriani, a triple Olympic gold medallist in shooting, attributed the cricketing legend’s immense following as a pivotal factor in reinstating cricket as an Olympic sport.

“Recognizing the vital role of a robust digital presence in engaging the youth with the Games… My friend Virat stands as the third most followed athlete worldwide on social media, boasting an impressive 340 million followers. This surpasses the combined followings of LeBron James (NBA legend), Tom Brady (American football icon), and Tiger Woods (golf legend),” mentioned Campriani during his address.

Campriani’s revelation regarding Virat’s sway in the IOC’s decision-making process has garnered widespread attention and is poised to spark discussions, including speculation about Virat’s potential participation in the LA 2028 Games.

The discussion about Virat’s potential participation in the LA 2028 Olympics is premature, particularly given his remarkable fitness levels at 34, where he continues to perform at his peak. However, it’s worth acknowledging that five years can bring about significant changes, and elite athletes approaching 40 must consider various factors, including family life, physical condition, form, mental well-being, and potential burnout.

Former Indian cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, Madan Lal, emphasized the paramount importance of fitness on the field. He noted that maintaining fitness is a personal responsibility, commending Virat’s dedication as an exemplary model.

Madan Lal suggested that the decision regarding Virat’s participation in T20 cricket at the LA 2028 Olympics should ultimately hinge on his fitness level. As athletes age, increased effort is required to sustain peak fitness. Ultimately, it boils down to Virat’s physical condition and mindset. If he remains fit and committed to the game, he possesses the capability to compete in the 2028 Olympics, given the T20 format.

Regarding the format, it’s crucial to consider that T20s entail fewer balls faced and shorter durations on the field compared to ODIs and Tests. However, the turnaround time between games is notably swift in T20 matches, necessitating rapid recovery.

Drawing a parallel, Sachin Tendulkar extended his career until the age of 40, underscoring the possibility for batsmen to prolong their playing years compared to bowlers. Kirti Azad emphasized this point, highlighting that batters often have an extended career span in the sport.

Kirti, a teammate of Madan Lal during the 1983 World Cup victory, acknowledged the challenges that older bowlers face in continuing their careers. He cited Sachin Tendulkar’s exceptional fitness that allowed him to play until the age of 40, but emphasized that Virat’s fitness level surpasses even the cricketing legend’s.

Expressing optimism, Kirti hopes that Virat will participate in the 2028 Olympics, given his outstanding fitness and performance record. He underlined that while fitness is crucial, a player’s performance is equally significant in securing a spot. No matter how physically fit a player may be, without strong performance, selection may not be guaranteed.

On a global scale, figures like Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James are renowned for establishing high standards of fitness. Even at 38 years old, both Ronaldo and James continue to prove themselves as pivotal players, exemplifying the impact of top-tier physical condition on their performance.


Alarming Display: Startling Jordan Chiles' Fall Raises Global Gymnastics Worries

Alarming Display: Startling Jordan Chiles’ Fall Raises Global Gymnastics Worries

The Pan American Games are in full swing, and Jordan Chiles has been leading Team USA towards victory. The 2020 Olympic champion has been dominating the competition, clinching medals of every hue. Among her achievements are a gold in the team event, a silver in the vault, and a bronze in the all-around.

However, on October 25, 2023, after a string of impressive victories, Jordan Chiles faced a moment of despair. The charismatic gymnast, known for her infectious enthusiasm, suffered a harrowing fall from the bars, sending shockwaves through the global gymnastics community. Fans around the world took to social media to express their concern for the rising star.

During the event, a dedicated gymnastics enthusiast shared their worry on Twitter, stating, “That was frightening to watch. I gasped out loud and stood up at home alone, hoping! It’s not serious! You could hear her hit it!”

As Chiles, at 22 years old, grappled with the aftermath of the fall, she revealed, “I am 50/50 right now, and I think I am more. I don’t want to say I’m disappointed in myself, just like I don’t even know what really happened.” She went on to describe her physical state, saying, “I’m in a little pain. My heels kind of hurt. I am mentally drained; I can say that.”

Despite the challenges, Jordan Chiles remains a beacon of resilience, showcasing both her physical prowess and mental fortitude in the face of adversity.

2023 Pan American Games: USA's Welterweight Boxing Prodigy Nears Historic Triumph

2023 Pan American Games: USA’s Welterweight Boxing Prodigy Nears Historic Triumph

Since its inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics, women’s boxing has experienced exponential growth. The upcoming Paris 2024 Games will mark a significant milestone as an equal number of male and female athletes vie for boxing honors. A total of 248 boxers will qualify for this prestigious event in the City of Light. Meanwhile, a standout American boxer is making waves at the 2023 Pan American Games.

Morelle McCane finds herself on the verge of making history. McCane boasts the #1 ranking in her division in the USA and holds the #6 spot internationally. In a decisive match at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, McCane faced off against Costa Rica’s Nicole Vega Moya in the women’s 66kg quarterfinals. The bout concluded swiftly, with McCane securing a knockout victory in just 1 minute and 39 seconds of the first round.

With this win, Morelle McCane is now only one victory away from securing a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. As per the allocated quotas, both finalists in the women’s welterweight division will earn their tickets to Paris. McCane has successfully advanced to the semifinals at the 2023 Pan American Games. Team USA celebrated her achievement by sharing an Instagram reel of the star boxer, capturing her spirited dance after the quarterfinal match. Their caption read, “@million_dollar_mo is a forever mood. @usaboxing’s Morelle McCane is off to the women’s 66kg semis at #Santiago2023.”

If successful, Morelle McCane will become the first female boxer from Cleveland to qualify for the Olympics. She will join an esteemed group, as only four individuals from the city have achieved this feat. Among them are notable names such as Terrell Gausha and Delante Johnson, alongside whom she will stand if she reaches the final. For the 28-year-old, her journey to this point has been anything but easy. McCane embarked on her boxing career at the relatively late age of 17. Tragedy struck shortly after her inaugural fight, as she lost her beloved brother. They used to share moments of shadowboxing in the kitchen of their Cleveland home, as reported by USA Boxing. This loss led to a hiatus for grieving, shortly after she had embraced the sport that would become her passion. McCane returned with renewed determination. Today, her nieces and nephews serve as her source of motivation, displaying a keen interest in taking up boxing, inspired by their aunt.

McCane’s triumphs have followed the trials in her boxing journey. Most recently, she secured victory at the 2023 Gee Bee International Tournament. Her impressive record stood at 39 wins and 13 losses, with four of those wins coming by knockout, prior to her journey to the Chilean capital. Now, she stands on the precipice of a historic victory, not only for herself but also for the boxing community in Cleveland. The progress of women’s boxing is commendable, and Morelle McCane aims to contribute to this momentum by securing her place on the plane bound for the banks of the river Seine.

India TV Sports Digest for October 25: The Day's Hottest 10 Trending Stories

India TV Sports Digest for October 25: The Day’s Hottest 10 Trending Stories

India TV Sports Update for October 25: South Africa’s cricket team continues its scorching run in the World Cup, successfully defending every total they’ve set in the tournament. Meanwhile, Australia is set to face the underdogs Netherlands in their 5th match of the competition. Here are today’s top 10 sports highlights.

In a high-scoring match in Mumbai, South Africa maintained their dominance in the World Cup 2023, defeating Bangladesh with a 149-run victory, led by stellar performances from Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, and the Proteas’ bowlers. Australia is gearing up to take on the Netherlands in their fifth tournament match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. These are the top 10 trending sports stories on October 25.

Top 10 Trending Sports Stories:

  1. South Africa Surges to Second Place in World Cup 2023 Points Table The South African team climbs to second place in the World Cup 2023 points table after a resounding victory over Bangladesh.
  2. India’s Sumit Antil Breaks Own World Record for Gold at Asian Para Games Indian sensation Sumit Antil shatters his own world record to secure gold at the Asian Para Games.
  3. Asian Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Double Seals Al-Nassr’s 4-3 Win over Al-Duhail Portuguese maestro Cristiano Ronaldo nets two goals, propelling Al-Nassr to a 4-3 victory against Al-Duhail in the Asian Champions League.
  4. Sindhu, Satwik-Chirag Advance to Round 2 in French Open PV Sindhu and the dynamic Indian duo of Satwik and Chirag progress to the second round in the French Open.
  5. Harry Maguire Finds Redemption as Manchester United Triumphs 1-0 over FC Copenhagen Manchester United’s Harry Maguire redeems himself as his team secures a 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen.
  6. Gabriel Jesus Drives Arsenal to a 2-1 Victory against Sevilla Arsenal clinches a narrow 2-1 victory over Sevilla, courtesy of a standout performance by Gabriel Jesus.
  7. Australia Set to Face Netherlands in Fifth World Cup Showdown Five-time champions Australia prepare to take on the Netherlands in their fifth match of World Cup 2023.
  8. Indian Cricket Team Support Staff Enjoys Break in Dharamsala The support staff of the Indian cricket team takes a well-deserved break in the serene hills of Dharamsala during the World Cup.
  9. Sarabjot Singh Secures Bronze in Asian Shooting, Earns Spot in Paris Olympics Indian shooter Sarabjot Singh clinches the Bronze medal in Asian shooting and secures a spot in the upcoming Paris Olympics.
  10. Angelo Matthews Steps in for Matheesha Pathirana in Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad Sri Lankan stalwart Angelo Matthews replaces the injured Matheesha Pathirana in the World Cup squad.

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Game 3 of the Constellation Cup: Diamonds vs. Silver Ferns - Updates, Scores, and Highlights.

Game 3 of the Constellation Cup: Diamonds vs. Silver Ferns – Updates, Scores, and Highlights.

Former Diamonds sharpshooter and Fox Netball commentator Cath Cox is optimistic that Australia can overcome their recent struggles against New Zealand and potentially secure a series sweep against the Silver Ferns. This hinges on whether shooter Grace Nweke is eased back into full game play.

Nweke recently made a comeback after recovering from a knee injury that had sidelined her since the World Cup in South Africa back in July. In the match against the Diamonds in Brisbane, she took to the court for two quarters, contributing to the Ferns’ performance in their 55-46 loss.

Despite the loss, New Zealand managed to draw both quarters that featured the towering shooter, occurring in the second and fourth. Interestingly, the 21-year-old’s statistics were relatively similar to those of her replacement, the young goaler Amelia Walmsley. The crucial distinction lies in the confidence Nweke instills in her teammates.

With Nweke in the shooting circle, the Ferns’ midcourters displayed a newfound assurance and swiftness in their passes. This put the Diamonds’ defenders on high alert, allowing Kiwi captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio to focus on her own entry into the circle, thus maintaining the scoring momentum.

Cox emphasized, ‘Statistically, she may not have had a monumental impact upon reentry,’ regarding Nweke’s return from a knee ligament injury

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What Grace Nweke brings to the team is a tremendous boost of confidence, which might be lacking with players like Walmsley. The fact that the two quarters she played were the team’s best cannot be overlooked.

Nweke wasn’t initially expected to participate in the Australian leg of the tour at all, so her appearance in Brisbane was a welcome surprise, albeit intermittent in the second and fourth periods.

The extent of her involvement in Invercargill on Thursday night could be pivotal in determining whether the Diamonds can reverse their one-five record in New Zealand under coach Stacey Marinkovich.

Cath Cox weighs in on the dilemma, suggesting, ‘If it were up to me, I’d be inclined to save her for the critical moments in the last half when the pressure is on. However, falling too far behind Australia early on makes it incredibly challenging to catch up. Striking the right balance is tricky, but I believe giving her more time is imperative if they truly want to secure a win. Whether she’s ready for that yet remains uncertain.’

The Diamonds have maintained a strong lineup in the first two Tests, particularly in the shooting circle. Cara Koenen and Kiera Austin have shouldered the majority of playing time in the absence of Steph Wood, who recently retired. World Cup final hero Sophie Garbin has seen limited action in the series, while young goal attack Sophie Dwyer had a brief appearance in the closing moments in Brisbane. This dynamic is likely to shift if the Diamonds establish a solid lead on Thursday night.

Looking ahead, Austin will be phased out of the squad post the Constellation Cup, as Australia looks towards the future for its next shooting combination. Garbin and Dwyer are anticipated to receive more substantial playing time, unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

Cox highlights the challenge Australia faces in the goal attack position, expressing, ‘There’s a noticeable shortage of standout goal attacks for Australia. Across the Super Netball teams, it’s a position that seems to be causing a collective struggle. The absence of the astute Steph Wood will be felt. Sophie Dwyer is an exceptional goal attack for the Giants. Whether she’s prepared for the international stage at this point, given her youth, is a question mark. However, there are opportunities worth exploring, particularly with the South Africa series on the horizon. It presents a great chance to introduce fresh talent and provide them with valuable playing time.


Son Accused of Wellington Woman's Murder: Investigation Underwa

Son Accused of Wellington Woman’s Murder: Investigation Underwa

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Irene Katsougiannis, a beloved piano tutor and netball coach at Queen Margaret College, was found lifeless in her Miramar residence earlier this week. Authorities have identified her son, Soterios Katsougiannis, as the prime suspect in this grim case. Tragically, Soterios passed away overseas in Hong Kong, as per information obtained by RNZ.

A homicide inquiry has been initiated to uncover the circumstances surrounding the 62-year-old’s demise. Law enforcement has disclosed that the individual responsible was known to Irene and departed New Zealand on Sunday, subsequently meeting his own demise in Hong Kong. Local authorities in Hong Kong are currently conducting their own investigation.

Queen Margaret College Principal, Jayne-Ann Young, expressed the school’s profound sorrow upon learning of their “very dear colleague and friend’s” passing. She emphasized their unwavering commitment to supporting the well-being of staff, students, and families during this trying period.

Sue Geale, Community Director of Netball Wellington, recalled Irene Katsougiannis’s significant contributions to the center from 2014 to 2021, including the establishment of the Olympic Netball Club. In light of her passing, Geale extended an invitation to current and former Olympic players to gather and honor the memory of this remarkable woman. The news of Irene’s passing sent shockwaves through the netball community in the capital.

A close family friend, Katy, also shared her grief, reminiscing about Irene’s role as her netball coach. She described Irene as not only a stellar coach and cherished member of the netball family but also a valued friend and integral figure in the Greek community. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved her.

The Odysseus Brotherhood, a Greek community group, paid their respects to Irene on social media, expressing their sadness at the tragic news of her passing. Their post extended thoughts and prayers to Irene’s family, wishing for her soul to find peace.

The ongoing scene examination is anticipated to conclude by the weekend, with law enforcement providing their findings to the Coroner in due course. The community continues to grapple with the loss of a remarkable woman who touched the lives of many.


NFL Plans to 'Promote' Flag Football Participation in the 2028 Summer Olympics.

NFL Plans to ‘Promote’ Flag Football Participation in the 2028 Summer Olympics.

In a thrilling development for football enthusiasts, the International Olympic Committee’s decision to include flag football as an official sport in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles was met with resounding approval. The NFL wasted no time in expressing their intent to support and encourage their top-tier players to participate in this historic event.

During the fall league meetings in New York, NFL executive vice president Peter O’Reilly affirmed that the league would collaborate closely with vital stakeholders, including the NFL Players Association and the national governing body, USA Football, to establish a clear pathway for players to compete in the Games.

O’Reilly remarked, “We recognize the eagerness. We see it as a tremendous opportunity, given the genuine and tangible interest from players. We are committed to working through the intricacies with these stakeholders to realize this goal by July 2028.”

O’Reilly’s sentiments echoed those expressed by present stars like Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins, and former luminaries including Rob Gronkowski and Dez Bryant, all of whom have openly voiced their aspiration to participate in the Olympics.

He added, “Leading up to the announcement and even now, there has been tremendous excitement, as one would expect, from exceptional NFL athletes and legends who relish the idea of representing their nation on an Olympic platform.”

Such a move would align the NFL more closely with leagues like the NBA and NHL, which have long featured their top athletes in the Olympics. With baseball’s return to the 2028 Olympics, discussions have arisen about potential MLB player involvement.

While it may seem like a foregone conclusion that Team USA, with its best NFL players, would dominate, the process of selecting the country one represents is more intricate. For example, during the Rio Olympics, American gymnast Kylie Dickson competed for Belarus after being granted citizenship by the government. Despite having no discernible ties to Belarus, her status as a citizen made intervention by the IOC difficult.

While the situation is nuanced, it’s anticipated that numerous NFL players will compete for countries other than the USA. Undoubtedly, the USA will be the preferred choice for most athletes and the likely frontrunners. However, the tournament promises to be a captivating spectacle regardless.

If not, no harm done. After all, who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to witness Tyreek Hill matched up against a Slovenian accountant on the field?


Rangers Secure 2-0 Lead Against Astros; Phillies Triumph Over Arizona

Rangers Secure 2-0 Lead Against Astros; Phillies Triumph Over Arizona

In Game 1 of the NL Championship Series, Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jose Alvarado sealed a 5-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks, marking a strong start in their quest to return to the World Series after last year’s loss to the Astros.

Meanwhile, in a gripping showdown, the Texas Rangers outlasted the defending champions, the Houston Astros, with a final score of 5-4. This win gives the Rangers a 2-0 series lead in the AL Championship Series.

The Astros showed resilience, narrowing the gap with home runs by Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman, but Rangers’ pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s exceptional performance, backed by a strong bullpen, preserved their lead.

With the series shifting to Arlington, Texas, for Game 3, both teams are poised for another intense clash. The victor of the ALCS will contend with the winner of the NL Championship Series in the eagerly anticipated World Series.

In another electrifying match, the Phillies dominated the Diamondbacks 5-3 in their bid to reclaim a spot in the Fall Classic. Explosive plays from Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, and others propelled the Phillies to an early lead. Despite a late-game push by Arizona, closer Craig Kimbrel secured the win with a well-executed double play.

As the NL Championship Series progresses, fans eagerly anticipate Game 2, scheduled for Tuesday. The winner of this series will be one step closer to the ultimate prize in baseball, the World Series.


Sleek, Agile, and Innovative: Unveiling the Flag Football Squads in Aberdeen and Elgin, Envisioning Olympic Glory

Sleek, Agile, and Innovative: Unveiling the Flag Football Squads in Aberdeen and Elgin, Envisioning Olympic Glory

Flag Football Makes its Olympic Debut in Los Angeles 2028: Aberdeen and Elgin Athletes Dare to Dream

As flag football gains momentum in the UK, earning a coveted spot in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, local players from Aberdeen and Elgin are setting their sights on Olympic glory.

The non-contact variant of American football is experiencing explosive growth across Scotland, with teams sprouting up in various regions. Notably, Aberdeen Oilcats’ own Gary Elliott and Fort William-native Liam Harper proudly represented Great Britain in this year’s European Championships, showcasing the talent brewing in the north and north-east.

This weekend, Aberdeen will play host to the annual Granite City Quaich tournament at Aberdeen Sports Village, welcoming 12 teams from across the UK. Coaches are optimistic that the tournament will unearth potential gold-medalists for Team GB in the upcoming 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Pioneering the Flag Football Movement Leading the charge in popularizing flag football in Scotland is Forres-native Matthew Berry, affectionately known as Bez, who champions the sport through his podcast, ‘The Way We HNC It.’ Bez, an Aberdeen Oilcats player, entered the scene in 2016 and swiftly competed against the Swedish national team. His journey also took him to the Netherlands and culminated in a triumphant tournament victory in Moscow.

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Matthew Berry, a prominent player for the Aberdeen Oilcats and host of a flag football podcast, envisions a transformative impact on the sport with its inclusion in the Olympics. While stars like Aberdeen-raised David Ojabo of the Baltimore Ravens and Inverness-native Jamie Gillian of the New York Giants have solidified the north’s connection to the NFL, the grassroots of the sport lie in Stewart Park, Aberdeen, and Cooper Park, Elgin.

Berry’s aspiration is to bring flag football closer to children, emphasizing its benefits in physical education—enhancing agility, balance, and coordination. He anticipates that Olympic recognition will revolutionize aspects such as broadcasting and management, drawing parallels with how the inclusion of rock climbing transformed the sport.

Berry foresees a surge in participation over the next five years leading up to the Olympics, providing young enthusiasts aged 18 to 21 an opportunity to excel and potentially compete in Los Angeles. The recent victory of the Great Britain women’s team in the European championships highlights the sport’s existing success and appeal.

Flag football, characterized by non-contact play and the removal of flags from a belt to tackle opponents, is played in 5-on-5 matchups with 20-minute halves on a 70 x 25 yard field. Players can score touchdowns by either throwing or running the ball.

Dave Ronald, the head coach of Moray Distillers, began coaching the sport in 2002, initially recruiting players from Lossiemouth High School. In the past two decades, NFL promotion has propelled flag football to a global audience.

The Moray Distillers, founded just four years ago in Elgin, started as a group of friends using the sport to support each other’s mental health. Within two years of joining British leagues, the team earned promotion to the elite level of Scottish play. With both men and women competing on the same field, Ronald believes that the game is highly accessible for aspiring young athletes.

He underscores that flag football is a dynamic blend of speed, physicality, creativity, and technical skill, requiring not only physical prowess but also strategic thinking.

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The Moray Distillers hold the distinction of being the northernmost American football team in the UK. Image: Jason Hedges/DC Thomson

Flag football stands out as one of the most inclusive sports, regardless of gender, age, or physique.

The Olympic inclusion promises to draw a wider audience and foster even greater growth in the sport.


Cricket in the Olympics A Significant Boost for the Sport's Growth and Commercial Prospects

Cricket in the Olympics A Significant Boost for the Sport’s Growth and Commercial Prospects

Cricket Officially Included in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics: A Game-Changer for the Sport’s Global Appeal and Commercial Impact

After 123 years, cricket has secured its place in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, signifying its return to the Summer Games. Historically confined to Commonwealth countries, cricket has now gained an unprecedented opportunity to transcend

boundaries and expand its international presence. With an estimated fan base of 2.5 billion and a substantial TV revenue, cricket has long held the second position globally, trailing only football. Yet, the majority of these numbers have been anchored in India, highlighting the need for a more widespread global reach.

The addition of T20 cricket in the Olympic lineup promises a mutually beneficial partnership from both sporting and commercial perspectives. Beyond the realms of a World Cup, the Olympics provide an unparalleled platform for the sport, offering an iconic experience for athletes worldwide.

Keith Joseph, the president of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), lauded the decision, emphasizing the potential to elevate cricket’s global image. Noting the T20 format’s appeal and accessibility to younger audiences, he highlighted the significance of the USA co-hosting the T20 World Cup in 2024 as a promising precursor to cricket’s Olympic journey.

While this development is a positive step toward expanding cricket’s global footprint, expecting it to rival the universal appeal of football solely based on an Olympic appearance might be overly optimistic. Although the T20 format has

successfully introduced cricket to new audiences in Africa, Europe, and Latin America, the sport still faces significant disparities compared to football in terms of global participation.

Despite the challenges and initial reluctance among officials and players to comply with certain regulations, such as the whereabouts clause for anti-doping measures, cricket’s return to the Olympics signifies a crucial consensus among key

cricketing bodies, including the BCCI and ICC. The move is anticipated to boost the sport’s international recognition and potentially open doors for its permanent inclusion in future Olympic events.

The decision to include cricket in the LA Olympics is expected to attract a massive following, especially from the Asian diaspora in the USA, leading to a significant surge in broadcasting rights’ market value. The projected increase in TV

viewership and stadium attendance, particularly among passionate cricket enthusiasts, suggests a lucrative opportunity for commercial stakeholders, likely resulting in a substantial spike in broadcasting rights’ selling prices for the event.


New York Liberty Stay in the Game, Defeat Las Vegas Aces 87-73 in 2023 WNBA Finals

New York Liberty Stay in the Game, Defeat Las Vegas Aces 87-73 in 2023 WNBA Finals

Jonquel Jones Sparks Liberty’s Comeback with 27-Point Performance, Forces Game 4 in WNBA Finals 2023

In a stunning turn of events, the New York Liberty soared to victory against defending champions, the Las Vegas Aces, with an 87-73 triumph on Sunday night, breathing new life into their championship dreams.

Liberty’s standout star, Jonquel Jones, emerged as the driving force behind their resounding success, delivering an impressive 27-point performance that prevented a series sweep. Adding to the Liberty’s firepower, Breanna Stewart contributed 20 points and secured 11 rebounds.

With the Aces leading 2-1 in the best-of-five series, the basketball world now eagerly anticipates Game 4, scheduled for Wednesday in New York.

Following two deflating losses in Las Vegas, the Liberty’s shooting prowess finally found its mark, as they drained an astounding 13 three-pointers, with four of them coming from Jones.

Liberty coach Sandy Brondello lauded Jones, acknowledging her pivotal role in the team’s resurgence, stating, ‘Jonquel was huge for us.’

On the opposing side, Kelsey Plum exhibited an outstanding performance, accumulating a game-high 29 points, while A’ja Wilson notched 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Aces, who aspire to become the first WNBA team to achieve back-to-back titles since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.

Unfortunately for the Aces, guard Chelsea Gray suffered a foot injury, casting uncertainty over her availability for Game 4.


Beloff, Buccilli, Murphy, Sanford Enshrined in Meriden's Hall of Fame.

Beloff, Buccilli, Murphy, Sanford Enshrined in Meriden’s Hall of Fame.

From left: Meriden Hall of Fame Inductees – Jay Dennis Murphy, Enrico Buccilli, and Marvin Beloff – alongside state Reps. Michael Quinn and Hila Santiago, and Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati at the 47th annual Meriden Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Meriden Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 15. Maria Louise Sanford was also posthumously honored. (Photo: Nicole Zappone, Record-Journal)”

MERIDEN — The Meriden Public Library’s Community Room buzzed with excitement on Sunday, as residents and the loved ones of the new inductees gathered to commemorate the 47th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Marvin Beloff, Enrico Buccilli, Jay Dennis Murphy, and Maria Louise Sanford, all esteemed members of the Meriden community, received well-deserved recognition and were presented with commemorative plaques for their unwavering dedication and contributions.

Prior to the awards presentation, attendees were treated to a musical performance by Denise Jones and Inner Groove.

State Rep. Michael Quinn, D-Meriden, presided over the proceedings as the master of ceremonies for the Meriden Hall of Fame Association Inc.

“Our devoted board members make everything the Hall of Fame achieves throughout the year possible,” Quinn acknowledged.

Rep. Hilda Santiago graced the ceremony with her presence, presenting citations from the state to the four outstanding individuals for their exceptional commitment.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati reflected, “Taking a moment to honor those who have dedicated their lives to our city is truly heartwarming. Seeing the community come together in a space that will serve generations to come is incredible. It’s a privilege to be here, expressing gratitude to these families.”

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Business and Commerce: Marvin Beloff

Marvin Beloff, a Meriden native born on July 11, 1928, and a graduate of Meriden High School class of 1946, left an indelible mark. In 1973, he launched Beloff’s Woman’s World, a unique clothing boutique. During the holidays, Marvin’s store became known for its distinctive red ribbon and bow, drawing attention statewide. Recognizing the potential of a catalog business, he expanded his reach nationwide.

Marvin served as a board member for the Meriden Chamber of Commerce, chairing the Meriden Silver Museum Development Committee. He also contributed to the Meriden Symphony and Chorale Connecticut boards, chaired the WWII Memorial Hospital board, and led the Meriden Kiwanis Club.

An accomplished sculptor, Marvin invented the SandDevil, a superior hand sander, now available in stores like Home Depot. His passion for bow ties led him to create and sell wooden neckwear worldwide. He founded The Humble Bees ukulele band, touring for nearly two decades in support of charitable causes. Additionally, he spearheaded “Citizens for Election Reform,” instrumental in the passage of Connecticut’s Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2005.

Community Service: Enrico Buccilli

Enrico Buccilli, born on January 27, 1951, arrived in Meriden with his family from Pratola Peligna, Italy, in 1955. A graduate of Platt High School class of 1969, Enrico’s impact on the community was profound. For over three decades, he was a devoted member of the Boy’s Club Alumni Association, serving as president from 1981 to 1982. Enrico coached various youth sports at both the elementary and high school levels.

He played a pivotal role in the Meriden Planning Commission for 25 years, serving as chairman for 18 of them. He also led the 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development. Enrico’s leadership was instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown Meriden, the creation of Meriden Green, and the establishment of Stop & Shop.

Additionally, Enrico served as a Meriden Golf Commission member, sat on the Bradley Home Board of Directors for nine years, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Meriden Sports Reunion Committee. He served as principal at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford, receiving recognition as Wallingford’s Administrator of the Year in 2001, and Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools in 2007, gaining national acclaim.