James Kreutz is a starting linebacker for the Ramblers and son of former Chicago Bear Olin Kreutz. James started at safety in the spring season and recorded 39 tackles and three pass breakups.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions? 

No not really. I guess I just listen to music before games.

2. What is your ideal situation next year?

I don’t have any offers, so I don’t know any school that really wants me. My brother (Josh Kreutz — OL) goes to Illinois, so that would be pretty cool. 

3. What do you have to do to get there?

I think tackles for loss is a big thing. Just make plays. Just show up on film a lot. 

4. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

I like to lift weights. That’s one of my favorite things. I lifted like every day during the offseason, and right now it’s three or four times a week.

5. Do you have a favorite athlete?

I like Roquan Smith (Chicago Bears ILB). He’s probably my favorite player. … He’s fast, plays aggressive.

6. If you could play another sport, what would it be? 

Probably basketball. If you’re good at basketball, it is pretty cool. I wrestle too.

7. What is your favorite on-the-field moment so far? 

Maybe a pass breakup against Marist last year. No, actually, Hillcrest. A guy caught a pass across the middle and I hit the kid. It was a big hit, yea.

8. If you are in Walgreens with a couple of bucks, what are you buying? 

Candy. Like Trolli (sour) candy 

9. If you travel anywhere, where would go?

Probably Japan — Tokyo. I think it would be pretty cool. Good food. 

10. What is the key to Ramblers success this season?

We’re just going to play all the way through fourth quarter. Play as hard as we can and just make plays. 


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John J. Bishop female Scholar-Athlete 

Haley Warren 

Eastmoor Academy 

Grade-point average: 4.25 

$7,500 / Encova Insurance 

Sports played: Volleyball (4 years), basketball (3), softball (2)

Academic highlights: National Honor Society member, president; Congress of Future Medical Leaders award of excellence winner

Athletic highlights: Leadership award for basketball, volleyball

Leadership highlights: Three-time captain in basketball; captain in volleyball and softball; four-year student ambassador and peer tutor

College choice: Howard University (anticipated major: chemistry)

Photo location: I had my photo taken at the Cultural Wall on Long Street. I would pass it often growing up, and seeing local African-Americans doing amazing things inspired me, so I had to highlight it. Also, one of the people featured on the wall is my former neighbor.

Home front: There are six of us. My parents are Henry Warren Jr. and Candace Warren, and my three brothers are Henry, Harrison and Carter.

Favorite subject: Chemistry. It’s intriguing to learn about the natural world at the molecular level.

Least-favorite subject: Calculus, because there’s a lot to remember and the problems can be very time-consuming.

Prized possession: My camera. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of people, or different things I find.

Favorite book: It’s definitely “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry. It was the first book that taught me to embrace my differences. I didn’t have to fall in line with all my peers, and that’s OK. It’s the first time I felt comfortable with who I am as a person.

Favorite movie: “Now You See Me,” a movie about optical illusion in which nothing seems to be what you think it is. The movie gets better every time you watch it because there’s always something you missed.

Favorite television show: “The Office” is humorous, but also highlights normal, everyday lives. It gives you a different perspective on how a “normal” life doesn’t have to be monotonous.

Favorite musician: I have listened to Sam Smith’s albums on repeat since middle school. Whenever I need to focus or relax, I turn on his music.

Favorite animal: Golden Retrievers. There isn’t a sentimental story why; I just find them really cute.

Essential app: My calendar app. I am absolutely terrible at keeping up with paper planners, so transferring my events to a digital platform was the best thing I could have done.

Favorite home-cooked meal: Baked spaghetti with meatballs. It’s extremely good, and it reminds me of home. My dad prepares it most of the time.

My cooking specialty: Definitely chicken fried rice, a simple and hearty meal to prepare.

Favorite restaurant: O’Charley’s. After every event I have (award ceremony, dance recital, you name it) my family goes there to celebrate. It’s become a staple for us, almost a tradition. My favorite thing is their potato soup.

Guilty pleasure: Definitely brownies and ice cream. But it’s not an occasional thing at all.

Proudest sports moment: Scoring in a basketball game after two months of not playing. I ran into some problems with my health, and I had to stop playing

(ATR) Worldwide Olympic sponsor Airbnb this week announced a program to provide economic support for elite athletes, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, and Paralympians and Paralympic hopefuls.
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The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant, supported by the IOC, will offer $2,000 in Airbnb promotional credit for use in training, qualification, and other travel accommodations to up to 500 athletes each year for the next eight years. The program totals $8 million in direct support over the life of the partnership.

Applications for the 2021 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant are now open to all elite athletes, Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls on www.airbnb.com/athletetravelgrant. Applications will close on May 14, 2021 at 11:59pm PDT.

Airbnb and the IOC last year launched the Olympian and Paralympian Experiences category, one of the largest long term athlete support programs the IOC has with a TOP Partner, in an effort to provide direct earning opportunities through hosting to athletes worldwide.

“We are very proud that together with Airbnb, we have developed the Olympian and Paralympian Experiences programme and now the new Travel Grant,” said Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

“Through these two initiatives, athletes have the opportunity to create their own revenue streams and directly benefit from Airbnb’s partnership with the Olympic Movement.”

Airbnb’s partnership with the IOC and the IPC spans nine years and encompasses five Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date, Airbnb and the IOC have allocated $40 million of the overall sponsorship to direct support for athletes.

BWF Reveals Partners for Major Championships

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday awarded its Official Equipment Partners for BWF major championships from 2022-2025.

Victor was chosen for the BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022 (Thailand) and 2024 (China), as well as the BWF Sudirman Cup 2023 (India) and 2025 (China).

Yonex will continue as the equipment supplier of the BWF World Championships in 2022 (Japan), 2023 (Denmark) and 2025 (France).

“We are extremely excited to partner with two established equipment suppliers for our Major Championships for the next four years,” said BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund.

“We look forward to forging strong partnerships with both well-known global manufacturers to help us showcase world-class badminton tournaments across the world.”

USA Cycling, CUORE Ink Apparel Deal

CUORE will be the Official Performance Cycling Apparel of USA Cycling for the next five years.

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The Swiss company will outfit USA Cycling athletes at all competitions for cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. CUORE will produce exclusive kit designs for both Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

In addition to National Team apparel, USA Cycling and CUORE will also be working collaboratively on several other apparel items for the Olympic Development Academy and Foundation Donors, as well as new National Championship Jerseys and Membership apparel.

“CUORE is excited to be back again with USA Cycling supporting the athletes, federation and greater community. CUORE strives to provide the best cycling apparel in the industry and our partnership with USA Cycling will push us to create even better products

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman Logan Keller (Longwood, Fla.) has been named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week presented by Northrop Grumman after helping the Midshipmen to a 3-2 record on the diamond this past week.
 
Keller finished the week hitting .524 at the plate for Navy where he reached base at a .545 clip. The native of Longwood, Fla., racked up 11 hits with four going for extra bases en route to a .905 slugging percentage and eight RBIs. Keller had a hit in each of the five games last week while recording three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games.
 
Keller finished a Saturday doubleheader with a 4-for-5 game against Lafayette where he drove in four runs. In the contest, the freshman hit his first career home run and he also chipped in with a double. He also ended the weekend against the Leopards going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and two RBIs as Navy picked up a 10-8 victory to split the weekend series.
 
On the year, Keller leads the Midshipmen with a .371 batting average and 23 hits. He also guides the team with 19 RBIs and is second with a .548 slugging percentage. Within the Patriot League, Keller ranks third in RBIs and fifth in hits.
 
Along with being named NAAA Athlete of the Week, Keller and junior Dalton Baker (Sebring, Fla.) were selected as Patriot League Honorable Mention Players of the Week.
 
Navy is back in action this weekend with a three-game series against Bucknell. The Midshipmen host a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and then travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Saturday, the Youth Academy’s very own Ximena Zamarron earned her spot on Mexico’s Junior National Team. Zamarron spent her week celebrating as the newest member of Team Mexico, an accomplishment reserved for softball’s top athletes.

Zamarron was first introduced to the sport at just four years old. Her parents noticed her interest in softball when she insisted on joining her older sister during practice. She began playing baseball and eventually transitioned into a stand-out softball player.

“I remember the first time I got to see Ximena play was right here on the Adrian Beltre indoor field,” said Juan Leonel Gárciga, Director of Youth Baseball & Academy Programs. “I could hear something that was different from the other kids and when I looked, I saw a young girl in the cage hitting baseballs. I immediately went over to get a better look, and at just 13 years old she had a swing that was as good as any of the other girls at the facility, regardless of age.”

Zamarron credits the Rangers Youth Academy for presenting her with new opportunities and helping her realize goals like joining Mexico’s Junior National Team. “I’ve been going to the youth academy for four years now, and they honestly opened up a whole new softball world for me,” said Zamarron. Some of her Academy highlights include attending the All-Star game, representing the Rangers at numerous travel opportunities, often as the youngest player on the team, and the chance to get noticed as an elite athlete.

Zamarron made the journey to Anaheim, Calif. for the Mexico Junior National Team tryouts in early April. She participated in a series of intense infield drills with some of the strongest competition in the sport. “When I first got there, I was a little nervous because I knew I’d be going against the toughest competition, the best of the best girls,” said Zamarron. “I was thinking, I don’t know if I belong here, I don’t know if I’m good enough, but I just had to tell myself that I’m here for a reason, I’ve come this far for a reason.”

Zamarron recalled the support of her family and friends, pushed out thoughts of doubt and played her game. After the tryout, Ximena Zamarron was a member of Mexico’s Junior National Team. Her skill, determination and competitive attitude set her apart from the competition; she earned that spot.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “Making the team is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I get to experience. It means the most to me knowing that I get to represent my great grandparents, grandparents and my Mexican heritage.”

Beyond the meaningful opportunity to represent her ancestors, Zamarron is excited about the variety of new experiences she will encounter as a player on Mexico’s Junior National Team. “I’m looking to win against other countries, get to know the girls better and see how they play,” she said. “The only way to get better is playing with the best girls and better