Running sucks. Running hills suck more. But running ladder drills up a 35-foot man-made hill sounds like torture.
Correction: It is torture, the 49ers are making their players do it, and we can confirm:
“The Hill,” which is 60 feet long and has a 30-degree incline, was installed by strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and looks every bit as painful as it sounds. Earlier this week, the 49ers made players who did not participate in team drills run the ladder on the ramp.
This hill is significantly larger than the hill that existed on the practice field in 2009 during Mike Singletary’s tenure as head coach, which looks like a small mound of grass compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the right:
There’s no doubt the reviews for Shanahan Hill won’t be positive, but nevertheless, owner Jed York took a turn up the monster. And if the boss is doing it, you better not complain.
What you put on social media can have real consequences, and the Atlee Little League softball team from Virginia found that out the hard way over the weekend.
The team, consisting of girls between 12 and 14 years of age, was disqualified from the Junior League World Series over a controversial Snapchat post. After beating the team from Kirkland, Wash. on Friday in a semifinal game, a team member posted a picture of six players flipping the bird with a caption indicating the image was meant for Kirkland, which hosted the game.
While the manager, Scott Currie, had his players apologize to Kirkland in person, the Little League office decided to disqualify the team anyway. In a statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain called the post “inappropriate,” adding that it was a “violation of Little League’s policies regarding unsportsmanlike conduct, inappropriate use of social media, and the high standards that Little League International holds for its participants.”
The decision was handed down just hours before the team was set to take the field in the title game, and instead the berth was awarded to Kirkland.
The team was met with cheers on Sunday when it landed home in Richmond, and Currie believes the disqualification was too far a reprimand.
“It’s a travesty to these girls,” he told the Times-Dispatch. “Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”
The Atlee organization released a statement apologizing and seeking further investigation by Little League International into the decision.
However, you can bet the players will certainly think twice before posting anything on social media again.
GSTAAD, Switzerland — Fabio Fognini won his fifth career title by beating 170th-ranked qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final on Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Italian was always in control, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first set and never allowing a break-point chance in the second.
Fognini’s fifth title, all on outdoor clay courts, came from a wild-card entry to play at the Swiss Alps ski resort.
He earned a prize of 86,000 euros ($101,000), and the 25-year-old Hanfmann got a career-best 45,000-euro check ($53,000) for his full week’s work.
The 31st-ranked Fognini is now 5-8 in finals on the ATP tour.