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It is with sympathy and sadness that we report the passing of Tudor Andrei Petrus of Romania, one of the country’s foremost foil coaches. Born on October 2, 1949, in Cluj Napoca, Coach Petrus graduated from the ANEFS in Bucharest after studying under Jacques Istrate and Vasilie Chelaru. He then joined the CSA Steaua Bucharest sports club, winning the Fencing Europe Cup in 1978. He participated in the Montreal Olympics, ranking 45th in individual and 9th in team; he then took part in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, ranking 35th individually and 5th in the team event.

Coach Petrus retired as an athlete and became the CSA Steaua women’s Olympic coach, and then later took the head coach position. Under his leadership, the Romanian team was double World Champion in 1994 and 1995, and foilist Laura Badea took gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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The team of Russia defeated Greece in a thrilling final of the 12th FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championships, organised in Volos (GRE) from September 3-9, 2017. Despite being the only team unbeaten during the tournament, the Hellenic squad lost the decisive match by 16-17, not resisting to a long and dramatic session of penalties shootout, after a 9-9 draw at the end of the regular time. The Russian hero of the day was Bella Khamzaeva, who managed to keep her nerves solid and scored the last penalty for her team.

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recently elected new members to the Committee, including a new President and Vice President, at the 19th General Assembly. The Assembly was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE and saw Andrew Parson of Brazil elected as the third IPC President.

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A rock climber will be added this year to the official list of emojis – those little pictures you can use instead of words in your texts and emails.   It was added thanks to the efforts of professional climber Sasha DiGiulian of Boulder, who lobbied for the emoji, consulted with the designer at emojipedia, and served as its model.

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Bill Kueper was in Asia last November when he received an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night. Sutton Bacon, CEO of Nantahala Outdoor Center, was on the line bursting with ideas for a new trade show solely focused on paddlesports. It was a literal wake-up call for Kueper, vice president at Wenonah Canoe, and an overdue impetus for the paddlesports industry to come together.

“Of course I was on board, but I thought he meant we should launch the trade show in 2018,” Kueper says. “I read the press release in the morning and thought, holy cow, he meant 2017.”

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Katherine Snavely of Brookstone (Columbus, Ga.) School was named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week honor for her outstanding play during the week of Aug. 14-20.

Snavely was perfect at the plate, drove in 10 runs and slugged an astronomical 2.500 as she keyed Brookstone to victories over Manchester and Hawkinsville High Schools last week. Going 3-for-3 with a home run in each contest, five of Snavely’s six hits went for extra bases. She doubled twice with six RBI and four runs scored in the win over Manchester. Against Hawkinsville, the junior registered her third double of the week, drove in four runs and scored twice.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Two days after nearly being eliminated from the Pan American Championship, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) bounced back and dominated the final day with a pair of run-rule victories. After dropping the opening medal round game, the U.S. won its final four cotest to claim the Gold.

Behind Kelly Barnhill’s no-hitter, the reigning champs knocked off Mexico in 9-0 (5) on Sunday in the title game. Her performance nearly mirrored Cat Osterman’s perfect game twirled in the 2003 Pan American Games against Canada nearly 14 years ago to the day on the very same field.

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NAPA, Calif. — As the play unfolded in front of him last Saturday, Karl Josephread the hole opening on the right side of the line and did not hesitate. The Oakland Raiders second-year strong safety saw David Johnson make a cut and Joseph planted his foot and made a beeline for the Arizona Cardinals running back.

With a 10-yard running start, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Joseph absolutely thumped the 6-1, 224-pound Johnson on the third play of the game. A stunned Johnson appeared to be checked on by an official after he got up.

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Surf Launching Techniques with Jim Sammons

Words and Photos By Paul Lebowitz

A bad surf launch or landing can cause you to lose more than your lunch, yet it is a trial kayak anglers  gladly face to chase trophy fish. Summertime is prime time for launching off the beach and even the calmest of saltwater shorelines can kick up with some surf when offshore winds point the swell in the right direction.

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The one that got away didn’t and the third time was the charm for Jay Wallen of Lexington, Kentucky, who, after finishing third the past two years, battled through to take the Hobie Bass Open win. This was year four of the tournament that took place on Kentucky Lake in Marshall County, Kentucky, June 10-11.

“I’m so happy I pulled it off so I can go to the Hobie Worlds 7,” commented Jay. “That’s what this whole thing is about. I just couldn’t be happier.”

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