Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Social media reaction was mixed with one user describing the winners as “very Japanese and very cute.” But others said they wanted something “more round” and more “huggable.”“School children, really? Should be B or C,” tweeted one user under the handle @shougodesu_.Several users pointed out that the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.The Tokyo 2020 mascot will hope to replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang handed out to athletes on the podium.More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organisers said.Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil’s rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Hit and miss The kids picked option “A,” which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic.”Helpfully, it has a magical power that enables it “to move anywhere instantaneously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIts Paralympic counterpart sports pink checks derived from Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed.”Its magic power: “It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.The one-eyed characters were dubbed “bizarre” and “creepy” by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.With luxurious manes, short horns and faces that appear to be shaped like rugby balls, mascots “Ren” and “G” are inspired by “shishi,” the mythical lion-like figure that features in Japan’s new year celebrations and kabuki theatre.Organisers turned to children to select the mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.It was deemed to be too similar to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.“Thank you. My mind is going absolutely blank. I don’t know what to say,” he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.“I want to tell this to my lovely wife.” View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A TV cameraman films footage of the winning design of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympics (L) and Paralympics Games at an elementary school in Tokyo on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATokyo Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and “special powers” that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids across the country from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as “made in Japan.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning The pair received over 100,000 votes, more than the other two design sets combined.Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.Known locally as “yuru-kyara” or “laid-back characters,” mascots can also be major money-spinners.The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon — created in 2010 to promote Japan’s southern Kumamoto region — raked in $8.8 million last year for local businesses selling branded products.Big businessADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Journalists Are Not Politicians’

first_imgThe president of the Workers Union at the Liberia Broadcasting System (WULBS), G. Moses K. Dorbor, says journalists are not politicians and wants them to stop associating with politics and politicians, something that could undermine their neutrality and the nation’s stability.Speaking to this newspaper over the weekend, Mr. Dorbor said Liberia’s democracy is not yet mature for any comparisons to be made between her political system and that of the United States of America.Mr. Dorbor’s advice came following NBC and other media entities in the United States openly supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the November 8 presidential elections in that country.‘’If care is not taken, journalists in Liberia may go from being watchdogs for the public to promoters of hate, divisiveness and chaos in an effort to satisfy the selfish intents of politicians through accepting bribes,’’ Mr. Dorbor said.He said it is unethical for a journalist to openly or even secretly express his or her support for a particular political figure or institution.‘’I am calling on the National Elections Commission to come up with clearly defined guidelines for journalists as activities leading to a successful conduct of the 2017 elections proceed,’’ he said. The LBS Workers Union boss said journalists should choose either to adore their profession or be mere servants of politicians who, after their successes at the polls, dump them because they have no further need for them.Mr. Dorbor also called on the security sector to be unbiased in dealing with election violence.‘’The friends in the opposition camp should receive equal protection by police and other law enforcement officers as provided for by law.“The opposition block is not an enemy to the state for which the state security, mainly the police, should be brutal in dealing with them, even if there are violations,’’ he said, adding that partisans of various political parties should also be responsible citizens and obey the laws.A little over two weeks ago, the Executive Director of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building, Malcom Joseph, frowned at the involvement of media houses in the country’s politics simply because they are looking for recognition and monetary gain.Speaking at a dialogue organized by the National Youth Movement for Transparency in Elections (NAYMOTE) in Monrovia recently, Mr. Joseph said the Daily Observer, Truth FM as well as some other media houses that openly supported the Unity Party in 2005 and 2011 were completely wrong.‘’This is Liberia and I believe it is not good for our culture which has been greatly affected by civil unrests,’’ he said.Mr. Joseph called on all media practitioners and entities to be very careful in the roles they play come 2017.However, the Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, said he ‘sits on no one’s fence’ and asked that his and the name of his media entity (Daily Observer) be left alone.‘’We were called on a number of occasions to respond to the question concerning our role in the recently held elections and we clearly made our points known.‘’It is time for us to forge ahead instead of continuously discussing issues already dealt with in the past,” Mr. Best said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Basketball development club holding U16 program

first_imgInterested participants will not need to meet any required skill level, just a love for the game and a desire to improve. Organizers say that anyone 12 years or older are welcome to participate in this particular camp.The cost of the program is $10.The program will be held at the North Peace Secondary School far gym, and will run from 5-7 p.m.- Advertisement -For more information on the FSJ Club Basketball, visit its Facebook page.last_img

Good snooze good news for worker’s heart

first_imgAt the same time, the immune system shores itself up. Increasingly, researchers are recognizing the role the immune system plays in heart disease. “We all know that the three pillars of health are diet, exercise and sleep, and, sometimes, people forget about the importance of sleep,” said Dr. Alex Chediak, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a University of Miami researcher. Nighttime sleep has been much more thoroughly studied than napping. But researchers assumed that the benefits of nighttime sleep accrue from naps as well. The study released Monday is believed to be the largest ever to examine the link between napping and health. Napping, researchers believe, allows people a chance to reset their heart rates and blood pressure in the middle of the day. The researchers quizzed study participants about their siesta habits, defining regular nappers as those who took a midday break at least three times a week, with the nap lasting a minimum of 30 minutes. It was that group that derived the greatest benefit, with a 37percent drop in deaths attributable to heart disease. The effect was far more modest among those who napped only occasionally, and it was not considered statistically meaningful. The researchers said that while workingmen appeared to benefit the most from naps, they could not reach any conclusions for workingwomen because there were relatively few in the study. For retirees, siestas did not lower heart-disease risk. There’s a well-recognized biological impetus for the desire to take a break midway through the waking hours: Our bodies tell us to, said Michael Twery, director of the federal government’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. Drowsiness recurs right before bedtime. “The human biological clock has two cycles each day, with two dips,” Twery said. “One of those dips occurs shortly after lunch for most people. This is a period when many people feel perhaps a little sleepy, drowsy, less awake.” Napping has historically received scant attention from researchers, but with heart disease still ranked as the nation’s No.1 killer, specialists said the Harvard study should give rise to more definitive nap research. “Given how prevalent cardiovascular disease is, any intervention that could effectively lower risk would be welcomed and worthy of further study,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiovascular specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The challenge now is how people read this. If they read it as, `I can continue to smoke, not eat healthy, not exercise, and just take a nap in the afternoon and be protected from cardiovascular disease,’ then that is absolutely not the right message to be sending.” In the 24/7 pressure cooker of American society, it is unlikely that many employers – or workers, for that matter – will embrace a 30- or 45-minute nap during the workday, sleep specialists acknowledged. If anything, they said, countries where napping has been part of the culture, notably Spain, have increasingly abandoned the practice. But there are a few places left that champion the midday nap. At a New England company called Yarde Metals Inc., in Southington, Conn., the nap room was upgraded last week to include a full-body massage chair that incorporates aromatherapy and motion. It can simulate the sounds and sights of a beach or a babbling brook. “It leads to improved safety,” said marketing director Susan Kozikowski. But even if workplace napping is unlikely to become widespread in the United States, there is something to be learned from the siesta study, said Dr. Michael Irwin, a sleep specialist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience. “The take-home message is we do need a good night’s sleep, we do need to look at how much sleep we get and optimize that,” Irwin said. “We need to recognize that sleep is a behavior we can control as humans, and if we do that, our overall health will improve in this country.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – At last, science has come up with proof that naps are good for you. Tell your boss! Tell your spouse! People who take at least three daytime naps a week lasting 30 minutes or longer cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37percent, according to a new study released Monday by a team of American and Greek researchers. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and in Athens reported that Greeks who took regular 30-minute naps were 37percent less likely to die of heart disease over a six-year period than those who never napped. The scientists tracked more than 23,000 adults, finding that the benefits of napping were most pronounced for workingmen. Researchers have long recognized that Mediterranean adults die of heart disease at a rate lower than Americans and Northern Europeans. Diets rich in olive oil and other heart-healthy foods have received some of the credit, but scientists have been intrigued by the potential role of napping. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that napping was more likely than diet or physical activity to lower the incidence of heart attacks and other life-ending heart ailments. Still, the authors cautioned that further research is needed to confirm their findings. “We don’t want the world to start sleeping in the afternoon yet. A single study never conveys a public health message,” said Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, a Harvard professor and author of the study, who says he stopped napping when he moved to the United States 20 years ago. Specialists not involved with the study said there are sound biochemical reasons to believe that a nap may help protect against heart disease. Essentially, they said, sleep at any time of day acts like a valve to release the stress of everyday life. Blood pressure and heart rates slow. last_img

Pantry seeking SCV school help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Individual community members also can help with the Feinstein challenge, Crawford said. The pantry also is accepting donations from the general public that will be applied toward the grant challenge. Alan Feinstein has been sponsoring the $1 Million Giveaway for nine years and has helped raise more than $350 million for agencies to fight hunger nationwide. He wanted to encourage citizens in each community to become partners in a successful grass-roots campaign to fight hunger. The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986 by a small group of community volunteers. The pantry uses food donations from the community to provide supplemental food on a short-term basis to qualified local residents. The Food Pantry has more than 3,400 clients. In addition, the organization serves an average of 130 senior citizens each month. More than 60 volunteers work with Crawford to solicit donations, sort food and prepare bags for distribution. SANTA CLARITA – To capitalize on a millionaire’s dream of eliminating hunger through grass-roots involvement, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry has invited local schools to team up for the second annual Students Against Hunger in the SCV Spring Food Drive 2006. The winning school will receive an award from the Food Pantry. “We ask schools to help us with two food drives each year. By scheduling their spring food drive during the months of March and April, local schools can leverage their giving with the Feinstein $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger,” said Belinda Crawford, the pantry’s executive director. “It’s a win-win situation because our clients benefit immediately from the food and cash donations made during the two-month Students Against Hunger drive. Then our portion of the Feinstein Giveaway provides additional financial support later in the year.” The $1 million giveaway is shared proportionately, up to a maximum of $50,000 per organization, among all agencies that participate in the program. The Food Pantry tracks the donations generated by the Feinstein Challenge, and based on the total received, the Food Pantry will receive a proportional share. For information, call Crawford at (661) 255-9078.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wrenching mix-up at coma’s end

first_imgCALEDONIA, Mich. – A couple sat by their daughter’s hospital bedside for weeks after an auto crash until she came out of a coma – and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck. Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried. In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma. The two young women – both students at Indiana’s Taylor University – looked remarkably alike, and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones and cuts and bruises, and was in a neck brace. In a statement, the two families said they took their concerns to hospital officials, and dental records confirmed that the injured woman was Whitney Cerak. “Both families understand how this could have happened,” said Bruce Rossman, a spokesman for Spectrum Health, which operated the rehab center. Frank, a retired minister in Portland, Maine, said his granddaughter’s parents declined to look at the body before the funeral. “They wanted to remember her the way she was,” he said. An official at Taylor University, an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Ind., about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, said the Grant County coroner had notified the school of the error. “We rejoice with the Ceraks. We grieve with the VanRyns,” said Taylor spokesman Jim Garringer. Coroner Ron Mowery, whose office handled the death investigation, apologized for the mistake. He described an accident scene strewn with purses and wallets and said acquaintances of the students had identified the survivor as VanRyn. No scientific testing was conducted to verify the identifications. “I can’t stress enough that we did everything we knew to do under those circumstances, and trusted the same processes and the same policies that we always do,” Mowery said. “And this tragedy unfolded like we could never have imagined.” Four Taylor students and an employee were killed when their van was struck by a tractor-trailer that had drifted across a highway median. Those in the van worked for Taylor’s dining services and were preparing for a banquet for the inauguration of a new president of the 1,850-student school. It was not clear who mistakenly identified the victims or how the error happened. The coroner’s office did not immediately return a call. But the VanRyns, who are from Caledonia, Mich., said their daughter and Cerak, 18, of Gaylord, Mich., bore an “uncanny resemblance.” Most of the crash victims had funerals with closed caskets. A month ago, an overflow crowd of more than 1,400 people turned out for what they thought was Cerak’s funeral in Gaylord, Mich. Joe Sereno, associate pastor at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church, said the casket was closed both for visitation and for the funeral. “We did everything you usually do,” Sereno said. “We had a memorial service at the church. The family did a private burial the next day. Everybody thought it was Whitney.” The VanRyn family used the blog to provide progress reports on the young woman, reporting, for example, that her hair was in pigtails or braids, that she managed to feed herself some applesauce, that she played a game of “Connect Four” with one of the therapists and did quite well, and that she performed an exercise in which her therapist gave her a word and she had to supply the word’s opposite. Calls to the VanRyns and Ceraks were not immediately returned, and a young man outside the VanRyns’ home declined to comment to a reporter. An attorney for the Cerak family did not return a call either. Prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against the truck driver, saying he may having fallen asleep at the wheel. A memorial service for VanRyn is scheduled Sunday in Grand Rapids.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The family of Laura VanRyn, 22, disclosed the mix-up Wednesday on a Web log that they had used to record detailed updates on the young woman’s recovery. “Our hearts are aching as we have learned that the young woman we have been taking care of over the past five weeks has not been our dear Laura, but instead a fellow Taylor student of hers, Whitney Cerak,” the VanRyns said on the blog. Cerak’s grandfather, Emil Frank, said news of his granddaughter’s survival was a shock. “I still can’t get over it. It’s like a fairy tale,” he said. The family said that as the young woman began regaining consciousness at a rehabilitation center in Grand Rapids, Mich., she said things that made them question her identity. As recently as Monday, the VanRyns reported: “While certain things seem to be coming back to her, she still has times where she’ll say things that don’t make much sense.” last_img read more

Rangers sign former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack on three-year deal

first_img1 Ryan Jack Rangers have confirmed the signing of former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack.The central midfielder has signed a three-year deal at Ibrox after his Aberdeen contract expired.Manager Pedro Caixinha told the club’s official website: “I believe 25 is a great age for him to come here. He had three years as captain of Aberdeen and has that experience, he also understands what it means to represent Rangers.”The Aberdonian made 250 appearances, scoring 11 times, for his hometown club but it became clear last month that he was set to leave Pittodrie with Ibrox his likely destination.In a video clip posted on the Rangers website, Jack said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to come to such a massive club and I’m grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.“It’s a huge club and the club is back in European football and a big support as well. It’s always a great atmosphere when you play there. So all that and the package that comes with it, it’s an exciting time“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a surreal moment but I’m delighted to be here and it’s an honour to be part of this club.”Jack lost the captaincy to Graeme Shinnie on returning from a groin injury for the William Hill Scottish Cup final but started in their 2-1 defeat by Celtic.The former Scotland Under-21 international is Caixinha’s second signing, following the arrival of Portugal defender Bruno Alves.last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: WINTER MEMBERSHIP AT DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB FOR JUST €150!

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:The summer weather has arrived at last in Dunfanaghy.Everyone is taking advantage of the great conditions and it is like being on the continent at the moment. Well done to Michael mc Ginley who was victorious in the monthly medal at the weekend. The conditions were perfect on Sunday and the scoring reflects the weather conditions. Congratulations to all the prize winners.Hard luck to St Michaels who were beaten in the Semi-final of the Senior Championship at the weekend. They fought a good battle but two goals in a short period of time in the second half was the difference between the two teams.We are offering a great deal for Winter Membership at the moment (1st Oct – 31st Mar) for €150. Please make sure to tell all you golfing friends of this great deal. We are also offering three free months (Oct, Nov, Dec 20150 with anyone who takes out membership for 2016. You can make enquiries at the clubhouse.The Gaeltacht league will be commencing shortly and there is a list on the notice board for anyone interested in playing on the Gaeltacht league team. The final is in Dunfanaghy in 2016 and we will try and give it our best shot this year.We have our chef, paddy in the clubhouse every Saturday and Sunday. He has received great praise for his food in the last two weeks. Make sure to give it a try. Also all the Rugby games will be shown in the clubhouse throughout the World cup. The next few games for Ireland will be tense, but hopefully they succeed in winning their group.There are a number of competitions in the next week –• Wednesday30th of September 2015 – Open Singles Stableford• Saturday 3rd of October 2015 – Open Singles Stableford competition• Sunday 4th of October 2015 – Brian mc Ginley Memorial GOY• Monday 19th of October is our next Seniors (over 55s) competitionYou can book on-line at Dunfanaghy Golf club website or ring the clubhouse on 0749136335Results:Wednesday 23 SeptemberOpen Single Stableford1st Conor O’Hare 38pts bot2nd Roger Green 38pts CSS 37ptsSaturday 26th SeptemberOpen 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford1st Dessie Shields (jun) & Dessie Shields 42pts2nd Joe Langan & Martin McFadden 40pts botCss N/QSunday 27th SeptemberAugust Monthly Medal1st Michael J.McGinley 642nd Collan Keegan 65Gross Keith Lapsley 753rd Rory Burns 66Cat Cyril Robinson 671st 9 Fergus Mullen 32 bot2nd 9 Billy Griffin 32CSS 67GOLF NEWS: WINTER MEMBERSHIP AT DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB FOR JUST €150! was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO MAKE ‘CRISP’ INVESTMENT IN FUTURE

first_imgA Donegal company is expected to make a major announcement regarding future investment on Monday next.Largo Foods, which is located on the Udaras na Gaeltachta Business Park in Goath Dobhair,will also mark the official opening of a new manufacturing line.The company is involved in the production of a number of Ireland’s favourites snack foods including Tayto, King and Hunky Dorys. The official opening will be made by Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley.EndsDONEGAL COMPANY SET TO MAKE ‘CRISP’ INVESTMENT IN FUTURE was last modified: June 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth DobhairLargp FoodsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Former Softball Standout Tyler Named to MVC 25-Year Anniversary Team

first_imgThe MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team composition for each sport was determined by a 25-person committee (two representatives from each MVC institution and a panel of five voters from the conference office). The team composition includes years in which league teams competed under the MVC umbrella during the past 25 years (1992-2017) and does not include competition from the current season. Print Friendly Version As a sophomore in 1994, Tyler paced Drake to its second-consecutive MVC Tournament crown and the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  That year she set then Bulldogs and MVC single-season records for home runs (9), RBI (50), hits (73), at-bats (190) and fielding assists (169).  She remains Drake’s single season record holder for RBI, hits and at bats.  She also established then Drake career marks for homers (21), batting average (.395), RBI (115) and assists (444).  Tyler is Drake’s all-time leader in career batting average and assists, and she is second in RBI and sixth in home runs. Tyler was named MVC Rookie of the Year in 1993; and was a unanimous first-team All-MVC selection in 1994 and 1995.  She was a member of the 1995 MVC All-Tournament team after hitting .556 and twice earned All-Midwest Region honors (1994, 1995). Tyler was a three-year starter for Drake and powered the Bulldogs to consecutive MVC Tournament titles (1993 and 1994), the first time in MVC history that had been accomplished. She helped the Bulldogs win their first-ever MVC Regular Season title in 1993. Tyler, a native of River Forest, Ill., is the most recognized softball player in Drake and MVC history, and she became first Valley player selected for the U.S. Olympic Team (1996). Earlier this year, Tyler was inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame. The 2017-18 season is a landmark one for the MVC and for women’s sports. To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX and the 25th anniversary of women’s sports, the Valley is naming 25-Year Anniversary Teams throughout 2017-18 for each of the league’s sponsored women’s sports. ST. LOUIS – Former Drake University softball standout Dani Tyler has been selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team, the MVC office announced Thursday, April 26 morning.center_img Tyler, who received bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting) from Drake in 1997, also was honored by the school with the Drake Double-D Award in 2012. Story Links She was the recipient of Drake’s Jerry Howlett Award in 1994 as Drake’s most outstanding overall athlete and is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team Tyler helped lead United States to its first-ever gold medal in softball in 1996, hitting a home run against Australia and was also a starter on the USA team that earned a gold medal at the 1994 Pan American Qualifier.  Tyler was a member of the USA Softball National Team from 1994-2000 and was also an alternate on the US Gold Medal Olympic Team during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The Women’s USA National Team won gold medal in the 1998 World Championships.last_img read more