Hammer thrower seeks to defend Big Ten title despite broken handQuentin Mege broke his hand in a freak accident about a month ago.Bridget BennettMinnesota thrower Quentin Mege throws at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse. Megan RyanMay 9, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSenior thrower Quentin Mege returned to the Gophers men’s track and field team this year despite graduating last spring with a mechanical engineering degree, but it hasn’t gone as planned.The France native delayed taking a job so he could fulfill his final year of eligibility as a team captain and try to win the Big Ten outdoor hammer throw title for a third consecutive year.That goal seemed inevitable when Mege broke his own school record in the first outdoor meet of the season nearly two months ago.But Mege broke his hand just before a meet in Arkansas in mid-April. He hooked his pointer finger in a door frame at the hotel, breaking the second metacarpal in his left hand.Mege has had two different casts and now sports a splint. While the bone takes four weeks to heal — the exact amount of time before the conference meet — Mege has still dealt with soft tissue damage, bruising and pain in his tendons.And while the injury may have appeared to be season-ending for a thrower, Mege has adapted his training so he can continue to practice in hopes of retaining his title.“I’m kind of telling myself, ‘Hey, if you don’t win, at least score points for the team, and that’s not that bad,’” Mege said. “But you’ve got to face it. I want to win it … and it might just not be possible.”The road to recovery has tested Mege both physically and mentally, assistant coach Lynden Reder said. “There have been some bright days where we’re feeling like we’re really making progress and some darker days where we’ve been frustrated,” Reder said.Mege said he whined about his bad luck at first — especially because as a non-degree-seeking student, he only wanted to focus on throwing. But fellow senior thrower Micah Hegerle said once Mege accepted the challenge, he dealt with the situation as well as possible.“It’d be hard for anybody to have this setback after being so successful,” Hegerle said. “But he’s done a good job supporting everybody. … He’s always a good team player.”Mege estimated the force on his hand while throwing is about 600 pounds. While he has changed his technique to put less pressure on his pointer finger, the team is still negotiating with conference officials on whether he can tape his hand or wear his splint during competition.Bad weather may work in Mege’s favor as well, Reder said. There’s a chance of rain at this weekend’s Big Ten meet in Columbus, Ohio. Rain would limit Mege’s competition and possibly help level the playing field.The mark Mege threw at the beginning of the season is likely enough to qualify him for the NCAA regionals at the end of May. Mege said he wants to compete in the NCAA finals in early June and the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late June.But even with a full postseason planned, Mege said he never considered foregoing the Big Ten championships in favor of more recovery. He just wanted to be back in the throwing pit as soon as possible.“Most of the pressure and the difficulty is not being able to throw,” Mege said. “Because that’s what I want to do, and that’s where the fun is.”
Kelechi Iheanacho’s solo strike was key as Leicester City held off a spirited second-half effort from Championship promotion chasers Brentford to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when he tapped in a cross from full-back James Justin, who had been found by Dennis Praet’s brilliant pass.The Nigerian International was making his ninth start in an FA Cup game and has now scored in all of them. He started in five from the hoot of the whistle for Manchester City and now his fourth for Leicester. Leicester were the better team in the first half and Ayoze Perez should have doubled their lead when he was sent clear by the Iheanacho but Bees keeper Luke Daniels made a good save to deny him.However, the hosts came out for the second half with a renewed vigour to their play, and they were unlucky not to equalise on the hour mark when Emiliano Marcondes’ cross beat everyone and hit the post.Foxes keeper Danny Ward was also forced into a fine save to keep out Luka Racic’s volley late on before second-half substitute Bryan Mbeumo saw a goal ruled out for offside.The youthful Bees pressed for an equaliser right up until the final whistle but the Premier League side held firm to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup.There were emotional scenes at the full-time whistle for the home fans at the end of Griffin Park’s final cup tie, with the Bees set to move to the newly built Brentford Community Stadium before the 2020-21 campaign.Iheanacho has now been involved in 10 goals for Leicester this season – double his goal involvements the whole of 18/19.He has scored seven goals and assisted three in just twelve appearances.Related”Best Striker” – Fans React to Iheanacho’s Saving Goal For Leicester In FA Cup Fourth RoundJanuary 26, 2020In “England”EFL Cup: Iheanacho On Target As Leicester Suffer Semifinal HeartbreakJanuary 28, 2020In “England”FA Cup: Iheanacho Brace Sends Leicester Into 4th RoundJanuary 16, 2018In “England”
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This cover image released by William Morrow shows “Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles. (William Morrow via AP)“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow)“Simon the Fiddler” is the origin story of Simon Boudlin, a traveling musician who appears in Paulette Jiles’ 2016 novel, the National Book Award finalist “News of the World.”When we meet the 23-year-old — “5-foot-5 and 120 pounds” — he is recently conscripted into the Confederate army. Combining Don Quixote’s romance with the down-to-earth nature of his traveling companion Sancho, Simon is an indefatigable character who makes you want to root for him. “(The fiddle) was all he had against a chaotic world and the mindlessness of a losing war, against corruption, thievery, cowardice, incompetence, cactus, gunsmoke, and hominy,” writes Jiles.After the South surrenders in 1865, Simon assembles a ragtag band to eek out a living amid the devastation. They’ll play anywhere for anyone, but as Simon tells his bandmates before their first gig, “they’ve got to damn well pay us.”It’s at that first gig that Simon is smitten with Doris Dillon, a young woman he spies in the company of Col. Webb, the commander of the occupying Union forces. He can’t take his eyes off her “round face” and “beautiful dark blue eyes” and from that moment on, Simon’s ambition is clear, if not his fate.Jiles’ sparse but lyrical writing is a joy to read. As the band checks out possible venues in Galveston, Texas, she dips into her main character’s mind: “To Simon, the world of musical structures was far more real than the shoddy saloons in which he had to play. … It existed outside him. It was better than he was. He was always on foot in that world, an explorer in busted shoes.”Later on, as Simon concludes that it won’t be easy to buy a plot of land in the Red River Valley for his dream life with Doris: “It was going to take some doing. … But that’s why God made people young at first, to get the doing done.”The pace of the novel quickens as Simon and Doris make plans. There are plots and schemes and scrapes, and above it all, music. It’s right there in the title — “Simon the Fiddler” — and it’s definitely there in the denouement as Jiles’ novel comes to a hopeful conclusion.It’s a beautifully written book and a worthy follow-up to “News of the World.” That novel is due in theaters, starring Tom Hanks, later this year (and just in time for the Oscars). Until then, lose yourself in this entertaining tale.