78-year-old Ron Hill from Accrington, England, ran at least one mile every day for 52 years and 39 days, the longest running streak ever. The streak started Dec. 20, 1964 and came to an end last Sunday due to heart problems. Hill reported feeling pain in his chest 400 meters into a run, and after one mile, he thought he was going to die. Out of respect to his family, he decided to stop his streak and take a day of recovery.Ron Hill has run through many injuries and setbacks over the decades. In 1993 Hill broke his sternum in a car accident and managed to run the next day. In another instance Hill had bunion surgery and ran a mile in a cast with walking canes around his local track everyday for a week.Hill had a very successful running career in his younger days, competing in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Olympics, a course record of 2:10:30 at the Boston Marathon in 1970, and he held world records in the 10 mile, 15 mile, and 25 kilometer road races. Outside of his running career, Hill created Ron Hill Sports, a brand that revolutionized fabrics in athletic clothing.The next longest streak after Hill is 66-year-old California runner John Sutherland, who has run every day since May of 1969—that’s 17,420 consecutive days.
The money raised will be put towards the Humane Society’s operating costs. The Phone-a-Thon runs until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, but the Humane Society says they will always accept donations. This year, they’ve partnered with Staffworks for the campaign. Staffworks vowed to match the money raised during the phone-a-thon, up to $30,000. On Thursday, they held their “Save a Life” Phone-a-Thon to raise money to help support the hundreds of animals they have in their care. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Humane Society is looking to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of animals this holiday season. To contact the Humane Society, call 607-724-3709.
Shelvey won his solitary England cap in 2012 and was called up to Roy Hodgson’s squad last October for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. But he has picked up seven bookings and a red card this season and Monk feels his disciplinary problems have been down to a lack of focus and application. And Sky television pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher saw Shelvey smiling and laughing with Lallana ahead of the corner from which he headed into his own goal as a further loss of focus. “I have not seen the Sky footage and I was not aware of that,” Monk said. “But you need to be focused in those situations, especially a dangerous situation like a set-piece. “I was disappointed with that goal as it was avoidable but I thought Jonjo’s performance was good. “We analyse the players and get all the feedback from their performances and on the ball he was one of our highest passers in the game. “I thought he put himself about, had good energy and he was possibly our best passer on the day. He was probably our most threatening midfielder on the ball but I know he can be even better. “Performance-wise, he’s capable of running a game, grabbing it by the scruff of the neck and really dictating it, but what you forget is that he’s a really young player.” Swansea have had a demanding festive fixture list with the Boxing Day visit of Aston Villa sandwiched in between trips to Hull and Liverpool. They travel to QPR before heading to Merseyside again for a third-round FA Cup tie at Tranmere on Saturday. “You have to take into consideration the quick turnover of games, the physical output for the players,” Monk said ahead of two away games in the space of 48 hours. “But each team I put out there I try to have the best team to win the game taking everything into account. “You live and die by the result and performance and you think about it afterwards. “So far this season, with the games we’ve played and the teams we’ve put out there, we’ve done very well. “We’re disappointed with what happened at Liverpool but it wasn’t about application or effort. “It was about mistakes and we made way too many against a very good side.” Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant he has no plans to sell England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in January. There was further bad news to come on Tuesday evening as he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. Shelvey clashed with Emre Can when he appeared to fling back an arm into the face of the German. The incident was not seen by the match officials. If found guilty, Shelvey, who was sent off at Everton at the start of November, could face a four-match ban, starting at QPR on New Year’s Day. Monk, though, insists that Shelvey, who joined Swansea in a £5million deal in the summer of 2013, is going nowhere in next month’s transfer window and has a key role to play at the Liberty Stadium. “It is often the case (to sell) when a manager talks about a player,” Monk said. “But that is absolutely not the case. It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here. “When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up. “When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances. “Yes, he can do better, but so can all our players. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on. “He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else.” Monk criticised Shelvey ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool when he told the 22-year-old to “wise up” and said he would not tolerate his “laziness” any more. Shelvey was selected against his former club on Monday, but had an unhappy night in Swansea’s 4-1 defeat as he failed to track Adam Lallana for Liverpool’s third goal and then headed into his own net to cap a miserable night for Monk’s men. Press Association
Alisson BeckerKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | In the past 14 months, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has collected more trophies than most players could only dream of in an entire career.A UEFA Champions League medal in June 2019, was followed by a FIFA Club World Cup triumph six months later. In between, the 27-year-old helped Brazil clinch the Copa America title as tournament hosts.Then, in June this year, Alisson was a part of the Liverpool team that secured the club’s first Premier League crown in 30 years.However, there is one piece of silverware that the former Internacional and Roma shot-stopper has yet to win, and it is the one that he covets most.“I dream of winning the World Cup, of being there [Qatar] in 2022. But we have the Copa America [in 2021] ahead and the [South American World Cup] qualifiers,” Alisson said during an interview broadcast on Brazil’s Bola da Vez television program.“The most important thing is to be included in every squad and win every game we play so that we can achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup,” he added.Alisson has been capped 44 times for Brazil and is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper of Selecao boss Tite, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson. Share on: WhatsApp He said Tite had instructed Brazil’s players to concentrate, first and foremost, on performing well for their clubs.“Tite says the national team is a consequence of what we do for our clubs during the season and how we take care of ourselves in our daily lives,” Alisson said. “Our preparation has an influence on everything.”“I hope to be a part of every possible national squad while I’m playing. Each match for Brazil is like my first. It’s a big responsibility, given Brazil’s rich football history.”****XINHUA