One of our most popular stories last year was this gem from BRO editor in chief Will Harlan about his first run sans clothes. Dare ya to try your own naked run in 2014…it’s part of our Ultimate 100 Challenge.They say 90 percent of life is just showing up, and that’s certainly true in running. Toeing the starting line is often the toughest part. For me, no starting line was scarier than the Fig Leaf 5K, a naked race at a north Georgia nudist colony.I had streaked across my college campus in a drunken blur, and I had once been dared to run a naked lap around a bar during a blizzard. But never before had I faced spectators and sobriety sans clothes.I waited until a few minutes before the start to disrobe. Instead of a race bib, my race number was written across my butt cheeks.Over 100 runners had gathered at the starting line. Many were top athletes from across the Blue Ridge. They seemed a lot less intimidating without their shorts.Still, I had plenty of reasons to feel self-conscious. How would I measure up? What if I was aroused by a beautiful female runner? Most of all, I was worried about the flop factor. How would my bait and tackle hold up to three miles of bouncing?It was a cold April morning in the mountains, and my twig and berries shriveled up as soon as I dropped my drawers. I joined the other nude runners at the start making jokes and milling around in the buff.“Weather’s a bit nipply this morning.”“Gonna run hard today?”“Nah…feeling a bit stiff.”At the starting line, it was hard to know where to look. Runners are always sizing up their competition, but this was nuts. I tried to stare ahead at the race course, but I felt like I was standing at a crowded row of urinals, trying not to glance.A crowd of stark-naked spectators—most of them from the nudist colony—gathered at the start. Cameras flashed as we took off. (I have no idea where those photos ended up.) For the first mile, I sagged back and dangled off the lead pack. Then around mile two, I made a hard sprint to the front.Freeballing had never felt so good. My junk jiggled and bounced, and my flabby bare skin rippled with savage delight. I felt primitive and raw. I was pure animal, unlocked from my self-conscious mind cage, running wild and free.I hung on through the final mile, though a heavy-breathing hardass approached me from behind in the final homestretch. I bared it all in a balls-out kick for the finish—and edged him by a hair.Afterward, I sat in the sun, soaking it all in. I had shed my inhibitions along with my clothes at the starting line. My mile splits and finishing time didn’t matter. It was the most fun I’d had running in a long time.Running au naturel exposed a naked truth: bodies are amazing—even the sagging, droopy parts. I vowed to spend more time in the buff, getting more comfortable in my own skin.No, the Fig Leaf 5K didn’t turn me into a nudist. I still wear shorts on my morning runs.But at least I’ve taken off my watch.
“The feeling is very bittersweet. You see Saracens going through to the quarter-finals as one of the best runners-up on 17 points. You are left kicking yourself after what happened in the Clermont game here at Thomond Park,” said Foley, referring to December’s 16-9 home loss to the French side. “You can’t lose at home and hope to qualify with the calibre of teams that are in your group. It is very hard to go and win twice away from home in the group we had this year. “Getting the win against Sale in round one and having an excellent contest here against Saracens… and then to turn up here against Clermont at home and lose, ultimately, when you look back at it, it’s what cost us. “This win will give us confidence. We have had a very tough week leading into this Sale game, mentally more than physically within the group in terms of where we are and where we thought we were. “When you come out of that, you come out of it stronger, because we all have stuck together and made sure we gave our answer today and played right to the 80th minute.” The former Munster number eight and captain added: “Fellas did that for the people that mattered to them. They wanted to show the work, the sacrifices they put in week in and week out that it is not all for nil. It was great to score right at the final whistle (with Conway going over). “It was a good physical contest out there and we didn’t shy from that in the first half. In the first half we were playing into the elements. At one stage they were camped on our line and the boys kept turning up. I know we suffered a yellow card (for Conway), but we upped the ante during that period and we held them off. We reaped the rewards of that in the last 20 minutes.” Sale did not provide a coach or player for post-match reaction. Press Association The Irish province, who led 13-10 at half-time, blitzed the bottom-placed Sharks with eight second-half tries to run out emphatic winners. There were try doubles from man of the match Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway, along with a penalty try and well-taken efforts from Keith Earls, Pat Howard, Tommy O’Donnell and Duncan Williams. The Reds’ hopes of reaching the last eight were ended with their defeat away to Saracens last week. This is only the second time in 17 years that Munster will not be involved in April’s quarter-final clashes. Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side’s 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt “bittersweet” as their hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter-finals had disappeared before this round-six clash.
Three people familiar with details of Friday’s call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details were publicly released.The people say Commissioner Adam Silver is still collecting information on multiple options ranging from 16 to all 30 teams returning to action when the season begins again near Orlando, Florida.BASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE ALLOWANCESAt least 12 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguersNEW YORK (AP) — At least 12 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. Associated Press Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego and Seattle are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa, Texas and Baltimore are doing so through at least June. The White Sox are providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.Philadelphia also plans to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MASSACHUSETTSGovernor says Massachusetts sports teams can resume practice next weekUNDATED (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6. The move comes as schools across the country prepare for the return of athletes as early as June 8.The NCAA last week lifted a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities.Schools have already started putting plans in place to test athletes, coaches and staff for the coronavirus and implement social distancing.The NCAA says its plan is offered as guidance, consistent with federal and local public health guidelines.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus: — Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.— Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans. The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums. The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming.— The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week. Update on the latest sports Federer tops highest-earning athlete list at more than $100MUNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990.Federer made $6.3 million of that haul from tennis prize money, with the other $100 million from endorsements and appearances fees.Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are in spots 2, 3 and 4, followed by the NBA’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Tiger Woods is at No. 8 and NFL players Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz complete the top 10.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANo agreement yet on resumption of NBA seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors has met again without a consensus opinion emerging on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season. — Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-CHALUPABlackhawks sign Czech forwardCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season in the Czech Republic League, collecting seven goals and 17 assists in 50 games. FEDERER-TOP EARNING ATHLETE But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA has plan for bringing athletes backUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic.