Derby favourite Nyquist running in the shadow of American Pharoah

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky (AP):Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favourite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn’t getting the respect expected for the only undefeated horse in the race.Nyquist heads into the Run for the Roses today at Churchill Downs as the early 3-1 favourite in a full field of 20 horses. Deservedly so, based on a record that includes being a champion at age two, victories at four different tracks in the east and west, and an ability to overcome all sorts of obstacles in his races.Still, Nyquist isn’t the buzziest of horses. Heck, even his owner J. Paul Reddam said that as a fan he’d bet against his horse. Handicappers and racing fans haven’t been talking up the bay colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist (Reddam is a fan) either.Nyquist has won his seven races, including four prestigious Grade Ones, by a combined 15 lengths – an average of just over two lengths. He rarely does more than he needs to and nothing dazzling. He tends to drift out in the stretch, which could indicate the distance he’s run is about as far as he wants to go. He doesn’t even have any markings – no blaze on his head, no white stockings on his feet.JUVENILE CHAMPIONHis sire, Uncle Mo, was a juvenile champion and the 2011 Derby favourite scratched the day before the race with an illness. Nyquist is one of his three offspring in the race, but nobody knows if Uncle Mo’s first crop of foals can run the classic distance of 1-1/4 miles because there is no proven pedigree.Yet Nyquist has a supporter in Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer who guided American Pharoah.”He does it workmanlike, but he does it fast. When you’re fast and you stay out of trouble in a 20-horse field, that’s a big edge,” Baffert said. “He’s got the heart, and a horse with heart will go further than they’re supposed to go.”In a year of can-you-top-a-Triple-Crown winner, Nyquist has already done so financially. He’s earned a record $3,322,600, including a $1 million bonus for winning the Florida Derby in his last race.None of the doubt deters Doug O’Neill, who trains Nyquist.”I’m optimistic we’re going to win,” he said. “He’s definitely shown us that he’s going to run a big race.”last_img read more

Cabagnot reaches career milestone with 2,939th assist in Beermen win

first_imgRavena stays focused, vows to keep in shape during 18-month ban In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “No, [but] I was aware we were down by 12. I wasn’t really aware of the individual feat like that until coach Dayong told me after the game so it feels good,” he said. “I think all the top 10 members are Hall of Famers so just being mentioned in their class is a blessing and just happy right now.”Cabagnot said he has a ton of unforgettable assists throughout his PBA career and one of which led to a game-winning 3-pointer by longtime teammate Arwind Santos in Game 7 of the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska.“One comes into mind was I passed it to Arwind, I think [during] a best-of-7 [finals]. He hit a shot I think that was when Ronald Tubid called a timeout against Alaska and we needed a 3-pointer and that was one of my many memorable assists,” he recalled.“I just thank all my teammates. It’s an assist, they made the basket and I just pass it to them.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alex Cabagnot reaches career milestone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the shot clock winding down, San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot faked a step back 3-pointer before setting up Christian Standhardinger for the short baseline jumper.It was a simple basketball play that turned out to be special.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil His pass that resulted to Standhardinger’s basket at the 9:49 mark of the fourth quarter was his seventh assist of the game and 2,939th of his career, passing PBA legend Francis Arnaiz for 10th place in the all-time list, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.READ: San Miguel ends 3-game slump, defeats PhoenixFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I wish my mom, my brother and my family could’ve witnessed it. I’m glad we won and it’s such a big accomplishment being in my 13th year in the league. To God be the glory,” said Cabagnot, who also had 13 points and six rebounds to help the Beermen post their first win at the expense of the Phoenix Fuel Masters.The 35-year-old Cabagnot said he had no idea that he was close to chalking up a career milestone and had actually reached it until one of San Miguel’s assistants told him about it after the game. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

China football captain banned in latest punishment salvo

first_img0Shares0000China and Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi is fined and banned for four CSl games s the Chinese FA dished out another round of draconian punishments © AFP/File / STRSHANGHAI, China, Jul 7 – China’s national captain Zheng Zhi and Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz were both banned for several games as the Chinese FA dished out another round of draconian punishments.Brazilian internationals Oscar and Hulk and their Shanghai SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas are all already suspended over a separate incident and the Chinese Football Association (CFA) late Thursday stepped up its crackdown on bad behaviour on the field. Zheng, also skipper of reigning Chinese Super League (CSL) champion Guangzhou Evergrande, was banned for four CSL games and fined 40,000 yuan ($6,000) for failing to gather all his players to shake the hands of the officials in Evergrande’s 4-3 defeat last weekend at Tianjin Quanjian.It makes it an expensive few days for the 36-year-old Zheng, who was also fined 100,000 yuan by his club for the incident.The rest of the Evergrande side including Brazilian midfielder Paulinho were all fined and warned for the same misdemeanour, and the club was censured and fined.Yilmaz, who plays for Beijing Guoan, was meanwhile banned for five games for “pushing the opposite side’s player and causing a bad impact” following his red card in a bad-tempered 0-0 draw home to Jiangsu Suning on June 26.Suning’s Li Ang got four games following the flare-up, when players and staff from both sides piled in as the game ended in acrimony.That outbreak of violence erupted soon after Oscar triggered a brawl in an earlier CSL game, with the CFA banning him for eight matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Man United fans have no class!’ Rivals condemn Red Devils’ supporters at Arsenal game

first_img Danny Welbeck booed by Man United fans Danny Welbeck returned to Old Trafford, his former hunting ground and sent Man United crashing out of the FA Cup.The England ace was sold to Arsenal last summer and in the club’s FA Cup quarter-final clash against the Red Devils, scored the winner in a 2-1 win victory.WENGER HAILS MATCH WINNER WELBECKHe could not contain his delight following the goal and when the striker was replaced with 15 minutes to go, he was booed by some sections of fans, though not by all it should be pointed out.The few who did boo were rounded on by United fans and other supporters, too. 1last_img

Real Madrid want Rodrigo after Ronaldo exit – why the move makes sense

first_img ROWDY GETTY IMAGES – GETTY WARNING Losing a trophy to Atlético is never a pleasant feeling for Real Madrid, but matters were made worse in Tallinn by the fact that Los Blancos lacked the quality of striker from the bench to give them a fighting chance of turning the match around in extra time. Last season Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only proven, elite level centre-forwards in Madrid’s squad, and the departure of the club’s record goalscorer has made the situation even more delicate. Coach Lopetegui’s decision to call on unproven youth striker Borja Mayoral in an unsuccessful attempt to turn the European Super Cup around last week was telling, and indicative of a serious deficiency in his group of players. Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico The people upstairs at the Bernabeu have urged caution, and suggested their squad is complete as is, but supporters reasonably expect that an established attacker will be brought in if Madrid really want to compete on three fronts this season, and it seems Lopetegui agrees. In recent weeks the name of Valencia striker Rodrigo has repeatedly been linked to the European Champions in the pages of the Spanish capital’s sports papers, and the 27-year-old fits the bill for a number of reasons.The Brazil-born forward has a long, established relationship with Lopetegui, who over the last eight years has repeatedly found him to be a useful attacker for his style of play. The two first briefly crossed paths when Lopetegui was Real Madrid Castilla manager in 2010, and the coach didn’t forget the then youngster when he took up a position as Spain youth boss.In qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship, Rodrigo was Lopetegui’s first choice centre-forward and rewarded that backing with a return of 11 goals – including four in one play-off match against Denmark – before going on to feature regularly alongside the likes of David de Gea, Isco and Thiago when Spain won the tournament in Israel.After a few years apart, the partnership was reignited again when Lopetegui became boss of the senior Spain side. By 2017, Rodrigo had proven himself in La Liga as an established starter at one of the league’s historic giants Valencia, and he was increasingly rewarded with Spain minutes as a result. Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid 2 Rodrigo has scored two goals in nine appearances for Spain Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST LA LIGA NEWS Following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid look light up front for the first time in a long time.Valencia striker Rodrigo is the extra firepower Julen Lopetegui wants, and an excellent performance against Atlético Madrid made a strong case for him reuniting with his former Spain boss at the club that formed him. on target Atlético Madrid proved they can win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid thrashing – it’s time for Simeone to deliver 2 g.o.a.t targeted Rodrigo salvaged a point for Valencia against Atletico Madrid El Clasico How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news Barcelona star latest victim of burglary as thieves target house before El Clasico What a touch and finish by Rodrigo!Can they go on to win?#Valencia#LaLiga pic.twitter.com/QXNdhf7V0C— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) August 20, 2018The Mestalla erupted in recognition of the moment of pure class, as did his manager Marcelino – perhaps for one of the last times if Lopetegui has his way. On the pitch, the case for Real Madrid strengthening a fragile position by bringing in a mature, established striker who knows the boss, knows a significant proportion of the squad from international duty and fits the style of play, looks clear.The timing may also be opportune: the strong form the centre-forward found last season (19 goals in all competitions, a career best) that has carried over into the current campaign suggest the peak stage of his career is now kicking off at the age of 27 – the period when that tends to occur for forwards.Off the pitch there remain unresolved questions however, price being the principle one. Asked last week by El Pais if he could guarantee that Rodrigo would be at the Mestalla come the end of the transfer window, Valencia general director Mateu Alemany noted that he could not, so long as buyout clauses exist in Spain. But the fact that the player’s clause is set at €120m makes the matter more complicated. All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico With solid timing, in the final build up to the World Cup he bagged a couple of goals, started to regularly show a sharp turn of pace, improved his pressing and offered runs into space not dissimilar to David Villa that La Roja had sorely lacked in the veteran’s absence. It impressed the boss enough to earn the forward a place in the final Spain squad for Russia 2018, most notably ahead of Alvaro Morata. The naturalised Spaniard was expected to be one of Lopetegui’s key jokers from the bench before the relationship between the boss and the national team turned catastrophically sour at the final hour.That Lopetegui is interested in teaming up with Rodrigo yet again should be no surprise then, and the opening round of the 2018-19 La Liga season only provided further evidence to suggest that the player is ready to make the leap to a club of Real Madrid’s demands. Starting for Valencia in the game of the weekend against Atlético, he was the home team’s best player by some distance in the delicately poised first half, forcing Juanfran into a desperate last-ditch block early on then flashing a shot wide and another over the bar before the break.Those served as target practice for what was to come. In the second half, with Valencia trailing and Atléti seemingly established as the dominant team in the game, the 27-year-old knocked the newly crowned Supercup winners off their perch with a belter of a goal. It’s not often Diego Godin is left looking like a fool but that’s exactly what happened to the normally faultless defender when Rodrigo shaped to make it look like he would jump to meet a Daniel Wass cross, only to instead chest it past the off-balance defender and smash home a thundering shot on his left foot that earned a point in a huge game for Los Che. Madrid are evidently not going to fork out that kind of fee without the possibility of recovering some of the commercial value they lost with Cristiano Ronaldo. That is a return a player like Eden Hazard or Neymar could provide, but not Rodrigo, who lacks their superstar status.The matter will come down to whether Valencia are willing to negotiate therefore – and how much backing Florentino Perez is willing to give to his coach in attempts to do so. Los Che may be putting on a tough face in public, but with the additions of Kevin Gameiro and Michy Batshuayi up front this summer, and PSG still holding out for a bigger fee in attempts to broker a deal to bring key player Gonçalo Guedes back to the Mestalla before the window closes, moving Rodrigo on for a decent if not stratospheric fee may be beneficial for all parties.As for the player, Rordrigo was less than convincing when asked about the possibility of going to Madrid following the final whistle on Monday, deflecting by saying he had said all he wishes to on the matter (which isn’t very much). Nor was his coach steadfast.Marcelino had already told journalists to “ask Lopetegui” about the possibility of the striker moving to Madrid in the build-up to the Atleti match. After the final whistle he was similarly ambiguous, noting that while he thinks the forward will stay, “if an irrefutable offer comes in for him and the club, you have to accept it, because that’s how the world works”.The exact definition of an offer Valencia can’t refuse remains to be seen.Lee Roden is writing for talkSPORT on all things La Liga this season. Follow him on Twitter here.last_img read more

Cougars are barometer game for South Hills

first_img Quarterback Kevin Mort has passed for more than 500 yards and owns a solid touchdown-to-interception ratio of 6-1. Bottom line: This isn’t a league or playoff game, but make no mistake, it’s very big. South Hills has the potential to have a very special season, and with a win tonight, the program would reach new heights. It won’t come easy, though, as Crisp and the Cougars’ offense hasn’t been stopped this season. Rancho Cucamonga is averaging 37.7 points per game. This game sets up similar to the Esperanza game for South Hills. The Huskies figure to score, but whether the defense gives the points right back, or not, will determine if the Huskies take the next step. The pick: South Hills. Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA — Just how good is the South Hills High School football team? The Valley will find out tonight when the Huskies host Rancho Cucamonga at Covina District Field at 7 p.m. South Hills (3-1) began the season with a close loss against Division I power Esperanza. That performance, albeit a loss, served as validation that the Huskies can now hang with the Southland’s elite. The Cougars suffered their first loss of the season last week in a 49-47 defeat against Corona Centennial, which was televised live on Fox Sports West 2. The 47-point performance, though, is something that caught the eye of Bogan and the South Hills defense. Containing Crisp and the Cougars offense is key if the Huskies are to have a chance. “On paper, I think we can stop them,’ Bogan said. “They’re not unbeatable and we’re not unbeatable. I think our kids will play a good football game, and if we play a a great football game, we’ll come out on top.’ South Hills has rebounded since its loss to Esperanza. The Huskies have won three in a row, including a win over La Habra. The Huskies have had exceptional balance on offense. Running back Marquies Winbush has stayed healthy and is showing what he can do. Winbush has rushed for 510 yards and seven touchdowns. But more importantly, he’s carried the ball 78 times, which is a great sign for the Huskies offense. center_img Rancho Cucamonga (3-1), led by highly-touted running back Kyle Crisp, is definitely among that group. “We want to be able to schedule the best and beat the best,’ Huskies coach Steve Bogan said. “My ego says that we don’t have to be 9-1 or 8-2 every year, but you do want to have a good record. That’s just human nature – you want to do well at what you do.’ last_img read more

DDTV: CHRISTMAS TREE SHAKES IN DONEGAL SEASIDE TOWN

first_imgDDTV: THIS was the scene in Rathmullan at 9pm this evening as the storm continues.Click Play to watch DDTV: CHRISTMAS TREE SHAKES IN DONEGAL SEASIDE TOWN was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTVdonegal stormvidevideolast_img

Cranes players will train on Wednesday, affirms FUFA

first_imgThe Cranes refused to train on Tuesday due to unpaid allowances.KAMPALA – With Ugandans back at home in limbo about what is taking place in Egypt as their beloved Cranes refused to train on Tuesday evening, they have been handed a glimmer of hope.The Cranes players did not turn up for their mandatory session sighting that they had not been paid some of their allowances.One of them who spoke to Football 256 said;“We are not training today (Tuesday), we need our allowances.“You guys (journalists) report that we have been cleared yet in actual sense, we have not.“So we are putting our tools down until something is done.Hours after the players refused to train, FUFA came out and clarified on the matter, claiming they do not owe them (players) any money.According to the statement released by the Federation, they claim to have paid the team all their allowances that are in the ‘code of conduct’, which each player signed before entering camp.The Federation also alleges that an extra $2780 was paid to each individual for the international friendly against Ivory Coast, one that Uganda won 1-0 a few days to the tournament.FUFA claims to have paid the players more money after their friendly with Ivory Coast while in Abu Dhabi.The whole total amounts to $14,600 (App UGX 55m), the money FUFA claims to have paid each player as of Tuesday, June 02th, 2019.FUFA said that they do not owe any player any money and claim to have explained the situation to them (players) who in turn opted to renegotiate the ‘Code of Conduct’ after qualifying to the round of 16, leading to the decision not to train on Tuesday.Despite all this, PML Daily has learnt that the players will get back to training on Wednesday evening at the Cairo International Stadium.“I can assure you that they are going to train this evening, said a FUFA Official when approached by this website.The official who prefered anonymity also expressed his disgust about how the media has handled the situation.“I am not going to talk about the situation further but you can talk to the players who have been giving you information that you have published in your media houses.It is understood that FUFA Officials have held several meetings, some with players, as the two parties look to come to an understanding in time for the round of 16 clash, on Friday.Whether the two parties have reached an agreement so far, remains to be seen but attempts to talk to one of the senior players yielded no positive results.“I am not talking about the situation in camp to the media, said the player on a phone conversation with PML Daily.Despite all that is going on, the team is expected to resume preparations this evening at the Cairo International Stadium at 7pm (EAT).The Cranes finished second in Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with four points, setting up a meeting with Senegal in the next round.Comments Tags: AFCON 2019FUFAivory coasttopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Music star Rory quits The Island to move back to Donegal

first_imgHe arrived there with just €20 in his pocket and made the holidays of many Donegal people in Lanzarote a pure joy.Kilcar native Rory Gallagher founded The Island Music Bar and soon the entire county (including Michael Murphy at Croke Park) was singing ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches!Now 12 years after making the sun-kissed island his home, the Kilcar musician has announced that he is moving back home to Donegal. In a statement on his Facebook page, the musician said he is also set to become a dad for the second time.In an emotional post, Rory said he was really looking forward to beginning a new chapter in his life.This is his post in full.NOTICE: It is with more than a hint of sadness that i announce now that SEPT 30th will be my FINAL GIG in Lanzarote and the last night of “The Island Bar” as we know it… we are moving home to Donegal … we have sold the lease of the bar (more exciting news to come on that!) – We are expecting our 2nd child and will be moving home in October to start a new chapter in our lives. I have to say my 12 years in Lanzarote have been an absolute thrill. After arriving here with about €20, Cara got me a few gigs in Brian Boru where she was working at the time, i then picked up a residency in Buddys bar then onto Charlies and the Craic n Ceol. In March 2013 we opened THE ISLAND BAR and what a 5 year marathon that has been! I hope when people remember their holidays of the 2010s they think fondly of the fun they had in there and we tried to make it like a live music version of what Cream was in ibiza in the 1990s.. but the pace we set was never going to hold forever and we want to quit while we are ahead and before jagermeister has taken me completely!! Thank you so much for all your support.. there will of course be more updates.. but as of SEPTEMBER 30th 2018.. that is the end of Rory. Music star Rory quits The Island to move back to Donegal was last modified: June 26th, 2018 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:donegalkilcarLazaroteRory GallagherThe islandlast_img read more

Steve Kerr under fire from former NBA player

first_imgSteve Kerr’s criticism of Anthony Davis didn’t sit well with ESPN analyst and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins.The Warriors coach said on an NBC Sports Bay Area podcast that Davis’ efforts to force a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans — he landed with the Los Angeles Lakers last month —  were “a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.”Perkins, who was Davis’ teammate with the Pelicans during the 2015-16 season, called foul.He said Kerr and …last_img