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Big bout League confuses as Nikhat Zareen was traded between teams without informing her

first_imgAdvertisement s5nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2phwedWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) sm91Would you ever consider trying this?😱axvpCan your students do this? 🌚7293gfuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen has again come in the headlines. However, this time it is not because of her bout against Mary Kom. Big Bout League which is officially authorised by Boxing Federation of India has become confusing as Nikhat Zareen has been traded between two teams without even informing her.Advertisement Earlier at the time of the players’ draft, Nikhat was supposed to play for Odisha franchise. On the other hand, Mary Kom was going to represent Punjab side. Suddenly things changed in the gap of few days. Nikhat Zareen was drafted to the North East franchise. It was a deal between two franchises without taking the consent of the player.Advertisement Nikhat reached Delhi to play for Odisha side. However, she was informed that she would have to play for the North East side in this season. As a result of it, Nikhat became completely stunned and surprised with the decision. Nikhat Zareen also informed that her bout against Mary Kom would take place on 17th December this year.Big Bout League is organized with the help of Boxing Federation of India. Some sources are saying that there might be an indirect pressure from the Boxing Federation of India behind this decision.Advertisement Sports Authority of India yet to clear Indian gymnasts for World Cups Advertisementlast_img read more

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Find out which Indian pacer Yuzvendra Chahal has nicknamed ‘yorker queen’!

first_imgAdvertisement 2o3h3NBA Finals | Brooklyn VscqbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1uw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j7joWould you ever consider trying this?😱6pvCan your students do this? 🌚r9466hRoller skating! Powered by Firework Youngster Navdeep Saini stole the limelight in the 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka; with the hosts registering an easy 7-wicket victory over their southern neighbours on Tuesday. Saini, who scalped two wickets while conceding only 18 runs in his four overs quota, was named the man of the match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore – the very venue where he played against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy final back in 2018. Soon after, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who was not picked for the game, interviewed him (Saini) and Shardul Thakur on his famous Chahal TV and was all praise for his RCB colleague for his flawless yorkers. However, Chahal also took a cheeky dig at Saini by labelling him as ‘Yorker Queen’. Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricketcountry“Since Jasprit Bumrah is the yorker king, so are you yorker queen?” the ever-amusing Chahal joked.India were eager to start their new year on a high note after the first game of the three-match T20I series was abandoned in Guwahati due to heavy downpour. Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl first as the Indian bowlers put up a fantastic display, restricting the Lanka batsmen to 142 for nine wickets in 20 overs.Although Saini was the star among the bowlers with his sensational figures of 4-0-18-2, Shardul Thakur also impressed the fans, picking up three wickets in the 19th over.With a target of 143, openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul started the Indian innings brilliantly, with their 71 runs partnership. But after their dismissals, it was Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer who put up a 51-run stand for the third wicket, guiding India to a comfortable victory.As for Sri Lanka, only Wanindu Hasaranga was the pick among their bowlers, with two wickets to his name in four overs.The final game of the series will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.You might also like:Fan constructs remarkable Virat Kohli potrait using old phone parts!Sourav Ganguly: Rishabh Pant is a ‘special talent’ but selection depends on selectors Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sheep Thieves Still on the Lam in Rumson

first_imgOne sheep is still missing from this manger scene outside Holy Cross Church in Rumson.RUMSON — Borough police are hunting for the culprits in a Grinch-like theft that occurred over the holiday season at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church.Two sheep figures were taken from a large Nativity Scene in front of the church at 30 Ward Ave on Dec. 22. One sheep was returned but another is still missing. Police Lt. Scott Paterson described the figures as Demetz Sheep figures imported from Italy.last_img read more

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AH Reorganization Brings Major Surprise

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno swore in Councilmen Jack Archibald and Peter Doyle to three-year terms on the governing body, but left the meeting immediately following the swearing in to participate in a second reorganization in Shrewsbury. Before apologizing for her hasty retreat from the session, the lieutenant governor spoke briefly on elected officials’ obligation to “do what the people want, not what we as public officials want.”However, the exit of both the lieutenant governor and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, who also attended the borough’s reorganization meeting, came minutes before Councilman Lou Fligor moved that Councilman Roy Dellosso be named council president. In the absence of higher officials, Mayor Fred Rast swore Dellosso into the position, over the negative votes of both Doyle and Archibald.The move was unusual for both Rast and Fligor, since Dellosso is a Democrat, one of two, with Bob Sutton, on the GOP-controlled governing body. Traditionally and politically, a governing body selects one from its own party to serve in the absence of the mayor. Republicans Jake Hoffman and Fligor voted with Democrats Dellosso and Bob Sutton to move Dellosso into the top seat on council.Fligor declined any comment on his vote for a Democrat for the council president position, but Rast told The Two River Times after the meeting that he endorsed the governing body’s majority vote for the Democrat because “he’s a good man, he’s been on the council the entire time I’ve been mayor, and I think he deserves it.”Peter Doyle is sworn in by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.–Courtesy Joseph BarbieriDellosso said he was not surprised by the council or mayor’s actions, because “the mayor’s always been about bi-partisanship, and he knows I’ll do my best.” The councilman added that he feels he will be excellent in the position, since he is actively involved in the community and enjoys helping borough residents.More uncertainty about Rast’s dedication to the Republican party that first help elect him to office seven years ago came during the mayor’s annual address to the public at the end of the meeting. He indicated he will not seek another term when his expires this year, but has a candidate in mind. Council makeup this year is no different from every other year since Rast became mayor, with the same elected officials that first served with him in 2008 still on the governing body. Doyle gained his fourth term this year, Archibald his seventh.That a split in the Republican party in this close-knit community is developing was further evidenced when Rast failed to reappoint Archibald to the Harbor Commission, replacing him with Fligor, who will continue in that position with Hoffmann, who was renamed. When asked about that change, Rast indicated he has not been pleased with some of the activities at the harbor and feels Fligor will be able to resolve some issues, but he did not elaborate on what concerns he has.In responding to questions about how he feels in not being reappointed to a third year on commission, Archibald said he’s very disappointed in not being able to continue. “I’ve enjoyed all of my time there, and I believe I have made contributions to the commission that have been beneficial both to the harbor operations and to the taxpayers and businesses of our community.” He added that he is further disappointed that he was not consulted about a replacement for himself, nor asked about any ongoing programs or activities on which the new commission member will need to be brought up to speed.There were few changes in the other mayoral or council appointments, with Bernard Reilly continuing as borough attorney, Christine Hanlon as chief municipal prosecutor, Hank Wolfe as public defender, and Richard Rast as code enforcement officer.  Andrew J. Sabine of the Fallon and Larsen firm will continue as municipal auditor.Rene Frotton, who has served in both Marlboro and Loch Arbor was named tax assessor as Eldo Magnani retired from the position Dec. 31.    The Two River Times was continued as an official newspaper.In his annual address, Rast quoted from the address he gave at his first reorganization in 2008, and noted that many of the same national problems that existed then continue to exist today. “The radicals of the ‘60s have now grown and are elected officials today,” he said, but added that in Atlantic Highlands, “we have remained unchanged by radical 1960s…we respect each together, we work together, we raise our families together…the intermarriages strengthen our community…the police and fireman is role models and we all work together.”Rast added that proof of how the community works well together is the number of accomplishments that have been achieved, in spite of earthquakes, Super Storm Sandy, hurricanes, floods, landslides, and unusual snowfalls which have impacted the borough and the county over the past seven years.last_img read more

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Zipf Knows Environmental Victories Temporary

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – It was a good week last week for Cindy Zipf and her organization, Clean Ocean Action, with the hard fought defeat of a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline, but the work of protecting the environment continues.COA, a coalition of 117 organizations, is turning its attention to the health of the Navesink River and returning to the task of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone 20 miles from the shoreline running from Montauk Point to Cape May. But Zipf is still calling for Gov. Chris Christie to take a stand on the LNG proposal to strengthen the state’s position in anticipation of the possible submission of a modified, but similar proposal.Zipf and Catie Tobin, COA’s marine science education coordinator, sat down with The Two River Times Nov. 19 in a wide ranging discussion about the group’s ongoing projects. COA and other environmental groups shared a big win against LNG last week, although, they would certainly say it was a victory for the environment, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo evoked his unilateral veto to stop a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal and accompanying pipeline proposed 18 miles off Jones Beach and 28 miles off Long Branch.Zipf’s organization along with the Sierra Club, NY/NJ Baykeeper, American Littoral Society, Sen. Jennifer Beck and Representative Frank Pallone, had vociferously opposed the plan that was under consideration by federal agencies. Opponents for the better part of seven years have maintained this LNG facility and similar proposals pose a real threat to the environment, economy and national security and had worked to encourage the public to offer their opinions and persuade federal officials to deny the licensing application. On Nov. 12 Cuomo agreed, expressing the same concerns when he signed his veto.Zipf noted the U.S. would be a natural gas exporter by 2017 and therefore the facility wouldn’t be needed for domestic use. Besides, “there are alternatives out there,” on the energy front, those that are more efficient and renewable, including considering offshore wind energy that could be established in the same area of the Atlantic.But this was only one of a number of fronts the group has been coordinating its efforts.A major push for COA will be to again take up the cause of establishing a Clean Ocean Zone. Environmentalists are encouraging lawmakers – ideally on the federal level, but until then state legislation will work – to establish a 20-mile zone for the New York/New Jersey Bight – an idea that has been discussed for roughly two decades. The zone would “lock out the bad and lock in the good,” as it relates to the waters from Montauk Point, New York, to Cape May, protecting the marine life, preventing the Atlantic Ocean’s over-industrialization and prohibiting new ocean dumpsites, Zipf said.
Another pressing front is the Navesink River here in the Two River area and the growing problem of pollution in the waterway. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has downgraded the water quality for portions of the river. The DEP has prohibited the harvesting of shellfish and recommends not swimming in those portions of the river, extending to McClee’s Creek in Middletown and west of the Cooper’s Bridge into the Swimming River, due to contamination“It is certainly a cause of concern,” she said.A major culprit for the contamination is fecal matter bringing with it E. coli bacteria, according to Zipf.“When it rains,” she explained, “that entire area is contaminated.” Fertilizer is also a major concern.COA is working with other organizations “to bring them all together to come up with a game plan,” Zipf said. And that could involve utilizing the services of Environmental Canine Services. That New England–based company uses scenting dogs to detect and source track human sewage contamination in storm water systems. And this game plan, when completed “could be a model for all the other watershed areas of New Jersey,” she said.COA continues to conduct its Beach Sweeps, with the help of volunteers who work to remove debris and trash from the shore. The organization also conducts educational programs in schools and works with municipalities on their environmental issues and helping them in obtaining the DEP’s Sustainable Jersey certification program and Clean Ocean Action’s Municipal Blue Star program for municipal environmental stewardship.COA was established 31 years ago, an outgrowth of the Ocean Dumping Task Force and has now grown to a large coalition. Zipf started with the task force about that time, being brought into the organization by Dery Bennett, the former executive director of the American Littoral Society, who died in 2009.Zipf considered Bennett “a guru, a mentor.” “In many ways he was a father figure to me,” she noted.“He was the one who let me find the path in life that I didn’t know was in me,” she explained.Referring to the environmental organization’s work focusing on cleaning and protecting area waters, “The whole goal is we shouldn’t be needed,” however, there is always more work, Zipf explained. “Our goal is to put ourselves our of business. We shouldn’t be needed, but that’s not the case yet.”Great progress has been made over the 30 years, as we no longer have medical waste washing up on our shores and beach closings because of contamination are now rare instead of commonplace. But Bennett instilled in Zipf a lesson that has shown itself to be true time and again.“Dery use to say, ‘Environmental victories are always temporary,’” Zipf recalled. The Navesink River and Ocean Zone Up Nextlast_img read more

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Baseball been very, very good to ex-Nelson Leaf

first_imgOn September 1, 2007, Morgan made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Milwaukee Brewers as a late-season call-up. Morgan played for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington.  Morgan played as an “AP” as a 16-year-old with the Vernon Vipers during the 1996-1997 season.Morgan bounced around the junior hockey leagues before deciding on baseball.He played in North Okanagan in 1996-1997 season, getting a cup of coffee with the Vipers that season.Morgan then played for George Cochrane when the Leafs left the KIJHL for a handful of seasons to try Junior A in the Rocky Mountain League.Morgan, who was lightning quick on skates, played the following season in the Pacific Coast Junior League with Delta Ice Hawks before landing with Regina of the WHL.He finished that season in Prince George with the Spruce Kings.Morgan agreed to a $1.6 million contract with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan’s Central League. A former Nelson Leaf hockey player has been signed by a Japanese baseball team.Nyjer Morgan, who toiled in Nelson when the hockey franchise played in the Rocky Mountain Junior A Hockey League in the late 90s, has signed with apan’s Central League’s Yokohama BayStars for the 2013-14 season.Morgan who played the last two seasons with the MLB Milwaukee Brewers before electing free agency, a day after the Brewers hastened his departure by outrighting him from the 40-man roster. On March 27, 2011, Morgan was traded to the Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra (son of baseball player Lenny Dykstra). Morgan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.last_img read more

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Perkins powers Bombers into Kootenay Girl’s Soccer Final

first_imgHanna Quinn had little work in goal to register the shutout.The winner advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships May 28-30 at Crofton House in Vancouver.LVR, the defending Kootenay Champs, tuned up for the zones by capturing the top prize at the recent Mount Baker Wild Tournament.The Bombers defeated host Wild 2-0 in the final, advancing to the championship by a 33-2 goal margin.”The biggest success story so far is how the girls have played,” said coach Brett Adams.”They are playing a passing style game with the GK (goalkeeper) looking to play out from the back.””All of the attacks are played from defense through the midfield,” Adams added.”Long ball play is very rare. We have been complemented on our style.”The Junior Bombers have played one game this season, posting a 4-0 shutout of Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar. Naomi Perkins scored twice to spark the L.V. Rogers to a 2-0 victory over Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe in semi finals of the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Finals Wednesday in Creston.The Bombers, the top seed in the tournament, advance to the final Thursday at 12:30 p.m.LVR dominated the contest but struggled to find success around the cage.Perkins opened the scoring against the Hawks after taking a slick pass from Abbie Bourchier-Willans.Perkins then made it 2-0 by teaming up with Taylor Zimmerman to add some insurance.last_img read more

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The skid continues as Nelson Leafs drops 3-2 decision to Fernie

first_imgThe tailspin continues for the Nelson Leafs.Nolan Lagace scored less than a minute into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie lifting the Fernie Ghostriders to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the fifth straight for Nelson, which is slowly falling out of the race for the top of the Murdoch Division after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks won its tenth consecutive game, 3-1 over Kimberley.Nelson trails the Nitehawks by 10 points in Murdoch standings. Beaver Valley defeated the Leafs 3-1 Friday in Nelson.“The last couple of games have been tough because we’ve had so many suspensions and injuries,” said Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt, finishing the game with two assists.“But we’ve got a good team in that (dressing room). So we just need to get back to the rink, have a good week of practice and be ready when we play Castlegar Thursday.”Twice the Leafs rallied from one-goal deficits Saturday.Tyler Abbott beat Ben Kelsch in the Leafs nets to give the Riders a 1-0 lead in the first period.Twelve seconds later, Dale Howell tied the game.Riley Siebel scored early in the second period to regain the lead for Fernie.But Jordan Unger pulled Nelson even on the power play before the period ended. However, in the third the Leafs had no answer after Lagace jammed the puck past Kelsch seconds into the final frame.Despite out shooting the Riders 10-6 in the period, Nelson failed to beat Fernie goalie Brandon Youngson to tie the game and force overtime.Hunt, Howell, David Lenzin and Ryan Piva all had great chances to tie the game.“You’ve got to give their goalie (Brandon Youngson) credit, he played well when we pressured him,” Hunt said.“But it’s tough playing two games like that in two days short handed.”For the third consecutive game the Leafs played minus a handful of players due to suspension and injuries.Saturday Nelson welcomed defenceman Jacob Karran back to the lineup following his two-game sit, but was still missing defenceman Brent Headon, and forwards Jack Karran and Mason Mullaney to suspension.All three players are expected back in the lineup when Nelson faces Castlegar.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Ghostriders 32-23.The Leafs dropped to third place in the Murdoch Division standings, a point behind Grand Forks Border Bruins, with an 8-6-2-0-1 record.The Bruins edged Spokane Braves 5-4 in the Boundary City to leapfrog past Nelson.The Leafs have little time to lick their wounds as the team travels to Castlegar Thursday to face the Rebels. And the Sunflower City squad will not be a pushover despite trailing the Leafs in the standings.Castlegar has won three consecutive games after blasting Columbia Valley Rockies 7-2 Saturday in Invermere.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 26 when the Leafs host Grand Forks.last_img read more

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Howell scores OT winner to spark Leafs past Braves

first_imgElliott Piourde tied the game early in the third period before the Leafs hardest worker, Samuel Weber, regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the period.However, the Braves tied the game as Niko Corsaro beat Devin Allen in the Leafs net with 22 ticks left on the clock to force overtime.Trail Thompson and Carter Jones also scored for Spokane.Nelson out shot the Braves by a wide 52-32 margin, including a 33-16 count after two periods.But J.J. Pichette continually frustrated the Nelson players with several key saves to keep the Braves in the contest.Nelson, improving to 10-14-0-0-2, returns to the ice this weekend with a pair of home games.Saturday, the Leafs play host to Creston Valley Thunder Cats before hosting division rival Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday at 2 p.m.Creston is currently the top team in the KIJHL with a 19-4-1-0-1 record. Dale Howell scored twice, including the game winner in extra time, to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League overtime victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a three-game losing streak and helped Nelson finish the month of November on a positive note after dropping eight of ten games.After the two teams exchanged goals in the first period, Nelson grabbed a 3-2 lead following 40 minutes of play on two later period goals by Sawyer Hunt, on the power play, and Ryan Piva.The goals came in the final three-plus minutes.last_img read more

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Leafs bounce back to shutout Braves, Cooper scores twice to lead Green and White

first_imgRyan Cooper scored twice and Josh Williams recorded his third shutout of the season sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a brief one-game losing skid for the Green and White.Nelson opened the two-game home stand weekend with a narrow 2-1 loss Friday to Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Saturday, the Leafs jumped all over the Braves, scoring twice three minutes into the game to take hold of the contest.Cooper, receiving a gift-wrapped loose puck in front of the Braves net, opened the scoring just over a minute into the game.Justin Podgorenko made it 2-0 following a similar breakdown in the Spokane defence.Leaf coach Mario DiBella, a stickler for detail was pleased with the result despite times when the Leafs were inconsistent in their play.”Well there were good moments and bad moments out there, but we came to play tonight,” DiBella confessed.Nelson dominated most of the game, peppering Spokane goalie Ben Waslaski with 44 shots in total.The Braves were having lots of trouble breaking free from their side of the ice with Leafs swarming from all sides.Nelson on average for the night were getting 15 shots per period compared to Spokane’s five per period. Ryan Keilty, who was not in the lineup Friday against the Nitehawks, was back in the lineup in place of Jaiden LaPotre.”Coach (DiBella) said I was lacking certain things from my last game and I think I showed what he needed tonight,” said Keilty, connecting for his second goal of the season after converting a breakaway.DiBella agreed that Keilty had “improved” not saying much else on the matter.DiBella, on the other hand, had a bit more to say regarding Leaf Game star Ryan Cooper.”He really is special with how well he can start up plays and get the puck where it needs to be,” DiBella explained.Cooper’s two goals came in the first and third periods.With just over two minutes remaining, Cooper was on the ice looking for his hat-trick goal on the Leaf power play.”I wasn’t thinking about getting the hat trick at the time, I was just trying to throw pucks at the net,” Cooper said.When asked about his goals, Cooper said, “the second one felt more natural as I had my eyes closed for the shot.”“I like to visualize my shots as it makes me more comfortable when I shoot,” Cooper added.Nelson, tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins, begin a five-game road trip Friday with a game in the Sunflower City against the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson then makes stops in Spokane, Kimberley, Golden and Invermere before returning home October 27th to face the Golden Rockets.BLUELINES: Ryan Cooper now leads the Leafs in scoring with 12 points — six goals and six assists — two points head of David Sanchez. Jackson Zimmermann and Sawyer Hunt are tied for third, each with nine points. . . .Netminder Josh Williams has jumped back into the lead in goalies with a 1.14 goals against average. Owen Sikkes of Beaver Valley is second at 1.71. Williams is 6-0 on the season.last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Home Run Kitten, idle since this past May, recent graded stakes placed finishers Coastline and Rocket Heat, as well as stakes winning Bench Warrant, all figure prominently in a wide open field of 10 older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Sunday in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes.Trained by David Hofmans, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten, who has been on the bench since well beaten here in the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes May 9, was a downhill winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes in Sept. 2014, and has two wins and a third from four starts down the unique layout. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 15-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,050.Separated by a neck at the finish, Coastline and Rocket Heat ran two-three in Santa Anita’s Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 26, as Toowindytohaulrox prevailed down the hill by a neck over Coastline.Trained by Phil D’Amato for the first time in the Daytona, Agave Racing Stables’ Coastline, who had been based primarily in the Midwest, rallied strongly to just miss in his first hillside try at odds of 52-1. A close third as a sophomore in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, 2014, the        5-year-old horse by Speightstown is 18-4-3-3 with earnings of $290,006.Trained by Vann Belvoir, the aptly named Rocket Heat broke running in the Daytona, opened up by 3 ½ lengths approaching the quarter pole, but was run-down late, finishing third, beaten a half length. Claimed out of a nine length maiden $30,000 win 11 starts back on Feb. 12, 2015, Rocket Heat enjoyed a terrific year, banking $187,080 while compiling an overall mark for the year of 12-5-3-1.A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat will try to pose an elusive target in this third career try down the hill.Last and 12 lengths off the pace after a half mile in the Daytona, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant flew late to be fifth, beaten three quarters of a length and thus looms a stout threat from behind in the Clockers’ Corner. A winner of the minor Baffle Stakes down the hill six starts back on Feb. 15, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., Bench Warrant is two for four over the course and has three wins from 11 overall starts, with earnings of $186,790.A multiple graded stakes winner, 7-year-old Silentio comes off an even seventh place finish in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap, run at a 1 1/16 miles on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta on Nov. 29. Trained by Gary Mandella and owned by his breeders, Wertheimer and Frere, Silentio was well beaten in his only lifetime try down the hill, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, on Nov. 1, 2014.The leading money earner in the field, Silentio has banked $712,565 from an overall mark of 18-4-1-7.Eleventh, beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Daytona Dec. 26, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza and try to hold off the late runners the final sixteenth. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute has a win and four seconds from six hillside tries.Lightly raced Ocho Ocho Ocho, who was a well beaten ninth in the Grade II Mathis Mile (turf) here Dec. 26, cuts back in distance as he seeks his first win since taking the Grade III Delta Jackpot as a juvenile in November, 2014. A close fourth two starts back in the Grade III Pennsylvania Mile (turf), “Ocho” will try the hillside turf for the first time on Sunday.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 124; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 119; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 119; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 124; Silentio, Mike Smith, 119; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 119; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 119, and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 124.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–With the red and white colors of California’s legendary Old English Rancho flying proudly, What a View assumed command turning for home and took Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank, by an impressive 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by former rider Kenny Black, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Vronsky got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.39.A restrained second to pacesetter Image of Joplin into and around the far turn, What a View made the lead well within himself a quarter mile from home and was clearly best among a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in the Golden State.“Kent knows what’s he’s doing, he’s won a few more of these than I have,” said Black, who registered his biggest win as a conditioner in the Classic. “He knows this horse. I always thought he was better when he (What a View) has one to run at.”Hammered in the late betting, What a View was off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $4.60 and $4.00.“I had a firm hold,” said Desormeaux. “I was surprised to see him accelerate again at the quarter pole. Kenny told me in the paddock that it’s not hot air, he’s never had a horse doing doing so well. He’s had some issues, but the issues are no longer and he sure ran like it.“I was surprised. They’re not supposed to have anything left when they pull like that.”Out of the Manila mare, Oceans N Mountains, What a View was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy and Sal Berumen and is owned by Patsy and Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust. In getting his first stakes win, What a View notched his fourth career win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $137,500, increased his earnings to $294,148.“I grew up with this,” said an emotional Mary Johnston Hilvers, whose father, Elwood “Buddy” Johnston of Old English Rancho, passed away last year. “Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions on whether we’d be able to keep it going. My son, Johnny, has done such a fabulous job. It’s a family thing. My husband, my daughter…We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.“We’ve got a lot of good, young horses coming up. I’m excited for my mom (Judy Johnston). I wish I would have made her come with me today.”Favored Alert Bay bobbled at the break, saved ground into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Boozer. Off at 2-1 with Martin Garcia up, Alert Bay paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Boozer, who showed good speed from his number 11 post position, was rank into the first turn and proved game for third money, finishing a half length in front of Poshky.   Boozer was off at 10-1 and paid $5.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.32, 46.70, 1:10.39 and 1:35.06.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 27TH RUNNING OF DEFINING RACE FOR CAL-BREDS PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK –last_img read more



first_imgTHREE-YEAR-OLD STARS GET TO WORK THIS WEEKENDSPAWR REMEMBERS CLASSY CLAIM SENSATIONAL STARD’AMATO TAKES ‘HILLUVA’ CHANCE IN JOE HERNANDEZ Edwin Maldonado1182110918%34%$746,195 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Doug O’Neill12119162016%45%$1,010,813 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat16130172419%44%$1,778,262 Rafael Bejarano17437341921%52%$1,728,837 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 25) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 FINISH LINES: Spendthrift Farms’ B. Wayne Hughes was on hand Friday morning to see his champion mare thrice over Beholder gallop as she prepares for her six-year-old campaign under the direction of Richard Mandella . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om remained on course for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12 with a five furlong breeze on the main track Thursday in 1:02 under regular rider Gary Stevens for trainer Dan Hendricks. Om’s fractional times were 24.40, 37.20 and 50 seconds flat for the half mile. “He worked great,” Hendricks said. “He’s right on schedule.” . . . La Canada winner Taris, working for the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 19, went five furlongs Friday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:01.60 for Simon Callaghan . . . Martin Pedroza has been suspended three days (March 3, 4 and 5) for careless riding aboard Miz Graycee, half-length winner of Thursday’s second race who was not disqualified . . . Professional horse and poker player Dave Gutfreund will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. . . . Hot stuff: Santa Anita hosts a chili cook-off tomorrow. Fans can taste delicious chili from several teams, judge the fare, be part of the competition and select their favorite chili for the People’s Choice Award. The $31 package benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. For a $10 discount, use promo code COOKOFF at Santiago Gonzalez18135272119%46%$1,389,849 Joseph Talamo16017192111%36%$938,914 Tyler Baze18019292611%41%$1,033,856 Philip D’Amato8619141422%55%$1,036,515 TOP SOPHS GET IN THEIR LICKS AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita clockers will be at the ready this weekend to record the workout times of leading three-year-olds scheduled to breeze at The Great Race Place, including undefeated champion Songbird for Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.Songbird, preparing for the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, March 5, is scheduled to work Sunday at 7:45 a.m. according to Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.Also set to work Saturday is San Felipe contender Danzing Candy. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has the son of Twirling Candy scheduled to go out at 9 a.m. with Mike Smith up, while Santa Anita Handicap candidate Prospect Park works for Sise on Sunday.Trainer Gary Sherlock will breeze Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino five furlongs Saturday at 6:45 under regular rider Fernando Perez.San Vicente winner Nyquist, bound for the Florida Derby on April 2, “will gallop through next week and breeze next Saturday (March 5),” trainer Doug O’Neill said.Trainer Keith Desormeaux is preparing Swipe for his return to the races. Swipe holds the ignominious distinction of finishing second four straight times to unbeaten champion Nyquist, the last three in Grade I races, the most recent of which was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31 by a half-length.“Swipe has had several breezes, but they’ve been so slow, I don’t know if the clockers caught him or not,” Desormeaux said of the son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.“Swipe had a chip in his left ankle removed that put him on the sidelines after the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”Texas Red, upset winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, continues on the comeback trail at age four and will work five furlongs tomorrow under exercise rider Humberto Tellez, Desormeaux said. Mario Gutierrez13617222013%43%$1,031,066 SANTA ANITA HONORS BARGAIN CLAIM SENSATIONAL STARIt’s approaching 30 years since Bill Spawr claimed Sensational Star for $32,000 with the hopes of turning him into a stakes winner.Spawr wasn’t disappointed.Sensational Star would go on to become a graded stakes winner under Spawr’s tutelage and retired with a career record of 39 starts, 13 wins, 11 seconds and $442,445 earned, this in the pre-inflation era.Spawr is known for his keen eye at the claim box. His most accomplished bargain was Exchange, taken for $50,000. She went on to win three Grade I stakes and earn more than a million dollars.Spawr, a native of Bell, California, who turned 76 last Dec. 13, had his day in the sun with 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Amazombie, who would go on to win an Eclipse Award.Claimed in 1988, Sensational Star later won the Pat O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Handicap and the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar and the Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park.Spawr still has framed winner’s circle photos of Sensational Star in his tack room.“He was a classy horse who had some minor issues we were able to correct and it changed him into a real good horse,” Spawr said of Sensational Star, who will be remembered by Santa Anita tomorrow with the 19th running of the stakes named in his honor.In Spawr’s tack room is a picture of Sensational Star winning the Triple Bend Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 6, 1989, when it offered a $75,000 purse. In the saddle was jockey Rafael Meza, older brother of Eddie Meza of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Southern California Council.There also is a framed photo of Sensational Star after he won the Bing Crosby at Del Mar on July 29, 1990, when it was a Grade II race with a $100,000 purse.“He was a nice looking horse,” Spawr said when asked why he claimed him. “He was routing and showed speed, so I thought he’d make a better sprinter, and he did.”The Sensational Star: Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Aotearoa, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Lucky J Lane, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; McHeat, Fernando Perez, 6-1; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith, 5-2; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 6-1; and Poshky, Joe Talamo, 10-1. Martin Garcia82138816%35%$815,659 PAPACOOLPAPACOOL SHORTENS UP IN HERNANDEZPapacoolpapacool will make his 12th start on grass in 13 career starts when he runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for four year olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs, but it will mark his first race on the downhill turf course.In fact, the gelded son of Temple City has never raced at a distance shorter than one mile, and the Hernandez will be his first race in six months.“This is a good race to put in him,” said Phil D’Amato, who was tied for the training lead with Doug O’Neill through 36 days of the 63-day Winter Meet that concludes April 10. Thanks to two wins yesterday by O’Neill, each has 19 victories. three ahead of Bob Baffert.“There really aren’t any conditions for him, so we’re kind of using this to get his campaign started for this year,” D’Amato said of Papacoolpapacool, “but you never know. Maybe he’ll love the hill.”Also in the Hernandez, D’Amato sends out improving Irish-bred Hunt, who comes off an impressive allowance win down the hill.The Hernandez, which goes as the fourth race: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Papacoolpapacool, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Rocket Heat, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Guns Loaded, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 6-1. Jerry Hollendorfer941281313%35%$882,226last_img read more


Cutura, Arthurs, Roccaforte Headline Final Weekly Soccer Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Christina Cutura, Stephen F. Austin’s Carli Arthurs and McNeese’s Emma Roccaforte are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Cutura and Arthurs led their teams to a pair of dominant wins to clinch two of the remaining three spots in the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, and Roccaforte kept Lamar off the board in a 1-0 win for the Cowgirls in the regular-season finale.McNeese faces Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first round, followed by SFA versus Houston Baptist at 5 p.m. SLU opens the conference tournament against defending champion and host Lamar in the day one nightcap at 8 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Christina Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Forward – Pearl River, La.Cutura etched her name in the Southeastern Louisian annals, becoming the first player to record two hat tricks in the same season with a trio of goals against Nicholls in the regular-season finale. After neither team got on the scoreboard in the first 62 minutes, Cutura found the back of the net three times in a span of 24 minutes to power the Lions to a win and a Southland Conference Soccer Tournament berth as the sixth seed.Honorable Mention: Brianna Moore, Stephen F. Austin; Nola Prickett, McNeeseDefensive Player of the Week: Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Defender – Lewisville, TexasArthurs captained the Stephen F. Austin defense to its fifth shutout of the season, holding rival Sam Houston State scoreless on just four attempts. On the other side of the ball, Arthurs registered five shots and netted her first goal of the season to cap off the five-goal win and help the ‘Jacks clinch a berth into the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed.Honorable Mention: Sarah Clayton, McNeese; Sofia Olsson, Southeastern LouisianaGoalkeeper of the Week: Emma Roccaforte, McNeese – So. – Goalkeeper – Nederland, TexasRoccaforte secured her seventh shutout of the year, stopping all five shots she faced, including a saved penalty kick in the 69th minute of the 1-0 affair. Roccaforte’s net-minding helped the Cowgirls secure win No. 13, setting a program record for wins in a single season. This is her second goalkeeper of the week award in 2018.Honorable Mention: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist; Nadine Maher, Southeastern LouisianaSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED ACCLIMATE GOES GATE TO WIRE UNDER GARCIA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:48.80      ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation got the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:48.80.Fresh off a gate to wire victory in a 1 1/8 mile turf starter allowance on May 31, Acclimate broke sharply and was immediately under a snug hold down the hill and enjoyed a three-length advantage heading into the Club House turn.  With favored Causeforcommotion beginning to tire in second position,  Garcia let out a notch a quarter mile from home and Acclimate enjoyed a three length advantage over eventual runner-up Oscar Dominguez a furlong from home en route to a hard fought win.Off at 9-1, Acclimate paid $21.00, $8.60 and $4.40.“It was all in the instruction Phil gave me,” said Garcia.  “He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back.  He has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem.  When I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”Owned by the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing, Acclimate, who is out of the Boundary mare Know No Bounds, was bred by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, Sal Berumen and Patsy Berumen.  A winner in his first stakes appearance, Acclimate is now 14-5-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he has earnings of $175,521.“When this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions,” said D’Amato.  “Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way.  He didn’t look like he was all out.  I knew they were coming to him at the half mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again…Hat’s off to Martin.  He rode a brilliant race.”Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez, next to last early, rallied strongly but was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Red King.  Off at 5-2, Oscar Dominguez paid $4.00 and $3.20.Red King never threatened and finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of stablemate Ya Gotta Wanna, the third D’Amato-trained horse in the San Juan. Off at 7-1 with Aaron Gryder, Red King paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.26, 46.10, 1:09.76, 1:34.95, 1:59.86 and 2:24.10.last_img read more


Could West Ham vs Arsenal be postponed and why is Spurs game going ahead?

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWhy is West Ham vs Tottenham going ahead as planned?West Ham vs Tottenham is being played next Saturday – more than two weeks before the Arsenal game.The area has been ruled safe for now and specialist bomb disposal experts are not visiting the area until Monday, November 25 – two days after the Spurs game.The timetable means a match against Spurs on November 23 will go ahead but there are still doubts over the Arsenal game on December 9. THERE were fears that West Ham’s London derby against Arsenal next month could be postponed over concerns that an unexploded World War Two bomb had been discovered by the ground.However, officials have said the metal object discovered by an apartment development next to the London Stadium has not been confirmed as an explosive and remains “unidentified”.1 West Ham vs Arsenal could be postponed following the discovery of a possible unexploded World War 2 bombCredit: Getty Images – GettyWill West Ham vs Arsenal be postponed?West Ham vs Arsenal had been thrown into doubt amid fears experts will need to work on the site.Specialist police officers were called to the scene just before midday on November 15 and a 150m cordon was put in place.A source said: “We think it is an unexploded bomb.“It’s crazy to think of all the people walking around here during the Olympics and we had no idea it was here.”The match is scheduled to be played on Monday, December 9.However, the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is responsible for the Queen Elizabeth II Park where the stadium is located, said the item is still “unidentified”.A spokeswoman said: “Reports that a WW2 bomb has been ‘unearthed’ yards from London Stadium are wrong.”The object has not been unearthed and it has not been identified. Police were called as a precaution and after initially putting in a small cordon their experts were satisfied that contractors should continue their work which will safely establish what the object is. The police returned control of the site to the contractor and removed the cordon.”last_img read more

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