STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019

first_img2nd 2 17% $491,027 5 4 EIGHT RINGS HAS FINAL WORKOUT FOR BC JUVENILEWorking in company with Azul Coast, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings this morning had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race at a mile and one-sixteenth, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60.“I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said of Eight Rings, six-length winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27. Evin Roman was aboard for the 7:45 a.m. drill.“He’s healthy and he looks good,” Baffert said of the $520,000 Empire Maker colt. “The track’s pretty deep today. It’s different, a lot deeper, than it was yesterday . . . overall, it was a very good work.“Now we just wait, buy our tickets, enter and hope we get a good draw.”Juvenile Fillies contender Bast, winner of the Grade I Chandelier, worked five furlongs in company with Hot Sean, for Baffert in 1:01.60 for Friday’s $2 million test at 1 1/16 miles. Hot Sean was given a four furlong time of 49 flat.Dirt Mile contender Improbable, meanwhile, went “five-eighths in 59 and one,” Baffert said of the son of City Zip, who had Rafael Bejarano in the irons. Santa Anita clockers had an official time of 59.20, fastest of 42 drills at the distance.Classic favorite McKinzie is scheduled to have his final major breeze tomorrow morning for the $6 million race on Saturday.IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Additional Breeders’ Cup works recorded this morning included those by Elate (Classic), three furlongs in 36.80 for Bill Mott; Awesome Again winner Mongolian Groom, five furlongs in 1:02 for Enebish Ganbat; and Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods (Distaff) five furlongs under Abel Cedillo in a minute flat for John Shirreffs, while on the training track, Mirth (Filly & Mare Turf) went five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato.Dan Blacker was pleased with Hit the Road’s four furlong work on the training track in 49.80 for the Juvenile Turf on Friday.“Everything went very well,” the trainer said. “He’s doing great. He’s as good as I can have him. I’m very pleased.”TRAINER HAS ‘GIANT EXPECTATIONS’ FOR START IN DIRT MILEGiant Expectations has nickeled and dimed his way into millionaire status.A rarity in the sense that he’s a New York-bred based at Santa Anita throughout his lengthy career with trainer Peter Eurton, the son of Frost Giant has a 4-5-4 record from 22 starts and earnings of $1,336,600.A chunk of that was gleaned through minor awards, but Eurton is hopeful the versatile chestnut, still a full horse at age six, can alter his modus operandi with a victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile on Saturday.“He loves to run second and third,” Eurton said. “He got beat a nose in New York at a mile (in a $200,000 stake restricted to state-breds on May 27) when he stepped on himself leaving the gate, then went five wide.“After that he got beat a head in the (Grade II) Pat O’Brien (at Del Mar Aug. 24). A mile should suit him and I’m not that concerned about how close the start is to the Club House turn.“For him it’s all about the break.” He’s got that right.A sample of some of his “trouble lines” from Daily Racing Form reads like a glossary of balked beginnings: “Hesitated, off slowly, off bit slow, stumbled, off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, awkward start and stumbled.”Seems if Giant Expectations didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.“Going a mile, if he breaks well, he can be there hanging out with anybody,” Eurton said. “Going seven-eighths, he tends to close.” Asked who rides the reluctant runner, Eurton said, “Ortiz.” Pressed on which brother, Jose or Irad Jr. , Eurton cagily replied, “Either one.” Pressed further, he put it to bed with “Jose.”LADY’S SECRET CEMENTED HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS 33 YEARS AGOAlthough she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1, 1986 at Santa Anita.And although some may downplay the significance of final time, her 2:01 1/5 was a tick faster than Skywalker’s 2:02 2/5 an hour and 15 minutes later in the $3 million Classic.Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Pat Day, Lady’s Secret, a grey daughter of Secretariat, out of Great Lady M., by Icecapade, was foaled in Oklahoma on April 8, 1982.  Off as the 1-2 favorite along with stablemate Twilight Ridge, she won by 2 ½ lengths and paid $3.00 to win in what was her 15th and final start of the year.As was her custom, the diminutive Lady’s Secret, who broke from post position five, darted to the front heading into the Club House turn, with California-bred Fran’s Valentine and Bill Shoemaker in hot pursuit. Passing the half mile pole, Lady’s Secret had opened up a five length advantage and the Distaff was essentially over.“I was a really good passenger that day,” said Day by telephone from his home in Louisville. “I let her come away from there, took a long hold and let her do her thing. She always wanted to drift just a little bit and Wayne reminded me of that.  He said if she wanted to drift out coming off the turn, ‘Go ahead and let her and come on home.’”With Horse of the Year very much on everyone’s mind, Day was scheduled to ride the Gary Jones-conditioned Turkoman, who would square off with another HOY candidate, Precisionist, two races later in the $3 million Classic. Turkoman would finish second and Precisionist third, behind Skywalker. And although he would be named Eclipse Award Champion Older Horse, Turkoman’s prospects for Horse of the Year were effectively tanked.“I knew they were both in the running, but I really wasn’t thinking along those lines,” said Day when asked if he was aware of the fact that both of his prized mounts were leading candidates for the same award. “I knew they both had had great years and I wanted to win both of those races and leave the results in the hands of those that had a vote.”A self-made mega millionaire who had parlayed his ability to sell cars in the post war era into becoming one of America’s most recognizable sportsmen, three-time Eclipse Award winner Eugene Klein, who also owned the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, redefined “high-profile connections” when teamed with Lukas and racing’s “Iron Lady” on the sport’s biggest stages.“It wasn’t one of those years where a particular horse had dominated,” said Lukas from Louisville, where he is recovering from back surgery. “So, it got down to what the Breeders’ Cup is supposed to do, crown a champion and make it so if you do crown one Horse of the Year, you don’t have to explain it to everybody.“Lady’s Secret was so typical of Gene himself. Very brassy. ‘To hell with ’em, let’s take ’em on. We’ll run anywhere, get ’em in the gate, let’s go.’ That’s the attitude, you know? And that’s how she was . . . She was bred in Oklahoma and she was so small, but so tough, so tough.  Gene was an ideal owner, really. He knew how to win and he knew how to lose. He knew that you could draft the best players and not all of them were going to play in the NFL.  He knew that you could give x-dollars for a yearling and it wasn’t always gonna be a Grade I Santa Anita Handicap winner.“He was just wonderful as far as dealing with him as a client. He didn’t want to know how fast they worked in the morning and ‘What’s the plan?’ He wanted to know, ‘What the hell’s the purse and where do we go? We’re gonna have some fun and let’s do this.’”Lukas, who has gone on to win 20 Breeders’ Cup races and five Eclipse Awards, was in the midst of a reign of dominance in which his late son Jeff was an integral part.“Jeff was a stellar horseman,” said Day. “Jeff and Wayne did a tremendous job overseeing Lady’s Secret every day and bringing her up to that race. If she got beat that day, it was gonna be because she got outrun. It wasn’t gonna be because she didn’t have enough gas in the tank.”With Easy Goer ranking as the best horse he ever rode, where does Lady’s Secret, who retired the following year with 25 wins (11 of them Grade I) from 45 starts and earnings of more than $3 million and, along with Day and Lukas, be enshrined in racing’s Hall of Fame, fit on Pat Day’s all-time list?“She’d have to be right up there, close to the top.”RESTRAINEDVENGENCE SHARP FOR LURE STAKESDespite drawing the outside post in a field of 10 going a mile on turf, Val Brinkerhoff is optimistic Restrainedvengence will dance the dance in Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes.“He’s training great,” the hard-working trainer said of the four-year-old gelding that was second by a head at 43-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 5.“He’s ready to go,” said Brinkerhoff, who has had the son of Hold Me Back for all 17 of his races. “I bought him when he was a yearling at Keeneland for $67,000 and he’s more than paid his way, earning $265,860, and we’re going to make more.”The Lure, race eight of nine: River Boyne, Lanfranco Dettori; Declarationofpeace, Joel Rosario; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira; Double Touch, John Velazquez; Brown Storm, Javier Castellano; Ritzy A.P., Flavien Prat; Lil Milo, Tyler Baze; Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke; Andesh, Abel Cedillo; and Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia.EDUCATION A PRIORITY FOR TEAM GLATTTrainer Mark Glatt won three races Saturday to give him eight for the meet, moving him into a tie for third with Richard Baltas and Bob Baffert through 18 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet that concludes next Sunday, Nov. 3.The 43-year-old conditioner comes from a third-generational racing family, as his father, Ron, is a former trainer of note in the northwest, and Ryan, Mark’s 17-year-old son, is currently perpetuating the vocation by providing welcome assistance to his father.“He loves the horses and loves the game,” Mark said of Ryan, “but he’s still in school (Monrovia High). His future might be in racing, but his education comes first, so he has to get through school and college, then decide if he wants to be with the horses or not.“He needs to have some kind of a backup plan.”LIVE RACING RESUMES AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAYSanta Anita is dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing resumes 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There is simulcast racing Wednesday in the Paddock Room with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Post time for the first live race on Friday, Nov. 1, inaugural day of the Breeders’ Cup championships, will be 10:45 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8:30 a.m. Post time for the first live race on Saturday, Nov. 2, day two of the Breeders’ Cup, is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m.Early reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, Nov. 3. Turn your clock back one hour on Saturday night, Nov. 2.CARMA STAGES AFTERCARE AWARENESS EXPO BETWEEN RACES TODAYRepresentative of the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will be participating in Aftercare Awareness Day today between races with two equine demonstrations on the main track.The first demo will feature barrel racing following race three and the second will feature jumpers following race five. Each demonstration will take five to six minutes. CARMA will also staff a tent in the East Paddock Gardens that will also include reps from aftercare charities.FINISH LINES: A racing rarity in California occurs in today’s third race when Bob Baffert sends out an Iowa-bred filly, Auburge. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, the bay daughter of Palace is the 2-1 second choice on Jon White‘s morning line . . . Parity for favorites is similar across the board through 18 racing days: winning favorites overall, 38.67 percent (58 out of 150); winning favorites on dirt, 39.08 percent (34 of 87); and winning favorites on turf, 38.10 percent (24 of 63) . . . Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs is expected to attract a full field, among them Almost a Factor, Been Studying Her, Bella Renella, Cholula Lips, Homehome, Smiling Three, Stradari, Warm Summer, Warren’s Showtime and Wicked Fresh. Win% Abel Cedillo102 $463,137 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 27th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Noses Out Songbird in the Epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBreeders Cup Memories: Arrogate Runs Down California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-26-19Bolo (Gaines) 10-26-19Selcourt (Sadler) 10-26-19Improbable (Baffert) 10-26-19Hit the Road (Blacker) 10-26-19Secret Spice (Baltas) 10-26-19Shancelot (Navarro) 10-25-19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19 49% Money Won 19% 1st ITM% 13 Jorge Velez84 45% 13 5 59% JockeyMts 6 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 26) 9 9 $564,467 45% 25% 11 EURTON SEEKS A ‘BIG ASS’ GOOD START IN DIRT MILE 19% 13 8 11 TrainerSts Mark Glatt37 28% GLATT WINS THREE TO CLIMB IN TRAINER STANDINGS ITM% 22% Win% 1st 3rd Money Won 7 17 Flavien Prat69 49% 35% 5 19 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $281,512 26% 3rd 43% $811,754 14 $297,284 10 17% Bob Baffert29 $688,673 8 Doug  O’Neill66 3 CARMA STAGES  ITS AFTERCARE AWARENESS TODAY Rafael Bejarano54 14 J.C. Diaz, Jr.52 10 29% 68% BAFFERT BREEZES EIGHT RINGS, BAST, IMPROBABLE $934,027 56% TRAINER HAS UNRESTRAINED HOPE FOR LURE STAKES 19 Richard Baltas46 5 DAY & LUKAS RECAL LADY’S SECRET 1986 DISTAFF WIN Drayden Van Dyke42 17% 8 Philip D’Amato43 57% 11 17 4 4 19% 44% 52% Peter Miller33 $470,001 John Sadler43 51% 10 6 10 $773,963 8 2nd 8 $1,103,672 $372,488 5 8 5 8 18% 14% $328,370last_img read more

Antiguan businessman is new CFU general secretary

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):An Antiguan businessman, Neil Cochrane, is the new general secretary of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), a CFU release said on Wednesday.Cochrane has been appointed to replace Anguilla’s Damien Hughes, who had announced his intention to leave the position since last year.The CFU statement announcing the appointment said Cochrane has a wealth of experience in management, having spent the last 13 years as a marketing manager.”We have to understand and have dialogue with the associations to understand their strengths and their weaknesses and to see how we can improve and enhance their weaknesses and further develop their strengths, so that when they have their leagues in St Lucia, or in Guadeloupe, or in Haiti they are all of a particular standard. We have to make sure they are all tapping into as many resources as possible to fund the various programmes that they have.”Relocation comingAlready, the new general secretary has announced plans to reduce the CFU staff in Jamaica as well as rent a smaller office there.He also revealed that some aspects of the daily operations of the CFU will be relocated to Antigua.”There will be some reduction in staff in Jamaica and the size in the current facility that we rent,” he said.”And then there will be the establishment of an office here in Antigua with some support staff and in particular the media. The PR machinery will be placed in Antigua.”In his first interview in the new role, Cochrane said while he intends to open-up dialogue with the membership, first on his agenda is transforming the CFU into a financially viable organisation.”The majority of the funding for the Caribbean Football Union comes through CONCACAF, and at the end of the day, the monies are not necessarily close to what the CFU requires to execute all of its programmes,” said Cochrane.”So, therefore, we have an obligation to do our endeavour best to increase and improve the revenue machinery of the Caribbean Football Union so that the member associations and can be supported stronger.”last_img read more

Lillard has 28, Blazers beat Wolves

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Going down the stretch you’ve got to play tough and we didn’t do that,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do.”McCollum returned for the Blazers after missing the last game with a left ankle sprain. The Blazers won at home Thursday night against the struggling Phoenix Suns, who were without their two best players. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.The Timberwolves were coming off a 112-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Townes had 35 points and 12 rebounds.The two teams kept it close in the first half. Jake Layman’s dunk gave Portland a 34-27 lead early in the second quarter, but the Timberwolves kept the margin within single digits. Portland led by a slim 53-51 at the half, led by Nurkic with 14 points and eight rebounds.The Blazers outrebounded Minnesota 33-19 in the opening half, but they were hurt by 13 turnovers. Portland finished with 19 turnovers.Lillard’s 3-pointer and McCollum’s basket gave Portland a 66-57 lead early in the third quarter. The Blazers pushed the lead to as many as 10 points but the Timberwolves closed the gap again to 79-78 on Dario Saric’s 3-pointer and went ahead on Towns’ basket before the end of the period.Towns finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.“It was good to hit a couple of timely 3s after struggling most of the night with shooting, so that was a definite positive,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought we played pretty solid defense for the entire night which kind of kept us in it. ”It was the third of four meetings between the two teams after splitting the first two.TIP INS MOST READ Lillard had been looking for enough space to put a clear shot up and he finally found it with 58.5 seconds left.“It was one of the first (looks) where the big wasn’t there, so I thought, ‘I’m taking this,’ and it went in,” Lillard said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLillard finished with 28 points and eight assists, while McCollum added 19 points. Jusuf Nurkic matched his season-high with 22 points and 11 rebounds.It was a close game for most of the night. Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer and a pair of Minnesota free throws put the Timberwolves up 102-96 with just under four minutes to go. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO’s last boxing show View comments Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard was waiting all night for just the right moment.Lillard and CJ McCollum each hit 3-pointers in the final minute to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Timberwolves: Started the season 0-8 on the road, but they won their last two going into Saturday’s game. They went into the game 0-7 against the Western Conference. … It was the start of a four-game trip. … Andrew Wiggins passed Wally Sczcerbiak (6,775 points) for fourth place on the Timberwolves’ all-time scoring list.Trail Blazers: Portland has won six straight home games against the Timberwolves. … A highlight was Nik Stauskas’ behind-the-back no-look pass to Jake Layman that made it 89-86 for Portland in the fourth.NURK’S LINE: In addition to his 22 points and 11 rebounds, Nurkic added four assists, three steals and four blocks. The Blazers said he was the first player in the league this season to hit all of those marks in a single game.QUOTABLE:“We let the game slip. I mean it’s that simple. All the guys that got good shots took them and when they don’t make them that’s something you can deal with but on defensive side we’ve just got to make it a little bit harder on their players,” said Derrick Rose, who finished with 18 points and nine assists.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday.The Trail Blazers are at the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum McCollum’s 3-pointer pulled Portland within 102-101 and the Blazers took the lead on Lillard’s long jumper, but Karl-Anthony Towns hit a 3-pointer that put Minnesota back in front.Lillard buried another 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to give Portland a 108-105 lead. McCollum added his 3 with 24.9 seconds to go and Minnesota couldn’t catch up.Lillard passed to McCollum for the clutch 3.“I just saw CJ go out the other side by himself and nobody was near him, and I was like, ‘That’s as good a shot as you’re gonna get,’ and he knocked it down,” Lillard said.Andrew Wiggins had 22 points for Minnesota, which had won two straight and six of its last seven games. All five of the Timberwolves’ starters were in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Bar Association lashes out at AG’s “unwarranted attack”

first_img…says Williams himself retained counsels in private practiceThe Guyana Bar Association has called out Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams for his recent remarks that outlined concerns with lawyers in private practice who make representation for the State, deeming his position “unwarranted”.GBA President Kamal RamkarranTwo weeks ago, the AG, who is also Legal Affairs Minister, referred to the conduct of litigation by lawyers in private practice for the State and was reported to have stated that criminal action needed to be taken against lawyers conducting such litigation.In fact, he said that he “believes that [lawyers] need to start being charged now”. These comments did not sit well with the legal body, which observed that the statements do not consider the constitutional process in place.“These statements of the Attorney General, in addition to ignoring the fact that it is the Director of Public Prosecutions, a constitutional office-holder, whose duty it is to determine when and under what circumstances persons should face criminal charges, may give the incorrect impression to the public that there is something wrong, sinister or unlawful with lawyers in private practice conducting litigation for the State,” the Association stated on Wednesday.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe Bar Association added that lawyers at the private Bar have always conducted litigation for the State in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth, and continue to do so today.“This practice is entirely proper and is used where lawyers in private practice have such skills, experience or specialist knowledge of discrete areas of law to enable them to properly and successfully conduct litigation on behalf of the State,” the Bar said, pointing to the writings of then AG, Dr Mohammed Shahabudeen, who shared sentiments similar to that of the Association.Moreover, the Bar said that the fact that Williams has himself retained counsel in private practice from outside of Guyana to conduct litigation (SM Jaleel & Co Ltd and Guyana Beverages Inc v The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha v Attorney General, and The Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson) indicated that the practice of the State retaining lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation was both well-established and continues today.“It is clear, therefore, that lawyers who conduct litigation for the State commit no criminal conduct whatsoever by the fact of their conducting that litigation. It is also clear that it is neither improper nor unusual for lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation for the State” said the Association.As such, the Bar Association says it views the comments made by the Attorney General as “an entirely unwarranted attack on the professionalism and the independence of the members of the legal profession, unbecoming of a member of the Inner Bar”. It is urging Williams to strengthen methods of record-keeping at the Attorney General’s Chambers if there were difficulties in that regard.The Association further said that it is calling on the Attorney General’s Chambers to “resolve issues concerning the conduct of litigation with those lawyers appearing for the State privately, with circumspection, and in a manner becoming of the standards of the profession.” It is of the view that such a course of action will avoid bringing the legal profession in Guyana into disrepute, which is “entirely undesirable from an office-holder who has traditionally been recognised in the Commonwealth with the unofficial and honorific title of Leader of the Bar”.last_img read more

Morrison adds another two medals to his storied career

first_imgDenny Morrison is continuing to add to his trophy room. Morrison was in Heerenveen, Netherlands for the ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Single Distance Championships when on Friday he won a silver medal in the 1,500 metre race, and he added one more silver in the team pursuit event.Morrison’s silver in the 1,500 gave him his ninth individual medal at the World Single Distance Championships which ties him with Canadian skaters Jeremy Wotherspoon, and Kristina Groves.He clocked in at 1:45.08 in the event which was a staggering time in that it was almost a full second better than his previous best time this season.- Advertisement -In a release Morrison said, “The race went as planned. I started attacking in the second lap, and then I just trusted the plan and what my coaches told me, in that I was in good enough shape to hang on until the end and I did. I hung on quite well in the last lap.”In the team pursuit Morrison joined fellow Canadian skaters Ted-Jan Bloemen, and Jordan Belchos. The trio finished the race in 3:44.09.last_img read more

Arsenal defy subdued Wenger send off to hammer West Ham

first_img0Shares0000Wenger waves to the crowd as he takes his seat for one of his final home games in charge of Arsenal. © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Arsene Wenger decided to bring his 22-year reign as manager to a close to unite the club’s frustrated fanbase, the Frenchman revealed after a 4-1 victory over West Ham was played out in a surprisingly subdued atmosphere at the Emirates on Sunday.Wenger, 68, had come under growing pressure to go by supporters prior to making his decision public on Friday. Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups under Wenger, but haven’t won the league for 14 years.The Gunners are on course for their worst-ever finish of Wenger’s reign in the Premier League as they languish in sixth, six points behind Chelsea, despite goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and two late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette ensuring a comfortable victory over West Ham.“The fans did not give me the image of unity I want all over the world and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected,” said Wenger.“Overall, the image we gave is not what it is and not what I like.”In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the Europa League.But there were only sporadic chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” from the home support, whilst, continuing a trend in recent home games, empty seats could be seen around the Emirates.“I’m not resentful,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club needs, for me that is more important than me.”– Atletico await –Wenger can still sign off leaving the club in the Champions League by winning the Europa League, where Arsenal host Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday.He named a strong side against West Ham with only Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil missing from the expected XI to face Atletico in midweek.However, amidst a surprisingly low-key atmosphere in the circumstances, the visitors’ greater need for the points shone through with a bright start.Marko Arnautovic was denied from a narrow angle by David Ospina before Cheikhou Kouyate’s looping header came back off the top of the crossbar.However, Arsenal appeared a different side after the break to the one that laboured in the first half and Monreal put them ahead on 51 minutes by guiding Granit Xhaka’s corner into the bottom corner to punish some awful West Ham marking.West Ham manager David Moyes reacted by sending on Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez from the bench and was rewarded almost instantly as the former’s cute through ball was smashed home by Arnautovic.Joe Hart did his chances of making England’s World Cup squad no harm with stunning saves from Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.However, he was caught flat-footed when Declan Rice ducked out the way of Aaron Ramsey’s cross eight minutes from time and the ball floated into the far corner.“Up until 82 minutes we were looking well worthy of a point,” said Moyes.“The young player makes a really poor mistake on the second goal. I hope he learns from it because he’s got big potential, but I think it really flattened the team.”And Arsenal piled on more mistery for the Hammers as Lacazette twice fired home from close range in the final five minutes.Defeat leaves West Ham still seven points above the relegation zone, but their chances of survival were boosted as Stoke failed to beat Burnley in a 1-1 draw to remain four points off safety.Badou Ndiaye had given the hosts the lead in the Potteries, but Ashley Barnes’s leveller just after the hour mark means Paul Lambert’s men need to win at least two of their remaining three fixtures to have any chance of beating the drop.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Newcastle flop could be an ‘important signing’, admits Serie A side’s president

first_img1 Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra is on the verge of a move to Genoa, according to the Serie A club’s president.Ferreyra joined Newcastle on loan in the summer from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, but he is still yet to make his debut for the Premier League club.As talkSPORT told you last month, Genoa have now offered the 23-year-old a route out of Newcastle but making a permanent move for the striker.And the Italian club’s president, Enrico Preziosi, has admitted that a deal for Ferreyra looks on the cards.“He’s a good player,” said Preziosi told Il Secolo XIX.“His story is similar to [Diego] Perotti’s, who also didn’t play for a long time. He could be an important signing, a player that my son really likes as does [Omar] Milanetto.“There’s a strong possibility that he will arrive at Genoa.” Newcastle United flop Facundo Ferreyra in action for Velez Sarsfield last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Parts Person sought by Donegal Tractors

first_imgJob Vacancy:  Donegal Tractors are currently recruiting for an experienced Parts Person to join their team. Responsibilities include purchasing, sales, and stock control of parts for modern top class machinery brands.Some experience necessary and must have computer skills. On the job training can be provided.Working hours are 9am to 6pm Monday – Friday, may require Saturday mornings during peak season.Salary negotiable and bonus payable on performanceTo apply please forward a CV to Donegal Tractors, Unit 2A, John Crossan Business Park, Bonagee, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland or Email: dltractors@gmail.com Job Vacancy: Parts Person sought by Donegal Tractors was last modified: February 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegal jobsjobsTractors Donegal & Farm machinerylast_img read more

€67,500 IN FINES FOR GREENCASTLE TRAWLER OWNERS OVER ILLEGAL CATCHES

first_imgTWO Greencastle fishermen who landed tonnes of extra fish in Killybegs in 2004 without properly recording it have been given large fines today.Michael Cavanagh was fined €30,000 whilst co-accused Brendan Gill was fined €37,500.Michael Cavanagh – a tireless charity worker who raises money for good causes through his role as The Singing Skipper – pleaded guilty to one charge of landing mackerel and scad from his boat ‘The Father McKee’ without properly recording it in October 2004. Brendan Gill, the 64-year-old skipper of the Brendelen, also pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to properly record a catch in September 2004.It emerged in court today that both men had never hidden the extra tens of thousands of euro they earned from the catch from the Revenue Commissioners, declaring it in their tax returns.Cavanagh, 65, had earned an extra €24,580 from his failure to declare 123 tonnes of mackerel and an extra tonne of scad.Gill, a 64-year-old father of four, had earned an extra €33,251 from his failure to declare an extra 135 tonnes of scad and 50 tonnes of mackerel.Both men had originally faced two dozen charges each.Peter Nolan, barrister for Mr Cavanagh, launched a scathing attack on the justice system saying his client had been tortured by a system which took ten years to come to court.He said his client was not unlike a character from the Frank Kafka novel ‘The Trial’  who was “arrested and prosecuted by a remote inaccessible authority, without him ever being told the nature of the alleged crime or the charges”.He said the monitoring of the fishing industry at the time was “a comedy of errors” overseen by “Keystone cops”.Mr Nolan went on: “The fact is there would be no fishing industry at all if it were not for people like Mr Cavanagh.”He also said his client worked tirelessly for charity, raising €37,000 for them in recent years through sales of his ‘Singing Skipper’ CDs.Both skippers employed a dozen people on their boats, the court heard.Damian Crawford, barrister for Mr Gill, said his client had also had no previous criminal history, had worked hard all his life for his family and his crew.He also said that his client would face difficulties next year because quotas were being cut again.“The fishing season is now down to six months and there is no guarantee that when he and his crew go to sea that they will even return him with a catch,” said Mr Crawford.The maximum fine for the offences is €126,000.Judge Keenan Johnson said both accused men were clearly hard-working family men who contributed to society and to jobs.However he said he had to send a message out to the fishing industry that the courts would view very seriously any breaches of fishing quotas.Judge Johnson said it was clear from the evidence in the case that the system in place for measuring catches in 2004 was under-resourced.He said it was ‘pot luck’ whether or not a catch would be assessed by fisheries officers due to the lack of staff.This had now changed, he said.The judge said Ireland could now ‘hold its head up high’ in how it now dealt with regulations.€67,500 IN FINES FOR GREENCASTLE TRAWLER OWNERS OVER ILLEGAL CATCHES was last modified: October 16th, 2014 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:Brendan GillfinedGreencastleMichael Cavanaghlast_img read more

Consortium headed by Sunderland fans linked with move to buy Black Cats

first_img1 Fulwell 73 Productions are reportedly keen on buying Sunderland A company reportedly behind a move to buy Sunderland was remaining tight-lipped as the saga surrounding the club took a fresh twist.Reports on Monday claimed a consortium headed by television executives Leo Pearlman, Gabe Turner and Ben Turner are preparing an offer with former Arsenal defender Tony Adams and one-time Chelsea business affairs director Paul Smith part of the package.Sunderland fans Pearlman and the Turners own Fulwell 73 Productions, which takes its name from one of the stands at the club’s former home, Roker Park, and the year of the Black Cats’ FA Cup final triumph over Leeds.The company co-produces The Late, Late Show with James Corden and was behind the sports documentary The Class of ’92.There was no comment from either Fulwell 73 or the club, which revealed last week it has held discussions with “parties who have expressed an interest in acquiring ownership of the club”, most notably a German consortium.Current owner Ellis Short is actively looking to sell the Black Cats, who slipped out of the Premier League at the end of last season, after ploughing in excess of £200million of his own money into the business during his tenure.Sunderland reported a loss after tax of £33million during the financial year to July 31, 2016 and have a net debt of £110.4million.Chief executive Martin Bain has been searching for a new manager since David Moyes’ departure last month, but saw number one target Derek McInnes turn the job down last week with the ownership situation creating further uncertainty.As a result, Short has put that mission on hold for the short-term – reports have suggested he will do so until the end of the month – in order to hold talks over a possible sale.However, the early indications are that initial talks have not seen potential buyers come anywhere near his asking price of around £90million and it remains to be seen whether or not he can be persuaded to do business within the relevant time-frame.The players are due to return for pre-season training on June 29 with coach Robbie Stockdale in line to take charge if no manager is in place when they do. The first friendly fixture is due to take place at Bury on July 7.Meanwhile, long-term absentees Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore are already back in training as they step up their rehabilitation from knee ligament injuries in Portugal.last_img read more