first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER:  “We had a good trip.  She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside.  At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me.  When she made the lead, she waited on that other filly a bit, but then she got back to business.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SNEAKING OUT, SECOND:  “She ran absolutely huge.  It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”TRAINER QUOTESRODOLPHE BRISSET, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “The way she hit the front today is one of the reasons we decided to put the blinkers on. She can lose focus pretty quick. The first time she ran, she ran a beautiful race without them. When I stretched her out to a mile and a sixteenth at the Fairgrounds, it was the worst race ever. She acted like she’s never been on a racetrack before. So she really seemed to need them and as soon as we added them, she’s changed.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me. It was a small field and at the end of the day if we ran third, it’s still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully Tex Sutton helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.“At the end of the day, if you look at it just from a breeder standpoint it was always a good choice and we thought it had a lot of value to come.”OWNER QUOTESJUDY HICKS, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “Rest her Grandmother (Shining Victory) who was a great race horse, her Mother (Victory On Tap) was okay and now it’s all in the family so we are going to continue on.NOTES: Rodolphe Brisset is a former assistant trainer to Bill Mott and now out on his own. This is his first runner and winner here at SA under his own name.Judy Hicks’ My Majestic Rose and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II $200,000 Summertime Oak Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

ATP, WTA eye outside help for tennis players harassed online

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Keys, who is seeded 10th at Wimbledon and plays in the second round Wednesday, is one player — Steve Johnson, an American ranked in the top 50, is another — who replies to insults.“If we continue to ignore it, then it’s going to continue to happen. And if it’s happening to us, then it’s happening to kids in school or other people who maybe don’t have the platform or the comfort to talk about it,” Keys said. “Something needs to be done. And if it’s making everyone realize that it happens almost on a daily basis, then I think that’s kind of the first step.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “This is an issue that isn’t going to go away,” ATP spokesman Simon Higson wrote in an email, “and it is important that our players are able to understand what they are receiving, why, how to respond and what actions they are advised to take.”The WTA’s senior director for athlete assistance, Kathy Martin, said the women’s tour has been working for years to educate and counsel players on the issue.“It’s a societal issue, so of course we’re going to see it in our demographic,” Martin said in a telephone interview. “It’s obviously very distressing players are getting messages like that. We take it seriously.”Stalking and player safety are real concerns in a sport shaken by the stabbing of International Tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles during a tournament 25 years ago.“When people are sending stuff to you, it’s fine. But when they start to harass your family, there’s an edge. And if that person who wrote something about my family came here, I would kill him. I would kill him and go to jail for it. I wouldn’t mind,” said Sergiy Stakhovsky, a player from Ukraine who’s been ranked as high as 31st and is best known for upsetting Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES She is hardly alone. Professional tennis players of every sort — women and men, highly ranked and otherwise, from countries all around the globe — scan their cell phones after matches at Wimbledon and other tournaments and are greeted by online harassment. Personal insults. Threats against family members. And frequently, players say, complaints from disgruntled gamblers. To help deal with this phenomenon, the ATP set up a partnership this year with a company that deals with risk assessment and management, and the WTA is close to finalizing a deal with the same group, Theseus, The Associated Press has learned.“Today, I just looked briefly; I had two or three messages, like, ‘How can you lose to someone ranked lower than you?’ ‘You should die.’ ‘Quit tennis.’ Stuff like that,” Peter Polansky, a Canadian ranked 110th, said after his first-round exit at the All England Club on Monday. “It’s guys who bet money on you and lost. … Just the things they say are, like, ‘Wow.’ It’s tough to step in and stop all that. I don’t think it’s preventable.”FEATURED 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 crownKevin Anderson, the South African who lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s U.S. Open final, said: “Every player experiences it, no matter who you are. I try to stay away from it. I know it’s out there.”Now players can alert London-based Theseus, which also works with athletes in other sports and entertainment figures, to troubling messages and be told whether the item simply can be ignored or is serious enough to warrant alerting law enforcement. Neither the ATP nor Theseus would disclose how many tennis players have taken advantage of the new relationship or how often police or other authorities have been contacted.center_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan How often do bothersome messages crop up?“Literally all the time,” Keys said. “Sometimes if you win. Sometimes if you pull out of a tournament because you’re hurt. Sometimes because someone’s mad at you for no apparent reason.”This was not something players of past generations encountered, of course.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram weren’t around when, say, Jim Courier was ranked No. 1 and winning Grand Slam titles in the early 1990s.“There was no way to access players in my day unless you were at a tournament,” the current U.S. Davis Cup captain said. “They’d wait outside your hotel (for autographs). That was about it.”While this does happen to other athletes — and, indeed, to folks in other walks of life — nowadays, Keys and others surmised that tennis players might be prone to such bullying because theirs is a largely individual sport, so a result can be squarely pegged to one person.Another factor is gambling’s prominence. Among the recommendations in April from a panel that reviewed corruption in tennis: There should be more robust measures to deal with the online abuse of players. Another suggestion was that the International Tennis Federation stop selling official live scoring data to betting companies, which creates an environment that can encourages attempts at match-fixing.“It all stems from betting,” said 56th-ranked John Millman of Australia. “The bookmakers are very, very quick (to act) when they’ve lost money and they think someone’s throwing a match. But they’re not too quick to stop people, who are using their services, from sending abuse to players. It’s pretty disgraceful.”Some, such as Frances Tiafoe, an American ranked 52nd, try to ignore it all.“Not to sound cocky or anything, but they’d rather be me,” Tiafoe said of those who place wagers on him and then insult him when he loses. “People just hiding behind a computer or whatever and saying whatever.” South Korean basketball players arrive for games in North In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Madison Keys of the US plays a return to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during the Women’s Singles first round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — Madison Keys was the U.S. Open runner-up last year and a French Open semifinalist last month, is considered a contender at Wimbledon right now — and, still, total strangers insult her, sometimes with menacing or obscene language, on a regular basis via social media.“Try to find another job,” read one message sent to the American via Twitter after she lost at the Australian Open. Another called her “the most overrated player in all of tennis.” Those are just a couple of examples that happen to be suitable for print. Often, as Keys says, “It’s really disgusting, horrible things.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more

Budget issues at Cal Poly raise concerns

first_imgPOMONA – Concerns over cuts to Cal Poly Pomona’s budget have prompted calls for more transparency in the university’s budget process, and for the re-establishment of a budgeting committee that would include faculty participation. Gwen Urey, president of the Cal Poly chapter of the California Faculty Association, said some faculty feel the university is experiencing budget problems that may be the result of past spending decisions on the part of Cal Poly administrators. Another factor may be lowered availability of state funding for the campus, but until faculty members can sit down and look at the university’s finances that won’t be known, Urey said. Faculty can play a part setting priorities for the campus and determining “how to make the core schedule (of classes) get the priority it already has,” she said. The university was on the verge of making deep cuts in the course schedule of the mathematics and statistics department, but was able to avert them Oct. 26 after intense objections by faculty and students. But administrators said avoiding slashing the department’s class schedules will mean cuts in other areas. On Friday afternoon, University President Michael Ortiz sent out a message to faculty and staff saying he has directed Ed Barnes, Cal Poly vice president of administrative affairs and chief financial officer, and Provost Herman Lujan to carry out an internal review of the budget and expenditures of the College of Science. The mathematics and statistics department is located within that college. Barnes said Ortiz has made a commitment to provide a means by which faculty can have input into academic budgeting. “By Jan. 31, we’ll roll out some process,” Barnes said. Exactly what that process will look like is still being developed, he said. The administration has made a commitment to offer all classes students require, Barnes said, and refrain from making cuts in academic programs. Where future cost cutting will take place is still being worked out, he said. Faculty members have said the university received about $15 million more than it did next last year and would like to know how that extra money is being spent. Mark Lopez, Cal Poly’s director of budget services, said Cal Poly did receive additional funding from the state this academic year but the vast majority has gone to cover salaries and benefits for faculty. Cal Poly Pomona, like others in the California State University system, receives funding from the state based on full-time enrollment figures, administrators said. The universities project enrollment and receive state budgets funding based on those figures. However, if a campus receives more students than it expected, it can take as much as a year before the funding catches up, Barnes said. (909) 483-9336 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The budget issues are also being discussed by the campus’s Academic Senate. “This is something of concern to all of us,” said John Self, chairman of the campus Academic Senate. Self said Academic Senate leaders believe getting faculty involved in the budget process would shine light on the school’s financial status. “When things aren’t known, what you tend to do is think the worse,” Self said. For the faculty to have a part in the budget is in “everybody’s best interests,” he said. last_img read more

Chelsea star announces he is taking a break from England duty

first_img 2 Gary Cahill has called a halt to his international career – but has not ruled out playing for England again in the future.The Chelsea defender, part of the Three Lions squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, says he is taking a “step back” from England duty to focus on winning back his club place. “I have played pretty solid over the seven or eight years I have been involved – I can see now it is kind of going towards a younger generation.“For me to take a step back now is the perfect time, but at the same time in your football career you never want to shut a door completely.“I have been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door, if I was ever needed in the future then obviously I’m there.”Cahill follows Jamie Vardy is calling a halt to his international career.Vardy, the Leicester City striker, confirmed earlier on Tuesday he has retired from England duty, barring a major injury crisis.He told the Guardian: “I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup – we got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil.“So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football Gary Cahill has been part of the England set-up for eight years Gary Cahill featured just once for England at the 2018 World Cup Cahill has yet to feature in the Premier League this season under newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri.The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England, scoring five times, and was the most experienced member of Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia.But he has told Southgate he does not wish to be selected as the England boss prepares to name his squad for the upcoming clashes with Spain and Switzerland later this week.“In terms of my international future I think it is time I take a step back,” he told Chelsea TV.“Now I feel is the right moment to do that, I feel hugely proud of what I have achieved in terms of over 60 caps, I have captained my country on a few occasions which is a huge honour. 2last_img read more