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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2015)–Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Kulik Lodge overcame an eight month layoff to take Friday’s $63,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by nose under Mike Smith while negotiating one mile on turf in 1:37.98.Trained by Tom Proctor, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Curlin sat a close second around the Club House turn, made the lead going into the far turn and was tenacious late, just holding off a determined challenge from favored Twentytwentyvision.Off at 5-2 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Kulik Lodge paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.00.“This horse, I swear, he loves a battle,” said Smith, who had ridden him to a pair of victories dating back to August 9 and Oct. 10. “He literally waits for someone to come up to him so he can battle. And as soon as they get to him, he locks on and it’s a fight…The credit goes to Proctor and his crew. He does a great job coming off a five month, six month or year layoff…He gets them right.”Lightly raced, Kulik Lodge got his fourth win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $37,800, improved his earnings to $147,200.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Twentytwentyvision sat just outside the winner the entire trip and just missed. Off as the 9-5 favorite, he finished three quarters of a length in front of Global View, and paid $2.80 and $2.60.Global View, who is also trained by Proctor and was ridden by Gary Stevens, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.00 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday at Santa Anita of $57,859 and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000. The Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile and the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes will highlight a nine-race program. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Lamar’s Hoy, McNeese’s Burton and Raborn Nab Player of the Week Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Derick Roberson, Sam Houston State; Daniel Crosley, Lamar; Laryon James, Nicholls; Chris Terrell, Central ArkansasSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Gunnar Raborn, McNeese – Sr. – Kicker – Lafayette, La.Raborn capped the weekend by kicking the game-winning field goal from 24-yards out to give McNeese a 23-21 lead over UCA with 7:27 to play in the fourth quarter. The senior scored 11 of the Cowboys’ 23 points on the night, going 3-for-3 in field goals and 2-2 in PATs. He also booted field goals of 34 and 33 yards, both coming in the first half.Honorable Mention: Dedrick Garner, Lamar; Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin Southland 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. Honorable Mention: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Kaleb Fletcher, Northwestern State; Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist; Dee Bowens, Sam Houston StateDefensive Player of the Week: Colby Burton, McNeese – Jr. – Defensive Back – League City, TexasBurton intercepted two passes on the night helping lead McNeese to a 23-21 win over No. 13 UCA and vaulting the Cowboys back to the top of the conference standings. Both interceptions occurred in the first half. His second pick came in the Cowboys’ end zone, with less than a minute to play in the second quarter. His final interception came after UCA recovered a muffed punt at the McNeese 9-yard line. Burton is the second Cowboy player this season to pick off two passes in a single game.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University’s Jordan Hoy has been named the Southland Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, while McNeese’s Colby Burton secured Defensive Player of the Week honors. Burton’s fellow Cowboy teammate, Gunnar Raborn has been dubbed the Special Teams Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday morning. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hoy’s accolade marks the first Offensive Player of the Week honor for Lamar in the 2018 season. Burton’s defensive award stands as the fourth of the year for McNeese, while Raborn is being recognized as the second Special Teams award winner of the season for the Cowboys.After blanking Stephen F. Austin in the opening two quarters, Hoy led the Cardinals (4-4, 3-3 SLC) to an impressive 24-17 road victory over the Lumberjacks. The junior quarterback’s performance registered the third consecutive win for the Lamar program. Burton and Raborn’s strong outings helped move McNeese (6-2, 5-1 SLC) to the top position among Southland Conference standings. The duo combined to lift the Cowboys to a 23-21 victory over Central Arkansas Saturday evening.Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Hoy, Lamar– Jr. – Quarterback – Rockwall, TexasHoy recorded the seventh-best rushing game in program history for Lamar and the best performance by an LU quarterback in program history with 225 yards in his first career start. The Rockwall, Texas native averaged more than 10 yards per carry, while completing 11 of 16 passes for 72 yards and a .688 completion percentage.last_img read more

Wallabies eye off Wales in World Cup warm-up

first_imgA quarter-final berth will almost certainly be on the line when Australia face Wales at Twickenham on October 10 in the last round of games in Pool A.If the two sides avoid a slip-up against Fiji or Uruguay, and with hosts England expected to top the group, their battle at Twickenham will decide which of the two proud rugby nations will be packing their bags before the knockout phase.The Wallabies have beaten Wales in their last 10 meetings since 2009, however all but one victory has been by nine points or less.Cheika and his staff will no doubt be eager to run their eyes over the Welsh side who take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.Powerful winger George North returns for Wales after a season punctuated by concussions.North takes his place in a strong starting line-up, joining fellow British and Irish Lions Test players like Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Gethin Jenkins, Alun-Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau for the final game before coach Warren Gatland announces a 31-man World Cup squad on Monday.And Gatland, who underlined that player welfare will always be paramount, believes there is a lot more to come from North, who has already scored 22 tries in Wales colours.He only has Shane Williams, Gareth Thomas and Ieuan Evans above him on Wales’ all-time Test try list.”He burst on to the scene and was fantastic, but we have to keep putting pressure on to him,” Gatland added.”I think there is still a lot of improvement in him. I think he has the ability to get a lot better than he is at the moment.”He probably hasn’t played as well as we would have liked over the past 12 months. He is aware of that, but we’ve been working hard on his game.”I can remember seeing him as an 18-year-old playing for the Scarlets. I said: ‘look, we have to cap him as soon as possible – there is a freakish talent there’.”I don’t think we’ve seen the full extent of the potential he has as a player. And we still haven’t ruled out in the future that he could be an outstanding centre as well. North, who will win his 50th cap, has not played since being knocked unconscious during his club Northampton’s Premiership clash with Wasps on March 27.The 23-year-old suffered three concussions last season, which inevitably raised questions about his long-term career prospects.”You are concerned about all your players,” Gatland said.”All I can say is that he’s followed all the medical protocols and done everything, and we were very conservative in the way we approached it. We made sure his welfare was paramount.”last_img read more

Health Benefits Highlighted at Int’l Yoga Day

first_imgTrainer Jenil Karthick leads Indians and Liberians into ancient Yoga practices on the International Day of Yoga last SundayAt this year’s celebration of the International Day of Yoga, health benefits which are accrued from the ancient practice have been highlighted as a way of encouraging more Liberians and other nationals to get involved.After leading practitioners, some of them first timers, Mr. Jenil Karthick, a yoga trainer residing in Liberia, named the benefits of yoga to include increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality and maintaining a balanced breathing habit.Other profits, according to the yogi, are weight reduction, improvement in cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, protection from injury, boosts to one’s immune system functionality, breathing techniques, pain easement, and spine protections, among others.During the practice, trainer Jenil, was flexible enough to contort his body in many ways that most first-timers and some who might have been doing it before watching in bewilderment.The International Day, which is celebrated every June 21 globally, but was celebrated on Sunday, June 24, at an Indian worship center in Monrovia, involved stretching and body contortions. At some point Mr. Karthick asked everyone to just lie down on their backs, with eyes closed, and told to take their minds off things around them.Before the practice started, Mr. Chander Mohan, special assistant to the Honorary Indian Consul General to Liberia, encouraged Liberians and his fellow Indians to begin practicing yoga.Mohan provided a brief history of how the International Day of Yoga came about.“To give a brief background to the day we are here observing, it may interest us to know that the International Day of Yoga was prompted by an address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, in which he urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga,” he stated.“Following the Indian Prime Minister’s appeal, on December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved Modi’s proposal by consensus, with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries, including Liberia, and adopted a resolution to make the 21st June of each year as International Day of Yoga.“In its resolution declaring 21st June of each year the International Day of Yoga, the UN General Assembly recognized that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and encourages the wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga for the health of the world population. Yoga also brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, is known for disease prevention, health promotion, and management of many lifestyle–related disorders.”According to Yogic scriptures, the practice of yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness.He further stated that yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science for a healthy living.Mohan further stated that the science of Yoga has its origins thousands of years ago, long before the first religion or belief systems were born. “Several thousand years ago, on the banks of Lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, a yogi poured his profound knowledge into the legendary saptarishis or seven sages,” he said.The Yoga training involves stretches and bend overs with legs-crossedShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diamond businessman charged again for TIP

first_imgRemanded: Freeman FordycePopular Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) businessman, Freeman Fordyce has once again found himself in hot water and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday to face charges alleging that he trafficked two female foreigners.Fordyce, the owner of a Diamond nightclub, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the two charges which stated that between September and November of 2018, he transported and harboured the two Venezuelan women for sexual exploitation.The 41-year-old man of Nandy Park, EBD, was represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers objected to bail being granted, informing the court that Fordyce poses a flight risk. According to the prosecutor, Fordyce was previously charged for possession of an illegal firearm and as a condition for bail, he had to report to the police station once weekly but failed to do so.The prosecution is contending that the Venezuelans were arrested during a police roadblock on November 3, 2018, and were escorted to the Criminal Investigation Department after they failed to provide their identification cards to Police ranks.However, while in Police custody, the women claimed that during September of 2018, they were seeking employment when an employee of Fordyce offered them a job, to work as prostitutes at the nightclub.The victims’ passports were allegedly ceased by the defendant, who reportedly told them that the documents would be returned when they repaid their travel expenses.The Chief Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Fordyce to prison. The case will continue on May 8, 2019.Only recently, Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty handed down a four-year suspended sentence to the defendant after he was convicted on charges of gun and ammunition possession.In addition, Fordyce is on trial for allegedly assaulting and resisting arrest from a police officer.last_img read more

Video: Soldado and Adebayor help Spurs beat Schalke

first_imgAfter a disappointing campaign last season things appear to be looking up at Tottenham as they finished pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Schalke.The win means Spurs made it through their preparations without tasting a single defeat, which will no doubt please new boss Mauricio Pochettino, who appears to have got his charges playing with plenty of gusto.On Saturday it was Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado who did the business for the Lilywhites against their German counterparts, while former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng got the consolation goal.To see all three strikes check out the video above…last_img read more

Isiolo’s Young Stars to face Supersolico in Chapa Dimba Boys Eastern Finals

first_imgIn the girls’ category, Makueni’s St. Mary’s Ndovea thrashed Saku Queens from Marsabit three goals to nil while Chuka Starlets from Meru South were 2:1 winners against Karugwa Queens from Meru Central.“The game was tough but we braced the hot weather to win. We train together as a team and that is our secret to a good game. We are looking forward to a win tomorrow”, said – Ali Nasri, Captain Supersolico FC.The winners in tomorrow’s finals will each receive a cash reward of KES 200,000 and proceed to the national finals set for June 2019 at Kinoru Stadium, Meru.“The journey has been tough and long but eventually we are here with a victory. We expect a tough battle tomorrow against Young Stars but we believe it is our season,” said Benard Mudachi, Coach Supersolico FC.At the grand finale where the winning boys’ and girls’ teams will each walk away with Sh1 million shillings in prize money.This year, an All-star team will be also selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Abdirahman Mahad of Samba FC tackles James Mutua of Supersolico FC (middle) as Bashir Abdirahman (left) looks on during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba season two, Eastern region semi-finals at Kitui Show grounds, Kitui ahead of the finals tomorrow. Supersolico FC won the match 3-2.KITUI, Kenya, March 9 – Isiolo’s Young Stars will face Supersolico from Mwingi in the boys Eastern region final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament.Young Stars beat Embu’s Triumph Boys 2-0 while Mwingi’s Supersolico overcame Moyale’s Samba Boys beating them 3-2.last_img read more

Unimpressive Ivory Coast needed two penalties to beat Niger

first_img0Shares0000Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe (C) controls the ball with Niger midfielder Mahamane Cisse behind him during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan Saturday © AFP / SIA KAMBOUJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 17 – Ivory Coast needed two penalties to defeat Niger 1-0 Saturday in the last matchday one qualifier for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Max-Alain Gradel missed the first spot-kick during the opening half after grabbing the ball from Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe, who won the penalty and wanted to take it. Out-of-favour AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie was entrusted with the second spot-kick, awarded for handball midway through the second half.Niger goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda, who had brilliantly foiled Gradel, could not do it again, going the wrong way as Kessie planted the ball in the left corner.It was an unconvincing performance by the 1992 and 2015 African champions, given they are ranked 56th in the world, 51 places above Niger.Niger were playing for the first time under Frenchman Jean-Guy Wallemme who was only appointed last week.The 52-year-old former defender previously coached Congo Brazzaville, three Algerian clubs and one in Morocco.Ivory Coast share first place in Group K with Madagascar, who beat Ethiopia 1-0 in Antananarivo thanks to a first half goal from Rayan Raveloson.– Stunning Nigeria –The Malagasy team were the surprise package of the 2019 Cup of Nations in Egypt, stunning Nigeria and surprising the Democratic Republic of Congo before losing to Tunisia in the quarter-finals.Coach Nicolas Dupuis, who combines coaching Madagascar with managing a French lower league club, was rewarded with a new four-year contract.He was satisfied with the tentative performance against Ethiopia given the poor state of the national stadium pitch and limited preparations.“We need a new venue because the pitch we used today was unplayable,” said the 51-year-old who rose from obscurity to worldwide recognition during the 2019 tournament.“Now we face a difficult trip before playing Niger Tuesday. We must manage fatigue and will have insufficent time to prepare before the match in Niamey.”Limited flights, seats and direct routes mean Madagascar, like many African national teams, face logistical headaches having to play two matches in a seven-day international window.Some of the Malagasy squad left the vast Indian Ocean island at 0300 local time (midnight GMT) Sunday while the rest followed 12 hours later.“What pleased me about the victory over Ethiopia was our ability to defend a narrow advantage. That was a hallmark of our performances in the previous qualifying competition,” added Dupuis.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Van Gaal denies Rooney has Liverpool mental block

first_img1 Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for Manchester United Louis van Gaal is hopeful Wayne Rooney can end his barren run at Anfield on Sunday and fire Manchester United to a crucial victory.The England striker has a brilliant goalscoring record for the Red Devils but has come up short when facing Liverpool on Merseyside.He has not scored on any of his last seven visits to Anfield, with his last goal there coming over a decade ago.Van Gaal, however, is adamant Rooney does not have a mental block about facing Liverpool on their own turf, and is confident his captain can take his recent run of good form into the crunch meeting with their top-four rivals.“It’s strange, but it can be like this – and I hope I can change it with Wayne,” said the Dutchman.“It can be [a mental issue]. I cannot deny that, but I don’t think Wayne has a block like that, no. He’s a very experienced player, he has played on all, I think, of the big grounds in the world, so I don’t think he shall be influenced by the fans, by the stadium or something like that.“But Liverpool, for Manchester United [generally], has not been a very easy ground. But now I’m the manager here, maybe we can change that.”It will come as anything but a surprise to hear about the poor disciplinary record in this fixture.The meeting between two of the biggest clubs in England is statistically the second most volatile fixture in the calendar after the Merseyside derby.Since the Premier League began, 15 red cards have been dished out in Liverpool-United matches, with the latest one coming last season when Nemanja Vidic was sent off at Old Trafford. Remarkably, it was his fourth dismissal in eight years against Liverpool.Chris Smalling and Angel di Maria have been sent off in high-profile matches against Manchester City and Arsenal this year.And Van Gaal has been playing the role of a stern referee in training in order to test the players’ temperament as he knows defeat would cost his team a place in the top four.”I have mentioned that,” said the United manager when asked how important it was to keep 11 players on the pitch.”Also I am the referee in the games that we have had in the training pitch and I have whistled at the way that they have to control their aggression, for example – to prepare already the atmosphere. And I have mentioned that to them after lunch. Control of emotion is also a talent.”United head into the match full of confidence after they recorded a 3-0 win over Tottenham which consolidated their grip on fourth.After eight months of trying, everything finally clicked into place for Van Gaal’s men last weekend.They played with width, pace and flair as they swept three goals past Hugo Lloris in a little over 35 minutes.Van Gaal was delighted with his team’s performance, but he says it will count for nothing unless his men grasp the opportunity to move five points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool by winning at Anfield.”We played very good in the first half and it was also good to have an evaluation that is very positive,” the Dutchman said.“It’s also good for the players. But it says nothing when you lose the next match.”But the next match is against Liverpool and Liverpool is not the ground that Manchester United has won a lot (at) so when we show it again in Liverpool then we are a little bit further (along), I believe.”Van Gaal, as ever, has done his homework. United’s record at Anfield is not so great.United have only won once there in their last seven games. And Van Gaal has been reminded by Ryan Giggs and club cook Mike Donnelly that he must not lose.”I have always my assistant manager (Giggs) to say that to me,” Van Gaal said.”He said that also to the players in his presentation of the analysis of Liverpool but I also have the cook, Mike, and he is saying that every day to the players and to me.”I like that because that shows that it is a very particular match especially for the fans of Manchester United and it helps also to focus and concentrate on this match.”Liverpool v Manchester United is live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pmlast_img read more

‘Chelsea are losing their heads’ – Fans urge club to play ‘future Ballon d’Or winner’

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek has admitted he may have to leave Chelsea if he is not guaranteed consistent playing time next season.Loftus-Cheek, the midfielder, is currently part of England’s squad at the World Cup, but he remains unsure over his future at club level at Stamford Bridge. Rumours of Loftus-cheek leaving Chelsea due to not being played in the first team! I swear @ChelseaFC are losing their heads. Won’t guarantee him football but will happily play Bakayoko. Sell Bakayoko and get Loftus-cheek in the starting XI ffs. Everyone can see how good he is.— ayo siddle (@ChrisSiddle) June 21, 2018 Loftus-Cheek to quit Chelsea and become a baller at another club. Standard Chelsea tings— Kibzzz (@Kibbzzz) June 21, 2018 smart causal possible xi What about RLC? Do no Chelsea fans want him? I for one don’t want to lose him and see him do well at another big club. He has to start next season. We need one CM, not two. Mount to replace Fabregas, RLC to replace Drinkwater, and one more.— PG (@PGCFC001) June 21, 2018 Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? tense How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RLC getting all the love. Which means Chelsea sells him to Newcastle, who then sells him to Arsenal or Spurs in 2 years, who then sells him to Bayern or Real Madrid in 5 years, where he wins the Ballon d’Or right?— Joe (@MarineCorpsDuck) June 18, 2018 possible standings silverware REVEALED if Loftus-Cheek isnt in Chelsea’s starting XI next season, Im gonna destroy things— HazardousMaterial (@MastaBlasta20K) June 21, 2018 Despite impressing while playing on loan at Crystal Palace last season, the 22-year-old may not be able to establish himself as a certain starter in Chelsea’s midfield, especially with the Premier League side being linked with the likes of Jorginho, of Napoli, Sampdoria’s Matias Vecino and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.Loftus-Cheek was quoted as saying: “That’s the key for me next season regarding where I end up. I want to play. I want to play as much as I can. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? #CFC so rumours tht RLC wants out of chelsea.. why don’t we actually do the right thing ere for a change… Tie him dwn to a better contract,and give the lad a crack.. RLC-Kante…. We’ll have one awesome CM #SignupRLC— … (@lrowley07) June 21, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining “Even this past season just gone I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to because of the injuries and stuff. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.”Given Loftus-Cheek has shown such promise in his time in Chelsea’s academy system, and while on loan at Palace, Blues fans are urging their club to play the England international next season, rather than risk losing a player some people believe will win the Ballon d’Or some time in the future.You can see some of the best reaction below… So, in typical Chelsea youngster style, RLC has come out bemoaning about lack of opportunities etc. Funny how you never get that at any other club. You heard rashford do this? How many games did he play last year? Our youth are to scared of the competition. Seize your moment!— Up The Chels (@chelsea_care3) June 20, 2018 Don’t why Chelsea isn’t interested in loftus-cheek,He’s a budding talent and proved many times he’s good at what he does even better! #ChelseaFC— KJV Chaitanya Kumar (@KJVchaitanya) June 21, 2018 crackers 1 gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Loftus-Cheek to win the Ballon D’Or, heard it here first— Frano (@FranoAnnandale) June 18, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Chelsea signed Drinkwater for £35m, Bakayoko for £36m, Barkley for £15m and sent Ruben Loftus-Cheek out on loan He’s the only one that’s gone to the World Cup and changed the game for England 👏#ENG #ENGTUN— robsavagedj (@robsavagedj) June 21, 2018 Latest Chelsea news Give me a big role and watch him shine… give him the chance Chelsea… #simple #Academy #RLC— PaulLuiz16 (@Paulooo16) June 21, 2018 REVEALED If RLC, a fully fledged England international, doesn’t start for Chelsea next season, then what is the point of us even having an academy?— JMCC (@this_is_james) June 21, 2018 @SportsBreakfast @rubey_lcheek and foden are not in the same class. In two yrs time foden will be playing at Rochdale. RLC will win the Baldon d’or at Chelsea— Claudius Thomas (@443Claudius) June 21, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Loftus-Cheek has only made 32 first-team appearances for Chelsea Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more