first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2016)–Longshot Thess Is Awesome stunned an on-track crowd of 13,724 in winning Saturday’s Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes for Arabian-bred older horses by 1 ¼ lengths over heavily favored Paddy’s Day while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:54.75. On the lead gate to wire under Travis Wales and trained by Lynn Ashby, Thess Is Awesome reversed a 38 length defeat at the hands of the favorite on March 5 to win at odds of 46-1.“He’s never shown his true potential,” said Wales. “I was waiting for his day, the day when he could challenge the best. Today was that day and he loves Santa Anita’s track. He was comfortable on the lead and he just opened up from there.”The fourth-longest shot in a field of 10, Thess Is Awesome paid $94.20, $20.80 and $8.00. Owned by Cre-Run Enterprises, LLC, the 6-year-old Virginia-bred horse notched his fifth win from 13 starts, and with the winner’s share of $49,500, he increased his career earnings to $118,881.“He had some bad habits,” said Ashby. “He would duck in and duck out…I’m so proud of him. There must be a lot of angels here today. This is wonderful.”Off at 4-5, Paddy’s Day was third, three lengths off the winner turning for home, but couldn’t get the job done under Kelsi Purcell as he finished a head in front of Easter Man. Paddy’s Day, who had over $72,000 bet to win on him, paid $3.00 and $2.20.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Easter Man was second turning for home and tired late to finish third. Off at 6-1, he paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 25.12, 51.03, 1:18.56 and 1:47.22.last_img read more

Vandy Wins Mid-Winter Classic

first_imgStory by Vanderbilt Sports Information Dept.JONESBORO, Ark. — Vanderbilt put on a dazzling display to win the Mid-Winter Classic Sunday afternoon, the crowning achievement in what was a dominating weekend of bowling.The Commodores blitzed fellow Southland Bowling League member Arkansas State, 4-0, with scores that averaged 239.37 in the championship game.  Two of those games ended with Black and Gold runs of seven straight strikes as pin counts were posted of 244, 257, 213 and 245.That effort capped a three-day run of 12 wins against a lone loss and resulted in Vanderbilt’s second consecutive tournament championship.  Vandy had won the Hawk Classic to end its fall schedule.Vanderbilt had earned the No. 1 tournament seed based on high pin count and corresponding 10-0 record.  After opening Sunday with a 4-1 loss to the same Arkansas State team, it rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin and then the rout of ASU in the quick rematch.”We didn’t have a missed-makeable spare in the last match and only two opens,” Associate Head Coach Josie Barnes said afterwards. “And to my thinking, one of the impressive things about our win was that we didn’t have an individual on the all-tournament team and yet we had the top seed. That speaks to balance and selflessness.”Your Commodores are the 2019 NCAA Mid-Winter Classic Champions. It’s a good day to be a Commodore! ???????? #anchordown #DOmorebemoRE— Vanderbilt Bowling (@VandyBowling) January 13, 2019 The rotation in the title match was Jordan Newham, Angelique Dalesandro, Adel Wahner, Maria Bulanova and Kristin Quah. Barnes called Wahner “the steady Eddie” and praised the Junior Team USA member’s contributions.”I think when you analyze her statistics you’d be very impressed,” Barnes said, reflecting on her Sunday production and Saturday 202 individual game average.Quah, the do-everything senior, was competing with a heavy heart. She had learned early in the morning that her paternal grandmother had passed away in Singapore.  In spite of the heartache, Quah was effective when switched from fourth to anchor in the rotation.Barnes was pleased that Dalesandro, the freshman from Illinois, was able to gain so much experience at the tournament. She had “the best look” on the team and “handled her business well.”The win in Jonesboro was the program’s 31st in history and the first at the Mid-Winter since 2012. The 12 wins – including six Top 10 victories – improved Vanderbilt’s season mark to 37-13.  The season continues next weekend at the Kutztown Invitational in Limerick, Pa.last_img read more

Mourinho charm reassures fans but time will tell if new ‘humble’ image sticks

first_img5 Daniel Levy has taken a huge gamble replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Spurs supremo Daniel Levy surprised many with his axing of Mauricio Pochettino and immediate appointment of Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor“Maybe to have a manager with my experience is also part of the vision.“But if we win a title, it doesn’t matter during my period it will not be because of myself. It is just the natural consequence of a vision and a plan.“That is why I have to speak about Mauricio, to congratulate him for the work and say this club will always be his home, this training ground will always be his training ground. The door is always open for him.”There was a freshness and vitality about the latest incarnation of Mourinho.Without, for now, the brashness, the arrogant bravado he wore as a badge of honour when he arrived, ready to slay all the dragons — real and perceived — he saw ranged against him at Chelsea.’HUGE PILLOWS’But unlike in his second spell at Stamford Bridge from 2013, when even his claims of “happiness” seemed an effort to convince himself, more than a true reality, with that same, long-discarded, lightness of touch.After spending 2½ years in The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, there was a joke about the comforts of the “six-star” luxury of the Lodge built at Hotspur Way, where he and his coaching staff were billeted overnight.“Huge pillows” but not, this time, the same huge ego.Instead, a man who claimed to have come to terms with himself, able to recognise how and why it had gone so wrong at Manchester United.He added: “I believe I am better. I have to believe so, to show these 11 months were not a waste of time.“I have learned to think about many things, to prepare and anticipate. So I am humble, humble enough to try to analyse my career, Manchester, the problems and the solutions.5 Ex-Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho feels he will learn from his struggle at Man UtdCredit: Getty – Contributor“From an emotional point of view I’m relaxed, I’m motivated, I’m ready to support the players.“This is not about me. In your career, your life, you go through moments and periods and I am in a period where it’s not about myself at all.“It’s about my club, my club’s fans, my players, it’s not about me. I’m just here to try to help everyone.“You never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity, what you are.“Don’t ask me what are the mistakes but I realise I made them. I am not going to make the same mistakes, I am going to make new mistakes.”Humility and Mourinho have rarely been seen in the same room, of course, which led to an obvious question, dealt with in the same way.most 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 CelticMourinho smiled, not for the first time and said: “No. I was always humble.“The problem is that you did not understand that. I was always humble in my way. My way. No problem with that.”Time will tell if we actually saw Dr Jekyll on parade, with Mr Hyde merely crouching around the corner.Yesterday, master of his new house, Mourinho appeared like the cat that had got its cream.Jose Mourinho shows he still has great comic timing in first press conference for Tottenham HE stepped out of his period of darkness and back into the limelight.The Special One, in his true, natural “habitat”.5 Jose Mourinho was a changed man at his first press conference with Spurs, saying any title joy under him will not be down to him5Revelling in the attention. Basking in the acclamation of a crowded media theatre at Tottenham’s high-tech Enfield training complex, the TV cameras filling every crevice of the room as the world’s media played a version of sardines for grown-ups.Jose Mourinho, where he loves to be. At the centre of everything.Smiling for real, not for show.Mourinho knows the Spurs fans still need to be convinced he is the right man for the job.Many harbour doubts over what his football is all about.Others will contend that sacking Mauricio Pochettino was the most heartless act the club has ever made.Yet if Mourinho wanted to go out of his way to reassure the supporters he has changed, for the better, he could hardly have poured on the charm more readily.’A PACKAGE AND A VISION’A man whose previous arrivals have always been about throwing a great big bucket of dung over his predecessors went out of his way to praise Pochettino as his first act.Indeed, suggested the Portuguese, if he does realise Tottenham’s hopes and dreams, he will be merely the captain who completed the journey, not the helmsman who deserves credit for the crossing.Laying it on thick — chairman Daniel Levy would have been smiling too — Mourinho said: “If we win titles it will not be the consequence of me but the consequence of the club’s work.“This is a package and a vision. Everything starts with a vision.“The stadium is part of the vision. The training ground is part of the vision. The academy is part of the vision.“To try to keep all the best players and refuse to let the best players to go away is part of the vision too.last_img read more

Idris right back home at centre

first_imgThe 26-year-old faces his biggest challenge since returning to the game for the clash on Easter Monday, facing an Eels left-side edge of Michael Jennings and Semi Radradra.Both Jennings and Radradra have been kept quiet in the last month with limited opportunity, however the pair have 13 tries from 17 combined in appearances against the joint venture.Meanwhile, Nofoaluma confirmed he was in negotiations with the Wests Tigers to extend his career beyond 2017 after six rounds of arguably the best football of his NRL career to date.The 23-year-old is ranked first in offloads (21) and third in tackle breaks (47) behind teammate James Tedesco (53) and Kiwi international Jordan Rapana (51) at Canberra while also averaging over 170 metres per game.”My manager and I are in talks with the club and they’re coming close to signing a deal, nothing has been sealed yet but I’m sure they’ll sort it out,” Nofoaluma said.”Obviously coming off contract my job is to play my best footy for the club and I represent the Tigers for now and my manager looks after that side of things.”I’m just really loving the game at the moment and enjoying it week in week out, putting in the extra efforts.  “I’m there to put my best performance in for the team and that’s my thinking, whatever is going on behind closed doors I just block that out and focus on myself.”Nofoaluma’s final decision on where he plays next year will not be impacted by the choices of Tedesco and Aaron Woods.”There’s certain circumstances that come along and players make decisions and sometimes it’s the best thing for them,” he said.”For myself personally I wouldn’t like to see them leave but I’ve got a role here myself at the club and I’m here to perform than worry about others and what they do… the decision they make is based on themselves.”For now though, a one-on-one battle with Radradra awaits for the in-form flyer with the Eels desperate to snap a four-game losing streak in their second home game of the season at ANZ Stadium. While Ivan Cleary kept things simple in his first stint as coach against the Cowboys, moving Idris to the right side to partner in-form winger David Nofoaluma provided a right-side attack that had been lacking in recent weeks.‌It has been a disruptive start to the season for Idris, who missed a game due to a foot injury before being played off the bench by former coach Jason Taylor in the opening two rounds of the Telstra Premiership and a stint in the Intrust Super Premiership.“I played close to 100 games on the right side and that’s where I played all my time at the Bulldogs and I got that left fend so I could finally put it to use,” Idris said.”You’re always going to be a little happier when you get a win so hopefully we can roll from that and start building on that this week.”last_img read more

Piutau set for massive payday with Bristol

first_imgThe British Telegraph is reporting that Piutau has signed a deal with Championship side Bristol worth nearly $2 million.The newspaper says Piutau’s contract is worth $1.8m a year.The 16-test All Black will join the English club at the 2018/19 season after signed a two-year deal.He currently has one year left on his deal with Irish province Ulster.It puts Piutau in the league of former All Black Dan Carter for pay.Carter’s current deal with French Top 14 club Racing 92, is believed to be around $1.9m a season, but is due to expire next year.The Telegraph quoted Pat Lam, Bristol’s new director of rugby, as saying it was “one of the biggest coups in the club’s history”.It said Bristol had seen off strong competition from leading clubs in France to secure the deal.Bristol, who were relegated from the Premiership last season, had already set a new Premiership record by signing Piutau’s former Auckland Blues and All Blacks team-mate Steven Lautau this season, on a deal understood to be worth $1.1m a season.last_img read more

Segeyaro set for tough reception on Saturday

first_imgThe 11th edition of the annual challenge will be played under the lights at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.In a combined media conference this afternoon, PNG PMs 13 coach Stanley Tepend gave a thumbs up for his troops’ preparation.“The camp is good; they all play against each in the Digicel Cup and have now bonded well as a group.”His counterpart Ivan Cleary said, “Many (of the players in the squad) play together and the combination will there.“It’s a professional sport and preparation timeframe is not a problem,’ added Trent Merrin, Australia PM’s 13 captain.Meanwhile, this year’s match is the most anticipated with PNG born James Segeyaro turning his back on his country of birth to wear the green and gold jumper in order to achieve his dreams of playing for Queensland and the Kangaroos.         When questioned by Loop PNG, Cleary said “Segeyaro is emotional” and it was a personal decision. With the home crowd expected to boo him when he runs onto the field, Segeyaro will come under the microscope of the PNG boys in defence and attack.PNG captain Albert Patak declined to reveal what is in store for the man of Goroka and Tolai parentage  when he receives his first ball but gave a hint that the defence will be up in his face.last_img read more

Valencia takes advantage of Mestalla’s inertia

first_imgFar are the parties in which the black and white left the field overwhelmingly, achieved an early advantage and were dedicated to defend the rest of the duel. Under Celades and playing as locals, The team works the matches with the peace of mind of a large team, knowing that the goal may arrive sooner rather than later. The stand understands it and has the necessary patience to not give up on supporting theirs.Celades said after the hard defeat in Mallorca that he did not like that the team “will not rebel against adversity”. And in the last two clashes in Mestalla it is just what their players have done. Facing Barcelona when Maxi missed the penalty, far from lowering the arms or feeling some frustration, the squad continued to attack and play in the same way. And yesterday before the vigueses, when Garay was injured and in the moments that the Blues -Yer of red- stamped the team, the che acted with the tranquility of a team that knows itself superior, or at least with more confidence than its rival, and they turned the situation around. A tranquility and a positive inertia that are worth 37 points and be fully in the fight for the Champions League. Mestalla is again an impregnable castle. Since last April 28, when Eibar assaulted the capital of Turia, the Valencian squad has grabbed each game with nails and teeth and has not conceded a single defeat. Not surprisingly, since then the team has played 13 games in the domestic competition and has added 8 wins and 5 draws.And in the last games played in the feudo che, those of Celades have asserted that positive dynamic that they carry in Mestalla managing to overcome his rivals by curdling matches in which, although they are not infinitely superior, they have control of it for almost 90 minutes. So, in front of Celta, Villarreal, Granada, Madrid or Barcelona, ​​the locals did not get ahead until the second part. And in other victories, as against Alavés, the duel was not decided until after the 80th minute.last_img read more

Bordalás: “It is an excessive and painful defeat”

first_imgHas the lawn influenced the slip of Etebo?Today it has hurt us. It is not in the best conditions, I hope it improves.How was Etebo in the locker room?Players are aware when they make a mistake. In the first action he should not have risked and the slip arrives to assume unnecessary risks. We have encouraged you and it sure happens again.Lopetegui has said that they remain a direct rival in the fight for the Champions League.We don’t compare ourselves with anyone. We suffer a painful and excessive defeat and we already think about the next one. Let’s go step by step. We are the Getafe and in front was the fourth budget and that is important.Did the fans prove to be with the team in the bad?There is no bad. Today has been a bad result in a season of honors. The boys are pissed off and you have to get your spirits back. I thank the fans for the support.Did you end up more desperate than ever?Desperate is not the word. A little pissed off by the boys and the fans. That first goal marked the result and it’s a shame. We could have lost the same, but with 0-o at rest the result would have been different. What happened to the team?It has been a carbon copy of the match against Real Madrid. The first half except the start was played in the Sevilla field. Unfortunately, the error marked the future of the game in a psychological minute. They entered the second half very stimulated, accumulated a lot of people in the middle and in a lateral foul they made us the second and our team went down cheerfully.Did the game against Ajax take its toll?The team is physically fine. The mood of the team after 0-2 was a big hit.How will they react on Thursday?This has to bring us all to reality. Sevilla is the fourth budget of the championship and has very high level players. A mistake marked the game and on Thursday we have a very difficult game in which Ajax is a favorite.What happened to the referee and the delegate?I was telling the delegate that they were taking a long time and they put the label on us. Today nobody will say anything about wasting time. You only talk about it when the Getafe wins. Today nobody says anything and I am very surprised.Too much euphoria around Ajax?The illusion is there and it is normal, but the reality is what it is and we cannot ignore who we are. The result is good, but not definitive. Ajax scored four goals for Real Madrid in its stadium and three for Valencia. A great team, but we go with the maximum illusion.last_img read more

Mayoral: “Real Madrid has not contacted me to renew”

first_imgAnd, in that sense, in what situation is Levante?In the end, I will be in Levante for two years. We all hoped that there would be one and this is my second year. I think we are in the same situation as last summer. The reality is that I will no longer belong to Levante, but there are options. As you all know and I always say, I am happy here, in Valencia and with the club in general for how they have behaved with me from the first moment. It was not easy for me to be here and it has been two years in a row that I have been. Of course there are options to follow, but the reality is that it is not only up to me. When I return to Real Madrid I only have one year left on my contract and not like in previous seasons.They will request an important transfer despite subtracting a year from his contract.Well I do not know. I don’t know, really, hopefully. That would be a good sign for me. I am young, I know I have a lot of potential to give yet. In the end if a player has a high cost it is because he is good and because they love him. But in the end it is as I have told you before, it not only depends on me, it also depends on Real Madrid and what you want to do with me. Then we’ll see what happens.Would you like to continue in Orriols?I don’t think much about the future. I plan to end the season well, individually and collectively, and when I arrive, Real Madrid, my representative, my family and I will sit down to make a decision. But, well, it is not only up to me because in the end I belong to Real Madrid.Changing the subject, what is certain is that he runs out of the Olympic Games. One of his dreams. At least this year … Do you trust them to respect your generation?You could see that they were going to be suspended for everything that is dragging on this. Yes, it is true that I recently read an article that said that I hope they can respect the generation of ’97 who, as you have said, have been champions of the European Under-19 and Under-21 championships last summer. The truth that these Games make us very excited. I personally would love to participate in an Olympic Games, which is the closest thing to a World Cup and always representing your country in these events is special. Let’s see what happens. Hopefully they respect the ages because I think it would be a little unfair. In the end we were the ones who qualified and those who could play these Games. In the end they are going to play next year and I don’t know if they will respect the age of the generation of 97. I hope so.Finally, what do you think of the campaign to collect funds for toilets that have been launched from the Granota club?Well, it is the campaign that we have launched to help buy medical supplies and also to help the homes that take care of our elders. From there we can help a lot and when the president and the captains contacted us, we did not hesitate to contribute our grain of sand. Whenever we can we help and this is the campaign that we have launched from the club. Borja Foreman He is aware that this summer will mark a before and after in his career. With just one more year of contract in the Real Madrid, understands that “this summer a different decision will be made regarding me.” At the moment, the white team has not contacted him to renew. Meanwhile, the I raised awaits your opportunity. The Parla forward analyzes his future for AS.From the protagonist’s point of view, does an interview change much in these circumstances?No, not really. It’s different, but I don’t care if I do it over the phone or in person, really.How is confinement happening?Well, they are different days. But I also take the opportunity to do things that I did not do before, such as practicing yoga. I watch many series with my girlfriend and I try to take advantage of the time to talk a lot with mine, with my family and my friends. In short, I try to take advantage of time.I understand that you are especially concerned about what is happening in Madrid.Yes, there is some concern. Because in the end I have many friends and my whole family is from there. I am constantly in contact with them to ask how they are, also with my grandparents, who we know are risk factors, and I try to speak with them almost every day.Has Real Madrid contacted you these days?No, you have not contacted me.I imagine they would breathe when they all tested negative for the coronavirus.Yes, because in the end everything we read and heard from all the people who were infected … We were tested and thank God we all tested negative.Now that you have so much time to think, have you reflected on your future?No, I try to focus on the present. There are still matches and hopefully the competition will resume. Now I think about finishing LaLiga in the best possible way. Then there will be time to think about the following.The reality is that it faces a key summer: with a contract until 2021 and already, it seems, a definitive sale. How do you live it?All right. In the best way. In the end I am calm because I have one year left with Real Madrid, until 2021. They have been at Levante for two years and it is true that this summer I think a different decision will be made regarding me. But, as I say, I face it in the best possible way, with all the illusion. What comes will come. I really am happy, happy and above all calm, which is what is important.Has Real Madrid transferred interest to you to renew your contract?No, I personally have not been contacted. That is taken more by my representative, but I think they have not contacted. I also think that when this happens everything will return to normal and there will be more conversations for my future. Now the important thing is that all this happens, that LaLiga ends in the best way and then we will see.last_img read more

What will Son face in compulsory military service?

first_imgThe South Korean player will complete this service at the Jeju Island Naval Base, where the Hallasan Volcano is located. According to the South Korean portal Naver, One of the first things Son will have to do is shave his hair. The hair is kept in sealed bags so that, in case the soldier dies, it can be sent to the family.As for the workouts, They will face intense physical exercises, including hand-to-hand combat, learning to use weapons., crawling under barbed wire, as well as marches of up to seven kilometers carrying more than 24 kilos. It will not be a pleasant four weeks for the Tottenham attacker. Even, Son will have some days in which will be exposed to tear gas in maneuvers as close to what can be found in the South Korean army in a war scenario.These situations may not be the most ideal for Son, who is recovering from a shoulder injury that required surgery and had kept him out of the field of play since before English football stopped. Although Son was exempted from full service, by winning the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, You have to complete four weeks of mandatory military training. It will begin this month, taking advantage of the break in English football due to the coronavirus crisis. Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Heung-min Son, Mandatory military service in South Korea will begin this month, during which you will have to face various tests, especially physical.last_img read more