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Poker Star to outplay Uppa Tune in Cliggott Memorial at Caymanas Park

first_imgOrville ClarkeGleaner WriterGrade one horses hold centre stage for the first time at Caymanas Park this season in the annual renewal of Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy, 1300 metres, contested by seven starters.Among them is the reigning champion sprinter, POKER STAR, who bids for his fourth consecutive win in his first attempt in grade one company, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.POKER STAR can expect what amounts to his stiffest test from main rivals UPPA TUNE, with top weight of 57.0kg, PHINEAS and the consistent CAMPESINO. Despite this, the classy four-year-old gelding looks the type to follow.POKER STAR has been so progressive in recent months that he is on course to win his fourth consecutive trophy race from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. The son of Liquidity-Buyabook has twice won over this trip in very fast times, clocking 1:17.3 on the first occasion in May of last year and 1:17.2 on October 17.After winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship, 1200 metres, in a fast time on November 14, slamming CAMPESINO by three lengths, he duly completed a hat-trick of wins in the St Catherine Cup, open allowance, feature over 1100 metres on January 2, holding off CAMPESINO by three-quarter length in the fairly good time of 1:05.2.That performance would suggest that the Philip Feanny-trained CAMPESINO is fast catching up to POKER STAR, but I believe he was flattered by his proximity to POKER STAR. A bigger danger comes in the form of Harry Parsard’s American seven-year-old horse, UPPA TUNE (Shane Ellis up), who is consistent and versatile as they come.Since finishing 10th to SEEKING MY DREAM in the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, UPPA TUNE has looked his old self at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping five-and- a-half furlongs in a brisk 1:06.3 by 1:00.1 on February 7 and 1:13.3 for six furlongs a week later.The big question is: Can UPPA TUNE successfully allow a rising star 3.0 kg at this stage?I doubt it.Other firm fancies on the 12-race programme are SPORTING CLAY and BURNING MEDIC in the respective sections of the Long Shot Trophy, in which PRINCE O’SHAUN and ALEXANDER are respective dangers. I also like down-in-class ITALIANO to romp the fourth; BIG DATA in the fifth; NOLAN HILL in the seventh; and the champion two-year-old of 2015, FUTURE KING, to win the overnight allowance mile for the Walker/DaCosta team.last_img read more

Del Potro, Raonic advance, Cilic ousted by Isner at Miami

first_imgBalanced Raptors beat Nuggets Del Potro’s welcome return to form and fitness saw him win the Indian Wells title and continue to impress at the last tournament in Key Biscayne before a move north to the NFL Miami Dolphins’ home stadium next year.“Playing here they make it special for the South American players and I am trying to enjoy the last time playing in Key Biscayne,” Del Potro said. “I know many Argentine fans live here and are so close. I will miss them.”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 crownWindy conditions hampered players all day and the former US Open champion took time to find his groove in his first meeting with 27th-ranked Krajinovic.“The weather was so bad to play tennis. We couldn’t feel the ball 100 percent. We couldn’t hit from the baseline,” Del Potro admitted. “We have had great matches in the past and I am excited what the future holds for us,” Zverev said. “I returned very well, that’s  big factor against Nick. Borna is a very good player, it certainly won’t be easy.”Coric, who reached his first ATP Masters semi-final in Indian Wells earlier this month, has never got this far in Miami but showed his qualities once again with a battling 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 6-4 triumph.South Africa’s Kevin Anderson saw off American youngster Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 and will play Spain’s Pablo Carreno-Busta who dispatched fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-0 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Del Potro is the top seed remaining after second seed Marin Cilic was beaten 7-6 (7/0), 6-3 by American John Isner.The Croatian’s run was halted by big-serving Isner in just 87 minutes to set up a last-eight meeting with South Korean 19th seed Chung Hyeon.It was a fine performance by Isner, the 14th seed, who rattled down 12 aces and was boosted by winning 85 percent of points on his first serve.All three of Isner’s wins over the 2014 US Open champion have now come in ATP Masters events and once a first set tie-break was negotiated in windswept conditions, the 32 year-old confidently held his nerve to send Cilic home.Isner has never won an ATP Masters event but this display has fueled hopes this could be his time.“I think in these events, the format is very good for me: two-out-of-three sets,” Isner said.“In a situation like that, if I’m feeling fit and healthy, which I am, and serving like I did today, I can beat a lot of people playing like that.”In the late match, impressive Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, powered past an out-of-sorts Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-4 to set up a meeting with Croatian Borna Coric in the last eight.Australian firebrand Kyrgios has been struggling with an elbow injury and Zverev’s power and precision was simply too hot to handle as the German reached the quarter-finals for the second year in succession.It was a disappointing end for Kyrgios, who brought the crowd to their feet with his energetic, wild strokeplay yet couldn’t maintain his level consistently enough to deal with Zverev’s all-round game. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 27: Milos Roanic of Canada serves to Jeremy Chardy of France during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPJuan Martin del Potro sent his devoted fans home happy Tuesday by powering into the ATP Miami Open quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Serbian Filip Krajinovic.Roared on by a partisan crowd, the 29-year-old Argentinian recovered from 1-4 down in the first set to reel off nine games in a row on his way to a last-eight match with Canada’s Milos Raonic on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m confident I will feel better tomorrow. The better weather will make me feel better on court.”Raonic, who easily saw off Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-4, lost to del Potro in the Indian Wells semi-finals and will be eagerly seeking revenge.“It will be a different match to the one we played in Indian Wells, different conditions,” Del Potro said. “Milos is improving and playing very solid. He has the potential to win the tournament. It will be a good match to test my fitness and see what level I’m at.“I don’t feel pressure. I am just going down my own road and seeing how far I can get. I am not thinking about ranking or anything. Just the last time here in Key Biscayne.”Isner ousts CilicADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Judge tosses out suit challenging Brown

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A judge has thrown out a lawsuit from a group of Republicans who claimed Attorney General Jerry Brown was unqualified to run for that position last November because he had not practiced law for a full five years before the election. Although Brown’s membership to the State Bar of California was inactive from 1997 to April 2003, the Democrat was still eligible to practice law and had been eligible since he was admitted to the bar more than 40 years ago, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian said Friday. California law requires that candidates for attorney general be eligible to practice before the state Supreme Court for at least five years before taking office. “The intent of this law was not to prevent someone in the circumstances of this candidate to be excluded from office,” Ohanesian said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Contra Costa County Republican Central Committee Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and other party activists filed the lawsuit to block county election officials from counting votes for the former governor and Oakland mayor, who was sworn in as attorney general last month. Their attorney, Michael Schroeder, said he would appeal Friday’s ruling. last_img read more

Over 30 hours of searching, 4-year-old found safe and sound

first_imgMACKENZIE, B.C. – Search and Rescue crews from Prince George, the North and South Peace were called in to support the search that started Saturday for a missing 4-year-old in the Lions Lake area in Mackenzie.RCMP say George Hazard-Benoit has been found safe and sound after spending 30 plus hours in thick dense woods.According to RCMP, the boy was reported missing after he became separated from his Mom while she and a friend were berry picking.- Advertisement -An extensive ground and air search commenced and numerous resources came to help search for the missing boy.Then on August 18, approximately 6:43 p.m., Air 3, the RCMP helicopter, spotted George and guided the PDS team to him. The helicopter landed and flew the boy to the hospital, where he was reunited with his parents.He was reported to be a little dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise in good health following his time spent in the woods.Advertisementlast_img read more

Real Madrid drama made Buffon ‘feel alive’

first_imgDeprived of what could likely be his last chance to lift the only major title missing from his collection the 2006 World Cup winner mercilessly blasted the referee after the game as “a murderer” for killing off Juventus’ dreams with “a rubbish bin” in place of a heart.“The decisions we make are a way of defining ourselves and making us what we want to be,” Buffon said at a sponsors event in Turin on Monday.“You can even go too far, sometimes getting it wrong. But that means you’re alive, and that’s why I came into the world.“After the Bernabeu I went for long walks, mushrooms and daisies. It was a week that allowed me to experience strong emotions, beautiful, pure adrenaline.“I also live for that.”Italy icon Buffon has said this will be his last season and he announced his international retirement after Italy’s dramatic failure to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.“Being captain of the national team is the greatest gift that life has given me,” said Buffon, who returned to play friendlies last month against England and Argentina with the Azzurri.Juventus — two-time losing finalists in the past three years — bounced back from their Champions League disappointment with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday which puts them on the brink of a seventh consecutive Serie A title.And Buffon praised 19-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma — touted as his successor in the national team — whose dramatic late save against Napoli could have handed Juventus the title.“I sent him a nice congratulatory text for his save on (Arkadiusz) Milik at the end,” Buffon added.Meanwhile, Italian referees’ chief Marcello Nicchi criticised Buffon earlier Monday for his post-match rant.“Buffon is a great champion who I hope will go on to have a great managerial career,” Nicchi told Italian radio.“But at certain levels you have to be careful about what you say. There are always kids listening.“If it happened in Italy? I would have defended the referee. They can’t be threatened either before, during, or after the game.“After that, there are the appropriate bodies which must judge the conduct of all players on the pitch.”English referee Oliver meanwhile has been offered police support after he and his family were abused by social media trolls.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A furious Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for vehemently protesting the decision to award Real Madrid a late penalty in their Champions League tie © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOMILAN, Italy, Apr 16 – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded Monday that sometimes he gets it wrong but that the dramatic Champions League game against Real Madrid had made him feel alive.The 40-year-old goalkeeper was sent-off by referee Michael Oliver after his furious reaction to a last-minute penalty at the Bernabeu Stadium which dumped Juventus out of the Champions League.last_img read more


first_imgAn information night for those interested in participating in Relay for Life Donegal 2014 will be held at the Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town tonight, Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 7:30 pm.The Relay for Life event.But why should we give up our free time to consider joining the Relay for Life cause?20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal; that’s 1000 people every year, hence why we say there’s “1000 REASONS TO RELAY”. Relay gives individuals the opportunity to CELEBRATE the lives of people that have overcome cancer, to show SUPPORT to those currently undergoing treatment, to REMEMBER people lost to the disease, to offer support and strength to families that have lost their loved ones and to FIGHT BACK through inspiring people to take action against a disease that has taken too much.Relay for Life Donegal allows participants to develop friendships and support networks (e.g.) the Survivors Choir. It provides the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the local community. It reminds us how kind people can be and restores our faith in humanity.Schools participate in Relay for Life Donegal to highlight to their students the importance of contributing to society and to allow students to develop their skills and qualities.Businesses and organisations get involved with Relay for Life, Donegal in order to develop delegation, empowerment and co – operative relationships within the workplace. Families, friends and colleagues relay together to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK (as previously mentioned).Hence why Relay for Life is suitable for everyone to participate at. DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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 TownRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool new boy as ‘fantastic’

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Jurgen Klopp labelled Naby Keita as a “fantastic football player” after Liverpool got their Premier League campaign off to a brilliant start with a 4-0 victory over West Ham.All eyes were on the Reds at the start of the season as they were very active in the transfer market this summer – spending over £175million on new players with £52m of that on Keita. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes New signings Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also made their first competitive appearances in a Liverpool shirt and the boss was happy with their displays too.Klopp added: “For a first game I think players could be nervous but both new players were not nervous.“Shaq [Shaqiri] was also not nervous when he came on. He was immediately a very lively figure on the pitch.”Liverpool’s next outing is a trip to Crystal Palace on Monday, August 20 while West Ham host Bournemouth on Saturday. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 NEW ERA Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Liverpool are top of the league after the opening weekend How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures ALTERED However, any nerves within the Liverpool camp were extinguished when Mohamed Salah gave them a 19th-minute lead with an easy tap-in.Keita played a huge role in the construction of the goal after finding space, gliding through the heart of the Hammers midfield before having the composure to lay the ball to Andy Robertson who then supplied the cross which Salah finished off.Sadio Mane scored two goals either side of half-time before Daniel Sturridge made an immediate impact from the bench to score Liverpool’s fourth and final goal of the game.Every Reds player put in a good shift but Keita was a star performer on what was his Premier League debut.His display in the first-half impressed some Liverpool fans on Twitter and Klopp echoed these views but claimed there would be more to come from the 23-year-old. smart causal Both fans and manager were happy with Keita’s performance REVEALED possible standings Klopp said: “He [Keita] is a fantastic football player. He doesn’t know how good he can be. We have no clue about it.“We have only seen signs of it so far. There’s a lot more to come as he’s still a young boy.“Hopefully he will stay injury-free and then the future is pretty nice.”Naby Keita watch: How the midfielder performed on his first competitive Liverpool outing silverware 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Latest Premier League Newslast_img read more

Millikan players hurt in accident

first_img 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Due to recent budget cutbacks in the school district, the Rams usually only have a bus available one way to matches, and team members must often find their own transportation home. Therefore, sometimes the athletes find their own way both to and from the match, depending on the situation. “The coaches hate to not ride the bus, because you like to be with your kids all the time,” Kautz said. “The more kids have to drive around, the more potential you have for this kind of stuff.” Millikan High sophomore setter Kelsea Seymour is recovering from injuries suffered in a Monday car accident in Long Beach. Monday evening, Seymour was riding in a car driven by senior defensive specialist Stacey Duncan as they went to the Gahr Tournament. At the intersection of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue, the car Duncan and Seymour were riding in was hit by someone attempting a left turn as they drove straight ahead. Duncan suffered bruises and rejoined the team for Wednesday evening’s Gahr Tournament match, but Seymour had to have surgery Monday evening to remove a shattered spleen. center_img “She’s definitely one of my best players, we’re a little different without her,” Millikan coach Greg Kautz said. “She’ll be back, maybe by playoffs, she’s a tough kid. She’s in pain right now, it’s just going to take a little bit of time.” Seymour transferred out of the intensive care unit Wednesday, but is still in the hospital. The accident happened 30 minutes before the two girls were to join their teammates for a meeting at St. Joseph High before Monday’s Gahr Tournament match against Bishop Montgomery. last_img read more

Derek Carr makes generous offer for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ series

first_imgHard knocks … Derek Carr wanted to do something out of the ordinary for the cameras when the crew from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” showed up at his house on Thursday.And since he’s already done the cheesy television commercial spoofing car insurance ads, the Raiders quarterback was apparently fresh out of ideas.So Carr took to Twitter to offer his fans and followers an opportunity for some world-wide exposure as filming began for the show that will document the team’s training camp.last_img read more

Strong Scirocco-R Cup debut for SA teen

first_img6 May 2013Teenager Kelvin van der Linde flew the South African flag high at the opening round of the international Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup at Hockenheim in Germany on Saturday with an impressive fourth place on his first visit to the historic German circuit.It was the 16-year-old’s his first outing in the international one-make series, which is being contested by 19 young drivers from 10 countries. Former drivers from Formula 1, DTM, rallying and other motorsport disciplines, as well as former champions from other sports, like skiing, and media personalities also take part in the races.Victory went to former German Touring Masters (DTM) champion and ex-Formula One driver Nicola Larini (49) of Italy, who was competing in the Legends Cup for former winners of the DTM and guest drivers from other racing disciplines.Second, and the first of the regular Scirocco R-Cup contenders, who are aged between 16 and 22, was Kasper Jensen (21) of Denmark, who was followed across the finishing line by fellow Dane Michelle Gatting (19).QualifyingVan der Linde, the reigning South African VW Cup champion, had impressed with second place behind Larini in qualifying on a wet circuit on Saturday and briefly led the race on the opening lap until being slowed by the loss of his car’s power steering.“It was a great experience,” he smiled afterwards. “I quickly settled into the Scirocco after Friday’s practice and qualifying.“It’s a great race car and not that different to the Ferodo VW Golf I drove in the South African production car championship, although it’s a lot more sophisticated.Power steering problemHe added: “I thought I had a good chance of winning the race, which was run on a dry track, but the loss of power steering made the car very difficult to drive and I had to work very hard to finish third among the regular Scirocco R-Cup drivers.”Van der Linde concluded on positive note, saying: “I’m looking forward to the rest of the nine-race series and am confident we can pull off a win before long.”The next round of the Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup, which features two races, takes place at the Red Bull Spielberg circuit in Austria on 1 and 2 June.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more