first_imgALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED JUST GRAZED ME RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SENATOR KEN MADDY STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER FRANCOARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me rallied from off the pace to take Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita, the Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, by  1 ¼ lengths under Geovanni Franco. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen notched her third consecutive win while getting 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.94.With favored Girls Know Best and longshot Kentan Road battling for early supremacy, Just Grazed Me got a perfect stalking trip under Franco while a joint fifth heading into the far turn, advanced to third leaving the quarter pole and and accelerated through the final eighth of a mile to win as much the best.“We broke nice and she settled into a good spot,” said Franco, who has been aboard Just Grazed Me in her last four starts. “There were some really fast fillies in there today.  She just does what she does and took off on the turn. Once she pinned her ears back, there was no way they were going to catch her.”A winner of the California Distaff Handicap over the course on Oct. 12, Just Grazed Me, in her first graded stakes assignment, was off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine fillies and mares and paid $7.40, $4.00 and $2.80.Out of Alexander’s Cuvee mare Fairway Road, Just Grazed Me collected her third stakes win and her sixth overall win from 10 career starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $394,332.“She’s kind of actually changed her style more and more herself,” said D’Amato.  “She’s coming from further behind with a bigger kick…She’s just finding her groove right now.  It’s really nice to see a filly develop like this and hopefully have a bright future ahead of her.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Apache Princess, who was outrun early, rallied from last at the three furlong pole, had to check off heels in deep stretch and rallied to finish a good second, three quarters of a length in front of Ippodamia’s Girl.Off at 5-1, Apache Princess paid $5.20 and $4.40.Ippodamia’s Girl, who broke from the rail, made a big run at the rail late to be third by a head over Don’t Sell. Off at 23-1, Ippodamia’s Girl paid $8.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.71, 45.22 and 57.03.last_img read more

Nagelsmann: “I want to get away from the selfishness of soccer”

first_imgThe Leipzig club also promotes a solidarity campaign under the hashtag #WirAlle. “Among other things, we help social institutions and that’s where I make my contribution,” said Nagelsmann.On the other hand, he criticized the transfer of footballers in the summer to be prohibited. “We need money to flow in football and some economic efficiency,” he said. “There is a market and there are contracts. This will not change due to the coronavirus,” he emphasized.However, a possible postponement of the transfer period was identified as adequate. “Perhaps a little shorter or later in the year,” said Nagelsmann, thinking of a Bundesliga with nine days pending. The coach of the RB Leipzig, Julian Nagelsmann, bet this Sunday to move away “from the selfish thought of football” and stressed that in Germany there are sectors of employment “that the crisis affects much more deeply” than football, alluding to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.“I have many friends who are autonomous and who are much more deeply affected by the crisis. I want to get away from the selfish thought of football,” said Nagelsmann in an interview published by the newspaper ‘Bild’.“I try to donate to different places. For example, I support a Florian Neuhaus project. We come from the same region,” said the RB Leipzig coach, referring to the Borussia player Mönchengladbach.last_img read more

IAAF investigating claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

first_imgBEIJING (AP):The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women’s 3,000m and 10,000m.Wang’s records could be annulled if the former Olympic and world champion has admitted to doping before setting the marks in 1993, the International Association of Athletics Federations said yesterday.Chinese website Tencent reported that Wang wrote a letter, signed by nine other members of coach Ma Junren’s training programme, in 1995, to journalist Zhao Yu, allegedly revealing that athletes were forced to take banned substances, and Ma injected athletes himself.”It’s all true that Coach Ma had beaten, verbally abused and mistreated us for years,” said the letter, dated March 28, 1995. “It’s also true that he had coaxed or forced us into using large quantities of banned drugs.INHUMANE TORTURES”His crimes must be revealed because we don’t want to see the same thing to happen to the next generation,” according to the letter. “Such inhumane tortures have brought us to the brink of a complete collapse.”The IAAF issued a statement on Friday saying it only became aware of the allegations when contacted by Chinese media, and has asked the Chinese Athletics Association to assist with an investigation to verify if the letter which is written in Chinese and which Zhao provided to Tencent this week – is genuine.”If an athlete has admitted that, at some time prior to achieving a world record, he had used or taken advantage of a substance or technique prohibited at that time, then, subject to the advice of the medical and anti-doping commission, such record will not continue to be regarded as a world record by the IAAF,” the statement said.In 2008, Wang denied doping in an interview with The Associated Press, ascribing her record times to her youth, health and a brutal training regimen.last_img read more

Bucks’ Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn’t score a table at a Mexican restaurant.Antetokounmpo says the social media-fueled mess over the missed meal isn’t a big deal.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Antetokounmpo says he knows the restaurant’s owners and calls them “really good people.” He added that he plans to take up the owners’ offer to pay for his next meal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ John Wall at his elite, explosive best for Wiz in playoffs Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The food flare-up started after a Bucks fan posted a picture on Twitter of the All-Star forward waiting at BelAir Cantina on Sunday.Earlier that afternoon, Antetokounmpo’s putback with 5 seconds left helped the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 to tie their first-round playoff series. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.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 crownThe fan’s post went viral. He says Antetokounmpo stayed 10 minutes before leaving. The restaurant later posted a message on social media apologizing for not seating Antetokounmpo in “as timely a manner as we would have hoped.”The forward told reporters in Boston on Monday that he left only because his ankle was bothering him. Antetokounmpo missed a couple of games late in the regular season with a sore right ankle. View commentslast_img read more

Chinese Envoy Cautions Politicians against Taiwan’s ‘Dollar Diplomacy’

first_imgThe ‘One China’ policy is a key cornerstone of China’s relations with the world and is the fundamental bedrock of Chinese policymaking and diplomacyWith just six months to the representative and presidential elections in the country, Mr. Li Zhaung, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, (PRC) near Monrovia last Friday urged Liberian politicians to be mindful of Taiwan’s preparedness to give out big money to ensure the restoration of diplomatic relations with Liberia against the ‘One China’ policy.Liberia is part of the 52 African countries that support PRC’s ‘One China’ policy, which says that Taiwan is part of China and therefore others should maintain diplomatic relations with the PRC to represent the interest of the Chinese people.Speaking on the topic, “One China policy and its impact in Africa” at the Edward Wilmot Blyden Intellectual Forum organized by the Press Union of Liberia in Monrovia, Mr. Li said Liberian politicians need to be cautious of Taiwan’s attempts to use them to exploit the country.Envoy Li said Taiwanese authorities are prepared to do business with some politicians that may include presidential candidates by providing campaign funds in order to establish or maintain so called “diplomatic relations” when they come to power.He said Taiwanese authorities may attempt to enlarge their international space by making use of the political situations and economic difficulties in a country through “dollar diplomacy.”“Their intent is to create trouble for the China-Liberia relations,” Mr. Li noted. “Many Liberians have not yet understood the ‘One China’ policy because they are blinded by the Taiwanese’s surreptitious attempts, which come in the form of gestures.”He said: “It is possible that some Liberians may not understand the Sinoe-Liberia relations and could therefore tamper with our bilateral relations.”Envoy Li said China-Liberia relations were hurt twice because of the Taiwan issue and as a result the Liberian people did not benefit from the “so called diplomatic relations with Taiwan.”He said the People’s Republic of China appreciates the Liberian government’s firm adherence to the ‘One China’ policy and assured Liberians that his government is willing to foster friendly relations with not only the government but all political parties as well.“We hope that the Liberian people, including political parties, will appreciate and cherish what we have achieved in the past 14 years since our two countries resumed diplomatic relations,” Envoy Li said.He said for Liberia to adhere to the ‘One China’ policy is in line with the common interests of China and Africa. “Today, 52 African countries adhere to the ‘One China’ policy and we are gratified by the progresses we see in a wide range of China-African collaboration,” he noted.Li recalled that “in 1971 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758 which was responsible for the expulsion of representatives of the Taiwanese authorities from the world body and restored the seat and all lawful rights of the government of the People’s Republic of China.”Recounting some other benefits in the China-Liberia diplomatic relations, he said “For the deployment of UNMIL in 2003, China as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, voted in favor of Liberia and consistently supported the peacekeeping operations in Liberia.”“During the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, China was the first country to provide assistance to Liberia,” he said. “Our cooperation in security, agriculture, education, healthcare, trade, etc. has made rapid progress and achieved tangible outcomes which are beneficial to the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip Wesseh, called on Liberian journalists to read and acquire more understanding about the ‘One China’ policy in order to be able to inform the public.“China has increased her support in recent years to the development of our country and what we see going on around us may carry us to higher heights,” Mr. Wesseh said. “The ‘One China’ policy is intended to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”Presently, 174 countries in the world maintain close bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China and support the ‘One China’ policy.The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government, and China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day, a BBC report stated.The ‘One China’ policy is also a key cornerstone of China’s relations with the world and is the fundamental bedrock of Chinese policymaking and diplomacy.Although the Taiwan government claims it is an independent country officially called the “Republic of China,” (ROC) any country that wants diplomatic relations with mainland China (PRC) must break official ties with Taipei. This has resulted in Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation from the international community.The policy can be traced back to 1949 and the end of the Chinese civil war. The defeated Nationalists, also known as the Kuomintang, retreated to Taiwan and made it their seat of government, while the victorious Communists began ruling the mainland as the People’s Republic of China.Both sides say they represent all of China.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Golfers to hit up Lakepoint on Saturday in support of Child Development Centre

first_imgThe eighth annual Child Development Centre Charity Golf Tournament will get underway on Saturday. Currently 22 teams are signed up to take part.A number of prizes will be up for grabs including a helicopter ride for five people with a picnic lunch at Kinuseo Falls, a trip for two to Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, and many others.The cost to take part is $100 and includes a steak dinner on top of the round of golf. Those interested are encouraged to call 250-785-3200, or to come down to the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rowdy group attracts local authorities

first_img– Advertisement – On the evening of July 12, Fort St. John RCMP responded to a call involving a group of disorderly individuals. On Tuesday night, a disruption of the peace led local authorities to Taylor. RCMP arrested the intoxicated group of four, who were eventually released from custody.center_img No charges were laid as a result of the event.     The incident, originally thought to be a break and enter, turned out to be a group of intoxicated people fighting and disrupting the peace.last_img read more

Hull City 0-3 Newcastle United: Magpies add to Bruce’s misery

first_img1 Remy Cabella John Carver earned his first victory as Newcastle United manager as the Magpies comfortably beat Hull City at the KC Stadium in the day’s early kick off.Remy Cabella impressively opened his account for Newcastle as half time approached, before second half strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran condemned Hull to their fourth straight defeat.The win sees Newcastle move back into the top half of the table, whilst Hull remain in deep trouble down in 18th with 15 games remaining.Newcastle brought in Ameobi and Gouffran from the home defeat to Southampton two weeks ago, but it was the hosts who had the more clear-cut early chances.After Moussa Sissoko flashed a shot wide for Newcastle, Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini somehow combined to deny Curtis Davies what seemed a certain goal after Ahmed Elmohamady’s deep cross.Five minutes before half time, Cabella won possession 30 yards from the Hull goal and weaved his way through a few challenges before striking a brilliant left foot effort past Alan McGregor to put the visitors in front.The first half finished on a bizarre note as Elmohamady ran off celebrating after putting the ball in the net, only to be booked for what turned out to be a clear, Maradona-esque handball.It didn’t take the Magpies long to double their lead in the second half, as Ameobi emphatically punished Gaston Ramirez for casually conceding possession with a dipping left foot effort from 30 yards.Hull nearly halved the deficit when Krul saved Ramirez’s angled strike, but Gouffran put the result beyond doubt with a deflected effort after ghosting his way through a non-existent home defence.Newcastle held on for their first clean sheet in ten outings, while it is now six defeats in their last eight games for Bruce’s struggling Tigers.last_img read more

Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s forward Diego Costa takes part in a training session at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid on December 31, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 3 – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third goal in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie. “I’m really happy to feel like a footballer again and play once more with Atletico Madrid. It was very important for me,” Costa said after the match.“I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to my second spell with Atletico. I was given the opportunity to play again and I had the chance to score a goal. That makes me even happier.”Spain international Costa started the move that led to his goal, driving forward before moving the ball wide, allowing Juanfran to whip in a low cross that Costa clipped past Lleida keeper David Oliveros.Costa appeared to have injured himself stretching to score the goal, but carried on and finished the game.“Costa’s return has filled us with enthusiasm,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “He brings speed, strength and physicality, which is what we expected of him.”Two goals in four first half minutes from Diego Godin and Fernando Torres set Atletico up for the comfortable win away to third tier Lleida, with Godin heading home a drilled free-kick after 33 minutes and Torres doubling the lead soon after, just about staying onside to tap home Kevin Gameiro’s low cross.Sevilla’s new Italian coach Vincenzo Montella holds a press conference during his official presentation as the Spanish club’s coach December 30, 2017 © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERCosta’s fellow sub Antoine Griezmann completed the rout in the final seconds, his deflected free-kick sailing past Oliveros giving Simeone’s side a seemingly unassailable lead ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.Meanwhile Vincenzo Montella got off to a winning start as Sevilla coach, the former AC Milan coach’s new side beating Cadiz 2-0 thanks to goals from Nolito and Jesus Navas.Barcelona and Real Madrid play their respective first leg clashes with Celta Vigo and second-tier Numancia on Wednesday, with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde set to rest Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who both returned late from holidays in South America, as well as captain Andres Iniesta.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa expecting confirmation of takeover next week

first_imgAston Villa’s takeover headed by Dr Tony Xia is expected to go through next week. The buyout, believed to be around £75million, could be given the green light by Wednesday, Press Association Sport understands.Xia is expected to meet English Football League (EFL) officials after the weekend to sign off on the deal ahead of official confirmation after passing the owners’ and directors’ test. He will replace Randy Lerner as owner and become the new chairman with Steve Hollis, who joined in January, departing after overseeing an internal restructure. Roberto Di Matteo was appointed Villa’s new manager last week and is yet to face the press as the club wait for Xia’s deal to be rubber-stamped. Once the takeover has gone through the pair are expected to hold a joint conference.Di Matteo replaced Remi Garde, who left in March with the club on the verge of relegation from the Premier League, which was confirmed in April, the first time the club has dropped out of the top flight since 1987. The Italian has been joined by new assistant Steve Clarke, whom he played with at Chelsea, and first-team coach Kevin Bond.His first priority will be to overhaul an under-performing and demoralised squad, with Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi, along with a host of squad players, expected to leave ahead of the Sky Bet Championship season. Dr Tony Xia is set to take ownership of Aston Villa 1last_img read more