Forever on course for Epsom

first_img Having won the Fillies’ Mile on her final appearance last season, the three-year old put in an encouraging performance when giving weight away to all of her rivals to finish a close-up second over her first try at a mile and a quarter in the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday. O’Brien said: She ran well and we’re happy with her. “It was a nice start and it looks like she will get further, she was coming home well. “Hopefully if everything goes well I’d imagine she’ll go to Epsom.” While a trip back across the Irish Sea is on the cards for Together Forever, O’Brien has stressed Found will look to get her career back on track in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the end of the month. Found could be one of several entries in the mile event for the Ballydoyle master. O’Brien said: “We’re looking at the Irish Guineas for Found and, so far, everything seems perfect. “It looks like Kissed By Angels and Qualify could go there. “Fluff had a slight setback and will probably not be back until the autumn. “Words won’t make it (to the Curragh) and might make Ascot.” Aidan O’Brien says Together Forever is more than likely to take her chance in the Investec Oaks at Epsom next month.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kumar Sangakkara to Lead MCC Against Essex in Sri Lanka Next Year

first_imgLondon: Kumar Sangakkara, the first overseas president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, will lead the MCC against English County champions Essex in Sri Lanka next year.The MCC on Thursday announced that the traditional curtain-raiser to the new English domestic season, which dates back to 1970 in its current guise, will be played at the Galle International Stadium between March 24-27, 2020.Sri Lanka has been identified for a number of reasons and MCC’s World Cricket committee will also meet there in March, timed to coincide with England’s World Test Championship matches in the country.“It is hugely important to support cricket in countries such as Sri Lanka and taking the Champion County match to Galle is a fantastic way for the Club to provide its backing for the game on a global level,” said Sangakkara.“With England touring the country during the same period, this will make for an exciting sequence of events in Sri Lanka and, as one of the best cricketing destinations in the world, it will be a wonderful occasion for all involved. I am looking forward to playing for and indeed captaining the MCC team, which will be full of exciting young talent ready to challenge the County Champions,” he added.The Champion County match, which sees MCC play the winners of the County Championship in a four-day first-class match, was played at Lord’s until 2010 when the match first moved abroad.The 2019 match was drawn, with rain — unusual in Dubai — curtailing the final day’s play. MCC was bowled out for 256 in their first innings before Surrey made 520 all out, with Ollie Pope (251) and Jamie Smith (127) starring for the champions with the bat. Dom Sibley (Warwickshire) scored a century in MCC’s second innings as they reached 265 for 4. IANSAlso Read: Kumar Sangakkara Takes Office as Marylebone Cricket Club PresidentAlso Watch:Watch | Exceptional Step to counter Human-Elephant Conflict in Digboilast_img read more

Xtreme Clean & Maintenance / GT Beer ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal Tournament

first_img– Sparta Boss stamps authority on opening nightA double from Devon Millington, and a goal each from Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Eusi Phillips were enough to send the notorious Futsal ‘kings’ Sparta Boss to the next round of the Xtreme Clean & Maintenance / GT Beer ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal Tournament, following their 4 – 1 win over West Back Road on Friday evening at the National Gymnasium.Regarded as ‘the team to beat’ in any tournament, Sparta Boss’ marksman Millington scored the game’s first goal seven minutes into the contest, with a ripping right-footed volley which the West Back Road custodian had no chance of stopping.But Josephus Charles then equalised for West Back Road just before the stroke of half time; setting the tone for an entertaining second half.Millington, Richardson, Philips and Solomon Austin dominated possession, and the writing was already on the wall for West Back Road; they had no chance of coming out on top.Phillips would then make it 2- 1 with his 14th minute strike, while Millington completed his double three minutes later.Richardson, who was fantastic with the ball at his feet, making several clinical plays and entertaining the crowd with his showmanship, then cemented his team’s appearance in the round-robin stage with a beautiful goal just before the end of the game.Meanwhile, Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars went down 3- 2 to Sophia and Showstoppers of West Demerara and East Coast Demerara’s Beterverwagting (BV) were sent packing after going down 5 – 2 and 5- 4 to Tiger Bay and Agricola Champion Boys, respectively.In other results: Broad Street Bullies edged Kitty 2-1 with Darren Benjamin and Jimmy Gravesande on target for the winners, while Simon Emanuel netted for Kitty.Another six knockout games were scheduled to be played last evening, while the round-robin stage is set to commence tonight.The top two teams in each group and the two best third place teams will advance to the Quarterfinals. The Round Robin playoffs continue on June 6 and 8. The Quarterfinal will be played on June 13. The Semi-final on June 15 and the Final on Saturday June 17.The winning team will take home $500,000 and a trophy, while second, third and fourth placed teams will collect $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.last_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse confident following impressive performance against No. 1 Northwestern

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse didn’t have much time to think about its dramatic overtime loss to Northwestern on Wednesday. The Orange had less than 12 hours from the moment the final whistle blew until the time it had to board its flight to Gainesville, Fla., the next morning.But SU wouldn’t have it any other way.‘It’s our third game, and they’re the best in the country, No. 1, and we were up by four at one time,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘We were out to fight. We only go on from here. We play (No. 5) Florida next, so we know we have big games coming up, so we can’t dwell on this.’Syracuse (1-2, 0-0 Big East) led the No. 1 Wildcats 6-3 at halftime Wednesday before falling 11-9 in overtime, but Syracuse’s first-half success gave the team a formula to be successful against anyone. That starts with an attempt to rebound against the No. 5 Gators (4-1, 0-0 American Lacrosse Conference). The No. 11 Orange takes on Florida in Gainesville on Saturday at 1 p.m.The matchup with the Gators will be the first game in a stretch of two more contests against ranked teams in Monday’s deBeer Women’s Media Poll. And that stretch will give the Orange the chance to continue learning and growing just as it did Wednesday against Northwestern.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll four of the Gators’ wins have come from beating unranked foes Jacksonville, Maryland-Baltimore County, Siena and Detroit. Jacksonville is the only team with a winning record, and both Siena and Detroit are winless. In Florida’s only test against a ranked opponent, the Gators fell 11-9 to No. 2 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.Meanwhile, the Orange has yet to play an opponent ranked lower than No. 8 and just forced the nation’s top-ranked team — a team that hadn’t won a game by fewer than eight goals all season — into overtime.‘I think it built a lot of confidence for us,’ SU midfielder Katie Webster said. ‘We know we can play them, play with them, and I think we can beat them in the future. So I think we can play with Florida, Maryland, anyone.’And the first half is what inspired that confidence. Syracuse jumped out to a 6-2 lead by making plays that were to be expected from Northwestern.Already holding a 3-1 lead, Becca Block carried the ball up the field. The SU defender flipped the ball back to Tumolo, who was running away from the net. Tumolo then made a perfect pass fading away from the net to Webster.The SU midfielder then bounced the ball between NU goaltender Brianne LoManto’s legs for the goal.Plays like that left NU head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller impressed after the game.‘I think Syracuse is a great team,’ Amonte Hiller said. ‘They’ve got weapons all over the field.’But perhaps the Orange can learn even more from the end of that game. After allowing seven straight goals and being held scoreless for nearly 25 minutes, SU scored three goals in the final 4:16 of regulation to force overtime.SU head coach Gary Gait said that’s a difference between this year and last year for the Orange. This group takes advantage of opportunities the 2011 squad failed to en route to a mediocre 10-8 record.‘I think it’s a step for this team,’ Gait said. ‘… We have the potential to take this team to the next level. I think we’re just growing, we’re still pretty young, but we have some senior leadership, and we’ve got a great mix of classes, and I think we’ll get better as the season goes on.’The Orange didn’t beat a ranked team last season until April 29 when it beat No. 6 Loyola 10-9 in the second-to-last game of the regular season.This year, Syracuse has already knocked off a ranked team and has given a pair of top-10 teams serious scares, too. With that resume already under its belt, the Orange is prepared for the tough road that starts with Florida.‘I think we can play with anyone,’ Webster said. ‘We play Florida on Saturday, so we’ll see how we do with them.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Published on March 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

POWERFUL PAIR: Staats, Rice lead Syracuse to comeback win over in-state rival Hobart

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse GENEVA, N.Y. — Randy Staats didn’t have enough time to step into the biggest pass of the game. He could only plant his right foot, but that was still enough.Dylan Donahue called for the ball, streaking and wide open in front of the net. Staats shook a Hobart defender and unleashed a pass that traveled 25 yards and straight into the pocket of Donahue’s stick.A perfect combination of pace and placement, the pass allowed Donahue to give Syracuse its first lead since the opening quarter — one it would hold onto for the remainder of the game.“I reached back and threw up a prayer and it got to him,” Staats said.And while it was the kind of play Syracuse has grown used to from the crafty Staats, it shocked the Statesmen while permanently hampering their upset bid.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s the beast you’re playing against,” said Hobart head coach Greg Raymond, before senior attack Cam Stone added that he had never seen anything like it.With Hobart threatening to edge Syracuse for the second straight season, Staats’ acrobatic assist came on the back end of a comeback orchestrated by him and fellow attack Kevin Rice. No. 4 Syracuse (9-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) beat unranked Hobart (4-8, 3-2 Northeast) 15-9 at Boswell Field on Saturday, and rode the play of Staats and Rice in the second and third quarters to capture its fifth straight win.Staats collected five goals and three assists in the contest, while Rice netted four and dished out two, totaling 14 points that helped the Orange hoist the Kraus-Simmons Trophy in the 100th meeting between the two teams.“Initially we weren’t playing too well,” Rice said. “We weren’t able to get the ball where we wanted to, but I think we sort of just settled down and let the offense work.”With Hobart starting goalie Peter Zonino sidelined with a head injury, freshman Jackson Brown stepped into the cage. Brown had played just eight and a half minutes on the season before the opening faceoff, but even with Staats and Rice netting first-quarter goals, the Orange attack was largely stymied by Hobart’s quick-sliding defense.Rice and Staats were pressured behind the cage, and the Statesmen face guarded all cutters — a defensive effort that allowed them to go on a four-goal run and build a 6-2 lead late in the second quarter.Then Staats found his stride.The first goal came off a pass from Rice. Then from Ward. Then from Rice again when he surfaced in front of the Hobart cage before scoring, falling down and popping up with a crowd of teammates smacking his helmet.“Randy was able to score four goals in the first half that really kept us in it,” SU head coach John Desko said.The second half belonged to Rice.After Matt Opsahl bumped Hobart’s lead to 7-5, Rice scored two goals in 40 seconds to tie the game at 7-7. Then he knotted it again at 8-8 with 33 seconds left in the quarter before Staats connected with Donahue to send Syracuse into a 6-1 fourth quarter to end the game.“Our middies do a great job drawing slides and making the defense rotate,” Rice said, “and we got some goals off of that.”Staats and Rice possess contrasting styles and have had contrasting seasons.Staats likes to use his frame to get into the crease and artful stick work to beat defenders and goalies. Rice is pass-first, but takes what the defense gives him, only shooting from the right angles and at the right time.Staats has had to battle injuries and the adjustments of transferring onto a perennial contender, only showcasing his true potential in the latter half of the Orange’s current winning streak. Rice’s performance against the Statesmen was business-like, and further confirmation that the offense goes as he does.But on Saturday, the two co-piloted the SU attack and their differences meshed into one working machine.Both operated from behind the cage. Both gracefully found open teammates. Both showcased the ability to score from the doorstep, the right alley and the left.And even after they accounted for the Orange’s first eight goals — and nine of 15 on the day — their collective effort was, to them, just a small factor in the team’s offensive success.“We just try and create offense with the whole team,” Staats said. “It’s not just me and Kevin, we got six guys out there.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse turns to experienced coach to retool change over on offensive line

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh isn’t as tall his players. His bald head doesn’t reach far above the chests of many of his 6-foot-4 or five-inch blockers. So when Cavanaugh wants to be heard, he touches stomachs.“Ev,’ we got get better,” guard Evan Adams recalled in a raspy rendition of Cavanaugh’s voice back in November. “(If) this is where we want to be, we got keep doing this man.”Adams, now a redshirt senior, admits he doesn’t love his coach in those moments. Cavanaugh, like many offensive line coaches, is a fundamentals guy. The harping on hand placement, footwork and the tedious repetition of drills “can make you crazy,” Adams said.“You come to love and appreciate him,” said Adams in late March, though. “You know it’s a slow start. He’s going to chew you out because everything that you do is not fine-tuned and made right, but as you get better and better you’re going to start liking him more and more.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn that moment, Cavanaugh was what he describes as “Miserable Mike,” the side of his personality that’s never satisfied. While Syracuse is months away from its first game, the new offensive linemen have a lot to learn. In the brief practice moments open to the media this spring, Cavanaugh’s demanded proper posture on blocks and impeccable footwork, and he’s asked to see it again and again.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerBut Syracuse’s second-year offensive line coach, who’s spent 33 years tooling linemen, isn’t just a yeller. “Positive Cav,” his other personality, bonds with Adams through their Connecticut roots, sometimes discussing the best pizza joints in their area. Other offensive lineman like redshirt-junior Sam Heckel enjoy their coaches’ Hawaiian spin on Teriyaki Chicken he’s cooked at linemen dinners.It’s a love and hate relationship for Syracuse offensive linemen with Cavanaugh, who spent two years in the NFL and another 14 years in Power 5 conferences. But with Heckel now out for the spring with an undisclosed surgery, and three other 2018 linemen graduated, the Orange will rely on Cavanaugh to patch it together.“He’s got that great combination,” said Mike Riley, who had Cavanaugh on his staff at Oregon State and Nebraska for a combined 13 seasons. “I always used to say Cav could beat them with a stick and they’d come back for more.”Due to Syracuse team policy, Cavanaugh wasn’t made available for this story.In 10 seasons coaching under Riley at Oregon State (2005-14), 23 of his offensive linemen received all conference honors. Cavanaugh guided three offensive linemen to All-American seasons at Oregon State and influenced several NFL careers. One of those players, Mike Remmers, has played eight seasons in the NFL after joining the Beavers as a walk-on.In Cavanaugh’s first season with Syracuse, Koda Martin and Cody Conway earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. The Orange improved their rushing yards per game average by 37.7 yards and set a school-record for rushing touchdowns (38).Syracuse returned three of its rotational contributors on the offensive line before Heckel’s injury, which forced Airon Servais back to center. Both tackle spots are filled with players who haven’t started a game, with Carlos Vettorello lining up at the left and Mike Clark at the right, while Dakota Davis has slotted into left guard.Max Freund | Staff Photographer“His trademark is development,” Riley said, “and so he’s really, really good with young guys that have some tools but need to learn how to play.”Syracuse players said Cavanaugh helped their hand placement and pass setting technique. In the run game, this means adjusting play side hands to the outside on wide run plays, in order to seal the defense. On the inside zone, hands should be in tighter on the defender in an attempt for a straight push forward.Conway and Heckel learned from Cavanaugh not to bend at the waist. When their helmets dip forward and bodyweight falls onto the opponent, they lose control of the situation. The group often practices how to defend against spin moves. Adams calls it “playing the piano” on a defender’s back, meaning the players must match the defender’s movements with their hands. As long as they keep resetting their hands, they won’t lose position.“He’s a great technician,” Heckel said. “He’ll make us do so many repetitions just to get the smallest thing correct. And I think that’s been the most helpful thing for me at least.”Adams met with Cavanaugh after the Camping World Bowl. In what he described as a “sit down moment,” Cavanaugh told Adams he had an opportunity to be great in football and doing what he wants to do.It was a quintessential Cavanaugh moment. An off-field gesture that brought meaning to the on-field intensity.“Just listen to me,” Adams remembered Cavanaugh said, “and I promise I’ll get you there.” Comments Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44last_img read more

OPTIMA picks up Systems Management prize at the Oracle Awards

first_img Submit Strategy and tech plans employed by OPTIMA have been vindicated after the company landed a prize for Systems Management at the Oracle Excellence Innovation Awards 2018.The ceremony, which took place at the Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on Monday, saw the sports betting and gaming solutions provider rubbing shoulders with leading worldwide tech organisations such as Cisco and Accenture.Having been on hand to collect the prize, the firm’s CEO Jacob Lopez commented: “A gaming tech company as innovator in cloud systems management is really important for an industry where technology is not always appreciated, and it sometimes matters who has a bigger voice or screams more but not who has a better product.“By being recognised by a tech giant, OPTIMA has proved that its strategy and tech plans are the right ones for the immediate future. Thank you to Oracle for valuing our contribution in cloud related technologies as innovators.”Addressing his own team, he added: “Everyone that is part of the OPTIMA family should feel very proud to be recognised from such a highly recognised giant of the tech industry.”Meanwhile, OPTIMA has also been shortlisted in the following six categories for this year’s SBC Awards – Sportsbook Supplier of the Year, Standalone Platform Provider of the Year, Best Live Betting Product, Best Retail Betting Product, Best Multi-Channel Supplier and Best Service Provider. StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Isaiah Thomas injury update: Nuggets guard (hip) to make season debut, report says

first_img Nuggets coach Michael Malone excited by All-Star role Anthony Davis says, ‘We sucked’ after Pelicans loss; Alvin Gentry ‘done’ talking about trade Thomas appeared to hint at his return Tuesday on Twitter after practicing 5-on-5.🙏🏾— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) February 12, 2019Thomas, 29, had offseason hip surgery before signing a one-year, $2 million veteran’s minimum deal with Denver in July. The two-time All-Star has averaged 18.9 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range over his seven-year career. Related Newscenter_img Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas, sidelined all season as he rehabbed from hip surgery last spring, will make his season debut Wednesday against the Kings, reported, citing unidentified league sources.Upgraded earlier to questionable for the game in Denver, he made his decision Wednesday morning to play, according to the report. His return less than a week after Denver stood pat at the trade deadline was characterized by some as the same as an addition made via a deal..@IsaiahThomas is Denver’s trade deadline pickup. If he’s right — and even if he’s 75-80% of his former self — he’ll be a big time addition to the Nuggets second unit.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) February 13, 2019The Nuggets (38-18) enter their last game before the All-Star break in second place in the Western Conference, three games back of the first-place Warriors and one game up on the Thunder.last_img read more

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury praises Josh Rosen but says team hasn’t made decision about No. 1 pick

first_img Larry Fitzgerald steers clear of Cardinals QB questions Josh Rosen trade rumors: Multiple teams have inquired about Cardinals quarterback Rosen completed 55.2 percent of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with 14 interceptions, in 14 games as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2018. The team went 3-10 in his starts.”He’s a confident young man, and that’s what you love about him,” Kingsbury said. “He’s got very thick skin. All of this kind of falls off his back, and he’s ready to go prove what he can do.”Kingsbury, however, said the team has not made a decision about who it will draft as it is still gathering “information.”“You have to meet with all the players, and then you’ve got to get the best answer you can come up with,” Kingsbury said. “You just want to make sure you are thorough when you have that No. 1 pick.“That’s a pick that can change your organization for many years to come. If you’re not doing all your due diligence possible, then I think it’s a mistake.”Murray tallied 54 total touchdowns, won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff last season.Kingsbury called Murray “one of the better dual-threat players to ever play.” Kliff Kingsbury praised Josh Rosen but he did not rule out the Cardinals taking another quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.The Cardinals are reportedly considering selecting former Oklahoma signal caller Kyler Murray with the top selection and some have speculated Rosen will not fit into Kingsbury’s offense. But, Arizona’s first-year coach said that was not the case when he met with reporters Tuesday.center_img “I don’t know if I’ve seen one that can do both things as well as he does,” Kingsbury said. “You see the running ability. … He’s a true dropback passer when he wants to be. He’s a tough combination.”The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27. “People have said a lot of things that are misconceptions, if you will,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN. “But Josh is a tremendous player, I’ve always thought, watching him at UCLA. He played his best football in a spread system, some similarities to what we do.“He’s a tremendous thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anybody, and we take a lot of pride in building a system around a quarterback.” Related Newslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015:Friday, September 18, 2015•12:55 a.m. Officers took a report of Suspicious Activity in the 200 block W. 8th, Wellington.•Chad W. Levalley, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:50 a.m. Amy A. Groves, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•9:45 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a television in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington by known suspect.•1:44 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of checks in the Wellington.•3:20 p.m. Wesley P. Warnock, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance, illegal registration and seatbelt violation.•6:50 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the area of 9th and Blaine, Wellington.Saturday, September 19, 2015•4:09 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block S. F, Wellington.•4:30 p.m. Austin L. Mayo, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer brake and tail lights.•6:49 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. F, Wellington.•6:55 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 800 block E. 8th, Wellington by known owner.•9:13 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington by known suspect.•9:55 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 1000 block Shady Lane Ct, Wellington.•10 p.m. Christy L. Winger, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.•10:50 p.m. Quentin A. Hernandez, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.Sunday, September 21, 2015•5:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a verbal disturbance in the 1300 block E. Harvey, Wellington by known subject(s).•8:35 p.m. Kyle L. Reed,18, Clearwater, was issued a notice to appear charged with defective headlight.last_img read more