Lieutenant takes charge in Bowl

first_img Press Association Mouse Morris’ raider didn’t have the speed to peg back Cue Card at Cheltenham, but stepped up in distance here, he was prominent from early on the second circuit in the hands of Bryan Cooper. Menorah jumped the last in front and appeared set for victory, but First Lieutenant’s stamina kicked in and he wore down Philip Hobbs’ charge to score by three-quarters of a length. Even-money favourite Silviniaco Conti made a couple of errors as the action hotted up and was a never-nearer third. Morris said: “He really deserved one. He’s got a big heart and he jumped super for Bryan, but I thought we were struggling turning in. He hasn’t run a bad race all season and was second in all the good handicaps and Grade Ones. I’m delighted for the horse and the team at home. I wouldn’t have thought he’d go to Punchestown, but we’ll see.” Cooper said: “I’ve been knocking on the door with this lad all season so it’s great he’s got his head in front. He’s been up against Bobs Worth, Tidal Bay, Cue Card – he really deserves it. “I was on and off the bridle the whole way but he jumped exceptionally well and I was always trying to save a bit. It’s a shame Davy (Russell) can’t be here, he’s riding at home today at Thurles with not a bother on him.” Paul Nicholls said of beaten favourite Silviniaco Conti: “Ruby said if he hadn’t missed the ditch he would have won. I suppose if he hadn’t fallen in the Gold Cup we could have ridden him more positively as he’s not a speed horse, more of a stayer. In the future we’ll ride him like we did at Haydock.” Philip Hobbs said of Menorah: “I’m really pleased, it’s the first time he’s had decent ground all season and I’d be inclined to finish him off on a high note now.” center_img Ryanair Chase runner-up First Lieutenant (7-2) went one better with a determined performance in the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree.last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s past results against Crystal Palace count for nothing

first_imgJurgen Klopp insists Crystal Palace’s recent hold over Liverpool will count for nothing when the sides meet on Sunday. Palace proved something of a bogey side for Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, denting their title charge with an improbable 3-3 draw late in the 2013/14 campaign then doing the league double last season. The 3-1 win at Anfield in Steven Gerrard’s last home appearance was particularly chastening. Klopp refuses to countenance that as an excuse, though, and demands his team go about their task with the correct frame of mind. “It’s better you don’t play midweek, it’s an advantage for Crystal Palace, but only if we are not prepared to fight,” he said. “If we wait for easy game, no chance. If we are waiting for a difficult game then we try to think solutions for these difficulties. “We are fit, we are healthy, we are young – not all of us, but the players at least! “They all feel good, they all want to play.” Klopp took a full-strength squad to Kazan but rested Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana and Lucas Leiva from the starting side, meaning he is able to freshen up his XI. “The good thing is everybody wants to play the next game. We all feel good, we all want to play, want to train,” he added. “It’s a challenge of course, but we have pre-match and post-match analysts who work pretty well. We always feel prepared for the next opponent. “We cannot train so much but we can work as long as we want. We have long meetings. “We know everything we have to know about Crystal Palace.” But Klopp has a clean slate heading into the fixture. “It’s good to be new,” said the former Borussia Dortmund coach. “Somebody told me about the special history with Crystal Palace but I feel nothing when I hear it. “It’s only football. In life, like sport, you can lose big but have to react in the right way…strike back, whatever. “If we can use this experience then we should do it but nobody has to be afraid because of this opponent, it’s not impossible to have a result against Crystal Palace. “We have a good chance to win, that’s what we will start to believe. Let’s do it tomorrow.” Klopp’s preparation time has been disrupted somewhat by the Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan. A 1-0 win in Russia extended the club’s winning streak to three games but an arrival into Liverpool at 4am on Friday morning was not ideal. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pakistan recall Akmal, Shafiq for Windies ODIs

first_imgPAKISTAN have recalled batsmen Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies in the UAE.Fast bowlers Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali have also been included in the 16-member squad. Sami Aslam and Umar Gul, who were in the squad for the England ODIs, have been excluded, while Mohammad Hafeez will miss the series due to an injury.Both Shafiq and Akmal last played in the format in 2015. While Shafiq’s previous match came in October 2015 against Zimbabwe in Harare, Akmal has not been part of an ODI XI since the 2015 World Cup.Shafiq was picked after a strong showing in the recent National T20 Cup. He was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 310 at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 139.01. Akmal was recently recalled to the T20I side after assuring the PCB that there would not be any further issues with his conduct. He had been left out of the training camp in May, before the England tour, due to disciplinary reasons.Hafeez has been rested after suffering a calf injury. Earlier, a similar injury had forced him out of the England series after the first ODI. The injury also kept him out of the T20I series against West Indies. Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali will fulfill the top-order responsibilities. Azhar’s captaincy will also be under scrutiny in the series, following the 4-1 series defeat to England earlier this month.Sohail, who has played 12 ODIs between 2008 and 2015, with the last one during the 2015 World Cup, was picked in place of Gul who had a disappointing series against England. Gul took 3 for 23 against Ireland but had a tougher time in the ODIs against England. He took three wickets in as many matches at an average of 54.The squad also includes a specialist spinner in Yasir Shah and three spin-bowling allrounders – Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik.The first and second ODIs will be played in Sharjah on September 30 and October 2 respectively, with the third match scheduled for October 5 in Abu Dhabi. Both teams will be looking to improve their rankings. West Indies are currently eighth on the ICC ODI Championship table with 94 points, while Pakistan are ninth on 86 pointsPakistan ODI squadAzhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship

first_img… Quarter-finals decided; Sparta Boss holds off eliminationFOLLOWING the conclusion of round-robin play in the inaugural Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship, Sparta Boss, Future Stars, Albouystown, Broad Street Bullies, Bent Street, Sophia, Tucville and Back Circle have all advanced to the quarter-finals.Sparta Boss secured their quarterfinal berth when they outclassed Sophia 3-0 on Thursday, thanks to goals from Solomon Austin (4th), Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson (12th) and Dennis Edwards (14th minute).Sophia had several clear chances on goal, but their shots were either well saved or hit the crossbar, as the star-studded ‘kings of futsal’ were able to limp into the knockout stage of the tournament.Part of the action on Thursday in the Xtreme Cleaners/GT Beer Gold Rush Futsal Championship at the National Gymnasium.Meanwhile, Bent Street, Back Circle and Tucville clinched their place in the knockout round compliments of contrasting results. Bent Street edged Broad Street 3-2.Keith Caines, Job Caesar and Daniel Wilson netted in the ninth, 11th and 16th minute respectively. For the losers, Daniel Favourite and Rocky Gravesande scored in the fourth and 10th minute each.Back Circle dismantled Tiger Bay 3-0. Selwyn Williams scored twice in the second and fourth minutes, while Jermaine Beckles netted in the seventh minute.Tucville overcame a 4-1 deficit to draw 4-4 with Agricola. Orson Francois bagged a brace in the third and fourth minutes for Agricola, while Domini Garnett and Lloyd Matthews netted in the first and eighth minute.For Tucville, Jermaine Junior recorded a double in the seventh and 15th minutes, while Jahaal Greaves and Raphael Edwards scored in the 12th and 17th.The quarterfinal stage of the tournament will commence next Tuesday, when Albouystown come up against Broad Street at 20:00hrs, Sophia will engage Bent Street, Back Circle will lock horns with Tucville and Sparta Boss will have to live up to their hype against Future Stars.The semi-final round kicks off on June 15, with the grand final set for June 17.Winners of the tournament will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will receive $200 000 and the respective accolade.The third- and fourth-place finishers will pocket $100 000 and $50,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. On the individual side, $50 000 will be awarded to the Most Valuable Player (MVP).Other sponsors of the event include Fas Grafix, Jefford’s Distribution and Sales, Giftland Distribution Store and FARMSUP Mining Investments Inc.last_img read more

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South American Beach Games| Guyana lose 7-2 to Colombia; 9-0 to Argentina

first_imgGUYANA’S male beach football team, competing for the first time at the South American Games, in Argentina, were given a rude welcome.The team lost their first two group matches yesterday, and, with one game in hand, will not advance from the group stages of the championship.Playing under what manager Dwalon Farrell has described as cold conditions, even as the sun is shining, Guyana went down first to Columbia 7-2 on Wednesday.They also capitulated yesterday morning to host nation Argentina, 9-0, at the Rosario Beach Football venue.The Guyanese got their first goals at this level off the boots of Jamal Haynes and Kennard Simon.They were expected to play their final group match against Peru last evening.This year’s South American Beach Football competition has attracted some 14 countries and is held biennially. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

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USC’s defensive transition going smoothly

first_imgHeading into his team’s fifth spring practice, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was worried about his players’ energy. Tuesday’s practice was the first post-spring break session, and Saturday’s practice will be the team’s first at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, so Thursday’s practice had all the makings of a sluggish day.Elder statesman · Junior defensive end Leonard Williams figures to be the key cog in the Trojans’ young defensive line. Williams recorded 74 tackles (13.5 of them for loss) last year on his way to All-American season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn keeping with Sarkisian’s up-tempo philosophy, though, the team showed no signs of slowing down.“It’s easy to be fired up on Tuesday coming off of spring break, and we know on Saturday, going to the Coliseum, they’re gonna be fired up for that,” Sarkisian said. “We wanted to make sure that today we came out with a lot of energy and intensity … and I thought the guys really responded to that.”With an entirely new defensive coaching staff, the unit remains in flux. But Sarkisian is trying to focus on the similarities between last year’s defensive scheme and this year’s to ease the transition.“There’s only so many defenses you can run,” Sarkisian said. “There are probably some similarities in our base front — they  were a 5-2 a year ago, we’re a 3-4 hybrid. We’ll probably rely on being in that 3-4 a little more than they did.”Good  vibrationsGiven the abrupt nature of former head coach Ed Orgeron’s departure and the loyalty that he was able to establish among current players, some concern lingered about how quickly Sarkisian would be able to “win over” the players.That appears to have been accomplished, as players have been very receptive to the new coaching staff’s instruction. The vibe around the team is as positive as it’s been in quite some time.“Everything is positive, even when you make a mistake,” redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Hawkins said. “We’re having fun — even in meetings. We’re listening to music in meetings while [coach] is talking, so we’re all grooving and taking notes. They keep us uplifted.”With the players’ spirits consistently high, Sarkisian has been pleased with their receptiveness to the staff’s criticism and instruction.“What I’ve been impressed by with this group is when I give them things to work on in the upcoming practice, they really try to apply it,” Sarkisian said. “That’s a sign of a team that wants to do well and wants to do the things the coaches are asking of them.”That type of attitude will be especially useful on the defensive side, where several younger players will be thrust into starting roles, especially on the defensive line.“[The new guys] are coming along great,” said redshirt senior linebacker Hayes Pullard. “Everybody’s messing up, we’re all learning the same new defense and they’re fixing it the next day, which shows maturity for a young guy.”New FacesWith the departure of key players such as George Uko and Morgan Breslin, the Trojan defensive line was expected to have new contributors this year. But with junior defensive end Leonard Williams still out while recovering from surgery, even more new players have been forced into larger roles.One of those players, redshirt junior Delvon Simmons, is more experienced than most. A transfer from Texas Tech, Simmons sat out last season due to NCAA rules but looks ready to contribute immediately. Simmons made 40 tackles in two seasons for the Red Raiders, including three sacks and two pass deflections.“We have a lot of big guys,” Williams said. “We have a lot of potential on the D-line. Delvon has been doing a great job so far. We still need a lot more work, but we have enough time.”Williams said he wouldn’t be practicing at full strength until the summer. Other inexperienced players on the defensive line include redshirt sophomore Jeff Miller and redshirt freshman Kenny Bigelow. Both took reps with the starting defense.QUICK HITSSaturday’s practice at the Coliseum will be the team’s first in full pads. Sarkisian said that there would be a roughly 10-minute, 25-play period with live tackling. “They’re chomping at the bit,” Sarkisian said. “The defensive guys — they want to go tackle some guys.”Sarkisian said that he plans to start fall practices at 8:15 a.m., instead of the normal 4 p.m. Saturday’s practice will start at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Clonmel Captain says he knows what to expect from Shannon

first_imgThrow-in tomorrow is at five o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage brought to you in association with Lodge Security, Tipperary. Elsewhere Toulon hope to win their third consecutive European rugby union title today at Twickenham.They face fellow French side Clermont-Auvergne in the final of the European Champions Cup.Kick-off is at 5pm. Clonmel RFC Captain Ronan Crosse expects a real battle in tomorrow’s Munster Junior Cup Final against Shannon.The Tipp club will look to retain the coveted trophy in Thomand Park to add to the the League and Challenge Cup titles they’ve already won this season. The second rower says his team will know what to expect from the Limerick outfit. He says he’s been lucky in his first year as captain of the side. last_img

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Blake Bortles enjoying backup experience with Rams, hopes to start again

first_img How to get Calvin Johnson back in Lions family: ‘Put that money in my pocket’ QB chug: Players can’t stop shaming Aaron Rodgers’ beer-gulping skills “Seeing how he coaches, how all the other coaches coach and how the guys are receptive and take it, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bortles told the Los Angeles Times.Another week down, another week closer to football. 👊#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0coOTeCsIf— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 31, 2019Bortles enjoyed success at times in Jacksonville, leading the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2018 and landing a lucrative extension that offseason that included $26.5 million in guaranteed money. Related News Ndamukong Suh doesn’t care about his bad reputation Blake Bortles became everyone’s favorite quarterback to hate with the Jaguars. Now as the unquestioned backup to Jared Goff with the Rams, he’s focused on using his time out of the spotlight to learn and have fun.Through OTAs, Bortles says learning from head coach Sean McCoy has been “awesome.” But he regressed last season and eventually was cut when Jacksonville signed Nick Foles in March. That led Bortles to L.A., where he signed a one-year, $1 million deal to sit behind Goff — a new experience for a 27-year-old who has been a starter every season of his career since being drafted third overall in 2014.“It’s a weird thing to kind of balance in your head. I have a role. I’m here to back Jared and do whatever I can to help him out. And if I get an opportunity, I’ve got to make sure we don’t miss a beat offensively and we continue to roll,” Bortles said while making it clear he hopes to run a team again one day.”And at the same time, I also expect to be a starter in this league again, and I know it’s not going to be here in L.A. So I’m trying to just better myself,” he said. “And if I get an opportunity to play, great. If not, then I spent a year learning from McVay, and being around a really good organization.” At the start of offseason workouts, Goff said he was “excited to have [Bortles] in the room with me,” and McVay has also welcomed Bortles after having Sean Mannion as the team’s primary backup in 2018.“You’ve seen a lot of really good things that he’s put on tape over the course of his career in Jacksonville,” McVay said. “And, if need be, we’re confident he’ll perform well for us as well.”The defending NFC champion Rams begin the regular season on the road against the Panthers.last_img read more

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MLB Network’s film on 1995 Mariners a reminder of bygone era when attendance was king

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIn a previous era, that would have been a much bigger problem for owners.Take Seattle, for example, which regularly ranked bottom-five in attendance in the late-’80s and early ’90s, just before modern revenue supplies kicked into gear. As the MLB Network film “The 1995 Mariners, Saving Baseball in Seattle” explores, the Mariners faced relocation until they attracted rabid stadium support (and subsequent funding for a new park) via a dramatic 1995 playoff run.“Baseball was gone (before that),” said former infielder Harold Reynolds, who played in Seattle from 1983 to 1992.His Mariners were the penultimate case of lackluster attendance being the main driver of monetary uncertainty. After Seattle’s near-exit, the Expos left Montreal for D.C. after cost-cutting ownership and a subpar stadium experience torpedoed fan support.The modern Rays, of course, have remained in jeopardy of relocation in part because of their dismal gate counts. But declining attendance hasn’t stopped their valuation from tripling since 2009, according to Forbes.The feeling for players competing in front of empty seats is different, too.“We weren’t on TV much,” Reynolds said. “If people didn’t come to the game, they didn’t see you. Now, even if there’s not a fan in the stands … we still all (see) the game.“It’s important that fans go to games, don’t get me wrong, but I do think it was different back then. If we didn’t have attendance, people didn’t follow the club.”The downside of attendance being deemphasized, however, is lessened incentive for front-offices to field competitive teams, and by extension, minimized personal connection between players and fans at the ballpark.Those aforementioned Rays have artificially limited ticket growth through seat capacity reduction — Tropicana Field’s reduced capacity of 25,000 would not have been able to hold eight of the 10 home crowds that arrived in September 2008 or six of the 10 in September 2010, let alone any of the playoff games the Rays have hosted. Even as MLB’s attendance numbers plummet in 2019, continuing an in-person decline not just in baseball but across many major U.S. sports, teams are not necessarily being thrust into peril.Other emergent cash sources such as hefty local TV deals, video streaming agreements and revenue sharing for small markets have helped ease strain on attendance-starved franchises. There are a lot of those organizations these days: Eight teams are currently drawing fewer than 20,000 fans per game, compared with just three teams a decade ago. They could win 25 straight games and not match the all-encompasing importance of what the Mariners pulled off to save their team in 1995. So too could a number of other attendance bottom-dwellers such as the A’s, Orioles and Marlins. It’s no longer just about who shows up in person.As a result, then, the raw emotions on display in “The 1995 Mariners, Saving Baseball in Seattle,” which debuts this Sunday, indicate something may be lost in baseball’s evolved priorities.“To see that connection with the fans was really special,” Reynolds said. “(Mariners outfielder) Jay Buhner crying at the end of the movie tells you all you need to know. It tells you all you need to know about what that meant to everybody.”last_img read more

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Help wanted: Part time experienced secretary wanted

first_imgHelp wanted: Part-Time Experienced Secretary WantedBusy professional office in Wellington is needing an experienced secretary.  Must be willing to work from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays.  General secretary skills are needed including filing, typing, answering phone calls, greeting the public, bookkeeping, light cleaning and correspondence.  Minimum of one year office experience is needed.  Legal experience is not needed as I can train you.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please send resume to 219 W. 15th Street, Wellington, Kansas 67152 or attorneylh@sutv.com.last_img

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