Salsify on target for Foxhunter

first_img The Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase, won by Rodger Sweeney’s gelding last year, could see Salsify again pitting his wits against the up-and-coming Tammys Hill, who has defeated him twice already this season in events at Wexford and Down Royal. Sweeney, who was battling against snow at his stables near Castlelyons in County Cork on Tuesday, said: “He likes better ground, but he has to go this weekend as he needs to run before Cheltenham.” Salsify is to have his final prep run at Leopardstown on Saturday ahead of his defence of the CGA Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He added: “It should be a good race. Tammys Hill beat him fair and square at Down Royal, but the ground was very soft that day. He likes nice ground and hopefully it will all go well at the weekend.” Salsify had just a one-length advantage over Chapoturgeon at Cheltenham and Sweeney identifies Richard Barber’s charge as the main danger. “I saw Chapoturgeon win the other day and he looks the one to beat,” he said. “It was close last year, and all you need to do is make one mistake.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fiona the hippo attempts to make Super Bowl LIV pick

first_imgWho do you have your money on in Sunday’s Super Bowl? Kansas City or San Francisco?Bettors may want to consider the selection thrown up by Fiona, the hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.On Thursday, Fiona made her pick by throwing up on the Kansas City Chiefs toy.Fiona was born prematurely three years ago which drew international attention. This is her third year picking a team for the Super Bowl. In 2018 she correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots. In 2019 she missed by picking the Los Angeles Rams over the Patriots.The Chiefs are favored by one point to win the Super Bowl.last_img read more

First playoff games announced for fall sports season

first_imgBelow are times and dates for local high school playoff games to be held later this week. A list of next week’s games will be posted Monday, Oct. 24. Road teams are listed first.Thursday, Oct. 20Boys’ soccer, Class C North: (9) George Stevens Academy vs. (8) Limestone, 4 p.m.Boys’ soccer, Class D North: (14) Deer Isle-Stonington vs. (3) Ashland, 4 p.m.Volleyball, Class A North: (12) Cape Elizabeth vs. (5) Mount Desert Island, 4:30 p.m.*Friday, Oct. 21Boys’ soccer, Class B North: (10) Old Town vs. (7) MDI, 3 p.m.Boys’ soccer, Class C North: (11) Sumner vs. (6) Piscataquis, 2 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 22Boys’ soccer, Class B North: (12) Foxcroft vs. (5) Ellsworth, 3 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class B North: (12) MDI vs. (5) Presque Isle, 1 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class C North: (8) GSA vs. (9) Washington Academy, 3 p.m.Volleyball, Class B: (5) Woodland vs. (4) Ellsworth, 1 p.m.Volleyball, Class B: (7) Bucksport vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text*If MDI beats Cape Elizabeth, its next game will be against Falmouth or Kennebunk on Saturday, Oct. 22.last_img read more

The Latest: Chelsea declared Women’s Super League champion

first_imgThe Latest: Chelsea declared Women’s Super League champion Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. June 5, 2020 The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.Chelsea had seven games remaining.City will still qualify for the Champions League with Chelsea. Liverpool has been relegated.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Jeffrey, Mohamed, Singh star at GMR&SC |National Race of Champions

first_imgBy Stephan SookramIT was smooth sailing for several competitors as the first National Race of Champions got underway Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.Rameez Mohamed dominated the Starlet Class while Stefan Jeffrey dominated Group Three with Chet Singh leading the Group Two class when the event kick started.Chet Singh leads the packChet was the dominant force in Group Two, charging to three dominant wins in the class.In the Starlet Cup event, Mohamed, who was re-elected as president of the club last week, dominated the starlet cup after defending champion, Motilall Deodass, dropped out with mechanical issues.On the bike end of things, Kevin Persaud recovered from a massive fall in race one to take races two and three.Details in tomorrow’s editionlast_img read more

Lagos Set for Classy Africa Beach Soccer Nations Cup Tourney

first_imgKunle AdewaleLagos State Government has concluded plans to hosting an unprecedented Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations.At a press conference to herald the competition, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said hosting the competition is aimed at projecting Lagos positively to the world.“Sport is paramount in the activities of the state and we believe this championship is a good platform to showcase the best of what Lagos can offer in terms of culture and entertainment,” he said. In his address, the Special Adviser to the governor on Sports and Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, revealed that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, is keen about sports and is determined to make the state the hub of sports in Africa.“Our job was made easy by the governor, who is a sport lover. He is very conscious about youth development in Lagos state through sports. So we decided to embark on various sporting activities to prevent the youth from social vices. For the Beach Soccer, there are provisions for engaging the fans,” said Tinubu.Tinubu said the government is working with the Nigeria Football Federation and the Local Organising Committee to stage a hitch-free championship. “We want people to see and to say positive things about our country. We see no reason why Nigeria cannot host the Beach Soccer World Cup. We have also made plans for shuttle buses to convey fans to the arena. We are also working closely with the Local Organizing Committee for a commendable opening and closing ceremonies,” Tinubu said.In his reaction, NFF Ist Vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, promises a ‘world-class’ beach soccer event.“We are committed to hosting the best –ever CAF Beach Soccer Championship. Our tenure is on putting up a world-class event, and we believe that with the support we have received and still receiving from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the NFF, the Lagos state government, we will deliver,” Akinwunmi said.The championship will determine the best beach soccer nation in Africa and doubles as a qualification event for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup billed for the Bahamas.Nigeria is zoned in Group A alongside Ghana, Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire while Group B has Madagascar, Libya, Morocco and Senegal.The competition is slated between December 13 and 18 at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos Island.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Grant fills in at center for injured Keita in Syracuse win

first_img Published on February 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 On Jerami Grant’s first possession playing center since middle school, he was late in defending a pass. On his second, 260-pound Josh Smith backed him down for an easy layup.Clemson, which trailed by 12 at the 15-minute mark, pulled within five of No. 1 Syracuse with 10:46 to play. Grant, forced into big-man duty due to injury and foul trouble, had to adjust quickly in the middle of the Orange’s 2-3 zone.“I’m not really used to the position,” Grant said, “but at the same time I’ve got to get used to it.”Grant held his own following the early lapses in Syracuse’s (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast) 57-44 win over the Tigers (15-7, 6-4) on Sunday night in the Carrier Dome. But six weeks after DaJuan Coleman suffered a season-ending knee injury, it has finally come back to bite the Orange.With senior center Baye Moussa Keita sidelined due to a sprained right knee and junior forward Rakeem Christmas on the bench with four personal fouls, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Grant was forced to man the middle of the 2-3 zone for nearly nine minutes of the second half. He struggled to box out and was bullied by the larger Smith at times during the Orange win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with Keita listed as day-to-day and a Pittsburgh frontcourt featuring Talib Zanna looming on Wednesday, the experience may help Grant if he needs to become more than just an emergency option.“He’s practiced in there a couple times this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s pretty long in there. I think we can get by with him in there.”Grant finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, but grabbed only one board after halftime despite playing 19 of the 20 minutes. The defensive rebounds and outlet passes he produced helped the Orange finish the half on a 9-0 run. Teammates agreed with Grant in the middle, the Orange will need to utilize a group approach to defensive rebounding. Trevor Cooney said he and Tyler Ennis will need to help crash and pick up tipped boards.But the biggest part of the adjustment may need to come from Grant himself. He said rebounding out of the center spot was the most difficult aspect of adjusting.“You don’t know where anybody’s coming from,” Grant said. “You’ve just kind of got to jump and go get it.”When the players learned Keita would not be playing in the second half at halftime, Christmas spoke with Grant about playing in the middle of the zone.He told his locker room neighbor that he couldn’t get caught in the post, and if he did, his only chance at recovery would be to slip around the post man.“He saw what it’s like to play down there,” Christmas said. “He did his thing and had a good game.”As Grant settled into the heart of the zone, so too did Syracuse against Clemson. Fair and Grant combined to push the lead to 50-40 at the 4:45 mark, when Christmas came back in.Until that point, freshman forward Tyler Roberson and junior guard Michael Gbinije had been filling in for Grant at the wing.“We’ve had situations where we’ve played small in past years and we’ve actually had real good success with that,” Boeheim said. “That’s not going to hurt us at that stage of the game, as much as somebody making 3s is going to hurt you.”In the locker room after the game, Grant couldn’t even make it to his seat before being swarmed by media.As he answered the umpteenth question about playing a position he clearly hadn’t worked at in years, Keita shuffled by midway through the interview, appearing to favor his left leg slightly.At 23-0, Syracuse may finally have a legitimate chink in its armor. And if it does, Grant’s likely the only player capable of fixing it.Said Grant: “I wasn’t used to the size, but at the same time you’ve got to adjust in certain situations. I think that’s what makes us a great team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Eric Dungey undergoes right-foot surgery

first_imgSyracuse quarterback Eric Dungey underwent surgery on his right foot, per his Instagram story. The surgery happened on Wednesday and was successful, Dungey’s mother confirmed to missed the final three games of the 2017 season after injuring his foot against Florida State on Nov. 4. He tried to work his way to back to play, but didn’t appear in the final three games as Zack Mahoney and Rex Culpepper started in his place.The 2017 season was the second-straight that Dungey missed the final three games of the year. He has yet to play a full season for Syracuse.The quarterback from Lake Oswego, Oregon, finished the season having played in nine games and rushed for 595 yards and nine touchdowns. Dungey threw for 2495 yards and completed 60 percent of his passes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Cahir’s McGlinchy happy to get another bite of Quarter Final Cherry

first_imgThat replay on Sunday will be played in Cashel, with throw in at 2pm. The two sides couldn’t be separated after extra time last weekend in a tit-for-tat game, with both sides missing chances that would have seen them advance to the last 4.And McGlinchy believes both sides were happy to get another bite of the cherry in the replay this Sunday.last_img

Premier League leaders continue European dream

first_imgMauricio Pochetinno’s men are looking for their first win in Group E – after the defeat to Monaco at Wembley. The Premier League winners face Porto.Claudio Ranieri’s side are in a good position in Group G following their 3-0 away win over Club Brugge in the opening game.Elsewhere, Tottenham make the long trip to Russia for their clash with CSKA Moscow. There are also three games in the Airtricity League Premier Division.Second-placed Cork City will resume their pursuit of league leaders Dundalk.The Leesiders host Galway United at Turner’s Cross.Meanwhile, Derry City host Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell Stadium and Sligo Rovers visit St. Pat’s.last_img read more