Enjoy Yourself impresses on debut

first_img “She may go next for a Listed race (Flame of Tara Stakes) at the Curragh on August 30.” Macnicholson (7-1) was seen running well over hurdles at the Galway Festival recently and showcased his versatility when landing the McEnery Cup Handicap by a length and three quarters. Always handily placed under Fran Berry, the six-year-old was sent to the front a fair way out but kept to his task well and always had matters under control. Berry said: “He was a bit unlucky in the Galway Hurdle where he was nearly brought down but it was a good run as it was. “The blinkers on today helped a lot. Jessica said to make plenty of use of him as a mile and a half is his minimum trip.” There was drama in the Join The Gowran Park Racing Club For 100 Euro Nursery as Dancing On Air (8-1) opened her account, but only after a stewards’ inquiry. Dobailin appeared to have done enough when just passing the post in front but she had wandered left in the closing stages, causing interference to the eventual winner, and the stewards deemed that interference significant enough to reverse the placings. Aurelia Cotta (4-1) made every yard of the running when proving two and a quarter lengths too strong for her rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap. Press Association Enjoy Yourself is likely to have her sights raised after showing the right sort of attitude to make a winning start to her career in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at Gowran Park.center_img Sent off at 40-1, the Oxx-trained daughter of Sir Percy raced handily and stuck to her guns after challenging two out, eventually holding the late rattle of Al Mohalhal by a neck. Oxx said afterwards: “She’s a nice filly and I’m not surprised she won as she’s been working well. She was quite professional and it’s not the easiest place to win on debut as there are lots of things to look at. last_img read more

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AIFF Steers Clear As ISL ‘Contract’ Stuns I-League Clubs

first_imgNew DelhI: After days of speculation on whether the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL) will be merged into one united league or if the former will continue to be the primary league of the country, the cat is out of the bag and it has now been revealed that the ISL was always meant to be the primary league of the country when the contract was signed between the All India Football Federation and Football Sports Development Limited (initially IMG-Reliance).Speaking to IANS, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das made it clear that while the decision on whether ISL will be elevated to the position of being the numero uno league rests on the Executive Committee of the AIFF, the contract has it that ISL would ultimately be the primary league in the country.“I have just mentioned what is in the contract and have also clearly stated that I have no authority to take such decisions. It is the Executive Committee which will decide,” he said.As per reports, the agreement the AIFF had signed stated that the new league would be the primary league in India. With regards to the I-League, it said that the league could be reconstituted, replaced and/or discontinued (temporarily or permanently).Speaking to IANS, Gokulam Kerala president V.C. Praveen said that it was a sad day for the I-League clubs. “If this is true and the AIFF has signed such a contract, then they have done great injustice to Indian football,” he rued.While Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj wasn’t available for a comment, a senior club official said: “Chaos! It’s so disappointing.”Although century old clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have been cautious in their approach, an East Bengal official said that an official press note would be issued soon. IANSAlso Read: All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disparity In Fines An Effort To Break Unity: I-League Clublast_img read more

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Football News Chelsea lose to Everton, chances of finishing in top four in Premier League diminish

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Maurizio Sarri admitted he is worried about his Chelsea team’s “mentality” after they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Everton that severely damages their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League. Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, converting his own saved penalty, scored the second-half goals at Goodison Park on Sunday that halted Chelsea’s recent league improvements and marked Everton’s first win over ‘Big Six’ opposition in 26 games, a run dating back to January 2017. But the goals followed a first half of utter Chelsea domination in which they somehow failed to beat Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and the subsequent collapse has clearly concerned the London club’s manager. “I’m worried about our mentality,” said Sarri. “I think the situation is clear. “We played probably the best 45 minutes of the season then, suddenly, at the beginning of the second half, we stopped playing. I don’t know why.” The Italian added: “We played really very well until the last minute of the first half and then suddenly very badly in the first minute of the second half.     “It’s very difficult for players to explain to me the change. Very difficult for me to explain to you the change, probably it is a mental block I think.”RELATED     Richarlison struck in the 49th minute, after Sigurdsson’s right-wing corner had been met by a powerful header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin which Kepa Arrizabalaga saved well on his goal-line. But Everton’s Brazilian forward reacted first to force the rebound over the line from close range, a goal that came largely against the run of play. Arrizabalaga had saved a good effort from Andre Gomes seconds earlier and did likewise in keeping out Sigurdsson’s 71st-minute penalty, awarded after Marcos Alonso stood on the foot of Richarlison.     ‘Big limit’     But the Iceland international kept his composure from the rebound, completing the routine task of tapping the ball into the open goal, denying Chelsea the chance to go level on points with Arsenal, who are one point behind third-placed arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.     “At the moment, it is our limit,” added Sarri. “I think because if we are able to play like in the first half, with consistency, I think we are in another position in the table but we have this problem. “It is a big limit for is because we lost a similar match in Wolverhampton, today we lost so for us at the moment it’s a big limit. Today was really, really important for us so now we have one less opportunity but I think we have to fight to defend those opportunities.”      The best of Chelsea’s first-half chances saw Eden Hazard strike the post from a curling sixth minute shot, with Gonzalo Higuain missing a glorious opening moments later, under pressure from Yerry Mina.     Pickford also made a superb second-half save, from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fierce shot although, by then, the outcome had been settled with Everton fans enjoying a bonus moment when former star Ross Barkley, who left the Liverpool club in controversial fashion, was substituted by Sarri to a chorus of boos.     “To be honest, I didn’t know those numbers before the match,” said Everton manager Marco Silva of his side’s long winless run against leading clubs in the Premier League. “It’s not a normal thing for a club like us, not winning so many times against strong sides. But for our quality as a club how big we are as a club, it’s something that can’t happen again. It’s up to us to work together for it to be more normal for us to beat these strong sides.”center_img Everton has registered 26 wins against top six Premier League teams since 2017.Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored for Everton.Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the top four has been dented with this loss.last_img read more

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GLTA concerned about dwindling Novices numbers

first_img…calls for more supportOVER six years ago, the Guyana Tennis Association rolled out a Novices development programme, which featured the inclusion of a Novices category at tournaments, allowing for persons new to the sport of tennis to get a taste of competition and to eventually graduate to the main categories of tournaments.However, over the years the initiative has been experiencing a reduction in the number of persons involved, and the GLTA, through support from other sectors, is hoping to see the programme re-invigorated.Though the inaugural Novices categories in 2011 had featured some 32 players, in the Novice Medley Singles of last month’s GBTI Open only 15 persons matched skills as males and females competed against each other.The GTA noted that the decline can be attributed to the reduction of active clubs from 11 during that time down to 5 in 2017.“This is a stark indication that the sport needs facilities and clubs nationwide to grow. In this regard, the GLTA continues to press the authorities to be non-discriminatory in their support for the sport that has over the years managed to successfully hold its own with little or no support,” a press release from the entity read.President of the GTA, Jamal Goodluck, noted that a sort of brain drain of the administrators is what has been responsible for the dwindling club numbers, as well as unavailability of facilities.“There has been a dip because of the spaces to play and the migration of the top administrators of the clubs. There were some other tennis courts that had clubs but no longer function or are in bad shape, e.g Pegasus, Corriverton and New Amsterdam.However, we have some emerging clubs and private facilities such as Linden and Transport,” Goodluck explained.Goodluck believes there’s still a role for the GLTA to play in helping to mitigate this blow somewhat.“We intend to offer more administrative support as well as competition among the clubs. We recognised that there is a need for more active engagement and rivalries to build and sustain growth of clubs,” he said.Since professional tennis is a sport with a very high learning curve, this is a way to increase participation in tennis in a rudimentary form.This year featured prominent personalities, the likes of Delon Fraser, Liaison to the Crime Chief, who defeated Non Pareil Tennis Club president Surendra Khayyam 6-3 to take home the title.In their semis, Fraser defeated U.S. Peace Corps Country Director Kury Cobham, 6-3 in semis and Khayyam edged Leonie Sears (7-5) who has improved significantly with only one year of training from Men’s champ Anthony Downes. Fraser will now advance to Open categories.Ask any tennis player and they will tell you it’s like day and night playing someone in a friendly match as opposed to tournament conditions.The Novices certainly would welcome the opportunity to compete against their peers instead of seasoned players and it is hoped that more players would participate to keep the category alive in future tournaments.last_img read more

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Biggest nomination snubs

first_img(Kitty Huang | Daily Trojan) It appears that the stigma that has dogged the horror genre since the Oscars’ inception is not lost on this awards season. “Us,” despite all of its merits, did not make the cut for Best Picture nominee this year. Considering it would’ve been only the seventh horror film nominated for the award, it is not difficult to guess why. It’s not a perfect film, but neither are “The Irishman,” “Ford v Ferrari” or “Joker.” Unlike those films, “Us” delves into one of the most strikingly underexplored subjects in film — class conflict — and delivers with an infinitely rewatchable and thought-provoking film. that improves with every watch. Greta Gerwig (Best Director) “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Best Foreign Language Film)  Lauren Mattice, digital managing editor “Us” (Best Picture) Nominated for Best Director at the 2018 Oscars for “Lady Bird,” many believed the indie darling would be recognized for her masterful 2019 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” But alas, Gerwig was one of several female directors overlooked by the Academy, marking the second year in a row of an all-male directing category. In a post-#MeToo era, one would hope that institutions like the Academy would make a concerted effort to bring about greater gender parity in the film industry; but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Gerwig could have made Oscars history as the first woman to be nominated for Best Director twice.  Natalie Oganesyan, associate managing editor  Catherine Orihuela,  a&e editor  Stuart Carson, sports editor The Academy is undoubtedly a relic, as evidenced by the lack of diversity of its nominations: no female Best Director nomination and, most prominently, Lupita Nyong’o’s snub for Best Actress. Nyong’o played not one, but two, difficult, captivating roles in “Us.” The only Black woman nominated in the Best Actress category, in true Oscars fashion, plays a slave — a sign of the Academy’s problematic fascination with trauma porn and misrepresentation of Black actors’ abilities.  Despite winning Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Céline Sciamma’s feature was passed over for Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” as France’s nominee for the category. An 18th century romance between, Héloïse, a woman to be wed and the woman to painting her portrait for her suitor, Marianne, Sciamma describes the project as leveling the playing field, where “there is no muse, no fetishised, silent woman in the room.” Her efforts to make the project a statement of equality shine through in anecdotes by the cast and raises further questions as to why the highly-acclaimed film was set to the side. Lupita Nyong’o (Best Actress for “Us”)last_img read more

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UN envoy announced: Haiti’s stability greater

first_imgUN envoy says Haiti’s stability is greater ahead of mission closure The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission says Haiti’s stability and security is greater in the country ahead of the closure of the UN mission.Significant turnaroundIn her final briefing to the UN Security Council as head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Trinidadian-born Sandra Honoré said Haiti has seen a “significant turnaround” from profound instability, widespread political violence and a climate of lawlessness that in 2004 impacted the every-day lives of millions of Haitians.Greater security and stability“Today, Haiti has a very different outlook. The Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability; political violence has diminished; armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage. Thanks to the work of the national police – now 14,000 strong – which has grown significantly in numbers and capacity.”MINUSTAH is mandated to assist the Haitian government in strengthening rule of law institutions, reinforcing national police capacities, and engaging in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis, the UN said.Honoré, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, noted that when MINUSTAH was established in 2004, State authority had been weak and limited to parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince.She said the three branches of power was, at the time, either non-functional or non-existent, and the national police force was overwhelmed by the multiple threats to public order and the rule of law.Different outlookThe diplomat said that three and a half years later “Haiti has a very different outlook, despite the many challenges still facing the country.”She said all three branches of power are in place in Haiti with the Executive and Legislative branches restored to full functioning, while the Superior Council of the Judiciary, created for the first time in 2012, remains in need of long-term fixes to allow it to fully play its role as the guardian of an independent and impartial judicial system.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Luke Walton, Warriors’ Steve Kerr exchange playful preseason jabs

first_imgThe Lakers will also continue to stress their offensive principles, though Walton sounded skeptical he would employ too many plays he oversaw with Golden State for obvious reasons.“We had a couple of plays that worked a lot. But that’s because you had Steph Curry and Klay (Thompson) setting backscreens,” Walton said. “Nobody ever wants to leave them. But we’ve put a couple of those into our offensive playbook. We just haven’t gotten toward running them a lot.”Instead, Walton has mostly focused on offering D’Angelo Russell most positive reinforcement and constructive criticism on balancing both his scoring and passing. When Russell entered the NBA draft last year, he likened himself to an undeveloped version of Curry. “He can shoot the heck out of the ball. He sees the game and definitely has a nice flash about him when he gets going,” Walton said. “I like that that’s how he sees himself. You want players to have confidence so why not make it the best point guard in the game right now and a player you see yourself being like.”It seems far too early, however, for Russell to take 3-pointers from long distance like Curry has from every angle imaginable. “What I view as a good shot might differ from what he thinks is a good shot,” Walton said. “But pulling up from four feet behind the 3-point line before he passes the ball once is not a good shot. If he’s coming down in transition, it’s a drag and a guard goes under and he pulls up for a wide-open regular 3-point shot, I’m completely fine with that.”Walton sounded completely fine with playing his former team. Aside from his playful jab at Kerr, Walton hardly envisioned sharing those exchanges on the sideline.“I don’t think trash talk,” Walton said. “I think maybe between me and Draymond (Green). Not between Steve and I.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “You tell Steve that Lou Williams isn’t playing either,” Walton said after, smiling. “So he can have his full opportunity.”Walton planned to sit Williams for no reason other than resting. Lakers backup point guard Jose Calderon also will miss Saturday’s game because of a sore left calf that Walton said had bothered him “off and on” ever since training camp began in late September in Santa Barbara. The Lakers also excused Jordan Clarkson from Friday’s practice so he could attend the funeral of a close high school friend (Cameron Moore) in San Antonio). The Lakers expect Clarkson to play on Saturday against Golden State, though Walton would not say if he would start after spending all of exhibition play off the bench. Marcelo Huertas will assume more minutes off the bench given Calderon’s absence. As if Walton did not have enough on his mind facing his former team. He anticipated “it’s going to be fun,” though he likely won’t feel that way when the Lakers have to defend Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “We’re not going to pick him up at half court,” Walton said. “We’re not going to do a bunch of crazy schemes. We’ll continue to work on what our basic defensive principles are.” center_img LAS VEGAS >> The trash talk brewed nearly 24 hours before either team took the court. The exchange did not convey any tension. Instead, the episode captured the good-natured teasing and close relationship Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Lakers coach Luke Walton built when he served as a Golden State assistant for the previous two years.When the Lakers (2-3) host the Golden State Warriors (2-1 NEEDS UPDATE; PLAYING DENVER TONIGHT) on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, the Warriors will sit Andre Iguodala and David West for one specific reason.“I want to give Luke every opportunity to prepare for tomorrow’s clash,” Kerr jokingly told reporters. Walton quickly countered with his own jab.last_img read more

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SHSU’s Thompson, Nicholls’ Landry Receive Southland Weekly Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Tiffany Thompson and Nicholls’ Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Thompson posted an impressive week, launching a pair of homeruns while accounting for a .727 batting average. The junior shortstop knocked eight hits on 11 plate appearances, while bringing in six RBI over four games. She helped the Bearkats (23-19, 14-4 SLC) to a perfect week with four wins in order to clinch a spot in the upcoming 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. This is Thompson’s first weekly award of the season.Landry made an appearance in five of the Colonels’ (26-16, 15-3 SLC) six contests last week, playing a crucial role in Nicholls’ perfect 6-0 week. The senior tallied an impressive 23 strikeouts and a 0.74 ERA, while limiting her opponents to a .160 batting average. Landry posted a 4-0 record in addition to a save. The award marks her second consecutive weekly honor and her third of the season. With Landry’s help, the Colonels currently sit at the top of conference standings and have secured a spot in the conference tournament.Softball Hitter of the Week – Tifany Thompson, Sam Houston State – SS – Jr. – Montgomery, TexasThompson hit an eye-popping .727 with two home runs, three doubles, six RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases over four games. The junior from Montgomery, Texas went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a stolen base in a 3-2 win over UT-Arlington Tuesday to clinch the season series. She went 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, three runs and two RBI in a 10-0 win over ACU in game one. She was 2 for 3 with a double, RBI, two runs and a stolen base in a 5-4 game two victory. She capped her week by going 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run and a double in another 10-0 win over ACU.Honorable Mention: Justyce McClain, McNeese; E.C. Delafield, Northwestern State; Kasey Fredrick, Nicholls; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Sr. – Pierre Part, La.Landry had another remarkable week in the circle, going 4-0 with a save and a 0.74 ERA as the Colonels won all six of their Southland games. In 28.1 innings, Landry racked up 23 strikeouts, walked just one batter and had a .160 opponent batting average. She had three complete games but her most impressive performance may have been in her first save opportunity since 2017. After tossing all seven innings in the opener against HBU, Landry checked into game two with the bases loaded and two outs, in the sixth inning of the nightcap, and forced a popup behind the plate to preserve the 3-2 lead. She then retired the Huskies in order in the seventh inning and came back on Saturday with a three-hit complete game as Nicholls extended its win streak to 10 games.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. Austin; Samantha Guile, Northwestern State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Mioks chairman Kepson initiates sponsorship for players

first_imgMioks Chairman Philip Kepson in a message to the public says the initiative to involve sponsors is something new and aims to boost teams taking part.“We have the following minor sponsorships for any individual or group to take up for this weekends minor semi final match between our own team Enga Mioks and Mt Hagen Eagles.Each sponsored player will be paid full if they (the team) win. However, if they lose they will be paid only half the amount of the sponsorship. Kepson said there are eight different categories which  individuals or groups can sponsor; They are: Man of the match; 2. First Try Scorer; 3. Best Back; 4. Best Forward; 5. Best Attacker; 6. Crowd favourite; 7. Most thinking players of the match; 8.  From jumpers numbers 1-18.Any person/group can sponsor any of the jersey/players with any amount. As soon as the message was relayed to the public, Enga’s Provincial Police Commander Superintendent George Kakas took our the man of the match sponsor with K400. This was followed by Sam Lokaly who has committed K200 to the player who scores the first try of the game. Deputy Provincial Administrator Tsandis Tsaka who entered as a private citizen has also chipped in K100 for the ‘Best Defender’ overall in the match. However, owner of Pinzand Trading Ltd is late this afternoon made a commitment of K500 each for both the Mioks Trainer and the Coach for the win and 50% of that if the boys don’t win. Chairman Kepson thanks the individuals and  and one business group for supporting the initiative saying it was good for the team and for the game overall. He added however there were a few more positions needing sponsors, but I am sure they will be filled shortly.” The match  between the Enga Mioks and the Mt Hagen Eagles will be played in Lae. Picture: Enga Mioks in a match against Agmark Gurias in one of their Digicel Cup competitionlast_img read more

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ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return And although his last fight was for the belt, Pacio said he’s not in a hurry to get back into the title picture as he awaits the right opportunity to fight for the strap once more.“I am willing to wait for the right time, timing is everything and every moment has its purpose,” said Pacio. “I don’t race to be in line for the belt, but I’m racing perfection in this sport.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino strawweight contender Joshua Pacio said he’s eager to leave his frustrations behind after losing in his first championship fight in ONE Championship to title-holder Yoshitaka Naito back in October of 2016.Pacio, who had control of Naito in terms of strikes, downplayed the loss and instead treated it as a learning experience to improve.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s not a defeat, I viewed it as an important lesson,” said Pacio (9-1-0) in a statement. “It also served as an inspiration to push myself to the limit.”It was an eye-opening experience. And here I am as a more matured competitor inside the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacio, who is 12 years the junior of Naito, lost after the Japanese champion locked him in a rear-naked choke with 1:33 elapsed in the third round of the fight.The Team Lakay fighter has a chance to avenge his loss come August 5 when he faes Naito’s compatriot Hayato Suzuki in ONE Championship Kings & Conquerors in Macau. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

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