Briar looks to bounce back in Boyne

first_imgRuby Walsh is hoping Briar Hill can earn himself a third trip to the Cheltenham Festival with a positive showing in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan. Press Association The seven-year-old was a 25-1 winner of the Champion Bumper for Willie Mullins two years ago and was one of last season’s leading novice hurdlers before suffering a fractured cheekbone when coming to grief in the Albert Bartlett at Prestbury Park. Briar Hill failed to fire on his return in Leopardstown’s Christmas Hurdle and was also well beaten in last month’s Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park, but Walsh reports the recent signs on the gallops to have been encouraging. center_img He said: “Briar Hill was disappointing in the Galmoy. I thought he’d improved at Christmas but he then ran very flat. “The heavy fall he had at Cheltenham clearly left a mark on him and he had a long time off afterwards. “He seems to be working better at home now. John Codd, who rides him at home, is happy with him so hopefully he can show that improvement on the track “If he runs a big race, he’ll put himself in the frame for the World Hurdle.” Briar Hill is one of three runners in Sunday’s Grade Two event for the champion trainer. The master of Closutton also saddles Zaidpour, the mount of Paul Townend, while 2013 National Hunt Chase winner Back In Focus makes his first appearance in getting on for two years in the hands of David Casey. “Back In Focus has been off for almost two years. He has a lot of work done, but will definitely improve for the run,” Walsh said in his Irish Examiner column. last_img read more

Connacht snap their jinx against Cardiff to give Welsh team the blues

first_img Cardiff book-ended an entertaining first half with tries from Aled Summerhill and Josh Turnbull, while Nepia Fox-Matamua and Danie Poolman – with their third PRO12 scores of the season – and Kieran Marmion all touched down during a superb 16-minute spell for the hosts. Connacht’s 19-17 interval lead was quickly erased by a Dan Fish seven-pointer, but converted tries from Tiernan O’Halloran and replacement Aly Muldowney, coupled with a Jack Carty penalty, had the home side out of reach before Hobbs’ last-gasp response. The Blues burst into a seventh-minute lead in Galway, their defence pushing up hard and winger Summerhill intercepted Tom McCartney’s pass to race away from his 22 for a try that Rhys Patchell converted. Connacht were level just three minutes later when Marmion showed great pace off the mark, sniffing out the try-scoring opportunity off the base of a ruck. His half-back partner Carty, who had missed an earlier penalty, split the posts with the conversion. With fit-again number eight Eoin McKeon prominent, the hosts began to hit their stride and back-to-back tries from man-of-the-match Fox-Matamua and Poolman catapulted them into a 19-7 lead. The former plunged over from a lineout maul and great hands from Bundee Aki and Rory Parata played in Poolman for a fine finish near the corner flag. Carty tagged on one conversion, with the ball falling off the kicking tee for the second one as he drop-kicked wide. Patchell missed a chance to punish a Finlay Bealham scrum offence, but Danny Wilson’s side dominated the closing stages of the half . Number eight Turnbull’s pushover score was converted by Patchell, who also fired over a penalty after Connacht full-back O’Halloran was sin-binned for a professional foul – offside at a ruck. Press Association Cardiff have been a real bogey team for the Irish province, who lost their grip on two winning positions against the Blues last season. Pat Lam’s men finally got the win with a five-try performance on Saturday, however they will be frustrated to have allowed Sam Hobbs over for an injury-time effort which earned the visitors two bonus points. Fourteen-man Connacht were under huge pressure on the restart, needing try-saving interventions from Marmion and Parata, but the pressure told when Blues full-back Fish chased down his own chip and dribbled through to score with Patchell converting. Despite struggling to gain a foothold in Cardiff territory, Connacht managed to hit back in the 57th minute when Carty’s crossfield kick bounced neatly for the unmarked O’Halloran to dot down. The hosts then turned the screw with a brilliant 20-plus phase attack which resulted in Muldowney breaking through to leave the Blues trailing 33-24. Replacement Gareth Davies missed two kickable penalties for the Welshmen while Patchell nursed an ankle injury. All was not lost, though, as despite leaking a three-pointer to Carty, prop Hobbs ensured the battling Blues took home a brace of points. Connacht beat Cardiff Blues for only the second time in 12 meetings as they won a Guinness PRO12 thriller 36-31 at the Sportsground. last_img read more

Retired NY Principal Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges in Broward

first_imgAccording to court records, the tips included an email address which led investigators to Beyer. They found external hard drives, an iPad, and a laptop computer in his home, along with a DropBox account and Cloud storage platform that contained photographs and videos of children engaging in “explicit sexual conduct with other children or adults.”Beyer worked as a teacher and administrator for the Syracuse City School District from 1967 until 2002, when he retired to Broward County.He pleaded guilty on Thursday and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. A longtime school administrator and teacher from Syracuse, New York, who retired to Fort Lauderdale, is now facing up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty last week to possessing child pornography, according to prosecutors.Officials says 75-year-old Frank Richard “Rick” Beyer Jr. was arrested on November 20 after FBI agents received several cyber-tips last April that he had been uploading pictures and videos of young boys engaged in sexual activity.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children passed along a tip from Google that said Beyer had uploaded the content to a Gmail account.Seventy-Five-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography: Frank Richard Beyer of Fort Lauderdale pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography that included images of boys under age 12 engaged in sex acts.— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) March 7, 2020last_img read more

Man who organized Trump parade facing felony charge

first_imgA local man who is responsible for organizing Trump boat parades is now facing a felony charge after allegedly sending a threatening text message to one of his neighbors.Carlos Gavidia is expected to turn himself in to the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday morning.According to the report, Gavidia sent a threatening text message to a resident of Admiral Cove.While it is unclear what the text said, according to his attorney, Stuart Kaplan, Gavidia will likely be charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury.last_img

Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: UP Yoddha beat Dabang Delhi KC 50-33

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: UP Yoddha thrashed a much-changed Dabang Delhi KC 50-33 to enter the play-offs of the Pro Kabaddi League on Saturday.Monu Goyat, with 11 raid points, was the star for the UP side as the Delhi team offered very little resistance.Goyat picked up valuable raid points from the start and the UP side went on to secure their first all-out in the sixth minute to move to a 5-point lead.The story continued to be the same till the half time with Delhi’s Meraj Sheykh, the only bright light in what was otherwise a toothless performance from the league’s pace-setters.The first half ended 22-12 with UP Yoddha clearly in control of the game.The home side picked up their second all-out of the match two minutes after the restart as Goyat picked up his Super 10.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Toms River, New Jersey, native took up the sport in 1997. A push athlete for driver Todd Hays, he won a bronze medal at the 2004 world championships and finished seventh in both the two- and four-man events at the 2006 Winter OlympicsUSA Bobsled/Skeleton said in a release Saturday that Jovanovic took his own life May 3.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hamlin takes virtual finaleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway.This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag.Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.Hamlin was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. He also won the opening iRacing event on March 22. Hamlin races barefoot on a top-of-the-line simulator. He also gained national attention three races ago at virtual Talladega Superspeedway when his daughter, Taylor, tried to ask him a question during the race and accidentally turned off the screen on his simulator with a remote control she was holding.WOMEN’S BASEBALL-PRATT-OBITOriginal Rockford Peach diesBRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher Mary Pratt has died at 101.Pratt was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1943 Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own.” She pitched in the league until 1947 and taught physical education for 46 years. The league said in a tweet that Pratt’s “stories, her energy will be missed for a long time.”Her nephew, Walter Pratt, told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass. she passed away peacefully at a nursing home.OLYMPICS-JOVANOVIC-OBITUS bobsledder diesLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic has died at 43. May 9, 2020 Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign.UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. It was supposed to be held in New York April 18 but was postponed in hopes of helping slow the spread of COVID-19. White tried to stage the event on tribal land in California and still hopes to create a “Fight Island” for future cards.One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draft UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is considering the prospect of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final.The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the NFL’s success with its virtual draft last month.Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played. There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst (krihst) and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. The Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” concept ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs. Teams at or near the relegation zone are worried about the monetary and competitive impact of playing the remainder of the season at neutral grounds without fans. “Project Restart” needs approval from at least 14 teams.— Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors.NASCAR-iRACING Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUFC-TRUMPTrump lauds UFC for resuming matchesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Holt: Harsh critics wrong on Andre Agassi’s crystal meth use

first_imgFirst off, I do not advocate the use of crystal meth.Now that that’s out of the way, aren’t people reacting a little harshly to Andre Agassi’s admission that he was a meth user? And by people, I really mean Marat Safin.Safin said in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe he believes Agassi needs to return a few things to the Association of Tennis Professionals — namely, eight grand slam titles, his 17 other titles and $31 million in career earnings.And before I go on, here’s the background information for anyone who doesn’t know. Agassi, one of tennis’ greatest players of the past 50 years or so, released his autobiography, “Open,” Monday. I haven’t had a chance to read the book, so I’m just going off of what I can gather from the news and the TV interviews Agassi has done in the past couple days. I’m willing to bet Safin hasn’t read it either.In the book, he admits to wearing a wig in the early ’90s and using crystal meth in 1997. When he failed a drug test that year, he lied about it and the result was simply thrown out by the ATP. Reactions from his peers have been mixed at best.Most have been judgmental; Roger Federer said, “But for sure it’s a dark cloud over the ATP. But we will survive it.” Rafael Nadal’s take was, “I believe our sport is clean and I am the first one that wants that. Cheaters must be punished and if Agassi was a cheater during his career he should have been punished.”He does have his support though: Andy Roddick tweeted that Agassi “is and always will be my idol.”But Safin has been the harshest; he all but accused Agassi of being all kinds of Paris Hilton-y and attention-seeking in promoting the autobiography. And calling for Agassi to essentially give back the entirety of his career? Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Or make me ever use that expression again.I’m not going to defend Agassi for being a liar or for taking meth. It was clearly a desperate and ratty thing for him to write a letter to the ATP saying that he accidentally drank from a friend’s spiked drink. And the ATP has to be chastised some for accepting Agassi’s bold-faced lie and ignoring the positive test result. However, calling for his head now isn’t going to do anything.There are two big things to consider here before forming an angry, torch-bearing mob and marching on Agassi’s house. First, he took meth. Not steroids, not HGH, but meth. If there’s any competitive advantage to be gained through methamphetamines, Agassi certainly didn’t see it.Which brings me to my next point: The whole time he used meth, he sucked out loud at tennis. Partly due to injury, Agassi only played 24 matches in ’97. He didn’t win any major titles and after being ranked No. 1 as recently as April 1995, sank to No. 141 in the world by the end of 1997.The way I see Safin’s argument, Agassi cheated by taking drugs and doesn’t deserve anything he accomplished, even during the large majority of his career where he wasn’t trying to ruin his life. I can’t buy that. In this case, one year of infraction shouldn’t be reason to completely destroy a legacy.So let’s say I agree that Agassi compromised the integrity of the game with drug use. Rationally though, I have to limit the punishment to the time period of usage. Even if we wipe away everything he did while using, it doesn’t matter since he didn’t win anything. If we go a year back and a year after his admitted time on meth, he loses a few titles and an Olympic gold medal, but he didn’t make it to any Grand Slam finals in ’96 or ’98.But meth didn’t make Agassi any better (as is typically the case with meth use). It just aided in a downward spiral for a man who admitted he didn’t want anything to do with tennis at the time. Former women’s tennis star Martina Navratilova compared Agassi to Roger Clemens, which is almost as laughable as Safin’s opinion. There’s really no real comparison in this situation.Clemens has been repeatedly linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He’s denied it every time. There hasn’t been absolute definitive proof of Clemens’ use, but is there anyone who really thinks he didn’t use steroids? Clemens probably cheated by using PEDs; the only way Agassi’s drug use made him a cheater was if he was involved in any “who can stay awake for three days” contests.Barry Bonds isn’t going to give any MVP awards back for being a cheater and a liar. Agassi was a liar, but the only person he cheated was himself. The tennis community has every right to be disappointed in him and the ATP for allowing it to happen. But villainizing the man and calling for him to return titles he earned while clean is a step too far. Give the man a little credit for admitting he screwed up.And remember, I do not advocate the use of crystal meth.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Should Agassi be punished for his admissions or is this becoming a bigger deal than it needs to be? E-mail Adam at read more

A graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 45-14 loss to No. 17 Florida State

first_img Comments Published on November 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm Contact Clare: Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 17 Florida State (8-3, 5-3), 45-14, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Here are key stats from the game.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

PRO 12 action returns this weekend

first_imgElsewhere, third place Munster will host Connacht on Saturday. Defending champions Leinster face leaders Glasgow Warriors at the RDS tomorrow needing a win to get back inside the play-off spots.Cian Healy, Luke Fitzgerald and Sean Cronin who were involved in Ireland’s win against Scotland last Saturday are all on the bench, with Dave Kearney returning to the starting fifteen on the left wing.While the Cardiff Blues will travel to the Kingspan Stadium to take on an Ulster side that has won all eight home games they have played in the PRO12.last_img

A no-deal brexit would be detrimental for British horse racing industry, warns Goffs’ chairman

first_img Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 The UK Chairman of Bloodstock sales group Goffs, Henry Beeby, has warned MPs that allowing a no-deal Brexit to occur will have adverse effects on the breeding and racing industries in the UK.Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal suffered an overwhelming defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday, which has dented hopes for a secure future in the industry. Horse racing is currently a part of the tripartite agreement between France, Ireland and the UK which facilitates the free movement of horses between the three countries. If the UK were to leave the European Union with no deal, the deal would cease to exist, and the movement of horses would be hindered significantly. Not only would thoroughbreds face numerous quarantine checks at the borders, but there would likely be significant delays in their transfer – which ultimately will have knock-on effects for the welfare of the animals. The lack of clarity over the single market, more specifically free movement around Europe, could have a significant impact on bloodstock traders such as Goffs. Beeby told The Racing Post: “The members of parliament in the House of Commons, to a man and woman, should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for leaving the country in such a complete and utter state of disarray“A no-deal scenario could be very detrimental for the racing and breeding industry, certainly in the short to medium term. The racing and breeding authorities in Britain, Ireland and France have in place arrangements to replace the Tripartite agreement but that hasn’t got political agreement.“In the long term the free movement of horses should be able to continue, but it creates uncertainty in the short term and could be very damaging.”Beeby warned that the future of traders may no longer be in the UK, revealing the possibility of relocating elsewhere in the European Union. He added: “At Goffs and Goffs UK we rely on the free movement of horses between Britain and Ireland for a whole range of sales on both sides of the Irish Sea. It could be very disruptive in the short and maybe medium term and we would be deeply concerned from our point of view, and for the wider racing and breeding population.“The only thing we can do at Goffs is look at what we have rather than what might happen. We have an auction house in England and Ireland so there may be scenarios where we have to shuffle the sales and certain categories at an alternative venue, but the problem with all of this is a lack of clarity. We just don’t know what to plan for.”Wednesday’s vote, which resulted in May gaining confidence in the house – albeit a small majority – has meant that the government has opened a cross-party consultation to form a new brexit plan. The new strategy could have a number of knock-on effects, all of which provide no clarity for stakeholders in the UK racing industry.The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released a statement following the vote on Tuesday night, preempting further uncertainty. It read: “British racing, through the cross-industry Brexit Steering Group, which is chaired by the TBA and includes representation from the BHA and Weatherbys, has been preparing for a range of outcomes and remains in dialogue with government.“We continue to monitor the situation closely and detailed guidance for participants around planning for the various scenarios has been posted on the BHA website.”The potential for a no-deal brexit raises significant concerns for Gibraltar-based bookmakers and their ability to maintain continued access to betting markets in the EU. Leaving without a deal would leave bookmakers without access to free-trade. However, as a number of those based in Gibraltar have bases in Malta, it can be assumed that most will relocate their businesses as soon as possible. Share Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more