FAVORED AX MAN PROVES BEST ON LEAD AS HE TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER VAN DYKE

first_imgFAVORED AX MAN PROVES BEST ON LEAD AS HE TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, EARNHARDT HOMEBRED GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.92 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–“Bob told me the rail was golden and he wasn’t lyin.’”  And so it was according to Drayden Van Dyke, as Hal and Patti Earnhardt’s homebred Ax Man powered to a convincing 1 ¼ length win in Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature.  Trained by Bob Baffert, Ax Man made every pole a winning one as he got seven furlongs in 1:21.92 over a main track that although listed as “fast,” had played slower than normal throughout the day.Head and head to the far turn with the Vladimir Cerin-trained Calexman to his immediate outside, Ax Man, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Misremembered out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, inched clear five sixteenths out and opened up a three length advantage turning for home while hugging the rail and was never threatened through the lane.Head and head as well with Calexman in the early stages of the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes, a race in which Ax Man finished 12th, he was off as the 2-1 favorite today in a field of six older horses and paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.80.A third condition allowance, today’s race was worth $40,200 to the winner.  A dazzling 9 ½ length first-out maiden winner here on Jan. 1, 2018, Ax Man took a restricted stakes going a mile and one sixteenth at Pimlico in his fourth start on Preakness day, May 19.  With today’s win, he now has four wins from eight starts and a bankroll that reads $206,445.Trained by John Sadler and ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Edwards Going Left, a California-bred gelding by Midnight Lute, added blinkers today, but didn’t show an abundance of early speed, and was hard ridden the final three eighths of a mile for the place.Off as the 2-1 second choice, he paid $3.60 and $2.60 while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Calexman.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Calexman tired through the drive but was easily third, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Shivermetimbers.  Off at 5-1, Calexman paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.06, 44.14 and 1:08.67.Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

first_img24% Win% 11 Flavien Prat30 44% 53% JockeyMts 33% 1 4 14% $101,757 2 2 11% 6 7 BEJARANO TRIES TO WIN ONE FOR THE QUIPSTER 7 1st 7 1 4 0 39% 0 50% Abel Cedillo51 1 4 28% 50% ITM% Peter Miller17 53% 3rd 25% 2 John Sadler20 41% $411,282 Jeff Bonde4 22% 77% Money Won $56,545 0 3 Drayden Van Dyke32 2 3 2 Michael McCarthy9 41% $549,182 Ruben Fuentes12 $638,100 3 8 Umberto Rispoli17 25% Steve Knapp8 40% $239,359 2 $264,631 J.C. Diaz, Jr.18 38% 8 Craig Anthony Lewis8 7 1 53% 9 1st 50% 15% 2 18% 1 Richard Mandella12 38% 38% $271,568 44% Doug O’Neill27 Joel Rosario49 4 38% 36% 0 2 10% 5 38% 17% 3 HEFTY $319,307 RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT TODAY 63% 15% 3rd 75% ITM% 2 4 $182,652 13% 13 5 TrainerSts 4 Bob Baffert22 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 10) 4 Edwin Maldonado13 1 22% 41% SENTIMENT RUNS DEEP FOR BEJARANO IN KALOOKAN QUEENRafael Bejarano will be riding Show It N Moe It for the 17th time in her last 19 races Sunday in the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fillies and mares, three and older, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, but sentimental familiarity will be absent in the person of Gary Sherlock, the five-year-old mare’s veteran trainer who died at the age of 74 on Dec. 29.Sherlock, occasionally given to subtle quips, was a fixture at a table in the “Gary Section” of Clockers’ Corner, adjacent to a table where trainer Gary Stute holds court, smoke from his ever-present $12.99 Montecristo stogie wafting through the air.Show It N Moe It runs for the first time in the Kalookan Queen under Sherlock’s long-time assistant, 44-year-old Edwin Alvarez. Owned in part and bred by Terry Lovingier, the consistent Show It N Moe It has a 6-6-6 record from 27 starts with earnings of $511,541.“He was a really good trainer, at the track early, very thorough and caring about his horses,” Bejarano said of Sherlock. “He always brought the horses up to a race well and we always tried hard.“Gary had faith in me and I’ve won four races on her. She’s a nice mare and I think she’s going to run well tomorrow. We got a good draw so we should be OK.“I’d love to win it for Gary.”The Kalookan Queen, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m.; first post time: Exuberance, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Flor de La Mar, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1 Mother Mother, Joel Rosario, 8-5; and Lady Ninja, Flavien Prat, 7-5.20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $319,307 TODAYFor the seventh consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six remained elusive, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $319,307.With a carryover of $292,520 from Sunday stimulating $116,997 in new money wagered, Friday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $409,517. Although there were no single ticket winners, 119 consolation tickets each paid $525.A pair of graded stakes for fillies and mares highlight Saturday’s racing program. The Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, is the third race and the Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track is race eight.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Gift Box, who worked four furlongs Friday in 49.20, “might stay here” for the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer John Sadler said Saturday morning. The six-year-old gray son of Twirling Candy won the Big ‘Cap by a nose last April but also has been listed as under consideration for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 and the $12 million  Dubai World Cup on March 28 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou hopes to start American Theorem on the Triple Crown trail late tomorrow morning with his first workout since finishing second behind Eight Rings in Santa Anita’s Grade I American Pharoah Stakes last Sept. 27. Exercise rider Shane Conlon will be aboard the son of 2015 Triple Crown king American Pharoah . . . John Shirreffs reports X-rays were negative on Honor A.P. after he was “off in his right front” causing him to miss the Jan. 4 Sham Stakes, but the son of Honor Code is back jogging. “Maybe he wrenched it,” the trainer speculated . . . Heriberto Figueroa (Pubilius Syrus for Vladimir Cerin), Jose Valdivia Jr. (Ohio for Michael McCarthy), and Iggy Puglisi (River Boyne for Jeff Mullins) ride today in the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile at Turf Paradise. Ohio won the race last year . . .Craig Stephen, agent for jockey Assael Espinoza, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Sunday in the XBTV studio . . . Johnny Podres, a three-year-old Grazen colt owned and bred by Nick Alexander, broke his maiden at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 5, storming from eighth and last to win the one mile race by five lengths at odds of 9-1. The horse is named for the great Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger left-handed pitcher perhaps best remembered for being named Most Valuable Player of the 1955 World Series, pitching a shutout in Game 7 against the New York Yankees to help the Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series title before the team moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 11th, 2020Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear Turns 99 Years Old on January 17thQuick Questions With Cameraman Guy Stuttley at Santa Anita ParkWORKOUTS:Higher Power (Outside) and Horse Greedy (Sadler) 1-11-20Gift Box (Sadler) 1-10-20Cassie Belle (McCarthy) 1-10-20Madman (Baltas) 1-10-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 1-10-20Bristol Bayou (Shirreffs) 1-09-20Holy Ghost (Outside) and Dia De Pago (Cerin) 1-09-20Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20 20% 3 2nd 0 $107,491 3 5 2 1 $571,980 $34,351 37% Jorge Velez28 Philip D’Amato24 1 43% 4 2 $51,191 Tiago Pereira21 1 Money Won 1 $259,257 25% $107,556 $279,465 0 3 $379,454 17% Mike Smith17 $483,009 GIFT BOX IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE BIG ‘CAP 6 $100,140 2 4 $857,932 2 1 4 $66,351 4 14% 7% 17% $52,015 27% Mario Gutierrez22 0 2 $399,262 7 Richard Baltas35 Win% 2 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1 3 2nd 2last_img read more

Spurs face Bayern, Chelsea get Ajax and Liverpool get Napoli in the CL

first_imgThe official result of the 2019/20 #UCLdraw! 😍3⃣ toughest groups are __ __ & __ 🤔 pic.twitter.com/c7Xdro1vhn— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:58 pmCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW IN FULL jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 6:03 pmUEFA have mocked up a fancy graphic in double quick time.Still some formalities to come, including player of the season for both men and women… jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 6:09 pmWOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARLucy Bronze!“I’m very surprised but ecstatic to be accepting this. I was up against two great players.“I want to say a huge thanks to the England team, I wouldn’t have won this award if it wasn’t for them.” Group A – PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, GalatasarayGroup B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiacos, Crvena zvezdaGroup C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, AtalantaGroup D – Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv MoscowGroup E – Liverpool, Napoli, RB Salzburg, GenkGroup F – Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter, Slavia PragueGroup G – Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, RB LeipzigGroup H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lillejim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:58 pmGroup A – PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasarayjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:58 pmGroup B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiacos, Crvena zvezdajim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:57 pmGroup E – Liverpool, Napoli, RB Salzburg, Genkjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:56 pmGroup H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lillejim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:55 pmGroup F – Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter, Slavia Praguejim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:54 pmGroup D – Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscowjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:54 pmGroup G – Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzigjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:53 pmGroup C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalantajim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:52 pmNOW only Pot 4 to go…jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:50 pmForward of the Season – Lionel Messi Group A – PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, GalatasarayGroup B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiacos, Crvena zvezdaGroup C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, AtalantaGroup D – Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv MoscowGroup E – Liverpool, Napoli, RB Salzburg, GenkGroup F – Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter, Slavia PragueGroup G – Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, RB LeipzigGroup H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:49 pmPOT 3 COMPLETE TOTTENHAM have been drawn with Bayern Munich in today’s Champions League group stage draw.While Chelsea face Ajax in a plum Group H tie.Group A: PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, GalatasarayGroup B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Red Star Belgrade, OlympiakosGroup C: Man City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, AtalantaGroup D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv MoscowGroup E: Liverpool, Napoli, RB Salzburg, GenkGroup F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia PragueGroup G: Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB LeipzigGroup H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, LilleFollow ALL of the live reaction below..jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 7:53 pm🔴 🔵 👊#UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/C1aBgLRgWF— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 6:22 pmCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW IN FULLOnce again, here’s your draw. The first ties will be played on September 17 and 18. jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 6:20 pm✨ Which game are you looking forward to most? #UCLDraw ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2019jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 6:19 pmMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARVirgil Van Dijk – Liverpool“I need to thank all my team-mates. Without all of them and without the staff I wouldn’t have achieved this.“It’s been a long road, but it is part of my journey. I’ve hard to work hard every step of the way. Group A – PSG, Real Madrid, Club BruggeGroup B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, OlympiacosGroup C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo ZagrebGroup D – Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer LeverkusenGroup E – Liverpool, Napoli, RB SalzburgGroup F – Barcelona, Dortmund, InterGroup G – Zenit, Benfica, LyonGroup H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia jim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:49 pmGroup G – Zenit, Benfica, Lyonjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:49 pmGroup A – PSG, Real Madrid, Club Bruggejim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:48 pmGroup B – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiacosjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:48 pmGroup C – Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagrebjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:47 pmGroup E – Liverpool, Napoli, RB Salzburgjim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:46 pmGroup H – Chelsea, Ajax, Valenciajim sheridan30 Aug 2019, 5:45 pmGroup D – Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer LeverkusenLoad more entries…last_img read more

Mick McCarthy giving Troy Parrott New Zealand audition ahead of Denmark clash

first_imgMICK McCARTHY has said he could tear up his script for Denmark if Troy Parrott rips it up tonight.The teen wonder is bidding to mark his senior debut with a goal, just as he did with the Under-21s.1 Republic of Ireland’s Troy ParrottCredit: SportsfileParrott, 17, will become the third-youngest Ireland international against New Zealand, with Lee O’Connor, 19, also making his debut and Jack Byrne getting a first start.McCarthy previously said he wanted the teenager to start playing for Tottenham before he capped him.But the Ireland boss admitted a couple of goals against the All Whites could change his mind.HUGE CHANCE FOR TROYMcCarthy said: “We’re playing New Zealand in a friendly and it’s a great opportunity for him prior to our biggest game.“I’ve been just asked the question, ‘What happens if he scores two goals? There’ll be a big clamour for him to play’.“Well, I hope he does score two goals and he plays brilliantly and then I’ve a clamour in my own head that he should be part of that squad to play against Denmark.“We need to score, don’t we, against Denmark?“And we haven’t scored that many goals, have we?“And he’s a goalscorer. It might be somebody of his ilk gets that chance and puts it away.”PARROTT FLYING TO THE TOPMcCarthy’s stance has changed due to how close this friendly is to Monday’s Euro 2020 crunch clash with the Danes — for which he could field an entirely different XI.Parrott’s inclusion tonight means he will have played for the Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-21s and senior team all in the space of 18 months.And McCarthy added: “It doesn’t take a special kind to be pitched in at his age, but it takes a special kind to thrive, do well, make a good impression and impress everybody. I hope that’sgoing to be the case with Troy.”That is the player’s plan too after bagging three goals in as many games for Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 side.RELISHING THE OPPORTUNITYParrott said: “For me, it’s about scoring goals. It’s what I want to do, I’m not planning on stopping now.“Coming in here is a huge achievement for me and the first few days of training have been good.“I just try and keep doing well whenever I play and whenever I’m training and luckily enough the opportunity has come about. Hopefully I’m able to take it with both hands.“To play for Ireland, no matter what age you are, is an unbelievable achievement. I just can’t wait to get out there.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubMcCarthy has stressed to him not to try too hard.Parrott added: “He has told me to enjoy myself and don’t feel like I need to do anything that I don’t do at club level, to keep doing what I have been doing because that’s what has got me here.”Robbie Brady will start with McCarthy admitting an early withdrawal would suggest he had done enough to feature against the Danes. The Burnley ace last played for Ireland as a goalscoring sub against Gibraltar in June.last_img read more

Real ask Poch to keep them informed of plans as club eye Zidane replacement

first_imgREAL MADRID have reportedly asked Mauricio Pochettino to keep them informed of his future plans.Bernabeu president Florentino Perez’s relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane is an uneasy one.1 Real Madrid have reportedly asked Mauricio Pochettino to keep them informed of his future plansCredit: Getty Images – GettyClub legend Zidane has taken Real to the top of LaLiga, one point ahead of Barcelona, but the Frenchman is said to have clashed with senior stars.And according to The Independent, the Spanish giants are monitoring Pochettino’s situation after the Argentine was sacked by Tottenham in November and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Real have long been admirers of Poch but had no success in attempting to prize him away from Spurs.But as a free agent the ex-Southampton boss is a wanted man with a host of European clubs – including Manchester United – keeping tabs on him.With that in mind, Real want to be prepared for a possible pursuit to convince Poch to move to the Spanish capital.But SunSport revealed the 48-year-old is in pole position to replace Pep Guardiola if the Spaniard left City.The Premier League champions have been banned from all Uefa competitions for two years after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.Most read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThat has led to questions over whether Guardiola would be willing to stay on as manager past the end of this season.And should the ex-Barca boss decide the time is right to quit, with the chance to take over at Juventus, then City would have to find a successor quickly.Pochettino is one coach who would fit the profile of a new man in charge, and we revealed in December that the City job is one he would be interested in taking.Mauricio Pochettino refusing to commit to Real Madrid – as he wants to see if Man City are interested next summerlast_img read more

The bedtime ritual that has Fusitu’a flying

first_imgSince making his NRL Telstra Premiership debut in Round 2 of the 2014 season, Fusitu’a has been in and out of the club’s first-grade squad, battling a number of injuries which led to him playing only 32 of a possible 71 games over the past three years.It was enough to make the 22-year-old rethink his entire approach to being a professional athlete. “I think for me it’s not so much the things I do at training but more the things I do away from training, things like doing my own pool recovery or stretching before I go to bed,” Fusitu’a said in the build-up to Sunday’s match against the Newcastle Knights in Auckland.”The things I do at home are massive for me, I have a little setup at home so before I go to bed I stretch and stuff like that now.”If I feel tight on our days off then I get the roller out, just little things like that really help me out on the field.”I feel a lot freer and I am a bit more injury free now. I need to keep that up and hopefully the injuries stay away.”I am doing everything possible to stay on the field.”Even when he was fit over the last few seasons Fusitu’a was somewhat of a conundrum for former Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden; too good to leave out of the squad but not good enough to be a frontline fullback, winger or centre in the first-grade team.He played all three positions at various stages last year, but is clear on where he sees his future.”It [centre] is really a position where I would love to end up in and cement a spot there,” Fusitu’a said.”He (new Warriors coach Stephen Kearney) has put me in the centres to train there and use my craft there, so I am excited. He has given me the opportunity and now I have just got to take it with both hands.”From the moment he took over as the Warriors’ head coach late last year, while Fusitu’a was in England for the Four Nations with the Kiwis, Kearney said he always planned to play the 191cm speedster in the centres.”I think he can make himself into a world-class centre, but it’s a journey for him,” Kearney said.”I know he has sort of been around a bit, in and out through injury, but I think as a long-term prospect he can be a very, very good centre in the NRL.”[How good he can be] is the question he needs to ask himself. For me all the signs have been good for him. He spent December and January training in the centres…he is a real talent. “I have seen some real good progress from him over the last couple of months.”Fusitu’a will have pleasant memories of facing the Knights, given he scored four tries against them the last time they met in Round 14 last year, while he boasts six tries in three career games against Newcastle to date.last_img read more

Western Force fight could go to high court

first_imgBillionaire backer Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is considering all legal avenues and it is believed the Force are willing to exhaust all options available pending appeal rights, which could drag the saga out long enough for them to compete in the 2018 Super Rugby season.Super Rugby officials are nervously awaiting the outcome of the appeal hearing before finalising a draw for next year.However, if the Force pursue other avenues and are able to win an injunction against the ARU’s decision, the legal process could drag on for months and affect Super Rugby planning for 2018.Forrest launched a stinging attacking on the ARU on Wednesday, calling for chairman Cameron Clyne to resign. Forrest also released documents supposedly showing the ARU decided in February to axe the Force because they were the easiest legal option.Clyne rejected Forrest’s claim, saying the legal advice, which described the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels as “high risk” and the Force as “low risk”, was only a small part of a bigger decision.Forrest also slammed the ARU’s process as a “charade”, accusing them of bullying and insisting his offer of A$50 million to save the Force was not too late.The NSW Supreme Court is likely to make a ruling next week on the Force’s appeal after the ARU axed the franchise on August 11.Forrest claimed the ARU made its decision six months ago, but dragged out the process and released a document to back up his point.”There is no legal obligation to retain the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition following a renegotiation of the broadcast rights,” the document read.”If the broadcast contracts are renegotiated with effect from the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the Alliance Agreement will automatically terminate at the end of the 2017 season and the obligation on the ARU to maintain the Western Force as a Super Rugby team in Perth will lapse at that point.”The document said the ARU would be breaching a participation deed if it attempted to cut the Brumbies or the Rebels.”If a negotiated exit is not achieved, an attempt by the ARU to terminate the Brumbies/Rebels participation deed without cause would constitute an unlawful termination,” the document read.Forrest, one of Australia’s richest men, lashed out on Wednesday, saying the documents prove the ARU always had the Force in its sights, which raises questions of how fair the process may have been.”The document I have, which I have released, came from caring members of the business community,” Forrest said. “It shows clearly that late in February this year the advice was received and taken to cut the Western Force for no other reason apart from legal advice. This is what I have stood up for, this is what I accuse the ARU of; of litigating, of lawyers and not leadership, of choosing not for merit but choosing to cut because they can bully a submission.”Clyne denied the claims.”Andrew referred to a document or documents which indicated that a decision had been made to remove the Western Force in February,” Clyne said.”This was not the case and there are no documents which contain this information.”RugbyWA has been provided several opportunities to put its best business case for the Western Force to the ARU board, from April 10 right up until our final request for this information on August 2, 2017.”I can only assume that Andrew has been provided with a document that contains some of the analysis that was undertaken by ARU management at the request of the board, to assess the many implications and considerations for exiting each of the three teams we originally assessed, which included the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.”As we have previously announced, there was an extensive analysis conducted on each of these teams and one of the key issues we assessed was the legal risks associated with any decision to exit one of those teams.”These legal risks were factored into our decision, but the board still had options outside of legal avenues to pursue its course to remove a team.”Forrest also responded to comments made by ARU chief executive Bill Pulver on Tuesday. Pulver said the mining magnate had come to the table too late after tabling a $50 million offer to prop up the Force and assure the future of the code. Clearly frustrated by the comments, Forrest accused the ARU of bullying tactics and said he would not stop trying to save the Force.”I’m here to say to the ARU, you cannot bully this team, your ambush has been sprung, you have now been discovered,” Forrest said. “Chairman of the ARU, Mr Cameron Clyne, you’ve told me so many times that there was a broad spreadsheet of factors which were all based on merit, which were based on fairness and of course Australia now knows that was a charade. You received advice you could not cut the Rebels. “I ask you now to resign Mr Cameron Clyne. This has been discovered. The secret is now out. The process from here now must be transparent, we must all come clean.” Forrest disagreed that his generous offer to the ARU had come too late. “My message to the leaders of the ARU, Mr Bill Pulver, who I’m not holding to account, you’ve been an honest and faithful servant. But Mr Pulver and remaining ARU board … it is not too late. I’m in business. I know what too late looks like. I know what 11th hour looks like and I certainly know what bullies look like.”This is not 11th hour, this is not too late. Keep the Western Force, stop this legal charade, be transparent and let’s get on with building a fabulous sport in Australia and the code of rugby union across Australia and across the world.”Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Andrew Forrest says ARU chairman Cameron Clyne should resign over the Force being axed from Super Rugby.last_img read more

Curtain Brothers supports PNG triathlon development program

first_imgThe funding support will go into identifying a junior talent pool and training these junior athletes into future elites.Curtain Brothers is one of the first corporates who has put its support behind this program.The PNG triathlon junior development, still in its design phase, will identify our future junior athletes hopefully from the National Triathlon Championships on Sunday, May 15. Wewak, Port Moresby, Lae, Manus, Lihir and Kavieng are sending athletes for this competition. Some of these will be juniors competing for slots in the PNG squad to the Pacific Islands Triathlon Championships in Solomons Islands in July.“The Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU) is also finalising its regional development squad around this time and we hope that we can select an additional number of juniors into this,” the association said.“Getting selected into the OTU team means opportunities for expert international training, exposure to international races and an opportunity to develop and prepare our junior athletes for future competitions like the Pacific Games and the Commonwealth Games.”Curtain Brothers is one the first corporates to support this program with others to make an announcement next week.(Some of the Pacific Games triathletes in New Caledonia in 2013. Credit: ABC)last_img read more

Negredo will play his first final with Al Nasr

first_imgNegredo, who has seven goals this season, will have the opportunity to lift the first title of his Asian adventure. The Vallecano striker, in Al Nasr since September 2018, when he arrived from the Turkish Besiktas, has to go back to 2014 to remember the last time he lifted a trophy. He did it with Manchester City, club with which he won a Premier League and a League Cup in the 2013/14 season. Álvaro Negredo He will fight to conquer his first title in the United Arab Emirates. The Madrid striker of Al nasr He won the pass to the Arabian Gulf Cup final after defeating Al-Ain in the penalty shootout. It was Negredo himself who forced the throws from 11 meters in the 82nd minute, when he gave Toze the 1-1 assist with which the 90 minutes ended. Al Hammadi, on his own goal, had advanced Al Ain in the first half.Al Nasr did not fail from the penalty spot. Toze, Captain Negredo, Kuwas and Hassan converted their respective pitches. Something that Maroof and Canedo could not do, which meant the elimination of Al-Ain. It was the Dubai team, therefore, who achieved a place in the final, where he will meet an Al-Ahli who also needed the penalties to impose himself on Al-Jazira.last_img read more

Fede Valverde and Casemiro are Zidane’s seat belt

first_imgThis is the third defeat of the season for Real Madrid, after the fits in Paris against PSG (3-0) and Mallorca (1-0); It is the first at home, where Madrid had been showing a historic rockiness. And the three defeats have a common factor: the core pair formed by Casemiro and Valverde was not part of the eleven. In Paris, the Brazilian played, but not the Uruguayan; the same happened in Mallorca, where Zidane did pull the charrúa in the second half; and before Real he rested was Casemiro. The Cup is already past for Madrid, it’s time to focus on the two competitions in which this course can still do something great. Starting with this same weekend, in which the white team visits Osasuna in Pamplona, ​​a historically hot stadium for Madrid and where he knows what it is to leave points: he only won in two of his last seven league visits to the Sadar. Each day now becomes a defense of the leadership alone by Madrid and surely Zidane will recover for that first assault the core duo that better results have guaranteed him this course. Zidane booked Casemiro against Real and go if he paid. It is true that the Brazilian had gone through a febrile process during the week that had left him weakened, although he completed the training prior to the copera visit of the Basque team. Zidane preferred to be cautious and pulled a spinal cord formed by Kroos, Valverde and James. The Uruguayan would act as Casemiro in the drawing, despite having one of the most dynamic teams in attack in LaLiga.center_img The result speaks for itself: the Real topped ten times, five on goal, and scored four goals. That enormous effectiveness came motivated by the constant situations of advantage in which the attackers of the Real appeared throughout the game; It is not in vain, three of the four goals were auctioned within the area of ​​unmarked players at that time. Imanol found the rift that left Casemiro’s absence ahead of the plants and arranged Odegaard to make blood.last_img read more