I often complain about how schools run track meets. Some don’t have enough workers, some have little supervision, and others are disorganized. I don’t think I will ever complain again after attending my granddaughter’s city track meet in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a junior high city championship.Audrey runs hurdles, and it was the first event scheduled at 10 a.m. The announcer gave first call and the girls warmed up. No second call came. The next call stated “we cannot start the meet until we get 30 volunteers from the audience.” Finally, at 11 a.m. the hurdles were run. They then did the 50-meter dash. (There were multiple heats of this for both boys & girls.) Instead of announcing the next event it was stated that the timing system failed and all hurdles would have to be run again! This would not have been that bad had there only been 2 or 3 heats, but there were 10 heats for both boys and girls. Since her 2 events were over, we left.We have no idea if they finished the meet that Saturday or if they had to continue it later. What a mess!
Trained by Jim Culloty, who won three Gold Cups on Best Mate as a jockey, last year’s RSA Chase hero just prevailed from On His Own after an amazing run to the line. Silviniaco Conti led over the last, but he was collared by Davy Russell on Lord Windermere (20-1), who just held the Willie Mullins-trained On his Own (16-1) by a short head. “I didn’t use any petrol, I went around the inside and he jumped great. “The whole way round I was hunting, I thought the race had gone – the credit has to go to Jim Culloty, what a man.” Russell went on: “I was on the best horse in the race. He was very idle, like he was last year. “Silviniaco Conti veered over and startled him a little bit. “I wanted to do the right thing for the horse. I couldn’t ride a winner for Jim all year, but he kept saying to me wait for Cheltenham.” Culloty said: “To be fair halfway round Davy Russell was getting the sack! “He was beaten 26 lengths at Leopardsstown last month, but Davy said take no notice, it will be a different ball game at Cheltenham. “I knew he’d take his time but that was waiting tactics exaggerated. “I can’t believe it. The horses just weren’t right this season, but God they have come right at the right time.” Graham Wylie, owner of On His Own, said: “I just think my horse has run a fantastic race. I wasn’t expecting to come here and win it. We knew there were good horses in the race. “The way he battled up the hill, I was so proud of him.” Mullins said: “I thought he was interfered with and he was beaten a short head and was in front after the line. “The stewards felt he didn’t deserve to get it and what more can I do at this stage “David (Casey) was disappointed at the outcome of the inquiry.” Asked if he might appeal, Mullins said: “I’ll have a chat with the owners and see what they want to do. I’ll have a chat with David and then speak to people who are more experienced than me on appeals in England. “Four weeks ago he was just a handicapper going for the Grand National, then he ran a terrific race in the Bobbyjo and we said we’d go to Punchestown for the Gold Cup there, then I got home and thought why not go for the Gold Cup in England. “I had a look at the supplementary fee and talked to Graham and he said yes. “Coming here this morning if I thought we’d get second I’d have been delighted. “He’ll go back to Punchestown.” Meanwhile, Tiger Roll oozed class when scooting up the hill to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Russell was back in the Gigginstown House Stud colours replacing the injured Bryan Cooper, and Gordon Elliott’s youngster never looked in any danger as he travelled sweetly in behind the leaders. He had Guitar Pete and Kentucky Hyden for company over the last, but Russell kicked him clear for a three-and-a-quarter-length win from the latter. Ruby Walsh took a crashing fall on Abbyssial when leading early on and suffered a compound fracture of his right humerus, the bone in the upper arm. The rider was set to undergo surgery on the open fracture at Gloucester Hospital. Very Wood sprang a huge 33-1 surprise in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle to put trainer Noel Meade back on the Cheltenham Festival roll of honour. Meade, who had endured a miserable start to 2014, was without a win at the big meeting since Go Native landed the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle five years ago. Connections of Lord Windermere survived a lengthy stewards’ inquiry to take glory at Cheltenham after the eight-year-old came from last to first to snatch victory in the Betfred Gold Cup. The Giant Bolster (14-1) stayed on strongly to finish third. After two false starts, Knockara Beau was quickly away, although On His Own soon took it up while Lord Windermere was a few lengths detached in last place after a few fences. Teaforthree and Lyreen Legend were others to join in with pace-making duties and then Last Instalment unseated his rider at the fifth-last fence. Silviniaco Conti led three out and last year’s winner Bobs Worth was also in with a chance as the pack closed in a wide-open race. Lord Windermere joined in the fight late, but he veered right on the punishing dash to the line, resulting in an inquiry, as he just kept On His Own at bay. An anxious wait followed before the stewards announced the placings would remain unaltered. Russell said: “I can’t believe it, I was never on the bridle. “I was never in the race, the whole field was in front of me for the whole race, I had to sit and suffer the whole way. Press Association
A board member of Accra Hearts of Oak Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has called on the followers of the club to give massive support to coach Keninchi Yatsuhashi in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier league.Hearts made a flying start to their campaign with a 1-0 win over New Edubiase at the Accra Stadium on Sunday.Hearts coach Keninchi Yatsuhashi has since been trending for all the good reasons.The followers of the club have lauded the Japanese American who many heavily criticised his appointment as coach of the club.Dr Tamakloe who also criticised Yatsuhashi wants the club to back him to do well in the league.“I must say the coach has done well, I was a bit critical when he came in but as said earlier he looks like somebody who is a long term coach in the sense that it will take some time for the boys to know what exactly he wants to impart to them,” he told Joy Sports “He has been consistent and built the boys physically well and they are gelling nicely than before and i will say more grease to his elbow.“This is the time for all Phobians to come together and support the coach and the boys.Hearts will be away to the Tarkwa T and A park where they will take on Medeama SC on matchday two.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. is officially dropping the “Canada” from its name, but CEO Russ Girling isn’t saying he expects it will make it any easier to get pipelines approved in Canada or the United States.The company is now to be called TC Energy Corp. after shareholders approved the change at its annual meeting Friday.“The name TC Energy acknowledges our origin as TransCanada Pipelines while adding the world ‘energy’ speaks to the breadth of our business, which includes pipelines, power generation and energy storage,” Girling told the meeting.- Advertisement -“But to be clear, this is a name change, not a brand name. We are very proud of who we are and what we do.”The company said the name change recognizes its growth into the United States and Mexico, including through its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group.It has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.Advertisement The official approval of the name change came as the company reported a first-quarter profit of $1 billion of $1.09 per share, up from $734 million or 83 cents per share a year ago.Revenue for the first quarter totalled $3.49 billion, compared with $3.42 billion in the first quarter of 2018.On a comparable basis, TransCanada says it earned $987 million or $1.07 per share for the quarter, up from $864 million or 98 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 99 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. But some analysts suggest it’s also a chance to distance itself from Canada, where difficulty in getting pipeline projects approved has been blamed for a glut of oil that caused steep discount pricing last fall and prompted the Alberta government to curtail production starting in January.“I think the name change is semantics,” U.S.-based analyst Jennifer Rowland of Edward Jones wrote in an email.“I don’t think it attracts new investors, but I do think it’s a subtle, or not so subtle depending on how you view it, way to de-emphasize Canada as some investors are leery of investing in Canada given the government intervention in free markets in Alberta and the difficult regulatory environment for energy.”TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. was first proposed in 2008, rejected by then-president Barack Obama in 2015, approved by President Donald Trump in 2016 and again in March, but remains on hold awaiting court rulings in Montana and Nebraska.Advertisement