first_imgSHERMAN RECEIVES DORTMUND FROM KALEEM SHAHThe New Year began with surprising but welcome news for trainers Art Sherman and Doug O’Neill, recipients of some blueblood Thoroughbreds from owner/breeder Kaleem Shah, who moved his 13 horses from Bob Baffert, giving six to Sherman and seven to O’Neill.In an email, Baffert said he and Shah “have ended their business relationship.”Among those given to Sherman were 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Triple Crown hopeful Klimt, winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity this past September. Among those sent to O’Neill were three-year-old maiden winner Iliad, a son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, and American Gal, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.“It was a big surprise for me,” said Sherman, who will send out 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome for his final race in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. After that, it’s off to stud for the popular California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who turned six today, so Dortmund could prove a fortuitous acquisition.“I only met Mr. Shah one time. He was very cordial and a very nice man,” Sherman said. “It came out of the blue. I’ve never had a client like him with so much money.”Sherman will ship California Chrome to Florida from Ontario Airport at 2 a.m. on Jan. 6. Sherman plans to leave Jan.19.“The horse is doing unbelievably good,” Sherman said.Said Doug O’Neill: “We’re so excited, blessed and grateful. We’re looking forward to being a part of Team Shah.”Added Doug’s brother, Dennis: “We were sitting in our suite at Santa Anita when we got the news. We were extremely surprised.” NAKATANI RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA A WINNERCorey Nakatani is back.Now 46, the native of Covina has returned to Santa Anita, site of some of his greatest triumphs, looking fresh, fit, and if the front-running win in Saturday’s second race on first-time starter Gogoula at 8-1 for trainer George Papaprodromou is any indication, formidable as well.For good measure, Nakatani won the fourth race, the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes, aboard the Richard Baltas-trained Goodyearforroses.“I’m happy to be home,” said Nakatani, looking like he just sipped from the Fountain of Youth. “California is where I was born (in Covina), this is where I started racing (in 1988) and Santa Anita’s always had a special place in my heart. I was leading rider here (in 1995-96 and 1999-2000) and won so many stakes races (132, placing him eighth all-time at Santa Anita).”Nakatani was the leading apprentice rider in Southern California in 1989, topping the nation in earnings among ‘bug’ boys with $2.3 million. His victory on Goodyearforroses gave him 1,035 at Santa Anita, ninth on the track’s all-time list.“I’ve got my weight down to 118 pounds and I’m working out with Becky (Touber) at Sierra Fitness in Sierra Madre. I train sometimes two days a week and I need to lose about five pounds of muscle weight, which is a lot harder to lose. I’ve got to get back into the grind and do what I do best, which is riding horses.“So we started to do interval training two and three times a day. Becky came up with a regimen and it’s worked, but it’s not over yet. I’m just doing what I do best and enjoying it now that we’re healthy again. Everything’s fine now.”Nakatani overcame walking pneumonia after a recent stint at Oaklawn Park.“I’m going to get my weight down to 114, which would be perfect,” he said. “Then I could tack 17, 18 (pounds) every day. My training regimen is very similar to what Laffit (Pincay Jr.) had with Becky.”Corey’s agent is his son, Matt, who graduated from the University of Louisville two years ago and is mature beyond his 24 years. When Gogoula won, it marked his first win as an agent.“I studied sports management and communications,” Matt said, “and I planned to go to law school from there to be an NFL sports agent, but when the opportunity came for me to represent my father, I couldn’t turn it down. It was something I always wanted to do. I always loved following the horses. I think I’ve watched every race of my Dad’s for the past 10 years.“I follow the horses pretty heavily; my whole family’s involved. My Mom (Michele) is a trainer, my Aunt (Aimee) trains for Graham Motion, my grandfather (the late Wally Dollase) was a trainer and my uncle Craig is a trainer, so it’s always been in my blood from Day One.“I’ve always wanted to do it but never knew if I would get the opportunity. When my Dad stepped away for a little while, I knew I was going to be the key to getting him back, so I’ve been on him for months.“It took time, but when I said we should do this as a team, we’re here for each other and we have each other’s backs, ultimately, I got him to return.” FINISH LINES: Phil D’Amato, trainer of new San Pasqual morning line favorite at 2-5 Midnight Storm with the scratch of Arrogate: “I would think we’re going to be on the pace or right there. Acceptance has some tactical speed, but my guy’s ready to go.” . . . Team O’Neill plans to pass the Sham Stakes against males and run romping Delta Princess victor Shane’s Girlfriend against monster maiden winner Unique Bella and other three-year-old fillies in next Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs . . . Victor Espinoza will ride Perfectly Majestic in quest of the gelding’s first stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf. Mike Smith has the assignment on Twentytwentyvision for Richard Mandella, who has Flavien Prat engaged for Chilean import Paquita Coqueta in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes set for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit NEW YEAR OFF TO A WINNING START FOR NAKATANISHAH TURNS HIS HORSES OVER TO SHERMAN, O’NEILLSHANE’S GIRLFRIEND TO RUN IN SANTA YNEZ STAKESlast_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Being Fair About Carter Ruling

first_imgFollowing the implementation of the 10-year retroactive drug testing, Jamaica’s sprint relay lead-off athlete from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nesta Carter, now finds his career at a crossroads. According to the dictates of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the positive result implicates all the members of the gold medal squad. Automatically, they have all been taken down in one wave of the agency’s wand. As such, to cement the verdict, the legendary Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and alternate, Dwight Thomas have been requested, along with Carter, to surrender their medals and other paraphernalia that accompanied them. The move by the IOC is in keeping with its ongoing resolve that drug cheats must be caught and sanctioned. In a previous comment, Foster’s Fairplay supported the action by the authorities. Given the introduction of new technology, there was, and still is, no difficulty, in utilising same to protect not only the integrity of the sport, but also the clean athletes. These are the ones who strive to compete without the help of performance-enhancing substances. Those who trod illicit paths to success should always be fearful of detection somewhere down the road. It cannot be that having got through the first line of defence set up by the law enforcers that a clean getaway is assured. With that said, there is a slew of variables that needs to be considered. The main argument cited by persons opposed to the punishment is whether the offending drug, methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, was listed among the prohibited items at the time of first testing in 2008. That was easily answered by the response that on the prohibited list, mention is made that related substances with the same chemical structure and biological properties would also attract sanctions. The Carter advisory group has said that the matter will be taken to the final appellate body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This has to be done within 21 days of the order that he be disqualified. One of the main pillars of its argument is expected to be that the stipulation as to what should be included as punishable is not specific enough. In order to assist Carter to walk free, and although sticking to his decision to remain in retirement, former Prime Minister, The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson, an avid sports fan and critic, is promising to add his legal nous to the defence strategy. There is a lobby that questions the media of the entire world, zeroing in on the triple trebler, Usain Bolt, in its reporting on the withdrawal of medals. Every story on the occurrence is headlined by the legend’s loss of one of his nine gold medals. It is being said that the big man has done nothing to deserve this as he was unknowingly consumed by a situation in which he is not the miscreant. Well, that is the nature of media. Bolt is the name universally known, and no self-respecting news reporter would go for the actual perpetrator and risk the question, “Nesta who?” Obviously, there will be repercussions as the country faces the music of the verdict and the inevitable follow-up. The President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, in his summation of the matter, does not think it will be injurious to the country’s image in the sport. This depicts his view: “This is something that happened from 2008, so I don’t think it will have an effect on Jamaica’s reputation going forward.” This assessment runs counter to this columnist’s view. The besmirching of a reputation has little to do with the truth or the passage of time. Let CAS rule on that. Blake’s comment seems unaligned to reality. This, as it has been stated from well-known sources that Jamaica is soft on drug-testing protocols and, by extension, ferreting out drug violators. The nation’s detractors are sure to be screaming out a series of “I told you so’s” or to speak more colloquially, “See it deh, dem ketch anedda one.” Think again, Dr Blake. There is some sanitisation to be done. For feedback: E-mail – Legend’s losslast_img read more

NCAA: No Finals Game 2 suspension for Robinson for remarks on Perez ban

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jarin takes full responsibility for NU Bulldogs’ failed UAAP campaign MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The NCAA Management Committee on Thursday decided that it wouldn’t impose any sanctions on Pirates head coach Topex Robinson after the latter’s criticisms on the league following the suspension of CJ Perez in Game 1 of the finals.Lyceum, without Perez, lost that game 73-60 against the Red Lions and fell 1-0 in the three-game series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRobinson risked getting banned for the duration of the finals while College of St. Benilde coaches TY Tang and Charles Tiu were also in danger of getting reprimanded as they shared similar views with Lyceum’s coach.“The ManCom decided to give CSB and Lyceum coaches enough time to finish the remaining finals games,” said Management Committee chairman Frank Gusi. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lyceum can breathe a little easier in its stressful finals series against San Beda in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Perez was suspended in Game 1 after he submitted his application for the PBA Draft without formally informing the NCAA and that resulted in his one-game suspension that just so happened to be the first game of the finals.Robinson aired his criticisms to the media after the Pirates’ loss while Tiu and Tang took to social media to air their grievances.Although all three were given passes until the end of Season 94, the ManCom could still slap punishments by Season 95.“We are putting continuance to the proceedings in the spirit of sportsmanship and with the best interest of the league.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Edward Kai’s Own Goal Sinks Kaba FC

first_imgIn the world of soccer, coaches first, are apt to train their defenders to pass the ball to the goalkeeper whenever a defender is under intense pressure from opponents.The second advice is for a defender to communicate with his goalkeeper before he kicks the ball to him.Kaba FC, a 3rd division club in the ongoing LFA league, against Young Arsenals last Saturday, applied the first advice.That is, he made the decision to pass the ball to the goalkeeper for safety to reduce the pressure he was under. But what he forgot, was communicating his decision to his goalkeeper, who was nowhere in the post.It was in the 84th minute and Kaba FC had allowed Arsenal’s strikers James Tarnue and Kesselly Kamara to score two goals for their side, and they were looking for goal number three.Defender Edward Kai held the ball as his opponents advanced towards him. Turning around he shot the ball towards his goal, and the poor ball rushed to the side where the goalie was nowhere around.That was how Kaba FC lost 3-0 to Young Arsenals.“Edward has a bad day,” said a soccer fan, “I hope he can recover his next game.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gender-based Violence on the Increase

first_imgThe head of the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Vera Mendy, has disclosed that there is an increase in sexual and gender-based violence, including domestic abuse even as the Ebola virus loses ground in the country.Making the disclosure during last Thursday‘s MICAT press briefing, Ms. Mendy described gender-based violence as cruel. “Rape against children is also on the increase,” she added.  At least 85 percent of those victimized, are between the ages of 3 and16 or perhaps even younger, according to Ms. Mendy.From January to November of this year the administration of Women and Children Protection Section has received 2,267 violence-related cases against women, emanating from all depots in the country, including 382 cases of sexual and gender-based violence, she said.“These gender issues include rape, statutory rape, gang rape, corruption of minors and sexual assault. Out of the 382 court cases pending investigation, we have been able to send 114 alleged offenders to the judiciary,” she says.“We have also had persistent reports of nonsupport to mothers of children, simple assault, and battering of women by their male partners, resulting in minor injuries, terroristic threats, amongst others. This has amounted to 1,111 cases, of which we have sent 233 to magistrates; while 283 others are pending investigation and 595 cases have been withdrawn.”Giving out more troubling statistics, Ms. Mendy reported that there were 760 cases of lost-and-found runaways, interfering with child custody, endangering child welfare and abandoned children. 108 of those cases were sent to various courts while 216 cases are pending investigation, with the rest withdrawn,With all the constraints of handling these cases amid the deadly Ebola virus, WACPS will continue to be vigilant in its mandate to investigate and arrest perpetrators, she warned.Highlighting the challenges, Madam Mendy explained that officers responding to the scene of an assault must take precautionary measures to ensure not only their safety, but the safety of persons being arrested given the Ebola epidemic in the country.“The process of intervening at a crime scene and carrying out investigations amid the Ebola crisis are major challenges for the police,” she said.Madam Mendy said it is advisable for both the perpetrators and victims of gender-based violence to take preventive measures to help reduce the risk of contracting the virus through close physical contact with infected persons.Urging the general public to controll their tempers and violent emotions, she observed that people ought to desist from verbal and physical assault, reporting all offenses to the police or seeking immediate medical assistances, should the need arise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province launches new program to increase skilled worker immigration

first_imgThese federal categories include meeting a mandatory language proficiency level, demonstrating sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family, and may also include an independent educational credential assessment for equivalency with Canadian standards.To find out more about the Express Entry British Columbia program, visit: A part of these new requirements includes satisfying CIC’s criteria for one of its three federal economic immigration programs via the new federal Express Entry system including the:1. Federal Skilled Worker Program2. Federal Skilled Trades Program3. Canadian Experience ClassAdvertisement This program will allow eligible applicants to receive priority processing of both their B.C. PNP application, and if nominated, their permanent residence application.The Province says this will have several benefits for the economy and labour marketing including faster processing.  The program will allow another 1,350 skilled immigrants into the province.Express Entry British Columbia requires applicants to meet the minimum criteria for one of B.C.’s three new categories:- Advertisement -1. Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Workers (including Health Care Professionals)2. Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduates3. Express Entry British Columbia – International Post GraduatesAdvertisementlast_img read more

Steve Clarke insists “ambition and professionalism” was behind Reading stay, not money

first_img Reading manager Steve Clarke 1 Reading manager Steve Clarke insists his decision to remain at the Madejski Stadium instead of taking the Fulham job was down to ‘ambition and professionalism’ and not money.The Scot was thought to be on the verge of replacing Kit Symons, who left Craven Cottage during this month’s international break, after being given permission to speak to Fulham about becoming their new manager.However, Clarke opted against the move and the 52-year-old has revealed he did so because he believes his interests are better served with the Royals.“When I sat down and weighed it up – Reading was by far the best option,” Clarke told a press conference on Friday morning.“All I wanted was the chance to speak to another club and weigh up what is best for me. In my mind I was always closer to Reading than Fulham.“But you have to go and find out what their plans are and what they are thinking. Could they offer something better? And the answer was no.“It wasn’t about money – it was about ambition and professionalism. I didn’t want to think what if.“What I have here is more mind blowing. I’m happy with what I have here. This was the best option by a mile – to stay here.“I’m here for the rest of my contract – I hope. It’s been a strange week but I know I made the right decision.”For Fulham, it is back to the drawing board in their search for a new manager and former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley will be in charge for the trip to MK Dons on Saturday.Meanwhile, Clarke will be back in the dugout at the Madejski for the visit of Bolton on Saturday and he knows he now has some hurdles to overcome with the club’s supporters – and the board.“I understand the angst and anger among supporters but when someone is prepared to pay money to speak to me, it’s something as a professional I have to look at.“The supporters are the most loyal people at the football club. I can understand the ones that were really angry.“I’ve had a chat with the board. I’m not going to say everything is fine – it isn’t, they are a bit disappointed.“But I believe I still have support 100 per cent and now I want to get back to success on the pitch.”last_img read more

Super agent predicts Juve sensation will leave Italy amid Man City interest

first_imgManchester City target Paulo Dybala will have to leave Italy as he’s on the verge of outgrowing Serie A already, according to an Italian agent.The Argentine forward was snapped up Juventus in a £28m deal in the summer after impressing for Palermo.He has been an instant hit for the Italian giants, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances.Manchester City are reportedly monitoring the 22-year-old’s progress as they plot a summer spending spree ahead of Pep Guardiola’s anticipated arrival.And, with Italian clubs struggling to compete with the sky-high wages paid by European rivals, Italian super agent Giovanni Branchini believes Dybala will soon be on the move from Turin.“Will Dybala leave Italy? He belongs to the ‘super’ category,” Branchini said.“If he continues this vertical growth and his ability to learn – in parallel with the situation of Italian football – I think his departure to other places is not absolutely excluded.” Paulo Dybala 1last_img read more

Funniest tweets as Rangers fans hail ‘agent Ambrose’ after Celtic loss

first_img Rangers fans really enjoyed the Celtic defeat to Lincoln Red Imps 1 It’s safe to say Rangers fans enjoyed Celtic’s loss to semi-pro Lincoln Red Imps.Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first competitive game as manager in what was a Champions League qualifier, but they were beaten in Gibraltar 1-0.Not that the manager is too concerned by the defeat.“It’s obviously disappointing but I think over the course of these qualifying rounds the second legs for us at Parkhead were always going to be very important,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.“It will be a totally different game at home.”Still, Rangers fans certainly took delight in mocking their Glasgow rivals.last_img


first_imgFEATURES: The Department of Design and Creative Media at Letterkenny IT is delighted to announce ‘FRESH’.This Graduate Exhibition opens on Thursday 2 June at 7pm in the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny and all are welcome. If you miss this, the exhibition runs for one week until Thursday 9 June.This year’s show will include Animation, Digital Media Design, Product Design, Visual Communication/Graphic Design along with a selection of work from our accredited Life Long Learning offerings in Fashion Fundamentals and Photography.A great deal of effort has been invested in the preparation of the exhibition – we expect it will excite and inspire all who visit! Don’t be afraid to come along.DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CREATIVE MEDIA AT LYIT PRESENT ‘FRESH’ AT RCC TODAY! was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreativedesignFeaturesgraduateLYITMedianewsRCClast_img read more