Elliott targets sand success

first_imgGordon Elliott sends a strong team to the beach with four contenders at the Laytown races. “On her mark she looks to have a chance,” said Elliott of Sister Slew. “It’s a competitive race but she’s up to running well. “Snoqualmie Chief has been very disappointing lately and hopefully he produces better.” Elliott has snapped up Nina Carberry for the two amateur events on the card. Landau comes into the Barry Matthews Appreciation Handicap off the back of a cosy hurdles success at Downpatrick and had also run well when last seen on the Flat at Galway. “He’s been in good form and he’ll like the good ground on the beach,” said Elliott. High Net Worth will bid to bounce back to form in the concluding Hibernia Steel Race but has the ability to make a big impression in the rated contest. He has failed to shine over hurdles lately but holds the highest rating of 75 and had some fine form at Dundalk earlier in the year. “If he comes back to his old Dundalk form he looks to have a very good chance,” said Elliott. “He lost his way over hurdles a bit but we’ve freshened him up since and hopefully he’ll run well.” The Cullentra trainer saddles two in the Marquees Nationwide Claiming Race and has booked top jockeys for both his runners. Joseph O’Brien takes the mount on Sister Slew, who just sneaks into the race having dropped a few pounds recently, while Pat Smullen rides Snoqualmie Chief, who bids to leave behind a couple of disappointing efforts over hurdles. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis puts one over Stoke again

first_imgBrown Ideye’s first-half winner sealed a narrow 1-0 victory for West Brom as Tony Pulis returned to haunt Stoke again. They were also denied a penalty after Craig Dawson appeared to be fouled in the box and Ideye had a goal disallowed. The Potters, who remain eighth, were poor but Jonathan Walters did force substitute goalkeeper Boaz Myhill into a smart second-half save. Ben Foster, Darren Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon were all recalled for Albion as Myhill and Jonas Olsson dropped to the bench while Claudio Yacob was banned. Ryan Shawcross returned for the first time since January after a back problem and replaced Philipp Wollscheid, who was out with a groin injury. But, despite the return of their captain, Stoke were rattled early as Albion looked for the breakthrough. Asmir Begovic turned Saido Berahino’s shot wide and then claimed the forward’s drive as the Baggies dominated. Victor Moses fired over but the visitors were ragged, unable to gain enough possession or territory to make a meaningful impact. And the Baggies took advantage after 19 minutes when Ideye ended his four-game goal drought. Press Association The striker’s seventh goal of the season settled the game to move the Baggies 11 points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Ex-Potters manager Pulis – who also beat Stoke 1-0 while at Crystal Palace last season – saw Albion recover from back-to-back defeats against Aston Villa. It took some shocking defending from Phil Bardsley, though, to give Albion the lead as the defender backed off Ideye, allowing him to stoop and nod Craig Gardner’s cross into the corner from 10 yards. Albion deserved the lead and Stoke did little to suggest they would fight their way back before the break. And they survived a scare when Ideye had a goal ruled out – correctly – for offside, after Begovic had spilled the ball in the 35th minute. Begovic’s mistake was symptomatic of the disjointed Stoke display with the hosts well on top. But the Baggies suffered a blow 10 minutes into the second half when Foster was forced off after landing awkwardly, to be replaced by Myhill. Berahino headed wide as the hosts reacted well but Stoke had improved since the break and began to pin their hosts back. Myhill turned Walters’ header over after 62 minutes before the goalkeeper and Gareth McAuley were forced into scrambling clearances. It was a brief recovery from the visitors, though, as they faded badly. Begovic produced a fine low save to deny Ideye a second with 25 minutes left and West Brom should have had a penalty 10 minutes later. Dawson collected Sessegnon’s knockdown only to be felled by Geoff Cameron but referee Michael Oliver ignored the claims. The hosts had regained their composure after a second-half wobble and Myhill claimed Peter Crouch’s header. And Albion survived one final scare in stoppage time when Myhill clattered into Crouch just outside the area and was booked but the Baggies hung on. last_img read more

Sheldon Charles focused on becoming professional cricketer

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyHE is highly ambitious, intelligent and has an insatiable appetite for the sport he loves dearly. The quiet-spoken yet affable Sheldon Charles was born in Region No. One in the village of Kariaku, Barama River before migrating to Region 2 where he now resides at Lima on the Essequibo Coast.The Form Three student of Anna Regina Secondary plans to attend the University of Guyana to become a mechanical engineer. But for now, he is seriously devoted towards enhancing his skills as he dreams of playing cricket at the highest level. He was recently appointed captain of the Essequibo Under-15 team to become the first cricketer of Amerindian descent to be at the helm of the team.While this is a significant achievement, the elegant batting all-rounder, who represented Guyana at the Under-15 level last year in Grenada, is focused on more success, as he is in the form of his life.Charles registered impressive back-to-back centuries of 102 not out and 149 during the recently held trial matches that were organised by the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB).The national Youth all-rounder has also recorded seven half-centuries during his emerging career. He attributed his fine form to being engaged in daily intense physical training, simulation exercises, practice sessions and the constant motivation he receives from his two brothers including Zavier McDonald who was a former national Under-15 fast bowler.While Charles had a moderate inter- county tournament, he topped the batting aggregate for his team. He also plays senior division cricket for Gunners Sports Club where he has already made a delightful impression as a quality player.It was no coincidence therefore that he named Australian Steve Smith and India’s Virat Kohli as his favourite cricketers. It is those inherent qualities which those two great batsmen possess that have inspired him to believe in his ability and to set high standards for himself.Charles is now hoping to retain his place on the national team, having played three matches during last year’s tournament. Thereafter he intends to firmly build on such foundation and to secure a place on the national Under-17 team as well.With such aspirations and his ambition to represent Guyana at the senior level too, the sky is the limit for the talented cricketer. Charles is only the third player from the Amerindian community to have represented Guyana after Lance Roberts who played last year with him and Mark Gonsalves who did so at the Under-17 level.He is also the first to achieve the feat as a resident of Region No.1. He is also the youngest Essequibian to play at the national youth level and will become the first to play in back-to-back national Under-15 tournaments should he do so this year.The budding all-rounder also acknowledged that Essequibo’s cricket can rise above the ashes of the past given the abundance of potential in almost every corner of the region, including in the Amerindian communities.Charles’ rapidly growing reputation will no doubt send chilling fears to any opposition, but he is not distracted and is now focused on building a successful career as a professional cricketer.last_img read more

Lights green for today’s first round of Drag Racing at South Dakota

first_imgTHE stage is set for today’s first round of the National Drag Racing championship 2019.Set for the South Dakota Circuit Timehri, the first instalment will take place on the newly constructed launch pad.After months of talk, the new pad was completed late last week with several cars having a chance to test the surface.The pad is hailed as a major infrastructural installation for the Rameez Mohamed administration and today’s drag will be historic in that regard.Another first for the sport will be the fact that the club will host its first full quarter-mile drag race as against the regular 1 000ft that has taken place in the past.The extension of the strip means that times will increase for cars (IE, a 10-second car may now do 11 or 12 seconds) but it will allow more level competition.Cars will also have a chance to record a time equivalent to that of international quarter-miles, especially since the laying of track bite, a substance which allows high horse-power cars to put down their power more effectively.Meanwhile, late into yesterday afternoon, cars and bikes were seen testing the pad and the quarter-mile facility as they get ready for a day of action today.Feedback from many indicated that both the launch pad and the extended strip are a drastic change to the norm but it is also welcome.Ticket prices for fans desirous of witnessing the action will be $1 000 for adults, $500 for children, while there are VIP seats available at $4 000.The sponsors for the event include Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat Auto Sales, Motor Trend Service Centre, Delco Ice Factory, Trans-Pacific Motor Spares, Supreme Ventures, Air Services Limited, PowerLine Auto, Cyril’s Taxi, Omega Brokers, E-Networks, Prem’s Electrical, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station and Super Bet, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Hand-in-Hand Insurance and Top Brandz Distributors.last_img read more

Canada defeats host Iroquois Nationals to win WILC for 4th straight time

first_imgThe Iroquois posed for the photo they didn’t want to take. They were the second group of players to accept medals — not the third, which receives gold.Once each player had the silver medal dangling from his neck, the Iroquois huddled on the field one last time and then saluted the home fans.“With this Iroqouis team, we knew we were going to have our hands full,” Canadian head coach Eddie Comeau said.Though it wasn’t always a guarantee, the Canadians finished the game powerfully and were celebrating another title just a few feet away. Family members flooded the field and wives and children took photos with the champions.When the Canadians took a team photo with the trophy, one player yelled, “Get those 1’s up,” a reference to where his team stands in international indoor lacrosse. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Evans later stood next to the table where the championship trophy was handed out. He held his MVP plaque in his right hand and, as the Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons gave a speech, two of his children were by his side.His wife, who was holding their third child, was in the middle of a scrum of photographers. The four of them made the five-hour drive on Saturday to see Shawn in the championship game. Wearing red Toms shoes and a Shawn Evans jersey-style T-shirt, his wife looked over at him. The two made eye contact and exchanged a mutual smile.“It was something special,” Evans said of having his family there.The motto of the WILC was “Lacrosse is home,” since an indigenous nation hosted an international sporting event for the first time.As Canada received their gold medals for the fourth time, “I’m coming home,” by Diddy played over the Carrier Dome loudspeakers.While the game might’ve come home, the gold medal stayed home. Comments Angus Goodleaf stood still 5 yards in front of the Iroquois net staring across the field. His right elbow sat on the butt end of his stick, which was firmly planted into the AstroTurf.The Iroquois goalie had just allowed the nail-in-the-coffin goal to Canada’s Shawn Evans, the eventual tournament MVP. Trailing by three goals with three minutes to play, the longed Iroquois comeback seemed as unrealistic as ever after being within one just minutes earlier.“They were just a little bit better,” Iroquois head coach Rick Kilgour said. “… If we could have tied it up, who knows? But I guess that’s what losers always say.”The Canadians’ unbeaten streak at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship continued in the gold medal game with a 12-8 win over the Iroquois Nationals on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. For the fourth straight time since the inception of the WILC, Canada won gold and the Iroquois Nationals took silver.After Lyle Thompson brought the Nationals within just one goal at 8-7 early in the fourth quarter, Canada went on a 4-1 run to ice the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew we had to worry about what’s next and not worry about what just happened,” said Canada’s Curtis Dickson, who scored four goals. “We’ve been great all tournament at bouncing back.”Lyle Thompson and his brother Miles Thompson were limited to just one goal apiece. Kilgour said his team jokes that they’re like the Beatles because they attract so much attention from fans, but they also were the focus of Canada’s defense. They were forced to take shots on the run and had limited time and space to shoot.As Canada pulled away in the fourth quarter, its fans in Section 114 grew louder as the lead continued to increase. They were outnumbered by fans of the Iroquois, the host nation, but the red and white flags flew more and more frequently.Iroquois’ Randy Staats said his team wasn’t deflated as it focused more on just getting the next goal.The problem was that in the fourth quarter, it was Canada scoring the next goal.“Someday, we’re gonna get one more than those guys,” Kilgour said.As the Iroquois waited for the medal ceremony, players stood motionless on the field, many with watery eyes. Lyle Thompson spoke with a team staff member as his chinstrap dangled from the left side of his helmet, which was still on his head. Jeff Shattler stared stonefaced into the crowd and didn’t change his facial expression for several minutes.Logan Reidsma | Photo Editorlast_img read more

Wiseodds launches poker-inspired betting platform

first_img Related Articles Sports betting supplier Wiseodds has confirmed the launch of its new ‘skill-based peer-to-peer platform’ which will combine the social element of online poker with sports betting.The new platform allows punters to compete against one another in ‘poker-inspired rooms’ to predict the outcome of sporting events.Lilit Nikoghosyan, Head of Operations at Wiseodds, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of the new Wiseodds peer-to-peer betting platform, providing players with a new way of betting on sporting events.“This new and exciting product will take social gaming to a new level, where bettors use their sporting knowledge and battle against each other to secure big payouts.“We’re strong believers that this poker-inspired concept and risk-free set up will prove to be an attractive proposition for operators looking to tap into the rising popularity of social betting.”As part of the game, punters will ‘take a seat’ at one of the available tables in an online lobby by placing a bet on a fixture.When every sporting match featured in the selected room comes to an end, all cards are revealed and the player with the highest winning odds coupon claims all the money on the table. Losing players are then removed from the table, allowing new users to join.Players will have the opportunity to bet on a number of sporting markets, including ‘major football and basketball matches’.Planning to expand the number of betting opportunities available in the coming months, punters can currently wager bets at four separate table choices, including over tables, under tables, bet poker tables and bet poker system.Wiseodds has outlined plans to expand internationally, initially targeting expansion across Asia and Europe. The company is in the final stages of securing a B2B licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Submit Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Chetan Pandya, Pragmatic Solutions: Sticking to the circle of competence June 9, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Keeping the book: Dodgers fans keep art of scorekeeping alive

first_imgOne of her favorite scorekeeping books was in 2009, when she snuck into Dodger Stadium and took a picture of her two dogs, Bailey and Sweet Pea, with the “Think Blue” sign in the back.This season, she’s scored 60 baseball games and flips through the pages like it’s a spiral notebook from a semester’s worth of note taking in college.She has the score sheet from when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw got his 300th strikeout. There was a game that ended on a balk. Lussier, who works as an information technology specialist for the California State University system, said she enjoys being able to look back at a score sheet and remember the game. Sort of like instant replay with a pencil and paper.The downside, she said, is she can sometimes miss an exciting moment because her head is buried in the notebook and not looking at the field.“You have to make choices sometimes,” she said. “You find a balance. Maybe you don’t record every strike and ball and you see more of the game.”She said, however, when Kershaw pitches, she thinks it’s possible he could throw a perfect game.“In that case, I want to have a perfect score sheet,” she said.Pamela Wilson agreed and said she’s missed some exciting plays while keeping score. She said, however, the score sheet makes her feel comfortable. Like it’s part of the game experience.Proulx said she probably has about 500 score sheets from games at home. Lussier said she may have close to double that. Proulx said she also won’t go to technology to keep score.Swapping out paper and a pencil for a smartphone app would be like pinch-hitting a rookie for a Hall-of-Fame-bound veteran.“The app has no character,” she said. “It has to be paper.”When they settled in their seats for the start of the game — a sluggish affair that was 0-0 after the third inning — the scorekeepers dutifully charted pitch counts and noted strikeouts.During David Wright’s at-bat against the Dodgers’ Kershaw in the first inning, the Mets third baseman fouled off six pitches and forced the starter to throw 12 of his 22 pitches that inning.Proulx had to erase a few that she thought were strikes. She pressed hard on the lead to count the pitches. She said she sometimes presses so hard, she breaks the lead.“When I was a kid, I tended to break the crayons, too,” she said.Proulx said she gets great satisfaction out recording history. She just hopes this year will be one where she is charting pitches during a World Series. She’s a former schoolteacher and now teaches martial arts in Claremont. She loves baseball and is hoping to pass along the love to her two grandchildren, ages 6 and 2, though she doesn’t take them to Dodgers games when she keeps score because, well, she sort of really gets into it.“It’s important to give a lot of yourself to others, but to do that well, you have to do something for yourself that brings you joy,” she said. “For me, it’s keeping score during a baseball game.”The focus is intense. And she’s not alone.In the top deck during Friday’s playoff game between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, there were almost a dozen people with their scorekeeping binders dotting the rows of light-blue seats. Each had their own style, but they all bonded in this old-school fraternity of baseball tradition.Jeanine Lussier custom-made her own scoring sheets and, as word got around, others asked if she could make some for them. She said she currently makes about four or five scoring books — complete with a custom photo on the front. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Before she heads to Dodger Stadium, Holly Proulx goes through her equipment checklist. There’s the scoring book. A pencil — with 0.9 thickness lead. Two erasers. Headphones and radio.Oh, and Billy Proulx, her husband.“First time we both went to a Dodger game in 1980, we both kept score,” he said. “After awhile, I figured there was no reason for both of us to do it, so I became her spotter.”That means he has the binoculars slung around his neck while she make notes about the game started.last_img read more

The Coach of Andorra: B&H is a World National Team

first_imgThe selector of Andorra Koldo Alvarez de Eulate addressed the journalists prior to the training of the players, stating that ahead of today’s match they have rested since the past match and that they will most probably have four or five players in defense.“There are no injured players, everyone is ready”, Alvarez said.Until now, the selector of Andorra always gave an opportunity to the younger players.“They are in the selection and there is a possibility that they will play today. We have watched the recordings and we will work on the problems we have. There is a great physical difference between these two selections. Since B&H is playing for the third position, we will probably see the best selection of B&H today. B&H is a world national team, it is enough just to see how many players play in the strongest leagues, that speaks enough of the selection of B&H”.Alvarez reminded that Dzeko scored three goals in the first match against Andorra.“It will be a mistake to only concentrate on Dzeko, B&H has a strong national team, but the forces must be distributed equally. We will play defense, we will attempt to score a goal in the beginning, and maintain the result afterwards”, the selector said.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

Frequent COVID-19 testing makes MLS players comfortable with return to regular training

first_imgNew England Revolution defender Alexander Buttner explained, in his second language, a concept that some in this country seem determined not to understand.Yes, it feels safe for Major League Soccer teams, under the conditions and protocols in place, to return to playing major-league soccer. “It feels great. Finally, we can play football with each other again. It was a long time we had to train by ourselves, but finally we are back,” Jong told RevolutionSoccer.net. “We did some small games, some crosses, so for me it was a good training.”The last time the Revs were on the field together was nearly three full months ago, before MLS suspended operations March 12. Their last full game a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on March 7.“It’s safe and reassuring that everyone’s been tested and no one tested positive,” rookie defender Henry Kessler told RevolutionSoccer. “That’s really good news. There was a blood test and then the other one was a bit uncomfortable. You have to stick something pretty far up your nose. Those were the tests ,but it’s good to have those done and make sure everyone’s healthy. “Yeah, because we get tested almost three, four times a week,” he said. “And so I think it’s safe to train, because the results are good. I hope everybody stays safe and healthy.”The Revs returned to full-squad training Monday after an extended absence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant being able to use the team’s facilities as well as joining each other on the field. Atlanta United also resumed training Monday. Sporting Kansas City was on the field Sunday.They are preparing to play in a league tournament in Orlando later in the summer that would comprise a World Cup-style format, with teams divided into group play and the top 16 moving on to an elimination round. CBS Sports reported July 9 as a possible start date.Teams had been able to do some voluntary individual training starting May 6. Buttner, in his first season with the Revs after coming from three seasons with Jong Vitesse in his native country, the Netherlands, said it’s much better being able to move freely through the Revs facility.last_img read more

Latest cost of living report shows Mason City still a good value

first_imgMASON CITY — The latest Cost of Living Index Report from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows that living costs in Mason City continue to be a good value. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services. A score of 100 represents the national average of 268 metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Mason City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robin Anderson says Mason City’s score of 89 indicates a lower-than-average cost.  “It just solidifies the fact that North Iowa is a very economical place to live. When you consider our quality of life, having a low cost of living really contributes to that.”Anderson says she was pleased with two components of this latest report.  “We were extremely competitive in groceries, and hopefully our citizens are noticing that when they bring their shopping carts to the checkout lane. We’re also very competitive in the healthcare sector, and when you consider the quality of healthcare that we have here with a top 100 hospital, it’s pretty remarkable that that is such a bright spot as well.”Anderson says the transportation component is something she’ll be watching in the next few reports.  “We’re a little concerned, normally we are competitive in transportation,  and it looked like that was unusually high, so we’ll be watching that to see if that is a trend or if it was just a blip.”The least expensive place to live in the most recent survey was Little Rock Arkansas with a score of 80.4, while Manhattan in New York City is the most expensive with a score of 254.7.last_img read more