Lloris Savouring Century for France

first_img The France captain has done just that for the last ten years, providing an obstacle at the back with solid performances and decisive saves. And he served another potent reminder of his worth by thwarting Paolo Guerrero with his feet against Peru, preventing a goal that could have changed the course of the game.“Hugo deserves his record and it’s great that he was able to celebrate it without conceding,” added Olivier Giroud, quick to congratulate his skipper and give us his thoughts on a superb milestone. “He was very good once again this evening.” The rest of his team-mates – and a grateful nation – would no doubt concur.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram How important that clean sheet proved. Not only did he help Les Bleus book their spot in the Round of 16, the France captain also found the perfect way to celebrate a personal landmark – his 100th international cap. “I feel good,” he explained afterwards, before turning his focus to the team’s performance. “Together we were very solid and aggressive, and we stood up to Peru’s pressing. That was our platform.” Imperious during France’s second game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Hugo Lloris rode to his team’s rescue during the first half against Peru. It was a familiar sight, the goalkeeper having also averted disaster against Australia at almost the exact same moment in the match. But while he went on to concede a penalty against the Socceroos, this time Lloris held firm until the final whistle. Enough to maybe speak a little more about his own achievement? It was worth one last try, with a prompt to discuss his longevity, consistency and strengths. What, in short, is Lloris’s secret? “Hard work,” he replied, possibly to nobody’s great surprise. “It’s always a question of hard work … and challenging yourself as well.”That combination has allowed Lloris to make France’s No1 shirt his own since 2008. As the years roll on, however, he will eventually have to pass on the gloves – and he already has advice for any future challengers. “You have to learn to savour it,” explained the Nice academy graduate. “It flies by. To represent your country is an opportunity and a privilege, and you have to tell yourself that and repeat it because the years go by so quickly in football. It’s not enough to just be in the team: you have to stay there for as long as possible.”center_img Modest to a fault, the former Lyon custodian has never enjoyed being the centre of attention and at 31 years of age, with a decade in the France line-up behind him, he is clearly not about to change. Instead, he quickly shifted the spotlight back onto his team’s display: “We were able to make the difference with our goal and then we managed to control the game. I’m very satisfied.” Lloris played his own role, of course, and he admitted to feeling moved by reaching his century. “On a personal level, I couldn’t have this enjoyed this 100th appearance more,” he said, having also worn the captain’s armband a record 76 times. “Despite that, for me it was like any other game: you have to put that to one side when you’re on the pitch. I stayed focused, professional, and my only motivation was to win and give everything for the team.”last_img read more

#Donkomi : Levante confirm agreement with Dalian Yifang over Boateng transfer

first_imgSpanish La Liga side Levante UD have reached an agreement with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang over the transfer of Ghana international Emmanuel Boateng.Boateng agreed personal terms with Yifang some weeks ago, but the deal delayed due to the inability of the two teams to agree a fee.Levante, however on Wednesday, confirmed on their official Twitter page, that they had come to an agreement with Yifang and also bid farewell to Boateng.The trasfer fee is believed to be in the region of € 11 million, with the 22 year old reportedly set to earn close to $1 million a year.Boateng joined Levante back in 2017, and went on to make over 50 appearances for the side, with perhaps his greatest moment in the Levante shirt coming at the tail end of the 207/2018 season when his hat-trick helped his side beat Barcelona and end the Catalan side’s unbeaten run.–By: Daniel Koranteng|citinewsroom.com|Ghanalast_img read more

Onyango favourite for 2016 USPA top sports award

first_imgNOMINEE PROFILESOnyangoSouth Africa based Denis Onyango was named Uganda’s footballer of the year after guiding Uganda Cranes and his club Sundowns to historic performances.He was in goal as Uganda Cranes qualified for the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, then led his club to the African Club Championship title – the first Ugandan to win the honour. His club also competed at the World Club Championships.EmongDavid Emony was named Uganda’s athlete of the year after his historic medal exploits in the para-Olympics event at the Rio Olympics. Emong gave Uganda her first ever Paralympics medal, winning silver in 1500m – T46 final in Rio.Emong, 26, was Uganda’s only athlete at the competition. The T46 disability sport classification is a group for track and field athletes missing their arm from near the top of their arm.WokorachHe is a Uganda 7s international who has had an outstanding year. He was the star as Uganda lifted their maiden Africa Rugby Cup Sevens title in Nairobi.Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi booked them a place in three major tournaments, Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December plus the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.****USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016 Nominees for Sports Personality of the yearDenis Onyango (Football)David Emong (Paralympics)Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)Nominees for Team of the yearUganda CranesRugby CranesCity OilersNominations for Sports Event of the yearNational Open Pool ChampionshipUganda Golf OpenBEST RUN FEDERATION OF 2016**The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (see live feed page 2).The USPA LEGEND AWARD – SHEILA AGONZIBWEWinners in respective sports disciplines AthleticsMale: David EmongFemale: Juliet ChekwelBoxingShadir MusaFootballDenis OnyangoWomen FootballHasfa NassunaMotorsport(Rallying) The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph KamyaGolfMale: Ronald Otile Kampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | Africa’s best home-based football player of 2016 Denis Onyango is favourite to be named Uganda’s Sportsman Of The Year 2016 on Friday night.Onyango, named best African Player of the Year Based in Africa early this year, is one of three nominate for the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Personality Of The Year award.Others nominated are Olympian Emong and rugby player Phillip Wokorach. USPA has already named them top in their individual sports in 2016.The Uganda Sports Personality of the Year will be announced at the sh100m Nile Breweries sponsered USPA gala at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala Friday. NSSF are USPA’s other partners for the glamarous awards ceremony. (click for live feed)Senior Presidential advisor Maj.Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will be the chief guest at the Ugandan sports oscars.At the last awards, golfer Ronald Otile was named the country’s Sports Personality of 2015.The awards are one of Uganda’s oldest, with USPA having annually awarded the best since the early 70s. Sabiti Muwanga is the President USPA. Female: Flavia NamakulaCricketMale: Henry SsenyondoFemale: Stephanie NampinaPoolMale: Sula MatovuFemale: Vicky NamuyanjaBobybuildingAndrew SsenogaBadmintonMale: Brian KasiryeFemale: Shamim BangiTable TennisMale: Gilton ChelibeFemale: Halima NambozoWoodballMale: Onesmus AtambaFemale: Lillian ZaweddeWeightliftingKhalid BatuusaRugby’s WokorachRugbyMale: Phillip WokorachFemale: Grace AumaBasketballMale: Jimmy EnabuFemale: Judith NansobyaMotocrossAviv OrlandChessMale: Harold WanyamaFemale: Joyce KabenganoNetballJoan NampunguDartsMale: Jacob OkidiFemale: Dinah AmodingKickboxingPatricia ApolotLudoSarah NamubiruHandballMale: Felix MukunziFemale:Muhaimuna NamuwayaSwimmingMale: Nicholas MalaniFemale: Kirabo NamutebiHockeyMale: Innocent MbabaliFemale: Doreen AsiimweSquashIan Rukunya**** (see flashback to 2015 awards and 2016 awards LIVE FEED page 2)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Qatar World Cup games could start in the morning

first_imgKhater added that building work at four of the proposed eight stadiums would be completed by the end of next year.In addition to the already refurbished Khalifa Stadium, Al-Wakrah, Al-Bayt, and Al-Rayyan will all be finished in 2019, he said.Reporters were allowed to view Al-Bayt on Tuesday, which is 56 kilometres (35 miles) from the capital Doha and will be the most northerly stadium at Qatar’s tournament.The stadium’s design is based on the traditional Bedouin tent in Qatar, Bayt Al Sha’ar.“This is a unique design among all the stadiums in the world,” Nasser al-Hajeri, the venue’s project director told AFP.“It shows people who will attend the World Cup, the type of tent which people used to live inShare on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | World Cup matches in Qatar could kick-off as early as 1000 GMT if it holds four games a day during the 2022 tournament group stage, organisers confirmed Tuesday.The other three games would start at 1300, 1600 and 1900 GMT, Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary general for the World Cup organising body the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, told local broadcaster, Qatar Television.“There’s a proposition to hold four matches a day, one at 1300, 1600, 1900, and 2200 Doha time. This will be finalised with FIFA,” he said.“We are currently planning for three matches per day, but also considering four a day as the weather and temperature will be good, and also all stadiums enjoying air conditioning.”Qatar’s World Cup has an extra time pressure as it will be squeezed into 28 days, rather the usual 32 days, following its switch to November and December 2022 from the traditional months of June and July.That pressure could increase further, as FIFA is looking into increasing the number of teams in 2022 from 32 to 48.last_img read more

Restaurant denies children entry due to COVID-19

first_imgOne family told reporters at CBS12 that they drove from West Palm Beach only to be turned away:“He [employee] said CDC guidelines does not allow children in the restaurant,” said Maria Serrano “I was like, ‘What? Since when?’ He was like, ‘It’s on the door’.”Serrano also expressed her concern that the restaurant is falsifying information given by the CDC stating that it is a CDC standard not to allow children into restaurants:“I don’t even know where they got the $500 fine from, or even the CDC guidelines,” she said. “It’s not on there that says no children allowed in restaurants.”Another patron told the publication that though she knows one of the owners, she does not agree with the misinformation the restaurant has put out:“Can it be discrimination? I believe they can. You’re discriminating against an age group. That’s not legal,” she said. “What I can’t respect is a made-up rule that says CDC guidelines right above it. It’s falsifying information for me, and that’s the problem I have.”Lawyers for the restaurant released a statement saying the message has been misconstrued and that the privately owned restaurant is within their rights to go beyond the CDC guidelines to protect their staff:“Machu Picchu Restaurant’s first priority throughout this pandemic has always been, and continues to be, the health and safety of its valued customers and staff. For instance, Machu Picchu Restaurant not only requires masks to be worn inside the restaurant, but its staff gets tested for COVID-19 regularly, and cleaning stations and other measures have been implemented. While the guidelines themselves may not strictly require specific policies, Machu Picchu Restaurant is within its rights to go above and beyond the CDC guideline requirements and local ordinances in enacting safety measures for their private business. The sign has been misconstrued as stating what the guidelines are, when in fact the intention was to set forth particular policies that Machu Picchu Restaurant has in place for customer and staff health and safety during “phase 2,” which of course includes, but is not limited, to full CDC guideline compliance. Because Machu Picchu Restaurant has only limited indoor seating available, due to space constraints, reservations are required to ensure proper spacing of dine-in patrons and dine-in service is currently limited to adults wearing face masks. Machu Picchu Restaurant continues to encourage its customers to order food for pick up. Machu Picchu Restaurant looks forward to once again accommodating all guests as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.”The restaurant also stated that while access to their restaurant is currently limited, they encourage customers to use their pick-up and delivery options. Several parents are expressing their outage after a local restaurant recently made it apart of their policy to deny children entry into their establishment due to COVID-19.The Machu Picchu Restaurant posted signs on their windows with the rules stating that in conjunction with CDC guidelines they will strictly adhere to CDC guidelines:last_img read more

“Summer Dreams” to become part of March Madness

first_imgAtlanta Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll, right, moves the ball up court as Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Jan. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Hawks won 125-99. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams spent most of his basketball life trying to say all the right things in public.Last summer, he finally got a chance to be himself on camera.The quiet former Syracuse star agreed to let a television crew profile his journey through the NBA’s summer league and now the whole world can get a glimpse at what is like for a star player when “Summer Dreams” premieres on CBS during the heart of March Madness. An official announcement from CBS and Mandalay Sports Media about the March 15 launch was scheduled for Wednesday.The reality program features four NBA rookie prospects — Carter-Williams, Dallas Mavericks guard Shane Larkin, Romero Osby and Dwayne Davis — NBA referee hopeful Lauren Holtkamp and NBA D-League coach Joel Abelson as they try to take the next big steps in their careers.Most of the participants saw it as an opportunity to gain exposure. Carter-Williams wanted others to see a side of life he rarely shows.“I think the biggest difference was it wasn’t me having to necessarily say the right thing,” the Philadelphia 76ers guard told The Associated Press. “I could say what I felt about the game. I didn’t have to pretend to be anyone else.”The show is scheduled to air in a two-hour slot Saturday night after CBS broadcasts its fourth and final game of the day and less than 24 hours before the NCAA tournament pairings are announced on Selection Sunday.Network executives are betting that will be a ratings winner. But that’s not why executive producer Mike Tollin took on this project.He wanted to give basketball fans a look into a world that looks like a combination of baseball’s winter meetings and the NFL’s annual scouting combine while providing a platform that goes well beyond the high-profile stars such as Carter-Williams and Larkin, both first-round picks last June.Osby, Orlando’s second-round pick, and Davis, an undrafted free agent, got a chance to show they could compete against NBA-caliber talent. Osby was averaging 16.2 points with Maine in the D-League until being waived after sustaining a season-ending right shoulder injury Jan. 11. Davis is scoring 9.7 points for UCAM Murica, a Spanish team.Holtkamp used the Las Vegas games to audition in front of Joe Borgia, vice president of NBA referee operations, and has worked a handful of NBA contests this season.Abelson turned the week into his own personal job fair, searching for a new job after being fired as head coach of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce. He landed the head coaching job with Reno, a D-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and the Bighorns were tied for the West Division lead at 16-11.“I’ve done a lot of sports documentaries and I’m always attracted to the underdog. It gives us the hope and the belief that dreams come true there (in Vegas) and great stories emerge,” Tollin said. “I’d like to have people discover the Las Vegas summer league and appreciate how hard it is to get there, how long the odds are people have to overcome to become one of the chosen.”The project began with camera crews following about 15 people.Over the course of two months, editors settled on the six who provided the most compelling story lines and the greatest access. Along the way, Tollin and his team of Jon Weinbach, Danny Meiseles and Mason Gordon documented a series of intriguing tales.Larkin, the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, shows his disgust after breaking his right ankle just before the summer games begin and is shown wiping his eyes as his mother tries to comfort him. After undergoing surgery, the show follows Larkin as his father helps him cope with the grueling challenge of rehab.Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, a former women’s college basketball player who plays the dual role of mother and personal manager of her son, Carter-Williams, searches for the right balance to help her son.During lunch with four other mothers who had NBA sons, she finds out each had similar concerns when their children were rookies.Gerald Henderson’s mother, Marie, recounts a story about the time she wanted to know why her son wasn’t on the court and Rod Higgins, then Charlotte’s president of basketball operations, offered to take her to the locker room. She accepted the offer, much to her son’s chagrin.And Hakim Warrick’s mother, Queen, recalls the time she called the NBA office to find out why her son wasn’t playing more minutes.“No, I have not called the league office and I have not gone into any locker rooms, either,” Carter-Zegarowski said, laughing. “That scene at the restaurant that was really hilarious. It was real, and I’ve stayed in touch with those mothers.”If all goes well, Tollin hopes to make a sequel this summer with a whole new cast of characters.For Carter-Williams, the reality of sharing a television stage with his mother opened the door to a whole new world.“A lot of people are going to know about my mom a lot more,” he said, explaining his expects to get his new teammates to tease him. “But people are going to see me as someone different, too.”last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days The Tug of the Month: TEAL

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted By Les Eldridge for Olympia Harbor Days Festival TEAL was built in Blaine, Washington in 1949 for the Alaska Packers Association, the last of their wooden tugs. She was designed by the noted naval architect Edwin Monk, Sr. and his equally respected partners, brothers William and Lorne Garden. This traditional Northwest Coast tug ranged from Alaska to Olympia for the Packers and later for the Tacoma Tugboat Company, in both the salmon fishing industry and the logging industry. TEAL – Photo courtesy: Olympia Harbor DaysTEAL’s design is remarkable. She is described as deep draft, round bilge, plumb stem, elliptical fantail stern workboat, Lorne Garden and Ed Monk’s design number 1500. She was originally powered by an Atlas four-cylinder diesel, which has been replaced by a 1962 Caterpillar diesel engine, freshwater cooled, generating 300 horsepower. The engine change greatly increased her cabin space. Her screw is a 56’ X48” 4-blade wheel. She is 42 feet long and draws 7.6 feet.Ed Monk’s designs were very popular in the mid-20th Century and still in great demand. He and the Garden brothers designed many tugs, but were more well known for their cabin cruisers. A treasured Monk-designed vessel with cabin cruiser lines is the Tarry Not II, one of the last two “Mosquito Fleet” steamers still in operation. Built in 1926, she carried freight and passengers from Shelton to Olympia and intermediate stops, as well as some beach-logging towing. The 28’ vintage vessel is now owned by Steve Wilcox of Sea Blossom Seafoods in Olympia.Monk tug designs, including TEAL, are known for their graceful sheer, the fore and aft upward curve of the hull at the bulwarks or deck level. TEAL – Photo courtesy: Olympia Harbor DaysDuring her work for Alaska Packers, TEAL ranged from Chignik, on the Alaska Peninsula, to Ketchikan and south to Birch Bay, Washington. She is sometimes homeported at Southworth on the Olympic Peninsula, and is now at the Port Orchard Yacht Club. She still ranges as far as Alaska. TEAL’s racing history is noteworthy. The late Captain Mark Freeman, in his book Tugboats On Puget Sound (co-author Chuck Fowler), shows a Captain Scott Schoch photo of TEAL and Winamac racing in a 1980s Olympia Harbor Days tug race (page 111). She has taken a first place in her class at the Tacoma Maritime Festival Tugboat Race, and in 2016, placed third in the Small Tug race at Olympia Harbor Days.She was recently selected as 2017 Olympia Harbor Days “logo tug” for the upcoming festival and races presented by Olympia Kiwanis. To qualify, she was the oldest “non-logo” tug participating in the Harbor Days races in 2016. TEAL – Photo courtesy: Olympia Harbor DaysPrevious to current owner Jan Carlson, TEAL was repaired and restored in Tacoma by Jon and Pat Kent of CA, and before that was owned by Don Leonard of Tacoma, and the Alaska Packers. Congratulations to TEAL on her selection as Olympia Harbor Days 2017 logo tug!Sources: Tugboats Illustrated by Paul Farrell, Norton, 2016, Tugboats on Puget Sound, by Chuck Fowler and Captain Mark Freeman, Arcadia, 2009, edmonkwoodenboatclub.org, Ships of the Inland Sea by Gordon Newell, Superior, 1960. About Les Eldridge: Les is president of South Sound Maritime Heritage Association and author of a number of maritime histories and novels of the American Civil War at sea. He lectures frequently ashore and afloat, and narrates the OHD races each year. For more, see EldridgeSeaSaga.com. Tug of the Month is sponsored by Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, an Olympia Kiwanis Club event. The free community event takes place every Labor Day weekend on the Olympia waterfront. It is in its 44th year. For attendance info see www.HarborDays.com or on Facebook@OlympiaHarborDays. Questions to the Executive Director at info@HarborDays.com.last_img read more

A New Tribute to the Military at Former Fort Monmouth

first_img The new Veterans Memorial and park at the East Gate residential development in the fort’s Oceanport section.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Guests eagerly toured the commander general’s house, situated at the end of East Gate on Parker’s Creek, recently placed on the market for $799,999. While RPM rehabilitated the exterior, improved landscaping, and installed new water and sewer, the interior of the two-story structure with a full attic is largely original, including the wood floors, doors and trim, stucco walls and steam heat radiators. The kitchen is devoid of cabinetry and there is no air conditioning. Fully enclosed porches on the main and second floors overlook the scenic creek. “We wanted to pay homage to the for t’s rich history,” said RPM’s Assistant Vice President Michael Hong in his opening remarks. “We worked with Executive Director Bruce Steadman of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), who connected us to a trio of retired veterans. Collaborating brought the veterans’ vision to life.” Two of those retired veterans were in attendance – Lt. Col. John Edward Occhipinti and Col. John L. Booth. The third, Col. Michael T. Ruane, was unable to attend. The tribute to the military is located amid former officer housing, which is now a renovated residential development known as East Gate. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “This monument is a tribute to our military,” Martoglio said in his closing remarks. The memorial is a solid granite cap on a brick pier. The applied cast metal plaque honors the men and women who served at Fort Monmouth. There are cast metal seals representing the major military branches that performed at the post. “The FMERA team made this a very professional and wonderful relationship,” said Occhipinti of the veterans’ continued active participation in directing its future as a mixed-use community combining high-tech, education, residential, retail, entertainment, office, dining, recreation, and more. “In this crowd are folks who lived and worked here. With their families, they created a bridge from the past to the future. It’s a higher magnitude than most people realize.” Also making comments prior to the ribbon cutting were Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and founder and president of RPM Development Edward Martoglio. Occhipinti retired from active duty with more than 22 years of enlisted and commissioned service. His final duty position was deputy commandant for the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth from 1999 to 2003. He then became a Department of Defense civilian and was the garrison director for plans, training, mobilization and security until the fort closed in 2011. He continued to serve as the fort’s site manager and Army liaison until June 2018. center_img Col. John L. Booth, also retired, served at the fort and consulted in its operations as a public works director, Occhipinti said. He remains active with a close-knit group of former fort personnel and families, writing a newsletter still circulating among them. Noting that the base closure was “devastating” for the area and its economy, Arnone thanked RPM for creating the memorial and park, adding, “History is what Monmouth County is about. We do not forget our vets.” In addition to Arnone’s fellow freeholders, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and members of the FMERA staff were also in attendance. The monument pays homage to 1917 through 2011 – veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War and conflicts in Southeast Asia – and sits in the center of a professionally landscaped park with walkways and benches. It was constructed by RPM Development of Montclair, the firm that bought and renovated Officers Row in the fort’s historic district inside the gates off Oceanport Avenue. Fort Monmouth veterans, members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, representatives of RPM Development, and other dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial and park at East Gate in the Oceanport section of the fort Nov. 4.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Attendees were invited to tour a model of the 68 modernized townhomes, duplexes and single-family residences in the century-old Officers Housing opposite the fort’s parade grounds, nearing completion by RPM. New homeowners began moving in earlier this year, the first to reside on the fort since its closure. Thousands of new inhabitants are expected once redevelopment is completed in several years. OCEANPORT – Veterans who lived and/or served at Fort Monmouth when it was a U.S. Army base gathered with others under a sunny skies last week to witness the dedication of a new monument. “As we brought folks in, everyone had different ideas on how to realign the main floor, take down walls and reshape or move the kitchen to suit their particular needs,” Martoglio said of his decision not to fully renovate the structure. He added that several offers are pending on the stately home, considered a jewel of the fort’s historic district.last_img read more


first_imgD’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN LUIS REYGAINES EYES BETTER SCENARIO FOR TEXAS RYANOADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON DUBAI WORLD CUPSTEWART ELLIOTT RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita on Sunday.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON SATURDAY’S DUBAI WORLD CUPOn Friday, there will be advance wagering on races three through nine on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Early bird wagering opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with betting available on races seven through nine, the ninth race being the World Cup with an approximate post time of 9:45 a.m.Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, drew post position nine in a field of 14. Hoppertunity, also trained by Baffert, has post position 11. Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory reports fellow agent Joe Griffin resting at home and doing fine after recently undergoing open heart surgery. “He’s getting better,” DeGregory said . . . Santa Anita Simulcast host Megan Devine did a stellar job on the Night School podcast this past Tuesday night. Night School, which is produced by horseplayernow.com, can be accessed by hitting the following link: htts://www.horseplayernow.com/night-school.html . . . Santa Anita wagering ambassador Chris Ado and Ragozin Sheets guru Jon Hardoon will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 TEXAS RYANO SET FOR SAN LUIS REYTexas Ryano finished sixth, beaten just 3 ½ lengths, in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes Feb. 4, his first race in nine weeks, but Carla Gaines doesn’t attribute the off-the-board finish to his absence.“I think he’ll move forward,” the trainer said of the six-year-old full horse owned bybreeder Warren Williamson. “But more than not racing for nine weeks, I think conditions of the race, the pace and other things, caused him not to run quite as well as we were hoping.“It wasn’t just the nine-week layoff. That wasn’t even a factor. That’s my take on it.”A son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Texas Ryano won Del Mar’s Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and a half last Nov. 15. All 19 of his races have been on turf. William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586center_img Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 D’AMATO ROLLS SAN LUIS REY DICE WITH LONGSHOTSPhil D’Amato sends out old timer Papacoolpapacool and new hand Syntax inSaturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile and a half on turf.Tied for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings with 19 wins through Sunday, the trainer gives each an outside chance in the grassy marathon.“I’ve had Syntax about five months or so,” D’Amato said. “He’s a neat little horse and I’m still getting to know him. I think I’ve got two nice, live longshots in the race. I can see Syntax sitting mid-pack and coming with his run.”Bred in Ireland, Syntax is a five-year-old full horse formerly trained by Michael Dickinson before D’Amato ran him for the first time on Feb. 5, finishing third by a length in an overnight test at 1 1/8 miles on turf.Papacoolpapacool has run 15 times for D’Amato, winning four, including the restricted Pasadena and La Puente Stakes in 2015. The gelded son of Temple City has run 18 of his 20 career races on turf.“Papacool will be up close to the lead and try to get first run on the closers,” D’Amato said. “Both horses are doing really well and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do at a mile and a half.”On other fronts, D’Amato said Enola Gray came out of her smashing hillside turf course win in last Saturday’s Irish O’Brien Stakes in good fashion and it’s on to the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on grass April 8.“She came to the track Thursday morning and looked good,” D’Amato said of the California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “If she gives me a couple good breezes, that’s where we’ll run.Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Midnight Storm is “tentatively” set for the Grade I Met Mile on Belmont Stakes day, June 10, but D’Amato added,” there are a lot of options out there. He’ll probably breeze sometime next week, stretch his legs, and we’ll formulate a plan.“Tentatively, we have the Met Mile on our radar.”The San Luis Rey, the ninth and final race: Inordinate, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Power Foot, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Syntax, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Papacoolpapacool, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; and Site Read, Stewart Elliott, 30-1. J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 James M. Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091last_img read more


first_imgIf you live in Ardara then you can consider yourself very lucky today.The Donegal town is amongst the short-list of 25 places in Ireland named by The Irish Times as ‘The Best Place To Live.”Although most of us consider Ardara a town, it has been entered in the village category. It is the only place in Co Donegal to make the final cut of 25 of places divided into villages, towns, suburbs and cities.Other places around the country short-listed by the judges include Westport, Athlone, Cork, Sandymount (Dublin), Greystones (Wicklow) and Sligo Town.Ardara was chosen for the final short-list after an entry by local resident Jenny McHugh.Jenny said of Ardara “There is surely no better place to live than Ardara, which is probably why generations of other people like myself have chosen to raise our families here, safe in the knowledge that there will always be a smiling face or a helping hand around the corner.” WHY LIVING IN ARDARA CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:ArdaraBest Place To LiveIrish Timeslast_img read more