first_imgJoseph Talamo6651098%$443,758 BAFFERT HAPPY WITH PHAROAH’S ECLIPSE AWARD      Understandably disappointed that Bayern didn’t win Horse of the Year or 3-year-old male honors at last night’s Eclipse Award ceremonies, Bob Baffert took solace with American Pharoah being named two-year-old male champion of 2014.            “I’m happy with Pharoah,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who turned 62 on Jan. 13. “Anytime you have a champion, it’s good. I don’t know how many I have now (12, including 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given), but I think I’m second to Wayne Lukas. I’m getting there, but he’s still going, too.“There were no surprises (in the Eclipse results). It was entertaining to watch. The social media last year really followed California Chrome. Bayern (who was a finalist for Horse of the Year and three-year-old male) never really had that following . . . but at the end of the day, they gave it to the right horse. He deserved it. I don’t have any problem with it.”Baffert said he hopes to have American Pharoah breezing by the end of the month. Drayden Van Dyke62651010%$341,636 A. C. Avila1030030%$65,980 PEDROZA STILL GOING STRONG NEARING MID-CENTURY MARKMartin Pedroza is the Stealth Bomber of jockeys. He flies beneath the radar. The unsinkable Panamanian turns 50 this July 20, but he still has the fire of youth stoking his motivational and competitive engines.Overcoming umpteen injuries that would have dampened the sprit of a less-determined athlete, Pedroza moves ever forward, undeterred. Through 15 racing days, there he is, tied for third in Santa Anita’s jockey standings with nine victories.“The key to success is working hard, and that’s never been a problem for me,” said Pedroza, who has 3,656 wins in a career that began in 1982. “I get up every morning and hardly ever take a day off.”He has been represented for the better part of 28 years by agent Richie Silverstein. Like any marriage, there have been bumps in the road, but they’re still together. Ain’t love grand?“What drives me?,” Pedroza said. “I just want to win. I motivate myself, working to keep up with these young puppies. I just love what I do.” Fernando Perez545639%$203,894 FINISH LINES: Jerry Hollendorfer on Cross The Line, 9-2 winner of the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday: “He’s been coming along very well and he ran a huge race. I look for a lot from him.” Next up: the $200,000, Grade III El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 14 . . .Seduire, winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 3, runs in the Grade II, $200,000 Forward Gal at seven furlongs at Gulfstream on Saturday, Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said . . . Congrats to Jon Hardoon on giving out Sr. Quisqueyano on the Roger Stein radio show to win Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic at a $43.20 payoff. Lucky that bettors don’t ask for the name of the horse when they go to the mutuel windows, like they do in the movies, because that one is nearly unpronounceable. All they had to do to buy a winning ticket was ask for the post position, “number one.” . . . Tyler Baze rides a steed named for him in today’s third race, a 5-year-old Affirmative horse called Warren’s T. Baze. A 6-1 morning line chance owned and bred by Benjamin C. Warren, the California-bred chestnut has been ridden by Baze twice before and is trained by Jorge Gutierrez . . . Santa Anita races through tomorrow, Monday, but will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. First post time on Monday is 12:30 p.m. . . . Santa Anita will be open for simulcast racing on Thursday, however, with free admission and free parking. Hector Palma831038%$64,460 ESPINOZA PROUD AND HONORED ON ‘AMAZING’ YEARAll’s right with the world this morning. California Chrome is Horse of the Year.When it comes to results, this wasn’t exactly Douglas over Tyson, Jets over Colts orMets over Orioles.When winners of the Eclipse Awards were announced last night in Florida, there were no great shocks. On the whole, the results were pretty much vanilla, with Chrome being named Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old champion.Victor Espinoza, the regular rider of California Chrome and two other Eclipse winners, American Pharoah (two-year-old male) and Take Charge Brandi (two-year-old female), understandably was sated with the evening’s outcome, since he also is the regular rider of both two-year-olds. Oh by the way, Chrome also was named 3-year-old male champion, thanks mainly to winning two-thirds of the Triple Crown.“I was watching the show on HRTV last night,” Espinoza said on a pleasant Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner, where it was business as usual for the 42-year-old rider. “First they announced the filly had won, then later American Pharoah, then California Chrome as three-year-old.“I was more excited than I was after winning all the big races last year. I was thrilled that those young horses were champions. Then at the end it was California Chrome, Horse of the Year. Wow!“I was very proud, and really proud of myself to be able to say that I rode those three champions. I never thought in a million years that would happen, in one year to have three great horses and be able to say I rode all three.“We all hope everyone stays healthy for the new year. That’s the main thing. So far, it looks like all three are going to run in 2015. As a jockey, it’s amazing to say I rode all three. For me, it’s an honor to say that.”Added Dan Ward, valued assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who competed with and befriended California Chrome’s 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman when both plied their trade regularly in the Bay Area for many years:“Class act,” is how Ward summed up his take on Sherman. “We were absolutely, 100 percent, rooting for him.”Meanwhile, it’s back to work for The Chromester Monday morning. He works at 8 a.m. at his Los Alamitos headquarters for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 7 and a likely meeting with the Hollendorfer-trained male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief, and, if he recovers from an abscessed hind foot, possibly Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. -30- Rafael Bejarano762016926%$957,394 Mark Glatt2354422%$175,236 Tyler Baze821151313%$583,228 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 17) Brandon Boulanger3341212%$84,620 Mike Puype2632412%$120,450 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Edwin Maldonado383258%$133,798 John Sadler363688%$249,406 Kent Desormeaux50116622%$578,258 Martin Pedroza5297517%$294,780 Mike Smith4167715%$558,411 HOLLENDORFER EYES SIXTH STAKES WIN IN SANTA MONICAHall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer guns for his sixth stakes win of the young meet when he sends out Sam’s Sister in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs.Winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, Sam’s Sister is the 9-5 favorite on Jon White’s morning line.The Santa Monica, race five of nine: Master the Blues, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dancinthenightaway, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Lexington Pearl, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Sam’s Sister, Elvis Trujillo, 9-5; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 10-1; My Sweet Addiction, Gary Stevens, 2-1; and Sweet Martini, Martin Garcia, 7-2.Fans can “buck up” on another popular Dollar Day at Santa Anita Monday, the finale of a three-day holiday weekend at The Great Race Place. On-track attendees can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Corey Nakatani3877518%$400,626 Carla Gaines1632119%$182,365 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez632150%$57,480 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer45116624%$965,630 Peter Miller43107523%$581,036 Richard Baltas1932216%$101,630 Martin Garcia363758%$391,800 Gary Stevens2664323%$276,150 Flavien Prat2341417%$134,430 Elvis Trujillo6095515%$467,758 Mark Casse2444417%$334,360 Michael Pender1143036%$113,690 Victor Espinoza50810616%$552,790 Eddie Truman430175%$77,280 Peter Eurton2653419%$263,660 D’AMATO HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS ‘PLEASURE’ IN OAKS            Sheer Pleasure lived up to her name when she won by 6 ½ lengths at first asking for trainer Phil D’Amato Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos, running six furlongs against California-bred maidens in a snappy 1:09.80, returning a generous $20 to her backers.Next up: Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks at one mile on turf, one of five added money races worth a total of $1 million on Sunshine Millions California Cup Day.            “It was surprising to me that she won like that going six furlongs,” D’Amato remarked before the 3-year-old daughter of Birdonthewire worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s firm turf course Saturday in 1:02.“She was always training like a filly that wanted to go long,” D’Amato said. “Martin (Garcia) never used the stick on her. She just took off and did it on her on.”Other probables for the Oaks include Heat the Rocks, Elvis Trujillo, and Light One, Rafael Bejarano.Entries for California Cup Sunshine Millions Day will be taken on Monday. First post time next Saturday will be 12 noon, with gates opening at 10 a.m.There also will be a trackside wine festival. For tickets and information, visit Jeff Bonde1230225%$121,560 Doug O’Neill444559%$229,240 CALIFORNIA CHROME: THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPIONBOB BAFFERT: ‘THE RIGHT HORSE WON IT’SHEER PLEASURE TRIES TURF IN CAL CUP OAKSMARTIN PEDROZA: RACING’S ENERGIZER BUNNY Philip D’Amato2144419%$190,530last_img read more

Garín and Schwartzman will face each other in the final of Córdoba

first_imgGarin started with a nasty foot by falling 2-6 in the first set. Nevertheless, then he received with a double solvent 6-2. Subsequent, Schwartzman eradicated Djere in the second semifinal by beating him 6-1, 1-6 and 6-2.The second version of the Cordoba Open, which is performed on clay, will finish this Sunday and the subsequent day the principal draw of the Argentine Open ATP 250, to be held in Buenos Aires. The Chilean Christian Garín and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman they will play this Sunday the final of the Cordoba Open, the ATP 250 match in Argentina, after eliminating this Slovakian on Saturday Andrej Martin and the Serbian Laslo Djere, respectively.last_img

Tab Baldwin, Ateneo find success away from team ball

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Baldwin’s Blue Eagles were able to sweep University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals, but they needed to run something they didn’t usually do in the 99-81 clincher.“I think we learned some things from Game 1, I think there were some things that were fairly apparent from UP which we made some adjustments to,” said Baldwin. “I think that’s why you saw a little bit of individual play, particularly, from Thirdy [Ravena], a little more isolation play.”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 ChrissRavena was a man on a mission for Ateneo finishing with 38 points, his career-high, six rebounds, and six assists, and all that one-man play was Baldwin’s ploy to defeat UP’s defensive schemes.Baldwin did, to some extent, employ a similar tactic in Game 1 when he let Ravena dictate much of Ateneo’s offense in the first quarter of the Blue Eagles’ 88-79 Game 1 win last Saturday. Ravena had 11 of his total 21 points in the first quarter and the Blue Eagles were able to build a 26-18 lead at that point.Things got a little different in the middle quarters as Ateneo tried to go on a team-centric offensive approach with more players getting to touch the ball more instead of just one man dictating the tempo.That change of pace allowed UP’s defensive sets to catch up its offense, allowing the Maroons to outscore Ateneo 43-37 in the second and third periods.Ateneo, though, adjusted quickly and by the time the fourth quarter came Ravena and Matt Nieto were able to take over with the duo’s combined 15 points in the period just three shy of the whole UP production.Baldwin said it was almost coincidental that Ravena, the man he tasked to take charge of his offense, had one offensive masterpiece against the Fighting Maroons in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin isn’t afraid to veer away from team basketball if the end result produces precious hardware.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 “I just think Thirdy had one of those games, you know a real special game,” said Baldwin of Ravena who shot 13-of-18 from the field, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.“The ball was falling, he made great shots, he made great decisions, and he proved today that he was a special player. I know Thirdy well and I know that his joy right now is for the championship, for the team, and it’s one of the things that makes him and every other guy in the team special.” LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet View commentslast_img read more

Many sick minds in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,I read, with a disturbed mind, about a 53-year-old former Police Officer who raped a three-year child awaiting sentencing.Things like these bother the psyche of humans and we can ask ourselves many questions like: Who can we trust these days with our children? What kind of a human would think in such an evil way about a child? Will a life sentence be good enough, or instant hanging?As I continued reading, about another story of two soldiers raping a young lady, another story popped up whereby a police officer emptied his gun into his reputed wife and pleaded insanity in court, and yet another, whereby a senior police superintendent killed someone due to drunk driving and so many men in Guyana beating their spouses and girlfriends to death and then committing suicide. Worst of all, a pastor was sentenced to 40 years in jail for raping a teenager.The dismal news around us on a daily basis can disturb your mind for an eternity but they make headlines in our newspapers. What is more disturbing is that the people in the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defense force can no longer be trusted. These people who are placed to represent Law and Order, and to lookout for the citizens, are the ones using their power to hurt helpless people. Since the inception of the GPF and the GDF, many rogue individuals join the force most, of whom can barely read and write, so profound ignorance has become the order of the day. I have visited several Police stations and what I have observed is that most Police officers use cuss words or indecent language when they talk to each other or citizens. They are setting a bad example, but they do not know any better. I was happy to hear that our new Police commissioner has a plan to weed out bad eggs from the force; he has an incredible task ahead of him-it will be like trying to wash the wind, but I wish him well.Only God knows the heart of humans, but many people today do not believe in God. This entire nation needs to go back to basics, go back to church. The family life must be returned. Husbands and wives must be leaders in their homes and families. Crime is THE result of broken families and the great neglect of our young people.Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

GAC Unveils Ebola Audit Report March 30

first_imgThe General Auditing Commission (GAC), through its Auditor General, has informed the Liberian Senate that the Commission hopes to present the audit final report of the Ebola Trust Fund on March 30.According to the communication addressed to the Secretary of the Senate for onward submission to the Senate plenary and signed by Auditor General Madam Yusador S. Gaye, “The delay in the submission of the audit report was due largely to delays in receiving documents requested by GAC from many IPs (Implementing Partners) during the detailed preparation process of the audit.”Madam Gaye further informed the Senate plenary that her Commission has completed the detailed planning and execution process of the audit, and that a “Draft Management Letter (DML)” was subsequently issued to the management of the Incident Management System (IMS) for onward submission to the various Implementing Partners on March 4.Madam Gaye explained that a deadline of March 9 was set as the final date to receive the DML with responses from the IMS addressing the various issues raised during the audit process.The Auditor General narrated that although a timeline was established to receive responses, regrettably, “up to today we are still receiving responses from the various IPs addressing the numerous assertions and further extensions have been requested.”To give a final chance to the IPs, the GAC said an absolute final deadline for the final submission of the DML, with responses to the GAC, was set for March 24, last Tuesday.It may be recalled that last September, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence wrote a letter requesting a mandate from plenary to have all Ebola activities audited by the GAC.Senator Lawrence’s request was granted and approved by plenary and a letter was sent to the GAC from the leadership of the Senate mandating the GAC to audit all Ebola activities funded by and through the government.But having waited for well over six months, the Grand Bassa lawmaker again last week raised the red flag, reminding plenary that the GAC needs to comply with the Senate’s request to conduct the audit.  She requested an additional mandate from plenary to have the GAC brief plenary on the status of the audit report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jealous man severs ex-lover arm, chops mother

first_imgPolice are on the hunt for a former Tapir driver after he severed the hand of a woman who he claimed to have loved and chopped her mother several times.The incident took place on Christmas Eve at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).Bhartie Udho (Daughter) in the hospitalThe injured women have been identified as Bhartie Udho, 23 and her mother Amika Udho, 42, who are both presently hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).According to reports, the two women and three other family members left their home to go to Corriverton for a Christmas Eve walk.According to Abdul Ali, he heard screams shortly after his family left the house and as he ran out, one of his daughters was rushing home. The suspect, he said, was seen opposite his home.“I see he going through the street with a cutlass in his hand and then I run and see my wife lie down in blood. She had a chop on her chest and one on her forehead and I go to pick her up and she say to go and check my daughter.”According to the man, his daughter was a short distance away with multiple chops and one hand severed. “Was share blood and just the skin holding the hand and she had chap on she finger…” he related.The suspect has been identified as Shamar Mohamed Ali, also known as ‘Crab Man”. He has since gone into hiding.Guyana Times understands that the family had secured a restraining order from the court, preventing the suspect from coming within a certain distance of them, after attempts to kidnap the younger daughter.The father explained that twice in 2012 the man kidnapped his daughter and on both occasions she managed to escape during the night when he was asleep. Similar incidents also occurred in 2013 and 2015.Following the last incident, the young lady, a teacher, was able to escape and return home; Ali attempted to break into the house to get her. It was then that the family was able to secure the restraining order.It was reported that the teenager had to give up her teaching job because of the harassment.The father is of the view that officers at the Skeldon Police Station have done nothing to assist and have not acted on any of the reports made.“Every time they pick him up and they tell us that we got to go to court, nothing don’t happen. When we go to court no case don’t call and the Police release him. I fed up running to the station…” Ali said in grief.The hunt continues for the suspect.last_img read more

Koscielny doubtful for World Cup after Achilles injury

first_img“It doesn’t look very good, it’s his Achilles,” said Wenger.“You can always hope for a miracle in the scan but the first signs don’t look very good.“It looks that it could be ruptured but I am a bit cautious because nobody can say that just by looking at him. If he has a ruptured Achilles, his chances (for the World Cup) are non-existent. We will know more after the scan.”The injury is a big blow to France coach Didier Deschamps, with his side to begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Australia in Kazan.Koscielny has made 51 international appearances for France since making his debut in 2011 and has been a regular starter under Deschamps.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Laurent Koscielny looks set to miss the World Cup after being stretchered off in Arsenal’s Europa League defeat by Atletico Madrid © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny looks set to miss the World Cup after the France international suffered an Achilles injury during Thursday’s Europa League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid.The 32-year-old centre-back was stretchered off in tears after just 12 minutes of his side’s 1-0 second-leg loss at the Wanda Metropolitano, with manager Arsene Wenger confirming he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.last_img read more

Chelsea fans claim to know about players who are actually Star Wars characters

first_imgChelsea’s season so far has been out of this world, but sadly for the fans, in a way no-one could possibly have imagined!To turn their season around, Chelsea fans will be hoping for a transfer shake-up of intergalactic proportions.The talkSPORT team headed down to Stamford Bridge earlier this year to test Blues supporters’ knowledge on names supposedly linked with their club in the January transfer window.The only catch? We went armed with a list of Star Wars characters.Would Chelsea fans rumble our devious plan? Or would the force be with talkSPORT? Watch the video above to find out!For more entertaining sports videos, check out talkSPORT’s YouTube channel.last_img

Missed Jamie Vardy’s goal against Netherlands? Watch it here!

first_img Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring for England 1 Jamie Vardy netted his first England goal against Germany on Saturday, and he followed that up with another strike on Tuesday evening.The Leicester City striker started the game against the Netherlands as part of a front-three, playing alongside Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.A flat first-half brought few quality moments, with the Dutch sitting deep to prevent any fast attacks.However, as the opening period drew to a close, the Three Lions cut Danny Blind’s side apart, with Vardy putting the finishing touch on a lovely move.James Milner started the move in a wide position, playing the ball to Merseyside teammate Lallana on the edge of the penalty area.The Liverpool midfielder turned away from the Dutch defenders, playing in a marauding Kyle Walker on the right side of the box.The Spurs full-back charged forward, and cut the ball back across the face of goal for Vardy to finish.You can watch Vardy’s second England goal below…last_img read more

Going postal?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Americans will pay an extra 2 cents to mail a first-class letter as part of a rate increase that takes effect today. The price of a stamp for 1-ounce first-class letters rises to 39 cents . The 5.4 percent, across-the-board hike affects all postal rates and fees, including certified mail, delivery confirmation, money orders, return receipts and bulk mail. The largest fixed-rate increases raise Priority Mail 20 cents to $4.05; the rate for a half-pound Express Mail parcel increases 75 cents to $14.40; and Express Mail up to 2 pounds rises 95 cents to $18.80. International rates also are affected. The rate hikes are the result of a federal law, passed in 2003, which mandated the postal service place $3.1 billion in an escrow account by Sept. 30. But if Congress had a specific reason to ask for that sum of money, so far they’re not telling. “They \ tell us within 180 days what the purpose of that account would be,” said USPS spokesman Gerry McKiernan. “They have not told us yet.” There has been speculation the funds may be designated for retirement and/or pension funds, but no official determination has been made. For Covina resident George Lewis, 30, those extra 2 cents won’t hurt because he doesn’t mail too many letters. “Everything’s going up,” Lewis said. “It’s not a surprise.” For a mail-order business like El Monte-based, an online retailer of mobile telephone accessories, it can be different. At times the company ships more than 500 packages in a single day and offers free shipping to customers. “For us it’s only a small increase and we appreciate the postal service,” said Daydeal general manager Warren Kong. “But it will affect the bottom line. We’re not going to raise our prices because the postal rate went up.” The U.S. Postal Service, a self-funded federal agency that generates its revenue from the sale of postage, products and services, delivers 206 billion pieces of mail and has annual revenues that exceed $69 billion. The last domestic rate increase was in 2002. International rates have not changed since 2001. A non-denominated 39-cent Lady Liberty and U.S. flag stamp, released in December, will be the transitional stamp and a Navajo Jewelry 2-cent stamp, released in 2004, may be used with existing 37-cent stamps. from 37 cents by Congress (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764last_img read more