Talented duo seek to keep Thunderbird title at home

first_img Two of England’s brightest prospects, Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) will attempt to keep the title ‘at home’ when they compete in the 54-hole Thunderbird International at Scottsdale, Arizona, on 25th – 27th May. A year ago, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) made history when he became the first English player to win this prestigious US junior event, carding a closing 69 for 206, ten under par, and a five stroke winning margin. Hermeston, 17, (image © Tom Ward)  finished runner-up in the English under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy at Hesketh in 2010 then won the under 16 title at South Moor a year later after having finished second in the Scottish under 16 event. He also finished second in the Italian under 16 Championship last year and was third in the North of England under 16 Championship. He has also represented England at under 16 level as well as England Schools. Turner, 17, is currently lying third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit after enjoying a successful start to the season in which he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver in a playoff, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and reached the semi-finals of the French International Boys Championship. Last year, he finished seventh in the Order of Merit after winning the Boys County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa and finishing fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. Another second place came in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney earlier this year while he has also been capped at under 16 and boys levels. Both Hermeston and Turner are members of the England under 18 squad and will seek to keep the trophy in England Golf’s hands over the Raptor Course at the Greyhawk club. 13 May 2013 Talented duo seek to keep Thunderbird title at home last_img read more


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 santaanita.com. 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


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES COREY NAKATANI, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “Her winning so easily is just a tribute to Richard’s team. Richard has been so patient with her and has let her tell us when she’s ready to go.“The group that owns her is great and being given the opportunity that I’ve been given, to ride her…the sky is the limit. She’s doing unbelievable, as you can tell from the way she ran today. She tells us when she wants to run and she’s just such a good mare.” RICHARD BALTAS, TRAINER, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER: “She’s been aggressive from the time we got her and it’s nice to have a jock like Corey, who I don’t have to give any instructions to.  She’s done everything right and she’s acted like a good horse.  We’ve got some weight on her now and she’s all race horse.  We might stay home (next time) and run in the Gamely (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 27).”BING BUSH, GOODYEARFORROSES, WINNER:  “I can’t put that run into words. We’re beyond the moon! That was amazing.”NOTES: The winning owner is Bing Bush of Del Mar, CA who races as Abbondanza Racing, LLC. -30- JOCKEY QUOTES last_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

After adversity, Sharks’ Joe Thornton is enjoying the moment

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton darted around the ice as he and the Sharks went through a brief but brisk practice Saturday morning before they departed for Las Vegas. Situational drills, power play and penalty kill work — the scene was nothing out the ordinary.Neither was Thornton’s demeanor: all business when there was work to be done, smiling and having fun as practice began to wind down.The Sharks’ season will once again on the line Sunday when they face the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena …last_img

Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World Cup

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses While the result put group leader Nigeria’s hopes on hold, it definitely ended Cameroon’s, meaning the one-time World Cup quarterfinalist’s revival to win the African Cup of Nations in February was short-lived. The draw that sealed Cameroon’s World Cup fate came three days after it was beaten in Nigeria 4-0, a result that did not befit the African titleholder.There was one other qualifier in Africa on Monday, when Libya produced a big surprise to beat Guinea 1-0 in a game played in neutral Tunisia.GROUP AFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLibya had a heart-breaking experience in Guinea last week when it fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 only to concede three minutes into injury time as Guinea won 3-2.This time, Libya scored first through Hamdou Mohamed and held on, playing the last half-hour with 10 men after Mohammed al-Gadi’s red card. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cameroon’s goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa helps injured Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIThe African champion won’t be in Russia for next year’s World Cup.Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the final round of qualifying in Africa after drawing with Nigeria 1-1 at home on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season LATEST STORIES Nigeria, showing some long-needed consistency, remained unbeaten in the final round of qualifying and will make certain of a place at Russia with a win over Zambia next month in its penultimate qualifying game.The five group winners will be Africa’s World Cup qualifiers. Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Uganda are the group leaders and if that stays the same there will be two World Cup debutants from Africa next year in Burkina Faso and Uganda. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC After collecting its first points of the group stage, Libya still has a chance of qualifying for the World Cup — albeit a very, very remote one.Tunisia leads Group A by three points ahead of Congo. Those two meet on Tuesday.GROUP BNigeria led in Yaounde through Moses Simon’s 30th-minute goal.Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon’s match-winner in the African Cup final, equalized with a penalty in the 75th.Cameroon pushed hard in the last 15 minutes as a World Cup place slipped away, with Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa pulling off a double save in the dying minutes to deny Arnaud Djoum and Collins Fai.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

10 months agoWalker-Peters, Eriksen admit Spurs ‘buzzing’ after Bournemouth rout

first_imgWalker-Peters, Eriksen admit Spurs ‘buzzing’ after Bournemouth routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen hailed the manner of Tottenham’s rout of Bournemouth yesterday.The Dane was among the goalscorers for the 5-0 win.He said, “It’s always nice to know that you will score at some point. “With the players we have, someone will score at any point, even in the first 10 minutes not playing as well as we could and still scoring and leading – that gives you the confidence and the trust in your team that you can sit back, be professional, be focused and that you will win the game.”Spurs fullback – and fellow goalscorer – Kyle Walker-Peters added: “There’s a buzz around the team at the moment, we’re winning games and everyone is confident. When I step on the pitch I have that confidence as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Missouri President Tim Wolfe Resigns Amid Student Protests

first_imgMissouri President Tim Wolfe on the streets.Twitter/@Qiana_JadeOver the weekend, protests broke out at Missouri following a string of racially charged incidents on campus. A student group called “Concerned Student 1950” called for school president Tim Wolfe to resign due to ineffective leadership in combating the issues, and today he stepped down after an emergency meeting by the school’s Board of Curators.Mizzou President Tim Wolfe resigning right now amid student and faculty protests.— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) November 9, 2015On Friday night, video of Wolfe struggling to answer a question about systematic oppression began to go viral.Oh really @UMPrez this is what you think Systematic oppression is?!? @umcurators @CNN @Oprah pic.twitter.com/eSuOqPfT2b— QianaJade (@Qiana_Jade) November 7, 2015By Saturday night, the Tigers football team boycotted football activities until Wolfe resigned, following the lead of grad student Jonathan Butler, who is currently in a hunger strike in order to oust Wolfe. We hope that this move helps quell the unrest on campus in Columbia.last_img read more

G-G Commends Diplomatic Partners for Contribution to Jamaica’s Progress

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has commended Jamaica’s diplomatic partners for their contribution to the country’s social and economic progress.He noted that the achievements “in the past year [have] not been accomplished by our national efforts alone, but by collaboration and partnerships from many of your countries, which complemented our own commitment and hard work”.“It is through your noble endeavours that together we have established and continue to build and fortify shared pathways to sustainable development,” he said.The Governor-General was addressing the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner at King’s House on March 14.Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Lady Allen, before the start of the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s House on Thursday (March 14).Diplomatic Week, spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, was observed from March 12 to March 15.The Governor-General, in his address, said that the Week is a time to reflect on the commonalities that underpin Jamaica’s ties with other countries.He noted that Jamaica “is blessed to have a talented, robust, and vibrant diplomatic corps, and we are grateful. We work together in pursuit of mutually agreed foreign policy goals”.The Governor-General welcomed the new heads of missions, including non-resident heads, noting that the accreditation of the diplomats “reflects the level of high esteem and mutual respect that their countries enjoy with Jamaica”.He extended congratulations to the new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency Guy Sevrin.Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets Ambassador of Belgium and new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Guy Sevrin. Occasion was the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s house on Thursday (March 14).“I am confident, Ambassador, that the corps stands to benefit greatly from your leadership in the months ahead,” he said to Ambassador Sevrin.The Governor-General told the diplomats that they enjoy a “unique privilege and responsibility to serve their respective countries at the national and international levels, but more importantly, through collaborative processes where you can make a much more significant and positive difference globally”.last_img read more

Manitoba Liberal wants ban on chamber talk about NDP leaders criminal past

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician wants to ban members of the Tory government from discussing Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s criminal convictions and other brushes with the law inside the legislature.Liberal legislature member Judy Klassen recently asked the Speaker to stop members of the Tory government from bringing up Kinew’s past during debates in the chamber. Klassen, who is Indigenous, said the government is perpetuating a stereotype of Aboriginal people.“I am trying to build my people up. Madam Speaker, there are many within our communities who do have criminal backgrounds but have worked hard to turn their lives around,” Klassen said in the chamber earlier this month.“To repeatedly bring up a person’s past issues with the legal system serves no end. It only tears someone down.”Klassen raised the issue as a matter of privilege — a formal complaint inside the chamber — and asked the Speaker to refer the matter to a legislature committee. She said the governing members’ attacks on Kinew affects her ability to do her job.Speaker Myrna Driedger said she would consider the matter and has yet to render her decision.Kinew had several run-ins with the law, some of which he revealed in his 2015 memoir, The Reason You Walk.He was convicted for impaired driving and for assaulting a cab driver in his early 20s more than a decade ago — offences for which he has since received pardon.Two other items were not mentioned in Kinew’s book. He was given a conditional discharge in 2004 for an assault in Ontario, and was charged with assaulting his partner in 2003. The latter charge was stayed, although his partner said last year she maintains Kinew threw her across the room.The Tories have repeatedly raised Kinew’s past, along with more recent homophobic and misogynistic social media posts and rap lyrics, and set up a website to highlight the comments.Kinew has said he is a changed man who has become an ally for women and the LBGTQ community. He spoke in favour of Klassen’s request of the Speaker — not to shield himself, he said, but to support Klassen.Members of the Tory caucus would not discuss the issue Monday, citing a legislature rule that forbids politicians from talking publicly about issues that are under consideration by the Speaker.Klassen’s defence of Kinew is not the only instance in which the rookie Liberal member has shown support for the NDP. Last week, Klassen stood alongside some New Democrat legislature members who accused Premier Brian Pallister of intimidating them by glaring at them when he answers them in question period.last_img read more