first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In a driving rain, comebacking Pretty N Cool surged to the front five sixteenths of a mile from home en route to a decisive 1 ¾ length win over favored Constellation in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old grey daughter of Scat Daddy got six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.49.“She was ready today and I think this is her best distance, six furlongs,” said Garcia.  “She has a lot of natural speed.  She likes to run with time in between races and does well when she gets it.  It was a tough race today but she was pretty impressive.  She came back strong.”A multiple graded stakes winner who had been idle since Sept. 2, Pretty N Cool was off at 9-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $11.80, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Pretty N Cool picked up her third graded stakes win and improved her overall mark to 11-5-1-1.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $498,905.“If you look at her work pattern, she was ready to run today and Bobby is pretty good off a layoff,” said Pegram.  “She looked pretty good today.  With this rain, this one was for the love of the game!”Constellation, who came off a win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, was gaining gradually on the winner late, but the verdict was never in doubt through the drive.  Off as the 4-5 favorite with Flavien Prat, she finished three quarters of a length in front of Ponder Lea and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and dispatched at 17-1, Ponder Lea overhauled early pacesetter Sensitively to finish third by 2 ¼ lengths and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.88, 44.63 and 56.87.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Friends of murdered Lyra McKee begin three-day peace walk to Derry

first_imgFriends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee have started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry.Hundreds turned out at Writer’s Square in Belfast on Saturday morning, many wearing T-shirts in her memory and carrying flags with messages of peace.The 29-year-old was shot in the head by the dissident republican group the New IRA while observing clashes with police in Creggan on Thursday, April 18.She was struck once to the head with a bullet fired by a ‘New IRA’ killer.Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody is due to join them on the last leg on Monday ahead of a rally at Derry’s Guildhall.Lyra’s Walk logistics and location manager Brenda Gough urged anyone who sees the walkers to show their support.She thanked all the community groups which have offered support with water and snacks for the walkers en route, and the Samaritans who will send counsellors into the campsites each night. “We had over 300 walkers registered, obviously life happens, but the main body of walkers have turned up,” she told the Press Association.“The aim was to have a very mixed representation of the whole community of Northern Ireland and everyone has stepped up.“This type of movement attracts people who have a lot of empathy and compassion, and don’t hold prejudice.“We do have some walkers who have played their part in the Troubles, they are here to support us and show that change can happen.“That is the ethos of this, we want people to address themselves and not the politicians because we have the politicians that we vote for, we are responsible for our government. We can’t just blame them.” The start point of Writer’s Square is beside St Anne’s Cathedral where Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish President Michael D Higgins, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Ireland’s political leaders were among the mourners at Ms McKee’s funeral.“Starting at Writer’s Square was Sara Canning’s (Ms McKee’s partner) idea, she said Lyra was a writer and so the start point should be Writer’s Square,” she said.“It’s beside St Anne’s Cathedral where the funeral was, so yeah, we are starting off where we last saw Lyra.”During the funeral, a priest asked local politicians why it took the death of a 29-year-old woman to unite their parties. Friends of murdered Lyra McKee begin three-day peace walk to Derry was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Harlequins’ Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after throat injury

first_imgDemetri Catrakilis, the Harlequins fly-half who stopped breathing after sustaining a broken bone in his throat when trying to tackle the Gloucester centre Andy Symons during the Premiership match at the Stoop on Saturday, remained in hospital on Monday but will not need surgery.The 28-year old South African, a summer recruit from Montpellier, was injured in the 12th minute. Symons charged at him from a scrum and, as Jamie Roberts joined Catrakilis in stopping him, the centre was lifted slightly from the ground and his left shoulder caught the fly-half in the throat. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Pinterest Topics Read more Gloucester Share via Emailcenter_img Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Catrakilis received medical attention and was given an oxygen mask before being taken from the field on a stretcher. “We needed to get him to hospital,” the Quins director of rugby, John Kingston, said after the match. “He did not breathe for a few seconds and when you get a blockage like that, it is something you have to react quickly to.”Harlequins said in a statement on Monday: “Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester. We will provide a further update when available.”Quins, who face last season’s beaten Premiership finalists Wasps in Coventry on Sunday, have cover at fly-half in Marcus Smith, who started the opening game of the campaign against London Irish, and Tim Swiel, who started eight matches at 10 last season.Leicester will learn this week whether the independent concussion review group will investigate the Tigers’ failure to take off the flanker Dominic Ryan for a head injury assessment after he needed treatment following a tackle on the Northampton wing George North.Replays suggested Ryan took an elbow to the head, but Leicester said that the two medics who examined the forward concluded he was winded and, after treatment, Ryan remained on the field.Meanwhile, Pat Lambie is set to join the exodus of South African players in Europe. The fly-half, who can play at full-back, is lined up to join Racing 92 by the end of the month if he secures the expected release from his Springboks contract.Lambie, who has won 56 caps, has not played for South Africa this year because of injury. He will remain available for the Springboks, who are touring Europe this autumn, under the 30-cap rule that applies to players who are based outside the country. news Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Harlequins Share on Twitter Demetri Catrakilis’s throat injury mars Harlequins’ win against Gloucesterlast_img read more

Championship Title Icing on Cake for Atherton Committee

first_imgOne of North Queensland’s smallest affiliates came up trumps against two of North Queensland’s strongest in two divisions last weekend at the 2013 North Queensland Open & Senior Regional Championships in Townsville, as Atherton’s Women’s Over 34 side claimed the title in their division with a spectacular 3-2 victory over Townsville Castle Hill, and the Atherton Women’s Open side earned a hard-fought victory over Gordonvale 6-5 to claim the Women’s Open Tier 2 title.After mixed results during early round games while combined with the Women’s Under 26 division, including an 11-1 loss to Townsville’s Women’s Under 26 side and a 5-1 victory over Mackay’s Women’s Over 34, the strength and experience of the Atherton Over 35’s side led them to a confrontation with division heavyweights Townsville Castle Hill on Sunday afternoon.The Atherton Women’s Open side weren’t so lucky, having a rough time finding points during round games, but eventually meeting a young but experienced Gordonvale side in the final of the Tier 2 division.The victories were all-the-more sweeter for Atherton, knowing that not only is it the first time that sides from Atherton have attended the annual NQ Championships since 2010 but that they came from an affiliate of less than three hundred players.After an absence from the annual NQ Championships since 2010, Atherton not only fielded the winning Women’s Under 34 and Women’s Open Tier 2 sides, but also fielded a Men’s Over 39 side who narrowly missed out on a spot in their division’s final, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a devoted committee that has worked tirelessly over the last few years to return strength to the representative levels of the sport in the Tablelands area.Adding to the glory of the Women’s Under 34 title, Atherton referees Karli Riesen and Adam Hogan were recognised for their efforts on the weekend, receiving Most Promising Female and Male referee awards respectively.Thank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksIcing on Cake for Athertonlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp confident over Keita injury

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp confident over Keita injuryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident Naby Keita’s injury suffered in victory over Wolves isn’t serious.Keita was forced off shortly before the hour mark at Molineux having picked up a couple of knocks.However, Klopp said post-match that Keita’s issues ‘should be good’.”Did you see it back the first two situations? Was it a penalty or not, because he had a proper cut on the foot and everyone said ‘diver!’, but you don’t get a cut from a dive I would say,” the boss stated, during his press conference.”Then he had another one on his ribs, so that’s obviously [why] it didn’t work out. But it should be good. Two things which are a bit painful but I don’t think will be a problem for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAgent reveals Keita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham for Inter Milan

first_imgAgent reveals Keita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham for Inter Milanby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham Hotspur in favour of signing with Inter Milan.The Senegalese international joined the Italian giants on loan from Monaco.And his agent, Roberto Calenda, has revealed he rejected the chance to move to the Premier League.”Inter was immediately receptive once the possibility of closing the operation was understood,” Calenda told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.”There were other interested teams. Since last January, Napoli had moved. We also received calls from Tottenham. But faced with the possibility of Inter, Keita had no doubts, he immediately made his wishes understood.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Someone In Iowa City Called The Cops Because Kinnick Stadium Was “Too Loud” Saturday Night

first_imgAfter defeating Minnesota 40-35 Saturday night, Iowa is 10-0 and still has a chance to represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff. Naturally, Iowa City is buzzing with excitement. But not every resident in town is happy with the development.According to Iowa City’s daily activity log, a resident who lives just a few blocks away from Kinnick Stadium thought the stadium got too loud Saturday night. The caller wanted to talk to the police about the situation. Check it out:iowa city daily activity logWant to know what over 110,000 fans in one stadium looks like? #HawkFanHeaven— University of Iowa (@uiowa) November 15, 2015Something tells me that the police didn’t do much about it. Iowa hosts Purdue this upcoming Saturday – whoever made the call might want to leave town temporarily.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Tennessee’s Butch Jones On Twitter

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Wednesday night, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones joked on Twitter about joining Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio to watch Michigan’s open practice in Florida. Mind if I join you guys for lunch? @DantonioMark @BretBielema— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) March 2, 2016Harbaugh, who has already subtweeted Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, responded to Jones in surprisingly strong fashion today on Twitter. He blasted the Vols’ head coach, taking a not-so-thinly veiled shot at the various off-field issues the UT program has been dealing with all off-season. Suggestion to my Rocky Top colleague, rather than lunch in Florida you might spend your time and focus attending to your present team.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) March 3, 2016Harbaugh certainly knows how to cause a stir and keep his name and program in the news. It’ll be interesting if Jones goes back at him.last_img read more

Texas A&M Upsets Fans With New Sexist ‘Aggie War Hymn’

first_imgTexas A&M's sexist "Aggie War Hymm".@tadousayTexas A&M football held a special event for its female fans earlier this week.The Aggies had a “Chalk Talk” that allowed for women to meet the coaches, play some football and get ready for the upcoming season.One aspect of the Chalk Talk included a rewriting of the school’s fight song, Aggie War Hymn. The rewrite was geared specifically for women and, unfortunately, included some fairly sexist undertones.A Texas A&M fan in attendance, Tonia A. Dousay, took to Twitter to voice her displeasure with it.I’m #mortified #embarrassed & #furious W/@TAMU & @12thMan. Dish towels & Lysol? Really? #icanteven #chalktalk #tamu— Tonia A. Dousay (@tadousay) July 28, 2016Here are the real lyrics to the song.Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck! Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!First Verse All hail to dear old Texas A&M Rally around Maroon and White Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies They are the boys who show the real old fight That good old Aggie spirit thrills us And makes us yell and yell and yell So let’s fight for dear old Texas A&M We’re going to beat you all to Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!Second Verse Good-bye to texas university So long to the orange and the white Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies They are the boys that show the real old fight “The eyes of Texas are upon you . . .” That is the song they sing so well So good-bye to texas university We’re going to beat you all to Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!Perhaps there’s an explanation for the rewritten version of the song at the Chalk Talk event, but we haven’t heard it yet.[247Sports]last_img read more

Full house on Friday at 2019 NPSS Graduation Ceremonies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a full house on Friday at the North Peace Arena for the 2019 North Peace Secondary School Graduation Ceremonies.A total of close to 400 students were in attendance as they eagerly awaited to start a new chapter in their lives.Many School District 60 staff and community dignitaries were in attendance to offer their words of knowledge and encouragement during this momentous occasion. Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the ceremony is a way to celebrate and recognize the succession of the graduates as they step forward into the next part of their educational or professional lives.“We’re really here today to recognize the succession of our graduates to the next step in their educational and professional journey. In fact, the word graduation literally means the next step. Whatever that looks like to you, we are confident that the School District, your family, and the community have prepared you well.”Mayor Lori Ackerman offered words on behalf of the community, encouraging the graduates to seek success as they move along throughout their lives.“Seek success. That path to success may some days look more like a maze but know that you have made it through many mazes already and you will make it through many more, so never quit in succeeding. Enjoy the experiences along the way, these will enhance your skills and will create memories for you.”The full Graduation Ceremonies can be watched on the Facebook page.last_img read more