Faugheen took the drop back in distance in his stride as he made all the running and demolished the opposition in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle. Faugheen was left to come home unchallenged by 12 lengths from his stablemate Valseur Lido, with the Mick Channon-trained Sgt Reckless third. Paddy Power promoted the winner to 5-1 co-favourite for next year’s Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Mullins said: “Vautour (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner) failed a late fitness test, he wasn’t right at the time of declaration so we put Faugheen in instead. On that ground I thought he was very, very good. “We’re not making any decisions on him, but you would have to consider staying over hurdles next season. “This trip is good enough as he is a keen horse who likes to get on with the job.” Walsh said: “The lad who rides him every day said he’d blow you away and he did. “I was fairly adamant the run in Cheltenham would improve him a hell of a lot, jumping-wise. “He’d won soft races and never been tested and today he jumped like a buck down the back. When I opened him up turning in, away he went. “It was a fair gamble dropping him back to two. It will have Willie scratching his head now. “Willie had been keen on him going jumping, we’re having a debate with what we are going to do with three or four of them, but you’d like to think he’d be in the mix.” Walsh added: “Those were good novices behind and he’s beat them by 12 lengths and it could’ve been 25. He’s a really good horse. “When I changed my hands off the home turn he started to lengthen and he was picking up to a fair rate of knots coming to the last. “He and Vautour are two different types, but the good thing is Willie Mullins trains the two of them, Rich Ricci owns the two of them, so I won’t have to worry about who to pick because they won’t run against each other!” Tackling two miles for the first time over timber, the unbeaten Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old jumped much better than he did when winning the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Ruby Walsh never had an anxious moment as the 1-2 shot asserted on the home turn and sealed victory by completing an almost foot-perfect round with a good jump at the last. Press Association
KOLKATA: Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has heaped praise on James Anderson after the veteran England pacer became the first fast bowler to 600 wickets in red-ball cricket.Anderson achieved the feat after he dismissed Pakistan captain Azhar Ali on Day 5 of the third Test which ended in a draw at the Ages Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Anderson is now the fourth highest wicket taker of all time in Test cricket behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619). Among fast bowlers, the 38-year-old is followed by Glenn McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and his long-time new ball partner Stuart Broad (514). “It’s an extraordinary achievement. He (Anderson) has been an amazing player for so long and to be able to get 600 wickets shows longevity in the game. The amount of Test matches he has played, to be able to back up and do it all around the world is amazing,” Finch said in a video conference on Wednesday. Sony Sports Network is the broadcaster of the upcoming Australia tour of England starting from September 4. There will be three T20Is and as many ODIs to be played in Southampton and Manchester respectively. “When you have such a big squad like this with so much experience, it’s important we continue to improve in both formats of the game. Having got to No. 1 in T20I cricket, we want to stay there and keep improving our game,” said Finch. “Our game plan has been pretty solid. ODI cricket, we haven’t been where we need to be as far as rankings are concerned and we haven’t been as consistent. This is another statistic to growing our team and working on the 2023 50-over World Cup…we need to prepare a game plan going forward. “We are constantly searching for the right formula and the right way to go about it,” he added on their ODI plans. Asked if the team would miss the hostile English fans this time with games being played behind closed doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Finch said: “It’s always good to have crowds and the banter that comes from English crowds is special. Do they go over the top sometimes? Maybe ya. But it’s all a great thing to be a part of. It will be different but I don’t think it will take away from the intensity of the game whatsoever.” England are world champions in 50-over cricket. Quizzed if they will start as favourites in the upcoming series, Finch said: They have played some great one day cricket for the last four and half years since the 2015 World Cup. They have been outstanding. It’s going to be a really good series.” (IANS) Also Watch: Working for 15 Years, Not a Single Penny Paid
Coming off an impressive third place performance in the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend in Minneapolis, the Wisconsin men’s track and field team is hoping for much of the same in the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday.Although the women’s track and field team will not be competing in the event, it’s a critical one for the men. This is the last event before the NCAA Indoor Championships later this month, and several athletes in the event need to perform well in South Bend, Ind. to qualify for a spot in the national championships.Since this meet has crucial implications, the athletes who have not qualified for the NCAA Championships yet have to step up their level of competition, or else this could be their final indoor event of the year.“This is different than the Big Ten meet that we just came off from because it’s less strategic,” junior distance runner Landon Peacock said. “I’m trying to run a fast time in this one, so it’s kind of more even paced and getting at it from the gun.”Peacock, who won the 5,000-meter race in the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend, is one of the athletes hoping to qualify for the NCAAs with a satisfactory time at this meet.Despite a strong performance at the Big Ten meet, Peacock and his teammates realize it will be no easy task to get the qualification times they need. With such a talented field at the Alex Wilson, Peacock’s strategy is just to keep up with the competition.“The challenge will be just hanging onto the [leading] pack,” Peacock said. “That whole pack will probably run pretty fast times, so just holding on and maybe having a little bit of luck in the end.”In other events, Peacock’s teammate Kyle Jefferson, a junior sprinter, also has a lot riding on the Alex Wilson Invitational. Like Peacock, this is Jefferson’s last opportunity to make nationals.Jefferson finished fifth in the 200 meters last week at the Big Ten championship, with a time of 21.82 seconds. He will have to drop his time to 21.23 to auto-qualify for the NCAA championships.Despite the importance of this invitational, Jefferson is looking at it as just another race and does not plan on changing anything in particular for this meet.“Just keep doing what I’ve been doing all along — staying focused, staying relaxed and just go out there and compete. You know, leave it all on the track,” Jefferson said.Sticking to the usual strategy seemed like a common theme among the team going into this weekend. At this point in the season, the Badgers track and field team is looking to continue what has brought them success thus far rather than changing things up at the end of the year.The team is looking to keep things simple in the event, and stressing the importance of solid performances over top-place finishes.“This meet is about running fast or jumping high or throwing far, whatever the case is, more than about what place you get,” men’s track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “So you, you run with a little more aggressiveness as opposed to a little less tactical.”Even though Peacock and Jefferson need to use this race to qualify for the NCAA Championships, for other track and field athletes it just serves as a tune up.Coming off the Big Ten meet, many athletes are competing in the Alex Wilson simply to stay focused and fresh for the upcoming NCAA Championships. Although this role might come with less pressure, this meet still plays an essential role in preparing for the most important race of the year.“We’re just trying to bridge that competitive gap so that there’s not a weekend in between Big Tens and NCAAs,” Nuttycombe said. “This time of the year you want some continuity.”With such a wide range of athletes competing in this event — those that have to put it all on the line an those who are simply warming up for the NCAA Championships — it might seem that the meet turns into more of an individual competition. However, the UW men’s track and field squad maintains strong team unity.“I’m excited about it. I know my team’s excited to go with me and support me as well as I am to support them, and that’s what I’m ready to do,” Jefferson said.
Students might soon get used to plays spontaneously popping up around campus, as USC Libraries and the School of Dramatic Arts has partnered up to launch a new series of flash plays.Director Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, who is also a recent graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts, said the first flash play, was held Thursday.The play was held outside Doheny Library and was inspired by the quotes along the walls of the library. Flash plays, similar to popular flash mobs, seemed to be a natural fit for the series, Munoz-Proulx said.“The key is to keep talking, keep moving, so that we are constantly pulling focus and attention and keeping the audience engaged,” Munoz-Proulx said. “It’s a very spontaneous, off-the-cuff, somewhat improvised experiment — just embracing the spontaneity of what might happen in the moment.”Flash play organizers said a central goal of the series is to engage the student body and incorporate more student involvement with the libraries on campus.“I meet a lot of students who don’t realize we have libraries other than Doheny or Leavey,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC Libraries, who was co-organizer of the series. “If we presented the library in an exciting and innovative way to our student body, we might have a really good chance of having them come to us.”Oliver Mayer, a professor in the School of Dramatic Arts who was also a co-organizer, said the series will make the library seem more exciting.“The idea is to have fun and alert, particularly, the undergraduates to how cool the libraries are and that the libraries are there for them,” Mayer said.Mayer said that he expects the number of plays in the series to eventually exceed 20, matching the number of libraries at USC. The frequency of the plays is planned to increase this August, as students return for the fall semester.“The idea is that each play will relate to the [specific] library, but my hope is that it will be in an unexpected way, not just a straight-down-the-middle, obvious thing,” Mayer said.Quinlan said the series will ideally draw more crowds to the library.“I thought, ‘why can’t we combine creativity and the element of surprise,’ which really is what libraries are all about in my mind,” Quinlan said.A mix of undergraduates, alumni and celebrity actors, including David Zayas, an actor on the television series Dexter, will contribute to this project, Though many people are involved in strengthening the series, Mayer stressed the role undergraduates have in contributing to the stories.“We’re going to have a bunch of people come in and do stuff just to get people excited,” Mayer said.“But the primary goal is to have undergrads do this work.”Quinlan said USC Libraries has tried drawing more students in through exhibits, such as the fractal display in the lobby of Doheny which opened in September 2012. However. she hopes this series will prompt students to consider libraries in a new light and inspire creativity in the libraries’ outreach programs.“I’m hoping that doing this will spur some other ideas from other people about how we can continue to bring the library to the students in a way that makes them surprised about what we can do,” Quinlan said.Mayer noted that the theme of the series fits well with the overall mission of USC to offer an interdisciplinary experience to students.“This is probably the beginning of the relationship between the School of Dramatic Arts and the libraries,” Mayer said, “but it’s really what President [C. L. Max] Nikias and Provost [Elizabeth] Garrett want from our schools, our faculty and our student — to be able to connect, be interdisciplinary and have fun doing it.”
O’Neill is expected to name an extended provisional panel for the two-leg tie, with some media speculation that in-form Brentford midfielder Alan Judge will be handed a call-up after a series of impressive performances in the Championship.Tipperary’s Shane Long is also set to be included in the squad after Southampton confirmed over the weekend that the Gortnahoe striker is expected to return to first-team action shortly after his ankle injury.The main concern will be over the fitness of defender John O’Shea, who suffered a suspected hamstring strain during Sunderland’s derby win over Newcastle last Sunday.
After failing to save Italian club, Crotone FC from going down relegation in spite of scoring seven goals not many would have thought that Nigerian young star, Simeon Nwankwo would go down to Italian second tier with his team. With the season just halfway the striker may have to be on another rescue mission, this time in Belgium as top division side Lokeren would be counting on Simi’s goals to save them from sinkingIn a desperate attempt not to go down relegation in the Jupiler Pro League, Belgium side, Lokeren have during the week signed Nigerian international, Simeon Nwankwo from Italian Serie B side, Crotone.Lokeren are desperate to avoid relegation this season and as such, they hope the goals of new signing Nwankwo would help achieve the objective as they are currently bottom of the Belgian league table and in the automatic relegation spot more than halfway through the season. They have 14 points from 21 matches, three points behind Royal Excel Mouscron, who are in 15th position with a -16 goals’ difference as they have let in more goals than they have scored this season.On returning from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nwankwo was heavily touted to join Italian side Lazio but the deal failed to go through and he, therefore, went down with Crotone to Serie B.Following seven goals in Serie A last season and two cameo appearances with Nigeria’s Eagles at the World Cup in Russia, the stock of Nwankwo seems to have escalated, such that Crotone was finding it difficult to keep hold of him again, most especially with Lazio having extended their dragnet to scoop him, based on the long history they have with other talented Nigerian players.Lazio was then counting on one of the Rome-based club’s former players, Stephen Ayodele Makinwa to ensure they get their desired target of hooking Simi who still has a year left on his contract at Crotone but were relegated on the final day of the past season.His rush of late goals did not help save modest Crotone from dropping to the lower Serie B but at least it alerted top clubs to take notice of what he can do at the club.“There are several top clubs in Serie A like Lazio who want to sign ‘Simi’ but we just have to wait and see what happens after the World Cup. But it’s almost certain that he will be staying put in Serie A,” a credible source disclosed then.Lazio is willing to pay as high as €10m to grab Simy but Crotone is hanging on much longer to see if they will be reinstated in the Serie A before deciding on his potential sale.Simi ended last season on a high but it was still not enough to help Crotone remain in the Italian top-flight, but were hoping to be reinstated with the positions of Parma and Chievo under threat due to investigations affecting them.Parma is accused of attempted match-fixing for a game against La Spezia in Serie B last season, while Chievo faces punishment for falsely accounting the transfer details of 30 players with Cesena.Lazio then mandated Makinwa to push through the move for Simy, with high hopes that the former striker’s position as a players’ representative will help lure the Eagles rookie to Stadio Olimpico next season but the deal failed to sail through.In a chat with THISDAY, former Nigerian international Paul Okoku said it was natural for players’ profile to rise after the World Cup.“It is just natural for clubs to go after players after starring for their countries in the World Cup. For a player to make the team for his country shows he is good. Forget the fact that the Super Eagles did not qualify from the good stage, the truth remains that they still put up a good show. After all, they only lost the second round ticket with only four minutes to full time against Argentina.After losing their first game to Croatia due to a tactical error, the team bounced back against Iceland and in the last group game against Argentina, Nigeria was already coasting home before conceding a last minute goal. But when you also considered that defending champions and favourites, Germany came last in their group you would then realise that the Super Eagles are not that terrible but luck was just not on their side,” Okoku noted.Speaking further, the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations silver medalist said there are still some players in the team that distinguished themselves in the team in spite of not qualifying from the group stage.“Individually, we have some players that had outstanding tournament and clubs would naturally go after those ones to beef up their team for the coming season,” he said.For Friday Ekpo, he felt Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr did not really utilised the potential he had in Nwankwo, saying with his height and physical presence, the result might have been different against Argentina, rather than his late introduction in the encounter.“It was just unfortunate that Nwankwo did not have enough playing time at the Mundial, the whole world would have seen his potentials and by now a lot of European clubs would have been seeking for his services. However, he is still very young and has years behind him to fulfill his ambition. With the Africa Cup of Nations still around the corner and another World Cup just four years from now, there is no way Coach Gernot Rohr could ignore his potentials and am optimistic he would surely explode,” Ekpo expressed. Speaking in the same vein, Ifeanyi Udeze who represented Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup in Japan-Korea, said respect automatically comes with appearing at the World Cup, and all that the player needed to do is to grab the opportunity that comes his way to earn the respect.Crotone, who will feature in Serie B in the coming season after they have been relegated from the top flight this past campaign, were ready to let go their Nigeria goals machine for a princely seven million Euros before the World Cup in Russia.But after the big centre-forward made the final cut to Russia 2018 and even played a handful of minutes at the World Cup, Crotone have now doubled their valuation of the player.“Lazio were ready to pay seven million Euros for ‘Simi’ before the World Cup and it even looked like a deal would be sealed. However, since after the World Cup, Crotone are asking for 15 million Euros,” a top source told only SCORENigeria.The 25-year-old scored seven goals in Serie A last season including a spectacular over-head effort against champions Juventus. He still has a year left on his contract with the modest Italian club.It, however, remains to be seen whether Nwankwo would be able to save them from going down.This season, the lanky striker has 17 appearances in the Italian Serie B, scoring four goals for Crotone, who sit 18th in the 19-team second tier.Nwankwo is already billed to join Lokeren in training camp in Spain ahead of the restart of the second round of the season.Besides Nwankwo, Lokeren are also shopping for an attacking midfielder to boost their firepower.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy blasts ‘black eye’ officiating after controversial no-call
In the first incident, upon video review of a shot, it certainly appeared David Pastrnak pushed the puck over the line past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington with 13 minutes left in the third period.Is that puck across the line? I know the play was whistled dead. I’m just asking. #StanleyCupFinals pic.twitter.com/aaRiaboA3s— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) June 7, 2019But the play was ruled as already being dead due to a whistle being blown.In real time, however, it’s very hard to tell which came first, the puck crossing the line, or the whistle.Minutes later, the Blues got a goal moments after what appeared to be a trip by Tyler Bozak on Noel Acciari.On the play in question, it even appeared Bozak thought he was going to be called for a penalty.It may have been because he was complaining about the possibility of a flop, but he certainly stopped what he was doing after Acciari fell to the ice.Bozak upends Noel Acciari#STLBlues #NHLBruins #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/LSA8Ghk1ra— Lucas 🔁 Luke (@LucasOrLukeIDC) June 7, 2019But, the Blues got the puck and eventually put it in the back of the net to go up 2-0.It was not a great five minutes for Boston in Game 5. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was heated after the game.“Those are the hits they want to get out of the game, correct?” Cassidy told reporters. “That’s what I hear a lot about. Clearly, they missed a couple tonight. It’s a fast game. I sat here two days ago or whatever it was and said I believe these officials are at this level because they’ve earned the right to be here. You should be getting the best.”But, I mean, the narrative changed after Game 3. There’s a complaint or whatever put forth by the opposition. It just seems to have changed everything. The no-call on Acciari … their player is on his way to the box. It’s right in front of the official. It’s a slew foot. Our guy’s gone. The spotter took him out of the game for a possible concussion. I mean, it’s blatant. It had a big effect on the game. This has happened.”I’m a fan of the game. It’s the National Hockey League’s getting a black eye with their officiating in these playoffs, and there’s another one that’s going to be talked about. I thought it was a great hockey game. That call, probably … there’s time, but it really made it difficult for us to get the win tonight. So I’m disappointed. So I guess to answer your original question, it was egregious. But we’re moving on. We’re getting ready for Game 6.”Blues coach Craig Berube did not agree that calls were favoring his team.”I don’t agree with it, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’m not here to judge the officials and calls that could have been or couldn’t have. They go both ways. There were calls the other way that could have been called and they weren’t.”Bozak wasn’t convinced he should have gotten a penalty but he wasn’t complaining about the call either.“It was just a puck battle, I don’t know,” he said. “I saw the puck there and went for it. He was down. I don’t know really know what happened to be honest with you. Yeah, we’ll take it.”The NHL told reporters after the game, the non-call on the Bozak play was a judgment call.”We don’t make comments on judgment calls within games,” NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said. “There are hundreds of judgment calls in every game. The official on the play, he viewed it and he didn’t view it as a penalty at the time.”Cassidy though didn’t want to just complain about the loss.He was happy with the way his team responded. The final period of Game 5 was filled with controversy.First, there was a goal that looked to be over the line that didn’t count and then there was a non-call on a possible penalty that gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead. “Listen we thought we got screwed but you’ve gotta keep playing and we did,” he said. “We scored the next goal and gave ourselves the chance to win. We tried to rally around that. But moving forward there wasn’t a whole lot of, you’re in the moment of course you’re upset but I think players once they get back on the ice they’re not too concerned about that. So that’s the way it finished.”I thought we responded well. We pushed to score, we did. We pushed again, we gave up some odd-man rushes as a result. Tuukka made the next save to keep us in; unfortunately, we couldn’t get it by him in the end.”With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in Boston.
Kareem Hunt questioned by police after bar incident, report says Off my hiatus….. 🤗A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 1, 2019 at 5:24pm PDTWith training camp getting closer, Mayfield expects Beckham to rejoin the Browns as early as this week as the team holds practice in Los Angeles ahead of the quarterback’s wedding.”It is obviously still early in the process, but we are going to kick it into a little overdrive here pretty soon and just keep building that,” Mayfield said during minicamp last month, via cleveland.com. “We do not have to be perfect right now, but we’re building for that. Still a long way away from Game 1, but we have to be ready for that.”The Browns are scheduled to open camp July 25. Landry, who sat out all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp with an undisclosed injury, shared photos Monday of his first day back on the field on Instagram, captioning the first, “That comeback feeling.” Related News View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Stay out my closet @bakermayfield 🧐🧐#NikeThisNikeThat #CutoffLegends @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:18pm PDTFellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains away from the team to work out on his own, but shared a video of himself toe-tapping through some rings with the caption “Off my hiatus.” Amari Cooper: Move from Oakland to Dallas ‘definitely necessary’ View this post on Instagram That comeback feeling 😬😬😬😬 📸📸 @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT Baker Mayfield is no longer the lone man on the field.After being noticeably absent from offseason workouts, star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is back to running routes with his quarterback.
A firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks was laid to rest Tuesday after his remains were identified 18 years later.“Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn Michael Haub after his remains were conclusively identified, the Uniformed Firefighters Association,” said in a statement. “The service was to provide his family with closure and peace of mind after the medical examiner last week identified more of his remains that were recovered at Ground Zero.”Haub was a 13-year veteran of Ladder Company 4, according to UFA.“We remember him and the 342 other firefighters who perished that fateful day, and will be forever grateful for the courage they show,” UFA said Tuesday.In addition to the firefighters killed that day, hundreds more have died in the following years.New York officials confirmed about 200 firefighters had lost their lives from illnesses linked to their time working at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.Exposure to the 9/11 terror attacks may have caused a range of health conditions, including acute traumatic injuries, as well as diseases of the respiratory and digestive systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Those exposed to the attacks possibly developed cancers including lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma, the CDCP reports.As of July 2019, only about 60% of the 2,753 killed in the World Trade Center attack have been positively identified, according to officials.
Amy DuBois BarnettESPN Digital & Print Media today announced that award-winning journalist Amy DuBois Barnett will join ESPN as Executive Editor of Jason Whitlock’s upcoming site that will provide coverage, commentary and insight about sports and culture directed towards an African-American audience. In this role, Barnett will manage editorial operations for the site. She will report to Whitlock, founder and Editor-in-Chief.Most recently, Barnett was Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, the oldest and largest African-American magazine in the country. At Ebony, Barnett executed the publication’s first top-to-bottom redesign in its 68-year history and also re-launched Ebony.com, both to critical acclaim.“Amy’s impressive resume across a wide range of publications and brands, as well as her leadership experience, will ensure that the site will be at the forefront of news and commentary relevant to African-Americans,” said Whitlock. “Together, we aim to serve audiences with quality and innovative journalism when the site debuts.”“We continue to attract highly-acclaimed editors that bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ESPN Digital & Print Media team, and Amy is a prime example,” added Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director, ESPN Digital & Print Media. “She and Jason are building a tremendous team that will speak to, entertain, inform and serve African-American audiences about sports and culture.”Prior to Ebony, Barnett was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Barnett was also the Managing Editor of Teen People. Before Teen People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine where she oversaw a major redesign of the magazine. Prior to Honey, Barnett was with Essence magazine, heading up the publication’s style content and lifestyle department.For her work as a journalist, Barnett received the 2012 MAAX Award for Media Executive of the Year by Target Market News. In 2013, she was included on the Folio 100, a list that honors the most innovative and influential professionals in magazine media.This past school year, Barnett was also an Adjunct Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, teaching a Spring semester class on Shifting Business Frameworks in Media and Entertainment.A Brown University graduate, Barnett also has an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University.http://targetmarketnews.com/storyid08071401.htm