Fosters puts young David on map

first_img Press Association The 18-year-old rider said: “He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left after the last.” The trainer added: “Fosters Cross has had a hard season and didn’t run too bad for Bryan Cooper at Punchestown the last day. “We freshened him up after that and he really came back to himself in the last 10 days and it was a nice pot to get. He’ll probably pull out again at Leopardstown over Christmas. “I’m thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally. He wasn’t put off turning professional by any of his uncles!” Black Zero won an action-packed race for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase. With several of his main market rivals failing to complete, the 7-4 favourite took advantage of what became an easier task as he followed up his first success at Gowran last month. Ballyadam Approach fell at the second-last when jousting for the lead, and Johnny Burke brought Michael McDonagh’s contender through to take charge at the final fence and go on to score by four lengths from Killtilane Rose. McDonagh said: “He jumped well. He’s in at Limerick now on St Stephen’s Day and if he comes out of this OK he’ll go there. If not, we’ll have to wait.” First reserve Betterthanalright (12-1) made the most of his chance to lift the Molony Cup Handicap Chase. Liam Casey’s eight-year-old got in the three-mile contest after the late defection of Adams Wood and proceeded to lead all the way for a seven-length victory over the 9-4 favourite Its The Ice I Like in the hands of Kevin Sexton. The 12-year-old (14-1) provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance. The stable stalwart reeled in Mrs Mac Veale going to the final flight and after jumping into the lead, scampered clear to score by three and three-quarter lengths. center_img Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years with the 13th success of his career in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle at Thurles.last_img read more

Former soccer star Arjen Robben plans comeback at FC Groningen

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Robben made his breakthrough at Groningen before moving to PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern MunichKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Robben wants to come out of retirement and plans a comeback at his former club FC Groningen in The Netherlands, the former Dutch soccer star announced on Saturday.The 36-year-old Robben set his sights on a return to the Eredivisie for the 2020/2021 season. Last year the former Dutch international retired from professional football after his last season at Bayern Munich.“The club can use some help following the corona crisis,” Robben stated on the FC Groningen website. “I am working on a comeback. We will see if I will succeed. It is my dream now to play in the FC Groningen shirt again.”Robben started his pro career in 2000 at FC Groningen and continued at PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid and, since 2009, for Bayern Munich. He won eight German league titles with Bayern and led the German giants to the 2013 Champions League with the winning goal in the final against Borussia Dortmund. Due to injuries the left-footed dribbler also missed a lot of matches during his career.In October 2017 Robben announced his retirement from the Dutch national team. In total he played 96 matches for ‘Oranje’, in which he scored 37 goals.Robben made his debut for the Dutch team on April 30, 2003, against Portugal, at the age of 19. He participated in three European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012) and three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014). He finished second with the Dutch at the World Cup in 2010 and third in 2014. Enditem ****XINHUAlast_img read more

England six selected for U16 match v Ireland

first_img Tags: England teams, Ireland, performance, U16 international British boys’ champion Conor Gough is among the six players selected for the England team for the U16 international against Ireland at Limerick on 13-14 October.The other team members are Dubai-based Josh Hill, Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, George Leigh of Cornwall, Ben Pierleoni of Hertfordshire and Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire.Gough, Hill and Hopkins were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals.The players:Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O), has also won the English U16 McGregor Trophy and the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies this season.Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah), was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the U18 Carris Trophy, eventually finishing 11th. He reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) reached the last eight in the British boys’ and was placed fourth in the Italian U16s, where he also helped England win the Nations Cup.George Leigh, 16, (Trevose) helped England win the recent U16 international against Wales and was sixth in the McGregor Trophy.Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted) was also in England’s winning team against Wales and was fourth in the North of England boys’ championship.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham) has won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was runner-up in the Italian U16 boys’ amateur and the McGregor Trophy. He too, contribute to England’s win over Wales U16s.Caption: Conor Gough (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) 29 Sep 2018 England six selected for U16 match v Ireland last_img read more

Portrait of Eternity—The life and journey of Bill Nunn Jr.

first_imgBill Nunn JrThis is the 5th and final installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.” by Aubrey Bruce. “Don’t sucker punch a gift horse in the mouth”Hey ladies and gents; still think scouting is secondary to coaching? Whether you’re Chuck Noll or Butch Davis a coach can be as brilliant as Albert Einstein but if they don’t have the players, having a great playbook is meaningless because their theories will never be correctly implemented.Do I hear you murmuring? Why not boys and girls? My father, the late Oprah Elliot Bruce used to say, “regardless if you feed it the best oats and the freshest carrots you still can’t take a mule to Church Hill Downs and expect to win the Kentucky Derby, you have to have a great horse to go along with a great trainer and jockey.” See boys and girls coaching and talent are reciprocal, they go hand in hand sort of like the tight fit of OJ’s tainted gloves.last_img read more


first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)GAZZANIGA,YOSHIDA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,WANYAMA,S. DAVIS, ROMEU, WARD-PROWSE,MANE, LONGKANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, SON,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to St Mary’s Stadium with Tottenham, who missed the chance to record their longest unbeaten run (15 games) in the top flight since 1967 last Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Newcastle United.Saints have gone four Barclays Premier League games without a win, a sequence that has seen them drop to 12th place. They suffered their third defeat in four at Crystal Palace, where they lost 1-0 last Saturday. A fifth game without a win would be their worst run since November and December of last year.They return to St Mary’s where they have won only three of eight home games while scoring 13 goals which is actually two more than pace-setters Arsenal.Spurs are fifth despite last weekend’s loss but they have won only two while drawing four of their seven away games. But their defence has been mean on the road, conceding just seven goals – only Manchester City (6) have conceded fewer away goals.last_img read more

How a lesson from Barry Bonds helped a Giants player make a huge change

first_imgPHOENIX — Austin Slater isn’t sure if he completely believes what Barry Bonds told him, but he took Bonds’ advice anyway.“Barry once told us –and who knows if it’s true– but he said, “I never swung at a pitch that I didn’t think I could hit out,’ ” Slater said. “It may be harder to do in practice and in reality, but if you go in there with that mentality, by not swinging at anything that you don’t think you can hit hard, you’re able to lay off a lot more pitches.”After producing some …last_img read more

Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn’t going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.“Kyrie didn’t play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,” Brown said. “Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.“We were ready to play,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford’s steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.IRVING UPDATEStevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals — each of them 3-pointers.“He was great,” Stevens said. “It’s one of the things we talked about — who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.”TIP-INSCeltics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. … The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. … Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls “in the next couple of weeks.” Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.“They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We quit playing.”Zach Lavine said the Bulls were “terrible all around” and added: “There’s no excuse for what we did out there.”STRONG STARTIt didn’t matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday’s loss at Houston, but his absence didn’t stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis as Aron Baynes, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settle

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says a new contract could see David De Gea return to form.The Spaniard hasn’t been himself this season, but Neville says a new deal until 2023 could settle the 28-year-old.Neville told Sky Sports: “De Gea has had a difficult time in the Premier League and he’s had difficulties at home where he’s lost his place in the national team. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from the poor World Cup in 2018, and he’s made more mistakes in the last 15 months than ever before.”But I’ve got to believe that this is good news and hope that what’s happened in the last 12 to 15 months has been a result of the ongoing speculation. The hope is that now he’s signed, he can settle down and start performing.”United need a spine. They had eight academy players in the squad on Saturday, but their problem isn’t the academy. The problem is that they haven’t got a strong, dominant spine, but De Gea can be the start of that.” last_img read more

15 days agoWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impact

first_imgWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more