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September 18, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are without big man Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers because he has right knee soreness. The last-minute scratch occurred after the Mavericks learned that guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) would play Sunday despite a left ankle sprain.Porzingis is averaging 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the Western Conference first-round series. He is coming off a Game 3 performance in which he had 34 points and 13 rebounds. It’s the first time a Dallas player has scored 30 or more points and grabbed 10 or more rebounds since Dirk Nowitzki in the 2011 NBA Finals.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis has been dealing with a bruised left heel. In other NBA news: Jayson Tatum added 28 points and had a playoff career-high 15 rebounds for Boston, which advances to Eastern Conference semifinals and a meeting with the winner of the first-round matchup between Toronto and Brooklyn. Boston’s win marks the first sweep in 15 playoff series meetings between the teams. It also is the third straight season that Philadelphia has failed to advance past the second round.Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) led the 76ers with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 20 points and five rebounds despite leaving briefly after a scary fall that bloodied his left eye. NBA-NEWSMavs forward Porzingis sits out Game 4 with sore right knee The Capitals are still considered championship contenders, and captain Alex Ovechkin has one year remaining on his contract.Reirden was another first-time NHL head coach hired during the Ovechkin era. Trotz was the only one with previous experience and the only coach to get Washington past the second round, let alone win the Cup.NFL-NEWSNFL asks lab to check reliability of its COVID-19 testsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has asked a New Jersey lab to investigate a new batch of COVID-19 test results amid reports from several teams of false positives. The league didn’t identify which teams got positive results, or how many there were. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSWalker’s 32 lifts Celtics to 110-106 win, sweep of 76ersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics pulled away in fourth quarter to complete a first-round series sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers 110-106 on Sunday. Update on the latest sports Pence was a fiery emotional leader for the Giants from 2012-2018, helping anchor teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014. After making the All-Star team with Texas last season, he returned to San Francisco in February on a one-year, $3 million contract but hit just .096 with two homers and six RBI in 17 games.Robertson will report to the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento. The team also reinstated reliever Sam Coonrod from the 10-day injured list.In other baseball news:— The Los Angeles Angels will face the Cleveland Indians in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the 2021 Little League Classic. Major League Baseball announced the matchup Sunday. The game is scheduled for Aug. 22 at Bowman Field in front of a crowd predominantly made up of players, coaches and parents in Williamsport for the Little League World Series. Cleveland will be the home team. The first Little League Classic pitted the Pittsburgh Pirates against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017, and the event has been held annually since. This year’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.NHL-CAPITALS-REIRDEN FIRED August 23, 2020 Turner went 3 for 3 and scored two runs. Rookie Luis Garcia also had three hits and scored three times for the Nationals, who have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games.MLB-NEWSGiants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ RobertsonUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence on Sunday, ending a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.The 37-year-old was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Daniel Robertson, who was acquired earlier in the day from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash or a player to be named later. Among teams reporting false positives, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10 and the Chicago Bears nine. Other teams that were affected are the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. The NFL asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results “while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests.” The Jets canceled a walk-through on Saturday night but had a full practice Sunday morning after the previously positive tests came back negative. The Bears moved their practice scheduled for Sunday morning to the afternoon.The Steelers said they had six false positives and those players will be back at practice Monday. The Eagles held out four players from working out Sunday. The Browns initially canceled their practice, but after re-testing turned up negative tests they decided to hold their workout.In other NFL news:center_img Capitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2 postseason letdownsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have fired coach Todd Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series.Washington opted to promote Reirden from the top assistant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Trotz’s Islanders reached the second round of the postseason for a second consecutive season. The Capitals failed to advance past the first in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013 and 2014. Djokovic remained in the singles draw, where he is seeded No. 1 and is scheduled to play his second-round match Monday. He received a first-round bye.The Western & Southern Open is the first ATP tournament since the tour went on hiatus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It normally is played in Ohio but is being held this year on the same hard courts that will host the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31 as part of an unusual doubleheader. Associated Press — The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who got involved in a fight with a teammate Friday and did not attend practice Saturday. According to a statement released today by the team, Thomas was released “for personal conduct that adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens.” The action stems from Thomas’ fray with defensive back Chuck Clark at practice after Thomas admittedly blew a coverage assignment. — Washington released Cody Latimer on Sunday amid his legal issues before he practiced a single snap with the team. The veteran wide receiver signed a contract with Washington during the offseason. He was arrested in May and charged with a felony count of illegal discharge of a firearm. He also faces charges of second-degree assault, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He was also released after posting bond. The 27-year-old was put on the NFL’s Commissioner Exempt List last month. — The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to boost their secondary after a season-ending injury to Robert Alford. The Cardinals announced on Sunday that Kirkpatrick has agreed to a one-year deal. The 30-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and was a starter during the last five. He’s played in 99 games, including 67 starts and has 10 career interceptions.— The Detroit Lions have signed defensive end Will Clarke, adding much-needed depth at the position. He joined the team for practice on Sunday. Clarke has seven career sacks in 53 NFL games. The Lions released guard Caleb Benenoch to clear a spot on the roster. Cincinnati drafted Clarke in the third round in 2014. Clarke spent his first three seasons in the league with the Bengals. He played in 18 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2017 to 2018. Clarke played for the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL last year. — The banged-up New York Jets received a boost on the practice field with the returns of linebacker Avery Williamson and tight ends Ryan Griffin and Daniel Brown to team drills. Williamson and Griffin opened training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. Williamson injured a knee last summer and Griffin hurt an ankle late last season. Brown was on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury. It completed one of the most unlikely wins in the tournament’s history. Popov is ranked No. 304 and dropped off the LPGA Tour last year. She hadn’t previously won on the LPGA Tour, the second-tier Symetra Tour or on the Ladies European Tour.The winner’s check of $675,000 is more than six times her entire career earnings before Sunday.ATP-WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPENDjokovic out of doubles, citing neck, at Western & SouthernNEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) pulled out of the doubles event at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing neck pain. — One key member of the New England Patriots’ offense has returned to practice, but another remains limited despite the team’s assurances that he would be ready to go. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry was back on the field for Sunday’s practice in shells and shorts, but second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham was held back during combined team drills after also being limited Friday.WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN304th-ranked Popov wins Women’s British Open for 1st majorTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov became the first female golfer from Germany to capture a major title when she won the Women’s British Open by two strokes at Royal Troon on Sunday. Popov, who went into the final round with a three-shot lead, bounced back from bogeying the first hole by making five birdies in her 3-under 68. Jasmine Suwannapura was the runner-up after shooting 67. — Orlando Magic forward James Ennis and Milwaukee Bucks forward Marvin Williams have been fined $15,000 each for a fight that led to their ejections from Game 3 of their teams’ first-round playoff series. Ennis and Williams had been competing for rebounding position midway through the second quarter of the Bucks’ 121-107 victory. They exchanged shoves as they headed back up the floor. The top-seeded Bucks have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday.MLB-SCHEDULESánchez pitches Nationals past Marlins 9-3UNDATED (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez pitched seven effective innings, Trea Turner drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Sunday.Sánchez allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing of the season. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first three starts this month.last_img read more

Can Mikel Finally Break Messi’s Hoodoo

September 17, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgAt the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Argentina and Nigeria were again grouped together and while Messi had already become an integral part of the La Albiceleste, Mikel failed to make the Super Eagles team. Again, it was Messi’s Argentine team that ran away with a lone goal victory in the group while the Eagles failed to qualify from the group stages.Like decimal, it occurred again that when the draws for the 2014 World Cup were made, Argentina was drawn in Group F alongside Nigeria for the umpteenth time and Mikel was available to relish another confrontation with his ‘old foe’-Messi, and the Argentine superstar once again inspired his nation to a 3-2 victory, with both teams qualifying from the group.Late last year, in an international friendly encounter in Russia, Nigeria recorded its first victory against Argentina, coming behind from two goals down to record a 4-2 victory. However, both gladiators were absent.While many Nigerian soccer fans must be thinking they have had enough of being paired with the South American giants, Nigeria and Argentina would be battling for supremacy in Group D at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.With Messi and Mikel at the twilight of their career, this may well be their last confrontation and the big question on the lips of observers is whether Mikel would finally break Messi’s hoodoo at the global stage.“It has been long story dating back to 2005 when Flying Eagles of Nigeria lost 1-2 to Argentina in the final match of FIFA U-21 Championship in Holland and since then nothing has changed. I think it is time for me to take my revenge considering the quality and determination of the present generation of players in camp.“Lionel Messi, no doubt is world best footballer and he has won and lost matches playing for the national team except Nigeria. He has stolen a lot from me and I want to assure Nigerians that the judgment day is at hand with the World Cup tournament in Russia,” Obi told THISDAY.Mikel, however, recorded one significant victory over Messi at the club level. It was the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA Champions League in which Obi inspired Chelsea to beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and went on to lift the trophy.However, while Messi turned himself to a cult figure at Camp Nou and had gone on to win the World Footballer of the Year Award five times, Mikel has since left main stream Europe to ply his football trade in China after failing to pin a regular shirt at Stamford Bridge.With both gladiators at the twilight of their career (Obi 31, Messi 30), the last Group D game at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, is presenting what perhaps maybe their last confrontation at the global stage.Both Argentina and Nigeria did not have the kind of start they had hoped for after they were held to a draw by Iceland and defeated by Croatia 2-0 respectively. Both sides are now condemned to winning their last game.It however remains to be seen if Mikel can have the last laugh over Messi.Obi is still very much convinced that Nigeria could still qualify in spite of the 2-0 loss to Croatia in the first game, saying: “All is not lost yet, it’s sad we had a bad start with the game against Croatia, but we still have two more games to make up for our initial error.”Super Eagles players argued among themselves over the tactics used by head coach, Gernot Rohr, after their 2-0 loss to Croatia in their World Cup opener last Saturday, leaving the team bottom of Group D with zero point.“We have been talking about the formation and how we were set up. The arguments haven’t ended since the defeat because just like Nigerians, we are also bothered over the loss,” one of the players said​.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram They both came face-to-face for the first time at the World Youth Championship WYC in The Netherlands in 2005 and Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to a 2-1 win over Nigeria. The Argentine was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while John Mikel Obi was second. The 2008 Olympics Games football final presented another opportunity for the two gladiators to confront each other and it was Messi’s pass that proved too decisive as Obi’s U23 team was yet again on the losing side. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil set another stage for Messi -Mikel’s confrontation and two goals from the La Albiceleste talisman ensured they got the better of the Super Eagles. With both players at the twilight of their career and probably a last confrontation at the last Group D match between Nigeria and Argentina next week. Can Mikel finally break Messi’s hoodoo at the global stage? Kunle Adewale reportsThe stage was the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht, in Netherlands, the tournament was the 2005 World Youth Championship (WYC) and the two finalists were Nigeria and Argentina. Many had billed this as a Lionel Messi versus John Obi Mikel clash and with the Barcelona man somewhat starved of service, it was the Nigerian who caught the eye first. Appearing to float on grass and glide past players, he was the focal point of the Flying Eagles attack, threading passes through to strikers at will. His team mates though were not immediately on the same wavelength.With his vision, bursts of pace and disconcerting drop of the shoulder, Messi was always a threat at the other end, and, against the run of play, he manufactured a goal out of nothing.Two penalties in each half from the exceptional Messi proved enough to defeat a Nigerian side who, for long periods of the match, appeared to have the power, skill and desire to become the first African winners of the competition. For his sensational efforts, Messi picked up Adidas Golden Shoe and Adidas Golden Ball awards.Obi settled for the Adidas Silver Ball that set the stage for many showdowns to come between them.Three years on, at the football event of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was the diminutive Argentine that proved the pivotal influence laying on a goal for Angel di Maria and regularly tormenting the Nigerian defence. Though, Mikel was not part of the team due to squabbles between him and Coach Samson Siasia, but the fact remains that Messi had wreaked another havoc on Mikel’s ‘kinsmen’.last_img read more

first_imgLampard won 11 major honours in his 13 years as a player at Stamford Bridge.A deal between the Blues and Serie A champions Juventus was agreed in principle on Thursday, with the Italian club expected to have to pay in excess of £5million in compensation to secure Sarri.The Italian, who has spent just one season at Stamford Bridge after arriving from Napoli in July 2018, won his first trophy as manager when he guided Chelsea to Europa League victory over Arsenal last month.Derby have a good relationship with Chelsea, who loaned them Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last season, and anticipate if negotiations do take place, they will be done so in a relaxed atmosphere.However, as with all their coaching staff, there is a compensation clause built into Lampard’s contract, which has two years to run.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea would have to pay Derby around £4m in compensation if they appoint club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager.With current boss Maurizio Sarri set to be confirmed as Max Allegri’s replacement at Juventus, Lampard is the overwhelming favourite to take over.However, BBC Sport understands Chelsea are yet to make contact with the Rams.last_img read more

Adebayor Ponders on Future after Kayserispor Exit

September 17, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgEmmanuel Adebayor “Everything was quite difficult for me and this is one of the most important decision to make in my career,” he told reporters.“I joined this team with a lot of ambition, to make history but at some point you have to look at your health, family, everything around you and make a decision.“I’ve come to a conclusion where I have to move forward. Obviously, I have to leave this team but my thoughts will always be with the club.”The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace striker established himself in Turkey by scoring 28 goals in 76 appearances for Istanbul Basaksehir.Adebayor admits he does not have any new club lined up for the time being as he hopes to sort out his future, but has not ruled out a return to Turkey.“A footballer can never close a page, let me just go now and clear my head about my life and career. We’ll see if I come back to Turkey or not,” he added.“I had a beautiful three years in Turkey and I just wish this league to be one of the best leagues in Europe.“Going back home to see my family, childhood friends, and a change of atmosphere for a couple of weeks and I will take it from there.“A lot is going on and I just need to go back home to know the next thing that I will do.”Kayserispor was Adebayor’s ninth professional club since leaving his native Togo in 2001 and he has previously played for French clubs Metz and Monaco as well as European football powerhouse Real Madrid.Named the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year and the Caf African Player of the Year the following year, Adebayor’s only silverware at club level was the Spanish Copa del Rey in 2011 with Real Madrid.Despite his on-off relationship with the football authorities in Togo, he remains his country’s all-time top scorer with 32 goals and played for them at their only World Cup appearance in 2006.He has played for the Sparrow Hawks in four Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, 2006, 2013 and 2017.Adebayor’s last appearance for Togo was in a 2-1 away defeat to neighbours Benin in March in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Togo legend Emmanuel Adebayor is considering his future after quitting Turkish top tier strugglers Kayserispor.The 35-year-old joined Kayserispor in August following a spell with rivals Istanbul Basaksehir and had high expectations when he made a return to the country.He scored in Kayserispor’s 4-1 loss at giants Besiktas on Monday before announcing his departure from the Kayseri outfit who are bottom of the 18-team Turkish Super Lig.last_img read more

USC vs. Washington: Keys to the game

September 16, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgAfter picking up a strong home victory over Washington State on Wednesday, USC now looks to host another foe from the north this Saturday as it takes on Washington in its final contest of the regular season. In order to pick up a win in what will be a crucial game against the Huskies, there are several areas of emphasis in which USC must excel to finish its season on a firm note.Be Ready For FultzIt’s no secret to anyone that Washington goes as its superstar freshman guard Markelle Fultz goes. Averaging 23.2 points per game, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season, Fultz is a finalist for some of the most high-profile college basketball awards — including the John Wooden Award, which honors the top player in the nation. However, Fultz is currently listed as questionable for playing in Saturday’s game against the Trojans, as he is recovering from what has been announced as a sore right knee injury. When USC and Washington played on Feb. 1, Fultz finished with 20 points (7-for-17 shooting), six assists and five rebounds. “He’s a great player, and he’s able to score at all three levels offensively,” said junior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who could be pitted against Fultz in the backcourt Saturday. “He’s also able to get his teammates involved, so we’ve been practicing on keying in defensively.”Should Fultz take the floor for Washington on Saturday, the Trojans need to be prepared to defend one of the most lethal offensive talents in the nation. Establish the defensive pressureIn its 87-64 victory over Washington State on Wednesday, USC was able to record nine steals and collect seven blocks on defense. In the first half alone, the Trojans were able to capitalize by scoring 17 points off of 11 Washington State turnovers to open the game. USC’s defensive play opened up large opportunities in transition for easy baskets. “When you get nine steals it means you’re getting out in transition a lot, too,” men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield said. “Then in transition we’re making good passes and hitting open shots.”The Trojans have been scrappy on defense all season long, as they lead the Pac-12 in steals (averaging 6.9 per game). USC has also defended the paint, as it ranks third in the conference in blocked shots per game at 5.5. Freshman guard De’Anthony Melton is currently second in the conference in steals with 57 (he trails only UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Washington’s Matisse Thybulle who have 58). The Trojans will need another solid effort defensively in their home arena Saturday to come away with a win over Washington. Not only has the Trojans defensive unit knocked opponents off-rhythm, but they also create opportunities in transition. Activate BoatwrightSince returning from an MCL injury on Feb. 1, sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright has averaged 18.3 PPG over the last eight games.Boatwright’s first game returning from his injury came against the Huskies in Washington on Feb. 1. In his return, Boatwright immediately looked in the swing of things offensively, as he finished with a game-high 23 points. A 6-foot-10 forward with the ability to create his own shot in the paint, mid-range or from beyond 3-point range, Boatwright brings a unique dynamic to the Trojan offense. Another strong performance from Boatwright against Washington will be essential, as the Trojans would like to see their primary scorer heat up as the Pac-12 Tournament approaches in the coming week. Keep the hot handIn their last two games against Washington State and Arizona State, USC is shooting a combined 66-for-121 (54.5 percent) from the field. From 3-point range the Trojans shot a combined 22-for-52 (42.3 percent) against the Cougars and Sun Devils. “It’s been nice to see our team shooting the ball better over the past couple of games. Even in the loss (to Arizona State) I thought we were shooting well,” Enfield said.The last time that Washington and USC played, the Trojans finished the game by making 17 of their final 25 shot attempts (68 percent) in regulation. USC will look to replicate this showing on the floor Saturday. Play a complete gameThis may be the most crucial point of focus for the Trojans, not just on Saturday, but for the remainder of their season. USC suffered a dramatic loss on Feb. 26 against Arizona State in which a 10-point lead for the Trojans with 3:57 remaining in play evaporated. The Trojans were unable to execute and play situational basketball and clinch the victory over the Sun Devils. The last thing the Trojans can afford to do is give away Saturday’s game in similarly-devastating fashion. Should Washington beat USC due to the Trojans’ inability to finish the game, it will do some serious damage to the Trojans’ Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament hopes going forward. “When you have a lead, you have to be able to play for 40 complete minutes,” Enfield said. “(Our players) know what’s at stake. We are playing a two-game season. Washington State was game one, and now we are on to Washington Saturday for game two. Our players need to come out with the same energy they did (on Wednesday).”last_img read more

Amun, Rufai, Aluo Get Diamond Academy Award

September 8, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgUmuahia-based Diamond Football Academy, would on December 11 bestow special award on some Nigerian football personalities during her 7th year anniversary.Topping the list of those to be honoured is former Golden Eaglets Coach, Fanny Amun who led Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Japan in 1993. Amun rose to become the secretary general of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Former Super Eagles first choice keeper, Peter Rufai would also be honoured alongside “Gentle Giant”, Uche Okechukwu who was part of Nigeria’s debut squad at USA ‘94 World Cup. L-R; Group General Manager, Operations, Rainoil Ltd. Akshay Sakena; Sport Secretary, Ikeja Country Club, Segun Aluko; Vice President, Ikeja Country Club, Igho Okor; and Head of Strategy and Business Development, Rainoil Ltd. Emmanuel Omuojine at the 2019 Rainoil Tennis Open Press Conference held at Ikeja Country Club, Lagos…. yesterday SUNDAY ADIGUN Seasoned sports journalist, George Aluo who is the Sports Editor of The Nigerian Xpress Newspaper cum Anchor of Sportsville, a weekly sports TV show on Channels Television is to be honoured with “Diamond Sports Media Personality Award.”President of the Academy, Prince Martins Ilechukwu Apugo in a statement said the Academy is honouring personalities who have contributed in lifting Nigerian football in line with the core values of Diamond Football Academy.“In Diamond Football Academy, we strive for excellence and this has seen us in less than a decade produce stars who are doing Nigeria proud in the round leather game.“We are proud to have produced the duo of Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze both of whom are today lacing booths for Nigeria. We are determined to discover more talents in the years ahead,” Apugo stated.Diamond Football Academy was established in 2012.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img–Source: BBC West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been named in England’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.The 20-year-old switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in a move recently ratified by world governing body Fifa.London-born Rice played three times for the Republic but qualified for England as they were all friendly appearances.England host the Czechs on 22 March and are away in Montenegro on 25 March.Rice, who has Irish grandparents, played for the Republic from under-16 level and went on to make three senior friendly outings last year, including games against France and the United States before the 2018 World Cup.He broke into the West Ham first team at the start of the season and, as he considered his international future, was omitted from Republic squads because playing competitive games would have stopped him switching allegiance.Why no Wan-Bissaka or Angus Gunn?Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both overlooked by Southgate.The in-form pair are dual-qualified – Wan-Bissaka has played once for the Democratic Republic of Congo at under-20 level and Gunn is coveted by Scotland.Southgate said: “I could pick players, give them a cap and stop them playing for someone else but I don’t think that’s right. Angus has got a good challenge to get into our under-21s. There’s some good competition for places.”England squadGoalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham)Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)last_img read more

Pets Available For Adoption In Olympia

August 6, 2020 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgSubmitted by Joint Animal ServicesHello I am female, orange and white tabby cat and my # is 84381. I tend to be a little shy when I meet new people. I think that is why I haven’t found my forever home yet; even though I search everyday for someone to share my true personality with. Once I have warmed up to someone I am a very sweet and curious cat, who enjoys being petted and playing with toy mice. I am told I have an expressive face and pretty orange and white pattern. I would love to find a forever family to be a part of and to share my love with. Please come and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information about me. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Hello I am a male, less than 2 years old, black Labrador retriever and my # is 86357. Like most lads I am an active dog but very eager to please. I would love to find a forever family to share my energy and devotion with. I am young and have not had much training but I am a smart dog and will learn fast with a teacher to show me the way. I would make a great jogging buddy. I will need a secure fence at my forever home to keep me safe. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information about me. Thank youlast_img read more

first_imgThe first action of the morning again focused on the Santa Anita turf track where eight of the European contenders took to the track to stretch their legs for the third day in a row.The Sir Michael Stoute trained pair of Ulysses (Turf) and Queen’s Trust (Filly & Mare Turf) led the way. Kevin Bradshaw (Ulysses) and James Savage (Queen’s Trust) stepped up the pace from Wednesday and having jogged to the 4f pole quickened the tempo, and breezed nicely down the home stretch.Third out on to the track was the German challenger Spectre (Mile) with regular work rider Valentine Bulthoof in the saddle. The 3yo put in the most serious piece of work of any of any of the Europeans so far, and having done a steady canter of half a circuit the daughter of Siyouni was asked to really stretch her legs from the 4f pole.The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Karar (Turf Sprint) also did a nice breeze down the home stretch having limbered up with a gentle canter. Afterward Graffard said, “Everything is fine with my horse, and I think he is in good form.”James Doyle was on board Dutch Connection, who he will be partnering in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday afternoon. The pair trotted for half a circuit before picking up the pace and breezing down the home stretch.Limato (Mile) followed closely behind with race day pilot Harry Bentley on board and did a very similar piece of work to Dutch Connection. Trainer Henry Candy was trackside along with owner Paul Jacobs to witness Limato being put through his paces. Afterward Candy said of his horse, “Limato is the best horse I have trained, and he is very happy which makes me happy too. I put him through the stalls this morning, as I thought that was the right thing to do with him this morning, and Harry (Bentley) said he was as quick out of the gate as he has ever been. He’s a handful to get a saddle on, but after that he’s very professional. I’m looking forward to Saturday.”Danny Tudhope, who has a very successful liaison with Mondialiste (Turf) was once again re-united with the Arlington Million winner and with trainer David O’Meara trackside to supervise the work the son of Galileo jogged for a three furlongs before gradually stepping up the pace and coming home nicely down the home stretch. “He’s in good form” Tudhope said. “I think that he will handle the extra distance on Saturday, he stayed on well in the Arlington Million, so upping him in trip shouldn’t be a problem.”Stable companion Suedois (Turf Sprint) was following closely behind and was also doing a similar piece of work when something went amiss and rider Colin Bolger reduced the colt to a walk for the final two furlongs. Suedois was taken off the track in a horse ambulance, and was subsequently diagnosed as having suffered a stress fracture of the off fore hoof. O’Meara confirmed the horse was scratched from Saturday’s race. “Unfortunately, he has a stress fracture, but he will be OK in the long run, and will race again next year,” he said.Intricately (Juvenile Fillies Turf) once again took to the main track with the trainer’s younger brother Donnacha once again in the saddle. The daughter of Fastnet Rock did nothing different to that of the previous two days and walked a circuit of the track before returning back to the barn.French raider Cavale Doree also went out on to the main track and cantered for three-quarters of a lap.Having finally cleared quarantine the Aidan O’Brien team from Ballydoyle all went out on to stretch their legs. All 12 walked for half a circuit of the track before turning around and doing a gentle canter down the home stretch. Alice Springs (Mile) looked particularly well and her trainer Aidan O’Brien said of her. “She’s thrived since she got here, she’ll like the fast ground and she has a lot of speed.”Found (Turf) also looked totally at home and was very calm and relaxed and her work rider reported the 4yo to be “absolutely bouncing.” Seventh Heaven, who lines up in Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf also was reported to be in “very fine form.” $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Kitcat – Chile’s Filly & Mare Turf hopeful Kitcat, galloped one lap around the training track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Cristian Marin, reported Sebastian Silva, son of trainer Juan Silva. “She did it a little faster than routinely, not as leisurely. The filly is doing really well.”Asked about what he hopes to see in the Filly & Mare Turf, Silva said, “I would like to see a clean run race as it is very probable it will be one. To win it all that is require is a touch of luck and hopefully we can achieve a good result for South America and Chile.”For Silva and family, a start in the Breeders’ Cup World Championship is a dream come true.“My family functions like a team and I represent in this case owner Stud Vendaval. My father Juan has been training race horses for more than 50 years. He always told me that one of his dreams was to start one of his horses here in the United States in a prestigious event as the Breeders’ Cup so you can imagine the emotion. We are very happy obviously and I personally feel realized and satisfied with everything that has been done through this point. Obviously we are running against world class fillies and mares but we don’t feel inferior to them, the mare is doing very well and we are optimistic.”Kitcat, a 4yo daughter of Scat Daddy punched her ticket to the Filly & Mare Turf by capturing the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella over males and older horses in Santiago on May 22. $4 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile Da Big Hoss – Skychai Racing’s Mike Maker-trained Da Big Hoss left Barn 56 at 6:30 a.m. with his conditioner looking on and proceeded to gallop a mile around the Santa Anita main track under exercise rider Joel Barrientos and then school in the gate. Sixth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, he will attempt to win his fifth consecutive stakes Saturday in his return to the $4 million event. Catch a Glimpse – Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windways Farm’s 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Catch a Glimpse left Barn 59 at 8:30 a.m. and galloped a mile for trainer Mark Casse. The seven-time graded stakes-winning daughter of City Zip lines up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Saturday. Ectot – Al Shaqab Racing and Gerard Normand’s Ectot galloped 1 3/8m at Santa Anita Thursday morning for a scheduled start in Saturday’s Turf.The 5yo son of Hurricane Run broke through with a five-length victory in his third U.S. start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Oct. 10. A Group 1 stakes winner in Europe, Ectot had finished fourth in a restricted stakes and second in an optional claiming allowance at Saratoga.“It seemed leading up to that race, he was rounding into form. Those two races under his belt brought him forward. I think he’s trained even better since then,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “It’s a combination of a number of things, getting a few starts off an extended layoff, getting that fitness level again, acclimating a little longer to the U.S., all those things played a role in it.” Midnight Storm – Galloped one mile on the training track under exercise rider Norberto Olguin.“He’s won three straight graded stakes races and he’s trained very well,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “Last year the turf course at Keeneland was very soft and didn’t favor California turf horses that are used to firmer footing, especially my two. This year we’re going to get firmer surface and I expect them (Midnight Storm and Turf Sprint entrant Obviously) to run creditable races.” Miss Temple City/Ring Weekend – The Club Racing and Allen Rosenblum’s Miss Temple City galloped 1 1/2m Thursday at Santa Anita for a scheduled start in the Mile.The 4yo daughter of Temple City recorded her second triumph over males this year in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 8 after scoring in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in the spring.“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. I never had a filly that could beat the boys. I never would have even considered it,” trainer Graham Motion said. “I guess I have to thank Tepin for that. I never would have tried it. I never had a filly that I would have considered running against the boys.”Instead of running Miss Temple City against defending Mile champion Tepin in the Jenny Wiley for fillies and mares at Keeneland last spring, Motion opted for the Maker’s 46 Mile. He opted for the Shadwell Turf Mile instead of running his filly in the First Lady in the fall. The Mile will be the first meeting between Miss Temple City and Tepin, who was upset by Photo Call in the First Lady.“We have to face the music and I think this is the right time to do it. It goes beyond Tepin. It’s a very deep race but she’s still the horse to beat,” Motion said. “I have the utmost respect for Tepin. She’s got one chink in her armor and that was last time out. She probably got caught up in what was an awkward pace scenario, an awkward pace. Even the best can get caught up in that.”Miss Temple City is an imposing specimen who obviously can handle the physical demands of doing battle with males.“Physically, she is a very strong horse, but she is just very good. She’s very fast. She’s got an incredible turn of foot. At the end of the day, it’s just talent. It’s just happened that the days she’s shown it came when she was running against the boys,” Motion said. “Really, with better scenarios she could have won any of those other races. She got beat (a neck) in the Diana and a jump after the wire she was in front.”St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend also galloped 1 ½m Thursday morning.The 5yo son of Tapit, who won the Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March 2015 before being sidelined by a foot infection for 10 months, has run only four times this year, including a victory in the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga in September.“He loves this turf course. He’s a very talented horse. I told Terry (Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds) at the beginning of the year that this was the race I wanted to run him in, so it’s not like we did this at the last minute,” Motion said. “How we got here is a little bit unorthodox, but the thing I like is that he’s lightly raced. I like coming here with lightly raced horses at the end of the year. I think that helps you.” Metaboss – Turf hopeful Metaboss fractured a sesamoid on the right front ankle galloping on the Turf Wednesday and was scratched from the race.“Not life threatening but definitely career ending,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “He should live a good long life, unaffected, but his career has to end. I give a lot of credit to my exercise rider Jose Dominguez. As soon as he felt something he wrapped up on him and pulled him up right away. He made sure it didn’t get any worse and I give him a lot of credit.“(Metaboss) is fine today and we’ll heal him up and hopefully find a place for him at stud somewhere.”A 4yo son of Street Boss owned by Blue Skies Stables et al, Metaboss finished with a career record of 12 starts, three wins, two seconds and two thirds and earnings of $300,420.Displaying dynamic late rushes the chestnut colt had finished second, beaten only a nose by Ashleyluvssugar in the Del Mar Handicap in August and was fourth to the same rival when favored in the John Henry Turf Championship on Oct. 2 at Santa Anita.center_img Tepin – Six-time Grade I winner and defending Breeders’ Cup Mile champion Tepin continues to impress in the mornings for owner Robert Masterson and trainer Mark Casse. The 5yo daughter of Bernstein looks to end her season the way she did in 2015 on Saturday, with a victory in the Mile, when she breaks from post eight in a full field of 14 horses. On Thursday morning, she left Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. in company with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf contender Keep Quiet and galloped 1 ½ m on Santa Anita’s main track under the watchful gaze of assistant trainer Norman Casse.“She loves to train, she loves breezing and she loves racing,” Norman Casse said. “Obviously she’s super-fast and talented, but most importantly she loves what she does. She’s the epitome of a racehorse. Once (regular rider) Julien (Leparoux) got on her, he helped teach her how to be more professional and avoid being rank early on and that made her a much more effective racehorse.”Since teaming up with Leparoux, the bay mare is 11-for-14, including all of her aforementioned top-level wins, while two of her three losses came by a head and nose. In June, the pair made history when Tepin became the first American horse to win the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes – considered by many to be one of the toughest mile races in the world. Since then, she has raced twice, including a half-length tally in the Woodbine Mile and a shocking runner-up effort last out to loose-on-the-lead Photo Call as the 2-5 favorite versus nine of her own sex in the First Lady at Keeneland. She is 3-for-3 against males in open company, all in Grade/Group 1 turf miles.“I don’t think she was 100-percent fit going into Woodbine and then we took it easier on her after that, thinking she would regress a little off that effort,” Norm Casse said. “You’re more likely to bounce if you’re not 100 percent going into a race and run big like that. So, even though we expected her to win at Keeneland, we knew we had taken it easy on her. This should be her best race and I think she’s sitting on her best effort. She’s 100 percent now.”“I think every horse is different when it comes to bringing them back from going overseas,” Mark Casse added. “For us it was tougher with her because it’s too hot in the summer where she enjoys training the most, at Churchill (Downs) in Kentucky. So we had to give her a little break and at the same time get her ready on a surface that she doesn’t necessarily care for. Right now we’ve got her in a pattern that she likes.“She’s also become smarter as she’s got older, which makes her tougher to get ready because she doesn’t put a lot of effort into her training,” he continued. “That’s the reason we ran her at Keeneland. She likes to be on a pattern where she’s running every four or five weeks and we would have had to go seven weeks if she didn’t run. She got something out of it, but she didn’t exhaust herself. Celestine (third place in the First Lady) is a great filly in her own right and Tepin pulled away from her by three lengths and Photo Call won’t get the same set up this time, so I try to look at it that way. One of the things that makes her great is her quick turn of foot off the turn, which she should be able to use here better than at Woodbine.”The earner of $4 million may not be done competing on an international level after this season, according to the elder Casse. If all goes optimally, the 13-time winner from 22 starts may attempt to add a fourth country of Grade/Group 1 glory in 2017.“First we’re looking at Saturday and then if she runs the way we expect her to, we’ll talk about Dubai (the Group 1 $6 million Dubai Turf in late March),” Mark Casse said. “Right now her focus is so strong, she’s laid back and ready. She’s the best horse I’ve trained.” Al’s Gal – Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Mike Maker-trained last-out Grade I winner Al’s Gal left Barn 56 at 7 a.m. and proceeded to gallop a mile around the Santa Anita main track under exercise rider Joel Barrientos and then school in the gate. Sentiero Italia – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo filly galloped 1 1/2m for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Thursday morning. Using aggressive tactics, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was the runner-up to Lady Eli in the Flower Bowl Oct. 8. She faces Lady Eli and the third-place runner Sea Calisi again in the Filly & Mare Turf.“You just have to hope that the race shape is different,” McLaughlin said. “We went to the lead last time because I instructed Joel (Rosario) to because I saw no pace. It was a strategic move to do it and it almost worked. We were second to Lady Eli. Now, this race, it looks there is plenty of speed so we might have a better trip laying third or fourth and see how it goes and get the jump on her. She’s doing very well.” Ironicus – Stuart Janney III’s Ironicus galloped 1 1/4m Thursday while preparing for Saturday’s Mile at Santa Anita.The 5yo son of Distorted Humor has finished no worse than third in 11 consecutive turf starts since debuting with an off-the-board finish on dirt in November 2013.“He likes it. He likes to train and he loves to run,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. “He’s got a good pedigree. He’s just one of those horses. He’s a good horse.”Ironicus began his year with a victory in the Fort Marcy at Belmont in May before finishing second behind Flintshire following a troubled trip in the Manhattan in June. Following a four-month layoff, the gray one-run specialist surged from far back late to finish second, a head behind Miss Temple City, in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.“He’s got a strong kick. When he kicks, he kicks hard. He’s gotten beat a couple times because he didn’t get the trip, which is part of grass racing,” McGaughey said. “Last time he didn’t get the trip and in the Manhattan, if we got the trip Flintshire got, I think we probably would have won. The same thing will happen here – he’ll kick, it’s just a matter of what kind of trip he gets.” Flintshire/Money Multiplier – Like their other 10 stablemates in trainer Chad Brown’s barn, they galloped approximately 1 3/8m Thursday morning. After they cooled out and were bathed, Flintshire and Money Multiplier went to the paddock to be schooled.Two years ago, Flintshire, the Juddmonte Farms’ globetrotting 6yo homebred, finished second by a half-length to Main Sequence in the Turf at Santa Anita. He was moved to Brown’s care this year with the Turf as his late-season goal and has won three of four starts. The only blemish was a second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic over yielding ground that he did not like.“The horse is doing great,” Brown said. “He should appreciate firm turf. It’s a really tough race. It’s supposed to be for $4 million. Hopefully he gets a good trip.”Flintshire has earned $8.9 million during his career and is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence often give their horses names from the world of finance that owners Lawrence and Seth Klarman operate in. The money multiplier is the increase in the amount of cash in circulation generated by the banks’ ability to lend money out of their depositors’ funds. Photo Call – Teresa Viola Racing Stables’ Photo Call galloped 1 ¼m Thursday morning at Santa Anita for a start in Saturday’s Mile.The 5yo daughter of Galileo captured the First Lady at Keeneland by 2 ¾ lengths ahead of defending Mile champion, Tepin leading by as many as 10 lengths while setting the pace under Kent Desormeaux. Lady Eli/Sea Calisi – Trainer Chad Brown’s Filly & Mare Turf runners both galloped 1 3/8m and then went to the paddock for schooling Thursday.Star-crossed Lady Eli, whose brilliant career was put on hold for a year by a bout with the hoof ailment laminitis, has had a successful return, with a win and a second in two starts, and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. She won the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita two years ago. There is tremendous interest in her story and how she has managed to beat the odds and come back from life-threatening laminitis.“It’s very rare, but she’s a very rare horse,” Brown said.Although she has been entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Brown said that he has been told that the 4yo filly owned by Sheep Pond Partners will continue her racing career in 2017. Winning another Breeders’ Cup race seemed like an impossible goal a year ago when her connections were just hoping that she could survive.“It already is an incredible story, but it would have an incredible new chapter, if she is able to do this,” he said. “I think it would secure her place in history as one of the all-time greats.” Overseas Horses Ashleyluvssugar – Peter Eurton’s trainee Ashleyluvssugar went to the main track shortly after 5 a.m. and galloped 1 1/4m under regular exercise rider Eddie Inda in preparation for Saturday’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.The 5yo grandson of Danzig has become a favorite of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.“He’s got a great record here at Santa Anita, which is his home and favorite track, Stevens said. “He never runs a dull race and shows up every time. He is very reliable. He’s become one of my favorite horses of all times, he’s a character, he’s got a great personality and he loves to run.”Ashleyluvssugar enters the Turf off back-to-back wins in the John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar.last_img read more