Champagne Fever put up a superb front-running performance to get Ireland off to a great start at the Cheltenham Festival in the opening William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old (5-1), who had stablemate Un Atout for company for most of the way, with hot favourite My Tent Or Yours always close behind and looking a major threat as they turned into the straight. There was nothing in it between Champagne Fever and the sweetly travelling My Tent Or Yours as they jumped the final flight, but the front-runner responded to every call and forged ahead up the hill to win by half a length. Jezki finished third, a further two and a quarter lengths away. Press Association Walsh said: “He jumped like a stag and travelled really well. It’s magic – he just came alive the last fortnight. I didn’t ride him work last week but I was watching him work at the Curragh with Willie and we both kind of looked at each other. It was scintillating. “Patrick (Mullins, the trainer’s son) has always maintained he was a two-miler and an out-and-out galloper – he was dead right. He wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, but I knew AP (McCoy) was coming to me as I could feel the crowd revving up. “But, in fairness, when AP got to him, he stuck his head down and away he went again.” Mullins added: “It was a very brave performance from the horse to lead like that and jump like that. Ruby said he heard Tony McCoy coming up behind him and the horse just took off with him. “He knew he’d lots of horse. Ruby was trying to steady it and ride a tactical race – he obviously got it spot-on. It was fantastic to watch him coming up the hill. “He’ll go to Punchestown next and next season will all be about chasing. We’ve schooled him and he already jumps fences better than hurdles – he is electric over a fence.” McCoy said of My Tent Or Yours: “I was beaten by a better horse.”
AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has said sorry on Tuesday for being caught driving without a licence through the city.He was stopped by police in a car belonging to teammate Bakaye Traore but denied reports that he told officers that he was Traore.The 17-year-old said: “I want to say sorry to all the fans as well as Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri and this magnificent football club.“I made a grave error and am sorry but I did not say that I was Traore.”The former Caen striker is set to be fined by the Rossoneri for his behaviour.”
With less than one second remaining on the clock, Robert Horry of the Los Angeles Lakers recovered the ball and made a three-point shot over Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 26, 2002. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs I know Vlade was SICK he tapped the ball out that far lol. https://t.co/zXUSVTR0cj— I Am Inevitable (@A1SinceDayNone) May 26, 2019Related Articles Tbh, I don’t think any of us finished our food after that— Coach RP II (@KidCoolBreeze49) May 26, 2019 Sacramento had some good teams that never got over the hump. I flew off the couch when Horry drained that one— Robert Casillas (@CasillasPhoto) May 26, 2019Previous SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWith less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)Lindsey Hunter, left; Mark Madsen; right, celebrate with Robert Horry, center, of the Los Angeles Lakers at the conclusion of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, May 26, 2002. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWith less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)NextShow Caption1 of 2With less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)Expand Right behind the basket, about 15 rows up. Still shook, still bitter. https://t.co/2wyYbGzqRJ— Mrs.Ballantyne (@MrsBallantyneRV) May 26, 2019 🙌— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) May 26, 2019 Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers would beat the Kings and sweep the New Jersey Nets to win the NBA Championship.Reaction:I love the final shot of everyone in the arena jumping up simultaneously. https://t.co/wIUwEJw3ON— Rylan Burns (@rylanburns) May 27, 2019 I was at Staples Center that day working for another newspaper. Started walking toward the media work room as soon as the ball left Horry’s hands. I knew it was in. Still the most entertaining playoff series I’ve ever covered. https://t.co/zEgOqMtu8R— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) May 26, 2019 It was birthday. And coincidentally today is my birthday as well as 2002 may 26 was also a Sunday. I was running around my house screaming as all teenagers were “all in” on kobe and the Lakers and Mr. Horry AKA. Will Smith#roberthorry— Zilch (@LukeTeacher) May 26, 2019 When the Lakers were really the Lakers, and not just some flailing facsimile … https://t.co/vBwqmpgvJd— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) May 26, 2019 One of my favorite sports memories https://t.co/Z2fLJLORZf— ANKH-EL Luke (@TheChuckWatson) May 26, 2019 Once a Laker, always a Laker? 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/zh11Q70Nv7— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) May 27, 2019 Kobe knew https://t.co/hbUHlWRm6L— Monty (@KeeseyMontana) May 26, 2019 Had just deplaned at LAX. Sprinted — along with several other fans — to terminal bar … just in time to see Horry hit the shot. Never seen such a happy bunch of people at baggage claim.— Todd Behrendt (@ToddBehrendt) May 26, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At my grandparents’ house in the back room. Remember immediately going outside to shoot hoops pretending to be Big Shot Rob. https://t.co/DDMlPIusBT— Will Hernandez (@thewillernandez) May 26, 2019 I’m this old https://t.co/Emc6WoQZIj— jose hernandez (@theRealJose88) May 26, 2019 Not an NBA guy, but a legendary moment for SoCal Sports. Happy anniversary. https://t.co/2z1mmXkXf1— Brandon Burns (@brandonburns9) May 26, 2019 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years
Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | An Africa Cup of Nations with new dates and an expanded 24-team line-up will take centre stage this year in the continent, but the hosts have still to be decided.CAF will announce next Wednesday whether Egypt or South Africa stage the June 15-July 13 tournament after Cameroon were dropped over preparation delays and security concerns.The date switch from January/February should end club-versus-country rows after a growing number of African stars were reluctant to leave their European teams in mid-season.Increasing the number of finalists from 16 has already had an impact with former whipping boys Madagascar and Mauritania qualifying for the first time.AFP Sport looks at what lies in store at national team and club levels during 2019 for the most popular sport in Africa.Player of the YearEgypt and Liverpool scoring sensation Mohamed Salah is set to retain the title in Dakar on January 8 with fellow Red Sadio Mane from Senegal his closest challenger.If Salah continues to score consistently he could challenge the record of former Ivory Coast and Manchester City star Yaya Toure, who was voted number one four consecutive times.Cup of Nations hostsThere is little to choose between Egypt and South Africa ahead of a fourth straight Cup of Nations to be held in a country not originally chosen as hosts.But one marked difference would be the weather with Egypt experiencing northern hemisphere summer heat in June and July while South Africa shivers in the southern hemisphere winter.Cup of NationsShould Egypt be named hosts, the record seven-time African champions would be favoured to go one better than 2017 when they lost the final to Cameroon in Libreville.Were South Africa to get the nod, the chances of Senegal and former champions Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria lifting the trophy would increase.Champions League Holders Esperance of Tunisia, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Al Ahly of Egypt have won seven of the last 10 finals and are among the favourites again.Ahly, under new Uruguayan coach Martin Lasarte, will be desperate for a first success since 2013 having lost the last two finals to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Esperance.Confederation CupNorth African clubs have won 10 of the 15 finals in the second-tier competition and trophy-holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco head a powerful challenge from the region.Few pundits are looking beyond Raja, Etoile Sahel and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Zamalek of Egypt as potential winners in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.Super CupHistory will be made when Esperance and Raja meet with Qatar becoming the first non-African venue for the annual match between the Champions League and Confederation Cup winners.Traditionally staged at the home of the CAF champions, the switch has angered Esperance supporters, particularly as the club turns 100 on January 15.Club World CupEsperance were the latest flops from Africa, crashing 3-0 to 2018 hosts Al Ain of the United Emirates and eventually finishing fifth in a seven-club field.The change to an August-to-May CAF club season from this year should offer more preparation time and, hopefully, mean less embarrassment for African champions.FIFA windowsThe first during March will be used for the final Cup of Nations qualifiers and there are a further three nine-day internationals windows in the second half of the year.Will Africa consider following the lead of Europe and introduce a CAF Nations League? It would be an improvement on African friendlies often shunned by Europe-based stars.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
RED BANK – Lunch Break is looking to expand.The soup kitchen and food panty, which has been providing food, clothing and the wherewithal for those in need in Red Bank and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years, is seeking borough approval to expand its facility. The organization is looking to build an addition on adjacent properties because of what its executive director said is an increasing need for its services.“We’ve definitely outgrown the space,” said Gwendolyn Love, “even for what we’re doing now.”Love sat at a table in the 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. facility during lunchtime on Aug. 30 as volunteers and employees worked and moved briskly, serving lunch to the crowd.As she discussed the need for more space to conduct its various programs, a woman approached the table. Chandelle Morris, who lives on Bank Street, sat down at the table with her tray and its modest lunch, a small piece of cake and fruit juice. Morris said she doesn’t have breakfast or dinner most days, relying on her lunch here as her primary meal. “It’s something I look forward to when I get up in the morning,” she said.She thanked Love for what Lunch Break had to offer and turned and said, “They are saving my life.”Love glanced over with smile and thanked Morris for making her point about the work Lunch Break does and the need for the expansion.“We believe Lunch Break can be an instrument in the community to allow people to make it to the next level,” Love said.In June 2011 Justin and Victoria Gmelich, a Rumson couple, donated to Lunch Break two properties on the boulevard, each with a vacant single-family residential home, according to Love.Lunch Break representatives will appear at the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, Sept. 20, with its application to combine those lots and build an addition to the current site.According to the application on file at the borough’s Planning and Zoning Department, Lunch Break would demolish the existing homes at 113-115 Drs. James Parker Blvd. and use that 7,320-square-foot tract to expand the current 2,989-square-foot facility and build a 2,091-square-foot addition.The addition’s first floor, Love said, will be used, in part, to house Lunch Break’s clothing distribution program. Currently, it operates the program on Saturdays out of the dining area, where individuals and families can come to select free clothing and small household items they need.If the application is approved, the public will be able to drop off donations and pick up items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.Lunch Break could also use the site for its other clothing program, called Suited for Success, where clients can get clothing appropriate for job interviews.Along with those programs, Lunch Break would continue to operate its “Internet café” on site, where clients have access to computers and use the Internet connections, often to help locate work.The remainder of the site would be used for administrative offices, file and supply storage and to provide space for the various social service agencies that regularly appear to assist Lunch Break clients.“The new space will allow us to function more efficiently,“ Love said.The addition will “create a one-stop shopping” site for clients, who often don’t have cars or money for mass transit to visit social services offices, Love said.“Business has been too good,” she acknowledged. The facility has been seeing a growing need for services.“With the economy the way it is, with people looking for help, with new people looking for that help, Lunch Break will help them move to that next level in their life,” Love said. “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.” By John Burton
Bet you can’t guess which is the hottest team right now in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League?Defending KIJHL Champion 100 Mile House Wranglers?Wrong.Current KIJHL leaders, Osoyoos Coyotes or league powers Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Kimberley Dynamiters or Beaver Valley Nitehawks?Wrong again.The Nelson Leafs won for the fifth straight time Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, edging the Golden Rockets 4-3 to remain unbeaten in December.Nelson fired 40 shots at the Rockets net, scoring just enough goals to get past the Eddie Mountain Division squad.Leaf game star Dale Howell, Mason Mullaney and Logan Wullum gave Nelson a 3-1 advantage early in the second period. Darlon Nordick narrowed the gap to 3-2 before the period ended.In the third Alex Meeker scored the winner, unassisted, as Nelson continued to win the close games after losing five games in November by two goals or less.Austin Pultz and Levi Lambert also scored for Golden.Devin Allen stopped 19 of 22 shots to register the win in goal for the Leafs.Nelson defeated Golden 4-0 in the only other meeting between the to teams this season.The Leafs, improving to 14-14-0-0-2 for 30 points, failed to gain any ground in the Murdoch standings as division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, second-place Castlegar Rebels and third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins all won games Saturday.Beaver Valley stopped Creston 5-1, the Rebels scored four times in the third to outlast Fernie Ghostriders 7-5 and Grand Forks edged Spokane Braves 3-1.Nelson takes to the road Friday to face the Braves in Spokane before travelling over the Kootenay Pass to meet the Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday.The weekend games are the last before KIJHL teams break for the Christmas season.Nelson returns from the holiday break to face Grand Forks December 30 in the Boundary City.Next home game is the traditional New Year’s Eve clash between the Leafs and Beaver Valley.Puck drop is 2 p.m.
Rudolph Speid, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), has expressed delight at the association being selected to host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship in July this year. The president said the selection puts Jamaica one step closer to realising the association’s objective of popularising, professionalising, and commercialising the sport in the country.This will be the fourth time since last year that Jamaica has been selected to host an international volleyball tournament. In May 2015, Jamaica hosted the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Ocho Rios and, in August, the CAZOVA Under-19 championships were held at the G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine. JAVA received high praise from CAZOVA for both tournaments. Jamaica has also been selected to host the second round of Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month, and now the Caribbean Championships. Speid believes these achievements will help boost the sport locally.”The volleyball community is ecstatic about being selected to host the Caribbean championships. The country has done a good job hosting two previous tournaments last year, and it will help to build the image of the sport,” he said.From July 7 to 17, 16 teams from across the region – eight male and eight female – will be competing for the respective titles, both held by Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the regional appeal, JAVA will be tasked with partnering with a Caribbean communications network to send pictures out to the region. “We have to get an event like this properly televised and reported on so that people here will start to identify with the sport and so that it can be seen as an alternative to other sports.”RAMP UP PREPARATIONSIt is only one of many things JAVA will have to get done to ensure a successful staging of the championships estimated to cost about J$20million. “We have to now ramp up preparations. The local organising committee will take over now and ensure that we get the relevant permits, meet with Major Desmon Brown at Independence Park Limited and, most important, take measures to ensure that the venue gets filled every night for the tournament.”They will also have to tie down an estimated 250 hotel rooms, possibly more, to accommodate the visiting teams and any visitor who might be travelling to see the tournament, an indicator, Speid says, on the potential impact the tournaments can have on sports tourism.CAZOVA has also promised to deliver an indoor court that will have to be in place by April. Agreements have already been reached to have the court installed at the National Arena.Meanwhile, JAVA will be out seeking sponsors to help fund the venture.”We have some national sponsors, but we will need to go beyond them. We have to put on a very good event,” Speid said.
Amid widespread criticism from the Opposition, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched a programme called “Mu Hero-Mu Odisha” (I am Hero-I am Odisha), aimed at identifying and giving recognition to “young achievers” of the State. The Opposition has termed the “controversial” programme another political gimmick of the ruling BJD.
Four national-level hockey players were killed and three injured when their car crashed into a tree on a highway in Hoshangabad district on Monday morning, said the police. “The players were travelling on the Itarsi road towards Hoshangabad to take part in the Dhyan Chand trophy tournament at 7 a.m.,” said M.N. Chhari, Superintendent of Police. Witnesses told the police the driver of the car, which was speeding, lost control and seconds later the car crashed into the tree and tumbled to the side near the Raisalpur village, added Mr. Chhari. “Several locals helped rescue the injured.” The deceased had been identified as Shahnawaz Hussain, Ashish Lal, Aniket Varun and Adarsh Hardua, all between 18 and 22 years of age. They trained at the Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, said the police. The injured had been admitted to the Narmada Apna Hospital in Hoshangabad, said Mr. Chhari. “The Chief Minister has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for each of the families of the deceased,” he added. Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Kamal Nath tweeted that he prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured and “instructions had been given to officials for the complete treatment of the injured and every possible help to the families of the deceased.”
Newcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was differenceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s quality made the difference for Saturday’s defeat.Chelsea won 2-1 with Willian proving the matchwinner.Benitez said afterwards, “When you’re playing against a very good team, sometimes these things can happen. We made a mistake but to be fair, Willian was great and we had to make double effort. To be fair we cannot complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.”We made a couple of big mistakes with the first goal and the first goal after we scored but overall we were fine in a lot of parts of the game. Always I talk about the final third decisions. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have.”It’s even more important now. We know that we have difficult games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row. We have to get the points we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say