Red-hot Fever lands Supreme

first_imgChampagne 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 Associationcenter_img 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.” last_img read more

Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews misses mark with coronavirus comments

first_imgJonathan Toews offered some baffling commentary on the coronavirus Monday.The Blackhawks captain and usually to-himself player said that there is uncertainty as to how and when people catch the coronavirus, something that has been scientifically and factually proven in the past. During a time of misinformation and fake news, maybe the blowback will teach Toews a small lesson in choosing words more wisely in the future. But actions do speak louder than words, and while Toews doesn’t explicitly say “wear a mask” — a directive of medical experts and scientists that could drastically reduce the spread of COVID-19 — he has been spotted at events wearing one himself in recent weeks while helping out Chicago.This is what change looks like. Just got together pro athletes from the @ChicagoBears @chicagobulls @whitesox @NHLBlackhawks @packers @Panthers and @Saints. We invited @nflcommish and @chicagosmayor. We listened to kids and learned about their dream for a better Chicago. pic.twitter.com/sQpnmnPiMj— Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) July 7, 2020When Toews does speak, he’s usually measured and intelligent. “Captain Serious” garnered praise in June for his eloquent words on the Black Lives Matter movement and racial injustice across the United States.Toews and the Blackhawks are set to return to the ice in August. Jonathan Toews: “Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing? I think the best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, kind of do the little things that lower your chances.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020″What else can you do? Sitting around worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy. I think the NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect at the end of the day.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020″Everyone has their own beliefs, seeing where they stand with all this. It’s up to you to really do the right thing to be respectful of others but also take care of yourself.”— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 13, 2020MORE: When do the NHL playoffs start?”Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing?” Toews said. “I think the best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, kind of do the little things that lower your chances. What else can you do? Sitting around worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy.”I think the NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect at the end of the day. Everyone has their own beliefs, seeing where they stand with all this. It’s up to you to really do the right thing to be respectful of others but also take care of yourself.”Toews goes a little half-and-half with his comments, drawing the ire of some. While he misses the mark in questioning how the virus is spread, his comments in general are also a whole lot of nothing; Toews doesn’t denounce testing or wearing a mask, after all, and offers pretty basic life advice in the process. For comparison: If you want some really bad coronavirus takes from the sports world, here’s MLB umpire Joe West and Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. You can file Toews’ words under “irresponsible” but not “malicious.”last_img read more

Makabansa hoops tips off

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? All 18 teams led by defending champion Senate Advocates get to strut their wares on Saturday when the second edition of the Makabansa Basketball League takes off at Meralco Fitness Center in Pasig City.MVP Sports Foundation chair Manny V. Pangilinan heads the guest list along with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi at the opening of the recreational tournament that features government officials and employees as well as executives of private companies.ADVERTISEMENT With big-payday fights on the horizon, Ancajas hopes to put on a show vs Barrios Also expected to grace the opening are Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing and special prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval of the Office of the Ombudsman as well as former national basketball team coach and TV5 president Chot Reyes.Project lead Jang Moreno of Meralco said Asi Taulava and Kevin Alas of NLEX Road Warriors and Ranidel de Ocampo and Jared Dilinger of Meralco Bolts will also be in attendance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more