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Aidan O’Brien saddles his first National Hunt runners in well over eight years as Egyptian Warrior and Shield make their racecourse debuts at Punchestown on Wednesday. The master of Ballydoyle is no stranger to the jumping game, having trained the mighty Istabraq to win many Grade One prizes for owner JP McManus, including three successive victories in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. However, the stable’s last runner under National Hunt rules was The Alamo, ridden by Coolmore supremo John Magnier’s son MV, in a bumper at Tipperary in October 2004. Easily the most fascinating of O’Brien’s two runners in the AES Family Saturday At The Festival INH Flat Race is Egyptian Warrior, who will be ridden by his daughter, Sarah. The four-year-old is a full-brother to last season’s Racing Post Trophy scorer and this year’s Derby favourite Kingsbarns. Joseph O’Brien, last season’s Irish champion Flat jockey, revealed Egyptian Warrior has been far more backward than his sibling, but he is looking forward to seeing how he fares on the track. He said: “He’s a fine big horse who has just taken a bit of time to come to himself. I would imagine he’ll be very green as he’s not been away from home before, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. It’s a good starting point for him and if he runs a nice race we’ll be delighted.” Given his stout breeding, it is no surprise to see some bookmakers quoting Egyptian Warrior in their ante-post betting for next month’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, with Stan James offering just 12-1. Were he to impress, Joseph would theoretically be able to take the mount at Prestbury Park, but the level-headed young jockey, who won last year’s 2000 Guineas and Derby aboard Camelot, is refusing to look that far ahead. “Although Cheltenham is only three weeks away, it’s a long way off when you’ve never run before. We’ll just have to see how he goes,” said the jockey. The stable’s second runner Shield, a four-year-old son of Dylan Thomas, will be ridden by Kate Harrington, the daughter of one of Ireland’s leading dual-purpose handlers, Jessica Harrington. Press Association
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is reporting that they have arrested a 28-year-old man who reportedly sex trafficked a 17-year-old girl during the Super Bowl while it was being held in Miami.During an undercover operation, detectives received information that the suspect Anthony Bernard Carter, and the victim traveled from Georgia under the pretense of attending Super Bowl-related activities though his true intentions were the sell of the victim for sexual activity.Authorities were able to rescue the victim, however, Carter was able to get away.While searching a vehicle Carter had been driving, they uncovered more evidence that allowed them to obtain an arrest warrant.Carter has since been arrested and is facing several charges including human trafficking and fleeing and eluding a police officer.
THIS week we look at another prospect set to compete at the upcoming National Schools Championships, with high expectations riding on her performance.Seventeen-year-old Joanna Archer will be returning in the Girls’ Under-18 category, also again representing West Demerara (District 3).She will once again be in the 800m and 1500m. Additionally she will also be in the 400m, as well as the discus event, as she hopes to take the champion girl title of the age category.And with last year’s Girls’ Under-18 middle-distance champion Claudrice McKoy, off in the US at college, this year will definitely be an opportunity for Archer to take the top spot. And while she’s hoping for the best, she keeps in mind that on the day of a race just about anything can happen.“I’m very anxious and confident but I’m not underestimating anyone,” she said.While Archer finished second place in the 1500m last year, behind McKoy, she has already shown a lot of growth since then, and has definitely proved she has what it takes to get the job done. And we might just see it done in record time.Archer’s 1500m time of 5:04.5s in August, well surpassed the 5:06.8s current record that McKoy set last year. Archer’s personal best in the event is 4:57.23s, which she set back in July, at the National Seniors Championships.Archer is also looking forward to make amends in the Girls’ 800m, where last year she found herself disqualified, after finishing in second place in her heats. So far for the year, she has clocked a personal best of 2:14.55s in this event.The 400m is more of a new one for Archer, and it will be here that she will face her stiffest competition of the Championships. Many believe the race already belongs to North Georgetown (District 11) Kenisha Phillips.There will also be South Georgetown’s (District 13) seasoned 400m athlete Tiffauna Garnett, as well as Linden’s Chantoba Bright and quarter-mile regular Tandika Haynes.Nonetheless, Archer looks forward to her new challenge and is still holding out on medal hopes.Though not exactly a pet event, Archer has found talent in the discus before ruling the event back in 2015, while in the Girls’ Under-16 category.Since her last year participation, Archer has done a lot to build on her experience and skills. She has won several titles locally, and has done well regionally, taking silver in the 800m at the South American Juniors Championships, and gold in the 800m and 1500m at the Inter-Guiana Games in October.Additionally, to back her expectations, Archer has been hard at work training in preparations for the Championships, which is just one week away, running from November 27 to December 2.
Shanghai Shenhua have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Anelka from Chelsea on a two-year deal reportedly worth £175,000-a-week.Anelka will officially join the Chinese Super League side in January after snubbing interest from a number of clubs, including West Ham.Shanghai, who finished 11th in their league last season, have also been linked with Anelka’s Blues team-mate Didier Drogba.AdChoices广告Anelka, 32, scored 38 Premier League goals for Chelsea, who signed the French striker from Bolton for £15m in January 2008.Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Dalung made the clarification on Friday when President Muhammadu Buhari received the organisers of the National Planning and Implementation Committee of the first National Youth Open Water Swimming Competition tagged Youth Unity Cup 2016 led by Senator Kabir Gaya at the presidential Villa, Abuja. He said that government would pay.Dalong came under criticisms on account of the statement.He said: “Meanwhile, I conclude by trying to put into proper perspective an impression that has made national headlines to the effect that the Federal Government was not anticipating the victory of the Falcons and so could not have planned for it. This statement was attributed to myself. I want to categorically state that this is a statement taken out of context. And I cannot imagine or reconcile how.“The commitment of the federal government to the support of the Falcons is indeed overwhelming. That explains why the Vice President himself had to abandon his tight schedule to visit the players in camp, that is evidence of preparations for victory. “The federal government was prepared because it has records of the antecedents of the performance of the players. The challenges we have today which has to do with their welfare is being given attention. We are working around the clock to see how to raise fund to address the issue of their bonuses”Last Thursday, while answering questions from journalists on why the AWCON champions were being owed, Dalung said “One thing I always make clear is that the process of request for funds for sporting projects must come earlier to meet the objectives.“Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team will emerge victorious but we were confident they will emerge victorious. All the federation would have done is to plan for process of participation and entitlement and when they win it is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalong yesterday in Abuja said he was quoted out of context when he reportedly said that the federal government never anticipated the victory of the Super Falcons in the just concluded African Woman Cup of Nations and so did not prepare to pay them.
Growing up in Inzlingen, Germany, Moritz Baumann began playing tennis when he was five years old. Sixteen years later, the junior for the No. 43-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-2) is enjoying a great amount of success.Last Sunday, Baumann and his sophomore doubles partner, Marek Michalicka, defeated the No. 1-ranked Wake Forest (5-4) doubles team of Cory Parr and Steven Forman at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Ranked 18th heading into the match, Baumann and Michalicka defeated the Demon Deacons 8-4, despite being down 4-3 at one point, and improved their record together to an impressive 7-0.“It means that we’re up there, probably in the top 10 in doubles and that we can compete with every team out there,” Baumann said of the victory over Wake Forest. “It gives us a lot of confidence thinking about playing in the NCAAs for doubles.”While last weekend’s match was certainly difficult, Baumann is no stranger to challenges. Entering the country and arriving at the UW in January 2006, Baumann has had to adjust not only to tennis in America, but also to a foreign culture.“It was pretty tough for me to adapt to college tennis and the new culture here,” Baumann said. “Being from Germany, they obviously don’t speak the same language here. … The school, the language, getting used to everything was pretty tough.”While Baumann’s difficult beginning here is very understandable, his career has seen very few, if any, struggles. As a result of his tremendous play against Wake Forest, where he also improved his singles record to 9-0, Baumann earned his third weekly Big Ten award of 2009. Additionally, Baumann is ranked No. 36 in the nation in singles. While talent is obviously a large factor in his success, head tennis coach Greg Van Emburgh sees more in Baumann, especially in his doubles play.“They really complement each other really well, and they really just enjoy each other,” Van Emburgh said. “Obviously they’re great tennis players, but part of doubles is communication and enjoying playing with your teammate, so they really have that, and I think that’s a big part of their success.”Michalicka, the No. 60-ranked singles player in the nation, is also an international player from the Czech Republic, and he agrees that Baumann’s success is due to a large variety of factors.“He’s a great guy and a great friend; he’s very reliable, and he’s probably my best friend here,” Michalicka said of Baumann. “We’re both from Europe, so we understand each other well. Also, we are similar types of guys, so that helps a lot.”Not surprising considering the level of success he has already reached, Baumann has hopes of one day playing in the ATP World Tour. In Germany, he grew up watching the tour and followed tennis greats such as fellow German Boris Becker. However, Baumann says, he did not idolize any particular tennis players. Rather, his role models came from two sources outside of tennis: his father, and one of the most famous German athletes to play in America, NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. Van Emburgh recognizes the influence that growing up outside of the country has had on both Baumann and Michalicka.“It helps them as a team,” Van Emburgh said. “They have some similarities, being both from Europe. I think that definitely helps them.”Coming up, the Badgers will host North Carolina State and Notre Dame this weekend at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. With the Big Ten Tournament less than two months away, the team is already looking forward to see how far they can go.“You don’t ever really want to speculate,” Van Emburgh said. “Obviously they beat the number one team in the country, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s how they play on that particularly day, they can play with anybody in the country and obviously have a great chance at winning the match.”Baumann, however, is still enjoying the season as it progresses.“It’s been a great experience so far; I think I’ve improved my game, got a lot of confidence over the last couple of weeks,” Baumann said of his experience this season. “I won all my single matches, and with Marek, we won all of our doubles matches. I feel really good about myself and it gives me a lot of motivation to keep working harder.”Clearly, Baumann has exceeded every expectation that faced him since coming here three years ago. He is enjoying both his past successes and his success so far this season, while also looking forward to a potential professional career after he graduates. Despite this forward-thinking mindset, however, Baumann is not about to forget what he went through to get to where he is now.“I’ve learned a lot of things about myself and about life, and it’s always good seeing other countries and other cultures,” Baumann said of his transition from Germany to Wisconsin. “It’s really helped me a lot, all these experiences.”Baumann has a very good chance to compete at the NCAA tournament in doubles with Michalicka, and also might have an opportunity to compete in singles as well. Having these chances not only provides more opportunities for success, but also allows Baumann to add to the already long list of experiences he has had since leaving Germany for the U.S. The crowning achievement on that list, however, may very well not come until he is long gone from the University of Wisconsin: a chance to win a championship on the ATP World Tour.
Published on August 29, 2013 at 1:14 am Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales are gone. Jarrod West, Jeremiah Kobena and Adrian Flemming are Syracuse’s new top outside targets.All three played in 2012, but none filled as significant a role as they will this year.Despite the unit’s glaring inexperience, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said on the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference Wednesday morning he’s confident in his wide receivers. He believes they can be deep threats and keep defenses honest.“I feel good about it,” Shafer said. “I really do.”He said Flemming and Kobena both made nice plays down the field during practice recently. Christopher Clark is also expected to be an integral part of Syracuse’s passing attack and has looked sharp so far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut West is the No. 1 option. He snagged 43 passes for 588 yards and two touchdowns a year ago and is expected to catch considerably more passes this season.Clark, Flemming and Kobena, meanwhile, caught just 17 passes among them last season. Flemming didn’t reel in any. But Shafer and West both believe the unit is ready and has improved during the preseason.“It’s fun to play with this group of guys,” West said Tuesday. “It’s one of the most athletic groups I’ve ever played with.”North Carolina’s Tabb to be featured on offense and defenseJack Tabb was ESPNU’s No. 11 tight end coming out of high school. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior Tabb was a steady presence at tight end during his first two years. He also played a little special teams.Now he’s expanding his repertoire even more, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday. Due to a plethora of nagging injuries to the Tar Heels’ defense, there’s a good chance Tabb will play linebacker as well.“That’s the plan as of tonight,” Fedora said. “We will see where it goes tomorrow at 6, but right now, he’s prepared to play at both spots, yes.”North Carolina kicks off the college football season against rival No. 6 South Carolina at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Fedora has no doubt Tabb can make the jump to playing linebacker in addition to tight end and on special teams. In fact, Fedora said Tabb was recruited to play both sides of the ball and is a generally savvy football player.He said Tabb doesn’t need many repetitions. He’s a really quick learner and his natural instincts kick in during games.“We are very fortunate in that aspect,” Fedora said, “because obviously when you’re trying to do both, you’re taking fewer reps on both sides of the ball.”Campanaro back for Wake ForestWhen Wake Forest’s star wide receiver Michael Campanaro injured his hand against Duke on Sept. 29 last season, the Demon Deacons’ season took a turn for the worse.After starting out 3-1, Wake Forest lost six of its last eight games and went 1-2 in games Campanaro missed at least part of.Now Campanaro’s back, and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is expecting big things out of the senior.“He’s the guy that on every snap we wanted to try to find a way to give him the football,” Grobe said.Campanaro finished last season with 79 catches, which ranked fourth in school history, for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Wake Forest struggled to generate any semblance of a passing game last season, but now that Campanaro’s back its offense figures to be more potent.“You’ve got a player that’s as good a player as Mike,” Grobe said, “you just can’t find enough ways to get the ball in his hands.” Comments
In a back and forth match, the Trojans fell to the No. 12 ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in five sets on Wednesday. Gauchos junior Jacob Delson led the way with 22 kills and 4 aces in the 25-21, 21-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10 victory. The Trojans now stand at 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MPSF.For the Trojans, getting another win against a top 25 team would have been a confidence-booster, but they fell just short this time. On the positive side, they once again received solid contributions from several players. Senior Lucas Yoder finished with 17 kills, while freshman Aaron Strange added 14 kills and eight digs. On top of that, senior Andy Benesh had 11 kills (hitting .526) and six blocks and sophomore Matt Douglas had seven digs.The Trojans could grow a lot from this game. Though the final result wasn’t what they were looking for, they fought hard against one of the nation’s top teams and nearly pulled out a win. It was especially important for them to put up a strong effort following a devastating 3-0 loss to CSUN in the previous match.It will be key for the Trojans to continue their physical and consistent play as they take on No. 2 UCLA on Friday at 8 p.m.
Loughmore meanwhile will be hoping to make it back to back wins and while its been a long 24 months for his side Declan Laffan is hopeful they have it in the tank to go all the way on SundaySunday’s County Football Final throws in at 1.30 in Leahy Park in Cashel.Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Dolans Supervalu and The Gate House Bar, Cahir. Cahir manager Tom McGlinchy says the South Tipp side are under no illusions about the battle they face in this weekends Senior Football Final.The South Tipp side – which has been carrying an underdogs tag for much of the Club Championship – will square up to the reigning champs Loughmore Castleiney on Sunday.It’s been a decade since Cahir lifted such silverware but Tom McGlinchy believes they will face the challenge head on – like all their other matches