Democrat Paul Wellstone, wife and daughter die in airplane crash

first_imgVoting rites: Floral tributes at Paul Wellstone’s Washington officeThe voice that was raised in protest in the US Senate hearing on the George W. Bush Administration’s resolution to go to war with Iraq is now silenced.Democrat Paul Wellstone, the dissenter, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia Markuson and five others,Voting rites: Floral tributes at Paul Wellstone’s Washington officeThe voice that was raised in protest in the US Senate hearing on the George W. Bush Administration’s resolution to go to war with Iraq is now silenced.Democrat Paul Wellstone, the dissenter, his wife Sheila, their daughter Marcia Markuson and five others died tragically in an airplane crash on October 22.It was on a sombre note that some 20,000 people packed into two sports stadiums on the University of Minnesota campus to remember Wellstone. The service was at once a sad memorial for close friends and a spirited political rally for Democrats desperate to retain control of the Senate.Former President Bill Clinton, former vice-president Al Gore, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, actor Michael J. Fox and at least half the Senate attended.The family asked Vice-President Dick Cheney to stay away, ostensibly because they did not want the event to be overwhelmed by the security men and the protesters that follow him.But it is believed that the Democrats were uncomfortable at the prospect of Cheney, who urged Republican Norm Coleman into the race against Wellstone, benefiting from the news coverage of the service.According to a Democratic Senate aide, the service was chronicled by at least 110 newspaper reporters, 70 radio stations, 22 photographers and 34 television crews. Former vice-president Walter F. Mondale is slated to replace Wellstone on the forthcoming ballot.The crash of the campaign plane in which Wellstone was flying came a few days after it became evident that Wellstone’s vote against the resolution in the Senate pushed him ahead of his Republican challenger by 10 percentage points.advertisementTwo years ago, Governor Mel Carnahan of Missouri had also died in another campaign plane crash and was eulogised by then President Clinton in a similar service. Incidentally, Bush is expected to campaign in Minnesota with Coleman a couple of days before the ballot.Wellstone, who was the chairman of Senate Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Relations Committee, also had a soft corner for the subcontinent.Espousing peace in the subcontinent, he stressed the need to establish a framework for reconciliation between India and Pakistan and expressed concern that China’s nuclear strategic arsenal build-up would fuel the nuclear arms race in the subcontinent.last_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell for closing ceremony?

first_imgSupermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will reportedly take to a specially-designed runway at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics next month.The beauties, along with Mick Jagger’s daughter Georgia May and Stella Tennant, will strut their stuff on the stage for the show-stopping spectacle at Olympic Park on August 12, reported Contactmusic.An unconfirmed leaked set list also suggests funnyman Russell Brand will be part of the celebration, singing Pretty Vacant as well as the Beatles’ I Am The Walrus.Rock band The Who is scheduled to close the show, while artists including Jessie J, Madness, The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Take That are also slated to perform.”He was very proud of his father and proud to be his father’s son,” Braustein said.last_img read more

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Injured Olympic champion Rafael Nadal withdraws from London Games

first_imgIn a blow to Olympic Games 2012, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of the upcoming sports extravaganza due to injury.  The World No 3 was one of the title favourites at London and was expected to give Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic a run for their money. However, sadly for Nadal and his fans, the Spaniard has failed to recuperate from his knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from the games. Nadal, who won the singles gold medal at Beijing 2008, was clearly disappointed at being robbed off the opportunity of defending his title at London. Revealing his failure to recover in time, Nadal lamented the decision as one of the saddest moments of his career.last_img

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‘Port Elizabeth produced a familiar script of Indian touring ineptitude’

first_imgBALL OF CONTENTION: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (right)Karan Johar, get another job. They don’t make Indian mothers from Nirupama Roy – prototypes anymore. The modern variety is like mine, who takes a phone from Port Elizabeth and responds to inquiries about her health with, “I’m okay. How can they,BALL OF CONTENTION: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (right)Karan Johar, get another job. They don’t make Indian mothers from Nirupama Roy – prototypes anymore. The modern variety is like mine, who takes a phone from Port Elizabeth and responds to inquiries about her health with, “I’m okay. How can they say Sachin was ball-tampering? Arre, this must be costing you money. Bye.”Of all things that happen on assignment, nothing is worse than being sandbagged by your own mother at 7:30 a.m. Until that moment, Port Elizabeth had produced a familiar script of Indian touring ineptitude. Then Mike Denness decided to drop a grenade in the henhouse.The demands of a weekly mean that gunshot reactions take a back seat to cool analysis. But cool was to be found only in Antarctica, and analysis was overtaken by nationalistic outrage. Rumours flew at the speed of sound. “He did it,” hissed the India camp, as ex-player and pathological India-baiter Pat Symcox walked smugly by, accused of asking TV cameras to zoom to Tendulkar’s hands.Then there were the players: Virender Sehwag looking like he wanted to drown in his shallow bowl of cereal. Tendulkar clattering up a flight of stairs at St George’s Park, replying to questions with a grin and shrug.The moment the BCCI took over, the team exhaled and opinions came in a flood: “Oye, Denness must have been thinking, yaar how come no one is talking about me?”It took two days of talk, oaths of confidentiality, reading of cricket’s codes, and an all-night shift on the computer for four pages on crimes and punishment. Then came the day before the third “Test”, enshrined as Traumatic Thursday.advertisementIt began with an avalanche of threats to withdraw from the tour (BCCI), appeals to stay (UCB) and rumblings of anarchy (ICC). The death sentence came at 7 p.m. local time, 10:30 p.m. India. “It’s cover.” It is INDIA TODAY’S version of the air-raid siren and it means scramble, scramble, scramble.With a few hours to deadline, all you can do is communicate pure panic down the phone and appeal to the kindness of sources. They were merciful. “President Mbeki, he had to step in,” said one at dinner, after his partner had grudgingly passed on his cell phone.It was back to the computer, another night shift and the satisfaction of knowing, so what if you were falling asleep on the keyboard, there were people in India doing the same, waiting for the pearls of wisdom the temperamental laptop was reluctant to produce. No one would ever say to me again: “A cricket tour? My God, aren’t you the lucky one!”last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Sukhen Dey gets India’s second gold, Ganesh Mali bags bronze

first_imgIndia’s Sukhen Dey has won the gold medal with a splendid lift in the clean and jerk. His compatriot Ganesh Mali took the bronze.Dey comfortably lifted 139 kg in his second attempt even as the other weightlifters made heavy weather of it.Dey, who won a silver behind Hamizan Aminul Ibrahim in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago with a total of 252 kg, ended up here with a total weight of 248 kg, leaving Malaysia’s ZMD Pisol with the silver and teammate Mali with the bronze with a total weight of 244.Incidentally, Srinivasa Rao, who won the bronze in Delhi, lifted 248 kg.last_img

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How to break records: Play against India. Just as England did with a record last-wicket partnership between Joe Root and James Anderson at Trent Bridge

first_imgJoe Root celebrates his ton with James Anderson during their world record stand at Trent Bridge.There’s a certain dread that comes with diehard sports fandom: the dread of having your heart broken by those you consider heroes; the dread of not just defeat, but embarrassment at the pinnacle of,Joe Root celebrates his ton with James Anderson during their world record stand at Trent Bridge.There’s a certain dread that comes with diehard sports fandom: the dread of having your heart broken by those you consider heroes; the dread of not just defeat, but embarrassment at the pinnacle of sport. No one knows this better than Indian cricket fans.The world record last-wicket partnership between Joe Root and James Anderson at Trent Bridge that frustrated India on the third and fourth days of the first Test was just the latest chapter in that book of dread. For 53.2 overs and 198 runs, England’s most reliable youngster and a dogged No. 11 kept India’s hitherto threatening seam attack at bay. Mind you, Anderson’s last international outing had seen him block his team to the virtual safety of a draw, only to be dismissed off the penultimate ball of the match, thereby handing a historic series victory to Sri Lanka. And yet, no Indian could dislodge him for 230 minutes, 130 balls and 81 fine runs.Rewind a few months. On the tour of New Zealand in February, in the second Test, India took 15 Kiwi wickets for 286 runs with an attack similar to the one they are fielding now. But from 94 for five in the second innings, the home side went on to score 680 for eight declared, with skipper Brendon McCullum and B.J. Watling putting on a world record sixth-wicket stand of 352 runs-in the process, McCullum hit the first triple ton by a Kiwi-and No. 8 Jimmy Neesham also striking an unbeaten hundred. These aren’t even the most embarrassing chapters in the book of dread.advertisementFor that you need to go back to August 1997 and Colombo. India posted 537 for eight declared, and removed Marvan Atapattu with Sri Lanka on 39. What followed, as any Indian fan will tell you with a wince, is the biggest score in Test history-952 for six declared-and the highest second-wicket partnership ever of 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama. Jayasuriya’s 340 was then the second-highest score by an opener in Tests, and as he belted them, the largely, experimental Indian attack had nowhere to hide.Further back, there is Graham Gooch’s feat in the Lord’s Test of 1990. Not only did he send India on a leather hunt with his first innings 333, he followed it up with 123 in the second innings to claim the record for the highest single-match aggregate score.All these records have come overseas, which is hardly surprising considering India have always defended their home turf with a bit more pluck. Also, despite some infamous collapses, Indian batsmen have largely kept up their end of the bargain, or, at the least, not let it fall to embarrassing standards.The 42 all out at Lord’s in 1974 or the 100 and 66 at Durban in 1996 are mere aberrations that don’t really plumb the depths of despondency. In fact, the only world record of note that Indian batsmen have contributed to is Ajantha Mendis’s mark of 26 wickets in a three-Test debut series in 2008.So, what is it about Indian bowlers that makes batsmen queue up as if at a free buffet? It’s no secret that India has never produced a steady stream of quality bowlers. For every Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, there has been a multitude of impressive domestic bowlers who have failed to make the highest grade. Part of the reason is the historical lack of an out-and-out quick who can run through a line-up. Indian pacers and spinners alike tend to rely on out-thinking and outfoxing batsmen, so on flat wickets (by overseas standards), they have nowhere to hide.Indian bowling line-ups also tended to be one-dimensional. In the pre-Kapil era, the team relied on spin; when the swing era of Kapil and Manoj Prabhakar followed, quality spinners were lacking.Now, it’s three medium pacers plus bowling all-rounders, none of whom bowl above 140 kmph consistently. The other factor is that oft-mentioned lack of killer instinct, which afflicts bowlers as well as many captains. For all of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s innovations, he gets defensive easily. Ditto Sachin Tendulkar, who was the leader when Sri Lanka set that record in 1997.In fact, the only time bowlers have gone shoulder-to-shoulder with their batsmen, they helped shape the golden era of Indian Test cricket. With Srinath, Zaheer and sundry others manning the pace department and Harbhajan and Kumble handling spin, the captaincies of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Kumble himself brought positive results and avoided embarrassments abroad.It’s probably no coincidence that these captains were aggressive and knew when and how to go for the kill.- Follow the writer on Twitter @11shreyasadvertisementTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz to increase prices of its models in India due to rising input costs

first_imgMercedes Benz price increaseMercedes Benz is incidentally the first luxury maker to have entered India more than 15 years ago. With the launch of the new A-Class and B-Class Sports Tourer vehicles, it has been able to regain lost ground from competitors BMW and Audi. Owing to rising input costs and high exchange rate, the company has recently announced a small price hike of 2.5% across its model range from September 1, 2014Speaking more on the situation, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer ‘top of the line’ products for its customers and focuses on adding more value to their overall ownership experience. We have decided to upwardly revise the prices of some of our models given the rising input costs and continued high exchange rate. Mercedes Benz models are highly enriched in terms of features and they command high customer preference in the market. Our aim remains to grow sustainably in the market in the long-term and keep creating new benchmark in modern luxury for our customers.”Quality, world-class safety standards and refined performance are always standard with the Mercedes brand and the company will continue to maintain its high standards even in times of inflation. To adhere to the interests of the buyers, Mercedes Benz has come out with a host of financial services. Elaborating on the same, Mr. Kern said, “Despite the price hike, the attractive financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘Flexinomics’, ‘STAR Agility, STAR Lease’ and ‘STAR Supersonic’ loan approvals etc. are all tailor made for our customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and Road Side Assistance, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Sonny Thoss shows flashes of old form in Aces win

first_imgThoss finished with 16 points, including a crucial jumper, that clinched the Aces’ second straight win of the season as they jumped to the sixth seed in the ladder.“Coach (Alex Compton) just asked me to be aggressive, we had a size advantage, so I was just trying to make myself available inside and give the team a chance,” said Thoss, who also grabbed five rebounds, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I appreciate the guys actually looking inside too.”The Aces still miss starters Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, and Kevin Racal due to injuries while Simon Enciso and rookie GBoy Babilonia are also sidelined. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing different roles, Jeron Teng steps up for depleted Alaska Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sonny Thoss was dormant for the past two games Alaska played in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The 37-year-old center scored a total of 10 points with the Aces splitting their first two games but Thoss eventually showed his vintage form when he helped lead Alaska to a 103-101 win over Blackwater Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Thoss, however, took it upon himself to be that man in the middle for the Aces especially with Blackwater not having a legitimate center underneath.Blackwater’s biggest player was 6-foot-5 rookie Abu Tratter and although he’s only two inches shorter than Thoss he mostly plays power forward since his college days at De La Salle.Thoss wasn’t just instrumental in the early stages of the game, he was also there in the clutch when the Aces needed him.Holding on to a 101-100 lead in the final minute of the game, Thoss squared up from the free throw line and calmly drained a jumper off of Chris Banchero’s assist with 34.3 seconds remaining.“It was a great team effort, everybody stepped up, and we needed it,” said Thoss, who was just one of the five Aces who finished in double figures. “We’re short on guys so it gives an opportunity for other players to step up and play.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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United VC tries to add to Generika’s troubles

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sandwiched between those matches, PLDT, led by exciting spiker Grace Lazard, guns for a third win when it takes on Sta. Lucia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy It may not seem like it, but there are other contenders in the PSL Grand Prix outside of powerhouses F2 Logistics and Petron.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting On Saturday, some of the darkhorses try to close the gap with the leaders when they battle separate foes in a Philippine Superliga Grand Prix triple treat at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.United Volleyball Club battles winless Generika-Ayala in the nightcap hoping its roster powered by US NCAA players will take charge in the 6 p.m. match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCignal and Foton kick off the heavy schedule at 2 p.m. with the Tornadoes, a former champion, struggling to get the right mix this conference.Foton suffered a three-set defeat to F2 Logistics (25-20, 25-20, 26-24) Thursday night. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Luisita seizes seniors lead, takes six-point cushion to final round Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, exercise riders and horses walk along the track during morning workouts for the Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has died at Santa Anita. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 5, 2019, because the fatality has not been announced publicly. A total of 21 horses have died since the racetrack’s winter meet began on Dec. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months.Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that racing won’t be held this weekend, when two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “Obviously, one horse is too many,” Ritvo said. “The recent rash is just horrible. We need to definitely take a step back and evaluate everything.”Santa Anita received 11½ inches of rain and had unusually cold temperatures in February, but it’s unclear whether track conditions played a role in any of the fatalities.The National Weather Service was forecasting 1 to 2 inches of rain in Los Angeles County starting overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.“We think that (rain) could definitely contribute even though our experts are telling us not,” Ritvo said. “The tracks out here are built not for weather like that.”Ritvo said officials are “a little bit concerned” with the latest impending storm and how the dirt surface can change from muddy to fast in a short time.ADVERTISEMENT Also Tuesday, Vyjack was pulled up after completing a five-furlong workout, according to trainer Phil D’Amato. The graded stakes-winning 9-year-old gelding was taken off the track in a van. But D’Amato told the Daily Racing Form that Vyjack “took a couple of funny steps” and was OK.The number of deaths has drawn both concern and criticism. A handful of animal-rights activists gathered outside Santa Anita’s main gate on Sunday, carrying signs and shouting.“The first and most important thing is the health and welfare of the horses and jockeys,” Ritvo said.In 2017, 20 deaths occurred among a total of 8,463 starts over a span of 122 racing days at Santa Anita, according to the most recent figures compiled by The Jockey Club.There were 1.61 deaths per 1,000 starts in the U.S. in 2017, according to the most recent figures from the Equine Injury Database, compiled by The Jockey Club. That was a slight increase in the rate of fatal injury compared with 2016, when there were 1.54 deaths per 1,000 starts.The deaths were more frequent on dirt surfaces (1.74 per 1,000 starts) than on turf (1.36).Santa Anita was closed for two days last week while the dirt surface was tested.Mick Peterson, a soil and safety expert brought in from the University of Kentucky, proclaimed the track “100 percent ready” to resume racing.Peterson said radar verified that all of the silt, clay and sand, as well as the moisture content, were consistent throughout the track. Its dirt surface was peeled back 5 inches and reapplied.Since Peterson’s comments, two horses have died, including McAnally’s filly. The 86-year-old trainer is one of the most respected in horse racing and has won three Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding trainer. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Some prospects saw their stock slide at NFL Scouting Combine LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lets Light the Way had one win in four career starts and earnings of $18,500, according to Equibase. She last raced Feb. 2 at Santa Anita. McAnally purchased the filly for $15,000.The other death occurred Saturday during the third race when 4-year-old filly Eskenforadrink was in the lead. Jockey Geovanni Franco pulled her up with an injury to her front leg. The filly was taken off the track and later euthanized.Track officials announced Tuesday that a former track superintendent is returning immediately to Santa Anita as a consultant on site as “a precautionary measure with regard to the condition of the one-mile main track.” The consultant, Dennis Moore, worked in Arcadia from 2014 until retiring Dec. 31. He currently holds the same position at Del Mar and Los Alamitos racetrack in Orange County.In 2014, Moore oversaw a major renovation of the dirt surface using sand that was dug up in the coastal suburb of El Segundo for construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport. The sand was screened for foreign materials and large rocks.At the time, track officials said the reddish-brown sand would ensure balanced drainage during periods of wet weather and a consistent, safe cushion for horses year-round. That’s important at Santa Anita, which added several additional weeks of racing to its schedule after the closure of Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, in December 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Besides re-examining the dirt track, Ritvo said all racing protocols would be looked at.“We won’t rush it,” he said. “Everybody takes a deep breath.”Ritvo was uncertain whether the San Felipe and Santa Anita Handicap would be rescheduled.“Those are huge races,” he said. “We hope so.”Seven deaths have occurred during races on the dirt oval at Santa Anita since the track’s winter meet began on Dec. 26. Five have occurred on the turf course and nine came during training on dirt. The highest-profile horse to be euthanized was Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. The 5-year-old bay also finished third in the 2017 Kentucky Derby for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The horse suffered injuries during a workout on Feb. 23.Last week, Santa Anita was closed for two days while the dirt surface underwent extensive testing and was declared fit for racing.Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally said 4-year-old filly Lets Light the Way “took a bad step or something” on Tuesday.He said the injury was a shattered sesamoid in her right front leg. Sesamoid bones provide anchor points for the two branches of the suspensory ligament. The bones are under stress each time a horse takes a step. Lets Light the Way was X-rayed and later euthanized.“I think the weather has a lot to do with it,” said McAnally, whose wife, Debbie, owned the filly.“Santa Anita has been a wonderful track, and they’ve done all kinds of tests,” McAnally said. “I don’t know what else they could do. It’s a fluky thing.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ritvo wouldn’t speculate on when training and racing would resume. After this weekend, races were to be run again starting March 14 at the storied racetrack that will host the Breeders’ Cup world championships for a record 10th time this fall.“In whole, we feel confident in the track and we’re just being very proactive,” Ritvo said. “We want to do all the testing that needs to be done. When we believe we’re in good shape, we’ll start to train over it again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Daily Racing Form first reported the cancellation.The latest fatality occurred during training on Tuesday, when a 4-year-old filly got injured and was euthanized.last_img read more

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Playoff hopes dimming as Timberwolves lose Rose, Covington, Teague for season

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, and Teague missed Minnesota’s past four games, Rose with a sore right elbow and Teague after re-aggravating a left foot injury first nagging him in December. Both will be free agents in July.An MRI of Rose’s elbow showed a chip fracture and treatment is being considered while Teague was given an anti-inflammation medication and will wear a boot before being reevaluated after the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCovington, under contract until mid-2022, has been out for 34 games with a right knee bone bruise.Covington averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals this season for the T-Wolves while Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists and Teague contributed 12.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists. MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Staying the course Karl-Anthony Towns has led Minnesota this season, averaging 24.6 points and 12.3 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose smiles at fans during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Minnesota Timberwolves’ slim NBA playoffs hopes suffered a major setback Thursday with the announcement that guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague and forward Robert Covington were ruled out for the rest of the season.The T-Wolves are 32-39 after dropping seven of their past 10 games and would need to win at least 10 of their final 11 to reach the post-season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Singapore Grand Prix: Fan wanders onto track, creates a flutter

first_imgA fan who wandered onto the track during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix was arrested by Singapore police.A statement issued by the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, said “a 27-year-old man has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations.”On lap 37, the man – dressed in T-shirt and shorts – was seen wandering along the edge of the track near the Anderson Bridge section of the street circuit.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who won the race, was the first to come across the intruder and cried out over the radio “there is a fan on the track!” and the safety car was immediately deployed.Also read: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins dramatic Singapore GP After walking a short distance, the man climbed over the trackside barrier, and with the danger passed the race soon resumed.Vettel said after the race that the fan’s actions were “pretty crazy” as cars were traveling at around 280 kilometers per hour (175 mph) approaching that corner.”I had to look again because I wasn’t sure whether I had a problem with my eyesight,” Vettel said. “I think I saw him taking a picture. I hope it was a good one at least, I hope it was in focus.”Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was runner-up in the race, said the emergence of the safety car at that point of the race hurt his winning chances.”Thanks to the guy, appreciate it,” Ricciardo quipped sarcastically after the race. “I was tempted to swerve, clip him.”last_img read more

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La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_img footballGranadala ligala liga 2019-20 First Published: October 5, 2019, 7:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. After two years of domestic disappointment, Zinedine Zidane said in April that La Liga would be Real Madrid’s priority this season and they remain unbeaten, as they get ready to face Granada and have three consecutive clean sheets in the league.Yet aside from an excellent win away at Sevilla last month, Zidane’s team have looked laboured, particularly at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the tension and frustration in the stands has regularly taken hold on the pitch. Eden Hazard has been sluggish and the midfield stodgy. On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois was unavailable after he did not play the second half of Madrid’s 2-2 draw vs Club Brugge in the Champions League. It was reported that Courtois had been diagnosed with anxiety, even though Madrid denied it and said he was suffering from acute gastroenteritis. Marcelo also misses due to a leg injury.Promoted after finishing second in Segunda last term, Diego Martinez’s Granada have made a remarkable start, even if their coach feigns ignorance about their heady place in the table.”We are not interested,” he said last month. “I don’t look at the table. In May, I will.”La Liga 2019 Real Madrid Line-up vs Granada: Alphonse Areola; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Odriozola; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.La Liga 2019 Granada Line-up vs Real Madrid: Rui Silva; Carlos Neva, German Sanchez, Domingos Duarte, Victor Diaz; Angel Montoro, Ramon Azeez, Yangel Herrera; Darwin Machis, Roberto Soldado, Antonio Puertas.Where to watch La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada live in India?Real Madrid vs Granada will commence at 7.30PM on Saturday, October 5. The La Liga 2019 Real Madrid vs Granada match will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The La Liga Real Madrid vs Granada match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Real Madrid vs Granada live streaming?The Real Madrid vs Granada live stream will be available on Facebook app and facebook.com website in India. last_img read more

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Ali! Ali! The world says goodbye to The Greatest

first_imgA banner stating “We Love You Mohammad” is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 11, 2016 COMMENT Published on A banner stating “We Love You Mohammad” is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif   –  Reuters sport Louisville and the rest of the world said goodbye to The Greatest, showering affection on Muhammad Ali during a fist-pumping funeral procession through the streets of his hometown, followed by a star-studded memorial service where he was saluted as a fearless breaker of racial barriers.An estimated 100,000 people holding signs and chanting, “Ali! Ali!” lined the streets as a hearse carrying his cherry-red casket made its way past his childhood home to Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery, where a private graveside service was held for the three-time heavyweight champion of the world last night.“He stood up for himself and for us, even when it wasn’t popular,” said Ashia Powell, waiting at a railing for the funeral procession to pass by on an interstate highway below.Later in the day, a grand memorial service was held at a sports arena packed with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, Sen. Orrin Hatch, director Spike Lee, former NFL great Jim Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, soccer star David Beckham, Whoopi Goldberg and Kareem Abdul—Jabbar.As the interfaith service got underway at the KFC Yum! Center, the crowd of up to 15,000 burst into applause and chanted, “Ali! Ali!” when a Muslim religious leader welcomed the audience to “the home of the people’s champ.”Kevin Cosby, pastor of a Louisville church, likened Ali to such racial barrier-breakers as Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.“Before James Brown said, ‘I’m black and I’m proud,’ Muhammad Ali said, ‘I’m black and I’m pretty,’” Cosby said. .“Blacks and pretty were an oxymoron.”He said the boxing great “dared to affirm the power and capacity of African—Americans” and infused them with a “sense of somebodiness.”Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of the Jewish magazine Tikkun, brought the crowd to its feet four times with a fiery speech in which he referred to Ali’s refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War — a stand that cost him his boxing title.“Ali stood up to immoral war, risked fame to speak truth to power. The way to honour him is to be like him today,” Lerner said, railing against such things as anti—Muslim bigotry, drone attacks, the gap between rich and poor, and racist policing.Ali, the most magnetic and controversial athlete of the 20th century, died last Friday at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The brash and outspoken athlete transcended sports to become a powerful source of black pride and a symbol of professional excellence recognized around the world. × COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

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Indian Davis Cup team retains Leander Paes

first_img COMMENT India will go in with two specialist singles players in Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramnathan Veteran tennis star Leander Paes was today retained in the Indian Davis Cup team for next month’s Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.The tie, which will be India’s first with Mahesh Bhupathi as the non-playing captain, will also see the return of Rohan Bopanna.Bopanna had been ignored for last month’s tie against New Zealand, which India had won. He did extremely well at the just-concluded Dubai ATP 500 event, where he ended runner-up with partner Marcin Matkowski. En route the summit clash, he also got the better of Paes and his partner Gracia Gulliermo-Lopez in the semifinals.India will go in with two specialist singles players in Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramnathan. SHARE SHARE EMAIL File photo of Indian team player Leander Paes.   –  PTI × Published oncenter_img SHARE March 06, 2017 tennis COMMENTS File photo of Indian team player Leander Paes.   –  PTIlast_img read more

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India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts,India ranks 3rd for third year in a row in WADA doping charts

first_imgSHARE × The worrying sign for India is that the number of dope offenders has been increasing in the last three years crime, law and justice COMMENT sport File photo of Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).   –  Reuters Published on April 04, 2017 Sporting minnows India has been ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.India followed Russian Federation (176) and Italy (129) at third spot in the doping violation chart released by the WADA, the same position as in the reports of 2013 and 2014. All the dope violations by the Indians came from urine samples.The dope violations were committed during 2015 and the WADA chart was prepared after compiling information of analytical findings and sanctions rendered till January 31 this year by various accredited anti-doping bodies.This is the first set of Anti-Doping Rule Violation statistics under the revised WADA Code and third such report in its history since 2013.The worrying sign for India is that the number of dope offenders has been increasing in the last three years. India had 91 and 96 Anti-doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in 2013 and 2014 respectively.An ADRV is a doping offence committed by an athlete or athlete support person, which results in certain consequences or sanctions. It is derived from adverse analytical findings (AAFs), commonly known as ‘positive’ results.Of the 117 Indian dope offenders of 2015, two are non-analytical ADRVs, which refer to cases that do not involve detection of a prohibited substance by a WADA-accredited laboratory but instances like failure to submit to a test, possession, use or trafficking of a prohibited substance by athletes and support personnel.Out of the 115 analytical ADRVs, 78 are committed by male athletes while 37 are by female.Among individual sports, weightlifting has taken over athletics as the dirtiest with a whopping 56 Indian lifters (32 male and 24 female) punished for doping.Athletics contributed the second highest number of dope offenders with (14 men and 7 womens), followed by boxing (8), wrestling (8), cycling (4), kabaddi (4), aquatics (3), powerlifting (3), judo (2), wushu (2), rowing, bodybuilding (1), hockey (1), football (1) and street and ball hockey (1).Among the NADOs, India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) recorded 109 ADRVs, the second highest behind Russia’s (127).The NADA took 5162 samples during 2015 out of which 110 tested positive for banned substances (AAFs = Adverse Analytical Findings). But there was no sanction in one case.A total of 229,412 samples were received and analysed in 2015 by WADA-accredited laboratories worldwide. Out of these, 2,522 samples were reported as AAFs.There were a total of 1,929 ADRVs (1,901 from athletes and 28 from athlete support personnel) out of which 1,649 are analytical findings and 280 from ‘evidence-based intelligence’ non-analytical findings.Out of 1649 are Analytical ADRVs, 1304 cases (79 per cent) were of male and 345 female (21 per cent); 390 (24 per cent) were from out-of-competition tests and 1259 in-competition (76 per cent); 1644 urine and five blood.The dope offenders belong to 80 sports/disciplines and 121 nationalities.Among sports disciplines worldwide, bodybuilding overtook athletics in contributing the highest number of dope cheats with 270 such cases. Athletics is second at 242, followed by weightlifting (239), cycling (200), powerlifting (110), football (108), rugby union (80), boxing (66), wrestling (57) and basketball (39).Just like the increase in the number of Indian dope offenders, the worldwide figure also showed an upward trend and the WADA said it was in line with the anti-doping movement’s increased focus on investigations, intelligence gathering and whistleblowing. “The 2015 ADRVs Report makes for particularly interesting reading in combination with WADA’s 2015 Testing Figures Report that was published last November,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.“What is particularly striking about this 2015 ADRVs Report is: we are beginning to see the first signs of the impact of the revised Code, in particular a significant increase in intelligence-based anti-doping rule violations, an area of greater focus for the Agency as we strengthen our investigations and intelligence-gathering capacity.“Whilst testing remains vital to detecting doping, recent events have shown that investigative work is becoming even more important as we look to protect clean athletes’ rights worldwide,” Reedie said. File photo of Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Devil in the Detail for Struggling Saints: Southampton Defender Jan Bednarek

first_img Jan BednarekMolineuxpoints tablePremier League First Published: October 18, 2019, 9:57 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Southampton have resembled Jekyll and Hyde this season with their performances, but defender Jan Bednarek is fully confident in his manager’s philosophy that small, incremental improvements can lead to a big surge up the Premier League table.The Saints, who travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, are generally regarded to have progressed since Austrian coach Ralph Hasenhuettl took over from Mark Hughes last December. However, seven points from eight games this season have left them one place above the relegation zone.There have been impressive performances, including at home to Liverpool, away at Brighton & Hove Albion and holding Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.But it is winning that matters and Bednarek, who joined the south-coast club in 2017 from Lech Poznan, is under no illusion that his team’s young guns have a lot more to give.”We should be more consistent with the games we play… we play one game good, then one game bad so we should improve the simple things, just to look at the details because that’s what makes the difference,” the 23-year-old told Reuters in a telephone interview.”We are a very young team which can still improve, which can still do better that’s why I think sometimes we play good and sometimes we don’t because there is not enough experience.”But I think we will work it out as each game comes… I think we can be a really strong side.”Hasenhuettl did not hold back in criticising his side, who have an average age of 25.8-years-old, after their 4-1 home drubbing by Chelsea last time out, their third successive league defeat.HIGH STANDARDSBut Bednarek did not suggest he was being stung by his manager’s critique, explaining that the Austrian’s style was to set high standards.”I think he’s a really hard working person who expects a lot from himself but also from the people around him,” said Bednarek, who was speaking on behalf of Virgin Media’s new Gig1 service in Southampton.”This is something that can only improve us as a team and human beings because we need to go into training and work hard and if you are not following him, you are not in the team.”The Poland international has become a mainstay of Southampton’s defence under Hasenhuettl, starting every league match this season and he credits the manager for improving his game.”There is some defending stuff I am doing better,” he said. “Tactically I think I improved a lot under his campaign because we are working a lot on it and that’s the thing, I think there are small things which makes big difference and that’s what the manager is trying to show us – just focus on the small things and at this level it can make a big difference.”Those improvements have led Bednarek to become fully integrated into a Poland side who this week secured their place at next year’s European Championship.But the youngster did not allow himself to think any further than the next game – or a walk with his girlfriend and their French bulldog Candy.Southampton will need bulldog tenacity to lift themselves away from trouble, starting on Saturday at Molineux. last_img read more

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Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan Win Gold Medals at ISSF World Cup Finals in China

first_imgPutian (China): Manu Bhaker and Elavenil Valarivan shot down gold medals in their respective events to make it a memorable day for Indian shooters in the ISSF World Cup Finals here on Thursday.Manu fired her way to the gold with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event, while Elavenil claimed the top honours in the women’s 10m air rifle competition. The 17-year-old Bhaker shot 244.7 to notch up the top prize in the prestigious season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). In the same event Manu’s compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final.Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver with 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8.Elavenil shot a score of 250.8 to edge past Taiwan’s Lin Ying-Shin (250.7). Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman finished third with a score of 229.Elavenil had qualified second for the finals with a score of 631.1 behind Ying-Shin (632.3).Mehuli Ghosh also qualified for the same event’s final but ended sixth with a score of 163.8.In the men’s 10m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final but couldn’t claim medals.Verma topped the qualifications with 588 but ended fifth in the final with a score of 179.4, while Chaudhary was seventh in the qualification with 581 before signing off sixth in the last-eight stage with 159.8. abhishek VermaISSF World CupManu BhakerSaurabh Chaudhary First Published: November 21, 2019, 10:55 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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