A ‘scary’ triumph for Lava Man

first_imgARCADIA – It was only fitting that on John Henry Day at Santa Anita, another popular gelding made history of his own in the 70th running of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. Lava Man joined John Henry and Milwaukee Brew as the only horses to win two Big ‘Caps – all three horses won in consecutive years – when he held off Molengao by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.11 for the mile and a quarter in the second-slowest running of the race in the past 31 years. Malek won in 2:02.26 in 1998. “I think we were all pretty worried when he didn’t kick away from them on the turn like he usually does,” Steve Kenly said. But Lava Man did not become the best claim in racing history by wilting under pressure. He took a half-length lead at the head of the stretch and held off all challengers in an eight-horse field that was reduced by one when Arson Squad became a morning scratch because of a popped abscess on the top of his foot. “This was definitely a little more scary than last year,” David Kenly said. It might have been a bit more ugly than most of the other 12 victories he’s scored since being claimed for $50,000 in August 2004 at Del Mar, but it counts just as much and the winner’s share of $600,000 raised his career earnings to $4,679,706. He’s won 13 of 24 races and banked $4,306,103 since the claim. “He is just a tremendous animal,” said winning jockey Corey Nakatani, who has won nine of the 11 races he’s ridden the gelding. “Doug O’Neill and his team have him spot on every time he runs. I think he will move forward off this race because he did get a little tired at the end and the weight didn’t do him any good.” This victory, Lava Man’s ninth in his past 10 starts dating back to January 2006, was a little scarier than most. Unexpected slow fractions of 24.06, 48.27 and 1:12.65 meant Lava Man had to exert a little more energy than normal in the stretch. Many in the on-track crowd of 43,024 may have been concerned when the 6-year-old son of Slew City Slew failed to make his customary move at the three-eighths pole and open up on his opposition, but none more than owners Steve and David Kenly and Jason Wood. center_img Nakatani said he waited a bit longer before making his move because of the track condition. “Today I waited and didn’t make that standard run of his because the track has been so heavy all day,” he said. Lava Man came into the race off a two-length victory in the Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 27. That was at a mile and an eighth, the same distance he might run next if he comes out of the Big ‘Cap in good order and the connections decide to send him to the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on March 31. Lava Man went postward as the 3-5 favorite and returned $3.20. Molengao, the 7-1 second choice, was 11/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Boboman, and it was a nose further back to McCann’s Mojave. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Read more

YOUNG ST EUNAN’S LADIES CROWNED CROSSMAGLEN 7s SHIELD CHAMPS

first_imgA YOUNG St Eunan’s Ladies team have been crowned the Crossmaglen 7s Shield Champions today.The team – all aged under 20 – took Ballyhegan to extra time in the final of the prestigious senior ladies tournament.And then the Letterkenny girls beat the fancied Armagh team handsomely, showing all that hard work in the convent gym paid off. The final score was 2-10 to 2-04.Proud manager Alan O’Connell said: “It was a fantastic day for us.“We had such a young squad with us and the girls performed brilliantly.”  YOUNG ST EUNAN’S LADIES CROWNED CROSSMAGLEN 7s SHIELD CHAMPS was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Crossmaglen 7s.LadiesSt Eunanslast_img read more

Read more

Drugs worth millions seized at OR Tambo

first_img26 November 2012South African Revenue Service (Sars) customs teams seized a total of 54 kilograms of drugs worth almost R16-million at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend.The seizures were in 10 separate incidents, the first on Friday, when a search of an empty flight that had arrived from Sao Paulo, with the help of a Sars drug detector dog named Dodge, turned up an abandoned body wrap containing around 3kg of cocaine valued at R800 000.In another incident, a passenger travelling from Delhi was found carrying about 28kg of crystal meth (tik) valued at around R8.4-million that was hidden in several women’s handbags.Also on Friday, a passenger in transit from Sao Paulo to Lagos was stopped for questioning. A search revealed that the passenger’s hand luggage containing a number of towels that had been soaked in liquid cocaine weighing around 9kg with a value of R2.5-million.On Saturday, the customs team stopped a passenger in transit from Sao Paulo to Maputo who was found in possession of at least 5.5kg of cocaine valued at almost R1.5-million. Another was found in possession of up to 2.7kg cocaine in a body wrap.On Sunday, two passengers arriving from Sao Paulo were caught carrying cocaine in body wraps weighing 1.2kg and 1.73 kg worth R326 000 and R 461 000 respectively.Another two passengers in transit from Sao Paulo to Lagos were found carrying cocaine in body wraps valued at R434 000 and R431 000 respectively.Also on Sunday, a passenger on a flight from Sao Paulo was found to have swallowed 80 bullets of cocaine valued at R216 000.“All individuals involved and the drugs they were carrying have been handed over to the SAPS for further action,” Sars deputy spokesperson Marika Muller said on Monday.“These seizures mean that, already this month, Sars has stopped over 90kg of drugs entering the country. Final November figures will be available in early December.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Read more

Maharashtra farmers awaiting immediate aid, not new government: Shiv Sena

first_imgAmid standoff with ally BJP over formation of the next government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Friday demanded immediate relief for farmers affected by unseasonal rains in parts of the state. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said farmers who have suffered crop loss should be provided adequate compensationwithout attaching any conditions.“The farmers in the state are awaiting immediate assistance and not a new government,” the editorial said.It said farmers who were bearing the brunt of dry drought all these years are now facing wet drought as rains have continued despite end of monsoon over a fortnight ago. The Marathi daily said adequate compensation should be given to affected agriculturists without considering any terms and conditions like whether the damage was caused by heavy rains or unseasonal showers. Due to the rains since last month, all expenditure done by cultivators on farming had been wasted, the Sena mouthpiece rued. Taking a dig at senior ally, the BJP, the editorial said, “Instead of standing by farmers, efforts are focussed on garnering support for government formation.“Despite getting a mandate, there is still no new government in place,” it said. The editorial, however, did not name the BJP, which has rejected the Sena’s demand to split the Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years each. There is a caretaker government in place which is busy shoring up its numbers to stake claim to form the next dispensation, the paper said. The editorial said a Shiv Sena delegation met the governor on Thursday demanding assistance for farmers whose crops have been damaged by unseasonal showers. Shiv Sena leader and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray was part of the delegation that met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. “More than politics of power, the Shiv Sena believes in saving farmers,” the paper added. The Sena and the BJP are locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of power in the next government. The Sena is demanding the post of Chief Minister for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios. Both these demands have been rejected by the BJP which has insisted that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to hold the post for the next five years.last_img read more

Read more

9 days agoArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendly

first_imgArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendlyby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery fielded a strong XI for Tuesday’s friendly with Reading.The match was Mark Bowen’s first as new Royals manager.The game finished 2-2, with Sam Baldock netting both of Royals’ goals.The former Brighton man had given Reading the lead, before an Arsenal team – which included senior pros Mesut Ozil, Ashley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi – hit back.Baldock had the last laugh though as he claimed his second goal to earn Royals a draw. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Read more

Video: Urban Meyer Announces That Running Back Mike Weber Has Earned Removal Of Black Stripe

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)One by one, members of Ohio State’s freshman class are earning the removal of their black stripe and officially becoming true Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Isaiah prince was the first freshman to earn the honor, and after today’s practice, Urban Meyer announced that Mike Weber has done the same.Mike Weber was a work today at practice and earned the removal of his black stripe. Welcome to the Buckeyes 20. #ScarletAndGrey #GoBuckA video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Aug 15, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT That has to be a pretty special feeling for an Ohio State freshman. Weber, a Detroit native, caught a bit of heat during the winter when he was photographed wearing Michigan gear. It is safe to say that he’s put that Ohio State faux pas behind him, as he becomes the second 2015 freshman to prove himself to the rest of the team.last_img read more

Read more

EU steps up fight against Russian fake news ahead of vote

first_imgBRUSSELS — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating Russian-backed “fake news” from their platforms ahead of elections next year.EU officials unveiled the measures on Wednesday as part of an action plan to counter disinformation in the lead up to the continent-wide vote in the spring.The internet companies will have to submit their reports from January to May, when 27 EU member countries are scheduled to vote.Officials from the EU’s executive Commission said they’ll add a “rapid alert system,” beef up budgets and add expert staff and data analysis tools to help combat fake news.Google, Facebook, Twitter and browser maker Mozilla signed up in September to a voluntary code of conduct on fighting disinformation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Read more

Council holds off on awarding dog park tender

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has decided to defer a decision on whether or not to proceed with building a dog park and its associated amenities in Toboggan Hill Park after the lowest tendered bid for the project came in over $200,000 over budget.In a report to Council, staff said that the City received three bids for the dog park project, all of which came in well over the City’s $500,000 budget for the project.Knappett Industries’ bid totalled $705,947, while bids from S. Young Enterprises and DGS Astro Paving totalled $1,060,034 and $1,275,862.11 respectively. Staff had recommended to Council that the tender be awarded to the lowest bidder – Knappett – and that Council approve an additional $368,000 from last year’s capital budget reserve for the project to cover consulting fees, contracting costs and contingencies.Councillor Byron Stewart stated that he was at first surprised to hear about the large sticker price tag, but that after looking at the scope of the work to be done, said that the price wasn’t necessarily overblown.However, councillor Trevor Bolin expressed concern about the large increase in the budget, and said he wasn’t able to support the recommendation until a breakdown of the costs for the project was given.Mayor Ackerman also asked about the City’s capital reserve, which contains funds from projects that come in under the budgeted amount.Finance Director Shirley Collington said that currently, the City’s general reserve contains an estimated $40 million, though a large amount of those funds are earmarked for other projects, including the new RCMP detachment.Council voted in favour of tabling the motion until the next council meeting on August 13th, when staff will be presenting a breakdown for the costs associated with the features of the new dog park, as well as a breakdown of earmarked funds in the City’s reserve.last_img read more

Read more

Ohio State seeking board approval for athletic facilities facelift

Ohio Stadium and other university athletic facilities could see multi-million dollar renovations. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Friday, Ohio State announced its plan for construction on several athletic venues across campus, including Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center.OSU is seeking approval from the Board of Trustees for several multi-million dollar construction and renovation plans. The board is set to meet next week.The university proposed a $39 million dollar facelift to Ohio Stadium. The construction plan includes the laying of new concrete on the C-deck, plus the addition of new suites and boxes for fan seating. The estimated time of completion is set for before the beginning of the 2020 football season.A university spokesman could not comment on whether renovations would add seats to the already 104,944-seat stadium.“Ohio Stadium is the crown jewel of our athletic operations,” said Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation-endowed athletics director, in the press release. “These renovations will improve the fan experience and continue to make it one of the best facilities in the nation.”Another project awaiting approval from the Board of Trustees is a $31.5 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center. The project would expand the concourse, improve the team store and athletic ticket office, as well as add natural lighting to the venue. Construction is estimated to take a full year and be completed in Feb. 2018. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally announced last fall to be located on the corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, is being moved north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and will be combined with the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally reported as a $30 million investment, costs north of $49 million with the addition of the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility.OSU women’s and men’s volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s fencing teams will compete at the 3,700-seat venue, scheduled to be completed in 2019.“Innovation and creative planning helped find a new opportunity for the Covelli Multi-Sport/Jennings Family Wrestling Facility,” said Alex Fischer, Trustee and head of the Master Planning and Facilities Committee, in a press release. “Combining the arena and the practice facility will ultimately realize a cost savings on both projects.”The Biggs Facility that is attached to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be replaced with the Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Center. The new facility will include around new athletic offices and a “state-of-the-art” athletic training facility. The project’s cost is estimated at $43 million. There was no date given in the press release for completion of the project.All athletic construction projects are self-funded by the Athletic Department through revenue and fundraising. read more

Read more

Analysis Taking an early positionbyposition look at the 2018 Ohio State defense

From left to right: redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32), freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) and sophomore defensive lineman Robert Landers (67) run onto the field during the second quarter at the at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorHere is a position-by-position breakdown of Ohio State’s defense in 2018. The years provided by the players indicates grade in the 2017 season. Defensive tackleGraduating: Michael Hill, Tracy SprinkleReturners: Dre’Mont Jones, Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell, DaVon Hamilton, Haskell Garrett, Malik Barrow, Jerron CageAdditions: Taron Vincent, Antwuan Jackson Jr., Tommy TogiaiThe situation: Redshirt seniors Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle will graduate, leaving a hole in the middle of Ohio State’s defensive line. But that crack will enlarge if redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones leaves early for the NFL draft and the Buckeyes are forced to rely on less experienced linemen. Redshirt sophomores Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell and DaVon Hamilton have played substantial snaps, but none has made an impact similar to that of Jones. They will be joined by freshman Haskell Garrett, a former highly rated prospect, who could earn an increase in snaps and push for a starting position. Redshirt freshman Malik Barrow suffered a torn ACL and missed the 2017 season. Freshman Jerron Cage has not played much outside of special teams. Transfer Antwuan Jackson Jr. offers Ohio State possibly its most intriguing option, with the talented junior-college product having two years of collegiate experience. Five-star prospect Taron Vincent could push for early playing time. Projected starters: Robert Landers, Dre’Mont JonesThe Reasoning: Landers served Ohio State well as a rotation piece in 2017 and deserves a starting role next season with the departures of Sprinkle. He offers a unique blend of quickness at a defensive line position known for size and girth. Jones would retain a starting spot if he decides to return and work on improving his pass-rush skills. Jackson will push for a starting opportunity and has the talent to earn the spot.Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after taking down USC’s quarterback in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive endGraduating: Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn HolmesReturners: Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Jonathon CooperAdditions: Alex WilliamsThe situation: This season, Ohio State’s depth has been its biggest strength at defensive end. That will not be the case next year because redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis and senior Jalyn Holmes will graduate and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard is likely to declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Buckeyes will not experience any dearth of talent at the position. Sophomore Nick Bosa will return and remain as a starter, but will play many more snaps next season due to the NFL-bound defensive ends. Freshman Chase Young, a former five-star prospect who looks more like an NFL player than a freshman, has earned first-team snaps this season and has an opportunity to win a starting spot next year. Redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper was lost in the shuffle due to Ohio State’s loaded upper class of defensive ends and Young’s hype, but the former four-star Ohioan will be expected to rotate with the returners on the line. Earlier in the season, defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he did not like playing true freshmen in disadvantageous situations. That might not be an option in 2018, with Ohio State likely having just three nonfreshman defensive ends. Alex Williams and, potentially, another 2018 defensive end recruit will add to the minimal depth.Projected starters: Nick Bosa, Chase YoungThe Reasoning: Bosa and Young, both former five-star prospects, have lived up to their billing, but have yet to bear the workload of a full starter. Next season, they are likely to be the starters and will have an opportunity to cause havoc in opposing backfields. The potential loss of three starters will take its toll on the depth, and Cooper will be the lone defensive end available to spell Bosa and Young.Ohio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLinebackerGraduating: Chris Worley, Zach TurnureReturners: Jerome Baker, Dante Booker, Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Justin Hilliard, Keandre Jones, Nick ConnerAdditions: Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant, K’Vaughan PopeThe situation: Redshirt senior Chris Worley will graduate, which means Ohio State is losing a starting linebacker and leader of the unit for the second year in a row. Junior Jerome Baker also stands a good chance to exit early for the NFL draft, meaning the Buckeyes will be left with two vacancies at linebacker. Redshirt freshman Tuf Borland started for the second half of the season and has a good shot to open the season at the starter in the middle. Redshirt junior Dante Booker started the majority of the early season, but, once again, was injured and lost his spot. Sophomore Malik Harrison has played a considerable amount of snaps and the athletic linebacker could slide into a starting position. Freshman Baron Browning, a former five-star prospect, is one of Ohio State’s most physically gifted linebackers. Freshman Pete Werner garnered praise from Meyer for his special teams plays, but the first-year player did not see many snaps on defense. Redshirt sophomore Justin Hilliard and sophomore Keandre Jones will be in the mix for increased playing time, but both mainly played special teams. Redshirt sophomore Nick Conner has dealt with a multitude of injuries and has not played this season. The Buckeyes will add a talented group of linebackers, led by Teradja Mitchell, but none are likely to earn consequential reps.Projected starters: Baron Browning, Tuf Borland, Malik HarrisonThe Reasoning: The athleticism of potential first-year starters Browning and Harrison, combined with Borland, might be too much for Ohio State to pass up. Harrison has the inside track to earn a starting position considering the important snaps he has played this year, but Browning will have to beat out a multitude of talented players. Browning earned compliments from defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and teammates for his bowl practice showings. Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorCornerbackGraduating: Denzel Ward (NFL draft early entrant) Returners: Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade, Amir Riep, Marcus WilliamsonAdditions: Sevyn Banks, Tyreke JohnsonThe situation: With junior Denzel Ward becoming an early entrant into the 2018 NFL Draft, Ohio State will likely enter next season with a similar crop of cornerbacks minus this year’s best. The Buckeyes will count on major offseason improvements from redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, both of whom had shaky 2017 seasons. A sizable group of current freshmen will push them for playing time. Former five-star Jeffrey Okudah played ample snaps and fellow former five-star Shaun Wade has a shot to earn more playing time after recovering from an abdominal injury. Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson have not played much outside of special teams, but each could enter the rotation next year. Incoming recruits Sevyn Banks and Tyreke Johnson are unlikely to play much.Projected starters: Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Damon ArnetteThe Reasoning: Given the physique and athleticism of Sheffield and Okudah, Ohio State will be unable to keep them off the field. They could cover the outside while Arnette covers in the slot. Though Arnette has struggled with the responsibility, he will be in his third season as a key contributor and must play at a higher level in 2018.Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) awaits the snap during the second quarter at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorSafetyGraduating: Erick Smith, Damon Webb (starter)Returners: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah Pryor, Wayne Davis, Jahsen Wint, Brendon WhiteAdditions: Josh Proctor, Marcus HookerThe situation: Senior Damon Webb, a two-year starter, and senior Erick Smith, who began the season as a starter but missed multiple games for undisclosed reasons and relinquished his starting position, will graduate. Sophomore Jordan Fuller will remain a starter for the second year. Freshman Isaiah Pryor was Webb’s backup since the opening week of the season. Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as Fuller’s backup while Smith was suspended, but has not played much other than on special teams. Redshirt freshman Jahsen Wint also has not seen much playing time on defense. Freshman Brendon White has played multiple positions since arriving at Ohio State in the spring, but has been with the safeties since fall camp. He is a gifted athlete and will find snaps at some point, no matter what position he ends up playing. Four-star Josh Proctor have a chance to earn early playing time, but must first make an impact on special teams. Though Marcus Hooker, younger brother of former Buckeye safety Malik Hooker, is listed as a cornerback, he will to play safety in college and might redshirt.Projected starters: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah PryorThe Reasoning: Fuller will retain his spot as a starter and Pryor will likely slide into Webb’s starting spot due to lesser competition at the position. Fuller impressed in his first season as a starter and could enter 2018 as one of Ohio State’s most talented defensive players. Opposite Fuller, Pryor has the upper hand, but that position battle could go through spring camp and into the fall without a starter named.Check out the preview of Ohio State’s offense. read more

Read more