Racing fans preparing for Sunday’s Haskell Invitational

first_imgHorse racing fans from throughout the tri-state area will be flooding Monmouth Park in Oceanport this weekend for the track’s biggest race of the year. About 35,000 people are expected to visit the park Sunday for the Haskell Invitational, which continues to be one of the premier races in the nation, attracting some of the top 3-year-old thoroughbreds. The race, which is named for Amory L. Haskell, the first president of Monmouth Park, includes a $1 million purse, and should attract somewhere in the area of $11 million in wagers from visitors to the track and simulcast bettors throughout North America. In the past, the historic race has included notable winners such as Touch Gold, Holy Bull, Skip Away and Serena’s Song, the only filly to win the race. This year’s field includes a number of strong contenders, although the likely favorite, this year’s Preakness winner Red Bullet, was pulled out due to health reasons. Red Bullet, who has reportedly suffered from minor ailments since its last race, was joined on the withdrawn list by Florida Derby winner Hal’s Hope. However, there are still several strong horses scheduled to run on Sunday, including Captain Steve, recent winner of the Swaps; and Dixie Union, winner of four of his first five races as a 2-year-old. The favorite at this point is More Than Ready, a horse owned by Rumson resident Jim Scatuorchio. More Than Ready has one win this year, and is trained by Todd Pletcher, who is also the trainer for Impeachment, another horse expected to run in the Haskell. Also entering the race are Milwaukee Brew, winner of his last four races; Dixie Union; Brave Quest; Thistyranthasclass (a Jersey-bred horse); Commendable, trained by legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas; Kiss A Native; and Mercaldo, currently the long-shot at odds of 99-1. However, at this point it is not certain if Brave Quest will run in the race. The first race on Sunday has a post time of 1:10 p.m., with the entire day’s events likely to end around 6 p.m.last_img read more

Husky’s Walsh repeats as CJ II champ

first_imgCBA repeats,Matawan boys second CBA repeats, Matawan boys second BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Middletown North’s Stephanie Giordano races to the finish line at the Central Jersey Group IV meet at Holmdel Park on Saturday. At left, Keyport’s Ryan Loihle nears the finish line during the CJ Group I race. Matawan’s Tom Walsh captured his second straight Central Jersey cross country championship Saturday. The junior ran away from the field over the second half of the race to win the Central Jersey Group II title going away in 16:48 at Holmdel Park. Smith led a one-two Husky double at the front that helped Matawan finish second behind Spotswood (42-76). The top 10 individuals and top five teams from the sectional meets qualified for Saturday’s NJSIAA State Groups Championships at Holmdel. John Smith was second to Walsh, clocking 17:04 for the Huskies. Shawn DeFrance (18:31) and Joe Smith (18:32) were 22nd and 23rd for Matawan. James Maida was the fifth scorer in 28th (18:51). Packing their top five runners 25th to 36th place, the Matawan girls also extended their season to the Group II state championships by finishing fifth (153). Shore Regional coasted to its third straight sectional title with a low of 23 points. Nicole Driscoll led the Huskies. She finished 29th overall (23:15) and 25th in team scoring. Realignment moved Middletown South, Holmdel and Raritan to North Jersey Section 2. That meet was contested at Warinanco Park, Elizabeth. Middletown South’s girls finished fourth (123) to extend their season. Jamie Liberti led the Eagles with a fourth place on one of the state’s oldest courses, turning in a 19:48.74. The win went to North Hunterdon’s Becky Crossin in 19:31.41. Alex Beaver was 19th for the Eagles (21:23.24). Holmdel grabbed the fifth and final qualifying spot with 137 points. Lisa Picascia was the top Hornet posting a 20:50.90. Wendy Shuwei Wang was 23rd (21:42.54). Holmdel’s boys finished second behind Phillipsburg, 61-92. Jeff Cody (17:49.72) led the Hornets in 10th place. Teammate Adam Lampell (17:55.43) and Alex Emerel (18:00.47) were 12th and 15th, respectively. Raritan’s Matt Dahl qualified individually with his sixth place (17:44.10) behind champion Kyle Alpaugh of Voorhees (16:57.67). Also at Warinanco Park, Christian Brothers Academy, ranked No. 2 in the state, won the Catholic Track Conference cross country championship for the 22nd consecutive fall. Will Melofchik led the way with his second place (16:18) as CBA scored a low of 33 points. Jake Zorski was fifth (16:27). Chris Horrel, sixth (16:34), Greg Leach, ninth (16:48), and Brett Fiorovanti, 12th (16:52). Only 34 seconds separated CBA’s first through fifth man. The Parochial state championships are Saturday at Holmdel. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more

FIFA candidate Salman gets nod from African confederation

first_imgBahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa gained a major boost in his bid to become the next FIFA president when he received endorsement from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).Salman and Swiss Gianni Infantino are now clear front-runners to win this month’s presidential election at soccer’s ruling body FIFA, which has been embroiled in a huge corruption scandal that has seen 41 people and entities indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice.The governing body of football in Africa, which has 54 full voting members, said Asian Football Confederation president Salman was its preferred candidate for the poll in Zurich on February 26 that will determine who succeeds Swiss Sepp Blatter.“CAF will give full support to Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa towards his candidacy for the FIFA presidency,” vice-president Suketu Patel told reporters before declining to answer questions.The decision was a big blow for South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale who will remain in the race despite having come under pressure to withdraw.Salman already has the backing of his own Asian confederation while Infantino, general secretary of UEFA, has the support of his European organisation along with the ten-member South American confederation CONMEBOL.“I am deeply honoured to have earned the trust of many of our African friends at this crucial stage of the campaign effort,” Salman said in a statement.“The two endorsements only mean there is a strong groundswell in favour of my candidacy. What they don’t mean is that I can sit back and relax. This campaign will be decided on the day of the vote, not before.“Naturally I am confident I now have a reasonably strong position to work from with such support,” added Salman.The FIFA poll will be a secret ballot and the support of executive committees for candidates does not necessarily translate into a united block of votes.Sexwale, who looked upset as he huddled with his advisers after Friday’s meeting, will remain in the race despite being asked by CAF officials to stand down.“But certainly in the race I remain. I still stand, I go to Zurich,” he said, noting that individual associations would make their own decisions.The former anti-apartheid activist, who was imprisoned on Robben Island and was a close friend of the late South Africa President Nelson Mandela, said he did not feel betrayed by his fellow Africans.“No. I was a man of war at one stage and I was in prison. I had been betrayed during war. I saw men die and I was betrayed like Mandela. This is all about football. Let’s smile, it is a game,” he explained.CAF listened to presentations from Salman, Sexwale, Infantino and Frenchman Jerome Champagne, the former FIFA deputy general secretary, who all travelled to Rwanda to attend the meeting.Infantino said he expected the decision and vowed to win over the single federations.Champagne declined to comment on the CAF decision.The fifth candidate, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, did not attend.last_img read more

Tkatchenko clarifies involvement with PNG Rugby Union

first_imgTkatchenko said that he received a letter from World Rugby hand delivered last week and not directly sent to him.The letter stated that World Rugby doesn’t appreciate political interference in decision making or in any part of rugby union in PNG.Tkatchenko came out in the media and clarified that he has never got involved personally with rugby union.Tkatchenko said: “I want to clarify that I have never interfered with rugby union at all in the administration, management or the running of the game.“I find this letter that I’ve received from World Rugby a total insult to our Government and to me as a Minister because they haven’t found out the facts first before writing this letter to me.”Tkatchenko highlighted that the only statement he made publicly in regards to rugby union is acknowledging the newly appointed PNGRFU president Steven Kami at a public function late last year.   “I don’t see that as interfering and I don’t make statements for nothing but based on facts.“For World Rugby to say that I’m politically interfering is a misjudgment on their behalf and they have been fed lies and false information by sources that are only looking after their own self-interest.”Tkatchenko has made a formal response in writing to World Rugby in reference to the letter dated  December 20, 2016.He stressed that the Government continues to assists rugby union to get it back on track but it does not interfere.Tkatchenko stressed that he supports and will push for PNGRFU to get the management and administration right, and to get the sport back on its feet for the benefit of everyone without fear or favour.last_img read more

Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgView comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

UG pharmacy graduates should not suffer this fate

first_imgDear Editor,This letter was written out of a pure desperation and frustration. I am a University of Guyana Pharmacy graduate.My colleagues and I graduated November 2015. Almost one year later, we are yet to receive our practicing licence. Numerous letters have been published with regard to this issue but to no avail. The reason that was cited for us not receiving our licences in January, as per norm, is the Pharmacy Council of Guyana in collaboration with the Ministry of Health planned to initiate the Pharmacy Internship Programme, as stipulated in the Pharmacy Practitioners Act 2003 Chapter 18.This law dictates that all pharmacy graduates must complete the internship programme prior to becoming licensed.After months of receiving no information what so ever, approximately three months ago, we were assured that internship would commence in August or September 2016, the latest.In addition to this long wait, the Council is now calling for the duration of the internship to be one year. The law governing such internship clearly states six months as the least duration period for the internship programme.Is it fair? Is it reasonable? Is anyone being considerate to the grief and inconvenience we have already endured? That instead of utilising the least prescribed duration period they would implement one year!To add insult to injury, the University of Guyana has requested that we begin paying our loans as of September last, when currently our Degrees are not of much worth but to our pride. We are now in October 2016; when will we get help? When will we be real pharmacists? Do we need to protest to be heard?Is this how the country rewards young people that choose an honest way of living? If the Council and the Ministry are not yet capable of facilitating such a programme, why keep us hanging in the balance?Sincerely,Desperate graduatelast_img read more

Firefighters continue to work the Pouce Coupe fire and others in the Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters continue to fight forest fires that started on Saturday in the B.C. Peace.The largest fire is south of Pouce Coupe at 27 hectares.  There are currently 28 firefighters working the fire and they are making good progress.  Crews are working on the perimeter of the fire.  An origin and cause investigator is on route to start the investigation into what caused the fire, but early indications suggest it is human-caused.The Baldonnel fire is currently in the mop-up stage with 16 firefighters working on the scene.  The fire reached seven hectares in size.- Advertisement -A fire in East Pine, that can be seen from Highway 97 is still burning and 50 percent contained.  There are nine firefighters working the fire that is only one hectare in size.There were only two new fire starts on Sunday.  One west of Charlie Lake is less than a hectare is in size and one south of Chetwynd is two hectares.All the other fires that started Saturday are now considered out.Advertisement All of the fires started this weekend, were caused by humans.B.C. Wildfire Service officials are stressing residents in the Peace Region need to obey the fire ban that was implemented earlier this month for the entire region.  A category two ban is in place that covers all open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.  The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.  At this time the ban does not include campfires.Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week.last_img read more

Spotting bigots worth $20,000

first_imgLANCASTER – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is offering $20,000 in reward money for information in two racially motivated vandalism incidents at two county parks in the Antelope Valley. The latest incident occurred last week at Apollo Park, where vandals spray-painted racial epithets inside an office building and stole a county truck and tools. A week earlier, someone etched “KKK” on the vehicle of an African-American park employee at Steve Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles. “The supervisor offers rewards in instances like these when law enforcement feels it will be an important tool in identifying and apprehending suspects in hate crimes,” said Tony Bell, his spokesman. “Hate crimes like these are an affront to the community and will not go unpunished.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The board will take action on the rewards at today’s meeting. Anyone with information on the two incidents is being asked to contact Lt. Don Downton at the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 940-3840. The Apollo Park incident occurred the evening of Oct. 3. The Sorensen Park incident occurred between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 26. At Sorensen Park, “KKK” was etched on the left side of the hatchback, below the window, on recreation-services leader Eugene Washington’s 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Washington said he has had no previous racial trouble in the 2 1/2 or three months he has worked at the park. Authorities assume the “KKK” stands for the Ku Klux Klan, a secret society of white males who commit crimes of bigotry and hate. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

New firm cleans green

first_imgPASADENA – After years of intensive training with a local social activist group – and perhaps a little bit of magic – a group of 10 immigrant women recently launched a Pasadena-based, cooperatively owned, eco-friendly cleaning business. “We want to support each other and work in a healthy way,” said Xiomara Sanchez, 45, one of the member-owners of Magic Cleaners, through an interpreter at a meeting Wednesday night at the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California headquarters in Pasadena. “Our products are safe for kids, animals as well as for clients and workers,” she said. The women, all from Latin American nations, have gone through numerous courses with the institute, which since 1984 has worked to “create a more democratic society by responding to the needs and problems of disenfranchised people through leadership development and educational programs,” according to its Web site, AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The history of Magic Cleaners can be traced to its members’ involvement in an institute leadership program for low-income Latina women in Pasadena, Mujeres en Movimiento (Women in Movement). In 2001, the institute launched the Domestic Worker Association to provide women in Pasadena with a safe place to seek employment and a space where they could participate in the planning and implementation of community-based events and fundraisers, according to the Web site. “They are pursuing Jefferson’s ideal,” said program director Raul Anorve, “that all human beings are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.” In classes ranging from business basics and administrative skills to environmentally conscious cleaning techniques and product knowledge – with an emphasis on learning English – the women worked for more than three years before creating the limited liability partnership. Perfidio Gaona, one of the project’s earliest participants, said the team intends to “be different and offer an excellent service to clients. We want to do a great job. We want to open the cooperative to other women.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 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

Chelsea pals Rice and Mount set to start in England midfield for first time

first_img latest AFP or licensors Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Good to see you both! 👋@masonmount_10 🤝 @_DeclanRice— England (@England) September 2, 2019“I’m delighted Mason is there too! When I got released from Chelsea, we always said ‘One day we will play together again’ and hopefully now that chance will be for England. That would be really special for me and my family.”Gareth Southgate’s England will book their place at Euro 2020 if they win in Prague.The Three Lions also face Bulgaria on Tuesday evening, with the threat of fan racism arising a hot topic of conversation leading up to the fixture. on target Best mates Mason Mount, left, and Declan Rice are set to start together in England’s midfield for the first time Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Mount, too, has emerged as a first-team regular under Frank Lampard’s tutelage as the Stamford Bridge youth revolution continues to make steady progress.The duo are now set to line up together in midfield for England in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, which Hammers star Rice says will be ‘really special’.“It’s a great young, attacking team and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the lads again and under Gareth and hopefully getting two victories,” he told West Ham’s official website last month. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Mason Mount and Declan Rice have been inseparable since first meeting at Chelsea’s academy more than 10 years ago.Rice moved on to pastures in 2014 following his release from the Blues and has since gone on to flourish for London rivals West Ham, but that hasn’t stopped the pair’s blossoming relationship continuing to flourish. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img MOST READ IN FOOTBALL appointed 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ stalemate Southgate has attempted to defuse the row after the Bulgarian Football Union [BFU] federation president Borislav Mikhaylov expressed his anger at his country being stereotyped as ‘racist’ and ‘hostile’ by England.“If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it.” update targets statement last_img read more