No. 3 Lions Secure Last Semi-Final Spot With 79-65 Win Over No. 7 Central Arkansas

first_imgBox Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas — Southeastern Louisiana’s Moses Greenwood’s love of playing Central Arkansas extended into Thursday’s Southland Conference men’s basketball quarterfinal matchup, and his output Thursday night helped the Lions move one step closer to Saturday’s championship game.Greenwood scored 22 points and fell one rebound shy of his third double-double this season in as many games against the Bears. The forward led No. 3-seed Southeastern to a 79-65 win over No.7 UCA at the Merrell Center in Katy. The win advances the Lions (17-15) into Friday’s semi-final matchup against No. 2 Abilene Christian at 7:30 p.m. CT.MBB: Greenwood running the floor for 2 more. Now with 22 points, his Lions leading by 20.@slu_hoops 59, @UCAMBB 39 (5:57 2nd half). ?? https://t.co/zYJjcTuXr9 ???? @espn apps #LionUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/gbfV4G93tB— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 UCA played tough in the early going and held an 11-7 lead with 15:44 left in the first half before the Lions went on a 17-7 run that saw them take a 24-18 edge with just under seven minutes before intermission. The Bears were never able to draw within five points and went into the locker room trailing 36-25. A Greenwood field goal extended the lead to 41-26 at the 16:45 mark of the second half. UCA’s inability to establish an inside game left them hoisting shots from long range and played a key factor in Southeastern’s 36-22 edge in rebounding. The All-Southland first team big man was one of just two Lions in double figures, while the depth of Southeastern was on display as 10 players scored at least two points on the way to the team’s ninth win in its last 11 games. Teammate and fellow All-Southland first team member Marlain Veal added 15 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. “My message to the guys in the locker room was that while it was a great accomplishment, if you walk away satisfied, then you’ve missed the point.” With the foundation of a big lead in place, the Lions were able to get their bench involved.MBB: “Two more, baby!”@SLUAthletics student-athletes add their magnet to the big backstage bracket. Next, they’ll #LionUp in the semifinals Friday vs. ACU. Two wins from a trip to the big dance. #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek @oursoutheastern @SLU_Hoops @slualum pic.twitter.com/rqFLtcDqkw— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 UCA coach Russ Pennell’s squad endured a seven-game losing streak during conference play, but still managed to play their way into the tourney. Despite the loss of Unruh and Tanner Schmit, the Bears stack up well for a bigger 2019-20 season. “They really stopped us from getting into the paint and going inside,” said UCA guard Thatch Unruh, who finished with 23 points. “It just became a thing where we were moving the ball outside and we relied on the 3-point shot a lot.” “I just bring the same effort every game,” said Greenwood, who recorded his seventh game of at least 20 points in his last nine contests. “It’s about finding my spots, hustling and outrebound the guy that’s guarding me.”The Lions’ defense looked everything like the second-stingiest scoring defense in the conference, Thursday night, holding UCA (12-19) to under 38 percent shooting from the field. The Bears lagged in the upper 20s in field goal percentage until a late spurt allowed them to trim what was a 20-point deficit with 4:35 remaining. “We have confidence in our depth,” said Ladner. “We’ve played a lot of guys throughout the year anyway. There’s really not a player on our bench that we wouldn’t feel confident putting in there and doing his job.” “They played hard and never quit. They fought it to the end,” said Southeastern coach Jay Ladner of the Bears, who had won five of their last six prior to Thursday night.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

first_imgWilliam Spawr15 5 3rd 14 4 17 6 7 10 BAFFERT HOPES COLISEUM LEARNS AS HE GOES IN SAN VICENTEBob Baffert expects the real Coliseum to show up tomorrow in the Grade II SanVicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs after disappointing as the  3-10 choice in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 5, finishing sixth by 4 ¼ lengths.Such is life on the Triple Crown trail in February.“He got off slow and got behind horses,” Baffert said of the Sham. “We tried ratinghim, and we’re still trying to learn about the horse. Going long first time, you sort of have to be in the race. He got behind and wasn’t enjoying it.“His psyche was off and he didn’t know what was going on. He didn’t get beat that far but it wasn’t a real strong race, either. He’s come back and I’m trying some different things. Mike (Smith) has worked him a couple times but he’s still not breaking that well.“He needs to get away a little bit better, but going seven eighths at least there’s more speed and it gives him a better chance. We’ve got to teach him to settle and this is the only time you can do that, because they don’t have to shoot into a turn right away.”Baffert also entered daylight debut winner Dessman in the race, which offers no Kentucky Derby qualifying points since it is a sprint.The field for the San Vicente, which goes as race eight of nine: Synthesis, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Coliseum, Mike Smith, 6-5; Dessman, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Sparky Ville, Joel Rosario, 4-1;and Savagery, Heriberto Figueroa, 4-1.GUTIERREZ HIRES MATT NAKATANI AS NEW AGENTTwo-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez has parted company with Tom Knust and hired Matt Nakatani as his new agent.Through 27 racing days at the Winter Meet, the 32-year-old Gutierrez had a six percent winning average with four firsts, 11 seconds and nine thirds from 64 mounts.“Mario just wanted to make a change and he hired Matt Nakatani, who’s a good kid,” Knust, anything but petulant, said Saturday morning. “I love Mario’s family and all I can do is wish him the best of luck. Most recently, we were together over two years. We were together before that for about a year but parted and got back together again.“It’s been a great ride. We won the Kentucky Derby (on Nyquist in 2016) and a Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies with Champagne Room, also in 2016). We’ve had some really good success. It was a good run, and like I said, I wish him the best of luck.”Gutierrez also won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, like Nyquist, owned by Mario’s principal patron J. Paul Reddam.SANTA ANITA’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT REMAINS UNSOLVEDFor the second day in a row Friday, there were three “live” horses going into the eighth and final race in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, and once again the elusive wager remained unsolved, as #1 Posterize (9-1), #7 Red Clem (27-1) and #3 Jack’s Reign (59-1), all failed to win and finished fourth, seventh and 10th respectively.With $82,532 in “new” money wagered yesterday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool was $128,156. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 12 consolation winners, each worth $3,752.With an 11-race card on tap today, the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will begin with race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:07 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Today’s workers include two horses possible for the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16:Sonneteer (outside) in company with Knight’s Cross (3yo) – DesormeauxAmerican Camp (3yo – outside) in company with Surfside Sunset – Hess, Jr. Shedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and OhioShedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and VibranceShedrow Stroll with Michael McCarthy and AxelrodQuick Questions With Trainer Mathew ChewCaribou Club (Proctor) works 5 furlongs (2/8/2019)Elysea’s World (Baltas) works 5 furlongs  (2/8/2019)Game Winner (outside) works 5 furlongs in company with Speed Freak (Baffert duo)  (2/8/2019)Kanthaka (Hollendorfer) works 5 furlongs  (2/8/2019)Improbable (Baffert) works 6 furlongs (2/8/2019)Flor de La Mar (outside) works 5 furlongs in company with Qahira (Baffert duo)(2/8/2019)FINISH LINES: Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White reports that Bob Baffert’s Ax Man, who won Friday’s seventh race, a seven furlong allowance by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:21.92, earned a lofty 97 Beyer Speed figure . . . Agent Joe Griffin is back in action at Santa Anita with Jose Leon, an apprentice who has been riding at Turf Paradise in Arizona. He is expected to start working horses here Thursday and begin riding competitively shortly thereafter . . . Trainer Mike Pender will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper at 11:20 a.m. Sunday. 1st 3 29% 31% 28 23 17 8 8 15 Richard Baltas74 12 25 8 8 8 14% 1 20 45% 5 0 4 $717,543 Geovanni Franco116 Heriberto Figueroa120 Edwin Maldonado43 25 61% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 8) 16% Tiago Pereira88 9 $601,340 1 10 14% 14 12 $1,808,899 18 Peter Eurton31 William E. Morey41 $561,469 2 38% 33% Steve Knapp30 14 5 Assael Espinoza73 41% 23 7 12 9 10% $236,944 Aaron Gryder34 Win% 12 5 57% 1 $288,532 $468,024 11 65% 18% 37% Vladimir Cerin31 42% $226,954 Mark Glatt41 42% $785,204 3 7 46% $710,458 Ruben Fuentes61 5 16 1 $262,365 44% JockeyMts 41% 18 $163,991 11 14% 9% 15% Money Won 7 7 $329,853 14 14% Money Won $889,770 ITM% 56% 60% COLISEUM IS STILL ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ 6 $151,623 Agapito Delgadillo37 8 20% 45% 2 41% 7 Peter Miller71 $234,858 3rd 45% 50%center_img J. Keith Desormeaux36 2 $140,147 6 42% $765,533 Win% $371,271 7 61% 48% 9 14% 18% 11% $773,655 Flavien Prat121 $151,924 5 Joseph Talamo88 20% 49% 5 14 2nd $753,316 30% 16 11 59% 7 17% John Sadler49 Jeff Mullins33 Rafael Bejarano93 20% 4 $759,716 6 11 Jerry Hollendorfer60 46% 19% 43% 27% 5 17% 5 TrainerMts 58% 8 13 58% 6 20% 11 $640,599 4 9 Richard Mandella28 9 14 Mike Smith48 $135,527 $989,283 Bob Baffert46 23% 10 Doug O’Neill96 1st 3 Drayden Van Dyke88 14% J. Eric Kruljac13 7 18% 38% 14% 40% 21% $828,956 9 Tyler Baze131 Kent Desormeaux59 18% 13 7 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 32% 15 Joel Rosario131 Philip D’Amato58 21% 13% 6 25% 9 36% $266,921 $704,499 2 26 8 5 16% 16 $830,319 2nd 9 5 17 $615,272 ITM% MARIO GUTIERREZ, AGENT KNUST GO ‘PFFFT’ $1,486,076 14 44% 17% 17 17% $396,759 SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT IS STILL UNSOLVED 3 Martin Pedroza44 $121,027 7 12 11last_img read more

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Amazon began filming Spurs documentary inside Anfield dressing room

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans can look forward to reliving their defeat to Liverpool in great detail when Amazon’s upcoming documentary series airs.Reports detail how the club are pocketing around £10million for the ‘All or Nothing’ programme.2 Spurs let an early lead slip in the Anfield clashCredit: ReutersAnd the 2-1 defeat at Anfield was the first time cameras were allowed inside Mauricio Pochettino’s dressing room.According to The Athletic, Liverpool bosses were more than happy for Spurs to bring the film crew into the ground with them.Harry Kane’s early goal set the side on their way to a famous win on Merseyside.But second-half strikes from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah left them empty handed and cameras picked up a no-doubt dejected Tottenham after the whistle.Serge Aurier’s reaction will be interesting viewing in particular, the right-back guilty of a wild kick on Sadio Mane to award Liverpool their late penalty.It is also said the reception to the Spurs doc will be vital in deducing Amazon’s future involvement in football broadcasting.All or Nothing series produced on Leeds, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund have not set the world alight and Liverpool rejected the chance to be featured.latest football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight title2Amazon are due to broadcast two rounds of Premier League matches live in December and the decision on whether or not to advance their interest in the British game is reportedly on hold.A swell of fans even mocked Spurs when it was revealed they were the subject of the behind-the-scenes series.And Sunday’s defeat continued Poch’s side’s tough run on form with the team stuck in 11th place, on just 12 points.Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’last_img read more

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Mourinho asked to sign Spurs shirts by ‘plastic’ West Ham fans for first game back

first_imgLondon derby n the West Ham fans are getting shit signed aff Mourinho 🤢— Billy Mitchell (@billymrfc1) November 23, 2019 West Ham fans getting Mourinho to sign match programs and pictures🤮 #tinpot— Ben Wilson (@wilson98_ben) November 23, 2019 Jose Mourinho admits he wasn’t happy at Man Utd ahead of his first game for Spurs Just watched a West Ham fan get Jose Mourinho to sign a spurs shirt 🤣🤣English football is an absolute circus— FIGGINS O’SHEA (@jackfleming94) November 23, 2019 A West Ham fan holding a Spurs shirt to be signed by Jose MourinhoFootball has gone mad 😩😩😩😩 pic.twitter.com/rdrzVX3Wcf— Brady Newstead (@bradynewstead) November 23, 2019 MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsBut some accused Mourinho of tactical warfare by smiling in the faces of Hammers fans while planning to condemn them to a sixth league loss.One said: “Jose Mourinho will smile and laugh with West Ham fans, sign autographs for them and still beat their team in their own home.”Mind games Legend!”Another said: “It’s gonna take a while to get used to seeing Mourinho on the touchline.”Seeing him shush the West Ham fans after a last minute winner would be pretty much the perfect way for him to bed in.”Jose Mourinho will smile and laugh with West Ham fans, sign autographs for them and still beat their team in their own home.Mind games Legend! 👐🏽#WHUTOT— ꜱᴜɴᴅᴀʏ-ꜱᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ᴅʀᴏᴘ-ᴏᴜᴛ (@somtoanierobi) November 23, 2019 JOSE MOURINHO is back in the Premier League – and even rival fans are excited about it.The Portuguese manager, 56, replaced Mauricio Pochettino this week after the Argentine was sacked by Tottenham.1 Jose Mourinho was signing autographs for West Ham fansAnd in his first game in charge with Spurs, Mourinho was signing West Ham AND Tottenham shirts for home supporters at the London Stadium.Hammers fans were blasted online as “plastic” despite securing a timeless piece of Prem memorabilia.Twitter user @BristolMDF shared a picture of Mourinho signing West Ham jerseys, and said: “West Ham fans holding out Spurs shirts for Mourinho to sign, f***ing hell what am I seeing. #plastics.”Another said: “no excuse for this, surely a banning offence ?”One added: “Disgusting. And I’m a (Spurs) fan!! Bet they’re wearing half & half scarves!?”Call yourselves West Ham fans #Teasing. Mourinho had gone over to the Spurs fans first #WHUTOT pic.twitter.com/IQsKRonrcT— Carrie Brown (@CarrieBrownTV) November 23, 2019 Those West Ham fans getting Mourinho’s autograph should be slung out. Embarrassing.— Dave Scourfield ⚒ (@DaveScourfield) November 23, 2019 It’s gonna take a while to get used to seeing Mourinho on the touchline. Seeing him shush the West Ham fans after a last minute winner would be pretty much the perfect way for him to bed in#COYS— Rob Gray (@bobbyg83) November 23, 2019last_img read more

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French re-signs with Eels

first_imgFrench joined the club in 2013 and debuted in Round 12, 2016. He played 13 NRL games in 2016 and broke the Parramatta Eels record for the most tries in a debut season, previously held by Jarryd Hayne, crossing for 19 tries.Coach Brad Arthur said that the contract extension is a reward for the hard work and commitment shown by Bevan since joining the club from Tingha in country NSW.”Bevan’s development this year was a real positive for the club and I am sure our members and fans are pleased that we have secured Bevan for at least another three seasons,” Arthur said.”We have had a strategy over the last two months to retain our key players and provide strong additions for our squad going into 2017. We have made good progress so far and it’s our intention to continue this strategy as we lead into the 2017 pre-season.”last_img read more

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Haaland’s father: “LaLiga is very good for my son”

first_imgAlf-Inge Haaland (Norway, 1972) is the father and representative of Erling Haaland, one of the men of the moment after scoring 12 goals in his first nine games with Borussia. The 19-year-old battering football gene comes to him from cradle: Alf was a defender of several mythical clubs in England, such as Nottingham Forest, Leeds United or Manchester City. The second top scorer in the Champions League after Lewandowski (10 goals, one less than Bayern striker) impressed from the beginning. “I am very happy for him and Borussia Dortmund, although for me the most important thing is to keep growing as before. He was always a top scorer, but he also gives a lot of assists. Obviously, I am proud,” he tells AS. “My son loves to play with Odeggard; they understand each other very well” CompetitionPjGoals TOTAL3140 Austrian Cuptwo4 He and Odegaard form a partnership with NorwayThe runrún around Haaland remembers the beginnings of Odegaard in Castile. Norway’s two big promises share costumes in the national team. “My son loves to play with Martin, he is a great footballer. They understand each other very well in the field.” The word record seems to be linked to Erling since he was five years old, when he achieved a leap of 163 centimeters in length. Neither Mbappé resists him: the Frenchman needed 13 games to reach eight goals in the Champions League, he got it in six games. The great state of form of Haaland is the main threat to PSG in the round of eighth Champions (March 11, 2-1 for Borussia in the first leg). The striker already endorsed a double and now dreams of conquering the Park of the Princes. Y Madrid on the prowl, following every move of his.Haaland goals in the 2019-2020 season Austrian Bundesliga1416 It is not for less, the irruption of Haaland has reached the great thing: 40 goals and eight assists this course. “Dortmund told us that they needed someone like him and that the goal is as much as possible. It is a team that fights for the Bundesliga and that is growing in European competitions. It is perfect to continue training, “says the father of the battering ram.The current situation of Madrid, which is going through serious problems in the scoring side (without going any further, Isco is the white pichichi in 2020, with three goals), is conducive to continue linking Haaland with Madrid, thanks above all to a liberation clause in his contract from the winter of 2021, paying 75 million euros. “We were linked to more than 100 teams, but it is true that The Spanish is a very good league for my son, with great teams. You never know if you will play in Spain. What has to happen will happen“, ends Alf-Inge Haaland. German Bundesliga79 German Cuponeone Alf-Inge Haaland, father of Borussia Dortmund striker. Champions710 The Norwegian averages 1.29 goals per gameHaaland’s numbers this season are exorbitant: 40 goals in 31 games, with an average of 1.29 goals per game. The scoring ability that began showing in the Austrian Bundesliga, later endorsed in the Champions League and in the German Bundesliga. Go fifth in the Golden Boot, because the goals he scored with Salzburg weighted 1.5, while in the five major leagues they are worth 2. The goal has only resisted him with his selection. He made his international debut with Norway in September, but did not score in the two games he played against Malta (66 ‘) and Sweden (14’).last_img read more

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“Salzburg could sign Cristiano if he wanted to”

first_imgBenevento footballer Oliver Kragl analyzed his time in the Austrian league in an interview with Goal and the influence that the entry of the energetic Red Bull has with the RB Salzburg there. The German, who left for Italian football in 2016, played three years in the SV Reid of the Austrian Primera, coinciding in the competition with the team owned by the energy drink that dominates the competition and which it sees capable of buying Cristiano Ronaldo.“The differences in that league are huge. Red Bull Salzburg demands a lot. He was able to beat Liverpool European champion at Anfield and pulled a tie in Naples in the Champions League. Rapid Vienna is still big and Ried or Admira Wacker have no money to keep up with Salzburg. Red Bull could buy Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow if they wanted to. I believe that Salburg could do well in the Bundesliga German and smaller Austrian clubs would be competitive in Second, “said Kragl.In Austria he coincided on the field with Sadio Mané, for whom he only has good words. “You could see where Sadio’s career would go. He is exceptional. Fast, technically excellent and always knows where to go. Normal to be idolized in Liverpool. He is calm and polite. Expensive cars or watches don’t matter to him and besides, he donates a lot of money to his country and tries to help the people there. That shows how it is, “he said. A shot worthy of “Roberto Carlos”Oliver Kragl spoke of one of his favorite goals, the one that put Donarumma in San Siro during a Milan-Frosinone. The German hit him with his left from 35 meters in a lack without barrier and well adjusted to the post. His left-footed shot is one of his best qualities and he described it for Goal, comparing himself to Roberto Carlos with a laugh. “It’s a gift. I know how to hit him, I’ve learned over the years. My thighs are not as wide as Roberto Carlos, but my shot is almost as strong. If I get to have his thighs, I think the ball would explode. “ assured.Benevento is the leader of Serie B with 20 points over Crotone, so if Italian football returns, it is most likely that Kragl’s cannon returns to the Calcium First Division.last_img read more

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O’Shaun Connection making waves at the track

first_imgPopular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.last_img read more

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Confident WI ready for Indian backlash, says Simmons

first_imgLAUDERHILL, Fort Lauderdale (CMC):Head coach Phil Simmons says West Indies will be bracing for a backlash from India stemming from their triumph in the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this year but expects his proven unit of T20 stars to execute when the two-match series bowls off over the weekend here.West Indies take on India tomorrow at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in the opening T20 before returning to the venue for the second match on Sunday.The last time the two teams met in a T20 contest was during the T20 World Cup semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last March when the Caribbean side spectacularly chased down 193 to win in the last over.”We prepare for the two days here the same way we would have prepared before. It’s just that India’s team has been together for longer. We have a way of preparing and we’ll do that over the next two days,” Simmons told a media conference here yesterday.WINDIES CELEBRATE”We’re trying to prepare as best as we can. The thing about it is that India will be coming looking for revenge for the semi-final loss and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for whatever they bring.”West Indies will be bracing for backlash from India following their semi-final triumph in the T20 World Cup last month.He added: “As in Mumbai, there’s more motivation just to beat India because I think that’s always going to be the team in the world to beat in T20 cricket because they’ve commanded the format for a long period, so winning against India is always going to be high on the agenda.”For the hastily arranged games here, West Indies have called up their leading T20 players with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, off-spinner Sunil Narine, and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and AndrÈ Russell all expected to feature.with the exception of Pollard and Narine, all the leading players were present for the T20 World Cup when West Indies won an unprecedented second title.Simmons said having a full-strength squad made life easier for West Indies, as most of the players possessed vast experienced in the shortest format.”It’s always good to have all the senior guys back, and they make things easy for me because it’s a case of them doing all the work as they know about this format inside out, so it gives me a chance to just enjoy them freeing up themselves out there,” the Trinidadian pointed out.He added: “In this context, it’s a case where we are World champions and it (T20s) is something we have sort of made our own, similar to back in the 80s when we made Test cricket our own.”last_img read more

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Lara set to headline Festival of Cricket again

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):Former West Indies captain Brian Lara will headline Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket for a third straight year when he turns out in the Twenty20 exhibition match on December 13.The iconic left-hander will line up alongside several ex-stars like Australians Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting in the game against Perth Scorchers.Former South Africa stroke-maker Herschelle Gibbs is also expected to fly in for the event.”The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Gilchrist said.”The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”Lara has proven to be the star of the event in the two previous fixtures, showing he had lost little of his touch by carving out half-centuries on each occasion.He is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his era, amassing 11,953 runs from 131 Tests to be the West Indies all-time leading run-scorer.The game, carded for Aquinas College Ground, also serves as a warm-up for Scorchers ahead of their Big Bash League campaign.last_img read more

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