STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

first_imgROSARIO, O’NEILL & HRONIS RACING LEAD WINTER MEET BELLAFINA TO LEAVE APRIL 29 FOR KENTUCKY OAKS DISTINCT SANTA ANITA FLAVOR IN ARKANSAS DERBY BAFFERT, MANDELLA SQUARE OFF IN ARKANSAS DERBYBob Baffert is in pursuit of his sixth Kentucky Derby victory. Richard Mandella is in pursuit of his first, having been blanked in six previous tries.The two Hall of Fame trainers, based side-by-side in barns at Santa Anita, square off with the two favorites Saturday in the Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, Baffert sending out 8-5 Improbable and Mandella 2-1 Omaha Beach.Seven riders formerly or currently based at Santa Anita are booked to ride in the Arkansas Derby, adding Southern California flavor. They are Tyler Baze, David Cohen, Jon Court, Stewart Elliott, Flavien Prat, Joel Rosario and Mike Smith.A son of the Danzig stallion War Front, Omaha Beach already has won at Oaklawn, capturing the second division of the Rebel Stakes by a nose over champion Game Winner on March 16. The Arkansas Derby, to be decided at a mile and an eighth, offers 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, 20 to the third-place finisher and 10 to the fourth.Would already having a win over the track be an advantage for Santa Anita-based Omaha Beach? Not necessarily, says private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.“It’s more beneficial that he’s the best horse, I think,” Young said. “I like Improbable, but the way Omaha Beach has worked and galloped, I think he’s a real race horse.”Four of the five leaders in Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch are based at Santa Anita, and five of the last seven winners of the Run for the Roses were headquartered in Southern California: I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014), American Pharoah (2015), Nyquist (2016) and Justify (2018).American Pharoah and Justify were Triple Crown champions trained by Baffert.Four of the above were based at Santa Anita, the exception being California Chrome, who called Los Alamitos home.“It’s kind of ironic with everything that’s gone on at Santa Anita this winter that if me and a lot of other people had to name a Kentucky Derby winner on three notes, as they said on ‘Name That Tune,’ right now it would be the two Baffert horses (Roadster and Game Winner) and Omaha Beach,” Young said. “Improbable might even be the fourth horse.“Nothing against horses that won the other preps, but I think the Kentucky Derby trophy’s coming back to California again this year.”Fans at Santa Anita can watch and wager on the final major prep for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. The Arkansas Derby goes as the 11th of 12 races with a scheduled post time of 4:43 p.m. Pacific Time.The field: Improbable, Jose Ortiz, 8-5; Six Shooter, David Cohen, 30-1;Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 2-1; Tikhvin Flew, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Laughing Fox, Ricardo Santana Jr., 20-1; Gray Attempt, Stewart Elliott, 8-1; Galilean, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Country House, Joel Rosario, 12-1; One Flew South, Calvin Borel, 50-1; Jersey Agenda, Ramon Vazquez, 30-1; and Long Range Toddy, Jon Court, 5-1.ARCH PRINCE SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN TOKYO CITY CUPE-Racing.Com already is in the black on a $32,000 claim made on Arch Prince last September, but trainer Brian Koriner hopes the Kentucky-bred son of Arch can add to that sum when he makes his stakes debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup for older horses at a mile and a half on the main track.“I think the distance might help him,” Koriner said. A five-year-old gelding, Arch Prince broke his maiden going a mile and an eighth on turf and is coming off six straight races at a mile on dirt. With a 4-2-2 record from 23 starts, he has earned $106,045.Santa Anita features the 15th annual Tokyo City Cup celebration Sunday with a plethora of Japanese cultural events, performances and delicious cuisine.The Tokyo City Cup, race six of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: $2,000 supplemental nominee Campaign, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Acker, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Full of Luck, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Arch Prince, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; and Beach View, Flavien Prat, 7-5.BELLAFINA LEAVES APRIL 29 FOR KENTUCKY OAKSBellafina, smashing 5 ¾-length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last Saturday, is on course for the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3.“I think we’ll have her first breeze back a week from today (April 19),” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the bay daughter of Quality Road for Kaleem Shah. “She’ll just breeze twice before we go to Kentucky.“She’s booked on an April 29 flight.”ROSARIO, O’NEILL, HRONIS RACING LLC WINTER KINGSWith the Winter portion of Santa Anita’s 47-day meet concluded last Sunday, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will be recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award.Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82nd running read more

Belgium bans selfies and autographs by Coronavirus

first_imgThe Belgian league emphasizes that “the current situation requires special attention and follow-up but it is not necessary to panic,” but has introduced a series of guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic, following the recommendations of the Belgian Federal Health Service. In addition to preventing fans from approaching soccer players, journalists will not be allowed to interview athletes less than a meter away and it is recommended to avoid shaking hands or kissing to greet and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, as well as wash your hands frequently.The Pro League have also asked fans to feel sick don’t go to the stadiums this weekend while soccer players are asked to avoid “useless direct contacts as much as possible”, so the greetings at the beginning and end of the matches have been suppressed. However, no match has been suspended or forced to play any game behind closed doors.. The Belgian football league Pro League has adopted on Thursday a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which affects at least 50 people in the country, including prohibit players from taking selfies with fans. “Contacts with players are not desirable for now. Therefore we ask fans to do not ask for autographs, handshakes, selfies and shirts for players during this period“, indicate the organizers of the competition in a statement.last_img

The CCJ Ruling would restore Guyana to a democratic state

first_imgDear Editor,The CCJ will make its ruling today, and all eyes are focused on this event. The reason for me saying this is that, barring a sweeping or comprehensive ruling, Granger is still in control, which automatically leads to the rigging of the next election.In that regard, careful attention has to be placed on that aspect of the ruling as to whether the GECOM Chairman remains in office, or not; that is the main issue under consideration.I am not in the least interested in the 34 absolute majority nonsense passed by The Guyana Court of Appeal. That, in itself, is a non-issue; 33 is the greater half of a 65-seat parliament, and that is final, end of discussion.The Caribbean Court cannot rule otherwise. Therefore, whether Patterson remains at the helm of GECOM is our main concern. Because, once he remains in office, the floodgates of the PNC are open for a barefaced, full-fledged rigging exercise of the next election. The plans are already in place for this age-old PNC strategy to materialise; which can become a reality if the CCJ makes the horrendous mistake of having him remain in office.I am optimistic that the Caribbean’s final court had taken careful note of Guyana’s disgraceful electoral history, wherein rigging was a way of life once the PNC was in office. It is a disgraceful part of history that we do not want to relive; we want this dark cloud to be removed from our country.For that very same reason, Granger handpicked Mr. Patterson for the job. he had this plan all up his sleeves when he rejected 18 names provided by the Opposition Leader and unilaterally appointed Patterson. His motive was as clear as day for that move. Uppermost in Granger’s mind was the fact that, should things come to a head, as they already have, then he should be afforded the grand opportunity to fall back on Plan B, and that is, to hold a fraudulent electoral process with the expressed blessings of his handpicked GECOM Chairman.This has been the PNC’s modus operandi for 28 years, and if push comes to shove, it would be tried again. So, to this end, the Carter Formula which is engraved in our Constitution must be reactivated and made to work again. Democracy must take its rightful place again. The rights of the people of this great country must be re-energised and respected again. Other than this, the vision of a new, prosperous and democratic Guyana and CARICOM has been in vain.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img

BYC II Thrashes Sime Darby 8-1

first_imgFormer Gedi & Sons striker, Terry Sackor has erupted his first six goals in a friendly game last Tuesday, ending all talk of a dry spell as he led a 8-1 demolition of Sime Darby FC for BYC II to scare their opponents in the pending 2014/2015 LFA League.Last season, BYC II settled second in a 10-team zone which was topped by Nimba United, while FC Fassell headed the Zone of eight, followed by Aries of the 2nd division League.The BYC II hit-man intermittently followed Wesley Washington who netted a double, in a stunning 90-minute span to convincingly thrash the Palm Oil Boys who are struggling to regain management’s support.Terry’s six goals on the Blue Field gave him a tally to 7 goals in two friendly matches as he beautifully hit his opener on Friday which sealed the 3-0 win against Gardnersville FC.“His performance left his coach almost awe-struck at Sime Darby’s helpless defenders,” Joshua Neah, a die-hard fan of BYC Football told the Daily Observer via mobile phone.He added: “What more can be said? Terry has improved just as the team has. This is the first time he has scored six goals in a game and that is good news for everyone, for him, for the team and in terms of the upcoming LFA League.”Terry’s outburst might have moved him ahead of teammates George Dauda, Wesley Washington and Sam Jackson to have grabbed the title they missed last year.After the goalless first half, Randy Dukuly was replaced with George Dauda who drew the first blood in the 49th minute through a penalty-kick. Another substitute player, Sam Jackson who took over from Joekie Flomo, increased the tally in the 61st minute and Wonder boy Terry Sackor sealed the score 3-0 in the 83rd minute.Also, in a friendly, football giants, BYC I drew goalless with LISCR FC at home last Friday.Meanwhile, the youthful BYC II is expected to host another 2nd division outfit, Holder FC today, at 3:00pm on the Blue Field.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

FOR THE RECORD Alabama widens textbook probe

first_imgFrom news services The University of Alabama is investigating the distribution of textbooks to athletes on scholarship in all sports after five football players were suspended for violating rules covering free books for course work. The internal probe, announced in a news release Monday, is to determine if any scholarship athletes violated NCAA rules by obtaining more textbooks than they were allotted for their own classes. The Alabama case surfaced just days after the NCAA put Ball State on probation for two years because of misuse by athletes in several sports of a textbook loan program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alabama starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, tailback Glen Coffee and defensive backs Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended for Alabama’s 41-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. University officials said the suspensions involved impermissible receipt of textbooks. Coach Nick Saban said Monday the players used “poor judgment,” but that the university’s textbook distribution system for athletes also failed the players. “No one at the university wants me to say it, but it’s true,” Saban said in a speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Athletic Department officials said the length of the suspensions for the five football players has not been determined. All five players will be permitted to practice with the football team, which is off this week. ETC.: One of two men accused of shooting at five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and other counts in Pittsburgh. Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus one count of conspiracy and a weapons count. … British boxer Amir Khan was found guilty of careless driving, banned from the road for six months and fined $2,050. He was accused of running a red light and knocking down a pedestrian last year. McLaren filed an appeal in an effort to get four driers disqualified from last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and give the Formula One title to British rookie Lewis Hamilton. The four drivers were investigated for fuel irregularities following Sunday’s race, but governing body FIA said several hours later that there was not enough evidence to penalize them. Hamilton, who had been leading the drivers’ standings before the final race of the season, finished seventh and wound up in second place overall, one point behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. After the race, FIA opened an investigation into possible fuel irregularities involving BMW-Sauber and Williams, whose drivers finished fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th in the race. Three of the four drivers who were investigated finished ahead of Hamilton. If two of them were disqualified, Hamilton would move up and claim the title ahead of Raikkonen. ETC.: A dirt track racer died after a crash during weekend qualifying at the Abilene (Texas) Speedway. Ryan Bard of Farmington, N.M., died early Monday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he was being treated for burns, according to the International Motor Contest Association. The 23-year-old Bard, a competitor in the association’s Southern SportMod division, was injured Sunday when his car rolled over and caught fire during a qualifying race for the Southern Challenge. Roger Federer avoided a rare second straight loss, holding on to beat Michael Berrer of Germany, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in the first round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Federer lost to David Nalbandian on Sunday in the Madrid Masters final. The last time the top-ranked Swiss player lost two straight ATP Tour matches was in May 2003. ETC.: Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Max Mirnyi, 6-2, 6-2, and advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open. … Benjamin Becker of Germany had 19 aces in defeating Arnaud Clement of France, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Lyon (France) Grand Prix. … Karin Knapp rallied to defeat Michaella Krajicek, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the first round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Ousted U.S. women’s coach Greg Ryan said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments during his tenure. A day after U.S. Soccer officials announced Ryan’s contract wouldn’t be renewed, Ryan said winning the bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup was a nice achievement. “I am pleased with what we achieved over the past three years,” Ryan said in an e-mail. “It is amazing that this `new’ team lost only one game during this period. “I am very proud of the bronze medal that we won in the 2007 World Cup. Playing in the most difficult group and on foreign soil, these players earned third place, matching the finish our team had in 2003 playing at home.” Ryan was widely criticized for his decision to bench goalie Hope Solo in favor of Briana Scurry for a semifinal match against Brazil that the top-ranked U.S. team lost. The U.S. was 45-1-9 in three years under Ryan, but the 4-0 loss to Brazil was seen as a failure to win his only major tournament. ETC.: Injured Chivas USA forward Ante Razov has vowed he will return to participate in this year’s playoffs. Cal State Dominguez Hills has been selected to host the 2007 California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s soccer championships, Commissioner Robert J. Hiegert announced. The CCAA Championships are scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at Toro Stadium. The event will feature four men’s and four women’s teams competing over three days with the winners claiming the conference title. … Marika Domanski-Lyfors resigned as the national coach of the China women’s team. … Arsenal and Manchester United moved closer to a place in the next round of the Champions League with big victories that extended the perfect starts for the English clubs. Arsenal beat visiting Slavia Prague, 7-0, to equal the biggest margin of victory in the competition’s history. English champion United won, 4-2, at Dynamo Kiev. … Former FC Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Guardiola was cleared of doping charges in Brescia, Italy and his seven-month suspended prison sentence was overturned on appeal. … Ireland manager Steve Staunton was fired following his team’s failure to qualify for next year’s European Championship. Cycling’s governing body denied that Spanish rider Iban Mayo had been cleared of doping allegations related to the 2007 Tour de France, and called for a new test of his backup sample. Anne Gripper, anti-doping chief for the International Cycling Union, took issue with the Spanish cycling federation’s announcement Monday that Mayo’s “B” sample had come back negative. “It wasn’t a negative `B’ sample – it was an inconclusive `B’ sample,” Gripper told The Associated Press at a two-day Paris conference on doping in cycling. ETC.: American Levi Leipheimer will join Astana, reuniting with former colleagues Johan Bruyneel and Alberto Contador from the now-defunct Discovery Channel team. North Carolina State women’s coach Kay Yow has resumed chemotherapy in her fight against breast cancer. The 65-year-old Hall of Fame coach had stopped chemotherapy for five months during the offseason in favor of less demanding hormonal treatments. Motorsports Tennis Soccer The original prognostication of his sprained knee called for Razov’s recovery to take four to six weeks, just in time for the MLS Cup final. “No, no, clearly before that,” Razov said. “I can’t give you a date but it will be before that. We’ve talked maybe Nov. 10 for the semifinals but possibly for the second game against Kansas City.” … Cycling College basketball Boxing Jermain Taylor has exercised the rematch clause in his contract with Kelly Pavlik, Taylor’s promoter said. Pavlik (32-0) stopped Taylor (27-1-1) in the seventh round Sept. 29 to win the middleweight title. Lou DiBella, Taylor’s promoter, said the rematch would likely be at 166 pounds, six pounds higher than the middleweight limit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Eddie Howe hails Cherries stars for not letting standards drop

first_img1 Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe feels his side’s achievement of staying in the Premier League again will probably take some time to sink in.The Cherries travel to Leicester for Sunday’s finale safe for another campaign among the elite having eclipsed last season’s tally, now on 45 points following just two defeats – against the top two – out of their last 11 matches.Victory at the King Power Stadium coupled with results elsewhere going their way and could see Howe’s side end up as high as eighth.It has been some rise for the south-coast club, who started the decade in League Two.Howe, a former Cherries player, understands just how far they have come – and the continuing battles ahead to retain that hard-earned status.“It has been a good season to this point and we want to finish on a high if we can. Our end-of-season form has been very strong,” Howe said.“The first year was tough, everything we expected it to be.“The second season we felt would be different in many ways, potentially harder and I think that has been the case.“I don’t think there has been any surprises for us, the pitfalls of the second season have been there, but we have managed to control them and the players deserve a lot of credit for not letting standards drop.“The work rate has been there and the attitude has been there. When those two things have been there then we are a very difficult team to play against.”Howe added at a press conference: “There have been several moments to look back on and it is difficult for me to really appreciate them in season, it is only when you sit back and reflect in the summer.“The Liverpool games, home and away, were obviously big ones, they were special days for us, as well as beating Everton here, drawing with Tottenham here, which were not only great results but they were excellent performances.“The draw at Old Trafford especially in the circumstances and how that point came about was also a heroic effort from the players.”Having now established themselves in the Premier League, Bournemouth can look to bring in a calibre of player which at one time fans could only have dreamed off.The Cherries have been linked with summer moves for Chelsea trio John Terry, Nathan Ake and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as well as Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe, who had a loan spell with the Bournemouth earlier in his career.“The two years in the Premier League certainly help (attract players),” said Howe.“The first year there is a hesitation before wanting to commit to the club because they don’t just want to be a Premier League player for one season, and a lot of players have that in mind.“The fact we have been able to stay in the Premier League for two years gives us a stronger base to appeal to those players.” Eddie Howe last_img

St Michael’s finish league season with narrow defeat at home to Termon

first_imgSt. Michael’s NotesAll County LeagueThe seniors played their final league match of the season against Termon at the Burn Road on Saturday last.  After a high scoring game the hosts ran out the winners by the narrowest of margins winning on a scoreline of Termon 5-10 St. Michael’s 3-15. St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 1,6,7,13,14,19.  The Match 5 winner was Gavin McTeague Gortnalake Creeslough who won €100. This weeks Jackpot be €2500.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook . St. Michael’s Bingo SessionThe €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Ava Murray Creeslough; €75 on the 10th Game was won by Noreen McGinley Birchhill Creeeslough.  The €100 on the Snowball game was won by Ann Hewitson Kildarragh. Please note that there is a new format at the Bingo Session in Creeslough now.  All lines €30, 2 Houses at €75, All other Houses at €50, Sheet: €30 Line, €100 House, The Snowball is now €1,000 on 45 Numbers or less.The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Patrons please note that this Months 50 Club Draw will take place at the bingo session in Dunfanaghy on this Sunday night the 13th November.National Club Draw St. Michael’s Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks.  All support would be greatly appreciated for this important fundraising event for the club.  Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw.2017 Season Tickets& Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games. Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardSt. Michael’s Minor Board AGMThe  Minor Board AGM takes place in Creeslough Day Centre on Tuesday 22nd November at 8pm .Registration  for the new year will take place on the same night from 7-8pm and afterwards the AGM .Numbers are very big this year so we need more people involved – all help welcome and no experience is necessary . We need a parent to be present for each child registered, Due to changes in the Registration process. All children need to be registered at the AGM, So one parent to attend. Looking forward to seeing you on the night.AcademyThe Academy continues on Sunday’s  St Michael ‘s Clubhouse, for 4 – 6 year olds read more

Perfect starts give West credibility

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 USC has won back-to-back national championships, Heisman Trophy candidates Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. But No. 20 UCLA plays host to the big game in town this weekend, against No. 10 California in a matchup of undefeated teams. Across town, No. 1 USC plays Arizona in what should equate to little more than a tuneup for Notre Dame next week. UCLA and USC are each 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 1988, and a combined crowd of better than 150,000 at the Rose Bowl and Coliseum today would set a single-day record. College football is king in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of buzz because they seem like they’re on a collision course to meet later in the year,” said Charles Arbuckle, a college football analyst for ESPNU and former UCLA tight end. “USC is so strong and for so long, the hardest part for me was that even if we were really good, they always gave us a good game. Now they’ve really separated themselves and Pete Carroll has done an excellent job recruiting. The quarterback engineered an exhilarating second-half comeback to complete one of college football’s best finishes last week. The tight end draws double-team coverage every down because he is a mismatch for any defender on the field. The running back, who has freakishly muscular legs, hurdles would-be tacklers as though he was playing a game of leap frog. He also is a threat to score every time he returns a punt, although opponents aren’t inclined to give him many opportunities. “Karl (Dorrell) is bringing back the tradition. Those (UCLA) guys are playing with a different attitude and different swagger, which was what made me go there from Houston.” Arbuckle played on the 1988 UCLA team that started 7-0 but lost to Washington State. Later that season, USC, playing without Heisman candidate Rodney Peete (measles) defeated UCLA and Heisman candidate Troy Aikman 31-22. Peete, a co-host on Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show Period, remembers how the city was so into college football back then. “It was a great, great time,” he said. “The year before (in 1987) we met and the game decided who went to the Rose Bowl. I remember it being exciting because it built off the previous year. There was a lot of hype on USC and UCLA. You go back to the history of the two teams and see how often that game decided who was going to the Rose Bowl. “Even though I’m an ‘SC guy, I wanted UCLA to be undefeated and for that game to come down to who wins the Pac-10. The whole city gets behind it.” UCLA players won’t talk too much about the prospect of being unbeaten when they play USC on Dec. 3, but it’s hard to ignore the fact it has been 17 years since both schools have enjoyed such success. “It’d be a dream,” UCLA linebacker Justin London said. “But we’ll continue to let it be a dream until we make that happen.” Said USC linebacker Oscar Lua: “It’d be great. It would just extend the rivalry.” The schools have met with undefeated records three times – 1939, 1952 and 1969. Can you imagine a fourth? “Absolutely. As big as the city is, it’s a football city,” said Ken Norton Jr., USC’s linebackers coach and a former UCLA linebacker. “It’s great when both teams are doing well. There’s a lot of fans in this city and it’s split down the middle. It’s a great rivalry.” USC has done plenty to dissuade the theory that the best football is played in the South. This year’s success of UCLA, Cal and Arizona State has given West Coast football a measure of credibility. Carnell Lake, a former Bruin who played on the 1988 team and had a successful NFL career, will be an honorary captain Saturday at the Rose Bowl – his first time back since being inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2000. Lake lives with his family in Jacksonville and finds himself defending West Coast football “all the time.” “Being in the Southeast, everyone talks about Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Miami, Florida State and I constantly remind them when I was playing at UCLA we did very well against East Coast teams and Midwest teams,” he said. “The team that wins the national title brings a lot of attention. read more

COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS HIT RIGHT NOTE WITH DONEGAL HOSPICE

first_imgMembers of the Colaiste Ailigh Choir and Musical Group take part in the service.All 47 members of the Coláiste Ailigh’s choir and musical group took part in the Donegal Hospice’s Annual Carol service under the watchful eye of music teacher, Maria Uí Thaidhg.Before the service began, Coláiste Ailigh’s head Girl, Dearbhile Ní Chathail presented a cheque for €1,200 to Lucy Mc Gettigan, clinical nurse and manager of the inpatient unit of the Donegal Hospice.The money was raised from the Ailigh girl’s participation in the Flora ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin. Also in photo below is Micheál Ó Giobúin, Príomhoide, Aoife Nic Uait and Alan Bucknell, PRO of the Donegal Hospice committee.COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS HIT RIGHT NOTE WITH DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Colaiste Ailighdonegal hospicelast_img

Uganda draws Lesotho and Zanzibar in on going tournaments

first_imgUganda U20 side, The Hippos captain Shaban Muhammad is available for the semi finals after completing his one match suspension. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–After both the senior Cranes team and the U20’s qualified past the group stages in their respective tournaments, the teams that they are to face in the semi finals have been known.In Kenya where the 2017 CECAFA senior challenge cup is on going, the Mens national football team, the Cranes will tussle it out with group A runners up Zanzibar on Friday.The Cranes struggled to top group B requiring a late Derrick Nsibambi goal in their final group game with Ethiopia to ensure that they go through and the progression came at a cost as left back Isaac Muleme was sent off for two bookable offenses.Burundi would have topped the group with a win over South Sudan the following day but could only manage a goalless draw hence finishing level on points with Uganda. With Uganda holding a superior goal difference, the Cranes therefore topped the group.Their opponents on Friday have so far been the surprise of the tournament winning two of their four games in the group including a famous 3-1 win over Rwanda on opening day.The 1995 CECAFA champions will be hoping they can upset the odds once a gain when they play the 14 time record holders on Friday.On the other hand, the U20 side which is currently in Zambia will be playing group C winners Lesotho on Thursday at the Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.The Hippos will be boosted by the return from suspension of star player and captain Muhammad Shaban for the semis.Matia Lule’s charges clearly struggled in the last game against Malawi minus their talisman but were lucky to get a late strike from Vipers FC striker Steven Mukwala whcih enured progression to the semis and top sport in group A.Lesotho came through their group(C) with an identical record like the Hippos after winning one and drawing two but with goals not coming easily, they will need to step up against a Ugandan side who have scored in all their group games.Commentslast_img