first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “”Bob (Baffert) told me to be sure to warm her up real good and to get her running away from there.  She did and we had a good tactical spot.  I was just sitting on her, but I had to get after Selcourt a little early because it looked like she was running pretty easy on the lead.”JOE TALAMO, SELCOURT, SECOND: “She flew out of there, she broke like a shot today and we got to set our own fractions. She was very relaxed and hat’s off to the winner. Man, Marley’s Freedom has been able to string some really nice races together. I was really proud of my mare today though. Even when Marley’s Freedom came to her, she was fighting. I thought we were going to steal it there for a second at the top of the lane.”OWNER QUOTESBARBARA PERRY, MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “She (Marley’s Freedom) is amazing… she just is a gift from God, she’s so sweet and so much fun to be around and she just lays it down every time she runs.”RON PERRY MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “We call what Marley does, she doesn’t stalk she hunts. She was hunting Selcort (Second) all the way down the backside, Drayden (Van Dyke) had an intent to sit on her and not let her get away and that’s what he did, he ran a perfect race, she ran a perfect race.”RON – “My t-shirt is indeed a tradition (black tee under his open dress shirt with an image of Bob Marley on it) any time she runs. Two years ago I traded a gentleman in a bar in Oakland for a dress shirt.”BARBARA – “Rick physically runs while she races, and I cheer.”RON – “Yes. I drift down to about the eighth pole and I help her make her run down the lane. The thanks need to go to Bob, and Jimmy, and Pasquale and the entire team. They do an amazing job and they brought her to a different level. She’s a great horse and in their hands she’s almost perfect.” BARBARA – “It all starts with them team from the very beginning and the farm even. Everybody has worked together and Bob has just been absolutely amazing with (her). She is just a completely different horse with him. She’s so special and so sweet. She loves her job but she’s such a love in the barn as well.”NOTES: The winning owner is Cicero Farms LLC.Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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first_imgGuedes, an injured starValencia has had endless physical problems so far this season, to the point of reciting the eleven head of Celades by heart. With Ferran Torres in a state of grace, the name of Gonçalo Guedes has been falling into oblivion. However, the extreme has returned and before Atlético de Madrid he gave a brushstroke that his football promises to give many joys to Valencianism. For now, yes, it will have a gradual entry to prevent relapse. Tremendously punished for injuries, now receives the opportunity to claim in the decisive months. In his boots there is a differential footballer and intends to show it. In Mestalla, there are more examples of aspirants to be reborn: KangIn Lee, Gameiro, Kondogbia …JOSE JORDAN & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Gonçalo Guedes is back.JOSE JORDAN (AFP) More names: Umtiti, Marcos Llorente …The greats have the plus of having deep templates and the handicap of the difficulty that all players suppose to maintain competitive drive. Setién has met him with Samuel Umtiti, which went from injured to clear substitute for Lenglet. With the march of Todibo, it was necessary to have three centrals of the highest level and the new technician pointed it in the notebook. Before Betis and Getafe, two meetings of maximum demand, gave the title to the French defender. This, far from its best level, has not unraveled or made mistakes of bulk. Rakitic It is another of those recovered for the cause, although it is far from its level in previous years. Ansu Fati, now headline without Suarez, also points to the role change.Cholo Simeone, on the other hand, usually shows full confidence in his men, but neither Marcos Llorente nor Vrsaljko They enjoyed that privilege. The side spent the first 20 days of injured championship and not expected to return with gallons. He has done it, no doubt, with four consecutive games playing minutes. The midfielder played residual minutes and has now taken a step forward. There are already four consecutive titles in his legs and a goal against Valencia as a guarantee. He arrived as a star signing and now his technician gives him the opportunity to claim. For now, he is doing it. The next one for the study will be Diego Costa. LaLiga Santander gives second chances. There are 38 days, with injuries, penalties and players that inevitably go from ostracism to glory in a matter of weeks. Of those who hoard covers at the beginning, they accuse the arrival of winter and are reborn when the thermometers rise again. This season was not going to be less and many of them live in their own flesh the difficulty of being regular in a competition as demanding as the First Division in Spain. After 24 days, it’s time to catch gallons again.El Celta de Vigo is the great representative of the above. Óscar García’s team has gained oxygen in the lower part thanks to a win against Sevilla and a creditable draw at Santiago Bernabéu. All from the hand of Rafinha, Denis Suárez and Santi Mina, keys in recent successes. The three arrived as elite signings, to try to turn around the situation last season and jump to European positions. Only the first has had continuity, although with respect to the eleven holder. In his game it has not been like that, although he has been reborn in the last days. The chroniclers of AS have valued him with three pikes three times; with two in another encounter; and only skated, with one, in the draw against Eibar.Denis Suárez and Santi Mina, unlike their partner, have gradually fallen from the lineups. However, they made a capital goal morally. The former Barcelona, ​​newly incorporated to the pitch, leaked a devilish pass to the forward, who beat Courtois. A bit that can recover them for the final stretch after a severe bump in Ecuador. They needed it. And more before a Real Madrid, who also believes in the second options. For the moment, Bale and Marcelo have not taken advantage of them. Yes he has Isco Alarcón, key in the creation and, even, being part of a new system: 4-5-1. The Malaga is not the undisputed holder, but Zidane knows he is in the boat. He has moved from a substitute in the staff to the capital player.last_img read more

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first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Celtics’ Smart ‘ecstatic’ to have summer in limbo over “He’s been talking about how it’s not the way he has been playing in the states in terms of the physicality, in terms of the defense and in terms of how the team concepts are played,” Tang said.He also commended Gutang for his competitive attitude and how he would always find ways to win.“Justin’s game is Justin’s game. There’s nothing more than I can hide with him,” he said.While Tang recognized Gutang as a competitor, the rookie said that he will always have room for improvement. Ma. Angelica D. GarciaADVERTISEMENT The rookie only had eight markers on a 2-for-7 shooting in the Blazers’ loss against Perpetual last July 13.“I just kept on grinding in practice and I always listen to coach because he kind of criticized me last game so I really needed to prove myself in this game,” Gutang said after their 90-79 victory over Mapua at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Blazers head coach TY Tang said Gutang is still adjusting to the play style here in the Philippines, which is a totally different playing field compared to California.READ: NCAA: Hotshooting St. Benilde recovers, drubs Mapua Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Justin Gutang made up for his last game’s poor showing and delivered 17 points and 10 assists to power St. Benilde to its first win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgIn many parts of rural Liberia the hardship being experienced by hundreds of commuters forced to board overcrowded vehicles shows no signs of going away.Many of these commuters are calling for urgent steps to be instituted in order to save lives and properties throughout rural Liberia.There are fewer vehicles being seen on Liberia’s rural roads, causing the ones that remain to hike their fares and expose passengers to the risks caused by over-loading.Commercial vehicle operators told the Daily Observer recently in Voinjama, that they were forced to overload their cars owing to what they alleged was “extortion of money” from them by security officers at most of the check points on the highways.In a two-part trip to Northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County in the months of February and March 2014, the extortion of money was visibly observed at several security check points in Lofa County.Commercial drivers and other public service transport providers said they set special budgets aside to ensure their unhindered passage through some of the security check points.“We have to fill the pockets of security officers at some of the check points or else they cause us serious delays and unnecessary embarrassment,” Selekie Fofana, a driver said.“I am aware that I’m risking the lives of our people simply because I want to make profit and take care of my family too,” Mr. Fofana stated.Some business people pointed out that they have to take risks and undergo constraints due to inadequate commercial vehicles plying the highways in the rural areas.Mr. Francis B. Kazarku, an importer of used clothes and plastic dishes, said he has no other option but to place his goods on commercial trucks because there are not enough cars on the highways.Mr. Kazarku pointed out that the Liberian Government and its partners have been unable to provide adequate public service vehicles to help address the challenges faced by rural Liberians.Sarah Edgar Allen, a restaurant caterer in Voinjama, told the Daily Observer that she has endured many challenges in transporting the goods necessary to operate her business.Ms. Allen indicated that she has not been able to generate a profit but was still in business owing to the fact that there are limited alternatives in other areas.She said during the peak of the Rainy Season, commercial drivers are in the habit of hiking transport fares owing to the deplorable condition of the road. This practice takes place every year to the detriment of business people using the Gbarnga/ Voinjama highway.In response to allegations of extortion, the Daily Observer had a brief chat with some security personnel in Voinjama, who pointed out that incentives to live in rural Liberia are not enough to meet their everyday socio-economic needs.One security personnel, who asked not to be named, joked: “Where one ties a goat, it is where that goat survives and the rule of the jungle says the strongest shall survive in the midst of a struggle.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Liberia Karate Federation (LKF) under the sponsorship of its president John Horace is undergoing intensive training in preparation for an upcoming Post-Ebola- Kata competition at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street on May 30.Mr. Horace noted in an interview that the competition will be the best karate Kata display by participants. He said further, “As I speak, all Karate schools are now opened and all athletes are presently undergoing training to be part of the competition.”Speaking further, Horace said since Karate is a contact sport, his administration has decided to organize this competition to tell  Liberians and the world that Ebola has finally being kicked out of the country and all its  athletes are fit and in good shape.“Ebola requires touch and therefore in keeping with this, the federation wants to make sure we tell Liberians that Ebola is gone and we are still alive, and are still intact,” Horace said.Horace added that hosting this competition is the LKF‘s own way to creating awareness that the deadly Ebola virus which plagued this nation early last year is no more.Horace called on all athletes, sports officials and the Liberian public to join them at the Sports Commission to make the program a success.LKF’s vice president Teddy Jackson explained that the competition will be held in three categories beginning from the cadet stage, yellow belt, and the black belt stages in three zones.Jackson said prizes will be awarded to first place winners in all three zones beginning with silver and bronze medals and cash prizes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img UCR BASEBALL The UC Riverside baseball team used a six-run fifth inning to beat the University of Portland Sunday afternoon in front of 273 fans at the Riverside Baseball Complex. Redshirt freshman first baseman Mark Samuelson led the way for the Highlanders (12-9), going 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBI to give junior starting pitcher Dan Runzler his first win of the season and avoid a sweep by Portland (9-5). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team won its second consecutive California Commission on Athletics championship in a row with an 80-51 win over Sierra on Sunday. The championship by the Mounties, who were the No. 1-seeded team in the South, was also their third in the last four seasons. The appearance by Sierra was their first in the championship game. “What a great accomplishment for our sophomores,” said Mounties head coach Laura Beeman. “They went 73-3 in their two years and were able to maintain their composure all season long. We didn’t talk at all about what happened the year before and I think their ability to maintain their focus went a long way in our run to the title.” From the outset of the game, Mt. SAC (37-1) was able to keep pressure on the Wolverines, who ended their season at 32-5. Coming off an impressive win over Pasadena City College the night before, Sierra found themselves playing from behind. Whereas their shots fell against the Lancers, the Wolverines were unable to get the same bounces, while the Mounties were right there to pull down 40 rebounds on the night. center_img It was a balanced attack by the Mounties, who had 12 different scorers on the day, with Chari Smith (16 points, six rebounds) and Tonica Tademy (14 points, seven assists) led the way for the Mounties. For the Wolverines, they collected 12 points from Sarah McVicar, while Morgan Ragan came off the bench to add 11 points and four rebounds. “Nobody really expected us to get this far, so this is such a great accomplishment for our team,” said Sierra coach Brandie Murrish, who was named the Northern California Coach of the Year. “The pressure wasn’t on us, but we went out there and competed the best we could. I couldn’t have dreamed for a season like this.” The Mounties opened the game by scoring the first 13 points of the game and rode that to a 43-22 lead at intermission. Sierra shot only 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field in the first 20 minutes, while Mt. SAC was hitting its shots at a 52 percent (15-of-29) clip. On the day, the Mounties made 48 percent of their shots to 26 percent for the Wolverines. The Broncos were unable to come up with a point against No. 20 Rollins and fell, 9-0, at the Kellogg Tennis Complex. Cal Poly Pomona (3-7) dropped five of the six singles contests in straight sets. Rollins improved to 9-1 on the season. CAL POLY TENNIS last_img read more

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first_imgThe Argentine’s lightning strike after just 73 seconds was followed by a second from the spot to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s English side reeling.But the 30-year-old missed two further chances to hammer home Juventus’s advantage in the first half, with striking the crossbar with a second penalty on the stroke of half-time.Kane had pulled Tottenham back into the tie, beating veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon on 35 minutes with Eriksen whipping in the second with a 70th-minute free-kick to leave it all to play for in London next month.“The team showed real character to come here and challenge a team like Juventus,” said Pochettino who blamed the inexperience of his side for their sluggish start.“I think we weren’t focused and it was difficult to manage the first seven minutes. I’m very happy that it’s still open and we’re going to play the second leg in London.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned they would be ready to challenge again for a place in the quarter-finals after extending their unbeaten run at home in Champions League fixtures to 23 games.“I don’t think there is any need to be depressed. If someone thought that Juventus could win 4-0 they were way off,” said Allegri.“Tottenham had a great game and turned things around.“After going 2-0 up we stopped playing, but part of that was also down to Tottenham’s performance. They are a very physical and technical team.”– Higuain’s lightning start –Pochettino’s side looked down and out after the first ten minutes with Miralem Pjanic lifting a free-kick into the penalty area and an unmarked Higuain volleying past Hugo Lloris, despite being in an offside position.Juventus took control thanks to Higuain’s double, but the striker later missed a penalty © AFP / Miguel MEDINAHiguain’s second came from a penalty after Ben Davies fouled Federico Bernardeschi, with Lloris diving the right way but unable to stop the powerful drive.Higuain almost had a hat-trick, picking up a Pjanic pass to outfox two Spurs defenders only to shoot just wide.Buffon twice saved from Kane, including a header from point-blank range, before the striker finally broke through.Spurs began to take control, only for Serge Aurier to concede another spot-kick by hacking down Douglas Costa, but Higuain was denied a treble by the crossbar.Kane pulled Spurs back from the brink, latching onto a Dele Alli pass to round a helpless Buffon who had advanced off his line, making no mistake in front of goal.It was 24-year-old Kane’s seventh goal in Europe’s top club competition this season and puts him level with Steven Gerrard for the most scored by an English player in a single Champions League campaign.Kane was delighted to take two valuable away goals into the second leg at Wembley, meaning Juventus have to outscore Spurs to win.Asked if he feared his side were about to sink without trace after Higuain’s double strike, Kane told BT Sport: “We could have done, away from home in the Champions League. It showed character.“It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. Great result.”Dane Eriksen got the second from a free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Alli, sending it low past a wrong-footed Buffon, who should have done better.“We are sure we will have chances at Wembley,” said Eriksen.“We go into that game full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it.”Jan Vertonghen did well to prevent a late Higuain winner when he slid to intercept a Costa cross to prevent the Argentine tapping in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eriksen’s second-half free-kick completed a stirring Spurs comeback © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Feb 14 – Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Tottenham back from the brink to hold Juventus 2-2 in Turin, spoiling what had looked set to be a Gonzalo Higuain one-man show in the Champions League last 16, first leg in Turin on Tuesday.Higuain had put Juventus — losing finalists twice in the past three seasons — two goals up within the first nine minutes at the Allianz Stadium.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have been placed with Qatar’s Al Rayyan in Group D of the AFC Champions League, meaning they will play home-and-away fixtures despite the kingdom’s travel ban on its Gulf neighbour © AFP/File / Ali AL-ARIFIDubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan 28 – Saudi and UAE football authorities said on Sunday their teams will play Asian Champions League away matches in Qatar despite a travel ban they have imposed on their Gulf neighbour.The decisions by the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates football federations came after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided overnight in Kuala Lumpur that their teams were required to play in Qatar and also host Qatari teams. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in June imposed a total air, land and sea blockade on Qatar after accusing it of backing extremist groups. Qatar has categorically denied the charges.The four nations had also imposed a travel ban on Qatari citizens and barred their nationals from travelling to Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup finals.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ruled all matches would be played on a home-and-away basis as planned, after Saudi Arabia had called for fixtures against Qatari teams to be shifted to a neutral country.AFC said the decision to maintain the home-and-away format was made after an independent safety and security assessment was completed. Based on the AFC decision, “the Saudi Federation will facilitate the participation of Saudi clubs in the competition,” said a statement by the Saudi federation on Sunday.It however expressed “strong reservation” at the way the AFC decision was made, saying it was not neutral and had been influenced by head of the competitions committee who is from Qatar.The UAE Football Federation issued a similar statement in which it said its clubs will play in Qatar but also expressed reservation at the way the AFC decision was adopted.Both Saudi and UAE federations said they will coordinate with AFC to ensure the safety of their teams when they play in Qatar. Saudi authorities previously insisted that their clubs would only play against Qatari sides on neutral territory amid reports they may boycott the tournament. With the AFC ruling that “clubs from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should be played on a home and away basis in 2018 as per the AFC Regulations”, Saudi club football teams are due to travel to Qatar for away matches beginning next month.AFC Secretary General Windsor John told AFP that Saudi Arabia has not lifted the travel ban imposed on its nationals against going to Qatar.Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal have been placed with Qatar’s Al Rayyan in Group D of the AFC Champions League beginning February 12. Qatar’s Al Sadd are in Group C along with the UAE’s Al Wasl, while in Group B Qatar’s Al Duhail are pitted against the UAE’s Al Wahda. The AFC Asian Champions League is the top continental competition for football clubs in Asia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring his team’s winner against Crystal PalaceMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Twitter is always the place to be when Manchester United wants to decide on their Man of the Match, as they give the fans the chance to vote for their favourite player.Nemanja Matic was named as United’s best performer on Monday night to give the Red Devils a cracker of a win at Selhurst Park. The Serbian scored a startling goal to secure an impressive come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend had opened the scoring early on for Palace before Patrick van Aanholt made it two just after the break but United hit back through Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and ultimately Matic.Matic has managed to claim the accolade four times since his debut with the club, after he was named Man of the Match in their 4-0 wins over West Ham and Everton, and in the 2-1 victory against West Brom Albion back in December.The Serbian scored a 30-yard thunderbolt but also put in an impressive performance on the field, managing to complete 73 passes in the game – a record no other midfielder has managed on the pitch.The 29-year-old was thrilled with his contribution to their incredible win and it was deemed an even more wonderful feat as it was his first goal in a United shirt.“I’m happy I’ve scored my first goal for Manchester United. I know it’s not my job but I’m glad it got us the three points,” he told the club’s website.The men in Red managed to turn the game around and remove any form of doubt that the fans and manager may have had after Crystal Palace took a two-goal lead.“After the second goal it was very difficult for us to come back; we showed character and did exactly what the manager wanted us to do. In these kind of games, if we can manage to win we can compete for the title. The quality is there but we have to be honest – we need to do more,” Matic added.United boss Jose Mourinho, who previously worked with Matic at Chelsea, told his club’s website that it is not the first time the midfielder has found the net from long range – as he recalled goals he scored against Everton and Sporting in the Champions league.“He scored with Chelsea an amazing goal like this one at Goodison Park against Everton,” Mourinho said.“He scored a winning goal in Lisbon in the Champions League against Sporting; he’s scored a few goals – not many – but he’s scored a few goals.”Mourinho further added: “This season against Benfica, it was half a goal for him and half a goal for the Benfica goalkeeper [Mile Svilar]. But it is a goal of two extra points.”Matic will continue to be a key player for the club ahead of a run of three successive home games in three different competitions, starting with a visit of rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgJoin Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.This week, the lads are joined by Norwich and England goalkeeper John Ruddy and You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi.last_img

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