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first_imgThe two time All Star has become an Ambassador for the foundation which encourages men to be more open about Men’s Health issues, and fundraisers for research. The Loughmore Castleiney man was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year and underwent surgery and chemotherapy before returning to training with the Tipp panel in June.He subsequently made a remarkable comeback for the Premier s a substitute in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final. The 24 year old has recorded a video for the cancer awareness fundraising campaign and speaking on Extra Time he told Ronan Quirke it’s a very worthy cause+last_img

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first_imgENTRIES FOR OPENING DAY, DEC. 26, TO BE TAKEN WEDNESDAY; GRADE I LA BREA, GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE & GRADE III SAN SIMEON ALL PART OF BLOCKBUSTER NINE-RACE PROGRAM ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2016)–Headed by Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Drefong, Santa Anita’s prestigious Grade I, seven furlong Malibu, to be run on opening day, Monday, Dec. 26, has attracted a star-studded roster of 22 three year old nominations, with entries to be taken for the Malibu and three other graded stakes on Wednesday.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Baoma Corp., Drefong, who also won the Grade I, seven furlong Kings Bishop Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and is a leading candidate to be voted America’s Eclipse Champion Sprinter for 2016.Drefong is likely to be joined in the starting gate by Mind Your Biscuits, who finished a close third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5 and has remained in training at his Belmont Park base for trainer Robert Falcone, Jr.Trainer Mark Casse’s multiple stakes winning Awesome Banner, currently based at Palm Meadows in south Florida, is also considered probable for the 65th running of the Malibu, which was won last year by eventual Eclipse Sprint Champ Runhappy.Also prominent among the Malibu nominees is Baffert’s Mor Spirit, who’s been idle since well beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Owned by Michael Lund Peterson, he was a winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity at two and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes here on Feb. 6. He was subsequently second in both the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 12 and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9.Although Breeders’ Cup Classic winning Arrogate is also among five horses nominated by Baffert, the grey son of Unbridled’s Song is expected to run instead in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, as he points to an epic rematch with California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.In addition to the Malibu, three other opening day stakes closed on Friday; the Grade I, $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year old fillies at seven furlongs, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds, and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.Santa Anita will present a nine-race card on opening day, with special early first post time at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. and fans will once again receive Santa Anita’s popular 2017 wall calendar free, with paid admission. Courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture, the first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a plush Thoroughbred toy and all paid attendees will receive a Mathis Brothers gift certificate.For more information on opening day events and racing at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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first_imgDougie Freedman has signed a new two-year contract to remain as manager of Nottingham Forest.Freedman revealed the news on Wednesday night following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Watford at the City Ground.The final details of the new deal are still to be confirmed, but the Scot has put pen to paper and believes Fawaz Al Hasawi, the club’s owner and chairman, is set to do likewise in the very near future.“I have signed the contract which he sent me and I have sent it back. It’s done,” said Freedman.“The chairman is here, so hopefully he will sign his part. I have signed my part, so it is all but done.“I don’t see any hiccups. I’m delighted to be the manager of this club. I am so excited. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce as manager at the beginning of February, agreeing an 18-month contract, but the situation was to be reviewed at the end of the season.Forest were unbeaten during his first six matches in charge, winning five of them, as they started to make up ground on the teams in the Championship play-off positions.However, the Reds are now without a win in five games, losing four, with a ninth-place finish the highest they can achieve this campaign.Despite recent results, Al Hasawi has seen enough to believe Freedman is the right man for the job and the 40-year-old former Crystal Palace and Bolton boss is relishing the challenge of rebuilding Forest to become a Championship force again.Freedman said: “I am here for two more years and there is an option in there to extend it again, if the club want to.“You cannot look too far but it is nice for the players to know who they will be working with for the next couple of years.“We have to build something now and I am excited about that. I have a good squad and a good spirit here. We have Chris Cohen and Andy Reid coming back from injury, we have young Britt [Assombalonga] coming back too hopefully, before too long, with the goals he brings.“There are a couple of young players coming through and I will recruit a couple of players.“I have to build something – it doesn’t just happen overnight. We have tried that trick and tried to throw money at it and it has got us nowhere. Let’s settle everything down a little bit.“It is certainly a brighter future but we need to plan it in a different way. It might not be back-page stuff but we will slowly go about our business and try to be successful for the longer term.” 1 Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman last_img read more

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first_imgView comments The Philippine delegation bound for 2017 Southeast Asian Games got a fitting send-off on Thursday night with 10 days to go before the opening of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis Philippine Sports Commission President Butch Ramirez led the ceremonies held at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions in Pasay.“You athletes are the heart and souls of this country,” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When you go there, don’t just go there for yourselves. Every single Filipino is cheering for you. The Filipinos are the pearls of the orient.”Representatives of each sport for the SEA Games come up on stage. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRERThe country is sending a 493-strong team to Kuala Lumpur in the hopes of fairing better this year than in the previous editions of the games. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ramirez also reminisced on past Philippine athletes who won medals in the Olympics like Teofilo Yldefonso, Jose Villanueva, Roel Velasco, Mansueto Velasco, and Hidilyn Diaz.The top sports official also prayed for the fast recovery of Olympian Ian Lariba, who is battling leukemia.Philippine Olympic Committee President Peping Cojuangco also told the athletes to always embody the Filipino fighting spirit.“Remember you’re always representing the Filipino people,” said Cojuangco. “The fighting heart and the fighting spirit is always there and the Filipino will never stop fighting. You are Filipinos, you are sportsmen, and you are full of guts.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgMeralco leaned on Gani Lawal Jr.’s big night to slip past a dejected Phoenix Pulse, 101-95, in Friday night’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Fuel Masters slipped to 1-2 in the standings. Meralco faces Alaska next this Sunday, while Phoenix goes up against Rain or Shine at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rhodes wants Beermen’s pride to show after ‘disappointing’ blowout Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Bolts import had 28 points and 26 rebounds, both team-bests, while Baser Amer chipped in 20 and Chris Newsome added 18. Nico Salva had 15 and rookie Bong Quinto had eight points off the bench to help Meralco improve in 3-2.“It was nice to get some momentum this tournament. It’s been a long time since we won two games in a row,” said coach Norman Black. “First half, I though we struggled. In the second, Gani came up with a lot of energy, particularly in the boards. He made a big difference for us in the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMatthew Wright bore the brunt of the FuelMasters offense with Calvin Abueva suspended indefinitely. He finished with 20 points while Jason Perkins added 16 more and cranked it up in the stretch to narrow the gap to just two points in the final minute.Richard Howell, a former Best Import and PBA Champion, only had eight points and nine rebounds in his first game in a Phoenix jersey. He arrived just this Thursday afternoon, replacing an injured Rob Dozier. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini adamant West Ham will not sell Arnautovic or Carrollby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic will not leave West Ham United this month, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.Both strikers have been linked with moves away from the London Stadium.”Andy will still be here with us, he is an important player for us,” Pellegrini said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Birmingham.”He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”I am also sure Marko Arnautovic will stay here with us. Good players always have offers but that is different to rumours.” last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Zidane slammed for taking day offby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOutspoken Spanish pundit Josep Pedrerol has launched a withering attack on Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.Speaking on his El Chiringuito show, Pedrerol blasted: “Zidane always speaks of intensity, that’s enough. “The physical preparation was wrong, almost all the players got injured. Why does Zidane not explain the disaster in midfield? Why does he say Real suffer in the middle of the field but let (Dani) Ceballos leave? “Intensity is just an excuse, how can he speak of intensity if after the humiliation of Paris he has granted himself a day off? Zidane, the intensity begins with you!” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note racketeer from Babughat bus stand with huge amount of FICN on Saturday night.Earlier, a few months ago, STF officials had recovered good amount of FICN as well as huge quantity of narcotics elements, which were supposed to be delivered to Bangladesh through borders of Bengal. According to the police, after huge recovery of quantity of narcotics elements in past two months, STF officials had intensified vigil across the city and also actively used their sources to obtain information about possible smuggling of drugs and FICN. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Saturday evening, the police got a tip-off from their source about a FICN racketeer, who was coming to Kolkata. Based on the information, the police started keeping strict vigil at Babughat bus stand along with the source, since evening. Around 10:05 pm, on Saturday, a police source identified a man who had just deboarded a bus and was walking along the Strand Road. As soon as the suspect was identified, police personnel surrounded him. The suspect identified as Yusuf Shaikh of Baishnabnagar in Malda was detained and his bag was searched. During search STF officials found huge amount of currency of Rs 2,000 denomination. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShaikh along with the bag containing money were taken to Maidan police station. Later it was confirmed that the notes were FICN. After counting it was found that Shaikh was carrying FICN worth Rs 1.92 lakh. After counting a case was initiated at Maidan police station against Yusuf and he was arrested around 11:30 pm on Saturday. In the past two months, STF had nabbed several FICN racketeers with narcotics elements and came to know that a section of such racketeers are shifting to narcotics smuggling instead of FICN. Police are checking whether Yusuf has links racketeers who are smuggling narcotics elements and FICN.last_img read more

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first_imgNeil Finn will perform at the So They Can Annual Sydney Dinner and Fundraiser next week.Neil and Sharon Finn are ambassadors for So They Can, a non-profit organisation that works with communities in Africa in need; empowering people to become self-sufficient and meet their own needs via education and community and economic development.The event takes place at 7:30pm on Friday, October 23, at the Grand Ballroom, The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Place, Sydney.Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a delicious dinner with premium wines and an exclusive performance by Neil Finn followed by DJ & Dancing!Tickets: $250. Please book here.last_img

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