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No. 1 Stanford outlasts USC in double overtime

first_imgIn a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game, No. 1 Stanford defeated the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team at McDonald’s Swim Stadium in double overtime Saturday.With a final score of 9-8, the Cardinal (19-0, 4-0) broke the Women of Troy’s 23-game win streak at home after six intense periods of play.“Obviously I’m really disappointed and upset that we didn’t come out on top,” said senior driver Joelle Bekhazi. “We worked hard all the way to the end. It was kind of like a roller coaster ride and that’s what we need to fix in the future.”The Women of Troy (15-4, 3-2) started off the game strong, scoring four goals to Stanford’s one in the first period. Stanford came powering back, however, and the game was tied at six heading into the final quarter of regulation.Stanford scored two goals quickly to start off the fourth period, but the Women of Troy found a way to tie it up in the last two minutes, as junior driver Nadia Dan scored her third goal of the day and senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger added a last-minute goal to even the score at 7-7.“The biggest concern we had from them [Stanford] was their counterattack,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic. “They go fast, they anticipate, they get the ball in the hands of dangerous players. If you’re not prepared for that, that’s how they win games. In the first quarter, we did a good job of that, and in the fourth too. But not in the second or third.”The two teams continued to battle in overtime, until Stanford scored with 1:25 left. But then, with 57 seconds left, the Women of Troy tied the game up once more and forced a second overtime period.Stanford scored on its first possession of the second overtime, and though the Women of Troy had possession in the last few seconds of the game, their final shot missed and the Cardinal emerged victorious.“I’m disappointed that we did not win the game,” Vavic said. “There were lots of things that we did well, especially in the first quarter, but then we changed … We had an opportunity to win the game at the end and we missed it.”The Women of Troy were happy with their defensive play, despite the loss.“One thing that we have been working on is our 5 on 6 defense and we only let them score 2 out of 11 and that was a great positive that came out,” Bekhazi said. “[In the future] I think our fast break defense will not have any more mental breakdowns and we will not allow any more natural goals.”Regardless of the outcome, Vavic said he was pleased with the team’s attitude.“Overall I was very pleased with the energy,” he said. “Even when we did not play well, we were still playing with energy.”last_img read more

Tipperary’s GAA action

first_imgThey beat Mullinahone in the South Tipp intermediate football final.Grangemockler/Ballyneale were leading 1-6 to 0-1  at half time, but Mullinahone fought back in the second half. Although it wasn’t enough to snatch the intermediate title. The final score was Grangemockler/Ballyneale 2-7 Mullinahone 0-10.  In other action, Tipperary’s under 21 footballers have beaten Kildare in round 1 of the Hastings Cup. The final score was Tipperary 1-6 Kildare 1-5.   Tipperary will play Galway next in round 2 on Saturday the 15th of January in Duggan Park. Throw-in is at five o’clock. Follow @TippFMSport on Twitter for updates.last_img read more

BetConstruct delivers A-Z industry guide through Spring BME App

first_imgShare Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon BetConstruct has produced an A-Z guide to gaming and betting business through Spring BME App, designed to shed light upon the entire industry.Available for both iOS and Android devices, the app brings the latest updates from the most trusted sources on gaming, sports betting, casinos, regulators, hardware manufacturers and more.It has a community feel whereby people can freely ask, request and discuss industry-facing problems and get a solution from professionals and experts.Release of the new app was confirmed at this week’s ICE London, as part of an ‘East to West’ marketing campaign to highlight the strength of the BetConstruct business across the globe.Spring BME App, said BetConstruct Founder and CEO Vigen Badalyan, is the “epitome” of this global philosophy, which sums up the top industry offerings for those who value their time and money.He explained: “Life is a matter of choices. Spending time wisely is one of the biggest decisions one can make. Spring BME App is an igaming expert you can turn to and, if you may, a compass to the industry created for those who value their time and money and want to stay on top of the game.”Meanwhile, the company’s CPO Edgar Mkrtchyan described the Spring BME App as an iGaming encyclopaedia that will deliver insights and analysis directly to the smartphones of industry professionals.He added: “We expect this solution to become a compass for the industry which can lead newcomers to ultimate success as operators and drive all other industry players forward in their goals.” Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Germany to play Netherlands despite Paris attacks

first_imgGermany’s friendly against the Netherlands on Tuesday will go ahead as planned, despite the German team still being shaken by the deadly attacks in Paris, the world champions said on Sunday.Germany were playing France in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks was unleashed across the city, killing 129 people.”The message is clear. We will not be intimidated by terror,” said interim German FA chief Reinhard Rauball in a statement, following a meeting to decide whether the game in Hanover would go ahead.”For the team to play against the Dutch only a few days after the terrible experiences in Paris is a necessary signal.”The Germany players and staff had spent Friday night holed up inside the stadium before leaving straight for the airport on Saturday morning.”The entire team, players coaches and staff are still shocked,” team manager Oliver Bierhoff said in the statement. “But we all know how important it is to send a signal as a national team in favour of our values and culture.” Lower Saxony minister for sport Boris Pistorius said every precaution would be taken by security staff to ensure it was a peaceful event where families, who bought tickets weeks ago, could feel comfortable.”I welcome the decision by the DFB to play the game after discussions with Lower Saxony security officials. There are no reasons that would force us to cancel the game,” Pistorius said in a statement.”We also want to send a signal that these cowardly terrorists cannot run our lives.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez ready to embrace single-position role

first_imgSince he joined the Dodgers, Hernandez has a .990 fielding percentage in 81 games at second base. The franchise leaders at the position (minimum 300 games) are Jackie Robinson and Mark Grudzielanek at .983.“It allows me to show my full potential because I’m just working at one spot,” Hernandez said. “I can just focus on being as good as I can be at only one position instead of trying to get really good at six, seven different spots.“In another way, it gives me a little bit more comfort at the plate hitting, not having to move around and focus on those two parts that much. I’m excited and happy. I’m also going to try to stay here for a few more years.”Roberts said Hernandez’s biggest area of improvement has been his approach against right-handed pitching. Last year 12 of his 21 home runs came against right-handed pitchers. He previously had nine career home runs against right-handers and 19 against lefties.There’s an echo of Turner’s transformation there too; only a dramatic swing change allowed him to become an everyday player. During his first spring training as a third baseman, Turner said he would miss the variety of playing different positions. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Clayton’s always going to poke holes in something,” Roberts said. “Today would probably be the curveball. But for me, the way the ball was coming out, the depth of his slider, threw some changeups – I was very encouraged.”Kershaw will begin the season on the injured list. There is no precise timetable for his return.“We talked about a few-week kind of plan,” Roberts said.ALSOIn addition to Buehler’s start Sunday, the rest of the season-opening rotation has been set: Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch against the Diamondbacks on Opening Day (Thursday), followed by Ross Stripling (Friday) and Kenta Maeda (Saturday). Julio Urías will start Monday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants. … Stetson Allie, Dustin May, Kevin Quackenbush, Josh Thole, Paulo Orlando, Daniel Castro and Ezequiel Carrera were officially reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp. There are officially 28 players on the Dodgers’ spring training roster. … Uniformed personnel will wear a patch in memory of Don Newcombe beginning on Opening Day and throughout the 2019 season. … Newcombe, the 1956 MVP who founded the Dodgers’ community relations department and served as an advisor in his retirement, died Feb. 19 at age 92. Hernandez, however, isn’t nostalgic for his super-utility label.“Maybe I’ll miss playing short,” he said, “but that’s about it.”THE SIMSPitching to teammates for the final time this spring, Walker Buehler impressed in a four-inning simulated game at Angel Stadium. Buehler’s upper-90s fastball was typically overpowering, and the right-hander declared himself ready for his regular-season debut Sunday afternoon against Arizona.Buehler had been delayed early in spring by a dead arm. Now, he said, “we’re right to where I would have been last year.”Clayton Kershaw, who threw a two-inning sim game, could not say the same. The left-hander threw all his pitches, but their spin fell short of midseason form.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire ANAHEIM — It’s easy to forget, but in the two seasons before he became a Dodger, Justin Turner did not spend the majority of his innings in the field at any one position. In his first season in Los Angeles, Turner was a backup at first, second and third base. It wasn’t until Don Mattingly declared him the primary starter at third in 2015 that Turner knew which glove to bring to the field without first checking the lineup card.So it is for Kiké Hernandez in 2019. Last year, he appeared at every position except catcher. Now he’ll only need his second baseman’s glove for the foreseeable future. In a professional career that began in 2009, Hernandez said, “I haven’t really had that.”Manager Dave Roberts recently made the switch, declaring Chris Taylor his super-utility fielder. Hernandez’s bat might have won him the job. He sports a .278 batting average, .344 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage in spring training (through Sunday) compared to Taylor’s .185/.254/.370.But Hernandez is also the team’s best fielding second baseman, at least in Roberts’ opinion. His potential impact in the field cannot be overlooked as he transitions to the new role.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Your version of Kobe Bryant doesn’t need to match anyone else’s

first_imgMany recalled the Bryant who took the floor for the Lakers, captivating fans on his way to five championships, 18 All-Star teams and more than 33,000 points. The anticipation of waiting for a final Kobe jump shot to reach the basket with the game hanging in the balance could take your breath away. His accolades were impressive, but his signature moments elevated him from man to myth.Bryant’s unstoppable will to win and endless supply of energy turned him into a superhero more than a superstar. He was held in a higher regard, even among the game’s elite. He can still be seen through the next generation of NBA players, the youngsters who grew up watching and worshipping Bryant as he chased greatness with reckless abandon.Those qualities also provided plenty of material for his detractors. Another side of Bryant could be selfish, arrogant and sometimes downright mean to others.His former teammate Lamar Odom said Bryant once elbowed Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic in the face for no apparent reason. He turned Smush Parker into a punchline. Everyone knows his history with Shaquille O’Neal. He was fined $100,000 in 2011 for hurling a gay slur at a referee. (He later apologized and earned praise in 2013 for telling a Twitter user to not use the word “gay” as an insult.)GREER: Kobe’s daughter brought out the best side of her fatherPerhaps Bryant’s competitive fire, with all of its intended and unintended ripple effects, was the only way he could have reached such a high level of success. It takes insane self-belief to launch some of those trademark clutch shots, let alone drain them. Critics may have argued about Bryant’s playing style and abrasive nature, but for him, that was how he found what he needed. He challenged those in his circle the same way he challenged himself.Then there was Bryant’s public persona. He could be charming and intriguing, the kind of famous person who stands out in a room of celebrities. His 6-6 frame, his voice, his articulation — there was a certain command and magnetism he could have over a room. (Note: Strong language in the video below.)My favorite Kobe story, and one of his favorites to tell me: After studying Michael Jordan on film, what it was like the first time a trademark dunk move happened before his eyes the first time he played MJ & the Bulls. I think he would have wanted you to all know this one… pic.twitter.com/XuMfa0x0aR— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 28, 2020Bryant’s image also changed drastically when he was charged with sexual assault in 2003. The charges were dropped after Bryant’s accuser declined to testify, and a civil suit was settled privately in 2005. As part of an apology to the woman, Bryant said: “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”Following Bryant’s death, arguments quickly formed online about how to discuss this case. Is it too soon to talk about it? Isn’t it always “too soon” to talk about it? How much should we talk about it?Legacies are always complicated if you look beyond the surface. There is no right answer. ESPN’s Pablo Torre came the closest to finding one.MORGAN: How my hate for Kobe turned into admiration”We should think of Kobe Bryant as a human being, as hard as that is right now,” Torre said. “To mention his flaws is not to dilute his myth. To acknowledge his sexual assault case in Colorado, for instance, is not to dishonor his greatness. It is merely to complicate it.” No matter what Kobe Bryant did, he made you feel. There was no middle ground with him. For the majority of his 20-year NBA career, you wanted him to win triumphantly or fail miserably, and there was no in-between.Bryant’s rare blend of excellence and charisma propelled him to a status reserved for only the most compelling figures in sports history. The impact of his sudden death stretched well beyond the basketball floor and forced people around the world to grapple with their feelings in a way only the loss of life can. We witnessed a post-retirement Bryant enjoy being a husband and father. He expressed such a profound love for his wife and four daughters. We saw how he passed on his passion for basketball to 13-year-old Gianna, one of the nine people killed in Sunday’s tragic helicopter accident. She brought out the best in him, the dorky dad and coach following her around to the next game and snapping photos at every opportunity. This is who Kobe was on his final day.Bryant transitioned into different phases of his life before our eyes, and he had so much more left to do. His curiosity was limitless. He dabbled in sports, business, TV, movies and literature. He won an Oscar less than two years removed from his final NBA game. Once closed off and unwilling to share his secrets, he became a role model for current players, both men and women. He had so much left to share.No matter what Kobe Bryant did, he made you feel — and your feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s.last_img read more

Jorg returns to defend the Logan Trophy

first_img3 Jul 2017 Jorg returns to defend the Logan Trophy Titleholder Jorg Paulus will return to defend the Logan Trophy when it is played this week at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire, from 7-9 July.Paulus, who plays in Denmark, became the English men’s open mid-amateur champion last year in dramatic circumstances, surging to a one-shot victory with the help of an eagle and birdie in the last three holes of the final round.His challengers will include two other recent champions, Richard Aisbitt, from Brancepeth Castle, Durham, who won in 2015; and John Kemp of Woburn, the 2013 champion and last year’s joint runner-up.They’re part of a full field of 144 players who will challenge for this trophy, which is open to men aged 35 and over. As well as competitors from all over England it has also attracted players from Wales, Scotland and Australia.There’s a strong contingent of players from the Midlands and Staffordshire alone is represented by competitors from eight clubs: Enville, Sandwell Park, Westwood, Little Aston, Drayton Park, Trentham, Whittington Heath and South Staffs.The field also includes former English senior champion Stephen East of Yorkshire, who helped England win the 2016 senior men’s Home Internationals.All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days of the championship. Then the leading 45 players and ties will play a further 18 holes on the third day.They’ll be tested by the renowned heathland course at Beau Desert which has previously hosted the England Golf County Championship, the Carris Trophy and 17 Open Regional Qualifying events. It was designed by Herbert Fowler, whose other masterpieces include Saunton, The Berkshire and Walton Heath.Click here for more information about the Logan Trophylast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2015

first_img-30- SPEEDY DEMONICA MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN IRISH O’BRIENDemonica makes her debut on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course when she runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs–a race which is part of the Golden State series for California-bred or sired fillies and mares, age four and up.It will also mark the stakes debut for the California-bred daughter of First Defence trained by John Sadler for the C R K Stable. She is coming off four straight grass races at a mile or longer, winning twice on the front end, as is her wont.“I don’t know if there’s much speed in there, but she’ll probably be in front,” said Joe Talamo, who has ridden her in her last four races and retains the mount Saturday. “Last time she ran well but that was when the turf was real soft from recent rain. She still held on pretty well (finishing fourth by three lengths), so I think she’ll like the cutback in distance.”The Irish O’Brien: Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Demonica, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Warren’s Gussie, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Qiaona, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 9-5; and Star Field, Tiago Pereira, 6-1. Elvis Trujillo16419191312%$1,114,650 Fernando Perez14414171410%$632,810 Jeff Bonde2990331%$322,480 Richard Mandella4888917%$561,916 Richard Baltas54129422%$478,028 Martin Garcia11123151221%$1,690,580 Mike Smith8617191220%$2,071,181 FINISH LINES: Trainer Steve Knapp plans to give Grade III Las Flores winner Harlington’s Rose a slight break after her win under Joe Talamo Sunday and look for a race late next month. “There are no races for her now anyway,” said Knapp, whose previous graded stakes win came when $50,000 claim Icantgoforthat took the Grade II Monrovia Stakes in 2003 . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest handicappers this weekend in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. will be Peter Fornatale, Daily Racing Form Contest Editor, Saturday, and Jonathon Kinchen, seventh-place finisher ($59,000) in the 2015 NHC event, Sunday . . . Through 44 racing days, perennial Southern California riding champ Rafael Bejarano has opened his biggest lead yet in Santa Anita’s standings, 50-29 over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Eerie racing rarity: Crimson Giant, owned by Bryan Carney who recently sold his popular watering hole called “The Hundred to One Club,” finished 13th and last in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. No surprise there. Beaten more than 31 lengths, the same margin by which Secretariat won the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Crimson Giant went off at odds of–you guessed it–100-1. Tyler Baze22229232713%$1,611,754 Victor Espinoza14226282018%$1,791,408 (Current Through Sunday, March 8) Kent Desormeaux14929271819%$1,638,860 John Sadler9412151313%$812,066 Gary Stevens8313131416%$1,230,648 ‘SHIP AND WIN’ PROGRAM EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA APRIL 2“Ship and Win,” an incentive program to attract out-of-state horses to race in California that met with fine success over the past four seasons at Del Mar, will expand to take in the entire Southern California racing circuit beginning April 2.The arrangement, which will apply to horses starting at Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and Del Mar, will guarantee a $1,000 appearance fee and a 30 percent enhancement to all purse money earned in their initial start for horses not raced in California the past 12 months.Funding for the program will come from the three Southern California racetracks, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Marketing Committee, which is tasked with promoting racing in the state.“Horse recruitment and increasing field size are top priorities for TOC,” said Joe Morris, the ownership group’s president. “We supported the ‘Ship and Win’ program at Del Mar the last four years and believe it will be equally successful year-round for Southern California.”Southern California’s exceptional weather, year-round racing in a relatively compact area, the attractive venues and substantial fan base are strong selling points to out-of-state horsemen. Its top riders and lucrative purse offerings add further luster to that formula.“It’s been a very good program for my owners and my horses,” said trainer Mark Casse, who brought in a large string of runners to Del Mar for the first time last summer with the “Ship and Win” program providing a key push. “It’s a major expense to ship out there, so the bonus monies certainly helped. And now that we’ve seen that we can come and compete well, we’ll be bringing out more horses this year, including some of our better 2-year-olds. Several of my owners have never raced in the west with the exception of the Breeders’ Cup, so this has opened a door for them to try California.”In his first season at Del Mar, Casse started 38 horses at the summer meet and won five races and over $600,000 in purses. He had 13 “Ship and Win” horses who made 25 starts and accounted for two wins, seven seconds and five thirds.“Ship and Win” is not just for out-of-town horsemen, though. Local trainers and owners have tapped into its lure and more are expected to go outside the state to bring back runners this year with the expansion set to begin.Trainer Bob Hess, Jr. had a stellar summer at Del Mar in 2014 with 15 wins and nearly $600,000 in purses. He had 16 different “Ship and Win” horses in his barn and they accounted for six victories, a pair of seconds and a third.“I’m a big fan of ‘Ship and Win’,” said Hess. “We have the best stage in the country for presenting horse racing, but we need to get people aware and involved in being part of it. A program like this is a part of the puzzle, part of how we actually get people to realize how good it is to race in California.”Southern California’s three racing secretaries – Rick Hammerle at Santa Anita, David Jerkens at Del Mar and Bob Moreno at Los Alamitos – are all strong supporters of the expansion of the program. Santa Anita will kick-off the year-round “Ship and Win” on April 2 and race through June 28. Los Alamitos picks it up from there from July 2 to July 12. Del Mar’s summer session then goes from July 16 to Sept. 7. Each of the tracks finishes out the year with additional meets – Los Alamitos (tentatively set for 9/10 to 9/20), Santa Anita (9/24 to 10/25), Del Mar (10/29 to 11/29) and Los Alamitos (12/3 to 12/20).Racing officials at the tracks can be reached about the program either on-line or by phone: Santaanita.com (626 574-6473); Delmarracing.com (858 792-4230); Losalamitos.com (714 820-2658). Further information about “Ship and Win” also can be found on the Calracing.com website.PAPER WORK SNAFU COSTS PEDROZA STAKES MOUNTMartin Pedroza, about to serve a three-day suspension issued by the California Horse Racing Board, on how he missed riding Private Zone in Saturday’s Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap:“The Gaming Commission in Florida told me my license there had temporarily been suspended and it was no big deal for us to renew it. So we did everything we needed to do and sent the paper work to them at the last minute, but it was in a stack with other applications, from Black Jack dealers to waitresses, you name it.“Just because I was a jockey, I had no priority, and the paper work wasn’t read in timefor my license to be approved. Everybody here tried to help, the stewards from here, the stewards from there, Mike Smith . . . But I never thought I needed to do something about my license being temporarily suspended then, because I never thought I was going to Florida anytime soon, so we let it go. It was kind of our fault.”Formerly trained by Doug O’Neillbut now trained by Jorge Navarro, Private Zone finished second by a half-length as the 6-5 favorite under Carlos Marquez Jr.Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein, said he is “hoping to” regain the mount on three-time Grade I winner Private Zone in the future. Mike Puype78711119%$350,346 Martin Pedroza14014201810%$602,484 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Steven Miyadi3175223%$213,620 Tiago Pereira981291312%$404,268 Flavien Prat10310121110%$567,386 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke16217182110%$1,114,916 Joseph Talamo18921203211%$1,448,340 Brice Blanc4272417%$287,640 Corey Nakatani11019111617%$930,678 Brandon Boulanger1056586%$200,416 Peter Miller11520221317%$1,117,956 Jerry Hollendorfer13426182019%$3,024,008 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert8318151122%$1,673,492 Santiago Gonzalez80891210%$484,614 Rafael Bejarano19950302525%$2,308,138 Doug O’Neill12815122012%$782,114 Peter Eurton6711111016%$636,416 Felipe Valdez53810915%$253,828 James Cassidy5486915%$318,600 Mark Casse53105719%$775,868 Mark Glatt5489915%$412,522 FILLY ON WINNING MENU FOR CELEBRITY CHEF FLAYDEMONICA RETURNS TO SPRINT IN IRISH O’BRIENPOPULAR ‘SHIP AND WIN’ PROGRAM STARTS APRIL 2PAPER WORK DELAY COSTS PEDROZA STAKES MOUNT Mario Gutierrez8361077%$362,380 Ron Ellis4583718%$322,030 Philip D’Amato571210921%$568,340 FLAY STAYS IN ‘KITCHEN’ WITH FILLY’S HEAT Renowned celebrity chef Bobby Flay hopes the filly he owns, Dame Dorothy, serves upanother victory when she runs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.A $390,000 daughter of Bernardini bred in Pennsylvania, Dame Dorothy will be seeking her sixth win from seven career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She won her first four starts, was third in the Grade III Comely at Aqueduct at nine furlongs on Nov. 29, then captured Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions Distaff at seven furlongs on Jan. 17.“It seems like she shipped in here in great order,” said trainer Mike McCarthy, former assistant to Pletcher who is babysitting Dame Dorothy for the nation’s second-leading money winning trainer through March 10 with $2,890,154, behind only Jerry Hollendorfer at $3,362,670.“She trained super this morning,” McCarthy said. “She galloped a mile and looked lively.”The Santa Margarita: Legacy, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Cassatt, Kerwin Clark, 3-1; Dame Dorothy, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Thegirlinthatsong, Mike Smith, 9-2; Tiz Midnight, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; and Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 2-1. A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Thomas Proctor4166315%$491,028 Hector Palma2564124%$141,000 Edwin Maldonado971181211%$437,824last_img read more

Malachi York Foundation Seeks Liberia’s Support to Free Their Founder

first_imgDr. York addresses a congregation before his prison sentence in 2002The Malachi York Foundation has appealed to the Liberian government to reengage the U.S. Judicial system in the Middle District of Georgia to release its founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Malachi Z. York.Saqar Ahhah and Den Tut Rayay, both from the Foundation based in Georgia, are in Liberia seeking government’s intervention to release Dr. York from prison in the U.S. and subsequently have him repatriated to Liberia, because he is a Liberian by naturalization and has served as Liberia’s Consul General in Georgia, United States.Dr. York, now 72, was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 135 years by a court in Georgia on allegations of racketeering, money laundering and transporting minors in interstate commerce for purposes of engaging in unlawful sexual activity.York came to Liberia in the late 1990s and took on Liberian citizenship by naturalization and was appointed as a Consul General and diplomat by former President Charles Taylor.The Foundation is, therefore, worried that Dr. York might perish behind bars if the Liberian government does not intervene to free him before it gets too late.Charles A. Minor, former Liberian Ambassador to the U.S., recently told the Daily Observer that “as far as diplomacy is concerned, there is still a need for the Liberian government to revisit the York case.”Minor wished he had sufficient information and the necessary backing from the backdrop of truth surrounding the case, while he was serving as a diplomat to help further pursue the York case.“In keeping with the embassy’s policy of consulting the Liberian Foreign Ministry, we asked for any information on Dr. York as it was indicated that he had been serving as Honorary Consul of Liberia. Our action came following Dr. York’s family’s, including his wife’s, visit to our Washington office in 2005, and 2006, during which they requested assistance from the embassy to get Dr. York released from prison somewhere in the United States,” Amb. Minor said in his note.“Information received from Liberia indicated that Dr. York, a Consul of Liberia based in Georgia, was also a naturalized Liberian citizen. We later received from the Ministry an official request, originating from the Ministry’s Legal Consul in person of (then) Jenkins Scott, informing the embassy that he and a lawyer for Dr. York would be coming to the United States and that the embassy should cooperate and assist, not only to release him, but repatriate him to Liberia,” Amb. Minor said.He added, however, that the team which should have been headed by Cllr. Jenkins Scott (now deceased) to the U.S. never showed up and that derailed efforts to engage the State Department on York’s case.However, he noted that he took few officials from the Liberian diplomatic mission in the U.S. to the State Department and made inquiries into Dr. York’s case; but the response he received complicated attempts to go on with a request to assist his release.At some point, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, current Chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC), also tried to intervene in Dr. York’s behalf, but his effort did not yield any fruitful result up to date.“I wrote a letter to the U.S. Embassy here in Liberia and cited all the relevant information I have gathered on the case, while making request on behalf of my client to the Liberian government to revisit the case,” Korkoya said.Ahhah and Rayay are convinced that Dr. York has met the necessary measures by U.S. law and it is time for international protocols and conventions to appeal to the U.S. government to release him.It may be recalled that a decision by the Montserrado County 6th Circuit Judicial Court on July 21, 2004, established that Dr. Malachi York was a diplomat that represented Liberia in the U.S.The mandate, which established that the order handed down by former 6th Judicial Circuit Court Judge D. Yusuff Kaba (Now serving as a judge in ECOWAS), states: “As regards the issue of diplomatic immunity, the record in this case established the fact that Petitioner, Dr. Malachi Z. York, was duly appointed by the Government of Liberia as a Consular on December 15, 1999.”Records in the possession of the Daily Observer show that former President Charles Taylor, in his letter of appointment to Dr. York, said, “I am pleased to appoint you hereby as Consul General of the Republic of Liberia to Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth raise walkway concerns at Dr. Kearney, North Peace Secondary

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Youth Advisory Council paid a visit to City Council yesterday to discuss the issue of lacking crosswalks and sidewalks at Dr. Kearney Middle School.YAC presented a hand-drawn map to show where a suggested sidewalk on 90 street and 107 avenue would be beneficial, as many people seem to cross there.In a 20 minute period, they counted 56 people who crossed the street.- Advertisement –Credit: Youth Advisory CommitteeCredit: Youth Advisory CommitteeThe other concern is regarding sidewalks. One is in the works to be placed at 107A avenue, and 88 street to 90 street, and another is being considered for the 2017 budget to cover the portion on 107 avenue in front of Dr. Kearney.The City typically puts sidewalks on the South side of an avenue, as the sun will melt any snow.Advertisement Mayor Lori Ackerman said she appreciates presentations from youth before Council, informing the City of how they view Fort St. John. “Sometimes, as adults, we get into our vehicle or we even go for a walk — and we view the world a little bit differently. So, we very much appreciate you bringing this to us.”Later, Council discussed another area of sidewalk concern. Sierra Grange, a grade 11 student at North Peace Secondary School, shared her wish to see more sidewalks west of the school in a letter to Councillor Trevor Bolin, outlining the need for sidewalks along the Toboggan Hill Park on 93 avenue, and sidewalks near the Pomeroy Sports Centre, and the Curling Rink.“I feel as though some of the sidewalks need to be fixed, or some need to be added,” her letter writes. “There are a lot of sidewalks in Fort St. John that are in good condition, but I do know that there are places that could use a sidewalk.”Credit: City of Fort St. JohnCredit: City of Fort St. JohnAdvertisement Councillor Bolin said he feels she makes some valid points, especially along 93 avenue. He recommended that staff respond to the letter and let her know the City is examining these issues.Two out of three of these sidewalk recommended run along 93 avenue, which is being assessed for resurfacing currently.last_img read more