Nagle looking for rain at York

first_img Press Association The County Tipperary trainer intends to run his star sprinter on the Knavesmire as long as conditions are suitable, having taken him out of a race at Longchamp on Sunday because there was not enough cut in the ground. “The forecast is meant to be pretty bad in York. I’m the only one who hopes it comes. As long as there’s no firm in the ground he’ll be OK. He just wants some ease in the ground. The horse is in super form. The only snag is that we need some rain.” Nagle has booked Paul Hanagan for the ride in the hope that his local knowledge will be an advantage. “I don’t know Paul, but I’m glad to have him. I know he’s been top jockey there,” he said. Hanagan is looking forward to the ride on the six-year-old, winner of last season’s Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. “It’s great to get the ride on him. I’m looking forward to him. I’ve not sat on him before but I’ve seen him plenty of times and he’s a very classy horse,” said the two-times champion jockey. Mince ended 2012 on the top of her game with a four-timer culminating in wins at York and Ascot. The Roger Charlton-trained filly has headed the ante-post market for this Group Two contest and her rider James Doyle is convinced she can go right to the top of the sprinting tree. “Her preparation has been good. I’ve sat on her quite a few times and she has given me some nice breezes. She’s done nothing but please me and has improved with every bit of work she has had,” Doyle told At The Races. “She should show up nicely. She’s quite a heavy mare and does have a good blow after her gallops. She goes there in decent nick but she should come on for it. She did well to win at Ascot on ground that she struggled to cope with. She was very tough that day and I’m really looking forward to her this year. I think she’ll be a Group One horse.” center_img David Nagle is praying the rain comes for Maarek ahead of the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York on Wednesday.last_img read more

Rodwell denies United first win

first_img Sunderland were made to pay within seconds as Valencia managed to ease past full-back Patrick van Aanholt and cross low to the far post, where Mata ran off the back of Larsson to score from close range. The goal visibly settled United and they enjoyed a sustained period of possession as they threatened to take control. However, they allowed their hosts back into the game on the half-hour when, after Buckley’s direct play had earned his side a corner, Larsson delivered the resulting set-piece to the near post and Rodwell headed firmly home with Valencia having done little to impede his progress. United’s response was lukewarm, and there was little doubt that Poyet would have been the happier of the two managers as their respective teams left the pitch at the break. Indeed, the home side might have taken the lead six minutes after the restart when Wickham was given time to work himself into a shooting position inside the box and Blackett somehow blocked his effort with De Gea beaten. But Van Gaal’s men gradually assumed control as they dominated possession, although with Sunderland defending deep, space was at a premium even with Rooney dropping ever deeper. They almost found a way through with 62 minutes gone when Van Persie surged into the box only to be halted by Vergini’s last-ditch challenge, and Young was booked for simulation after going over Wes Brown’s leg as the pair closed on the rebound. Van Persie departed seconds later as he and Darren Fletcher were replaced by Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj, but Larsson failed to make the most of Wickham’s fine 68th-minute through-ball as United lived dangerously once again. Larsson passed up a good opportunity when he curled a free-kick well wide with 15 minutes remaining with Sunderland hunting all three points. To that end, Poyet attempted to pile the pressure on the visitors’ rearguard with the introduction of battering-ram frontman Jozy Altidore, although defensive confusion inside the Sunderland penalty area very nearly cost them on more than one occasion in a frenetic finish. The £10million summer signing from Manchester City capitalised on woeful defending to head home Sebastian Larsson’s corner on the half-hour, in the process cancelling out Juan Mata’s opener. But in truth, the Spaniard’s 17th-minute strike had come against the run of play with the visitors once again misfiring alarmingly as they tried to come to terms with Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation. Jack Rodwell’s first Sunderland goal left Louis van Gaal still awaiting his first Barclays Premier League win as Manchester United collected their first point of the season. Even Robin van Persie’s presence could not spark a marked improvement on a day when reports claimed Real Madrid striker Angel di Maria was heading for Old Trafford, and the Black Cats, roared on by a crowd of 43,217 at the Stadium of Light, gave as good as they got. United lacked both invention and penetration as Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet looked to exploit their frailty at the back by asking Connor Wickham and Will Buckley to utilise the space behind Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, which they did to good effect. Buoyed by Van Persie’s return, United emerged looking for a significant improvement on their performance in last weekend’s home defeat by Swansea. However, what Van Gaal got was a display every bit as dysfunctional as the one which heralded the start of the new campaign. His decision to field Young and Valencia as wing-backs once again exposed a fragile back three of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett which was further reduced in terms of experience when Smalling limped off before the break to be replaced by Michael Keane. But it was not only at the back that the visitors struggled with Sunderland clearly carrying the momentum of last season’s two victories over United, and skipper Wayne Rooney and strike-partner Van Persie saw little of the ball where it mattered most. Nevertheless, it was United who took the lead, although they did so at a time when the breakthrough looked more likely to come at the other end. Young had already put his defence under pressure with an aimless cross-field pass and Lee Cattermole unleashed two long-range efforts when winger Buckley, making his full debut for the Black Cats, cut inside Blackett and crossed for Wickham, who wastefully scuffed his shot straight at keeper David de Gea. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football schedule released

first_imgThe Pac-12 Conference released the USC Trojans’ 2014 football schedule last Wednesday. It will feature six home games, some familiar rivals and a coast-to-coast trip in mid-September.The Trojans, who finished 19th in the AP poll with a 10-4 record in the 2013 season, will open the season at home on Aug. 30 against Fresno State — a foe the Trojans vanquished by a score of 45-20 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl in December. This marks the first time the Trojans have opened the season against the same opponent they ended the last season with since 1917, when the Trojans — then playing at Bovard Field — defeated Arizona in front of a crowd of 2,000.The team will waste no time getting into the Pac-12 mix as it travels the next week to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on Stanford in a much-anticipated rivalry matchup on Sept. 6. The Cardinal, who finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll, will look to avenge their surprising defeat at the Coliseum last season.From there, the Trojans will catch a flight across the country to take on Boston College on Sept. 13.After a bye week, the Trojans return to action for back-to-back home games against Oregon State (Sept. 17) and reigning Pac-12 South champion Arizona State (Oct. 4). Their October tour through the Pac-12 will continue the next week in Tucson against Arizona on Oct. 11, return home to play Colorado on Oct. 18 and end up in Salt Lake City to square off against Utah on Oct. 25.The Trojans will look to shake off one of the roughest moments of the 2013 season when the Trojans travel to Pullman, Wash. on Nov. 1 to take on the Cougars of Washington State. Then, on Nov. 13, the Trojans will play in a Thursday night home game for the second season in a row when they host California, who struggled last season under first-year coach Sonny Dykes.The season will end in traditional style as USC takes on two of its biggest rivals. The Trojans will head to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. for their final conference matchup against quarterback Brett Hundley and the UCLA Bruins in the crosstown battle for the Victory Bell on Nov. 22. The Trojans will  then return to the Coliseum to attempt to reclaim the Jewelled Shillelagh as they wrap up their regular season against Notre Dame. Should the Trojans finish atop the Pac-12 South, they will play in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 5.Notable omissions from the 2014 schedule are Oregon and Washington, Pac-12 rivals who rotate with their “State” counterparts on a two-year basis. Both schools will replace Oregon State and Washington State on the Trojans’ schedule in 2015. Absent from the team’s nonconferance slate are Hawai’i and Utah State.last_img read more

St. Vincent to introduce legislation outlawing killing of orcas

first_imgThe government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it will pass legislation outlawing the killing of orcas, after fishermen killed two of the marine mammals in the presence of a whale-watching group last week.The killing of the orcas — commonly called killer whales – bring to six the number of the dolphins known to have been killed in St. Vincent since July 2015.Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the law to be introduced by his government,will be in keeping with an international ban that the country signed on to years ago.Gonsalves made the announcement on radio five days after the two orcas were killed while being watched by some 40 cruise ship passengers on a whale and dolphin watching tour with a local operator.Thomson Cruises, owners of TUI Discovery, the cruise ship on which the tourists arrived in St. Vincent, have since cancelled all of its whale and dolphin watch bookings with Fantasea Tours, the local operator that conducted the tours last week.While on a radio programme on Tuesday, Gonsalves said that “the person or persons who were involved in killing the two ‘killer whales’, the orcas, … is a very hard working fisherman.“But what he did was plain wrong. What he did, I want to emphasise this, what he did was plain wrong. Not just because it happened in front of tourists, but (because) he must not kill the orcas.”last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up

first_imgCoach: Boy SablanLast Season: 3-11 (8th Place)Holdovers: Marvin Lee, Jeepy FaundoAdditions: Steve Akomo, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. AnaKey Losses: Louie Vigil, Jon Sheriff, Renzo Subido, Mario BonleonCoach Boy Sablan acknowledges that after last year’s disastrous run, the UAAP Season 80 campaign will be make or break for him in University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China LATEST STORIEScenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With key figures from last season’s campaign gone, the Growling Tigers will lean on veterans Marvin Lee and Jeepy Faundo to carry the fight.But Sablan believes that UST’s unpredictability makes it dangerous, as he expects several players to step up unlike others who depend largely on only one go-to guy.“You won’t rely on just one person. Everybody can be depended on. There are no main guys. I’m not particular on one, two, or three players. Now, I have more confidence on my players. I trust what they can do on the court.”While he’s not willing to make any promises, he guarantees that UST will be better prepared for the challenges that this season brings.“No promises,” he said. “That the team prepared well and we’ll try do everything we practiced the last eight months during the games. You’ll see the changes in our players. That’s one thing you have to watch out for. You’ll see the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments But Sablan is willing to take on all comers in his second season at the helm for the Growling Tigers with a squad that he can proudly say is his own.“I built this team unlike last year’s. When I arrived, I had no choice but to run with whatever I had. This time, I’m in control of everything. We had a longer preparation this time and I believe we’re in a better groove,” said Sablan in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Parading a mix of veterans and new recruits, Sablan is confident with the group that is slowly showing signs of maturity after the numerous pocket tournaments it participated in in the run up for this season.We had a longer time to prepare, not like before that we only had two months of preparation. So now, we’re running a bit better. The system I was trying to instill last year is finally happening. The bottomline is we had a longer preparation,” said Sablan. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more