first_imgWOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AT SANTA ANITA ON MARCH 13 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.Espinoza will be presented with the 2016 Woolf Award trophy in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 13.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $601,540 INTO FRIDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD IS AT 12 NOON SANTA ANITA OPEN FOR SIMULCAST WAGERING WITH FREE PARKING & ADMISSION WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2019)–With an 11-race card on tap, a 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $601,540 will await racegoers this Friday at Santa Anita Park.First post time on Friday has been set for 12 noon, with approximate post time for race six, which is leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:30 p.m. PT.Today’s total Rainbow Six pool of $778,368 was bolstered by an influx of $229,330 in “new” money, resulting in a 822 consolation tickets with six winners, which were each worth $149.00.Entries were taken today for Friday and are available now at Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, with free parking and admission to the Grandstand Paddock Room.  For additional information, please call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal Mondilla gets his redemption “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.”last_img read more

Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks in Fizdale’s debut

first_imgView comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frank Ntilikina made a 3-pointer out of the timeout to get the Knicks started on a 12-0 run and then they really took off in the second quarter.That was especially true of Hardaway, who made his next eight shots against his former team. He fell seven points shy of Patrick Ewing’s franchise record for opening night, and perhaps could have gotten closer if he needed to play more of the fourth quarter.Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft and the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season as a freshman at Oklahoma, said he felt butterflies Wednesday. He recalled that he shot airballs on his first shot in high school, college and Summer League, saying he wanted to avoid that again.He did, knocking down his first shot as a pro, a runner in the lane late in the first quarter. But he missed his other six shots in the first half and the Hawks were outscored by 19 points in his 17 minutes before halftime.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Trae Young finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, shooting 5 for 14 in his NBA debut. Taurean Prince scored 21 points for the Hawks, who were overwhelmed in their first game under Lloyd Pierce.Four other Knicks scored at least 15 points, while rookie Kevin Knox finished with 10 and was just 4 for 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHardaway and the Knicks started slowly, as he had missed his first four shots and the Knicks started 0 for 9 when they took a timeout trailing 10-2.During that break, George Holmes of Northport, New York, nailed a halfcourt shot to win $10,000, and suddenly the New Yorkers couldn’t miss. LATEST STORIES NEW YORK, NY  Tim Hardaway Jr. #3 of the New York Knicks reacts after dunking the ball against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2018 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night in their first game under coach David Fizdale.Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched the Hawks’ point total for the entire first half. New York led 72-49 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Bogdanovic scores 19 points as Pacers rout Grizzlies Hawks: Pierce congratulated Hawks radio play-by-play voice Steve Holman for working his 2,500th game, counting playoffs, Wednesday. Holman started his career with the team in March 1989. … Atlanta plays its first three games on the road before facing Dallas in its home opener next Wednesday.Knicks: The Knicks’ record for any quarter is 53 points in the fourth quarter against Seattle on Dec. 26, 1967. … Courtney Lee didn’t play after sitting out nearly all of the preseason with a strained neck. Fizdale indicated the veteran guard wouldn’t play the first few games, saying that Lee was “totally on board with how I’m approaching it and we’ll see how it goes.” … The Knicks opened at home for the first time since the 2014-15 season. …OPENING-NIGHT OLD-TIMERVince Carter began his 21st season by starting at forward and scoring 12 points. Pierce said the Hawks’ research Wednesday found that only Robert Parish was an older opening-night NBA starter than the 41-year-old Carter. He stands out so much on a young Atlanta team that the Hawks’ average NBA experience drops from 3.65 years to 2.63 if Carter is excluded.FRIENDS AND FOESFizdale and Pierce played against each other in college, when Fizdale was a senior at San Diego during Pierce’s freshman season for West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara.“Lloyd caught a lob on my head from Steve Nash once,” Fizdale recalled. “I still haven’t forgave him for that but we’ve been friends a long time and this is obviously for both of us a big moment.”UP NEXTHawks: Visit Memphis on Friday.Knicks: Visit Brooklyn on Friday. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

The architects of Guyana’s independence

first_imgLegal luminary and former Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Nigel Hughes and former leader of the Rise Organise And Rebuild (ROAR) Party Ravi Dev sat down during a panel discussion to reflect upon the architects of Guyana’s independence.The discussions were conducted during a special edition interview on Television Guyana (TVG) which will be aired today.Addressing the reason for the shift in thinking in wanting to no longer be ruled by the British, Dev explained that the idea has always been there.“We were dragged from various continents; Africa, Asia, even Europe and dumped into this land here and that struggle for independence was started. You’re talking about Cuffy, you’re talking about Damon but in terms of this modern drive for independence, I think it began with the struggles on the sugar plantations. Labour had a sense of exploitation and it led to struggles in the 1930s throughout the Caribbean and it led to a British Royal Commission being set up,” he said.Commissions were very popular with the British whenever there were problems. Dev recollected that when the Commission was sitting in Georgetown in February 1939, there were riots in Leonora, on the West Coast of Demerara, where four persons were shot and several others injured.This incident, he indicated, prompted the Commission to head back to Britain and made some recommendations which would now mark radical change from how Guyana was governed, placing the seeds that would ineluctably lead to other leaders making this call for total independence.Sharing his take, Hughes expressed that the entire movement preceded those series of events.“You had difficulties in 1905, you had difficulties in 1924. You had what I think is the greatest symbolic unity march, there were East Indians workers who struck in support of the African dockside workers who were already on strike and they were marching all the way down from plantation Ruimveldt and I think there were 12 of them (who) got shot outside the Ruimveldt Police Station and they were marching in solidarity, the sugar workers were coming in support of the dockworkers,” he disclosed.This movement, Hughes said, exemplified the self-determination that existed among Guyanese and from there, Guyana was always on a trend towards self-determination.The panelists pointed out that there was a strong connection between the struggle for independence and the labour struggles in Guyana.“If you go back to our modern leaders, Dr Jagan and Burnham, both of them came out of labour, both had a labour base,” Hughes stated.Weighing in on the topic, Dev noted that when one looks at the nature of the State (fighting against State power), it came back to that struggle to labour.“Critchlow in the docks in the 1919; he started the first union… But to continue from Critchlow movement, which focused in the city, that whole movement against the British interest boiled over in the 30s and you had people organising on labour…When we look at our political leaders of those days, I am not putting them down when I say that those leaders were more reformists than looking for fundamental change and (Karl) Marx said that ‘men make their own history, not in circumstances of their own making’, so I want to give those people the benefit of the doubt, people like Jong Mahador Singh of the BGIA (British Guiana East Indian Association) and the League of Coloured People led by John Carter and all that, they also were negating for more space in the politics of it but they were seen as reformists,” Dev asserted.He said it was only when the labour struggle came out and boiled over while the Commission was sitting, Guyana turned over to more radical politics.Discussing how the struggle changed when Dr Cheddi Jagan came into play, Dev explained that when Dr Jagan returned to Guyana in 1943, he made attempts to work with some of those leaders including BGIA (British Guiana East Indian Association); however they were not radical enough. Then in 1975, Dev explained that there was a movement where a Caribbean political group met in Georgetown and they decided to launch a Caribbean labour congress, and Jagan was exposed again to labour.“Jagan’s political consciousness was raised in that meeting in 1975,” Dev concluded.Sharing his views, Hughes posited that one needs to paint an accurate picture of what it was socially and economically in Guyana in the 1940’s in order to truly grasp how deep the struggle was for independence.“It was a highly stratified society. Africans had moved to the urban areas, Indians were bound and unbound, I know that for example, on the Berbice, Corentyne corridor, this division that we think came as a result of political differences between Dr Jagan and Mr Burnham existed long before that but perhaps they were the beneficiaries of it. So, in 1834 and 1838, economically, the Africans felt they were displaced by the British when they brought labour to replace them. And they had no interest in those two communities coming together because of course they would have been threatened and so it was in their interest from the start to ensure and engineer differences between the two communities. So that difference that we think has been there of recent vintage has been there as a result of our historical environment,” Hughes explained.The panelists continued to explore and discuss various aspects that contributed to the struggle for Guyana’s independence and the roles of key figures in the movement.To watch the full programme, viewers can tune in on TVG Channel 28 at 20:30h tonight.Ravi DevNigel Hugheslast_img read more

Barcelona coach Valverde braced for Roma ‘intensity’

first_img0Shares0000Ernesto Valverde is wary of potential banana skins against Roma on Tuesday © AFP / LLUIS GENEROME, Italy, Apr 9 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Monday he expects a Roma backlash in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.The Spanish league leaders have one foot in the semi-finals after romping to a 4-1 first leg victory in the Camp Nou last week as Roma proved partly the architects of their own downfall in scoring two own goals. But Valverde isn’t counting his chickens against a side that hasn’t reached the semi-finals since 1984.“I’ve been doing this long enough to know that extraordinary things can happen in a game,” said Valverde at Monday’s pre-match press conference in Rome.“It’ll be the same kind of game as the first leg, but they’ll have even more intensity.“History says that, at our level, it’s hard to score against us, but we can’t think that they don’t have a chance or they won’t try.“A mistake, an excess of confidence, they could cost us dearly and we are at the doors of the semi-finals.”He added: “We can’t think we’ve already won, it’s all to be decided. We got a good result at Camp Nou, we have the advantage, but we need to play as though it were 0-0.”Roma managed to stifle Barca star Lionel Messi in the first leg, which was a source of pride for their coach Eusebio Di Francesco.“Everyone was saying he wasn’t fit and suddenly he scored a hat-trick (in La Liga) on Sunday,” said Di Francesco.“This means we managed to limit his movement between the lines. We have to reduce the space around him as much as possible, wherever he pops up on the pitch.”Di Francesco has been boosted by the return of Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who missed the first leg due to a muscular problem, and Turkish winger Cengiz Ünder, who was not in Barcelona either.“I’m someone who always wants to play, even in pain,” said Nainggolan. “I decided to leave room for others, who were in a better condition than me, but now I’m better again.”Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets is a doubt as he recovers from a fractured toe, but Valverde can count on the attacking duo of Messi and Luis Suarez.“Every team and coach wants to stop the best players from hurting them. We have Messi, and that has an effect on the opposition,” said the Barcelona coach.“They did well in the first leg, but we know he can always find the key to be decisive. Then of course we’ll have to be wary of (Edin) Dzeko and others.”Barcelona last reached the semi-finals in 2015 when they won the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vermaelen signs for Japanese side Vissel Kobe

first_img0Shares0000Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen signs for Vissel Kobe in Japan © BELGA/AFP/File / BRUNO FAHYKOBE, Japan, Jul 26 – Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen has become the latest high profile player to move to Vissel Kobe, the Japanese club announced on Saturday.The 33-year-old, whose contract with Barcelona has now expired, will team up with David Silva, Lucas Podolski and his former Barca captain Andres Iniesta. Vermaelen, who is reported to have turned down an offer to join Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, passed his medical and visited the club’s training complex.“I’m very excited to be here to help the team, to improve the team,” he told a news conference in Kobe, western Japan, ahead of a friendly between Bercelona and Vissel Kobe.“I will do all my best to make this team better and I will show you that I will give my everything for this club,” he said.Vermaelen said he planned to share his experience at Barcelona with the Japanese club, saying: “I try to bring the complete package into this team.”Vermaelen began his career at Ajax before moving on to Arsenal and Barcelona with a loan spell at Roma.He has played 74 times for Belgium, most recently in the 3-0 Euro qualifier win against Scotland in June.Vissel Kobe are currently 15th in the 18-team J-league.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Residents sound off over bridge traffic safety, noisy construction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Cesar Bejarano worries about an increase in head-on collisions unless the nearly-finished temporary Beverly Boulevard bridge comes complete with a center divider. These and other concerns were voiced by residents of the Villa Nova Mobile Home Park in Pico Rivera to city officials regarding the scheduled re-opening of the fire-destroyed bridge. The mobile home park is adjacent to the eastern abutment of the bridge, which burned down Nov. 1 after a transient allegedly started a fire to stay warm. With a scheduled re-opening date of Feb. 10, city officials wanted to advise the local residents and businesses of traffic control and safety issues regarding the entrance to the park, according to Pico Rivera City Manager Chuck Fuentes. They did so on Wednesday night. Pico Rivera owns 72 percent of the bridge, while Montebello owns the remaining 28 percent. Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works is the lead agency in the rebuilding efforts. The temporary bridge is being installed along the north side of the burned-out span and will provide a single lane of traffic in each direction while construction of a permanent bridge is completed, said Michael Moore, Pico Rivera’s director of public works. But Bejarano, 65, worries that the bridge is too narrow for opposing traffic to travel so closely without a physical barrier. “Without a center barrier, I’m afraid we’ll have some awful head-on accidents,” said Bejarano, 65. “I drive a bus and every day I see impatient people fighting each other to get around me, especially during rush hour. There’s a lax time in the evenings when I see some high speeds. If someone wanted to get around another car on the bridge – well, that’s an accident waiting to happen.” Moore said only a yellow line will divide the two lanes but circumstances will keep traffic at a safe speed. “We think there will be a natural barrier with the construction zone and traffic narrowed to two lanes,” Moore said. “Of course, we’ll have the Sheriff’s Department involved & they’ll be out there for the first days and I’m sure they’ll be writing a lot of tickets.” Some residents complained about the noise of the ongoing construction with workers often working late hours in order to install the temporary bridge by their Feb. 10 target date. A giant crane lifted the first of three Lego-like bridge sections onto metal piers Wednesday as workers assembled the temporary structure. “Hey, if it’s noisy, that means they’re working!” shouted one woman, to a round of applause. Fuentes said that as long as there was a declaration of emergency in place, the construction workers would be working extended hours some days, depending on circumstances. “When we declared an emergency with the feds, we were able to have double shifts reimbursed, which would normally be a lot more expensive,” Fuentes said. “Once the temporary bridge is in, the emergency will be over because traffic will be restored with the two lanes opened. Then, the second half of the bridge will be single shift.” Resident Rosa Lares said she looks forward to saving money on gas once the bridge is reopened. “I’ll be glad when it’s open again because it’s so expensive to go around and around to get to Montebello,” Lares said. “I’m very happy the city people took the consideration to come here and talk to us.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more


first_imgMORE THAN 450 children dressed up as characters from their favourite books for International World Book Day at Lurgybrack National School.Even some of the teachers got involved……   PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL DRESSED UP FOR WORLD BOOK DAY AT LURGYBRACK NS was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lurgybrack National SchoolWorld Book Daylast_img