Royal Assault fancied in feature

first_img won twice Significantly, ROYAL ASSAULT has won twice from six starts, both coming over today’s trip. The chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Mayken won over the distance on his debut in January and followed up over the same in non winners of two on March 22 in the good time of 1:06.4. Next time out he had to settle for eighth place behind ALI BABA in the 2000 Guineas over a mile in April, but showed pace for a long way before the distance took its toll. Now back over his pet trip and in very good nick, ROYAL ASSAULT should win from the lightly raced DWAYNE STAR (Robert Halledeen up), who has won twice over the straight from only three starts and appears to have lots of scope. Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are the recent winner ALPHALETTA to repeat in the second race with Wesley Henry again in the saddle; RUNNER in the sixth; GOLDEN BULLET to rebound with a win in the seventh race; and STIR IT UP, now fitted with the visor, to turn the tables on old rival SIR BIGGS in the closing race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Having chased home the impressive three-year-old colt, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, in his last two races, ROYAL ASSAULT should come into his own and win the ninth race over 1100 metres for native and imported three-year-olds at Caymanas Park today. With leading jockey Shane Ellis again riding for trainer Anthony Nunes, ROYAL ASSAULT has acquitted himself well in defeat and back in action with only 51.0kg, should make all the running in a field of seven. Indeed, ROYAL ASSAULT showed good speed to chase BUZZ NIGHTMARE on the last two occasions, finishing 21/2 lengths second on August 22 in the O & S Tack Room Trophy over 1300 metres behind a fast 1:19.2. Although he just held on for second from the fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE that day, I expect him to hold the Harry Parsard-trained WINGS OF HOPE at bay with a furlong less to travel. The same is true of the Nunes-trained BALLON D’OR (late headway), who finished 31/4 lengths fourth and SHINING LIGHT, who could fare no better than sixth.last_img read more

Big names up for Caribbean Hall of Fame nod

first_img Track & Field: Elaine Thompson (Women’s 100m); Omar McLeod (Men’s 110m Hurdles); Yohan Blake (Men’s 4x100m); Nickel Ashmeade (Men’s 4x100m); Stephen Francis (Coach); Glen Mills (Coach); Shaunae Miller (Bahamas – Women’s 400m); Shericka Jackson (Women’s 400m); Javon Francis (Men’s 4x400m); Novlene Williams-Mills (Women’s 4x400m); Kirani James (Grenada – Men’s 400m); Veronica Campbell-Brown, Deon Hemmings Boxing: Julio Cesar La Cruz (Cuba); Robeisy Eloy Ramirez (Cuba); Areln Lopez (Cuba) Wrestling: Ismael Borrero (Cuba); Mijan Lopez (Cuba); Ismael Borrero (Cuba); Mijain Lopez (Cuba) Cricket: Marlon Samuels, Brian Lara, Christopher Gayle, Curtly Ambrose, Shivnarine Chanderpaul Paralympian: Alphanso Cunningham Jockey Winston Griffiths Swimming Alia Atkinson Rio 2016 Olympic women’s double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson and men’s 110m hurdles winner Omar McLeod, will headline nominees for induction in this year’s 13th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence, slated for Friday, November 25, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Other big names on the list include Bahamas’ Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller, Grenada’s 2012 Olympic champion over the 400m Kirani James and top Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson. The red carpet event will begin at 7:00 p.m and is made in recognition of outstanding contribution from those who have achieved excellence in: Music, Arts, Sports and Culture. Nominations remain open in those categories also. The event will take place under the distinguished patronage of their Excellencies The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General and The Most Honourable Lady Allen. Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation will partner with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the event. According to Executive Director of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation Garnett Reid (J.P) “the Foundation’s program is geared towards strengthening and preserving Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean’s Cultural Heritage.” Reid told The Gleaner that the Awards for Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts, Sports, Music and Culture will be made to a person achieving prominence of performance in his/her field and who has exhibited commitment to the growth and development of that particular field. Meanwhile, the recipient inducted into the Caribbean Hall Of Fame must be a Caribbean national, whose performance has been recognised by the public, and whose selection is not influenced by factors of race, colour, sex, religion or political affiliation. Reid said his organisation is the only one of its kind within the Caribbean to stage such an event of this magnitude, adding “We are calling on other Caribbean nations to support this regional Red Carpet Affair.” Sport category Nominations:last_img read more

Windies gear up for Tri-Nations with camp

first_imgLast Thursday, West Indies beat Pakistan for their first Test win in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years, and Estwick said the victory would be a huge boost for the side as they prepared for the Tri-Nations Series.”I’m a great believer in momentum and I believe this win is going to be important. We’ve still got the Tri-Nations Series to play against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, so this win will give us some kind of confidence,” Estwick said.last_img

Darren Bravo taking legal action against WICB

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was dropped from the squad before the recently concluded Tri-Nations one-day series in Zimbabwe. Bravo is claiming unlawful dismissal after he was sent home by the on-tour management committee for blasting WICB president Dave Cameron in a row over contracts. The Guardian newspaper is reporting that Bravo’s lawyer has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the WICB last week, which has been received by the board. Bravo, the most consistent batsman for the Caribbean side in the longest format, was overlooked for the top tier and offered a Grade C contract. The row between the stylish Trinidadian batsman and Cameron erupted after Cameron gave an explanation for their offer, stating that Bravo’s performances were not consistent enough to merit a higher grade of pay. Bravo lashed out at Cameron on Twitter, accusing him and the board officials of never offering him a Grade A contract in the first place despite his consistency.last_img read more

Kane signs contract extension

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):Tottenham striker Harry Kane has signed a two-year extension to his contract, tying him to the Premier League club until 2022.The 23-year-old Kane, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, has been in talks with Tottenham since the offseason about extending his stay with the London team.Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier are other key players to sign new contracts at Tottenham this year.Kane says “we’ve got a great, young squad and the club is moving in the right direction.”Kane has scored 70 goals in 137 appearances for Tottenham.last_img

Arnett’s Waite hails goalkeeper after win

first_imgArnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite praised his goalkeeper, Damion Hyatt, after his team came away with a 2-1 win in the Red Stripe Premier League semi-final first leg against Humble Lion on Monday night.The Junglists will take their slim advantage into the second leg at the Effortville Community Centre field in Clarendon next Sunday.”It was a competitive and tactical game,” Waite told The Gleaner, “Our goal-keeper, Damion Hyatt, came up big with two outstanding saves, and we also created some clear chances and should have scored at least one more time,” he said after the game, which was played at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.The home team settled early with some good attacking play and pushed back Humble Lion. They, however, had to wait until just before half time, when hot striker Fabian Reid found the back of the net.The home side doubled the advantage when star midfielder Vishinul Harris converted past Humble Lion’s goalkeeper Khadeen Davis in the 60th minute. However, the visitors responded with a goal from Kevon Reid two minutes later.POWER OUTAGEIt was, indeed, a good game for the spectators, despite rain before and during the game that started 15 minutes late due to a power outage.Harris, who came back from injury during the late part of the season, was replaced after scoring, and Waite said he wanted to save the player for the next game.”Vishinul Harris is a class player. We have another leg, so we made a decision to take him out as he is just back from injury,” Waite explained.Looking forward to the second leg, Waite said they are very confident.”Everybody is confident playing at home. In the quarter-final, we went to St James and beat Montego Bay United, so we can do the same to Humble Lion,” he said.last_img read more

LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t  even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ pic.twitter.com/NxOyccIS2A— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.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’Coming off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

Rain or Shine reduces Phoenix to ashes

first_imgCarpio 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 Huge victory sets Ceres up for tough Roar duel Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Rain or Shine’s Eduard Daquioag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRaymond Almazan missed one hell of a Rain or Shine party on Wednesday night.Blame that on a spat with coach Caloy Garcia, who didn’t find the need for his services in a 120-99 rout of Phoenix Petroleum that had the Elasto Painters bouncing back in style in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ “We had a misunderstanding,” Garcia said of Almazan, who missed two practices taking things personally when the Rain or Shine coach expressed his displeasure on the 6-foot-8 center’s performance in a loss to GlobalPort last week.“Nagtampo,” Garcia added. “But things are good now. We’re good now and he should be suiting up (in our next game on Saturday) because he already showed up in our last practice.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLater in the evening, TNT KaTropa took the floor and rallied from 10 points down in the first half to prevail, 92-83, over Blackwater.All four teams in Wednesday’s doubleheader ended up with 2-2 records. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TNT remains the only team that Blackwater hasn’t defeated, extending the streak to 10 games after Kelly Williams, who rode a habal-habal from C-5, arrived late and energized the Texters in the second half.RR Pogoy fired 24 points and Jason Castro 17 for TNT while JP Erram scored 20 to lead the Elite, who, like the Fuel Masters, saw a two-game win run come to an abrupt halt.Even without Almazan and another star in Jericho Cruz, the Painters still ran roughshod over a formidable Phoenix crew that went into this game with a lot of momentum.And this was the reason why Rain or Shine’s previous form puzzled Garcia.“That’s not the (Rain or Shine) team that I know,” Garcia said after defeats to Blackwater and GlobalPort.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix

first_imgView comments “First three plays of the game and I already called a quick timeout. I told my guys that we’re very passive,” Alas recalled after his team took a 120-99 beating at the hands of Rain or Shine. “We already had two turnovers at that point and in the first quarter, I called two timeouts just to stop the bleeding.”But to no avail.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: Rain or Shine reduces Phoenix to ashesPhoenix trailed, 39-11, at one point in the first quarter before falling behind by as much as 39 points in the third period. “Bad shot selection fueled their transition offense. We let them shoot 72 percent from the field in the first half. How can you possibly win or even stay within reach?”Alas described Phoenix’s defense as “very passive” and Rain or Shine had a field day, shooting 55% overall, including 15-of-31 from 3-point range.READ: Rain or Shine dumps Phoenix for 2-2 record“We defended the pick-and-roll like we’re kids and I told them is that the kind of defensive identity that you want to have, giving up 39 points in one quarter? We’re not like that,” said Alas.Good thing for the Fuel Masters is they have a chance to redeem themselves right away on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ But it won’t be easy against Magnolia. As a matter of fact, Alas thinks Phoenix has only little room for error facing the Hotshots, who rolling with a 3-1 record and are coming off back-to-back victories.“I was already looking forward to our game against Magnolia in the fourth quarter when I pulled out my key players to give them early rest,” he said.“We can’t really afford to make too many mistakes against Magnolia. You make a bad decision and the ball is going to find the bottom of the net. They’re really playing well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Chillin’: LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from mid-season freeze Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took just the first few possessions of the game for Phoenix coach Louie Alas to see that his team was in trouble.And it took only 12 minutes for Alas’ fears to come true.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more