Saints hopes hit by Stoke defeat

first_imgSouthampton’s Champions League hopes suffered a big blow as they were condemned to defeat by a late strike from Stoke goal hero Charlie Adam. Kelvin Davis’ error allowed Mame Diouf to equalise Morgan Schneiderlin’s first league goal since September and Adam delivered the knockout blow for Stoke six minutes from time. Two weeks ago Adam scored a stunning long-range strike from his own half against Chelsea. On Saturday he fired in from much closer range to seal this 2-1 win. Press Association That is not to say the winning goal lacked quality. The Scot, who came off the bench at half-time, swivelled cleverly away from his marker and fired a low strike under Davis after the ball had bounced around the box. The win, Stoke’s first in five matches, means they edge to within four points of their 50-point tally for the season. They have no goal left to aim for in their final five matches, but manager Mark Hughes can take great encouragement from the heart his men showed. For Southampton, their dreams of qualifying for the Champions League appear remote. They remain in sixth, five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who play against West Ham on Sunday, and one point behind Liverpool. And Ronald Koeman’s problems worsened at the death when key defender Toby Alderweireld was carried off on a stretcher with a leg in a brace after suffering what looked like serious injury after falling awkwardly. Stoke looked very much like a team that had failed to win in six weeks during the first half. Apart from an early opportunity for Steven Nzonzi, which he blazed high and wide, they could not fathom any decent openings. Southampton were playing far more confidently, turning defence into attack thanks to some precise passing and impressive running from Sadio Mane. The pacy Saints midfielder thought he should have had a penalty in the 11th minute when he was bundled over by Stephen Ireland, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on. The home fans thought Mane had dived and yelled “cheat, cheat, cheat” at the Senegalese. Jose Fonte saw yellow for a late tackle on Diouf during a rare attack from the hosts. Saints were soon back on the attack. Mane turned and slid in Graziano Pelle, and he fired a fierce shot into the side-netting. The visiting fans were mocked for thinking the ball had gone in. Four minutes later they were cheering a real goal. Fonte met Steven Davis’ corner and glanced it past Asmir Begovic. The defender was just about to start celebrating his first goal of the season, but Schneiderlin nicked it off him by smashing the ball in from less than a yard. The Southampton fans started singing about Europe, but they had to finish the job here first. Nathaniel Clyne wastefully ploughed a shot into the stands when Pelle was free at the back post and the right-back then went into the book for clattering into Erik Pieters. Nzonzi was handed an opportunity to equalise on a plate just before the break, but he shinned wide from two yards wide following Geoff Cameron’s flick-on. Stoke looked a completely different team in the second half. Adam replaced Ireland at half-time and within two minutes the hosts had equalised. Davis, who had barely had a thing to do all match, should take a large portion of the blame for the goal. The Saints stopper was stuck in two minds when deciding whether to catch Nzonzi’s shot. He could have easily gathered the ball, but he decided against it. The ball struck the angle and fell straight to Mane, who lashed in from close range. Davis’ opposite number then almost gifted Saints the lead. Begovic came racing out of his box, but Mane beat him to the ball and squared to Dusan Tadic, but his weak shot was cleared off the line by Glenn Whelan. The match was a real end to end affair with both teams going for the winner. And Adam made sure of the victory for the hosts with six minutes to go. After a sustained period of attack from Stoke, Adam nicked the ball off his marker and swept home after Jon Walters’ shot was blocked by Fonte. Substitute Peter Crouch missed a great chance to score a third, but the game had already been won. Then things went from bad to worse for Saints when Alderweireld was carried off with what appeared to be a serious injury. last_img read more

Sterling excited by City challenge

first_img The 20-year-old England international became British football’s most expensive player on Tuesday when he signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium to complete a move from Liverpool which will be worth up to £49million. “It’s a good feeling and this is really happy time for me and my family,” Sterling told the club’s official website, www.mcfc.co.uk. Press Association “Finally, I’d also like to thank all the people around me – my mum and sisters, my management team and (agent) Aidy Ward for helping me focus and get where I am today. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone.” Sterling passed a medical and completed the remaining formalities of the deal on Tuesday and he will fly out to meet up with his new team-mates in Australia within the next 24 hours. He is City’s record signing, surpassing the sums previously paid for Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, after drawn out talks with Liverpool. City had two previous bids rejected before finally reaching a deal. Manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to finally get his hands on the player after that prolonged pursuit. He said: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week. “He is a young player with outstanding ability and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.” Sterling began his career at QPR and joined the Reds for an initial fee of £600,000 as a 15-year-old in 2010. He was handed a senior debut as a 17-year-old and was twice named the club’s young Player of the year. Raheem Sterling believes the most exciting aspect of his record-breaking transfer to Manchester City is being able to play alongside so many world-class players. “I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field. “The thing that excites me the most is the world class squad we have and knowing we have a team that is capable of winning things year in, year out. “The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them.” Sterling, who will wear the number seven shirt, was also grateful to his previous managers despite his protracted exit from Anfield. “It has been a long journey from QPR and I’d like to thank a few people who have helped me along the way,” he said. “I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15 year-old – that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. “Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age. “I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut – against City funnily enough – and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents. last_img read more

Regal extends benevolence to Kamal Children Home

first_imgOCCUPANTS of the Kamal Children Home, situated at Albion, Corentyne were treated to early Christmas gifts last Sunday, compliments of Regal Stationery & Supplies and its softball team.During a specially arranged visit to the area, the Georgetown-based softball team, who have been creating waves in and out of Guyana, “starred” in another role, displaying their compassionate side away from the field of play.The distribution of the specially wrapped gifts which was done following the completion of a feature game between Regal and Jai Hind at the latter’s ground, saw the children being presented with cricket bats, badminton racquets and footballs among other sports items.School items included pens, pencils, erasures, exercise books and geometry sets as donor Mahendra Hardyal emphasised that education needs to be an integral part of sports and goes hand-in-hand.Apart from the children of the home, other beneficiaries included children in the vicinity and also elders who were present at the Jai Hind ground. Gifts were also given to prominent residents in the Albion area for distribution to children.Manager Ian John, who accompanied the team and other officials, brought those present up to date about the exploits of Regal in and out of Guyana since the establishment of the club, including their recent triumphs in Over-45 and Over-50 categories in the third edition of the Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup. They also shared honours with SVC Grill Masters in the Open category.Following the distribution of the gifts, the children of Kamal Children Home, through the initiative of John, rendered a Christmas song while extending sincere thanks to Hardyal and his contingent for the kind gesture.Hardyal also disclosed that similar events are on stream for both Demerara and Essequibo before the end of the year.Meanwhile, Regal made light work of Albion Masters in the feature 20-over game, inflicting a 113-run victory over their opponents.Taking first strike, Regal rattled up an imposing 195 for four in their allotted 20 overs before limiting Albion Masters to 82 all out in 14.4 overs. Saeed Mohamed led the way for the winners, spanking seven fours and a six in a top score of 63. Opener Unis Yusuff supported with 32 (2×4, 3×6) while David Harper chipped in with 26 and Rudolph Baker a quick-fire undefeated 22.Albion Masters were never really up to the challenge with Bissoon (4-28), Tyrone Sanassie (3-20) and Laurie Singh (2-22) being the main destroyers.last_img read more

Syracuse preps for WVU growing in void of senior leadership

first_imgKomal Safdar isn’t ready to let Syracuse’s success against West Virginia in recent seasons determine her feelings going into this weekend’s match against the Mountaineers.Even though the Orange beat WVU 6-1 in Morgantown, W.Va., last year and 7-0 at home the year before, she still sees West Virginia as a dangerous team.“They’re going to bring a fight,” Safdar said, “and we have to bring the fight back.”Safdar and SU (1-5) will get that chance when the Orange hosts the Mountaineers (1-1) at Drumlins Tennis Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. Syracuse goes in facing a team with far less experience thus far in the season. The Mountaineers have only played two matches, losing to Ohio State and beating Marshall. Both teams, though, are challenged by the lack of experienced players on both rosters.The Mountaineers carry only two seniors, Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland. The other five players are underclassmen. Three of them are freshmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s players aren’t much older. The Orange doesn’t have any seniors, something the coaches realized at the start of the season.“The leadership was something that we were concerned about earlier,” assistant coach Shelley George said. “I think that over the course of some of the adversity they’ve faced this past month in the competition they’ve really bonded as a team and as a unit.”Syracuse has faced plenty of that adversity, including injuries and a tough schedule. In the month of January alone, SU has played now-No. 22 Georgia Tech, South Florida and Georgia State. While the Orange fell in all of them, the losses still benefitted the team.“They were really close matches,” said sophomore Amanda Rodgers. “Some of them were 4-3, we know we’re right there and we just need to push ourselves to the next level.”The lack of senior leadership has been one of Syracuse’s biggest deficiencies this season. But the team has bonded and grown stronger without that presence.“They’ve made a decision moving forward that it’s not about somebody as a senior out there leading them,” George said, “but they’re really leading themselves and organizing themselves as a group and moving forward.”The Orange isn’t using the lack of seniors as an excuse for its 1-5 record. Although the team is young, it’s ready for the level of competition it faces in every match.Safdar said it might even be an added bonus.“Not having seniors is almost, in a sense, better because we’re all on the same level,” Safdar said.Last season, the Orange finished 14-6. Currently at 1-5, Syracuse isn’t where it wants to be in order to repeat another strong season. Against West Virginia this weekend, a team Syracuse has played well against in recent years, the Orange has a chance to start turning the season around.Regardless of a lack of experience, Syracuse remains optimistic that it can put together a strong season.Said George: “We’re going to see some great things happening here in the next couple months.” Comments Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact Danny: dacuneo@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 9 Syracuse upset by unranked Notre Dame, 11-10

first_img Published on March 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse set screen after screen but nothing worked. The Notre Dame defense walled off the goal and SU’s only overtime possession flatly ended with a desperate Sam Swart shot that was easily fended off.After some confusion with the officials, possession swung to the Irish. A few Orange midfielders complained, but it didn’t matter. The home-team marched methodically down the field and found the offense it lacked in the second half. Andie Aldave, the nation’s top-recruit, easily cut inside and sizzled one past SU’s Asa Goldstock for the decider.Despite controlling the second half and sending the game to an extra period, No. 9 Syracuse (6-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) slipped up against Notre Dame (6-5, 2-3), 11-10, in South Bend, Indiana.Nicole Levy matched a season high in goals (four) and added an assist. Senior captain Riley Donahue contributed three points as well. Despite letting in the final shot, Goldstock played well in net with 11 saves. Savannah Buchanan led the Fighting Irish with two goals and three assists.Syracuse never led, and the historic defeat marked the first time the Orange fell to an unranked ACC opponent since joining the conference five years ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU stumbled out of the gate, falling victim to its season-long foil: the draw control. SU lost the first eight at the faceoff X and slipped into a four-goal deficit. Kerry Defliese’s draw with 45 seconds left in the opening half was the one and only win for the Orange.Donahue opened the scoring in the second half and brought SU within three. Yet, two back-to-back UND possessions finished with Erin McBride celebrating the Fighting Irish’s then-five goal margin.The Orange punched its way back before the game could slip away. It won a few more draws, caused a few more turnovers and worked inside and converted free-position shots. With 4:14 left in the game, freshman Sam Swart scored her 20th goal of the season and tied the game. Each side traded a goal a piece and the final two minutes saw each side hunting for a winner.Notre Dame had the final possession in regulation, calling a timeout to set up its offense. In the final seconds, SU stepped up and forced a late turnover which sent the game to overtime.Syracuse won the lone draw in overtime but its futile possession led to the eventual winner by Aldave. After the goal, UND’s bench stormed the field. Beside them, SU’s defense slowly walked off the turf, a nationally-ranked program finding itself as a bottom-dweller in the ACC. Commentslast_img read more

Bosnian Emir Preldžić Athlete of the Year in Turkey

first_imgEmir Preldžić, basketball player in Fenerbahce club was elected the best player in Turkey in year 2015.Preldžić, who is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, won the title at the 22nd ITU Emos election which was held from 27th until 30th January this year. He won the award after a good matches in the Fenerbahce jersey.Emir Preldžić was born on 6th September 1987 in Zenica. In his career he played for Celik, Triglav, Goplin and Fenerbahce, and in 2011 was awarded as MVP of the Cup of Turkey. (Source: n1)last_img read more

Saints’ Super Bowl ambitions cursed again with yet another unholy replay debacle

first_imgThat doesn’t excuse the conduct or performance of the league’s officiating HQ. The Seahawks (11-5) would have been 12 inches, with all four downs available to them, away from earning the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and a home game against Minnesota (10-6). Instead, they will travel across the continent and face the Eagles in their stadium.The Saints would have been the No. 2 seed, with all rights and privileges accorded that position, including the right and privilege to sit on the couch next weekend while eight less accomplished teams attempt to survive what the NFL calls its Wild Card playoff round. Instead, they will be in action against the Vikings.Riveron will be watching. Heaven help us all. Even if that perfection is perfectly awful?MORE: Pete Carroll, Seahawks fail at the 1-yard line — againEveryone with a television has by now seen how horribly hosed the Saints were in the 2018 NFC championship game, when Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman clobbered receiver Tommylee Lewis as a pass from Drew Brees fluttered to the turf. It was as obvious a pass interference offense as ever had been committed in the league’s first 99 years, and yet it went uncalled by the officials on the field. There was no recourse for the Saints, because PI was not then a reviewable matter.It is now, of course. Which is why it was curious that when the Seahawks were driving late Sunday night toward a potential winning touchdown — which not only would enhance their own playoff position but also install the Saints as the NFC’s No. 2 seed — that an obvious pass interference from 49ers linebacker Fred Warner against Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister was allowed to stand without even a moment’s delay.The Seahawks weren’t in position to challenge the play, because it was inside the final 2 minutes, when all replay is initiated by those charged with officiating the game. It seemed there was no review at all because the next play proceeded so quickly. But it turned out there had been. NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron told a pool reporter following the game that the play had been checked, but those empowered “didn’t see enough to stop the game.”Why didn’t the refs review this for pass interference?! COME ON! pic.twitter.com/3r02j9gjIm— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 30, 2019It was yet more evidence that adding pass interference to the list of reviewable violations was an abomination — but not nearly so great an abomination as the officiating department’s obvious conclusion it shouldn’t treat that rules change with any respect at all.“What we see is, we see the offensive player come in and initiate contact on the defensive player — nothing that rises to the level of a foul which significantly hinders the defender,” Riveron told the pool reporter. “The defender then braces himself. And there is contact then by the defender on the receiver. Again, nothing which rises to the level of a foul based on visual evidence.”We haven’t seen such an impressive work of fiction since author Donna Tartt published “The Goldfinch” in 2013.MORE: NFL can fix replay gaffes with simple tweak, Mike Pereira aysThe contact Riveron describes from Hollister is called, in the language of the game, running his route. It happens on nearly every pass play in every NFL game. Hollister does not attempt to shove Warner out of way: He merely encounters resistance and then turns in an attempt to clear himself to field a pass attempt.The problem develops when Warner doesn’t release Hollister from their intersection. Warner keeps his right arm around Hollister’s left bicep and the left hand on his right shoulder, at best vaguely aware of the flight of the ball. When he sees it land in the end zone, he releases his grip and holds up his hands, before even regaining balance, his body language screaming, “Not guilty! That was never pass interference!”The league’s disinterest in assigning a PI penalty there was entirely in keeping with its approach to replay review of this particular section of its rulebook. As of Dec. 1, there had been 77 challenges for pass interference issues, only 15 of which were reversed. That is only a 19.5 overturn rate.To compare that to how often other categories of calls have been overturned, consider that by the end of the 2018 season, the 10 coaches with the longest tenures had their challenges approved at a rate of 43.6 percent. At one point during the season, almost as if to dissuade coaches from even thinking about using their precious challenges (and timeouts) on pass interference reviews, 20 of 21 such requests were denied.It’s madness. Based on the recent general decline in NFL officiating, and the deployment of replay review in particular, it’s not unfair to say incompetence.The Seahawks might have found a way to louse up the opportunity had they been awarded the ball at the 1-yard line after review of the PI. After all, they completed a pass to the 1 three plays earlier and earned a first down. They spent their next play spiking the ball to stop the clock. Then, incredibly, they took a delay-of-game penalty. It is rare in sports that we get a moment of genuine, poetic symmetry — so we ought to appreciate how brutally the improper application of the pass interference rule has affronted the New Orleans Saints in consecutive NFL seasons.I mean, how often do we get to glimpse genuine perfection in this life?last_img read more

James drops 61, setting career-high and Heat-best

first_imgMiami Heat’s LeBron James celebrates afer scoring two points with Chris Andersen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, March 3, 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats. 124-107. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — An hour after what he called the best regular-season game he’s ever played, LeBron James simply explained why this performance was like none other.The basketball, he said, felt small as a golf ball.The basket, to him, looked as wide as the ocean.Best player in the game. Best game of his career. James rewrote his record book Monday night, etched his name a few different times in Miami Heat annals as well, and let the NBA know in crystal-clear terms that his MVP award won’t be ceded without a fight this season. He scored 61 points, setting career- and franchise-bests, as the Heat topped the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.“A surreal feeling for me right now,” James said.With good reason. He made 22 of his 33 field-goal tries, becoming just the third player in the past 25 years to take that many shots and make at least two-thirds of them, with only Alex English and Shaquille O’Neal on that list. James set a career-high for field goals made, plus Heat records for points in a quarter (25) and a half (37).And of all his feats on Monday, the most impressive might have been how he started 8 for 8 from 3-point range.“The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” James said before the Heat flew to Houston for a game there Tuesday. “I just try to take advantage of it every night. I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go.”Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando. James’ previous career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.This outing was much better, James said. Not because 61 tops 56 — but because the night he scored 56, his Cavaliers lost.“Phenomenal, amazing, stupendous … he reminds me of me,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said afterward in an overjoyed locker room.James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through and around three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra walked into his postgame news conference with a confession: He nearly took James out after the third quarter.He didn’t. Good call.“He was in a great groove, obviously,” Spoelstra said.Here’s how good James was on this night: Al Jefferson finished with 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, making him just the fourth player in the past six seasons to put up a stat line like that.No one noticed.“You take away his 61 points,” Jefferson said, “and we still had a fighting chance there at the end.”Yes, even the Bobcats were marveling at James. He was hitting from everywhere, even a 3-pointer from about 30 feet — Spoelstra joked it was from 40 — late in the third quarter, as the crowd roared and the Heat bench jumped with joy.“Yeah, that was a designed play,” Spoelstra deadpanned. “We’ve been working on that one for a while.”That was the moment, James said, when he knew he was in the midst of a special night.“I felt pretty good in the first half but halftime can always kind of derail things and slow things up,” James said. “But I was able to get things going once again in the third quarter and I knew it could be one of those nights.”Not “one of those nights.”Even for James, this was like no other.“Once he sniffed 60, we knew he was going for it,” Heat forward Shane Battier said. “And the amazing part is the efficiency. Good Lord. Sixty-one on 33 shots, that’s Wilt Chamberlain-esque. That’s pretty amazing. Incredible performance.”When James checked out with 1:24 left, the entire Heat roster met him near midcourt for high-fives and hugs, and the sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation. A second huge roar followed when he waved to the crowd, as “M-V-P” chants rained down.“If he’s going to shoot the ball like that from that range, there’s nobody that’s going to beat them,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said.Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who got a night off to rest. Spoelstra stressed there’s been no setback for Wade, who has been on a knee-maintenance program throughout this season and is averaging 23.5 points on 62 percent shooting since the All-Star break.Wade probably didn’t mind sitting for this one. It gave him a courtside seat for the show.James made three 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes of the quarter — he was 6 for 6 from beyond the arc at that point — and when Charlotte bit on his head fake from the top of the key, James coolly found Toney Douglas to set up another 3. A tip-in by James followed not long afterward and just like that, the lead was up to 83-63.Charlotte scored the next six points, but any notion that the game was slipping from Miami’s control was quickly extinguished.James scored the next six himself, a pair of three-point plays to restore the 20-point edge and give him 43 points, already a season high.All that was left to see was what he’d finish with.The answer was history.James has been asked plenty of times in recent weeks about the MVP race, especially with many prognosticators suggesting the trophy is likely headed to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.Might be time to reopen the thinking on that one.“Every night I go on the floor I want to be the MVP, of this league, MVP of this team, MVP for me, myself and my family,” James said. “I’ve set a high standard and I have to live by that.”On this night, he did. And more.last_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgPast The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $480,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CLAIMING ($350,0-$300,0)1. #2 KHOSHAKEL AndreePowell4 48.02. #5 BRAVE HEART RMitchell 54.0 1-1/4L3. #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESS JInnis2 52.0 1-3/4L4. #3 CONNOR AndrePowell3 53.0 1-1/4LWIN: $502.00PLACE: $210.00, $178.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:11.2 Splits : 24.2, 49.3Winner : 5yo b filly – OMMADON – THE WHITE WITCHTrainer : ARNOLD RAMBALLY (JR) Owner : MASTER BATESBred by BERTLAND G. BATES & GEORGE R. MOO-YOUNGQu: $2,384.00 Ex: $3,289.00Superfecta: $8,179.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – (NW4)*1. #1 HOLOGRAM SHADOW RMitchell 54.02. #5 FRANKENSTORM JErwin 54.0 2-1/2L3. #4 SCOOP JORDYNE AndrePowell3 52.0 3-3/4L4. #6 ZACKONTHEATTACK AChatrie 57.0 2-1/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $76.00, $82.00, $140.00Final Time: 1:06.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 8yo b horse – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASYTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : NICHOLAS MILLERBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $338.00 Ex: $591.00D/E: $2,533.00Trifecta: $514.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #3 RADICAL OWalker 54.02. #2 PROUD OF NUCLEAR DaneNelson 54.0 8-1/2L3. #8 SUBBIE AChatrie 54.0 1-1/4L4. #4 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.0 3-1/2LWIN: $57.00PLACE: $51.00, $53.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:13.0,Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – NISTEL’S ANNETTETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $85.00 Ex: $127.00D/E: $243.00Superfecta: $861.00Rolling Triple: $4,478.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #7 PARTY CITY JasSimpson 54.02. #10 WICKED TUFF JInnis2 52.0 4-1/2L3. #9 MR. GRAND NATIONAL JAnderson 54.0 4-1/4L4. #8 TATA TEE SBlake 53.0 1-1/2LWIN: $144.00PLACE: $84.00, $399.00, $133.00Final Time : 1:29.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.3, 1:15.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner: PHILLIP ELLIOTTBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESNOTE: HORSE #1 INDY ARAZI CAME 3RD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 5TH.Qu: $5,675.00 Ex: $7,085.00D/E: $266.00Superfecta: $181,463.00Rolling Triple: $750.00Race 5 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST. ALL. II*1. #8 MARLENE MY LOVE WHenry 50.52. #4 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 53.5 3-1/2L3. #2 DONTAE DaneNelson 53.5 1-1/4L4. #3 NIGHT LIGHT JInnis2 48.5 3LWIN: $78.00PLACE: $54.00, $101.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:39.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.2, 1:11.0,Winner : 3yo b filly – ADORE THE GOLD – MISS CHESTNUTTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $1,127.00 Ex: $1,543.00D/E: $332.00Trifecta: $1,136.00Rolling Triple: $375.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. #6 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 56.0 *3/5 81.00 55.002. #1 NUCLEAR COMMANDER AChatrie 54.0 33/1 6 118.003. #12 ADORING LADY RHalledeen 54.0 3/1 1/2 67.004. #7 BIG SHOW OMullings 54.0 20/1 15. #11 SILVER ROCKET RMitchell 55.0 17/1 23/46. #9 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.0 12/1 3/47. #8 DIOSA DE ORO DDawkins2 50.5 99/1 13/48. #10 UNCLE FREDDIE DaneNelson 53.0 8/1 Head9. #5 LIGHTNING LILY ISpence 54.0 3/1 310. #4 RAGE OF THE ANGELS LSteadman2 54.5 52/1 211. #2 ROBIN’S QUEST ARobles 53.5 99/1 11/212. #3 LEGAL PRINCE JPatterson2 52.0 99/1 31/2Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of DEVIL WOMAN by MARKET RALLYTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (1,6) $1,594.00 Exacta : (6-1) $975.00D/E : (8-6) $170.00Trifecta : (6-1-12) $1,200.00Hi-5 : (6-1-12-7-11) $38,425.50Rolling Triple : (7-8-6) $820.00Pick-4 : (3-7-8-6) $680.00Super-6 : (2-1-3-7-8-6) $15,435.50 (6 OF 6)HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 7 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #8 LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.02. #1 ZEPHYR OWhite 54.0 1/2L3. #3 MY COMPANION OEdwards2 54.0 3-1/2L4. #11 MISTER BONES AndreePowell4 52.0 1/2L5. #7 GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 53.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $145.00PLACE: $70.00, $136.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:06.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.3Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – JUST A FLUTTERTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTA & BRUCE D. LEVYBred by BRUCE D LEVYQu: $1,558.00 Ex: $2,289.00D/E : (6-8) $357.00Superfecta: $26,778.00Rolling Triple: $542.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #10 URBAN PRINCIPAL DaneNelson 54.02. #3 BUCK CALL JInnis2 51.0 1-1/4L3. #1 MAJOR FORCE AndrePowell3 53.0 1-1/4L4. #2 OCEAN SEEKER JPatterson2 51.0 1-1/4L5. #6 SEEKING THE DAWN SEllis 56.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #4 MIRACLE RIVER, #7 MISS MYRTLE, #11 PRINCE SAMMOWIN: $114.00PLACE: $76.00, $319.00, $131.00Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 23.1, 47.0Winner : 4yo b colt – URBAN KING – LADY ARGYLLTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : PATRICK LYNCHBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $5,746.00 Ex: $8,566.00D/E: $853.00 (8-11) $229.00Trifecta: $5,499.00Hi-5 carry-over : $135,869.50Rolling Triple: $775.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #5 KING D OMullings 52.02. #11 DREAMLINER JInnis2 48.5 1-1/2L3. #10 FORCE DE JOUR AGray4 52.0 Head*4. #2 CHACE THE GREAT DaneNelson 56.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $378.00PLACE: $137.00, $101.00, $195.00Final Time : 0:57.4 Splits : 22.2, 45.2Winner : 4yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $912.00 Ex: $2,117.00D/E: $2,928.00Superfecta: $5,085.00Rolling Triple: $8,856.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP – (NW3)*1. #11 SIR LEYLAND HALL BebHarvey2 55.02. #9 ACTION CRUISE AndrePowell3 52.0 7-1/2L3. #16 GRANDE MARQUE LSteadman2 54.5 Neck4. #12 BORDER LINE SEllis 57.0 1/2L5. #4 REIGN OVER ALL MWard3 54.0 1-3/4LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $67.00, $90.00, $116.00TNP #3 RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins2 53.0 44/1Late scratch : #15 FIFTYONESTORMFinal Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 5yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – CHIKINEYICKTrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : HUNTLEY BECKFORDBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $227.00 Ex: $407.00D/E: $1,582.00Trifecta: $773.00Hi-5: $11,209.50Rolling Triple: $4,388.00Pick-4: $14,544.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $11,805.50 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $83,630.50 (9 OF 9)PlacePot 8: $4,598.00 (8 OF 8)last_img read more

Crews gain on fire as winds let up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Despite Wednesday’s progress, none of the major blazes in San Diego County was more than 40 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses. The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6,000 homes and continued to rage out of control. Overall, 28,000 homes remained threatened across the region, the state Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday night. As the fire threat diminished during the day, authorities began letting tens of thousands of people go home. “The vast majority of the city is now open for people to return,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told a news conference late Wednesday afternoon. Some who did saw hulking, blackened piles of concrete and twisted metal where their homes once stood. “I’m just sick to my stomach,” said Patty Thompson, 50, as she surveyed the remnants of a home that once offered a view of the valley and the mountains in the distance. The improving weather did allow for a greater aerial assault on the most destructive blazes. Within hours of returning to the sky, helicopters and air tankers dropped more than 30 loads of water on two fires that have burned hundreds of homes and about 12,000 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Lake Arrowhead. “They’re taking it down considerably,” said Dennis Bouslaugh of the U.S. Forest Service. Already, about 1,500 homes have been destroyed since the fires started late Saturday, triggering the largest evacuation in California history. The flames have burned about 717 square miles, across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico. Property damage has reached at least $1 billion in San Diego County alone. President Bush, who signed a major disaster declaration for California, was scheduled to visit the region Thursday. Federal agents joined the search for evidence in the brush-covered hills where an arsonist may have ignited one of the wildfires devastating Southern California. Elsewhere, a man suspected of starting a small fire was arrested and another man was shot to death by police after he fled officers who approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire. The number of victims may increase as authorities return to neighborhoods where homes turned to piles of ash, but displaced homeowners and authorities were relieved that early reports were so low. The San Diego County medical examiner officially listed six deaths connected to the blazes, but he included five who died during the evacuation who were not directly killed by the fire. In 2003, all but a handful of the 22 dead succumbed to flames. Terry Dooley, who was ordered out of his home with his wife and three sons Monday, said authorities learned important lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 California fires that wiped out 3,640 homes and blackened 750,000 acres over two weeks. Unlike many of the poor neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Katrina, California’s hardest-hit areas were filled with upscale homes, with easy access to wide streets. “They learned how to get things done more quickly,” Dooley said as he waited at a roadblock to return home to San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo area. In 2003, only 50,000 people were evacuated in San Diego County. This week, more than 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate in San Diego County alone. In addition to the reverse-911 system, authorities also shut down schools, halted mail delivery and urged people to stay home if they were not in danger. On Wednesday, about two dozen people gathered at a police barricade in Rancho Bernardo, which was one of the hardest-hit areas, hoping to retrieve medications and belongings – or simply to see whether their homes were intact. What awaited was an apocalyptic scene: House after house, 29 on one street alone, reduced to piles of blackened concrete with only chimneys left standing, charred hulks of metal that once were cars sitting in driveways. At one point, police officers lifted a barricade only to turn residents away several hundred yards down the road at a second barricade. Some of the homeowners cursed at the officers. “You let us in just to send us back out,” one angry man yelled from his car. Six of San Diego County’s 42 evacuation centers were full, but there was plenty of space at Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL’s Chargers. People rested on cots that lined covered walkways circling the bleachers and quietly watched television. There were no bathroom lines. Some displaced homeowners complained that the evacuations went too far. Ron Morris, 68, saw smoke but no flames Sunday night when he was ordered to leave a motor home park in Ramona, northeast of San Diego. He drove his home to Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot. “It’s good that everyone got out, but they did it too early in my opinion,” he said. Authorities made no apologies. “All but the most unlucky people can see the fire coming,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday in an interview. “There’s no reason you should have loss of life, certainly for civilians.” The only confirmed death from the flames was Thomas Varshock, 52, of Tecate, a town this side of the U.S.-Mexico border southeast of San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Authorities had told him to evacuate, but he didn’t leave and authorities left to take care of other evacuations, the medical examiner’s office said. Firefighters returned to save two people trapped at his home Sunday but were unable to rescue Varshock, said Rick Hutchinson, a deputy incident commander for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Four firefighters were overcome by flames. One was in critical condition Wednesday; another was in serious condition. Another 25 to 30 homeowners ignored orders Tuesday to leave unincorporated Deerhorn Valley southeast of San Diego, forcing firefighters to return to save them, Hutchinson said. Homeowners who stayed behind knew firefighters were overwhelmed and figured their lives were safe, said Al Guerin, a San Diego County assistant sheriff. “They say, ‘Yeah, OK,’” he said, “and then they call you later and say ‘Help! Help! Help!’”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO — A merciful easing of the winds fueling Southern California’s sprawling wildfires finally offered a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in an overriding sign of hope: Just one person has died from the flames. That contrasts to 22 dead from a fire of similar magnitude four years ago, and while the final toll has yet to be tallied from this week’s fires, officials were crediting an automated, reverse 911 calling system that prompted the orderly evacuation of more than half a million people. That was 10 times the number evacuated four years ago. “On the call, it was like, ‘This area, go! This area, go!’” said Steve Levstik, who got his call 15 minutes before flames swept through his upscale, densely populated Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. “In 2003 there was less guidance. It was like, ‘Just pay attention to the news and if it looks bad, leave.’” On Wednesday, winds dropped to 21 mph to 36 mph – still strong, but nothing like the gusts of up to 100 mph that raked fire zones earlier in the week. That helped firefighters fully contain the three major blazes in Los Angeles County by nightfall.last_img read more