Will Tua Tagovailoa play against LSU? Injury updates, status for Alabama QB’s return

first_imgMORE: How Tagovailoa affects Bama, LSU and college football landscapeThe general consensus is that, without Tagovailoa, Alabama won’t be able to put up enough points to keep up with LSU’s break-neck pace. The Tigers score 46.8 points per game compared to the Crimson Tide’s 48.6 (though that comes after LSU’s 23-20 win over Auburn). Add to that the fact Alabama hasn’t been nearly as good defensively this season, and Alabama may need Tagovailoa to win Saturday’s “Game of the Century.”That would be a far cry from the last time these teams met as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country: No. 1 LSU came away with a 9-6 victory against No. 2 Alabama in 2011. It’s likely this game won’t be nearly as defense-dominant, but it would certainly be better if Tagovailoa played.Here’s everything you need to know about Tagovailoa’s injury, the timeline of his recovery and the likelihood of his return: It’s finally game week for the highly anticipated matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, and yet the biggest storyline surrounding this game involves a player who might not even take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.Tua Tagovailoa’s injury — a high-ankle sprain — will be the clear focus leading up to the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff against the Tigers. Indeed, it has been ever since he left the second quarter of the Crimson Tide’s victory over Tennessee on Oct. 19. Backup Mac Jones was serviceable as his replacement against Tennessee and Arkansas, but the offense is several orders of magnitude better with Tagovailoa in the backfield. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2/1e/tua-tagovailoa-102019-getty-ftr_143b8zlsqll1j178etthztyw65.jpg?t=-408086099&w=500&quality=80 Will Tua Tagovailoa play against LSU?Tagovailoa has been out since the second quarter of the Tennessee game on Oct. 19. By kickoff on Saturday, he will have had three weeks’ worth of recovery time, though it’s not entirely certain that will be enough.Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa would be out “a week or two” immediately following the Tennessee game. That same night, linebacker Terrell Lewis told reporters Tagovailoa said he’d be “back for LSU” on Nov. 9. The following day, following tightrope surgery on Tagovailoa’s ankle, Saban released the following statement:“Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain last night against Tennessee. Our physicians performed a successful tightrope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery.”That prognosis devolved on Oct. 30 when Saban said Tagovailoa would be a “game-time decision,” which he reiterated again on Oct. 28. That, of course, raised the question of whether Tagovailoa would even be 100 percent if he could play vs. LSU.As of Monday before the game, Saban said Tagovailoa would be on a pitch count at practice, and that he was still a game-time decision. He followed up on Wednesday by saying he Tagovailoa was “moving around well and throwing the ball with confidence” (via ESPN).Friday before the game, CBS college football commentator Gary Danielson said he watched Tagovailoa in practice on Thursday, saying he “doesnt have that spring in his step, it’s not natural.”Saban, on the set of “College GameDay” on Saturday, said Tagovailoa practiced well all week and has been “really, really good” in the short area. Barring an issue in warm-ups, Saban said, Tagovailoa should be expected to start.MORE: Who is Mac Jones? Fast facts for Tagovailoa’s backupWhat is Tagovailoa’s injury?Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain to his right ankle, the same injury from the 2018 SEC championship game (though Saban said it’s not as severe as last season’s). It’s worth noting Tagovailoa underwent the same tightrope procedure on his left leg and returned four weeks later for the Crimson Tide’s College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma. He completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in that game, rushing five times for 9 yards.Here is a summation of the procedure, from the Southern California Orthopedic Institute:”It can be used to repair a high ankle sprain, which damages the soft tissue structures between the tibia and fibula and causes these bones to separate. … The tightrope system anchors the ends of the tibia and fibula together with a braided polyethylene cord, rather than with a rigid surgical screw, to restore the original position of the bones and to allow for proper healing.”Tagovailoa isn’t the only Alabama player to have undergone the procedure. Alabama team surgeon Norman Waldrop first performed the procedure on former Crimson Tide tackle Cam Robinson in 2014. The future NFL first-round pick was able to return two weeks after the surgery in time for the Crimson Tide’s matchup against LSU. Other Tide players to get the procedure include former quarterback Jalen Hurts, tackle Jonah Williams and center Ross Pierschbacher.Tua Tagovailoa injury timelineTagovailoa suffered the high-ankle sprain on Oct. 19 against Tennessee in “The Third Saturday in October.” The play in question occurred with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter and Alabama up 21-10 over Tennessee. Greg Emerson sacked Tagovailoa on the Tide’s first play of their fifth drive of the game.Here’s the exact play Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured on against Tennessee.Tagovailoa scrambled to his left before being brought down hard by Vol’s defensive lineman Greg Emerson. pic.twitter.com/CtDY6keqyb— Alabama Crimson Tide | AL.com (@aldotcomTide) October 20, 2019Tagovailoa stayed in the game for one more play, completing a 5-yard pass to Brian Robinson. Alabama called a timeout right after, and Tagovailoa left the game on his own power. He was escorted to the Alabama locker room and was later seen leaving the stadium in an ambulance, though he returned in street clothes.Tua getting into an ambulance @barstoolsports pic.twitter.com/KU5r8iqUW4— Maybe Next Year (@AlexHenderson17) October 20, 2019Tagovailoa’s prognosis was fairly positive after the game, with Saban saying on Oct. 20 that he expected “a speedy recovery” from his star quarterback.On Oct. 21, Saban reaffirmed the success of the tightrope surgery, but said there was no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return and that rehab was “pretty unpredictable.””There’s no real timetable for his return, but the expectation is he will be non-weight bearing for several days and then he’ll be able to come back as his rehab allows him,” Saban said. “We’re hopeful that in a 10-day period he’ll be back being able to do pretty active type rehab and we’ll see how it goes from there. These things are pretty unpredictable at this point.”On Oct. 29, Saban said Alabama was still monitoring Tagovailoa’s recovery, though he would likely return to practice the next day.“We’ll just have to see what he can do,” Saban said, per AL.com. “Evaluate his mobility and his performance. I can’t really predict any of that. Just have to let it happen and see how it goes.During the SEC teleconference on Oct. 30, Saban confirmed Tagovailoa would return to practice, but said he would be a game-time decision and that Alabama wouldn’t play him if he wasn’t able to perform.”We’re not going to put him in a situation where he can’t perform, aight? If he can perform, he’ll be able to play. If he can’t perform, then he won’t be able to play,” Saban said. Local reporters did not see Tagovailoa at said practice during the five-minute window open to media.Saban on Monday said Tagovailoa practiced two days last week, that he is currently on a snap count in practice, and will still be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game.WATCH: Moments ago, #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa at practice jogging, planting on wrapped right leg, and making throws. Nick Saban said he will be on snap count at practice and game time decision for Saturday. #RollTide #LSU @CBS_42 pic.twitter.com/OnVinJcff3— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) November 4, 2019AL.com on Tuesday reported that sources within Alabama’s program feel good about Tagovailoa’s health and that he is expected to play against LSU. Saban on Wednesday did not upgrade Tagovailoa’s status beyond “game-time decision,” but said he was moving and throwing well.Saban on Saturday said Tagovailoa should get the start barring an issue in pregame warm-ups.MORE: Tagovailoa injury update: QB ‘game-time decision’ for LSUTua Tagovailoa injury updatesNov. 9 — Saban says Tagovailoa will start, barring an issue in pregame warm-ups.Nov. 6 — Saban says Tagovailoa is moving, throwing well (via ESPN), but doesn’t upgrade him beyond a game-time decision.Nov. 5 — Sources within program say Alabama expects Tagovailoa to play vs. LSU.Nov. 4 — Saban reiterates Tagovailoa is a game-time decision, says he practiced two days last week (per John Zenor).Oct. 30 — Tagovailoa returns to practice. Saban calls Tagovailoa a game-time decision.Oct. 29 — Saban says Alabama is still monitoring Tagovailoa’s recovery, says he’ll return to practice on Oct. 30.Oct. 26 — Tagovailoa stands by as Alabama beats Arkansas 48-7. Backup Mac Jones completes 18 of 22 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Third-string quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completes 6 of 8 passes for 45 yards. Oct. 21 — Saban reaffirms success of surgery, says there is no timetable for return and that rehab from the procedure is “pretty unpredictable.”Oct. 20 — Tagaovailoa undergoes successful tightrope surgery, per a report. Saban said he expects a “speedy recovery” for his quarterback.Oct. 19 — Tagovailoa suffers a high-ankle sprain on his right ankle against Tennessee. Tagovailoa tells teammates he’ll be back in time for LSU; Saban says he expects Tagovailoa to be out “a week or two.”last_img read more

Damian Lillard doubts players will follow NBA’s bubble rules, questions league’s ‘best interests’

first_imgBefore the restart of the season, there was reported discourse between multiple angles among the players, with the safety of players and the potential that an NBA restart would take away from current protests and civil unrest around the country, with sports offering a distraction.ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith also questioned if players will be able to handle the upcoming season without … extra-curricular activities. In any case, if one of the NBA’s most public-facing stars is questioning the stability of the bubble, maybe the league should listen. In asking a question of his own, the Trail Blazers guard cast doubt upon whether NBA players will be able to stay within the lines of the NBA’s restart guidelines.”My confidence ain’t great,” Lillard told ESPN. “My confidence ain’t great because you’re telling me you’re gonna have 22 teams full of players following all the rules? When we have 100 percent freedom, everybody don’t follow all the rules. I don’t have much confidence. But hopefully it’ll be handled to a point where we’re not putting everybody at risk or in a dangerous position.”MORE: Complete list of NBA players opting out of the seasonLillard detailed that while he and the rest of the NBA will have different forms of activities and entertainment, there are still some questions as to whether the Association had the players’ “best interests” in mind.”We’ll see if it was really well thought out and if they really had our best interests once we get there.” Damian Lillard thinks the NBA’s bubble may be popped.With the NBA planning its Orlando restart in a “bubble” scenario with members of 22 teams being housed and isolated within the Disney World resort in Florida, many questions have been raised as to the plan’s overall safety and the strict ruleset that the league has imposed on its players.last_img read more

Here is NASCAR’s complete explanation of the Bubba Wallace noose case at Talladega

first_imgJust minutes after a picture of the noose a member of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team found in Bubba Wallace’s Talladega Superspeedway garage stall was released Thursday, NASCAR president Steve Phelps spoke with media on a teleconference.In the wake of an FBI investigation that determined a hate crime had not been committed against the sport’s only Black driver, and that the noose had been in place since October of 2019, the teleconference was NASCAR’s chance to tell its side of the story after facing widespread criticism of its escalating what ended up being a misunderstanding. “Let me reiterate two things: Bubba Wallace and the 43 team had nothing to do with this. Bubba Wallace has done nothing but represent this sport with courage, class and dignity. It’s offensive seeing anyone suggest otherwise, and frankly, it’s further evidence of how far we still need to go as a society.”Secondly, there has been discussion and criticism of how this was handled and characterized. Some feel that the phrasing or words used were not right. That comes with the territory. And I will take full responsibility for that, and for the emotion that was attached to it.”Based on the evidence we had, we felt that one of our drivers had been threatened, a driver who had been extremely courageous in recent words and actions. It was our responsibility to react and investigate, and that’s exactly what we did.” MORE: Here are the facts of the Bubba Wallace storyPhelps spent almost 10 minutes reading a prepared statement on how the noose was discovered, why the investigation was launched, how the investigation proceeded, when the FBI got involved and what NASCAR will do moving forward.Below is Phelps’ explanation of the entire Bubba Wallace noose saga, transcribed in its entirety:#NASCAR has released the photo of the noose found in the No. 43 garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: NASCAR) pic.twitter.com/09StWX6fbg— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 25, 2020On why NASCAR decided to investigate:”First I want to touch on our approach and our decision to investigate. As I mentioned on Tuesday, given the facts presented to us, we would have pursued this with the same sense of urgency and purpose. “Upon learning of and seeing the noose, our initial reaction was to protect our driver. We’re living in a highly charged and emotional time. What we saw was a symbol of hate and was only present in one area of the garage, that of the 43 car of Bubba Wallace. “In hindsight, we should have — I should have — used the word ‘alleged’ in our statement. Many of you have seen the photo. As you can see from the photo, the noose was real. As was our concern for Bubba. With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family — our NASCAR family. Because they are part of the NASCAR family, too. We are proud to see so many stand up for what’s right. On the timeline of events after the discovery of the noose:”I think it’s important to briefly go through the timeline now that our investigation is complete. It’s not exhaustive, but I think we’ll give you a sense for what happened. “On Sunday, after initial inspection and prior to the race, a member of the 43 team noticed the noose in the garage stall.”At roughly 4:30, NASCAR was alerted to the presence of the noose. At that point we did a full sweep of the garage by our security team, and only the rope of the 43 team stall was a noose. All the others were regular ropes.”At about 6 o’clock, NASCAR senior leadership met and immediately determined this needed to be investigated and began those initial steps in the investigation. “At approximately 7:30, I notified Bubba Wallace of what was found in the garage. After that, we continued to gather facts and conduct our investigation.”We thought it was important to put out a statement as quickly as we could, which we did at roughly 10:40 on Sunday evening.”Early Monday morning, the FBI Birmingham office reached out to us. By roughly 10 o’clock, the FBI arrived with 15 field agents to begin their investigation. We provided the FBI with a list of personnel with access to the garage, as well as video and images taken from the weekend, and the 2019 fall weekend, as well.”During the course of the day, the FBI interviewed race team personnel from multiple teams, NASCAR officials, track fire and safety personnel, and track custodial staff. Talladega Superspeedway also provided the FBI with a list of events that had taken place since October of 2019, which is when the new garages opened. “The FBI reports back at the end of the day that their interviews are complete for the day, and the evidence so far, thus far at that point, was inconclusive, with plans to continue their investigation the following morning.”On Tuesday morning NASCAR received additional video from a team that provided it to the FBI. The video corroborates the testimony from one of the interviews that the FBI had conducted that the noose was present in that stall during the fall Cup event. The U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI informed NASCAR that their investigation had conclusively found this was not a hate crime.”We were asked to keep this confidential until the release. Their release went out at roughly 4:10. About 4:15 we released our own statement. And then we had our NASCAR teleconference Tuesday evening.On why NASCAR continued its investigation after FBI findings:”Through the investigation and the examination of the video and photographic evidence, the FBI was able to determine the noose was present in the same garage stall as last fall.”It was still our responsibility to find answers to key questions. How did the noose get there? Was anyone an intended target? Was this a code of conduct violation? Are nooses present elsewhere in other garages where we race? So let me tackle the last one first.”NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of all the garage areas across the tracks where we race. So across those 29 tracks, and 1,684 garage stalls, we found only 11 total that had a pull-down rope tied into a knot. And only one noose — the one discovered Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage. “We further determined that the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began, but was created at some point during that weekend. Given that timing and the garage access policies and procedures at the time, we were unfortunately unable to determine with any certainty who tied this rope in this manner or why it was done.On NASCAR’s next steps:”Which brings up another question: How could it have gone unnoticed by so many people in October 2019 through the morning of June 21, 2020? “Our ultimate conclusions for this investigation is to ensure that this never happens again. That no one walks by a noose without recognizing the potential damage it can do. Moving forward, we will be conducting thorough sweeps of the garage area to ensure nothing like this happened again. And we are installing additional cameras in all of our garages.”We’ll make any changes necessary to our sanctions and our code of conduct, and we will mandate that all members of our industry complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training with specifics and timing forthcoming. “Going forward, our efforts are making sure every competitor feels safe and every guest feels welcome. We did see at (the Talladega pre-race) on Monday, our drivers, crews and officials proudly demonstrated that are united in the belief that there is no place for racism in our sport.”We want everyone with a love for racing to feel welcome, and a part of our NASCAR family. And our industry is going to protect our own against anyone that feels differently.”My hope is that the fortunate results of the FBI investigation should not diminish the impact of that moment, not the message our sport sent. The world saw our true colors, and it made us all incredibly proud.On Bubba Wallace’s role in the incident:last_img read more

Standard Liege coach who sidelined Farouk Miya sacked

first_imgA former assistant and youth coach at the club Jose Jeunechamps will oversee the end of the play-offs, in which Standard have also struggled.The club said a new coach would be hired before the start of next season.Share on: WhatsApp FILE photo of Miya in action for his Belgian side Standard LiegeLowly Standard sack Serbian coach who ignored Uganda’s MiyaBrussels, Belgium | AFP | Standard Liege have sacked their Serbian coach Aleksandar Jankovic after the iconic Belgian top-flight outfit could only finish ninth in the regular season.“Negative results led the two parties to accept the consequences,” a club statement said on Monday.Jankovic, a former Red Star Belgrade coach, took over the ten-time Belgian champions in September 2016.The arrival last year of the Serbian coach ended new signing Farouk Miya’s first team appearances at Liege, with the Ugandan international eventually loaned out to lower league table side Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron.last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Jessica Pilgrim, 13, is a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation – and she’s been mixing with some big names! Here’s her story

first_img Tags: Get into golf, Girls 5 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Jessica Pilgrim, 13, is a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation – and she’s been mixing with some big names! Here’s her story Jessica Pilgrim, 13, is a single-figure handicapper and a volunteer who’s keen to give young people a voice. She’s a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and she also supports Girls Golf Rocks in Buckinghamshire, where she’s a member at Stoke Park. Her efforts to make a difference have had some unexpected bonuses! Jessica tells her story:You’ve been mixing with some big stars in golf – and beating a pro! Tell us how that happened.I was at GolfSixes for two days as a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation. I had free time so I tried all of the American Golf trials like putting, driving and their computerised ‘nearest the pin’. The American Golf guys watched me and offered me a place on the GolfSixes Beat the Pro competition. I was so lucky to draw the 5pm slot where Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Mathew came to the tee, with their Korean opponents. They were all lovely to me. Thomas said, “If you are nervous, that’s ok, as we pro’s get nervous too!” I hit a decent shot and it ended up closer to the pin that one Korean pro’s shot! I loved having that opportunity. It was shown live on Sky TV and the Bucks Girls Golf Rocks players all saw it at the end of their first taster session!Then you met up with Thomas Bjorn again?I went to Wentworth for a presentation on the pro-am day when one of Ambassadors, Emily (Furniss) had won a special award from the Golf Foundation for fund raising. I went to watch Thomas and his team tee off on hole one. Thomas spotted me on the tee and mum asked if he remembered me? “Of course I remember Jessica,” he beamed and introduced me to his team as his special friend.He invited me to walk the course with them, the whole 18 holes. Wow! I had to go check with Golf Foundation that that was ok and they said of course, what a super opportunity, so we ran to catch up on the second hole and stayed till the end. When we got to hole 14, where you could win a car for a hole-in-one, Thomas invited the caddies and me to have a go too! I didn’t have my clubs so I borrowed a club from Bradley Simpson of The Vamps, which was a bit heavy for me. I missed the green this time, I guess that’s golf!How did you get started in golf?Probably my first experience was playing minigolf at Legoland Windsor. The whole family played for a bit of fun and Dad managed to fall backwards through the bushes and lose a ball! I have played in the World Crazy Golf Championships for five years now, it’s a fun highlight of the year.I watched my Dad chipping golf balls in the back garden and was given a little plastic golf set from a jumble sale. After I had swung the club, my Dad and Mum realised I needed some better clubs, so they bought me a set of pink Barbie clubs, a driver, an iron, putter and bag.I seemed to swing those really well too, so I went to a junior roll-up at Wexham Park with Martin Heys and Dan Rees. I had just turned 8 years old. On my first lesson, Martin said: “You need some proper new clubs” and Dan said “That’s the most natural swing I’ve ever seen in a girl.” So I started having lessons and was given a set of orange US Kids clubs and never looked back.Your golfing goals?It was to reach single figure handicap but I have very recently reached that goal! Happy! I would love to be a golf pro in the future, to play courses and comps all over the world and hopefully win enough to keep me playing more courses and more comps.What do you enjoy about golf?It’s so much fun playing and competing, I don’t remember feeling any pressure or annoyance at not playing well. I spent lots of time with my Dad on the course when I was younger, which I don’t do now.I spend lots of time playing with other juniors, boys and girls for fun or in competitions. I now play with ladies a lot more too, usually at Stoke Park or in Buckinghamshire county knockout competitions.I love playing and competing, but should practise more!…What would you like to change about golf?It’s hard to say but some of the older players (much older, like over 50) sometimes get annoyed with young players on the courses. They make us feel like we are in the way and shouldn’t be there. But so many times, they change their attitude when they see me tee off, when they see I can actually play the game and hit the ball far and straight!So what I’d like to change is, have more juniors made more welcome in all clubs, include us and let us play and let us learn the rules and don’t be too hard on us when we don’t know all the rules quite yet. And I’d like to see more girls playing too – they need more chances to try it, then they might like it and see they can do well at it. Many girls start out with their Dads on a driving range or a putting green, that’s lovely!How do you think you can make a difference?I’m excited about working as a Young Ambassador with England Golf and the Golf Foundation. I can be a part of a bigger overall project encouraging people to play, and where I could give my opinion on how it has been for me (the good and the bad), to tell the organisers from a junior’s point of view how we think and feel about golf, clubs, members, rules, everything, so they can take things like that into account for changes in the future maybe.How do you think you can encourage new young players?I think I can prove to girls and juniors that if I can do it, they can have a go as well. They can’t know till they try. I can show them that I have learned a lot, and still have lots to learn, and it’s fun and I keep fit and I am out on beautiful courses, famous courses sometimes.What would you say to girls to get them to try golf?Just pick up a club and have a go! Any club! Driver or iron or putter, anything. You have to be careful though, do it with an adult or another golfer who can help you. My sister has already smashed a pane in our greenhouse! Oops!Caption: Jessica is pictured at Wenwtworth with Thomas Bjorn and Damian Lewis.• Inspired to try golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find low cost or free beginner activities.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, May 24, 2020

first_imgDISTANCE SHOULD HELP LITTLE BIRD FLY AUTHENTIC DRILLS SIX FURLONGS FOR SA DERBY IRONY IN PLAY FOR PRAT IN SHOEMAKER MEMORIAL DAY IS ONE OF APPRECIATION WHERE THERE’S A (WAR OF) WILL, THERE’S A PRATRacing takes strange twists and turns on occasion, to wit: tomorrow, when America  celebrates Memorial Day, Flavien Prat rides War of Will for trainer Mark Casse in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile.As fate has it, War of Will is the horse that was interfered with in the Kentucky Derby last May 4 when ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, resulting in the disqualification of Maximum Security from first, moving Prat and his mount, Country House, from second to first, awarding the 27-year-old Frenchman his first victory in the Run for the Roses.War of Will finished eighth in the Derby but was promoted to seventh.“Casse called me and asked if we’d be open to ride in the Shoemaker,” explained Prat’s agent of six years, Derek Lawson. “When the smoke cleared and we were available, I called back and said, ‘You got us.’”Meanwhile, this morning, both jockey and agent were still basking in the victory glow of Saturday’s Charles Whittingham Stakes, in which Prat guided favored United to a nose triumph in arguably one of the most exciting renewals of the race named for the late, great Hall of Fame trainer.“It was a race Charlie Whittingham would have appreciated,” Lawson said. “When you watch the head bob on the slow-motion replay, it looks like United got his head down just at the right time.“But Flavien actually thought he got beat. Then when he came back and saw the numbers flashing (on the tote board due to the inquiry) and saw his number (five) was first, he knew he won.”In the first five days of the recently revived meet at Santa Anita, Prat has 15 wins and 60 overall, 16 ahead of runner-up Abel Cedillo.The Whittingham was Prat’s third stakes win this meet, giving him 74 in his career at Santa Anita, fourth among active riders behind three Hall of Fame members, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith.Amazingly, Bill Shoemaker, for whom tomorrow’s headliner is named, is the career leader in stakes wins at Santa Anita with 260. He is followed by Laffit Pincay Jr. (253), Chris McCarron (242), Gary Stevens (212), Eddie Delahoussaye (159) and Alex Solis (151), each retired and each enshrined in the Hall of Fame.The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’ Challenge Race in the United States this year, which entitles the nominated winner automatic entry into the 2020 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7.The field for the Shoemaker Mile, race nine of 11 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time:  Without Parole, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 4-1; True Valour, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 20-1; Next Shares, John Velazquez, 12-1; Voodoo Song, Mike Smith, 12-1; War of Will, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Blitzkrieg, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Majestic Eagle, Jorge Velez, 20-1; Raging Bull, Joel Rosario, 7-2; March to the Arch, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Neptune’s Storm, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; and River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 4-1.FORMER MARINE KNUST GRATEFUL ON MEMORIAL DAYMemorial Day holds far greater significance for Tom Knust than it does for most Americans.His credo has been family, country and racing, serving each with faith and fervor. He joined the Marines in 1967, served in the Vietnam War, had a bullet enter and exit his helmet and brain, and was one of only two survivors in his squad of nine men.He was paralyzed for eight months and now, at age 72, still walks with a pronounced limp.But his spirit remains that of an unimpaired sprinter as he performs his duties as a jockeys’ agent, currently representing top echelon journeyman Abel Cedillo and Evin Roman, the Eclipse Award-winning rider as outstanding apprentice of 2017.“On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who gave their lives fighting in wars for our freedom,” Knust said. “I feel very lucky I survived being shot in Vietnam and ultimately had a chance to have a family, see my kids grow up and enjoy my grandkids.“I think of those whose relatives died fighting to preserve our country and our freedom.I’m blessed that I was able to have a good life.”LITTLE BIRD WEDDED WITH HONEYMOON DISTANCERichard Baltas hopes additional distance will favor Little Bird in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes for three-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth on turf.On form and running style, the Irish-bred daughter of Free Eagle, owned by a partnership that includes Baltas, looks like she will appreciate the distance of the Honeymoon.She rallied from 13th and last to finish ninth, beaten only four lengths, in the restricted China Doll at one mile on March 7 behind California-bred Warren’s Showtime, a multiple stakes winner.“Yes, the extra distance should help her,” Baltas said of Little Bird. “She doesn’t have a lot of speed; she’s one of those Euros that wants to make one run.”Little Bird worked five furlongs on the training track yesterday in 1:05.     FINISH LINES: Authentic, Bob Baffert’s early favorite for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on June 6, worked six furlongs this morning with Drayden Van Dyke up in 1:12 flat and “galloped out strong,” according to XBTV’s Millie Ball.  Shooters Shoot, also likely for the Derby on June 6, worked six furlongs Saturday in 1:13 for Peter Eurton, while the trainer’s Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old male of 2019 Storm the Court went four furlongs in 48.60. Eurton does not expect the bay son of Court Vision to race until Del Mar…Baffert worked a pair of three-year-old fillies in company this morning, unbeaten Gamine and Gingham, who was second two starts back in the Grade II Las Virgenes on Feb. 2, were both clocked a half mile in 48.80…RECOMMENDED VIEWING:  Santa Anita’s Memorial Day pre-race handicapping seminar.  Hosted by Tom Quigley, his guest will again be the inimitable Voice of Santa Anita, Frank Mirahmadi, who provides players with an unscripted stream of consciousness that is both entertaining and informative.  “Game time” is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Authentic (Baffert) 5-24-20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 5-24-20McKale (Baffert) 5-24-20Ce Ce (McCarthy) 5-24-20Storm the Court (inside) and Absolute Unit (Eurton) 5-23-20Thousand Words (Baffert) 5-23-20Higher Power (Outside) (Sadler) 5-22-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-22-20Honor A. P. (Outside) and Mobou (Shirreffs) 5-22-20War of Will (Casse) 5-21-20March to the Arch (Casse) 5-21-20Raging Bull (Brown) 5-21-20last_img read more

Showjumpers introduced to vaulting

first_imgLocal equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.last_img read more

ONE: PH’s Corminal wary of ‘new’ Lepont

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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene France’s Arnaud Lepont (L) and Philippines’ Richard Corminal face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThis is Corminal’s second fight in the promotion and he has so far been matched up with big names with gaudy resumes in mixed martial arts.It may seem like a daunting task for someone who has only fought professionally six times, but Corminal knows it’s the only way to go up in the sport.“I’m excited. If I managed to sneak a victory, maybe I can improve my name,” said Corminal with a smile.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments MOST READ Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SINGAPORE—Richard Corminal doesn’t think a two-year layoff has made Arnaud Lepont any less dangerous.The Filipino fighter still isn’t taking his French-born foe, who is stepping in the cage for the first time since September 2015, lightly in their upcoming battle in ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t say (I have the advantage) since they said there’s a ‘new version’ of Arnaud Lepont,” said Corminal, who is now based in Malaysia, in Filipino Tuesday after the press conference at Marina Bay Sands. “But I’m ready for whatever happens.”READ: Two Filipino bets complete ONE: Immortal Pursuit FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAside from spoiling Lepont’s return, Corminal also has something to prove after he fell short in his ONE debut last March against top lightweight contender Shannon Wiratchai.“He is a more experienced fighter than I am. I know what he is capable of doing inside the cage,” Corminal said. “I will do my best. I’ve worked hard just to make it here in ONE Championship. I won’t waste this opportunity.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Coach’s trust proves vital for Pirates

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We want them to be winners in life more than winners on the court,” he added.Lyceum’s victory put to waste Hamadou Laminou’s 34-point, 16-rebound effort for the Generals.After suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury on his right knee last year, the Cameroonian center is focused in helping the Generals in any way he can.“I don’t want to think about my injury anymore,” Laminou said. “I want to focus on scoring.”In the nightcap, new Perpetual Help recruit Edgar Charcos stepped up big to notch his first NCAA victory—a 78-75 thriller against Letran.Charcos, a transferee from University of the East, delivered 27 points on a nine-of-12 clip from the field. He had 22 in the first half alone.“Being trusted as the starting guard, I challenged myself to perform well for my new school,” Charcos said in Filipino. —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SUING Marcelino poured 13 of his 24 points in the final frame to lift Lyceum past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 106-97, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marcelino’s scoring burst rescued the Pirates after the Generals pillaged their 31-point lead and trimmed it to just 80-77 heading into the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was a big learning for us because we were ahead and yet we played complacently,” Marcelino said in Filipino. “We doubled our effort in the fourth quarter to regain our lead and eventually win the game.”Robinson said he trusted his players “to do the right thing” when the Generals made multiple runs. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 LATEST STORIES Rivals F2 Logistics, Petron cross paths in crucial clash In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “As a coach, sometimes you just have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way,” Robinson said.Meanwhile, San Sebastian held off St. Benilde, 85-77, as the Blazers handed limited minutes to key cogs Clement Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna due to disciplinary sanctions.Blazers head coach TY Tang, however, did not disclose the reason behind the sanction and said that some things were just bigger than winning ball games.“This is the part wherein we’d rather discipline more than being out there on the court and compete to win,” Tang said.More than good players, Tang wants his wards to see the bigger picture of things.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lyceum coach Topex Robinson is big on trusting his players to make the right play. Jaycee Marcelino showed everyone why.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more