Willie Mullins pleased by Annie Power recovery progress

first_img However, Mullins said: “I ‘m very pleased with her progress and to my eye she is recovering quickly “I’m going to have the vets look at her in the next few days and hopefully we can step things up with her. “I was hoping to have her cantering by the new year and if things progress quicker than that, then maybe she could have a run before Cheltenham. “We’ll just have to wait and see. Willie Mullins raised the possibility of Annie Power making a competitive appearance before the Cheltenham Festival after issuing a positive update on her recovery from injury. Press Associationcenter_img The brilliant mare has won 12 of her 14 starts to date, suffering her only defeats when runner-up to More Of That in the 2014 World Hurdle and when falling at the final flight with last season’s OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at her mercy. She has been off the track since bouncing back to winning ways at Punchestown in the spring and after missing her intended comeback in Sunday’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse, owner Rich Ricci suggested she could head straight to Prestbury Park in March, as she did last season. last_img read more

Wannstedt: Team vs. Stache

first_imgTom:True, Pittsburgh is badd. That’s right, bad with two d’s.Starting out the year with a loss to Notre Dame looked kind of disappointing. After seeing the Irish since, that defeat doesn’t look too pathetic even if it was by 21 points at home. But Ohio? Ohio? The Bobcats are about as bad as their NBA brethren. And trust me, when you have Brevin Knight and Jason Hart to choose from for a point guard, you are terrible. And then scoring six points in a loss at Nebraska? Yes, the Panthers are struggling, to say the least. But, hold on just one second. Their poor play cannot even compare to the mustache that sits less than an inch above the lips of their head coach. Dave Wannstedt has the worst mustache in college football.Pittsburgh may be terrible, horrible, whatever negative adjective you may throw out there, but they are not the worst team in college football. Temple or Central Florida holds that dubious distinction. On the flip side, no mustache in the nation can touch Wannstedt’s whiskers. Seriously, would it kill the man to shave evenly?I wouldn’t be surprised if staring at the uneven, half-bushy tuft of hair gracing the face of Wannstedt forced Dan Marino to retire while the former served as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. Hell, if I was faced with looking at that dirty piece of facial hair or selling Isotoner gloves and hanging out with Jim Nantz in the immediate future, I’d take good old Jimmy-boy and the leather.Who knows. That ‘stache could have driven Ricky Williams back to pot.Regardless of how harmless his Panthers may be, Wanny’s facial hair always will take the cake.Game, set, ‘stache.Eric:In just three weeks, Dave Wannstedt has seen his Pitt team fall from No. 23 in the rankings, to ESPN’s Bottom 10 list.A 21-point loss in the season opener to Notre Dame didn’t seem disastrous, especially after the Irish beat Michigan the next weekend.A 16-10 loss to Ohio though? That raised some big eyebrows, thicker, in fact, than the coach’s whiskers. Frank Solich is a decent coach, but this is Ohio University … not Ohio State, Bowling Green or even Cincinnati. Ohio.That apparently wasn’t bad enough. The Panthers went on and posted a meager six points against Solich’s former team, Nebraska, last Saturday, losing 7-6.I don’t care if they had a chance to win with seven seconds left. They didn’t do it. They’ve scored a combined 16 points in the last two weeks against teams with Bobcats and Cornhuskers as their mascots.Wannstedt has a quarterback in Tyler Palko who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in his first year as a starter last year, but even he couldn’t find a way to the end zone against the Huskers.The team has three touchdowns in three games. I hate to tell you Pitt, but even the Temple Owls, who couldn’t score against the Badgers’ fourth-team defense, have more touchdowns.The last time the Panthers started 0-3, I was in diapers and Wannstedt was at USC.You’ve heard of fans making fire(insertnamehere).com websites when the coach has overstayed his welcome at a school. Well, there is a domain, but it is up for sale, and the seller realizes how great the demand will be. The domain name FireDaveWannstedt.com is for sale for a steep $500.In fact, with D-II powerhouse Youngstown State on the docket this weekend, if Pitt doesn’t prevail, the team will definitely end up being the worst of Wannstedt as he will have to shave the mustache off and join the witness-protection program.last_img read more

Dog days of sports go on

first_imgThere’s a reason they call the worst part of the year the “dog days of summer,” why the worst sick you can be is “sick as a dog” and why whenever you see something terrible (like Michael Bolton, Battlefield Earth or the XFL), it’s “for the dogs.” It’s just not all it’s cracked up to be being a canine. I mean sure, we get to play, sleep and eat just about exclusively for our entire lifetime, but it is not the posh life you might think it is, even though we can put our noses in anyone’s butt with no repercussions.How would you like to eat crusty cardboard-esque kibbles at least twice a day and smell vomit from three blocks away — in Madison, at that?It’s a dog’s life, I tell you. It’s why Rodney Dangerfield could only play one animal when they made a cartoon about him (Rover Dangerfield). And there is never any real escape. I made another sad discovery in the long, sad tail — err, tale that is the history of man’s best friend (until there is only one slice of pizza left).I decided to just curl up on the futon and watch some college football this past Saturday night, with the Georgia Bulldogs taking on the Tennessee Volunteers. I figured it was a no-lose situation. Either the Dawgs would win or Smokey, the little hound dog for the Vols, would prevail. Of course, I couldn’t have been more wrong if I’d chewed up that green paper with numbers … again.The Bulldogs were blown away at home by a Tennessee offense that was simply unstoppable, and Smokey … wasn’t there. I looked. I sniffed. I howled out searching for answers. But ESPN just refused to show the Kennedy of dogs (this was Smokey IX, I believe).Where my dogs at? Where is our pride? Can we never win, even when we win? It was then I realized dogs get the shaft in sports, just like they do everywhere else.In the realm of sports, my kind is more doomed than an unattended T-bone steak at a doggie birthday party in Milwaukee’s third ward (they exist, it’s true!).The Cleveland Browns and their dog pound — shame on them — are only slightly better than a team of felines on catnip on the field, making a game against Oakland look like a game against the ’72 Dolphins. Winning a football game for them is about as hopeless a situation as trying to catch your tail, as they haven’t ever finished out of last place in the AFC North division. Ever.And the Mississippi State Bulldogs continue the disturbing trend, currently occupying the cellar of the SEC, and could be the underdog (yet another insult to pups everywhere) in their home game against Jacksonville State this weekend. It’s only fitting the Bulldogs in Starksville have been victimized by the flea-flicker a couple of times already this season.The Connecticut Huskies? Barely beat Indiana in football a couple weeks ago, managing a mangy 14 points, while bow-wowing out early in the NCAA tournament last spring. But not before they topped the No. 16 seed Albany Great Danes of course. Those fluffy coated prima donnas! Guess what place they are taking up in the Big East right now too … you guessed it. Dead last.The Washington version of the Huskies also blew a big chance, letting Southern Cal get away will little more than a growl just last weekend, failing to put together a game-tying drive several times in the fourth quarter. It was so bad that with two seconds left they couldn’t get the snap off, apparently because they couldn’t hear the whistle. Now, since when do dogs not hear whistles?The play-by-play man for Miami Dolphins games while my owner was growing up, “Mad Dawg” Jim Mandich? Thrown to the curb last season despite a minor uproar in the South Florida community.And what about Big Ben Ruff-lesburger? … No, I’m sorry, I can’t even do that one. That’s a total cat joke … but, still, he sucks now and I hear he’s a dog lover.On top of that I keep hearing from my owner that Randy Moss and Terrell Owens are in the dog house right now. Who invited them into MY home? Give ’em swirlies in that big white water bowl near the bathtub! Get ’em out!No matter where you turn in sports, dogs are losing. Even in the Iditarod where dogs are the only competitors, we lose, as almost half the racers don’t make it to the finish before throwing all fours skyward.But the milk bone that broke this lab’s back is watching the Detroit Tigers romp through the MLB playoffs.No matter how bad things have been in the past, we could always count on the Cats of Detroit to somehow be a little bit worse. But now, the Tigers look to be on their way to a world championship. I also hear that the Bengals are doing well, too. The world has gone crazy.As of right now, consider my membership into the canine fraternity cancelled.I’ve decided that from this day forth, I am the walrus. At least Craig Stadler could finish ahead of the Browns.Marino Labrador is the right paw of sports editor Dave McGrath. If you’d like to console her through the dog days of the college football season, you can reach her at dmcgrath@badgerherald.com or just Facebook her (yes, she’s there).last_img read more

Syracuse women ranked No. 4 in Inside Lacrosse preseason poll

first_imgSyracuse women’s lacrosse is ranked No. 4 in the nation in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook preseason Top 20, which was released Tuesday.Maryland earned the top spot, and North Carolina and Florida took second and third, respectively.Six of the Top-10 teams are from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia, Duke and Boston College were ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, and Notre Dame received the ninth spot. Louisville was ranked No. 16 and Virginia Tech was the only ACC team not ranked.Nine of the top-20 teams have Syracuse on their schedules, though SU Athletics hasn’t released the Orange’s schedule. Maryland and Florida will host SU on March 7 and 10, respectively.The Orange finished 21-3 (6-1 ACC) last season, but fell to Maryland in the national championship game, 15-12. All three of SU’s losses were to the Terrapins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU ended the year ranked No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, behind UMD. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

John Gillon puts stranglehold on point guard spot in Syracuse’s best win of season, 70-55 over Miami

first_imgThe 6-foot point guard got off to a hot start, earning his minutes. He made a steal and then drove inside to draw the defense’s attention before feeding a bounce pass to Tyler Roberson for a layup that tied the game at 12.Two minutes later, he hit a 3 from the right wing off an Andrew White pass to tie the game at 15. Gillon sauntered back down the court with his chest puffed out and a smile on his face. Three minutes after that, he set up Tyler Lydon for a 3 from the top of the arc to pull Syracuse within one at 21-20. Lydon high-fived Gillon on his way toward the defensive end.As the Orange treaded water early on, Gillon’s most important performance of the year was a life preserver in SU’s biggest win of the season.“Whatever it takes, man. It sucks to lose,” Gillon said. “… If that’s what coach feels like that’s what I need to do and that’s what I can do and he’s trusting me with that, it makes me even more happy that I can be in that job.”Boeheim said on Dec. 27 that he wants his point guards to direct their teammates more. After Syracuse gave up 96 to Boston College on Sunday, Boeheim said he needed more from his point guards.On Wednesday, Gillon ran the show.Gillon (4). Photo by Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo Editor“He’s been a little bit better (than Howard),” Boeheim said. “But (Gillon) has the ability to make shots from the outside and you know Frank hasn’t shown any indication that he can make a shot. John’s a little quicker, gets in the lane a little bit better.”With Gillon’s 11 assists and command over the offense also came his occasional mistakes. He tried an alley-oop pass to Roberson that went too high and the ball soared out of bounds. He chucked another pass out of bounds with under four minutes to play in the first half. Two and a half minutes after that, Gillon tried shaking and baking with several crossovers on the right wing before fumbling the ball.Following that play, Howard subbed in for the final 65 seconds of the half as Gillon headed to the bench with four turnovers. He didn’t even make eye contact with Boeheim. He knew he had to be more careful.And he was. Gillon committed only one second-half giveaway, which occurred with the game already in hand, as Syracuse pulled away in the final 13 minutes.“I think he was poised,” White said. “He just made good basketball plays. He was confident.”Gillon said he plays better when he’s confident. Having a short leash bothered him. He never knew when he would or wouldn’t sub out and it was constantly stuck in the back of his head.He got the nod as the sole point guard in SU’s lineup on Wednesday and made the most of it.“I’m tired of not being able to go out and give my best,” Gillon said. “… I wanted to set the tone when we play.” Comments Jim Boeheim preached earlier this season that it doesn’t matter who starts. Whoever’s in the game has to produce or else they’ll sub out. The dynamic was most clear at point guard, the position Syracuse’s head coach has been most critical of all year and the spot Frank Howard and John Gillon have shared.Until Wednesday.After 14 games of inconsistent play from the duo, Boeheim settled on Gillon and gave him a leash long enough for the fifth-year graduate transfer to commit five turnovers in a season-high 39 minutes. He also had a season-high 11 assists in the first game he’s started without Howard also in the lineup.“When you’re hesitating, you’re thinking about the other guy coming in, I think that’s what one of our problems has been,” Boeheim said. “I think we have to go with somebody in there for a while.”Gillon finished with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting in Syracuse’s (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 70-55 win over Miami (11-3, 1-1) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome, the Orange’s first against a major-conference opponent this season. SU was led for the first time by just one player at point guard for nearly the entire game, as Howard played just 65 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGESyracuse’s zone works like it should in 70-55 victory over MiamiSyracuse fans react to SU’s big 70-55 win over MiamiTyler Roberson stifles Miami inside, scores 9 points in season-high 35 minutesWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 70-55 win over Miami Published on January 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish players get UK snooker championships underway

first_imgAction in York gets underway without reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who decided against defending his title. The former world champion takes on the Maltese veteran, Tony Drago.Meanwhile, Limerick’s Leo Fernandez will face four-time World champion, John Higgins.Kilkenny’s David Morris faces Michael Georgiou, and Joe Swail is up against Joel Walker.last_img

Gaming Realms sells 70% in UK B2C assets to Norwegian investment firm

first_img Submit Share Share River iGaming suspends B2C operations January 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Bolstered BetterBetting board to support newly appointed CTO July 10, 2018 Patrick Southon – Gaming RealmsLondon AIM-listed Gaming Realms Plc has confirmed that it will sell 70% of its UK B2C division to Norwegian online gambling investment firm River iGaming for £23 million consideration. Confirming the transaction, Gaming Realms governance is set to divest its B2C brands of Spin Genie, Pocket Fruity and the ITV syndicated Britain’s Got Talent and XFactor Games.Updating investors, Gaming Realms will maintain its flagship brand of Slingo.com and its associated properties.Detailing the terms of the transaction, Gaming Realms secures a minimum payment of £8.4 million combined with a further cash payment of £14.7 million executed on an earn-out basis.Should the deal be accepted by investors, Gaming Realms B2C division will continue to operate its divested assets for River iGaming’s upcoming UK property of River Casino Limited until 30 June 2020.“We believe this sale will be transformational for Gaming Realms as it will enable us to focus more of our resources on international licensing and the development of new gaming content, placing us in a stronger position to drive further profitable growth in the future,”  detailed Gaming Realms Chief Executive Patrick SouthonMoving forward, Gaming Realms governance will use B2C proceeds to further develop new gaming content and the platform capabilities of its B2B division.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Germany, China into last eight

first_imgGermany moved into the quarter-finals at the Women’s World Cup with a 4-1 thrashing of Sweden in Canada.Celia Sasic netted a brace for Silvia Neid’s team as the two-time champions eased through at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario.Sasic has scored an equal tournament-high five goals, while she also set up Anja Mittag for the opener.Linda Sembrant gave Sweden hope, but Dzsenifer Marozsan sealed Germany’s win late on.A turnover of possession led to Mittag’s opener as she took a Sasic pass before finding the bottom corner from 20 yards in the 24th minute.Sasic’s side-footed penalty doubled Germany’s lead in the 35th minute and she struck again late on, heading in a rebound from close range.There was hope for Sweden when Sembrant headed in a Therese Sjogran set-piece, but Marozsan ended the contest with a fine goal.Germany will face either France or South Korea in the last eight. In Edmonton, a 12th-minute goal from Wang Shanshan was enough for China to claim a 1-0 win over Cameroon.The winner of United States-Colombia will meet China.–last_img read more

Former Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli joining Juwan Howard’s Michigan staff

first_imgLongtime Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli, fired this spring after 24 seasons at the school, has been hired to be an assistant on new Michigan coach Juwan Howard’s staff, Martelli said Monday.“THE NEXT CHAPTER !!!” Martelli tweeted, in part, tagging Howard’s and the Wolverines men’s basketball’s Twitter accounts and closing with the University of Michigan-centric hashtag #GoBlue. THE NEXT CHAPTER !!! @umichbball @JuwanHoward THX to @saintjosephs @A10MBB ,Big5,Philly hoops allowing me and my family to take away lifetime memories and lifelong friendships #GoBlue— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) June 3, 2019Martelli, 64, will serve as Howard’s top assistant, according to multiple reports, as well as a savvy sounding board for Howard in his first season as a college head coach at his alma mater.Martelli was 444-328 in nearly a quarter-century at Saint Joseph’s, leading the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament seven times and the NIT six times. His best team, in 2003-04, went 30-2, was ranked No. 1 and held the top seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the Elite Eight. Related News Guard Jahvon Quinerly transfers to Alabama from Villanovacenter_img According to the Detroit News, in addition to hiring Martelli, “all signs point to” Howard retaining assistant Saddi Washington and adding Knicks assistant Howard Eisley to complete his staff. Washington was an assistant to departed coach John Beilein for three seasons, and Eisley is a Detroit native who was a high school teammate of Jalen Rose, like Howard one of the “Fab Five” at Michigan.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe takes aim at FIFA over prize money gap, finals scheduling

first_img“It certainly is not fair,” said Rapinoe. “We should double (the women’s prize money) now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time. That’s what I mean when I talk about, ‘Do we feel respected.'”A quote came out that I said, ‘FIFA doesn’t care about the women’s game.’ That’s what I mean. If you really care about each game in the same way, are you letting the gap grow?#LaGrandeFinale is confirmed!@USWNT vs @oranjevrouwenSunday – 17:00 #USANEDYES! pic.twitter.com/s3KGlG7QdW— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 3, 2019″I’m not saying the prize money is $450 million (for the women) this time or next time around. (I) understand that, for a lot of different reasons, the men’s game financially is far advanced than the women’s game.”(But) If we really care about letting the gap grow, are you scheduling three finals on the same day? No, you’re not. Are you letting federations have their teams play two games in the four years between each tournament? No, you’re not. That’s what I mean about the level of care.”We need attention and detail and the best minds that we can possibly have in the women’s game helping it grow every single day. It’s a very complex problem, complex thing to be a part of.”But the resources are there, and I think the willingness and the brain power is all there – people wanting to work in the women’s game and make it as good as it can. It’s all there, it’s just a matter of wanting to do it and caring enough about it to make it happen. … We’re making a World Cup in Qatar happen, that shows you the amount of care they have about the men’s World Cup, considering all of the issues that are happening there.”Rapinoe, like many of her American teammates, has used her platform to speak out about inequality in numerous areas of society, and once again reiterated she has no plans to attend the White House should Jill Ellis’ team retain their trophy.She is also annoyed that the Women’s World Cup final will be one of three showpiece events happening on Sunday.Focus, footy and sunscreenOne more day until #USA v #NED pic.twitter.com/qAim0RimUI— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 6, 2019The World Cup date had been in the calendar since September 2017, long before CONCACAF revealed the date for the Gold Cup final and CONMEBOL announced plans for the Copa America showpiece.”It’s terrible scheduling for everyone,” said Rapinoe, who expects to be fit to face Netherlands despite missing the semi-final win over England with a hamstring strain.”That’s a terrible idea to put everything on the same day. In every way. There’s two other finals going on but this is the World Cup final, this is like cancel-everything day. Women’s World Cup 2019: Ex-USWNT coach thrilled former American star Sarina Wiegman leading Netherlands in final against U.S. That has irked Rapinoe, who also took aim at FIFA over the gulf in prize money available for the women’s and men’s World Cups.While FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday announced plans to double prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup from $30 million to $60 million, the pot for the men’s tournament is increasing from $400 million in 2018 to $440 million at Qatar 2022, meaning the disparity will actually grow by a further $10 million. Related News Megan Rapinoe injury update: U.S. star expects to be ‘good to go’ for World Cup finalcenter_img “The World Cup final is set so far in advance. It’s actually unbelievable. So, no, I don’t think that we feel the same level of respect, certainly that FIFA has for the men and just in general.”A FIFA spokesperson said the global governing body and the different confederations had discussed the schedule “in general to minimize any potential timing clashes.”FIFA’s statement said: “The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process that has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of both the women’s and men’s international match calendars.” Megan Rapinoe warmed up for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final by blasting FIFA over this weekend’s scheduling and the growing gender gap in prize money.The 34-year-old will bid to claim her second World Cup winners’ medal when USA face Netherlands in Lyon, on the same day the Copa America and Gold Cup finals also take place.last_img read more