Press Association With a number of Aidan O’Brien’s Derby prospects falling by the wayside, the Coolmore team are not ruling out letting Found take on the boys after going down by half a length to Pleascach at the Curragh. Coolmore representative Kevin Buckley said at Tuesday’s Breakfast With The Stars morning at Epsom: ” The plan is to come to Epsom, probably for the Oaks but possibly for the Derby. “‘We have a good representation in the Oaks with Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever, so we have to look at the Derby for Found.” Other possible Derby contenders for the master of Ballydoyle include Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, but it appears increasingly likely dual Guineas winner Gleneagles will not be on the team. “I was taken by Hans Holbein’s performance at Chester. He’s a big price,” said Buckley. “Aidan maintains he (Gleneagles) is a specialist miler. Being realistic, the St James’s Palace (at Royal Ascot) is his likely target. “Giovanni Canaletto is still being trained with the Derby in mind, but the race may come too soon.” The last filly to run in the mile-and-a-half Classic was Cape Verdi, who finished ninth in 1998, with Nobiliary the latest to be placed when second to Grundy in 1975. Six fillies have won the Derby, although the latest was 99 years ago when Fifinella landed a wartime substitute Derby at Newmarket. Found remains in contention for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday week following her narrow defeat in Sunday’s Irish 1,000 Guineas.
A Florida family is hailing their Pit bull puppy a hero after the dog lost its life protecting two boys from a poisonous snake.The owner of the dog says she owes her son’s life to the courageous puppy.Georgina Richardson spoke to Inside Edition about the death of her 8-month-old dog, Zeus.She said that while her 10-year-old son Oriley was playing outside, Zeus lunged in Oriley’s direction and began fussing with something on the ground.“I thought it was a rope. Oriley told Inside Edition. “He had it in his mouth, and he was shaking it around.”But it turned out to be one of the most venomous snakes, aside from the black mamba in North America.Zeus killed the snake but was bitten four times around his leg, neck, and mouth.Richardson immediately rushed Zeus to the hospital and even called 911.Sadly, the puppy died 12-hours later.A few months after the incident, the Sumter County Florida family is sharing Zeus’s story.
Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley has died suddenly at their team hotel in Paris.Foley,42,died overnight at the Paris hotel where Munster were staying prior to Sunday’s scheduled game against Racing 92.The European Champions Cup game has been postponed following the former Ireland international’s death.A statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union said: “The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathy to all of Anthony’s family and friends.”It added: “We ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.”Foley is survived by his wife,Olive,and three children.Foley, whose father Brendan also played for Ireland, made 201 appearances in the back row for Munster in a playing career that spanned 13 years.He made his debut in 1995 against Swansea in the province’s first match in the Heineken Cup – a competition in which he would later captain his side to victory in 2006, having twice finished as a runner-up (in 2000 and 2002).He would also captain Ireland three times in winning 62 caps, having made a try-scoring debut in the Five Nations defeat by England in January 1995.
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-ups are not counted as official ODIs. The numbers accumulated in both the batting and bowling during these games are not included in the statistics of the players. It must have been a welcome relief for New Zealand and Matt Henry. West Indies notched up what could have been the eighth-highest ODI score and Matt Henry conceded what could have been the second-most expensive bowling figures but luckily for both, they did not count. West Indies blasted 421 thanks to Shai Hope’s century and a blazing 54 off 25 balls from Andre Russell and despite Tom Blundell’s ton, New Zealand fell short by 91 runs in the final ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up game.It was a run-fest at County Ground, Bristol and New Zealand inserted West Indies in on a flat deck. Chris Gayle blazed away by hammering two sixes and two fours off Matt Henry and the bowler took further punishment from the ‘Universe Boss’ when he blasted a six and a four in his next over. Trent Boult got the big wicket of Gayle for 36 but West Indies continued to build momentum. New Zealand will play Sri Lanka in their opening encounter. West Indies will take on Pakistan in their opening encounter. The ICC Cricket World Cup will begin on May 30 with the opening match between England and South Africa. Hope continued where Gayle left off and he took on New Zealand’s best bowler by hammering two sixes and a four as West Indies reached the 100 in just the 13th over. Lewis notched up his fifty but departed immediately while Hope also notched up his fifty and continued his great form by hammering Ish Sodhi for a couple of boundaries.Darren Bravo continued the carnage by smashing a four and a six but he fell for 25. Hetmyer also looked aggressive but he fell for 27 but Hope neared his ton by blasting two fours and a six and the right-hander, who had smashed two centuries in the recent tri-series involving Ireland and Bangladesh, notched up yet another century but fell immediately after reaching the milestone.Andre Russell, whose aggression and power-hitting had taken IPL 2019 by storm, got going with a six off Mitchell Santner. Russell followed it up with two boundaries off Lockie Ferguson but he reserved his best for Mitchell Santner by clobbering the left-arm spinner for two sixes and two fours as 22 runs came in the 43rd over. Russell reached his fifty off 23 balls but fell for 54. Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse struck some big blows as West Indies hit 115 runs in the final 10 overs to reach 421.In response, Martin Guptill struggled and consumed 18 balls for his five runs. With New Zealand losing Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor cheaply, New Zealand’s challenge was up in the first 10 overs itself. Kane Williamson played some classy strokes and notched up his fifty off just 42 balls. Williamson found the boundary on a regular basis and stitched a solid stand with Tom Blundell but the New Zealand skipper missed out on his century when he was run-out for 85.Blundell got some good practice and he blasted two fours and two sixes off Oshane Thomas and notched up his century off 83 balls. New Zealand kept losing wickets at regular intervals and it took a whirlwind 15-ball 39 from Ish Sodhi to ensure New Zealand crossed 300 but they were bowled out for 330.West Indies begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 in Taunton while New Zealand takes on Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1. highlights
By Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea notched a sixth successive Premier League win as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to move into second spot, but stuttering Tottenham Hotspur’s winless run continued as they were held to a draw at home by Sheffield United on Saturday.Burnley crushed West Ham United 3-0 to pile the pressure on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, but Everton’s Marco Silva finally found some cheer as his side won 2-1 at Southampton.Newcastle United claimed a second successive win as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 to climb into mid-table. After their breathless midweek 4-4 home draw with Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side enjoyed a rather more straightforward day against Palace.Chelsea laboured in the first half against a rugged Palace side, but Tammy Abraham put them ahead after the break with his 10th goal of the season before Christian Pulisic sealed victory with his fifth goal in three league games. The return of midfield shield N’Golo Kante helped Chelsea keep their third clean sheet of the season and move above champions Manchester City, who face a seismic clash away at league leaders Liverpool today.Lampard fielded the club’s youngest-ever Premier League line-up at kickoff, giving 19-year-old defender Reece James his first league start, and his trust in youth is paying off. “I am proud of the squad that we have got, but I also realise it’s still a snapshot in what is the big picture which is the long-term future here,” he said.“We have got so much improvement to do because the gap was too big last year between us and the top two, and we want to try and close that.”The mood could not be more different across London at Tottenham and West Ham. Tottenham were given a fortuitous lead after halftime by Son Heung-min, but George Baldock’s equaliser earned Sheffield United a 1-1 and extended their unbeaten run to five league games.It was no more than United deserved after they had a David McGoldrick goal ruled out for a fractional offside after a VAR check that took almost four minutes to complete.While Sheffield United sit proudly in the top six, Tottenham – Champions League finalists in June – are stuck in 12th spot, without a league win since September. “The reality is that for different reasons we are not showing the performances that we expect,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the match.West Ham’s early season form is a fading memory, meanwhile, and they have picked up one point from the last 15 on offer.Burnley had lost their previous three games but dominated on Saturday after Ashley Barnes poked home in the 11th minute.The hosts were denied a second in the 36th minute when Chris Wood’s header was ruled out by VAR, but Wood did make it 2-0 after a mistake by defender Fabian Balbuena. West Ham’s misery was complete when keeper Roberto Jimenez punched Ashley Westwood’s corner into his own net.“When you concede so many easy goals it does not help. I am concerned at the easy goals we are conceding,” Pellegrini, whose side have careered down the table, said.Goals by Tom Davies and Richarlison gave Everton their first away win of the season to leave Southampton stuck in the bottom three. Newcastle trailed at home to Bournemouth but goals by DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clarke sealed a 2-1 win.
This year’s OWN IT Summit expects to have double the attendance of last year’s event, and will feature over 150 speakers, including “Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox. (Luke Harold / Wikimedia Commons)Fresh off the heels of 2018, dubbed by many as another “year of the woman,” students in USC OWN IT don’t plan on slowing that momentum down. The USC OWN IT Summit, which aims to “inspire the next generation of women,” will come to Bovard Auditorium with an expected 1,000 guests for its third year on Jan. 12. The event is entirely student-run and will feature keynote speaker Laverne Cox and 150 others. According to the OWN IT website, the organization helps connect the students of USC to inspiring female leaders with their annual event.“Almost all of our speakers come free of charge, so they have to really want to be a part of this event,” said executive director Erica Wenger, a senior majoring in business administration. The eight-hour event will give attendees the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters and hear from renowned public figures from different fields.“We’re being a lot more conscious of who we’re inviting to speak,” Wenger said. “The mainstage speakers are going to be the ones that we all know their names, they’ve made massive progress in their specific industry or for one department in general.” All of those who attend will be able to hear from mainstage speakers and an array of breakout panelists, including Lara Parker, the senior editor of Buzzfeed and Sheri Bonner, the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.“Yes, [the speakers] were older than we were, but they made it relatable for people our age and girls in college,” said Stephanie Chang, a USC alumna who attended the event two years ago. “They made it really easy for USC college students to show up and get access to so many incredible women.” The event will cover a variety of topics ranging from career development to maintaining one’s mental health. “It’s a lot of what’s happening in the world right now,” Wenger said. “You want to be talking about just your career development, but also family relationships, right? What about romantic relationships and career?” Guests will be able to attend discussions on these topics from sisters Erin Foster and Sara Foster, the heads of creatives for the dating app Bumble, as well as Jessica Jackley, the founder of the non-profit loan service Kiva, and her husband Reza Aslan, a prolific religious scholar and author. Students who plan on attending the event also expressed the value of networking and meeting other students.“OWN IT is an opportunity to meet women who are evening the playing field, not only the entrepreneurial field but also simply as leaders of the changing world,” said Angel Duan, a freshman majoring in business administration who plans on attending the event. “It’s not just the speakers that are doing that, it’s also the people who are going. These are the people who are going to be following into the speakers’ footsteps.”
Stafon Johnson was the first USC football player I ever talked to.I approached him as he walked off Howard Jones Field after a Monday practice last season.He was visibly busy. There were 10 or 20 kids waiting for his autograph — I later learned this is quite normal — and plenty of things to be done.Guys come up with excuses all the time when reporters ask them for a minute or two to talk — you’d be surprised how many times a player doesn’t hear you from five feet away — but he didn’t. He stopped, turned to me.I was nervous. He wasn’t. He paused, laughed in a hearty, welcoming way in between autographs and made me feel immediately comfortable.My mind flew back to that moment when I heard what had happened on Monday.Johnson, a senior running back, was doing his usual morning workouts in Heritage Hall when he dropped a weight on his throat while bench pressing.He started coughing up blood and was rushed to California Hospital Medical Center, where he then underwent seven consecutive hours of surgery on his neck and larynx — the latter of which doctors called “destroyed, fractured and displaced.”He hasn’t been able to talk yet.Talk about a lack of luck.Johnson is probably the most talkative guy on the team. Every weekday afternoon, after the three whistles are blown and practice ends, he comes bounding across the field as he prepares to talk to the media.He’s just a happy person.He’s always jawing with another running back, always in a benevolent manner, always with an enormous grin across his face.And that’s truly notable, because Johnson has had so many opportunities to err — so many opportunities to pull an Emmanuel Moody and speak out — and he never has.He was a first-team All-American his senior year at Dorsey High, and he was supposed to be the marquee back in the ’06 recruiting class.Then C.J. Gable and Moody came along and Johnson watched from the background as Gable started the season opener and basked in the limelight.Johnson had three carries as a freshman. Did he complain?No, he apologized.Seriously, he apologized for not giving his best effort. Imagine that.“I just didn’t give my best in 2006,” Johnson told USC’s official website. “I just knew I was better than that. I just wasn’t being consistent, wasn’t living up to expectations day in and day out. That’s what got me in the predicament I was in.”He came back the next season — breaking out with an 11-carry, 144-yard performance against Nebraska — and ran for 673 yards, good for second on the team behind Chauncey Washington.“Stafon’s been a spiritual leader and a leader on the field in all ways for a long time here and a beloved guy,” USC coach Pete Carroll said in his Tuesday press conference. “So this is something that does affect you. We all will feel it for some time.”USC has seven running backs who have carried the ball this season. Seven.And although each of them brings different skills to the gridiron, Johnson’s appeal to USC fans and coaches has always struck a different chord.“He’s a wonderful kid in this program,” Carroll said. “He means something to everybody here, and it affects everyone. We all feel it.”In what could be Johnson’s final shining moment as a Trojan — for all intents and purposes, he’s out for the rest of the season and would have to apply for a medical redshirt to return — he carried the ball off the right tackle against Ohio State.Johnson took three steps towards the goal line, saw Buckeye middle linebacker Austin Spitler eyeing him and juked to the right.From there, it was an open path to the end zone. Johnson started celebrating the second his toe hit the white chalk, completing an unthinkable comeback and giving USC the lead in the final five minutes at Ohio Stadium.He calmly paused and pointed to the sky — seemingly stopping time for a second of serenity while the rest of the stadium reacted — before he was bear-hugged by his teammates in a genuinely emotional moment.If that’s the last we see of him in a game situation, it sure was something to remember. Fitting, isn’t it? A truly memorable guy creating a truly memorable moment.Fight on, Stafon.
After losing its first match in more than five weeks, it might be tempting to assume the road-weary USC women’s volleyball team would feel deflated. Disappointed as they might be after Sunday’s loss to Arizona however, the Women of Troy are re-energized and hungry for another winning streak.The team, ranked fourth in the nation in the latest coaches’ poll, will have a chance to regain its winning ways this weekend at home against their Pac-12 rivals from the state of Washington. USC will take on Washington State Friday night and then return to the Galen Center on Sunday to square off against the No. 3 Washington Huskies.Though the Women of Troy certainly learned some tough lessons against Arizona this past Sunday, the last thing the team is looking to do right now is sit on the loss.“I think I just have to blow this off,” USC head coach Mick Haley said about Arizona’s sweep. “We have to move forward and go to the next team. If it happens again, it will be a serious problem but if we dwell on this now, we’re wasting our energy.”Though the outcome wasn’t ideal for USC, the team was able to find value in last weekend’s tough road trip as they approach the halfway point in the Pac-12 schedule.“I think it’s a growing point,” senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard said. “You can’t win them all, and we have to take away what we did wrong and what we didn’t accomplish the week before.”Specifically, Olgard believes that this is a crucial time for the underclassmen of the team to grow and do more on the court. With six freshmen on the squad’s 15-member roster, the team’s first-year players are expected to be important pieces to the puzzle as the Women of Troy move forward.“After the game, we had a team meeting and told them that they aren’t freshmen anymore,” Olgard said. “We’re halfway through the season. Everyone needs to take on more responsibility and do a better job and keep pushing to keep our own promise to become national champions.”For USC to start a new winning streak, it will have to survive this weekend against two tough teams in Washington State and Washington. The Cougars (16-6, 2-6 Pac-12) started the season on a 13-game winning streak but have since fallen on hard times, dropping six of their last eight matches in conference play.The Women of Troy have won their past seven matches against the Cougars, the last one coming almost exactly one year ago when USC swept Washington State at the Galen Center. Though on paper it seems this match is headed for the same result, the team is not taking the Cougars lightly, especially after the surprise attack last weekend.“Washington is tough but Washington State is our first match,” Haley said. “We have to play both matches this weekend. Washington State is young and dynamic, and they have a young coach who’s really got them fired up.”Without a doubt, however, the marquee matchup of the weekend will be USC’s bout with Washington on Sunday evening. The two schools are tied for the lead in the Pac-12 Conference, but the Huskies currently have the edge in the coaches’ poll rankings due to USC’s loss last weekend. The squads most recently played each other on Oct. 26 of last year at the Galen Center when the Women of Troy pulled out the victory in five sets. The close matchup tells the story of their entire recent history: In their last 10 matches against each other, each school has won five.“Washington is a great team,” Olgard said. “They’re always in the top five so I think we’re going to have another game hopefully like the Stanford game. That just depends on us and how we come out and play.”Olgard will lead the offensive attack this weekend, bolstered on both sides by three star outside hitters: sophomore Samantha Bricio (who leads the team with 4.37 points per set), freshman Ebony Nwanebu and senior Sara Shaw. In order for the offensive attackers to be in position to score, they will have to rely on junior setter Hayley Crone to give them good looks. Crone, for one, is just happy to be back in Los Angeles.“It’s comforting to play at home,” Crone said. “It’s nice to be in our own locker room in front of our fans instead of being cramped into a guest locker room. The Pac-12 is always a dogfight so it will be good to get these games at home.”USC’s home-court advantage at the Galen Center cannot be understated — the Women of Troy are 99-10 all-time in the building and even those 10 losses have only come against five different schools. Thus far, the Women of Troy have not dropped a match at home this season.
Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Liron Snir – GVC HoldingsFTSE-listed gambling group GVC Holdings has launched the first titles developed by its proprietary Manchester games studio ‘CR Games’, across its multi-brand portfolio.Updating the market, a catalogue of 20 new games will be made available across the casino properties of bwin, Party Gaming and Sportingbet brands. GVC will launch its initial CR Games inventory across its ‘dotcom markets’, seeking to augment the gaming line-up of GVC brands, whilst furthering its ongoing corporate integration/alignment.The full line-up of CR Games titles will be introduced over the coming weeks, with customers in regulated markets such as Italy, Denmark and New Jersey set to see the new games added later in this year.Manchester-based CR Games is a games development studio secured by GVC Holdings having completed its acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral earlier this year.As an industry incumbent, GVC expands its proprietary games development capabilities by adding CR Games content to its existing Win Studios titles.Commenting on the launch, Liron Snir, GVC’s Chief Product Officer said: “This is an important milestone in the integration of GVC and Ladbrokes Coral and demonstrates the benefits to customers of bringing the businesses together. At GVC, content is king and we believe building a unique gaming offer, which marries exclusive in-house developed games with the very best titles from third-parties, is a win-win for our players.”
UEFA have outlined new proposals to tackle racism, including a minimum 10-match ban for any player or official found guilty of abuse.Speaking at the European SoccerEx conference in Manchester on Wednesday, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino revealed the proposed sanctions in a bid to tackle the problem on and off the field.Infantino also confirmed if there is evidence of racist abuse in the stands, partial stadium closures will be enforced instead of a fine, while further instances of racism in the stands will lead to “full closure of the stadium and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros.”“This is clear, this is harsh, it will be known to everyone and this is want we want to implement,” Infantino told reporters.The proposal of tougher sanctions follows UEFA’s recent recommendation to referees to stop matches when there are incidents of racism.The debate intensified this season when AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng departed the field during a friendly in Italy after facing abuse from opposition supporters. To date, no UEFA-organised match has ever been abandoned and, despite the guidelines, there have been numerous games where play has continued despite racist chanting taking place, including the recent match between Inter Milan and Tottenham in the Europa League.