Cats on fire, win second straight tourney in Kimberley

first_imgEn route to the title Mount Sentinel, finishing the tourney perfect at 8-0, defeated Kootenay No. 3 Fernie Falcons and the Storm, ranked No. 2.The Cats have a week off before returning to the court November 16-17 to hosts the Kootenay Final at Selkirk.”We still have  work to do before our Kootenay finals and of course before provincials,” Moreira explained.”Every time we play we notice a few short comings in our team play. This weekend highlighted a few areas that require tweaking.”The tournament title is the second championship in as many weeks for the provincially third-ranked Wildcats.Kimberley is seventh in the province while Fernie holds down the tenth spot. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats lived up to the pre-tourney hype, knocking off host Selkirk Storm in two sets to capture a high school girl’s volleyball event Saturday in Kimberley.The Cats dumped the Storm by identical 25-17 scores.”We were the “team to beat” and we needed to see how we could cope with meeting expectations,” said coach Joe Moreira.”We handled it well and in that respect we passed an important test.”The Wildcats host the 16-team B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships November 28-December 1 at Selkirk College in Castlegar.last_img read more

Proctor golfer Jackie Little reaches quarterfinals of U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

first_imgCanadian Jackie Little of Proctor lost to Patricia Cornett, 63, of Mill Valley, Calif. 2-and-1 in quarterfinal round play last week at the 56th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore.Little was one of four Canadians advancing into the quarterfinal round of the elite U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament.The five-time winner of the British Columbia Women’s Amateur and British Columbia Senior Women’s Amateur led for the early part of the match before Cornett took the lead for good on the ninth hole.Cornett held a two-up advantage through 15 holes before Little closed to within one on the 16th. However, Cornett got that lead right back with a birdie on the 17th while Little registered a par.Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., defeated fellow Canadian Terrill Samuel, of Etobicoke, Ont, 4-and-3 to capture the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.This is the third time Little has played in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, previously advancing to the Round of 16 (2008) and Round of 32 (2009).Little, formerly of Port Alberni, is a member of the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia (2009), Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and the PNGA Hall of Fame (2017).She and her husband, Pat, have two children, Robert and Janine, and formerly owned the Hollies Executive Golf Course in CanadaRob is manager at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 29, 2016

first_imgARROGATE SET FOR SAN PASQUAL NEW YEAR’S DAYQUEEN BLOSSOM MAKES S. DEBUT IN GRADE I OAKSFRENZIFIED LIKELY TO STALK IN THE FRANKEL STAKESPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $115,062 ON THURSDAY CARD HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN SAN PASQUALBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of theYear along with California Chrome, is scheduled to kick off his four-year-old campaign in the San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day.Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert made the decision after the gray son of Unbridled’s Song owned by Juddmonte Farms worked six furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20, and entered Arrogate Thursday morning for the Grade II San Pasqual at 1 1/16 miles. Stablemate Hoffenheim worked with Arrogate Tuesday and was timed in 1:13.60.“He really needed the work a week earlier,” Baffert said, referring to Arrogate’s seven furlong drill Dec. 21 in 1:24.80. “He went really well Tuesday, really easy. The (predicted) rain has me a little bit worried, but I didn’t want to be waiting too long (for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park) to put a race into him.“The San Pasqual will be his hard work. From here on out with the rain, things are going to be spotty, so you’ve got to go. I want to get a race into him, but it’s not going to be easy. There are some nice horses in there (San Pasqual).”Arrogate has won his last five starts including the Classic, in which he handed California Chrome a half-length defeat, ending a six-race winning streak for the popular California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, himself Horse of the Year in 2014 and also ticketed for the Pegasus.The Classic was Arrogate’s fifth straight victory and put him squarely in the mix for Horse of the Year honors, which, if it came to pass, would give Baffert his second straight such achievement, since Triple Crown winner American Pharoah won the award in 2015.“From everything I’ve read, I never see Arrogate mentioned because he was a little late to the party,” said Baffert, who turns 64 on Jan. 13. The Classic was only Arrogate’s second stakes race and his second stakes win, both Grade I’s. He captured the Travers last August by 13 ½ lengths. “Maybe I should have started him in the Affirmed Stakes (July 2 at Del Mar).“California Chrome has been so popular, he’s been good for racing, but I’d rather just prove it on the race track. I knew it would take a super horse to beat Chrome (in the Classic) and that’s why it was so exciting to win that race. What Arrogate did winning the Travers was something else, but we had to see it again to believe it. And when he won the Classic in a style he’s never shown before–we changed his style completely–I really think he would have been more effective up close.“To me, it’s good enough that he won the right race. He beat a really good horse and he beat him here on the square, so to me, of all my Breeders’ Cup races, that’s been the most exciting. I thought he could do it, but you’re not sure until you see it, especially when they turned for home and Chrome was out there getting everything his own way (on the lead).“I thought there was no way (Arrogate could win), and when he threw on those afterburners, it was one of the most thrilling victories for me in the last 10 years.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr.; Accelerate, Tyler Baze; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano; and Arrogate, Mike Smith. QUEEN BLOSSOM MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN AMERICAN OAKSQueen Blossom is scheduled to make her United States debut in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks for three-year-old fillies scheduled for a mile and a quarter on turf.Trained by Graham Motion, the Irish-bred filly last raced May 11 in her native country.“She’s trained well coming into this,” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to Motion. “She’s had two good works here and we’ll see what happens. It’s a tough race but she acts like she’s worked well. She’s been here a little over three weeks, and we’ve got (Joel) Rosario to ride.”Rosario captured two stakes on opening day before a crowd of 46, 514, the Grade III San Simeon Stakes aboard Bettys Bambino and the Grade I Malibu on Mind Your Biscuits.The field for the Oaks: Lady Valeur, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stays in Vegas, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Dreamarcher, Luis Contreras, 30-1; How Unusual, Alex Solis, 30-1; Cheekaboo, Mike Smith, 8-1; Sassy Little Lila, Luis Saez, 9-2; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Queen Blossom, Joel Rosario, 9-2; Mrs. Norris, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Sheeza Milky Way, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Dynamic Mizzes K, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; Barleysugar, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Mokat, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. FRENZIFIED ‘DOING WELL’ FOR FRANKEL STAKESFrenzified weakened to fifth after setting the pace in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 24.James Cassidy thinks the four-year-old English-bred daughter of Yeats fares better with a stalking trip, which he hopes unfolds in Saturday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.“She’s better when she’s not on the lead,” the trainer said. “She’ll stay close to the pace, though, and she’s doing well.”As to his memories of Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009 and for whom the race is named, Cassidy said foremost in his mind were the long stories Frankel would tell. “He was a great guy,” Cassidy said. “I had a pretty good affection for him.”            The Frankel, race four of nine: Sweet Charity, Mike Smith, 6-1; Keri Belle, Nelson Arroyo Jr., 8-1 Frenzified, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Arles, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Pretty Girl, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Ryans Charm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; and Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 6-1. FINISH LINES: There is an appealing Pick Six carryover of $115,062 from opening day into Thursday’s card, while the just-introduced Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover stands at $24,656.34 . . . On Monday, Jan. 2, Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with hot dogs, beer and soda offered for only a buck . . . At his Los Alamitos headquarters Thursday, California Chrome worked a half mile in 48.20 . . . Jockey Israel Ocampo will make his Santa Anita debut on Saturday. The 30-year-old native of Mexico City represented by agent Aaron Hesz tacks 116 pounds and has won 1,004 races. He has been working horses for top trainers Richard Baltas, Phil D’Amato and Robertino Diodoro . . . Tom Quigley‘s guests this holiday weekend will be private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young, Saturday; bloodstock agent Larry Zap, Sunday; and ace handicapper and Vice President of Horsebills.com Bob Ike, Monday, each day at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest.last_img read more

UIW’s Arnold, Southeastern Louisiana’s Gaconi Garner Weekly Baseball Honors

first_imgIn the series opener against New Orleans, Arnold drove in four runs on three hits, including a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring triple to help erase an early 6-3 lead for the Privateers. The Bryan, Texas, native doubled in the winning run in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s comeback wins over New Orleans. Honorable Mention: Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State; Enrique Sanchez Jr., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Tyler Smith, Central Arkansas; Nathan Soriano, Houston Baptist; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Bernie Martinez, UIW; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State. The Lions (14-13, 6-3 SLC), who have overcome a slow start and won eight of their last nine contests, look to continue that momentum with a pair of midweek faceoffs with Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday prior to visiting New Orleans for a three-game slate beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Arnold led the Cardinals to four wins last week, including a 3-2 upset of No. 7 Texas, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 25 games in the process. The junior utility man recorded three multi-hit performances, helping UIW sweep New Orleans. Arnold finished the week with eight RBI and went 8-for-22 (.364) from the plate. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Sean Arnold is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Southeastern Louisiana hurler Corey Gaconi earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Hitter of the Week – Sean Arnold, Incarnate Word – Junior – Utility – Bryan, TexasArnold knocked in a run and scored one on his own as UIW took down the No. 7 Longhorns for the first time in program history, and he accounted for a pair of runs the following night in an 11-7 loss to Missouri. Gaconi posted his second-longest outing of the season, going eight innings deep into a 5-1 series-opening win over then-conference leader Stephen F. Austin. The Lions went on to win Saturday’s matchup as well to take the series but finished the week 3-1 after a 4-2 defeat in the finale. SLU edged South Alabama 1-0 earlier in the week. Winners of eight of their last nine, the Cardinals (19-10, 8-4 SLC) face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday before heading to Abilene Christian for a weekend series against the Wildcats, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Pitcher of the Week – Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana – Senior – Pitcher – Metairie, La.Gaconi struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk over eight frames pitched, holding the Lumberjacks to just one run in the series-opening win. After giving up back-to-back base hits to open the second inning, the senior from Metairie, La., retired the next 16 batters before surrendering a seventh-inning double.last_img read more

Southland Bowling League Announces 2020 Championship Site

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Bowling League (SBL) will take its 2020 championship to a new location in Conroe, Texas, the league announced Tuesday. The three-day championship will take place Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 at Time to Spare bowling alley.Entering its sixth season, the SBL has hosted its previous two championships at USA Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Since its inception in the 2014-15 season, the league has produced three national champions, including Vanderbilt (2018) and Stephen F. Austin (2016, 2019). The winner of the SBL Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., April 9-11, 2020.  “We are excited to bring the 2020 Southland Bowling League Championship to Conroe,” said Executive Director Thomas Samuel. “The SBL looks forward to working with Time to Spare and (General Manager) Kim Raska as we continue to host the most competitive NCAA college bowling league championship in the country.”“We’re really looking forward to hosting our first collegiate tournament, especially with it being the Southland Bowling League Championship,’ said Raska. “I think this will be a great opportunity to help grow bowling as a sport within the area.”The 2019-20 season begins in October for all eight member schools: Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Tulane, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt and Youngstown State. Sam Houston State will look to defend its Southland Bowling title March 20-22.last_img read more

Mourinho in advanced talks with Tottenham over replacing Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO will tomorrow continue talks to become the new manager of Tottenham.Spurs approached the former Manchester United manager early this evening evening to see if he was willing to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in charge.3 Jose Mourinho spent the evening in talks with Spurs over taking over before their next gameCredit: Getty – ContributorThe London club sacked Pochettino just five months after he led them in the Champions League final with the club 14th in the Premier League.And they immediately turned to Mourinho, 56, who spent the remainder of the night in talks with Spurs.SunSport understands both sides are confident they can reach a deal which would see him take charge before Saturday’s crunch clash with West Ham.Not a single Tottenham player was aware of his sacking until the club released a statement at 7.34pm.Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri want the job after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy ended Poch’s 5½-year reign.And SunSport can reveal: Many Spurs players have lost respect for the Argentine for refusing to discuss team selection with them and his increasing absence from training. The board believe Poch, 47, engineered his own sacking.  Levy hopes Poch’s exit will persuade contract rebels to stayMourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waiting for the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.The Tottenham job is potentially appealing but Spurs may need to provide assurances Pochettino’s departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Chelsea, Rangers and Man Utd scores this coming weekend and win £100Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.As well as Pochettino, coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also been relieved of their duties.Chairman Daniel Levy issued a club statement, where he said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.3Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”3 Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming bookies’ favourite to replace Mauricio PochettinoCredit: Getty – ContributorMauricio Pochettino jokes: If Levy sacked me, I could never manage Arsenal!last_img read more

Wanang Conservation of Madang receives UN award

first_imgThe Equator Prize is organised by the Equator Initiatives within the United Nations Development Program and is awarded biennially to recognise outstanding community effort to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy who officially presented the award to Wanang Conservation community in Divine Word University this week praised the work of Wanang Conservation in promoting and conserving the environment. Present also to witness the ceremony was Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) Manager for Terrestrial Ecosystems James Sabi, Madang provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi, Member for Usino-Bundi Anton Yagama and representative from WWF and Binatang Research Centre.“This Equator prize award is partly being supported by the government of Norway and Equator Initiatives and the reason is to provide the global platform to recognise the outstanding work that is happening in community level to protect biodiversity, forest and  natural environment,”“The Wanang society is joining the very unique group, because there are 1,461 application for this award for more than 126 countries and it is not an award that is given lightly it is an outstanding award that is given to incredible work you are doing to protect and conserve your forest to help the local community and also the world,” Trivedy said.He said the award was presented to the Wanang Conservation representative during in UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last year which the PNG Government is part of the agreement.Trivedy said the Wanang Conservation has put Madang and PNG in the spot light in environment and conservation work thus adding more emphasis on the Government and the local people to take more actions to protect the forest and environment.“Your are setting an example to the whole world, you develop your world in response to commercial logging,”“The Wanang Conservation area is an alliance, it brings together 10 indigenous forest dwelling clans that together 10,000 hectares of forest,” he said.He said Wanang was unique because the Wanang maintains the forest dynamic s cloth where you have planted 280,000 native species of plants to study the responses to changing in climatic conditions.Trivedy added that other unique thing is that Wanang combine Research and action which not many projects do that- the link between people conservation, community level work and the link with Binatang Research.He said the beauty of the work of Wanang is they managed to combine the appliance of science to protect, conserve and help people which have become an initiative for the community driven conservation and development in our country and in the world.last_img read more

Pepe avoids a fight between his former partner Jesé and Oliveira

first_imgJesé Rodríguez spent four minutes yesterday on the grass, but four minutes were enough for him to star in an altercation with Sergio Oliveira, who jumped into the field at the same time as the Spanish striker. It was disputed Sporting de Portugal – Porto which ended with a victory for the visitors by 1-2 with goals from Marega (Port), Acuña (Sporting) and Tiquinho (Port). 27 twenty-one After the final whistle, Jesé approached Sergio Oliveira to recriminate an action of the game, but he was pushed, first by a player from Porto who was already wearing his coat, and then by Sergio Oliveira, to whom the striker was heading at first. It was at that moment when several players from the group of dragons, with Pepe in the lead, went to hold Jesé. The defender, former partner of Spanish in the Real Madrid, took his arm while trying to mediate to avoid a fight and seconds later the group of players that was present dissolved. Jesé has a goal in 16 games this season.last_img read more

Atleti, damn in the League Classics: he has not won since 2016

first_imgBarça has also dominated their clashes against Atleti in the last seasons of the First Iberdrola. Last year Atlético fell defeated against the Catalans in the two league duels (2-1 and 0-2), being the only two defeats of Madrid in a course in which they lifted the First Iberdrola trophy for the third consecutive time. The penultimate rojiblanca defeat in a Classic was especially painful. Barça won 2-1 in a very special match at the Wanda Metropolitano, in which the world record for assistance at the level of women’s football clubs was broken. However, it was no less cruel 6-1 of the first round in this course, in which Barça was a steamroller in Johan Cruyff. It should be noted that in the cup tournament, Atlético eliminated Barça last year in the semifinals of the Copa de la Reina, tournament in which he also won in the final of 2016, being the other way around in 2017 and 2018, with two consecutive Barça titles. In the League, Atleti has recent dominance in terms of titles, after adding his third followed in the previous season. Barça also reigned in women’s football, adding more consecutive titles than Atleti, with four from 2011 to 2015. In between, Athletic won the League in 2016. Atlético arrives at the Classic this Saturday (12: 00h) with the great challenge to end the league curse against Barça. The Catalan team is the great executioner of the rojiblancas, who have not celebrated a victory in the League against the Blaugranas since December 11, 2016, when he won 2-1 at Cerro del Espino, with goals from Marta Corredera and Sonia Bermúdez. If we take into account the balance of the last ten years we find that the domain is for the Catalan team. A total of twenty-six Classics have been played in these ten years, divided into twenty of the League and six of the Copa de la Reina. Of them, Barça has emerged victorious in thirteen occasions against the five in which the victory has been rojiblanca, remaining eight draws remaining. last_img read more

Nobody wins more in the League than Messi: adds 350 wins and 200 at the Camp Nou

first_imgThe Argentine crack, which it has needed 469 meetings to reach these figures, consolidates in this way its absolute monopoly in the national championship where He is the player in the history of LaLiga with more wins. In fact, the previous record was held by the goalkeeper of the Real Madrid, Iker Casillas, which was able to add 334 wins in 510 games. Another goalkeeper, in this case, Andoni Zubizarreta, occupies the third place, with 333 victories in 622 games. Messi has already left both and it seems that the distances will be enlarged as inevitably as systematically. Today, the advantage is already 16 victories over the previous record. 10 Leo Messi continues to accumulate record after record in every game he plays. Yes this Thursday before the Leganés in Copa (5-0) he was able to add his 500th victory in his career, Sunday has been no less to reach the 350 wins in LaLiga and the 200 in the Camp Nou of a single stroke thanks to the victory against Levante (2-1).center_img Who also celebrated a round figure was Gerard Piquéwhen signing his 250 win in LaLiga in 332 games. The defender is still far from the ‘top 5’ of the biggest Blaugrana winners in the LaLiga that, after Messi, head Xavi Hernández (322 in 505 games) and Andrés Iniesta (312 in 442 games). Among the active players is Sergio Busquets as best placed, in fourth position, with 276 victories in 364 games.Likewise, Messi celebrated his 200 win at Camp Nou in LaLiga after playing 236 games, making clear a very high percentage of victories when playing in the Blaugrana Coliseum (84.7%).The Argentine crack also confirmed his offensive ability to have been able to put 22 goals to Levante in the 21 games he has played against the granotas: 12 in the Camp Nou and 10 in the City of Valencia. Despite not marking, remains in the ‘pichichi’ with 14 targets, one more than Benzema.last_img read more