ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2017)–Headed by Horse of the Year California Chrome, Southern California-based horses fairly dominated last night’s Eclipse Awards Dinner at Gulfstream Park, as seven horses took home a total of eight Eclipse trophies. Not only did the legendary 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit win for the second time in the Horse of the Year category, he was also voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male as well.“Chrome,” who began his 2016 campaign for trainer Art Sherman with an authoritative victory in Santa Anita’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, would go on to win six consecutive races, including the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes here on Oct. 1, before running second by a half length to Arrogate in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, California Chrome is tentatively scheduled to retire to stud at co-owner Taylor Made Farms in Kentucky following next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream.Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate, who followed his record-shattering win in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 with his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over California Chrome in only his sixth career start, was voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who completed his final work in preparation for a rematch with California Chrome yesterday morning at Santa Anita, was a perfect three for three at The Great Race Place in 2016, beginning with his maiden special weight win on June 5.In addition to Arrogate, Baffert also tasted Eclipse victory with Drefong, who was voted Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter. Unbeaten in three starts here last year, Drefong capped his championship season with a 1 ¼ length win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5.“It just goes to show you how tough it is out here in California,” said Baffert this morning from Clockers’ Corner. “We work very hard to compete at the top level, win big races and championships…that’s always our goal. I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished.”In a masterstroke that has been commonplace throughout his incredible Hall of Fame career, trainer Richard Mandella oversaw Santa Anita-based Beholder’s fifth and final racing campaign, which was culminated by an epic nose victory over previously undefeated Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4. That, along with two other graded victories at Santa Anita, enabled the Spendthrift Farm color-bearer to be named Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female–making her a four-time Eclipse Champion.Undefeated in seven starts leading into the Distaff, Santa Anita-based Songbird began 2016 by streaking to four consecutive victories; in the Grade II Las Virgenes on Feb. 6, the Grade III Santa Ysabel on March 5, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 and the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, by a combined 20 ½ lengths.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird’s nose defeat to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will no doubt go down as one of the greatest Distaffs of all-time, rivaling the 1989 showdown between Personal Ensign and Winning Colors.In what trainer Ian Kruljac, 28, described as “a once-in-a-lifetime day,” his prized filly, Finest City, won yesterday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, while Kruljac’s father, Eric, was on-hand at Gulfstream to pinch hit for his son and receive Finest City’s Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter.Based throughout the year at Santa Anita, Finest City, a 4-year-old filly by City Zip, capped 2016 with a three quarter length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 5. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City was 8-2-2-2 on the year and she amassed annual earnings of $823,200.Like Kruljac, trainer Peter Eurton brought home his first Eclipse Award last night as well, as his Champagne Room was voted Champion 2-year-old Filly. Based at Santa Anita, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes Aug. 6 at Del Mar and culminated her freshman season with an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies here Nov. 5. Owned by Ciaglia, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, R. Christiansen and Sharon Alesia, Champagne Room ended 2016 with a 5-2-1-1 mark and earnings of $1,286,600.In addition to eight equine Eclipse Awards, Santa Anita-based Baffert and jockey Mike Smith were also finalists in their respective categories.Suffice to say, Santa Anita was The Great Race Place to be in 2016!
Ashton Eaton may be right about retiring from the decathlon before the 2017 season begins. When you’ve set three world records, won the Olympics twice and have collected three gold medals at the outdoor World Championships as the 28 year-old American has, you’re entitled to think you’ve done everything there is to do in the sport. No one can argue with that. The stat freaks can sit in their corner and grumble that he should stick around until 2020. Then he could try to outstrip the likes of Great Britain’s Francis Daley Thompson, who won the Olympic decathlon twice. Thompson just missed a medal in 1988, when he went for the hat-trick in Seoul, South Korea. They don’t know what the lactic acid burn feels like. Even so, somebody has to convince Eaton not to retire. The mission, if he chooses to accept it, belongs to Eaton’s coach Harry Marra. Marra has to persuade the decathlon king to come back in 2017, but not to the decathlon. His new target should be the 400-metre hurdles. In 2014, Eaton took a holiday from the ten-in-one two-day marathon and had fun running the hurdles. The result was a personal best of 48.69 seconds and a TRACK AND FIELD NEWS world ranking of number 6. His potential in this event is enormous. He has a 400 metres personal best of 45.00 seconds, but there’s more to that number than meets the eye. That time came at the end of the first day of the 2015 World Championships decathlon. That means that he had already run the 100m, long jumped, competed in shot put and high jump by the time he settled in the blocks for the 400m. To put it in perspective, 45 flat would have easily won a spot on Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic team. At our National Senior Championships, the Olympic Trials, only Javon Francis went faster than Eaton’s personal best. Eaton, a 110-metre hurdler, too, with a personal best of 13.35 seconds, would probably find training for the 400 hurdles easy. Track fans nickname it the ‘man killer’, but Eaton’s decathlon background should enable him to manage. Athletic development doesn’t travel in a straight line from theory to performance. Yet, it’s hard to see Eaton struggling to break 48 in the hurdles. In fact, he can probably run as fast as 47.69 in 2017 if he concentrated on it. Times in that range would put him in the medal picture at the World Championships. In fact, the winners in Rio and in Beijing at the last Worlds clocked 47.74 and 47.79 respectively. In the same way that fans are quietly hoping that sprint guru Glen Mills will coax the incomparable Usain Bolt not to retire from the 200m a year early, I hope Marra will get Eaton up and over the hurdles. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980
The Orealla Village Food Processing FactoryCommercial species of wood at Orealla, an Amerindian village situated 50 miles up the Corentyne River in which logging is a major activity, have been depleted. This is now a major concern for the community, its Toshao, David Henry has revealed.Along with its sister village, Siparuta, Orealla depends on logging as one of its two main economic activities.Henry says there is now a need to switch to other economic activities. “We still have the forest intact, but the commercial species that we are using is being depleted, so we need to diversify and leave the forest and move into agriculture.”Henry says the focus will be on pineapples, which the village of Orealla produced bountifully in the past, and on permanent crops, including avocados, pears and mangoes. “We have the land and potential to plant pineapples and supply the world with it.”According to the Toshao, efforts are being made to resuscitate the food processing factory in the village and this time around it will not only be adding value to pineapples.He noted that new machinery has already been added to the old factory to ensure that other fruits could be processed and marketing was currently being done. The Toshao told Guyana Times: “We want to make it an all-purpose factory, where we can do canning.”He reiterated the need for the village to diversify from traditional logging and move into cash and permanent crops so that they can “live mostly off of agriculture”.Orealla has a population of 1500, while Siparuta has a population of 700. The Village Council depends on royalties from sand and wood in order to carry out its functions which include providing electricity and water for both communities which are five miles apart.“Our community is a very poor community, likewise Siparuta, and we are dividing the royalty 50-50 and would say that it is not enough. We are barely floating because that is the only source of royalty,” Henry added.
A 26-year-old man who claimed he stole a gold band to fend for his children was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Jason Thomas, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on June 26, 2019, at Regent and Wellington Streets, Georgetown, he stole from Claire Rambarran a gold band worth $120,000.Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that on the day in question the victim was walking along Regent and Wellington Streets. While she was crossing the intersection of the road, the accused walked up to her, grabbed her right hand and snatched her gold band.He then attempted to flee the scene, but the virtual complainant’s sister, who was with her at the time, raised an alarm and a Police patrol vehicle that was passing gave chase and apprehended the defendant. A search was carried out on his person, and the band was found in his pocket.According to the prosecutor, the VC positively identified the defendant during an identification parade.In court on Monday, the father of two told the court, “My child mother was speeding my head for money to buy milk for my two children, and she (said she) will lock me up if I didn’t get the money.” The man told the court that he was sorry for his actions.He was remanded to prison, and the case was set for calling on July 6 for sentencing.
With the annual Indigenous Heritage Games culminated on Sunday evening, the finals of various sporting disciplines played at the Everest Cricket Club Ground revealed a rich vein of undiscovered talent.St Cuthbert’s, the two-time Female Cricket ChampionsThe annual event began on Friday morning with some 600 athletes participating in cricket, football, volleyball, archery and swimming. After two days filled with activities, the way was paved for the highly anticipated finals of several games to take place on Sunday.ArcheryLaluni, new Champions of the Male CricketArchery saw a commendable turnout, with enough participants to make the competition interesting. In the Under-12 category, the younger archers, given opportunity to exhibit their skills,Ranillo Khanhai excelled in the male category, followed by runners-up Nelon Lucas and Stephon Pearson.For the females, Athena Stanley emerged victorious over Isabelle Ramjohn, and among the 13-17 females Alliyah LeCruz trumped Sereena Clenkian and Rochelle Dondas.Michael Hing took the accolade in the male 13-17 category, while Elroy Jacobs and Joshua Sandweller occupied second and third positions.In the 18-and-over category, competition was fierce among these more experienced archers, but Ivor Williams emerged victorious for the males, followed by Daniel Leacock and Ronnie Lewis in second and third positions respectively.Brenette Gordon dominated the females, with Michelle Schumen and Joanna Samuels in second and third positions respectively.Mabaruma, new Champions of the Male VolleyballFootballSunset brought heightened excitement at the Everest Cricket Ground, with spectators and players alike anticipating action in the biggest event of the night — the male and female football finals.The extremely vocal crowd was openly voicing its expectations, and it was no secret that most persons were backing the Pariuma ladies of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to win this tournament.In the female final, defending champions Pariuma came up against Gladiators FC of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) in a rollercoaster match that saw the defending champs down by a goal at half-time.Pariuma seemed calm and collected even as they missed good scoring opportunities; and despite equalising, found themselves with a 2-1 deficit near the end of regulation time.Pariuma and Gladiators FC fight for ball possessionSomehow, they found it in themselves to produce a last minute goal that sent the game into overtime; and within the first three minutes of overtime play, struck again, to which Gladiators soon replied, positioning both teams at 3-3.At the penalty line, Gladiators seemed flustered, while Pariuma used their experience to register a flurry of 4 penalties to Gladiators’ 2. Thus the now three-time champions were able to lift the trophy once again.In the male category, Gold Rush Saints — one of many teams hailing from Region Nine — took on 2017 winners, the very best of Region One (Barima Waini): Port Kaituma.When the starting whistle sounded, the players from both sides were already gunning for the goal; and judging from style and tactics displayed, it was clear that either side had immense talent.Spectators were shocked when Gold Rush scored early, moving the score to 1-0. That goal placed the defending champions Port Kaituma in the awkward position of having to defend their goal while looking for score-levelling opportunities.Half-time passed quickly, and although Port Kaituma had several opportunities at goal, they were unable to convert those opportunities; thus they were dethroned.Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Sydney Allicock, speaking at conclusion of the Games, declared them successful, given the motives.“Heritage Games is a great component of nation-building. This is what I would call bringing the hinterland to the coast. And….our capacity and our skills….could make a contribution to the Games generally, nationally, and even internationally,” he said.Port Kaituma and Saints Gold Rush in battleVolleyballThe day started with the Volleyball competition for males and females, wherein defending champions Morcua (males) and Waramuri (females) set out to retain their titles.Things did not go as planned this year, as neither of the two was able to secure a spot in the final, and the way was made for new contenders.In the male final, Mabaruma (Region 1) and Bartica (Region 7), competed in a round of three, with the former displaying their intentions upfront. The match lasted a mere two rounds, which Mabaruma won 15-13 and 15-8 to claim the title for Region 1, as Vance Harding picked up the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.After that electrifying matchup, the females competed, with Moruca (Region 1) and St Cuthbert’s (Region 4) vying for the title and bragging rights. In the end, Moruca prevailed 15-6 and 15-11 to lift the trophy, with Annalisa Vincente at the forefront.Crowd jubilation could not be contained after Region One had swept both categories of this competition.CricketThe finals of the cricket competition got underway with the female category being played first. Defending champions St Cuthbert’s (Region 4) were playing against young talent, the Kartabo (Region 7) side.Sent in to bat, Kartabo, with lusty blows of pure power, made a whopping 90-2 off their allotted 8 overs.In the chase, St Cuthbert’s lost two early wickets, but Christina (80 not out) and Melanie (5) led them to a resounding win.Region 4 supporters swamped the field when the winning runs were hit, ecstatic that St Cuthbert’s had successfully defended their title to become two-time champions in that sport.The male final between defending champions Mahdia (Region 8) and Laluni saw a new champ being crowned.Mahdia asserted their dominance early to restrict Laluni to 29-5 in their allotted five overs. With 30 needed to win, it seemed a sure victory for Mahdia, but the Laluni bowlers so handled their business that they were able to defend the total and secure a 10-run win over Mahdia, who folded at 19-7 when their overs expired.
Their battle in Kaliningrad (1800 GMT kick-off) follows the dramatic exit of Joachim Loew’s 2014 winners, who finished rock bottom of their group after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, the final humiliation after a campaign that never caught fire.Loew, who led his side to glory against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, refused to be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s result.Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament’s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russia.There has even been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.But coach Gareth Southgate said his team are focused on winning, not on plotting a particular route through the knockout stages.“We need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win,” said the manager, who has created a relaxed atmosphere for his young charges.“We’ve not won a knockout game since 2006. Why we would be starting to plot which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me really.”England impressed in their opening two World Cup games, beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd and thumping Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.Romelu Lukaku is not expected to feature against England after picking up an ankle knock © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVBut in Belgium they face the world’s third-ranked side, and a squad loaded with world-class talent such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.– Kane factor –Captain Harry Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup with five goals so far and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side needs to win.Opposite number Roberto Martinez is expected to make wholesale changes to his team, with Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku almost certain to miss out after picking up an ankle knock in Belgium’s 5-2 win over Tunisia.Unlike Southgate, the former Everton and Wigan manager said he was approaching Thursday’s game with one eye firmly on the knockout rounds.“We want to perform well but I think the priority is not to win,” he said.“That’s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we’ve done that. There are players who have been in very demanding games so it’s very important for us to protect and give every player the best opportunity to be in the best condition in the knockout games.”Germany failed to make it past the World Cup group stage © AFP / SAEED KHANIn the other remaining first-round games on Thursday, Japan, Senegal and Colombia are all chasing the two qualification spots in Group H, with Poland out of the picture.Japan, on four points alongside Senegal, take on Poland in Volgograd while the African team play Colombia, who have three points, in Samara.Japan coach Akira Nishino has warned his players against complacency when they meet the already eliminated Poles.After years of struggling to progress to the latter stages, James Rodriguez’s tournament-topping six goals steered Colombia to their best-ever finish of the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago.Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia’s stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle.“We came here for more, so it wouldn’t be a good result for us not to reach the second round,” Pekerman said.Aliou Cisse’s Senegal will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all out.Friday is a rest day in Russia. The last-16 ties start Saturday, with France taking on Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay facing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Sochi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hungry: England’s Harry Kane is leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEKALININGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 28 – England and Belgium will battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday as the remaining teams at the World Cup digest Germany’s astonishing exit from the tournament in Russia.Both sides — packed with Premier League talent — have sailed through Group G, winning their two games and are now in the curious situation of weighing up whether they even want to top the section.
1 Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado Contract talks between Fiorentina and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado have stalled over a dispute regarding the player’s buy-out clause – reports in Italy claim.Cuadrado had been linked with a move away from Fiorentina all summer, but both Barcelona and Manchester reportedly bulked at the Colombian’s £32m asking price.talkSPORT told you last week that Fiorentina and Cuadrado had opened talks over a new deal as the 26-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of this season.Initial reports suggested that those negotiations were progressing well but now, according to La Nazione, they have stalled.The sticking point is reportedly Cuadrado’s buy-out clause, which Fiorentina want set at their valuation of £32m.However the player and his agent would prefer the amount to be much lower, to ensure the winger is not priced out of a future move.
Marko Marin has left Chelsea on loan again – with the German midfielder joining Trabzonspor on a season-long deal.The 26-year-old has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2012.He has made just six Premier League appearances for the club, the last of which came in 2013, and has spent spells on loan at Sevilla, Fiorentina and Anderlecht in recent seasons.Now Marin, who is contracted to Chelsea to 2017, is heading to Turkey to link up with top-flight side Trabzonspor.The deal includes an option to sign the Germany international permanently next summer. 1 Marko Marin
REVEALED 5 A superb performance by Andriy Yarmolenko inspired a resurgent West Ham to claim their first points of the season with a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.The Ukrainian’s two strikes along with a Marko Arnautovic goal helped the Hammers achieve the victory. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the hosts goal when the score was 2-0. 5 A job well done from Yarmolenko Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Yarmolenko’s second goal was a special strike Latest Premier League News England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MOMENT OF THE MATCHUnsurprisingly it’s Yarmolenko’s second goal which was the best piece of quality and was ultimately the difference in helping West Ham get the much-needed win.The winger bamboozled Digne and Kurt Zouma before cutting inside and striking the ball beautifully past Pickford, showing why the club forked out £18million for his services in the summer.UPCOMING FIXTURESArsenal v Everton (Premier League) – Sunday September 23West Ham v Chelsea (Premier League) – Sunday September 23 STAR MANThis was a completely different West Ham side to the one that lost their opening four league games before the international break. They were gladiators today.A number of players put in a great shift including Declan Rice, who protected the defence brilliantly and Arnautovic was a nightmare for the Everton back line all game. Felipe Anderson also had good moments.However, the star man is Yarmolenko as his goals have been decisive in getting the three points. His second one was a phenomenal hit. no dice 5 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 Yarmolenko and West Ham looked a totally different team than before the international break Sigurdsson’s goal gave Marco Silva’s side brief hope Arnautovic’s goal put the result beyond doubt West Ham fans rave about Yarmolenko’s first-halfYarmolenko almost gave Everton a route back into the game after giving the ball away in a bad area but Tosun’s scuffed effort was well saved by Fabianski.The Hammers then had another slice of luck when Arthur Masuaku escaped a sending off after his boot hit Theo Walcott’s head. The defender was only cautioned for his actions.But new life was breathed into the contest when Sigurdsson powerfully headed Jonjoe Kenny’s pin-point cross into the net to make the half-time score 2-1. smart causal 5 The first ten minutes were cagey but the game sprung into life when some neat inter-play between Pedro Obiang and Arnautovic put the Austrian through on goal, who laid the ball on a plate for Yarmolenko, who smashed the ball in.Cenk Tosun missed a glorious chance to equalise on 25 minutes but the striker could only head Lucas Digne’s menacing cross straight at Lukasz Fabianski.And they were left to rue that mistake as the Hammers doubled their lead five minutes later through a moment of pure brilliance from Yarmolenko.The ball fell to the Ukrainian on the right after Mark Noble intercepted Jordan Pickford’s sloppy pass and the winger cut inside before expertly curling the ball into the top corner. huge blow REVEALED possible standings Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, West Ham did not go into their shell and restored their two-goal advantage when Arnautovic combined with Obiang again to slot the ball home on the hour.Tosun then wasted a another good chance, blazing the ball over on 65 minutes before Oumar Niasse struck the bar with a six-yard volley in a game where the home side were wasteful in front of goal.The Hammers are now out of the relegation zone in 16th while Everton drop to tenth with this result. silverware Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars
GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (10-2) vs. Saints (10-2) at Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT).TV: FOX-TV (Ch. 2), Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Pam Oliver (reporter). Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Follow along Sunday morning for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers and Saints meet in an NFC battle in New Orleans. ODDS: Saints -2.5. OVER/UNDER: 44.5.SERIES: 49ers lead …