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first_imgSHOEMAKER REMEMBERED ON MEMORIAL DAY 24% ITM% 9 (Current from April 12 through Saturday, May 18) 3 45% 11 JockeyMts 11 4 4 $335,118 1st 15% Flavien Prat56 6 14 Joseph Talamo66 23% 9 12 11 52% 53% 2 SHOEMAKER A RACE TO REMEMBER FOR McANALLYOn Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, America honors its patriotic veterans with a day of respectful remembrance.Santa Anita, in a lesser sense, shares in that grateful reflection with the running of the Shoemaker Mile, one of three Grade I events that day offering a total of $1.5 million in purses.The Shoemaker is named for the late, great racing veteran, Bill Shoemaker, who was and remains the gold standard among jockeys, 16 years after his death on Oct. 12, 2003.Fittingly, Ron McAnally will have a horse in that race, a six-year-old Argentine-bred named Le Ken that has outrun his odds in each of his six United States starts. It would be fitting, too, if McAnally, 86 and a member of the Hall of Fame since 1990, would win the Shoemaker, captured five times by the rider when the race was run as the Premier Handicap.After all, McAnally and Shoemaker started out together. They were here in 1948, when Santa Anita was in its infancy.“Shoe was one of the greatest I’ve seen,” McAnally said. “We grew up together. He was mucking stalls when I was mucking stalls. He was a classy guy and a helluva rider.”As for Le Ken, he was fourth in his U.S. debut at 80-1 in the Grade II City of Hope Mile; fourth at 19-1 in the restricted Lure Stakes; ninth after an eventful trip at 54-1 in the Grade II Seabiscuit; second in an overnight race at 21-1; third in the Grade III Thunder Road at 22-1; and fourth in the Grade III San Francisco Mile at 16-1.“He’s been right there in most of his races,” McAnally said. “He’s been training really well. I’m real happy with the way he looks and how he’s been doing. Hopefully, if he’s in a photo this time, it will be for the win.”Should he do so, it would add to McAnally’s career stakes victories at Santa Anita, currently at 113, good for fourth behind Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Bobby Frankel, and like McAnally, fellow Hall of Fame members all.Likely for the Shoemaker, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 2: Blitzkrieg, Bowies Hero, Catapult, Delta Prince, Desert Stone, Le Ken, Ohio, River Boyne, Sharp Samurai and Synchrony.GIFT BOX MAKES PRESENCE FELT IN SMART GOLD CUP DRILLSanta Anita Handicap winner Gift Box is on course for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day after working six furlongs Saturday in 1:13.60.“It was an excellent work on this track,” said John Sadler, who won two races yesterday to move into third place in the standings, six wins behind leader Doug O’Neill. “He galloped out a mile in 1:41. (Joel) Rosario is coming in to ride him and others for us that day.“Catapult (Shoemaker Mile) went a minute and change yesterday (1:02). He went very well also. Both the Gold Cup and Shoemaker are good, salty races.”Probable for the Gold Cup: Core Beliefs, Florent Geroux; Fight On, no rider; Gift Box, Joel Rosario; Lone Sailor, Flavien Prat; Mongolian Groom, no rider; and Vino Rosso, John Velazquez.VASILIKA COULD BREEZE TUESDAY FOR GAMELY STAKESWith rain currently in an erratic pattern, Jerry Hollendorfer scrapped plans to breeze Vasilika tomorrow for next Monday’s Grade I Gamely Stakes, and likely will work her Tuesday.“We’ll be conservative and probably breeze her Tuesday,” the Hall of Fame trainer said of the five-year-old Skipshot mare, claimed for $40,000 on Feb. 11 last year and winner of 11 races since, eight of them stakes including the Rodeo Drive and the Matriarch, each a Grade I.“You get horses that will develop like that,” Hollendorfer said in addressing her dramatic success since the claim. “Not a lot, but some.”SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $605,038For the 18th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved, resulting in a carryover of $605,038 into Sunday at The Great Race Place.Saturday’s Rainbow Six attracted $234,874 in “new” money, contributing to a total pool of $786,136. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 79 tickets with six winners, each worth $1,583.80.Approximate post time for today’s fourth race, beginning the Rainbow Six, is 2:31 p.m.SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD FOLLOWING SIXTH RACEIn what will surely be an intensely emotional moment, veteran jockey Scott Stevens will be presented with the 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following today’s sixth race at Santa Anita.A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined by family, friends and colleagues, including the 1996 Woolf Award winner, retired Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, as the pair thus become the first brotherly tandem to win the prestigious award in its 70-year history.The winner via a vote of jockeys nationwide, Stevens placed first among a list of five finalists that included Joe Bravo, Kerwin Clark, John Davila, Jr. and Julien Leparoux.“I know I was there when Gary won, but honestly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember,” said Stevens. “This award is so special and I was honored just to be nominated. When you think about all the great riders and the great people that have won it and to be selected by a vote of your peers . . . It’s really more than I can describe.”Born Oct. 6, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens is the son of a former trainer, Ron, and rodeo queen, Barbara. Steeped in the ways of the horse-world from infancy, Stevens, who has more than 32,400 career mounts, broke his maiden on May 30, 1976 at Les Bois Park in Boise, at the age of 15.A member of both the Idaho and Canterbury Park (MN) Halls of Fame, Stevens has been a helpful, guiding influence to scores of young jockeys for decades.A nine-time leading rider at Turf Paradise, Stevens, who resides in Phoenix with his longtime partner Pam Isles, has two grown children, a daughter Jessica and a son, Jake, as well as five grandchildren, four of whom will join him today.Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, who died at age 35 following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award can only be won once, and it is intended to recognize riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Mark Casse talks  War of Will following his Preakness Stakes victory.XBTV Sunday:  What to watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 19th, 2019.Weekend Watch: Highlighting  weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 18th, 2019Cistron works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-17-19Pricing works 5 furlongs. (Proctor) 5-17-19Juggles works 4 furlongs. (O’ Neill) 5-17-19Ashleyluvssugar works 5 furlongs. (Eurton) 5-17-19Friday’s at Shady works 4 furlongs. (Bonde) 5-17-19FINISH LINES: Mario Gutierrez is locked in at Golden Gate today riding 2-1 morning line favorite Kingly for Bob Baffert in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes . . . A first name trifecta worth $64.90 resulted in Saturday’s seventh race when Don’t Blame Judy, Eddie Surprise and Peter’s Kitten ran one-two-three . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, May 24 and continues through May 27. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Tiago Pereira74 8 63% 7 $547,585 $469,799 66% 31% 12 1 3rd Richard Baltas37 8 45% 41% 12 Ruben Fuentes72 Money Won $657,902 15 17% GIFT BOX REUNITES WITH ROSARIO IN GOLD CUP Win% 34% 6 11 $645,007 7 4 10 1st 30% $528,375 Philip D’Amato41 28% 9 Rafael Bejarano67 Victor Espinoza31 39% 2 $702,086 49% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10 32% 3rd 2nd 12 13 2 VASILIKA COULD WORK TUESDAY FOR GAMELY Doug O’Neill49 TrainerMts 16% $605,038 AT END OF TODAY’S PICK 6 ‘RAINBOW’ 17% Money Won 15 $636,079 63% ITM% 3 John Sadler32 59% $606,799 $415,280 18% 2nd SCOTT STEVENS GETS  WOOLF AWARD TODAY Edwin Maldonado41 10 43% Kent Desormeaux32 12 8 18% 9 7 Win% $364,757 12 7 $542,798 56% Mark Glatt42 $411,465last_img read more

Naggo Head tipped to retain INSPORTS title

first_imgDefending champions Naggo Head will be seeking their third-straight hold on the INSPORTS Primary School Athletics Championships, which gets under way at the National Stadium today. Coach Floyd Coke will also aim to guide the champions to their eighth title at these championships, which culminates on May 13. Naggo Head’s main challenge should come from former champions New Providence, Rousseau, and last year’s runners-up Southborough. They should prevail, however, as they won the championships by more than 100 points and should win by a bigger margin in the absence of last year’s top-10 finishers Black River and Howard Cooke. Following Monday’s launch of the championships, Coach Coke said he was confident of retaining the title and he was anticipating a challenge from the “usual suspects”. Action on the opening day gets under way with the girls’ Open cricket ball throw, followed by preliminary round action in the 150m, 800m, and 4x100m relays in all four classes. This year’s champions will collect $500,000, with $250,000 earmarked for the runners-up, and $125,000 going to the third-place finishers. Ninety-three schools are registered to compete. Meanwhile, the prize money was announced by Sports Minister Olivia Grange during the launch of the event on Monday. Over the years, the championships has served as a developmental springboard for many top athletes, such as Olympians Warren Weir, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Javon Francis, Melanie Walker, and many others. For the first time, the event will be free to the public, and forms part of the Government’s new thrust to make it more appealing and accessible nationally. “We must give full access to all athletes,” the minister said at the launch. “Increasing access and increasing the number of participating schools or athletes are immediate items on a list of priorities to be addressed immediately by the INSPORTS management team.”last_img read more

Court rejects appeals by 47 Russians against Olympic bans

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES The IOC’s vetting process was designed to exclude Russian athletes from the games if IOC officials were not sure they were clean, even if they had not been banned for doping.The IOC subsequently invited 168 Russians to participate as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag in a decision designed to balance the rights of individual athletes with the need for a strong deterrent to doping.The Russian delegation in Pyeongchang declined requests for comment, with spokesman Konstantin Vybornov saying “that’s it — the story is over.”The ruling is a heavy blow to Russian medal chances.Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Viktor Ahn, the short track speed-skater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans.Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge, and bobsled.Three former NHL players — Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin — also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful, since the Russian roster is already full.United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said the decision was a “a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair.”“You hope justice has been served but how some of these athletes can keep dirty medals from Sochi but be excluded now is hard to reconcile,” Tygart said. “And why the IOC rushed the process on the Sochi medal decisions is unexplainable and a tragedy for clean athletes.”The ruling comes a day after the first Olympic competitions began and ends more than a week of uncertainty for two groups of athletes who lodged last-ditch cases to the CAS. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had refused to invite the group of Russians, saying it had evidence of alleged doping in Russian sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter two days of hearings, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the IOC has the right to set its own standards for who is eligible.CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb, reading from a statement and declining to take questions, said the IOC process “could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.” As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.The IOC has refused to comment on individual Russian athletes but says it decided who to exclude using a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database with evidence of past doping offenses.It refused to invite some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week.Stephen Hess, an international sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC.“There is no absolute right to get an invitation from the IOC to come to the Olympics,” Hess said in a telephone interview. “That was within the IOC’s discretion, and they didn’t exercise it arbitrarily. If Russia had an Olympic team, CAS might have said: ‘IOC, the Russians can put them on their own team. You can’t keep them out.’ But Russian doesn’t have an Olympic team.”The IOC pointed to a CAS statement that declared the Russians were not necessarily innocent of doping, just that the evidence was insufficient to ban them. Also, the IOC said, “there were additional elements and/or evidence, which could not be considered” in last week’s CAS case “that raised suspicion about the integrity of these athletes.”US athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty around the participation of some Russian athletes.“That is great news,” said US women’s skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics — one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban. U.S. bobsledder Nick Cunningham said he’s tried to not focus on the will-they-or-won’t-they drama surrounding the Russians.“It’s not going to change what happens to me in the next two weeks,” Cunningham said. “If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail. That’s what I hope.”    /kga Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “The CAS panel found that the applicants did not demonstrate that the manner in which the two special commissions — the Invitation Review Panel and the Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group — independently evaluated the applicants was carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner. The Panel also concluded that there was no evidence the (commissions) improperly exercised their discretion.”The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the decision. The IOC issued a statement saying the decision “supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes.”WADA president Craig Reedie described it as “absolutely correct.”“I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it,” Reedie told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process.“It means the games can proceed. Athletes can get their heads down and go. This particular issue is now behind us.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this February 15, 2014 photo, men’s 1,000-meter short track speed-skating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Six-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn and three former NHL players are among 45 Russian athletes and two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced on Friday, February 9, 2018. (AP FILE PHOTO) MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000last_img read more

“War Break” between AFC & PNC on PM Candidate

first_img– AFC says Ramjattan non-negotiableGeneral Secretary of the Alliance for Change (AFC) David Patterson on Thursday stated that neither the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) nor any other member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) can dictate or direct the selection of AFC for that party’s Prime Ministerial post.AFC General Secretary David PattersonPatterson made these comments during his party’s press briefing and stated that the Cummingsburg Accord, which the AFC signed on to with the APNU, is still in existence, and as such, it is solely the responsibility of the AFC to choose its Prime Ministerial candidate for the upcoming elections in Guyana.This Accord has expired but according to Patterson, “It is very clear that the AFC shall nominate the PM candidate and it is very clear that the APNU shall nominate the Presidential candidate. I don’t see anything, I don’t know anything, there has not been any discussion and we would not entertain any discussion that changes that. And that is just the way it is”.His remarks come in response to questions by the media about the recent statement made by Chairperson of the PNC/R Volda Lawrence, who recently noted that although the AFC has elected Khemraj Ramjattan to be its next Prime Ministerial candidate— replacing Moses Nagamootoo in June— the APNU and the AFC are yet to meet on this new development.PNC/R Chairperson Volda Lawrence“The party welcomes the fact that the AFC party was able to have their conference and elect their new candidate for the Prime Ministerial position. The coalition and the AFC have not reached that stage in terms of discussion on the Prime Ministerial candidate,” she noted.In accordance with the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position, while the Presidential post goes to APNU. However, some believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a Prime Ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. The APNU alliance consists of five parties with the PNC/R leading. The others are The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Nevertheless, following the AFC’s National Executive Conference on June 15, the party’s newly elected General Secretary David Patterson had told reporters that Ramjattan’s nomination will have to be accepted by the majority APNU.“The Alliance for Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has MADE a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition… If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not,” Patterson had stated.While the APNU fraction of the coalition earlier this year had already signalled support for its leader David Granger to return as Presidential Candidate, it was reported that sections of the AFC’s delegations felt that incumbent Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s performance over the years has not been up to par.However, prior to last month’s conference, AFC’s then leader and current Chairman Raphael Trotman had warned against replacing Nagamootoo, saying that it would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentlemen in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) having already ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the coalition back in December, there is a possibility that early elections could be called this year.In fact, the Court is expected to hand down consequential orders on the way forward based on its June 18 rulings today.At the last hearing on June 24, the Court had given parties up to July 1 to make written submissions on the consequential orders not exceeding 20 pages, which would be considered before those orders are handed down next Friday.last_img read more

Dream cars come true

first_img“The total amount of horsepower on the ground today is unbelievable,” said Ian Laidlaw. “Pure testosterone.” San Diegan Nick Taylor, who said he has 11 cars and “neighbors who hate me,” came to the show specifically to buy the Dodge wagon, the same model he owned briefly as a teenager. He found the car on eBay and decided it was a bargain at $6,600. In the next row, Quartz Hill resident Tom Comer sat next to a shiny black 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T he has spent over a decade “tinkering with.” The car was a “rust bucket” that didn’t work when he purchased it 14 years ago, Comer said. While many classic car owners never put their vehicle on the street, Comer drives his every day. “I think cars are meant to drive,” Comer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSmith’s ‘Cuda is among 300 classic Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles on display at the 20th annual Spring Fling at Lake Balboa Park. The two-day show is hosted by Southern California Performance West, a San Fernando Valley-based car club dedicated to Mopar, or Chrysler Corp., vehicles. Organizers call it the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. “Tonight Show” host and noted car enthusiast Jay Leno is expected to be there today, bringing from his own collection a prototype 1963 Chrysler turbine car. The event wraps up today with awards in 37 categories, including Best in Show. On Saturday, a group of friends from San Diego lounged in lawn chairs behind the powder blue 1964 Dodge 440 station wagon one just bought. They talked about muscle cars and listened to the booming sound of Hemi engines on and off the lot. LAKE BALBOA – Darrell Smith was 17 in 1975 when he spotted the car he would spend decades pining after – a Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Cruising down 39th Street in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the 425-horsepower coupe captured his imagination – but the price tag escaped his reach. Thirty years later, Smith is owner of a 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda – bought in pieces and restored for $150,000 in “Sassy Green” paint, with four-speed transmission and “shaker” hood scoop. One of only 107 built, it is valued at more than $1.3 million. “It’s a real dream car,” the 48-year-old investment trader said. last_img read more


first_imgPROUD Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has paid tribute to his team for bouncing back – after being written off by the pundits.The Glenties man joined the Seniors and Minors in the traditional reception back in The Diamond in Donegal Town last night as the players and the fans partied into the wee small hours.And right they were – so many new milestones in the remarkable Donegal man that is Jim McGuinness. First time ever that Donegal won both Seniors and Minors in the same year; and a first victory over Monaghan since 1983. “We were absolutely wrote off a week out from the Derry match and we’re Ulster champions today.” said Jim, defiant, and happy.“I think it’s our best victory in terms of the questions that were being asked of us and what was being said about us, and had the boys got the stomach for it. I think they proved they have. I think it’s our best victory because of the circumstances and because what surrounded it.“The boys weren’t going to come off that field beaten. That was the key thing for us.”Anyone who thought McGuinness was getting complacent about the big occasion would have had that knocked out of them as Jim bounded child-like across the pitch after yesterday’s victory to cheer and hug his heroes, men who are “an absolute privilege to work with”. “I am just so proud of them. They are immense to work with. Their focus is unbelievable. Their energy, their work-rate and their commitment to Donegal.”It was a tense and tough game in Clones as Monaghan attempted to bully Donegal off the pitch. Late challenges and several off-the-ball challenges disrupted the game.But it was fascinating to watch; and brilliant to see Man of the Match Ryan McHugh bounding up the wing, big Neil Gallagher catch the ball so high he should have been wearing an oxygen mask.Patrick McBrearty and Darrach O’Connor were superb; and Karl Lacey his usual sublime self.The bridge in Pettigo saw more silverware over it last night; and then on to The Diamond in Donegal Town. These are special nights. Donegal have won just eight Ulster titles in a century; three have been in the last four years.The players were once again brilliant with the fans on their return, captain Michael Murphy meeting and greeting as many fans as possible.And he for one is hoping this year isn’t the last with Jim McGuinness at the helm.“We want him here for many more years to come,” said the Glenswilly man. Jimmy’s Still Winning Matches.Captain Fantastic Michael Murphy meets a young fan on The Diamond last nightMcGUINNESS: EVERYONE HAD WRITTEN US OFF – THAT WAS BETTER THAN WINNING ALL-IRELAND was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

Wypych Named To CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

first_imgWypych was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team in each of his three seasons at Drake. Additionally, he was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team in 2015 and 2016. The forward, who transferred from New Mexico prior to the 2014 season, scored a team-leading eight goals, handed out a team-high five assists and tallied a team-best 21 points this season. Wypych is the first Bulldog named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America team since Nick Marshall was named to the first team in 2013. Wypych is one of two Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes to garner All-America honors in 2016 joining Clark Emerson of Bradley, who was picked to the third team. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. Wypych is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection who owns a 3.57 GPA in international relations. He scored 20 goals and recorded 10 assists in 57 career matches for the Bulldogs.center_img DRAKE Print Friendly Version AUSTIN, Texas – Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been selected as a second-team honoree to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Soccer Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).last_img read more

Glowing tributes for Clonmany teenager after completing Tractor Run in memory of late grandfather

first_imgA Clonmany teenager is touching the hearts of those around the country as she took on a mighty journey in memory of her grandfather.Caitlín Mc Gonigle, aged 17, took on a 280km charity tractor run from Dublin to Mayo last weekend while keeping memories of her late grandad Paddy Duffy close to her heart.Drivers, including Caitlín, in the Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor Run crossed the Shannon this Saturday morning. Following a stopover at Arrabawn Creamery in Clonbern and joining with the Gerrard Greene memorial run, the group continued via Dunmore, Cloofad, Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Balla, Kiltimagh, Bohola, Swinford and Charlestown before finishing at Kilkelly, Co Mayo, at 6.30pm on Saturday.Caitlín, who raised €5000 at the Tractor Run, has her grandad to thank for her love of tractors. The Greencastle man made the headlines last September when he drove from Mizen to Malin Head at the age of 74. Paddy had planned to do his next big run with his granddaughter, but the duo never got the chance due to his sudden passing in December 2018.Paddy left his restored Massey Ferguson to Caitlín, and their many fond memories on the roads motivated her to see their cross-country run plans through.Scores of tributes came in for McGonigle after the event, one avid enthusiast saying she had made a ‘huge impression’. Liam Downes, Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractory Run enthusiast, said: “As we travel the road through life every now and then somebody comes along that makes a huge impression. You just go wow, amazing.“One such person is Caitlin,” he added.“McGonigle who just completed the 300km Dublin Mayo tractor run. At just 17 she drove her late granddads (Massey) Ferguson 35x all the way.“I know how difficult a task this is on a 61-year-old tractor, and I shared the driving with my brother. “To say Caitlin is made of the tough stuff is an understatement,” he said. “On Friday she got on that tractor at 8am with only short breaks drove until 9.30 that night.“A quiet unassuming girl she just got on with it no fuss, no special treatment demanded, just do it for her granddad.“Well, she has done him proud on his (Massey Ferguson) 35x.”“Caitlin I wish you best in life, and I’d say whatever you do in life won’t phase you one little bit. “A bright future I see for you with your granddad at your side.”Glowing tributes for Clonmany teenager after completing Tractor Run in memory of late grandfather was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two new names emerge as Giants’ list of manager candidates continues to take shape

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As the Giants continue their search to find Bruce Bochy’s replacement, it’s increasingly clear what kind of qualities the franchise is looking for in a prospective hire.Most of the candidates Farhan Zaidi is interviewing are young, currently employed by successful organizations and lacking previous MLB managerial experience.Two people who were connected to the Giants’ search on Thursday fit that criteria.Joe Espada, the Houston Astros bench coach, and Matt Quatraro, the Tampa …last_img read more

Art and tradition

first_imgWorld Walking by William Kentridge ispart of the Caversham exhibition.(Image: The Heritage Agency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600• Ehllene BekkerUJ Arts Centre+27 11 559 2099Chris ThurmanTradition is a loaded word that tends to evoke strong responses.Those who oppose tradition tend to associate it with the conservative, the old-fashioned, the out-of-date. Those who endorse it prefer to think of tradition as representing the authentic, the timeless, the tried-and-trusted.In most countries, cultural traditions, or traditional cultures, are of greater interest to tourists than to locals; they are part of national identity and history, but rarely register in citizens’ collective daily consciousness until they are used as political tools.In South Africa, tradition is typically allied with indigeneity and thus set against modern or Western practices and institutions. We often refer to traditional leaders, traditional healers, traditional beliefs, traditional music, traditional beer, traditional dress; but, in practice, these and other traditional elements combine with other influences and adopt hybrid forms.Two recent art exhibitions in Johannesburg challenge viewers to re-think their assumptions about what tradition implies.Artistic breeding groundA common misapprehension is that traditions are hundreds of years old.The Caversham Press, for example, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010 – and during those two and a half decades, this creative hub in rural KwaZulu-Natal has developed a tradition in its own right.In 1985, art teacher and master printer Malcolm Christian established Caversham in a run-down former Methodist chapel near Lidgetton, a small village in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.Christian invited artists such as William Kentridge and the late Robert Hodgins to use the Caversham facilities and to participate in a collaborative print-making process. Kentridge and Hodgins would, of course, subsequently become two of South Africa’s best-known artists.Other highly respected artists have produced work at Caversham, including Deborah Bell, David Koloane, Penny Siopis, Magkabo Helen Sebidi, Marion Arnold, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, Malcolm Payne and Karel Nel. Their work forms part of People, Prints and Process: 25 Years at Caversham, an exhibition which ended on 4 December at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery.What is equally significant, however, is that the walls were also adorned with prints by relative newcomers to the arts scene. Christian and his colleagues constantly encourage young artists, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, to visit Caversham and develop their skills. Residential fellowships, an educational trust and programmes such as the CreACTive Initiatives have broadened the scope of Caversham’s influence.Its tremendous value is evident in the current exhibition – not only because of the world-renowned names, but also because of success stories such as that of Sthembiso Sibisi, a self-taught painter whose Caversham prints have become widely sought-after.This, then, is an eclectic tradition. The prints exhibited range from woodcuts and linocuts to engravings and etchings, from screenprints to lithographs. There are portraits, still lives and landscapes; there are symbolist, surrealist, narrative and abstract pieces; there are black-and-white works as well as prints in bold colours.What provides the thread of continuity is that each of the artists involved has a direct connection to the organic tradition of Caversham Press.A trip through Venda cultureAvhashoni Mainganye’s work engages with a very different tradition – one that is made clear to visitors the moment they enter the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery through dzikhareni totems, which mark the entrance to a site where Venda boys undergo their initiation into manhood.Mainganye’s exhibition, Walking the Ancient Path, is a kind of initiation for those unfamiliar with aspects of Venda culture. Structured around the elements of water, earth, fire and air, the exhibition incorporates wood and stone sculpture, painting, photography and multimedia works.Many of these relate directly to traditional Venda practices, beliefs and sacred sites in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo: Lake Fundudzi, Thathe Forest and the Phiphidi waterfalls are depicted in abstract paintings, a typical family shrine is recreated and there are photographs of an initiate and a tshiawelo or stone cairn.Yet the form, content and even names of these works resist any artificial notion of African authenticity or purity. The shrine includes candle-holders made out of Coke bottles. Titles in French such as “Le Monde” and “La Femme” gesture towards a global context of production and reception. Sculptures and paintings alike demonstrate a fusion of, on the one hand, traditional African patterns and styles and, on the other hand, a modernism with its roots in Europe. This collapsing of the Africa-Europe binary is nowhere more evident than in the Baptism of Fire series, in which both acrylic and cow dung have been used on burnt and torn canvasses.Moreover, rather than emphasising cultural distinction, Mainganye chooses to affirm similarity. Alongside the Venda tshiawelo, for instance, is a photograph of a Celtic cairn in Scotland. Likewise, a number of the sculpted figures are archetypal and thus universal: a pregnant woman, a mother, a supplicant.There are also strong trans-national connections in works that allude to parallel but diverging histories of freedom and oppression in South Africa and Zimbabwe – Venda people, after all, live on both sides of the Limpopo river that marks the boundary between the two countries.In this case, the continuity offered by tradition presents a powerful critique of the disruptions of modernity that take the form of colonialism and postcolonial legacies.Tradition and artIn a famous essay on “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, Anglo-American poet TS Eliot argued that – despite the common assumption that the role of the artist is to create something new and, in doing so, depart from tradition – great works of art emerge only when an artist is steeped in the work of his or her predecessors.Artistic creation, according to Eliot’s formulation, is a dynamic process in which past and present are mutually formative. Individual artists respond to a tradition but, in the process, change that tradition through their contribution: “What happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art that preceded it”.In the 1970s, half a century after Eliot’s essay was first published, literary critic Harold Bloom propounded a different theory. He suggested that, instead of extending a tradition, the work of great artists is produced through “the anxiety of influence”. In other words, feeling all too aware of the effect that famous forerunners potentially have on them, ambitious artists deliberately avoid their precursors, or parody them, or imitate their style in order to improve upon it.Both Eliot and Bloom are unfortunately Eurocentric in their definitions of tradition, but the tension that is evident between their respective positions can be identified in various debates about visual art in South Africa. These debates inevitably take on racial overtones. What does it mean for a white artist to eschew the history of Western art and embrace instead the aesthetic of bushman paintings? What does it mean for a black artist to deliberately separate himself from the modes of township art?When we attempt to answer these questions, the reductive connotations of words like “traditional” prove inadequate. Likewise, if we are to appreciate the living history of the Caversham Press or take up Mainganye’s invitation to “walk the ancient path”, a more complex understanding of tradition is required.http://www.cavershamcentre.org/last_img read more