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Month: May 2020

Southland Gives Back: Central Arkansas

first_imgThe trailer full of toys was unloaded at Toy Hill by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. The mission of the nationwide USMCR Toys for Tots Program, which began in 1947, is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. “It was amazing how many toys our student-athletes collected for Toys for Tots,” Shock said. “There is nothing better than putting a smile on a child’s face at Christmas time, and we hope we were able to do that for many children this year. Toys for Tots is a great program that we were proud to partner with this holiday season.” Natalie Shock, UCA Associate Athletic Director and advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was interviewed at Toy Hill by legendary Arkansas deejay Bob Robbins on The Wolf 105.1, highlighting the philanthropic efforts of UCA’s student-athletes. CONWAY, Ark. – More than 400 student-athletes from the University of Central Arkansas bought and collected toys during the month of November to donate to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program as part of the annual Southland Gives Back community service project. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. UCA’s football equipment truck delivered more than 2,000 individual toys to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots “Toy Hill Weekend” collection event on Dec. 3 in Little Rock. UCA’s athletes used their own money to purchase toys to deliver to Toy Hill. The collection of toys included numerous bicycles, over 80 stuffed animals, more than 30 basketballs, footballs and playground balls, fire trucks and dump trucks, puzzles, Barbie dolls, tennis racquets, scooters, Hot Wheels cars, Frisbees, Nerf guns, kitchen play sets and more.last_img read more


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


first_imgENGLISH-BRED POSTER GIRL RALLIES TO TAKE $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA, TRAINED BY CHEW, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.59ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2019)–Attentive to the early pace, English-bred Poster Girl took command a furlong from home and went on to an impressive 3 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Tiago Pereira, who netted his second win of the day.  Trained by Matt Chew, the 6-year-old mare got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.59.Winless from seven starts this year, Poster Girl, who was most recently fourth in $100,000 optional claimer going five furlongs on grass at Del Mar on Aug. 25, was off at 8-1 in a field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $18.00, $6.20 and $3.80.The only horse in the field entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500, Poster Girl was claimed by trainer Bill Spawr in a two-way shake.“We entered in a third condition allowance that didn’t go, so we ran here,” said Chew, who bought Poster Girl for $20,000 privately in Europe two years ago.  “We bought her for 20 (thousand dollars) and sold her for 90.”Owned by Integrity Thoroughbred Racing, LLC, Victor Racing and Peter Jeong, Poster Girl picked up $31,800 for the win. When coupled with the claiming price of $62,500, the owners collected $94,300 on the day. With the victory, Poster Girl is now 26-4-4-4, with total earnings of $191,411.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Don’t Blame Judy completed the exacta.  Off at 4-1, she paid $5.60 and $3.80 while finishing 1 ¼ lengths clear of Lucky Peridot.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, longshot Lucky Peridot outran even money favorite Great Return by a half length for third money and paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46.43, 1:10.02 and 1:21.99.last_img read more

Manchester United and Tottenham set for Denis Zakaria transfer tussle

first_imgMan Utd ‘very close’ to agreeing deal for Allegri to replace under-fire Solskjaer, Italian reports claim MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are reportedly set to battle it out for the signature of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.The Swiss international is in high demand at the moment after a series of impressive performances for club and country and could cost £42million.2 The 22-year-old has impressed in the BundesligaCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Red Devils have struggled in the midfield area, with many fans not convinced by Andreas Pereira or £52million man Fred – and Nemanja Matic is looking well past his best.And things aren’t much better at Spurs with Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama having been ravaged by injuries..Bild claim that the Premier League duo aren’t the only clubs interested in the 22-year-old, however, with Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also in the hunt.Monchengladbach may prefer to sell to England – with Premier League clubs notorious on the continent for overpaying to sign their star players.The German side will also be keen not to strengthen Bundesliga rivals.While they are hoping to keep their prized asset, sporting director Max Eberl didn’t rule out a sale.He said: “We are very satisfied with Denis’ development and plan with him in the long term.”Gladbach is and remains an association that relies on transfer fees. Of course, if there are any unethical offers, we have to deal with them … “This isn’t the first time that Spurs have been linked with the 24 cap international – having reportedly been interested in the summer of 2018.Zakaria has made ten appearances for Gladbach so far this season – and 75 overall since his 2017 move from Young Boys.Arsenal skipper Granit Xhaka remains the most expensive sale that Borussia Monchengladbach have ever made with his £35million move to the Gunners back in 2016.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotBut it will take more than that for United or Tottenham to prise Zakaria away.The Old Trafford club have recently been linked with the likes of James Maddison, Moussa Dembele, Saul Niguez, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic.And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that funds are available to strengthen in January.last_img read more

Spurs ‘to lose compensation cash if Poch waits until May to take Toon job ‘

first_imgBruce recently expressed fears that he has only weeks left as Toon boss amid the takeover.The 59-year-old has reportedly been left in the dark by Ashley over what is happening, with the only information passed on that he will be the first to know if and when something happens.Bruce was appointed by Ashley at the start of the season but his arrival was seen as an underwhelming choice to replace Rafa Benitez.most 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic TOTTENHAM will not get any compensation if Newcastle appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss next month, according to reports. Spurs chief Daniel Levy agreed to keep paying the Argentine’s £8.5million salary until he found a new job after he was axed in November.2 Tottenham will reportedly not get any compensation if Newcastle appoint Mauricio Pochettino as new their boss next monthAccording to the Evening Standard, Spurs are only due a cash sum in compensation if Pochettino takes a new job within six months of his sacking – a date which runs out on May 19.With football on standby due to the coronavirus crisis, the former Spurs boss could potentially take over at St James’ Park after the cut-off date, but still lead the Magpies for the remainder of the Premier League season – including a home match against Spurs.The Toon will have the wealthiest owners in world football once their £300million takeover bid is completed.Since news of the Saudi backers emerged, several managers have been linked with replacing Steve Bruce including Poch, Max Allegri and former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.But the new owners are likely to give Bruce until the end of the season to prove he can deliver.With Covid-19 bringing world football to a shuddering halt it seems Tottenham would likely welcome Poch taking a new job to get him off their wage bill.Spurs approached their former manager last week about a potential cut to his gardening leave salary amid the coronavirus pandemic.Despite leading Tottenham to last season’s Champions League final, Poch was dismissed after four-and-a-half years and replaced by Jose Mourinho.He was axed so suddenly that he was forced to leave a note to say goodbye to his players, but a return to the Premier League still appears to be top of his agenda,Spurs are also in talks with Mourinho and his playing squad about a ten per cent drop in wages as the club looks to offset some of the inevitable losses caused by the virus.Mike Ashley is on the verge of selling the Magpies for a knockdown £300million to a Saudi group led by Amanda Staveley.Official paperwork shows the deal is nearing completing with a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium involving Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the head of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, will become the new chairman.The Saudi supremos will own 80 per cent of the club – with Staveley and the Reuben brothers evenly splitting the remaining 20 per cent.Ashley is set to pocket £17million even if the £300million takeover falls through with the Middle East consortium paying that figure as a deposit. The former centre-back has guided the Magpies to 13th in the table and clear of the drop zone but ex-Toon boss Sam Allardyce recently expressed concerns that Bruce could be axed under the new owners.When the takeover is complete, Newcastle will be will have an eye-watering amount of cash to entice football’s world stars to St James’ Park, including PSG superstar Edinson Cavani.However, Hatice Cenzig, fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,who was murdered in the country’s embassy in Istanbul, warned the new Magpies takeover would ‘greatly stain’ the Premier League’s image and Britain’s reputation.Her comments came a day after Amnesty International expressed concerns over the Gulf state’s human rights record.England defender Danny Rose delivers hundreds of Domino’s pizzas to NHS staff days after £19k donation to aid coronavirus fightlast_img read more

Melbourne Rebels duo in off-field strife

first_imgPone Fa’amausili and Hunter Paisami have been stood down pending the outcome of a police investigation into the alleged incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.A Facebook post from a woman claiming to be the sister of the victim accused the pair of delivering a “king hit” to her brother from behind, causing him to lose consciousness and leaving him to bleed on the ground.The Rebels confirmed Fa’amausili and Paisami had been stood down and that Rugby Australia had been made aware of the developments but did not offer any comment.Fa’amausili has given a statement to police while Paisami is expected to do the same on Tuesday.It comes just a week after a fight between departing Rebels players Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani, the latter who was reportedly left fearing for his life as he was attacked by the Japanese international and his brother in Dunedin.Mafi and Timani were fined $15,000 each for breaching team protocol by ignoring instructions from coach David Wessels not to go out drinking.Fa’amausili and Paisami are both in their first seasons with the Super Rugby franchise.Prop Fa’amausili, 21, has played only one match for the Rebels, an 11-minute cameo off the bench, but is signed to the club through to 2020.Centre Paisami, 20, is yet to make a Super Rugby appearance and is on an extended squad contract.last_img read more

PNG Loop’s Pacific Games medal tally

first_imgStay tuned for more results on Loop PNG website………..,Stay tuned for more results on Loop PNG website………..,Stay tuned for more results on Loop PNG website……….. More updates will be coming shortly.last_img

Guria captain returns Digicel Cup

first_imgDaplen said last years grand final win was against the TNA Simbu Lions. The grand final last year was played at Sir John Guise stadium which Gurias won 26-18. The Guria captain will be meeting all the other Digicel Cup team captains today for a photo shoot at 1pm at the Laguna hotel. The official launching of the Digicel Cup 2016 competition will take place soon after. Caption: Guria Captain Nelson Daplen arriving with the Digicel Cup at Jackson Airport with Marketing Representative Joe Kawage ready to take back the cup.last_img read more

Wallabies have no betting syndicate fears after All Blacks hotel room bugged

first_imgNSW Police are continuing investigations after a listening bug was found in the All Blacks team meeting room in Double Bay in Sydney last week.The Rose Bay Local Area Command have confirmed gambling links will form part of their investigations.”Gambling is a terrible thing if you ask me,” Cheika said.”I don’t even consider that type of stuff, I don’t even know why anyone would be even interested to do something like that.”I don’t understand what sort of gain you’d get from it anyway because the result is so contested, it’s a bit stupid really.”Now police are occupied doing something like that when they should be catching real criminals.”Police are also looking at where the device was purchased and if the New Zealand side was the intended target of the bug or if it was there for another reason.The All Blacks say they routinely sweep hotel rooms as part of their security measures.But Cheika says he will not be going to those lengths.”It’s not something we’re going to worry about. If people were to do that stuff it’s their problem. I’ve got to deal with making sure the team plays good footy, that’s definitely not on my priority list,” he said.In a statement, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s general manager Paul Walters said it was assisting police in their investigations.last_img read more

Griezmann saves the furniture

first_imgFor the Vanguard “Griezmann avoided shipwreck”, while El Periódico de Catalunya talks about “Surf in Ibiza” and considers that with his performance in Can Misses the signing of the French “is already amortized”. For its part, L’Esportiu talks about an “agony” party and highlights that Griezmann went “to the rescue”. He touched the most absolute disaster of Barcelona in Ibiza, where he almost wrecked before a Second B in his first round of the Copa del Rey. Griezmann appeared with two providential goals for Barcelona players that allow Setién’s team to move forward in the competition. The figure of the French striker, top star of the team in the absence of Luis Suarez, injured, and Messi, is the most praised on the front pages of the press in Barcelona, ​​which saves no criticism of the game of a team that spent the first 72 minutes of the game without firing at goal.Sport title “Griezmann gives the face” and adds that the French saved “the bad game of Barcelona”. Beyond goes Mundo Deportivo, which considers that the “Salvador Griezmann” avoided “the ridiculous”.last_img read more