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Archers, Eagles botch Filoil debuts

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first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were lucky down the stretch,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson. “We made crucial stops and our players just didn’t give up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meneses now hopes to see consistency from the Bombers.“Honestly, I don’t have a good team and we’re not strong, but if we play the same way every game in the NCAA the way we played against La Salle, we’ll go places,” he added.The Pirates showcased a balanced offensive with six players, led by newcomer Jaycee Marcelino, finishing in twin digits.Former Ateneo recruit CJ Perez, who sat out last season to comply with the NCAA’s residency requirement, had 13 points for the Pirates but gave the Eagles an opportunity to snatch the game with a turnover.Mike Nieto missed a triple at the buzzer, though, allowing the Pirates to open their campaign on a high note.ADVERTISEMENT Showing renewed confidence, NCAA upstarts Jose Rizal U and Lyceum pulled off stunning victories on Monday at the start of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers defied the odds by shocking a surprisingly misfiring La Salle squad, 85-81, before the Pirates survived a late Ateneo onslaught to nip the Blue Eagles, 90-89.ADVERTISEMENT The results were unexpected considering La Salle and Ateneo played in the finals of the UAAP last season with the Archers coming out on top. The victors failed to even make the Final Four of the NCAA.The Heavy Bombers seized control of the game early, stifling La Salle’s attack while leaning on Tey Teodoro’s hot start. Teodoro finished with 17 points while Jed Mendoza added 15 for JRU, which forced the Archers to 4-of-32 shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnReigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala tallied 22 points and grabbed 15 boards, but Ricci Rivero and Aljun Melecio combined for 10-of-35 shooting from the field, typifying La Salle’s woes.“We knew we had nothing to lose and plenty to gain against La Salle,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Fifa seat for nonong Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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AFC Cup: JDT grab narrow edge vs Ceres Negros in zonal semis

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first_imgJDT scored a third goal with a slice of good fortune three minutes later when Hazwan’s quick turn and shot was deflected by Super Herrera and wrongfooted Muller.Ceres needs at least a 1-0 win in the second leg at Panaad Stadium on May 31 to advance on away goals.The other semifinal pits another PFL side, Global Cebu, and Singapore’s Home United, which snatched a late equalizer to forge a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Rizal Memorial Stadium last Tuesday.The second leg will be played at Jalan Besar Stadium on May 30.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJOHOR BAHRU – Philippines Football League side Ceres-Negros picked up two crucial away goals but it wasn’t enough to take the advantage in their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie against Johor Darul Ta’zim Wednesday night at Larkin Stadium here.JDT, the 2015 AFC Cup champion, rallied from a goal down to snatch a 3-2 victory over the Bacolod side in an enthralling clash witnessed by 14,280 fans.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine striker Gonzalo Cabrera put the hosts in front with a well placed strike past Roland Muller in the 18th minute, before Ceres equalized through Fernando Rodriguez’s diving header off a cross from OJ Porteria.The Busmen led 2-1 after Bienvenido Maranon scored with a curling strike from long range in the 25th minute, but goals from Safiq Rahim in the 44th minute and Hazwan Bakri in the 68th minute gave the Malaysians the edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCeres nearly went ahead in first half stoppage time but Porteria skied his effort after the JDT defense misjudged Manny Ott’s delivery.Porteria also forced a diving save from Farizal Marlias eight minutes after the restart, before Ott had a free kick saved in the 66th minute. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Gilas’ Blatche shrugs off injury: ‘I’ll be okay’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

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No longer a back up, Iñigo determined to be better court general

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first_img“I’m just a back-up point guard to Mike before. Now, I’m starting to get my rhythm because I should be more of a court general. I need to be more offensive-minded, but I have to be decisive,” he said in Filipino.His time with Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League did help him a lot in preparing himself to these bigger roles. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I learned to be patient off the court. In our college days, you just run up the court and play. But there, you have to be deliberate because you have to be smart there,” said Iñigo.Iñigo struggled to get his shots going in his first game with the Seafarers, shooting 3-of-8 from the field to finish with 10 points. LATEST STORIES He did better in setting up his teammates, as he racked up six assists and hauled down two rebounds in his 30 minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough as Marinerong Pilipino bowed in its conference-opener to Batangas, 92-82 on Tuesday.But Iñigo is confident his team can bounce back especially after what he thought were first game jitters.“It was our first game and we still haven’t known each other that well. We haven’t jelled the same way Batangas did because we’re just together for just two months, so it’s a given that we’ll have those lapses,” he said. “We still have a long way. It’s just our first game. We’ll figure things out soon.”ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Achie Iñigo. PBA IMAGESThis time, Achie Iñigo is taking the challenge of being the lead playmaker head on.Playing second fiddle to heralded teammate Mike Tolomia last season, the 5-foot-9 guard has been thrust to the spotlight as he is tasked to man the plays for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lassiter shows he’s more than a sniper Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’

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first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “We must be mistake-free tomorrow (Sunday),” said Rushton.Having thoroughly analyzed Pacquiao’s previous fights, Rushton is taking a cue from what Pacquiao did to Ricky Hatton in 2009, when he flattened the Briton in just two rounds.Rushton said Hatton made a mistake and paid the price.Claiming that Horn is competent and technically proficient to adapt to whatever Pacquiao will bring to the ring, Rushton promised a “Bloody Sunday.”Though they’ve stated that Pacquiao’s chin will be a prime target, owing to what Juan Manuel Marquez did to him in 2013, Rushton insists Hop has a large target area.ADVERTISEMENT To proceed with caution is what trainer Glenn Rushton wants Horn to do in the headliner of “Battle of Brisbane.”Rushton, who has charted an extensive 10-point plan to improve their chances of dethroning Pacquiao, said Horn should stick to it once the bell rings and when it ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“After the first two to three rounds, I want Jeff to say it’s ‘another easy day at the office.’”In addition, Rushton wants Horn to commit no mistake throughout the execution of the strategy, which likely includes Horn avoiding Pacquiao’s vaunted straight left. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia—There will be no rush for Jeff Horn in the first round. Instead, he’ll measure Manny Pacquiao’s distance before testing his speed and power.Afterwards, Horn will try to break down Pacquiao’s body before going for the kill on the later rounds.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation “We’re prepared to hit him in the head, body, and wherever,” said Rushton.Not only that, the mixed martial arts expert and self-made millionaire swears Horn has everything in hisarsenal.“He can hit from long range, middle range and short range,” said Rushton.Horn’s unpredictability will also be a key factor in his bid to stun Pacquiao, and probably send him into retirement, according to Rushton.“He throws punches from everywhere. He can turn southpaw like Manny, he can hit with right hand leads and can move and fight from angles that Manny hasn’t encountered before.”In other words, Rushton believes Horn’s so good, Pacquiao will look bad on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Battle of Brisbane View commentslast_img read more

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Three Barbadians log wins at Woodbine

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgETOBICOKE, Ontario (CMC):Three Barbadian horsemen were part of the winning connections of the midweek racecard at the Woodbine Racetrack on Wednesday.Ace veteran jockey Patrick Husbands and his nephew Simon, along long-standing trainer Ricky Griffith logged wins in each of the last three races on the day’s eight-race card at Canada’ premier racing oval.The elder Husbands steered 5-1 chance Conquest Boogaloo to a half-length victory in the CAN $62,300 sixth race, going 1,700 metres on the all-weather track.Husbands moved Conquest Boogaloo up to force the pace in the middle of the backstretch and chased early leader Field of Courage, under Jerome Lermyte, three and four-wide on the far turn.He and Conquest Boogaloo duelled with Field of Courage into the stretch and were headed, but Husbands got the five-year-old, dark bay gelding to dig in, take the lead in the middle of the stretch and hold under a drive to finish in a time of one minute, 45.24 seconds.17TH WINThis was the 17th win for the elder Husbands in the one-month-old season and is third in the jockeys’ standings behind leader Eurico da Silva, on 23, and Rafael Hernandez, on 18.Griffith, a former Barbados champion jockey, collected his first win of the season, preparing the 2-5 favourite Katalox, ridden by Jesse Campbell, which won by 1 1/2 lengths in the CDN$39,800 seventh race over the 1,200m Polytrack.The younger Husbands brought the curtain down on the day’s racing when he drove 5-1 chance Fiery Bear to a 3 1/4-length victory in the CDN$19,500 final race, going 1,700m on the Polytrack.last_img read more

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Knibbs wins Alliance Flights Classic

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first_imgWilliam Knibbs topped the Men’s and Men’s Senior 0-6 category in the 36-hole Alliance Flights Classic at the Caymanas Golf & Country Club last weekend. Knibbs finished the event in fine form with a remarkable 67 on day one of the competition and added nine strokes to Sunday’s score for a total of 143. In comparison to his first round of nine pars, seven birdies and two bogeys, Knibbs’s scorecard on Sunday reflected eight pars, four birdies, four bogeys and two double bogeys – enough to snag the top spot in the two-day tournament. Jonathan Newnham was second with 145 (71, 74) and Mark Newnham captured the third-place win with 155 (79, 76). The three top finishers all have a place on the National Team to the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, which is scheduled for July 30 to August 5 at The Lakes golf course in the Dominican Republic. MEN’S 7-12 CATEGORY The Men’s 7-12 category saw Bruce Lopez and Clifton Johnson ending the tournament with identical scores (178). Third in the group was Montego Bay-based Richard White on 181. Brandon Chin snagged first place in the 13-18 group with 178, ahead of AndrÈ Foote and Orville Marshall. Paul Gray had a two-day total of 188 and emerged the champion in the 19-24 grouping. Gray had a second day score of 80, which was 28 shots better than his first round. In the Men’s Super Senior event, Michael Boyd led the way on Saturday with 75, which included nine pars, six bogeys, and three birdies. His second day score of 87 sealed his win with a total of 162, ahead of Lincoln Williams (168) and Dave Lyn (170). Maurice Foster was the winner in the Men’s Super Senior 13-24 category with 175, ahead of Howard McKenzie (189). Diane Hudson walked away with the women’s 13-24 title (189) and Yadires Fonseca (203) was second. National Junior team representative, Sebert Walker, played steady rounds of 77, 76 (153) to emerge the Junior Under-17 champion ahead of Jack Stein (161) and Luke Lindo (188), who were in a play-off for one spot on the National Junior Team. The members will leave the island for Trinidad and Tobago next Sunday to compete in the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships. Robert Chin, vice-president, Alliance Investment Management Limited, spoke on behalf of the sponsors. “Alliance is always pleased to be involved in any sporting endeavour, and especially so when it pertains to the development of young talent,” Chin said. The Alliance Flights Classic is the second qualifying event on the Jamaica Golf Association’s 2017-2018 calendar.last_img read more

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No stopping super-fit Will in Charge today

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first_img COULD COME UP SHORT AN eight-pound weight swing and superb form at exercise gives improved WILL IN CHARGE a great chance to turn the tables on SUPERLUMINAL in this afternoon’s Owen Silvera Memorial at a mile, a crack open allowance event with other in-form runners such as the speedster, SIR BUDGET, PINELOPE and versatile run-on sprinter LOTTERY TICKET. SUPERLUMINAL has topweight 57.0 kilos, eight more pounds than April 26 Simply Magic Trophy when he had got the better of unlucky WILL IN CHARGE, who returns at an exact 54.0 kilos. The weight swing is a major plus in WILL IN CHARGE’s favour, plus he had stumbled badly at the start of the nine-furlong race. Even though he recovered to dispute the lead and challenged SUPERLUMINAL at the top of the lane, WILL IN CHARGE weakened close home and lost by a half-length. WILL IN CHARGE and SUPER-LUMINAL won’t have their rematch to themselves, especially with SIR BUDGET set to call the shots for at least the first six furlongs, plus the added factor of LOTTERY TICKET closing from off the pace. Patrick Fong’s filly, PINELOPE, is a class act, but had her first race in almost four months two weeks ago and could come up short in a race with expected sharp early speed, very fit stalkers such as SUPERLUMINAL and WILL IN CHARGE, plus the in-form closer, LOTTERY TICKET. Though LOTTERY TICKET has been closing strongly in her races, even winning impressively at seven furlongs on May 27, she faces a stronger line-up and will find the middle-distance colts too strong in the stretch run. SIR BUDGET won’t stay a mile with near topweight 56.0 kilos, but will certainly carry the field into the lane where the stalkers should pounce. After beating WILL IN CHARGE on April 26, SUPERLUMINAL went up to open allowance and was outclassed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR at nine furlongs and 25 yards on Labour Day, May 23. This is his first race back, and he has worked reasonably well. However, WILL IN CHARGE has the right combination of mid-race pace and tactical speed to stalk, plus a jockey of Shane Ellis’ calibre, to pounce and last out the stretch run. He continues to improve at exercise, posting 1:12.3 last Sunday morning in a flat six-furlong gallop. The chestnut colt appears to have trained on immensely as a four-year-old. He had also worked superbly for his last race on June 10 and delivered a fast 1:38.4 for a mile, dragged in a staggering six-furlong split of 1:10.4 by SIR BUDGET before getting the upper hand inside the final furlong.last_img read more

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‘Hitman’ signs 3-year contract with Real Deal

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first_imgKemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell has officially put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Real Deal Boxing, with the aim of getting more matches booked in the near future. Real Deal Boxing is headed by four-time World Heavyweight champion Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield and, as part of the terms of the contract, Russell will be booked in six fights per year. “That would be very good for any boxer, because of activity,” he said. “Activity means everything, you know. When you’re inactive, it causes ring rust (errors and sharpness issues because of time spent away from competition). You can spar a thousand rounds in the gym but fighting is totally different – the lights, the crowd, everything.” Russell says that he is eager to be partnering with Holyfield, whom he enjoyed watching fight on television as a child. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been watching him box from a young age and I didn’t know anything about boxing at the time, but knowing that he sees potential in me and signed me to his company means a lot. It shows that Jamaican boxers do have the talent to match up to the rest of the world.” DEAL TOOK TIME The deal had been in the works for a number of weeks, but had delays because of logistical issues. Russell’s manager, Leiza-Mae Keane, said the promotion had been scouting her client for some time before the move. “They were looking at him from January and they had waited a bit just to kinda see what Kemahl’s potential was. After his last fight, they decided that it was time for him to be signed and they signed a contract on Monday.” Russell is already booked for his first title fight under the promotion, as he will face American Ian ‘The General’ Green for the Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Middleweight title at the Resorts World Casino in New York on September 9. Keane said that how Russell performs in this bout will be pivotal to how he is booked afterwards. “How Kemahl wins this fight is what will determine how the promoter will move forward with him as well,” she said. “It would kind of tell us exactly where Kemahl is. Green had two upsets on television and he has always wanted to fight Kemahl, so they’re going for it and we’re ready for that right now.” When asked if Russell’s relationship with Uprising promotions, whom he signed with early last year is over, Keane said: “Absolutely not! Uprising is actually in a co-promotional situation with Real Deal Boxing. Uprising still has everything to do with Kemahl, but Evander Holyfield will be the one making the decisions as to the fights and placing him forward.”last_img read more

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She’s a Maneater returns with force

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first_img CLEAR WINNER SHE’S A MANEATER yesterday made minced meat of ANOTHER BULLET, pouncing on the five-year-old colt at the top of the lane, after running four wide into the straight, and wasted no time in pulling away to land the 1500-metre Fontainbleu Trophy by three and a half lengths. The Triple Crown-winning filly announced her return with aplomb, clocking the second-fastest time for 1500 metres this year, 1:30.3, bettered only by Horse of the Year stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM, who posted 1:30.0 in March, beating fellow Grade One campaigner FRANFIELD by seven lengths. Champion jockey Omar Walker settled the filly in fifth position down the backstretch, leaving the widest draw in the 10-horse field. She worked her way inside but was caught behind a quartet of horses – ANOTHER BULLET and stablemate DWAYNE STAR, ORPHEUS, and SUPERLUMINAL – all vying for the lead and creating a Trump-like wall approaching the half-mile, forcing Walker to switch to the outside. The pace quickened at the half-mile marker with ANOTHER BULLET and DWAYNE STAR going at each other, leaving ORPHEUS behind, while Walker stoked SHE’S A MANEATER to go past SUPERLUMINAL approaching the three. The filly responded like a Bugatti and swooped down on the battling trio two and a half furlongs out. Straightening four wide, she took aim at ANOTHER BULLET and was in control within another half-furlong, pushed out by Walker for a clear lead at the furlong pole. Inside the last half-furlong, the champion jockey gave her a reminder, to which she pricked her ears and started showing off, galloping out a clear winner at odds of 1-5, ahead of ANOTHER BULLET, who stayed on for second, unable to capitalise on an eight-pound weight swing from their previous meeting when she had beaten him by four lengths with a four-pound advantage. A 10th win from 11 starts, her first in open allowance, leaves SHE’S A MANEATER with one more start at the level before she graduates to Grade One ahead of next month’s Superstakes and December’s Diamond Mile, two of the richest races on the racing calendar. Panamanian Dick Cardenas won three races to top all riders, opening his tally with JAMAICAN CITIZEN in the second before winning back-to-back events aboard DASH BOARD and NUCLEAR WARNING, both driving finishes, in the eighth and ninth races, respectively. Patrick Lynch was the day’s leading trainer with two winners, 8-1 shot TOOT THE BLUES in the seventh and NUCLEAR WARNING in the ninth. Holiday racing holds sway at the weekend, Saturday and Monday’s Heroes Day.last_img read more

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Second Test marred by ball-change controversy

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first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): A late strike by speedster Shannon Gabriel gave West Indies control of the second Test against Sri Lanka, but a ball-change controversy marred proceedings, headlining the third day and threatening to disrupt the series here yesterday. Leading by 47 runs after racking up 300 in their first innings at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, West Indies reduced the visitors to 34 for one in their second innings at the close, leaving them still in deficit by 13 runs. Gabriel, inspired by his five-wicket haul in the first innings, found the edge of left-hander Kusal Perera’s bat in the penultimate over of the day for wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to gobble up an easy catch. Devon Smith had earlier struck 61 while Dowrich extended his good form in the series with a sixth Test half-century of 55 as West Indies tried to rally from their overnight 118 for two, following Friday’s rain-hit second day. Roston Chase chimed in with 41, but the Windies declined badly after reaching 241 for four, losing their last six wickets for just 59 runs. Impressive seamer Lahiru Kumara was the leading bowler with four for 86 while debutant pacer Kasun Rajitha claimed three for 49 and fellow speedster Suranga Lakmal, two for 50. For all the action on the field, however, controversy dominated the narrative as Sri Lanka refused to take the field at the start of the day after umpires, concerned over the altered condition of the ball from the previous day, changed the ball and awarded West Indies five penalty runs. That decision did not bode well with the Sri Lanka players and management, who protested the decision, and players remained off the field for nearly the first hour. Players finally took the field at 10:50 a.m., but the Sri Lanka fielders subsequently left the field in protest, remaining just beyond the boundary in discussions with team management, while match officials also huddled in conference. Action finally got under way half-hour before the scheduled lunch interval after Sri Lanka Cricket authorities instructed the team to take the field but “under protest”.last_img read more

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