Apache set for Fairyhouse return

first_img The six-year-old, who was runner-up to Vautour in the Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in May, made a winning debut over fences at Down Royal three weeks ago. “Apache Stronghold worked well this morning and all going well he’ll go for the Drinmore Novice Chase,” said the trainer. Meade has the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on the same card in mind for Rich Coast after last month’s Tipperary winner had to miss an engagement recently. “Rich Coast missed the For Auction with a bit of heat in one of his joints. The plan now is to go for the Royal Bond with him,” he said. Noel Meade reports Apache Stronghold to be on course for the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Gauff, 15, stuns five-time winner Venus Williams in massive upset

first_imgFIFTEEN-year-old American qualifier Cori Gauff caused a stunning upset by defeating five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round.World number 313 Gauff beat Williams – 24 years her senior at 39 – 6-4 6-4.Fellow American Williams had won four Grand Slam titles – including two at Wimbledon – before Gauff was born.“It’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match,” said Gauff, who previously said Venus and sister Serena were her “idols”.“I don’t know how to explain how I feel.“I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm, I had to remind myself that the lines are the same lines, the courts are the same size and after every point I told myself ‘stay calm’.”Gauff will play Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova – 15 years her senior – in the second round.Williams turned professional 10 years before her opponent was born, with Gauff being the youngest player to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw since the Open era began in 1968.She previously said the Williams sisters inspired her to first pick up a tennis racquet.“Venus told me congratulations and keep going, she said good luck and I told her thanks for everything she did,” Gauff added.“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her – I told her she was so inspiring and I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts to before.“My parents will be super happy, my dad was jumping up every time I won a point. I’m so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we’re successful.“I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now.“I’m really happy Wimbledon gave me the chance to play, I never thought I would get this far.”(BBC Sport).last_img read more

University to negotiate for master lease

first_imgThe Coliseum Commission has agreed to enter into negotiations with USC to grant the university a master lease, potentially giving USC complete managerial and operational control over the Coliseum.The commission, a nine-member council in charge of the historic landmark, met Wednesday to discuss the possibility of negotiating the stadium’s ownership. A unanimous agreement to begin talking with USC was reached during the meeting’s closed session. If all goes well, a final deal between the commission and the university is expected to be reached within 90 days.“We are pleased that the Coliseum Commission has voted to enter into negotiations with USC,” said Thomas Sayles, vice president for University Relations, in a statement. “We hope that through these negotiations the parties can agree upon a long term lease that allows the Coliseum to be restored to its former glory and ensures its viability for many generations to come.”USC has wanted to gain control of the Coliseum for years, and its last bid for ownership was in 2007. Then, it offered to make $100 million in renovations in exchange for the master lease. The commission declined, and instead promised to pay for $50 million in renovations by end of the month. The commission has been unable to keep its promise.Athletic Director Pat Haden said last week that he’d be glad to see USC ownership of the stadium.“If it ever happens, then we would welcome the opportunity and try to create a venue that our fans would really appreciate,” Haden said. “It would be a wonderful venue for our students, alumni and fans to watch our football team play.”Bernard Parks, a member of the commission and the councilman representing the district including USC, expressed doubt last week that the commission and the university would enter negotiations this soon, but the commission’s inability to pay for the stadium’s renovations played a role in Wednesday’s decision.Parks has long been the one dissenting vote against USC’s request for ownership, but Wednesday he finally agreed to begin a discussion over private ownership of the Coliseum. Parks had previously advocated maintaining public control of the Coliseum and trying to bring in additional tenants to grow the stadium’s revenue. Specifically, he wanted to see the Coliseum play host to an NFL team, which he contended would be good for the stadium and the city.Owning the Coliseum means USC could veto any attempt to bring an NFL team there. USC has said, however, that it would be willing to come to an agreement if Los Angeles is presented with an NFL team.“We are open to discussions on a mutually beneficial arrangement,” Sayles said in a press release. “Under our current lease, we have the right to approve any other team playing football in the Coliseum during our season … If we were to receive a proposal, we would review it.”The Coliseum is an 88-year-old historic landmark that has hosted two Olympic games and two Super Bowls.“As a loyal and dedicated tenant of over 80 years, we want to return the Coliseum to its former glory and be the caretaker it deserves for future generations,” Sayles said. “To that end, we have believed for some time that having a master lease would be in the best long-term interests of the community and the university.”More specific legal and financial details will be discussed before the commission’s next meeting Dec. 7.last_img read more

Trojans to play the role of the underdog

first_img“For the Love of the Game” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Dave at dulberg@usc.edu From entrance signs honoring the likes of Fred Lynn, Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson to the 12 national championship banners hanging so proudly as you step just a few feet inside the stadium to the Prior Plaza wall — which has 184 hanging plaques to commemorate every All-American and every major leaguer who has ever worn the cardinal and gold — it’s hard not to be reminded of the storied past that lies inside Dedeaux Field.On Friday night, for the 39th time in the venue’s prestigious existence, the gates will once again open for local patrons and fans -— young and old. The lights will flicker on ever so slowly and a new season will be ushered in with the hopes of a long-awaited journey back to Omaha.But the 2012 USC baseball team won’t be anything like the one that graced the field last year.There are some familiar names, such as seniors Andrew Triggs (starting pitcher), Kevin Roundtree (catcher), Alex Sherrod (outfielder) and Brandon Garcia (pitcher/utility).There are players on the rise, such as junior Adam Landecker (infielder), sophomore James Roberts (shortstop) and freshman Dante Flores (infield).But on the surface, not a single player currently on second-year manager Frank Cruz’s roster looks to be the next immediate member of any Major League Baseball club or All-American team.So how does a lackluster team try to restore the fading memories and once valued history of such a proud program after six seasons of dormancy?Every player who toes the first base line before Friday’s game against Jacksonville understands what it means to don the USC emblem. They also know, however, that this is not their father’s — or even their grandfather’s — Trojan baseball program.Since the Ian Kennedy-led squad that made the Super Regionals in 2005, the Trojans have not advanced to postseason play. They haven’t had a winning season and haven’t finished higher than fifth in the conference.Once thought to be the dominant program in collegiate baseball, USC is not even among the elite in its own conference, as Stanford, ASU, Oregon State and UCLA have since become the only true World Series contenders from the Pac-12.As bad as things have been in recent years, the baseball program at least had the luxury of showcasing one or two Major League-ready talents, whether it was Brad Boxberger, Grant Green, Anthony Vasquez or Ricky Oropesa.Frankly, this team has more star power on its bench with former All-Americans Eric Munson and Gabe Alvarez on the coaching staff than they will on the field.On talent alone, this might be the biggest question mark of a team the Trojans have fielded over the past seven years.But this team also has something going for it that the previous futile squads didn’t have: They don’t have to compete with anyone but themselves.“It’s not really about the past for us,” Roberts said. “We are not concerned with getting back to a place where other people outside of this program want us to be. It’s about right now with this team.”Right now the conference views them as bottom feeders — a collection of seniors not good enough to be slotted as early round picks after their junior season, a bunch of young guys not talented enough to hack it at superior regional schools, a program where several top recruits typically bolt at the first chance to sign a major league contract.Maybe this perception is accurate and then again maybe it’s not. Regardless, heading into a year in which there will be a complete reliance on the sum of its parts might just be the best recipe for success.Without a star or any sort of widespread attention coming from outside the clubhouse, this team will be able to grow together in a distraction-free environment. They will, maybe for the first time since 2005, have a chance to come together as a team rather than as a collection of players driven by false expectations.“Our chemistry is great right now heading into Friday,” Roberts said. “Everyone gets along and everyone is buying into Coach Cruz’s philosophy of making the guy next to them better. We have a good mix of older and younger guys, and so far, we mesh really well together.”Being close, on and off the field, doesn’t necessarily translate to wins or regional appearances, but it’s definitely a great sign of the surprises this team may have in store for the non-believers or the disinterested.When you look at it, the 2012 season is really a no-lose proposition for this year’s team. If they lose, no one will bat an eye. But if they somehow start to win and reinvigorate a sense of pride and dignity in a program that has lost its way in recent years, well, that could be a story that deserves a comfortable place on the walls of Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

Baseball embodies meaning of fight on

first_imgThere have been defining moments in my time as a Trojan when “fight on” wasn’t just a phrase, but a palpable feeling, a moment in time that I wish I could put in my back pocket and save for a rainy day. On Sunday, I went to sleep after midnight, exhausted and heartbroken after watching the baseball team lose in extra innings to Virginia. Though it was a tough loss, I couldn’t help but walk away feeling like the team could easily be looking at a trophy next season. The Lake Elsinore Regional was an uphill battle for the Trojans after dropping the first game to Virginia and falling into the loser’s bracket, but the team advanced to the regional final, always finding a way to fight on.After narrowly missing the tournament last season, the Trojans displayed the fight of a team that was hungry to make up for its past absences. Their opening game against Virginia began with flawless defense by USC, with junior starter Kyle Davis boasting a no-hitter through six innings. That was as far as the defense held up, and with the bats failing to come alive, the Trojans lost their opening match to last year’s runner up, 6-1.Immediately falling into the loser’s bracket makes for an unlikely trip to the Super Regional. The Trojans didn’t advance out of Lake Elsinore, but their following two games demonstrated their grit, talent and potential for the upcoming season.To keep their season alive, the Trojans called on their teamwork and trust in each other to give them the edge. Kyle Twomey led the Trojans to a 12-3 statement win over UC Santa Barbara. The final score does not reflect the battle the Trojans fought to stay alive to face SDSU. When the defense failed, the offense was there to keep the season alive, and vice versa. Heading into the eighth inning with a 5-1 lead, the Gauchos plated two runs to cut the Trojans’ lead to 5-3 and load the bases with two outs. Junior lefty Tyler Gilbert came in and got a crucial strikeout to end the inning and ensure that his teammate Twomey would get the win.SDSU threatened to end the Trojans’ season early in an elimination game for both teams, taking a 3-0 lead after two innings. The Trojans answered with seven runs over three innings to take a 7-3 lead as freshman starter Mitch Hart settled down and did not allow any more runs. The Aztecs began to figure Hart out and took an 11-7 lead through the eighth inning. The Trojans were able to score two runs in the eighth to come within 11-9 but still entered the ninth trailing by two runs. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Jeremy Martinez drove in two runs with a single to take a 12-11 lead. Even with only one out standing between them and the end of their season, the Trojans managed to stay alive yet again.Though the season came to an end against Virginia, the Trojans’ playoff run capped an exciting season that included an impressive weekend of wins against TCU, Vanderbilt and UCLA at the Dodger Stadium Baseball Classic in March.The Trojans will lose senior starters Dante Flores and Garrett Stubbs, along with Angelo La Bruna and Omar Cotto Lozada. Stubbs was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as well as a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award. His leadership, talent and calm presence behind the plate will be missed next season, but the Trojans will have something that not a single member of this squad had — experience.All in all, things are looking up for the 12-time national champs. Head coach Dan Hubbs has turned the team around in only three seasons, and assuming that the non-seniors opt to return, the team will only get better with experience. But if you’re having a hard time accepting that the season is over, take solace in the fact that UCLA, a No. 1 seed and host of their regional, didn’t advance to the Super Regional either, which they would’ve hosted.Reagan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

NFL faces tough times for 2020, then bright economic outlook

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Associated Press Television News First Published: 2nd September, 2020 07:54 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 07:54 IST NFL Faces Tough Times For 2020, Then Bright Economic Outlook Let’s get this straight from the outset: If the NFL has no fans at any games this season — or doesn’t have much of a season at all — it will not go out of business Let’s get this straight from the outset: If the NFL has no fans at any games this season — or doesn’t have much of a season at all — it will not go out of business.Sure, the 32 teams and the league itself will lose millions, very possibly billions of dollars. Its broadcast partners will take a hit harder than any that Von Miller has delivered on the field. Same for sponsors and advertisers who pinpoint pro football as the best way to reach fans (read: consumers).And unless the coronavirus pandemic stretches beyond the 2020 season, the NFL will come out right where it has been for decades: on top of the sports world.“The NFL is to the sports and entertainment industry the way Amazon is to the retail industry,” says Marc Ganis, co-founder of Chicago-based consulting group Sportscorp and a confidant of many NFL owners.“We need to look at this as an overarching umbrella: This has a likelihood of being a one-season problem. So as we get to the 2021 season, the problem will have gone away, so it is a one-year aberration.“There’s a semi-permanent impact (on other industries) I don’t see for the NFL. I see the NFL coming back stronger than ever for two reasons:— “The value of the NFL for non-attendance activity. Broadcasting, gambling, Internet, video gaming, those all need the NFL more than ever before. The kinds of people and consumer activities it attracts, it will come back more strong.— “The new CBA with the players, the 11 years of labor peace. When it was approved in March there were a host of high-profile players saying they were against it, in large measure because they didn’t see a rush to do it so quickly. They were as wrong as anybody could ever be. You just don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so get it done when you can get it done.”Getting done the biggest chunk of NFL revenues, new broadcast deals, is on the horizon, too. From network TV to cable to satellite to radio to streaming rights, the NFL is likely to fill its vaults with untold riches even with the overall U.S. economy struggling.First, of course, there is the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season, and the financials won’t be pretty even if the entire regular season and playoffs go off as scheduled. Certainly not with empty stadiums across the nation — less than a dozen teams are likely to have fans on hand this season, barring a turnaround in the pandemic that no one in the medical community is predicting.If games are canceled, or the playoffs and Super Bowl need to be moved back in the calendar, the monetary effect will be substantial — felt perhaps the most by NFL marketing partners.“The general consensus is nobody is completely jumping ship right now,” says Mark Reino, CEO of Merit Mile, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based advertising, PR and sports marketing agency.”However, no one is signing the level of lucrative contracts they signed in previous years. They are still assessing and trying to understand how these dynamics will play out. We are not even sure where this is going to take us. Most of us expect the NFL to play a season, but it could take a different turn.”Naturally, corporate sponsors need that visibility to drive a lot of initiatives … but they’re not eager to make the aggressive moves given the current situation.“The fan base is hungry, and if the teams can figure out the right way to package up corporate sponsorship value and deliver unique ideas to the advertisers and corporate sponsors, they will be OK. This will be a unique year, and everybody will take hits, but those who have progressive thinkers likely will win. And teams with ownership interest in their stadiums will have much more opportunity to capitalize than those that don’t.”That’s a common theme.The Dolphins, who have announced plans to have about 13,000 fans at Hard Rock Stadium for their home opener in Week 2 against Buffalo, already have gotten creative.Owner Stephen Ross and his staff came up with an idea that met with raised eyebrows: turning the stadium into a drive-in theater.Similar to Ganis, Reino suggests there will be other potential programs in tangential areas of sports marketing, such as gambling and online betting — once taboo in NFL circles.“Rest assured all 32 teams have some sort of task force on how they will monetize online betting as soon as it is approved nationwide,” Reino says.How about providing season ticket holder’s extra value such as access to players socially distanced and on an experimental basis?“These are the ideas that all of a sudden rise to the concept state because it is 2020 and where we are in 2020,” Reino adds.So where is the NFL in 2020, at least financially? Like nearly every other business in America — and certainly like all sports — it’s in a tough spot. Teams could afford recent contracts such as the megabucks given to Patrick Mahomes and Joey Bosa under normal circumstances.Because of economic effects from the pandemic, future player deals and a salary cap that will be adjusted due to some monetary setbacks, upcoming free agents might find the marketplace tighter.But to hold a bake sale — well, something a bit larger — to aid the NFL won’t be necessary.“There are activations being planned that are different from what we have seen in the past,” Ganis says. “Auto companies are planning on major sponsorship activations; Americans always need to buy cars. There is a major plan for much more production by manufacturers and they have to get the cars out the door. Auto companies are major team sponsors.“Airline sponsorships will be a problem, and the NFL has a deal, as do each of the teams. Anything travel-related is a problem.“But there is so much interest in the NFL coming back in broadcasting and digital, and all the ancillary programming and fantasy leagues and sports gambling. Nobody wants to leave the NFL right now. ”Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

England Women Managerial Job: Interim Replacement For Sacked Sampson Revealed

first_imgRelatedNew Manager Announces First Squad Ahead Of France FriendlyOctober 11, 2017In “Features”Nigerian-Born Player To Give Evidence On English FA At An InquiryOctober 4, 2017In “England”Everton New Owners Wants Diego SimeoneNovember 8, 2017In “Europe” England women U-19 coach, Mo Marley, is set to be appointed as the interim manager for the Three Lionesses of England on Friday as replacement for the sacked Mark Sampson.Marley, a former captain for both England and Everton, will oversee the team’s next three games. The matches include next month’s friendly with France and the World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kazakhstan in November.50-year old Marley had earlier assisted former England manager Hope Powell and also previously had a spell as Everton Ladies coach.Immediate past manager Mark Sampson paid the ultimate price with his job after he was dismissed on September 20 following the emergence of evidence that showed “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a former role.last_img read more

Vicente Di Loreto takes Codere leadership as company ends family affair

first_img Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere begins 2018 by undertaking a leadership and governance restructure.Updating the market, Codere confirmed the appointment of Vicente Di Loreto as new Group Chief Executive, replacing current incumbent José Antonio Martínez Sampedro as the company leader.Di Loreto the former COO of Codere Latin America (2005-2010) will be supported by new Executive Chairman Norman Sorensen Valdez.The executive appointments see Codere governance shift executive functions away from the company founding Martinez Sampedro family.Spanish news sources report that Codere debt-controlling private equity firms demanded the executive changes, following the successful restructuring of the firm’s long-term €1 billion debt financing plan.  However, the Martinez Sampedro family who maintains an 18% corporate equity, will likely move to challenge the leadership changes at Codere’s upcoming shareholder meeting.In 2017, a restructured Codere noted significant progress in its core market of Spain, supported by accelerated growth for its Mexico and Argentina properties. Furthermore, the company launched its services within the newly regulated Colombian gambling market.Vicente Di Loreto a seasoned executive in South American betting/gambling, will be expected to continue the Codere’s new market expansions, whilst maintaining its home recovery against increased competition from international operators.“Codere is a great organisation that has managed to be at the forefront in recent decades; our intention is to continue creating value and enhancing our experience to address new projects and capture opportunities for growth” detailed Di Loreto on taking over Codere leadership. Related Articles Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Newcastle United appoint new MD

first_imgPremier League side Newcastle United have appointed Lee Charnley, the club’s former secretary, as managing director. Charnley has been with the club for 15 years, serving as a director since 2008. The Tyneside team, currently ninth in the Premier League table, confirmed in the same release that owner Mike Ashley has been formally appointed to the club’s board of directors, joining Charnley and John Irving, the head of finance. Charnley, who takes up the post with immediate effect, said: “Our immediate priority of course is to finish this season as strongly as possible. Our minimum target for this campaign was a top ten finish, but I can assure our supporters that everyone at Newcastle United will do their utmost to ensure the Club finishes in the highest league position it can. Newcastle confirms Wonga as ‘lead commercial sponsor’ for the next four years”At the beginning of the season all our staff and players were incentivised should we finish in tenth position and above, and our commitment to achieving this will continue right up until the final whistle on 11th May.To their credit, the players, led by the captain, agreed to this incentive scheme despite our 16th place finish last season. Looking ahead to future seasons, our primary focus will remain the Premier League.”last_img read more

Angels end a cold free-agent winter for Dan Jennings

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — While major league pitchers were reporting to spring training camps across Arizona and Florida, Dan Jennings was at home in snowy Iowa throwing to high school players.It’s an understatement to say it was frustrating winter for Jennings, one of dozens of big leaguers who waited longer than expected to get a job.“It was a mentally exhausting process, for sure,” Jennings said Saturday, his first day in the Angels clubhouse after inking a minor-league deal. “Nobody wants to go through that. … As baseball players, you live this kind of life, you have to kind of roll with the unexpected a little bit. And it’s no different this year.”The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered Jennings rather than pay him about $1.5 million through arbitration, so he was left to wait for a new team. After staring at his phone throughout the winter meetings, he was advised to wait until late January before getting his hopes up.Then came early February. And the opening of other camps.And there he was, his workouts supplemented by shoveling snow.“I can’t imagine it’s great for you, but it’s necessary,” Jennings said. “I think next year I’ll buy a snow blower.”Jennings said got more antsy as he saw social media posts from spring training begin to filter in. He contributed a video of his spring training, showing his toddler son how to swing a plastic bat. The delay in finding a job was especially frustrating for Jennings because he’d gone through the winter with extra motivation to get – here it comes – “in the best shape of my life.”“I had a good trainer there to push along in conditioning,” he said. “I definitely put more thought into it this year based on where I was than I have in any other offseason.”Jennings did his throwing indoors and pitched to some high school hitters.When the Angels finally called, he was ready to jump at the opportunity.Although general manager Billy Eppler has always insisted he doesn’t look specifically for left-handed or right-handed pitchers, it doesn’t hurt that Jennings gives the Angels an experienced lefty they were lacking.Jennings has held lefties to a .251 average and .665 OPS throughout his career, including .226 and .570 last year.From 2015 to 2017, he was with the Chicago White Sox, so Angels manager Brad Ausmus saw plenty of him when he was managing the Detroit Tigers.The Angels bullpen depth chart is now looking more crowded. Cody Allen will be the closer, and after that the list of candidates includes Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey, Luis Garcia, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, Noé Ramírez, Daniel Hudson, Williams Jerez, Taylor Cole, Jake Jewell, Jennings and Luke Bard, who was signed to a minor league deal Saturday.Bard had been with the Angels as a Rule 5 pick at the start of last season. He gave up seven runs — on four homers — in 11 2/3 innings. The Angels sent him back to the Minnesota Twins. He became a free agent again this winter.“The options are good,” Ausmus said. “Certainly, Cody Allen has a track record, but we had some guys last year, especially toward the end of year, pitched well in Anaheim. Hansel Robles pitched outstanding down the stretch. Ty Buttrey came up and made a nice impression. We’ve got some really good arms that have a lot of upside.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img ALSOJC Ramirez said he felt good a day after his sixth bullpen session since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Ramirez said he’s going to begin throwing breaking balls in his next session. Ramirez is expected back in June…Angels position players are due in camp by Sunday, although most of them have already been around working out at the minor league complex. The first official full-squad workout will be Monday…Shohei Ohtani went down to watch pitchers throw bullpen sessions for a second consecutive day. Ohtani is still just taking dry swings and working out in the gym and trainer’s room. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more