The John Kiely-trained gelding snatched the spoils in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Sunday under a vintage ride from Tony McCoy, just over 24 hours after he announced he is to retire by the end of the season. Carlingford Lough could now get the chance to give McCoy a third triumph in the Cheltenham showpiece before he hangs up his saddle. Connections of Carlingford Lough have the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup firmly in their sights after the nine-year-old gained an unforgettable victory at Leopardstown. “That was very good. He won nicely and stayed on well. John Kiely had him in great shape and it was a great day,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus. “I don’t see why he can’t go for the Gold Cup after that. It’s an open race. You’d like to think they all performed up to their best on Sunday. “He’s come out of the race good this morning. If he’s OK in the next couple of weeks, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go there.” Press Association
Says Stephan SookramNOT many associations can boast being a century old, much less to own that and be halfway into another. heck the country’s Independence anniversary isn’t that long – just under a third of that to be exact.Being the proverbial gem of Caribbean Rifle Shooting, the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) celebrates 2017 as its sesquicentennial year; something that isn’t a cakewalk by any means.They have survived several presidents, Independence and Republican status, two Royal visits and the West Indies cricket team winning several World Cups (the last of course being very serious).And the executive of the body knows this and they are already looking at a grand week of activities to showcase exactly how much of a ‘big thing’ this anniversary is for them.With a rumoured budget of just about $20M to host 100 plus of the world’s finest shooters, from across the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, the gentlemen planning this seemed to have borrowed my grandmother’s (God rest her soul) handbook of ‘get little, live long’.But they are by no means going to let one little figure spoil their chance to show off Guyana to the best marksmen in the business, let alone showcase on home soil, their skill to those visiting.Mid last year, the body gifted its eighth short range trophy to President David Granger and officially inducted him as the patron of the body to which he replied, “I would like to recommit myself to supporting this sport. It is an area in which Guyana has achieved prominence in the Region.”And while the government, through the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, has donated $1M to the cause, that total is only a fraction of what it will take to pull off a celebration of a centennial nature, much less a sesquicentennial ceremony.Having spent many Sundays at the range, that sort of funding may be just substantial enough to purchase rounds for the locals to participate, not even their prestigious invitees.Don’t get it wrong, the government’s support of the event is wonderful and I’m sure the members of the association appreciate it but considering the glory that team has brought Guyana. One can only hope that the donation made by the Honourable Junior Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, is only a part of the ‘package’.Then there’s the argument that will come which implies government should not have to bear the burden of such a tournament, also an agreed fact that the private sector must stand up and be included.But the fact of the matter remains that $20M is required if Guyana has to invite the best marksmen in the world. $20M is what the GNRA needs to raise.Knowing the gentlemen that constitute the current executive, no doubt they are already striving to secure that sort of funding.
New Delhi: Vinesh Phogat continued to have a wonderful day in the World Wrestling Championships. After becoming the first Indian wrestler to secure a birth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Vinesh secured her first medal in the World Wrestling Championship as she defeated two-time world medallist Maria Prevolaraki from Greece to secure a bronze in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday. This was the first time Vinesh had won a medal in the World Wrestling Championship and it came after she was pitted in a very tough draw in the 53kg category.Vinesh became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh sealed the India’s first Tokyo Olympics berth in wrestling with an 8-2 win over Sarah Hildebrandt of USA in her second bout of the repechage round. With this win, the Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat also qualified for the bout for bronze medal at the ongoing Wrestling World Championship. The Asian Games gold medallist has defeated Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya from Ukraine 5-0 in her first bout of the repechage round. Vinesh had lost to reigning champion Mayu Mukaida on Tuesday. However, the Japanese Mukaida later reached the final helping Vinesh stay in the hunt for the bronze medal.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat clinches bronze in 53kg category in World Wrestling ChampionshipEarlier in the year, Vinesh clinched a bronze in her new 53kg weight category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xian, China. Vinesh has moved up to a higher category from 50kg in which she had won a gold in the Jakarta Asian Games after rejigging of weight classes by the world governing body for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had competed in 53kg at the UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tourney in Bulgaria last month and secured a silver medal.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat completes engagement at Delhi airport after winning gold medal at AsiadVinesh had a disappointing start as she lost to Mayu Mukaida of Japan, who came through the qualification round. The Japanese were declared a 10-0 winner in a victory by technical superiority verdict.In 2018, Vinesh became the golden girl of Indian wrestling. She won gold in Women’s Freestyle 50 kg event by defeating Canada’s Jessica MacDonald in the 50 kg category to win India’s first gold in the women’s wrestling category at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. In the 2018 Asian Games, she created history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Asian Games by beating Japan’s Yuki Irie in Women’s 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medal match. With her performances in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Vinesh is one of the best bets for a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Barbados Pride have virtually sewn up the Regional first class title after opening up a 40-point lead at the top of the standings, following their crushing win over reigning champions Guyana Jaguars last weekend.Playing in the eighth round at the Guyana National Stadium, Pride pulled off an emphatic 235-run win inside three days on Saturday to move to 134.8 points and all but assure themselves of the title.The championship has been suspended for the next 30 days after Cricket West Indies (CWI)halted all of its competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the region.For Pride, the victory was their sixth in eight games and came after they suffered a shock 147-run loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round.Red Force, meanwhile, kept up their excellent winning form with their second straight victory, after thumping Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 84 runs inside three days at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.The win catapulted the hosts, who have languished near the bottom of the standings throughout the campaign, to second in the tables on 94.6.For the first time in several seasons, Jaguars find themselves in an unfamiliar place of third in the standings on 91.8 points alongside Jamaica Scorpions.The Leon Johnson-led unit have been far from their best, with Saturday’s defeat their third of the season.They are now under threat from Scorpions whose innings and 118-run thrashing of Windward Islands Volcanoes vaulted them to 91.8 points.Volcanoes are fifth on 78 points with Hurricanes continuing at the bottom on 52.5 points from a single victory.Two rounds are left to be played in the championship when it resumes and teams can collect a maximum of 48 points.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed Dion Innis as Interim Head of Referees Department, with immediate effect, following unsuccessful public advertisements to fill the position.This was communicated to the referee fraternity on Wednesday, via correspondence from the GFF’s Secretariat.In a release, the GFF said, accordingly, Innis, Executive Committee Member with oversight for the referees programme, will perform the duties of the position including to assist the Referees Committee; to implement decisions adopted by the Referees Committee.Innis will also have to carry out all tasks related to the logistics of refereeing; to carry out all administrative duties of the refereeing department; to implement programmes to develop the Referees according to the guidelines approved by the Referees Committee; to organise courses for Referees, Referee Instructors and Referee Assessors and to appoint Referees for various competitions.“Mr. Innis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will embark immediately on the development of a broad Referees Development strategy, in consultation and partnership with the all stakeholders,” the GFF said.While Innis, who was also a former FIFA-accredited referee, will temporarily serve in the copacity, the GFF said they will continue to look for a suitable person to permanently fill the position.
Bimbo Okubena was equally on top of his game as he inflicted a shock 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win over second-seeded Kola Sofola, who was a finalist last year.Okubena will now face the winner of the match between Victor Ogbeide, a 6-2, 4-4 (ret) winner over Emmanuel Umenwa, and Babatunde Fashanu, who edged Peter Mgbeahuru 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in a keenly contested clash.In the doubles, the duo of Holmes and Chijoke Agbo was upset by Mustapha Sule-Owuda and Onamusi. They will battle the winner of the tie involving Joro Olateru-Olagbegi/ Deji Oshikoya and Segun Aluko/ Wale Adesida.In Group B, Dapo Adebayo will face Lanre Sotunde while Femi Ifedayo awaits the winner between Seyi Adewunmi and T. Adeyinka.The veteran doubles which is in a round-robin format is also hitting the final stage with the team of Deji Akinhanmi and Hope Gbagi setting the pace while the pair of Arinze Onubogu and Joro are on their heels.The final will hold on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LCC TENNIS FESTIVALNdubuisi Ekwempu produced a stunning display to end the run of Akin Akinrimisi as the 2017 Lagos Country Club Tennis Festival reaches its home-stretch.Unseeded Akinrimisi had caused the biggest upset in the tournament partnered by 9Mobile by dumping out fourth seed, Kunle Onamusi in the first round but Ekwempu wasted no time to claim a straight 6-1, 6-1 win to book a semifinal spot where he will face the winner of the clash between top seed and defending champion, Matt Holmes and Tunde Olujobi.
For the first and only time this outdoor season, the UW track and field teams will compete at the Dan McClimon Memorial Track Complex, in what will be a sendoff to the 20 seniors on the roster.”Emotions are going to be high Saturday,” UW men’s head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “Home is a special and familiar place for these guys. With it being their last time running here, that just lends a little more significance.”The Wisconsin Twilight track meet will feature over 700 men and women, in one of the biggest meets of the season.Both teams will use this meet as their final tune up for the Big Ten Championships next weekend in Happy Valley, Pa. While some have already qualified for the championships, women’s head coach Jim Stintzi says this will be an opportunity for some who have not.”This will be a great warm-up for next weekend,” Stintzi said. “For some, this will be a good time to work on some of the little things they need to work on for next weekend. For others, this is their last chance to qualify either for the Big Tens or the NCAA qualifier. We’ve got a lot people looking to improve themselves.”Due to the immense number of participants — and the fact that many have already qualified for postseason races — some Badger harriers will be competing in events they are not as accustomed to.Already a qualifier for the Big Ten Championships in the 5K and steeplechase, senior ‘A Havahla Haynes will run the 1,500m.”By running the 1,500m I feel like I can help some and push some girls to where they need to be at this point of the season,” she said.Among the 20 seniors is heralded sprinter Demi Omole. This weekend’s meet represents the last time he will run before the McClimon Complex’s crowd as a Badger, but he doesn’t see it that way — at least not yet, anyway.”We’ve just been having a lot of fun this year,” Omole said. “We aren’t looking at this meet as our last, we’re looking at it as a warm-up for next weekend. It hasn’t really hit me yet that this will be my last meet here.”It helps that Omole has had a few other things on his mind. This week Omole was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week, after winning his fourth-consecutive title in the 100-meter dash at the Drake relays, a feat only accomplished once in the meet’s history. Omole is also seeking to become the first individual to win four straight Big Ten 100-meter titles.For now, he’s just taking things one meet at a time. He has to prolong his career as much as he can.”I’m taking things one meet at a time,” Omole said. “This weekend, being the last at home, it’s not going to hit me until after I run. I’m going to miss this team a lot next year.”Nuttycombe shares Omole’s sentiment.”This senior class has been a special one,” he said. “They have accomplished things I never could have imagined. I just hope everything goes to plan this weekend and we get some good times. With it being at home, all should go to plan.”
By now, you probably have heard about the sex scandal at Brigham Young University. Basically, forward Brandon Davies was suspended from the basketball team for the rest of the year for having consensual sex with his girlfriend.Now, although this is accepted pretty much anywhere else, BYU has a strict honor code that prohibits this kind of conduct, as well as other things like coffee and tea drinking and watching Charlie Sheen interviews.Any other year, this would just be a chance for people to have a good laugh and move on. But not this year. What makes this such a big deal is that BYU is in the midst of a special season. Earlier this week there was talk of the Cougars gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after a huge win at No. 6 San Diego State.Forget about the No. 1 seed now. BYU’s title hopes are pretty much dashed. Davies was the Cougars leading rebounder and third leading scorer. After I heard this news, my initial reaction was, “how could anyone survive at BYU?” It’s gotta be the only place in the country where Starbucks is less popular than Star Jones.My second reaction was, “If USC had an honor code, so that all students would have to adhere to uniform Trojan standards, what would it be?” USC has a code of ethics and a student conduct code, but no university-wide honor code.With Davies possibly getting expelled from BYU, I’m officially opening up my bid to make him a Trojan. He would have to follow the new honor code, however.Here are my suggestions for the first-ever USC honor code to be followed by students and athletes alike (including you, Davies). Any violation of these guidelines will result in the forfeiture of Kevin O’Neill bobblehead the received at the basketball game last week. If you don’t have one (you are missing out), then you will have to stand in Lane Kiffin’s office until you can make him laugh. If he’s on a recruiting visit, you must eat a meal at EVK.1) Thou shalt never accept losing to UCLA.2) Thou shalt not accept golf cart rides from strangers.3) Thou shalt not ride your bike or skateboard within a 50-mile radius of campus. It’s getting too crowded.4) Thou shalt watch at least one Champions League soccer game in Café 84 on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. The atmosphere is electric.5) Thou shalt not sit in Trojan Nation at kickoff, especially without “tailgaiting” beforehand.6) Thou shalt not fornicate … during a USC football game.7) Thou shalt not attempt to hide Malibu in a sunscreen bottle before a night game at the Coliseum.8) Thou shalt learn to pronounce the name of women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin. I’m not going to help you. That’s cheating.9) Thou shalt not speak poorly of the Song Girls. Ever.So there you have it. I know nine rules are a lot to follow, but just think of the consequences. If somehow you do break one, you better have some good jokes lined up.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article e-mail Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dailytrojan.com.
Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC women’s volleyball team traveled to Salt Lake City and carried the lingering effects of its UCLA win with it, defeating the University of Utah 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-13) Sunday to improve to 12-1.Serial killer · Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio recorded 16 kills and four service aces in the Trojans’ 3-0 win over Utah. The Women of Troy pushed the attack and overwhelmed the Utes in a 25-22, 25-21, 25-13 victory. – Nick Entin | Daily Trojan“I thought it was a good win. This is a hard place to play with the altitude,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “I thought we [put forth] a great effort and were very alert. We executed extremely well. To get out of here with a 3-0 win is pretty special because [Utah] plays well and they have a big arena which makes it hard to play.”After a high-octane victory over the rival Bruins Wednesday night, the Women of Troy had to hit the road and face a daunting Utah team that entered the match 12-1. But after two tight sets, USC cruised through the third set to capture its second consecutive Pac-12 victory.Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio continued her tear with 16 kills and four service aces for a total of 20 points. Her freshman counterpart, Ebony Nwanebu, hit .412 with nine kills while junior outside hitter Emily Young (8) and junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer (7) combined for 15 kills.The first set saw back-and-forth action in which neither team was able to build a lead of greater than three points. After a flurry of ties, Bricio knocked down consecutive kills and Nwanebu blocked a Utah shot to put the USC lead at 20-17. The Utes battled back to come within 22-20 and 24-22, but freshman setter Alice Pizzasegola fed Bricio for a kill that sealed the set. Bricio recorded a stellar nine kills in the opening frame as USC collectively hit .389 and recorded 19 kills.“We’re usually susceptible to those hitting errors when you’re on the road, but I thought our offense played well today,” Haley said. “We recorded 19 kills in the first set which is very good production for us. I’d still like to reduce the hitting errors by about two per set, but it’s a work in progress and it was a good effort today.”The second set mirrored the first in the outset but USC built a 14-9 lead after four straight points, including two service aces by Bricio. The Utes stormed back and eventually pulled to within 21-19 after a kill and a block, but the Women of Troy stalled any comeback hopes. Nwanebu recorded consecutive kills to bring up match point and then sealed the match with another kill at 25-21. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund recorded 12 digs in the middle frame alone to keep Utah’s attacking percentage at .178.Unlike Wednesday’s match, the Women of Troy took care of business in the third set itself, storming out to a 12-6 lead on a kill by Young. Utah failed to put a dent in the lead, and USC doubled up the Utes 24-12 with senior outside hitter Sara Shaw knocking down an ace in between two Bricio kills. Utah recorded a kill but then sealed the match for USC with a serving error.After a nine-point victory in the fourth set to retire the Bruins Wednesday, USC recorded a 12-point triumph over Utah in the third set, putting to rest any hopes of a comeback.“I hope that we’re wearing the opponents down, but I think our serving is a constant attack on the opponent,” Haley said. “Our blocking is much better this year so I think we’re constantly putting pressure on our opponents. If they flinch and they blink, we’ve been able to separate, and we’d like to keep that up.”The Women of Troy will return to the Galen Center this week to face their two Northern California rivals. They will square off against Stanford on Friday night and UC Berkeley on Sunday afternoon to continue their Pac-12 schedule.
Michael Gbinije could be playing himself into a trap. Not in the corner, near half court or on the baseline. A metaphorical trap, somewhere between expectations, reality and how much one player can mean to a basketball team.Because if Gbinije stays on his current pace — carving up every defense, stuffing every box score — his personal bar will be set at a near unreachable height. Through nine games, in which SU has already beaten two ranked teams and fallen to Wisconsin and Georgetown, Gbinije’s 19.7 points per game ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His 31 3s is the most in the conference and he’s shooting a mind-boggling 50 percent from deep. His 2.9 steals per game is first in the ACC by a full takeaway, and he’s seventh in the country in that category.So what happens when a new year brings tougher competition and a defense shuts Gbinije down? It’s inevitably going to happen. At least once. But the catch is that Syracuse won’t crumble. Not with Gbinije on the floor.The fifth-year senior could be the best two-way player in a talent-laden ACC and is perfect for the Orange on both ends. Just the threat of Gbinije’s 3-point shot spaces SU’s perimeter-focused offense. His 6-foot-7 length clogs passing lanes and forces turnovers in the 2-3 zone. With him, Syracuse is a constant competitor because he’ll either score at will or help teammates produce in his place.“Man, is there a better word for more important?” said SU freshman forward Malachi Richardson. “He’s been our guy this year. We follow him around, he’s like our LeBron. He’s making everything happen for us. I don’t think he’s had a game where he didn’t really perform well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn SU’s perimeter-focused offense, an ideal point guard should be able to hit 3s, break down an extended defense off the dribble and distribute to teammates while on the move.On defense, he is long and reads passes like a free safety. Then he jumpstarts the break on his own, taking steals and turning them into high-percentage scoring opportunities on the other end.Gbinije — whether or not you believe those prototypes were crafted without him in mind — is a model quarterback for this Syracuse team. On top of his scoring ability, he’s averaging 4.6 assists per contest and has five or more in four of his last five games. Due in large part to his length atop the zone, the Orange is holding opponents to an ACC-best 30.4 3-point shooting percentage.His offensive numbers are as gaudy as they are staggering. In three years, Gbinije progressed from a transfer who couldn’t play at Duke, to off-the-bench hustle player, to pure scorer. And still, his natural contributions will make the biggest difference.“I do know this: When you have a Michael Gbinije on your team, playing at the level he’s playing at and the shots that he’s making, you kind of just sit there and go, ‘Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” said SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins, as he blessed himself at the postgame podium after the Orange beat Colgate on Tuesday night.“Because that kid is playing. He passes, he makes plays. He’s high-character, and he gets the defense going. That kid does not stop. So to have a kid like that makes you a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable as a coach, no question.”Richardson didn’t stumble on his words, or even smile, as he likened Gbinije’s value to the most transcendent player in basketball history. When Gbinije was told what the freshman said, he laughed and said he had no comment. LeBron James? Come on.He would never give himself that much credit. He never gives himself much credit all. He’s introspective and answers questions both quietly and delicately. He compliments teammates, offers tempered team criticism and always deflects praise.But he’s loud on the court. His defense talks. His jump shot yells. His presence screams. And opponents are going to have a very hard time shutting him up, even on the off chance that they shut him down.Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Published on December 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm Facebook Twitter Google+