Gleneagles in line for Deauville

first_imgAidan O’Brien would like to run dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville next weekend. The three-year-old was a late defector from the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood as the ground was not deemed fast enough and any rain in the lead up to the race would see him staying at home. The Galileo colt holds an entry in the 10-furlong Juddmonte International at York but he has not yet raced over anything further than a mile. “We are looking at Deauville (Prix Jacques le Marois) and will be watching the weather forecast this week. If they don’t get rain we will look hard at going there,” said O’Brien. “He was ready to run in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and is in good form.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Frustrations abound during Badgers opening weekend at home

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer (1-1-2) team battled the Drake Bulldogs (2-0-1) to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex.UW-Madison looked for its second win of the season following a loss at Notre Dame and tie to UW-Milwaukee. But the efforts of Drake goalkeeper Haley Morris and her five saves squashed any hope of victory.The match opened, seemingly one-sided, in favor of the Badgers, yet they were unable to take advantage of numerous opportunities. Throughout the first half, Wisconsin created numerous chances, including nine shots (three on-goal), and spent most of it in Drake’s half, while dominating possession.Wisconsin’s best scoring chance came in minute 19 when midfielder Rose Lavelle followed up a blocked with one of her own that Morris saved. It would not be the only time Lavelle called Morris to action, as the senior tallied eight shots total, three on goal.By turning away Wisconsin’s barrage time and again, Morris increased her scoreless streak to 155 minutes this season.Women’s soccer: Lavelle and Co. welcome Drake in historic first meetingThree games into this 2016 season, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team sits at 1-1-1 with its only win coming against Illinois Read…With so much action taking place at the other end, the Badgers defense had a relatively calm first half and faced just two shots, each of which lacked menace. The more dangerous one was in minute 43 when Wisconsin goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem hauled in a lazy header from Drake midfielder Brooke Salisbury.After the break, UW-Madison did not lose a step offensively and continued to create more chances, but were again unable to capitalize. In minute 56, the Badgers had yet another close call when midfielder Alexis Tye’s shot was brushed over the bar by a diving, finger-tip save from Morris.Despite turning the Badgers away, Drake barely controlled the ball in the the second half and never produced an offensive threat. UW-Madison head coach Paula Wilkins credited her team’s ability to defend against the counter-attack as a major contributor of possession.“[Drake] didn’t get as many numbers forward,” Wilkins said. “They were looking to counterattack us, so we were able to win the first ball coming out and control it that way.”The game would continue into overtime, but with it continuing in the same fashion and neither side finding the back of the net, it continued to be a frustrating affair for the Badgers, who outshot the Bulldogs 24 to 6.“We need to find a way to win,” Wilkins said. “If we get this many opportunities, we’ve got to find a way to do that. I think we have to go back to the drawing board and look at personnel and see what other people can add to our team.”Overtime was not without its excitement though. In minute 98, UW-Madison received a penalty kick, Lavelle poised to take it. Her shot hit the left post, but rebounded back to her where she netted the ensuing volley. Were it not for an offsides call on the play, game would’ve ended on the spot.Freshman Dani Rhodes, who recorded three shots (one on goal), aired her frustrations afterward.“It’s hard to have two overtime games back to back on the weekend,” Rhodes said. “At the end of the day, we have to execute on certain plays. We definitely should have won that game.”With the draw, the Badgers will now travel to California for a tough road trip where they will face No. 3 Stanford University and No. 13 Santa Clara University.last_img read more

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A healthy Garrett Richards opens Angels’ season with optimism

first_img Angels hope newcomers can boost offense, key improvement in 2018 A look at the 2018 Angels, position by position He will bring all that to the mound on Thursday against the Oakland A’s, throwing the first pitch of the Angels’ season.“I know what I can do when I’m on the mound,” he said. “I think everybody knows that. The name of the game is staying healthy, and that’s what I’m concentrating on now.”The skeptics will say they have heard this before. A year ago, in fact, Richards seemed to be a stem-cell therapy success story, avoiding Tommy John surgery to make a healthy debut. He was not even five innings into his season when he walked off the mound with a trainer, not to return until September.While he was out, Richards heard all the critics say he should have just had Tommy John surgery in 2016, but he has no regrets. The injuries of 2016 and 2017 were, he said, “totally unrelated. Two different body parts.”Richards insisted repeatedly last year, and again this spring, that last year’s biceps nerve issue was a fluke, one that took weeks to adequately diagnose. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ 2018 schedule “I am just going to go put up numbers,” he said. “I’m sure at some point we’ll talk about something. … I’m interested to see whatever the appeal of free agency is, but this is all I’ve ever known. It has sentimental value. I have known everybody around here since the minor leagues. This is a place I’d like to stay, but sometimes it works out differently. This is a business. We’ll just see what happens.”At the moment, Richards’ value is hard to assess because of all the injuries. He is clearly a No. 1 starter, a pitcher Scioscia recently called the “lead dog” of his staff.Richards knows as well as anyone that he needs to stay healthy to reach the stature in the game that his talent would suggest.That starts with getting through Thursday’s game. He was hurt in his first start in 2017, on the same mound he’ll be taking for this game.“Right now,” he said, “it’s all about taking it one day at a time, and making sure I recover and do all the things in between that will make me successful and healthy on Day 5.” OAKLAND — On a team whose starting pitchers have been victims of a raft of injuries over the past few years, Garrett Richards stands alone in a couple ways.He’s had the most serious injuries. He’s also performed the best when healthy.The confluence of those facts brings Richards to the forefront of any discussion about how good the Angels can be.If only Richards could stay healthy, Angels fans lament, he has the stuff to be an ace. In between stints on the disabled list, Richards has managed a career that matches up with some of the game’s Cy Young-winning elite. His 96 mph fastballs and sharp sliders compose a dominant arsenal, one to which he’s worked to add a curve ball this spring. Now, Richards is beginning a season after a winter of increased flexibility training, which he hopes will keep him healthy. The Angels also plan to use a six-man rotation, which will often give Richards and the other starters another day of recovery.After tearing a tendon in his knee in 2014, blowing out his elbow in 2016 and suffering the nerve issue in 2017, Richards figures he’s due for some good luck, too.“Hopefully,” he quipped, “everything works in threes, and I’m done. … Hopefully the other stuff is behind me, and I can get back on track.”He’s been gone for so long – just 12 starts in the past two seasons – that it’s easy to forget just what it looks like when he is “on track.”Since Richards became a full-time starter in July 2013, he has a 3.16 ERA over 83 starts. To put that into context, only 14 pitchers have started at least 80 games in the past four years with an ERA of 3.16 or better.Among them: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale and Jake Arrieta.Among the pitchers with a worse ERA than Richards over the past four years: Felix Hernandez, David Price, Cole Hamels, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander.Richards’ consistency is also notable. He’s allowed three runs or less in 76 percent of his starts since becoming a full-time starter. The major league average is 64 percent. The Angels have a .566 winning percentage in his starts over that span, and for much of that time they haven’t had an offense or defense as good as they believe they have now.If the Angels get a healthy Richards for 25 to 30 starts, they have essentially acquired an ace. Richards’ teammates want to see this for the obvious reason that it will make their team better, but also because they want to see a friend who has suffered so much rewarded.“We saw what he can do a few years ago, being healthy,” fellow starter Matt Shoemaker said. “I want to see him go out and dominate, and us go out and dominate. Knowing the capability is there, it’s exciting.”In 2014, Richards was enjoying his breakout season, posting a 2.61 ERA through 26 starts. He didn’t get a chance to finish that season after he crumpled to the ground at Fenway Park, his knee shredded when he twisted it covering first base.In 2015, he started 32 games and pitched 207-1/3 innings, posting a 3.65 ERA. Since then, even though he’s started just 12 times because of the injuries, he has a 2.31 ERA in those games.The fact that Richards has been consistently good, even when pitching sporadically around injuries, gives him and the Angels hope.“It’s not just potential,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “If you look at the season Garrett was putting together in 2014, it’s very real. Hopefully he’s going to be throwing the ball as well as he has all spring, and stay healthy. And we’re very confident he will.”If that’s the case, it is going to prompt the next question: will the Angels re-sign him?Richards, 29, is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2018 season. He said the Angels have not approached him about an extension, but he’s certainly ready to listen. He’s been with the organization since it drafted him in 2009.Related Articles Shohei Ohtani will start Sunday, but Angels’ eventual six-man starting rotation still short on details last_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 betting preview: What’s at stake in heavyweight rematch?

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr. shocked the boxing world on June 1. He was a massive 11-1 underdog coming into his fight with British superstar Anthony Joshua, and most analysts believed that Joshua would make short work of the challenger. Ruiz proved to be more than anyone expected, though, rebounding from being knocked down in the third round to knock down Joshua four times on his way to winning the unified heavyweight title. MORE: Follow the latest odds and betting trends with Sports Insider His most impressive victory to date came the following year when he dropped Wladimir Klitschko to unify the heavyweight division. Joshua added the WBA and IBO heavyweight belts to his waist by beating Klitschko in a thriller at Wembley Stadium, and he acquired the WBO title in 2018 when he beat Parker by unanimous decision. He went on to defend his four titles successfully only once before his loss to Ruiz.What’s next?This is the deepest we have seen the heavyweight division in years, and the winner of this bout will likely be involved in the class’ biggest fight in 2020. If Ruiz can beat Joshua again, he will likely face the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch in February, in what could be a full unification title fight. A Joshua victory could lead to a long-awaited bout with either Wilder or Fury, or he could decide to make it a trilogy and take on Ruiz for a third and final time next year. A win would make him the most marketable boxer in the division, giving him the opportunity to make any fight he wanted. It was the best fight of 2019 so far, and a rematch was essentially guaranteed. The two heavyweights will meet in what is being labeled as the “Clash On The Dunes” Saturday afternoon in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The action will start with the undercard fights getting underway at noon ET, while the main event is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m. ET.The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles will be on the line, and the bout will be exclusively shown on DAZN in the United States and Canada. Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 oddsAlthough Ruiz won the first fight, he is still an underdog on Saturday afternoon, according to the latest boxing betting odds. Joshua is a -205 favorite in a bout that is not expected to go the distance. The odds on the fight lasting all 12 rounds are +250, and the over/under for the number of rounds we will see has been set at 7.5.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearCan Andy Ruiz Jr. pull off the upset again?Ruiz has been overlooked throughout his professional career. Even with a record of 28-0, he was unable to get marquee prize fights, and it appeared that he would never get his moment in the sun after a loss by majority decision to Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title in December 2016. He took over a year off before entering the ring again, but he came back with a fury. Ruiz knocked out Devin Vargas in the first round in March 2018, and he proved he had the stamina to go the distance in a win by unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson four months later. An impressive win over Alexander Dimitrenko set up the first fight between Ruiz and Joshua, and Ruiz took full advantage of the opportunity.Ruiz comes into the rematch with a record of 33-1. He has knocked out his opponent in 22 of those fights, showcasing his raw power, but his quickness is his real calling card. Ruiz catches opponents off guard with how fast his hands and feet move, leading to some improbable knockouts.MORE: Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 odds, pick, prediction, betting trends & prop betsAnthony Joshua is out to reclaim his beltsJoshua was heralded as the best heavyweight fighter in the world prior to his loss to Ruiz. The 6-6 boxer is the prototype of a heavyweight champion, and he seemed set to rule the division for a decade prior to his stunning defeat.The former gold medalist is 22-1 in his professional career, and 21 of his victories have come by knockout. Joshua’s dominance as an amateur led to him being placed on the fast track to greatness, and he won his first major belt back in April 2016 when he defeated Charles Martin by knockout in the second round to claim the IBF strap.last_img read more

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Alec’s Utopian vision is a winner

first_img14 Apr 2016 Alec’s Utopian vision is a winner Golf club owner Alec Fernihough doubled his membership with a Utopian scheme – and his vision has won a top England Golf award. Alec, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Worcestershire, was presented with the Membership Award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. The award recognises Alec’s innovation in introducing Utopian Golf, a flexible membership package which is based on a points system, but has no annual fee.  “I am delighted to receive this award,” said Alec. “The way that people live their lives has changed hugely over the past few years and I believe that golf club memberships need to reflect this. “We wanted to make sure that our flexible membership was as flexible as possible for our customers. We believe that Utopian membership provides this.” The scheme offers full membership benefits and has had widespread appeal, attracting newcomers to the game as well as time-challenged 20-40-year-olds, juniors and older players who want to continue their membership but are reluctant to pay full seven or five-day fees. In the two years since it was introduced the club membership has doubled from around 400 to just over 800. Utopian members include new father Mike Hyde who said: “I joined early last year just after the birth of my first child and it was the perfect solution. I play mostly off-peak and it’s great to have membership options that allow people in my situation to carry on playing the game they love.” Mark Laing, the England Golf County Development Officer for Hereford and Worcestershire, commented: “It’s crucial that we have clubs like Gaudet Luce, creating lots of new members, year on year. Utopian membership has played a major part in their success.” Alec’s initiative supports the England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs. Alec Fernihough (left) receives his award from Morten Backhausen, Danish Golf Union Chief Executive (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

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Seattle wears the villain’s hat for SB

first_imgSeattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, laughs along side teammate Michael Robinson as the participate in a media availability Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Down at the end of a hotel hallway, about 50 people gathered along with a dozen television cameras to record the thoughts of a running back who doesn’t much like the idea of sharing his thoughts.Marshawn Lynch was in true Beast Mode, though he surely couldn’t appreciate the irony he was actually helping fuel the insatiable beast that is the media surrounding the Super Bowl at a time the game was in need of another good story line.“I’m here, man,” Lynch said. “So, I don’t have to pay the fine, boss.”Lynch likely succeeded in that mission, escaping the wrath of the NFL for not speaking with the media. But the image of him glaring out from beneath a hat and hoodie, gold headphones on top of his head, may be one that sticks this week with the Seattle Seahawks, just as sure as Richard Sherman’s postgame rant did the week before.They’re the designated bad guys in this Super Bowl. And they seem to be enjoying the role.“What is there to get?” asked receiver Doug Baldwin. “He doesn’t like talking to the media.”Worse crimes have been committed, of course, and there are more than enough other players on the Seahawks to fill the void. Sherman himself has emerged as a loquacious spokesman for the team, showing a great depth of thought while answering all questions that have come his way.But a team built behind a ferocious defense by a coach who left the college ranks under a cloud has some rough edges around it. Chief among them is the suspension of seven Seattle players for substance-abuse or performance-enhancing drugs violations by the NFL since 2011.Matched up against Peyton Manning’s great season and his quest for a second Super Bowl ring late in his career, and it’s easy enough to paint the Seahawks in the role of villain.“We don’t worry about reputations and things like that,” said Sherman, who himself was suspended by the league last season for PEDs before winning an appeal. “We worry about football and we have a tremendous football team that goes out there and executes week in and week out. At the end of the day this is the NFL and that’s all that matters.”At the end of the day, the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, too, which is all that matters to any NFL team. They’ve also got a bit of a different take on the teammates they spend most waking hours with than the media that gets a glimpse just here and there of their varied personalities.That showed with their spirited defense of Sherman in the wake of his tirade against Michael Crabtree following the spectacular play that beat the San Francisco 49ers and put the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. And they were more than happy to line up in support of Lynch’s right to do whatever he wants leading up to the big game.“He’s a misunderstood person, a great guy off the field,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “He’s been through a lot in his life and sometimes the media puts words in your mouth and makes a guy mad. He’s not the person you want to make mad.”Still, it was telling that the first two questions to coach Pete Carroll at his Wednesday press conference weren’t about how to defend Manning or stop the touchdown scoring machine that is the Denver Broncos. Instead, they were about Lynch’s refusal to talk and the perception that the vaunted Seattle defense was built on the backs of players taking banned PEDs.Carroll’s answers often meander on any topic, and this one was no different. He talked about how his team is young but is learning from its mistakes and that he doesn’t mind allowing them to be individuals as long as they stay within the team concept.He said the coaching staff has constantly preached the message of having to play clean, despite the suspension as recently as last month by cornerback Brandon Browner for substance abuse and cornerback Walter Thurmond in late November for the same thing.“I’m not concerned about the message,” Carroll said. “We would like to do right and get better, so we’re trying to improve and learn from everything that comes along.”What comes along next is the biggest game any of the Seahawks have ever played. Much has been made of the fact it’s the first Super Bowl any of them will play in, and they’ve made much of their intention to play it as physical as any game they’ve ever played.Odds are they’ll deliver on that promise, though that’s no guarantee of success against Manning and Denver’s precision offense. Seattle isn’t likely to win a shootout, but most handicappers like the Seahawks to win their first Super Bowl trophy if the defense plays like it has all season and Lynch runs the ball effectively.If that happens, all the talk about bad behavior will suddenly go away.And chances are Lynch might even have something to say about that.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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