‘Exciting’ Shogun hits top gear

first_img “We put the blinkers on to teach him a bit and they will probably come off again. “Before he ran the first day he was half-speeding like a really smart horse. “He will have learned a lot there. He travelled and quickened but was still very green. He’s a horse to look forward to. “I’d say he’s very smart – he always showed that he’s very smart. “Joseph (O’Brien) said he was only doing a half-speed, even when he got to the front. “He can step in fairly quickly now to the big races. He’s big and hardy and should be well able. “He could step into the Futurity and those races. He’s a big, mature horse. “He’s a full-brother to the filly (Qualify), which also makes him exciting.” Aidan O’Brien’s Fastnet Rock colt was heavily backed before the race and had little issues in accounting for Sunglider on his second career start. “He was a complete baby the first day and didn’t know what was going on,” said the Ballydoyle handler. Press Associationcenter_img Shogun looked a thoroughbred of limitless potential after he skipped two and a quarter lengths clear in the Darley EBF Maiden at the Curragh.last_img read more

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Local police officer suspended after DUI arrest

first_imgA Delray Beach Police Officer has been placed on suspension without pay after he was suspected of driving under the influence.41-year-old Marques Adrian Brown was taken into custody Sunday after he reportedly crashed his vehicle into a woman’s vehicle on North Ocean Boulevard.The woman called authorities saying that a man driving a Tesla crashed into her vehicle.Responding officers reported that the man driving the vehicle, later identified as Brown, smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, and swayed.Officers also reported that they were able to conduct some field sobriety test, however, Brown refused to take a breathalyzer test.According to the Delray Beach Police department, Brown who has been with the department since 2008, will remain on suspension pending the results of the FHP criminal investigation and internal affairs investigation.last_img read more

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Football News Messi looms for Liverpool, but Cardiff on Klopp’s mind for now

first_img“We dealt really well with it. In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams.”The former Borussia Dortmund boss knows the same applies in the semi-finals, where last year’s runners-up face the daunting prospect of Messi and Barcelona.Having been at home first against Bayern and Porto, the Reds will head to the Camp Nou for the first leg on May 1.It is six years since Barca lost at home in the Champions League, but Liverpool need to ensure they remain in the tie before the return at Anfield on May 7. “It is our dream. Every single player wants to play this kind of game in their lives,” admitted Mane, yet Klopp will have to come up with a plan to deal with the brilliant Messi. “Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,” Klopp joked on Wednesday. “I have a few more nights to think about that. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it. “We still will try it. We are looking forward to it but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. Let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare Barcelona.” Porto: Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management. Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie.So it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane’s 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.Having won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last round, here was another statement away victory for the Anfield club after they lost all three matches on the road in the group stage.Klopp remains unbeaten after 10 two-legged European ties as Liverpool manager, with two coming against Porto.He has only been stopped in finals, against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2016 and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.”I know people like to be disrespectful to a team like Porto, but we knew how difficult it is and we won 2-0 at home, it was deserved, and here anything could have happened,” Klopp said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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LaLiga’s RC Celta Vigo Partners the Maldives for Tourism Promotion

first_img“We are a small country, but we dream big, and we hope that in future our youth can benefit from this big step,” Maldives Tourism minister Ali Waheed said at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on Monday. “This is a historic day for my country – we love football in the Maldives and this agreement will promote tourism and also strengthen football in our country. RC Celta is a club we believe in due to its philosophy and youth policy.”RC Celta are to receive US$ 900,000 per year [US$ 2.7 million in total] during the three year partnership, which will promote the Maldives to viewers of LaLiga games in Europe, India and China, via TV audience and Facebook. The first such agreement between a country and a LaLiga club will see emerging players from the Maldives train at RC Celta’s academy at A Madroa, while coaches and officials will receive support aimed at developing football in the archipelago. There will also be friendly games scheduled between RC Celta and the Maldives’ national teams.“For us at RC Celta it is an honour and enormous satisfaction that we have been chosen to promote the beauty of these islands,” RC Celta president Mouriño said. “One part of this is to promote tourism in the Maldives, and another is the development of football in the country. We hope to collaborate very closely with them. We know we are considered as one of the best ‘cantera’ youth systems, and not just in Spain. These kids will be able to develop in a very proven system, which has borne fruit.”A Maldives delegation also including Minister of State for Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ashad Ali and Football Association of Maldives president Bassam Adeel Jaleel attended RC Celta’s narrow 0-1 LaLiga Santander defeat to in-form Getafe at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on Sunday. The following day’s signing ceremony of the innovative partnership was attended by international media and broadcast live on national TV in the island country.The commercial deal is also important for RC Celta, and a sign of the innovative steps being made off the pitch by many LaLiga clubs. RC Celta’s revenues for the 2017/18 season were €76.6 million – of which €6.1 million came from sponsorship and advertising. Among the club’s existing 13 commercial partners are kit supplier Adidas, Galicia’s biggest brewery Estrella Galicia, and financial institution Abanca.“Our relationships have evolved from basic sponsorships or advertising agreements into multi-faceted partnerships,” says RC Celta’s Commercial Director Carlos Salvador. “This has led to double-digit revenue growth in recent years. For example, with Abanca, besides the naming of the stadium and presence on the kit and elsewhere, our club members can renew their season tickets via ATM machines in just two minutes. There are constant synergies with Estrella Galicia, as RC Celta Group also has hospitality businesses. With the Maldives, besides promoting the tourist destination, above all in China, India and the UAE, we will be working together closely for the development of youth and elite football in the country. Our reputation for youth development helped a lot in all this.”RC Celta will also benefit from the Maldives deal by having a greater commercial presence in Asia, Salvador says. “Our partners are very important for the growth and expansion of RC Celta on a global level,” he says. “In the case of the Maldives deal, it will help in India and China, both strategic territories for the club. The presence and support of La Liga Santander in these countries is also vital for us, for example that India fans can follow LaLiga via Facebook is a big advantage.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LaLiga club RC Celta Vigo (@RCCeltaEN) have agreed a significant and innovative commercial partnership with the Maldives, which will help promote the Indian Ocean country as a tourist destination to LaLiga’s global audience, while strengthening the development of football on the islands.The sponsorship deal worth around €2.5 million to RC Celta over the next three years was formally signed in Vigo on Monday, at an event attended by club president Carlos Mouriño, Maldives Minister for Tourism Ali Waheed, and former RC Celta, Real Madrid and Spain player Michel Salgado.RC Celta’s current players including Spain international Iago Aspas and team captain Hugo Mallo will wear the phrase ‘Maldives – the sunny side of life’ on the left sleeve of their jerseys while playing all LaLiga and Copa del Rey games – starting with next Saturday’s trip to Barcelona to take on Lionel Messi’s current LaLiga leaders. The phrase will also be displayed prominently on both the team’s bus and around the club’s Abanca Balaidos Stadium.last_img read more

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Enterprise now offering rentals to USC students

first_imgIn case Zipcar, Zimride, USC shuttles and Metro Transportation Authority buses weren’t enough options, students looking to get away from campus can now pick up a car from campus through a new partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The program, which launched earlier this month, offers students the chance to rent cars at discounted rates and allows them to pay a daily rate rather than an hourly rate. The program also offers a wide range of vehicles for students to choose from.The partnership began when Enterprise’s car-sharing program, WeCar, was brought to the attention of USC Transportation. Since USC already had Zipcar as a car-sharing option, discussions with Enterprise turned to longer-term car rentals, an unoccupied niche at USC.Enterprise and USC agreed to a two-year contract. USC receives no compensation for advertising and promoting Enterprise.Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation, said the program is not meant to compete directly with Zipcar, since the two programs differ in flexibility and duration of rentals.“There are situations where an hourly rate is not a cost-effective option: for example, students wanting to plan a weekend trip,” Mazza said. “Additionally, we don’t have vans or trucks as our Zipcar vehicles. Students may need a minivan or a 15-passenger van for a group trip, or a truck for moving equipment or personal items.”Zipcar charges an annual $35 membership fee for students and rents by the hour or day. The cheapest hourly rate is $8, while the cheapest daily rental is $66. The cost includes insurance, fuel and 180 driving miles.Enterprise does not have such a membership fee and rents by the day, week or month. Its fleet contains a broader range of vehicles, including trucks, SUVs, minivans and luxury cars. The cheapest daily rental, which includes unlimited mileage but not fuel, is $44.99. Those 18-20 years of age can rent but must show proof of insurance, according to Mazza.Mazza said he thinks the program will be successful because of its accessibility, ease of rental and the USC discount.“Enterprise has a minimum age requirement of 18 with no additional fees, which differs from most car rental companies,” he said. “Enterprise [only] requires you have a valid driver’s license in any state or an international permit, which we think is a huge benefit for students. Our USC branch also offers special rates for faculty, staff and students when they present their USCard.”Enterprise officials are also optimistic about the partnership.“We’ve had a great response — rentals were particularly up during spring break,” said Lisa Martini, a public relations representative for Enterprise. “The cost-efficiency, the convenience, as well as the recognized relationship we have with so many of the students, faculty and alumni at USC make the on-campus rental branch a great opportunity — and partnership — for everyone.”Some students, however, do not see Enterprise as an appealing method of transportation.Kunal Bhan, a freshman majoring in biological sciences, said he does not believe Enterprise’s longer rental options are suited to college students.“It’s cool with more places to rent cars from, but I think people will probably still stick with Zipcar, since it’s cheaper [for short periods of time] and easier,” Bhan said.Other students said that it is good for students to have another option.“Before it was only Zipcar. I guess this is good because you get to choose,” said Kent Kobayashi, a freshman majoring in mathematics. “Though personally, I wouldn’t use it because my friends [would] have cars.”Some said they think the Enterprise program will be useful for longer trips.“I think it’s a good idea because it’s a lot more affordable for people to rent at a flat [daily] rate,” said Kelsi Halverson, a freshman majoring in theatre (design). “If you need a car all day, it would cost more to rent hour by hour.”Students can rent a car from the Enterprise campus office, which is located in Parking Structure X near the Transportation office. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.last_img read more

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Points at premium as Wisconsin faces Iowa

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoA month after clinging to the last spot in the polls, the UW men?s basketball team jumped into the nation?s top 10 this week, just in time to face an Iowa squad that defeated the last top 10 team it hosted in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season.Now all the way up to No. 8 in the latest rankings after a pair of wins over Indiana and Minnesota, Wisconsin will travel to Iowa City Wednesday in a matchup of the Big Ten?s two stingiest defenses.The Badgers (18-3, 8-1) beat the Hawkeyes (11-12, 4-6) earlier this season at the Kohl Center and come into the team?s second meeting hot, having won 12 of their last 13 games. But that?s not to say they don?t expect a challenge from the team that upset then-No. 6 Michigan State 42-36 a week after they had lost to UW.?They?ve got a fine team,? head coach Bo Ryan said of Iowa in his Monday press conference. ?What?s a fine team? A team that can shoot it, strength with the ball at point.?It was a low-scoring affair the first time around as Wisconsin beat Iowa 64-51. Though the Hawkeyes haven?t won (or lost) consecutive games since their meeting with the Badgers, Iowa has consistently held its opponents to low offensive numbers while taking them out of their rhythm.Even with firsthand experience of UI?s tough defense, however, UW has no plans to alter the way it runs its offense.?You still have to get the ball in the post, get kickouts. You can?t change because they?re a good defensive team,? sophomore Jason Bohannaon said. ?You have to keep running your sets.?[The game plan] is a little different, but you have to keep doing all the same things. You still have to play Wisconsin basketball.?Iowa isn?t all defense, however. The Hawkeyes are led by guards Tony Freemen and Josh Johnson, who are averaging 14.6 and 13.4 points per game respectively. In the Hawkeyes’ last game, an 53-48 win over Ohio State, Johnson hit eight 3-pointers while accounting for nearly half of UI?s scoring. Along with Freeman, the two form one of the conference?s most potent backcourts, meaning the Badgers won?t take the Hawkeyes on lightly.?Freeman is doing a great job with the ball,? Ryan said. ?Their bigs have improved, and defensively, I mean, they?re a good team that?s picked up what they?re supposed to be doing and making it very difficult for the other team.?In the two teams? Jan. 5 matchup, it was Brian Butch who led the way for the Badgers with 22 points, his second-highest total of the season, while Joe Krabbenhoft chipped in 12. But despite the scoring burst of Butch and Krabbenhoft, Iowa showed its ability to clamp down on opponents, holding Marcus Landry and Wisconsin?s leading scorer Trevon Hughes to just 11 total points on 3-16 shooting.Meanwhile, Wednesday?s game will also serve as a homecoming for one Badger.Bohannon is a native of Iowa and for the second consecutive season, the game will be played in surroundings familiar to the guard.?It?s a great stadium to play in, I?ve got a lot of friends and family there,? Bohannon said. ?It might not sound like that a lot of the time, but it?ll be a fun game to play in.?In Wisconsin?s game Sunday at Minnesota, the guard hit a pair of 3-pointers after going 0-7 from long distance in his two previous games. With a trip home and a tough defense awaiting him, the guard couldn?t have picked a better time to re-establish himself as a threat behind the arc.?It?s never really left me,? Bohannon said of his shot. ?They were good shots, and they didn?t fall and you just have to keep shooting. It?s just a matter of time before it starts falling.?last_img read more

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Race and Equity Center pilots diversity training program

first_imgAfter completing the course, Agua said participating universities will continue to work on projects they created during the course to execute their individual goals. She said the Race and Equity Center will act as a project management team to periodically check in with and guide the universities. Universities can sign up to take eight-week courses that meet once a week with various instructors in video conferences. According to Jade Agua, associate director for learning and organizational development at the Rossier School of Education, the courses include two weeks of foundational training focused on the basics of racial equity in higher education institutions. “People, especially people from different racial backgrounds, have had really candid conversations that they probably wouldn’t have been able to have in moments of crisis or a regular meeting,” Baxter said. “I think those have been the most transformative exchanges that I’ve watched.” “Our strategy is unique in that we are targeting executive level leadership,” Agua said. “So vice presidents and above, people who can make some big decisions on their campuses, but also with an eye toward sustainability, so building in what they’re learning, so that the work continues far beyond the eight weeks of our program.” Stanford University and four other institutions will start their training this month, according to Agua. She said the program will continue to run through the 2019-20 fiscal  year. The USC Race and Equity Center is debuting its USC Equity Institutes program, a virtual diversity training course for administrators, faculty and staff from universities across the country, after completing its pilot initiative last semester. The remaining six weeks focus on each institution’s specific needs, such as recruiting and retaining more faculty and staff members of color, or focusing on the experiences of students of color in Greek life. Agua said that university administrators don’t often receive training on diversity. The Equity Institutes give participants the opportunity to learn about the language and skills of inclusivity to create a more welcoming space for everyone on their campuses, she said. Kaylan Baxter, a research associate at the USC Race and Equity Center, has seen how the course has impacted its students while working as a teaching assistant for some of the courses. “For the sort of change that these institutions are looking to make, it’s not reasonable to think that in two months it’ll be done,” said Joanna Drivalas, a research associate at the USC Race and Equity Center who served as a teaching assistant for some of the courses. “It takes time for things to sink in, for things to be applied to their setting and then to actually make policy and practice changes on their campus.” “There aren’t always opportunities for people to dig in and understand and change not only their own mindsets or approaches to how they think about problems …  but also their strategies for how to change them or address them,” Agua said. “We are hoping to meet that need where our leaders don’t find themselves so distanced from students or so distanced from these topics.”last_img read more

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Syracuse takes home 8 CHA awards ahead of tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Syracuse kicked off its time in Buffalo for the College Hockey America Tournament with eight wins at the annual CHA awards ceremony.For the second-consecutive year, the Orange took home the conference’s Rookie of the Year award. This year, defender Mae Batherson took the crown after forward Lauren Bellefontaine won it last season. Batherson led the CHA in freshman scoring with 21 points from the blue line. This season, she set the Syracuse record for most points by a freshman defender. Batherson (five goals, 16 assists) was also named to the CHA All-Rookie team, as she’s the only freshman in the top-10 scoring leaderboard among defenders. Fellow freshman Madison Beishuizen also made the All-Rookie team. The forward finished fourth among CHA freshmen with 16 points.SU defenders continued to rack up the awards. Redshirt senior Lindsay Eastwood picking up the Best Defender award. Eastwood is second on the team in points with 26. She also set a new school-record for goals scored by a defender when she notched her 21st-career goal against Mercyhurst on Jan. 11.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s just my teammates helping me out,” Eastwood said on March 3. “They’re making me look good.”It was a big night overall for the players that help keep the puck out of the net, as goaltender Allison Small won the CHA Goaltending Champion award. Last year’s mid-season transfer appeared in 12 CHA games this season, winning six of them. Small posted a conference-best 1.26 goals allowed average and a .949 save percentage to go with three shutouts in conference play.Abby Moloughney was nominated for three awards and ended up winning the Individual Sportsmanship award, which she thought she’d “most likely” win. Moloughney was part of an Orange team that won the Team Sportsmanship award. Moloughney paced the team with 28 points and had no penalties during conference play, earning herself a spot on the All-Conference first team. “Just seeing that other people saw my hard work really meant a lot to me,” Moloughney said on March 3.Fellow line-mate Savannah Rennie, who posted a career-best 21 points, was named to the All-Conference second team.  Commentslast_img read more

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Chukwu: Rangers Will Not Disappoint in CAF Champions League

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeTechnical Adviser of newly crowned champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) Rangers International of Enugu, Christian Chukwu, waxed lyrically on Sunday evening moments after the Enugu team ended 32-year trophy drought.Rangers defeated El Kanemi 4-0 in their last NPFL Match-day 38 game to finish on 63 point to clinch the title and a ticket to represent the country in the CAF Champions League while Rivers United and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi are in the second and third positions respectively. Chukwu who was in-charge when Rangers won their last league title in 1984, told THISDAY after this long wait to end the jinx, that the Pride of the Eastern region cannot afford to disappoint in the continent as Nigeria’s flag-bearer in the CAF Champions league.The former Green Eagles captain and coach believes that Rangers have the quality to do well in the continent.“I believe in this team. Rangers is going into the CAF Champions League as a worthy team from Nigeria. With additional support from the government and other well-meaning supporters of the club, the sky is the limit,”observed Chukwu fondly hailed as Chairman.The ex international however advised the Enugu State government to take the advantage of this resurgence in the value of the Rangers FC brand to divest its ownership by allowing 40 to 60 per cent of the share go to investors.“I believe that with the new form of Rangers it is good enough to attract investors. In this recession, the government is faced with so many challenges. Now is the time to allow investors come in with their money to help accelerate the growth of the club,” reasoned Chukwu.He pointed in the direction of major clubs around the continent and beyond that have become global brands quoted on the stock exchange. Chulwu wants Rangers to set the pace for other clubs owned by state governments.“If we succeed with Rangers. I believe that other states are going to take cue and do same with their clubs. By so doing, it will bring a major turn-around for the Nigerian premier league and club football in the country.”The former Nigeria and Kenya coach also pleaded with Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to immortalise the present team that ended the 32-year jinx as well as create a Hall of Fame for ex-Rangers.” The boys need motivation. If I am the governor of the state, I will give the players and officials land in the state for them to own property. This will serve as motivation to others. But unfortunately I am just a coach.” Also, ex- Rangers who set the pace, making the team the Pride of the old Eastern Region should be immortalised too with the establishment of a Hall of Fame. Generation unborn will see and appreciate the efforts of these worthy footballers. That is how great sportsmen and women are immortalised all over the world,” concludes Chairman Chukwu who stood all through that final day game with ElKanemi at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in the old Eastern State capital last Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Belgium Thump Tunisia 5-2

first_imgRomelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium strengthened their lead above England at the top of World Cup Group G by crushing Tunisia with a devastating attacking display.While Roberto Martinez’s side are not through to the last 16 yet, a win for England over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod today will see the Red Devils and Three Lions progress.That would leave their meeting in Kaliningrad on Thursday to decide who tops the group and it is Belgium who hold the upper hand there, with their sparkling finishing in the sunshine at the Spartak Stadium leaving their goal difference significantly better off. Speaking after the game, Martinez said he would make “major changes” for the match against England.“If we could have seven days to prepare for that game and then another seven days before the following game then we would start with the same starting XI,” said the former Everton boss.“The reality is that we have qualified – you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for others. We need to check the injury doubts Lukaku (ankle), Hazard (calf) and Mertens (knock to ankle).”Belgium attacked from the off and needed only five minutes to take the lead, when Hazard was barged over by Syam Ben Youssef just inside the box and got up to send Tunisia keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha the wrong way from the spot.Things quickly got worse for Tunisia when Ali Maaloul’s heavy touch on the halfway line allowed Dries Mertens to nip in and release Lukaku, who found a perfect low finish.The North African side, needing a win to reignite their own hopes of progress, gave themselves hope when Dylan Bronn got on the end of Wahbi Khazri’s whipped free-kick just 109 seconds later.But they could not compete with Belgium’s vastly superior firepower and Lukaku gave the Red Devils breathing space once more with a dinked finish from a Thomas Meunier pass just before half-time.Hazard added his second goal soon after the break, racing on to a precise Toby Alderweireld pass and rounding the keeper to fire home.That made sure of the points, but Belgium were not finished yet. Substitute Michy Batshuayi, who also had a shot cleared off the line and hit the bar from close range, finally found the target from Youri Tielemans’ cross.Tunisia did manage a late consolation, when Khazri swept home Hamdi Nagguez’s cross but, unless Panama beat England, they will become the third African team to be eliminated, leaving Nigeria and Senegal to carry their continent’s hopes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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