Royal Assault the hot tip for Bucknor feature

first_imgANTHONY Nunes’ ROYAL ASSAULT returns to his happy hunting ground in this afternoon’s 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bunny Bucknor Memorial, racing among overnight allowance horses. In his last 10 starts, the five-year-old chestnut beat the level three times, losing twice but under forgivable circumstances, one of which was in this very race last year, outclassed by BUZZ NIGHTMARE in a rapid-fire 57.1. ROYAL ASSAULT’s other loss in overnight allowance was last October when he had returned off a near five-month lay-up and finished third behind PROLIFIC PRINCESS and DREAMLINER at 1200 metres. Though he returns off a similar lay-up tomorrow, ROYAL ASSAULT, remains the class horse in the 12-horse field. When last raced on November 30, he beat none other than speedy TALENTED TONY K, which should have taken him out of the class. However, having not raced since, qualifies him to return to the level whereas he should really be facing open allowance company. RACE-FIT HORSES Though lightly raced and seemingly doing nothing much at exercise, ROYAL ASSAULT must not be taken lightly. After returning from his lay-up in October and placed third, he returned two weeks later in grade one and was fourth behind CAMPESINO, BUZZ NIGHTMARE and CHACE THE GREAT in the Caribbean Sprint. This afternoon, he faces race-fit horses such as FORCE DE JOUR, VISION and DANCING QUEEN breaking from gates seven, nine and 10, respectively, on a racing surface which should be running a bit heavier after being sanded last weekend. Class aside, a heavier track should be a plus for ROYAL ASSAULT, considering he is drawn widest at post-position 12, the more compact part of the track. Though carrying 56.0 kilos, he is a proven cut above his rivals and should be the horse to beat/ If ROYAL ASSAULT is, indeed, rusty, Philip Feanny’s DANCING QUEEN, carrying only 50.0 kilos, is dangerous. She is better than VISION and has the jump in the handicaps on FORCE DE JOUR, who is down to carry 55.0 kilos.last_img read more

NBA: Thunder coach defends Russell Westbrook from ‘easy to defend’ claims

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES “Obviously last year, our team was totally different than it was the first year, and the first year there it was a heck of a series that went seven games where we had a great opportunity being up 3-1. I think Russell was a huge part of that.”The criticism comes after the Dubs swept the Thunder in four games in the regular season, with Westbrook only converting  37.5 percent of his field goal attempts and averaging eight turnovers against their stifling defense.Still, the two-time NCAA champion coach remains adamant of his superstar’s explosive skill set.“I think Russell’s done a great job, and I think Russell is a hard guy to guard, and he’s very difficult and challenging because of his speed, his smarts and his intelligence,” he explained. “Whether or not he plays in the half court or the open court, I think he’s very difficult to guard.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three-point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. Oklahoma City defeated Denver 106-105. Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42 for the season.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook filled out the stat-sheet last season, en route to his first NBA Most Valuable Player award.But despite his dominance on the court, some members of the defending champions Golden State Warriors reportedly thought his aggressive style was “easy to defend.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—reportHowever, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan believes otherwise, claiming his star point guard is quite the handful for elite defenses in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Russell to me is one of the best players in the world. He’s done it at a very high level for a long period of time,” Donovan told the Oklahoman’s Erik Horne.“Just because somebody says that, I think you’ve got to look at what Russell’s been able to do, and Russell’s been very good for us,” he added. View commentslast_img read more

‘Idol’ left with two as Doolittle voted off

first_imgIn one of the biggest surprises of the current “American Idol” season, onetime favorite Melinda Doolittle was voted off the show Wednesday, leaving just two contestants to battle it out for the 2006 crown next week. Doolittle was considered the best singer of the bunch, but began to draw criticism in recent weeks. The remaining hopefuls are Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. “Congratulations to you two,” said judge Simon Cowell, who covered his face when the announcement was made. “My commiserations, Melinda, `cause you are one heck of a singer.” Doolittle, 29, has worked as a professional backup singer before her “Idol” run. Seemingly resigned to her fate, she belted “I’m A Woman” before leaving the stage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s anybody’s guess who will win at the two-hour finale May 23. Sparks, 17, has gained considerable traction recently and rose from the bottom ranks to gain momentum. But Lewis, 25, also has been winning fans lately by taking risks with song choices and arrangements.last_img

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

first_img0Shares0000Marco Reus is desperate to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks. He could feature in Saturday’s squad but head coach Peter Stoeger says a decision will only be made closer to the Bundesliga game.German daily Bild say Reus had targeted the away game at Borussia Moenchengladbach on February 18 — but he might feature sooner than planned.“Marco trained normally over the week, we know he wants to play and he knows that we would like to have him in,” said Stoeger on Thursday.“We will make a decision at short notice.”While Dortmund are reluctant to rush the injury-prone Reus back into action, the attacking midfielder is keen to find form and fitness four months out from the World Cup in Russia.A string of injuries have restricted him to 29 international appearances and nine goals for Germany.Injuries have seen him miss the last two major international tournaments.An ankle injury suffered in the final warm-up game ruled the fleet-footed playmaker out of eventual champions Germany’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil.He then missed the finals of Euro 2016 with a persistent groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Serra improves its brain game

first_imgBishop Montgomery and Cathedral might have too far to go in too short of a time to make it work this year. That means Serra must maximize its opportunities. The Cavaliers have a new quarterback in South Torrance transfer Ted Landers, which might allow them to spread the ball around more than they were able to last year when injuries depleted their depth. That’s important in the Del Rey League, where Harvard-Westlake has shown in recent seasons that it can win with the pass. Defense might be the strength for St. Bernard, which has more talent than a 3-8 record of a year ago would indicate. Linebacker Greg Walker, who also will be an important part of the offense as a running back, has been offered a scholarship by the University of Washington, Coach Greg Dixon said. “We’re not taking anything for granted this season,” Serra running back Carl Winston said. “We’re coming in not trying to look past any given week. That’s something that we got into trouble with last year, especially in the playoffs.” Winston said that Serra recognizes that the league may be deeper this year than it was last year because St. Bernard is improved. “They have some good players and we know that,” he said. “So do we. We just need to be able to do our jobs and stay focused.” That’s the kind of mentality that Altenberg likes to hear. “We have a lot of talent, but also some younger guys at key positions,” he said. “It’s important that we all think together, play together and work together. That’s going to be the difference between a team that gets everything it can get out of its ability and a team that doesn’t do that.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s one of the messages that Serra coach Scott Altenberg has urged his talented but young football team to embrace. When one person doesn’t adequately communicate what the job is supposed to require, the rest pay the price. The Del Rey League has stronger elements this year and Altenberg wants to make sure that Serra, which went 9-3 last year and finished second in the league to a loaded Harvard-Westlake team, doesn’t make the same mental mistakes that hindered it at times last year. “We run a very sophisticated offense,” Altenberg said. “So it’s important that our players have as much between the ears as they have on the field.” Altenberg is optimistic that Serra can make it happen this season, though there’s no easy path. Harvard-Westlake is again a talented team, one with a strong recruiting base with deep ties in the San Fernando Valley. St. Bernard has much experience and talent at key positions, and its defense alone should keep it in games. DEL REY LEAGUE: Cavaliers try to think together so that they can play better together. By John Klima STAFF WRITER There’s something to be said for organization, execution and clear communication. When these things break down, it makes it hard for a team to compete and win. Or, at the very least, not drive other members of the team crazy at all hours of the night. last_img read more

Shaun Wright-Phillips to play with brother Bradley for New York Red Bulls

first_imgFormer Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the verge of joining the New York Red Bulls.The midfielder, who cost Chelsea £21m from City in 2005, last played in England for QPR before being released in the summer after an underwhelming time at Loftus Road.Shaun’s younger brother Bradley has been playing in New York since 2013 and there has been speculation over a family reunion for a number of seasons while Shaun was largely out of first-team contention in west London.Now, having linked up with the US side for training after his QPR exit, the 33-year-old is set to be added to the Red Bulls’ roster.Frank Lampard, signed with Red Bulls’ rivals New York City, said about his imminent move: “He’s a really good lad, and he’s a nice boy, and knowing him as a player and what he can bring to the team, he’ll be a good signing.” 1 Shaun Wright-Phillips last_img read more


first_imgA fireman revealed how he found his dead nephew after being called to the scene of a head-on car crash which killed two young men in Fanad.Seamus McBride, 25, and PJ Crerand, 19 (pictured right) died following a horrific collision beside Mulroy Bridge.Both men were in separate cars traveling in opposite directions on the evening of May 24, 2010. Volunteer fireman Neil Doherty, from Carrigart, revealed how he was called to the crash and found his nephew Seamus McBride at the scene of the carnage.Mr Doherty was giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of the two men at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today.Numerous witnesses said Mr McBride, of Glenkeo, Carrigart, was speeding in his Audi 80 car when the struck the car being driven by Damien Carr.Such was the impact that accident investigators heard how the Audi car was crushed to only half its size and its engine was completely thrown from the car.Locals who heard the crash rushed to the scene just before 8pm.One witness, George Adams from Rush in north Dublin, who was holidaying in the area, was fishing on the bridge when he heard a car speeding past him.“I actually shouted at him to slow down and the next minute I heard a pop,” he said.Two nurses, Pearl Scott and Grace Herrity who live locally, tried to assist both men who had been badly hurt.Seamus McBride was already dead and PJ Crerand, of Kilmacrennan Road, Milford, who had been screaming in pain, died a short time later.Damien Carr, who was driving the VW Golf in which PJ Crerand was a passenger, told his father Pat, who also gave evidence, that he could not get out of the way of the Audi car as it was coming straight for him.Mr Carr’s mother Mary, of Dunmore, Fanad, told the inquest she had passed the Audi moments before and noted that he would “kill someone” if he continued to drive that fast.Garda forensics collision investigator Kevin Giles said there was no brakemarks from the Audi car and said he was satisfied it crossed onto the wrong side of the road.Mr McBride was killed instantly while Mr Crerand died moments later at the scene.Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon said Seamus McBride suffered multiple injuries and death was as a result of those injuries sustained in a traffic accident.She also revealed that tests had shown that McBride, who was due to go fishing on a boat that evening, was intoxicated at the time of the crash.Dr Dillon said PJ Crerand had also suffered multiple injuries and died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.The jury of three men and three women returned a verdict of accidental death as a result multiple injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in the case of Seamus McBride.They returned the same verdict in the case of PJ Crerand.FIREMAN FOUND NEPHEW DEAD AT SCENE OF HORRIFIC CRASH WHICH KILLED TWO was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashFanadinquestMulroy BridgePJ CrerandSeamus McBridelast_img read more


first_imgThe lockdown at Letterkenny General Hospital is over.The hospital has been closed for the past two weeks because of a major outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.However the good news is that the virus has now been contained and visitors can now and go and see loved ones on Christmas Day. UP until yesterday the HSE had been forced to introduce strict guidelines on visitingAll visiters, apart from some to maternity and in extreme cases, had been stopped form seeing patients.However a statement just released from the HSE has now revealed that the virus has been contained.The winter vomiting bug which struck Letterkenny in recent days was one of the worst for many years. Dozens of patients were struck down by the outbreak forcing management to introduce extreme measures and shut down the entire hospital to the public.CHRISTMAS CHEER AS VISITING REOPENED AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Saddam says he was beaten

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The trial’s chief prosecutor, Jaafar al-Mousawi, said if authorities found evidence of abuse Saddam could be transferred to the physical custody of Iraqi troops. The former Iraqi leader and seven co-defendants are on trial for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites after the attempt on Saddam’s life in the town of Dujail, north of Baghdad. The prosecution’s first witness Wednesday testified about killings and torture in Dujail. Ali Hassan Mohammed al-Haidari, who was 14 in 1982, said Saddam’s regime executed seven of his brothers. Al-Haidari said that he and other residents from Dujail – including family members – were taken to Baghdad and thrown into a security services prison, where people from “9 to 90” were held. Blood poured from head wounds and skin was pale from electric shocks, he testified. Security officials would drip melted plastic hoses on detainees, only to pull it off after it cooled, tearing skin off with it, he said. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein again grabbed center stage at his mass murder trial Wednesday with claims that Americans beat and “tortured” him and other defendants while in detention. The deposed leader’s lengthy complaint came after witnesses graphically described how their captors administered electric shocks and used molten plastic to rip the skin off prisoners in a crackdown following an assassination attempt against Saddam in 1982. A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad called Saddam’s allegations “completely unfounded” but said “we are prepared to investigate.” “Beyond that, we have no interest in being a part of what are clearly courtroom antics aimed at disrupting the legal process,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. “I cannot express all that suffering and pain we faced in the 70 days inside,” he said. Two witnesses later testified from behind a curtain. One of them, identified only as Witness No. 2, said security officials “attached clamps to my thumbs and toes and private areas and tortured me with electricity until foam came out of my mouth.” After sitting quietly through several hours of testimony, Saddam launched into an extended monologue, saying he’d been beaten “everywhere on my body. The marks are still there.” He did not display any marks. “I want to say here, yes, we have been beaten by the Americans and we have been tortured,” Saddam told the court before gesturing toward his seven co-defendants, “one by one.” With the trial televised across Iraq, his claims of torture at the hands of U.S. troops may resonate with Iraqis who have been shocked by the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, a scandal which led to the convictions of nine Army reservists. More recently, U.S. troops discovered abused prisoners at secret detention centers run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Saddam had been defiant and combative during previous sessions of the trial, often trying to dominate the courtroom. He and his half brother Barazan Ibrahim, who was head of the Iraqi intelligence during the Dujail crackdown, have used the procedures to protest their own conditions in detention. The ousted president had refused to attend the previous session on Dec. 7. “I will not come to an unjust court! Go to hell!” he said in an outburst in court the day before. Earlier Wednesday before his accusations of torture, Saddam’s behavior had been calmer, and he appeared clean-shaven and in fresh clothes, wearing a dark suit but no tie. On some previous occasions during the trial, Saddam appeared disheveled and complained about being held in unsanitary conditions. Saddam stood in the fenced-in defendant’s area and occasionally jabbed his finger toward the judge and prosecutor during his discourse Wednesday. He tried to refute witness statements and complained at length about the conditions of his detention, engaging in a debate with the chief prosecutor. Some of the exchange was edited out of the television broadcast. Saddam also told the court that he knew the name of the person who betrayed his hiding place when U.S. forces found him in December 2003. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called it “highly ironic” that Saddam would accuse his jailers of mistreatment. “I know of nothing that would substantiate such a claim,” McCormack said. “Look, he’s been given to grandstanding in this trial, but where the focus should be is on the testimony of those people who were victimized by the tyranny, the oppression and the violence of Saddam Hussein. That’s what people should be listening to.” According to the Pentagon, the Iraqi government has legal custody and control of Saddam, while U.S. forces maintain his physical custody in a detention facility. Inside the courtroom, the judge struggled, sometimes unsuccessfully, to maintain order as the procedures at times seemed to slip out of control. Ibrahim insulted witnesses, calling one a “dog.” He also launched rambling diatribes and menacingly wagged his finger at prosecutors and court guards. Saddam also interrupted al-Haidari’s testimony to ask the judge if the court could take a break for prayer. Although the witness agreed, the judge ordered the trial to continue. About 10 minutes later, Saddam swung to the left, closed his eyes and repeatedly bowed his head in prayer, the first time he has done that in court. “Even if any of you doesn’t pray, the constitution of the state, be it the one signed by Saddam Hussein or the constitution that was dictated to the Iraqis by the American adviser, states that Islam is the religion of the state. I alerted you twice that it was time for prayers, but you ignored me.” “I didn’t ignore you,” the judge responded. “How can you put God on hold?” Saddam asked. Muslims are required to pray five days a day at specific times. In the 1980s, Iraq under Saddam was one of the most secular Arab states in the Middle East and Baghdad had some of the most vibrant nightlife in the region. Following Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and as U.N.-imposed sanctions ground down the Iraqi economy, Saddam outwardly became more pious. He was seen praying and launching campaigns to reinforce the faith. Bars were restricted and nightlife became more muted. Critics said his praying in court was a further effort to reach out to increasingly conservative Iraqis. “Those who know Saddam well will not be duped by these scenarios. He kept trying hard to affect Iraqis emotionally and religiously and trying to deliver a message that he is a victim and not a tyrant,” said Mariam al-Rayes, a Shiite legislator.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Elections 2019: Liam Blaney wins Milford seat

first_imgLiam Blaney has secured his seat in the new Milford Electoral Area in the 2019 Local Elections.The Fianna Fáil farmer was voted in on the third count with 1986 votes. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Blaney said: “I’m delighted, it was a tough campaign. There was a lot of untruths told during the campaign, but I’m delighted with the good solid vote I got.”The long-serving councillor said he had to fight for his vote for various reasons this year. “I had a candidate stand in my parish for the first time. And with the stories I’ve been told, people were claiming things that I have nothing to do with, it made it difficult. But our people stood up to the challenge and the proof of that today is in the vote I got.”This is Liam Blaney’s fourth election, and he said that he is hoping there will be more to come. John O’Donnell was elected to Milford EA on the first count earlier today. But the battle is heating up for the third seat. Noel McBride from Fine Gael was eliminated following Blaney’s victory. Now it’s all down to Maria Doherty (SF), Ian McGarvey (IND) and Eimer Friel (FG). Whether Friel can get over the line with the distribution of McBride’s votes remains to be seen.Follow the Donegal Daily LIVE election blog: Elections 2019: Liam Blaney wins Milford seat was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more