Willie Mullins bemused by Faugheen Punchestown eclipse

first_imgWillie Mullins remains “surprised” by Faugheen’s defeat by stablemate Nichols Canyon in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday. “The three of them have come out of the race well. We’re happy with them,” said Mullins. “We won’t know if we have underestimated Nichols Canyon until his next run but we could easily have. “Nothing’s come to light. Looking at Faugheen’s work last week we couldn’t see Faugheen being beaten by Nichols Canyon. “It was a surprise. Maybe the work just brought on Nichols Canyon more than Faugheen. “They will just all be well entered up and we’ll make a plan in the next week or two.” Press Associationcenter_img The Champion Hurdle hero was sent off the 1-6 favourite in a field of five to stretch his 100 per cent record but could not get to grips with Nichols Canyon in the closing stages and went down by half a length. Mullins saddled the first three home in the Grade One, with Wicklow Brave just a length and a quarter back in third, yet the County Carlow handler is still scratching his head at Faugheen’s shock defeat. last_img read more

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CBA girls, boys basketball get even with Bishop Grimes

first_img Tags: basketballBishop GrimesCBA For any basketball team, avenging an earlier defeat is nice. Christian Brothers Academy got to experience it twice.Exactly three weeks after getting swept on its home court, the Brothers put together its own girls-boys sweep of Bishop Grimes, and pulled it off Tuesday night on the Cobras’ home floor.In the girls game, CBA prevailed 48-39, the kind of tough win that eased the pain of having lost 38-35 to Grimes on Jan. 14 after it had opened the season 9-0.Since that time, the Brothers had gone 5-2, and as it faced the Cobras again it seized command with a strong first quarter where, led by Leana Heitmann, it broke out to a 16-8 advantage.But then CBA went cold in the game’s middle stages, partially due to shots off target, but also due to a Grimes defense that again made things difficult.The Brothers were held to four points in the third period as the Cobras went in front 30-29, but on this occasion CBA absorbed those blows and struck back down the stretch.Heitmann worked her total to 19 points and Brooke Jarvis finished with 10 points, while Maura Clare Conan had seven points.No Grimes player scored in double figures, Lora Marial held to five points as Rhonee Shea Pal led with nine points, Jenna Sloan had eight points and Naywel Ayeil had six points.Now it was the boys game, where the Cobras wanted to build on the victory that got head coach Bob McKenney to 600 career wins, but could not do so.CBA, winning for the 10th time in 12 games, prevailed 65-58, the key sequence coming in the third quarter after the two sides played to a 23-23 first-half deadlock.Led by the likes of Sam Haas and Dan Anderson, the Brother outscored Grimes 19-12 in that third period, and through a tense final period managed to answer every time the Cobras tried to catch up.Haas had 18 points and Anderson got 16 points, with Sacario Williams contributing a season-high 12 points as Colin Kelly put up eight points.Grimes’ Ian Denton led all scorers with 20 points. Jack Gutchess got 12 points, with Joe Wike earning nine points and A.J. Burnett adding eight points.Friday’s winter snowstorm prevented Bishop Grimes from playing its girls/boys doubleheader against Bishop Ludden, but the girls game would get made up on Sunday afternoon and the Cobras lost 54-43 to the Gaelic Knights.From the time it trailed 15-7 after one period, Grimes was in catch-up mode, yet could not put a sustained run together despite Sloan’s 17 points and Marial’s 11 points. Shea Pal had eight points and Ayeil seven points as Ludden freshman Amarah Streiff put in 24 points.That same day, the Grimes boys won 86-79 over Bishop Kearney, building a 64-47 lead through three quarters as Byam Mugushu hit five 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 24 points. Wike had 16 points and Gutchess got 15 points, while Burnett (11 points) also hit double figures.Far from all this, Manlius-Pebble Hill saw a five-game win streak end but may have proven, in the process, that it could be a tough foe for anyone in the post-season.The Trojans lost last Monday 44-41 to Hamilton, a team parked in the state Class D rankings for much of the season that moved out in front after MPH led 15-11 through one period.Though it held the Emerald Knights to just six points in the fourth quarter, the Trojans, down 35-31, could not quite make up the deficit as James Kelly got 15 points and Alex Abrams added 12 points. Shontez Anderson had seven points.Then MPH ran into state Class C no. 9-ranked Weedsport and lost 73-44 to the Warriors, falling behind 32-6 in the first quarter as it was missing two starters. Anderson still finished with 23 points, while Dan Braverman had eight points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Volleyball breakdown: Badgers down Buckeyes in straight sets

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team is white hot.The No. 10 Badgers (22-6, 14-4 Big Ten) won their 10th game in row Sunday, upending No. 16 Ohio State (22-8, 11-7) in straight sets, avenging their loss earlier in the season in Columbus.On an emotional senior day, Wisconsin guaranteed a happy ending for senior Taylor Morey by spreading out the offensive attack. Wisconsin had four players with at least eight kills and defended well with 20 blocks on the day.Wisconsin fell behind early in each set but rallied back to make quick work of Ohio State. If it wasn’t for a 15-minute delay in the third game, this would have been another routine victory that has become the norm for a team peaking at the right point of the season.Offensive Player of the Match: Haleigh NelsonJunior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson continued her offensive onslaught with 12 kills on 19 attempts. She also showed her versatility netting two service aces, four digs and six blocks. Nelson has played a large role in Wisconsin’s late-season run and continued her brilliance Sunday.Defensive Player of the Match: Kelli BatesNelson could have easily taken home this recognition for her effort on both ends of the court, but sophomore outside hitter Kelli Bates also had a solid game defending the Buckeye’s complex offensive formations. Bates had a team-high 14 digs and was the target of the majority of the Buckeye’s serves, receiving 27, and handled nearly all of them with relative ease.QuotableHead coach Kelly Sheffield on the third set delay:“I think there was a score-keeping issue or something that somebody wrote down the wrong thing. But we’ve had lights that have gone out in the middle of matches, we’ve had rain delays, we’ve had airplane delays, we’ve had airplane cancellations. We’ve had a little bit of everything.”Nelson on her recent hot streak:“I’m a lot more confident than I was at the beginning of the year. It wasn’t so much that I was not confident but it’s just been growing. My teammates really try to build me up. T [Taylor Morey] is always one of those people that is right there supporting me. I do have more confidence than I did at the beginning of the year but also the plays they set up make it easy to be successful.”last_img read more

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NPFL: Rangers Hammer Rivers United to Go Top

first_imgGodwin Aguda doubled Rangers’ lead almost straight from the restart before Christian Madu and Obinna Nwobodo rounded off the scoring for the Flying Antelopes with late goals to condemn Rivers United to the worst defeat in their history at a frenzied Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.The big news from the Rivers United camp before kick-off was that Obomate Frederick had failed to recover from an injury he sustained in the club’s last NPFL game against Plateau United and as such would miss the big game at the ‘Cathedral’.Akande was also preferred in goal by the Technical Manager of United, Stanley Eguma ahead of veteran, Sunday Rotimi.The visitors also lost captain, Festus Austin to a thigh injury shortly before the break and in the absence of these three trusted stalwarts, United looked a pale shadow of their usual self as a rampant Rangers side inspired by Nwobodo and Olusesi ran riot.Osas Okoro’s extraordinary through ball in the 40th minute released Olusesi on the right whose first touch exemplified class, leaving a United defender for dead, before he rifled low and hard to beat Akande at his near post.It was a psychological blow which they never recovered from as Rangers, smelling blood honed in for the kill and quickly doubled their lead, less than two minutes after the restart via an electrifying counter attack that produced an end product for the ages.The irrepressible Olusesi was heavily involved in the goal as his defence-splitting cross from the right found Aguda in acres of space inside the United penalty area and the Rangers attacker gleefully applied the coup de grace.United appeared to have been handed a route back into the match when Olusesi inexplicably head-butted Ovoke just after the hour mark and was justly rewarded with a straight red card to the consternation of the home faithful.The numerical disadvantage rather than demoralise the hosts, seemed to have the opposite effect as they proceeded to carve chance after chance against the under-par visitors.Any hopes of a comeback for United were quickly snuffed out by the dominant Rangers side as late goals from Madu and Nwobodo left United were left to ponder what might have been.A shell-shocked Eguma praised Rangers for their win but promised that his charges would pick themselves up from the set-back and soldier on.“We have never lost like (in our history) but then, this is football where anything can happen.“We will take the defeat in good faith and go back to work harder to come back stronger,” he told Rivers United Media.The Rangers Head Coach, Imama Amapakabo, also spoke after the emphatic win which saw his side return to the summit of the standings.“I understand Rivers United very well and I am quite happy with the win.“I told my players (before kick-off) this was going to be one of the easiest games we will play this season.“To be honest, I did not know we would win by this margin but we will gladly accept it as it was deserved,” he told SuperSport.com.MATCH DAY 34Heartland FC 0-1 Ikorodu UtdElkanemi 2-0 TornadoesW’Wolves 1-0 NasarawaAkwa Utd 3-1 MFM FCPlateau Utd 1-0 3SCLobi 1-0 EnyimbaRangers 4-0 Rivers UtdK’Pillars 2-0 SunshineSTANDINGS TOP 4Team P W D L GF GA GD PtsRangers 32 15 9 8 44 34 10 54Rivers Utd 32 17 2 13 33 26 7 53Wikki 31 14 9 8 40 23 17 51Lobi Stars 33 14 7 12 36 31 5 49BOTTOM 4Heartland 32 9 10 13 21 28 -7 37Abia Warriors 31 9 10 12 27 35 -8 37Ikorodu Utd 31 5 11 15 24 48 -24 26Giwa FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Enugu Rangers’ dream of ending their 32-year trophy drought got boosted sunday following the Flying Antelopes’ 4-0 drubbing of Rivers United to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings.With the victory, Rangers are now top of the NPFL log with 54 points from 32 matches, one point more than the Rivers State owned team, who drop to second having played the same number of matches as the Enugu team.Tope Olusesi shot Rangers into the lead in the 40th minute following an exhilarating move that carved the United backline open, leaving the hapless Abiodun Akande badly exposed in goal.last_img read more

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Gombe Utd Hands Manu Three-game Ultimatum

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Gombe United, has given its Head Coach, Manu Garba, a three-match time limit to “improve on the team’s performance or face sanction”.The Desert Scorpions have found themselves sitting in third from bottom in the NPFL ranking after returning to the top division this season following a three-year spell in the second tier, the Nigeria National League (NNL).However, the Gombe club, after a review of their first 18 matches this season, decided to put Manu and his coaching team on their toes.“The technical adviser (head coach), Manu Garba, OON, and his crew have been given ultimatum in the next three matches to improve on the team’s performance or face sanction,” Gombe United announced in a statement at the weekend.Manu’s three-game ultimatum starts with home and away matches against NPFL champions Enugu Rangers before playing hosts to Katsina United.The Scorpions have a chance to haul themselves out of the drop zone when they face Rangers in a rescheduled league match at home on Wednesday.STATES FA CUP(Final Results)ABUJAFRSC 2-2 FC Abuja(FRSC Wins 4-2 on pens)ABIAAbia Warriors 1-1 Enyimba FC(Abia won 4-3 on Pens)ADAMAWAAdamawa United 1:0 Adamawa United Feeders.AKWA IBOMAkwa United 0-0 Akwa Starlets (Akwa Utd 4-3pen)ANAMBRAFC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 FC Ifeanyi Ubah FeedersBAUCHIWikki Tourists 1-0 Wikki Tourists FeedersBAYELSABayelsa Utd 0-0 George Turner(George Turner won on pens)BENUELobi Stars 2-0 FC MindaBORNOEl-Kanemi Warriors 3-1 El-Kanemi BabesEBONYICynosure FC 1-1 Ngwa Utd(Ngwa won 4-3 on pens)EDOInsurance 5-0 Dynamite FCENUGUCoal City Youths 0 – 1Rangers Int’lEKITIEkiti united 1-0 Fashmod FCOYO3SC 2-1 Crown FCKANOKano Pillars  2 – 0 Samba KurnaKWARAKwara United 1-0 ABSKOGIKogi United 2-0 FC LokojaGOMBEYarma light 1-1 Doma United(Doma won 4-2 on pens)JIGAWAJigawa Golden Stars 3-1 Halfa FCOSUNOsun United 2-2 Ede United(Osun Utd wins 6-5 on pens)LAGOSMFM FC 3-1 Spartan FCNIGERTornadoes 1-1 Tornadoes Feeders(Tornadoes won 5-4 pens)IMOHeartland 3-4 Sam DaddyONDOPeace Makers FC protest against Sunshine Stars FC forces postponement of finalNASARAWANasarawa United  1-0 Aklosendi Intl FCRIVERS(Final: Tuesday, May 9)Cynosure Fc v Rivers UnitedShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Amelco targets ‘unparalleled pricing accuracy’ launching Quantum Outrights

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share Sports betting platform and trading services provider, Amelco has stated that it has released football betting’s ‘most advanced outright pricing model’ launching its ‘Quantum Outrights’ feed.Quantum Outrights has been developed utilising Amelco’s proprietary machine learning tools, with Amelco detailing that its new product can price the outcome of all 380 games across the Premier League season with an unparalleled pricing accuracy.The feed’s predictive capabilities can help operators generate a further ‘200 new football outright markets’, with all maintaining full in-play betting capacities.Previously available as part of its  platform services, to Amelco’s partners which include operators such as BetStars, GVC and Paddy Power Betfair, Quantum Outrights is made available for general release as part of their standard, modular, scalable platformIn its product breakdown, Amelco states that Quantum Outrights can processes more match permutations, taking into account further differing probabilities, by utilising the latest machine learning modules.Declaring Quantum Outrights as a major product launch for 2019, Sam Foulkes Amelco Trading Director details the multiple full-automation benefits for partners, as the feed delivers ‘a pricing advantage previously unheard of within the sports betting industry’.“We created Quantum Outrights to solve one of the few remaining gaps in the market, enhancing the customer experience on football betting – by developing a product that can instantly deliver the adjustments in odds-pricing that operators need, all based on real-time developments. Simple to use, fully automated and scalable – it will provide our operator customers with a cutting-edge advantage never seen before.”“With a background of developing financial systems and a market leader in the trading and sportsbook industry for close to a decade, we are unparalleled in our ability to build extremely reliable and robust solutions that can consume and process an incredible amount of data in real time. We can say with full confidence that there is nothing else out there on the market that can benefit sportsbook operators quite like this when it comes to their outrights offering.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell free agency rumors: Suns ‘really’ want to add guard, executive says

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Stanley Johnson receiving interest after Pelicans don’t extend qualifying offer There’s a chance D’Angelo Russell ends up in Phoenix.The Suns “are the team that really wants” to add the 23-year-old guard, one league executive recently told The Athletic. The executive believes Phoenix could try to land Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. D’Angelo Russell free agency: Lakers should be open to bringing guard back, Magic Johnson says NBA free agency rumors: Lakers rooting for Kyrie Irving to sign with Nets Russell averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 36.9% from 3-point range in 81 games in 2018-19.The Nets exceeded expectations and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15. They were topped by the 76ers in five games in their first-round series.“If we’re being completely honest, I enjoyed the team that we had this whole season,” Russell told The New York Post about free agency earlier this month. “I’m not going to say I didn’t enjoy our team, and the pieces we had around.” The guard has also been linked to the Pacers, Timberwolves, Magic and Lakers, among others.The Suns, meanwhile, have not made the postseason since 2009-10. They fired former coach Igor Kokoskov after one year in mid-April and hired Monty Williams to replace him. Suns star Devin Booker has “campaigned” for the team to acquire Russell, according to an earlier report from ESPN. Booker and Russell are close friends.Russell will be a restricted free agent and the Nets can match any offer sheet he signs with another team. But, the Nets are expected to pursue Kyrie Irving, which may make Russell expendable. Related Newslast_img read more

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GOP Retains Majority In Shrewsbury

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – This was not the year for change for Shrewsbury given the election results.Despite a year when Democrats had a full slate of candidates – the first in many, many election seasons in the borough – all four Republican incumbents were easily re-elected.This year voters were asked to select two candidates to fill one-year unexpired terms and two for the full three-year term on the six-member borough council.The end result was Republicans Erik Anderson won the one-year term with 1,355 votes and Thomas L. Moran winning 1,277, handily defeating Democrats Shane Berkelaar who won 882 votes, and Patrick DiBello, who received 870.For the three-year terms, Republicans Deidre DerAsadourian won 1,250 votes and Peter J. Meyer got 1,242. Their Democratic challengers John M. Collins and Donald Sena won 947 and 948 votes, respectively.“I think it went along straight party lines,” in this election year in a community where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, said Norma Rosenbloom, Democratic municipal chair, explaining the defeat.According to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Shrewsbury has 1,018 registered Republicans, 802 Democrats and 1,449 unaffiliated voters.Regardless of the results, Rosenbloom said there will be competitive elections going forward. “It rankles me that people don’t have a choice,” she said. “Even if you don’t vote for the candidate, you should have a choice.”Given his and his running mates’ strong showing, Anderson sees it as the voters’ way of rewarding elected officials for their efforts.“I think the voters recognize that our slate of candidates is truly dedicated to the town and work very, very hard to make it a special place to live,” paying special attention to spending and quality of life issues, Anderson said.last_img read more

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SLU’s Cordero, UNO’s Kleshchukova Grab Latest Weekly Cross Country Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Anthony Cordero and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Cordero competed over the weekend at the Mississippi College Invitational in Clinton, Miss., securing a third-place individual finish. The award marks the first of the season for Cordero. SLU has now completed its regular-season schedule and will return to the course at the Southland Conference Championship in Conway, Ark., Nov. 1.Kleshchukova captured her fourth weekly honor of the season after leading the Privateers with a second-place individual finish at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend. The junior competed against a field of more than 200 runners, finishing with a 17:29.9 in the 5k race. Kleshchukova and her UNO squad have also completed their regular-season slate and will hit the course once again at Southland Conference Championship in Conway, Ark., Nov. 1.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Anthony Cordero, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – El Paso, TexasCordero took third place in the 8k event at the Mississippi College Invitational over the weekend, crossing the finish line with a 25:23.22. The junior has now finished among the top-10 competitors in three of his four races this season, with his latest effort boosting the Lions to a fourth-place team finish.Honorable Mention: Laban Kandie, Houston Baptist; Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova set a new personal best with her second-place finish against a stacked field at the Florida State Invitational on Saturday. She completed the 5k race with a time of 17:29.9 against a field of 224 competitors. Her time stands fourth in program history for the 5k distance. Kleshchukova has now recorded four-straight top-two finishes, including three individual victories.Honorable Mention: Johanna Drew, Houston Baptist; Isabella Hudson, Northwestern State; Sophie Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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