SHOEMAKER MILE STAKES QUOTES-MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”     JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back.  He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES   JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER:  “He ran a super race and he always runs good.  He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.last_img

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Poch feels like Spurs have been ‘punched’ after another KO at Brighton

first_img“Football is to be strong and brave and make decisions. That is what we’re going to do.“What we are going to do is face the negative things. We are going to work hard to change the dynamic.”Pochettino is determined to show he is not out for the count after his brutal week.Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite questions over Spurs future MAURICIO POCHETTINO felt like Tottenham had been “punched” after another devastating KO in the space of four days.Spurs were on the canvas — with the room spinning — thanks to Tuesday’s 7-2 home bruising by Bayern Munich.6 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure following another defeatThen they were decked 3-0 at the Amex without laying a glove on Brighton.To cap it all, captain Hugo Lloris was taken off on a stretcher with a sickening arm injury sustained after a gaffe that gave the hosts the lead on three minutes.From seven to hell — and then the pundits got stuck in.Jermaine Jenas branded the club “stale” and that “something needed to change”.The ex-Tottenham star said: “I’ve been at the club when there have been changes. I love Mauricio and I hope he stays but it stinks of that at the moment. Things seem stale.“He’s been at the club a number of years, the club have let him down and the players aren’t applying themselves.“Something needs to change, hopefully it’s the players’ mentality rather than the manager.”Fellow BT Sport pundit Joe Cole was even more scathing, claiming Spurs were in “disarray”.6 Spurs have lost 17 games in 2019 – more than any other side in the top-flightCredit: ReutersAfter five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.”Mauricio PochettinoThe ex-Premier League champ added: “Tottenham were dreadful with no desire, no heart, nothing.“There was no press. Tactically they looked inept. Poch looked uninterested on the touchline.“It looks like the end of the road for this team. As a group they have fallen apart and something has to change.”Spurs boss Pochettino accepted all the flak coming his way after his side made it 17 defeats in 2019 — the worst record of any Premier League side.He admitted that the last week has been one of the toughest of his Spurs reign.But the ex-Southampton chief is determined to turn things around by going back to the drawing board during the upcoming international break.The Argentine said: “After five-and-a-half-years, the last five days we really were punched, in football terms, 7-2 and 3-0.“It is normal that you feel not so good. It is a bad moment but in this moment only you can be better. The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.6 The North London outfit were second best against Brighton at the Amex StadiumCredit: Reuters“The pundits on television need to talk and they need to give their opinion. I need to accept all criticism.“After five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser, to be a better group, as a person, as a staff.“We can bounce back.”Poch’s awful week took just 150 seconds to turn into a nightmare as Lloris dropped a routine catch from Pascal Gross’ floated ball right on his line.It allowed Neal Maupay to nip in and nod home from a few yards — but the aftermath was far more damaging.As Lloris fumbled the cross, he fell backwards over the goal-line landing sickeningly on his left arm as he put it out for support.The elbow bent the wrong way and had Tottenham’s captain still screaming in agony as he was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher six minutes later.Spurs were shell shocked and Brighton, who had scored just two home league goals this season until that point, ran riot.6 Harry Kane was guilty of a poor performance on the south coast against the SeagullsCredit: PA:Press AssociationTeenager Aaron Connolly led the charge by hitting two goals either side of half-time to underline what a prospect the barrel-chested Irishman is.His first came just after the half-hour as he saw an initial shot from Dan Burn’s cross saved by substitute keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, before tucking in the rebound.The 19-year-old bears a resemblance to Wayne Rooney in physique.And the way he cupped his ears in confident celebration after netting his first ever Premier League goal was reminiscent of Roo too.It was one-way traffic for the whole game with Gross cracking the crossbar via a free-kick from an acute angle after the break.And the humiliation was complete on 65 minutes as Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld and found the far corner with laser accuracy.The goal was not dissimilar to Serge Gnabry’s first of four goals for Bayern against Spurs on Tuesday — particularly the way the German cut across Alderweireld and fired in with his right foot.Yet when asked if that had been pre-planned off the back of the Bayern game, Brighton chief Graham Potter said: “It’s coincidence. I tend not to say to the players, ‘be Bayern Munich players’!6“Aaron gave us an extra dimension. I’m pleased for him.“A young player making his debut in the Premier League, two goals, it’s impressive.“I am delighted for the players — they have worked really hard and have not got the results that we feel we could have got with a bit more luck.”But as impressive as Potter’s free-flowing Albion were, Spurs’ continued fall from grace was the only story in this seaside town.Poch watched on helplessly as his Champions League finalists were ripped apart. And he added: “Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Our habit was to win, win, win and be praised by everyone.“Now the last two games were tough situations to accept.“But I don’t want to be a philosopher, or talk in a way that is not good.6 Aaron Connolly struck twice for the hosts as Brighton deservedly won 3-0Credit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more

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Maguire confirmed at Tigers

first_imgThe NRL’s coaching carousel has taken its next stop with Ivan Cleary released by the Tigers and Maguire confirmed as his successor for the next three seasons.Maguire will continue his role with the New Zealand national team, a role handed to him after he was sacked by Souths at the end of last year.The news broke after the Kiwis were beaten 18-16 by England in Hull this morning to go 1-0 down in the three-match series, and NZRL chief executive Greg Peters said they had no issue with Maguire combining dual roles.”We were aware when we appointed Michael that this was the likely outcome.”He made it clear to us from the outset that he wanted to coach in the NRL again as well as coach the Kiwis. He wants to develop a winning culture that takes us to the World Cup.”He knows we have confidence in him being able to continue his vital role with the Kiwis in the current series against England and in the years to come.”In rugby league’s worst kept secret, Cleary is now free to join son Nathan at Penrith on a five-year deal this week while Maguire returns to the NRL fold to continue the Tigers’ rebuild.A premiership-winner at South Sydney in 2014 and with a winning record of 61 per cent in both the NRL and English Super League, Maguire is viewed as credentialed enough to release Cleary from the final two years of his deal.”Ivan oversaw a period of significant change at Wests Tigers and his work will leave a positive impact on the club,” Tigers chair Marina Go said.”This was a situation not of our making but I’m proud of the professional manner that the club has conducted itself.”I believe we’re now in a very strong position to move forward over the coming years.”A noted hard task master, Maguire turned the Rabbiotohs from perennial battlers into a premiership-winning force in his six years at the club, taking them to the finals in his first four seasons.He will have a similar challenge ahead of him at the Tigers, who finished ninth last season amid Cleary’s rebuild but missed the finals for the seventh-straight year.”I plan on building on the strong foundation that has been put in place and work closely with the players’ leadership group to build a stronger organisation on and off the field,” Maguire said.”The biggest appeal in taking on this role is being able to work with the leadership that has been built on and off the field at Wests Tigers.”I want this club to be viewed as a long-term successful club that everyone wants to be a part of and this will involve staff, players, families, members and supporters.”Maguire is expected to return in time from the Kiwis’ tour of England for the Tigers’ first main day back at training on November 12.last_img read more

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IOC to lead anti-doping taskforce ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgUK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will serve as the secretariat of the body, which will aim to ensure a co-ordinated effort between all countries ahead of the Games in Brazil.A primary objective is to identify potential testing gaps around the world in all Olympic sports, with the taskforce due to work with all relevant National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs).The news comes at a time when doping scandals are embroiling sport, including Russia’s suspension by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a spate of drug test failures for newly banned heart attack drug meldonium.UKAD’s appointment has been announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which will manage the taskforce under the IOC’s leadership.”This is an important step forward for global sport and the protection of clean athletes,” said UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead.  “It is an opportunity for International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organisations to collaborate to ensure pre-Games testing programmes are targeted, meaningful and effective.“It’s the first time something like this has been done.”Global cooperation is a vital aspect of protecting clean sport and developing a level playing field for all athletes.” Anti-doping organisations in Denmark, Japan, Australia and South Africa will also be involved with the operational activities of the taskforce.Among the tasks will be sharing regional intelligence and the identification of “high risk” athletes.A “transfer of knowledge” will be provided to the IOC before the Olympics begin in Rio, to allow the organisation to shape its drug strategy during the Games.Earlier this month it was confirmed that independent adjudicators selected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will assume control from the IOC of all anti-doping decisions in Rio, including handing out sanctions.This followed a proposal at last year’s Olympic Summit in Lausanne for drug testing to be made independent of sporting bodies.Recommendations by the taskforce will be made to International Federations and NADOs where necessary, with the IOC and WADA kept informed throughout.Russia’s IAAF ban came after two reports by the WADA Independent Commission revealed evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping in the country.If the ban is not lifted then Russia’s athletes will not be able to compete in Rio, with UKAD currently working with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as they bid to return to the fold.Meldonium, which was only added to the WADA banned list on January 1, has provided another headache for Russian officials with tennis ace Maria Sharapova the most high-profile of their athletes to have failed so far.There have been 99 failures since it was outlawed, with WADA claiming evidence of athletes using it for enhancing performance.last_img read more

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IOC set out process to choose new events for Tokyo 2020

first_imgDiscussions have already begun between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and individual International Federations, IOC sports director Kit McConnell revealed here. These talks are due to be “accelerated” following Rio 2016.The IOC Executive Board on Wednesday (June 1) recommended baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing to be added to the programme at Tokyo 2020.The decision is expected to be approved by the full IOC membership at its Session in Rio de Janeior between August 1 and 4. Providing the proposal is accepted, it will mean 18 new events and 474 new athletes will be added to the programme in the Japanese capital. This is likely to reduce the size of any increase in the number of athletes participating from within existing sports.Various sports have already proposed mixed team events in order to introduce new and gender-equal competition but without the need for new participants.A mixed relay in triathlon, mixed doubles in table tennis and a mixed team competition in archery are three such possibilities.One potential new discipline could be basketball 3×3, an innovative shortened version of the sport which was first showcased at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.If successful, 3×3 would likely appear alongside, rather than instead, of its five-a-side cousin.Street and park freestyle events in BMX cycling have also been widely mooted, with it possible that a venue could be shared with the one for skateboarding.International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson also wants to extend the track programme, with the individual pursuit and madison among events vying for a return after being dropped following Beijing 2008.Two additional weight categories in women’s boxing are another possible option.last_img read more

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Gazzetta: The Naples-Inter will also be suspended

first_imgThe emergency situation in Italy caused by the coronavirus (more than 2,500 infections) has forced football to stop. Yesterday at eight in the afternoon, after meetings between senior officials of teams and institutions, it was decided that Juventus-Milan was postponed which had to be played today in Turin at 20:45 h and this Wednesday, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport , Napoli-Inter, the other semifinal that is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:45, will be suspended.In the absence of officiality, this newspaper assures that during this Tuesday, Aurelio De Laurentiis, president of Naples, accepted the proposal of new dates for this match. Marotta, CEO of Inter, publicly assured that it will adjust “whatever is decided” by those responsible for transalpine football. The Italian executive has already recommended to sports institutions that, as the situation progresses, it is considered to be able to close to the public all the sport that is going to be held nationally for at least one month.In Getafe, behind closed doors Inter Milan seems not to play the semifinals of the Coppa Italia on the scheduled date due to the coronavirus but if the Europa League qualifier against Getafe auqnue will have special precautions. From the Spanish government, measures have been taken to prevent mass meetings and it has been decided that the Coliseum’s match between Blues and Interists will take place behind closed doors.last_img read more

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German virologist warns that there will be no soccer until 2021

first_imgThe Bundesliga has suspended the season until April 2 but that date is considered by many to be somewhat illusory.The managing director of the German Football League (DFL), Christian Seifert, has said that closed-door matches are the only chance to save the season which would also involve saving some clubs from insolvency. Schmidt-Chanasit does not believe that the current season can be concluded. “I am convinced that it will only be possible to play again next year. I do not think it is realistic to think that this season can end,” he said. The German virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, from the Berhard-Nocht Institute in Hamburg, considers that the pause in football competitions will have to last until 2021 and he even rejects the possibility of playing behind closed doors before that date.“I don’t think in April they can talk about games being played again. Neither behind closed doors because they have the potential for people to gather at their homes to watch them,” Schmidt-Chanasit said in statements to Northern Television of Germany (NRD).last_img read more

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LIME Foundation provides support for Sunshine Girls

first_imgThe LIME Foundation has provided support to the tune of $500,000 for the Sunshine Girls as they prepare to compete at next month’s Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.Speaking at the handover which took place at the LIME corporate office yesterday, Marva Bernard, president of Netball Jamaica, expressed gratitude to the company saying: “We are deeply humbled that after all these years LIME still has a line to the Sunshine Girls and has found it fit to continue this relationship and support these young people (the team) on their quest.”It takes a lot to send 22 persons to Sydney and we are happy that LIME has not only answered our call for support, but also has provided an avenue for the average Jamaican to get on board,” Bernard continued. Currently, donations are being accepted via text line (444-GIVE) hosted by LIME.Courtney Bell, community programmes manager, who made the presentation on behalf of the LIME Foundation, said the company was glad to contribute.”We are happy to be able to cheer on the Sunshine Girls on their quest for ‘gold’ and our donation is a signal of our ongoing commitment to Jamaica’s youth.” Bell also encouraged members of the public to contribute through the text line.LIME’s involvement with the Sunshine Girls began in 1999 with the donation of the national team bus. The company was also the lead sponsor of the World Netball Championships, hosted in Jamaica in 2003.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgWeather: Fine Track: Good Race 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO&UP(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES THE DOCTOR BIRD *1. * BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 2. ROYAL ASSAULT SEllis 53.0 3 1/2L 3. WINGS OF HOPE WHenry 50.5 2 1/2L 4. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 54.0 1 1/2L Final Time: 1:00.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.2 WIN: $58.00 PLACE: $51.00, $58.00, $61.00 Qu: $102.00 Ex: $119.00 Trifecta: $68.00 Winner: 3yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE by Trainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYU Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. INDEPENDENCE DAY STAKES TROPHY Race 2 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3 1. MISS DOROTHY SBlake3 52.0 2. GO TO HELL SMuir 55.0 1 3/4L 3. * DOC HOLIDAY RHalledeen 57.0 5 1/2L 4. YES WE WILL RWilson 57.0 3 1/2L DNF #6 EL PATRON JErwin 57.0 Final Time : 1:44.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.0 WIN: $895.00 PLACE: $142.00, $176.00, $58.00 Winner: 5yo b mare – HE’STHEREALTHING – PEACE OFFERING Trainer: PAUL SMITH Owner: DELETA BREWSTER Bred by GRAEME DULAL-WHITEWAY Qu: $6,313.00 Ex: $8,768.00 D/E: $1,406.00 Superfecta: $200,164.00 Race 3 1820 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTD ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. SUPER HERITAGE ARobles 54.0 2. *MARIA’S GLORY SMuir 54.0 2 3/4L 3. COURT CALL JErwin 53.5 5/2 Neck 4. ROMAN SPY RChatrie4 50.0 10L Final Time : 2:03.3 Splits : 29.2, 54.3, 1:19.2, 1:47.0 WIN: $219.00 PLACE: $95.00, $57.00, $59.00 Winner : 4yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL – AKIODA Trainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : ZELMUNA Bred by DION JACKSON Qu: $376.00 Ex: $907.00 D/E: $7,083.00 Trifecta: $440.00 Rolling Triple: $7,383.00 Race 4 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE THE ACKEE 1. ELDORADO WHenry 54.0 2. * STERRI’S CHOICE OWalker 53.0 5 1/2L 3. TASHIE BABY SBlake3 49.5 3 1/4L 4. DEMOLITION BOY ARobles 55.0 10L Late scratch : #8 ARTHUR Final Time : 1:30.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.0 WIN: $150.00 PLACE: $62.00, $58.00, $76.00 Qu: $193.00 Ex: $440.00 D/E: $897.00 SD: $111.00 Superfecta: $861.00 Rolling Triple: $17,103.00 Winner : 3yo b colt – ADORE THE GOLD – RACEE Trainer : FITZGERALD J RICHARDS Owner : FITZGERALD J RICHARDS Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Race 5 1820 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE THE COAT OF ARMS 1. LOCKED AND LOADED SMuir 52.0 2. *ROYAL VIBES RHalledeen 53.5 *4/5 1 1/2L 3. PRINCE ANDREW WGriffiths,OD 54.0 14L 4. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE WHenry 53.0 Neck Final Time : 1:55.4 Splits : 27.2, 51.4, 1:15.3, 1:41.2 WIN: $639.00 PLACE: $85.00, $54.00, $58.00 Qu: $921.00 Ex: $1,827.00 D/E: $3,270.00 Trifecta: $1,445.00 Rolling Triple: $34,312.00 Winner : 4yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – RUNIN ON EMPTY Trainer : ANTHONY C NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTE & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGH & MARK A. ROBERTS Bred by DAVID WILLERS Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES THE BLUE MAHOE 1. KIRI WHenry 53.0 7/2 2. *PROLIFIC PRINCESS SEllis 53.5 1L 3. BROWN GIRL CBudhai 53.0 6L 4. STIR IT UP RLahoe 55.0 2 1/4L 5. DIAMOND SBlake3 50.0 1 3/4L 6. FLASHY MAMA MIA MGriffiths3 48.0 8L Final Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 47.2, 1:13.1 WIN: $241.00 PLACE: $80.00, $73.00, $136.00 Winner : 3yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESS Trainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner: CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCY Bred by IAN PARSARD Qu: $211.00 Ex: $595.00 D/E: $13,303.00 Trifecta: $933.00 Hit-6 carry-over : $90,714.00 Rolling Triple: $26,691.00 Race 7 1300 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO-NW3 THE LIGNUM VITAE *1. *HOLOGRAM SHADOW SEllis 54.0 2. ST. BERNARD RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/2L 3. GREATER GLORY AChatrie 52.5 5L 4. EASTWOOD OWalker 54.0 3/4L 5. WARRIOR PRINCESS WHenry 52.0 2L DNF AQUILO JErwin 55.0 5/1 Final Time : 1:20.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, 1:12.3 WIN: $81.00 PLACE: $67.00, $133.00, $130.00 Qu: $417.00 Ex: $648.00 D/E: $549.00 Trifecta: $1,828.00 Hi-5: $11,745.00 Rolling Triple: $12,229.00 Super-6: $6,130.30 Carry-over : $974,722.12 Winner : 6yo b horse – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASY Trainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTION Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. PRIME MINISTER’S STAKES Race 8 2000 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES *1. * PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 57.0 2. ALL CORRECT PFrancis 52.0 5L 3. MILITARY MOVE WHenry 50.0 1 1/2L 4. HOVER CRAFT AChatrie 51.0 3L Final Time : 2:06.3 Splits : 25.0, 50.4, 1:14.2, 1:38.4 WIN: $111.00 Qu: $122.00 Ex: $340.00 D/E: $170.00 Trifecta: $529.00 Rolling Triple: $1,132.00 Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFE Trainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAI Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD. Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW3 THE JAMAICA NATIONAL FLAG *1. *LORD STORM SEllis 57.0 *6/5 2. SPEEDY PROCESS CBudhai 55.0 3 1/2L 3. WINESHA KRobinson 55.0 3/1 Head 4. LASHING FORCE SMuir 55.0 Head 5. HERECOMESTROUBLE VNajair 52.0 3 1/2L Late scratch : #13 GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, , WIN: $112.00 PLACE: $68.00, $87.00, $78.00 Winner : 4yo gr colt – STORM CRAFT out of LAW LADY by Trainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ALEXANDER V HAMILTON Bred by ALEXANDER V. HAMILTON Qu: $339.00 Ex: $492.00 D/E: $294.00 SD: $123.00 Trifecta: $243.00 Hi-5: ) $2,448.50 Rolling Triple: $567.00 Pick-4: $2,932.00 Super-6: $152,178.60 (6 OF 6) Pick-9: $11,979.00 (8 OF 9); $261.50 (7 OF 9). Carry-over : $2,500,146.60last_img read more

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US Open returns to Sunday men’s final

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):For the first time since 2007, the US Open men’s final could be played on a Sunday.That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament – including in New York – until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet weather, pushed the last match to Monday. Now, under the US Tennis Association’s new TV contract with ESPN, the sport’s fourth major of the season will look like the first three.Gone for good is “Super Saturday”, the old format pairing the men’s semis and women’s final. The men get their desired day off between the last two rounds, while the women’s semis are now in Thursday prime time.”‘Super Saturday’ was great, but the intensity of the game and the physicality of the game really made that inappropriate,” said Gordon Smith, the USTA’s executive director, adding it became clear in the last 5-7 years that it wasn’t viable for the top men to play hugely important five-set matches on back-to-back days.”It wasn’t fair to the players, and it wasn’t fair to the fans,” Smith said.After rain postponed the men’s final to Monday from 2008-12, the USTA decided before the 2013 edition to plan for a 15-day tournament from the start – a temporary fix under CBS’s contract at the time to air the late rounds. That meant no “Super Saturday” and the day off for the men they had long been lobbying for.”The problem was, before, it was ‘Super Saturday’ and Sunday, and I know it was very popular with the fans … but you could have 12 days of beautiful sunshine, and then one rain and everything would be all over the place,” said five-time US Open champ Roger Federer, who’s thrilled one day of rain will no longer be a problem next year once the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is completed.last_img read more

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