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    first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 46,514 COMES OUT FOR FOUR GRADED STAKES UNDER IDYLIC CONDITIONS ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2014)–Breaking from the inside in a field of nine sophomore sprinters, Mind Your Biscuits sat a close third under Joel Rosario a quarter mile from home and overhauled Sharp Azteca late to take Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita by a half-length as he covered seven furlongs in 1:20.81. Third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths here in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5, Mind Your Biscuits, who is trained by Robert Falcone, Jr., posted his fourth win from nine starts this year.Although Mind Your Biscuits returned to his Belmont Park base following the Breeders’ Cup (in which he was subsequently awarded second money due to the medical disqualification of runner-up Masochistic), he returned to Santa Anita to drill a bullet half mile in 47.20 on Dec. 18 and the sharp drill obviously served him well in the Malibu.Although favored on the morning line, he was off as the second choice at 7-2 and paid $9.40, $5.00 and $3.20.Owned by J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Summers, Summers, Kisber and Summers, the New York-bred colt by Posse improved his overall mark to 13-4-4-3. With the winner’s share of $180,000, he increased his earnings to $675,366.Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Sharp Azteca showed good speed throughout and was second best on the day, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of favored Ten Blessings. Off at 4-1, Sharp Azteca paid $5.00 and $3.40.One of three Bob Baffert-trained runners, Ten Blessings, with Rafael Bejarano up, was mid-pack early and was third turning for home, but never threatened the top two. Off at 8-5, he paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.16, 43.80 and 1:08.10.Monday’s Winter Meet opening day crowd of 46,514 was up from last year’s 44,873. Total pari-mutuel handle of $18,363,495 was up roughly $900,000 over last year’s $17,406,122. CALIFORNIA-BRED BETTYS BAMBINO TAKES GRADE III SAN SIMEON BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIOEarlier in the day, Bettys Bambino overcame a 22 month layoff to register a 2 ¼ length win in the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes, which was contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Unusual Heat, he got the distance in 1:11.95. Off at 6-1 in a field of 12 three year olds and up, he paid $15.80, $7.80 and $5.20.Ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Bettys Bambino was bred by Sharon Alesia, Joe Ciaglia and Mellen.Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Stormy Liberal finished second at 6-1 and paid $8.20 and $5.40.Favored at 4-1 with Victor Espinoza up, Richard’s Boy paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the San Simeon were 21.60, 43.36 and 1:05.95.last_img read more

  • Guyana stuck in ‘imbalance mode’

    first_imgDear Editor,I would like to take this opportunity to commend Christine Bissessar for her letter “Why was Rajendra Bissessar betrayed and underutilised for so long?”.Perhaps Christine Bissessar needs to direct her question more directly at Volda Lawrence who invoked that she was only hiring PNC people.Guyanese politicians are not hiring people who are best suited to the job. They are hiring people who are affiliated to them. Hence, Guyana is stuck in underdevelopment mode.Even without oil money, Guyana has enough resources to be a medium developed nation with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of about US$10,000 as opposed to the current GDP per capita of US$4500. The problem is that politics and politicians have too much sway in what gets done in Guyana. I do not envisage this situation changing soon.With the educational system failing Guyanese and with some local Guyanese not wanting Guyanese from the Guyanese diaspora to get involved in Guyana’s development (now that oil has been discovered) I just do not envisage Guyana being on an upward trajectory. I say this because the politicians will be doing the same thing the same way over and over again and expect a different result.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

  • Smoking Ban in Vehicles – Council Discusses the Idea

    first_imgCouncilor Bruce Christensen proposed the idea of banning smoking in vehicles with children at Monday’s Council Meeting.He came up with the idea after see vehicles this past weekend with children strapped into their car seats while an adult had a smoke in the vehicle. [asset|aid=666|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c92ca228bb2f4ff0c2f6199b7ab45470-Bruce – Smoking in vehicles_1_Pub.mp3]Council agreed unanimously with Christensen and asked city staff to look into the idea of a ban. It was also suggested the idea could be brought forward as a motion at the next Union of BC Municipality Conference.- Advertisement -Once staff have the opportunity to research the idea, they will discover the Province of BC has already introduced legislation to change the Motor Vehicle Act. The changes will give Police the power to issue a ticket to anyone caught smoking in a vehicle with a passenger under 16 years of age.BC Solicitor General John van Dongen introduced the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act in April of this year. Individuals found to be in violation of the legislation will be subject to find, and a failure to pay smoking violation fines will result in a refusal to issue drivers’ and vehicle licences.BC joined a number of other jurisdictions in introducing legislation that bans smoking in cars when children are present, including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon Territory and the U.S. states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Maine.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Search continues for missing Hudson’s Hope man

    first_imgOne week after his disappearance, the search for a missing Hudson’s Hope man will focus on an area of dense forest.Rene Cote was last seen Aug. 6 at around 6:30 p.m. and his truck was later found near power lines by the 400 Road. Hudson’s Hope RCMP says the 42 year-old had a bad day before he went missing.- Advertisement -Police, along with the North Peace Search and Rescue, have been conducting ground and aerial searches near the W.A.C Bennett Dam. On Saturday, police say they will conduct a full-scale search and rescue with volunteers from both Fort St. John and Prince George.Cote is described as Caucasian, 5’5″ tall and weighs around 140 lbs. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He also has a moustache and graying stubble.Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP detachment at 250-783-5241.last_img read more

  • Trojans marching forward with Floyd

    first_imgThat’s the treatment Pete Carroll receives at Galen Center, and Floyd is drawing comparisons to the celebrity coach in the way he has turned around the USC basketball program in two seasons. “The best thing to happen for me and this team was coach Floyd, him coming here,” senior Lodrick Stewart said. “He’s brought new life to us.” Tim Floyd attended most USC football home games last season, slipping in anonymously and watching the action like any other school employee. In a few more years, maybe he’ll trot into the Coliseum like a movie star, an entourage of the nation’s top recruits at his side, and receive the largest ovation of the day from 90,000 fans when shown on the big screen. “Guys here are aspiring to be something, either in the NBA or in the real world,” Floyd said. “As a result, it’s easier to capture their listening at this level. I realized the impact I could have here is far greater, and the whole notion of putting together a team that fit your style of play attracted me.” In some ways, Floyd isn’t much different than Bibby, currently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both are hard-line coaches who want everything done their way and run a demanding practice. Floyd punishes players for missing so much as a tutoring session and forces players to run laps across the court for the mistake of one teammate while the offender watches. But while Bibby’s tactics alienated many players, Floyd’s are embraced. With his Southern charm, Floyd knows how to mix a stern hand with a velvet touch. Floyd’s office door is always open to meet with players about any of life’s issues, not just basketball. Though the players immediately took to Floyd, improving from 12-17 to a respectable 17-13 and a sixth-place finish in the conference last year, it was in the offseason that the players became a family, with Floyd assuming the role of father figure. The shooting death of point guard Ryan Francis in May was a shock to all the players, especially his former roommate, Young. “A dad doesn’t normally cry,” Young said. “He tries to be the brave one, the one who keeps his head up and looks out for the kids. So he looked out for us, he was there for us, he told us to keep our heads up. He didn’t show much emotion, but you could tell he was hurt.” Floyd, much more at ease in relating with people and the media than was Bibby, handled the death of Francis well publicly. He got the university to pay for Francis’ funeral, then flew Francis’ mother Paulette from Louisiana to attend a ceremony honoring Francis in the first game at the new Galen Center. Stewart has gone through a lot this season, with the death of his great-grandfather and the news that his mother had been hospitalized back in Mississippi for a nervous breakdown. He has no family members in Los Angeles for support, so he turned to Floyd. “He’s helped me get through it, calling me and checking up on me, making sure everything is all right, making sure I’m going to class,” Stewart said. “He’s just a great person to have around, and not only as a coach. We’ll have a relationship way after basketball.” On the court, Floyd instilled a defensive mind-set into a team that used to think defense meant an occasional gamble for a steal. The Trojans allowed 78.3 points per game the season before Floyd’s arrival, 67.1 points last season and are currently holding teams to 64.1 per game. He took a USC team in disarray and turned it into an NCAA Tournament team in two years. The future looks even brighter. With a new arena to attract recruits, Floyd locked up the top prospect in the country for next season in O.J. Mayo and has another top-10 player, point guard Brandon Jennings, scheduled to come in the following year. “I feel like I have the best basketball job in the country,” Floyd said. “I know we haven’t had the level of success as some of these major programs. But why wouldn’t it happen here in Los Angeles, with this city, the talent in the area and now this facility?” Sound familiar? Carroll also is a defensive-minded coach and great recruiter. He took a team coming off a last-place season, made it respectable in his first year and took it to a major bowl in his second. The Trojans won the national championship his next two seasons, and Carroll became a Southern California icon. “We’re on the rise, especially with the guys coming in,” Pruitt said. “It’s only a matter of time before (Floyd) brings this team to that type of level. He’s on the way to getting that sort of attention and appreciation around campus and at games outside of basketball.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Floyd took over a team at rock bottom. The Trojans were returning four players from a last-place team in the Pacific-10 Conference. After two years under Floyd’s influence, the Trojans enter the Pac-10 Tournament today at Staples Center as the third seed, their highest placement in the tournament’s 10-year history. USC’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years is likely. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt – talented players who seemed lost under the previous coaching staff of Henry Bibby and, for a few months, Jim Saia – rallied around the new leadership. “It was like we made it through a hurricane and when he walked in it was sunlight,” Stewart said of Floyd. “It was a new beginning for us.” Like Carroll, Floyd appears to be a better fit in college than in the pros – and not simply because of his win-loss record (93-235) in 31/2 seasons with Chicago and one in New Orleans. last_img read more

  • Former Man United assistant Phelan leaves Norwich after missing out on manager’s job

    first_imgMike Phelan has left his role as Norwich City’s first-team coach just four months after his appointment.The 52-year-old former Manchester United assistant boss was brought in to work alongside Neil Adams at the end of November.Following Adams’ departure from the top job in January, Phelan had been tipped to step up and take over managerial duties.But he was surprisingly overlooked in favour of young coach Alex Neil.Now Phelan, who spent 12 years working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, has decided to leave Carrow Road.A statement on City’s official website read: “Following an approach by Mike to the club, City can confirm first-team coach Mike Phelan has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.“Mike, a Canary hall of fame member and former captain of Norwich City, leaves with the very best wishes of everyone at the club for the future.“Gary Holt will continue as first team coach, with new boss Alex Neil recently confirming his backroom team will be further boosted by the arrival of Frankie McAvoy from Hamilton Academical at the end of the month.” Mike Phelan 1last_img read more

  • Brazil to play Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia in World Cup

    first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s forward Neymar sings the national anthem ahead of a friendly football match against Japan at The “Pierre Mauroy ” Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq on November 10, 2017MOSCOW, Russia, Dec 1- Five-time champions Brazil were paired with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E at the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday.The first game pits the Costa Ricans against Serbia in Samara on June 17, with Brazil kicking off against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don the same day. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Murder suspect was recently paroled on evading police conviction

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ State prison records show three cases involving convictions of evading police for Lopez stemming to 2005. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUJUNGA – A man arrested in connection with a Dec. 9 slaying of a man police believe was a rival gang member was paroled after serving a one-year, four-month prison sentence on a conviction of evading police, causing bodily injury, according to California Department of Corrections records. Robert J. Lopez, a 22-year-old parolee and gang member, was arrested in connection with the murder of Ronnie Burgess, 21, whose bullet-riddled body was found on a Tujunga sidewalk about 7:40 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the 10100 block of Samoa Avenue, said LAPD Detective Jose Martinez. Lopez was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on Dec. 10 after allegedly trying to outrun police in a Nissan Murano that is believed to have been the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting that left Burgess dead the day before, police said. The Murano was chased to the Glendale Hilton, where police surrounded the vehicle, put up a cordon and made several arrests. At least three others were detained then released pending further investigation, police said. Police believe the Murano might have been fleeing the scene of a shooting that occurred earlier in the northeastern area of Los Angeles. Details of that shooting were not immediately available.last_img read more

  • NO DEAL! Everton sources tell talkSPORT they have NOT accepted £75m Lukaku offer

    first_img1 Romelu Lukaku Everton have NOT reached an agreement with Manchester United over Romelu Lukaku, talkSPORT understands.Reports emerged on Thursday morning that the Toffees had accepted a £75million bid from United for their star striker.But senior sources at the Merseyside club have told talkSPORT that the reports are ‘premature’ and ‘no deal has been reached’.United are understood to remain hopeful of securing Lukaku’s signature, however.Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring in a new striker and has made the 24-year-old his top target, having ended his interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.Mourinho sold Lukaku to Everton when he was Chelsea boss but now sees him as the ideal man to lead his forward line at United after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.Chelsea are also interested in re-signing Lukaku but United have close ties to his agent, Mino Raiola, and expect to beat the Premier League champions to the Belgian.Raiola negotiated deals for Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move to Old Trafford last summer.Speaking to talkSPORT in May, Raiola said Everton had promised Lukaku he can leave this summer if ‘certain clubs come in for him’.But Everton, backed by billionaire Farhad Moshiri, are under no pressure to sell and United have work to do to secure his signature.Moshiri is hoping to bring Wayne Rooney back to Goodison Park but he will not accept United’s record goalscorer as a makeweight in any deal for Lukaku.last_img read more

  • Rangers ‘make inquiry to sign England youth ace on loan’

    first_img REVEALED three-way race Rangers completed their 12th signing of the summer on Wednesday, bringing Kyle Lafferty back to Ibrox from Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Latest transfer news TOP WORK 2 moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Rangers want to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to reports.Steven Gerrard has plotted to bring the England Under-21 ace to Ibrox as he continues his summer rebuild, which has already seen 12 new players signed by the Gers. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? According to the Daily Record, Rangers have already submitted an inquiry to loan Worrall, with Forest willing to send him away from the City Ground on a temporary basis for 2018/19.The Gers are not alone in their interest, however, with Aston Villa, West Brom and Stoke also keen on Worrall. targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED LATEST Worrall has been capped by England at Under-20 and Under-21 level LIVING THE DREAM Worrall, the centre-back, has made over 50 appearances for Forest since graduating from their academy system. The 21-year-old’s performances have earned him international recognition, with caps won for England Under-20s and Under-21s in 2017.He captained the Young Lions to victory at the 2017 Toulon Tournament, being named the tournament’s second-best player behind England team-mate David Brooks. targets Worrall has been made available for loan by Nottingham Forest The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more