BREEDERS’ CUP NOTES FOR WED. NOV. 2 – DISTAFF

first_img            Land Over Sea – Land Over Sea was out Wednesday morning for a 1 3/4m gallop for Leandro Moro, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. Following the exercise, the daughter of Bellamy Road schooled in the paddock.             I’m a Chatterbox – Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Spinster winner I’m a Chatterbox had another good morning at Santa Anita as she prepares for her second try in the Distaff. Last year, she finished eighth after a troubled trip.Following a similar routine to Tuesday, I’m a Chatterbox, with trainer Larry Jones aboard, galloped 5/8ths of a mile and then walked through the paddock before returning to her temporary home in barn 59.“She’s doing good,” Jones said. “The work (a bullet 5f in 59 Saturday at Keeneland) seemed to satisfy her. She was happy with what we did.”             Forever Unbridled – Charles Fipke’s homebred filly Forever Unbridled galloped a mile early Wednesday, leaving Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. and impressing trainer Dallas Stewart in the process.“It was an ideal gallop,” Stewart said. “She has had another good morning.”             Corona Del Inca – Argentine import Corona Del Inca went to the main track at 7:45 a.m. and galloped leisurely 1 1/2m with jockey Pablo Falero, who is expected to be aboard the 5yo daughter of Luhuk in the Distaff. Distaff Notes             Curalina – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina galloped 1 1/4m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in Friday’s Distaff.“She had a very strong gallop. She seems very happy with herself,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.Curalina, a Grade 1 winner at the Distaff distance of 1 1/8 miles, is scheduled to take on undefeated Songbird, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder and multiple Grade 1 winner Stellar Wind.“You’ve got horses with similar running styles in there. I think she’s versatile enough to get into a good stalking position and get into a good rhythm and take it from there,” Pletcher said. Stellar Wind – The Clement Hirsch and Zenyatta Stakes winner Stellar Wind went through her usual morning ritual of jogging and going to the paddock early Wednesday morning.With the sun yet to rise and a set ready to head for the track, trainer John Sadler reflected on last year’s controversial neck loss to Stopchargingmaria in the Distaff.“There was a long inquiry and we thought we were going to get put up to win,” Sadler said. “She got floated out and bumped twice in the stretch. We didn’t get the call. One of those things. It didn’t take long to get over it.“I think it helped her win the Eclipse Award because all the writers were there and could see she was the best horse in the race, a 3-year-old against older. She ran great, we were thrilled with the race, just didn’t get the ‘W.’”             Songbird – Maintenance mode continued for Breeders’ Cup distaff favorite Songbird with an easy 1 1/2m gallop Wednesday morning under Edgar Rodriguez.  The dark bay filly, with the distinctive white stripe down her nose, took to the main Santa Anita oval at 7 a.m., a bit later than usual, owing to a schooling session in the paddock in which she’ll participate as part of her pre-race ramp up.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, back on scene Wednesday following a visit to his Northern California string of runners, reported everything was going smoothly for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.“As a trainer, you get lucky to have a filly like this, so you’ve just got to take it in stride and enjoy while you can,” he said.  “When we received her, she was thought to be special and I think she’s proven that with her consistency.”Songbird will have regular rider Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard Friday. Smith, who is the winningest rider in the Breeders’ Cup history with 22 wins, has had the privilege of riding many great mares including Horses of the Year Azeri and the great Zenyatta, a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner.“I’ve been very blessed to have ridden so many great horses during my career,” Smith said.  “No question, Songbird is such a special filly. So was Zenyatta.  It’s always difficult – and sometimes unfair -to make comparisons between them. But, I can say that for a horse at her age, Songbird has the fastest cruising speed of any of them.”Asked if as a jockey it’s more fun to play “catch me if you can” on a speedy filly like Songbird or try to “mow them down from behind” like Zenyatta, Smith smiled and said,  “It’s like comparing apples and oranges – just as long as you get the bowl of fruit!”            Beholder – Two-time Breeders’ Cup champion and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went to the track at 7 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2m over the main track under regular exercise rider Janeen Painter.Winning the Distaff at 3 is one of her Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s favorite memories of the champion 6yo mare.“We have had a lot of great memories with her,” Mandella said. “Surprising us to be ready for the Breeders’ Cup at 2, winning the Distaff at 3, still winning at 6; so many great memories to pick from.”last_img read more

Video: Jim Harbaugh Is Walking The Streets Of Ann Arbor, Mean Mugging With Recruits

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan is hosting a contingent of recruits from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area today, including four-star tight end Naseir Upshur. It seems like the prospects are touring Ann Arbor with UM head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno. Upshur posted a funny video on Twitter, featuring the group walking in Ann Arbor and a quick shot of Harbaugh with his hat pulled low, mean-mugging the camera. Four-star 2016 WR Ahmir Mitchell and four-star 2016 DE Ron Johnson are also shown, as is 2017 offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz.Once again, Harbaugh is a character.walking the Ann Arbor streets with coach Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/JcEfjI2my7— Pop (@NaseirUpshur) June 25, 2015Never change, coach.last_img read more

Scouts Are Apparently Worried That Jaylon Smith May Never Play In The NFL

first_imgJaylon Smith wearing the Notre Dame Mascot's hat.PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates by wearing the hat of team mascot, Lucky The Leprechaun, following their 42-30 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the top NFL prospects in college football this past year, suffered a devastating knee injury against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, tearing both his ACL and LCL. It turns out the injury may wind up being more than just a setback.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith is no longer expected to play in 2016 after medical rechecks. According to ESPN’s Travis Haney, there are some scouts who think he’ll never play a down in the NFL. After medical rechecks, Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith is not expected to play in 2016 and teams are unsure when he will play again, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2016Scouts told me they fear Smith might be one of best pure prospects to never play in NFL. There’s real concern. https://t.co/ijz3UEY5TZ— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 19, 2016Smith’s situation is heartbreaking, obviously. Don’t be surprised if it reignites the debate regarding whether NFL Draft prospects should take part in non-Playoff bowl games.last_img read more

JIS Awards Students in Heritage Competition

first_img The annual JIS Heritage Competition’s essay category targets children at the primary level who are between nine and 12 years old. They are required to write between 400 and 500-word pieces on a specific theme. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has awarded 21 students for outstanding essays, posters and photographs submitted in the 2017 staging of the agency’s Heritage Competition, which was held under the theme ‘How would you like to see Jamaica in another 55 years?’.These students were awarded on Monday, November 27, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew, during the annual JIS Heritage Competition Awards Ceremony.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JIS, Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe, congratulated the awardees and encouraged them to continue aspiring for greatness through their individual talents.“The youngsters really showed that they understand the events that impact us as a country. They also were able to articulate for us their dreams and their vision for Jamaica. They took the courage to submit the entries and we’re very happy with the quality that we received this year, and our judges said they were very pleased with the outcome,” Mrs. Rowe said.Among the 21 students, three emerged overall winners in the categories of the competition. They were Jaida Lalor from George Headley Primary School in Kingston (Essay); Akeem Plummer from Belair High School in Manchester (Poster); and Sarah-Fay Buckland, University of the West Indies, Mona (Photography).Jaida was very excited about being the winner in her category, as her sister, Jhanel Lalor, a student at Campion College, won in the same category in 2015.“I was very excited and I was happy. My inspiration was the people I see on the streets when I go to school every day, so I joined the essay competition to write about how I would want to see Jamaica in the future,” Jaida told JIS News.Unlike Jaida, who expected to win, Akeem did not expect his victory, given that he was entering the competition for the very first time.When asked by JIS News how he prepared his poster entry, he said based on the photo [and] resources that were given, “I looked at the pictures that meant the most to me, like pictures from areas such as track and field, our heritage sites, our achievements, and I composed those based on my interpretation of the theme ‘Jamaica 55’.”Unfortunately, Sarah-Fay, winner of the photo category, was absent from the awards ceremony.Gianne Willie, another student from George Headley Primary; and Janelle Ellis from Praise Tabernacle Christian Academy, placed second and third, respectively, in the essay category.Zarri-Ann Baugh from Ardenne Extension High School and Aliyah Wright from Manchester High School came second and third in the poster category.Lamar Salmon from The Mico University College and Janielle Lyn placed second and third in the photo section of the competition.The annual JIS Heritage Competition’s essay category targets children at the primary level who are between nine and 12 years old. They are required to write between 400 and 500-word pieces on a specific theme.The essays were judged based on the relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills. At least one of the references should have been made to a JIS source.On the other hand, the poster competition was open to students in grades seven to 13 at a registered secondary school. They were required to design an 11×17-inch poster digitally or by illustration depicting ‘Jamaica 55’. Posters were judged on interpretation of the topic, originality, neatness and presentation.Meanwhile, the photographic competition targeted students attending an accredited tertiary institution. They were required to submit a high resolution quality photograph depicting Jamaica 55. Entries were judged based on originality, composition, technicality and impact. Story Highlights “The youngsters really showed that they understand the events that impact us as a country. They also were able to articulate for us their dreams and their vision for Jamaica. They took the courage to submit the entries and we’re very happy with the quality that we received this year, and our judges said they were very pleased with the outcome,” Mrs. Rowe said. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has awarded 21 students for outstanding essays, posters and photographs submitted in the 2017 staging of the agency’s Heritage Competition, which was held under the theme ‘How would you like to see Jamaica in another 55 years?’.last_img read more

Focussing on my game looking to improve everyday Pant

first_imgKolkata: India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said that he loves M.S. Dhoni and is not bothered about comparisons with the decorated former India captain, rather choosing to focus on his own game. With no Dhoni in the squad for the South Africa home series starting from September 15, the selectors are looking at the 21-year old as a long term option to take over from India’s twin World Cup winning captain. “I just love him. I am focussing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve everyday,” Pant said at an event here when asked about Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Pant said he is working really hard to win more games for his country. “The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improve myself and helping team India to win more matches.” Asked about the South Africa series, he said: “We have practiced really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well.” Pant said there will be home advantage, but the Proteas are a good unit too. “Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.last_img read more

Polaris Music Prize and Music Canada partner to improve equity and access

first_img“Music Canada is committed to challenging the status quo and advancing practical solutions to improve equity and representation in the Canadian music industry,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada and Polaris Board Chair. “Polaris Music Prize, an organization focused on artistic excellence with a history of celebrating diverse sounds and viewpoints, is the perfect host for this program.”Participating organizations in the 2018 Community Development Program can be found at polarismusicprize.ca/sponsors.The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Gala takes place on Monday, September 17th at The Carlu in Toronto. Canadian non-profits interested in participating in the 2019 Community Development Program are encouraged to contact Claire Dagenais at [email protected] Polaris Music PrizePolaris Music Prize Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics then judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. For more on the Polaris Music Prize, please visit www.polarismusicprize.caAbout the 2018 Polaris Music Prize GalaThe Polaris Music Prize Gala is produced by CBC Music. This year’s gala is set to take place on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor. The gala will be webcast live worldwide on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube. This year’s host is CBC’s Raina Douris.About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. For more on Music Canada, please visit www.musiccanada.com LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In 2018, each participating organization will receive tickets to the Polaris Music Prize Gala to distribute to individuals who directly impact or participate in the organization’s music programming, courtesy of Music Canada. The program also includes additional opportunities for participants to connect with Polaris staff, Board members and other community members on the night of the Gala.“Our objective is to provide aspiring music professionals, who normally lack the means or access to music events, an opportunity to participate in the industry and community that Polaris attracts,” says Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize. “Our hope is that by lifting these barriers we can in a small way help develop diversity in the next generation of music supporters and protectors.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Bank accounts can be used to teach kids basic financial literacy lessons

first_imgOTTAWA – Omar Abouzaher remembers going to the bank with his daughter so she could make her first deposit into an account that was opened for her when she was just a toddler.The regional vice-president for the Bank of Montreal’s daughter was four when they took her piggy bank to deposit the coins.“She’s a banker at heart,” he said.While RESP accounts can help parents save for a child’s education, opening a savings account for a child can be the first step in teaching basic financial literacy, Abouzaher said.“I believe sometimes we wait too long until the kids are a bit older and try to cram all this financial information and throw it at them,” he said.Abouzaher recommends starting with teaching what it means to save and then build on that foundation.“The older they grow, they’ll understand as well the other components or the other pieces that are maybe a little bit more complex when it comes to understanding debt, understanding what it takes to pay tuition, what it takes to manage your credit,” he said.Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits.But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.Abouzaher said children can start to learn the basics of budgeting and saving for something down the road.Kids can be given a choice, he said, such as, “Do you want to spend it right now and buy whatever you want to buy … or do you want to save it and maybe look at something else in the longer run?”Parents should keep an eye on fees, just like they would with their own account, or else their children may learn an unwelcome lesson about having a bank account. While accounts for children often do not have a monthly fee, banks may charge for other services such as using a non-bank ATM, depending on where the account is opened.The amount of interest paid on savings accounts for children also varies by institution. According to rate-tracking website Ratehub.ca, youth accounts at Tangerine, the online bank owned by Scotiabank, pays the highest interest rate for young savers at 1.2 per cent compared with typically less than one per cent at the country’s big banks.At Tangerine, children hold their accounts jointly with a parent.If a parent is already a Tangerine customer they can open up an account for their child online by entering the information on the bank’s website, said Oliver Small, a senior manager at Tangerine.Small said you will need to have a social insurance number as well as one of several different pieces of ID to open the account such as a Canadian passport, a permanent resident identification or Secure Certificate of Indian Status.For children age 11 or under, parents may also use a birth certificate or a citizenship card or certificate.Small, who remembers his grandparents and parents teaching him early lessons of money management when he was a boy, said it is never too early to open an account.“Money management and financial literacy are really critical life skills and we know that if you instill good behaviours early on they can last a lifetime.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS)last_img read more

How Much Money Youre Going To Win Playing Super Bowl Squares

An alternate payout scheme that seems to have caught on recently is an “Every Score Pays” squares pool. Under this version, instead of waiting for the end of each quarter, a fixed percentage of the pool is paid out after every score change, including extra points. A typical amount is 5 percent of the pool per score. Payouts continue until the funds are exhausted. Any money left over at the end of the game goes to the holder of the final score square. Using detailed play-by-play data from that same 10 season dataset, I also calculated the expected value of each square under this somewhat more complex payout scheme (assuming the 5 percent payout option).In general, regardless of the payout scheme, 0-7 and 0-3 will be valuable squares. 0-0 tends to be a valuable first quarter square due to the likelihood of a scoreless first 15 minutes. And, much like the “9” button on your microwave, the 5-5 square is highly unlikely to see much action this Sunday. Superbowl XLIX takes place Sunday afternoon, and with it, our nation’s annual exercise in modular arithmetic: Super Bowl squares.In a squares pool, participants are assigned a pair of single digit numbers on a 10×10 grid — so I’d have 0 and 7, for example. Each pair of numbers corresponds to a square on the grid, and I’d get paid if the Patriots finished with a score that ended in 0 and the Seahawks with a score that ended in 7 — 20, 17, say. Typically, people get paid according to the score at the end of each quarter, as well, to add a little spice to the proceedings.In most pools, squares are assigned on a random basis, but not all squares are equal in terms of expected value. Football scoring tends to come in chunks of sevens and threes (and, much less frequently, sixes, eights, and twos). As a result, squares containing zero, seven, and three are more valuable than those containing, say, a five or a two.If you’re in an office squares pool, you probably already know your numbers and may be wondering whether your square is any good. Or perhaps you want to engage in a little pre-game arbitrage with other members of your pool. If so, I’ve calculated the expected value of each square, after each quarter, below. (Expected payouts are derived from the outcomes of over 2,500 games from 10 NFL seasons.) read more

Dino Zoff reveals the secret of Donnarummas rise

first_imgLegendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff believes he understands the secret to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s improved form for Milan this season.The AC Milan shot-stopper appears to have overcome the off-field problems that affected him last season as he has gone on to establish himself as Italy’s No 1.“His secret? It’s simple, he became a man,” Zoff, regarded by many as the Azzurri’s greatest-ever shot-stopper after Gianluigi Buffon, told Football Italia via Corriere della Sera.“He’s more aware now, he’s an adult and he’s learning to manage the stages of his life, which are also phases during a match.Zoff also spoke of the resilience of the keeper suggesting he’s not overwhelmed by mistakes.His saves were evident and crucial in Milan’s last clash against AS Roma which helped the team salvage a 1-1 draw in a cagey encounter.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….DONNARUMMA WITH THE AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE! [via: @TVACM] pic.twitter.com/wilekEDyGL— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) February 3, 2019“He doesn’t fall to pieces after making a mistake anymore. The other night he missed a cross, so much so that moments later he made a superlative save.”The Rossoneri are currently ranked the fourth best defence in the Serie A which is partly due to the effort of the teenage goalkeeper.Gattuso’s men are in the race for a Champions League spot and have a chance of clinching a silverware in the Coppa Italia.last_img read more

Crespo Im a hybrid of HiguainIcardi

first_imgFormer Inter Milan and AC Milan forward Hernan Crespo believes he had the features of both Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain during his playing days ahead of the Milan derby.Crespo who played for both Milan clubs shared his thoughts ahead of the big showdown in Milan.“These are two clubs that are almost new and two teams that are still a work in progress,” Crespo told Football Italia.“Inter are at a more advanced stage of their development right now, as after six years they are back in the Champions League and Suning have been working on this project longer than Elliott Management.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Milan are coming off a chaotic period. With Leonardo and Paolo Maldini as directors, at least they are starting to recreate some of that identity, but they need a few more years to get back to the golden era.”Both Milanese giants rely heavily on an Argentina international centre-forward.“I think Higuain is ideal for Gennaro Gattuso’s tactics. The same goes for Icardi at Inter, as Luciano Spalletti’s wingers are perfect for setting up a deadly finisher like him,” continued Crespo.“I was a mix between the two. I would move like Icardi in front of goal, but participate more in the build-up play like Higuain.”last_img read more