Jockey Brian Toomey is reported to be in a “stable condition” after suffering serious injuries in a heavy fall at Perth on Thursday. The 3lb claimer was partnering Solway Dandy in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle when the 11-4 favourite came to grief three flights from home. He was taken to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and a spokesperson for NHS Tayside on Thursday night said Toomey was “suffering from a life-threatening head injury”. A statement released by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund on Friday morning read: “Following his fall at Perth racecourse yesterday, jockey Brian Toomey was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He remains in intensive care in a stable condition and his mother and sister are both with him. It is unlikely there will be a further update for 48 hours.” Toomey is attached to the yard of Kevin Ryan in North Yorkshire and is the boyfriend of the trainer’s daughter, Amy. Press Association
Press Association Abandoning the tactics which brought him victory at Royal Liverpool in 2006 proved costly for Tiger Woods in the second round of the 143rd Open Championship on Friday. Woods famously used his driver just once in 72 holes on his way to a third Open title eight years ago and was similarly circumspect in an opening 69 on Thursday. However, wayward drives on the first two holes resulted in the 14-time major winner dropping three shots, despite the later starters again appearing to have the best of the conditions. He gave back a shot after three-putting from 40 feet at the third but made birdie on the par-five fifth and 10th. Molinari was one over for his round after nine holes but picked up shots on the 10th, 13th and 14th to join Garcia on six under, one ahead of clubhouse leader George Coetzee who had carded a superb 69 on his 28th birthday in the windier conditions hours earlier. McIlroy moved three shots clear with a birdie on the par-five 10th, although the sheepish grin on his face suggested he felt he had been somewhat fortunate with his chip from heavy rough to the left of the green. It looked certain he would make it five birdies in seven holes on the next, but surprisingly missed from four feet to remain nine under par. Molinari remained six under par with two to play, but Garcia dropped a shot on the 14th after his drive stopped inches short of a gorse bush, prompting the Spaniard to don his waterproofs before edging gingerly into the edge of the bush to pitch back onto the fairway. The Italian completed a round of 70 to set the new clubhouse target on six under, a target matched by playing partner Ryan Moore after the American birdied the 17th and the 18th, the latter after a superb approach to within inches of the hole. Woods had carded 13 pars in succession to remain level par with three holes to play, with the cut currently predicted to fall at two over par. Woods pulled his opening drive so badly that it ended up in thick rough to the left of the fairway on the adjacent 18th, from where he missed the green with his approach and hacked his third shot onto the green and off the other side. From there he chipped on and two-putted for a double-bogey, while his drive on the second also found the rough and his approach ran over the back of the green to lead to a bogey. A run of seven straight pars to the turn left Woods on level par and eight shots adrift of the pace being set by overnight leader Rory McIlroy. McIlroy had also got off to a slow start with a bogey on the first after overshooting the green with his approach, but reclaimed the lead with a birdie on the fifth after narrowly missing from 40 feet for an eagle. The former world number one, looking to become only the third player in the modern era after Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25, also holed from 10 feet for birdie on the sixth. And the Northern Irishman then carded another birdie from close range on the eighth, despite the bizarre scenario of having to wait for an errant pheasant to walk across the green. At eight under par, McIlroy enjoyed a two-shot lead over Ryder Cup team-mates Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia, with Garcia enjoying an eventful round so far. The Spaniard bogeyed the first after pulling his drive into rough to the left of the fairway on the adjacent 18th, but responded impressively with an eagle at the par-four second – the same hole where he pitched in with a nine-iron in 2006 – when his approach from the semi-rough dropped into the cup.
Kolkata: Newly appointed Mohun Bagan head coach Kibu Vicuna wants to build a tactically strong team that can play attacking football and have their own identity.In an interview to the club website, Spaniard Vicuna said he was eager to take a look at the young players at the club and build a team that could control the tempo of games but play free flowing football.“We have to build a good team to get the best results. We are working on it. I would like to build a strong team tactically and also to have an offensive style, which will be able to control the tempo of the games,” Vicuna said.Talking about team formations, the 47-year-old stressed the need to have a blueprint of their own. “More than the shapes, we have to build our own style and model of play. I would like to have Mohun Bagan play good offensive football. This is our objective,” said Vicuna who previously had a stint in the Poland First Division league ‘Ekstraklasa’Mohun Bagan finished a disappointing fifth in the 2018-19 season, 14 points behind champions Chennai City and have not won the league since 2014-15.“First we have to train the team and know the players’ abilities. Then, we have to meet with them to know their strengths and their weaknesses. I also like to train individually with players to help them improve their quality. I also want to have a look at the young players of the club,” said Vicuna, a UEFA pro licence holder.Mohun Bagan also appointed Tomasz Tchorz as assistant to Vicuna. The pair has worked together at Wisla Plock in Poland and Lithuanian side FK Trakai.“The staff is very important. We have to work together and hard to get the best results. We have to work in coordinated manner. Second coach, assistant coach, physical coach and goalkeeper coach, we have a lot of work: improve our team, record the training sessions, give players video feedback, make analysis of our team matches, analysis of our opponents, improve tactically as a team, make the players improve individually,” he said.Mohun Bagan have also appointed Ranjan Chowdhury as Vicuna’s other assistant coach.Asked about selecting the Indian players, Vicuna said, “ We are working with the club in order to get the better players. I am watching the games from last season. I gave the club my opinion about players and suggestions about what we need to improve. I also gave the names of some Indian players who play in other teams. Also, I want to see the young players of Mohun Bagan youth teams.”Mohun Bagan have also announced that they have retained eight players to be part of the squad in the 2019-20 season. They are goalkeeper Shankar Roy, defenders Arijit Bagui, Sukhdev Singh, Bikramjit Singh and Gurjinder Kumar, midfielders Shilton D’Silva and Britto PM and forward Azharuddin Mallick.Vicuna’s first challenge will be the Calcutta Football League where Mohun Bagan ended arch-rivals East Bengal’s dominance to win the title after eight years. “We are going to prepare for Calcutta Football League as best as possible. We have to be ready to face everything. We are a professional team and we have to be prepared,” he said.On the age-old rivalry with East Bengal, the Spaniard said, “Yes, I heard about it. In Poland also I have seen the rivalry between Legia Waraw and Polonia Warszawa, Lech Poznan and Polonia Warszawa. In all countries, there are a lot of football rivalries.”Vicuna said he wanted to take up the challenge of coaching in India. “I read a lot about Indian football. Last season, there were a lot of Spanish players and coaches in this country. I had other possibilities, but I felt I had to take up this big challenge.” IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
New Delhi: The New Zealand all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham is all set for his first ever World Cup appearance as he was chosen by the New Zealand Cricket to board the flight to England and Wales with the Black Caps team. This good news comes after a tough eighteen months of self-pondering and even contemplating retirement from the game at one time.Neesham made his NZ debut in 2014 and has played 12 Tests, 49 ODIs and 15 T20Is for them. He scored a Test century on debut and has made 709 runs in Tests, 1015 runs in ODIs and 122 runs in T20Is. He also has 14 wickets in Tests, 44 wickets in ODIs and 11 wickets in T20I matches. Considered one of the brightest prospects of the game, Neesham came very close to retiring from the game. Jimmy Neesham contemplated retirement post-Champions Trophy stint.New Zealand was ousted by Bangladesh in Champions Trophy encounter. NZ board has announced their squad for the forthcoming World Cup. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “I’m not much of a communicator at the best of times, I’m not sure many New Zealand blokes are, and just being able to talk through a few of the struggles I was having off the field [was good],” Neesham was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.The all-rounder considered retiring from the game and only talk with Heath Mills, the players’ association chief, helped him turn things around and get back on road in cricket. “He convinced me to take a little break and come back three or four weeks later, and obviously, from there I’ve been able to make progress steadily and come back into the fold with Wellington and make this team as well and it’s been a surreal rise, I guess,” Neesham was quoted saying.Neesham moved from Otago to Wellington last winter, a move that helped him set things on track after eighteen months of struggle, which saw him miss a lot of time from the game. This helped him relit the fire he had for cricket and said that he wanted to score hundreds in domestic cricket and dominate it. But not scoring runs put him in a downward spiral and pressure just built on him.
The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on.But with every passing day, the impact of the virus seems to spread, and so does the fallout: Olympic qualifying events are canceled or postponed, travel gets difficult, and athletes and families are left wondering. Not to mention sponsors and broadcasting networks that have invested billions of dollars in the Olympics.The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime. February 19, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers first-year coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) will end a rough season by stepping down after 54 games, according to multiple reports Citing anonymous league sources, ESPN.com reported that Beilein is expected to say goodbye to staff and players Wednesday when they return from the All-Star break.The 67-year-old former Michigan coach was a surprising hire by the Cavs last year because of his age and lack of any pro experience. Beilein signed a five-year contract — the final year was a club option — in May.Cleveland is just 14-40 — the worst record in the Eastern Conference — and Beilein struggled to gain his players’ confidence or respect while the losses piled up.Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is expected to take over on an interim basis for Beilein. Bickerstaff coached in Memphis for nearly two full seasons before being fired last year. He was also Houston’s head coach in 2015-16.MLB-SIGN-STEALING-PLAYER DISCIPLINE Associated Press Carlos Beltrán, the only Astros player mentioned in the MLB report, was not disciplined by the league but was let go in his new role as New York Mets manager.TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, said, “Right now we don’t have an effective strategy, and I think it may be difficult to have the Olympics. But by the end of July we may be in a different situation.” Player discipline possible for future sign-stealing offensesUNDATED (AP) — Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives.Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players’ association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology.No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Manfred to strip Houston of its 2017 World Series title.Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were banned for one season by Manfred and subsequently fired by the team last month after MLB released the findings of its investigation into the Astros. Former bench coach Alex Cora is expected to be disciplined when baseball announces the results of its probe into the Boston Red Sox, who cut ties with Cora as manager due to his involvement with Houston’s illegal sign stealing in 2017 and 2018.
John Elway free to focus on O-line, receivers in NFL draft April 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit 15. DENVER (7-9) LAST SEASON: Musical chairs at coach and quarterback in Denver finally ended when Vic Fangio turned to rookie Drew Lock, who went 4-1 — with only loss to Super Bowl champion Chiefs on the road. It was too late for the Broncos to avoid a third straight losing season but provided hope that John Elway finally found worthy successor to Peyton Manning.FREE AGENCY: Associated Press Lost DB Chris Harris Jr., DE Derek Wolfe, DB Will Parks, C Connor McGovern, LS Casey Kreiter. Didn’t re-sign G Ronald Leary, RB Theo Riddick, RB Devontae Booker, DE Adam Gotsis, ILB Corey Nelson, QB Brandon Allen. Traded FB Andy Janovich. Acquired CB A.J. Bouye, DL Jurrell Casey, OL Graham Glasgow, RB Melvin Gordon, TE Nick Vannett, QB2 Jeff Driskel, P/KO Sam Martin.THEY NEED: OL, WR, DB, ILB.THEY DON’T NEED: RB, TE, DE, K.POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, Georgia OT Andrew Thomas.OUTLOOK: Elway filled his biggest holes in free agency, freeing him up to focus on his two biggest needs in draft: offensive line and wide receiver, two areas that are deep this year. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Four Syracuse lacrosse players were involved in a car accident early Sunday morning near Thornden Park.A Toyota carrying the four athletes was traveling southbound on Ostrom Avenue at 2:35 a.m. when a Ford SUV coming out of Thornden Park struck it, said Sgt. Gary Bulinski of the Syracuse Police Department.The driver of the SUV, Joshua Bonhardt, 31, of Syracuse, was ticketed for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, Bulinski said.Two of the students, Scott Loy, a junior midfielder for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team, and Alyssa Costantino, a junior goaltender for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team, were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Loy complained of neck pain and Costantino complained of facial pain, Bulinski said.The driver of the car, Amy Cross, a junior midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team, and Bridget Daley, a senior midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team and passenger in the car, were not injured, Bulinski said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusan Mehringer and Mike Morrison, both assistant directors of athletic communications, said they had not heard about the accident and had no further details about the conditions of the athletes. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm Contact Jessica: firstname.lastname@example.org | @JessicaIannetta
Following a heartbreaking 10-9 overtime loss against their crosstown rivals from UCLA to conclude the regular season, the USC men’s water polo team entered the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament in the unfamiliar role of reeling underdog.Back on top · Junior driver Kostas Genidounias scored one goal in USC’s 10-8 win in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojan“Reeling” might seem like a dramatic exaggeration for a team that has just four losses on the year and is ranked in the top five. But the five-time national champions are not accustomed to losing big games, which they have done multiple times this season in defeats to Pacific, Stanford and UCLA.Nevertheless, the squad made up for all of that and regained its familiar favorite status with a powerful run through the MPSF tournament, clinching the conference title on Sunday with a vigorous 10-8 win over rival Stanford.USC (26-4) entered the game ranked fourth nationally while Stanford (21-5) possessed the No. 2 position. The Trojans had upended top-ranked Pacific in the semifinals with a dominant 18-13 win, but still needed one more win to assure themselves of a spot in the six-team NCAA tournament.USC did just that, avenging its 17-16 overtime loss suffered at the hands of the Cardinal a few weeks ago at home.Senior driver Nikola Vavic led the charge in his final MPSF tournament game with two goals, enabling USC’s offense to spread the scoring wealth among eight different players. Freshman two-meter Jon Walters was the only other player to net multiple goals for the Trojans.“You can’t just focus on one player and hope to stop us,” head coach Jovan Vavic said of his squad.After falling behind quickly 1-0, the Trojans struck back with a goal of their own from senior two-meter Jeremy Davie before adding on two more to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period.The Trojans utilized some excellent cage play from senior goalie James Clark, who notched 16 saves, before Vavic’s second goal of the match let USC take a 6-3 lead into halftime.Stanford came out of the half strong and cut the deficit to two goals, but USC refused to wilt. The Trojans responded with a three-goal surge to go up 9-4 before the third period ended, letting Clark finish the job en route to yet another MPSF championship.The conference title turned out to greatly benefit the Trojans in terms of seeding for the NCAA Tournament — USC was announced on Monday as the No. 1 overall seed, putting them in prime position for a run at an unprecedented sixth straight national championship.The Trojans will face either No. 4 seed UC San Diego (14-13) or No. 5 seed St. Francis College Brooklyn (22-10) in the semifinals.No. 2 Pacific is the other squad to receive a bye into the semifinals, and will face the winner of the matchup pitting No. 3 Stanford against No. 6-seeded Whittier College.The pressure will surely mount for USC next week at the NCAAs, but the high-pressure environment is something every player and coach signed up for.“Being a Trojan means from the start that the other team is out of its game already,” Davie said.That confident attitude will be extremely important if the Trojans are to capture that elusive sixth ring, as teams will be licking their fingers at the chance to end mighty USC’s historic run and send them home empty-handed.The play-in game to determine USC’s first opponent will take place on Thursday, and the semifinals and championship match will be played on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Honey Badger may have been dubbed one of the fiercest animals on the planet, but its distant cousin, the Wisconsin Badger, has recently been getting some bad publicity.Earlier this week – Tuesday, to be exact – The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled “Why Beavers Are Braver Than Badgers.” The article called the Badgers cowardly in reference to their non-conference schedule, in which they have a 29-game winning streak against arguably much weaker opponents.At the same time, the article praises the Beavers, who have consistently played tougher opponents in their non-conference schedule through the same time frame.As The Journal notes, since the University of Wisconsin’s winning streak began, the teams they have played have a combined 87-190 (.314) record. Oregon State University’s non-conference opponents have a 185-59 (.758) combined record. These winning percentages represent the opposite sides of the spectrum; Wisconsin plays the weakest non-conference schedule, OSU plays the strongest.There’s no going around it; the Badgers play a weak non-conference schedule, but to call them cowardly? That might be pushing it.When it comes to scheduling these games, schools often make deals years in advance. When it comes time to actually play the game, they have no control over how good their opponent is. This is true all across the league.Can UW be blamed for the fact that UNLV is in the middle of a rebuilding phase, or that Wofford wanted a chance to play an Football Bowl Subdivision school? Frankly, no.Adding to the lack of control, Wisconsin football Head Coach Bret Bielema made it clear that he doesn’t want to schedule someone who isn’t willing to make the trip to Madison in return.“I think everybody can have a comment or opinion about scheduling,” Bielema said. “There’s a lot of things you have to work through. The thing that I will not do is go play somebody big-time BCS if they’re not going to come to Madison. That’s been the number one fault or number one thing is that people don’t want to come here. Which is a good thing, but it’s a bad thing when you’re trying to schedule.”It’s well known how tough of an atmosphere Camp Randall is to play in, and if teams absolutely don’t have to play here, nothing should stop them from saying no. It’s stupid and completely petty, but it’s a choice those schools have the right to make.Even putting this aside, the fact remains that the Badgers could definitely find stronger non-conference opponents, which could benefit them in the long run.Last season, Wisconsin faced Nevada-Las Vegas, San Jose State, Arizona State and Austin Peay. The Badgers won these four games by a combined 158-57. The only close game was Arizona State – also the strongest opponent – which UW won by the finger tips of Jay Valai.In 2009, Wisconsin hosted Northern Illinois, Fresno State and Wofford in the first three weeks of the season then traveled to Hawaii to finish the regular season. The Badgers didn’t beat their non-conference opponents by as great a margin (157-75), but not one of their opponents that year went on to finish with winning records.Stronger opponents would expose Wisconsin to tougher competition and the chance to prove it deserves to be one of the nation’s elite teams.But there are two problems within the FBS that may cause this scheduling issue to stick around. No. 1: Teams with losses don’t generally make it to big bowl games. No. 2: Football Championship Subdivision teams will always want the chance to play FBS schools, and like a nice big brother, FBS schools will allow them the opportunity.With the BCS being the convoluted system it is, now more than ever teams are striving for those perfect records. One way to do that is to have a slightly easier non-conference schedule. At some point, strength of schedule is considered, but for the most part it’s the record that matters first and the style with which teams win.For instance, last week the Badgers jumped from No. 11 to No. 8 in the AP poll. It’s a good bet they wouldn’t have jumped so many places if it weren’t for their all-out drubbing of the Rebels.Similarly, the FBS v. FCS games will always exist. These games give the FCS teams a chance to gain some exposure and to prove how good they may be.The Badgers could use a stronger schedule. Games could be more exciting, instead of complete blowouts, but it’s not going to change, especially in light of the fact that the Big Ten is expanding its conference schedule to nine games.“I don’t know anything about scheduling. … I frankly don’t care,” Bielema said. “We have to do what we have to do with it. The Big Ten has mandated now that we’re going to go to a nine-game schedule, so that dramatically affects the system for us.”Bielema doesn’t care about being called a coward and neither should the Badgers. The accusation may be a small blow to his ego, and the facts are proof enough UW doesn’t play a strong non-conference schedule. But how are the Badgers supposed to control how good other teams are at a given time?Wisconsin can’t, and they aren’t cowards because of it.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers really are cowards? Let her know by emailing her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.
Before Syracuse’s 3-2 loss to No.12 Notre Dame, Kamal Miller shifted his weight from foot to foot and jogged around the SU Soccer Stadium in a blue, long-sleeve warmup shirt. He skied passes to fellow defender Len Zeugner, routinely using his left leg instead of his right.The crux of the Orange backline — Miller’s right knee — was wrapped tightly. It was the only sign of a Grade 1 knee strain, confirmed by SU head coach Ian McIntyre last Tuesday, that threatened to derail SU’s season two weeks after it started. “It felt really great,” Miller said of his knee after the game. “I didn’t feel any problems at all.” Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) has conceded three goals in each of its last two games. Despite beating Hofstra, 4-3, on Sept. 2, Miller’s absence was apparent. His value was only highlighted after his performance against Notre Dame. McIntyre said the team will examine how Miller responds to treatment after exerting himself last Friday. The other key defenders, Sondre Norheim and Zeugner, have a combined one year of experience in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 defensive formation. Norheim, a sophomore, and Zeugner, a grad-transfer from Boston College, scrambled after Hofstra forwards and left goalie Hendrik Hilpert on an island. Miller’s health will be key for SU to rebound after falling back to .500 headed into a matchup at Cornell (3-0) Monday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just needed a little rest,” Miller said. “I’m happy I got the opportunity to play.” Miller was injured two weeks ago in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 26. The senior was listed as “day-to-day” by McIntyre on Tuesday, and Miller said he spent “all week” with assistant athletic trainer Mike Mangano, “involved” in practice.In the opening minutes against ND, Miller’s knee was a nonfactor. During Notre Dame’s first possession, a pass from midfield was directed at Miller. Calmly, he rose up and headed it away. A moment later, he intercepted another pass with his head, this time triggering an SU run. “He did well at his capacity,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “He came back as the player we expect. He was a captain and a leader. We needed him.” Miller slotted in the left side of SU’s three-defender backline, his same position from last season. Syracuse’s offense benefited from the extra possession, generating high-quality scoring chances. While SU controlled possession in ND’s defensive third, Miller shuffled toward the middle of the field, acting as a center fielder. On one ND breakaway in the first half, Miller sprinted away from the SU bench and dispossessed the forward. A minute later, the Fighting Irish attacking the opposite end of the field, Miller tracked back and knocked the ball away with a slide tackle.“I think I had a good match,” Miller said. “I’d say I fatigued towards the end.” With Syracuse trailing late in the second half, Miller exhausted himself by getting involved in SU’s offense. He attempted a bicycle kick but mishit the ball. He worked a give-and-go with Jonathan Hagman and sailed a shot over the net. Afterward, Miller jogged to midfield, taking his post back as the Orange’s premier defender. The effort earned him applause from SU Soccer Stadium, his importance recognized. “He’s been out of practice,” McIntyre said. “We put him in this big game … That character, that personality allowed him to hang out there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2018 at 12:14 am Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez