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DEFENDING CHAMP STORM THE HILL BACK TO DEFEND HER CROWN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgDEFENDING CHAMP STORM THE HILL BACK TO DEFEND HER CROWN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF CLASSY OLLIE’S CANDY & UPSTART SIMPLY BREATHLESS ALSO PROMINENT AMONG FIELD OF 11 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2019)–A winner of five out of seven of her starts on the Santa Anita turf but idle since Nov. 3, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Storm the Hill returns to action on Saturday as she defends her title versus 11 fillies and mares three and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at one mile on grass.Also figuring prominently in Saturday’s Wilshire are the John Sadler-conditioned Ollie’s Candy, who probably needed her most recent race, a seventh place finish in the Grade I Gamely Stakes, and Neil Drysdale’s English-bred Simply Breathless, who was most impressive in taking her U.S. debut by one length, the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 27.STORM THE HILLOwner:  Alastar Thoroughbred Company, LLC & Michael ValdesTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoLast seen winning the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes here going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Nov. 3, this 5-year-old Stormy Atlantic mare took last year’s Wilshire four starts back by rallying from off the pace to win by 1 ½ lengths in her first start for D’Amato.  A winner of two of her four starts for D’Amato, she’ll be reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for both wins.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner:  Paul & Karen EggertTrainer:  John SadlerThis 4-year-old homebred daughter of Candy Ride appears poised for her best following an even seventh place finish, 5 ½ lengths behind the mighty Vasilika in the Grade I, 1 1/8 mile turf Gamely Stakes here on May 27.  Idle since a close second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 18, Ollie’s Candy was likely in need of the outing and should be extremely tough as she shortens up a furlong.  Although far back early in the Gamely, she has plenty of tactical speed, if needed. Ridden by eastern-based Joel Rosario in the Gamely, she’ll be reunited with Kent Desormeaux, who choreographed her most recent victory, which came four starts back in the Grade II Summertime Oaks over the main track here on June 16, 2018.SIMPLY BREATHLESSOwner:  Cloros BloodstockTrainer:  Neil DrysdaleOff at 2-1 in the seven-horse Golden Poppy at 1 1/16 miles over the Golden Gate turf on April 27, she was ridden with confidence by Flavien Prat and responded with a most impressive win, despite the fact she’d been idle since winning a minor one mile turf stakes in her native England on Sept. 8, 2018. A 4-year-old filly who has an impressive 7-3-1-2 record at one mile on turf, Simply Breathless has had six works over the Santa Anita training track since winning the Golden Poppy and will be ridden back by Prat on Saturday.THE GRADE III WILSHIRE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT Ollie’s Candy–Kent Desormeaux–121Storm the Hill–Rafael Bejarano–121Simply Breathless–Flavien Prat–123Poster Girl–Evin Roman–121Meal Ticket–Mike Smith–121Achira–Martin Garcia–121Gliding By–Mario Gutierrez–121Don’t Blame Judy–Victor Espinoza–121Ippodamia’s Girl–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121A Little Bit Me–Geovanni Franco–121Tapped–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Crusaders hold off brave Lions

first_imgThe New Zealand side started strongly and a red card for Lions flanker Kwagga Smith late in the first half proved a blow from which the home side could not recover in their bid to land a maiden Super Rugby crown, despite their best efforts.Having led 15-3 at the break, the Crusaders added another 10 before tries from Malcolm Marx and Corne Fourie earned 2016 runners-up the Lions some consolation, as the Crusaders clinched their first silverware since 2008.The result marks the first time since 2000 that a Super Rugby final has been won by a team playing outside their own country, the Crusaders beating the Brumbies in Australia on that occasion.FULL TIME – @crusadersrugby are the 2017 #SuperRugby champions#LIOvCRU https://t.co/5SKwnr0FDH pic.twitter.com/fv8M2wzEuR— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) August 5, 2017The Crusaders, who were beaten to top spot in the overall standings by the Lions in the last round of regular-season fixtures, moved ahead when Seta Tamanivalu surged down the left wing unchallenged after the ball popped out of a ruck deep in the visitors’ half in the eighth minute.Richie Mo’unga added the extras and it was not long before the Crusaders were celebrating once more, Jack Goodhue diving low into the corner to stretch the advantage to 12-0.The Crusaders continued to press but Israel Dagg was forced into a knock-on as he looked to pop the ball back inside for a certain try after 17 minutes.Having failed to convert his side’s second try, Mo’unga was again off target with a penalty from the halfway line, before Elton Jantjies finally got the Lions off the mark from the tee.The home side boldly turned down another shot at three points soon after, opting instead to kick for touch. The decision did not pay off and a bigger blow was to follow.An airborne David Havili was sent spinning head first into the turf when he was caught by Smith as he jumped to meet a high ball.Referee Jaco Peyper deemed the Lions man’s play to be reckless, reaching for a red card that severely dented the hosts’ chances.If the home crowd felt dispirited by that development, Kieran Read’s converted try within four minutes of the second half getting under way may have dealt the killer blow to any lingering hopes of a turnaround.Mo’unga added another three-pointer to carry the Crusaders into a 25-3 lead, but the Lions gave themselves a fighting chance when Marx powered over after 64 minutes and Jantjies split the posts to bring up double figures.Lions fans – who saw their team pull off a remarkable comeback victory over the Hurricanes in the semi-finals – dared to believe and Fourie further fuelled that optimism by crashing under the posts with seven minutes to play.But it was not to be for the Lions, who ran out of time to complete the turnaround in Johan Ackermann’s final match at the helm before he takes over at Premiership club Gloucester. Photo by Getty Imageslast_img read more

Megabuilders sets sights on 4th win, faces IEM

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano New NSA budget scheme eyed Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite That put Megabuilders on top with Cignal TV at 3-0.Against the IEM Phoenix Volley Masters, coach Dante Alinsunurin is confident he could again draw superb games from his starters, including Francis Saura, Fauzi Ismail, Madzlan Gampong, Vincent Ogoc, Kim Malabunga and Bryan Bagunas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gametime is at 1 p.m. after the 10 a.m. clash between defending champion Air Force and winless Café Lupe.The Volley Bolt have produced a league-leading 32 kills blocks for a 2.91 norm but the IEM side could pose a real challenge as the top digging team. After a pair of lopsided triumphs over lowly teams, newcomer Megabuilders braces for a tougher challenge when itsquares off with Instituto Estetico Manila in Saturday’s resumption of the Premier Volleyball League Men’s Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Volley Bolt debuted with a five-set reversal over the fancied Army Troopers before toppling Café Lupe and Gamboa Coffee Mix in a pair of three-setters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

‘We Will Fight to the Logical Conclusion’

first_imgThe chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman, yesterday told his supporters and the general public that he and his colleagues accused of collecting bribes from the British Sable Mining Company are innocent of the allegations.Cllr. Sherman, who is also a Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, said the allegations levied against him and his fellow indictees lack evidence and any legal magnitude and that he is prepared to prove his innocence in Court.“Let me tell all of you here that this case is now at the court and it is at the court we will do our best to fight to a logical conclusion.’’Cllr. Sherman boasted of having some of Liberia’s best lawyers in his Sherman & Sherman Law Firm and assured his supporters of their ability to successfully and logically defend and carry him and his fellow indictees to victory.He cautioned his supporters to distance themselves from any demonstration, be it public or quiet.‘’As we await our own time to prove our innocence,’’ he told his supporters, ‘’let me advise you that demonstration is not the determiner of our victory tomorrow. Stay away from it and be calm.’’The astute lawyer told the crowd in an analogy that “no one threatens a fish with water because water is the home of the fish”.‘’I was born in the court,’’ he said, ‘’grew up in the court, practiced in the court, lived in the court and my success today is primarily attributed to the court. No one, therefore, can threaten me as a fish with water which in this case is the court.’’He clarified to the audience that his intent of defence is accredited to the statement that he and his colleagues, including House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, have made, that they have committed no crime in the Republic of Liberia or anywhere else.‘’We have committed no crime in this country or anywhere else,’’ he declared. Our lawyers shall defend me and my colleagues very vigorously,’’ he declared.Senator Sherman explained that he is who he is today not because of politics but because he is a lawyer and called the court room his home.‘’I am who I am,’’ he said, ‘’not because I am a politician but more so because I am a lawyer and the court room has been and continues to be my home.’’He meanwhile questioned the action of the government in sending 25 police officers and a sheriff from the Court to arrest him, when, in the first place the case was not registered at the court. Senator Sherman promised to make them answer to legal questions in relation to their action, which he termed as unconstitutional.He commended all those who appeared at the court and others whom he called true friends and promised to remain firm in his struggle to defeat his accusers. For his part, the Secretary General of the ruling Unity Party, Mr. Wilmot Paye, said that the position of the party is that the rule of law was not followed by the government in its attempt to investigate the persons accused in the Global Witness Report.‘’What we have insisted,” he said, “is the adherence to the rule of law. We are angry as a party on the barricading of the home of our national chairman and the offices of his law firm by the police without any credible instrument from the court.’’The filing of the subpoena order, the issuance of the search and arrest warrants were all wrongly done.According to the ruling party’s secretary general, fighting corruption is a cardinal platform introduced by the party to help government break the cages of corruption, bring to book those who receive no acquittal and prosecute them in accordance with the laws of the state.‘’In 2011 we met at these headquarters,” he said, ‘’and agreed to put serious emphasis on corruption. We agreed to be very vigilant and specific in punishing people in the system, who want to destroy the image of our party by stealing from the state coffers at their areas of assignment.” This, he continued, did not in any way mean that we should unlawfully get at people. No one is above the constitution and we hold that national and patriotic belief very firmly.Mr. Paye said that the ongoing saga has no grounds to bring division within the Unity Party as they are focused only on seeing justice properly and evenly dispensed.Mr. Paye, meanwhile, said that Cllr. Fonati Koffa, chairman of the Special Presidential Task Force to probe the Global Witness report, lacks the moral authority to prosecute anyone as he is fighting his own crime related case in United States of America.According to him, Cllr. Koffa is a common criminal only hired by President Sirleaf to pose more embarrassment to the party and the nation as a whole.Another partisan of the ruling party expressed his disappointment in the silence of President Sirleaf as wrong things in the country continue to unfold. Mr. Emmanuel Karbakollie said that the President has done nothing good to appease the minds of the citizens when NOCAL was bankrupted by people he called “her darling boys.”‘’Our sitting standard bearer has many questions to answer in the future if she cannot do so today, he said. Her darling boys exploited NOCAL and subsequently led it to absolute bankruptcy. What did she do? The JFK incident is still fresh around here; what has she done? She has awarded her friends who have stolen our country’s money with good and well paid jobs in her government.’’Mr. Karbakollie said, however, that he is not in support of Varney Sherman and others, only if it is proven in the court of competent jurisdiction that they are guilty of the crime levied against them.Cllr. Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler and others were charged with criminal conspiracy and sabotage among others, as, according to allegations, they tried to circumvent the Liberian Laws in order to grant the Sable Mining Company the authority to mine the Wologisi Mountain located in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

La Puente: high school wrestling team wins championship

first_imgI believe it should be mentioned that Bishop Amat Memorial High School located in La Puente; their wrestling team Won! CIF on Saturday, February 10th. Its a Division 5 Championship; the hosting school was Highland High School located in Palmdale. Congratulations to this wonderful Wrestling Team for there determination, dedication and hard work, not enough is mentioned about these Great young men who work so hard all year long and came out as Great! Champions!!!!! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! These young (wrestlers) carry the Bishop Amat Name with much pride and dedication, we all should be very proud of them!!!!! last_img

Bus driver jailed for abusing sisters during ‘sweet games’

first_imgA bus driver has been sentenced to four and half years after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting two sisters during which he tricked them into playing ‘sweet games’ while he abused them.Brave Cathy and Caroline Brady waived their anonymity in a bid to name Inishowen man Leo McFarland. McFarland, now 57, had originally pleaded not guilty to a total of 53 charges against the sisters at his home in Carndonagh when he previously appeared in court.The abuse happened on dozens of occasions for two years between 1983 and 1985 when the girls were aged 5 and 7.However McFarland, a 57 year old father-of-five daughters, dramatically changed his plea and admitted to the charges against the women.His case was put back until today for a probation and psychological report to be carried out on the accused.The court heard how the lives of the women had changed forever since the abuse.McFarland was a neighbour of the victims at the time on Convent Road, Carndonagh and was friendly with the two victims and their family.The women revealed how their attacker would assault them in his kitchen while the other girls waited outside in the hall.Cathleen and Caroline Bardy leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Cathy Brady fought back tears as she revealed how she has turned to drink and also tried to take her own life as a result of the alleged attacks.She also suffered from anorexia and her weight reduced to 6 St 5Ibs at one stage.She revealed how she suffered four miscarriages but thankfully now had a loving partner and was trying to get her life back together.“He would ask us to look for sweets in his pocket. There would be a hole (in his trouser pocket). He would say ‘move about more and more and squeeze and look for it’. It was his penis. There was never sweets.“That happened every two to three days. It was on a regular basis. He would then go to the press and get the sweets. They were never in his pockets,” she previously told the court.She also revealed how McFarland preyed upon her in a vehicle and would sexually interfere with her by inserting his finger into her vagina and her back passage.She told her mother of the attacks and her mother then spoke with her daughters’ attacker.The girls late mother told her daughters that they would get their justice in time.McFarland and his family moved from the area a number of months later.Cathy Brady said she did not inform the Gardai for a number of years as she was friendly with some of the man’s daughters.She initially went to Gardai in 2008 but said she did not have the courage to go ahead with the complaint but reactivated her statement in 2010.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said McFarland has been “calculating, predatory and manipulative.’He said the girls were only getting to known life and that they had their innocence taken away from them.“That was absolutely crushed by Mr McFarland,” said the Judge.He said he viewed the seriousness of the case in the mid-range but said he had to give McFarland some light at the end of the tunnel when he came out of jail.He sentenced McFarland to four and a half years for each of the 11 sample charges and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.He also placed McFarland, who was accompanied  to court by two of his daughters, on the sex offenders register.Speaking after the court, the sisters said they were pleased that their attacker had been jailed for four and a half years.They said they felt huge sense of relief but were still annoyed that McFarland, of Oak Grove, Millfield, Buncrana, had not apologised or shown any sign of remorse.Kathleen (Kathy) said “Today was never about the sentencing. It was for him to admit what he done and maybe show some remorse. But he didn’t. The case has been going on for five and half years and he had every opportunity to plead guilty and save us from going through all this.“This act does not affect only the victims if affects their parents, partners, children and their families, not to mention what his now family have gone through.“WE waived our right to anonymity to allow other people going through or who have been through the same as us to get help. They should not blame themselves. It was not their fault. There is a lot of help out there,” she said.She added “We would like to thank our partners, family friends and the community of Carndonagh for their help and support. Thank God it is now finally over and we can move on with the rest of our lives.”Bus driver jailed for abusing sisters during ‘sweet games’ was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuseCarndonaghcourtdonegalINDECENT ASSAULTLeo McFarlandlast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Travels to Oral Roberts for Season Opener

first_imgTULSA, Okla. — The Drake University men’s soccer team begins the 2019 season on the road at Oral Roberts on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Drake holds a 6-1-1 advantage in the all-time series, having won the latest matchup, 3-2, in 2011.Oral Roberts finished 6-7-3 in 2018 and was picked to finish fourth this season in the Summit League. The Golden Eagles will be making their official season debut on Friday after previously splitting a pair of exhibition matches.Drake will look to continue the momentum from its 2-1 victory over Drury University on Aug. 25. The win concluded the Bulldogs’ three-game exhibition schedule in which they finished 1-0-2.Drake was picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2019 and had three players — senior goalkeeper Jared Brown, junior forward Leroy Enzugusi, and senior midfielder Cole Poppen — selected to the preseason all-conference team.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DONEGAL STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER HANDED INTO DSPCA IN DUBLIN

first_imgThis black Staffie dog was found in Co Donegal but brought to Dublin and handed into the DSPCA.The dog is in good health but the DPSCA would like to locate its owner. Ryan McCauley from Donegal Pet Rescue passed on the details to Donegal Daily.“The person missing the dog in Donegal may not think of looking on the Dublin website,” he said.The owner can locate the dog at http://www.dspca.ie/FoundPetsDONEGAL STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER HANDED INTO DSPCA IN DUBLIN was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge allows man to spend first Christmas with family for 15 years

first_imgA Judge has allowed a man to spend his first Christmas with his family for 15 years after he appeared in court charged with assaulting a number of Gardai.Stephen Darby, who has 72 previous convictions, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with a number of serious offences. Darby, aged 45, was caught by Gardai acting suspiciously at The Beeches housing estate in Ballybofey on September 29th last.Darby was dressed in black and was trying to force his into one of the houses.He fled when Gardai arrived but he was caught jumping over a fence.A vicious altercation with Gardai then began which resulted in Darby assaulting a number of Gardai.At one stage he picked up a block and threatened to hit a Garda with it while he also told another Garda that he would kill him and burn down his house.After being pepper-sprayed a number of times, Darby was eventually arrested and has been in custody since.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client had been in care since he was aged 9 and was subject to horrors that no person should ever have to go through.He ended up in Dublin and became part of a criminal gang which he then, rightly or wrongly, considered his family unit.He ended up in prison for long stretches.However, in recent months he reconnected with his mother.Darby claimed that on the night in question he had taken medication and also drank lots of vodka and was trying to find his mother’s house.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Darby on a number of charges including the assault on Gardai as well as criminal damage to a total of four months but backdated the sentence to when Darby went into custody.The accused man pleaded with Judge Kelly to suspend the last month of the sentence as he had not spent Christmas with his real family for 15 years.Judge Kelly asked him whose fault that was and Darby replied that it was his own.The Judge agreed to suspend all the sentence under the condition that Darby not be convicted of any public order offences for the next 12 months.Judge allows man to spend first Christmas with family for 15 years was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCHristmasdonegaljailJUDGEStephen Darbylast_img read more

How Raiders are bolstering their defense in free agency

first_imgLamarcus Joyner wanted his new team to be on the east coast. Born in Miami and a product of Florida State, Joyner thought “nothing was going to change” returning closer to home as an unrestricted free agent.He had spent the first five years of his career with the Rams, first in St. Louis then Los Angeles, before the reigning Super Bowl runners-up replaced Joyner, 28, with 34-year-old safety Eric Weddle last week.“Until I heard Coach Gruden called and I kind of did a whole 180,” Joyner said on …last_img