20 Sep
2020

Sceaux far, so good

first_imgUn De Sceaux attempts to live up to his billing as the most exciting novice chaser around when he lines up for the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham on Tuesday. The seven-year-old will ensure there is no hiding places as he loves to bowl along in front and run his rivals into the ground. He overcame a blip when he came down on his fencing debut, when well clear at Thurles in November, to win in good style at Fairyhouse the following month. Un De Sceaux then took the Grade One Irish equivalent of the Arkle at Leopardstown on his only subsequent start in impressive fashion by 15 lengths from Clarcam. His trainer Willie Mullins is already seeing him as a future Queen Mother Champion Chase contender. “He’s the type of chaser you love to train – the really fast two-miler that will maybe make into a champion chaser some day,” said the County Carlow handler. “Horses that just come down and take a fence, whatever way they meet it, are exciting to watch. His style of racing makes the whole thing very heart-stopping, but that’s the way it is and that’s what we have. “He’s an extraordinarily short price, but the punters and the bookmakers have all decided if he stands up he wins. I’m happy to go along with that! “He learnt his trade jumping in France and we think that’s a great base for chasers. He’s not mistake-prone. He normally meets his fences right and jumps them right, but I do know that he’s able to put in a short one as well. “That will stand him in good stead around Cheltenham.” His main market rival is Vibrato Valtat, who has done nothing but improve all season and has won his last three races in tremendous style. “He is obviously progressive and his rating of 162 is extremely high for a novice – at this stage of his career he is rated higher than Azertyuiop,” said the Ditcheat handler. “He was struggling with his breathing last year, which was why he was finishing tamely. This year he has turned that around. “He needed his first run and hasn’t looked back since. He’s dead straightforward now and you can ride him anyway you like. “Un De Sceaux has looked awesome when he gets round, but he has fallen once and he might find the Arkle different to the small fields he’s been running in. If he gets in a rhythm he’ll be very hard to beat. ” Josses Hill is highly rated by connections but has yet to really deliver on the track over fences, despite being successful at Doncaster and finishing second in good races at Ascot and Kempton. “He’s a brilliant jumper and has got great scope. He’s just got to put it all together,” said trainer Nicky Henderson. “If he had won by a neck at Kempton and not been beaten, people would have said it would have been OK. “The jumping will test Un Des Sceaux, as well. It promises to be a fascinating race.” Three Kingdoms has won three of his four starts over fences, with his only defeat coming at the hands of Vibrato Valtat at Kempton over Christmas. “Although he’s been winning on heavy ground, everybody who has ridden him has said he wants better ground,” said trainer John Ferguson. “I’m not saying for one second he’ll be good enough to win, but I think he’ll give a good account and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s battling up the hill. “When he was beaten at Kempton he jumped well but when he won at Doncaster he didn’t jump well as he’d lost his confidence schooling at home. “Since then we’ve schooled him intensively and I feel his jumping will be a lot slicker.” God’s Own was only third in that Kempton race, but his trainer Tom George believes the better ground will help the seven-year-old return to the form he showed earlier in the season when he won the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. “He had a quiet patch in the middle of the winter struggling on the soft ground,” said the Slad trainer. “His work has been very impressive recently and I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s really come alive in the last couple of weeks. “The ground is very important to him. It wasn’t that we weren’t happy with him in the winter, but you can see a big change in him now. He’s very sharp.” The Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam will renew rivalry with Un De Sceaux despite also being declared for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday as a precaution. “Clarcam has been left in the Champion Chase in case he falls at the first in the Arkle. It’s just a precaution,” said Eddie O’Leary, racing manager for owners, Gigginstown House Stud. “Un De Sceaux looks to be a monster, but there’s no point giving him a freebie. “On the book we can’t beat Un De Sceaux, but we certainly have to have a go.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Colin Kaepernick vs. the NFL: A timeline of how we got here

first_imgAug. 26, 2016 — Kaepernick sits during the national anthem before the 49ers’ preseason game against the Packers. Asked about it afterward, the quarterback says he did so to protest police brutality and the oppression of people of color in the U.S. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media  at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Sept. 1, 2016 — Kaepernick and Reid take a knee during the anthem before a 49ers-Chargers preseason game, a practice that would continue into the regular season. Sept. 5, 2016 — President Barack Obama weighs in on what was then a full-blown national controversy, supporting Kaepernick’s right to protest: “He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” the president said at a news conference during the G20 summit in China. “I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it when it comes to the flag and national anthem.”Sept. 7, 2016 — Two days later, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes his first public comments on the matter: “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing,” Goodell said, adding, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”Oct. 11, 2016 — After the 49ers get off to a 1-4 start with Blaine Gabbert playing quarterback, coach Chip Kelly announces Kaepernick will make his season debut in Week 6 against the Bills. He completes only 13 of 29 passes in a 45-16 loss but remains San Francisco’s starter the rest of the season. Jan. 1, 2017 — Kaepernick completes a 9-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek on San Francisco’s final offensive play of a 25-23 season-ending loss to the Seahawks, the last NFL pass he has thrown to date. San Francisco finishes 2-14. Feb. 28, 2017 — Kaepernick’s agents inform all NFL teams that the QB will opt out of the rest of his contract. Previous reports had indicated the 49ers planned to release him if he had not opted out. April 26, 2017 — Reid tells reporters he plans to stand during the anthem in 2017: “Our goal was (to) open the floor to conversation. I believe we achieved that goal. So now we just want to move forward and partner with people that are trying to make a change. … I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country and now it’s time to move on to just affecting change and not doing the gesture during the anthem.”Aug. 28, 2017 — After standing during the anthem at the 49ers’ first two preseason games, Reid reverts to kneeling following a conversation with Kaepernick. Sept. 24, 2017 — Two days after President Donald Trump says players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, players from numerous teams protest en masse, with members of several teams remaining in the locker room while the anthem is played. pic.twitter.com/M6wHpRqKG9— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) September 24, 2017Oct. 15, 2017 — After remaining unsigned through the opening weeks of the 2017 season, Kaepernick files a formal grievance accusing NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game. April 18, 2018  — Kaepernick is present as his attorneys depose Goodell at the NFL’s New York headquarters in connection with the grievance. Numerous other high-profile NFL figures also sit for depositions at various points in the process, including Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos general manager John Elway and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. May 2, 2018 — The NFL Players Association says it has filed a grievance on Reid’s behalf after the veteran safety goes unsigned through the opening weeks of free agency. May 23, 2018 — The NFL announces a new policy that includes fines for personnel who “do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” while giving players the option of remaining in the locker room during pregame ceremonies. Aug. 28, 2018 — Independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank rejects the NFL’s request for a summary judgment dismissing Kaepernick’s grievance, allowing the case to move forward. Sept. 3, 2018 — Days before the start of the NFL season, Nike unveils a new 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign centering on Kaepernick.  While Reid has remained employed during the process, landing with the Panthers in 2018 and signing a new three-year contract with Carolina earlier this week, Kaepernick has yet to find an NFL landing spot since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017. Here’s a recap of how the parties got to this point: Related News After nearly a year and a half of legal maneuvering, the NFL and former 49ers teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid announced Friday that they have reached a settlement that resolves the pair’s grievance with the league. No details were announced and the settlement terms prevent the parties from commenting, but the end of legal proceedings in the case indicates the players got what they believed to be fair compensation from the league they accused of colluding against them.  Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoItA post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Sep 3, 2018 at 12:20pm PDTSept. 27, 2018 — The Panthers sign Reid to a contract covering the rest of the season. Kaepernick tweets his congratulations: “He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need.”Oct. 7, 2018 — Reid kneels during the anthem before his first game with the Panthers. Jan. 9, 2019 — The NFL and NFLPA release a joint statement denying any impropriety after Reid complained multiple times during the 2018 season that he felt he had been singled out for excessive random drug testing by league officials.  Three takeaways from Colin Kaepernick-Eric Reid vs. NFL collusion settlement Feb. 11, 2019 — The Panthers sign Reid to a new three-year deal worth just more than $22 million. Feb. 15, 2019 — The NFL and Kaepernick and Reid’s attorneys make a joint announcement that the players’ grievances against the league have been settled.last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

NHL playoffs 2019: Blue Jackets stun Lightning in Game 1; Seth Jones nets game-winner

first_imgJones’ goal capped off the first comeback of three or more goals against Tampa Bay all season that included goals by Nick Foligno, David Savard and Josh Anderson. The game kicked off with Alex Killorn’s shorthanded breakaway goal and the Lightning were up 3-0 just 17 minutes and 50 seconds into the game.Three goals and 17 saves from netminder Sergei Bobrovsky later, the Blue Jackets had the all-important road win and a 1-0 series lead on the Presidents’ Trophy winners. Torts on Bobrovsky: “We don’t have a chance unless he plays the way he played the last 40.”— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 11, 2019Game 2 from Tampa Bay gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 12. Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to be over at the first intermission.However, Columbus clawed its way back and Seth Jones fired the wrist shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy with the man advantage to seal the 4-3 comeback win. The defenseman now has two postseason goals in his career to go along with 10 assists in 18 career games.last_img read more

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