Tony Mmoh’s Son, Michael, Intends to Make Himself a Force on…

first_imgAfter winning the USTA boys’ 18s national championship back in August, Michael Mmoh’s parting gift was a trip to New York City.The American teenager, who soared as high as the No. 2 junior in the world, also received a berth in the US Open’s main draw, opposite Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.Mmoh is a terrific athlete with dazzling retrieving skills that have been compared to those of Gael Monfils. But looking a tad tentative, he got schooled by Chardy 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.All things considered, it might have been the best result possible. Chardy, a journeyman with a career record just under .500 and a single tour-level title in more than a decade as a professional, preyed on Mmoh’s defensive posture. “Monumental,” was how Mmoh recently described it. “You can’t play tennis just hoping your opponent is going to miss. You have to have an aggressive mentality to win. Andy Murray didn’t win many Slams because at crunch time he’d revert to his defensive ways. Look at (Novak) Djokovic in the US Open final. He was very defensive in that final against (Stan) Wawrinka — that’s not going to get it done.”His coach, Glenn Weiner, seized on that teachable moment.“It’s been in our vocabulary to make him more aggressive,” Weiner explained. “In that respect, Chardy was a great learning experience. We simplified the message to: ‘How do we make you just a little more dangerous?’“We followed that game plan through the fall. After the summer he had, did I expect him to start winning like he did? No. I have to say I like where’s headed.”This is not a random assessment. Weiner, who has played and coached at IMG Academy for nearly 25 years, coached No. 5-ranked Kei Nishikori for three years in Bradenton, Florida.After a terrific stretch run at the Challenger level, the ATP’s equivalent of Triple A baseball, Mmoh has another Grand Slam main-draw appointment in January. He accumulated the most points in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Champaign, Illinois to win the USTA’s Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.Mmoh, 18, is one of five American teenagers to win an ATP Challenger Tour title this year, joining Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Stefan Kozlov, who won in Columbus, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago. Eight American men aged 20 and younger — the aforementioned five, plus Jared Donaldson, Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin — are ranked among the ATP World Tour’s top 204 players.There’s your short list for future U.S. male tennis stars hoping to follow in the tradition of former top 10 Americans Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mardy Fish and John Isner. They are all contenders for the Next Gen ATP Finals next November in Milan, a new event that will feature the top 21-and-under singles players.The last time there more than six Americans under the age of 21 in the year-end top 200 was 1991, when there were seven. That group included Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang — all future Grand Slam winners.“The competition really motivates you,” Mmoh said. “When Taylor or Francis is doing well, you might be ranked like 300, while they’re 170 and winning a Challenger. You don’t want to be the guy falling behind.“It’s been a constant battle for a long time. At the end of the day, it’s huge for American tennis, and us, too.”That Mmoh is playing under the U.S. flag is something of an upset, considering his unusual provenance.He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to a Nigerian-born father and an Irish-born mother. Tony and Geraldine (O’Reilly) met in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s when she was a nurse and he worked in sports marketing. Tony had moved to the United States to play tennis at St. Augustine’s and eventually became an American citizen. He was ranked as high as No. 105 among ATP players and played doubles at the Seoul Olympics for Nigeria. With Geraldine, he raised the family in both Washington, D.C., and Saudi Arabia.Michael Mmoh was 12 years old when he got his first big break in tennis, playing at the Eddie Herr at IMG in Bradenton. He got “trashed” in the final by Duckhee Lee of Korea but was discovered by the IMG staff and eventually offered a scholarship. Mmoh has progressed steadily ever since.With his ranking in the mid-400s, he began the year playing Futures events and trying to qualify for Challengers. Receiving a wild card in Miami, he forced rising German star Alexander Zverev — also 18 at the time — to two tiebreakers before losing in the first round. On the downside, Mmoh blew a 3-0 double-break lead in the second set.An elbow injury cost him April and May, prompting a weeklong visit and a heartfelt discussion with his father, who now lives in Atlanta.“I was struggling after the injury,” Michael said, “and I wanted a different insight into my game. My dad was a top-100 player and had some ups and downs in his career. He gave me some useful words, and I started playing well.“When I’m not confident, I’m not the most aggressive player. I use my athletic ability to retrieve a lot of balls. In today’s pro game, guys are hitting the s— out of the ball. Getting a lot of balls back — that can be your Plan B. But to be successful, you want to be in control of the points.”Weiner helped Mmoh make another adjustment, taking a subtle hitch out of his long forehand stroke, which helped take critical time away from opponents. In late September, Mmoh won three matches to qualify for the main draw at the Tiburon, California, Challenger. He survived three match points in a first-round match against Tennys Sandgren and won when Sandgren retired in the third set. Mmoh won seven straight matches to get to his first Challenger final, where he lost to Darian King.In November, Mmoh went one step further, winning the Challenger in Knoxville. Reaching the quarterfinals a week later in Champaign got him into the top 200 for the first time, his overriding goal for 2016.And now he gets to visit Australia, a place that feels like home. His mother, since divorced from Tony, has an Australian passport, and his aunt has lived there for years. The first Grand Slam that Mmoh watched in person was in Melbourne, as a 7-year-old in 2005, the year Marat Safin won the title.After Australia, Mmoh’s ranking should allow him into the main draw of most Challengers and qualifying for the remaining Grand Slams and some ATP events. For the next month, he and Weiner will work on strengthening his already strong serve by hitting targeted spots more often.“It comes down to how good he wants to be,” Weiner said. “One thing I’ve been working on with him is routines and setting a good example. I’ve seen moments where there is a glimpse of some special tennis. Glimpses are not good enough.“We have to have a higher percentage. It needs to be more of an everyday thing. I believe he can be a great player.”So does Mmoh, who lists reaching the top 10 and winning a major among his top career goals. For 2017?“I’d have to say, I think the year-end top 100 is realistic for me,” Mmoh said. “The main thing I need to do to improve my game is be more unpredictable.“My game’s there to do the damage.”-Culled from USA TODAYShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cooper shows fire in torrid remarks

first_imgWell, that’s one way to put it.After the USC women’s basketball team beat UCLA 70-63 on Sunday, coach Michael Cooper opened the postgame news conference by saying, “My opening statement is, f— UCLA.”Interesting start · In just his first season as coach of the Women of Troy basketball team, coach Michael Cooper has riled up controversy. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Cooper went on to say many more words after that, but — not surprisingly — none seemed to have the same effect as the first sentence.Many people were taken aback by Cooper’s words, and he promptly apologized for his actions in a letter sent Tuesday to UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell. The Pac-10 issued a reprimand in response to the statement, and it remains to be seen if Cooper will be punished further.But I, for one, enjoyed the statement.While the blunt word choice might not have been appropriate, the fiery passion and rivalry that the phrase embodies seems to be one of the only ways to describe the relationship between USC and UCLA. Cooper was visibly excited about the win, as he should be; a win in this matchup seems to rank above most everything else in a coach’s résumé, and to do it in front of a charged-up home crowd is an experience second to none.So I saw Cooper saying those six words with the intention of displaying how much he, as well as everyone else at USC, cared about the rivalry; not in a malicious spirit but simply a competitive one.And, to be honest, I didn’t think it was anything new.Although he is the first one to articulate it so eloquently, Cooper is the last in a long line of USC coaches to make this statement in one form or another during the course of this school year.Take, for instance, former football coach Pete Carroll, who made his “expletive statement” in the form of some good old football bravado. As you might remember, immediately following a questionable UCLA timeout with the game all-but-over, Carroll decided to take one last shot at the end zone with 44 seconds left in USC’s game against the Bruins on Nov. 28. The result was a 48-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Matt Barkley to wideout Damian Williams, which put the Trojans up 21 points and caused quite a stir on the sidelines.“It is just the heart of a competitor — just battling,” Carroll said after the game.Or how about men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill, who led his team into Pauley Pavilion last Saturday and handed the Bruins a 21-point loss — their worst to the Trojans since the 1944-45 season? He made his   “expletive statement” almost silently, not even knowing the record he had broken.“I wasn’t aware of all the statistics or any of that stuff, but I’m glad I was a part of it,” O’Neill said in the locker room.Even Jovan Vavic, the coach of USC men’s water polo, gave his  “expletive statement” this season perhaps in the most fitting form of all: pure, hard-nosed competition. His team won its fifth National Championship since 1998 by edging out the Bruins 7-6 in the NCAA title game — a win that put USC up 3-2 in the season series against UCLA and avenged their semifinal loss to the Bruins in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships.“It is really fitting for these boys to end up on top, to win their last collegiate game and to beat UCLA,” Vavic said.So while Cooper’s words were not in the right place, one could argue that his heart was. Of course, to properly put that idea into words seems near impossible without drawing scrutiny (and in this case punishment), but Cooper obviously saw it fit to show his enthusiasm — as he should.A rivalry as intense as USC and UCLA’s feeds on the sold-out crowds, the epic matchups, the incredible finishes and, yes, even the occasional inflammatory statement. It’s a tradition that has been around for the majority of the schools’ existences, and it embodies everything that collegiate athletics stand for.And there is no doubt in my mind that the feeling is reciprocated fully by our neighbors in blue and gold.“One-Two Punch” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail James at jbianchi@usc.edu.last_img read more

Emily Engstler’s game-winning alley-oop secures 90-89 OT win over No. 8 FSU

first_imgIt came off a play originally drawn on an Outback Steakhouse napkin that Syracuse had never practiced. Quentin Hillsman once said he’d never run it. Three years ago in Greensboro, North Carolina, the SU head coach sat across the table from recruiting assistant Ronnie Enoch after watching an AAU tournament game and crafted the backdoor out-of-bounds play that required a precise lob and an even preciser soft-touch finish.On Thursday night against Florida State, the Orange needed that lob and that basket. There were only 0.8 seconds left in overtime, they were down one and any other option may have resulted in an unorganized heave. So when Hillsman called his final timeout to advance the ball, he picked up his whiteboard and drew up the “napkin play.” Gabrielle Cooper said it was the only set SU could’ve used.Kiara Lewis’ back screen sprung Emily Engstler behind the Seminoles defense toward the hoop, and all Teisha Hyman’s pass needed to do was get to her in time. The final horn loomed, but Engstler lightly pushed the ball off the backboard and in. “If we would’ve practiced that, we probably would’ve ran that in a previous game and they probably would’ve scouted it,” Cooper said. “But because we didn’t practice it, they couldn’t scout it and they didn’t know what we were doing.”As Engstler’s teammates flooded toward her — yanking her shoulders down, thrusting their arms off one another, leaping in the air until they all tangled in a group hug — Hillsman sprinted down the sideline with his right arm raised. In a way, the win was three years in the making. Syracuse’s (7-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 90-89 overtime victory knocked off No. 8 Florida State (13-1, 2-1) and staved off a three-game losing streak to open ACC play. A resume-boosting win for a team that just couldn’t win the big one was absent before Thursday night. But then the napkin play worked, and Syracuse avoided falling under .500 since 2006, Hillsman’s first season with the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew we needed this win,” Cooper said. “There was no other option.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Forty minutes after Engstler’s shot, she strolled in front of the Carrier Dome bleachers carrying a Pepsi and two pamphlets. The crowd had mostly cleared out, except for a group of four SU players huddled among parents and fans. Engstler dapped up a Carrier Dome employee and pointed toward the court, once again trying to explain Hillsman’s napkin play. Now in a black Champion shirt and gray sweatpants, Engstler laughed when she mimicked the floater’s motion.“I just said, ‘I hope to God this goes in there.’ And it went in,” Engstler told reporters after the game.But Engstler, one of the game’s heroes, was humble, acknowledging everything but her game-winning alley-oop finish. After all, she had spent nearly all of the opening three quarters stuck on the bench with foul trouble. She had opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, yet as Syracuse built its 10-point lead, it was Cooper — a combined 0-for-12 from 3 the last two games — who sunk a pair from behind the arc to propel it.Those were the quarters Syracuse had even in its losses to ranked opponents. They were sandwiched by poor ones, though, and the same happened again against Florida State. To close the half, FSU’s Sammie Puisis positioned on the wing and awaited a pass. There was not a Syracuse defender near her, but after a bobble, Digna Strautmane closed out. The ball circled back to Nicki Ekhomu on the opposite wing and she sunk a 3 with the shot clock winding down. A lead that threatened to stay in double-digits early had already been trimmed to one. Engstler, now with three fouls, was still on the bench.“It has to be frustrating being on the bench that long with fouls,” Hillsman said.But the Orange didn’t allow their deficit to escalate. They abandoned the 3-point shot as the Seminoles got hot from behind the arc and instead relied on an interior presence: drawing fouls, capitalizing off the pick-and-roll. SU mitigated a 16-4 run by FSU to close the third quarter, even after Engstler picked up her fourth foul less than 10 seconds into the second half.Amaya Finklea-Guity still spun around her Florida State defenders, just as she had done in the first quarter as an ignitor for the SU offense. Still, airballs and missed open shots — the same late-game mistakes that cost the Orange opportunities against West Virginia and Louisville — reappeared.With Engstler back to open the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s offense immediately ran through her. She opened with a layup and drew a foul on the next possession, leading a run until Kiah Gillespie got behind the backline of the defense, behind the final three of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, behind the position group that was the returning strength entering this season. In the ensuing timeout huddle, Hillsman slapped his whiteboard, jabbed his arms left and right and stared at his team around him. They hadn’t made a 3-pointer since the first quarter — 13 misses and a row — but were still in it. “You want them all, but this was a big one,” Hillsman said.That’s why nearly two minutes later, during Hillsman’s final timeout, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi wrapped her arm around Brooke Alexander. Finklea-Guity clenched her fists. Their teammates’ eyes all focused on the whiteboard court Hillsman held in front of them, then peered right. The bolded white numbers “13.0” faced the Orange from the scoreboard, reminding them of the urgent situation. Florida State had once again taken the lead, and Syracuse had a chance to send the game into overtime. It almost blew up. Lewis drove left but needed to pull out. Engstler couldn’t find the opening when the ball came to her on the wing. Strautmane couldn’t create enough space on the closeout. The Latvian junior’s shot, which she let go from off to the right side, sunk through the net anyway.“Emily passed me the ball, and we didn’t have time to pass anymore,” Strautmane said.To end regulation, Strautmane stuffed FSU’s last-second heave. She earned another rejection, one of her four, on another FSU overtime possession. With 38 seconds left in overtime, Engstler blocked one, too. Unlike five of the Orange’s previous six games against ranked opponents, the extinguisher never came. SU never folded to the point where a deficit couldn’t be erased. It could’ve come when the Seminoles led by six in the third quarter. Could’ve come when Gillespie sunk a shot with one second left in overtime. Instead, it was Engstler, still with four fouls, who put out Florida State’s perfect season and perhaps saved the Orange’s. Commentscenter_img Published on January 2, 2020 at 10:45 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Lagos to Host Maiden NWFL Champions Shield March 4

first_imgSpeaking at the unveiling of the tournament at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos wednesday, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, was full of thanks to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for his fatherly interventions in the development of women football.“We cannot thank Governor Ambode enough for he has shown that he represents the new face of leadership in both sports and arts. Lagos has been the leader in youth development efforts since he became governor of this state.“We knew he would help us to take the women game forward, but we must confess that we did not expect the extent he has gone to help us,” Falode stressed at the briefing.She emphasized that the competition was part of the board’s drive to give the league a solid footing and the needed flavour to attract potential partners for the women game in the country.“This is a top-class NWFL programme by all standards and it promises to live up to its billing.“The league champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels, will contest for the Champions Shield. You can call it a revenge match you will not be wrong considering how the Lafia ladies almost reduced the Garden City team to a bystanders in the 2017 NWPL Super 4 in Benin City.“Lagos populace is certainly going to witness what they have not seen previously about women football when the two gladiators confront each other at the Agege Stadium on Sunday, March 04.“This is another wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the football loving Nigerian populace especially the football loving people of Lagos state, our hosts, the beauty and quality of our women league as well as demonstrate to the corporate world the benefits of partnering with us and how ready we are to make such partnership work mutually.”Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, said the state’s support for the NWFL programme was in line with the expansive programme to move sports forward by leveraging on women football.“His excellency, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode did not hesitate to buy into the Aisha Falode led NWFL board’s decision to host the Champions Shield in Lagos because of his conviction in using sports as a potent tool to drive the human development campaign of the state as well as making the Lagos hub of sports in the West African sub-region“The state will gladly consider hosting the NWFL Champions Shield once again should the league body ask for it,” Tandoh stressed.Before the Champions Shield match, the NWFL will hold its Congress on March 3, 2018 as well as mentor over 1,000 young school girls on the need to blend sports with their education.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Falode thumbs up Gov. Ambode for aiding devt of female footballDuro IkhazuagbeThe maiden Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Champions Shield, has been slated to hold on March 4 at the Agege Township Stadium.League champions, Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels, are the two teams to slug it out to know which of the two from the outgone season is the true champion.last_img read more

Who is Vincent Tan: the flamboyant Malaysian owner of FC Sarajevo?

first_imgA great majority of successful businessmen mainly from Asia, Russia and the Middle-East have invaded the European football scene by buying and investing in football clubs across Europe. One could argue whether these businessmen use these clubs as a personal toy or whether they really feel compassion for the clubs. It is also questionable whether this relatively new phenomenon can be perceived as a blessing or a curse for European football. The saying that money is power is definitely true as it comes to football. As a result, competing with the big clubs has become severely difficult for the smaller clubs as the gap in financial terms continues to grow. Money is not an issue anymore for the biggest clubs in England, France and Germany while the smaller clubs have to be even more creative than before. However, this phenomenon seems unstoppable and is not only happening in the bigger competitions in Europe. The successful Malaysian businessman and investor Vincent Tan found FK Sarajevo in 2013 and became the owner of the club. Besides FK Sarajevo, Tan owns furthermore the Welsh football club Cardiff City FC, the Belgian football club KV Kortrijk and is the co-owner of Los Angeles Football Club in The United States. The 63-year old is the chairman of Berjaya Corporation Berhad with a net worth of $1.20 billion USD. According to Forbes, billionaire Tan is the 14th richest person in Malaysia and the 1533rd richest person in the world in 2015. Tan dropped 400 places since 2014 as property and other Berjaya Corp. investments fell but has nevertheless remained extremely wealthy. His choice to buy FK Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina is interesting due to the fact that the Bosnian football league has far less exposure than the big competitions in the rest of Europe. Could it be that he has sincere compassion for this club or is the club simply used as a trade house for players or, as a third possibility, is it just his personal toy? In other words, what were his motives to buy FK Sarajevo? An important aspect to mention is that FK Sarajevo was near bankruptcy prior to Tan’s overtake in 2013. From this perspective, Tan stepped in at the right time. According to his own statements, he wanted to provide the opportunity for players of Sarajevo to play for Cardiff City in the English Premier League. He furthermore stated that: “we also want to build a football academy that will attract the most talented players from all Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will offer them excellent conditions for training and will enable them to play in one of the best leagues in the world. Bosnia is full of talents. We have already concluded an agreement on cooperation between the two clubs. Cardiff City will also provide technical support in building an academy, we will play friendlies, exchange players and organize joint training camps.” Tan is investing a great amount of money in the club and this two-year investment is paying off. FK Sarajevo is currently the highest ranked team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA rankings and are the one of the three ordinary members of the European Club Association (ECA) accompanied by FK Željezničar and FK Široki. More funds, financial fair-play and insurance for players during world and European football championships are numerous advantages of being a member of the ECA. Furthermore, after an eight-year drought of league titles, Bordo-Bijeli managed to win the national league title of 2014-2015. As a result, FK Sarajevo performed on the international stage in the Champions League qualification but were unable to eventually qualify for the Group stage. Due to the recent successes, the club also attracted a great sponsorship deals with Turkish Airlines and Visit Malaysia. His investments are not solely restricted to FK Sarajevo and football. As a result of the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early summer of 2014, he donated a personal amount of €114,000, while the people of Malaysia raised a total of €169,000 towards Bosnia’s flood relief fund. This money has primarily been invested in two hospitals in Doboj and Maglaj as these two cities suffered the most from the floods. Tan stated: “because of my involvement with Sarajevo Football Club, when I heard about the floods, I urged the Sun newspaper to run a campaign to raise donations to help Bosnia.” The Malaysian businessman is also investing money in facilities like football academies on the outskirts of Sarajevo. These non-football investments might indicate that he does not perceive the club solely as a personal toy but feels engagement that goes beyond FK Sarajevo. Despite the fact the Vincent Tan will always be a businessman, it seems that he has compassion for the club and the country to some extent. However, of all the clubs he owns, Cardiff City FC is the number one priority due to its exposure and market size in England. The exchange of talented players between Cardiff and FK Sarajevo will remain the most important objective in the near future. Investing in football in Bosnia and Herzegovina is explainable as the country is enriched with some talented players and it is, at the same time, less expensive to build all sorts of facilities than it is in other European countries. Bosnian football players can be contracted by Cardiff City for a relative low fee and can be sold for a large fee as players show their skills and abilities in England. By buying clubs in smaller and cheaper competitions, the possibility arises to create a potential pool of players who can easily be contracted. This also provides the opportunity to trial more players, in this case for Cardiff City, as costs are low which covers potential failures. Therefore, FK Sarajevo also seems to be an interesting trade house for Vincent Tan. The future will tell whether this will be a successful project or not but it seems that Tan has chosen the right path as his investment is paying off so far.Written by Dustin Giellast_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR EARNS WELL-TIMED HALF LENGTH WIN IN $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC UNDER PRAT; EURTON TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES IN 1:46.43

first_imgPRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, TURF CLASSIC IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2017)–In a thrilling stretch drive, favored Ashleyluvssugar overhauled What a View to prevail by a half length in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita. Ridden to perfection by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Peter Eurton, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan got a mile and one eighth in 1:46.43.As expected, What a View went to the lead under Tyler Baze and held a two length advantage mid-way around the far turn, but Prat stepped on the gas approaching the quarter pole, and it was “game-on” from there to the wire, with Ashleyluvssugar gaining the advantage in the final fifty yards.“He got a perfect ride,” said Eurton. “I think they (Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think ‘Flavvy’ was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I didn’t say anything. That was a nice, easy lead that What a View got. I didn’t think we’d get by him for a minute there, but ‘Ashley’s’ got a lot of class.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joe Ciaglia, multiple graded stakes winning Ashleyluvssugar, who had been idle since finishing second in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 25, was off at even money in a field of nine older horses bred or sired in California and paid $4.00, $2.60 and $2.20.In securing his ninth win from 20 starts, “Ashley,” who is out of the Urgent Request mare, Ashely’s Folley, picked up $150,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $1,157,504.“I had a good trip,” said Prat. “It came really easy. Once he gets the lead he doesn’t want to open up, but he knows he has to keep at least a head in front.”Tenacious in defeat, What a View set fractions on the “firm” turf of 23.77, 47.58, 1:11.56 and 1:34.74. Off at 3-1, he finished second by a length and a half and paid $3.80 and $3.40.Third turning for home, longshot Ward ‘n Jerry ran gamely for third, holding sway by a half length over He Will. Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Ward ‘n Jerry was off at 60-1 and paid $11.40 to show.last_img read more

“I sign that the season ends and Cádiz and Zaragoza ascend”

first_imgHe Cadiz It continues to facilitate contact between the players of the first team and the fans through virtual meetings. In this case it was up to Jorge Pombo, one of the additions to the winter market. The player arrived as a loan from Zaragoza and has a clause in his contract that would force the Cadista club to pay his tab in case of obtaining the much-awaited promotion to the First Division. The man spoke of this and much more for about half an hour. The playmaker believes that the season of Cadiz and the Saragossa are being meritorious: “Cádiz has spent almost the entire season as leader, that is something that is very rarely achieved. Zaragoza also has merit, because with the budget it has it was complicated. It is to praise the season that they are doing. It is a pity that this quarantine has happened because of how we were both on track, but you have to be calm. “ As for the position in which he is most comfortable playing, the hand affirms that “I can play in different positions. In Zaragoza I played as a forward, although the playmaker is the one I like the most. I can also play on the far left. “To the question, Would you sign that the season ended now and Cádiz and Zaragoza ascend? the footballer is clear “I sign it right now. Selfishly I sign it, my team would be promoted and in which I play now. But I think the season is going to continue, I don’t think they will cancel it. It is a grace that can be canceled due to the privileged situation we have, we are first. It is a shame because there are many people behind, workers, the hobby … It will be played without a hobby because it is the protocol to guarantee safety but it will continue. “The footballer is enjoying the Carranza, although he affirms that this has not always been the case, “When you are a visitor you feel a lot of pressure. When I came with Zaragoza I thought it was a very screwed up stadium, and above all the times that I have come we have never won “.He praised his peers, although he prefers to associate with Perea Y Alex, “I like to associate with Perea and Álex. They are players who like the ball, and they are two gamers. With Jurado and Yann (Bodiger) I also understand myself well. “And as for the ones that make training more difficult for him: “With Fali he is the one I pick the most in training. I haven’t been in a long time, but I have a lot of it with him, and with Yann (Bodiger) I have a lot of it. “He also joked with the fans about the Andalusian accent and the southern expressions, “There are very strange words and you also speak very fast, there are times when I don’t find out anything. Expression I stay with ‘what’s up, balls?’ I was very surprised and Juanito (Marchante) says it a lot. That phrase has stuck with me. “Of First it remains with a player, “Isco. I have always paid close attention to it. He seems to me a brutal player, he also plays in my position. Each one has their favorite players. Messi is in another world because he is from another planet, but removing that, Isco seems to me the best “.From his tattoos, Pombo He explains that “many have no explanation because what I see I get tattooed. I have some relatives who are no longer there. The ones that have the most meanings are those of my parents and my sister, and those of my cousins. The one that most identifies me is the tiger because they call me that. “The soccer player affirms that he does not like television much, but he does series. “My favorite series is ‘Game of Thrones’ without a doubt, and as a child I liked ‘El Internado’. I am not much of a TV watcher, beyond the news.” Pombo He spoke sincerely throughout the meeting, and He recognized that, despite being happy in Cádiz, it was hard for him to leave his city. “It cost me a lot because it was the first time I left Zaragoza. A new stage was beginning and it was difficult for me to come to Cádiz. I think that I have chosen a good option and I am very comfortable and happy here.”In fact, affirms that he would stay in Cádiz even if he did not get promoted, “I would not mind, it is a club and a very good city. I am very comfortable here, and I would not mind staying, but my contract says that if we do not ascend I will return to Zaragoza. “He also expressed his opinion regarding playing behind closed doors, “the best thing would be to continue, but with the fans, because without an audience football is nothing, everything looks very poor. In the end, football is a spectacle, without fans and without an audience, it should not be resumed “, he says Pombo. elevenlast_img read more

‘Avoid Voting Deceptive Campaigners’

first_imgChristopher Neyor, a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, opened what promises to be an intense and expensive mid-term election last Thursday, with a statement that tries to define his opponents as “deceptive campaigners.”Neyor, an electrical engineer-turned-politician said, he was describing his opponents’ campaigns as “deceptive” because, according to him, they are telling “too many lies to be trusted in the National Legislature.”Montserrado County is already one of the nation’s prime battlefields in the Special Senatorial Election, and is also home to one of the most competitive campaigns for the National Legislature. “Should we allow them to bring their deceptive campaign that they are the best candidates for this county?” Neyor asked.  “I think that’s a ‘no’. We must defeat them.”He made the assertion when he kicked-off his campaign on Thursday, November 20, in his birth place, in Mount Barclay outside of Monrovia.Neyor stated that his opponents were engaging in “deceptive politic”, just to favor their way into winning the senatorial seat in the county.However, he went on to say that his campaign, which he described as a “Crusader for Change”, would seek to end the reign of deceptive politicians who are misleading ordinary people to vote for them.“As our crusade flourishes, we will be able to strengthen the belief that ordinary people can do what our lawmakers cannot do,” he noted.“Let us not be party to a mechanism to provide legitimacy to a select few, who create false impressions of change.  If we allow them to prosper again, expect the present and future lawmakers to be mere rubber stamps to favor their own agenda and interest,” he emphasized.Neyor, who has previously served as CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and as managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) told his constituency that he is the best candidate that would ensure the protection of the oil and its revenue are evenly distributed. “Oil is the only God-given natural resource that we have to improve our lives and to develop Liberia, because our past blessings, like iron ore, rubber, have been mismanaged by deceptive campaigners, who have been profiting at our  expense,” Neyor maintained.Montserrado County has been represented by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) incumbent, Senator Joyce Freeman Sumo, who is contesting the seat to challenge her political leader, Ambassador George M. Weah, as well as Liberty Party candidate Ben Snavee, Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh and independent candidate Robert A. Sirleaf, who also happens to be one of the sons of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Because the county is evenly split and because the President’s son is running, the race has drawn support and interest from outside the county.CDC smells a chance to widen its lead to win the senatorial slot because most of the heavyweights in the House of Representatives have pledged support to Ambassador Weah, especially in fund raising.Christopher Z. Neyor is the founder, president and CEO of the Morweh Energy Group, an energy consulting and Investment Company based in Monrovia. He has done advisory work as an energy expert and consultant in several countries and was co-author of a recent book on environmental cost-benefit analysis published in 2013 by the New York University.Neyor was up to February 2012, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).He served as senior advisor on Energy, Environment and Climate to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and spearheaded development of Liberia National Energy Policy which outlined strategy for power sector development and review of Liberia’s petroleum laws including the act creating NOCAL and development of human capacity across the energy sector.He has led Liberia climate change negotiation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Neyor was managing director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) before the start of Liberia civil war in 1990, shortly after which he became a visiting scholar at the Center for Energy and the Environment at the University of Pennsylvania teaching in the early 90s.He graduated from the Monrovia College as class valedictorian and did undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSC).He did his graduate studies in energy economics, at the University of Denver and management with a Master’s  and at Stanford University‘Graduate School of Business, from where he was awarded an MBA.On the sports side, he was appointed as interim leader of the Mighty Barrolle Sport Association in 1987, where his leadership led the football club winning the Liberia Football Association Championship.He was later elected president of the Association in 1997, but had to leave the country for political reasons, following the 1997 presidential elections.Neyor has a track record of caring and giving back to the community, especially the empowerment of young people. He expanded the scholarship program at the LEC and other parts of the World.At NOCAL he launched a scholarship program that recruited 12 students from each of 15 counties of Liberia for the future management of the country’s oil industry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Talisman selling part of Farrell Creek field

first_imgCalgary based Talisman Energy is selling a 50 per cent stake in its Farrell Creek shale gas field in Northeastern B.C. to Sasol, a South African energy and mining company with about 34 thousand employees.It’s a one billion-dollar development agreement and it is still subject to regulatory approval.However, it is expected to close in the first half of next year and Talisman will continue to run the property, which is part of its Monteney shale gas field.The two companies also agreed to collaborate on other projects.- Advertisement -They include a feasibility study into the economic viability of a facility in western Canada to convert natural gas to liquid fuels.last_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRACKERS!

first_imgDONEGAL has gone Christmas jumper crackers this year.It seems as if everyone in the county has managed to get their hands on wacky festive pullover.And Carole McGloughlin had no choice but to join in with the Speer family in Carrigart! Pictured are Lisa, Adam, Craig, Alexis, Andrew, Andrew and Carole. DONEGAL FAMILY GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRACKERS! was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL FAMILY GOES CHRISTMAS JUMPER CRACKERS!last_img read more