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The eight-year-old son of King’s Best provided his trainer Johnny Murtagh with his biggest success last season when winning the valuable Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October. He also claimed a Group Three prize at the Curragh in August, along with a Listed event at Leopardstown in July. Murtagh said: “He is in great form, he is fit and well and we are looking forwarding to seeing him run on Sunday.” Press Association Royal Diamond is reported in “great form” ahead of his seasonal debut in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday. Dermot Weld has made a blistering start to the 2014 Flat season and is represented by Pale Mimosa. This five-year-old daughter of Singspiel won Listed contests at York and Leopardstown last year, while she finished a close-up fourth to Royal Diamond at Ascot. Weld said of his Dr. Ronan Lambe-owned mare: “She has wintered well, and she is coming along nicely. She is having her first run of the season at Navan and I expect her to come on for it.” Saddler’s Rock finished ahead of Royal Diamond in the St Leger at the Curragh in September, but he was then beaten into fifth by Murtagh’s charge at Ascot in October. The six-year-old failed to make an impact in two starts at Meydan over the winter and trainer John Oxx is hoping the rain stays away from Navan before his latest assignment. He said: “He needs good ground, so rain won’t suit and I think it is forecast for Saturday night. We are hoping he will run a good race and it should be a good prep race for the Ascot Gold Cup.” Sir Ector enjoyed a fruitful campaign last year, winning both the Ulster Derby and the Movember Handicap, while he was just three and three-parts of a length off Royal Diamond in a Listed race at Leopardstown last July. He ran a fine race on his last start to finish a close-up fourth in the Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick, on what was his second outing of 2014. He is stepped back up to a mile and six here, and trainer James Lambe said: “He is in good form, the trip should suit, the ground should suit and hopefully he will run a nice race.” Leading Light, who won the St Leger at Doncaster in September, never landed a blow in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp but can be expected to make his presence felt now on his first start of the season. The Willie McCreery-trained nine-time winner Leah Claire and the twice-raced Cosmic Cannonball for Jim Bolger complete the field.
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Stay the course. I think they should have the confidence in those guys that I do. And I think a lot of times that the bullpen, the failures or when guys don’t get outs, that always stays at the forefront of your mind. And when they (have) clean innings and get outs, then that always seems to be lost.“So I have a lot of confidence in our guys.”Maybe Kenley Jansen’s three most recent outings, including a four-out save in Tuesday night’s 7-5 victory over Tampa Bay, have indeed made a difference. Jansen now has 30 saves but has blown seven, has three losses and has allowed nine home runs while dealing with a noticeable dip in velocity.But he appeared to have that devastating cutter back in his arsenal during an inning last Thursday in Baltimore and another Sunday night against a Mets club still battling for a wild-card berth. Both nights he found a little extra at the end, with a 94.7 mph cutter for the final out against the Orioles and a 94.5 mph effort to strike out Pete Alonso and end the eighth inning Sunday night in New York.Tuesday night he got two strikeouts and three ground balls among the five men he faced after replacing Kenta Maeda with two out in the eighth. The Rays’ lone baserunner was on a Joey Wendle ground ball that squirted through first baseman Cody Bellinger’s legs. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — It sounds really funny, for a team that is bearing down on 100 victories and has already pocketed its seventh straight division title. But when the bullpen gate opens, a good number of Dodger fans – and especially those on social media – assume the position of the puppy admonished for relieving itself on the carpet: Cowering in a corner, bracing for the worst.Two straight World Series of Dodgers relievers throwing pitches that wound up soaring over outfield fences will do that to you. A summer of relievers giving up homers will, too, even though it should have been well established by now that everybody on every staff is giving up home runs at a prodigious rate in 2019.It doesn’t matter. The last two years have honed the fatalism of Dodger fans.Dave Roberts, asked what he’d tell those fans, responded this way Tuesday evening: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Roles are easy to change, as long as you’re not surprised by it,” Kelly said. “Going into the playoffs everyone knows that they could pitch from the first out to the last out. Knowing that is going to be beneficial.”None of this will absolutely satisfy the anxiety of the fan base, nor should it be expected to. That won’t be eradicated unless and until a Dodgers pitcher secures that final World Series out.But consider: A month and a half ago, fans were up in arms that the Dodgers didn’t trade multiple prospects, including Gavin Lux, to Pittsburgh for closer Felipe Vázquez at the deadline.Given the events of Tuesday, when Vázquez was arrested on charges of sex crimes involving a minor, I would imagine Dodger fans are now even more thankful that trade was never email@example.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Are three solid outings enough to stop those cries of “Oh, no, not Kenley” when he begins warming up? (And trust me, I know of at least one household where those cries are heard when the game is on, in multiple rooms.)“I’m confident that it’s gonna be there,” Jansen said before Tuesday’s game. “So all I gotta do is feel it, and then I go from there.”Jansen said the feel for the cutter returned while he was playing long toss in the outfield earlier in the Baltimore series:“The arm is catching up earlier now instead of dragging all the time,” he said. “(I was) trying to figure out why – why this, why that – and now, the thing is, it kind of clicked.”The effectiveness of the cutter is one thing. Mixing his pitches is another, and something Jansen has not always done efficiently. The more sliders Jansen throws, the more he keeps opposing hitters off-balance. Tuesday night he threw eight cutters, six sliders and five four-seam fastballs, topping out at 94 mph and with enough variance to keep Rays hitters guessing.“Most of it is the fundamentals, the mechanics,” Roberts said before the game. “When you can’t make pitches and repeat, then it starts to bleed into the mind where you start to get frustrated. But obviously Kenley, physically (and) mechanically, is in a really good place.”Obviously.Jansen’s readiness for the ninth inning is one issue. Who will precede him, and in what order, is another. The Dodgers have spent much of the second half auditioning arms, but it might turn out to be a process of mixing and matching and using unconventional methods, as the Astros and Red Sox both did the past two years.That will require buy-in from pitchers asked to step out of their comfort zone. We’ve already seen it from Maeda, who has generally been more effective as a reliever (although he gave up three runs on Tuesday, including a two-run homer to Jesús Aguilar, but got the win). Roberts mentioned the possibility of nine relievers on a 12-man staff – which would mean potentially using an “opener” in a Game 4 and making it a bullpen game – so some further adjustments will be necessary.Was Tuesday night against the Rays a preview? If so, stock up on beverages and snacks. Roberts and Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash each used eight pitchers and the game lasted 3 hours, 43 minutes.But no, Roberts said, he won’t have a Game 4 starter pitch to the leadoff hitter and then come out, as the Brewers did with Wade Miley during last year’s NLCS.“That’s not going to happen,” Roberts said. “That, I can assure you.”Joe Kelly, a key piece in the Red Sox bullpen last year and a significant factor in the Dodgers’ bullpen now, indicated the success of such adjustments will be helped by Roberts and his staff keeping their pitchers informed of the possibilities. That plays to one of the strengths of the manager and his coaches, communication.Related Articles
One of the boys….Filip Ingebrigtsen. PHOTO IAAF ORGDoha, Qatar | AFP | Gjert Ingebrigtsen admits he is a dictator but one who produces results as three of his sons — Jakob, Henrik and Filip — will contest Monday’s 5,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.The youngest of the Norwegian family trio, 19-year-old Jakob — who achieved a remarkable 1500m/5,000m double at the European Championships last year — earned a reprieve to join them in the final after winning an appeal against disqualification following his heat in Doha on Friday.Their story is not unique in terms of three brothers succeeding in athletics — the Borlee siblings (Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin), also coached by their father, won European gold last year in the Belgian 4x400m relay team.But the Ingebritsens’ story stands out given that their father had no athletics background whatsoever.The 53-year-old Gjert’s skills appeared to lie elsewhere as he acts as accountant for his wife Tone’s hair salon business and his day job is working for a logistics company.He revels in having been termed a dictator by Filip — who was European 1500m champion in 2016 following in the footsteps of 28-year-old Henrik, who won the title in 2012 — in a reality television series that Gjert agreed to despite the reservations of his sons.In the TV series, Filip objected to his father forcing the 26-year-old to cancel a holiday wth his then girlfriend.– ‘You have to be a dictator’ –Filip’s subsequent move to Oslo with his now wife last year from the family home city of Sandnes was not appreciated by Gjert.“I don’t know anybody from Oslo being good at anything,” Gjert dismissively told the Daily Telegraph. “In sport, a dictatorship is much better than the opposite.“You have a small time of year to be at your best and you cannot have democratic decisions for everything.“You have to be a dictator. You have to take decisions in a short time and have to believe that what you are doing is the best for the boys.”Gjert, who is also the boys’ agent and manager, may have produced results on the track but they are not necessarily approved of by the Norwegian populace as a whole.“They don’t really like the professional mentality in Norway,” Filip told the Daily Telegraph.“They want to be like they are just out for recreational training and suddenly you’re the best. “That’s not how things work. You need to be focused over time. You need to have a different mentality. You can’t be like the rest.”The boys — three of seven children ranging in age from 31 to five — have been ultra-competitive from the early days, even down to which of them would get in or out of the family car first.Super excited to reach my first final in a global championship!! Can’t believe that 3x Ingebrigtsen is ready to race on monday, LET’S GO! 🥰 #Final #Doha2019 #TeamIngebrigtsen @ Khalifa International… https://t.co/AEqTZgji81— Jakob Ingebrigtsen (@JakobIng) September 28, 2019– ‘To endure me’ –Gjert told the BBC there was no special switch that was suddenly turned on — they were just a normal Norwegian family enjoying outdoor pursuits and he is not “especially interested in sport.”“It might be that I am rather strict in the way I see things,” he said.“The boys come to me and say: ‘I want to be a European champion.’“I say: ‘I want to help you, I can help you, but you have to do everything that I tell you.’“I stand out from other parents. I am very demanding and it is a kind of contract between me and the boys to help them be the best they can be — but they have to endure me following them every day all year.”Filip, who will along with Jakob double up in the 1500m, does despite his “dictator” remark appreciate the end results.“He will always be my father,” he told the BBC. “You can’t take that hat off and say now I am your coach.Share on: WhatsApp
0Shares0000Jordan Ayew (2nd-R) set Ghana on the way to a win that clinched top spot in Group F © AFP / FADEL SENNAISMAILIA, Egypt, Jul 2 – Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon will meet Nigeria in a clash of continental giants in the last 16 after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Benin allowed Ghana to finish top of Group F.Cameroon stuttered to a second goalless stalemate in succession as Ghana, who drew their opening two games, beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to finish ahead of the holders on goals scored. The Black Stars will take on the runners-up from Group E, where all four teams remain in contention, for a place in the quarter-finals while Benin scraped through as one of the best third-place sides.Saturnin Allagbe replaced Fabien Farnolle in goal for Benin and produced fine saves to deny Ambroise Oyongo and Cameroon captain Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but the Indomitable Lions again looked worryingly blunt in attack.Clarence Seedorf’s side have scored just twice in Egypt, in the opening 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau, and their path to retaining the title grew increasingly more difficult with a wounded Nigeria now awaiting them in the next round and hosts Egypt likely facing the winner of that tie.Jordan Ayew struck for the second time in three matches in the group’s other game in Suez as Ghana sent Guinea-Bissau home without a point or a goal.Richard Ofori made a sharp stop to prevent former Liverpool youth team forward Toni Silva giving Guinea-Bissau a shock lead but Ayew, who endured a miserable season at Crystal Palace, has rediscovered his form for his country.Ayew collected a ball down the left-hand side right at the start of the second half and ran towards goal as the defence backed off before picking out the corner of the net.Mamadu Cande rattled the woodwork for Guinea-Bissau while Ayew twice hit the post for Ghana before Thomas Partey slid in to convert Baba Rahman’s cross 20 minutes from time to send the four-time champions through as group winners.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Gardai have reopened an investigation after a man died a month after being involved in a road collision in West Donegal.Padraig McFadden, died at the weekend following the crash in Gaoth Dobhair on October 29th.He was injured when his car collided with a lorry in the townland of Carrickboyle. At the time Gardai did not believe the collision was serious.However further investigations were carried out on the stretch of road yesterday following the death of the man.A Garda spokesman confirmed: “A serious road traffic collision occured on 29th October, 2013 and the injured man has since passed away so it will be reclassified as a Fatal Road Traffic Collision and the matter is under investigation.”The dead man was 79 and was from the Knockfolla/Brinaleck area. He had returned there several years ago after spending many years in Glasgow.Mr McFadden was laid to rest on Monday. GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER MAN DIES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:accidentdeathDonegal Gaoth DobhairGardai