first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE, WINNER: “Phil told me, ‘Make sure to keep him off the pace.’ If he was going to stay with Acclimate, it was going to go bad. I knew if I could keep him on the bit, he was going to come home. I got a perfect trip. I was just sitting inside and everybody got tired, and I just went. I tried to go with Victor, because I know that horse is tough on the lead. As soon as I got close to him, I knew I had it.”(On getting his first stakes win at Santa Anita):“Wow, it feels awesome. First I want to say thanks to my Lord, because without him I’m not here. My agent, Tom (Knust), has been doing a great job.”(Can you be leading rider at Santa Anita?)“I know it’s tough, but I’m going to work hard on that. There are a lot of good jockeys here, but I’m going to try my best.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, ACCLIMATE, SECOND: “He’s a pretty cool horse. We asked a lot of today, but I love the way he ran. When the winner came to us, I love the way he fought back.”TRAINER QUOTES PHIL D’ AMATO, CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE, WINNER: “I was confident in his ability I just didn’t know what his distance limitations may or may not be. He trained like a horse that could go a mile and a quarter and Abel rode him to perfection and we got the job done today.“It’s bittersweet because my other horse (Acclimate) was doing those fractions and to see them both, dueling in deep stretch, I’m proud of them both but Cleopatra proved best, and I am happy for Slam Dunk Racing.”Asked about the Breeders’ Cup: “For sure Acclimate will go, because he already is eligible but we’ll have to see about Cleopatra. There might be something for him at Del Mar.”     NICK COSATO (SLAM DUNK RACING), CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE, WINNER: “He was presented to us by Jeff Macore out of Texas and a lot of the horses he sends our way are pretty interesting to say the least. Phil’s done a great job with this guy; he really loved him and they didn’t downplay how much confidence he had in him today.“We have great partners. They let us do our job and we have guys behind us like Michael Nentwig who joined forces with us on quite a few horses about a year ago at Del Mar. When you have people who give you free reign the same way we give the trainers free reign, it’s a recipe for success.“There’s some talk about Breeders’ Cup but let’s enjoy this one and we will go from there.“Abel is a solid rider and he fits here; he is really showing it. He just came here before Del Mar where he had an outstanding meet. He rides the turf well; he rides the dirt well. He is pretty well rounded.”               NOTES: The winning owners are Slam Dunk Racing or Michael Nentwig.last_img read more

Melbourne’s Heritier Lumumba retires after receiving medical advice

first_imgThe former Collingwood premiership player has been involved in an ongoing dispute with the Demons over their handling of several concussions he has suffered while at the club.”At the advice of several medical specialists, I am retiring from football. I look forward to expanding other areas of my career as I create new endeavours,” Lumumba said on Wednesday.Lumumba has played 223 AFL games with 199 coming at Collingwood and 24 at the Demons.He achieved All-Australian selection during the Magpies’ premiership year in 2010.last_img

Redlands makes CIF title game

first_imgEven with the win, the Terriers’ veteran coach had trouble dismissing the multiple long-range scores his team allowed to the Pumas, who had upset one high seed this postseason. “I was really upset with the goaltending,” said Fry, whose team will advance to the finals against top-seeded Murrieta Valley on Tuesday for the fourth time in program history. “We had some saves, but my gosh we need to go back and work on a few things.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Leading a team that bounced No. 2 Corona Santiago in the quarterfinals, Chaparral sophomore Mackenzie Mone scored a season-best eight goals. Many of those came from outside the five-meter mark as the Pumas (19-11) pushed the Terriers (23-7) for much of the match. “I wanted to get their back broken in the first quarter,” said Fry, whose team is looking to add to the Division title it won in 2000. “But those girls kept fighting.” Credit Mone for keeping the Pumas in the game. She keyed Chaparral in the opening period with two first-quarter goals and added two in the second to keep Redlands’ lead manageable at 7-5. She added two goals in each of the third and fourth periods to bring the Pumas to within 9-7 with 3:10 left in the third quarter. But Redlands — which got a combined five saves from keepers Carly Miller and Kirsten Twichell — scored three more times before the end of the period and added two more in the fourth to ensure the Terriers’ fourth finals berth. Redlands lost in both 2004 and 2005 and will have to beat Murrieta Valley, which owns a 27-game winning streak to grab the title. center_img CORONA – Matt Fry grimaced and shook his head. His third-seeded Redlands girls water polo team – on the steam of four goals each from Sharon Dyer and Doris Tran – had just outlasted unseeded Temecula Chaparral, 14-10, on Friday in the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals at Corona Roosevelt High School. last_img read more

Hiker recovering after getting lost in forest

first_imgThe Los Angeles County sheriff’s Altadena and Sierra Madre Mountain Rescue Teams, as well as a helicopter from the Pasadena Police Department, were unsuccessful in locating Mulder, who eventually made his way out of the mountains alone, said Pasadena police Lt. Keith Jones. Mulder said he stayed focused merely on survival during the 54-hour ordeal, which included a slide down a 45-foot ravine Sunday. During another 25-foot fall Monday, a large rock he was using to pull himself up struck him in the head. “I woke up and at first I didn’t know where I was,” he said. “Then I remembered and just kept trying to find my way out.” Mulder said he took a few snacks, a liter of water, another of Gatorade and half a liter of another juice drink. These soon ran out. He wore hiking boots, long pants and a jacket. He said he spent the first night sleeping in a tree because he was unsure what local wildlife might be lurking – mountain lions and bears do live in the front range – and drank algae-laced water found in a rain-collecting crevice. PASADENA – An experienced hiker was recovering Thursday after surviving two serious falls while lost in the Angeles National Forest for almost three days last weekend. With several huge contusions on his head and his body covered with tiny scratches and large scrapes, Guido Mulder, 36, a Canadian living in Pasadena, told of an ordeal that began Saturday as a simple hike into the mountains above Altadena. Mulder, impressed by the view of the mountains from his downtown Pasadena apartment, said he walked all the way up Lake Avenue to its dead end at Loma Alta Drive, went west to Chaney Trail and into the mountains through Millard Canyon. “I set out around noon hiking to a reach a ridge that I chose by sight,” Mulder said of his off-trail ascent. “I was having so much fun that I went out too far. Later, it became misty and I was unable to see more than a hundred feet. I should have waited, but I tried to bushwhack my way back. That was a serious error.” Authorities began searching for Mulder on Monday when colleagues at E-Z Data Inc., a computer firm based in his hometown of London, Ontario, reported him missing to the Pasadena Police Department after he did not show up for work, according to Jones. Two 9-1-1 calls, within minutes of each other on Sunday morning died before the source of the signal could be identified, Jones said. During the second call, picked up by the San Gabriel Police Department, a man was heard saying, “Help, I’m stuck up here” before the call dropped. Told that Mulder had planned a hiking trip, the mountain rescue team started “a very general search,” according to Deputy Gregory Gabriel, the volunteer team’s coordinator. “We had no clues as to where he may have entered the mountains,” he said. “So we started a search near the top of Lake Avenue, with the idea he may have taken a bus there from his apartment in Pasadena.” A bloodhound was on its way to assist when the team received a call from Pasadena police that Mulder had been found in Altadena. “I came out of the mountains” onto Glenrose Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Monday “and started ringing doorbells,” said Mulder, whose clothing was soaked with blood. “I approached the first people I saw driving their car into their driveway and asked them to use the phone.” After calling his wife in Canada, he called police and was soon transported to Huntington Hospital. “I think it would be really unfair for my wife and son to lose me because of my bad decision,” he said, referring to the most difficult part of his unanticipated sojourn. Having been an avid hiker and camper since he was a teenager, Mulder listed mistakes he would be sure to not repeat, among them going out without telling anyone and bringing a cell phone with a low battery. “I don’t know where my short-sightedness came from,” he said. “I would never overlook best practices again.” later determined to be from Mulder, (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FA expected to act after Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero gets involved in a scuffle with Wigan fans © AFP / Oli SCARFFWIGAN, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.Will Grigg’s late winning goal saw League One Wigan defeat Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders in an ill-tempered game that boiled over on the final whistle. Wigan supporters invaded the pitch to celebrate at the end of the tie and Aguero, who was shaking the hand of opposing defender Chey Dunkley at the time, became embroiled in an ugly altercation with a number of fans.Aguero was forced to defend himself as the scene threatened to turn even more violent and City staff had to help shepherd him off the field and to the safety of the dressing room.“It’s not right,” said Wigan manager Paul Cook. “I haven’t seen the incident so I can’t comment. But players’ safety has to be paramount for everyone.”City are expected to contact Wigan themselves to demand answers about the lack of protection offered their players at the end, although the FA action may well take that out of their hands.The trouble was not over there as a number of home fans taunted the City support and, in response, the visitors began to tear at advertising hoardings in front of them.Police became involved in scuffles with City supporters that continued for several minutes and the FA are certain to review footage, and read referee Anthony Taylor’s report, before contacting the two clubs and deciding whether to issue charges.The problems were not restricted to off the field matters with City being reduced to 10 men late in the first half following a foul by Fabian Delph on Max Power which saw Taylor first produce a yellow card before changing it to red.That will rule Delph out of the Carabao Cup Final with Arsenal on Sunday and City’s anger at Taylor’s decision was evident in its wake, with Aguero arguing with the Wigan bench and Guardiola and opposite number Cook being separated by staff as they engaged in a furious argument in the tunnel at half-time.– ‘Aggressive opponent’ –“It’s a red card,” said Guardiola, who has been vocal this season after his own players have been the victim of bad fouls that did not produce red cards.“You want to ask me about football, ask me. Nothing happened in the tunnel.“He should stay in the position, that’s all. They were a really aggressive opponent.”The loss of Delph, who is playing at left-back in the absence of long-term injury victim Benjamin Mendy, could prove problematic in this crucial period of the season.But, contrary to his on-field actions, Guardiola claimed he had no problem with the decision.Fabian Delph’s dismissal sparked ugly scenes between Wigan and Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFF“It’s an unnecessary action,” he said. “The referee decides what he decides. I’m not here to judge so it can be a red card. We have to learn from that.”The stunning upset, a repeat of the 2013 FA Cup Final result, carried Wigan through to a home FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Southampton and ends City’s dream of winning all four competitions this season.“I didn’t have the feeling that we didn’t try,” said Guardiola. “That would be a worry.“We’re sad because the FA Cup is a nice competition but football counts what happens in 94 minutes. They deserved to go through.”The victory, however, was undoubtedly marred by the scenes at the end and the sight of Aguero having to defend himself as he left the field.Wigan chairman David Sharpe joined the criticism of the pitch invasion by his club’s supporters.“It is not nice to see, football is emotional — that’s what it is to fans,” he said. “But I don’t like to see this at the end of the game.“It is a massive result, but we have to stay classy in football, I don’t like what I am seeing here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Gerrard will bounce back from FA Cup disappointment’, claims Liverpool team-mate

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Liverpool defender Kolo Toure insists a “sad” Steven Gerrard will bounce back after being denied a fairytale FA Cup final farewell.A 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley ended the club’s last hope of silverware and meant Gerrard would not be given a perfect send off ahead of his summer move to MLS side LA Galaxy, with the cup final – and what would have been his very last appearance for his boyhood club – falling on his 35th birthday.However, Toure said the skipper is experienced enough to cope with his personal disappointment, adding that the team was probably more disappointed at not being able to deliver a trophy for fans, who this season had seen their side fail to progress out of the Champions League group stage and lose to Chelsea in the last four of the Capital One Cup.“You feel bad. It is always difficult when you lose a semi-final like that,” Toure told Press Association Sport.“The defeat is the thing. Of course we wanted to do very well for the last game of Stevie for the club but at the end of the day, we wanted to do it for the fans because this club deserves to have a trophy.“He [Gerrard] is fine. Of course he is sad, like all the dressing room, but he has been in this game for a long time and he knows how to deal with these situations.“Collectively we were not very good. Villa really fought and gave everything to win the game.”As a result, Brendan Rodgers became the first Liverpool manager since the 1950s not to win a trophy in his first three years.The club’s Champions League qualification hopes are now looking increasingly distant after Manchester City’s win over West Ham on Sunday increased the gap to fourth place to seven points, although Liverpool do have a match in hand.The Reds boss is sure to find his record coming under more scrutiny over the final six games of the season, however the Northern Irishman insists he and his players will not give up while there is still a mathematical possibility.“There’s an obligation here to fight to the very end,” he said.“We have to fight in every single game now. Of course there will be disappointment over the next couple of days but we’re going to have to get ready.” 1last_img read more

Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal will make first January signing this week

first_img Mohamed Elneny Arsene Wenger expects Mohamed Elneny’s transfer from Basel to Arsenal to be completed this week.The midfielder has reportedly agreed to move to the Emirates on a four-and-a-half year deal after the Gunners lodged a £7m bid.However, the switch has been held up by work permit issues and there were even fears the transfer could collapse.Wenger is, though, confident the deal is almost over the line and it could be announced this week.“I expect movement, yes. I think this week we are positive it could happen,” said Wenger.“The situation should be sorted this week. There are a lot of work permit problems as well and special paper work.“We hope we can finalise it this week.” 1last_img


first_imgA Letterkenny businessman has been awarded substantial court costs against his former tenant in a battle over unpaid rent on a bar and restaurant.John G Larkin and his wife Honey outside Letterkenny Courthouse.John G Larkin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in a dispute with David Mackey who had leased the Millview Bar at Newmills from him. A previous court sitting heard how Mr Mackey had failed to pay substantial arrears in rent to Mr Larkin.Last July, Judge John O’Hagan found in Mr Larkin’s favour and ordered Mr Mackey out of the premises within seven days.Mr Larkin had claimed he was owed up to €150,000 in unpaid rent but Mr Mackey’s solicitor claimed that figure was more like €50,000.Judge John O’Hagan yesterday asked Mr Larkin how things had gone since he ordered Mr Mackey out of the premises.John G Larkin said things had generally gone well apart from a kitchen being removed from the premises.He also complained that a chip-van known as The Millview Diner had been removed from outside the premises and placed up the road when he also was operating a takeaway.The former Millview Bar and Diner.And he added “I wish he had paid the rent. I’m sorry it went this way but I had no choice.“It’s a very local community and I want people to know the real story. People think he was paying rent but nothing has been paid since,” he said.Solicitor Garry Clarke, who was representing Mr Mackey, said his client was now a taxi-driver and had taken a fare to Belfast and could not be in court.He added that his client had remortgaged his home in a bid to renovate the premises and was now in substantial debt.Judge O’Hagan said form the previous case he was not impressed with the behaviour of tenant Mr Mackey.He added that it appeared that he took the view that everything was for his advantage.He said there was still a situation where there continues to be a large amount of money outstanding and that was a matter for the High Court.He asked Mr Larkin’s legal team for an idea of their costs and upon viewing them he said he did not think they were high.He added that he now had no hestitation in awarding costs in the case to Mr Larkin.LETTERKENNY BUSINESSMAN WINS COURT COSTS IN RESTAURANT AND PUB BATTLE was last modified: February 4th, 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) Tags:David MackeyJohn G LarkinJUdge John O’HaganMillview BarNEWMILLSlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man caught with €1,500 worth of cannabis in a secret drugs hide has been told that it is people like him who breath oxygen into the drugs industry.Letterkenny Court.Gary O’Brien appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being caught with the drugs in a Garda sting operation. O’Brien, of 40 Gleneadon, Killyclug, was caught with the drugs by Gardai at Gort na Corrib, Letterkenny on April 17th last.Inspector John O’Toole said inside the hide, Gardai found three ounces of cannabis which were bagged as well as a weighing scales.The 24 year old made full admissions to Gardai and said he had been selling the drugs to friends for a matter of just months.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said O’Brien had bought the drugs through a third party for €900 and they had a street value of €1,500.He added that at the time his client was not working and the decision to sell drugs was purely a financial one.He added that O’Brien was not being forced into selling the drugs or was he adicted to any substances.Judge Paul Kelly addressed the accused and said that selling cannabis may seem harmless but warned that he could find himself in deep water.“Small-time dealers like yourself provide oxygen to this industry which causes so much damage to communities around the country,” he said.He added that because he had no previous convictions he would adjourn the case until January 26th and asked for a probation report to be carried out.MAN CAUGHT WITH €1,500 OF DRUGS IN SECRET HIDE was last modified: November 25th, 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) Tags:cannabisdonegaldrugsGary O’BrienGort na Corribletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgUP to a dozen more young men put out of Derry City by vigilantes have arrived in Co Donegal in the past few days, can reveal.We have learned that Republican Action Against Drugs and the Real IRA are cashing in on the fear surrounding the murder a week ago of Andy Allen.He was shot dead in front of his girlfriend in a quiet estate at Lisfannon, Buncrana last Thursday night. He was accused by the terror gang of being a drug dealer.However he was shot for travelling to Derry to see his two children, breaching the death threat order.Earlier this week Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney, a former IRA prisoner who opposes the dissident gangs revealed that five men from the same area as Mr Allen had been ordered out.“Five local men have been informed that their lives are under threat from vigilante gangs and that they must leave the area. This follows similar threats being issued against a number of people from the Top of the Hill and Curryneirn over the past six months,” he said. We understand that up to a dozen men have in fact been forced out of the Derry area since the murder.Several have moved to Letterkenny and Ballybofey, though none have moved to Buncrana.They have been told not to return to the North.Many of them have denied being drug dealers; with sources saying that they are being ‘picked on’ for – as one said – ‘standing up to these bully boys.’LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on REVEALED: MORE DEATH THREAT ‘DRUG DEALERS’ ARRIVE IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: February 15th, 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:alleged drugs dealerAndrew AllenBallybofeybuncrana murderletterkennylast_img read more