City could face Balotelli

first_imgManchester City could be reunited with former striker Mario Balotelli during their summer pre-season programme. City have announced they will feature alongside Balotelli’s current club AC Milan in the four-team Audi Cup in Munich in July and August. The controversial Balotelli left City in January after an eventful two-and-a-half-year spell at the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img Hosts Bayern Munich and Brazilian club Sao Paulo are the other clubs taking part in the competition, which will see games played at the Allianz Arena on July 31 and August 1. City’s chief commercial and operating officer Tom Glick said: “We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Audi Cup and to be competing with some of the best teams in the world. “This tournament forms a significant part of our pre-season preparations and we are very much looking forward to it.” Another former City player, Nigel de Jong, could be in action for Milan while Jerome Boateng, another ex-City man, now plays for Champions League finalists Bayern. City are also due to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong in July along with Tottenham, Sunderland and South China FC. last_img read more

UNDEFEATED DORTMUND HEADS FIELD IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY; PROSPECT PARK, BOLO & ONE LUCKY DANE ALL FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN 78TH RUNNING OF PREMIER 3-YEAR-OLD SHOWCASE AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_img170 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS UP FOR GRABS AS ‘RUN FOR THE ROSES’ LOOMS MAY 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015)–Kaleem Shah’s undefeated Dortmund heads a field of six in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, to be run at 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Bob Baffert, Dortmund comes off a 1 ¼ length win in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 7, thus stamping himself as one of America’s elite Kentucky Derby candidates.A chestnut colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Dortmund showed tremendous courage in winning head photos in both the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20 and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7 and has many racing observers believing that his best is yet to come.Favored in all five starts, Dortmund has been the odds-on choice in his last four races and has been ridden throughout by Martin Garcia. An imposing sight at 17 hands, Dortmund took the San Felipe in gate to wire fashion and appears on the improve for Baffert, who seeks a record seventh win in the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep.With 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake (100 to the winner, 40 to second, 20 to third and 10 to the fourth place finisher), here’s a snapshot look at the field for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby:–DORTMUND Along with stablemate, American Pharoah, Dortmund is considered the number one or two seed in the run-up to this year’s Kentucky Derby. A runaway first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita Nov. 2, he made his next start going a one turn mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, where he demolished a 12-horse allowance field by 7 ¾ lengths, covering the distance in 1:35.60.Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Dortmund was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale last May for $140,000. A Kentucky-bred colt by Big Brown out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, he has been perfect in all five starts and has banked $689,400.–PROSPECT PARK Although he didn’t break his maiden until his fourth start, on Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, this Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit is making up for lost time, as he followed a 5 ¼ length one mile allowance score on Jan. 30 with a huge second, beaten just 1 ¼ lengths, by Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 7.“They won the battle, but we’ll win the war,” is how jockey Kent Desormeaux described Prospect Park’s San Felipe. Owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod and trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park earned a career-best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the San Felipe and has left many observers feeling there could be even better things to come in the Santa Anita Derby. Out of the Bertrando mare, Quiet Romance, Prospect Park is 6-2-2-1, with earnings of $166,570.—BOLO–Trained by Carla Gaines, this Kentucky-bred colt by the Dynaformer stallion, Temple City, ran a huge third in the San Felipe, which was his first-ever try on dirt. Beaten just 1 ¾ lengths by Dortmund, Bolo, who had won two consecutive races on grass leading into the San Felipe, appears to have thrust himself into the Derby conversation as a legitimate contender who may continue to improve with added distance.“Every time I’ve ridden him, he’s galloped out like a monster,” said Mike Smith, who regains the mount after opting for Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe.Out of the Chief Seattle mare Aspen Mountain, Bolo is owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle Mack. With a vastly improved 101 Beyer Speed figure in the San Felipe, Bolo, who like so many in the Derby field likes to run close to the pace, will hope to ration his speed at a mile and one eighth. He has two wins and a third from four starts, with earnings of $129,700.–ONE LUCKY DANE The “Other Baffert” in the Derby field, this bay colt by 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky overcame a 4 ½ month layoff to win a one mile allowance by 9 ¾ lengths on March 19, a race that established him as a Derby contender. A 9 ½ length one mile maiden winner at Santa Anita three starts back on Oct. 4, One Lucky Dane was well beaten when splitting the field two starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane won in gate to wire fashion on March 19 and will no doubt show plenty of speed on Saturday under regular rider Rafael Bejarano. Out of the Boston Harbor mare Echo Harbor, One Lucky Dane sold for $490,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2013. He is 5-2-1-1 with earnings of $92,400.–CROSS THE LINE A troubled second, beaten 2 ½ lengths in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 14 at Golden Gate Fields, this colt by Line of David will try natural dirt for the first time in his initial foray at a track other than Golden Gate. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Cross the Line rallied from off the pace to win the one mile California Derby Jan. 17 and will likely try to employ similar tactics on Saturday.The only horse in the field to have run a mile and one eighth, Cross the Line, who is owned by Hollendorfer, George Todaro, Live Your Dream Racing Stable, LLC and partners, will again get the services of Bay Area-based Juan Hernandez, who has ridden him in his three previous races–two of them wins. Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Beer Baroness, Cross the Line is 5-2-2-1, with earnings of $123,920.–BAD READ SANCHEZ A 10 length first-out maiden winner going five furlongs at Santa Anita on June 20, “Sanchez” has been idle since running third in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and will try two turns for the first time. A longshot who could make the early lead, this Kentucky-bred colt by Warrior’s Reward is trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the Santa Anita Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another and in 2013 with Goldencents.Owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, Bad Read Sanchez will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who rode Reddam’s I’ll Have Another to victories in the 2012 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Out of the Pulpit mare Past Twilight, Bad Read Sanchez is 3-1-1-1 with earnings of $77,600.With all horses assigned 122 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, to be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card, with jockeys and morning line in post position order: Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Bolo, Mike Smith, 4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2, and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.                 Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, five other stakes will be offered: The Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes and the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes. –30–last_img read more

Higuain fires Juventus to 2-1 win

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP): Gonzalo Higuain scored a record 36 league goals for Napoli last season, and yesterday he scored his first goal against them, helping Juventus to a 2-1 win over his former team. Higuain netted what was to prove the winner in the 70th minute, bursting into the area to fire a loose ball into the bottom right corner. He was engulfed by his teammates, but didn’t celebrate. “I told him he’d score before the match. I was good in reading the future,” fellow goalscorer Leonardo Bonucci, said. “Luckily, this year, he plays for us and decides these kinds of matches.” After a tense first half, Juventus broke the deadlock in the 50th when Napoli failed to defend a Miralem Pjanic corner, and Bonucci volleyed in from close range. Its lead lasted just four minutes before Jose Callejon beat the offside trap to volley in Lorenzo Insigne’s pass to the far post. Serie A leaders Juventus moved five points clear of second-place Roma, who visits Empoli today. Napoli remained fourth, seven points behind the five-time reigning champions. “If we had drawn, Roma probably would have moved level with us tomorrow,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “But now Roma can’t catch us tomorrow, and Napoli are seven points below us.” Tension between the sides increased in the off-season when HiguaÌn moved to Juventus for an Italian record fee of US$99 million after breaking a 66-year-old Serie A goalscoring record. It threatened to boil over toward the end of the first half when a row broke out over a set play as Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina appeared to push Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, but referee Gianluca Rocchi calmed the situation.last_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls basketball leads quartet of local teams to make CIF NorCal playoffs

first_imgFor four local high school basketball teams, their 2016-17 seasons haven’t ended with the recent conclusion of the North Coast Section playoffs.Led by newly-minted Division V champions St. Bernard’s, three girls teams and one boys team from the Humboldt-Del Norte League have been selected to participate in the CIF state playoffs, which had its brackets released on Sunday.The Crusaders, who captured their third straight section title this past Saturday, earned the best possible seed head coach …last_img

New launches: Sony Cybershot with 8.1 megapixel

first_imgSpeed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical,Speed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action. Comes with super steady shot image stabilisation to minimise blur caused by camera shake. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen.Another USP is that it takes pictures in total darkness without using the flash. Get set to shoot better, faster, more.last_img read more

Big weekend for Touch Football Victoria

first_imgIt will be a big weekend for Touch Football Victoria this weekend, with a VT League double header, a fundraiser for cancer research and much more! The first round of the girls’ Victorian Schools Touch Football League (VSTFL) will be held on Friday night at Aquinas College, while the second round of the Boys’ competition will be held at Scotch College. The 2014 season sees 76 teams competing, which is the biggest VSTFL competition ever held. Sunday will see a VT League double header at Elwood Park. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks and Eastern Falcons will play the first ever VT League ‘Call to Arms’ match on Sunday 9th February to raise funds for Cancer Research. In a first for Touch Football in Victoria, the two teams will use their Round 14 game to promote awareness of cancer in men by wearing yellow socks and arm bands. There will also be a BBQ on the day, with all proceeds going straight to the cause.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Skills and Performance Analyst, Karley Banks will also be in attendance at the VT League double header, assisting the Women’s VT League coaches and doing training sessions with the Women’s teams during the day as part of Touch Football Victoria’s Women in Sport grant. For more information or to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Victoria website and social media pages:Website – www.victouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyvicInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootyvic Related LinksBig Weekend in Viclast_img read more

Schmeichel Pogba hasnt won a war at Man United

first_imgManchester United great Peter Schmeichel insists Paul Pogba mustn’t be allowed to think he’s bigger than the club and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extract the Frenchman’s full potentialAfter being left out of Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s debut at Cardiff City.The World Cup winner responded with an incisive display that saw him provide two assists as United stormed to a convincing 5-1 win.But Schmeichel cautioned United against allowing Pogba to think he’s bigger than them.“Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.“There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.“I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.“He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.“We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.“It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”Night, Reds ❤️ #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dXl0HGR3FD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018However, the former Danish goalkeeper expects old United team-mate Solskjaer to be the man to get Pogba to perform to his expected levels.“Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.“He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.“I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.”last_img read more

Tiny jumping spiders found preying on frogs and lizards

first_img Spider walks like an ant and raises front legs to mimic ant antenna Explore further A trio of researchers from Switzerland and the U.S. has found documented evidence of tiny regal jumping spiders killing and eating much larger frogs and lizards. In their paper published in Journal of Arachnology, Martin Nyffeler, with the University of Basel, G. B. Edwards with Florida State Collection of Arthropods and Kenneth Krysko with the University of Florida, describe their findings. Scientists and everyday people have seen multiple examples of frogs, lizards and other creatures dining on small spiders, but more rare is when the reverse happens. In this new effort, the researchers report on evidence they have uncovered of the tiny, one-inch-long regal jumping spider killing and eating frogs and lizards that are much larger than they are. Notably, despite its tiny size, the regal is actually one of the largest of the jumping spiders.The study began as the researchers exchanged anecdotal evidence of tiny spiders feasting on various vertebrate. Intrigued, they began conducting queries using several Google tools: Search, Books, Scholar and Pictures. They also did searches on the Scopus database and Thomson Reuters. These searches resulted in the discovery of six reports (and pictures) of tiny regal jumping spiders killing and consuming frogs and lizards. The pictures showed the one-inch spiders dining on Cuban frogs that were one to 1.5 times their own size, and lizards such as the Carolina anole that were 1.5 to 2.5 times their own size. The tiny spiders do not have to engage in battles with their prey; instead, they simply inject them with venom and then wait for them to die. The paper offers the first documented case of jumping spiders killing and eating vertebrates.The researchers note that regal jumping spiders, which live in Florida, belong to a group known as generalist predators. They do not have a primary food source. Instead, they are opportunists, killing whatever happens to cross their path. Prior research has already shown that the spiders have excellent eyesight, allowing them to spot prey and assess the chances of being able to kill and eat it before they take action. Credit: Journal of Arachnology (2017). DOI: 10.1636/JoA-17-011.1 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Martin Nyffeler et al. A vertebrate-eating jumping spider (Araneae: Salticidae) from Florida, USA, Journal of Arachnology (2017). DOI: 10.1636/JoA-17-011.1 Citation: Tiny jumping spiders found preying on frogs and lizards (2017, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-tiny-spiders-preying-frogs-lizards.html © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

NITI Aayogs model Agricultural Land Leasing Act yet to find adequate takers

first_imgKolkata: NITI Aayog’s additional secretary Yaduvendra Mathur said on Friday that the model Agricultural Land Leasing Act proposed by the Aayog, has not found the desired number of takers across the state governments in the country.According to him, a handful of states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have moved towards the model. Rajasthan, however, is yet to extend the scope of the act to farmers. “The model land lease law was circulated to the state governments in 2016. But very few states are moving towards the model. It is a state subject,” Mathur said on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Agricultural Land Leasing Act is aimed at better utilisation of assets along with improved credit flow to farmers. “We have written to Chief Secretaries of various states regarding this,” he added. It may be mentioned that the Niti Aayog had released the Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act, 2016, seeking to permit and facilitate leasing of agricultural land to improve access to land by the landless and marginal farmers. “The law should be strong. If any farmer wants to give his land on rent to neighbouring farmers or even his brothers, it should be allowed. In our country, it is not happening because we are not following a model land leasing law. Only yesterday, we wrote to Chief Secretaries of the states to take it up with the Chief Ministers and move towards the model land leasing law,” he maintained. He claimed that some of the states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana have amended the law. According to Mathur, a percentage of the CSR money allocated by corporates has to go deeper into the granular problems of health and education of the people around, since people are at the core of the planet. Only that can lead to holistic development, he feels.last_img read more