first_imgWHO:              Top trainers and Jockeys who are competing in the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be available for open session interviews.  *An updated list of jockeys and trainers appearing will be sent on Monday, October 31. * WHEN:           Wednesday, November 2 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Following the media availability, a casual buffet brunch will be served for the media to enjoy. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held at Santa Anita Park for a record ninth time on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, featuring racing superstar California Chrome and 11 former and returning Breeders’ Cup Champions. WHERE:         Santa Anita Park – Arcadia, CA – At Top O’ The Stretch – West Grandstand PARKING:     Santa Anita Park is located at 285 West Huntington Dr. – Arcadia, CA  91007. However, do not follow GPS directions to this address, as they will send you to the wrong gate. Top trainers, jockeys and owners involved in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be in attendance for a media day to assist media in their advance coverage of the event. Approximately 12 trainers, jockeys and owners will each be seated at their individual stations, and media can move around the room to secure multiple interviews. This represents the best and most convenient time for media to gather material from many of the key participants in horse racing’s end-of-season championship races. WHAT:           Breeders’ Cup Media Day and Brunch Media should enter through Gate 8:From I-210, exit Baldwin and go South 7/10 of a mile to Santa Anita Park.Go left just before the sign for the Westfield Mall (which abuts Santa Anita’s property. Stay to the left and do not enter the mall parking lot.Stay left at the fork along the hedges (going right will take you into the main parking lot) and pull up to the guard shack.Ask to be directed to Clockers’ Corner and park near the large, two-story white tent.Media Day will be held at the Top O’ the Stretch, at track level just east of Clockers’ Corner.Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 646-335-6835last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2016)–Under patient handling from Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 6-year-old gelding A Red Tie Day found room turning for home and finished powerfully to win Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes at one mile on turf. Trained by Richard Baltas, A Red Tie Day got the distance in 1:34.82.“This horse is very versatile,” said Arroyo, who rode him to a close fifth place finish here in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at a mile and a quarter on Oct. 2. “He can go to the lead, or he can sit just off it. Today, we were up close and it looked like everybody was going at the quarter pole. I knew I had a lot of horse and I didn’t want to get him stopped, so I waited and it paid off.”Owned by Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, A Red Tie Day was off at 9-2 in a field of eight and paid $11.60, $6.40 and $3.20.A Kentucky-bred gelding by Indygo Shiner, A Red Tie Day collected his fifth career win (all on turf) from 18 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $43,440, he increased his earnings to $251,308.“He’s just been a really nice, honest horse,” said Baltas, who collected his 10th win of the Autumn Meet, good for fourth in the trainer standings. “He was gelded four races ago. He’s an older horse but he’s really coming into his own now.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, Perfectly Majestic made a sustained run from off the pace and finished full of run to be second, a neck in front of favored Twentytwentyvision. Off at 7-1, Perfectly Majestic paid $6.40 and $3.00.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Twentytwentyvision sat a close second behind early leader Little Curlin until the quarter pole, and then went head and head with him through the lane and had to settle for third money, while prevailing by a head. Off at even money, “Twentytwenty” paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.51, 48.73, 1:12.37 and 1:23.70.Live racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m.The Breeders’ Cup World Championships return to Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit read more

Cooler weather coming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter another hot week (until late this week), a cool down to normal temperatures is expected starting either Oct. 3 or 4 that will last through Oct. 15. Temperatures are expected to return to above normal (but no where near current levels) from Oct. 15-31.Rainfall will be above normal in northern Ohio this week. The week of Oct. 7 will be normal or below normal but confidence is next week’s rainfall pattern is low to moderate. Above normal rainfall is in the outlook for the second half of October which could slow harvest after Oct. 15.The hot and drier pattern for a good part of September was caused in part by tropical activity. The remnants of Dorian created a big low pressure system not far from Greenland while a typhoon called Lingling in the western Pacific created a big low pressure near Alaska. This resulted in a hot and dry dome of high pressure over the Southeast U.S. and wet weather in the western corn and soybean belt.This pattern appears ready to breakdown later this week.We are moving into frost and freeze season and overall it still looks like a delayed frost and freeze season. Most see their first freeze by Oct. 10-20. Currently, it still looks like a normal to later than normal first freeze.The November outlook still indicates a warmer than normal month with precipitation not far from normal (but with a lot of uncertainty).Finally, the two week rainfall outlook from OHRFC can be found here: .It shows the wettest areas being the western two-thirds of the Corn Belt. Rainfall for the next two weeks in Ohio will be 1-2+ inches in northern Ohio but generally 0.10-0.50 inches in southern Ohio. Normal is about 1.5 inches for two weeks.last_img read more

Messi needs to fire and crown himself in glory

first_imgThere is no bigger stage than World Cup final for Lionel Messi to become a hero.Football fever has been raging for over a month and even if one is not a hardcore fan, one would have got drawn into debates and discussions quite unknowingly.There is a sizeable percentage of global fans still mourning the exit of hosts Brazil but for all those who watched the semi-final live or later it was sheer capitulation at the hands of the sturdy Germans.With the clock ticking for the final at the Maracana, Germany vs Argentina is not exactly the script one had thought of when the event began last month. The heat and humidity of Brazil is a factor which the Germans have coped well with and there has been a steady rise in their fluency up front.Yet, for those who see this as not just a World Cup final but a stage for one man to explode into brilliance again, the wait has been agonising. As much as you fancy Germany, an innumerable number of football lovers are actually waiting for Lionel Messi to shine at the biggest stage.Messi has scored four goals till now in this World Cup but if the world’s most celebrated player is looking for ultimate glory, he has to lift himself further.To be sure, even with Barcelona this season, Messi did not look that hot. But he obviously knows there is no bigger stage than the World Cup final to emerge as hero and the world’s best player.advertisementThere are two types of great footballers: Either one is a Pele or a Maradona or a Zidane who corner glory on the biggest stage, or one is in the second category where names like Ferenc Puskas, who scored 84 goals for Hungary in 85 internationals. Add to it his exploits in club football at home and in Spain, and he was touted the world’s best but could not stop the Germans from winning the World Cup in 1954.Then again, people said the same about Alfredo Di Stefano, the Argentine great who died last week at the age of 88. Stefano rocked at home and also for Real Madrid in club football but World Cup glory eluded him.For the current generation, Messi is the biggest star and he needs to show that all the criticism regarding him is misplaced. For Messi to be bracketed alongside all-time greats like Pele and Maradona, he has to win Argentina the trophy.For a man who scores 65 to 70 goals each season in club football and is the most famous face one will see in merchandise sold around the world, Messi needs to do this for himself and the team. Agreed, football is a team sport and in this particular edition, teams relying on just one superstar have bombed. Ask Portugal or Brazil, without a firing Cristiano Ronaldo and an injured Neymar they looked average at the crunch.Ronaldo has been adjudged World Footballer of the Year several times, but has not yet sparkled at the biggest stage. Yet, what is surprising this time is without Messi being on fire, Argentina are in the final. There are millions praying for the icon to burst into brilliance as minus his dash and flair, Germany are simply too solid.The way they have gone about this World Cup is clinical.Be it Thomas Mueller or Miroslav Klose, they have strikers who can pump in goals effortlessly. Add to it the efficacy of Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mats Hummels further back, and they can do the damage with free-kicks. The German defence has looked very strong and how they handle Argentina remains to be seen.Overall, this has been a fantastic World Cup for Brazil from the organisational point of view. The local fans are distraught that their team was whipped 7-1 in the semi-finals where Germany played with tsunami force. Debates are still on in pubs after the loss where the general feeling is if Neymar had played it could have been a different story! Brazil needs to take heart from the fact that as organisers of world’s biggest sporting spectacle after the Olympics, they came out trumps. You and I were led to believe Brazil would not be ready for the World Cup and venues were still under construction! All that was wrong as the Brazilians put on a superlative show as hosts with each venue packed. Their love for football cannot be measured and as the hosts of the next Olympics in 2016 at Rio, they have caught the attention of the world. Forget what happened to their national team, their national prestige is soaring thanks to this beautiful World [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgFor all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITEDay one of the 2007 NTL provided action-packed touch football, highlighted by the final game between the Sharks and Cobras in the Mens Open division. The match began with a number of unforced errors, with both sides turning the ball over, before trading touch-downs. The Cobras went two ahead to lead 4-2 at the end of the half. The match heated up with Sharks player an New Zealand Men’s Open Captain Troy Skinner verbally encouraging his team. As the intesity between the players increased, the Sharks lifted, to maintain their lead, taking the match 8-6.In a battle of the cross-town permits, the Sharks took the day 3-1 with victories over the Cobras in the Womens 20s 4-2 and Mixed Open 13-5, with the Cobras victory coming in the Open Womens 6-5, with a stand out performance from Kelly Woods. In the Mixed Open, the Sydney Mets vying for their sixth straight title, have showed they are vulnerable without the “king of mixed” Tony Eltakchi, loosing to the Sharks 10-6. They recovered in the second round, with a comprehensive 10 -6 victory over the Cyclones.9amWomens 20s: Eagles (4) def Rustlers (3)Womens 20s: Rebels (4) def Mets (3)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Mets (6)Mixed Open: Cobras (7) def Suns (4)Mixed Open: Scorpions (8) def Rustlers (2)9.50amWomens 20s:  Hornets (12) def Crusaders (1)Womens 20s: Cobras (6) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) drew Hornets (10)Mixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Cyclones (6)Womens 20s: Suns (6) def Cyclones (0)11am Opening Ceremony 12pmWomens Open: Sharks (7) def ACT (1)Womens Open: Cobras (13) def Hornets (1)Mens 20s: Mets (6) def Cobras (2)Mens 20s: ACT (8) def Cyclones (7) Mens 20s: Hornets (8) def Crusaders (5)Mens 20s: Rustlers (8) drew Sharks (8)12.50pmWomens Open: Mets (13) def Scorpions (1)Womens Open: Cyclones (8) def Crusaders (1)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open:  Rustlers (15) def Eagles (3)Womens Open: Barbarians (11) def Rebels (1)Womens 20s: Hornets (11) def ACT (1)1.40pmMens Open: Barbarians (7) def ACT (3)Mens Open: Rustlers (7) def Eagles (3)  Mixed Open: Hornets (8) def Barbarians (3)Womens 20s:  Cobras (5) def Mets (1)Womens 20s: Eagles (5) def Rebels (3)Womens 20s: Suns (3) def Sharks (2)Womens 20s: Cyclones (10) def Crusaders (0)2.30pmMens Open:  Cobras (14) def Hornets (2)Mens Open: Suns (10) def Crusaders (3)Mens Open: Sharks (12) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Mets (10) def Rebels (4)Mens 20s: Sharks (6) def Cyclones (4)3.20pmMixed Open: Suns (11) def ACT (1)Mixed Open: Cobras (13) def Rustlers (3)Mixed Open:  Rebels (7) def Scorpions (3)Mens 20s:  Rustlers (4) def Cobras (1)Mens 20s:  Mets (7) def Suns (6)Mens 20s: ACT (5) drew Hornets (5)4.10pmWomens 20s: Suns (11) def ACT (1)Womens 20s: Mets (3) def Crusaders (1)Womens 20s: Rustlers (7) def Rebels (2)Womens Open: Cobras (6) def Sharks (5)Womens Open: Mets (17) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (5) def Crusaders (4)5pmMens Open: Rustlers (5) drew ACT (5)Womens 20s: Sharks (4) def Cobras (2)Womens 20s:  Eagles (5) def Cyclones (2) Womens Open: Suns (14) def Scorpions (1)Womens Open: Rebels (3) def Hornets (0) Womens Open: Barbarians 12 def ACT (2)5.50pmMixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Mets (4)Mixed Open:  Rebels (12) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Hornets (6) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Scorpions (9) def Suns (4)Mens 20s: Mets (11) def Sharks (3)Mens 20s: Rustlers (8) def ACT (4)Mens Open: Hornets (7) def Crusaders (6)6.40pmMens Open: Sharks (8) def Cobras (6)Mens 20s: Cyclones (5) def Crusaders (2) Mens 20s: Suns (8) def Cobras (5)Mens Open: Suns (11) def Cyclones (5)Mens Open: Scorpions (10) def Rebels (7)Mens Open: Mets (9) def Eagles (4)Mixed Open:  Sharks (13) def Cobras (5)last_img read more

Video: Up Close Look At Auburn Football’s New Metallic-Finished Helmet

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.last_img read more

US denies threats to sack weather agency employees

first_imgWashington; The US Department of Commerce has denied that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had threatened to fire top employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over a row concerning hurricane Dorian. The New York Times reported on Monday that Ross threatened to fire top NOAA employees after the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted on September 1 that “Alabama will not see any impacts from Dorian”, rebutting President Donald Trump’s claim that the state would be hit “harder than anticipated”, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Secretary Ross did not threaten to fire any NOAA staff over forecasting and public statements about Hurricane Dorian,” the Separtment said in a statement on Monday. The NOAA is a division of the Commerce Department, and the National Weather Service is a part of the NOAA. Trump has spent days defending his version of the path of Hurricane Dorian since the controversy erupted. He displayed a large map in the Oval Office on September 4 showing Alabama was potentially in Dorian’s path, but US media reports said that the map had been altered with a black Sharpie pen. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The NOAA said in a statement on September 6 that the map “demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama”. It added that the Birmingham National Weather Service’s September 1 tweet “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time”. Dorian hit the Bahamas on September 1 as a Category 5 hurricane, killing at least 50 people in the island country as of Monday evening, according to the Bahamian government. It then swiped the coasts of US states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.last_img read more

Telecom giant BCE buying AlarmForce for 166M to grow its position in

first_imgTORONTO – Telecom and media giant BCE Inc. says it will buy Canadian home security service AlarmForce Industries Inc. in a deal worth about $166 million.George Cope, CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, says the acquisition will allow Bell to leverage its network in millions of Canadian homes in order to grow its position in security and automation services.The deal will see BCE purchase all issued and outstanding common shares of AlarmForce (TSX:AF) for $16.00 per in an all-cash offer.AlarmForce says the purchase price represents a 71 per cent premium to its closing share price of $9.34 on Nov. 6 and a 70 per cent premium to the 20-day volume weighted average price for the period ending Nov. 6.Shareholders may also elect to receive BCE common shares (TSX:BCE) in lieu of cash, subject to proration and capped at 49.5 per cent of the total equity value.Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed in January.last_img read more

Lululemon explanation of CEO departure bordering on inadequate say experts

first_imgShareholder advocates and analysts are calling on Lululemon Athletica for more disclosure surrounding the abrupt resignation of its chief executive who “fell short” of the Canadian athleisure company’s conduct standards.Frank Allen, the executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investment Rights (FAIR Canada), said the Vancouver-apparel maker’s statements explaining the sudden departure of CEO Laurent Potdevin after four years at the helm were “thin.”“Shareholders, investors are entitled to a full explanation for something of this significance,” he said.The Vancouver-based apparel maker was mum on Tuesday after announcing a day earlier that Potdevin had resigned, effective immediately, and was no longer on its board of directors. Lululemon said in a statement it “expects all employees to exemplify the highest levels of integrity and respect for one another, and Mr. Potdevin fell short of these standards of conduct.”According to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Lululemon and Potdevin reached a separation agreement in connection with his resignation. Under the agreement, Lululemon will pay Potdevin a $3.35-million cash payment “as soon as practical” and another $1.65-million total in monthly instalments made over a year and a half.In return, Potdevin agreed not to sue the company and would co-operate with it in the future, among other stipulations.Lululemon has begun searching for a new CEO, the company also said.The news prompted at least two U.S. law firms to launch investigations into Lululemon.New Orleans-based firm Kahn, Swick & Foti, said their investigation is focused on whether the company’s board breached their fiduciary duties.Michael Swick, the firm’s owner, principal and partner, questioned Lululemon’s $5-million payment to Potdevin. He noted that under the executive’s employment agreement in its latest proxy statement he is not entitled to any severance if termination is voluntary.However, Lululemon used the term “resignation” in its release, and was unwilling to share further details out of respect of the privacy of the people involved.“We don’t believe that the board is following their own constructs,” he said.New York-based law firm Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman also said Tuesday it was launching an investigation.Corporate governance expert Richard Leblanc says Lululemon’s public statements on the matter are “bordering on inadequate.”“The downside of having succinct, inadequate disclosure is that people make inferences,” said LeBlanc, a governance professor at York University. “And you lose the ability, as a board, to control the message. So, something a little more fulsome would have been better.”Canaccord Genuity analyst Camilo Lyon said in a research note Tuesday that the Lululemon board has moved quickly to quarantine the fallout that could have ensued if details were to have been made public.However, he noted, judging by the company’s specific language in its statement, “we can only assume there were claims of inappropriate behaviour.”Still, Canaccord does not see Potdevin’s departure as a major setback for Lululemon, “although uncertainty will remain elevated until the CEO position is filled,” Lyon added. Shares of the Lululemon were relatively flat in New York on Tuesday afternoon.Major Lululemon shareholders such as Advent International Corp., Manning & Napier Advisors LLC, The Vanguard Group Inc. and Fidelity Management & Research company declined to comment Tuesday, while BlackRock Institutional Trust Company did not immediately respond to requests.Chip Wilson, Lululemon’s founder and shareholder, said in a statement that yesterday’s events mark “an opportunity to secure a culturally-aligned leader who values athletics, the West Coast lifestyle and a deep commitment to re-establish the profit-driving people development program that was a cornerstone to our success.”last_img read more