Ada L. Meister

first_imgAda L. Meister, 88, of Sunman, died Monday, May 11, 2020 at Margaret Mary Hospital, Batesville. She was born March 10, 1932 in Batesville, the daughter of Adolph and Mabel (Swango) Wirth.She is survived by two daughters: Joyce (Jim) Westerman of Sunman and Susan Meister of Sunman; three sons: John Meister of Sunman, Tony (Penny) Meister of New Point, and Daniel (Deb) Meister of Batesville; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.She was married to John Meister who precedes her in death. Others who preceded her in death include two sons: Dennis and Donald Meister; four brothers: Lawrence, Albert, Wallace, and Robert Wirth and three sisters: Bessie Dwenger, Gladys Dwenger, and Edna Sarringhaus.Mrs. Meister enjoyed doing crafts and participated in many local craft shows. She enjoyed traveling with her family. Some of her favorite destinations included Amish Country in Northeastern Ohio and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge; Gatlinburg Tennessee. When the weather was nice, she enjoyed taking a drive to enjoy the countryside and she loved to sit along the river and watch boats especially the big paddlewheel boats. She also enjoyed playing cards and other games with family.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20th, at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The current Governor’s mandate allows churches to begin opening again for services that are open to the public to the extent that six feet social distancing is required among all individuals and will reduce the capacity of the church according. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.last_img read more

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Newcastle close to Janmaat deal

first_img However, some minor formalities remain to be completed and that means Janmaat will not now be unveiled until Wednesday. His official arrival will be significant for more than one reason as it is likely to trigger Mathieu Debuchy’s departure for Arsenal. Dutchman Janmaat will become Pardew’s fifth summer signing and the second this week after Remy Cabella joined Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez at the Magpies. The 24-year-old Feyenoord full-back travelled to Tyneside on Tuesday to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms after the two clubs agreed a fee at the weekend. It appeared an announcement was imminent with a photograph of the player holding a back and white shirt alongside Magpies manager Alan Pardew appearing on Twitter later the same day. Newcastle expect to formally announce Holland international Daryl Janmaat as their fifth summer signing on Wednesday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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New Zealand hold nerve to sink Bangladesh in thriller

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – New Zealand held their nerve under the floodlights to beat Bangladesh by two wickets in a dramatic low-scoring Cricket World Cup match at The Oval yesterday.The Black Caps looked to be cruising to a modest target of 245, as Ross Taylor (82) and captain Kane Williamson (40) led them to 160-2, but they lost six wickets in quick succession to give Bangladesh the scent of a famous win.When Matt Henry was eighth man out, New Zealand still needed seven runs for victory but Mitchell Santner stayed calm to secure their second win of the tournament with 17 balls to spare.“It’s very nice to get across the line. We still knew that 250 could be quite challenging,” Williamson said.“It wasn’t our most clinical effort with the bat. There were a few soft dismissals that we’d want to address. But it’s a great experience to have in tournament cricket.”New Zealand bowled tightly and fielded with high intensity after winning the toss to restrict Bangladesh to 244 all out.Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar shared an opening partnership of 45 before Sarkar was bowled by Henry for 25 and Tamim, on 24, skied a simple catch to mid-wicket.Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 50 for the third wicket but the stand ended when Mushfiqur was run-out for 19 following a mix-up.Shakib reached his fifty off 54 balls before, on 64, he edged medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme to wicketkeeper Tom Latham and Mohammad Mithun went for 26.Needing to accelerate to get close to 300, a par score on the usual batting-friendly Oval wicket, Bangladesh boundaries were in short supply.BOISTEROUS FANS Mohammad Saifuddin struck the only six of the innings in the 45th over but it was a rare joyful moment for the boisterous Bangladesh fans and Henry bowled him for 29 in the final over to claim his fourth wicket and end the innings.New Zealand started their chase confidently as Martin Guptill made a breezy 25 and Colin Munro 24 to move them rapidly on to 55-2.Williamson should have been dismissed for eight, but wicketkeeper Mushfiqur dislodged the bails with his arm to waste the opportunity.Williamson and Taylor added 105 to put New Zealand in a dominant position before Williamson was caught at deep mid-wicket by Mosaddek Hossain off Mehedi Hasan.Latham fell for nought and when Taylor was caught down the leg-side New Zealand nerves were jangling.The target was still comfortably within range, but de Grandhomme (15) and Jimmy Neesham (25) also fell as the tension mounted.Henry was bowled by Saufuddin with seven required but Santner drove the first ball of the 48th over to the extra cover boundary to get New Zealand over the line.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who led his team to an upset win over South Africa in their first match of the tournament, said they were 20-30 runs short with the bat.“It was a good wicket. The outfield was slow,” Mortaza said. “We got set and then got out too often; we couldn’t make a good partnership in the middle.“At the end it was a tight match. They closed it professionally – credit to them.” SCOREBOARDBANGLADESH inningsTamim Iqbal c Boult b Ferguson 24Soumya Sarkar b Henry 25Shakib Al Hasan c Latham b de Grandhomme 64Mushfiqur Rahim run-out (Guptill/†Latham) 19Mohammad Mithun c de Grandhomme b Henry 26Mahmudullah c Williamson b Santner 20Mosaddek Hossain c Guptill b Boult 11Mohammad Saifuddin b Henry 29Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Latham b Boult 7Mashrafe Mortaza c Boult b Henry 1Mustafizur Rahman not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-8, w-9) 18Total: (all out, 49.2 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-60, 3-110, 4-151, 5-179, 6-197, 7-224, 8-235, 9-244.Bowling: Henry 9.2-0-474, Boult 10-0-44-2, Ferguson 10-0-40-1, de Grandhomme 8-0-39-1, Neesham 2-0-24-0, Santner 10-1-41-1.NEW ZEALAND innings (target: 245 runs from 50 overs)M. Guptill c Tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al Hasan 25C. Munro c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Shakib Al Hasan 24K. Williamson c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 40L. Taylor c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mosaddek Hossain 82T. Latham c Mohammad Saifuddin b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 0J. Neesham c Soumya Sarkar b Mosaddek Hossain 25C. de Grandhomme c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammad Saifuddin 15M. Santner not out 17M Henry b Mohammad Saifuddin 6L. Ferguson not out 4Extras: (nb-1, w-9) 10Total: (8 wkts, 47.1 overs) 248Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-55, 3-160, 4-162, 5-191, 6-218, 7-218, 8-238.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 5-0-32-0, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 10-0-47-2, Mustafizur Rahman 7.1-0-48-0, Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-47-2, Mohammad Saifuddin 7-0-41-2, Mosaddek Hossain 8-0-33-2.last_img read more

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Roberts resigns, Hockley steps up as CA chief executive

first_imgCRICKET Australia (CA) has parted ways with chief executive officer Kevin Roberts, the governing body confirmed yesterday.CA chairman Earl Eddings broke the news to staff via live stream yesterday morning, saying the board needed fresh leadership to move on from the disruption that engulfed the organisation in the past few months.Nick Hockley, CEO of T20 World Cup local organising committee, will take over the reins at Cricket Australia on an interim basis, effective immediately after Roberts tendered his resignation.Hockley oversaw the successful women’s T20 World Cup in February and March that culminated with Australia’s win in front of 86 174 fans at the MCG on March 8, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic brought world cricket to a halt.The men’s T20 World Cup tournament – scheduled for October and November this year – remains in doubt given biosecurity and border issues caused by the pandemic. The tournament is expected to have its fate determined at the International Cricket Council’s July board meeting, with one option to postpone the tournament for 12 months.That outcome would allow Hockley to focus his attention on CA in the short term while a search for a permanent replacement for Roberts was conducted.The English-born Hockley was previously CA’s head of commercial projects between 2015 and 2017 before taking on the T20 World Cup role. He previously worked on the 2015 men’s ODI World Cup in Australia and spent six years with the London Olympics organising committee before that.Eddings said an “operational reset” for the governing body would still take place this week, as planned. Staff are expected to learn of budget cuts and redundancies today.“Cricket, like all national sports, has been going through a period of significant change and – in recent months we have had the added uncertainty delivered by COVID-19,” Eddings said in a statement.“The entire cricket community has been affected and difficult decisions have been – and will continue to be necessary – to ensure that cricket at every level is in the best shape it can be now and in the future.“It is essential that CA continues to provide strong leadership and works constructively with everyone who has an interest in the future of the game – the players, all employees, the state associations, commercial partners and supporters.”Roberts, who had been appointed on a three-year term to replace James Sutherland in October 2018, leaves his post after just 20 months at the helm.Cricket in Australia had been riding high after the successful women’s T20 World Cup final but found itself swiftly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic soon after when the first of three ODIs against New Zealand was played without crowds at the SCG.Two further games were cancelled, as were a T20 tour of New Zealand and a women’s tour of South Africa, while CA moved to cancel the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season, installing the outright ladder leaders NSW as champions.But off the field, the complicated financial situation caused by the virus proved difficult to navigate. After early indications that CA was well-placed to weather the COVID-19 storm due to the timing of the pandemic’s arrival at the backend of the cricket season, financial modelling provided a grim outlook as it also coincided with an imminent low point in the game’s four-year revenue cycle.CA’s reserves dwindled by some $20 million in a matter of weeks due to fluctuations in the global financial market – although conditions have since improved and no losses were incurred as the assets were not realised – as well as contributions to the costs associated with supporting the men’s T20 World Cup.The vast majority of CA staff were stood down in late April until June 30 – saving the organisation some $3M – while executives took a 20 per cent pay cut. Roberts told staff CA had three goals in that timeframe: to secure a line of credit with a bank, a reduction of funding to the states and territories, and to finalise negotiations with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) over changes to player payments. All three areas remain a work in progress.At the same time, CA would look to reduce 25 per cent from its cost base for the 2020-21 financial year, Roberts publicly declaring that “no area of the organisation will be untouched” as the administration braced itself for a season of limited crowds, expensive biosecurity measures and the possibility of a reduction in broadcast revenue. Eddings confirmed that “operational reset” would continue as planned to “reinvigorate cricket in a changed operating environment”. The implications of that cost-cutting will be delivered to staff today.The state and territory associations have already shed some 150 jobs from various areas, with community cricket heavily affected, but no agreement has been reached with NSW and Queensland who refused to agree to the reduction. Western Australia had agreed to accept the cuts on the condition that every other state and territory did likewise.The ACA last week lodged a formal dispute with Cricket Australia over the financial forecasting head office had provided to the players’ union, citing the financial details provided “do not appear to be reasonable or consistent with an obligation of good faith”.Under that modelling, CA predicted that revenue would fall by 48 per cent for 2020-21. The parties now have 28 days to resolve the dispute before it heads to an independent arbitrator. Amid this financial uncertainty, CA pushed ahead with an announcement of a full men’s and women’s international summer schedule including a Top End ODI series against Zimbabwe in August, an inaugural Test against Afghanistan at Perth Stadium and a marquee four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series against India.That schedule announcement was not without controversy with the Western Australia Cricket Association labelling being overlooked for an India Test as “a kick in the guts”.Roberts rose to the role of CEO in October 2018 when he succeeded James Sutherland after nearly 18 years in the role.Roberts played 23 first-class games and 18 domestic one-day matches for NSW as a batter between 1994 and 1998, then held senior management roles within global sportswear brands including adidas and 2XU, and served on the CA board between 2012 and 2015 before taking a staff role as CA’s executive general manager of strategy and people.He played a key role in leading CA’s negotiations in the fractious 2017 dispute with the ACA over player payments, and in 2018 was installed as CA’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer. Roberts was appointed as Sutherland’s successor by then-CA chairman David Peever, who resigned weeks later after losing the support of the state associations following the release of a report by Simon Longstaff’s The Ethics Centre into the culture of CA.Roberts had overseen a revival of the Australian men’s team’s reputation under head coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine in the wake of the Longstaff review and fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal in March 2018.On-field success came, too, notably with a successful defence of the Ashes in England last winter and an unbeaten home summer that saw the team rise to the No.1 spot in the ICC’s rankings for Test and T20 cricket. They are currently fifth in ODI cricket three years out from the next World Cup.Under Roberts’ tenure, CA had also made strides in gender equality with the move of the Rebel WBBL to a stand-alone competition, as well as committing to pay parity for the T20 World Cup, with CA topping up the ICC’s US$1M prize for the victorious Australian women’s team to the tune of US$600 000.Roberts said: “It’s been a privilege to lead and serve the sport I love as CEO of Cricket Australia. Our team of staff and players are outstanding people who contribute so much to the game and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.“I’d like to thank the army of volunteers in communities across the country who are the lifeblood of our sport, enabling kids to experience the game and to dream about emulating their heroes in our national teams. As a lifelong and passionate member of the cricket community, I look forward to seeing the game thrive into the future.” (Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

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FDJ joins Paris 2024 Organising Committee

first_img FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 French national lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) has confirmed a major corporate initiative after becoming an official partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Continuing its investment in French sports development, FDJ will join the Paris 2024 organising committee. It has become a key stakeholder in the funding, planning and promoting of the biggest ever global sports event hosted by France.Joining Paris 2024 committee, FDJ governance underlines its 30-year track record of supporting French athletes, contributing vital funds to the National Sports Agency (ANS) and as a sponsor of  ‘Team France’ Olympic squads from 2000-to-2018.Furthermore, FDJ governance had been a key backer of the Paris 2024 bid (won in September 2017), helping France secure its first Olympic summer games since 1924.Stéphane Pallez – FDJ“FDJ has supported French sport for over 30 years and so we naturally wanted to promote the Parisian bid for the 2024 Games,” said Stéphane Pallez Chairwoman and CEO of FDJ.Pallez confirms that the lottery operator has launched its ‘FDJ Sport Factory’ to help young and disabled athletes achieve their sporting goals. The social programme will document the progress of 27 athletes seeking to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 (Winter Games) and Paris 2024 games.“By joining the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have renewed our commitment to sport and French athletes. Our past contributions to the world of sport all led to this current commitment to get everyone involved in Paris 2024 and thus contribute to this great sporting and societal project,” Pallez added.Initial Paris 2024 commitments will see FDJ launch a ‘special lottery programme’ across its retail network, promoting Olympic themed draws and instant win games as a tribute to French sporting achievements and the nation’s past hosting of major sporting events such as 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament.Tony Estanguet – Paris 2024Backing FDJ’s commitment, Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said: “Making the Olympic and Paralympic Games with and for the people of France is about making the event part of their daily lives. Paris 2024 chose FDJ, the biggest local network in France, to celebrate the ultimate sporting event all over the country.“We have not forgotten that FDJ was the first partner to show a strong interest in our Olympic bid. That is why we have been working together to drive our project forward: creating an instant game to support the bid, carrying out joint initiatives to promote gender equality in sport, and more. I am delighted that our journey together is continuing.” StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo opens museum in his honour

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a museum in his honour, which he said has extra room to be filled by future trophies.Ronaldo, 28, is currently on the three-man shortlist to be named the Ballon d’Or winner for a second time.Ronaldo’s honour roll2008 Ballon d’Or winnerThree Premier League titlesOne Champions LeagueOne Copa del ReyOne La Liga titleTwo Golden Boot awards”It’s a special day, I don’t want to mention specific ones” he said. “All I want is to win more and if the Ballon d’Or comes, there is extra room here.”The museum in his native Madeira exhibits more than 125 awards.Ronaldo won the prestigious 2008 Ballon d’Or title, formerly known as the Fifa World Player of the year title, while with Manchester United. Before his six-year spell at Old Trafford ended with a then-world record £80m transfer to Real Madrid in 2009, he won three Premier Leagues, one Champions League, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Fifa Club World Cup.His success has continued in Spain, where he won the Copa del Rey in 2010-11 and La Liga in 2011-12 under now Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.The Portugal international opened his museum, which occupies the ground floor of a five-storey building, in front of a frenzy of reporters and fans.”Here is the evidence of what I have won, no one will take it away from here and these were things I wanted to share with my fans, show them what I have already achieved,” he said speaking from the island which is approximately 250 miles off the southern coast of Portugal.The first piece on display dates back to when Ronaldo was eight and top-scored in a tournament with his boyhood club Andorinha. It also contains mementos from his senior playing career, including two Golden Boot awards won for being European football’s top scorer. Ronaldo is competing with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to be named the 2013 Ballon d’Or recipient, with the winner to be revealed at a ceremony in Zurich on 13 January.last_img read more

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David De Gea signs new four-year contract at Manchester United

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with the Old Trafford club.The deal will keep David De Gea with the Red Devils until at least 2019 with an option to extend for a further year.David De Gea was linked with a move to Spanish club Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. The deal for the Spain international to join Real Madrid fell through in the last minutes of the transfer window as the Spanish club could not register the player on time.On Friday, a statement about David De Gea’s new deal read on the Manchester United website:David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2019. There is an option to extend it for a further year.The Spain international, 24, joined the Reds back in 2011 and has registered 175 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League title in 2013 and two Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards.  De Gea said after signing the new contract: “I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career. I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career.”“I’m looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my teammates to be successful.”Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal also revealed his delight in the new deal for his goalkeeper saying:“I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract. He is one of the best goalkeepers in world football. I am very pleased that he will be part of the team for many years to come.” David made a very important contribution to our performance last season and he has been the club’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons. He is a popular player who is keen to learn and enhance his game. At such a young age for a goalkeeper, he has many years ahead of him.”David De Gea could take his position in post when Manchester United play Liverpool in the English Premier League on Saturday.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Andy Reid’s 222nd NFL win delivers Chiefs coach an elusive first Super Bowl title

first_imgReid, who spent his first 14 seasons as a head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles up until 2012, has spent the past seven campaigns in Kansas City.MORE: How the Chiefs won Super Bowl 54BIG RED, WE DID IT pic.twitter.com/t1v7b7l9Uz— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2020A career spanning 21 years, Reid’s teams had made 15 playoff appearances, winning 10 division titles and reaching seven conference championships. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is longer the winningest NFL head coach without a Super Bowl title.Reid’s long wait for a championship ring ended thanks to Sunday’s 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. It was Reid’s 222nd win in the NFL, and it proved to be the biggest. The Reid-led Eagles reached the Super Bowl in 2005 but fell 24-21 to the New England Patriots in Jacksonville, Florida.But the popular 61-year-old finally had something to celebrate at the second attempt – Reid’s Chiefs overturning a 10-point deficit inside the final seven minutes.The Eagles even congratulated Reid, tweeting: “Time’s yours, Andy.”last_img read more

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Shooters Shoot Calls All The Shots As He Stretches Out To Impressive Mile Victory In $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight Feature

first_imgShooters Shoot Calls All The Shots As He Stretches Out To Impressive Mile Victory In $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight Feature, Getting The Distance Over ‘Good’ Surface In 1:38.87ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2020)–Promising 3-year-olds have proven to be the order of the weekend at Santa Anita, as trainer Peter Eurton’s Shooters Shoot, who was second in his most recent start to yesterday’s racing star, Charlatan, stretched out for the first time in Sunday’s first race, a $55,000 maiden special weight affair, and he responded with a resounding 3 ¼ length victory.  Ridden by Abel Cedillo, the Kentucky-bred colt by Competitive Edge got a flat mile over a track listed as “good” in 1:38.87.Breaking sharply from the rail in a field of seven sophomores, Shooters Shoot was pressed around the first turn by Lane Way with even money favorite Yeng Again caught three-wide.  Leaving the half mile pole, Shooters Shoot enjoyed a one length advantage and by the three eighths pole, he was lengthening his lead while Joel Rosario, aboard Lane Way, was asking his mount to keep up.Turning for home, Shooters Shoot was in complete command, about 2 ½ lengths clear of Lane Way and he went on to an authoritative win with lightly raced Friar’s Road rallying to complete the exacta.“He was very comfortable,” said Cedillo, who had ridden Shooters Shoot in his previous two races.  “We had the rail, so I knew I had to get a position, but from there I left him alone.  He handled it great.”Second, beaten 5 ¾ lengths by current A-List Derby prospect Charlatan in a six furlong maiden race here Feb. 16, Shooters Shoot was overlayed at 5-1 and paid $12.40, $7.80 and $4.40.“It looks like he’ll get two turns, so we’ll enjoy this one,” said Eurton.  “He was second to a pretty nice colt the other day, so we’ll see where we go.”Owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Exline-Border Racing, LLC and Dan Hudock, Shooters Shoot, who is out of the Bernardini mare Repeat and was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale last April in Ocala, Fla., was making his fifth start today.  With the winner’s check of $33,000, he increased his earnings to $58,280.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Friar’s Road worked his way into contention at the rail going to the far turn, had to await room and then was asked for run turning for home in a solid effort.  Well beaten in his first start, a 6 ½ furlong sprint on Oct. 26, Friar’s Road was off at 10-1 and paid $11.00 and $5.80 while finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Lane Way.Lane Way, who was beaten a quarter length by the winner while running third on Feb. 16, checked in third at 7-2 under Umberto Rispoli and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 46.67, 1:11.69 and 1:24.93.With entries being taken on Tuesday, racing, with no pubic admittance, will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Past players back Windies

first_imgFormer West Indies players Sir Andy Roberts, Jackie Hendriks and David Williams have given the West Indies the edge in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India today. Describing the Caribbean aggregation as best suited for the format, and having the psychological edge after defeating England in the preliminaries, as well as the momentum after overcoming title favourites India in the semi-finals, the trio, however, believes it will come down to application. “I think it’s going to be another win for us,” stated Hendriks, referring in the process to the regional side’s triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago. “They (England) are a good team, but I think that the West Indies are best for this type of cricket. “I think if we keep our heads, our bowling attack can keep them within any total we set, as well as we have the batting to chase down any total they set,” the former wicketkeeper added. Roberts, a member of the pioneering Clive Lloyd-led ICC World Cup 50 overs winning teams of 1976 and 1979, highlighted bowling as the key to victory. “If we bowl well by restricting the amount of sixes, as well as bowling a lot of dot balls, that will be the key to success,” cited Roberts. “We have been bowling well in patches with the spinners, particularly (Samuel) Badree and (Sulieman) Benn, playing extremely well. “However, the medium pacers such as Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have at times allowed things to slip.” Williams, meanwhile, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies teams in 1990s, and former West Indies assistant coach, believes the strength of the team’s batting will prove decisive. “The Englishmen should have some headaches when we bat,” Williams said. “We have a lot of match-winners, and have picked up some form, and that is worrying for any opposition. “It’s not just Chris Gayle anymore. Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles have come along, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are there, as well as the hitting power of Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite.”last_img read more

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