The progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualified
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LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Melbourne United center Majok Majok (22), left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, reach for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United.Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world — it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club’s reputation,” Vickerman said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment.“I know most of the guys couldn’t really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself,” Prather said. “My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don’t feel it too much.”Oklahoma City’s stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10.“I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to,” Vickerman said. “For us, because we’re a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there’s a little more separation.”Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huestis blocked Josh Boone’s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather’s shot to clinch the win.Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group,” Vickerman said. “We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game.”Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — His departure rescued Roma. His arrival revitalized Liverpool.When the two clubs meet over two legs in the Champions League semifinals, the matches will also serve as a celebration of Mohamed Salah, a player who means more to Roma and Liverpool than they could ever have imagined.The Egypt winger left Roma for Liverpool in June last year for 42 million euros ($50 million). In an offseason when the Premier League spent record sums and Neymar would soon go on to change the sport’s financial landscape by joining Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros, Salah’s transfer wasn’t unnoticed but was hardly agenda-setting.It has proved a significant piece of business.For Roma, it helped balance the club’s books, erasing a big chunk of its deficit at a time when the Italian side was facing potential financial fair play penalties from UEFA.“Anyone who understands a bit of this business knows that that’s like having a sword pointed at your neck,” said Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez, Roma’s director of sport and essentially its mastermind in the transfer market.Selling Salah was a wrench. He combined for 26 goals (scored 15, set up 11) in Serie A in the final season of his 18 months in the Italian capital, second only to Jose Callejon of Napoli. He had quickly become a fans’ favourite. The then-Roma coach, Luciano Spalletti, had helped develop Salah’s all-around game so he was more than just a speedy winger, but an efficient and creative one, too.As it turned out, $50 million was a bargain.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)On Sunday, Salah collected the Player of the Year award in English soccer, which is voted by his fellow professionals, after a stunning first season at Liverpool in which he has scored 41 goals in all competitions. He hasn’t failed to score in 2018 in a home league game at Anfield, where supporters idolize him and serenade him with songs.That’s even more the case in his home country, where he is regarded as a national hero by soccer-crazed Egyptian fans and murals of him adorn walls in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has run out of superlatives to describe Salah but deserves credit for finding a way to get the best out of him.Starting matches as virtually a right winger, Salah regularly drifts inside and finds himself playing as the central striker, with Roberto Firmino — nominally Liverpool’s center forward — dropping deeper to link up play and create space.His trademark finish for much of the season saw him cut inside and curl a shot into the far corner. He has developed another in recent weeks, the cheeky dink over the goalkeeper following an angled run into the penalty box. He did just that at Etihad Stadium to score the goal against Manchester City that all but sealed Liverpool’s place in the Champions League semifinals.Fate ensured Roma would be Salah’s next opponent in the competition.“The Italian defenders are famous for not being friendly,” Klopp said, “so I think Mo will feel early in the game that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in a football way.”The Italian side, now under coach Eusebio Di Francesco, also somehow managed to prosper without Salah, getting to the last four of Europe’s top competition for the first time since reaching the final in 1984. The opponent that year: Liverpool.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)Di Francesco has tried several players in Salah’s role as an attacking winger on the right, with varying degrees of success: Gregoire Defrel, Stephan el Shaarawy, Gerson, Patrik Schick, Diego Perotti, Alessandro Florenzi and even Radja Nainggolan.However, it is 20-year-old Cengiz Under who is proving a revelation in that role in the second half of his first season at the club.Under struggled initially after his move from Istanbul-based side Basaksehir for 13 million euros ($16 million), and was not involved in any goals in his first 14 matches with Roma. Yet he scored six goals in February and March, and returned from injury by coming off the bench in the second leg of the quarterfinals against Barcelona and delivering the corner that set up Kostas Manolas’ goal to seal a 3-0 win and historic comeback from 4-1 down in the first leg.“Imagine where Roma would be if they still had Salah,” Klopp recently said. Maybe in financial chaos and with UEFA-imposed limits on its wage bill, transfer spending and squad size in the Champions League.Salah now is potentially worth four times more than Liverpool bought him for. He is regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but he always dreamed of playing for Liverpool as a kid. He remembers playing as Liverpool on the FIFA video game as an 18-year-old, when he was with El Mokawloon in the Egyptian league.“I feel he is in a great place, with a great set of lads,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “He is going in the right direction with us.”That direction is potentially the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26. Unless his old club can hatch a plan to stop him.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his side’s second goal of the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday April 21, 2018. 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Shearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)As you’d imagine, the photos and video taken at Kristen Saban’s wedding this past Saturday have provided a treasure trove’s worth of content for Alabama fans. So far, we’ve shown you the fireworks at Bryant-Denny, the “Sweet Home Alabama” rendition and the happy couple dancing with Big Al mascot heads. But we saved perhaps the best clip of all for last.Here’s Nick Saban dancing to some greek folk music – presumably to celebrate the heritage of his daughter’s husband.We’ve seen him do the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. This might be the best we’ve seen yet from him, however.
George Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will take place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles On September 28.Among the stars who will perform are Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers & Mark Stoermer of The Killers, Ann Wilson of Heart, Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Weird Al Yankovic, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury, Butch Walker, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell of Weezer, Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum, Ryan Miller of Guster, The Black Ryder, Gingger Shankar And many more surprise guests.100% of ticket sales proceeds to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund via The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.Find out more here.
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsDuring the day, the Open Door shelter is a refuge for many of Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.Despite being forced to move, the shelter appears to have landed on its feet.“I try to carve every day, but sometimes we run out of stones,” says John Awa, who learned to carve soapstone from his uncle in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.Awa has spent the last 11 years in Montreal – and until recently, much of it living rough on the streets.“I actually got an apartment through the open door housing program,” he told APTN News.Even though the Open Door shelter helped get him his own place, Awa still comes here to work.At the old location, carvers were forced to work outside – now he can work here year round, inside.“This is our carving room, if you look up there is a ventilation up there,” said David Chapman, director of the shelter while giving a tour around the new space.About a week and a half ago, the shelter packed up and moved to its new location.There’s no doubt that the new amenities here are an improvement.There are showers, more than one bathroom, and a walk in fridge.“So we don’t have to deal with the issue of rotting produce anymore,” Chapman said.But as the old saying goes, location is everything.The former location was conveniently located next to Cabot Square – a long time gathering place for many of the city’s vulnerable and homeless Indigenous population.Over the past five years, the area has undergone a gentrification, with renovations, and non-stop condo construction.The Open Door’s old location, a former church, was sold and is up next on the development slate.“When you have 400 million dollar condo developments going up generally there’s some kind of planning behind that,” said Chapman.Despite being a 40 minute walk from its former location, Chapman said that about 50 per cent of its old clientele are coming to the new shelter.And so are the same problems that plagued the old site.“She woke up and he was straddling her, trying to take off her pants had her hands underneath her clothes,” recounted John Tessier, an intervention worker at the shelter who was told this story by an Inuk woman last Thursday.“She was able to fight him off, then he brutally beat her.”The Open Door said that since 2017, 19 Indigenous women have come to them with accounts of sexual assault or rape suffered on the streets.“Of those 19 cases, only one has almost made it to court,” Chapman said. “Only one,” he adds, which is expected to be heard in 2019.Chapman said a big reason for that is many women feel going through the process of speaking to police is not worth it.In February, at the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous relations with some of the province’s public departments, Chapman testified that police need to do a better job working with vulnerable women on the streets.For one, he said he would like to see police come to the women to gather statements.“Is it all about legal purity? Really? Is that really what it’s all about? You can’t bring audio and video to a space where someone feels comfortable because you’re interested in legal purity? Really? While woman after woman is raped on the street? Get over yourself.”Chapman adds that it’s important to accommodate the women because many of them suffer from addiction problems, and are often wary of police because they have outstanding tickets.Tessier said that although the police that responded to the recent call were sympathetic, they detained the alleged assailant briefly – and then released him.He said an investigator did not call to take a statement about the incident until four days later.“We had worked it out with station 12, the area where we were last, that if the victim was unwilling to go to the police station then we can have the detective come meet us,” he said.APTN News asked the Montreal Police for details of the case but was told it does not comment on open investigations.According to Chapman, the story has a silver lining – a donor has gifted the victim a ticket back home to her community in Nunavik.firstname.lastname@example.org@tfennario
TORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.
Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it’s assessing the impact of the Alberta government’s move to curtail oil production next year.The company says the specific impact of the production cut will be provided when it issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.The Alberta government announced a plan Sunday to impose across-the-board oil production cuts to reduce a glut of oil that has helped increase the discount the province’s oil fetches compared with the North American benchmark. The anticipated regulations will require oil producers to reduce their production effective Jan. 1, 2019.Cenovus Energy Inc. proposed the idea of a production cut last month, however several large players in the oilpatch have been opposed to involuntary cuts.Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. whose refining assets and firm pipeline contracts allow them to avoid most local price discounts have opposed the idea of mandatory production curtailments.Suncor says it believes the market is the most effective means to balance supply and demand and normalize differentials.