Magician on Wales’s list

first_img Press Association The Breeders’ Cup Turf winner won last month’s Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh but was unable to reel in Noble Mission in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his latest appearance. Jim Bolger has Leitir Mor, Parish Hall and Trading Leather in contention, but the star of the show is last year’s stunning Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve. The French filly was narrowly beaten by Cirrus Des Aigles on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix Ganay, but is a hot favourite to strike on her British debut under Frankie Dettori. Dank is also among 11 confirmations for the 10-furlong Group One, w hile Roger Varian has entered Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned pair Ektihaam and Elkaayed. The owner’s chief contender is the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram, who was narrowly beaten by Al Kazeem in a thrilling finish 12 months ago. Multiple Group One-winning mare The Fugue, third last year, could line up for John Gosden. Gay Kelleway’s likely outsider Zambucca completes the list. center_img Aidan O’Brien is set to rely on Magician in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. last_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton, once close to becoming a Dodger, has a chance to come home

first_imgA special photo of the Notre Dame High baseball team is hanging on a wall of Tom Dill’s office. This one was taken in Sept. 2016, right after Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident.When news of the fatal crash reached the Sherman Oaks campus, Notre Dame’s head baseball coach dressed every player in his program – freshmen to seniors, JV to varsity – in a Marlins shirt bearing Fernandez’s number 16. The players lined up in three rows of about 20 each. A photographer captured the moment from an elevated perch.Dill kept one copy of the photo for himself. He sent another to his star pupil, Giancarlo Stanton, who was mourning 3,000 miles away from home.“When a guy represents your school in good character, I thought, I want to do something right now,” Dill said. “That was a nice moment. And my guys wrote him letters, a box full of letters.” Giancarlo Stanton might never become a Dodger, the team he rooted for growing up. He almost did a decade ago and he seems to have a chance now. The Marlins are trying so aggressively to trade him, some teams received permission from Major League Baseball to meet Stanton personally to discuss a potential deal. The Dodgers were not among those teams.Still, Stanton’s connection to his home town remains strong. He lives in Southern California in the offseason. His immediate family lives in the area too. When the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were recently granted an audience with the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, the meetings were reportedly held in Los Angeles.The photograph Dill sent Stanton was not unrequited. Each of the last two years, Dill said, Stanton has supplied the Notre Dame baseball team with equipment from his sponsor, Nike.It’s no wonder that the Dodgers would be Stanton’s first (if not his only) choice to waive the no-trade clause in his contract, which guarantees a total of $325 million – the most ever for an MLB player.If he does not choose to opt out of his contract after the 2020 season, Stanton is still owed a minimum of $295 million. The Dodgers had baseball’s highest player payroll in 2017, reportedly totaling $244 million. They would have to get creative to simultaneously lower that number and absorb Stanton’s 2018 salary of $25 million. So far, the Giants and Cardinals are the only teams reported to receive permission to meet with him. The last time teams came to Southern California to visit Stanton, the field was wide open.At Notre Dame, Stanton played baseball, basketball and football. Football was his favorite. USC, then coached by Pete Carroll, actively recruited him as a cornerback. With the speed and the height of a Division I point guard, Stanton could be taken seriously in all three sports. That left him no time for the summer baseball circuit, which in turn shrouded him somewhat from major league scouts.The Marlins, led by scout Tim McDonnell, were on to Stanton early and often. The Dodgers were intrigued too. At a private workout at Dodger Stadium in 2007, a 17-year-old Stanton was already ringing balls off the deep left field bleacher seats in batting practice.Dodgers scout George Genovese wrote in his 2015 memoir that he recommended Stanton to the team’s draft director, Logan White, as a first-round pick. The Dodgers had two picks before the second round that year, 20th and 39th overall. They used the picks on pitchers Chris Withrow and James Adkins, respectively.The Marlins passed on Stanton in the first round too, instead choosing infielder Matt Dominguez from Chatsworth High. But by the time the Dodgers drafted in the second round, Stanton was gone. He went to the Marlins with the 76th pick and signed for $475,000 – $56,500 over MLB’s recommendation for the draft slot at the time.Hindsight is 20-20. White acknowledges there was an oversight, but not of Stanton’s talent.“We had to stick with slot in those days,” he said. “As it turns out the sign-ability info was wrong more than the evaluation info, because he would have signed at those picks.”History does not allow for do-overs – of the 2007 draft or of the $325 million contract that could keep Stanton tied to a new owner that would prefer to see him play elsewhere. The Marlins have reportedly agreed to the framework of trades proposed by the Giants and Cardinals already, and one could be consummated any day now.Stanton holds the leverage. He can approve or reject any trade he wishes. If he becomes a Giant, Stanton would be closer to home, though joining a hated rival would hardly be seen as a sign of loyalty to Los Angeles.“There are a lot of diehard Dodger fans who would be upset,” Dill said. “A lot of the faculty here keeps asking me (what will happen) like I know anything. I’m going to find out in the papers like everybody else.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tuyisenge late penalty sinks SuperSport

first_imgCool as ice, Tuyisenge buried home the penalty after Meddie Kagere’s header off a Boniface Omondi corner landed on a Supersport United defender’s arms and though there were protests led by led by skipper Dean Furman, Tuyisenge went on to slot home.With nerves cracking him down, head coach Dylan Kerr could not stand watching the penalty and moved as way back as close to the stands as his side took the lead.Gor Mahia had chances in the opening half, but none of them landed on target.George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo had the first opportunity in the fifth minute when he took on a run on the left, playing a quick one-two change of passes with Jacques Tuyisenge but his final effort at goal was deflected for a corner.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Mogan Gould during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFive minutes later, Meddie Kagere’s shot on his weaker left foot went inches wide after drifting inside the box from the right.SuperSport had their first opportunity in the 14th minute when Mogan Gould beat Boniface Oluoch to the ball from Luke Gareth’s cross from the right, but his header went over.Gor kept on knocking on the SuperSport door trying to plant balls behind the defense, but this did not work out to their expectation.In the 19th minute, Kahata’s searching ball from the right landed on Odhiambo at the backpost but he could not land an effort on target.SuperSport were sitting back to suck in the pressure and bolting off on the first breaks. One such break almost caught Gor off their guard when Thuso Phala played Gould through, but the latter’s shot went whistling at the face of goal.The visitors were forced into a change after 34 minutes, burly centre-back Azubuke Emmanuel having to come off clutching his hamstring and was replaced by Gamolemo Kekana.Gor’s last straw of chances in the opening half came five minutes before the whistle, Kahata seeing his well curled freekick going inches over the bar with the keeper beaten.Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Dean Furman during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFive minutes into the second half, SuperSport almost snapped the lead when Jaimie Graig’s cross from the right found Sipho Mbule unmarked at the far post, but the winger could not get a header on target, his contact going wide.Gor came close in the 55th minute when Odhiambo’s snap shot forced the keeper into a good save. Odhiambo had picked the ball inside the box after the SuperSport defense failed to convincingly clear a Francis Kahata free kick.Kahata had a go at goal himself in the 65th minute with another well taken shot this time on the half volley, but the keeper had it gathered and he managed to bounce back and pick the rebound ahead of a chasing Kagere.Gor kept on persisting and they finally earned for their labor via Tuyisenge’s penalty.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jack Tuyisenge is joined by Meddie Kagere and Boniface Omondi in celebrating his goal against SuperSport United in a CAF Confederation Cup first round match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 8- Jacques Tuyisenge’s 78th minute penalty earned Gor Mahia a priceless 1-0 win over SuperSport United in the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on Sunday evening.The slim advantage now sees Gor Mahia inch closer to earning a CAF Confederations Cup group phase berth if only they can avoid defeat in the return leg to be played in South Africa in 10 days time.last_img read more