TRAINER Aidan O’Brien claimed the 1,000 Guineas for the fourth time in five years as Love won the second British Classic of the year at Newmarket.The 4-1 shot charged through the centre to finish four and a quarter lengths clear of 12-1 chance Cloak of Spirits.Unbeaten 11-4 favourite Quadrilateral, daughter of the iconic Frankel, finished third.Love, O’Brien’s sole entry, secured the Irishman’s sixth 1,000 Guineas and 36th British Classic.O’Brien took three of the five Classics last year and, after finishing second with Wichita in Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas, his filly was in sublime form on another overcast day in Suffolk, where the going was good.Celebrating a fourth 1,000 Guineas, jockey Ryan Moore said: “She’s a very uncomplicated filly and we’ve always thought a lot of her. She was in control of the race from a long way out.”Quadrilateral won a Group One over the same course and distance on her last outing, when Love was a length and three quarters back in third. Ridden by 20-year-old Jason Watson, Quadrilateral could not find a finishing burst on the inside as she was beaten into third by a head.Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who claimed the 2,000 Guineas on Kameko, rode 4-1 shot Millisle, trained by Jessica Harrington.Millisle won the Group One Cheveley Park over six furlongs at Newmarket last time out in September but was 10 lengths adrift in seventh on this occasion.Frankie Dettori’s mount Shimmering, owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber and a winner over a mile at Lingfield in December with Robert Havlin on board, finished 10th.(BBC Sport)
Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer has been fired as Syracuse’s head coach, a source confirmed to The Daily Orange Monday morning. The source also confirmed it will be up to the new head coach if he wants to retain any current staff, as first reported by Syracuse.com’s Nate Mink. Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans first reported Shafer’s firing.Last time Director of Athletics Mark Coyle had to replace a football coach, it took him five days to do so at Boise State. Here are some potential replacements for Shafer at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textScott Frost, Oregon offensive coordinatorThe former quarterback won a national championship at Nebraska in 1997 and spent six years in the NFL. He’s been at Oregon since 2009, initially serving as the wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.Mike Sanford, Notre Dame offensive coordinatorSanford was Boise State’s offensive coordinator in 2014 and was at the school at the same time as Coyle. He took the Notre Dame job for this season. Prior to his time at Boise State, he spent five seasons at Stanford over two stints (2007-08 and 2011-13) and served as an offensive assistant working with quarterbacks and then as the running backs coach and later as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina head coachIn four seasons at Coastal Carolina, Moglia has a 41-12 record. After spending 17 years at Merrill Lynch, he got back into coaching and has worked his way up after stints in the United Football League. In 1981, he published a book titled, “The Key to Winning Football: The Perimeter Attack Offense.”Joe Moorhead, Fordham head coachPrior to becoming Fordham’s head coach in 2012, Moorhead spent time at Akron and Connecticut. In five years at Akron, he served as offensive coordinator for two of them. At UConn from 2009-11, he split time as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Dave Warner, Michigan State co-offensive coordinatorWarner is in his third season as Michigan State co-offensive coordinator. Before 2013, he worked with MSU’s quarterbacks. He has been an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach or passing game coordinator for 26 of his 31 years coaching. In 2014, MSU had its most prolific offense in school history setting numerous passing records. Comments Related Stories Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer fired, will coach final game vs. Boston CollegePoll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer?Storify: Social media reactions to Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer’s firing Published on November 23, 2015 at 10:57 am Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds
Redshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin will sit out the first half of USC’s home opener against Utah State after he was ejected for stomping on an Alabama player’s groin on Saturday.Head coach Clay Helton announced the suspension in a teleconference with the media on Sunday. “As a learning lesson,” Helton also said that Ruffin will have to write a letter of apology.The incident occurred late in the first half of USC’s 52-6 loss to Alabama at AT&T Stadium to begin the season. After junior Adoree’ Jackson was tackled returning a kickoff, he attempted to help up Alabama sophomore defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. But Ruffin stood over Fitzpatrick and used his left foot to step on the downed Crimson Tide player.Ruffin, who appeared in 14 games last season as a backup outside linebacker and on special teams, was flagged and ejected immediately.“He understands that his conduct is unbecoming of a Trojan and there will be zero tolerance moving forward,” Helton said to the media.Ruffin is the third USC player to be suspended in the last week. Sophomore inside linebacker Osa Masina and redshirt sophomore defensive end Don Hill were suspended for the Alabama game for their involvement in a sexual assault investigation.Helton did not disclose whether the two players would be available against Utah State, but said the University is allowing Masina and Hill to attend school, practice and meetings.
The Pharaohs of Egypt became only the second African nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Congo 2-1 in Alexandria.Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah was the hero for the Egyptians as he weighed in with a brace either side of Arnold Bakou Moutou’s equaliser for the Congolese.Ahead of the game, the Egyptians knew a win would be enough to seal a first world cup appearance since 1990. After a goalless first half, Salah gave Egypt the lead but the home side were dealt a huge blow following Moutou’s equaliser with two minutes left on the clock.They recovered from that setback as Salah held his nerve to score from a last gasp penalty thereby booking his team’s place in Russia next year.Group E:Egypt 21 CongoUganda 0-0 GhanaStandingsEgypt 12 pointsUganda 8 pointsGhana 6 pointsCongo 1 point Related
UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 Related Articles Share SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020 Share Submit The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has become the latest sporting body to confirm that, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, British greyhound racing is to move behind closed doors at all licensed stadia in England.At the time of writing, the decision does not affect racing at Shawfield, as a result of the stadium being under Scottish Parliament’s jurisdiction.The decision follows further discussions with veterinary experts and representatives from across the industry, taking into account the most recent advice from the UK government and Public Health England on this rapidly evolving situation.Managing Director of GBGB, Mark Bird, said of the announcement: “These are uncertain and unprecedented times and our utmost priority is always the welfare and care of the greyhounds at the centre of our sport. We are likewise mindful of the health and wellbeing of everyone associated with British greyhound racing and of course our wider social responsibility to help minimise the transmission and impact of COVID-19.“As a sport, we have therefore taken the collective decision to move all racing behind closed doors from today across our licensed stadia in England. We believe that this is the best way of the sport continuing to operate safely and successfully for the moment; minimising risk but maintaining the cashflow that is essential to everyone’s livelihoods and to the care of our greyhounds.“Likewise, after Saturday this week, all open racing will be suspended temporarily to reduce the need for travelling between stadia. We will be working alongside track owners and promoters to support those most affected by this, with greyhounds being entered into graded races where possible in the short term.“These measures will help to safeguard the welfare of our greyhounds by ensuring that, although behind closed doors, racing continues wherever possible at this stage.“However, as the situation develops at pace, we are also continuing to put in place contingencies and ring-fencing funds to support those working in the sport, should racing eventually need to pause altogether. We will be joining other industries in urging the government to widen the financial support for businesses and the self-employed in case of this eventuality.”
Hearts of Oak interim head coach, Edward Odoom, has taunted city rivals, Great Olympics, and has called them ‘tenants’ after his team handed Olympics a 4-0 thumping at the Accra Sports Stadium in Week 14 of the Ghana Premier League.Goals from Joseph Esso, Daniel Afriyie and a brace from Benjamin Afutu settled the tie in favour of the Phobians on the night.Before the match, the Great Olympics Twitter handle said that they were rather the landlords of the capital and not Hearts of Oak. After the match on Wednesday, Odoom responded to that claim in his post match interview with StarTimes TV.“Before the match, I told everyone that we would see who were the landlords and who were the tenants. I guess now we have all seen who is who.”Hearts fires back in Twitter warThe morning after the match, the Hearts of Oak Twitter handle took a shot at Great Olympics with a tweet demanding respect from them.🗣 | Quick question; can you explain the difference between a landlord and a land guard? 🤔Word of advice, Always show respect to your elders. 😎🔴💛🔵#AHOSC— Phobians (@HeartsOfOakGH) March 12, 2020What’s next?Olympics face another team from the capital, Liberty Professionals, in Week 15 while Hearts of Oak travel to face bottom-placed King Faisal.
DODGERS at CARDINALSWhen: 5:15 p.m.Where: Busch StadiumTV: SportsNet LA, ESPN THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (2-5, 4.28)Vs. Cardinals: 1-1, 1.50At Busch Stadium: 1-0, 0.00Hates to face: Yadier Molina, 3 for 9 (.333), HR Loves to face: Jedd Gyorko, 0 for 9, 3 KsCARDINALS RHP CARLOS MARTINEZ (3-4, 3.32)Vs. Dodgers: 2-2, 3.55At Busch Stadium: 17-14, 3.58Hates to face: Corey Seager, 2 for 3 (.667)Loves to face: Chase Utley, 0 for 5 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco MOVE THEY COULD MAKERealmuto would have been the ideal upgrade at catcher. But the Dodgers remained stubborn in their trade talks with the Marlins and could not satisfy them with trade alternatives not built around Cody Bellinger or Ruiz. If Martin and Barnes do not show improvement offensively, the Dodgers could be shopping for catching help on the in-season market. The options won’t be good and Smith’s arrival might have to be accelerated.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Wednesday, we are providing breakdowns of how they stand with their roster by position groups. Today is the final installment, looking at the catchers. Previously, the starting rotation, bullpen, infield and outfield.2018 RECAPHeading into spring training a year ago, there was reason to believe Austin Barnes would take the lead role from Yasmani Grandal. That didn’t happen – until October. With free agency looming, Grandal had an excellent regular season, producing offensively at an elite level at a position that league-wide offers little production. He led all National League catchers in home runs (24) and on-base percentage (.349) and was second in slugging percentage (.466) and OPS (.815). But a second consecutive postseason slump followed, this time including a historic defensive breakdown – in Game 1 of the NLCS, he became the first catcher in postseason history to have two passed balls and two errors in the same game. Barnes, meanwhile, regressed badly at the plate. After batting .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, he hit just .205 with a .619 OPS in 2018.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWAmong the suitors for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto all winter, the Dodgers instead traded for Russell Martin as a fallback option, putting a former Dodgers hero back in blue for the second consecutive winter. Martin (who will turn 36 on the third day of spring workouts) is coming off the worst offensive season of his career. He had career lows in batting average (.194) and OPS (663) in 90 games with the Blue Jays last season and both numbers have declined each season since 2014. The Dodgers believe he still has value defensively and in the clubhouse. Between Martin and Barnes, however, the dropoff offensively from the catching position in 2019 could be steep.THE NEXT LAYERThe Dodgers are justifiably proud of their cache of catching prospects. Keibert Ruiz is the 20th-ranked prospect in the minors among all positions, according to Baseball America. Former first-rounder Will Smith is also a top 100 prospect by most rankings. Teenager Diego Cartaya and Connor Wong are also highly regarded. The Dodgers have resisted the temptation to trade one or more of the prospects so far. But only Smith is anywhere near the majors. He could debut at some point in 2019. If injury hits Martin or Barnes before Smith is ready, Rocky Gale and Josh Thole will be plugged in from Triple-A.
Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison remain at the center of the fantasy football universe heading into Week 16, so just imagine how Mike Boone’s feeling. One of those Vikings RBs will get a great matchup Monday night against the Packers and have a chance of helping win fantasy championships. Running back rankings and start ’em, sit ’em decisions will also be affected by the availability of Jordan Howard, Damien Williams and Kerryon Johnson, and we have the latest injury updates below on all of these RBs. For the latest on Dak Prescott, Chris Godwin, DJ Chark and more ailing WRs, click here; for an update on Julian Edelman, click here; for the latest on Jameis Winston, go here; for Greg Zuerlein news, go here. For more news and fantasy advice, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Dalvin Cook playing Monday night?Cook (shoulder) is unlikely to play on Monday Night Football against the Packers, according to a report Thursday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cook hurt his shoulder Sunday in Week 15, and with Alexander Mattison (ankle) inactive for that game, Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah replaced Cooke, with Boone getting the heaviest work in the backfield.With Mattison also still hurting, it looks like Boone is in line to start Monday night. Green Bay has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this season, and the Vikings should remain committed to a run-first attack regardless of who starts. Boone slots in as an RB2 if Cook and Mattison are both out.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAlexander Mattison injury updateSpeaking of Mattison: There’s been a lot less reporting on his ankle injury that kept him out of Week 15 due to the fact that it didn’t matter to most people until Cook got hurt. The Vikings’ first practice report of the week will come out Thursday and probably tell us a lot about Mattison’s potential availability. Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday that he likes the backs that Minnesota has behind Cook.If Mattison was able to play Monday night at close to full health, he’d surely be the preferred option to Boone and be a more solid RB2 option. There are just a lot of unknowns at this point, but basically anyone with Cook should be picking up Mattison and/or Boone, whoever is available, to try to cover all the options with such a good matchup Monday night.MORE WEEK 16: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emIs Jordan Howard playing Week 16?Howard (shoulder) continues to be limited in practice this week as the Eagles await for him to be cleared for contact. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Wednesday that things for Howard remain “status quo.”It seems inexplicable that Howard hasn’t been cleared for contact considering he first sat out in Week 11. Something seems to be rather wrong with his shoulder at this point. Unless there’s a shocking late-week development, Philadelphia won’t have Howard against the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, leaving Miles Sanders to lead the backfield with a dose of Boston Scott thrown in. Sanders is a low-end RB2 in a below-average matchup.SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsDamien Williams injury updateWilliams (ribs) returned to Chiefs practice Wednesday. It sounds like he was close to returning last week only for an illness to keep him out, so it looks like Williams will play for the first time since Week 11 this week.The trickier part here is the crowded Kansas City backfield, which has featured the trio of Spencer Ware, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson of late. You can’t really trust any of them against the Bears on Sunday night, especially if Williams is back (although we’d be most inclined to trust Williams if it seems like he’s healthy). Chicago’s run defense has gotten stronger of late again with the return of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, so this seems like a stayaway spot until you’re playing Williams as a FLEX in PPR leagues. Is Kerryon Johnson playing Week 16?Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Lions head coach Matt Patricia said that Johnson’s return from IR in Week 16 “remains on the table.” Johnson’s own comments were positive early in the week, but it could be until Friday or Saturday until Detroit officially makes a decision on Johnson (knee). After being a game-time decision last week, Bo Scarbrough (ribs) could also return from a ribs injury this week.Wes Hills looks like he’ll be a one-week wonder since at least one of Johnson or Scarbrough looks likely to be back, if not both. The Broncos are an above average run defense, so the only player we’d even consider here is Johnson if the reports are positive and he is indeed activated. He’d have some potential as a FLEX play.
Johnson is able to return to racing this weekend because he has tested negative for COVID-19 twice this week, once on Monday and once on Tuesday. NASCAR requires two negative tests at least 24 hours apart before a person in the sport who tests positive can return.“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said in a team release. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”Johnson, who was the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 since the sport’s return to racing in May, never experienced any symptoms of the virus. Johnson said Barban’s support video, which appeared to be filmed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, was “too good not to share.” We’ll have to agree to disagree.It’s been an emotional journey and I’m so happy to be back. Thank you for all the support. This video was one of my favorites and is too good not to share, courtesy of @bigearl48. See you soon @kyspeedway. pic.twitter.com/zFSJiPN2V0— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 8, 2020MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR scheduleIt’s unclear whose voice recorded the cringe-worthy rap, but the culprit of the lyrics seems to be Barban himself because of the line, “I’ll do good for (Justin) Allgaier,” who ran the Indy race in Johnson’s place but crashed out early and finished 37th. Below are the lyrics.”To our brother Jimmie, sure miss you at Indy.”We wish our boy was here, but since you’re not, enjoy a beer.”I’ll do good for Allgaier, but if I say I like it, I would be a liar.”Kick this WuFlu in the ase, so you can get back here and race.”Oof. At least Barban ended the video on a positive note with a message of care to Johnson and his family as they navigated a difficult scenario. Surely, Jimmie Johnson shared a video of a dancing Earl Barban on Wednesday with good intentions and with permission from his Hendrick Motorsports spotter. But a simple “I’m back” would have sufficed.Johnson, who was cleared Wednesday to return to racing after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing last week’s Brickyard 400, confirmed his status for Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway and, obviously unknowingly, embarrassed his spotter in the process.