September 2, 2021
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first_img Press Association Not suited by a race that essentially turned into a sprint and ultimately saw first-past-the-post Ebanoran demoted to second behind Fascinating Rock, O’Brien’s charge was not disgraced in third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths. Hills cut his price for Epsom on June 7 to 8-1, having been 10-1 and 12-1. Ladbrokes went 7-1 from 12-1. His stablemate Australia remains the 4-6 favourite with Hills, and 4-5 at Ladbrokes. William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Large bets on Ballydoyle inmates aren’t uncommon, but given this is a sizeable bet against the favourite, it’s really captured our attention.” In a market without Australia, Hills make Geoffrey Chaucer the 4-1 favourite, while Ladbrokes go 11-4 (from 4-1). Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The ‘without Australia’ market was a wide-open heat until recently but punters have moved decisively to make Geoffrey Chaucer favourite. “The latest shake-up in both markets suggests he’ll be the runner to give hot favourite Australia the most to think about on the day.” Reflecting on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Leopardstown return at Ballydoyle press day earlier this month, O’Brien said: “They walked first of all at and then it was bumping cars in the straight. It was just a pity. “You’re happy enough when you get beat if you learn something but nobody learned anything. “We are very happy with him. He’s doing everything very well. “There was plenty of hustle and bustle and he won’t get that at Epsom.” William Hill reported a “sizeable” each-way bet on the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt on Thursday, with similarly positive noises regarding support coming from Ladbrokes. A son of the late Montjeu, he won both his starts at two before reappearing in what proved to be a dramatic renewal of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Geoffrey Chaucer has been proving very popular in the ante-post market on the Investec Derby.last_img read more

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first_imgFor most, the efforts taken in recent years within baseball and other sports to eliminate the use of performing-enhancing drugs are a step in a positive direction. For that minority of fans, however, who want their athletes to be as big and strong as modern science can possibly make them, there is a new hope, and it comes in the form of a rejuvenated television show.If indeed there is a place in sports for steroid usage to flourish, or at least to exist peacefully, it is on NBC?s revived series ?American Gladiators,? which shook off the rust and returned to airwaves in early January after a decade-long hiatus.With a new cast of gladiators boasting so much muscle even BALCO founder Victor Conte would be impressed, the show chooses to defy the stance taken in the last couple of years by Major League Baseball and fans of the game against steroids by flexing its unnaturally giant biceps in the face of controversy.Though the show doesn?t exactly come out and proclaim the gladiators are pumped full of performance-enhancing drugs, it wouldn?t be too much of surprise to find out the ?athletes? are in fact using.While the television show may not technically qualify as a sport, it has certainly marketed itself to sports fans, and it?s classified as a ?sports game show,? so practically speaking, it at least occupies a spot in the gray area currently shared by the WWE and ballroom dancing on the outskirts of sports.Admitted and accepted steroid usage could work on the show much better than it has in the other sports in which it has recently appeared, because that?s all ?Gladiators? is: a television show.It?s clear that steroids don?t have a place in international competition. Former track and field star Marion Jones was recently handed down a six month jail sentence and thus saw her legacy, career and records taken away because of the performance-enhancing drugs. And they certainly don?t work in baseball, where the Mitchell Report is on its way to becoming as synonymous with the sport as chewing tobacco or Cracker Jack. People who invest their lives in sports are supposed to represent the best athletes our society has to offer, and steroids just don?t fit into that equation.However, unlike other ?sports,? nobody is watching ?American Gladiators? for the purity of it, and nobody is searching for redeeming values or role models in a program that boasts a hulking woman named Hellga (yes, the spelling is accurate) as one of its regulars. In fact, if some of the gladiators admitted to using steroids, it might be even better for ratings. It would give viewers even more incentive to root for the challengers in  somewhat good-versus-evil confrontation.As it is now, little about the show comes off as legitimate. Most dialogue between co-hosts Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali and the challengers sounds incredibly scripted and borders on sickeningly cheesy. It’s become hard to believe that the same guy who defeated Andre the Giant in Wrestlemania III is the one asking such ridiculous questions to each contestant that it might be better to just watch the show on mute. So, as long as ?Gladiators? already comes off as phony, why not just add steroids to the mix? Could the show?s credibility really deteriorate any further?Is there any real consequence for allowing ?American Gladiators? to become a steroid safe-haven? Let Titan and Militia and Fury become as big as they please. Just go ahead and make the gladiators as big and as mean as possible. It?ll give fans of ?roids a place for the drugs to thrive. Plus, if steroids aren?t taboo on the show, it could also work as a refuge for former athletes who have been caught using.From now on, anyone caught using steroids should just be banished to ?American Gladiators.? Wouldn?t it be more fun to see someone like Barry Bonds swinging for the heads of challengers at The Joust than for the fences at the ballpark near you?Regardless of whether or not the show embraces the steroid culture, you?ve got to take a step back and realize what?s going on here. If the last decade has been the steroid generation, the next one looks like it?s going to be the steroid backlash era. Yet, even as we use one hand to point our fingers at the ?cheaters? ruining our sports, the other hand is on the remote, flipping to watch a show that practically glorifies the steroids faulted with corrupting them.Unless ?American Gladiators? embraces steroids fully and openly, supporting the show while admonishing the athletes in other sports on the juice is just hypocritical.Mike is a sophomore majoring in journalism. If you think he?d make a good challenger for ?American Gladiators,? you obviously don?t know him very well. If you?d like to get to know him better, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgHooper and Pocock’s brilliance helped fire Australia to the World Cup final four years ago but they had no answer to England’s dynamic duo, who were fitter, stronger and quicker at the breakdown.– Hooper ‘absolutely gutted’ –“It’s a bit surreal coming up against him this evening,” Underhill, 23, said of his idol Pocock, who is retiring from international rugby.“Tom and myself were talking about it, he’s been such a brilliant player,” he added.“Any young back-row growing up in the last five or 10 years has probably looked at him as a guy that they want to be like and play like.“That was the case for myself and Tom — he’s been a brilliant role model for kids both on and off the pitch. A genuinely nice guy and a phenomenal career.”Man of the match Curry, 21, provided the shuffle pass for May to score his first try but perhaps more tellingly peeled off a scrum under the posts to smash into a charging Koroibete as the Aussies came knocking with the score 27-16 and the game still in the balance.“You play rugby for the physicality,” said Curry. “When you get moments like that, it’s special. It would be a bit weird if I said making a tackle is probably more exciting than running with the ball.“I don’t think you start playing rugby to make tackles, but they’re both pretty exciting.”A dejected Hooper wore a haunted expression after a record-equalling defeat to their fierce rivals.“I am gutted, absolutely gutted,” said the Wallabies captain.Share on: WhatsApp Oita, Japan | AFP | England scrum-half Ben Youngs described back-row marauders Tom Curry and Sam Underhill as “phenomenal” after they crushed Australian spirits in Saturday’s 40-16 World Cup quarter-final rout.Curry and Underhill, who England coach Eddie Jones calls his “kamikaze kids” because of their appetite for destruction, made 36 tackles in Oita, peskily foiling Australia’s attempts to get back into a game dominated by the English after a fast Wallabies start.The hulking figures of Isi Naisarani and Marika Koroibete were among those left in a heap by England’s snarling flankers as they overpowered Australia’s famed, ball-scavenging ‘Pooper’ combo of Michael Hooper and David Pocock, players they have idolised.“They’ve been phenomenal,” said Youngs after England booked a semi-final date against defending champions New Zealand.“I had lunch with Curry today and told him to show them how the new breed do it.“It was six and seven match-ups against those two. What a fantastic day for those two to test themselves against David and Michael — who are tremendous players — and to come out on top.”Among the quick hands, no-look passes and clinical finishing that led to a quickfire Jonny May double and a try each for Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson, the herculean work of England’s dynamic duo did not go unnoticed.“I thought Tom Curry and Sam Underhill did very well, and the young fella Lewis Ludlam when he came on,” nodded Jones. “You know Hooper and Pocock have been at the top level for some time.”last_img read more

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first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaThe “E” and “F” Floats at Percival Landing will re-open on May 6, 2015. The floats have been closed since late February so workers could make repairs.Structural repairs were made to “E” Float, and water and power connections have been added. The “F” Float was completely replaced with a single concrete float and a new sewage pump out station. The “F” Float replacement and new pump out was partially funded by a $309,000 Clean Vessel Grant from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission with funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund administered by U.S. Fish and WildlifeThe City will hold a small celebration on Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Harbor House at Percival Landing.  The Harbor House is located at 325 Columbia St. NW. The public is invited to attend. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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first_imgThe county received eight bids for the project, with the highest at about $1.6 million. The county had estimated the project to cost $900,000 to $1 million.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse the county 80 percent of the cost, or about $705,342, with the county and Atlantic Highlands splitting the remaining 20 percent, or about $88,168 each.The trail has remained open, but in what the Park System has described as a “primitive condition” of compacted soil. During the re-construction, that portion of the trail is to be closed.The Henry Hudson Trail runs for about 28 miles, using a combination of roads and unused railroad right-of-ways between Sandy Hook and Freehold. From Sandy Hook to Aberdeen, the trail also is known as the Bayshore Trail. By Joseph SapiaAN OCEAN COUNTY company has won a contract to restore an Atlantic Highlands section of the Henry Hudson Trail destroyed in 2012’s Super Storm Sandy.The Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners recently awarded the contract to the low-bidder, Compass Construction of Plumsted. Compass bid $881,677.In October 2012, Sandy’s 14-foot surge destroyed the wooden walkway and trail surfacing, along with the bluff, on a 1-1/4-mile section of the trail from the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor to Popamora Point on the Atlantic Highlands-Highlands boundary. The restoration work will include diverting runoff to Sandy Hook Bay under the trail to protect against erosion, resurfacing the trail with both pavement and stone dust, and rebuilding the walkway with prefabricated concrete.The work is to be completed in 100 days, but the actual start date, expected to be in September or October, has yet to be determined, said Joseph Sardonia, supervising landscape architect for the Monmouth County Park System.last_img read more

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first_imgNever count out the champion.The Nelson Our Glass Ogs found out first hand as defending champion Castlegar Vikings knocked off the regular season winners 37-32 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Playoff action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.The four-time defending champs now advance to the league final Sunday at high Noon against rival Dam Inn Mates at Mount Sentinel.Dam Inn booked its ticket to the final by outlasting Steamshovel Brewers 30-26 in the first semi final.The fourth-place Vikes, struggling all season to regain the form that saw Castlegar capture four consecutive league titles, rode the arm of Steve Mota to the playoff upset over Our Glass.Mota tossed three touchdown passes before running for another to power the Sunflower City team.Jamie Simpson, Don Jocko and Jason Trower — the latter score coming with two plays remaining in the game — were all on the receiving end of Mota passes to score majors for Castlegar.Simpson also picked off an Our Glass pass, returning the ball for the major score.Our Glass thought they had the victory in their grasp when Mota was picked off late in the game.But the Castlegar pivot regained his composure, hitting Trower for the winning score with time running out.Nate Jarvis, with a pair of majors, Jon Francis and Matt Scholl, scored TD’s for the Brewers.In the opener, Dam Inn held off a late charge by the Brewers to once again advance into the final against the Vikings.Ryan Bouvier sealed the game for Dam Inn, intercepting a pass from the Brewers quarterback Steven Doyle on the last play of the game.Dam Inn pivot Kelly Voykin connected with Mike Lucas, Dylan Appleby, Nate Fedorachuk, on a beautiful over the shoulder catch, and Bouvier for the Mates’ majors.“Dylan Appleby’s presence was not just felt when scoring his TD, but also with his intensity,” said a Dam Inn spokesperson. “(He was) our vocal leader.”Trail Thundercats, the remaining club in the five-team league, failed to make the [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $36,151 into Friday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $250,000.First post time for an eight-race card is at 2 p.m. The Pick Six will be comprised of races three through eight, with approximate post time for race three at 3 p.m.Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For complete scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img

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first_imgDonegal animal charity Animals In Need looked after a staggering 600 animals last year.But looking after such a large amount of pets doesn’t come cheap.And so the group will be hosting a Fundraising Variety Show this Friday 28th February at The St John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town from 8pm. Acts performing at this all singing, all dancing, musical extravanganza will include The Big Jigs, The Donegal Tenors, Tirconnel Youth Choir, Shane Gallagher and Kimberly Harris (winners of Opportunity Knocks), the young Byrne Brothers, Barnie and Agnes, McNeelin’s Irish School of Dancing, Ardahy Pipe Band and Siobhan McGroarty so please come along and enjoy a night of top class entertainment provided by the cream of our local talent.Every cent raised will go towards the goal of purchasing a desperately needed van for transporting the rescued animals.Last year Animals In Need rescued over 600 animals, including 409 dogs, most of who were saved from death row at the Pound, so please come along and support this worthy cause.Tickets are only €10 and are available from outlets around town including Conway’s Newsagent, The Olde Village Tearoom in Mounthcharles or from AIN’s helpline on 087 1356188.  HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE FOR DONEGAL’S ANIMALS IN NEED! was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animals in needconcertdonegallast_img read more

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first_img22 January 2010Argentinean national coach and former football star Diego Maradona has expressed his satisfaction with South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, while dismissing security concerns and encouraging fans to come to the tournament.He was in the country to mainly to inspect the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre, where the Argentinean football team will be based.“They can say what they want, but we know we are coming to play the World Cup in a safe country,” said Maradona, speaking at Safa House in Johannesburg on Thursday. “I have seen that with my own eyes. Anything can happen in the world, but I have spent a week in South Africa and everything is very good and the people very friendly.“This will be a great World Cup with no doubts of security,” Maradona said. “I will tell my players that they only have to think of playing football when they come here and worry about nothing else.“I think that it is only fair for South Africa to host the World Cup because they have deserved it for a very long time,” the former Footballer of the Year and World Cup winner said.Special players, beautiful stadiumsOn Thursday, Maradona met 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan, SA Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani and CEO Leslie Sedibe, as well as senior LOC management.Jordaan said he felt there were many similarities between the 1986 Fifa World Cup winning team in which Maradona played and the one he is currently coaching.“I told the coach that in 1986 when Argentina left for the World Cup the people of Argentina did not think that team would bring back the cup. But that team had a special player and in the end they won the World Cup.“This year your team also has a very special player. They may not be among the favourites to win the World Cup this year but I think your team is going to surprise many people,” Jordaan said.Maradona and Jordaan exchanged signed national jerseys on the pitch at Soccer City.“They really did a great job on this stadium,” said Maradona of Soccer City which will host both the opening and closing games of the World Cup. “I have been to many stadiums before, but this is very big and so great. To be able to enter this stadium is so beautiful.“I feel inspired to play here but unfortunately my time has passed.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_img 2. Deep ImpactI want to live in a world where Morgan Freeman is president and Frodo rides a motorcycle, even if that world does have to get hit by a comet.   9. After Effects City Destruction TutorialFrom Video CopilotAfter Effects wizard Andrew Kramer created this helpful video tutorial that explains how to composite destruction effects into live-action footage.   4. The Day After TomorrowRoland Emmerich loves to destroy the world. In The Day After Tomorrow, Emmerich forces Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal to face every single dangerous weather phenomenon that’s ever existed — ice, floods, tornados — pretty much all at once.  3. The Day AfterThe Cold War was a simpler time. Before global warming, terrorist attacks, and zombie plagues, all we had to worry about was good ol’ fashioned nuclear annihilation. The made-for-TV classic The Day After was so effective in its depiction of nuclear war that it famously depressed Ronald Reagan and made him rethink nuclear proliferation. He wrote about it in his diary! 6. Tornado VFX – After Effects FumeFX – BreakdownFrom Martin Mirol’aAbout creating this effect, Mirol’a said, “small tornado i created in 3Ds Max 2011 and FumeFX. Compositing in After Effects CS5.5 with some footage from Action Essentials 2 and my own stock footage.”  7. KnowingIn this 2009 crypto-techno-supernatural thriller, Alex Proyas directed Nicolas Cage in a plot about time capsules and past and future natural disasters and then some aliens show up… Admittedly, I’m a little unclear on the specifics. But Knowing does have a couple of fantastic scenes of large-scale destruction!center_img Here are a few more clip collections that we’ve rounded up in the recent past:Look Away! Practical Horror Effects in Classic FilmsRoundup: The Quirky Themes of Wes AndersonThe Old School Practical Effects of the Star Wars UniverseWhat’s your favorite end-of-the-world movie? Hasn’t the Statue of Liberty been through enough? Let’s talk about it in the comments below! 5. TwisterSpeaking of tornados, even though the destruction in Twister is a little less widespread, the film still helped usher in the golden age of big screen disaster flicks – Also known as the 90s. San Andreas proves that the blockbuster tradition of urban destruction is alive and well. Check out these classic scenes from big-budget disaster movies!It’s the summer blockbuster season, and that can only mean one thing: At least one major metropolitan area is going to end up in rubble before autumn arrives. This year’s bringer of big city disaster is San Andreas and the film’s release spells bad news for the California coast. Of course, as most of the clips below will show, the folks of the Golden State have dealt with this kind of thing before.Since we all know that nobody is watching these movies for the rich character development, we’ve just singled out “the good parts” for your enjoyment. And if you’ve ever wanted to create your own apocalypse from the comfort of your home, we’ve thrown in some appropriate video tutorials that will allow you to do just that.1. ArmageddonThough some would argue that the biggest disaster in Armageddon is the “animal cracker scene” between Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck, there are still plenty of other big booms to found in the 1998 megahit.  8. 2012Major Tough Guy Action Star John Cusack (?) must dodge volcanos, earthquakes, flooding and more in a movie that found Roland Emmerich trying to top his greatest competitor in the end-of-the-world business: Roland Emmerich.last_img read more

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