Upbeat Weld plots Arc Eagle route


first_img Press Association Having missed the chance to prove himself against dual Derby winner Australia and the rest of his age group in last season’s Classics due to injury, the son of High Chaparral is now beginning to fulfil his potential. He won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on his seasonal debut at Royal Ascot and Weld hopes the four-year-old ends up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. “Unfortunately, he got a stress fracture of his tibia when he was working exceptionally well (last year) and that delayed his entire late spring and summer campaign,” the Rosewell handler told At The Races. “He didn’t reappear until September, when he won a nice Group race at Leopardstown, and it was then unfortunate on Champions Day at Ascot that he had to run on very heavy ground. “He ran such an excellent race just to be beaten. “We’re always expecting better. I had a hold-up with him just before he won at Royal Ascot, where I thought he put up an excellent performance in winning the Prince of Wales’s. “It was lovely to win a nice Group One with him at Royal Ascot but I think there’s more to come and, with luck, he can do better in the autumn. “I’m not certain what his best trip is. He’s very good at 10 furlongs as he has a lot of pace, but I believe he can carry it out over a mile and a half. “He’s relaxed and well balanced and hopefully he’ll be able to run in the Arc.” center_img Dermot Weld believes Free Eagle can be just as effective over a mile and a half as he is over 10 furlongs.last_img read more

Season over for Wisconsin


first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill.–The season is over for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Following a devastating 3-0 loss to Northwestern, Wisconsin has been eliminated from Big Ten tournament consideration.Coming into Friday’s matchup, Wisconsin needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive. Northwestern, on the other hand, had already secured a tournament berth with a 3-0 victory over Iowa.It was the Wildcats who came out looking like the team that was facing a must-win situation. In contrast, the Badgers played like a team that had run out of gas after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 a week ago.“For me, [the loss] is extremely disappointing,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think your entire season is based on what you do in the postseason — not to make the Big Ten tournament is a major wake-up call to myself and to the players.“There are a lot of things that this program needs to do better,” Wilkins added. “We cannot leave it down to one game like this.”Offensively for Northwestern, senior Shannon Schneeman netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season and eventual game-winner in the 31st minute.The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Badgers late in the first half as freshman Sam Greene tallied her first goal of the season in the 41st minute.Northwestern’s other senior offensive leader — Kelsey Hans — would not be outdone by Schneeman.Hans added the Wildcats’ third and final goal in the 52nd minute — her ninth goal of the season — with a spectacular shot off the crossbar.“[Northwestern] had three great finishes. The third goal, that was a great shot,” Wilkins said. “They were dynamic, and they brought a lot of emotion; they looked like one of the best teams I have seen in recent years.”Despite allowing three goals, Wilkins praised senior goalkeeper Lynn Murray for her play Friday night.“[Lynn] played quite well; I think she did everything she could,” Wilkins said. “Even with the three goals, I was impressed. With the shots that they had, I don’t think many people could have gotten to those.”Wisconsin never seemed to get in rhythm offensively as the team once again struggled to create scoring opportunities. Overall, the Badgers were outshot 16-7 by the Wildcats. Further, they only managed to post three shots on goal while the Wildcats tallied eight.“I think we worry too much about playing defense and trying to have people back there so that the other team does not create opportunities,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “When we do get chances to go forward there are not enough people going forward to make anything happen.”Senior Shannon Terry also noted that Wisconsin’s inability to create scoring opportunities often stems from its concentration on defensive play.“I think our forwards need to have more confidence in our defense rather than thinking ‘I have to go back and help,’” Terry said. “We should remember that Birdie [Leibham] or [Lauren] Rud[zinski] or whoever, can take care of themselves and they don’t need us to come back and help.”Friday’s loss was an emotional and shocking one for Terry and her fellow seniors as it marked the end of their careers in the cardinal and white.The Badgers graduate six seniors — Madison natives Ann Eshun and Katy Meuer, goalkeeper Lynn Murray, defender Lauren Rudzinski, midfielder Marissa Sarkesian and Terry, a forward.“I am really upset,” an emotional Terry said of the loss. “I am kind of in between crying and shock right now. I am really shocked; I cannot believe it is over — I have to be a real person now.”Walsh, who took a medical redshirt her freshman season, started her career with Eshun, Meuer, Murray and Terry. After the loss, Walsh will no longer share the field with her fellow classmates.“I will cry for like 30 seconds and then it will go away and then I will cry again,” Walsh said. “I don’t know what I am going to do without these girls. I cannot imagine playing without them.”As the Badgers transition into the offseason, the team will continue to focus on details as it has the entire season. Additionally, Wilkins plans to put the team through an extensive conditioning program.“We are going to start back with the basics,” Wilkins said. “We need to pick up the tempo and demand more out of players. I think we need to get better with fitness and with the whole spring ahead of us that is going to be our complete and utter focus.”last_img read more

Keys to victory: San Beda-Lyceum Finals series


first_imgThere’s a new rivalry in the NCAA and even if it’s just two-years-old, San Beda and Lyceum’s matchup is the stuff of stories.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Pirates had a country-mile lead in the steals race of the tournament with 192 total, 68 more than second-place San Sebastian, and that equates to 10.1 a game and all those swipes translated to 357 points off of their opponents’ turnovers or 18.8 points per match.Lyceum also ran the floor with the greatest of ease coming away with 349 fastbreak points or 18.4 a game.This frenetic movement the Pirates the league-leader in terms of pace with 89.26 possessions per 40 minutes, a direct contrast of San Beda’s offense that saw the defending champion with just 76.84 possessions per game.San Beda and Lyceum’s contrasting pace could very well play into the finals series with the team that plays in its own tempo surely to gain the upper hand.Shield and swordJumping off from the previous entry, another distinct contrast the two teams have is their offensive and defensive powers.San Beda has the stingiest defense in the league allowing just 62.7 points, a result of its slow pace that lulls opposing teams to playing to its style of play, while Lyceum scores the most points with 87.7 points per game.And these contrasting styles played out in the season series between the two teams as they split it 1-1 and both games getting decided by seven points each.The two teams’ differing approaches to the game also translates to the free throw line. Lyceum had the most number of free throw attempts in the eliminations with 467 tries  but only converted 292 for a league-worst 62.5 percent conversion.The Red Lions, meanwhile, have been more methodical in their trips to the line.San Beda had the sixth-most attempts with 389 and made 266 of those making it the best free-throw shooting team in terms of percentages.Unleash the benchSan Beda always had a deep bench to help carry the load of the starters but the Pirates’ second and third units have been marvelous for them throughout the season.The Red Lions’ backups produce a respectable 26.3 points per game making them the seventh highest scoring bench in the league but the Pirates have a crazier band of rough housing.Lyceum has the best bench in all of the NCAA scoring an average of 43.7 points, and this isn’t surprising at all as the team’s system requires scary amounts of effort from its players due to its constant pressure defense.More than the numbers LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college This is just the second time that these two schools will meet in the championship series of the NCAA and a reason for that is the years of existence between them.San Beda was one of the league’s founders in 1924 and has since won 21 basketball titles while Lyceum only became part of the NCAA in 2011 and just like any newcomer struggled in its first dew years.The Pirates struggled for much of their first six years but had a sudden surge in 2017 during their perfect 18-0 run in the eliminations.A title is still within arm’s length for Lyceum but experience isn’t on its side and that’s something San Beda has boatloads of.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals.Setting up the trapFor the Pirates, everything starts with defense, and their brand of ball pressure is a thing of poetic beauty that.Lyceum’s floor coverage is second to none and that continuous pressure made it the best team in terms of steals, turnover points, fastbreak points, and pace.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick Lyceum was the young upstart that went on a perfect run in the elimination round Season 93 before San Beda showed its might and swept the title series 2-0.Things, however, changed in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament with the Red Lions now taking the top seed with a 17-1 record while the Pirates are at the second spot with a 15-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLyceum will try to get even with San Beda this time around while the defending champion will attempt to get its 22nd title.For a little bit of history, the Red Lions have more championships, 21, than the Pirates have years, seven, in the NCAA. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Looking at devolution of power to Tamils: Wickremesinghe


first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his government was looking at devolution of power to ethnic Tamils under the provisions of the Constitution, an issue India has been pursuing with the island nation. After his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wickremesinghe pitched for deeper economic engagement with India and hoped that both countries will be able to finalise the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement by next year. On devolution of power to Tamils in Northern and Eastern provinces, he said “We are looking at how power sharing takes place within the Constitution.” India has been pressing Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment on devolution of powers to fulfil the aspirations of the ethnic Tamils. The 13th amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987 signed between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J R Jayewardene envisaged devolution of powers to the provinces in the midst of the islands bitter ethnic conflict. The Sri Lankan PM said various issues, including those relating to ethnic Tamil population, and the UNHRC resolution referring to alleged human rights violation in Sri Lanka figured in his talks with Modi. The UN Human Rights Council had last year adopted a resolution requesting the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties during the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. On the sticky fishermen issue, he said fishermen on both sides should continue discussion and come to a conclusion to resolve it in a time bound manner. Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in Sri Lankas Prime Minister for the fourth time last month, said all the parties in his country wanted good relations with India. He said enhancing bilateral trade with India would help his country reach the goal of generating one million jobs in Sri Lanka over the next five years. “We think by end of the year, the two sides should at least come to an agreement in principle and by next year we should have an agreement,” he said at a joint press briefing with Modi. PTI MPB SKadvertisementlast_img read more

With the Big Red going to the Big Apple Paulie Pi


first_imgWith the Big Red going to the Big Apple, Paulie Pigskin would like to acknowledge the best known New York Jet player of ’em all. That’s right, in honor of Broadway Joe Namath’s (in)famous sound bite on Monday Night – “team strugggling” – we’ve been thinnnking. But first, let’s hit ‘zoom out’ on our hand held devices because this is a big picture question that we’ve been chewing on since, well…before the Thanksgiving leftovers. Actually, ever since the ribs of Kevin Kolb were torn asunder like a wishbone. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo No, we’re talking about a “winning” QB. How does Paulie Pigskin Inc. define that? Simple. A quarterback that doesn’t lose football games, capisce?! (All apologies…a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game lost by exactly 14 points still has us a rootin’ & a tootin’.) In fact, following Sunday, did you happen to catch this Holy Cannoli Stat? In 33 drives since the injury, they’ve “punted 17 times, lost seven fumbles, thrown four interceptions and had one possession end on downs. It scored two touchdowns and two field goals.” What’s more, the QB rating was “38.7…thanks, largely, to three second-half interceptions” in a loss to a 3-8 team. The above stats come from the Cards loss to the Rams, right? #Buzzer. That’s a blurb lifted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week, detailing the Steelers offensive woes since the rib injury to Ben Roethlisberger, including the Steelers heinous loss to the Browns (3-8). And something tells us that if you examined the Bears minus Jay Cutler, the numbers would not be flattering. In other words, NFL teams are best served to remember: don’t throw the entire roster out with the QB bath water. Are the Arizona Cardinals a team that is struggling? Or are the Cards an NFL team that is struggling at quarterback?Team struggling? Or a team struggling at the QB position? Either way, you wind up in the same landing spot – below sea level in the standings. Both scenarios are akin to driving on bald tires in a rainstorm. Eventually, you’ll find yourself in a full-blown power slide and looking at the road ahead through your side windows. The difference comes when the skid (seven games) grinds to a halt. How do you put that car back on the road? Do you ever get behind the wheel of that car again? Because if your entire team is struggling, then you’re rebuilding (“Fire in the Hole!”) However, if it’s the QB position that’s struggling, then you’re either recruiting (“Hey, uh, Peyton, can we buy you dinner?”) or commencing with research and reconnaissance (Matt Barkley?) Wait, hit ‘zoom out’ again. New question — how many franchises succeed without a winning QB? We’re not saying a Pro Bowl or Hall of Fame QB. We’re not even saying a bona fide franchise signal caller. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more