Riches heads Gigginstown’s Galway Plate challenge

first_imgRoad To Riches, who won the Plate in 2014 and was pulled up when a well-backed 9-4 favourite last season, is likely to be joined in the feature chase of the seven-day festival by last year’s victor Lord Scoundrel, Balko Des Flos and Devils Bride as Gigginstown seek a third win in four years. Dual Grade 1-winning chaser Road To Riches is set to spearhead a four-strong challenge for Gigginstown House Stud in the €250,000 Galway Plate next month, according to racing manager Eddie O’Leary. O’Leary said: “We have kept four in training for the Plate and Road To Riches will have another go. He really enjoyed himself when he won the race a few years ago and he was not right when he ran in the race last year. Lord Scoundrel won the race last year and he will be back to defend his crown. Devils Bride is another that is highly likely to show up and he seemed to be coming back to form nicely at Down Royal last time. Balko Des Flos could be interesting off his rating. He was a good staying novice last season and could be an ideal type for the race.”An extra €30,000 in prize-money has been added to the Plate, with total prize-money for the meeting boosted to a record level of more than €2,000,000.Tim Higgins, chief executive of Tote Ireland, said: “We’re delighted the Galway Plate will this year be worth €250,000. The race is always a thrilling one and the quality of the race really stands up especially when you look at the most recent winners.”The richest race at the meeting is the Guinness Galway Hurdle, which is worth €300,000. The festival runs from Monday, July 31 to Sunday, August 6, with the Plate taking place on Wednesday and the Hurdle the following day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

FA charges Mourinho for verbal attack on referee Taylor

first_imgBy Mike CollettCHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the FA on Thursday following comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor after last month’s 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League.The Portuguese was furious with Taylor after he booked Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for diving in the December 28 match.Mourinho said the referee’s failure to award a penalty was a scandal and that he should be ashamed.He added that his team were being unfairly targeted in a campaign waged against them after Fabregas became the fifth Chelsea player to become involved in a row over diving in a matter of weeks.The Spaniard, though, appeared to be tripped by Southampton defender Matt Targett in the penalty area.“In other countries where I have worked, tomorrow in the sports papers it would be a front-page scandal because it is a scandal,” said Mourinho.“It is not a small penalty, it is a penalty like Big Ben. In this country, and I am happy with that, more than happy with that, we will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence on the result.“I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed,” added Mourinho.In a statement, the FA said his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute.Mourinho has until 1800 GMT on January 13 to respond to the charge.The FA will not take any action against him following the comments he made before the game against Stoke City on December 19 but gave him a formal warning as managers and players are banned from making pre-match media comments about officials.Before the game Mourinho said he hoped referee Neil Swarbrick “does his job”.“I like these matches,” added the Chelsea manager. “It’s no problem with a good referee that can understand what is aggressivity or when aggressivity finishes and when the rules of the game start.“I know it is difficult for every team to play this kind of match but again I’m not worried. The referee is there exactly to judge what is aggressivity. And aggressivity I always welcome, it makes the game much more beautiful and difficult.”last_img read more

NBA: Lakers’ Russell says there’s freedom without Kobe

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Despite his impressive performance on some games last year, the former Ohio Buck-eye was somehow playing on a leash. Former head coach Byron Scott did not pattern the team’s offense around his point guard’s patented pick-and-roll playmaking, while the team’s retiring legend Kobe Bryant dominated the ball and took the majority of shots on isolation plays.With new head coach Luke Walton endorsing a more flee-flowing type of offense this year, Rusell has already observed a sudden shift in the team’s priorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’re all about playing together now,” he was quoted as saying on an ESPN report. “It’s not about one guy anymore. It’s about sacrificing for the team.”With Bryant’s departure from the team, many pundits have noticed a much more mature and confident version of the up-and-coming youngster in summer league and pre-season play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “Kobe deserved every bit of attention he got in his last year, but there’s freedom in Kobe not being around,” he explained. “There’s also a leadership vacuum that they plan to fill as a unit. There’s no one leader, no face of the Lakers.”He also cited the San Antonio Spurs as a barometer of success in the league, and said his team should use them as template.“When we traveled to San Antonio last season, I noticed that it’s about everybody–they had all those household names, but the 15th guy got the same amount of attention as Tim Duncan, who’s a legend,” he said.  “I feel like we’re all buying into that concept. We’re a team now. And that’s exciting.”Apart from the usual struggles of an NBA rookie, last year’s second overall pick had to endure tension with Scott who made him come of the bench for some games, while also dealing with wire-tap controversy with teammate Nick Young.The Lakers won their home opener against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, with the final score of 120-114.  Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View commentscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas We are young Pelicans’ Davis scores 50 in season-opening loss to Nuggets MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Lakers’ sophomore guard D’Angelo Russell.  AP PHOTOSecond-year point guard D’Angelo Russell showed glimpses of his potential superstardom during his rookie campaign last year.After garnering respectable averages of 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 28.2 minutes per game, the 20-year-old phenom is looking to ride that momentum and step up as the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers’ young core.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

Candidate Duncan Malkinson says fiscal management, core infrastructure his priorities if elected to Dawson Creek city council

first_imgMalkinson said he has always been interested in politics and governance since he was very young, and now that he is 18 years old, he feels a responsibility to get involved in the political process to try to make a difference in his community. He said he has been a referee in sports for the past five years, and believes that experience will help him make impartial decisions in the best interest of the city.He said while he is generally pleased with the direction the city is heading, he does believe the next council should focus on fiscal discipline and maintaining existing assets.“I think we should cut back on spending, manage our debt and build up our reserve cash,” he said. “I think it’s also important for the City to focus on developing and using the EnCana Events Centre, the arts centre and the airport to their fullest potential.”- Advertisement -Malkinson added while he is not proposing any specific or severe spending cuts, he does believe savings could be found in administrative and bureaucratic costs.“I do think the City does spend some money unnecessarily – like $15,000 on a website. I do think our City organization is just a little too big, and I do think we could cut back bureaucratically.”He said he is in favour of reviewing the new utility rate structure that was implemented by council at the beginning of this year.Advertisement He said while voters might view his age as inexperience, he believes governance has to be learned on the job and experience can not be claimed other than by working in public office.Malkinson is a life-long Dawson Creek resident. He graduated from high school this past June as valedictorian of his class. He said he really enjoys learning about history, as well as economics, and while he has plans to pursue a post-secondary education, he will put those plans on hold if elected so he can focus on serving in public office. Besides refereeing, he said he has been involved in various volunteer activities through his church.Check back with Mile 0 City all this week for more profiles of local candidates. “I think a lot of citizens were alarmed with the jump in the water rates – seeing their water rates double is alarming. How does the City suddenly realize that it is getting underpaid for the water by about half – what changes have happened in the last year or to that have caused water rates to double?”He added while he understands the rationale behind the financial support for the Rage hockey team, he does not think it should continue any further.“That team has to stand on its own feet, we can’t keep handing over money,” he said.Malkinson said he supports pursuing environmental sustainability initiatives, “as long as they are fiscally manageable and responsible.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Pochettino ‘frustrated’ as Tottenham drop two points against Sunderland

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the 0-0 draw with Sunderland has left him disappointed.As Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw, and Arsenal lost 2-1 to Watford, Spurs had a great chance to improve their position in the top four.Instead, they failed to penetrate a miserly Black Cats side at the Stadium of Light, leaving the Argentine boss to rue a missed opportunity.Asked if he was frustrated, Pochettino said: “Not frustrated, disappointed. It was a massive opportunity to reduce the gap to Chelsea and be in second position which was important for us.“When you drop two points like tonight, it’s difficult to change the feeling. We feel bad, that’s the reality.“In the first half, we didn’t play well — we were poor. We shot once, and it’s difficult to win a game in that way. In the second half, we were much better. We created some chances to score, but it wasn’t enough.“We dropped two points. We feel disappointed, but not only with the result, with our performance. We only competed for 45 minutes in the second half.” Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

Gunners boss Emery confirms youngster Dinos Mavropanos’ return to training

first_imgDinos Mavropanos has returned to Arsenal first-team training after a five-month injury lay-off, manager Unai Emery has confirmed.The young defender became an instant hit with Gunners fans when he emerged on to the first-team scene at the end of last season. latest Dinos Mavropanos is closing on a first-team return for Arsenal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 👋 Welcome back to training, Dinos MavropanosWhat a strike 💥— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 3, 2019After impressing in his first three appearances in red and white, a groin complaint has prevented from adding to the tally this season.But Emery has confirmed that the 20-year-old is making good progress and will return to the senior set-up in the not too distant future.Speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup third round clash with Blackpool, Emery said: “This morning Dinos Mavropanos started to train after I think five months. That’s good news.”Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil did not train at London Colney on Thursday, as speculation over his future continues to mount. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF gameday cracker center_img Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff The German’s agent insists that the playmaker has no desire to leave the club, despite reports linking him with a January move away.Ozil has been tipped to move on after falling out of favour under Gunners boss Emery.Addressing the topic, Emery added: “I am only waiting [for him] to be OK to play.“Mesut didn’t train this morning. Tomorrow is the last day, so we are going to wait for tomorrow, for how we can be for Saturday.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY RANKED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 appointed Most Read In Football revealed last_img read more

What United legend Ferguson told Bruce before Newcastle’s shock win at Tottenham

first_img Steve Bruce, right, turned to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice ahead of Newcastle’s game at Tottenham Things are looking up for Bruce after a stunning win for Newcastle at Tottenham And ahead of that crunch encounter, The Athletic claim the former United defender picked up the phone to ask his former mentor how to deal with the sticky situation.After overseeing two straight defeats in the early weeks of his tenure as Toon boss, Bruce acknowledged he needed to turn the corner sooner rather than later, thus went to the legendary Scot for advice.Ferguson, who successfully recovered from brain surgery earlier this year, is reported to have told Bruce to ‘keep his head down and get on with it’ after his position as manager was heavily scrutinised.Together the pair won nine major honours at Old Trafford between 1987 and 1996 – underlying the close bond they have. 2 Steve Bruce sought the advice of his former Manchester boss Sir Alex Ferguson before leading his Newcastle side to a shock 1-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday, according to reports.Bruce, 58, provided the perfect response to his critics after the morale-boosting victory at White Hart Lane with record signing Joelinton’s first goal in English football the difference between the two sides. 2 getty images Getty Images – Getty They still speak regularly now, with Bruce a close confidante of Ferguson’s.The former Sheffield Wednesday boss took aim at his critics after securing his first victory as Newcastle boss on the road.“Hopefully that will shut a few people up for a bit,” he said.“The only way we can respond to criticism is like that.“We have had a tough week so we have had to respond in the right way and thankfully the players have.”last_img read more

Football Talk: Larsson attacked, Maddison asks fans about ‘dive’

first_imgBut if he thinks that’s unlucky he should look to Midtjylland ‘keeper Johan Dahlin. He saw his goal-kick blown back into his own arms by a strong breeze at the weekend and was penalised by the referee.Kilmarnock 0-1 CelticRangers 1-0 DundeeICT 1-3 Aberdeen Andy Murray may have taken over the back pages today but there is still lots happening in football. Honest. Celtic legend Henrik Larsson saw his Helsinborgs side relegated at the weekend but fans seemed to take their anger out on his son Jordan who had his strip ripped off of him in the process. Speaking of Celtic, they could be in line to land Crystal Palace outcast Jordon Mutch for a cut-price of £2.5 million in January. That’s transfer talk but how about diving talk? Aberdeen’s James Maddison isn’t happy about being booked for diving, so much so he’s taken to Twitter to ask why. St Johnstone 2-4 Ross CountyMotherwell 2-0 Partick ThistleHe’s not a happy bunny. 0.36 seconds in: This goalkeeper catches his own goal kick after a strong gust of wind and a free-kick given is awarded. The pressures of live television. Photoshop, it’s over to you. Banana…slips…you couldn’t make it up.last_img read more

How to Download Angry Birds for Free on Android

first_imgMobile game maker Rovio released a free full version of their popular Angry Birds app for Android users today and the launch has subsequently taken down the company’s website and, at times, has impacted the app’s download page on the independent app store, GetJar, where the app is being exclusively launched. In fact, the app is proving so popular that GetJar is recommending users visit from their mobile phone browser instead. So why all the commotion over Angry Birds today? Well, not only is the app one of the most popular of all times – it sold more than 7 million copies according to VentureBeat – the app is now free, too.For now, the free app is ad-supported, but a version without ads will be available soon for those who would prefer a cleaner experience. Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka told VentureBeat in an interview that Angry Birds is used more than 65 million minutes per day on the iPhone (paid app). Now that it’s on Android, Vesterbacka predicts the game will soon be used 100 million minutes per day. GetJar has the exclusive launch for now – the game will be featured on its site alone for the first 24 hours before hitting the Android Market. This promotion will be a major boost for the large cross-platform app store, not yet a household name. GetJar has been aiming to change that lately with new initiatives that involve giving away free applications to GetJar visitors. According to Vesterbacka, GetJar was an obvious choice for its launch. “GetJar’s global reach and popularity as well as their unique App It! download service ensures that we reach a massive audience of fanatically loyal Angry Birds addicts,” he explained. “The unique App It! link means we can also cross promote our Symbian and Android versions without the need to send folks to multiple places to get their favorite game.”So how can you get your hands on a free copy of Angry Birds today? You can either go to the GetJar download page or, from your mobile phone browser, head to…that is, If the websites can stay up! Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#advertising#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

London calling: UK regulator creates new IoT spectrum license

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts British communications regulator Ofcom has announced plans to create a new spectrum license for Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.The license will use very high frequency (VHF) bands, including 55-68MHz, 70.5-71.5MHz, and 80.5-81.5MHz, according to These bands are typically used for audio purposes and are usually quite cheap compared to low-frequency bands favored by LTE mobile carriers.See Also: 6 Ways Analytics And The Internet of Things Will Transform BusinessOfcom published a consultation in September last year to figure out if these VHF bands were suitable for IoT and M2M networks, and concluded earlier this month that the bands were suitable.Some of the VHF bands are connected to existing Business Radio license products, which will be discontinued in favor of opening the spectrum to IoT and M2M investment. The use of these bands for IoT will not affect any other networks, Ofcom said.Ofcom also plans to launch a dedicated webpage for anyone looking to use the spectrum for IoT or M2M applications. The webpage will feature information and guides, alongside contact details.Spectrum license a good sign of future UK investmentThe UK government announced in the 2015 budget a USD$14 million grant for an Internet of Things think-tank, alongside investments into automation, drones, and other new technology. It has also removed regulations surrounding these new types of technology, which has made the UK a hotspot for new developer and engineering firms.Getting more spectrum is always a good sign for an emerging industry, especially one like IoT, which requires a decent amount of Internet capacity to make everything work.The growth of IoT and M2M in the next few years will be huge, according to Gartner and IDC that project over 26 billion smart devices in the year 2020. For those smart devices to all communicate together without delay, we’ll need a lot of network space, which the UK government seems happy to give.center_img David Curry Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#Ofcom#Spectrum#UK#VHF What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more