Breen secures rare double

first_img The 31-year-old Yorkshireman was back in action on Catwalk IV following a forgettable performance during Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup when he collected 12 faults in each round as Britain finished equal sixth. Those mistakes probably put paid to Whitaker’s hopes of gaining World Equestrian Games selection – the British team will be announced later this month – but he showed considerable poise to bounce back so quickly from his Nations Cup misery. “The horse felt a lot more springy today than yesterday,” Whitaker said. “Maybe he was feeling a bit off on Friday. “He has got a big stride, and the jump-off really suited him today because the distances were long.” Whitaker collected just over £7,000 after a time of 44.16 seconds kept a high-class field at bay. His Nations Cup team-mate Guy Williams finished just behind him on Golddigger, with Ireland’s Thomas Ryan (Cruise On Clover) third. The feat has been achieved just once before in the same season at Hickstead – by Alison Dawes and Mr Banbury 41 years ago – but Irish rider Breen added his name to that roll of honour with Adventure de Kannan. The horse had an eye removed last year due to a long-standing condition, but it has not affected his performance, as illustrated by another blistering display. Six combinations from 25 starters made the jump-off, with British Nations Cup rider Robert Whitaker setting a scorching pace on USA Today by clocking a time of 43.25 seconds. Neither Phillip Miller nor Laura Kraut threatened Whitaker’s time, while both Guy Williams and David Simpson had fences down, but Breen pipped Whitaker by five-hundredths of a second to land the £4,000 top prize. It also meant he emulated his brother Shane, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Zarnita last year. “I am over the moon,” Breen said. “When I won the Derby a few weeks ago I said then that I wanted to win this class today. “He is a phenomenal horse. He obviously loves the Hickstead arena, and he has done it all for me. Every time he gives it his best, and it is usually enough. “He has all the attributes, and when you have got such an array of talent at your disposal it makes winning these classes that little bit easier. He is exceptionally good. “You want to win everything you can while you can, so it is another tick in the box.” Whitaker had to remain content with second place, yet it continued a profitable day as he returned to the podium just a few hours after winning the Bunn Leisure Salver. Trevor Breen completed one of British showjumping’s rarest doubles as he won the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup just five weeks after being crowned Hickstead Derby champion. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Dybala is third Juventus player to test positive

first_imgA player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. The Latest: Dybala is third Juventus player to test positive Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. ___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.” In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses.In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. ___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___ The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.” ___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days.Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___ Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.”Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.”Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.In all, more than 10 Serie A players have been confirmed positive.___ Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places. March 21, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse men’s rugby off to best start in past 3 years

first_imgSyracuse club rugby is comprised of players from 10 countries, most of which come from different backgrounds — like junior Khang Tran.Tran moved from Vietnam to France with aspirations of being a chef, only to be told by his parents that he couldn’t make a career out of cooking. While studying in France, Tran found the sport of rugby. Tran carried the game with him to Syracuse, where it has tied him in with other players from varying backgrounds.With a team comprised of players from Australia, Bangladesh, England, France, Hong Kong, Spain, South Africa, the United States, and Wales, the sport serves as a link. This year, strong team cohesion has Syracuse men’s rugby 4-1 on the season and atop their league with three matches remaining.“This club is easily the tightest team I’ve been apart,” said sophomore Dillon Wall. “We’re all really good friends and we love to go out and play [the sport] with each other.”Head coach Rob Wilson, who has been with the program since its founding in 1969, admitted that it can be a challenge coaching such a diverse team because of the various styles of play and background experiences. Wilson tries to make the transition as seamless as possible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We are fairly consistent with our techniques,” Wilson said. “We focus a lot on basic techniques, so I don’t think it’s that difficult for a diverse group of players to understand what we’re trying to do as a team.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorAt practice, the players start with a game of touch, rugby’s equivalent of two-hand touch football. Assistant coach Dave DeSalvia says that touch is a nice way for the guys to warm up and have fun before their stretching exercises. Those exercises set the tone for the rest of practice. Captain Dallas Haskins, who played rugby for the under-20 national team in Hong Kong, urges his teammates to be precise with each exercise.The stretches are followed by a 4 on 4 game of toss. This drill is a condensed version of the game that allows players to focus on the complexity of the pass-catch situation. Though it appears simple, Wilson explains that it is crucial to success.Wilson breaks the drill down into three essential components: communication, alignment and awareness. Communication lets the passer know the direction and distance of their intended target. If the player is in proper alignment, it allows the passer to focus on the positioning of the defenders and make the best play.“All of it needs to get taken care of because the game gets pretty fast and furious,” Wilson said, “and if you don’t have all those details taken care of then you’re going to be losing possession. Giving the ball to the opposition isn’t a good strategy in most sports.”Wilson and SU have finished .500 or higher in each of the last five seasons. Prior to last year, Syracuse finished in the top two in consecutive seasons. Wilson attributed the 3rd place finish to a lot of inexperience paired with a lack of depth.Now a year older, the Hammerheads cite energy and cohesiveness as the driving forces behind their strong start. Wall, a sophomore scrum half from San Francisco, enjoys the camaraderie most.“The type of energy that you bring can’t be taught,” Haskins said. “And that’s really what’s driving the energy and focus that this team brings into games.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Tim: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more