Zimbabwe salvage draw to deny Windies whitewash

first_imgWEST Indies sealed a first Test series victory in three years but half-centuries from man of the match Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva salvaged a draw for Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club.The Windies look destined for a 2-0 whitewash when Zimbabwe were reduced to 46-4 on day four – trailing by 76 – but all-rounder Raza (89) and Regis Chakabva (71 not out) dug in to end the hosts’ 10-match Test losing streak in Bulawayo.Raza joined Jacques Kallis as just the second player to score 80 or more in both innings and claim a five-wicket haul, dropping anchor to frustrate the tourists with support from dogged wicketkeeper Chakabva as they batted out the final day to finish on 301-7.Graeme Cremer (28no) had a stroke of luck when he gloved Jason Holder behind first ball but was given not out with the Windies out of reviews, and the Zimbabwe skipper was twice fortunate not to go leg before as he saw out almost 50 overs in a defiant stand with Chakabva.Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed man-of-the-Series for taking 13 wickets at an average of 26.15Holder was still able to celebrate his maiden Test series success as captain, West Indies’ triumphing in a series for the first time since beating Bangladesh in 2014.Peter Moor (42) added only three runs to his overnight total before he prodded a Shannon Gabriel delivery to Shai Hope in the gully in the second over of the day and Zimbabwe were leading by only 50 on 172-6 when Devendra Bishoo (2-72) removed Malcolm Waller.Zimbabwe’s hopes of setting anything like a challenging target rested with Raza, who continued to tick along in an assured innings and successfully reviewed after he was given out leg before on 72 when Kemar Roach (2-37) thought he had his man.Chakabva struck Bishoo for a couple of boundaries in an over as Zimbabwe went to lunch on 199-6, but West Indies were scenting victory when Holder removed Raza’s off stump with the new ball after the all-rounder had batted five hours and faced 203 delivery in another superb knock.Holder ought to have had two in two when Cremer gloved a short delivery behind first ball, but umpire Simon Fry was unmoved and Chakabva celebrated a hard-earned half-century after striking one of his five boundaries, the pair taking their stand to 91 before the captains shook hands.(Omnisport).ZIMBABWE 1st innings 326 (H. Masakadza 147, S. Raza 80, P. Moor 52)West Indies 1st innings 448 (J. Holder 110, S. Dowrich 103, K. Powell 90; S. Raza 5-99)Zimbabwe 2nd innings (Overnight: 140-4)H. Masakadza b Roach 5S. Mire lbw b Roach 0C. Ervine b Bishoo 22B. Taylor lbw b Gabriel 10P. Moor c S. Hope b Gabriel 42S. Raza b Holder 89M. Waller c Blackwood b Bishoo 15R. Chakabva not out 71G. Cremer not out 28Extras (b-10 lb-8 nb-1) 19Total (for 7 wickets, 144 overs) 301Fall of wickets: 1-5 H. Masakadza,2-8 S. Mire,3-23 B. Taylor,4-46 C. Ervine,5-144 P. Moor,6-172 M. Waller,7-210 S. RazaDid not bat: T. Chisoro, C. MpofuBowling: S. Gabriel 21 – 7 – 34 – 2(nb-1),K. Roach 22 – 10 – 37 – 2K. Brathwaite 17 – 2 – 44 – 0, J. Holder 22 – 7 – 42 – 1D. Bishoo 34 – 7 – 74 – 2, R. Chase 17 – 3 – 31 – 0,J. Blackwood 10 – 4 – 21 – 0.last_img read more

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Swimmers Set to Battle for N10m Prize Money

first_imgOlarenwaju explained that this is the first time Nigeria will be hosting such an event which will include countries like Ghana, Cote d’ Ivore, Togo, Mali, and Benue Republic.About 300 swimmers from Lagos State have indicated their interest in the championship and would be vying for honours with their counterparts from other states.Olanrewaju who is a member of the board of Lagos State Swimming Association also stated that, the foreign umpires that will officiate at the Lagos open water, will start arriving from June 1.However, Olarenwaju stated that, due to the high volume of entries and participation of some foreign athletes, “the association is seeking for more sponsorship for the championship.”He urged corporate bodies in Nigeria to join hands in promoting swimming in Nigeria as it would add value to their money.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All is now set for this year’s Lagos Open Water International Championship with mouthwatering N10million up for grab.According to Coordinator of the event, Mr. Olarenwaju Saheed, the event has been rescheduled for between June 4th and 5th.The change in plans was to enable foreign countries who have indicated interest to properly fine-tune their arrangements ahead of the event.last_img read more

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2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: D’Tigers Hope to Bounce Back againstÂ

first_imgCanada Today after Loss to New Zealand D ’Tigers of Nigeria fell to New Zealand in their first game of the XXI Commonwealth Games holding in Australia by 65points to 110.New Zealand dominated and won all the quarters on a night that the Ike Diogu captained side will want to forget in a hurry as they focus on the next game against North American side, Canada today.After a close game in the first and second quarters which ended 24-15 and 26-20 points respectively in favour of New Zealand, D’Tigers could not cope with the firepower of the team currently ranked 38 in the latest FIBA ranking in the third quarter as they widened the margin with a 31-8 scoreline before sealing the victory with another 29-22points scoreline to wrap up the game.Kano Pillars star man, Dike Azouma was the highest scorer for the team on the night scoring 15 points (with an 80% percent success from the 3 point line), 3 rebounds and 1 assist while ever reliable Diogu scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.Making his national team debut, homeboy, Istfanus Yakubu scored 10points with just about 14minutes on the floor with the technical crew giving all the players bar Musa Usman a taste of action in the opening game.Reacting after the game, Coach Mohammed Abdulrahman who stood in alongside Aderemi Adewunmi for Alex Nwora said that apart from having a good day at the office, their opposition also dominated in rebounds and from the 3 point line.The head coach of Gombe Bulls Basketball Club conceded that his team met a more experienced team and would have lost if similar circumstance presented itself all over again.“I don’t think anything went wrong, I think we just played against a team that is more experienced than we are. New Zealand is a combination of players in the professional level and well paid playing this game.To make it even worse, they had a great day. They shot well from the 3 point line and dominated us in rebounds which played a major role in our defeat.”According to the former Nigerian international, lessons have been learnt and the team can only get better in their next game against Canada who are ranked 23 in the world.“The good thing is, we are going to get better going into the next game. We have learnt to know that the only way we can get through this is only if we play as a team.”He explained that with better sense of team play and cohesion within the squad ahead of their next game, the team will surely play better.Despite the bashing against New Zealand, Coach Abdulrahman said the team will approach their game against Canada in a more aggressive style with an aim of recording their first win.“Our game plan against Canada tomorrow will be more aggressive. We are going to play with much confidence, trust in ourselves and even more importantly play as a unit.”A loss against Canada will bring their medal chase to an abrupt end even with a game left to play against the host.Evans Wins First Gold for WalesWales claimed their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia thanks to weightlifter Gareth Evans.Evans, who represented Team GB at London 2012, posted a total of 299kg across the snatch and clean and jerk disciplines to win the -69kg category.The 31-year-old’s total was 2kg better than the total put up by Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake Mudiyanselage with Deepak Lather claiming bronze for India.England secured a seventh Gold Coast gold medal when Sarah Vasey continued the team’s fine start to the swimming competition with victory in the women’s 50m breaststroke.Vasey was some way off the pace set by Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in the early metres but produced a powerful finish to touch just in front of her chief medal rival.Team-mate Alice Tai made it five golds for England in the pool so far with a dominant display in the final of the women’s S9 100m backstroke, winning by almost three seconds.Scotland’s Katie Archibald celebrates taking gold in the women’s 3000m track pursuitThere was also a second success in the velodrome for Scotland, where Katie Archibald beat Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak in the final of the women’s 3000m individual pursuit.Archibald finished one-and-a-half seconds ahead of Wiasak to add to the gold medal won on Thursday by Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham in the blind and visually impaired 1000m time-trial.But there would be no dream family double as Katie’s brother John Archibald was beaten in the final of the men’s 4000m individual pursuit by England’s Charlie Tanfield.Tanfield, who had set a new Commonwealth Games record in qualifying for the final, built a healthy lead in the first half of the race and held on by seven-tenths of a second after Archibald finished strongly.He had also won a silver medal as part of England’s team pursuit squad on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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F-M bowlers earn sweep of Oswego; ESM falls to Baldwinsville, C-NS

first_imgEach of the Fayetteville-Manlius bowling teams found success in their respective Dec. 20 matches against the Oswego Buccaneers at Green Lakes Bowl.Kevin Winschel again led the boys Hornets in its 2-1 win, closing with a 246 game after games of 206 and 203 to get a three-game total of 655.John Jeffery earned a 545 series, just ahead of the 542 set from Xavier Greene. Oswego lost despite a 682 series from Eric Carson and a 586 series from Jack Warren. Meanwhile, the F-M girls won 3-0 over Oswego to improve to 3-2 on the season, with Kendra Elliott getting off to a quick start, shooting a season-best 245 game on her way to a 560 series.Shelby Miner’s 176 kicked off a 500 series, with Lydia Chase managing a 478 series. Samantha Estock (414 series) and Hannah Smith (403 series) trailed them as Alyssa Morley paced the Bucs with a 438 series.East Syracuse Minoa competed last Monday at Baldwinsville, where the boys Spartans picked up a point, yet still could not quite catch the Bees in a 2-1 defeat. At B’ville Sports Bowl, Tyler Talarico led ESM with a 606 series (215 high game), while Brett Smith and Kobie Gibson had matching three-game totals of 596.John Messina, with a 557 series, edged out the 554 from Ryan Buffum that started with a 220 game, but the Bees got a 704 series from Tanner Rozcyzko, a 651 series from Dylan Williams and a 638 series from Dylan Love.The ESM girls lost 3-0 to B’ville, with America Carhart picking up a 521 series, but no one else on the Spartans close to her total as the Bees had Amelia Ponto shoot a 647 series with three 200-plus games, helped by series of 567 and 564 from sisters Jenna and Julia Spiech.Before this, each of the area’s high school bowling teams had various matches to fit in last week as the holiday break loomed.F-M challenged Fulton Dec. 17 at Lakeview Lanes, and the boys Hornets put up a great effort on the boys side, though it could not quite topple the Red Raiders in a 2-1 decision.With games of 221, 254 and 245, Winschel dazzled again for F-M, finishing with a 720 series as Aidan Koss started with a 215, finished with a 235 and got a 648 set.Fulton countered with greater depth in its lineup. Mitch Donaldson led with a 628 series (high game 233), while Owen Sheldon had a 602 set. Sean Flynn (568 series) and Mark Smith (548 series) were close behind.Meanwhile, in the girls match, F-M could not get a point from Fulton in a 3-0 defeat. Miner started with a 200 in her 503 series and Chase closed with a 187 in her 502 set. The Red Raiders had four series of 530 or better, led by Alexis Ingersoll, who had a three-game total of 616.ESM had its own close boys match with Cicero-North Syracuse at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, but unlike F-M the Spartans did finish on top over the Northstars 2-1.Chris Bayly started with games of 243 and 258 on his way to a 692 series. Talarico, shooting a three-game total of 594, was just ahead of Smith’s 589 series and Buffum’s 569 set. C-NS got a 671 series from Tyler Dottolo and a 638 series from J.J. O’Connell.Despite Carhart’s 202, 201 and 201 games in a 604 series, the ESM girls lost, 3-0, to C-NS, who had a 544 series from Katie Cloonan and a 519 series from Jessaia McGriff. Olivia Nissen gave ESM a three-game total of 426.Only Christian Brothers Academy had a match on Dec. 16, taking on the Chittenango Bears at Strike-N-Spare Lanes and prevailing 3-0 on the girls side to improve its record to 4-1.Eliana Occhino had a strong 539 series for the Brothers that included games of 176, 181 and 182. Cadence Malicek closed with a 188 game in her 469 series as Rachel Farella earned a three-game total of 475.The boys match also went in CBA’s favor, a 3-0 sweep of the Bears that included a 462 series from Garrett Bowman, just ahead of a 436 series from Isaiah Lerch and a 424 series from Peter Scuderi.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: bowlingCBAESMF-Mlast_img read more

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More to the media than meets the eye

first_imgYou might not agree with what appears in the paper today, but at least you have the opportunity to read it.That’s more than the students at some schools can say. At Texas A&M University-Commerce two weeks ago, a group of football players stole every copy of the campus newspaper because it contained a front-page story detailing the arrest of two of their players. Last week, Texas A&M-Commerce coach Guy Morriss came under fire for calling the players’ act “the best team-building exercise we had ever done.” When asked if he had seen the edition of The East Texan in question, Morriss said “I don’t read that crap.”Morriss gave a half-hearted apology this week, saying that his remarks were meant to be humorous and not to be taken seriously. This would usually be the end of the story, but as a fellow journalist, something about this got under my skin.Since when is it OK to endorse activity that warrants police investigation so long as you lazily retract it later?If you haven’t heard, it’s hard out here for a sports writer. Working for a newspaper, even if it’s only a college newspaper, is a daily test of faith. It’s hard enough to put out a product every day without worrying about it being taken.Writing unpopular stories always results in an uproar. But it appears the only objection Morriss and his players had to this story was that word of the arrests was printed at all.I wish I could say this was the only case of a football coach being unreasonable toward a campus news outlet, but there are probably more instances than could fit in this column. Last season, Montana coach Bobby Hauck belittled and froze out reporters from the school newspaper after it printed a story on two football players who allegedly committed assault.Hauck could have acted like an adult and articulated whatever his objections were, but instead he chose the petulant route and went into lockdown mode.All of the effort that goes into putting campus newspapers in their place is enough to make you wonder why any of the coaches care so much.I understand the dilemma for coaches in such matters. Most in Division I revenue sports are accustomed to a high level of control, but they wield almost none when it comes to dealing with the media.Of course, coaches have every right to object if they feel like any part of their program, especially the players, has been put in an unfair light because of factual errors or biased reporting. But this requires a dialogue, not temper tantrums like the ones seen at Texas A&M-Commerce and Montana. Maybe next time coaches like Hauck will try holding their breath until they get what they want.When players and coaches are upset with what appears in the newspaper only because they are ashamed of their actions, they have no one to blame but themselves. And instead of viewing the media as the enemy for reporting on their miscues, college coaches and athletes should think about how to foster a positive relationship with news outlets.Little of this, however, is applicable here at USC. You might be able to run and hide in Montana and East Texas, but there are few spots of refuge from media in Los Angeles. That’s not to say the school is always totally forthcoming or all its coaches embrace the media, but stunts like the ones Morriss and Hauck pulled won’t work here.If they ever want to learn how to operate on the same level as USC, then bully coaches like Morriss and Hauck should look to this school and other major universities to see how top programs deal with the media.Despite their lack of people skills, Morriss and Hauck have found at least some modicum of success as coaches — Texas A&M-Commerce finished 5-5 last year, and Hauck translated another successful year with Montana into the head coaching job at UNLV. It’s clear that both have solid football minds.But imagine how much better they would be if they didn’t care what was printed about them.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Men’s volleyball takes two of three in its first tournament of the season

first_imgThe Trojans traveled to Honolulu over the weekend, kicking off their 50th season with two victories and one loss at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Warrior Classic. The tournament began on Thursday with a 3-0 victory over the Concordia University Eagles. Redshirt senior captain Jack Wyett and senior captain Gianluca Grasso led the offense with 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior outside hitter Ryan Moss and redshirt sophomore setter Matt Faraimo contributed eight and seven kills, respectively. “When you’re in an environment like that with thousands of people, you can get the jitters a little bit, and that was our first real test of the year,” Douglas said. “They were really good. I don’t think we were able to match their level of execution, but it was the first tournament of the season, and we have a long way to go.” Senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso led the team with 10 kills and two aces against Hawaii on Saturday. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) Despite the loss, Douglas said he thought the team did well facing a hostile crowd. The Trojans are now 2-1 for the season. They will travel to Lebanon, Tenn., this weekend to compete in the Off The Block Grow the Game Challenge. On Friday, they take on Lincoln Memorial at 5 p.m. PST.  On Saturday, they will face Barton at 2:30 p.m. PST. On Sunday, they play Lindenwood at 2:30 p.m. PST. All games will be available to stream on the Cumberland Sports Network. “I thought we did a good job sticking together in a foreign environment with not many fans rooting for us,” he said. “We had to really galvanize, make sure we were there for each other and be engaged the whole time.” The momentum continued on Friday as the Trojans defeated the New Jersey Institute Highlanders 3-1 in a 25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-15 match. Moss led the offense with 15 kills and contributed significantly on defense with eight digs and four blocks. Sophomore setter Chris Hall and sophomore libero Cole Paxson each had nine digs of their own.center_img Despite wins on Thursday and Friday, USC fell to No. 4 Hawaii on Saturday in a 12-25, 23-25, 16-25 match. Junior opposite Rado Parapunov and senior outside hitter/opposite Stijn Van Tilburg led the Warriors with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Beyond that, the Trojans spent a lot of time in the week leading up to the tournament scouting their opponents and preparing accordingly. When it came time to execute, coaches emphasized that the team’s effort would pay off. “We worked extremely hard all off-season and all preseason, so they let us know that we were ready to go, we deserved to be out there and to give it all we have,” Douglas said. Grasso led the Trojan offense with 10 kills and two aces, while Douglas led the defense with 11 digs. USC put up a strong fight throughout the match and managed to pick up a 10-9 lead in the second set. The Warriors pulled ahead again before the Trojans narrowed the margin back to 23-22, but ultimately let it slip to a 25-23 set. The Trojans maintained strong leads in each of the three sets against the Eagles with scores of 25-14, 25-18, 25-14. USC will see Concordia again later in the season in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play. Because it was the first tournament of the season, the Trojans focused on team building. Senior libero Matt Douglas said the weekend was an opportunity for upperclassmen to teach their younger teammates “how to conduct business on and off the court.” last_img read more

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Los Angeles Lakers struggle without Kobe Bryant in 113-93 loss to Chicago Bulls

first_imgThat partly explained why Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game (third in the NBA), albeit on a career-low 37.2 percent clip. None of his teammates consistently produced enough to leave Bryant with open shots or entice him enough to pass. “Ball movement is great when guys are making shots,” Bryant said. “You don’t hit shots, I try to take the load myself and we have a lot of standing around. In games they hit shots, I sit back and let them hit shots.” The Lakers may have to wait some before Bryant can bail them out of a poor performance. Bryant said it’s “slim” he will play in Friday’s game in Dallas, though he will still travel with the team to continue receiving treatment. That included spending 90 minutes with Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto during the team’s morning shootaround on Thursday.Scott admitted he felt “surprised” that Bryant would not feel good enough to play against the Bulls. Scott said in definitive terms following the Lakers’ win on Tuesday over Golden State that Bryant would play against Chicago. But Scott decided otherwise after Bryant continuously reported feeling sore. “I didn’t get any resistance from Kobe,” Scott said. “He told me, which I thought was great, that he’s going to let me decide and he’ll tell me how he feels.”Bryant’s absence in Chicago also seemed unexpected considering the game represented one of the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day matchups. “I feel an obligation to play if I’m at the YMCA,” Bryant said. “It’s important just from a fan perspective to be able to see the top players.”Yet, Bryant said he had to approach his return without those concerns in mind. “It’s really going against my nature,” Bryant said. “But I have to be smart about this.”Scott has tried taking a conservative approach with Bryant following Sunday’s loss in Sacramento, where he had 25 points on 8-of-30 shooting and nine turnovers. In the previous five games, Bryant had averaged 20.3 points on only 28.3 percent shooting.“I think it’s one of those slow processes,” Scott said. “He’s put his body through a lot. I don’t think any of us will try to rush him back. We’ll go by what he says and then go from there.” CHICAGO >> The lure of playing in yet another nationally televised Christmas Day NBA game enticed Kobe Bryant. So did Bryant’s well-awaited reunion against Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the pair that once won two NBA championships together suddenly becoming opponents. But those two elements hardly matched Bryant’s concern over what he called “old age.” The 36-year-old Bryant missed his second consecutive game in the Lakers’ 113-93 loss on Thursday to the Chicago Bulls at United Center after reporting soreness in his knees, both Achilles tendons and metatarsals as well as back tightness.“I just need to kind of hit the reset button,” said Bryant, who watched the game from the bench wearing a crimson-colored coat. “What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything.” Meanwhile, the Lakers provided more than enough evidence to refute an inaccurate statement after pulling a surprising win over Golden State, the Western Conference’s best team. The Lakers (9-20) are not better without Bryant. “Those people are idiots,” Scott said. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game. You take him off the team and there’s going to be nights you struggle.”The Lakers struggled plenty against the Bulls (20-9). The Lakers were outrebounded, 57-39, while Gasol (23 points) and Joakim Noah (21 points) easily offset production from Jordan Hill (16 points) and Ed Davis (13 points).After supposedly benefitting from Bryant’s absence thanks to more ball movement and more shots, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin combined for nine points on a 3-of-14 clip. The Lakers shot 39.1 percent overall.“Teams seem to focus more on me, and it showed tonight that they wouldn’t leave me,” Young said. “We can joke around and all that. But we’re always going to need Kobe out there.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NBA trade rumors: Wizards not trading Bradley Beal, he says

first_img NBA awards 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo emotional after winning MVP “They’ve been very transparent and that’s been great,” Beal said. “They’re not keeping me in the dark about anything, even about the trade rumors. … It’s great having that peace of mind.”Beal, who turns 26 Friday, has done everything the Wizards could ask of him, averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds last season. Off the court, his community work earned him the NBA Cares Community Assist Award at the league’s award show on Monday. Related News Wizards guard Bradley Beal heard his name surface in trade rumors earlier this year, but he says he’s not going anywhere.The two-time All-Star told the Washington Post team owner Ted Leonsis, interim GM Tommy Sheppard and coach Scott Brooks have all told him recently the team plans to keep him. Three takeaways from 2019 NBA awards show James Harden joins exclusive group with third MVP runner-up finish Sounds like the type of player a team would want to keep around long term. Beal, who has two years remaining on his contract, told the Post he would “definitely” be open to talking about an extension. And the Wizards are reportedly ready to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, according to ESPN. “I have thought about it but I haven’t really full-out processed it,” Beal said. “I still have two years left. We just drafted Rui (Hachimura) and I want to see what we do in free agency before I make the ultimate decision. I haven’t even been offered it officially. Until that happens, I’ll wait and think about it. I’ll have an ample amount of time to process everything and make a decision when the time is right.”Beal also has this to consider: If he were to make an All-NBA team this coming season, he would be eligible for a five-year “supermax” contract extension next offseason that could reportedly be worth up to $247 million.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…We were once

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEHow does it feel to be torn between what you imagine and what is real?  How do you know when to stay or when to go?  When can you discern if this is really death that we call life and who named it so?I feel like I am more there than here.  It’s not death but this treacherous journey called life that I fear.Salvation Blvd awaits the righteous because goodbye here means welcome there where hearts beat without failure and tears.I was once an embryo planted from the loins of one who is truly the son of father time.I was once a fetus nourished by the milk of the antelope and the corn of the Serengeti.I was once a boy prince in the court of Queen Africa with red Egyptian clay between ebony bronzed toes, chasing fireflies laughing at the sun.I was once a young man, watching my mate with bright and grateful eyes as she bore and birthed the fruit of my seed.I am now an old man loving each sunrise more, fearing each sunset less, knowing the difference between life and living, respecting the difference between death and dying, caressing eternity.I was once an embryo planted from the loins of one who is truly the son of father time, I was once.(‘I was once’ written by Aubrey Bruce for the late NYC trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr.,  Rod Woodson, Dwayne, Woodruff, Greg, Lloyd, Joe Greene. the late Dwight White, the late L.C. Greenwood, the late Willie Stargell, the late Roberto Clemente, Franco Harris, Joe Montana, Gale Sayers, and Brett Favre; the list goes on and on…)That time of year is here again, Black History month has been shelved for another year.  Jackie Robinson day and Juneteenth are just around the corner.What is Juneteenth some of you might ask?Well according to Wikipedia.com; “Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865.Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Celebrations sometimes take the form of parades, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties.Sure we can text, tweet and facebook our butts off but ah for some reason we just keep missing the point. All of the retired and deceased athletes that were aforementioned had one thing in common; they were once all great.We need to celebrate and elevate those who are carrying the torch, as Rev. Al Sharpton would say “rat now.”I know that it feels wonderful, marvelous, even glorious to reflect on past triumphs but sometimes it may become slightly nauseous to feeling that salty taste in ones mouth when one is about to prematurely part ways with that magnanimous and costly steak that one consumed at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  See the steak doesn’t feel as tasty  coming up as it did going down.  So the leftovers from last month are not as tasty as a fresh pot of collard greens and even “frozen vittles” have a negative; it’s called freezer burn.Regurgitating and reliving past events has the same effect on the collective psyche as hearing the same sermon preached over by the same preacher.In many cases a few folk may either cease to attend church or they in the least will change where they worship.  We have to quit. Sometime greatness lasts eternally only in the far recesses of our minds.  All of the parties and celebrations will not bring back the ancestors.  12 years a slave? Try 500 years and counting. We were once embryo’s planted from the loins of those who were truly the sons’ of father time; we were once.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or  412.583.6741last_img read more

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CAPTAIN SCOTTY HOLDS OFF FAVORED FLAGSTAFF LATE TO REGISTER NECK WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES

first_imgCAPTAIN SCOTTY HOLDS OFF FAVORED FLAGSTAFF LATE TO REGISTER NECK WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES; CEDILLO & MILLER TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG SCORE IN 1:09.46 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2020)–In a race reduced to four horses as the result of a pair of program scratches, trainer Peter Miller’s Captain Scotty went to the front and never looked back as he registered a neck victory over heavily favored Flagstaff in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes. Ridden to victory by Abel Cedillo, who recorded his third win on the day, Captain Scotty got six furlongs in 1:09.46.With Ax Man scratched and scheduled to run in Sunday’s Clockers’ Corner Stakes on turf, Captain Scott broke running from the inside and carved out splits of 22.39, 45.22 and 56.87 as Flagstaff tracked him in second position. A quarter mile out, Victor Espinoza was asking Flagstaff to get on terms with Captain Scotty, but Cedillo had plenty left in the tank and was not headed until they hit the wire.“Pete told me to try to go to the lead, when I saw the race was a two horse, two-speed type of race, I tried to slow it down,” said Cedillo, who had never ridden the 6-year-old Quality Road gelding.  “He was trying to run off, but I got him to relax pretty good and he finished pretty good.”Most recently fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by stablemate Texas Wedge in the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 1, Captain Scotty was off at 7-2 and paid $9.80 and $3.00 with no show wagering.“We brought him back from Kentucky (after running third in a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28) and sent him to San Luis Rey Downs,” said Ruben Alvarado, assistant to Miller. “He came back in good shape and we decided to run him on the grass and the horse that won that day, (stablemate) Texas Wedge, came back to win today at Gulfstream, so he got beat by a good horse. He handled the grass okay, but not like the dirt, so we tried the main track today and we got lucky.”Owned by Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable, Captain Scotty, who is out of the Aggressive Chief mare She Is Raging, registered his first graded stakes win today and improved his overall mark to 13-4-4-2.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $321,095.Flagstaff broke alertly but was out-footed early and was a length off the winner at the quarter pole. With Espinoza doing his best, Flagstaff hit his best stride late and just missed in a big effort.  Off at 4-5, he finished six lengths clear of Speed Pass and paid $2.20 to show.Cedillo rung up his fourth winner on the day in the ninth and final race and moved into a tie atop the rider standings with Joel Rosario, who was away to ride today at Gulfstream, with 16 wins each through 15 racing days.First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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