Diplomat the perfect start for Weld

first_img Press Association Diplomat got followers of Dermot Weld and Ruby Walsh off to the perfect start at Galway as the odds-on favourite recorded a comfortable success in the galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle, the opening event of the 2013 festival. Weld, who is in search of a 27th trainers’ title at Galway, said the winner was likely to reappear on Tuesday, when he hoped the Dr Ronan Lambe-owned gelding would settle better. Weld, celebrating his 65th birthday, said: “He did it nicely. He was a little bit keener than Ruby would have wanted and as a result probably didn’t win as impressively as we expected. “I was a little concerned that he was going to tire at some stage. We’ll see how he is in the morning and hopefully we’ll run him back. The ground is beautiful and he’s a relatively fresh horse. “Hopefully we can get him to relax a bit better. He got geed up at the start when a horse bumped into him and it set him alight. “If we get him settled I believe he can come home a lot better than that. We had the right man on board today.” center_img Sent off the 9-10 market leader, the four-year-old – who once beat current Champion Hurdle favourite Our Conor on the Flat – was produced with a double handful by Walsh on jumping the second-last. Sky Khan finished strongly on the run-in but Walsh had enough in hand to prevail by a relatively cosy length. last_img read more

After sluggish start, offensive trio leads Orange in deciding final drive

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ryan Nassib, Marcus Sales and Antwon Bailey didn’t seize most moments Saturday. But Nassib seized one moment in the first quarter. And the trio seized multiple moments on Syracuse’s final drive as well. ‘It was really just, it was just the moment,’ Nassib said. ‘We did a great job of seizing the moment, the situation we were in, and what we needed to do.’ In a low-scoring defensive game, a half-dozen moments from the three were all that mattered, as each stepped up to help give the Orange 10 deciding points in SU’s 13-10 win over Rutgers Saturday. Seven points came thanks to Nassib’s patience in the first quarter, as he set up a Bailey touchdown pass on a dump pass within the five-yard line. And three — Ross Krautman’s field goal to win the game — were set up by a Nassib-led no-huddle drive that seemingly came out of nowhere. Surfacing for Syracuse on that final drive as well was 2:44 of some of the best football Bailey played all year. The best football he played Saturday. And it was 2:44 of the best football Sales, a reserve wide receiver who hadn’t played until SU’s fourth game of the season, played all season. He became the yard-churner on out routes the Orange was missing all game because of the sudden quick pace and his promotion to starter. Sophomore receiver Alec Lemon didn’t play in the game with a banged-up hand that was heavily taped.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But Sales professed he knew he would be in the role all week and that he was ready for it despite the offense’s struggles throughout the game. It was the second time this season Sales was thrust into a job promotion due to an injury to another SU receiver. Before Syracuse’s 42-7 win over Colgate, Sales became SU’s third wide receiver due to Aaron Weaver’s season-ending injury. Then he promised he would get reps and just needed an opportunity. Saturday was much the same. ‘Whenever the time arises, you have to be ready to answer it, and that’s what I did today,’ Sales said. Sales, Bailey and Nassib didn’t answer it most of the game, though. Nassib threw for just 148 yards prior to the last drive. Sales — who finished with 73 yards receiving — only hauled in 35 yards prior to the final quarter, and Bailey ran for only 13 yards before the last drive. On that last drive, Bailey was the designated go-to guy. Four times in five plays, Bailey was handed the ball on identical plays to find seams in the Rutgers line. Thirty-seven yards later, he had. SU was at the Rutgers 16-yard line, and a game was about to be won. Even if the only offensive success the Orange had since Bailey’s last touchdown in the first quarter came in those final three minutes seized. ‘The last drive, we just stuck with the same play and ran with it down the field,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘We were fortunate enough to get into good field position and make the field goal and then hold them and win the game.’ This and that With the win, Syracuse has won four Big East road games for the first time ever. … Syracuse qualified for a bowl at the earliest point in its season since 2001. … Ryan Nassib threw for a touchdown in his 10th consecutive game. … The Orange rushed for a season low 2.5 yards per carry. [email protected]last_img read more

F1 2019: Lewis Hamilton-led Mercedes dominate Formula One circuit

first_imgLast Updated: 14th October, 2019 16:54 IST F1 2019: Lewis Hamilton-led Mercedes Dominate Formula One Circuit A one-three finish for Mercedes means that the Silver Arrows have secured the 2019 constructors’ championship. The Silver Arrows have dominated this season. LIVE TV First Published: 14th October, 2019 16:54 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Mercedes painted the city of Suzuka silver, as Valtteri Bottas raced to the chequered flag to clinch the constructors’ championship for the Silver Arrows. Bottas finished first, as Hamilton finished third in Japan. Bottas’ win effectively rules out Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from the running in the driver’s championship this season. Hamilton’s third-place finish at the Suzuka circuit means that the five-time champion has now amassed 338 points and opened up a lead of 64 points at the top. Also Read | Michael Schumacher Update: Formula 1 Legend In Paris For Cell TherapyIt has been an exciting season for Mercedes so far with the Silver Arrows securing a total of 12 first-place finishes out of 17 races this season. The German team enjoyed a run of eight consecutive victories before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen brought their winning run to a halt in the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton then managed to secure a win back home in the British Grand Prix, before Verstappen stepped up to race through the chequered flag in the next race in Germany. Verstappen’s win was followed by another Mercedes victory in Hungary, as Hamilton beat out stiff competition from Verstappen and Vettel to emerge victoriously. Also Read | Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Grabs Pole Position 1 year ago Rival tribute: BMW pays Mercedes-Benz’s outgoing-CEO a clever video tribute saying ‘Retirement is about exploring options’, here’s how netizens are reacting COMMENT Mercedes dominateThe win at Hungary meant that Mercedes were in pole position to win the constructors’ championship after the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, this is precisely when Ferrari decided to come to the party. Successive victories for Charles Leclerc, followed by Vettel’s first victory this season meant that Mercedes would have to put their victory party on hold. The wait for the party, however, would prove to be a short one, as Hamilton prevailed in Russia to all but hand the constructors’ championship to Mercedes. Bottas’ victory in Japan and Hamilton’s third-place finish means that the Silver Arrows will make Formula One history as they become the first team in Formula One history to win six consecutive constructors’ and individual titles.Also Read | F1 | Vettel Wins Singapore Grand Prix, Ends 13-month Winless Streak Meanwhile, it has been a difficult season for Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari. A meagre total of three wins out of 17 races so far is a dismal return for the Italian side. Their star driver Sebastian Vettel has struggled to register convincing victories, as the German ended his 13-month winless streak with a win in the Singapore Grand Prix. His teammate Charles Leclerc has shown some promise, having stepped up from Sauber to partner the German. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has also impressed this season, as he is now level on points with Ferrari’s Vettel, with 212 points so far. Also Read | F1 | Lewis Hamilton Wins Record Sixth British Grand Prix, Extends Lead On Driver Standings 1 year ago F1 | Ambitious Max Verstappen hoping to catch and challenge Mercedes FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE Colin DCunha last_img read more

Police beat anti-Putin protesters

first_imgMOSCOW – It was no mass protest. By their leaders’ own admission, only about 2,000 people turned out Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the government did not take the “Dissenters March” lightly. It banned the rally from a landmark Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, then massed some 9,000 police officers and Interior Ministry troops to keep the Kremlin critics away. The faceoff led to sporadic clashes across the city and a wave of arrests of activists who wanted to protest Putin’s economic and social policies as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights. A similar march planned for today in St. Petersburg also was banned by authorities. Police officers kept the demonstrators off the square, beating some protesters and detaining many others, including Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has emerged as the most prominent leader of the opposition alliance. Officials said 170 people had been detained but a Kasparov aide, Marina Litvinovich, said as many as 600 were detained – although she said about half were released quickly. Kasparov, whom witnesses said was seized as he tried to lead a small group of demonstrators through lines of police ringing Pushkin Square, was freed late Saturday after he was fined $38 for participating in the rally. “It is no longer a country … where the government tries to pretend it is playing by the letter and spirit of the law,” Kasparov said outside the court building, appearing unfazed by his detention. “We now stand somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe,” he said. It was the fourth time in recent months that anti-Putin demonstrations – all called Dissenters Marches – have been broken up with force or smothered by a huge police presence. The weekend marches were being closely watched as a barometer of how much of a threat, if any, opposition forces pose to the Kremlin as Russia prepares for parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next spring. Putin, whose second and last term ends in 2008, has created an obedient parliament and his government has reasserted control over major television networks, giving little air time to critics. TV newscasts on Saturday reported the protests, but gave as much or more time to a pro-Kremlin youth rally held near Moscow State University. Later, police charged into a crowd of about 200 demonstrators outside the police precinct where Kasparov was being held, beating protesters with nightsticks and fists. Kasparov and his allies mustered, by their own reckoning, about 2,000 people – far fewer than the 30,000 people who patronize the McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square on an average day. But some protesters said they were not discouraged by the small turnout or intimidated by the overwhelming force marshaled to block the rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more