Mallard’s Team of the Week — Myron Nichol Rink

first_imgThe Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar took the longest way possible to capturing the Senior Men’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday in Kimberley.The team of Nichol, third Bill Van Yzerloo and second Gary Beaudry and lead Barry Marsh, both of Nelson, defeated the Ken McHargue rink twice — in the B final and A-B final — to claim the title. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by naming the rink Team of the Week.The rink now represents the zone at the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 17-22 in Port Alberni.last_img read more

Kootenay Martial Arts hosts second highest ranked woman on planet in Taekwondo

first_imgIt’s seemed like only yesterday that Sr. Grand Master Edward B. Sell and his lovely wife Brenda were sitting in the Nelson Covenant Church basement on Stanley Street eager to test members of the Kootenay Martial Arts School.More than 20 years later, Kootenay Martial Arts, under the guidance of the Sells and the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association, has grown into a dominant fixture of Taekwondo in BC.And what better way to recognize the achievements than to have Kootenay Martial Arts Senior Instructor Dean Seminoff host Sr. Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell during upcoming testing beginning Thursday at Trafalgar Middle School.“Grand Master (Brenda) Sell is a 9th Dan black belt and the second highest ranked woman on the planet in Taekwondo,” said Kootenay Martial Arts Master Dean Siminoff. “She is in Nelson to test 11 new black belts, members of KMA which is beginning its 16th consecutive year of teaching the best in martial arts.”The fact that Sell is going to be at the weekend celebration is nothing short of a miracle.After losing husband Edward to cancer after 41 years of marriage, as well as experiencing a host of other personal setbacks, Sell was diagnosed with breast cancer.“My first reaction was not to have treatment,” she said.However, following careful thought Sell decided to fight this disease head on.“When I made the decision to fight, I knew I must focus on my faith,” Sell explained. “Faith sees beyond your circumstances and has focus on the outcome — going through the process.”“I never saw myself as a victim or gave into feeling sorry for myself,” Sell added. “I made a decision to see myself well, to do things I knew were important to coming out of this and protecting my faith.”Sell turned to exercise, which helped during the grief and treatment of breast cancer. At times, it was difficult to keep going, but Sell knew giving up was “not” an option.At one stage during chemotherapy she became seriously ill.Doctors explained how close Sell came to losing her battle.“Doctors told me, “if it has not been for my physical condition of your body from Taekwondo training, you would have died”,’ she said.Kootenay Martial Arts, with its main Dojang in Nelson along with sister facilities in South Slocan and Castlegar, is part of the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association — a leader in modern Taekwondo for the past 50 years.This Christian influence of the school helps people develop spiritually as well as physically and mentally.Thursday, the Kootenay Martial Arts hosts its’ “Best of the Best” Student Black Belt Graduation at Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.GM Sell will be present to oversee much of the testing.Friday, it’s Women of Strength and Resilience at the Covenant Church on Stanley Street.This is an evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., of sharing with local women as well as GM Sell sharing their personal life journeys.It’s been a long time since Siminoff, a 6th degree Black Belt, founded the school in the Nelson area.During this time, the school has promoted more than 100 Black Belts to first Dan.Thursday adds a few more to the KMA achieves..last_img read more


first_imgO’NEILL, MILLER TIED IN BATTLE FOR TRAINING HONORSGREGSON FOUNDATION HONORS SMITH AND STEVENSTEXAS RED DRILLS FOUR FURLONGS FOR DWYER STAKESTVG’S SIMON BRAY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA TRAINERS’ RACE GOING DOWN TO THE WIREDoug O’Neill and Peter Miller were in a flat-footed tie for the training lead with two racing days remaining in Santa Anita’s 39-day Spring Meet. Each had 21 wins, O’Neill from 105 starters, Miller from 91.O’Neill already has three Santa Anita crowns, winning consecutively from 2004-05 through 2006-07. Miller, training out of San Luis Rey Downs, has never won a title at The Great Race Place.O’Neill and Miller each had horses entered in three races today.On Sunday, O’Neill and Miller each had one horse in the second race; Miller had one in the third; O’Neill had one in the fifth; each had one in the eighth; O’Neill had one in the ninth; and Miller had Katy Drama in from the also eligible list in the 10th and final, with Aylara on the also eligible list.With a 44-33 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze, perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano was well on his way to another championship. Through Friday, Bejarano had ridden 183 horses to Baze’s 220 (more than any rider this meet),Bejarano also led Baze in purse earnings, $2,058,126 to $1,886,100. Michael Machowsky2855318%$154,634 Peter Miller9121181223%$817,684 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler7013101219%$843,264 Drayden Van Dyke12517161214%$739,422 Eddie Truman2172433%$287,208 Tiago Pereira771214716%$523,170 Fernando Perez13725221218%$946,690 Mike Puype67913813%$520,980 Tim Yakteen1954026%$165,880 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bruce Headley1551233%$132,250 Santiago Gonzalez10911161310%$480,524 Rafael Bejarano18344313224%$2,058,126 Flavien Prat15924301715%$1,461,042 Joseph Talamo15624152815%$1,060,778 Mario Gutierrez58106917%$490,968 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Mike Smith491010720%$800,536 Martin Pedroza106820158%$433,150 William Spawr3255316%$191,270 Jerry Hollendorfer70819911%$660,288 Felipe Valdez101915109%$384,120 Kent Desormeaux78816910%$512,134center_img Carla Gaines2864421%$288,170 TVG’S SIMON BRAY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA            Former trainer and current TVG analyst Simon Bray, who has been off-air for the last month with a back injury, has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, according to a press release issued this morning by TVG. The popular Bray, whose disease is considered treatable, but not curable, issued the following statement:“My primary focus will now be fighting this disease. With the help of the doctors at the City of Hope hospital, I will be getting some of the best care in the country. I appreciate the overwhelming support from TVG and I look forward to getting back to the job I love so very much.”TVG is encouraging viewers to help by making a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. TVG Betfair has also announced that it will match all contributions up to $10,000.For more information, please visit BIT.LY/SUPPORTSIMONFINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red had his final major drill for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park July 4, going four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 48 seconds flat. Trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux plans to ship Texas Red to New York on Wednesday . . . Spring Fever Stakes winner Sunday Rules worked six furlongs for Phil D’Amato in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 22 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.06. On the dirt training track, D’Amato worked multiple turf stakes winner Obviously four furlongs in 50.40 . . . With favorites winning at 40.50 percent this meet (130 out of 321), some seven points above the national average, chalk players were in their glory. Favorites on dirt were winning at 40.76 percent (96 of 211) and on turf, 40 percent (44 of 110). In the money favorites were winning at 73.83 percent (237 of 321), while in the money odds-on favorites were scoring at 89.53 percent (77 of 86) . . . There will be mandatory payoffs on the Super High 5 and the Pick Six tomorrow. First post time on the 10-race program is 1 p.m. Alex Solis4375516%$311,404 GREGSON FOUNDATION HOSTS CHARITY FUNDRAISERThe Edwin J. Gregson Foundation will host a charity fundraising dinner Aug. 3 honoring Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens for their extraordinary racing accomplishments and contributions to the prominence of the Thoroughbred industry.This dinner marks year 15 of fundraising activities spearheaded by Jenine Sahadi, president of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. “We look forward to a fabulous evening celebrating two great, phenomenally talented jockeys, esteemed not only by our industry members, but literally loved by fans throughout the world,” says Sahadi.Proceeds of the event will be used for continued development of various educational programs to benefit California’s worthy backstretch workers and their families. These programs, such as college scholarship grants, computer literacy classes, on-going English as a second language course, were part of trainer Eddie Gregson’s vision in helping individuals improve their standard of living and achieve excellence in their lives.The Foundation will fete Smith and Stevens at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 3. Tickets for the event are $300 per person. This annual event has sold out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance.Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to Richard Mandella471213426%$892,860 Doug O’Neill10521191220%$965,778 Philip D’Amato601710728%$965,550 Richard Baltas63179527%$893,178 Brayan Pena7082311%$185,690 Edwin Maldonado9710141510%$441,700 Victor Espinoza43117826%$774,014 Gonzalo Nicolas10168166%$264,988 Ignacio Puglisi5466311%$215,350 Tyler Baze22033363315%$1,886,100 (Current Through Friday, June 26) Mark Glatt60681010%$292,254 Gary Stevens3183626%$681,118 Kristin Mulhall2565024%$139,050 Vann Belvoir565789%$196,110 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Robertino Diodoro3376321%$309,600 Martin Garcia53971017%$391,210 Hector O. Palma1752229%$153,110 Bob Baffert3273622%$349,600last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2017)–Classy Illuminant, idle since May 30, returned to the races with her running shoes on Friday at Santa Anita, as she took the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course in 1:12.27.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, she was last seen winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf May 30.“Even though she didn’t run that well down the hill the last time she tried it (fourth, beaten one length in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes on Jan. 3, 2016), she did it pretty easily today,” said Prat.  “She had trained well and we had a good pace…She galloped out pretty good as well.”A comfortable third behind dueling leaders Kera Kera and Paquita Coqueta (ridden by brothers, Scott and Gary Stevens) a quarter mile out, Illuminant swung three deep at the dirt crossing turning for home and in a flash, the Wishing Well was over as she easily motored to the lead.Off at even money in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Iluminant paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.40.  Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and SF Racing, LLC, Illuminant, a 5-year-old mare by Quality Road, improved her overall mark to 12-5-2-1.  With the winner’s share of $46,260, she increased her earnings to $413,910.“The way it set up, it kinda went the way we had planned,” said McCarthy.  “She’s a quality mare.  There were some decent fillies in there, but I’m not surprised she got bet down.  She’d been training like she was well-meant.”With sizzling splits to run at, Prize Exhibit, who was next to last at the quarter pole, put in her customary burst to finish second, a half length in front of Miss Double d’Oro, who ran on from last.  Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit was off at 7-2 and paid $2.80 and $2.60.Off at 8-1 with Santiago Gonzalez, Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.09, 42.94 and 1:06.07.Special early first post time tomorrow, Santa Anita Handicap Day, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Statement from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett on the passing of SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo

first_img“All of us in the Southland Conference are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo.  For those of us fortunate to have worked with and for him, he had a tremendous love for his family and SFA, and was always the greatest supporter of the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks sports teams.  He was always a strong advocate for the Southland Conference, serving as the chair of the league’s Board of Directors, and also represented the league at the highest level of NCAA Division I governance on numerous occasions. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Janice, daughter Paige, his grandson Jackson, the extended Pattillo family, and everyone in the SFA and Nacogdoches community.”last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES JOHN VELAZQUEZ, VINO ROSSO, WINNER: “Todd told me he was ready for a mile and a quarter, I talked to Mike Repole on the phone and he said to make sure to thank him because he’s the one who gave me instructions to win the race. So thank you Mike and thank you Todd! We come from seven eighths, we knew we were going to be close.“I knew the pace would be fast early and I just wanted to stay close. He broke very well and we settled in there. When it was time to go, we knew we had to engage Joel (Rosario) to play the game because he was the horse to beat.  And we got the job done. Vino Rosso seemed to have it all put together today.”JOEL ROSARIO, GIFT BOX, SECOND: “He broke well out of there. In the beginning, they all got into position and I thought I was in a good spot. I guess he was just second best today. I used him a little in the beginning to get my spot but he settled and was very comfortable after that. Everything he did was just right, he just got a little tired in the end.“I still think he’s one of the best handicap horses in the country and he’ll improve off of this. I had the trip I wanted, the other horse just ran a better race today.”TRAINER QUOTESAMY MULLEN, ASSISTANT TRAINER TO TODD PLETCHER, WINNER:  “I didn’t have to give John any instructions, just a leg up. John got here six hours ago and he had a conference call with the owners and Todd. I’ve been here a week with Vino Rosso and Mike McCarthy, we trained over the track to get ready for this race.”TOM AMOSS, TRAINER OF LONE SAILOR, THIRD:  “He was a little farther back than I wanted, but I was happy with what I was seeing up front. I knew at the three eighths (pole) he wouldn’t be able to catch the leaders.”NOTES: The winning owners are Repole Stable & St. Elias Stable.last_img read more

Tigers set to roar for home crowd

first_imgThe clash will be the highlight of the round 16 matches with both teams expected to turn on a thrilling and  entertaining game of league.With finals just around the corner, Tigers will expect a full house there in support for the must-win game at Lae Rugby League oval this weekend.After their loss to Muruks’ sister team Hela Wigmen in Mendi last week, the Lae game is an essential target for them.Muruks were also once a Lae-based team and know the tracks around the Lae paddock and will not behave like a new contender.It is anticipated that a lot of fireworks will come from the Muruks forwards.Tigers had an ordinary game a fortnight ago against TNA Lions but the brutal attack against Wigmen in their away game was a lesson learnt.Tigers are leading the competition by a point from early pace setter Lions but there is no guarantee they will keep the top position.The one point lead (21-20) against Lions must be further extended if Tigers mean finals  business.A bumper crowd is expected for this important clash in Lae on Sunday.last_img read more

Koke is back, Vitolo is discharged and Filipe visits the group

first_imgBut it seems complicated that it may be of the game, since Simeone has been rehearsing with the eleven of these last days. Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Thomas, Herrera, Saul; Morata and João Félix. We will have to see, however, if Koke enters the summoned list to measure himself to the Levant. I could enter the call and play a few minutes with a view to be at the top for the meeting on the 9th of the Spain Supercup against Barcelona.Atlético received a visit from one of the illustrious team of the last seasons. Filipe Luis was visiting his teammates taking advantage of his vacation days in Spain. The rojiblanco club intends to pay homage to the left-hander.Vitolo was dischargedThe club reported that Vitolo is now available for the Cholo Simeone. The end, who suffered a grade I injury to the adductor muscles, may enter the call for the match against Levante. Last Monday he trained with his teammates normally, so, except surprise, he will be on the Wanda Metropolitano bench. Atlético’s last training before receiving Levante and the preparatory session counted with the novelty of Kok’s presenceand. The midfielder exercised alongside the rest of his teammates and could be available for the match against the granota set. Koke did not play against Betis when suffering a muscle elongation and throughout this week he had not exercised under the orders of Cholo.last_img read more

The reasons why Saudi Arabia will not buy an English club

first_imgIt has recently been announced that the country will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2023, and important boxing matches have already taken place. In addition, Al Hilal, champion of the previous season of the Asian Champions League, is a team from Saudi Arabia. For this reason, the Saudi government wants to privatize its main football teams.These rumors circulate because it would not be the first time that a European club is bought by a country in the Middle East. In 2008, Abu Dhabi bought Manchester United, and later, in 2011, Qatar bought the PSG.The reason for the investment made by these countries was to soften the risks in the face of political instability in the Gulf, moving their assets abroad. Saudi Arabia, however, is less concerned with mitigating risks, as it is one of the political, religious and ideological powers of the region.For this reason, if the Riyadh government invests abroad it would be for commercial reasons. Even so, this option is unlikely since the Saudi government focuses more on the national level. In fact, such a purchase would mean a significant change in the policy of the Saudi government. Despite rumors about Saudi Arabia’s interest in buying an English football team, the Saudi sports strategy is based on national investment to achieve its growth.During the past three years, several have circulated rumors about the interest that Saudi investors have in buying a Premier League club. The biggest rumor is that Newcastle United is being persecuted by the Public Investment Fund of the government of Saudi Arabia. It is also believed that Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince of the kingdom, is very interested in buying the Manchester United.The idea would be to buy a football club and then sign some of the best players in the world and thus be able to promote yourself as a tourist destination.But The objective of the Saudi government focuses more on the national level. For now, Saudi Arabia will spend billions of dollars on projects that attract tourists to the country and position the kingdom as one of the tourist destinations and host of the most important events in the world.last_img read more

Advíncula denies that he charges in Panama and his complaint to the Lightning

first_imgIn view of the news appeared in the Press today, I want to say:one. I have not denounced Lightning.two. Arancha Mérida is not and has not been my representative and I have not authorized anyone to report Lightning on my behalf.3. There is no irregularity in the payments made by Rayo Vallecano nor in its taxation to the Spanish Agency of the Tax Administration. Luis Advíncula has been involved in the controversy. This Monday had transcended the complaint of the Peruvian agent to Rayo before the RFEF and LaLiga for alleged irregularities in the payment of his salary. Already at night, the side took the floor and issued a statement on their Social Networks, denying the largest.last_img read more