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Willie Mullins powerhouse rolls into Thurles

first_img He was turned over at a short price when last seen tackling Grade One company at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting in 2013 and time has proven that was no bad effort. His previously unbeaten record may have gone that day but he was making only his second start over timber when third to The Tullow Tank in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle. Hopes will be high that Myska can make a winning start over timber in the mares’ maiden hurdle. The Presenting mare made quite an impression when scoring on her debut at Clonmel in April and beat a decent sort that day in Miss Dinamic. The runner-up has blossomed since and chased home Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade Three chase on her latest outing. Traditionally, Mullins has started to clean up in bumpers at this time of year and Fulham Road looks set to be a short price in the concluding race. He fell on his sole start in a point-to-point, back in February 2014, when still in contention two from home. The race was won by a decent sort in The Sizing Network and it looks significant that Fulham Road has since been bought for leading patron Rich Ricci. The champion trainer looks to have plenty of live hopes on the card and welcomes back an exciting prospect in Moyle Park in the opening beginners’ chase. The Flemensfirth gelding was a big-money purchase after winning his bumper at Leopardstown in in December 2012 and made a promising start over hurdles before injury struck. Press Associationcenter_img As his impressive battalion swings into gear, Willie Mullins will be hoping to get a few winners on the board at Thurles on Thursday.last_img read more

CWI Regional 4-Day Championship

first_imgShepherd thwarts Pride(CMC) – AN aggressive spell from Romario Shepherd trumped a memorable debut for Chemar Holder to leave Barbados Pride on the ropes against recently-minted champions Guyana Jaguars in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.Shepherd grabbed 4-27 from 10 overs to break the backbone of the Pride’s batting and reduced them to 147 for seven, replying to Jaguars’ first-innings total of 297 before rain and bad light brought an early close on the second day of their ninth-round match at Kensington Oval.In a destructive second spell of 5-1-15-3 from the southern (Malcolm Marshall) end of the ground after tea, he removed West Indies pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, as well as Pride captain Shamarh Brooks to rock the hosts’ batting.Brooks has so far led the way with 25, opener Shayne Moseley, also dismissed by Shepherd, made 24 and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter added 21.This followed Holder, a member of the triumphant Windies Under-19 World Cup side, capturing 5-57 from 17.5 overs on his first-class debut to lead the Pride bowling.West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach supported with 3-31 from 16.4 overs before he pulled up lame and left the field.Jaguars, starting the day on 185 for four, extended their first innings to 20 minutes after lunch with West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer leading a rearguard action with 33, Sherfane Rutherford making 32 and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathering 30.Pride then got off to a steady start when West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and club-mate Moseley gathered 41 for the first wicket.But Brathwaite was run-out for 13 looking for a second run before Moseley followed four balls later caught at gully off Shepherd from a leading edge to leave Pride 46 for two.Carter came to the crease and with Brooks carried Pride to 66 for two at tea and put on 37 either side of the break before things unravelled for the home team.Keemo Paul had Carter caught behind playing loosely outside the off-stump before Jaguars captain Leon Johnson replaced him with Shepherd and the fast-medium bowler exploited the helpful pitch.He had Chase caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble for one, stunned Dowrich with a first-ball snorter that the Windies wicketkeeper fended to short leg and had Brooks caught at gully from an indecisive shot to leave Pride in tatters on 115 for six.Next over, Rutherford tightened Jaguars’ hold, when Justin Greaves was caught at cover for 16 from a drive leaving Kemar Roach, not out on five, and Jomel Warrican, not out on one, to bat through the final 35 minutes before the weather drove the players off.Earlier, Jaguars reached 230 for six before Chanderpaul was caught behind off Roach for 30 as he pushed outside the off stump.Paul, fending at a lifting ball, was caught low at second slip to his left by Carter off Miguel Cummins for nought to leave Jaguars 235 for seven.A stand of 40 between Reifer and Rutherford, however, put the Pride on their heels and carried the Jaguars past the 250 mark.Holder, however, was belatedly introduced and had almost immediate success when he had the left-handed Rutherford caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Dowrich before the innings quickly folded.Holder bowled the Barbados-born Reifer before he had Veerasammy Permaul caught down the leg side by Dowrich for five to bring the innings to a close.Jaguars entered the match with an unassailable 135 points, but have so far gained two batting points, two bowling points and 1.4 pace bowling points. Pride have so far earned three bowling points and two pace bowling points to add to their season total of 85.8.SCOREBOARD JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 184 for five)T. Chanderpaul b Roach 0C. Hemraj c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 90L. Johnson c Brooks b Holder 56V. Singh c Cummins b Greaves 11S. Chanderpaul c wkp. Dowrich b Roach 30A. Bramble lbw b Roach 4R. Reifer b Holder 33K. Paul c Carter b Cummins 0S. Rutherford c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 32R. Shepherd not out 11V. Permaul c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 5Extras: (b-5, lb-4, w-6, nb-10) 25Total: (all out, 101.5 overs) 297Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-148, 3-175, 4-177, 5-182, 6-230, 7-235, 8-275, 9-279.Bowling: Roach 16.4-8-31-3 (w-1), Cummins 18-6-47-1 (nb-3, w-1), Holder 17.5-2-57-5 (nb-6, w-1), Greaves 20.2-6-38-1 (w-1), Chase 12-3-32-0, Warrican 13-2-65-0 (nb-1), Carter 4-0-18-0 (w-2).PRIDE 1st inningsK. Brathwaite run-out 13S. Moseley c Hemraj b Shepherd 24S. Brooks c Hemraj b Shepherd 25J. Carter c wkp. Bramble b Paul 21R. Chase c wkp. Bramble b Shepherd 1S. Dowrich c T. Chanderpaul b Shepherd 0J. Greaves c T Chanderpaul b Rutherford 16K. Roach not out 15J. Warrican not out 13Extras: (b-3, lb-6, w-4, nb-6) 19Total: (7 wkts, 45.3 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-46, 3-83, 4-91, 5-91, 6-115, 7-119.Bowling: Paul 13-2-34-1, Reifer 11-4-35-0 (nb-2), Rutherford 11.3-1-42-1 (nb-4), Shepherd 10-2-27-4 (w-4).last_img read more

Digital Sport unveils partnership with Sportradar

first_img Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 UK sports business publisher Digital Sport has united with sports data analysis company Sportradar, in order to bring cutting-edge events to industry professionals in central London this autumn.With the business of sport becoming increasingly global and interconnected, the newly formed partnership has emphasised the importance of organisations within the sector learn from each other to the benefit of everyone. Together, Digital Sport and Sportradar will bring a series of insightful events to industry professionals in a relaxed setting in the heart of London. Aiming to answer questions and stimulate discussions about key topics the industry will have to face in the near future, the series will feature a host of speakers from key organisations within the sector and bring together the diverse strands of the industry at large.David Lampitt, Managing Director, Group Operations, Sportradar, commented: “The sports media industry is one that’s constantly evolving and changing so it’s vital that all stakeholders continue to discuss, evaluate and engage with emerging trends alongside their peers. We’re looking forward to working with Digital Sport to provide a platform for these discussions as well as producing a series of thought-leadership pieces.”In October, Sportradar and Digital Sport will explore what the rise of US sports in the UK means for the industry. In November, the series will move on to the new appetite for live-streaming and over-the-top platforms in sport – and how digital fan engagement will work in this maturing world of connected devices.Niall Coen, Founder and CEO, Snack Media added: “At Snack Media we’re committed to ensuring that the Digital Sport business continues to act as a hub for the sports industry in the UK. A key part of delivering that is partnering with other industry-leading organisations to present an events series bringing together some of the biggest names in the sector for discussion and idea-sharing. We are delighted to be working with Sportradar to further these aims.”last_img read more

Mourinho Under Pressure ahead of Valencia Game; AEK Faces Benfica

first_imgPARIS (AP) — When Jose Mourinho showcased his motivational powers by guiding Inter Milan to the Champions League eight years ago, it cemented his reputation as the most ruthlessly effective coach in Europe.The “Special One” — as he first called himself — danced with unabashed joy on Barcelona’s field and jabbed his finger in celebration after felling Europe’s team of the moment on the way to Inter’s unexpected success.It was a massive coup.But now, following a string of bad results and some high-profile clashes with star midfielder Paul Pogba at Manchester United, his aura is waning and he finds himself firmly on the back foot.Has Mourinho lost his touch?Perhaps not yet, but he is under significant pressure heading into Tuesday’s home game against Valencia and a loss to the Spanish team could push him nearer an embarrassing United exit.The good news for Mourinho is that Valencia has won just one game this season, although that was on Saturday. Valencia lacks firepower — mustering five goals so far — and United’s defense may get a welcome break after some sloppy performances.Other coaches have points to prove, too, not the least Mourinho’s cross-city rival Pep Guardiola.City won the Premier League in style last season but has yet to be convincing in Europe, and a home loss to French side Lyon in the opening round of games hardly helped.Bayern Munich’s coach Niko Kovac will also be motivated following a Bundesliga defeat.Here is a look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:GROUP EBayern hosts Dutch side Ajax after losing its Bundesliga lead to Borussia Dortmund.Bayern was held at home by modest Augsburg before losing Friday at Hertha Berlin, and the players are determined to make amends.“A week ago you had the impression we were unbeatable. Now a bit of reality has set in,” Bayern forward Thomas Mueller said.Bayern notched seven straight wins under Kovac, and eight would have tied Carlo Ancelotti’s record for the best start as Bayern coach.Kovac gave the players a day off on Sunday ahead of the visit of Ajax, which beat AEK Athens 3-0 in its opening group game, and is led in attack by veteran poacher Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Benfica’s players warm up during a training session at Athens’ Olympic stadium on Monday , Oct. 1, 2018. Benfica will face AEK for a Group E Champions League soccer match in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Greek champion AEK is at home to Portuguese side Benfica, which lost 2-0 to Bayern in its opener.GROUP FManchester City, the first team to reach 100 points in winning the Premier League in May, has struggled in the Champions League.The loss at home to Lyon two weeks ago was its fourth straight in the Champions League.With Guardiola back on the sidelines after serving a one-match UEFA ban, City plays at German club Hoffenheim, which drew its opener at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.Guardiola will again turn to prolific Argentina striker Sergio Aguero.No City player has played a role in more Champions League goals than Aguero — 26 goals and six assists — and the striker even managed to score in a Premier League win over Brighton on Saturday despite a foot injury.Lyon’s mini-winning streak of three games ended Saturday when it drew 1-1 at home to Nantes.But with France forward Nabil Fekir in form, Lyon will be confident of beating Shakhtar at home and keeping the top spot.GROUP GCSKA Moscow’s defenders may be sleeping a little easier ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Russia.They no longer have to worry about Cristiano Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus, and Madrid is out of form after just two wins in five matches.The defending champions are also troubled by injuries.Forward Gareth Bale was substituted at halftime of Saturday’s derby draw with Atletico Madrid because of a muscle injury, while left back Marcelo missed the match with a muscle problem in his right leg.Goal-scoring midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon underwent surgery for an appendicitis last week.While moving its European home games to the vast Luzhniki stadium displeased some local fans, it will ensure a big home crowd at the venue where Russia knocked out Spain at the World Cup.Roma fans will be expecting a home win against Czech side Viktoria Plzen.After selling off the backbone of the squad — goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool, midfielder Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan and midfielder Kevin Strootman to Marseille— Roma is starting to gel.Roma enjoyed a convincing 3-1 win over Lazio in Saturday’s Rome derby.GROUP HAn Old Trafford encounter between two struggling teams: Manchester United and Valencia.This isn’t what Mourinho envisaged early into his third season in charge at United, although he did drop warnings in the offseason when he moaned about the lack of depth in his squad.A week of torment saw United held by Wolverhampton, a modest Premier League newcomer, then knocked out of the League Cup at home by second-tier Derby before being soundly beaten 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday.After clashing with Pogba, it was Anthony Martial’s turn to feel Mourinho’s wrath.He criticized the France forward’s contribution in defense against West Ham.It means forward Alexis Sanchez, who has not looked anything like the player he was at former club Arsenal, could return against Valencia.Swiss side Young Boys don’t have to worry about Ronaldo for the daunting trip to Italian champion Juventus, because the Portugal star is suspended for one game.But Juventus’ confidence is high following a 3-1 win against title rival Napoli, and Mario Mandzukic will be hungry for more goals after netting twice.—By JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more