Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

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Three Temple men’s basketball players earn Big 5 honors

first_imgSenior guards Quinton Rose and Alani Moore II and junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis all received Big 5 honors. Rose was selected to the All-Big 5 First Team and Pierre-Louis was selected to the All-Big 5 Second Team. Moore was named the most improved player in the Big 5. Rose, Pierre-Louis and Moore were the only Temple players to play in all 31 games this season. Three Temple University men’s basketball players earned Philadelphia Big 5 honors for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, according to a press release.  Pierre-Louis was selected to the second team along with Villanova freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova junior forward Jermaine Samuels, Penn senior guard Devon Goodman and La Salle junior guard David Beatty. Moore was named the most improved player in the conference finishing this season with a career-high 8.4 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game. Last season, Moore averaged just 4.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 32 games off the bench. Rose led the Owls with 16.4 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. Rose was selected to the first team along with Villanova junior guard Collin Gillespie, Villanova sophomore forward Saddiq Bey, Penn senior forward AJ Brodeur and Saint Joseph’s redshirt-junior guard Ryan Daly. Bey was named the conference’s player of the year. Pierre-Louis was second on the Owls with 10.9 points per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game and led the Owls with 8.5 rebounds per game. (From left to right) Temple men’s basketball players Nate Pierre-Louis, Quinton Rose, Alani Moore II, De’Vondre Perry, and Jake Forrester huddle during the Owls’ game against Missouri at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 7. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / THE TEMPLE NEWS Villanova coach Jay Wright was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 4-0 record in the Big 5.last_img read more

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PAPACOOLPAPACOOL RALLIES TO WIN $75,000 PASADENA STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF; TRUJILLO, D’AMATO TEAM FOR 1 ½ LENGTH SCORE IN FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORES

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2015)–Attentive to the pace under Elvis Trujillo, Papacoolpapacool saved ground at the rail to the quarter pole, swung three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter Anytime Anyplace and Soul Driver for an impressive 1 ½ length win in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. With a field of nine 3-year-olds contesting one mile on turf, Papacoolpapacool, who is trained by Phil D’Amato, got the distance in 1:36.55.“Elvis had him a little further back last time out and he was able to make up the ground on the rail,” said D’Amato. “I kind of wanted him closer today so he could get a jump on the closer. Elvis had him right where I wanted him, saving ground and stalking. He angled him out and he came with a big run…He’s a turf horse for now. I’m just happy I have an improving horse.”Off at 5-1, Papacoolpapacool paid $12.40, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Cellist Racing Group, LLC and Ali Nilforushan, Papacoolpapacool, a Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City out of the Saint Ballado mare Sainttwok, notched his second consecutive win going a mile on turf at Santa Anita and improved his overall mark to 7-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $47,700, he increased his earnings to $145,350.“It was a perfect trip,” said Trujillo. “At the three eighths pole, I saw that Soul Driver was moving too early so I waited a little bit. Once we moved out, my horse was gone.”Breaking from the far outside with Martin Pedroza up, Anytime Anyplace showed the way until tackled by Soul Driver approaching the quarter pole, repelled his challenge a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold the winner off late. Off at 13-1 Anytime Anyplace paid $11.00 and $7.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Soul Driver was last after a half mile, made an eye catching move four-wide going to the three eighths pole but could not sustain his run through the drive. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, he paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.58, 49.17, 1:13.35 and 1:24.83.last_img read more

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AVENGE GETS REVENGE IN ULTRAFLEET STAKES AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, CA, MAY 1, 2015 – Traffic trouble couldn’t stop Avenge Friday as the Richard Mandella trainee rolled late to register a head victory in the $78,550 Ultrafleet Stakes at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat.A 3-year-old filly by War Front, Avenge was on the rail throughout the 6 ½ furlong hillside turf race until she tried to find room to run entering the stretch but was blocked by a wall of horses. She broke from the No. 1 post position in a field of five 3-year-old fillies but found herself in some difficulty just before approaching the dirt portion of the course.“She was in trouble just before we hit the dirt but she was in the bridle early on,” said Prat. “I didn’t have anywhere I could go though, so it was tough. After I was in the clear I was OK. I waited to take the lead until the very last moment because I knew she would lug in a little.”With the victory, Avenge posted her third consecutive hillside win and her first added money victory.Avenge, owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, paid $5.20, $4.20, and $3 across the board and covered the distance on a firm track in 1:14.07 under 121 pounds. The fractions, set by longshot Ethan’s Baby and 4-5 favorite She’s a Big Winner, were 21.68, 43.79 and 1:07.75.She’s a Big Winner battled on the lead with Ethan’s Baby throughout but drifted in towards the rail mid-stretch, causing Ethan’s Baby to take up. She’s a Big Winner ended up fifth.Longshot Moons Over Me under Drayden Van Dyke sat out of it early, went wide going into the stretch and had the lead on the far outside but was caught late by Avenge in between horses. Moons Over Me paid $24.20 and 8.60 to place at 36-1.Third choice Mio Me stalked the pace, gained the advantage midstretch and fought the top two to the wire but was third best. Mio Me returned $3.80 to show.Suva Harbor, She’s a Big Winner and Ethan’s Baby completed the order of finish.Avenge earned $46,980, increasing her career bankroll to $126,580.last_img read more

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SPEAKEASY QUOTES-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES RUBEN FUENTES, EL TIGRE TERRIBLE, WINNER: “I had never been on this horse, not even in the morning. They were going so quick up front that he settled on his own. I saved ground at the rail and we had a dream trip. It opened up and he finished strong.”TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, EL TIGRE TERRIBLE, WINNER: “I felt like one of my horses was going to win, both of them ran super and we couldn’t be prouder of the horses.“It was one of those last-minute entries it was about 10 o’clock in the morning before entries closed and I called Nick (Cosato) and said, ‘Hey, I think  we should take a shot. If I owned the horse I would do it.’ He said ‘go ahead’ and lightning struck.“He showed a lot first time on the grass he was dead last and finished with a flourish, so onward and upward. My filly Bulletproof One deserved a shot as well. She ran super but we had to check and wait and came through. A horse freaked out at the gate (Mr. Tip) next to her so she didn’t break well. I’m just really proud of the horses and my whole team and I would like to thank the owners for the opportunity.“Ruben (Fuentes) is a great young rider and a great young kid. I’ve been riding him more and with rides like this we will be riding him even more.”“Sometimes you take a shot and you win, sometimes you embarrass yourself, and sometimes you run one-two and it’s real sweet.“We’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup, absolutely ($1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint at five furlongs on Nov. 1).”     NICK COSATO, OWNER, SLAM DUNK RACING: “It’s kind of crazy. You run the favorite in the race Ginobili), then you’ve got to survive an inquiry (with El Tigre Terrible). There was a lot going on, a lot of moving parts here. We bought this horse as a yearling at Pomona with the hopes of running him grass eventually.”NOTES: The winning owners are Slam Dunk Racing or Michael Nentwig.last_img read more

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CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgFirst Star–Drayden Van Dyke–122Del Mar May–Joe Bravo–120Free Cover–Abel Cedillo–120Stirred–Geovanni Franco–120Bellafina–Flavien Prat–122Bell’s the One–Javier Castellano–122Hard Not to Love–Mike Smith–120Motion Emotion–Mario Gutierrez–120Mother Mother–Joel Rosario–120Special early first post time on opening day is at 11 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CALLAGHAN’S BELLAFINA HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS LA BREA IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON OPENING DAY DOCKET; FIRST POST TIME SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Trainer Simon Callaghan’s brilliant Bellafina, a fast finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2, heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes, one of six graded offerings on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day.The leading money winner in the field with earnings of $1,386,725, Bellafina will face stiff competition recent Grade II winner Bell’s the One, who ships in from her New Orleans base, Bob Baffert’s Mother Mother, who’s been twice second to the top choice and trainer John Shirreffs’ improving allowance winner, Hard Not to Love.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Magnier, Tabor, et alTrainer:  Simon CallaghanA 5 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, she was subsequently fifth as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 3 and was a well beaten third as the 2-1 choice in the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Aug. 3.  A well beaten fourth in the Grade I Cotillion Stakes at Parx Sept. 21, she then earned a career best 105 Beyer Speed figure in running second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.  With two wins, a second and a third from four tries at seven furlongs, Bellafina is strictly the horse to beat in the La Brea.THE GRADE I LA BREA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 11 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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Spurs fans compare Sessegnon to Bale after scoring on first club start

first_imgNEW BALE ALERT 🚨 #Sessegnon— Chris Kent (@Kentworthy) December 11, 2019 I genuinely think, once Ryan sessegnon fully settles into the team, & he’s best position…. there will be no stopping him, almost like Gareth bale did years go..— graham.. (@downatthelane00) December 11, 2019 TOTTENHAM fans believe the club have the new Gareth Bale in flying winger Ryan Sessegnon.The youngster made an instant impact on his first start for the club after scoring the equaliser in Spurs’ 3-1 defeat at Bayern.1 Ryan Sessegnon scored past Neuer on his first start for SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsInjuries had limited the 19-year-old to just 33 minutes of action for Tottenham following his move from Fulham in the summer.But with Spurs already qualified with the round of 16 in the Champions League, boss Jose Mourinho gave him the perfect opportunity to impress against the German giants.He certainly grasped his opportunity with both hands when he smashed past Manuel Neuer after 20 minutes.A deflected clearance fell into his path on the left and he took one touch before unleashing a thunderbolt into the back of the net.Other times he showed glimpses of his pace and ability on the wing against France international right-back Benjamin Pavard.Supporters watching him in action believe they have a real gem on their hands and have even compared him to Bale.The Welshman left Spurs for Real Madrid in a then-world record £85.3million deal in 2013.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsOne supporter said: “Can’t be the only one who finds something distinctly Bale-esque about Sessegnon.”Another added: “Sessegnon is gonna be incredible. Reminds me a lot of Bale.”A third said: “I genuinely think, once Ryan Sessegnon fully settles into the team, & he’s best position…. there will be no stopping him, almost like Gareth bale did years go..”Sessegnon will now be hoping to force his way into Mourinho’s first-team plans with a hectic run of fixtures coming up.Sessegnon is gonna be incredible. Reminds me a lot of Bale.— Jack.A (@thfcjack_) December 11, 2019center_img Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says they are not dwelling on 7-2 Bayern defeat ahead of next matchlast_img read more

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Eriksen instantly becomes most valuable Serie A star over Lukaku and Ronaldo

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN has immediately become the most valuable player in Serie A ahead of international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.According to Transfermarkt’s data, Eriksen instantly topped the table of Italy’s most valuable players after sealing a £17million move to Inter Milan from Tottenham.2 Serie A’s top ten most valuable players according to Transfermarkt dataThe 27-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year deal at the San Siro and the midfielder will reportedly earn £320,000 a week.The Danish playmaker tops a list which includes three of his new Inter Milan team-mates, four Juventus players and one apiece from Napoli and Lazio.These values are generated by the crowdsourcing website Transfermarkt who receive user evaluations from registered members who must show the justification behind their assessment.Judges then create the final market value figure by analysing the user generated data and considering other variables and their importance, such as age and contract length.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamEriksen’s high valuation will be a source of frustration for Spurs.They north Londoners had hoped to get Eriksen to stay but instead he ran his contract down, leaving them in a weak position to negotiate a decent fee.With just six months remaining on his contract they were forced to accept Inter Milan’s £17m offer.TOP OF THE PILEEriksen’s real value is estimated at £81m according to Transfermarkt, £4.5m more than Argentina international Dybala in second place.Juventus’ Dybala signed a five-year-contract at the Old Lady in 2017 and is also £4.5m ahead of Eriksen’s Inter team-mate and fellow Argentinian Lautaro Martinez who comes in third with his value of £72m.Martinez joined Inter from Racing Club for £17m in 2018 and the release clause on his deal, which expires in 2023 and earns him a reported £1.7m a year, is thought to be in the region of £94m.The only two defenders who make the top ten are Matthijs de Ligt and Kalidou Koulibaly in fourth and fifth respectively with both valued at £67.5m.Dutch star De Ligt, 20, moved from Ajax to Juventus in the summer for that amount and takes home £206,000 a week after the Bianconeri won the race to sign the highly rated youngster.Napoli are expecting £100m for Manchester United target Koulibaly, 28, who has three-and-a-half years left on the contract extension he signed in 2018.RONALDO IN SIXTHRonaldo is also valued at £67.5m and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is down in sixth place despite the 34-year-old moving to Juventus from Real Madrid for £88m in July 2018.One place further down with the same value is another ex-United player in Inter striker Romelu Lukaku who moved to Italy from Old Trafford for £76.5m on a deal worth £300,000 a week last summer.Lazio’s midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is valued at £63m in eighth place after Chelsea were linked with signing the Serb for £70m last year.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe bottom two are Juventus’ central midfielder Miralem Pjanic at £63m followed by Inter’s holding midfielder Marcelo Brozovic whose value is estimated to be almost £10m less.Paris Saint-Germain were interested in Pjanic last summer but did not meet Juventus’ asking price of £86m for the 29-year-old who signed a five-year-deal when he arrived in Turin from Roma for £25.4m in 2016.Brozovic – famed for blocking a Lionel Messi free kick lying down – signed a new four-year-deal at the San Siro in 2018 and is estimated to be worth £54m.2 Christian Eriksen gives fans the thumbs up at Inter Milan’s training groundCredit: Alamy Live Newslast_img read more

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Holmes’s Origin II surprise

first_imgHe is a very different player to Oates who uses his size and leg drive to make metres through pure strength, but even with this advantage Oates (170) averages 15 running metres less than Holmes per game and it these little statistics that fall in favour of the Sharks flyer. Despite this, Holmes thinks Oates’s work in a Queensland jumper has been exceptional and that he is unlucky not to be playing in Game Two. “I thought him and Dane Gagai were very strong in a losing team. They both carried the ball very well. I didn’t think he would get cut,” Holmes said.”Everyone was saying they needed to make changes so they did, in both the forwards and the backs. “Corey has played a few games now and he’s done very well for Queensland. “I’m just going to play like I have been for club and Australia. I’ve done that by running the ball back hard and competing for everything. “If I get my chance to score I’ll definitely do my best to score it.”Holmes’s Origin debut has been a long time coming after being banned from selection for 12 months in 2016. Holmes was part of a large group of players that broke curfew during Queensland’s Emerging Origin camp at the start of that year. After doing his time, Holmes said it ultimately all worked out for the best and that he has learned from his mistakes. “All the boys learnt from that. It has worked out well,” he said.”I don’t know if I would have been ready to play Origin last year. I only had probably 30 NRL games under my belt. “It’s a good thing and I had a good year. I was happy with it.”The year ended with a Cronulla premiership and four of his grand final winning teammates will face off against Holmes when they run out for the Blues at ANZ Stadium. James Maloney, Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham and Jack Bird will all be looking to one-up Holmes, and the 21-year-old said the banter had started already. “I did get a bit of banter there, especially the day after I got the phone call,” he said.”I had to go in for a little screening and all the boys were there. They were very proud of me and very happy for me, but obviously at the same time there was a bit of banter and they can’t wait to verse me out there. “It is a bit weird [knowing I’ll be playing them] but I can’t wait for it.”Video first featured at qrl.com.au The Maroons’ newest debutant will replace Oates on the wing in Game Two, with the 22-year-old Brisbane Bronco axed from the side after playing four-straight games for QueenslandOates was one of Queensland’s best in their 28-4 loss to the New South Wales Blues in Game One, running for 158 metres and scoring a try. It backed up his 2016 Origin form, with Oates running for the second-most run metres (397) in that series, finishing only behind teammate Dane Gagai (403) after three matches. But Maroons coach Kevin Walters has decided Oates should be the one to make way for Holmes who has been in fine form at NRL level. Holmes, who has represented the Australian Kangaroos on five occasions, averages 185 run metres per game, with a lot of this down to his speed and fancy footwork. last_img read more

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Body building action set for next week

first_imgThe New Caledonia body building team arrived in the country today.Bodybuilding has over the years seen some strong men and women compete from the Pacific Nations.With the history and culture of strong warriors coming from the various participating countries, it promises to be exciting and captivating. Tahiti and Papua New Guinea are favorites for this event. Weight divisions range from 65 kg to 100 kg and all categories.In New Caledonia in 2011 only women competed in the +55 kg and less -55 kg. 27 medals were contested in the last games.last_img read more

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