Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | David Moyes’s sorry Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat against Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.Allied to Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with only 12 points to play for this season.Josh King scored the goal that condemned Sunderland to the Championship, converting a pass from Ryan Fraser after a sweeping counter-attack in the 88th minute.Southampton had a chance to give Sunderland a stay of execution, but Dusan Tadic’s stoppage-time penalty was saved by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
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Some veterans are not happy with President Trump, and they are using the occasion of Independence Day to let him know.A veteran advocacy group called Common Defense was formed three years ago to oppose Trump. This week, they released a video in conjunction with the Need to Impeach campaign. In the video, veterans and organizers of the group explain that they feel betrayed by Trump, and that they believe American democracy is under attack.Lead organizer Kyle Bibby, who is a Marine Corps veteran, says that the oath members take when joining the military, “establishes our ties to something that is greater than us. I don’t see Donald Trump as someone who is serious about our values, who is serious about his job to serve the American people.”Other veterans included in the video state that the president “should be impeached” for reasons including cruelty, to a “criminal.”One veteran states in the video that he never suspected an American president would collude with a foreign dictator, referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin.Last October, Trump tweeted about billionaire Tom Steyer, the founder of Need to Impeach, “He comes off as a crazed and stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.”
Submitted by Hartley JewelersWhen Joe Lozito began his quest for the perfect engagement ring for his fiancée, Jen O’Neal, he had an inkling of where to begin, but no idea about the long journey the ring would take, nor about the journey the stones had already taken.Jen sums up the ring’s journey: “The stone came from my parents, the diamonds from his parents, and it was made by a jeweler in Washington.”The stories of the stones begin in New York and Thailand. Let’s start with the New York stones. Joe grew up in New York, the son of opera singers. Joe’s mother, Adele, died when he was 15, and her wedding ring was safely set aside. Because the ring had been stored away for many years, Joe had forgotten what it looked like. At Joe’s request, his father, Art, showed him the ring, which had a marquise stone and four small diamonds. With his father’s blessing, Joe took the four small diamonds, and his brother received the larger stone.When Joe asked Jen’s dad for his blessing to marry his daughter, Jen’s mom offered the center stone of her ring, a star sapphire. Jen, who grew up in Olympia, fondly remembers her mom wearing the ring, and the sapphire is even more meaningful since it is Jen’s birthstone.Joe wanted the heirloom stones – four small diamonds and a star sapphire – to be made into a contemporary engagement ring. Jen’s family had long shopped at Hartley Jewelers in Olympia, so Joe talked to Rick Hartley about designing Jen’s ring.The design process started with making two-dimensional sketches. When the ring design drawings satisfied Joe, the goldsmith, DeAnn Hamilton, created a wax mold. Joe approved each step of the process through photographs because he was in New York. When the design was finalized, a casting mold was made. After several more steps in the process, finally, the ring was completed.“It’s an extensive process,” explains DeAnn. “Once the custom ring is created, we destroy the mold, so it’s truly one-of-a-kind.”The star sapphire had come from Thailand when Jen’s father served in the military and went to Vietnam during the war, about 1968–69. “It was an awful place that he didn’t want to be,” says Jen. “My mother didn’t want him to go.” One day he went to Thailand with a Thai friend who took him to a jewelry store. There Jen’s dad bought the star sapphire stone for his wife in Olympia. “He brought something beautiful back from such an ugly time in their lives,” Jen says.During the first four months of Joe and Jen’s engagement, Jen wore a green plastic engagement ring, a nod to the couple’s interest in science fiction. She was patient because she knew a real ring was in production.About designing a contemporary ring, Rick Hartley says, “We get to blend a heritage from two different families into an heirloom ring that is a daily part of their lives. They are wearing part of their histories. We help them create something that’s unique and different.”When Joe finally had the ring in his hands in New York, he took Jen to a waterfront town with crab houses and seafood shacks – a town that reminds her of Olympia – to give her the ring.Joe and Jen were married on Oct. 22 on Long Island. They incorporated other family heirlooms and vintage items, including a cake knife and old books, into their wedding décor.They live in New Jersey and work in New York City.By Paula Rudberg Lowe. Reprinted with permission from original author, Wedding & Events Magazine, summer 2012. Photos by Photo by Jennifer Strader Photography. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, ROADSTER, WINNER: “We knew before he and Game Winner started running that they both had ability. They were breezing by the competition like this and putting them away. We weren’t sure which one was better. The first time he ran for me he showed he had all the gears. The second time he had the problem with his wind. We fixed that and he’s doing all the right things. We got a good break and then we dropped back. He took a breather, while the others were going out there quick. When I asked him again, he was gone.” JOEL ROSARIO, GAME WINNER, SECOND: “I moved a little bit soon because they weren’t putting much pressure on Instagrand, but they weren’t going too fast up front so I was comfortable with my position. He got a little bit tired the last part, that’s why Roadster got by me.”FLAVIEN PRAT, INSTAGRAND, THIRD: “I thought he ran very well. At the quarter pole, I thought maybe I was done, but he switched leads and made a good run.”TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, ROADSTER, WINNER, & GAME WINNER, SECOND: “They’re two good horses. Game Winner was out there by himself and when he gets by himself . . . he needs company. It was a good, hard race for both of them, and coming in, that’s what you want to see. This track is deep and slow, but it’s safe, and that’s what we wanted. I couldn’t be happier. We knew that Roadster needed to win or run second (for Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 100 to the winner, 40 to the runner-up).“It was a great finish. They were both finishing well, they were fighting; Game Winner is a fighter. It was a great stretch run . . . at the eighth pole I knew I was going to win, I just didn’t know which one, but it was exciting. They’ll both like a mile and a quarter (distance of Kentucky Derby on May 4). I think Game Winner’s next race will be better. I’ve been bringing him along really easy.“Roadster is a light horse but always shown brilliance from day one. We’re just lucky we were able to bring him back, because after Del Mar I was worried that maybe the (throat) surgery didn’t go well, because it could’ve gone worse. But I couldn’t thank the surgeon that did it enough. He’s one of the best in the business and I’ve never had issues with it. His breathing is not an issue . . . Today he passed the test to know he’s good enough to go to the Big Show.“I left strategy up to my riders. Rosario and Mike know what it is to be at that high level. They did not have any instructions at all. They were on their own and they know their horses. They rode great races . . . We’re there, we’ve just got to keep them happy and healthy, enjoy the ride, the moment. It’s hard to get to this moment. What I love the best is there’s not a better feeling than there was today.“The fans, despite what they’ve reading, they showed up, they’re here to watch good racing, they bring their family, they’ll always remember the Santa Anita Derby. It was so comforting to see all these fans here and get behind us. They know at the end of the day we love our horses. We wake up worrying about them, we go to sleep worrying about them. To me, that’s what made this a great day.”OWNER QUOTESPETER FLUOR, OWNER SPEEDWAY STABLE, LLC, ROADSTER, WINNER: “I thought he would’ve been closer to the lead frankly, but it was cool to see him run a different kind of race. He’s been running second and then accelerating. Today, I’m proud of him for coming from off the pace like that. I wasn’t too thrilled about things halfway through the race, but Mike said he’s got gears and he showed it today. Hopefully, he comes out of it well and we can go on to the Derby. Mike did a good job keeping him relaxed and obviously he had to make a move at the top of the stretch and you’re always waiting for a horse to make a move. He did just that, so happy ending. But, like I said, I thought we would’ve been closer up front. That was absolutely thrilling.”NOTES: This Baffert’s ninth Santa Anita Derby win.
LADY PRANCEALOT & VIBRANCE BOTH PROMENENT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AMERICAN OAKS AS EIGHT SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO 1 ¼ MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–With distance looming as a huge consideration, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot rates top billing among a field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter over the Santa Anita turf.Trained by Richard Baltas, Lady Prancealot has been idle since rallying from off the pace to take the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Valley View Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 18.In a race in which none of the contestants have ever run a mile and a quarter, trainer Michael McCarthy’s Vibrance, fresh off a close third place finish in the Grade III Red Carpet Stakes going 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar Nov. 30, would appear to have a solid chance as well.LADY PRANCEALOTOwner: Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahanTrainer: Richard BaltasDevoid of early foot, Lady Prancealot rallied from far back to be third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths three starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Subsequently an even sixth in the ungraded Jockey Club Invitational Oaks going 1 3/8 miles on turf at Belmont Park Sept. 7, she then rallied from far back to win the Valley View at Keeneland when ridden for the first time by veteran Joe Bravo, who has the assignment on Saturday. With a 2019 resume that reads 7-3-1-2, a win in the Grade I Oaks would cap a tremendous year.VIBRANCEOwner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Donna & Jim DaniellTrainer: Michael McCarthyGraded stakes placed on both dirt and turf, this Louisiana-bred filly by Violence will like make or attend to the early lead. Fresh off a solid third, beaten 1 ½ lengths in the 1 3/8 miles turf Red Carpet, she appears capable of acting at the Oaks distance and brings a solid, consistent form to the table.THE GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 11 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PTSo Much Happy–Tiago Pereira–124Apache Princess–Javier Castellano–124Mucho Unusual–Joel Rosario–124K P Slickem–Jorge Velez–124Lady Prancealot–Joe Bravo–124Pretty Point–Mike Smith–124Giza Goddess–Victor Espinoza–124Vibrance–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Bang in form GARY GLITTER is tipped to complete a hat-trick of wins in today’s open allowance feature over the straight for the Hon. Audley Shaw Trophy to be contested by nine starters at Caymanas Park. Trained by Dalton Sirjue for owner Gordon Lewis, the four-year-old bay gelding by Deputy Glitters out of True Virtue looked awesome when scoring back to back fast-time wins in overnight company this season and although stepping up in class with topweight of 57.0kg, seems heading for the top level in present frame of mind. He simply destroyed the opposition over 1200 metres on February 8, strolling home by 6 3/4 lengths from SIR BUDGET in the smart time of 1:11.1. And before that on January 14, he won easily over the round five course in a fast 58.3. Although stiff competition is expected from proven campaigner CRUCIAL APPEAL (a former grade one winner) and the consistent SIR BUDGET, GARY GLITTER has come on to such an extent in recent months that he looks the type to follow with winning rider Rayan Wilson again in the saddle. “I’m very pleased with his progress,” said Sirjue “Based on his two wins this season he seems to be going places and although facing his stiffest test to date, I fancy his chances. “This is a horse who acts well over the straight and although the speed of SIR BUDGET, CRUCIAL APPEAL and POLLY B will test his mettle, his mid-race pace could prove a decisive factor in the outcome,” added the trainer. For me, the choice has to be GARY GLITTER, with the MIchael Beecham-trained SIR BUDGET his chief threat. On a day when the remaining races will offer trophies in honour of Caymanas Track Limited chairman Danville Walker, managing director Shane Dalling and other board members, I also like NINELIFECAT to win the Shane Dalling Trophy over the straight ahead of CRAFTY STAR; recent winner FRANCIA’S PRIDE to repeat in the third for the Keith Blake Trophy, GOODOL’UNCLELINK in the second for the Ed Barnes Trophy and LAWS OF THE CODE in the Hon. Fayval Williams Trophy. STIFF COMPETITION
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Part of that elite club are the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers, but the Golden State Warriors are looking to join that exclusive group.Under the leadership of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Warriors are primed to earn their third straight title but the two-time MVP knows it’s not going to be easy work.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We want more. We want to be able to accomplish the ultimate feat of winning the championship every single year,” said Curry Friday during his press conference for his Under Armor Asia Tour at Shangri-La.“You put in the hours every single day to get the right mindset and take advantage of a short basketball career. I’m trying to do everything to get better, conditioning, strength, skill work, and I will have to sharpen all the tools that I have.” yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2BiZ5otl_QWinning three straight titles in the NBA is somewhat of a rarity with only three franchises completing historic three-peats.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State already had three titles under its name having won the trophy in 1947, 1958, and 1975, and Curry has since then led the Warriors to three more in 2015, 2017, and 2018.During the Curry era, Golden State’s only finals loss was in 2016 during Cleveland’s historic run that erased a 3-1 series deficit.Curry is also aware that competition is about to get tougher in the Western Conference LeBron James, his nemesis in all of his championship series, moved to Los Angeles to join the Lakers.“The competition in the NBA is on an all-time high and the Western Conference is tough,” said Curry. “We know what it takes and we’re ready to go.”“I have to be in charge of the whole show and make sure everybody’s in the right place.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NFL opener no classic, even with exciting finish MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal There is one, however, who has been standing out from the rest and that is University of Santo Tomas’ Cansino.Ildefonso, who has been making a name for himself with National University, is certainly a bright prospect in his own right but midway through the season, it seems he has already relinquished his chance to be named the top rookie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Ildefonso hopes to see ball rotate more: ‘It will make a more dangerous team’“I’m not even thinking about being Rookie of the Year,” said Ildefonso in Filipino after NU’s 69-58 loss to Adamson University Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He can get the Rookie of the Year as long as we can get a slot for the Final Four,” joked Ildefonso.READ: UST rookie Cansino ‘surprised’ to be in 7th place of MVP raceThat wish, however, might prove difficult with Cansino’s Tigers owning a 4-4 record including three-game winning for the fifth spot while Ildefonso’s Bulldogs are at 2-6 and are languishing at the seventh.Ildefonso knows they have some ground to make up, with their five-game losing streak.“We need to win, we don’t need another five-game losing streak, we need to keep winning.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “[Cansino] really deserves the award and I’m really far off from him.”After the first round, Cansino finished seventh in the MVP race after accumulating 57.4286 and averaged 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for the Growling Tigers.READ: UE coach Silva happy to see former wards shine at NUIldefonso, meanwhile, was at 13th with 48.8571 statistical points and per-game averages of 14 points, 5.3 rebounds, and three assists.NU’s rookie, though, wants one thing more than that RoY award.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Hype certainly surrounded the rookie class that entered the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament with the likes of CJ Cansino, Dave Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, and John Lloyd Clemente transitioning from high school to college.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Belingon banking on support from Filipinos in Singapore in ONE unification bout Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
0Shares0000Olympiakos president Vangelis Marinakis, pictured with footballer Eric Abidal in 2014, is one of several dozen Greek football officials accused of forming a criminal organisation and fixing matches © AFP/File / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIATHENS, Greece, Nov 8 – Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis said Wednesday that he will step down from his job as club president “for a few months” to fight charges of match fixing.Greek media reported Tuesday that Marinakis is among 28 people who are to be brought to trial for corruption in Greek football. “I am certain that my innocence with regard to these remaining charges will be demonstrated by the judicial process that will ensue,” said the 50-year-old Marinakis in a statement.“Until the conclusion of the proceedings and for the few months remaining until my full exoneration, I propose to the board of directors of Olympiakos F.C. that the position of the chairman of the board to be taken over by the Mayor of Piraeus and vice-president of Olympiakos Giannis Moralis.”Marinakis, former Greek football federation president Giorgos Sarris, and an ex-legal advisor have been accused of forming a criminal organisation and manipulating results of matches, according to the media.Others facing various charges include former federation members, ex-referees, the owners of Super League clubs Levadiakos and Atromitos, as well as former coaches and players.Olympiakos have won 12 of the last 13 Greek titles and are playing in the Champions League this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Instead, Madrid came storming back as Sergio Ramos headed in, before Casemiro claimed a dramatic equaliser in the 85th minute, seconds after Brugge’s Ruud Vormer had been sent off for a second yellow card.“I would like to keep the second half and forget the first,” said Zidane afterwards. “The goals we conceded were laughable.”“The match was historic, the point was historic and the way we played was as well,” said Brugge coach Philippe Clement.After losing 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in what was Zidane’s worst ever loss as coach, Madrid will be relieved to have avoided another defeat that would have left them facing their first ever group-stage exit in this competition.But there were no celebrations at the final whistle from those in white shirts after a chaotic performance checked any morale and momentum gained following three consecutive victories in La Liga.“I am not worried about anything,” Zidane said. “We know we are in a worse situation in the Champions League but we keep going.”“We have to do more, we have to do better,” added Ramos.Madrid’s fans whistled the players off at half-time and Zidane made two changes, replacing Nacho, who was injured, with Marcelo and his goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was ill, with Alphonse Areola, thrown on for an unforgiving debut.Gareth Bale was left out of the squad completely, with Zidane claiming that both he and James Rodriguez were injured.– Dennis the menace –Madrid looked vulnerable to the counter-attack from the start and after nine minutes they were punished. Two close offside calls went Brugge’s way as Percy Tau was played on by Ramos and then Dennis stayed level with Raphael Varane.The finish was even more fortunate, the ball cannoning off Dennis’ right foot and rebounding off his left, before rolling agonisingly past the wrong-footed Courtois.Luka Modric wanted a penalty for a clumsy challenge by Clinton Mata and then fired wide after a pull-back from Dani Carvajal. In between, a sluggish Eden Hazard weaved through but lacked the acceleration, or perhaps confidence, to finish the run. It was symptomatic of his night.Modric, forceful at one end, was then careless at the other as he was robbed by Dennis, who tore beyond the Madrid defence. With only Courtois to beat, Dennis stumbled again but kept his footing to dig out a lifted finish up and into the net.Zidane made the double change at half-time but Dennis should have had his hat-trick shortly after as Ramos gave the ball away only for Areola this time to shut down the shot.Spared, Ramos then gave Madrid hope. Benzema chipped a cross to the back post where the defender, played onside by the left foot of Mata, headed down and in, VAR checking but allowing the goal to stand.Brugge wavered and Madrid might have equalised when Modric blasted over, with a frustrated Benzema waiting inside him. With six minutes to go, Vormer collected a second yellow card for a late lunge on the excellent Vinicius Junior and from the resulting free-kick, Madrid struck.Kroos’s curling delivery was met by the leaping Casemiro, who headed the ball inside the far post.There were four minutes left for a winner as Benzema ballooned a shot over and Ramos beat Simon Mignolet to a cross. His header though lacked power and a weary Brugge held on.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Ramos scored as Real Madrid came back to rescue a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge on Tuesday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Oct 1 – Casemiro’s late header rescued Real Madrid from an embarrassing defeat at home against Club Brugge on Tuesday as Zinedine Zidane’s side came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw in the Champions League.Madrid were run ragged in the first half by a brilliant Brugge and their speedy striker Emmanuel Dennis, who scored twice at the Santiago Bernabeu and should have completed his hat-trick shortly after the interval.