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5 reasons why California Chrome failed to make history

first_imgTonalist (11), left, with Joel Rosario up, crosses the finish line ahead of Commissioner (8), right, with Javier Castellano up, to win the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome added his name to the list of Triple Crown misses with a loss in the Belmont Stakes.The chestnut colt finished in a dead-heat for fourth place Saturday, ensuring horse racing will go at least 37 years without a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Affirmed was the last to achieve the rare feat in 1978.California Chrome became the 12th horse since Affirmed to win the first two legs and lose in the Belmont. Two years ago, I’ll Have Another had his bid dashed when he was scratched the day before the race with a career-ending tendon injury.Here are 5 reasons why California Chrome failed to make history:TOO FAR TO RUN: The 1 1/2-mile Belmont is the longest of the three races. California Chrome was in contention through the first 1 1/4 miles, but the last quarter-mile did him in. He was forced four-wide on the outside, while eventual winner Tonalist was three-wide coming out of the turn heading for home.FRESH FOES: Tonalist was one of four fresh and rested horses that took on California Chrome. He had not run since winning the Peter Pan Stakes on the same dirt track May 10. Second-place Commissioner finished in that same spot in the Peter Pan. Third-place Medal Count had been off since finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby on May 3. Wicked Strong, who tied California Chrome for fourth, had been off five weeks since finishing fourth in the Derby.FOOT GASH: California Chrome came out of the Belmont with a bloody gash on his right front foot. His camp isn’t sure at what point in the race the injury occurred, but it wasn’t believed to be serious. It may have comprised his chances of winning.TOO TIRED: California Chrome was running for the third time in five weeks; most horses typically get a month off between starts. He appeared to thrive during his three-week stay at Belmont Park, seemingly liking the deep and sandy surface that can prove tiring. But jockey Victor Espinoza said the colt “was a little bit empty” and by the five-eighths pole, he knew the race was over. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman said his horse “was just a little wore out.”TUCKED IN: Thinking it was too early to send California Chrome to the lead, Espinoza tucked the colt into third place, where he got dirt kicked back in his face. As the race unfolded, Espinoza moved him to the outside, where he couldn’t save as much ground and was forced to run the closing quarter-mile in the middle of the track.last_img read more

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Zola Budd taking athletics authorities to court

first_imgIn this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, Zola Budd-Pieterse of South Africa checks her time after she crossed the finish line in the Tokyo City Half Marathon. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto. FILE)CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Zola Budd is still being unfairly treated, her South African running club manager says. This time by athletics officials in her home country. So she’s taking them to court.The distance runner who gained fame as a barefoot teenage sensation in the 1980s is starting legal proceedings in South Africa for an unfair disqualification in a recent marathon, Ray de Vries said.De Vries manages the Hooters Athletics Club, which the now U.S.-based Budd runs for in South Africa. He said the former 5,000-meter world record holder was stripped of her win in the 40-49-year-olds class at the grueling 90-kilometer (56-mile) Comrades Marathon in June for not wearing a separate age category tag on her vest.Yet Budd was instructed by organizers before the race that she didn’t need one, De Vries said. She wants “redress” and lawyers have started proceedings on her behalf, he told The Associated Press. They will take the regional athletics body and the Comrades Marathon Association to court, he said.“It was a homecoming for Zola,” De Vries said of Budd’s Comrades run, where she finished first in her age class and seventh overall in the women’s race. “The whole stadium got up. They went mad. It was just a beautiful, beautiful time after the horribleness of her career. And then it was marred by this silly incident.”Budd, 48, has described her running career as a painful experience.She left apartheid South Africa as a teenager in the early 1980s to compete internationally, and represented Britain at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. But she was blamed for the collision that knocked home favorite Mary Decker out of the 3,000 meters final, and was also later banned for competing at a race in South Africa when it was still under apartheid — though she claimed she only attended the meet and never ran.After her Comrades Marathon disqualification, Budd was quoted by South African media as saying: “I won it fair and square. My whole athletics career has been plagued by politics and interference from administrators who are selective and do not apply the rules consistently. It feels like they are targeting me specifically.”De Vries said other athletes also didn’t wear age tags and Budd was initially reinstated as the winner in her class by race officials, who realized their mistake. But regional body Kwazulu-Natal Athletics overruled that decision, he said.KZN Athletics has denied those claims but didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Budd lost out on around $1,000 in prize money for her disqualification, De Vries said, but it “wasn’t about the money.”“It’s standing up for the principle,” he said.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAPlast_img read more

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Drip Espresso Bar Serves Up New Eats and Events

first_imgSubmitted by Drip Espresso BarA new year means a lot of new happenings at Drip Espresso Bar. We have added many items to our menu and have expanded many of our existing flavors, smoothies and pastries.When it comes to the new year, we know how important it can be to stick to those resolutions. Whether you are looking to save money, or eat healthier, we’ve got you covered.Are you trying to make your first cup at home in the morning? Taking up a portion of real estate on our entry counter is an assortment of freshly roasted Batdorf and Bronson coffee. We carry whole bean and pre-ground one pound bags in Dancing Goats, Guatemala and Capitol Blend. If eating healthier is your goal, our fresh fruit and veggie smoothies are perfect for breakfast or lunch.Fresh and healthy fruit smoothies are now offered at Drip Espresso Bar.Our baker, Callie has continued to impress us all with her seasonal pastries. While we carry an assortment of her delicious, fresh, exclusive treats all year, she also provides special treats around each holiday. Right now in our pastry case is a new gluten free option – a decadent blueberry crumble bar.And for the month of February, we will be offering a red velvet cupcake (with the most delicious buttercream frosting I have EVER tasted). As well as a “Sweetheart” sugar cookie that is hand iced and sure to impress that someone special in your life.Swing by Drip Espresso on February 26 to join the Pieces to Peaces pop up shop. We are hosting from this terrific local business, showcasing their handmade good from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is a family friendly get together showcasing their terrific products. Special treats will be provided. Coffee and other homemade pastries will also be available from Drip. Read a full ThurstonTalk article about Pieces to Peaces here.Headbands, bows, scarves and more await you at the Pieces to Peaces pop up shop at Drip on February 26.If you are still looking for a unique and memorable gift for your Valentine, on sale now are spots for our upcoming Paint & Sip event. Join us Saturday March 19 at noon at Drip Espresso Bar to create a beautiful “White Blossoms” painting with The Merlot Canvas while enjoying Drip’s espresso drinks and treats. Register or get more information here.Drip Espresso Bar1018 Capitol Way S. in OlympiaWinter hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Facebook69Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Clear Lake Under Blue-Green Algae Advisory

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Health DepartmentThe Thurston County Health Department has confirmed there is a blue-green algae bloom in Clear Lake that is releasing toxins.A water sample taken from Clear Lake on October 10 found the algae toxin Microcystin at 1201 micrograms per liter of water, well above the state standard of 6 micrograms per liter for recreational water use. Microcystin can cause liver poisoning in people and animals. Symptoms, which include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting, can take hours or days to appear.The public and residents use Clear Lake as a recreational site. When there is an algae bloom present, health officials recommend extra precautions be taken to avoid the health risks posed by the toxins.• Avoid contact with water containing algae.• Keep pets and livestock away from areas where algae blooms are present.• If boating, avoid areas where algae scum is present.• When fishing, it is safest to catch-and-release any fish caught during a toxic algae bloom.The Health Department is notifying Clear Lake residents of the algae bloom. Sampling of the lake will be done weekly while the algae bloom is present.You can learn more about toxic algae blooms and health risks on the Washington State Department of Health’s Blue-Green Algae website, or contact the Thurston County Health Department at 360-867-2643.last_img read more

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Now,Italian fans have taken to racially abusing white players as well!

first_imgAdvertisement 4hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs69Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8k47bn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pg2hWould you ever consider trying this?😱b2Can your students do this? 🌚kwzhRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the match between Juventus and Brescia, a group of fans racially abused Miralem Pjanic. The group of fans called Pjanic as ‘gypsy of m….’ on Tuesday during the match. The racist comments about the players are not new in Italian football these days. However, very few times white players have been racially abused and this has been one of those rare incidents.Advertisement Juventus won the match against Brescia and Miralem Pjanic scored the winning goal for the Italian side. It was his way of responding to the racist comments made by the group of fans. The racism is continuing to increase in Italian football. Few days back Romelu Lukaku was abused badly in the field.Advertisement According to the President of FIFA Infantino, racism is unacceptable. Juventus are currently at the 2nd position in the League table in Serie A with 13 points in 5 matches so far. Inter Milan are at the top of the table with 5 wins in 5 matches so far. The competition in Serie A is increasing and that is a good sign for football. However, the way racism is also increasing in Italian football, the time has come to take some strong actions against the set of fans making those comments.Manchester City fan charged with racially abusing his own team’s star playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Two La Masia players name dropped who were better than Lionel Messi at taking…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeAdvertisement 785fubNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst34yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65g26nbWould you ever consider trying this?😱vaCan your students do this? 🌚tsvRoller skating! Powered by Firework La Masia- a name every football watches has heard of, a name every FC Barcelona fan cherishes. The youth system has produced some of the finest players to grace the field, and there are more to come. In the wake of Lionel Messi’s 50th free kick goal, a former youth player has given a declaration on two La Masia graduates who could allegedly take better free kicks than the club talisman himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeRoger Giribet Sabartes, a Barça youth academy product who currently plays for CE Artesa De Segre in Segona Catalana, 6th tier of the Spanish football league system, has approached forward with two names- Víctor Vázquez and Juanjo Clausí, probably nobody has ever heard of them.However, the 32 year old defender has imputed that those two academy players were preferred over Messi, when a free kick was in question.Advertisement “Víctor Vázquez, who was amazing, and the left-footed Juanjo Clausí used to take them. Messi almost never.” Sabartes spoke to Goal.com, recollecting old memories of his ex teammates.Vázquez with Messi, and Clausí in CD Castellón kit. (Image Courtesy: Diario AS/Mediterráneo)Vázquez currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Umm Salal SC, and there have been examples of free kicks taken by the former Club Brugge midfielder that supports Sarbates’s claim.Advertisement Clausí, a winger at Tercera División side Paterna CF, didn’t make it to the level of Vázquez, and had his top tier experience only with the Blaugranas under 19 team.Wednesday’s 5-1 devastation of the Pucelle saw Messi scoring a brace, including the 35 yard screamer that completed his half century of free kicks. Valverde and his boys are now in the top spot of the table with 22 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra reveals why he abused MS Dhoni during a 2005 ODI match!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sportstar/ReutersAdvertisement lcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4su1kmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E54151g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) iodrpWould you ever consider trying this?😱wfCan your students do this? 🌚4qzRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was the early days of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the Indian cricket team. Just a year after making his debut for the squad, the young wicket keeper starred in an ODI against Pakistan in Ahmedabad in 2005. However, one mistake in the vital match had made him a prey for sledging from none other than former Team India bowler Ashish Nehra, as the veteran recently recalled the incident of throwing words at a young Mahi 15 years ago.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sportstar/ReutersMS Dhoni, who went onto become one of India’s most spectacular wicket keeping batsmen, was still in his early phases with the seniors of the squad. However, keeping behind the iconic Shahid Afridi on defending India’s total of 315, Dhoni missed a vital catch early on that could’ve sent the Pakistani stalwart batsman marching back to the pavilion, and that earned him Nehra’s anger.There is a video on YouTube of Nehra sledging Dhoni that has circulated for many years, ann the former Men in Blue international has finally spoken up on the incident in a recent interview with The Times of India.Advertisement “I distinctly remember that match in Visakhapatnam. It was the second ODI of that series. In a video that went viral, I am seen hurling abuses at MS after an edge off Shahid Afridi’s bat goes between Dhoni and Rahul Dravid at first slip,” Nehra said reporters.The 40 year old also added that the incident actually took place in a different match: “People assume it’s from the Vizag match, but that incident is from the fourth ODI in Ahmedabad.Advertisement Although, Nehra clarified that he was ashamed of what he said towards  Dravid and a young MS, plus the added pressure of facing someone like Afridi on the pitch.However, I must admit I am not proud of my behaviour. I had been hit for six by Afridi off just the previous ball. There was the usual pressure of an India-Pakistan match. Suddenly, I created a chance and it was missed.”Afridi went onto land a blistering 23-ball-40, as Pakistan won the match with 7 wickets remaining.Although, Nehra also added that both the players were cool with the sledging, which isn’t an unusual occurrence in the Gentlemen’s Game.“I lost my cool. That wasn’t the only incident where a player has lost his cool in that manner. Both Dravid and Dhoni were fine with me after the game but that doesn’t justify my behaviour,” Nehra concluded.Check out the incident from the India-Pakistan match in the video below, courtesy of YouTube user Deepak Sharma.Also read-Shreyas Iyer reveals how he earned his entry into the Indian teamYuvraj Singh the latest Indian cricket to generously donate to PM-Cares fund! Find out how much! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pulling strings: Tamil Nadu footballer helping hometown during Coronavirus crisis despite being stuck in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Depositphotos/PTIAdvertisement w345NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsui4sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3b5w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9Would you ever consider trying this?😱2jfy6eCan your students do this? 🌚7wovRoller skating! Powered by Firework Due to the nationwide lock down and travel ban imposed in India amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many sportspersons are stranded away from their homes. Even in such worrying times, Tamil Nadu footballer Michael Soosairaj, who is now stuck in Kolkata, has provided a helping hand towards his hometown amidst the novel Coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Depositphotos/PTISoosairaj, who hails from the village of Eraviputhenthurai in Kanniyakumari, TN, plays for the Indian National Team and ATK in the Indian Super League. Following his first ISL win with the Kolkata-based franchise on 14th March, the midfielder returned to the city with the team for celebration, and decided to remain in the city, which prohibited Soosairaj to return to his home as the nationwide lock down started on 24th March.Even though the player is away from his home, Soosairaj has been concerend about the safety of his family and the people of Eraviputhenthurai in the woeful times, and offered help to the Father of the church of the village.Advertisement “I spoke to Father Jerome of our St Catherine Church back home and asked him how I can be of help,” Soosairaj spoke to Times of India, “since I am not physically present, I offered money for their needs.”The village of Eraviputhenthurai has not yet seen any Coronavirus cases till now, but the lock down is taking a toll on the fishermen community. However, the 25 year old has been concerned about spreading awareness towards them regarding self isolation.Advertisement Soosairaj continued: “With the fishermen not going to the sea, they would play football. But I try to speak to as many people as possible over phone and make them realise the importance of staying at home.”The former Chennai City and Jamshedpur FC player’s fight was cancelled on 23rd March, and is now staying indoors in Kolkata since the lock down initiated. However Soosairaj has been been keeping himself fit with regular exercises, and has also developed some cooking skills.“I have been doing my core and strength training exercises to remain fit,” Soosairaj went on, “I have been cooking as well and I can now prepare chicken and fish curry, chapati and a few other items.”“Cooking is actually a stress buster,” the player concluded.Also read-Virat Kohli promotes the ‘Trim from home’ challenge – but gets trolled by Kevin Pietersen for his grey hair!Sunil Chhetri reveals how he was treated at Sporting Lisbon: “You are not good enough!” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Atoning

first_imgYes, I admit I am a weakling. Ask my good friends and family and they will attest to my lack of physical strength. I’ve made a second career of avoiding exercise, albeit a poor one. It’s a job without payoff or benefits and while I might have been working hard at avoiding hard workouts, my body has paid the price. I was tone deaf.But not any longer. A few weeks ago I began my latest mission — strength training and cardio workouts with my personal trainer Jenny Costello. Everyone should have someone like Jenny. She cares about my nutrition and how I feel overall, she motivates and inspires me. I was at a point in my life where it no longer made sense to avoid a structured exercise routine. Hiring Jenny made complete sense. It was an investment in me — in my well being.Jenny and I were a natural pairing from the start. And knowing how I love a good story, Jenny had one. A resourceful person, she made a career change from finance to fitness so that she could be closer to home to care for her young children. She turned her passion into a business. I love that kind of story.My recent dedication to fitness has helped in all areas of my life. I’m enjoying more of what I took for granted for many years: preserving the precious gift of living well. We all deserve this.Here’s to progress.For more information about Jenny Costello’s personal training sessions and boot camps, call (732) 778-2385.Please e-mail me at emccarthy@tworivertimes.com.last_img read more

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Fair Haven Day Fundraiser at Raven and the Peach Feb. 23

first_imgFAIR HAVEN  – Fair Haven Day is back this year and a fundraiser is being planned to help fund the event.“Everyone had such a great time at last year’s Fair Haven Day to conclude our year-long centennial celebration that there was an overwhelming consensus to bring it back as an annual event, complete with fireworks and live music” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. “Now we’re asking the town to come out and support it at our Fair Haven Day Fundraiser Gala on Feb. 23.”Fair Haven Day will be held at Fair Haven Fields on Saturday, June 15. Like last year, the community celebration will include live music from Brian Kirk and the Jirks, River Road Band, and a few more local favorites, a buffet picnic and a fireworks finale.“The Fair Haven Day Gala on Feb. 23 promises to be as much fun as last year’s sold out centennial gala,” Council­woman Susan Sorensen said.River Road Band will headline the evening with live music and dancing. Guests will enjoy lavish hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and a VIP wine room, plus a Pot of Gold gift card raffle, auctions and 50/50.Reservations are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Tickets can be purchased by dropping a check off at borough hall.last_img read more

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