Day Three of Cheltenham

first_imgThe day’s action at Prestbury Park gets underway at 1.30, with the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase. Here at home, there’s a stacked nine-race card this evening at Dundalk where the first is off at 5.25. He trains one of the favourites for the big race on day three – Empire of Dirt goes in the Ryanair Chase. After his wins in the Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother, jockey Noel Fehily will hope for a third big win when he rides Unowhatimeanharry (You Know What I Mean Harry) in the Stayers Hurdle. Fehily is feeling quietly confident about his chances today. last_img

REPORT: Ashantigold coach Bashir Hayford home burgled

first_imgThe home of Ashantigold coach Bashir Hayford in Tema was burgled with cash and other valuables items stolen.The house which is located at Michel Camp in Tema was broken into while he was away in Obuasi to attend to club duties.The burglers made away with an mount believed to be around $3,000 and several several electronic devices.There was no occupant in the house at the time it was broken into.“Yes you heard right. Robbers went into our home and made away with many items including $3,000 and several cedis,” Mrs Agnes Hayford told a local station.“I was not in the house when the incident happened. The CCTV camera of a neighbor has been activated and two suspects have been identified. “I have informed my husband (Bashir Hayford) and he is on his way to Tema.”Hayford is enjoying a blistering start in the Ghanaian top-flight with Ashantigold lying comfortable on top of the table.last_img read more

Serena Williams uncertain for title defence at Australian Open

first_imgFormer world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first Grand Slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.”Serena is getting ready for 2018,” the 36-year-old American’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou told CNN. “She is practicing and getting back in shape. I will be joining her soon in Florida.”We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is and we will take a decision regarding Australia.”Russian Kuznetsova told local media that she was recovering from wrist surgery conducted earlier this month after separate injuries to the area and said there was no specific time frame for her return.”I had two injuries in my wrist, so I had to do the operation,” the 32-year-old double major winner said.”There’s a very complicated diagnosis. I’m still recovering and the doctor does not talk about specific dates when I can start training and play. Australia, most likely, I will have to miss.”Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka, who has not played since July due to an ongoing child custody battle, is set to return at the ASB Classic in January but will be without coach Michael Joyce, who released a statement on their partnership.advertisement”Vika is an extremely talented player. While I am excited to see her return to tennis, I encourage and respect her decision to put her family first,” Joyce said of the Belarusian two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one.”It is with deep regret that I have decided to move forward with my coaching career while she continues to work out her private life. I look forward to seeing her on the tour soon and wish her the best of luck.”The Australian Open will be held from January 15-28.last_img read more

Jeter HR, But Rays Beat Yanks, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey’s fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months.With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion.Jeter’s solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 18, a game the Yankees won when first baseman Adam Lind let Chase Headley’s ninth-inning grounder bounce through his legs for a game-ending error.With virtually no chance of reaching the playoffs, Jeter has just seven home games left in his 20-year big league career.“Obviously this year up until this point hasn’t turned out how I’d like to, but you’ve got to keep fighting. You’ve got to keep battling,” Jeter said.“It’s another game. I’m trying not to think about it being the last homestand. We still have a week left. We’re trying to win games, and I’m going to go out there and play hard like I’ve always done my entire career until we’re out of games.”Dickey stretched his scoreless streak against the Yankees to 19 innings before Stephen Drew’s RBI double in the fifth. Jeter sent an 82 mph pitch about 10 rows deep for his 150th Yankee Stadium home run, including 12 in the postseason.New York’s 40-year-old captain ended a 158 at-bat homerless streak with the sixth-inning drive, just the fourth home run of the season and his first at home since July 28 last year against Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore.Jeter smiled widely as he circled the bases and exchanged high-fives with teammates when he reached the dugout. Given a standing ovation by adoring fans, Jeter didn’t come out for a curtain call because he didn’t want to interrupt Brian McCann’s at-bat.“I’m sure he’s trying to soak this up as much as he can,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s really difficult to take your uniform off. When you’re used to doing something for such a long time, it’s difficult. He understands what’s coming. It’s a big change of life for him, but he loves to play so much that I’m sure he’s going to enjoy it as much as he can.”Jeter’s average had dipped below .250 during an 0-for-28 slide — the second-longest of his career — before he singled at the Rays on Sept. 17.Jeter beat out an infield single in the first on a grounder shortstop Jose Reyes double-clutched, and had his first multihit game since Aug. 26. He was robbed of a hit in the fourth by left fielder Kevin Pilar, who made a diving backhand catch.New York (78-74) moved ahead of Toronto (77-75) for sole possession of second place in the AL East. The Blue Jays started the season 38-24 and led the AL East by six games before play on June 7 but have gone 39-51 since, losing five in a row.“It’s disappointing for everybody,” Dickey said. “We’ve been a streaky team all year, both bad and good, and right now we’re in the middle of a bad streak.”While the Yankees closed within five games of Oakland for the AL’s second wild card with 10 games remaining, Fangraphs.com calculates they have just a 0.3 percent of making the playoffs.” I can’t worry about what I’ve done up until this point. I’m just trying to have one last homestand here,” Jeter said. “Hopefully, we have a few good games left in us.”Reyes singled with two outs in the eighth and Jose Bautista tied the score when he homered off Shawn Kelley on an 0-2 pitch, slamming his bat as he neared first base. Bautista homered in his fourth straight game against the Yankees and has hit seven of his 33 homers this year against New York.David Robertson (3-6) came in and pitched a perfect ninth, and Chris Young singled off Aaron Sanchez (2-2) leading off the bottom half. Pinch-runner Antoan Richardson stole second, Brett Gardner sacrificed him to third on a 3-2 pitch and, with the infield in, Headley hit a two-hopper that went under Lind’s glove and through his legs. Richardson, who had held up, trotted home.“It’s nice to catch a break,” Headley said.Leaning against the dugout railing, Jeter raised both arms in triumph. “I don’t know how many extra-inning games I’ve got left in me,” he said, ‘so I’m happy we won.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more