Newly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.
In a shocking incident, two teenage boys from the backward Matang community were assaulted and paraded naked in a village in north Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district after they reportedly went for a swim in a well belonging to a man from an upper caste.According to the police, the incident occurred on Sunday when Sachin Chandane and his cousin, Rahul, went for a swim in the well belonging to Ishwar Balwant Joshi.This enraged Mr. Joshi, who believed the boys had polluted the village’s water source. Not content with driving them out of water, he, along with an accomplice, assaulted the duo with sticks and blunt objects. He later paraded them naked through Wakadi village.A video of the incident later went viral, drawing sharp criticism from social activists and politicians alike.Complaint registeredSources said the Chandane family, who belong to a nomadic Scheduled Tribe, were under pressure to lodge a case, and finally mustered courage to register the complaint 48 hours after the incident.“We have arrested Joshi and one Prahlad Lohar in this matter acting on a complaint lodged by Sachin and his mother, Durgabai, on Wednesday evening,” said an officer from the Pahur police station in Jalgaon.The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.“It is indeed unfortunate that caste prejudices continue to bedevil progressive Maharashtra even today. It is understandable if the youths had been asked not to swim in the well…but the subsequent assault and humiliation smacked of a deep-seated prejudice against so-called ‘lower’ castes,” said Avinash Patil of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti .Mr. Patil demanded that the accused be also booked under the newly enacted Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice, said steps were immediately taken to catch the miscreants.Union Minister Ramdas Athawale condemned the incident and demanded stern action against those arrested.“This incident smacks of a perverted mind … it transcends mere caste considerations,” said Revenue Minister and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil.Congress team to visit villageA delegation of Congress leaders are to visit the village on Friday. “Lack of conviction in atrocity cases have emboldened communal elements in the State. The Manuwadi mentality of the government is leading to increase in atrocities against Dalits. We demand strict action against the accused,” said Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan.Nationalist Congress Party chief Jayant Patil, said, “Maharashtra’s image of a progressive State is being ruined by communal elements even as the State government is busy accusing Dalits as Naxalites.” read more
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Horn has three days to shed the excess baggage or else blow away his once-in-a-lifetime chance at superstardom.READ: #InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHorn goes after Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization crown on Sunday and is confident he will make thegrade in Saturday’s weigh-in.Addressing hundreds of fans and onlookers at Raddacliff Place for his public workout, Horn explained that he expects to drop two kilos (4.4 lb) on Thursday, as his excess weight is mainly fluids, and then make weight after his final training session on Friday. What’s intriguing is that Horn said he was between 71 to 72 kg on Tuesday, during his media workout at Stretton Boxing Gym.READ: Jeff Horn could try another weaponIf that’s the case, then Horn’s weight reduction is taking longer than expected.Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, and strength and conditioning coach, Dundee Kim, however, believe that the “Battle of Brisbane” would proceed without a hitch for their ward.Kim said that he likes Horn to rehydrate by at least four kilos, but not to exceed seven kilos on fight day so as not to put a strain on his ward’s kidney and liver.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Jeff Horn has ’10-point plan’ to upset Pacquiao While Horn is struggling to make weight, the opposite holds true for Pacquiao, who’s trying to gain poundage.Pacquiao, who’s at 145 lb Wednesday, jogged and did exercises Thursday morning. After another full meal, he took a nap before holding a light workout in the afternoon. Later, he attended a bible service at one of the function rooms of Sofitel Hotel.American trainer Freddie Roach wants Pacquiao to hit 146.5 lb at weigh in.READ: Horn has ‘hands like steel,’ says trainer RushtonHorn, who skipped rope, shadow boxed and did the mitts with Rushton in a makeshift ring put up in the tourist haven, also shunned comparisons between him and Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao’s last victim.“I move a lot better than Vargas and [am] more technical,” claims the unbeaten Horn (16 wins with 1 draw and 11 knockouts).Being the bigger fighter, Horn said he won’t be afraid to trade punches with Pacquiao, 59-6-2 with 38 KOs.READ: Pacquiao not guaranteeing KO vs Horn: ‘Just wait and see’“If I land my shot he’s going to go down,” said Horn, to the cheers of his fans.Rushton swore Horn, being younger and bigger, is going to take Pacquiao deep and, if there’s a chance, knock the 11-time world champion out. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Australian boxer Jeff Horn trains in front of the public in a mall in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—Before even thinking of trouncing Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn must beat the scales first.Horn said on Thursday that he weighed 70.3 kilos (154.7 pounds) when he woke up Thursday, putting the Australian challenger still 7.7 lb over the 147-lb welterweight limit.ADVERTISEMENT If ever, Rushton sees the major shocker happening between the seventh and 11th rounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? ‘It starts with me’: Ross says he let his team down in Game 4 loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more
Jagmohan DalmiyaJagmohan Dalmiya wears the jaguar smile. As a sports administrator who was once bracketed with Don King, Dalmiya’s past is well-recorded.In 2000, hemmed in by television rights scandals, the match fixing drama, he gave up his job as International Cricket Council president in less than pleasant circumstances. With even,Jagmohan DalmiyaJagmohan Dalmiya wears the jaguar smile. As a sports administrator who was once bracketed with Don King, Dalmiya’s past is well-recorded.In 2000, hemmed in by television rights scandals, the match fixing drama, he gave up his job as International Cricket Council president in less than pleasant circumstances. With even the Government against him, his innings seemed well and truly over.On June 29, 2001, Dalmiya executed Operation Comeback. In what one newspaper described as a “bloodless coup”, he outsmarted incumbent A.C. Muthiah and once more became president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.Muthiah was beaten on home turf. Chennai, where the election was held, is his native city. I.S. Bindra, the Punjab cricket honcho and sooften Caesar to Dalmiya’s Asterix, was flummoxed.Like all adept batsmen, Dalmiya is a master of timing. He used the public outrage against Mike Denness’ punishment of Sachin Tendulkar for ball tampering to drape himself in the national flag.His cause became India’s. He took on the old fogeys at Lord’s, practically split world cricket into two, threatened to walk out of a promised fourth Test in England next summer. The Anglo-Australian cricket club seethed.Back home nobody objected, not even a government that found itself stumped by Dalmiya’s finesse. read more