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Maher thrilled by Walsh booking

first_imgWhat began as “pie in the sky” will on Sunday become reality when Ruby Walsh partners esteemed Australian stayer Bashboy in the Grand National Steeplechase. Press Association Maher told Press Association Sport: “Ruby coming here is a great story for Australian jumps racing and it has really caught everyone’s imagination. “He’s a great draw-card, and everyone seems to be buzzing at the idea of him riding Bashboy. “It will just be great to float a few ideas by Ruby and see how our horse stacks up with the National Hunt horses in his part of the world.” The position aboard Bashboy officially became vacant on Wednesday when regular jockey S teve Pateman failed in his attempt to have a riding suspension quashed at an appeal hearing. Walsh, 36, will also be entering uncharted territory as he has his first rides in Australia in a deal which was partly brokered by Willie Mullins. He has also been booked to ride Arch Fire for Robert Smerdon in the JJ Houlahan Hurdle. Maher said: “It’s a shame for Steve that his appeal didn’t come through but, on the other hand, it’s fantastic to get a rider of Ruby’s calibre, experience and greatness. “It’s funny how it all worked out, really. I was sitting back in my chair at home a week ago thinking, ‘Who on earth’s going to ride Bashboy if Steve is suspended?’ “I suddenly thought about Ruby, but just accepted it was pie in the sky. Trainer Ciaron Maher is still coming to terms with having pulled off the sizeable coup of luring Walsh across the world to ride one of his horses. Bashboy is no ordinary thoroughbred in his homeland, though, as he attempts to claim an unprecedented third victory in the Australian version of the Grand National at Ballarat racecourse in Victoria. “But then I remembered that Mike Symons, who is the chairman of Melbourne Racing Club, knows Willie Mullins quite a bit. “Mike spoke to Willie and when we found out that Ruby was keen, we couldn’t really believe it.” Maher, whose horses are predominantly stabled at Caulfield and Warrnambool racecourses, feels Walsh will not have to adjust his riding style to successfully come to terms with Bashboy. He said: “He’s a very straightforward horse – he wouldn’t need a great deal of getting used to. “He’s also very much in the mould of National Hunt horses in Britain and Ireland in that he’s a big, scopey, strong stayer who loves heavy ground. “I think Ruby gets here on Saturday afternoon, so if he wanted to give him a stretch on Sunday morning he could do.” last_img read more

Protesters: “We Hope They Die!” After Two L.A. Deputies Shot in the Head in unprovoked Ambush

first_imgDeputies issued a dispersal order for the “unlawful assembly” of the protesters for blocking the hospital’s emergency entrance and exits, the sheriff’s department said. Two people were arrested, including someone later determined to be a member of the media.“A male adult protester refused to comply and cooperate,” the department said in a statement. “During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest.”The deputies, who had graduated from the academy 14-months earlier, were able to radio for help. Both underwent surgery on Saturday.President Donald Trump, the “law and order” candidate, retweeted the video of the incident, writing: “Animals that must be hit hard!” Trump will visit L.A. tomorrow for an update and to visit the officers.If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this! https://t.co/K3sKh28GjX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020 The two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were gravely injured when an unidentified gunman fired multiple shots into their patrol car as seen in the graphic surveillance video. The incident took place on Saturday night when the officers – a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man – boarded their car near a metro rail station in the city about 7pm (02:00 GMT). A video posted to the sheriff department’s Twitter account showed a figure approach the vehicle and open fire through the passenger side window of the car and run away.To add insult to injury, protesters gathered outside the emergency room where the deputies were being treated and according to LASDHQ, members of the group blocked the entrance and the exit and chanted “we hope they die.”Both were hospitalized in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center. Villanueva’s press conference at the hospital a few hours later drew more protests.The sheriff’s department tweeted: “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020 Los Angeles, California – Two Los Angeles county deputies, a mother of a 6-year-old and a 24-year-old man, were both shot in the head by a brazen gunman overnight in Compton.Sheriff Villanueva Discusses Ambush Shooting of Two Deputies in Compton. To watch the full press conference, please visit https://t.co/fOaVP5wTUe pic.twitter.com/7gXlbLQpAK— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020center_img Sheriff Alex Villanueva, whose department has been criticised during recent protests over racial injustice, expressed frustration over anti-police sentiment as he urged people to pray for the officers at a late-night news conference. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Joe Biden tweeted this “cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice”.last_img read more

Holt: Semenya deserves respect, admiration, not skepticism

first_imgUsually when an 18-year-old wins the gold in the 800 meter run at the World Track and Field Championships, she is celebrated. When her mark of 1:55.45 is good for the fifth fastest women’s time in history, she becomes headline material.Caster Semenya is definitely headline material. But not for the right reasons.The South African teen can’t seem to catch a break. Instead of being asked about what it’s like to win gold in a major competition, she’s fielding questions about whether she just might be a he.It’s not just the fact that she already seems to be in position to break world records at age 18. No, it’s at least partly because, well, she looks like a man. In all honesty, she looks like she should be playing point guard for the Madison West boys’ basketball team, not running women’s track. Her facial hair, muscular build and deep voice are all decidedly unfeminine.That’s fine though. We’ve all seen women that at first don’t look especially womanly, and there’s nothing wrong with that — unless you’re one of the athletes that lost to Semenya in the 800 meter final. In that case, you complain and compel the IAAF to conduct a gender verification test on the winner.Aren’t we getting a little bit out of hand now?I’m not saying that I’m 100 percent sure Semenya is a woman. I do not know whether or not she’s been pumped full of enough testosterone to qualify as a male. But until there’s proof otherwise, her accomplishments should be praised. And therein lies the rub: getting that proof.Apparently, determining one’s gender isn’t as simple as having them drop their trousers and having a look-see. There are numerous “intersex” genetic conditions where people develop one way despite their chromosomes indicating something else. It’s all kinds of tricky to get a decisive result, but worst of all, it’s invasive and quite embarrassing. It’s hardly something you’d expect to have to go through after winning a gold medal.But that’s where we are in sports today. Hardly anyone can get away with achieving anything even remotely impressive without being questioned about it. The steroid era of baseball has made everyone at least a little cynical.Remember that season-long home run derby Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa put on in 1998? Everyone was enamored with the chase to break Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs. In retrospect, it seems kind of silly, now that we know that the race was fueled as much by competitive desire as it was by needles.Fool me once, shame on you.Then we moved on to the BALCO scandal and the names on the Mitchell Report and even more heartbreak. Barry Bonds’ greatest enemy right now might be a potential asterisk and A-Roid found a way to make himself even more unlikable. The term “Manny being Manny” has taken on a new light and if Joe Mauer or Albert Pujols turn out to be juicers, then I might just give up on baseball altogether.Fool me twice, shame on me.It would be one thing if Semenya was accused of being on steroids. The potential effects of anabolic steroid use would account for her distinct “manliness.” As big a problem as steroids are in baseball, they have a more sinister history in track and field. But are we really that jaded now that we bypass steroid accusations altogether and question an athlete’s gender?Certainly steroids would be a more logical conclusion to jump to than gender dishonesty. Plenty of track athletes have been disgraced by their steroid use, including Justin Gatlin and Marion Jones. Semenya’s physique and sudden rise to success would seem to be a classic case of juicing, not a bad sequel to “Juwanna Man.”According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, sources say Semenya has nearly three times the normal amount of testosterone for a female. Yes that’s fishy, but inconclusive either way. If somehow this battery of tests shows that Semenya is indeed a man, she would be disqualified from competition and stripped of her medals on the basis of her having an unfair biological advantage over her competitors due to her maleness?Guess what? Sports competition is based on unfair biological advantages. That’s why guys like Prince Fielder and Adrian Peterson are pro athletes, while I’m destined to only write about athletes. As fans, we constantly want to see someone faster, stronger and better than the last guy.Unfortunately, we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t want to be tricked into celebrating anything prematurely. The world is determined not to be fooled again. Apparently it’s better to disgrace the athlete now, before they break any records, than to realize we’re just going to be disappointed again.I’m as guilty as anyone of cynicism, but as far as I’m concerned, Semenya won the women’s 800 meters legitimately. I won’t yet stoop to assume the worst right away, but the world seems to be adhering to a quote by our last president: “Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”Right?Adam Holt is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the scrutiny surrounding Semenya’s victory at the World Track and Field Championships is a legitimate concern? Send your thoughts to aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Former Chelsea’s Coach, Ray Wilkins, is Dead

first_imgThe football world was thrown into mourning Wednesday as news broke of the death of former Chelsea, Manchester United and England great Ray Wilkins, 61.Wilkins, who was also one-time assistant manager at Chelsea, died after suffering cardiac arrest.Wilkins’ death was confirmed by his former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea on their verified Twitter handles on Wednesday. The former midfielder was placed in an induced coma at St George’s Hospital in London, on Friday night after suffering a heart attack.“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing,” United wrote on their handle.Chelsea added: “Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed.”As a player with United, Wilkins won the FA Cup and Community Shield both in 1983.He was Chelsea Player of the Year in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2013.And as assistant manager at Chelsea, under Carlos Ancelotti, the Blues won the Premier League and the FA Cup in the 2009/2010 season.Wilkins won 84 caps for England between 1976 and 1986, playing in both the European Championships and the World Cup.The English FA, numerous English clubs and football personalities have expressed their grief at the passing of Wilkins.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more