Trainer Lorenzo Robinson had the unique distinction of winning races in separate countries yesterday. MR DOITBETTA romping home by 13 lengths in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park and a 70-1 outsider to victory at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada earlier in the day. Robinson, a noted owner, trainer and breeder, was not present at Caymanas Park to see his fast-improving 3-y-o gelding, MR DOITBETTA (9-2), make hacks of his seven age-group rivals in the Simply Magic Cup to make it two in a row, but the news was music to his ears. Instead, Robinson was at Woodbine to lead in his other winner, having obtained a licence to train at Canada’s premier racetrack a fortnight ago, Speaking from Canada via telephone shortly after his double victory, Robinson said he was on top of the world. “Judging from the manner of his two recent wins, MR DOITBETTA, who, I understand, won in good time of 1:57.2, could develop into a live classic contender with the Derby, St. Leger and next month’s Lotto Clasic (Governor’s Cup) fast approaching. “The plan is to commute between Jamaica and Canada and, having started with a bang in Canada, it could open doors for me in no time up here,” he added. Ridden by the promising claiming apprentice Hakeen Pottinger, MR DOITBETTA was held off the early pace as the 7-5 favourite MY WAY led under pressure from ANOTHER FURY (5-1) approaching the final bend. By then, MR DOITBETTA had made rapid headway and, coming three wide into the straight, quickly disposed of MY WAY to win by a wide margin from 2-1 chance DR TRAIN. In the absence of Robinson, MR DOITBETTA was saddled by stand in trainer Lincoln Lungs. A roan gelding by Vibank out of Olympic Advice, “DOITBETTA” is owned and bred by Robinson as well. On a day when second-race winner, 3-2 favourite BARS OF GOLD was disqualified by the stewards for causing interference at the start, the nine-race programme proved challenging for punters. The upsets were provided by MIRACLE RECOVERY (made all) at 19-1 in the first race, KIRI at 7-1 in the third and TARANTINO at 9-2 in the fifth. Champion jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BAD BOY JUSTIN (3-1) and SURE MAN (5-2) in the sixth and seventh races, respectively.
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Rajya Sabha members, including Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien and Congress’ Rajeev Gowda, on Friday assured the transgender community that they will not let the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill pass in the Upper House in its present form and ensure that it is sent to the select committee for modifications.Calling the Bill a dangerous piece of legislation that ignores the issues raised by them, members of the transgender community on Friday staged a protest against it at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.Mr. Gowda said a “massive injustice” is being perpetuated through the Bill. “We saw that without much discussion, the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill, which claims to protect the rights of the transgender community, is actually doing the exact opposite,” he said. “When it comes to Rajya Sabha, there is a whole group of us gathered across party lines who will send it to select committee. That will give us a chance to sit with it, to work on improving it and to counter all the negativity infused by the government into the Bill,” he said. DMK Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva said the Bill is “absurd”. “The government does not even have an idea as to what is a transgender. Going through a medical test to prove that you are a transgender is an insult rather than a right given through the Bill,” he said. Derek O’Brien promised that the Bill will not get passed in Rajya Sabha. “My message is that don’t worry, TMC is the third-largest party in Rajya Sabha and 47 MPs from the party promise that the Bill will not be passed in Rajya Sabha,” Mr. O’Brien said. CPI(M) MP Elamaram Kareem also promised the party would not let it pass in its current form.
Benzema, Sissoko, Matuidi, Valbuena and Giroud were on target in France’s 5-2 win over SwitzerlandForwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.”It was a great night for us. We hurt them with our quick attacks and with the variety of our play,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “You can always ask if it’s us who played well or whether the opponent was weak, but I prefer to focus on how we played.”Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.Benzema made up for a first-half penalty miss with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.”Karim is confirming that he’s in very, very good form. He’s in great shape athletically,” Deschamps said. “His happiness is a joy to behold, he’s one of the best players in the world and having such an efficient player is very important in a competition like this.”Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.advertisementBenzema thought he had scored his second – and the goal of the night – but his curling, first-time strike was ruled out because Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blew his whistle for full time just seconds before the shot.”I didn’t hear the whistle,” Benzema said. “But the most important thing is that we won. I’m happy with my match, but we all played well.”Friday marked the fourth anniversary of France’s infamous World Cup training ground strike four years ago in South Africa, when the players shamed a nation back home.How different things look now.France has scored eight goals in two games and Benzema could even afford to miss a penalty against a poor Swiss side that failed to live up to its reputation as one of the hardest teams around to break down.”I don’t want to put a brake on the enthusiasm. It’s a huge satisfaction within the team but we’re not going to get carried away,” Deschamps said. “We shouldn’t think we’re prettier than we are.”Giroud had distinguished himself the wrong way early on. In the sixth minute, center half Steve Von Bergen came off with blood pouring down from under his left eye after Giroud kicked him in the face.Von Bergen was replaced by Philippe Senderos and things went from bad to awful from then on as Switzerland’s makeshift defense simply could not cope with the ferocious pace of France’s breaks from midfield and the slick movement of its interchanging forward line.”France has excellent individual players and they can go very far in this tournament. When the opponent has such strong individual players, they can move quickly to counterattack,” Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said through a translator. “We have seen France’s potential. They had an explosion of power and this shows the class of this team.”Deschamps had dropped midfielder Paul Pogba, who was lucky not to be sent off against Honduras for aiming a wild kick at Wilson Palacios, warning him that he needs to control his temper better.After coming on as a substitute, Pogba sent an exquisite pass with the outside of his right boot that had Senderos kicking at air, and Benzema finished confidently for his third goal of the tournament. The Real Madrid forward then instigated a move and waited for Sissoko to break down the right, serving him with an inch-perfect pass.The Swiss conceded too easily throughout the game.Giroud jumped above Behrami from near the back of the penalty area to head powerfully under the crossbar in the 17th minute. Then, Valon Behrami gave the ball away to Benzema, who fed Matuidi sprinting down the left, and the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder slotted neatly inside the near post.The Swiss had only one shot on target in the first half, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris diving low to keep out Mehmedi’s drive. Shaqiri picked up the rebound and scuffed a low shot that rolled just wide.That close miss went unpunished by Benzema, who missed from the spot after being tripped by Johan Djourou in the 32nd. Yohan Cabaye hit the crossbar from the rebound.advertisementIt mattered little as France caught Switzerland with a classic counterattack, Giroud galloping into space down the left and picking out Valbuena at the back post.”Olivier played very well, like all the players did,” Benzema said. “He holds the ball up well back to goal, creates space and helps others to score.”Team Line-ups(from):Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Johan Djourou, Steve Von Bergen (Philippe Senderos, 9th), Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami (Blerim Dzemaili, 46th), Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka; Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovic (Josip Drmic, 69th)France: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho (Laurent Koscielny, 66th), Patrice Evra; Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena (Antoine Griezmann, 82nd), Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi; Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud (Paul Pogba, 63rd)
It’s also the fastest the Kings (30-26) have reached 30 wins since 2004-05 when they did it in 43 games.“We have this goal in our heads about getting to the playoffs and it’s getting close right now,” Bagley said. “Every game matters. I’m excited, after we get done with this next game, how we come back from break and see where we can go from there.”Devin Booker had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in his return from injury for Phoenix. Ayton added 16 points and nine rebounds.The Suns’ losing streak is one shy of its franchise record of 15 set last season. They’ll try to avoid matching that dubious mark Wednesday against the Clippers.“The Kings came better prepared, more ready and more aggressive,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “We said before the game that they were going to throw the first punch hard at us. We were not ready to accept that punch.”ADVERTISEMENT Bagley had another strong game off the bench with a career-high 32 points and six rebounds, and Sacramento beat Phoenix 117-104 on Sunday to hand the Suns their 14th straight loss.“I love playing against the Suns,” said Bagley, who missed the Kings first two games against Phoenix due to a knee injury. “It’s fun playing against Deandre, the whole organization, everybody involved. I got to meet them when I went there for my pre-draft work and I met a few of those guys. So it was good competing against them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBuddy Hield scored 18 points, De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and nine assists, and Nemanja Bjelica added 10 points and eight rebounds to help Sacramento to its fifth win in six games.The Kings inched closer to ending the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. Sacramento, which last made the postseason in 2005-06, pulled within a half-game of the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Bagley had his best game as a pro while dominating in the paint. The second overall pick in the draft, Bagley shot 10 of 15 and went 11 for 13 from the free-throw line. He also scored Sacramento’s first 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a driving 360-degree spinning layup.“He’s doing what we knew he could do in the beginning,” Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “It’s really on him. He’s getting the time, he’s putting in the work and it’s showing.TIP-INSSuns: Jackson scored six straight points in the third on a free throw, dunk and 3-pointer. He was also called for a technical foul in the same period. … Booker returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of right hamstring tightness. He had a scare in the third quarter when he banged knees with Bogdan Bogdanovic and limped off the court, but he came back to start the fourth and promptly made a 3-pointer.Kings: Sacramento had only two turnovers in the first half. … Fox spent much of the first quarter on the bench after picking up his second foul early.FINISHING WHAT THEY STARTThe Kings are 4-1 this season in games when they lead by 15 or more at halftime. The only blemish was a 115-11 loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Jan. 8 when Sacramento blew a 19-point lead at the break.UP NEXTSuns: Play in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Wednesday.Kings: Play at Denver on Wednesday. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Chelsea routed 6-0 by Man City for biggest loss in 28 years Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, is fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, right, as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III was more than a little excited playing against Phoenix for the first time. The Sacramento rookie grew up in Tempe, Arizona, and was briefly high school teammates with the Suns’ Deandre Ayton.Phoenix passed over Bagley with the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft, taking Ayton instead. 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