Jib scores in eyecatching style

first_img The jockey said: “She had a fairly good run the first day at the Curragh and the step up to seven furlongs suited. She travelled sweetly and quickened up well. To be honest, coming here today I expected to beat Wayne’s filly (Tap Dancing).” Smullen doubled up when the Tracey Collins-trained Balmont Belle (12-1) got the better of a ding-dong battle with Wachman’s odds-on favourite Orator, another ridden by Wayne Lordan, to take the Bar One Racing Telebetting 1800 624 524 Maiden by three-quarters of a length. Like A Diamond, withdrawn in controversial circumstances at Ballinrobe last month having been backed from 50-1 into 3-1, ran well on his debut. A steady 7-1 this time, the Sharon Dunphy-trained gelding travelled well early in the straight to throw down a challenge but could find no extra in the final furlong and eventually finished fourth. Winning trainer Collins said: “I think stamina won the day, and Pat gave her a lovely ride. The flat track here helped as she wasn’t suited by the undulations at Wexford the last day.” It was Wachman’s turn when 11-10 favourite Pleasant Bay made the most of his chance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden after market rival Sniper reared in the stalls and lost valuable ground in the six-furlong contest. Lordan, back from duty in Chicago on Saturday night, held third position for most of the way and grabbed Wateed inside the final furlong before taking the prize by half a length. The jockey said: “He travelled well, but he was fairly raw when I brought him to challenge. He rolled about quite a bit. He’s always worked like a good horse, but he was a bit greener than I thought he’d be. He handled the surface well. He needs good ground and I’d say he wouldn’t mind going a bit further.” Press Association Dermot Weld looks to have a decent juvenile on his hands in the shape of Flying Jib, who won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Dundalk in eyecatching style.center_img A promising fourth on her Curragh debut, the daughter of Oasis Dream had David Wachman’s Tap Dancing a length and a quarter in front of her that day and the two renewed rivalry. Flying Jib (6-4) travelled sweetly up to challenge the 11-8 favourite at the furlong pole and when Pat Smullen pressed the button she smoothly went clear to score by four and a quarter lengths. last_img read more

Jets owner Woody Johnson investigated for alleged racist, sexist comments as UK ambassador, report says

first_imgMORE: Poll reveals majority of fans don’t believe football will happen in 2020Johnson allegedly made racist generalizations about Black men. His alleged sexist remarks were tied to talking about how women looked and dressed.Johnson issued a general denial on Twitter on Wednesday evening:I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times. These false claims of insensitive remarks about race and gender are totally inconsistent with my longstanding record and values.— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) July 22, 2020When CNN asked him earlier about the allegations, Johnson didn’t deny them, and he concluded with an overarching statement about his service. “I greatly value the extraordinary work that each and every member of the team does to strengthen and deepen our vital alliance,” he told CNN. Johnson has served as UK ambassador since August 2017.Per CNN’s sources, here’s a more detailed account of Johnson’s alleged racism and sexism:— Being agitated about a Black History Month event in February 2018, to the point of questioning why Black leaders needed a separate month to celebrate Black history— Arguing that Black fathers not remaining with their families was the “real challenge”— Holding official embassy gatherings at old men-only London clubs, excluding female diplomats— Talking about how many pretty women were present at public events— Preferring female employees because they were cheaper and worked harder Another NFL owner is in trouble — this time for alleged remarks he made as United States ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Donald Trump.CNN reports that Woody Johnson, who co-owns the Jets with his brother Christopher, prompted an investigation by a State Department watchdog for allegedly making racist and sexist comments to staff members while in his diplomatic role. He also is being investigated for misusing his government position to help the president’s personal businesses, including pushing to move the British Open golf tournament to a Trump resort in Scotland. — Being agitated about “a feminist event” for International Women’s DayAfter The Washington Post report last week detailed sexual harassment accusations in the Washington NFL organization under Daniel Snyder, and with the league starting to better embrace social justice initiatives to fight systemic racism this offseason, this isn’t a good look.It’s notable that, after taking the ambassadorship, Woody Johnson removed himself from the Jets’ operations, with Christopher Johnson, the minority owner, now overseeing the organization as both the Jets’ chairman and CEO. But the NFL, as it should, is still paying close watch on what comes of the State Department probe.last_img read more

LIVE: Joshua to play it cool in Klitschko super-fight on now

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain’s Anthony Joshua says he is prepared to play the waiting game in his world heavyweight super-fight against veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Joshua, 14 years Klitschko’s junior, is expected to attack the 41-year-old with the same explosiveness that has seen him win all 18 of his professional contests to date.But while many observers believe the longer the fight goes on, the more it will play into Klitschko’s hands, Joshua says he is prepared to wait for his moment.“He’ll probably start fast because he won’t be able to keep up the pace,” said Joshua, who hopes to add the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown.“Father Time is a genetic thing. It’s something no-one can deny and it’s just part of life. I don’t think he’d be able to cope in my training camp.“How I’ve been taught to win is to box off the line, set it up, and then come forward, defend, and try and come forward again.“So it’s what opportunities are there, rather than being aggressive and missing shots because I’m just hungry for a knockout.“I just have to create opportunities and when they come, I’ll explode then and take him on.”Joshua, 27, will confront Klitschko, the former world heavyweight number one, in front of 90,000 fans in the biggest fight the division has seen in years.It is the most significant heavyweight fight ever to be held in Britain and will reportedly earn the pair upwards of £10 million ($13 million, 12 million euros) each.Britain’s largest attendance for a boxing event since 1939 is expected beneath the Wembley arch, with millions more watching on television in over 140 countries.Yet Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, does not even see this as being the most important fight he will ever have.“I don’t think so, because it won’t be the end of my career,” said Joshua, who was born in England to Nigeria-born parents.“When he gets beat, that could be the end of him. That’s why it could be defining for him.” – ‘Crumble like a cookie’ –Joshua was seven years old when Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) turned professional in 1996 following his Olympic gold medal success in Atlanta earlier that year.The Ukrainian was last seen in a ring in November 2015 when he was outboxed in a defeat by Joshua’s burly compatriot Tyson Fury, ending his nine-and-a-half-year reign as champion.Klitschko, who saw Fury twice pull out of a re-match, is banking on his greater experience being a decisive factor.While Joshua has never been beyond seven rounds, Klitschko has fought 12 rounds nine times.“Experience is something that you cannot buy in a shop. You gain it over the years,” Klitschko said.“People could be in great preparation and great spirit and I’ve seen that they crumble like a cookie right before the first bell.”Klitschko is bidding to become a three-time world heavyweight champion like his older brother, Vitali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.Joshua tipped the scales at 17 stones 12lbs 2oz (113.4 kg) — 10 pounds more than Klitschko and his heaviest ever pre-fight weight — at Friday’s weigh-in.It prompted Klitschko to compare him to an over-muscled body-builder.“I’ve never seen AJ as big as he is right now,” he said. “He is as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger at his best.”Klitschko even went as far as predicting the partisan British crowd will be cheering for him by the end of the bout.“I was booed at the beginning (of his open workout), but cheered at the end, when I finished,” said the Ukrainian.“I’ve seen it with my brother (Vitali) and Herbie Hide here years ago. If you perform well, people will accept you with cheering.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more