Solo goes for repeat performance

first_imgSolo Performer attempts to uphold form with a couple of old foes when he takes the plunge in the feature race beneath the Dundalk floodlights. Press Association The Harry Rogers-trained eight-year-old had the returning duo of Gretzky and Paddy The Celeb well held over this mile-and-a-half trip towards the end of March. Now he gets the chance to add further credence to that half-length success in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap. center_img Solo Performer is 3lb higher than when he struck last month, but he won at Dundalk over an extended mile and a quarter in January 2012 off this same mark of 90. Chris Hayes has won six races aboard the gelded son of Distant Music and renews the partnership in the 20,000 euro contest. Among the opposition is Fairview Star, a recent course-and-distance winner. Eoin Griffin’s charge successfully switched to the Flat following a rather inauspicious spell over hurdles and in bumpers. Something Graceful is also entitled to improve for her fifth-placed finish in a mile-and-a-half handicap at the Curragh a fortnight ago. Jim Bolger’s four-year-old filly appeared ill at ease on the soft ground and remains 3lb lower in the weights than when she won over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown last August. There could be plenty more to come from Muizenberg Nights in the Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap after she broke her duck over this same track and trip earlier this month, though Tommy Stack’s filly faces some in-form rivals in the shape of Versilia Gal, Monakova and Toberton. The Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Maiden brings proceedings to a close and Dermot Weld’s Spirit Of Concorde is sure to be very popular. The Authorized gelding has found only one too good on both starts to date and he should be sharper for his recent reappearance run. last_img read more

Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito makes up-and-down debut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2018 at 1:27 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Comments KALAMAZOO, Mich. — It’s been nearly two years since Tommy DeVito last saw game action. And that was in high school.“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there,” Devito said.On Friday, Syracuse (1-0) debuted the heralded redshirt-freshman late in the first half against Western Michigan (0-1), leading 34-7. But when DeVito exited the game with 5:19 left in the third quarter, SU’s lead was six. Finishing 4-for-9 for 42 yards, DeVito produced three first downs, rushed eight times for 14 yards and was sacked twice. “I just try to stay calm, do my job,” DeVito said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe situation DeVito entered was about as perfect as imagined. On Aug. 21, head coach Dino Babers said he decided the starter, but both quarterbacks — Eric Dungey and DeVito would play — depending on the score. Leading by 27 while holding the Broncos to, at that point, one first down, was as good a time as ever. On his first drive, facing 3rd-and-9, DeVito took a page out of Dungey’s book and scampered for 11 yards and the conversion.Consistently, DeVito made more plays with his legs than his arm, avoiding the rush and taking keepers up the middle.“Tommy is probably faster than Dungey,” Babers said.DeVito’s best pass of the night, a 48-yard bomb to Jamal Custis, was wiped out by a penalty. DeVito still linked up with Dontae Strickland on a wheel route up the middle for 22 yards but otherwise was pedestrian in his passing. At times he was inaccurate, too. On a deep out to the right sideline, DeVito missed low and away to Custis. He lobbed a couple overthrows. Trying to convert a 3rd-and-9 on the first series after Western Michigan made it 34-14, DeVito looked left and whipped a pass nowhere in the vicinity of Devin Butler.“I get some reps with the ones,” DeVito said, “but sometimes you get in there and you don’t have the same chemistry as those guys running with the ones.”But the pressing matter during DeVito’s five drives was the rapidly closing margin. While WMU torched the Orange’s defense, SU’s offense stalled out. DeVito stayed in the game, Babers said, because he wanted to see if the quarterback could battle back himself.All the while, Dungey sat on the sidelines and watched. Series after series went by with the margin closing and still, DeVito stayed in.“So I understood what coach was doing,” Dungey said. “I don’t have any harsh feelings about it. I mean, we were winning. As long as we were winning I don’t really care. But once things started getting close, I was in coach’s ear trying to get back in there.”And after DeVito took a sack on third down, leading by just six, Dungey was put back in the next series, and DeVito’s day was done.last_img read more

Guardiola vows City have desire to retain title

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp It was the 16th consecutive league and cup game in which Guardiola’s side has scored a first half goal, a run dating back to their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea in early December.And in the context of the title race, it may yet prove to be one of the more important although it took until deep into stoppage-time of the second half for City to claim their second.– Title intrigue –Kevin De Bruyne played in Jesus, whose initial run was blocked by Jordan Pickford, only for the ball to sit up kindly for the Brazilian to head into an open goal.That was enough to stretch City’s goal advantage to seven over Liverpool and set up an intriguing weekend, when Klopp’s team must face Bournemouth 24 hours before the leaders host Chelsea on Sunday.“We have started the week well, (beating) Arsenal and here, now comes a big, big test, a big goal,” Guardiola said.“Chelsea are an exceptional team who have had seven days to prepare. We have to prepare well.“It really is a final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, it is a huge step forward.”Having survived a test of their nerve at Everton, City have no time to rest on their laurels.But Guardiola insisted he won’t complain about the hectic schedule.“I used to listen to what older managers – Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafa Benitez – what they said and complained about the schedules and nothing happened,” he said.“I arrived here so I understand the situation. If we played just one competition, the schedule would be better but when you have to play four you have to adapt.“So when the Premier League say we have to play there, we take the bus to play at the right time and, at the right moment, we play the game.” FILE PHOTO: Pep Guardiolacenter_img Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City’s 2-0 victory at Everton proved they are determined to win their title fight with Liverpool as the champions returned to the top of the table on Wednesday.It was a far from inspired performance from City at Goodison Park, but goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus ensured they knocked Liverpool out of pole position on goal difference.Liverpool had occupied first place since December 8, but now the pressure is on Jurgen Klopp’s side just five weeks after they could have moved 10 points clear of City.With Liverpool showing signs of nerves after two successive draws damaged their bid for a first English title since 1990, City took advantage in a fixture which was brought forward due to their League Cup final date with Chelsea later this month.It was a crucial victory and City manager Guardiola claimed his players have no intention of letting Liverpool off the hook now.“We come from champions and we are in a situation where we could have given up but it didn’t happen,” Guardiola said.“We gave an incredible game against Liverpool. These players have shown incredible desire and performances for the last two years. How could I question them?“We have played one more game. but it’s the best we can do. The reality is one month ago we could have been 10 points behind when we played Liverpool.“A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. That is the best advice, the lesson is – never give up.“That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately.”City struck at the best possible time when Laporte headed them in front in the second minute of first half stoppage-time.The opening goal came from a free-kick, needlessly conceded by Idrissa Gueye as he slid in late on Fernandinho, and taken by David Silva.The Spanish midfielder curled in a perfect delivery which found Laporte unmarked, and only eight yards from goal, for a solid finish.last_img read more

Suffolk pair win East region foursomes

first_img1 May 2012 Suffolk pair win East region foursomes Suffolk’s Sharon Luckman and Amanda Norman are the new East region foursomes champions, winning the title by six shots at The Links, Newmarket. The pair, from Felixstowe Ferry, deposed Bedfordshire’s Sally Shayler and Bridie Quinn, who have won this event for the past two years. On this occasion they finished as runners-up, ahead of third- placed Tracey Williamson and Karen Young from Norfolk. The handicap winners, Sue Henderson and Shelley Pleasance (Dunston Hall, Norfolk), played consistent golf with net 74 in both rounds, and were seven shots better than their closest challengers. The event attracted 48 pairs from Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. They had to contend with cold, wet weather for the morning rounds but conditions improved in the afternoon. Leading scores Scratch 153 Sharon Luckman and Amanda Norman (Felixstowe Ferry) 159 Sally Shayler & Bridie Quinn (The Bedfordshire/ South Beds) 162 Tracey Williamson & Karen Young (Royal Cromer/Eaton) Handicap 148 Sue Henderson & Shelley Pleasance (Dunston Hall) 155 Jane Mitchell & Pat Nixon (Ely City); Nicky Wylie & Iet Cuppens (Royal Norwich)last_img read more