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Guineas glory for Pleascach

first_img Devonshire was third ahead of Jack Naylor and Bocca Baciata. Bolger said: “She has a nice bit of toe and is basically not a miler. She’s a relentless galloper with a turn of foot as well. “The Guineas is a bonus. It worked out well with a strong pace. I was a bit worried that a 66-rated filly (Mainicin) could do it (make the pace) and hopefully it won’t affect her mark too much! “She will go for the Irish Derby and then the Oaks after that. Entering her in the Derby wasn’t so much what I thought about her, it was really what I thought about the colts, with all due respect to our neighbours. “We think she’s very good, she’s right on that level with the colts. “I bred the filly, her sire and the dam of the sire. She’s explosive, just like her name (English translation of Pleascach).” Manning added: “The pacemaker did a great job. I was able to do my own thing with no-one bothering me. From three out I just had to wind her up. It was a very fast-run race at Naas and I felt she had come on from that. “Last year she won over seven and I think she’s very versatile. I’d have no questions about a mile and a half.” Press Association Having won the 10-furlong Blue Wind Stakes at Naas less than a fortnight ago in spectacular fashion, it was no surprise to see her ridden positively back over the mile by Kevin Manning, tracking pacesetting stable companions Mainicin and Steip Amach. As that pair began to weaken heading inside the last two furlongs, 11-2 chance Pleascach moved into the lead and though Found looked set to mow her down inside the final furlong, Bolger’s ace was not for catching and passed the post half a length to the good. center_img Jim Bolger’s filly Pleascach repelled hot favourite Found to claim Classic glory in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.last_img read more

Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering

first_imgThunder GM Sam Presti on Wednesday issued a statement (via The Oklahoman) in which he closed, “The Thunder thanks Paul for his contributions to the organization and our community. We are proud that Paul is part of our history as an organization and that some of his best basketball of his career was in Oklahoma City. He should be remembered fondly; we wish him and his family the best.”But how Presti began his statement was a lot more interesting: “From the time that Paul and his representation made us aware of what had been transpiring and their subsequent (trade) request …”Longtime sports journalist and NBA-watcher J.A. Adande tweeted: “I like the subtle shade of the phrasing ‘what had been transpiring.'”Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Howard Beck retweeted Adande with the not-so-subtle hashtag #tamperpalooza.#tamperpalooza https://t.co/QDIZjq6oU1— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) July 10, 2019Let’s just throw a question mark in there: What had been transpiring?George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, called the Thunder to request a trade on behalf of his client, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, but only after Leonard was heavily recruiting George to join him with the Clippers, even though George had signed a four-year deal with the Thunder last offseason. Speaking at an NBA media conference Tuesday in New York, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the issue of players under contract requesting trades, as new Laker Anthony Davis did last season and more recently, as George did with OKC. Silver doesn’t like it, but admits there’s no simple solution.”I will say, without getting into any specific circumstances, trade demands are disheartening,” Silver said. “They’re disheartening to the team. They’re disheartening to the community and don’t serve the player well. The players care about their reputations just as much.”The Thunder could have denied George’s request and tried to make it work, but they reportedly were concerned it could turn into a situation similar to Davis’ departure from the Pelicans.As Presti said in his statement Wednesday: “(O)ur focus as an organization was identifying the best paths for our future.”Oklahoma City finished the regular season sixth in the Western Conference with a 49-33 record. They suffered a disappointing early exit from the playoffs, eliminated by the Trail Blazers in five games. Masai Ujiri on Raptors losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency: ‘There’s no time to go out and cry’ Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal The Clippers’ news release came with the obligatory quote from LA president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank: “Paul George is one of the greatest two-way players in our game. He is both an elite scorer and a relentless defender whose versatility elevates any team.”Paul George is an LA Clipper.6️⃣x All-Star5️⃣x All-NBA4️⃣x All-Defensehttps://t.co/Wr6IDROQ2A— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 10, 2019George, who made sure he left Oklahoma City on the right foot, previously had thanked the Thunder after spending two seasons with the team, writing in part on Instagram: “Thank you Oklahoma for 2 great years, you took me in as one of your own from the day I touched down.” Related News George averaged 28 points on 43.8% shooting. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 77 games last season.But Leonard, apparently determined to return to Southern California but reportedly never going to sign with the Lakers, saw George as the best shot to help him win — and win quickly, based on his reported contract terms — with the Clippers.What transpired to make that happen is part of the current landscape of the NBA.center_img Paul George officially is a Clipper, joining new superstar teammate Kawhi Leonard, the team announced Wednesday.The confirmed blockbuster deal: The Clippers get the six-time NBA All-Star from the Thunder for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers’ first-round draft picks in 2022, ’24 and ’26, along with two first-round choices via Miami (2021 and ’23), and OKC obtained the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and ’25 Paul George pens emotional farewell to Thunder after Clippers trade Kawhi Leonard switched meetings to accommodate Lakers, Paul George talks, report sayslast_img read more

Hughes shoots 60, McIlroy makes strong start at Travelers Championship

first_imgSpieth, winless since 2017, was four under through nine holes before a mixed back nine, which included bogeys at 10 and 18.Also in a tie for 33rd is Abraham Ancer, who produced the shot of the day with a hole-in-one at the 16th.My first ACE on the @PGATOUR today! Lezzgoo! Too bad cameras weren’t on for the shot. #TeamAncer @TravelersChamp pic.twitter.com/A3ozsccENS— Abraham Ancer (@Abraham_Ancer) June 25, 2020Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson opened with a first-round 69, two shots better off than countryman Justin Thomas. The Canadian, who has struggled since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break, made six birdies on his first nine holes before picking up shots at the second, sixth, seventh and eighth holes.Hughes is three shots clear of world No. 1 McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland.McIlroy mixed an eagle and six birdies with just a single bogey to start with a seven-under 63.A 7-under 63 for @McIlroyRory in Round 1 @TravelersChamp.Highlights from his first round: pic.twitter.com/3sHpx62l54— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 25, 2020While Hughes is well clear, the rest of the leaderboard is congested, with another six players a shot further back in a tie for fifth.Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan, Noh Seung-yul and Louis Oosthuizen opened with 64s.Jordan Spieth made a solid start with a three-under 67, to be alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose among others. Mackenzie Hughes carded a brilliant 10-under 60 to lead the Travelers Championship as Rory McIlroy made a strong start.Hughes holed 10 birdies in the first round at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to open up a three-stroke lead on Thursday.last_img read more

You’ve been framed! Record-breaker Hill is a Guinness prize guy

first_img Josh Hill met up with England Golf graduate Tommy Fleetwood today and was presented with a Guinness World Records certificate to mark his achievement as a history-maker.England boys’ squad player Hill made headlines across the world when he fired a final round 62 to win the Al Ain Open on the MENA Tour in October.The victory saw him become the youngest-ever winner of an official world golf ranking event at just 15 years, six months and 27 days old.In recognition of his fabulous win, Fleetwood took time out his busy schedule to hand over a framed certificate to the up-and-coming young Englishman.Hill said: “I’m a big admirer of Tommy so it was a real thrill for him to present me with this Guinness World Records certificate.“I feel honoured to have achieved what I have at 15, but I know it’s only a starting point.“I’m like any normal teenager, just half-decent at golf. I will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.”Fleetwood – currently world number 10 – came through the England amateur ranks before going on to become one of the biggest stars of world golf, a Ryder Cup winner and Europe’s number one.Hill – who was born in Surrey, but is based in Dubai –  pegs it up tomorrow in another professional event, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.Already this week he has enjoyed a practice round alongside world number one Brooks Koepka and rubbed shoulders with a range of stars from the European and PGA Tours.Hill’s meeting with Koepka naturally attracted a lot of attention especially when the 15-year-old outdrove the American on two occasions and beat him over eight holes!Koepka – a four-time Major winner – was impressed with both the teenager’s technique and attitude.Koepka said: “It’s always fun to get to play with these young kids, and you really see in 10 years – when I’m close to being on my way out – all these kids that will be up and winning a bunch.“It will be cool to see in the next five, 10 years how much he progresses.“He asked good questions. I thought that was important.“I think being so young, if I was in his shoes, I would have been afraid to ask. He wasn’t afraid to ask, which I think is very important and very mature for his age.“He’s a good player. Putts it really well. Short game is really good. Strikes it really well.”Hill is an important member of the England boys’ squad for 2020 and will be competing for a place in the team to play Home Internationals and the European Championships.Photograph credit: Getty Images Tags: England Boys’ Squad, Josh Hill 15 Jan 2020 You’ve been framed! Record-breaker Hill is a Guinness prize guy last_img read more