Actor and arts advocate Jane Alexander to receive Radcliffe Medal

first_imgToday, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announces that this year’s Radcliffe Medal will be awarded to actor and arts advocate Jane Alexander.Radcliffe Day 2013 will celebrate the arts with a morning panel that unites leaders across the visual arts, writing, music, and theater. It will be immediately followed by the annual Radcliffe Day lunch, featuring an address by Alexander, who is being honored as an individual whose life and work have significantly and positively influenced society.This year, Dean Lizabeth Cohen will present the Radcliffe Medal to Jane Alexander in honor of the courage she has shown as an actor and as a champion for the arts during her tenure as the head of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 1993 to 1997. Alexander’s acting roles—including The Great White Hope, which confronted race and segregation in the Jim Crow era, and All the President’s Men and Kramer vs. Kramer—have earned four Oscar nominations, seven Tony nominations and one win, and nine Emmy nominations and two wins. As the first working artist to chair the NEA, Alexander fought to protect arts funding in the 1990s when it came under fire by Congress. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Students gather at Grotto to remember Fr. Hesburgh

first_imgWell after midnight in below-freezing cold, students stood in still silence around a glowing “TED” spelled out in candles at the Grotto to mourn the loss of Fr. Theodore “Ted” Hesburgh.Hesburgh died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the age of 97.“The Grotto is the only place to go at a time like right now,” senior Greg Denis said.More than 100 students gathered at the Grotto, standing, kneeling and huddled in groups praying. Every candle available was lit. The memory of Hesburgh provided warmth to the student body, freshman Emily Casey said.“It’s a testament to the Notre Dame community that there are so many people here at two in the morning on a Thursday night,” Casey said. “It doesn’t matter the weather or time of night, if something happens, the Notre Dame community is going to pull together and deal with this as a community.“I thought it was beautiful to see so many people out here for him. We were expecting some people but not as many.” Michael Yu | The Observer Candles illuminate The Grotto in memory of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who died Thursday at 97.Students standing arm-in-arm quietly and somberly broke into singing the Alma Mater.“When we came, people were starting to sing the Alma Mater, so we were able to join in,” freshman Therese McCarry said. “I think that was very special because everyone was coming together. People kept coming, lighting candles, saying prayers.”People reacted differently to the news of Hesburgh’s death, but all sought the comfort of the Notre Dame community at the Grotto, Brennah Toomey said.“It was a quieting of my mind,” Toomey said. “I felt at peace. Just seeing the word ‘TED’ written out in the candles was just beautiful.”Sophomore James Burke said he felt it was necessary to drop what he was doing to head to the Grotto.“I was studying at the time, and I heard that people were coming down to the Grotto,” Burke said. “I wanted to pay my respects and be part of that.”It was the most important thing to do at the time, sophomore Ben Evans said.“It’s a sign of respect for a guy who did so much for our community and University,” Evans said.A number of people were in tears and sought hugs from fellow students upon hearing the news, freshman McKenzie Brummond said.“I broke into tears when I found out,” Brummond said. “It kind of hit me like a train.”“I can already feel that the Notre Dame community is different without Fr. Hesburgh here. This will have such an impact on everyone who is even connected to the University.”McCarry said she felt sadness as well, knowing that a great man had died.“I wish I could have met him — very important person,” McCarry said. “I think I’m very aware of how this will affect everyone in the Notre Dame community. Not just students, but alums, teachers, everyone.”Sophomore Nick Lindstrom said he went to the Grotto to commemorate Hesburgh’s life and legacy.“Well, it’s tough because it’s not a sad thing,” Lindstrom said. “He lived such an amazing life and such a long life, I just wanted to come down and celebrate that.”Lindstrom said he met Hesburgh briefly during his first year at Notre Dame.“It was fall semester when I was still trying to figure out what I was doing here,” Lindstrom said. “I was walking up to the library, and I looked outside, and I said, ‘Hey, he looks familiar,’ and sure enough it was Father Hesburgh. So I walked up, and I was like, ‘I have to hold the door for this man.’ So I held the door for him, and he turned to me and said, ‘Thank you son.’ That was the only interaction I had and will only have with him, but that was enough for me.”It was fitting for the Notre Dame community to be at the Grotto remembering Hesburgh, Brummond said, because it was a gesture Hesburgh would have wanted to see.“It’s really inspiring to see everyone here because Fr. Hesburgh played such an instrumental role in building this community,” Brummond said. “So it’s amazing to see how loved he is by the community he really contributed to.”Some in the Notre Dame community knew Hesburgh’s health was wavering, so his death was not a complete surprise, Brummond said.“I’m in Fr. Malloy’s seminar, and he touched on Fr. Hesburgh’s state of health recently,” Brummond said. “I kind of knew it would be coming, but it came a little bit sooner than I expected.”Casey said she “knew Father Hesburgh’s death was coming,” but the loss still caught her off guard.“I don’t think you can ever prepare for anyone to go,” Casey said. “Especially someone who is so iconic. He is Notre Dame. You don’t imagine Notre Dame without him.”Female students particularly expressed their gratitude to Hesburgh, McCarry said, because female students were admitted during his tenure as University president in 1972.“When we were walking to the Grotto, I said, ‘We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Fr. Hesburgh. We’re here because of him,’” McCarry said. “I love Notre Dame, I love being here, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, so I’m just really thankful because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have this experience.”Casey echoed this sentiment.“Especially as a girl here at Notre Dame, I’m really appreciative of everything Fr. Hesburgh has done,” Casey said.Some were sorrowful at not being able to thank him for this historic change to the University, Brummond said.“[Women] really owe a lot to him,” Brummond said. “I just really wish I would have had the chance to thank him for the opportunity to even be here.”Fourth-year architecture student Caitlyn O’Malley said she felt remorse that she never got to meet Hesburgh.“I missed my one opportunity, and I’m never going to stop regretting it,” O’Malley said.  “He’s the reason I’m here.”Sophomore Nathan Luong said Hesburgh has had a role in all students’ lives at Notre Dame, whether they knew it or not.“He had a big impact here and for all of us students here, he affected our lives in one way or the other,” Luong said.Hesburgh was the most important person to Notre Dame’s community, O’Malley said.“He represents everything this University stands for,” O’Malley said. “He’s just one of those men. You don’t get many opportunities in your life to meet people like that. He’s just one of those people that stands out. We’re always going to remember the impact he had.”Freshman Patrick Keough said Hesburgh was more than just a man for Notre Dame.“He’s a symbol of the University,” Keough said. “He has led this University for many, many years and done amazing, terrific things for it.”Despite never meeting him, McCarry said Hesburgh’s fame and accomplishments will continue to be pervasive.“Very few people can have that kind of effect on others,” McCarry said. “He is a very special and important person.”Hesburgh was truly one of a kind, Denis said.“He’s a special man,” Denis said. “Not many people will ever come like that. He’s going to be missed on this campus and around the world.”Tags: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Grottolast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Signs Bill Strengthening Child-safety Seat Protections

first_img June 13, 2016 Governor Wolf Signs Bill Strengthening Child-safety Seat Protections Bill Signing,  Press Release,  PSA Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed three pieces of legislation into law, including Senate Bill 1152, now Act 43, sponsored by Senator Pat Browne, which requires a child under 2 years of age be securely fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer. Currently, the law does not require small children to be rear-facing in the passenger restraint system.“We have no greater responsibility as public servants than protecting our most vulnerable, including especially young children,” Governor Wolf said. “I commend Senator Browne, Representative Schlossberg and their colleagues for their efforts to ensure children in vehicles are safer and more secure.”Governor Wolf also signed the following two bills into law:Act 41 – Senate Bill 590, sponsored by Sen. Tomlinson, clarifies current law so that State-owned universities and employees of State-owned universities have the authority to enter into economic development agreements.Act 42 – Senate Bill 847, sponsored by Sen. Aument, requires that the State Veterans’ Commission also include a representative of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Stuart man slaps sleeping girlfriend with cheeseburger, police say

first_imgA man in Martin County is accused of slapping his girlfriend with a cheeseburger while she slept.According to police, 30-year-old Kyle Jamison Jones” wanted it his way” and when he didn’t get it, things between him and his girlfriend escalated.Deputies were called to Jones’ home by his live-in girlfriend, who said the suspect abruptly woke her up by slapping her in the face with a cheeseburger.The victim told police the attack continued as Jones pulled her hair and kicked her down the stairs. When deputies arrived, the victim was visibly upset and covered with particles of the food item.Jones admitted to a verbal dispute but refused to say anything about becoming physical with the victim, according to police.He was charged with battery and taken to the Martin County Jail.last_img read more

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Batch keeps Steelers in playoff hunt

first_imgREDEMPTION IN BALTIMORE—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch congratulates running back Jonathan Dwyer, right, after Dwyer’s 16-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Charlie Batch’s farewell game was a work of art as he kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt with a 23-20 upset of the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens, 9-3. Ben Roethlisberger should be returning against the San Diego Chargers, so Charlie should spend the rest of the season on the bench. And there’s rumors that Byron Leftwich should also be ready which moves Batch down to third string, even though he should have earned the number two slot with the victory over the Ravens. Given a lot more freedom in the play selection, Batch, who turns 38 on Wednesday, passed for 276 yards and a touchdown on 25 of 36 passing. He distributed the ball fairly equally to Heath Miller, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders all with 5 receptions each.He also had much better ground support as new starter Jonathan Dwyer picked up 49 yards on 16 carries and Isaac Redman had 43 yards on 9 carries.The Chargers have been a big disappointment since Norv Turner took over as head coach several years ago. Led by Philip Rivers, who was one of the big three quarterbacks, with Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning to enter the league in 2004, he’s the only one without a Super Bowl ring, whereas the other two have 2 each.Rivers has had the individual stats over the years but he hasn’t been able to lead his team out of mediocrity. Remember this team traded Drew Brees to keep Rivers. This year once again he has good stats, 277 of 424 for 2969 yards but a low QB Rating of 85.1 because of a high turnover ratio.The running game is nothing to write home about either. Ryan Matthews is their lead back with 620 yards on 155 carries for a 4 yards average. His backup is Jackie Battles with 220 yards on 52 carries for a 4.3 average. Danario Alexander is the only receiver with any kind of numbers. He has 765 yards on 51 receptions.On offense the Chargers aren’t ranked in the top 15 in any category. They are 19th in points scored, 26th in yards, 18th in passing yards, and 26th in rushing yards.On the defensive side of the ball they might be a little better as they are 6th in rushing yards allowed, and 9th in total yards and 12th in least points allowed.All this translates into another losing season, 4-8 from a team that is considered to be a contender every year, until the season starts. They are coming off another close loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-13.Speaking of the Bengals, they kept the pressure on the Steelers with their win over the Chargers keeping them in a tie with a 7-5 record. The Indianapolis Colts, 8-4, stayed in front of them for the two wild card slots with a 35-33 victory over the Detroit Lions.The Steelers have the easiest schedule for the remaining four games with the Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, 6-6, Bengals and Cleveland Browns, 4-8.The Bengals play Dallas, Philadelphia Eagles, 3-9, Steelers and the Ravens.The Colts have to play the Houston Texans, 11-1, twice along with the lowly Tennessee Titans, 4-8, and Kansas City Chiefs, 2-10.The Steelers and Bengals should win their next two games, making the clash between these two in the next to last game of the season a huge battle, that may just determine who makes the playoffs. But first they must win their next two games.AP NOTES: Pittsburgh CB Ike Taylor hurt his right ankle in the first quarter and did not return…Tomlin said FB Will Johnson “probably has a concussion.”…Brown has thrown two passes this season. The other one was incomplete…Baltimore missed a chance to go 10-2 for the first time in franchise history…Rice’s 32nd rushing touchdown broke a second-place tie with Willis McGahee on the team’s career list.last_img read more

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Count Basie Theatre Series Raises More Than $400,000 for Charities

first_imgRED BANK – In the months that followed Super Storm Sandy, the Count Basie Theatre quickly became the hub for fundraising concerts and events.Charities, local and national musicians, and television celebrities reached out to the Basie and creative endeavors began. Count Basie Theatre CEO Adam Philipson spearheaded the plan to fill the calendar with not only Count Basie Theatre presented shows or rentals, but also with outside organizations needing a space that could accommodate the public. The results have yielded substantial donations for the relief efforts in the Monmouth County area.The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was among the organizations assisted with fundraising efforts by the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank following Super Storm Sandy. Accepting a representational check, from left, are: Charles Woolston, a board member for the theater and foodbank; Peter Ardolino, a theater foundation board member; Linda Keenan, the foodbank’s director of development; Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich and Michael Parent, theater board members.“Our vision was to become an active agent of change and support during one of the worst national disasters” Philipson said. “We opened our doors and hearts to the families that were suffering and were grateful to have had so many artists willing to participate with us.”Of the many concerts that took place over the past three months, Count Basie Theatre presented or co-presented events generated funding toward Sandy relief from combined donations through Count Basie Theatre Raffle ticket sales, the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performance, a private donation from the Feaster Family and Swing’ and Singin’ for Sandy Relief featuring The Manhattan Transfer.Other events that took place at Count Basie Theatre included An Evening with Brian Williams and Jon Stewart (both Williams and Stewart matched the funds raised from ticket sales); Hope for the Highlands and Santa for Seabright (Brian Kirk and the Jirks).A total of $415,782 was raised and allocated to: Lunch Break; Foodbank of Mon­mouth and Ocean Counties; VNA; Salvation Army New Jersey Division; St. Rose High School Music Department; and Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy for bussing displaced students to the theater to see special performances as part of the Basie’s Outreach Program.Response from the recipients has been overwhelming and the staff at the Count Basie Theatre are happy to have helped facilitate the process.“The Board is very honored with this kind gift in recognition of the efforts of the staff and volunteers in the days following the storm to continue the vital services to our community that defines our mission,” said Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson, Lunch Break board of trustees. “We are indeed humbled.”Organizations like the Salvation Army provided 214,488 meals and 7,381 blankets. Rosemary Calderalo of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division said, “Thank you so much. We are very moved by the Count Basie Theatre’s support. You are a great community partner.”last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Jerry Hollendorfer9619131220%$1,961,070 AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARKBEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES Rafael Bejarano14635231924%$1,650,364 Philip D’Amato4288719%$419,710 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won James Cassidy4075718%$251,380 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2464525%$129,748 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 14) Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Tyler Baze15118151712%$1,157,134 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Brandon Boulanger755387%$138,886 Ron Ellis3352515%$201,640 Richard Mandella3685722%$386,186 Gary Stevens57108918%$759,472 Carla Gaines2854218%$316,355 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Corey Nakatani74128916%$640,258 Thomas Proctor2754319%$339,240 Brice Blanc2641315%$162,092center_img Peter Eurton48108721%$481,558 A. C. Avila2051225%$110,974 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller831617819%$966,700 Fernando Perez9991089%$431,962 Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Joseph Talamo13314142211%$1,035,114 Victor Espinoza9718201319%$1,235,870 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT            American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a picture-perfect morning in 1:00.40 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile prepares for his 3-year-old debut.The Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014, American Pharoah was clocked in 47.40 for four furlongs under Martin Garcia, who was aboard the bay colt for the 9 a.m. drill.“Very impressive; he was breezing,” said Baffert, who is mulling either the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14 for the handsome bay owned by Ahmed Zayat.“It will be one of them,” Baffert said of the aforementioned two races. “He handled the work pretty well. He’s coming around pretty quickly.”This was American Pharoah’s third recorded breeze since missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1 due to a suspensory-related injury.In other news from the Baffert barn, the Hall of Fame trainer said both Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and San Pasqual Stakes winner Hopperunity were on the track Sunday but as for a race, he had “no plans.”Power Jam, who demolished five rivals in a scintillating debut Saturday, winning by 4 ¼ lengths after a series of bullet works, was “no surprise” to Baffert. “He’s a really fast horse, like his sire (Concord Point),” Baffert said.Power Gem was bred in Kentucky by owner Kaleem Shah, who was on hand with his son, Arman, for the race. “Kaleem was so pumped up,” Baffert said.DOLLAR DAY, GRADE II BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.            Monday’s feature race is the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.The Grade II race marks the return to Santa Anita of multiple local riding king Joel Rosario, who pilots favored La Tia from the rail for trainer Armando De la cerda under the top weight of 123 pounds.The field for the Buena Vista, race seven on a nine-race program: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1.Uzziel, who finished second at 52-1 in her debut for trainer Keith Desormeaux in Saturday’s Santa Maria Stakes, was scratched. John Sadler697121110%$509,576 Michael Pender2453221%$140,770 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Bob Baffert601213820%$1,177,618 Flavien Prat62105616%$460,846 Martin Garcia7914121118%$1,132,850 Santiago Gonzalez4454911%$154,244 FINISH LINES: Working in company with stablemate Moulin de Mougin, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went three furlongs Sunday for Richard Mandella as she worked towards her 5-year-old debut. Each horse was clocked in 35.20. “They went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 as “a possibility” for her comeback race. “There’s no plan,” he said. “It’s a race I might think about, but Beholder is coming along great.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride impressive maiden winner Prospect Park for Cliff Sise Jr. in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7. A son of Tapit, Prospect Park worked six furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:12.20 . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan was non-committal on either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for Firing Line, who suffered two excruciating head defeats to unbeaten Dortmund in his last two outings. “We won’t make a decision for a few weeks,” Callaghan said . . . Agent Brad Pegram has Mike Smith booked on Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Imperia for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, while Joe Ferrer has perennial Southern California leader Rafael Bejarano also at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Chandelier Stakes winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, among other stakes mounts . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative “probably” will run in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 . . . Former agent Ivan Puhich, who represented Mario Gutierrez when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor Sunday. “I’m doing great,” said the former Marine, who gets around with a walker but is looking forward to his 89th birthday this Dec. 22. “I’m just old, that’s all.” . . . Congratulations toseven-pound apprentice jockey Brayan Pena onwinning his first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Guatamala piloted the 6-year-old California-bred mare Rich in Tradition to a length-and-a-quarter victory for only her second win from 37 starts for owner/trainer Rafael DeLeon at a $48.80payoff. Agent Susan McBrayer represents Pena . . . All in the family: Alex Solis, represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Less than an hour later at Santa Anita, Tyler Baze, whose agent is Brandon’s father, Craig, captured the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Warren’s Veneda . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Tiago Pereira7176910%$226,434 Richard Baltas3966315%$234,188last_img read more

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Local Roundup: Myriah Epino’s late goal lifts Humboldt State to win over Colorado Mesa

first_imgArcata >> Humboldt State’s Myriah Epino was in the right place at the right time.The sophomore forward’s goal with 13:35 left in the game broke a 1-1 tie and gave HSU a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Mesa Mavericks on Thursday at College Creek Field.The Jacks got on the board in the first few minutes of the game when freshman midfielder Sabine Postma took a pass from Alex Jenkins and scored to give HSU a 1-0 lead.CMU tied the game at 1-1 when Amanda Wenzel beat HSU goalie Katelin Tolbert to a …last_img read more

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Australia vs Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne ‘in good spirits’ after copping nasty blow on neck

first_imgSri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit by a bouncing delivery on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a stretcher on the second day of the Test match against Australia.Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.The 30-year-old Karunaratne, who retired hurt on 46, left the ground on a motorized stretcher. He was later shown on television being taken by ambulance to a hospital.He appeared to be conscious, although medical staff appeared concerned about his neck.Cricket Australia later released a statement saying, Dimuth Karunaratne is in ‘good spirits’ and is doing fine, as confirmed by Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha.”He’s in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits. No danger at the moment. He was talking to us before he was leaving as well,” Hathurusingha said after play.”It was a bit scary at the start the way he fall back initially but he was OK.”Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio. Hit on the back of the neck so he’s being assessed at the moment.”UPDATE: Dimuth Karunaratne is in ‘good spirits’ after a scary moment on day two: https://t.co/Xhc2Xk6vGe #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/OvHfuiXRA4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019Karunaratne’s departure led to a flurry of wickets for the Aussies as Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc struck in quick succession.advertisementLyon snared a well-set Lahiru Thirimanne for 41 while Cummins castled Kusal Mendis with a superb delivery for 6. Captain Dinesh Chandimal offered some resistance before getting out to Starc for 15.Sri Lanka ended the day’s play at 123 for 3 at stumps and trail Australia by 411 runs, with Kusal Perera unbeaten on 11 and Dhananjaya de Silva on one.That’s stumps! Late wickets have Australia right on top at Manuka Oval: https://t.co/DT74duc43l #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/DNIgCzKDyMcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019Earlier, two-Test old Kurtis Patterson notched his maiden century to drive Australia to a massive first innings total of 534-5 declared on day two.The hosts, who lead 1-0 lead after winning the first test by an innings and 40 runs at Brisbane last week, may have done enough to bat Sri Lanka out of the match and seal their first series win since a 4-0 Ashes victory against England last year.After resuming on 384-4 Australia declared their first innings closed after lunch, with Patterson, in just his second Test innings, unbeaten on 114 and captain Tim Paine 45 not out.The home side have struggled with the bat recently, Usman Khawaja’s 141 against Pakistan last October the only hundred by an Australian batsman since they thrashed England at home, but they have three centurions in Canberra already.After hundreds from Joe Burns and Travis Head on the first day, the 25-year-old Patterson, who made his debut in Brisbane, looked untroubled against a second-string Sri Lanka attack that has lost three pace bowlers to injuries.last_img read more

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Trainers joust over King George chances of Bristol De Mai and Might Bite

first_imgKing George VI Chase Read more Nicky Henderson … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing tips Since you’re here… “Hello,” he said, pausing mid-flow. “I didn’t see Bristol De Mai hiding behind a corner there.” Shortly afterwards, when Henderson said he liked Nico de Boinville to “sit as still as you dare” for as long as possible on Might Bite, so as not to provoke that horse’s quirky nature, Twiston-Davies called out that Bristol De Mai would “get him racing very early”.“Well, that’s fine,” responded the unruffled Henderson. “We make the running if necessary but don’t have to.” He spoke of his horse’s “extraordinarily high cruising speed” and recalled his Cheltenham success in March. “At the top of the hill, he was only doing his own thing and everybody else was off the bridle. But it doesn’t mean he has to cruise in front.” Then, in the direction of Twiston-Davies: “I’m sure he’d be very happy to have a lead”.It was all quite good natured and the two then posed for jolly pictures with the King George trophy but it is only six months since they exchanged harsh words in a car park at Royal Ascot. As Twiston-Davies recalled: “Nicky got excited because he thought I was training Sprinter Sacre for a selling hurdle at Uttoxeter or something …”As the cameras clicked, the Gloucestershire man joked he may now supplement the thoroughly retired Sprinter Sacre for the King George. “He wouldn’t get the trip,” Henderson responded. “Oh yes he would,” said Twiston-Davies, confirming these two grand dames of jump racing were just indulging in a bit of pantomime.Jessica Harrington joined in by phone to say Sizing John will not be seen in Britain before the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If he runs anywhere over Christmas, it will be closer to home at Leopardstown, though the Kildare trainer seemed inclined to let the reigning Gold Cup hero rest until the new year. Joe Tizzard said his stable could now have three runners in the Boxing Day race, headed by last year’s winner, Thistlecrack. The race is now a viable option for Fox Norton, who is in the same ownership as Sizing John and is supposed to avoid clashing with that one. It is also, once more, the target for Cue Card, who was briefly touted for tomorrow’s rearranged Peterborough.“I’m not sure that two miles, five furlongs around Taunton would be ideal for him nowadays, whether he’d be quick enough for that,” Tizzard said of the Peterborough. “I think the owner is keen to go back and have another crack at a King George. We’ve been looking to find an easier option for him but there aren’t any.”But the unsentimental betting market rates Cue Card, the 2015 winner, as no better than a 40-1 shot this time around. Asked about which of the three was his best chance, Tizzard said: “There wouldn’t be much between Fox Norton and Thistlecrack.”More immediately, Twiston-Davies expects to use a new jockey aboard The New One at Cheltenham on Saturday, as his son, Sam, will probably not recover in time from a broken elbow. “The chances are looking very slim,” Twiston-Davies Jr said when asked if he would be ready for Saturday. Richard Johnson is on standby to ride The New One in the International Hurdle.Chris Cook’s tipsLingfield 12.00 Toriano 12.30 Haraz 1.00 Kohinoor Diamond 1.30 Mundersfield 2.00 Makaarim 2.30 Rakematiz 3.00 Ingleby Spring 3.30 BloodsweatandtearsWolverhampton 1.45 Something Lucky 2.15 Zenovia 2.45 Captain Bond 3.15 Joyful Dream 3.50 Cookie Ring 4.25 Frozen Lake 4.55 Lagenda 5.25 RowlestonerendezvuKempton 3.40 Azpeitita 4.10 Mr Gent 4.40 Tum Tum (nb) 5.10 Highbrow 5.40 Humbert 6.10 Vixen 6.40 Sunblazer (nap) 7.10 Bristol Missile Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Horse racing Share on Facebook Topics Cue Card may head for restaged Peterborough rather than King George news Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on LinkedIn Kempton The King George VI Chase may be a fortnight away but the next running of the great race seemed to take shape during a long, informative press conference at Lambourn on Tuesday. Sizing John was ruled out, Cue Card was ruled in and the trainers of the top two in the betting had a bit of verbal back-and-forth about the tactics they expect to employ.Nigel Twiston-Davies had already addressed the gathering on the Boxing Day prospects of his mighty grey, Bristol De Mai, and was quietly enjoying lunch on the fringes of the audience when his rival Nicky Henderson turned up. Henderson extolled the virtues of his Might Bite and suggested Bristol De Mai could have his limitations before realising that the other trainer was actually present. Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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