Press Association News emerged on Wednesday evening leading owner JP McManus had stepped in to buy the Tony Martin-trained nine-year-old, who was last seen finishing third in a fiercely competitive handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival. With Tony McCoy unable to do the weight, Paul Carberry has been booked for the ride, leaving the soon-to-retire champion jockey free to partner Benvolio for Paul Nicholls. Nicholls also runs top-weight Sam Winner, the mount of Sam Twiston-Davies. Other major contenders include the Jonjo O’Neill trained- Catching On, David Pipe’s Broadway Buffalo and last year’s winner Al Co, trained by Peter Bowen. Man With Van and Drop Out Joe are the last two horses in the final field, with Vintage Star and Carrigdhoun the respective first and second reserves. Ante-post favourite Gallant Oscar is among a maximum field of 30 runners in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.
Comments The Syracuse forwards knew they’d face a challenge going up against Boston University’s backs. The Terriers had an immense height advantage.BU backs Kate Murphy, Kiley Allosso and Jacinda McLeod are 5 feet 11 inches, 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 11 inches, respectively. SU head coach Ange Bradley said she knew they would tower over the much smaller SU forwards, Heather Susek and Kelsey Millman.‘They’re aggressive; they’re hard defenders,’ she said. ‘They’re a very good team, so when you’re 5-foot-9 and you can have a reach that makes you about 6-foot-5 with a stick, and we’re only about 5-foot-6, we definitely needed to prepare for that.’Bradley told her players to stay strong on the ball and not to let the taller BU players push them off the play. And that’s what the Orange did on Sunday, as it beat the Terriers in a 3-2 victory at J.S. Coyne Stadium. But the five different penalty cards issued by referees and the falls on the field proved it wasn’t easy.Bradley didn’t underestimate the power that BU’s players would bring.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe showed her team video of BU’s previous games and gave the forwards some technical advice on how they can avoid losing the ball to players that towered over them. Each of SU’s three goals reflected that technique. That technique showed with Susek’s goal, a battle between her and BU goalkeeper Jess Maroney, with Susek edging the ball in off the right-hand goal line.‘We as a team are quite small, so we have to be extra strong on the ball if we want to play against big girls like them,’ junior back Amy Kee said. ‘Heather and Kelsey are quite small, and I don’t think they got pushed off the ball much at all.’The aggressiveness of the game led to five penalty cards being issued — two green cards to SU, two to BU and one yellow card to a BU player, which resulted in BU playing down a player for 10 minutes. BU midfielder Nicole van Oosterom was issued the yellow card for a physical tackle during an SU breakaway. Junior back Iona Holloway was issued a green card for what she called a ‘bad stick tackle.’In addition to the penalty cards — some of which were for technical violations, like being too close to a player who’s taking a free hit or defenders leaving the goal line on a corner before the ball is played — the game was filled with tough play. Players from both teams struggled to remain on their feet, sometimes resulting in minor injuries.Seven minutes into the second half, Kee felt the power of the BU backs. She took a fall after colliding with a BU player while trying to score off a penalty corner, taking nearly a minute to walk off the injury.‘They’re big girls and they’re really strong in their tackles,’ said Kee. ‘They went through the players, they weren’t scared to get their body in the game.’Overall, Bradley felt that with the exception of some ‘flurries’ in front of the goal in the first half, her squad did a fine job standing up to the taller players. She doesn’t think it’s something her team will have to worry about seeing often.‘Most tall girls played basketball and volleyball, thank God,’ Bradley said. ‘We’re a little short in field hockey. BU is a very tall team, and they’ve got a lot of size and stature. They’re probably one of the biggest we’ll see, height-wise.’After the intense, physical game, SU players took time to stretch their legs on the field as a team before entering the locker room. The effects of the day’s play were apparent but not unexpected.‘It’s a game of putting everything out on the line,’ Millman said. ‘We really just go after it. Sometimes, you just fall.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LAKERS EXERCISE 4 TEAM OPTIONSIn an expected move, the Lakers exercised team options to keep Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and Hart on through next season. All four players are on rookie deals, which allows for team control through the first four years of their careers, at which point they can become restricted free agents.The deadline came during a week when Lakers veterans have been particularly complimentary of that young core of players. Rondo talked Monday about a particular moment on a team flight when the young players crowded around James as he talked about some game film.Kuzma acknowledged that he, Ingram, Ball and Hart have been attentive to veteran advice and film study, but added Rondo might have embellished the details of the story.“It wasn’t like a Mufasa moment,” he said. “Definitely wasn’t like that. Wasn’t no Kumbaya. But, um, just pointing out something in the film and everybody was just listening to him talk.”BLAZERS MOURNING ALLENPaul Allen died Monday, leaving a giant shadow over a number of companies and sports franchises, including the Portland Trail Blazers, a team he owned for 30 years. He was 65.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers released a statement from Jeanie Buss on Allen’s passing: “We are terribly saddened by the news of the passing of Paul Allen. He was dedicated to the city of Portland and his Trail Blazers teams reflected his commitment to hard work and excellence. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues and the Trail Blazers fans.”Thursday’s game will mark the first for the Blazers since Allen’s passing, which figures to stir more emotion into the season home opener at the Moda Center – the arena which Allen helped construct.“He’s meant so much to that whole region up there,” Walton said. “It will be an emotional night for the team, the players, everybody. Even us. I mean, he’s an owner in the NBA family. It will be an emotional night. But as far as the energy, anybody that’s played in Portland knows that they bring everything on the floor so I would expect that to be about the same, but there are definitely going to be emotions up there.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — As a few teams were preparing to tip off the NBA season, the Lakers were preparing for the league’s opening night in different fashion.“I can’t wait,” Coach Luke Walton said of the opening night games. “I TiVo’d them last night just in case I got busy today, so they’re already recorded at my house.”The Lakers won’t tip off until Thursday in Portland, meaning a few more practices before game night as much of the rest of the league dives in. Walton said in one sense, it makes the team “antsy,” but in another, he welcomes the opportunity to do extra work.And the Lakers were not wasting that opportunity, going through physical practices that players said were taxing, a mix of 5-on-5 and playbook installation and recall. Walton seemed to be relishing the chance to put his team up to the mental test after a brisk start to practice. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“So physically when setting up practice, I wanted to run,” he said. “Get out and run. Let’s physically challenge them. And then while they’re tired, let’s put in some new things and see how they react to that. And then go back over some items that we covered last week, see how well they’re remembering some of that stuff.”Walton declined to name his starters for Thursday night against the Trail Blazers, but acknowledged that a group of Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James and JaVale McGee started practice together – which seems to be an early favorite for the lineup the team will use. Rondo played through illness on Thursday, Walton said, despite his coach saying he could sit out.Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Lance Stephenson, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac played on an opposing unit at the start of practice, but Walton said he mixed in “six or seven” lineups on Tuesday.“The mentality is that it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If something does happen, we’re ready to play. No matter who’s starting, who’s not starting, it doesn’t matter. We’re ready to play as a group. Guys who are playing well are gonna finish games, and we’re gonna support each other throughout.”