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England in bronze-medal play-off

first_img Tags: Bronze Medal, Mens Team, Senior 7 Sep 2018 England in bronze-medal play-off England’s hopes of a gold medal at the European men’s senior team championship were dashed when they lost today’s semi-final to Germany 4-1.The Germans won the first three games to secure their place in the final at the Diamond Club, Austria. They will play Spain.England, meanwhile, will meet Ireland in the play-off for the bronze medal – which they won last year.Today, the foursomes pairing of Ian Attoe and Richard Partridge was beaten 4/3, while Trevor Foster lost 2/1 and Stephen East lost 3/2. The games of Richard Latham and Rupert Kellock were halved.In the women’s championship in Belgium, England bounced back to form with a 4-1 win over the Netherlands.Helen Lowe and Aileen Greenfield led the way with a 4/3 foursomes win. They were followed by singles wins from Julie Brown (2/1), Sue Spencer (3/2) and Cath Rawthore (4/3). Jackie Foster was beaten only on the last hole.Tomorrow England play France and a win will give them fifth place, the best they could achieve after tumbling out of the medal race.last_img read more

LeBron ‘Freak of Nature’ James comes home an ‘absolute victor’

first_imgFor LeBron James, who is shown here during a visit to Memphis as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers – it’s back to the future – meaning Cleveland – for the 2014-15 NBA season. James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23.  He tweeted “23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2 3=6 We still family 6.” (Photo: Warren Roseborough)Some weeks ago immediately following the NBA Finals we said, “If you believe LeBron James is a physical freak of nature in terms of size, speed, agility and ability, then break on down, give him props and acknowledge that he’s also an intellectual freak of nature with maturity, savvy, leadership and communication skills that greatly transcend his age, background and educational attainment.”Did we hit the nail on the head or not?We were not at all wrong. Now, LeBron decides to go home to Cleveland. He heads back to the place where they burned his jerseys. He’s heading back to the place where they burned him (in effigy). Back to the place where they booed him every chance they got, every time he came back. Back to the team whose owner so publicly used his name in vain.So, now the question is:  Does LeBron James’ very rational return to Cleveland make him some kind of social deviant (freak) of his environment (nature)? We think maybe not so much…but then again, maybe so.Just as there’s a law of nature, there’s also a law of survival in the streets. LeBron James is from the streets of Akron, Ohio. The law of the streets says: If somebody makes a threat, you better do them before they do you.  The law of the streets says: If somebody hurts you, you hurt them back…worse. The law of the streets says: There’s a very high, very serious price to be paid for disrespecting a man period, but especially in public.But sizing up your adversary is also a law of the streets and LeBron already knew that (Cleveland Cavaliers owner) Dan Gilbert was a wuss. This fact was totally confirmed with Dan’s open letter to the fans of Cleveland. What a punk move, especially by a guy from Detroit.Gilbert said, “And until he does right by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.”  That‘s straight out of “The Color Purple,” but Celie made a much more accurate prophesy of Mister’s misfortunes and ultimate doom.  Dan’s predictions were more pathetic than prophetic. Apparently he didn’t have that same look in the eyes or do the hand thing that Whoopi (or Celie) did in the movie.In 2010, during his first visit back to Cleveland as a player for the Miami Heat, amidst the loud choruses of boos and the dense fog of animus hanging over the entire city, LeBron casually torched the Cavs for 38 points. As a matter of fact, between 2010 and 2014 in (lucky?) 13 games against the Heat, Cleveland was 1-12.Then there were Miami’s back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013.  “The self described former King” was cursed with an Olympic Gold Medal in 2012, the NBA Finals MVP titles in 2012 and 2013 and also crowned NBA MVP in 2012 & 2013.Meanwhile back in Cleveland, it’s like Dan Gilbert stabbed himself with his own poison pen because it’s essentially been four years of hell for the Cavs. They’ve had four sub .500 seasons of 19, 21, 24 and 33 wins, with Kyrie Irving being their bright star and hope for the future…until now.That Ohio-grown physical and intellectual freak of nature has come home, not like the prodigal son but as an absolute victor. True to the laws of the streets, he’s handled his business over the last four years and nobody knows that better than Dan Gilbert. He’s absolutely right, why should he hold a grudge…he won. Their beef was with each other and LeBron was not without fault. Dumping your significant other during an advertiser-sponsored, global press announcement is just not right. But, all is forgiven.  They’ve (kissed?) made up, both got what they wanted and everybody’s ecstatic in Cleveland.LeBron James can do whatever he wants to do in the game of basketball and in the game of life. This time he did it with a sense of purpose, loyalty and commitment to his hometown. What a freak!(“A Little R&R on Sports” is a nationally syndicated radio show available on hundreds of radio stations and digital platforms. Stream R&R live Saturdays at 11 a.m. EDT/10 a.m. CDT on sportsbyline.com or log onto ranronsports.com anytime. In Memphis, tune in Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. on AM 790 ESPN Radio.)last_img read more


first_imgHIGHLY REGARDED FRENCH-BRED DANZA CAVALLO ONE OF TWO SHIPPING IN FROM KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2015)–Monday’s Memorial Day headliner, the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, has attracted a talent laden cast of 10 fillies and mares including recent local graded stakes winners Blingismything and Queen of The Sand, along with a pair of invaders from Kentucky–Grade I stakes winner Hard Not to Like and graded stakes placed Danza Cavallo.Trained by Eric Kruljac, Blingismything stalked the pace and was up to win the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes by a nose on April 26 and will try 1 1/8 miles for the second time in her career on Monday. A close seventh, beaten just two lengths in her only other try at the distance–the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes five starts back on Dec. 27, Blingismything has been a gem of consistency, with her only out of the money performance in 10 races coming in the Frankel.A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Arch, Blingismything is owned by Class Racing Stable and retains the services of leading rider Tyler Baze. With an overall mark of 10-4-2-3, she has earnings of $246,330.Like Blingismything, trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Irish-bred Queen of The Sand exits a nose victory last time out, in her case, the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18. Next-to-last in the early going, the 5-year-old mare rallied late, overcoming traffic trouble, to just prevail over Fanticola, who’ll she’ll again face in the Gamely.Owned by Derrick Fisher, Queen of The Sand will make only her third start of the year and sports an overall mark of 23-8-2-3, with earnings of $343,920. Although winless in three tries at 1 1/8 miles, she has three wins from four tries at a flat mile on turf and will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola, who just missed a gate to wire win over Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara on April 18, will likely show plenty of speed again when shortening up a furlong in the Gamely. A winner of the one mile turf Megahertz Stakes three starts back on Jan. 17, the 5-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare has been no worse than third in her last five starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Fanticola, who has never run at the Gamely distance, is 15-4-4-6 overall, with earnings of $288,300.Third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara, Team Valor International’s Three Hearts was perhaps unlucky in defeat, as she lacked room at the rail from the quarter pole to the furlong marker at odds of 5-2. Conditioned by Neil Drysdale, the 5-year-old Hat Trick mare is 6-1-2-2 at the Gamely distance and is 17-3-4-5 overall with earnings of $262,249. Ridden by Tyler Baze in her last three starts, she switches to Gary Stevens on Monday.Trainer Christophe Clement’s Hard Not to Like, who caught a yielding turf when running third in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 11, brings a solid resume, that includes a Grade I win in last year’s Wiley, to Monday’s Gamely.  Hard Not to Like finished first in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31, but was disqualified to second. The 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun is 18-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $781,671. She’s owned by Speedway Stable, LLC.French-bred Danza Cavallo rallied from far off the pace to take her second stateside start, a third condition allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 17 at Keeneland. Second, beaten a neck in her U.S. debut, the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf Long Island Handicap Nov. 8, Danza Cavallo has been favored in both of her U.S. starts. Conditioned by Chad Brown and owned by Sheep Pond Partners and Dubb, the 4-year-old filly by Sunday Break will be piloted for the third consecutive start by Irad Ortiz, Jr. She is 13-4-4-2, with earnings of $189,868.With all horse assigned 119 pounds, here is the Grade I Gamely Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith; Three Hearts, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Elektrum, Flavien Prat; Danza Cavallo, Irad Ortiz, Jr.; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, and Queen of The Sand, Drayden Van Dyke.                First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more