20 Sep

Russell makes Killarney comeback

first_img Russell, who has been out of action since May after a recurrence of a previous arm injury, looks to have strong claims aboard handicap debutant Tandem, who was last seen finishing third to Snake Eyes at the Punchestown Festival. The son of Dansili won over the course on the level back in 2012 and he is sure to have plenty of supporters here as he bids to get a second win over obstacles to his name. Press Association Former champion jockey Davy Russell returns to action at Killarney on Thursday and he rides Tandem for Dermot Weld in the feature Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap Hurdle. Cardinal Palace won at Aintree last time out and he is sure to have plenty of supporters while Swansea Mile represents Ted and Ruby Walsh after he won at Bellewstown earlier this month. Russell has his first ride back aboard Grecian Tiger for Dermot Weld and this son of Tiger Hill is not without his chance. He Is Top Class, Artful Artist, Pleased As Punch and Give Her Bach are a few for the shortlist in the Europe Hotel & Resort Handicap Hurdle while Viconte du Noyer should be able to take the Dawn Hi + Lo Milk Beginners Chase. Old Castletown went off the well-backed favourite on his last start at Wexford but he was brought down. He will bid to recoup losses now in the Dawn Run Milk Handicap Chase with Ruby Walsh again the saddle for his father Ted. The Dawn Omega Milk Handicap Hurdle looks a wide-open affair with Medinah Gold, Dashing Lady and handicap debutants Hes Our Robin and Finish In Style a few for the for shortlist. Avichi, who is a half-brother to Hurricane Fly, Lady Artemis, Brosna George and newcomer Exactoris are the four to focus on in the concluding Christy Lucey Transport Ltd. Flat Race. Tony Martin is represented by Cassells Rock and Heartbreak City. The former will be ridden by David Casey and he went down by just three-quarters of a length on his last start at the Punchestown Festival. Paul Carberry takes the ride on Heartbreak City, who has not been since August of 2014. The son of Lando makes his debut in handicap company here and it will be interesting to see if the money comes for him. Others to note in this competitive two-mile-one-furlong contest are Draco, Kates Benefit, Gusty Rocky, Casimir Road and Ancient Sands. The opening race on the programme is the Aherns BMW Castleisland Novice Hurdle with five last-time-out winners in the line-up. Danny Mullins has opted to ride Last Encounter for his mother Mags over Fearachain for his father Tony. Both impressed when winning maiden hurdles at Wexford and they can be expected to go close here. last_img read more

16 Sep

Beat writers predict Syracuse to take down former Big East rival Georgetown

first_imgNo. 14 Syracuse (6-1) faces former Big East rival Georgetown (3-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Orange is coming off a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its first of the season. Mike Hopkins will coach his first game as SU’s head coach following the NCAA’s ruling on Jim Boeheim’s appeal of a nine-conference-game suspension.Here’s how our beat writers predict the rekindled rivalry will unfold:Sam Blum (5-2)Syracuse 65, Georgetown 58Hop scotchTwo major storylines will converge at the Verizon Center on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games in Syracuse history. And Hopkins will help the Orange skip its way to a big win. SU proved it can compete even when it’s at its worse like it was on Wednesday, but expect the Orange to get up for its old Big East rival.Sam Maller | Staff Photographer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (5-2)Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69Start of something newIn the first game of Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension, and the first of Hopkins’ head coaching career, Syracuse rallies to beat its old Big East rivals. Hopkins, known as a relentless motivator, has the players ready to compete in a game that is decided in the closing minutes. As Georgetown clamps down on Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson steps up on the biggest stage of his young career and ultimately steals the show.Matt Schneidman (5-2)Syracuse 67, Georgetown 62Hey, old friendThe Orange knows what a dominant frontcourt looks like after getting bullied by Wisconsin on the glass. Georgetown has another, but big-man specialist Hopkins won’t let SU get dominated as it did against the Badgers. Dajuan Coleman rebounds from a no-point, five-minute performance and is the X-factor against the Hoyas. Comments Published on December 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm Related Stories Mike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinJim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this caseSyracuse basketball primer: What to know about Wisconsin and GeorgetownGallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

9 Sep

MultiChoice Celebrates Premier LeagueÂ

first_imgAs is tradition with MultiChoice, a Premier League legend is usually invited to heighten the excitement of the football season. One would have thought the company would bring in a legend that had won the Premier League but the company had a different agenda and Felix Awogu explained the reason. Trophy Tour with OkochaWith the Premier League trophy expected to berth in Nigeria on October 26, courtesy of MultiChoice, many would have expected a winner of the trophy to be its face during the tour, but MultiChoice chose Nigeria’s football legend, Austine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha. Kunle Adewale reports “First of all let’s look at Lionel Messi. He has never won the World Cup, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo but I believe they are some of the greatest ambassadors of what football is all about today. If we were to bring the World Cup to Nigeria, these are the two players I am sure most people would have loved to see. If you look at Austin Okocha’s contributions to the Premier League before he left for Turkey, he brought a different dimension to football in England. His dribbling skills are today still revered in England and they still talk about Jay Jay Okocha’s artistry on the football field. I think he is somebody who epitomises what football should be. He didn’t go for money, he went for entertainment and the fans till today still see him as one of the greatest footballers that ever played for Bolton.“To us he is not just a Nigerian; he was also the captain of the Nigerian national team and a man that has given a lot to football in this country. If there was any one, he is the man that we should look for to celebrate the Premier League,” Awogu said.Awogu hailed MultiChoice’s retention of broadcast rights to the Premier League till 2022, saying it was not just about the fact that the company was trying to make everyone, irrespective of your financial prowess, have the opportunity to see some of these matches, which is why a lot of times, DStv cascaded it to the lower bouquets.“If you look at it, it is the biggest brand and the major driver in the business in the country. A lot of Nigerians probably know more about the Premier League than the English themselves. If I go on the streets of England and chat with the regular folks, I realise that more of our taxi drivers have better view of what the Premier League is all about. We are excited and it is indeed an honour to have such great property at MultiChoice till 2022,” he said.Asked how the rising adoption of the OTT offerings had impacted business at MultiChoice, Awogu said, “The beautiful thing about the Premier League is that it is well structured. We have the total rights and we deliver the entire matches, about 380 Live games to everybody. We also have our Catch Up services which is unique to DStv and I do not believe any other provider offers such services. We are always ready and set to provide the best viewing experience to our viewing populace. The online aspect is a growing phenomenon and DStv Now is going to be positioned for that. It is a well thought out service, we are working on it daily and we are getting clean and clear signals.  Most Nigerians have mobile phones, about 90 million mobile phone users and it is a great opportunity for people who want entertainment on the go and want to catch up on their programmes. DStv Now to me will be the greatest innovation in the television industry in Nigeria and Africa.”On what informed the decision of MultiChoice to extend the La Liga matches to the lower bouquets as well as GOtv and whether the company had plans to do same for the Champions league and FA Cup, the SuperSport MD opined, “We pride ourselves as people who decide to go for the best and La Liga league is great. After the Premier League, La Liga is probably one of the biggest in terms of marketing and the way it is deployed. It is something we do all the time, which is, reviewing our content offering because we have principle of basically looking at our customers and their desires. The business has a principle called ‘The customer first approach’ and once we have all that sorted, we decide. There is also something we call ‘open week’ where we decide to run our premium channels across board and people sit at home and enjoy it.”For those who are of the opinion that bringing the La Liga matches to the lower bouquets as well as GOtv may make some DStv premium customers to come down to the lower bouquets, Awogu has a different opinion of that,“It all depends. If you look at our premium bouquet, it is a different world on its own not just because of the Premier League. It has some of the best programming in the world. I make bold to say that DStv and GOtv are probably the best platforms in the world. I have travelled wide and I have not seen another platform which offers the pot pourri of what we have at varying affordable costs to Nigerians. When we talk about ‘open week’, it is a once in a while thing. We have a special package always for the premium subscribers and of course we keep improving,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more