SN Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, more

first_imgMORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day trial)We were curious to hear Johnson’s thoughts on these topics and more, like the idea of midweek NASCAR races and Cup Series events on dirt tracks. Who knows better than the winningest active Cup driver (83 wins; tied for sixth all-time) who’s almost halfway through his 19th season in the series? Below is our conversation with Johnson; it has been edited for length and clarity.Sporting News: Is “Seven-Time” the closest thing to a nickname you’ve had in racing that’s actually sticking?Jimmie Johnson: Yeah, I’d say through my championships I’ve developed (it.) The first time it hit was “Five-Time” when we won the five in a row. And then with the six and the seven.In my entire career, I’ve never had a nickname. Certainly wish I did. I’ve seen some really cool things done with nicknames — T-shirts, other things that have come along for guys like Tony Stewart with “Smoke.” He took smoke and made a barbecue sauce line out of it.There’s different, unique opportunities that come with that. I’ve never had a nickname throughout my entire career of racing. Until “Five-Time,” and then six and now seven.SN: Do you like it?JJ: I think nicknames are cool. I think they’re something you earn, something that someone else comes up with. So I’m good with where mine is. I’m sure there’s maybe a nickname or two out there that someone doesn’t like that was bestowed upon them.For me, I’m totally good with it. It is what it is.SN: Ty Dillon recently expressed some interesting ideas for NASCAR to appeal to the next generation of fans. What do you think NASCAR can do (in that area)?JJ: I feel like we could go at it and list probably 20 things. I think the good news is NASCAR, more than ever — track operators, teams, sponsors — everyone is like, “Hey, what can we do?” So I think everyone is in the right place to bring along the right change. I think all parties have shown that they are listening and trying. And we’re seeing some things succeed. We’ve seen visor cams, more sun decks; we’re seeing those things happen. So I think we have a ways to go moving in the right direction.One of the things on my list would be just the environment that’s created at a race track. And I think that environment at a short track is much more impactful and powerful. The energy you feel from everything being closer together — it leads to more competitive racing on the track.I think the smaller venue just as a general statement; I think we put on a better show, and the fans have a better experience. At the end of the day, we’re trying to get people to come through the turnstiles to come in, and that experience they have is everything.And then you have the piece on TV. I don’t know — I feel like we put on a pretty darn good TV show. I think stage racing has helped. I think we’ve done a lot of things right; I really do. We need to keep tweaking I think maybe the ask of the time commitment to watch a race. It’s pretty big. It’s hard for people to tune in the whole time. I feel like stage racing has helped keep interest throughout the race. SN: Dillon said he likes how tracks like Pocono Raceway are willing to take on something new, like next season’s doubleheader. When you got out of the car after driving 400 miles at Pocono on Sunday, did the thought of having to do that again the next day cross your mind?JJ: It wouldn’t bother me a bit. Everyone has an open mind and everyone is trying new things. And I think we’re just in a transition state right now, and really a state of growth. And we’re all open. I’m excited to see where the next year or two goes. You have a lot of stuff on the table we’re looking at. I think it’ll be fun.Especially a doubleheader. I’d rather drive my race car five days a week than the other work-related items that come with it. The more time in the race car, the better for me.MORE: Johnson’s title streak among best in sportsSN: From a driver’s perspective, what would be the pros and cons of a midweek Cup race?JJ: I would say the demand on the teams to get ready would be a con. And then the pros: We all know during the week how hard it is to find anything worth watching on TV. We could be that. I think that’s clearly one of the reasons “Monday Night Football” has been so successful. Thursday night? Not so much. Monday night? Yes.So it’s not a layup. We have to get it right. But I feel like there’s a real chance to get it right.SN: Would you be comfortable racing a Cup car on dirt?JJ: Yeah, without a doubt. I grew up on the dirt, so I’m totally fine with it. I just hope they can put some jumps in there for me so it really goes back to my roots.SN: Now that you’ve been to so many different tracks this season, purely from a driving standpoint, which track felt the most different with the 2019 rules package as opposed to years past?JJ: The 550 horsepower package is just so different. All of them have felt that way, but I guess Pocono probably would be (the most different). Because the speed differences on the straight we felt everywhere. The raised corner speed we felt everywhere. But at Pocono we don’t shift any longer the way this rules package works out. That’s the first time in my 18 seasons of racing that I have gone to Pocono and did not shift while completing a lap.That makes it stand out as the most different. When I first went there I was shifting six times a lap. And then it went down to four, and now it’s down to zero. That’s a big difference.SN: Did it feel easier?JJ: You know, at the end of the day, still to find hundredths of a second takes a lot of work. So the work was still there, it was just in different areas. (Getty Images) For Jimmie Johnson, at least two things come with being a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. One is a nickname, something the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro welcomes. The other — and it’s our fault — is the request for Johnson’s perspective on both the current state and the future of the sport.These are trendy topics in an era the 43-year-old driver calls “a transition state” for NASCAR. In 2019, race teams each week are battling the rules package that was installed for (and has been tweaked) this season. A new generation of race cars is on the horizon. NASCAR’s recent purchase of International Speedway Corporation only fueled the speculation around more schedule and venue changes. As we take things away, there’s less opportunities for mistakes. That’s my only disappointment in different areas where the rules are going — we take away the opportunity to make a mistake. The cars are becoming very forgiving to drive. We’re not shifting at some tracks.I understand why, but that’s the only thing that I get bummed out about, is that you can chase a guy for 100 miles or a fuel run — whatever it ends up being — and they just don’t make mistakes anymore. You don’t have an opportunity to make a mistake. So in the end you don’t have an opportunity to pass.Going through the corner with this high downforce is pretty easy. And then you take the shifting away from it — the guy never makes a mistake.last_img read more

Kyler Murray touts knowledge of Cardinals’ secret offense

first_img Cardinals to induct Carson Palmer into ring of honor Veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald teased last week about how knowledgeable Murray is of the offensive playbook, which he confirmed during mandatory minicamp.“Is it true? I’d say obviously I’m more familiar with it,” Murray told reporters Tuesday . “Coach Kingsbury obviously knows it the best. But yeah, obviously with (Fitzgerald) being a veteran and not having to come to every OTA and stuff like that and me being there every day, studying every day, yes, I do know it better. Related News “But that’s my job.”#LIVE : Kyler Murray Press Conference.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 11, 2019Kingsbury also confirmed that Murray knows the playbook and that most quarterbacks should be able to understand it, but wouldn’t offer much more insight.“I think there’s probably some truth to that, having played in a similar system for all those years,” Kingsbury said of Murray . “Christian Kirk has a good feel for it as well, I’d say. Some of the terminology and concepts are really similar to what they’ve both done before.”Murray was selected with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma, and Kingsbury indicated the offense is similar to the Sooners’ high-power tempo. However, this is the NFL and Kingsbury said there would be some growing pains and adjustments as Murray gets used to being a professional. Everyone will have to wait for the NFL season to start before they can see how the Cardinals’ offense will unfold.Until then, new coach Kliff Kingsbury is keeping the team’s offensive tactics under wraps, but one thing has leaked out — rookie quarterback Kyler Murray knows the system inside and out. Jadeveon Clowney still not close on a deal with Texans “I like his attitude because he’s going to take chances,” Kingsbury said. “And this is the time to do it. See what you can get away with. If you want to go at Pat (Peterson) a couple of times, it’s usually all it takes to learn. But no, he’s aggressive by nature the way he thinks and attacks when he’s out on the football field and I like that.”As for whether the offense has a special name? Murray wouldn’t budge.“No. It’s an offense,” Murray said. “It’s an explosive offense.” Patrick Peterson surprises Cardinals by attending OTAs despite suspensionlast_img read more

NHL playoff bracket predictions, picks, odds & series breakdowns for 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs

first_imgThe NHL’s qualifying round is now complete and the 16 teams set to compete in the official 2020 Stanley Cup playoff bracket have been established.Two teams that weren’t even sniffing the postseason when the 2019-20 season was paused are now in (Blackhawks and Canadiens) and are facing two teams that were not sitting atop their respective conferences back then either (Golden Knights and Flyers). (SN illustration) Needless to say, the qualifying round was wacky, which means anything can happen as we march towards crowning the 2020 Stanley Cup champs.Will it be an expected team that lifts Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end? Or will it be a darkhorse squad that takes hockey’s top prize? The answer is, nobody knows — and that’s even more evident this year. So take these first-round predictions with a grain of salt because, well, anything goes in bubble hockey.MORE: Full TV schedule for Round 1NHL playoffs bracket 2020 NHL playoff bracket 2020 playoff predictions: Eastern ConferencePhiladelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)The backstoryIt’s a battle of Canadien coaches in this one. Montreal’s current head coach Claude Julien will face off against former Habs bench bosses and current Flyers guys Alain Vigneault and Michel Therrien. Quick reminder, Vigneault was replaced by Therien who was replaced by Julien; after a later retread, Therien was swapped out for Julien again.But there’s more to this matchup than strong coaching. There is hot goaltending, depth and balance on the Flyers end and a strong defensive game powered by youth from the Canadiens.Alain Vigneault“If somebody told me 3 months ago, that my team, Flyers, would have a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup,I would have serious doubtsHaving the opportunity, more so in these times right now, to compete for the Stanley Cup, means a lot to me and my team”— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 10, 2020X-factorWhile second-year man Carter Hart has finally stabilized things in between the pipes for the Flyers, his childhood idol  Carey Price can easily steal this series for the Canadiens. The Vezina and Hart Trophy winner posted a .947 save percentage and stopped 126 of 133 shots from the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel in the qualifying round. When he’s on his game he can be dominant and after a four-month layoff, Price is on his game right now.The big number2011. Nine years ago Claude Julien and Alain Vigneault faced off in an epic seven-game Stanley Cup Final that saw the former’s squad, the Bruins, skate away the victors against the latter’s Canucks in Vancouver. While they’ve faced each other in the postseason since, and Vigneault has gotten payback, it would surely take some more of the sting away from nine years ago if Vigneault could end the Julien’s playoff hopes once again.SN’s pick: Flyers in 5.Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Blue Jackets (7)The backstoryOh. This one is surely a doozy. Remember last season? I know, it feels like a millennia ago. But way back in April 2019, these Blue Jackets not only booted the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning in the first round — they booted the 62-win Lightning in a sweep. Needless to say, this is a revenge series for sure.The one problem for Jon Cooper’s squad, however, is that captain Steven Stamkos is still on the shelf and Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman was injured during the round robin but looks like he’ll slot in for Game 1. Hedman also missed Game 1 last year and was not at his best when he did slot back in. All Tampa can ask for is that 2020 is a new year.As for Columbus, the kids know how to play hockey. They stifled the Leafs top guys and pounced when the time was right to bury one. Tampa does have a better defense than Toronto so it’ll be a good test for John Tortorella’s team.REMINDERS: Lightning get swept | Curse of the Presidents’ Cup?X-factorJoonas Korpisalo. Korpisalo bounced back from getting pulled in Game 3 (one of those, “I’ll stake you to a 3-0 lead and then win 4-3 in overtime” games) against the Maple Leafs to put together a complete 3-0 win in the deciding Game 5. This time around he won’t have Elvis Merzlikins to back him up due to injury so it’s all on Korpisalo to lead the charge.The big numberFour. The number of wins the Blue Jackets got last year. The number of wins needed this year. The number of losses Tampa Bay will try to avoid again.SN’s pick: Blue Jackets in 7Capitals (3) vs. Islanders (6)The backstoryOnce again it’s the meeting of former coaches and teams. This one is a little bit more recent as the Islanders head coach Barry Trotz led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup two years ago. He left the team shortly thereafter and when he got his ring during the next season, he famously told the Caps they can win another Cup but they’ll “have to go through the f—ing Island.”Well, here we are.X-factorAnthony Beauvillier. The 2015 Isles first-round pick has looked stellar in the NHL’s return to play thus far. He potted three goals — two game-winners — and five points in four games as the team sent the Panthers packing. It was a breakout year for the 23-year-old who collected a career-high in points (39) and in four games against the Capitals during the regular season he netted two goals and four assists.The big number3.42. If the Capitals, who lost two-of-three in round-robin action and only mustered five goals total (1.67), can re-activate their high-powered offense that tickled the twin with almost four goals a game, this series may be a quick one. Yes, the Islanders do have one of the best defensive games in the NHL but when Alexander Ovechkin is firing on all cylinders, watch out.SN’s pick: Islanders in 6.Bruins (4) vs. Hurricanes (5)The backstoryThis one is also a 2019 rematch, although with much less fanfare. Last year the Bruins were a buzzsaw that cut down the Canes in four games as they marched to the Stanley Cup Final. In 2020, the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners are having trouble restarting their engines. They only scored four goals in three games — and none by the vaunted Perfection Line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.The Boys from Beantown will have to rev it up real quick here as the Hurricanes shut down the Rangers efficiently and with flair in the qualifying round. Led by a dynamic and heart-on-your-sleeve guy in head coach Rod Brind’Amour and the trio of Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen coupled with the grizzled veteran in Justin Williams (who dropped the gloves against the Rangers), this year’s “bunch of jerks” will be a hard out.X-factorIt’s a triple-X factor here with Aho, Svech and Teravainen. The young guns of the Canes collected 15 points in their three-game sweep against New York. Svechnikov, he of lacrosse-goal fame also had his first-career hat trick but sadly, unlike in Edmonton when Connor McDavid scored, there were no hat. Regardless of the outcome in this one, these three are fun to watch and will make for some highly-entertaining hockey for the next two weeks.”I’m not sure what’s best — total experience in playoff hockey or just youth and dumbness.” —John Tortorella— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) August 7, 2020The big number54. The Bruins were well on their way to the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s best team when the pandemic struck. Powered by Pastrnak’s 95 points, Marchand’s 87 and Bergeron’s 56, the team had a high-octane offensive game coupled with a strong defensive one on the backend. That’s where the 54 comes in — goal differential. Boston had the best in the NHL; Carolina wasn’t bad at No. 9 with a +29. If the Bruins can find their mojo again, and play a full 200-foot game, things should go their way but that’s if they can get ‘er going this quick.SN’s pick: Hurricanes in 7MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubble citiesNHL playoff predictions: Western ConferenceVegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)The backstoryOh, hello there Blackhawks. So nice to see you here, we were not expecting you — at all. I mean, you were the 23rd team in the NHL back on March 12. And you did trade your top goalie Robin Lehner at the deadline to … the Golden Knights. As Lehner so nicely put it, this is hella— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) August 8, 2020Here’s the deal, Chicago does have Jonathan Toews, Calder Trophy finalist Dominik Kubalik, Patrick Kane and a healthy Corey Crawford. Is it enough to stop the Golden Knights who went a perfect 3-0-0 in the round robin without Max Pacioretty? Probably not.X-factorGoaltending for both sides. A healthy Corey Crawford is a dangerous Corey Crawford between the pipes. But, he doesn’t have a top-notch back-up like the high-powered duo at the opposite end in Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury. Gotta love it when bench boss Pete DeBoer can walk into a locker room and say, “Ok, we’re gonna go with the NHL award winner tonight. Vezina Trophy guy? Maybe. Or the guy who won three Stanley Cups.”The big number54.76. The Vegas squad had a league-best 54.76 percent Corsi For during the regular season at 5-on-5 (per Natural Stat Trick); for comparison, the Blackhawks weren’t even close to the most outer regions of their orbit (48.45). At 5v5 they also had the highest Scoring Chances For percentage (56.49) and Shots For percentage (54.42). Translation: good luck and godspeed Corey Crawford. SN’s pick: Golden Knights in 5Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)The backstoryBefore the regular season began (what 20 years ago?), many experts tapped the Colorado Avalanche as their pick to win the Stanley Cup. Many still do. Why? After 223 total man-games lost in 2019-20, they’re finally healthy. “It’s nice,” forward Mikko Rantanen said back at the start of Phase 3 regarding teaming back up with his linemates Nathan MacKinnon (aka a Hart Trophy finalist) and captain Gabriel Landeskog. “Everybody’s healthy, everybody’s feeling good, so it’s fun to be back together and playing with Nathan and Landy. Obviously, we’ve played a lot of games together and have good chemistry, you know, and we know each other really well on the ice.”On the flip side, the Coyotes — led by fan-favorite and noted puffy jacket wearer Rick Tocchet — upset the Predators in the qualifying round. They do have some scoring punch in Taylor Hall, Phil Kessel, Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson and may get regular-season leading scorer Nick Schmaltz back and they have Darcy Kuemper, he of .950 save percentage against the Predators fame, tending the crease.X-factorYes, the Avalanche have the likes of MacKinnon and Landeskog and Rantanen and rookie sensation Cale Makar. However, the X-factor in this one for them will be Samuel Girard. The 22-year-old defenseman personally had a 66.23 CF% at 5v5 in the round robin and was part of the team’s best puck possession pairing with partner Erik Johnson (according to Natural Stat Trick). During the regular season, Tocchet also leaned on him heavily when it can to defensive zone faceoffs (370, most on the team) as the youngster had a breakout year offensively in 2019-20 (34 points in 70 games).The big number223. As stated before, that’s how many man-games were lost by the Avalanche during the regular season. Sorry Coyotes, but this is a healthy and hungry team that will dominate.SN’s pick: Avalanche in 4Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)The backstoryThis match-up should be interesting. The Stars are hurting — will Tyler Seguin or Ben Bishop be good to go for Game 1? — and up until their shootout win in Game 3 of their round robin against the Blues, they hadn’t won a game since Feb. 25 for eight straight losses. (Mind you, they still technically haven’t won a game in regulation since then).Calgary on the other end is high-flying off their four-game win over the Jets. Interim head coach Geoff Ward got balanced scoring and Cam Talbot has resurrected New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot and buried Edmonton Oilers’ Cam Talbot. One thing they have this year, that the 2018-19 Western Conference champs didn’t have last year when they lost in five to the Avs in the first round, is a veteran voice in the locker room that has gone on deep runs and won a Cup. While he may not rack up the points like yesteryear, Milan Lucic has played a key role in the Flames locker room.X-factorSam Bennett. For whatever reason, No. 93 knows how to turn it up in the postseason. Last season he notched five points (goal, four assists) in five games. In the Flames’ qualifying-round win over the Jets, it was three points (two goals, assist) in four games. He also threw the body around with 22 hits in the series making Calgary’s third line — along with wingers Dillon Dube and Milan Lucic — that much more dangerousThe big number.945. The last time Talbot posted a save percentage even close to this was way back in his rookie year with the Rangers when he went 12-6-1 with a .941 save percentage as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup for the Stanley Cup runner-ups in 2013-14. He’s actually looked sharp in net since Jan. 1 where he posted a 9-3-1, .923 save percentage up until the pause. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s only faced 13 high-danger shots in the postseason, with only his Stars counterpart Anton Khudobin and the combo of the Canes James Reimer and Petr Mrazek with one less among goalies that advanced from the qualifying round (per Natural Stat Trick).SN’s pick: Flames in 5St. Louis Blues (1) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)The backstoryThe Blues are the defending champs and were the top team in the West when everything came to a halt; Vancouver was the No. 3 team in the Pacific Division who won 2-of-3 in the regular-season series. Normally we’d say, “Regular season? Pfft, no one cares what happened way back when.” But the Canucks are another team that profited from the pause and are now healthy and while Travis Green said no one picked the Canucks to make the playoffs, we can say differently.They’ll have a stern task in front of them with a squad that knows how to win in St. Louis. Craig Berube — will he wear the warm-up jacket?? — led this franchise to its first Cup ever and knows how to squeeze every ounce of skill and grit out of his guys. This series will be an absolute grind and a fun one to watch for sure.X-factorThe telecast may call him Dominic a few times, but if Antoine Roussel can get under the skin of the Blues, he’ll be a top guy for the Canucks. Former NHLer Bill Lindsay, who knows a thing or two about this role and making a deep playoff run (see: Panthers Stanley Cup runner-ups in 1996) sees himself in the Canuck.“I was a guy that played on the edge and I was able to skate, and Antoine Roussel is kind of like that. He’s an agitator and that was kind of a role that I filled. Penalty killing and trying to provide energy for the team and when I played, I just kind of walked that line that you try not to go over. Sometimes I did and that’s like Antoine Roussel. Tried to hit everything and tried to play that way, and he’s a guy that chips in offensively a little bit.”He reminds me of myself back in the day. There’s some negatives to Antoine Roussel but there’s probably some negatives to mine and there’s some positives. When he’s on your team, he’s out there doing stuff, he’s a pretty good teammate, but lot of teams don’t like him and that was the case for me. I wasn’t liked around the league a lot and I had to defend myself and stand up and fight. Antoine Roussel does a lot of that stuff.” The big number72. J.T. Miller has become fully entrenched and fully comfortable in Vancouver. In 69 regular-season games he scored 27 goals and 45 points — 25 on the power play and two shorthanded — to lead Vancouver in scoring. He plays an all-round game and has quickly become a vocal leader in the Canucks locker room. He’s been on teams that have made deep playoff runs and teams that can get big wins. If Miller can set the tone in the locker room and on the ice, him and his new teammates may be primed for a long run — after all, Mark Scheifele said they were his dark horse team.SN’s pick: Canucks in 7NHL playoff odds to win Stanley CupCourtesy of Sports Insider, here are the 2020 Stanley Cup Final odds for all 16 remaining teams in the NHL playoff bubbles:TeamOddsColorado Avalanche+550Tampa Bay Lightning+550Vegas Golden Knights+700Boston Bruins+800Philadelphia Flyers+800St. Louis Blues+1200Washington Capitals+1600Carolina Hurricanes+1800Dallas Stars+1800Calgary Flames+2500Chicago Blackhawks+3000New York Islanders+3300Arizona Coyotes+3500Vancouver Canucks+4000Montreal Canadiens+4000Columbus Blue Jackets+4000Stanley Cup Final picksEastern Conference champion: Philadelphia Flyers Western Conference champion: Vegas Golden KnightsStanley Cup champion: Philadelphia Flyers in seven gamesConn Smythe Trophy: Carter Hartlast_img read more

South Sound Reading Month at The Sweetest Things

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Sweetest ThingsThe Sweetest Things, a local artisan gift boutique that empowers women in business and the community, is partnering with the South Sound Reading Foundation during the month of August. The South Sound Reading Foundation aims to get kids reading through reading workshops, summer reading programs, and other literacy resources.The Sweetest Things is doing a baby board book drive during the month of August. Bring by your gently-used board books to The Sweetest Things during store hours throughout the month of August and get 10% OFF any purchase! We’re also accepting any parenting books for moms!For more information about how you can help in August, be sure to follow our Facebook page. Learn more about South Sound Reading Foundation on their website.The Sweetest Things, LLC is a gift boutique that opened in September of 2017 and a partner location of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes. Located in the Lacey Fred Meyer complex off exit 108 between Koibito Japanese Restaurant and 9-1-1 Driving School.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 21st November 2019: Watch as Gareth Bale forgets he’s on air…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky SportsAdvertisement dkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbm6tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej00( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9gWould you ever consider trying this?😱8h8Can your students do this? 🌚tgqp5tRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday has been great for Wales, and mixed for the national star Gareth Bale. As the Welsh national team secured their entry into Euro 2020, the Galactico winger is on the face of controversy for the whole flag incident. Not just that, Bale came on air for interview and mistakenly said the f-word out of excitement!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky SportsAaron Ramsey was the match to watch, as the Juventus star netted in the two goals needed to thrash Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium. Soon after the match, the 28 year old was on camera with Bale, both excited for their entry into the 2020 Euro tournament.However, it was the Los Blancos star who couldn’t control his excitement while hailing his compatriot.Advertisement “Gareth, what was it like to have him back in the side, he didn’t half contribute tonight?” the interviewer asked the 30 year old forward, to which he replied: “It’s about time he contributed, isn’t it? F******…” followed by a cheery grin realising he is on live TV.Check out the hilarious incident in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @HLTCO.Advertisement However, the former Tottenham man is on the radar of the whole Spanish media for posing with the national flag with the writing: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” In addition to the tremendous slack from Madrid fans who are already wanting to see Bale walk out, the live swearing may rub salt to the wound. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgALBANY – Northern California trainer William J. Morey, Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame (class of 2014), died Friday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Morey was 74. Services for Mr. Morey are pending.-30- Mr. Morey won 67 stakes, including eight graded events. Mr. Morey’s top stakes stars were millionaires Dixie Dot Com (winner of four graded stakes and $1,332,775) and Bold Chieftain (the California Champion Turf Horse of 2008 and earner of $1,683,181). Mr. Morey also trained graded stakes-winners Big Chill, Nonies Dancer Ali, and Mellow Fellow. Mr. Morey received his official trainer’s license in 1970 and won his first race that year at Pleasanton with Crimson Flag. Mr. Morey would go on to become a mainstay in Northern California racing and, according to Equibase, amassed the following career statistics: 7,885 starts, 1,347 wins, 1,290 seconds, 1,180 thirds, and $22,415,416 in earnings. GOLDEN GATE FIELDSFriday, April 10, 2015 Mr. Morey is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Doris, son William E. Morey (Liz), daughter Kelley Green (Mark), and two grandchildren. William E. Morey followed in his father’s footsteps and is one of the leading trainers in Northern California. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Morey grew up in San Carlos and attended the races at Bay Meadows with his father. As a teenager, Mr. Morey got a job as a hot walker at the now defunct San Mateo racetrack.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 27, 2015)–Heavily favored Masochistic fairly toyed with six rivals en route to a sensational 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze and trained by Ron Ellis, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Sought After cruised seven furlongs in 1:20.25.Breaking from post position five, Masochistic showed his customary zip from the gate but was soon joined to his inside by San Onofre, who with Alex Solis aboard, was sent to a narrow lead before being collared by the winner mid-way around the far turn.“He broke sharp and everything went perfect,” said Ellis, who took over training Masochistic prior to his most recent start, a three quarter length win in the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes on April 11. “It helped that we had the outside post. He’s just a super-talented horse and he’s learning to relax. That’s going to make him tough.”Off at even money, Masochistic paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80. The Triple Bend is his first Grade I win and his sixth overall victory from eight starts. Purchased privately by Los Pollos Hermanos and Jay Em Ess Stable following an allowance win two starts back on Feb. 28, Masochistic picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $523,850.“All I can say is ‘Awesome,’” said Baze. “He was unbelievable…Last time when I rode him, he was a little more aggressive, almost too aggressive,” said Baze. “His head has calmed down and he was very classy about everything today…I think he can go a mile, no problem.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Appealing Tale finished second, 2 ¾ lengths in front of Wild Dude. Off at 12-1, Appealing Tale paid $9.60 and $7.00.Wild Dude was off at 9-1 with Flavien Prat aboard and paid $5.60 to show.Grade I winner Sahara Sky, who was the second choice at 5-2, lagged far back early as is his custom, but could do no better than fifth place while never threatening under Rafael Bejarano.Fractions on the race were 22.85, 45.16 and 1:08.10.last_img read more

National Racing Club Sweepstakes Rainbow 6 Jackpot

first_imgNational Racing Club SweepstakesRainbow 6 JackpotStarts Race 9, Monday Jan. 4th 2016The National Racing Club Sweepstakes combines the rooting interest of National Racing Clubs with the exciting, fan friendly Rainbow 6 Jackpot wager guaranteed at $100,000!Highly competitive, action packed racing guaranteed.Starting on Monday Jan 4th and running for 6 weeks, the Rainbow 6 wager will be offered on the last 6 races of the Monday card.Should no single ticket take down the Jackpot, the prize pool will be forced out on Monday Feb 8th.Estimated Post Time of Race 9 and the start of the P-6 Sequence: 3:44 pm Pacific.Week 1 National Racing Club Sweepstakes to be run at 2 furlongs for Thoroughbreds.Participating jockeys are randomly assigned mounts and on top of the usual purse distributions, will earn points and compete for jockey day bonuses.All typical race pools to be offered plus the Rainbow 6 jackpot bet for the 6 race sequence.$0.10 base, $1 minimum40% to the single winner carryover pool22% takeout*ORC Rule OAR 462-200-0645 applies 1001 N. Schmeer Road, Portland, OR, 97217, United States 5032859144last_img read more

Takun J: B-Day Celebration Will Be “Different”

first_imgOne of Liberia’s most dependable and “all ears” Hip-Co artists, who has spent several years providing proof to his fans and nation that Hip-Co music could one day have a mark in the entertainment industry, celebrated another birthday on May 14, 2014.With great wishes and respect from LIB LIFE, we wish you a happy belated birthday!Due to celebrate a grand B-Day bash at club Dubai on May 24, 2014, Takun J celebrates his b-day with an exclusive, pay-to-enter house party, set up for sincere well-wishers, smiling faces and a room filled with gifts.“If it’s free, everyone will fill the place, and since there isn’t much space on 146 block, I’ve decided to charge a fee for those who really want to celebrate my birthday with me,” He stated duringthe renovation of 146.Also, Takun mentioned during the 12 ambassadors weekly Hip-Co Accountability Lab meeting that he wanted to do something special for his fans, despite it being his birthday.He also mentioned doing something different from what most of his fans are accustomed to seeing and hearing every Friday night during “146” open mic.“It’s going to be big, I’m going to have different people on the mic other than what everybody is used to,” he added.Furthermore, “146” block has become the second home for many Hip-Co artists who use the popular hangout spot as a means for stage practice, collaborations and for a good time.“146 is a good place to go and polish your skills and be able to do it around the real stars,” stated Black boy, another aspiring artist who dreams of one day featuring in Takun’s tracks.Meanwhile, artists and entertainers from all genres of music, class and style showed up at the birthday boy’s “146”, openly showing the love and respect that the whole country has for their “super-star” artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

’61 caps too late!’ – Fans react to James Milner’s international retirement

first_imgJames Milner officially announced his retirement from international duty on Friday afternoon, after seven years of service and 61 caps won.The Liverpool man decided to hang up his boots following talks with new England boss Sam Allardyce, with confirmation that he was not going to be a guaranteed starter in the new regime.The versatile midfielder’s entire career has been characterised by his ‘Jack of all trades’ usage by managers, starting only 36 of his 61 appearances.The 31-year-old has also only ever netted one goal for the Three Lions, and despite playing at two World Cups and two European Championships, his most famous act in an England shirt is horribly misplacing a long-range pass at Wembley in a 2014 friendly against Norway.Milner has both his fans and detractors, leading to both positive and negative reactions to his retirement, and talkSPORT have collected some of the best comments below… James Milner made his England debut in 2009 1last_img read more