Shane answers the doubters

first_img LEARNING EXPERIENCE “When you have two jockeys competing strongly, the fans get involved and that plays a big role in everything. You have to stay focused to be successful or you won’t make it. But he (Halledeen) will learn from this experience,” Ellis added. Ellis’ who surpassed 1,000 winners this year (now 1,033), is sixth on the all-time list for local riders. He, along with all-time leading jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, are the only riders still active locally who have won all five classics. However, he is disappointed that Caymanas Track Limited or the Jamaica Racing Commission failed to acknowledge his 1,000 winners milestone. “My career has been very good and I thank all supporters and fans who have been there throughout. No matter the criticism, they remained die-hard Shane Ellis fans and I love those people. Not that I do not love the people that criticise me, because when they criticise me it helps me to get better. “But what I was surprised about and very disappointed with was that I went past a 1,000 wins this year and they didn’t recognise it,” he commented. Ellis graduated as an apprentice jockey in 1996 with high expectations and it was no surprise when he won his first classic and first championship in 2000. The ‘Canterman’ has ridden 14 classic winners to date, including four 1000 Guineas with RAY OF HOPE 2000, LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and NIPHAL 2011. Two 2000 Guineas – ROYAL IMAGE 2008 and WILLIE GOLDSMITH 2013. Three Derby wins – AWESOME POWER 2001, TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. His Oaks wins came aboard LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and RAEVEN RANAE 2013) and he won the St Leger with TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. He has also had success in the Superstakes with PITTACUS 2003 and TYPEWRITER 2014. It may be a surprise to many that when Shane ‘Canterman’ Ellis topped this year’s jockeys’ championship with 83 wins, it was only the second title for the Caymanas Park favourite. The son of former three-time champion Winston Ellis, the ‘Canterman’ has a well-deserved reputation having won all of the major trophies at Caymanas Park in his two decades of riding. Ellis, who has had riding experience in Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, says he has never really focused his attention on winning jockeys’ titles, just the big races and getting as many wins as possible each year. And at the start of the 2015 season, his focus was very much the same, until midway through the year when observers realised he was Robert Halledeen’s (second with 71 wins) main threat for the championship. “At the start of the season, I wasn’t even thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning classics. But as time went by, I was always close to the leaders and people were saying that I cannot win the championship. So I had to prove a point to the fans who doubted Shane Ellis,” he told The Gleaner. But although he answered the critics, there are those who now say the two-time champion jockey cannot repeat the feat in 2016, and he is determined more than ever to make it two-in-a-row next year. “I was focused this year and next year, I will be even more focused. I can do it again,” he insisted. Dane Nelson (before he left for Canada), Omar Walker, and Halledeen all held the lead at various times. Ellis, however, took charge in the last four months of the year to hold off a late challenge from Halledeen.last_img read more

Loggers earn second win of season with victory over Ferndale

first_imgEureka >> With two of its starting players, including the team’s leading scorer, sitting on the bench due to coach’s decision, the Eureka Loggers played arguably their best team game of the season in a convincing win over Ferndale, 52-36 on Wednesday at Eureka High School.“Tonight I feel like we came out with the attitude that we were sick of losing,” said Loggers forward Malachi Pratton, who led Eureka with 17 points. “We came out and gave it what we had, stopped them on defense and tried to …last_img read more

2015 NFL Preview The Eagles Cowboys And Giants Look Good Compared To

Tampa Bay2572811441664 Jacksonville20315525630 NEW COACHNEW QBEITHER Dallas Cowboys2014 Record: 12-4 | 2015 Proj. W: 9.3 | Playoff Odds: 62.2%Off. Rank: 4th | Def. Rank: 17th | S.T. Rank: 23rdCowboys owner/general manager/Senior Senator from Naboo Jerry Jones has a meddler’s reputation for a reason: In a given season over the past quarter-century, Dallas was either breaking in a new quarterback or a new coach 48 percent of the time. But for the last four years, that hasn’t been the case, as coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo have brought an uncharacteristic amount of leadership stability to the franchise.Continuity of that sort matters in the NFL. Among teams since 19906When the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams. that had both the same head coach and leading passer as the previous season, about half went to the playoffs. Meanwhile, teams that were breaking in a new coach or a new QB in a given season made the playoffs only 30 percent of the time, and teams that changed both only reached the postseason 22 percent of the time. CATEGORYMADE PLAYOFFS For every 16 games over that span, the Giants also averaged about 8.5 wins, which is pretty typical of a franchise that spends most of its time being neither great nor bad. Coach Tom Coughlin is perpetually described as being on the hot seat, but that might be the opposite of true. Given New York’s resistance to change and Coughlin’s own pattern of solid seasons punctuated by the occasional Super Bowl run, his seat could very well be flame-retardant asbestos, as coarse and ancient as Coughlin himself.There’s reason to think the Giants will seesaw back toward the realm of decentness in 2015. No team was more severely crippled by injuries in 2014, according to adjusted games lost (AGL), a metric derived by Football Outsiders to account for which teams statistically suffered the most from benched and injured players. Jason Pierre-Paul’s missing finger aside,9And if you ignore the team’s ongoing health catastrophe among safeties. heavily injured teams tend to be healthier in subsequent seasons, because there’s very little relationship between a team’s AGL from one year to the next.In other words, look for another solid season from an uneventful franchise that works like clockwork. Maybe there are better situations than being a stagnant-by-design team in a division where two teams are on the rise and the fourth can’t fall any further. Then again, if this team is truly like clockwork, it’s destined to win the Super Bowl every four years — and this is that year. TEAMSEASONSCOUNTPERCENTCOUNTPERCENTCOUNTPERCENT Indianapolis257285201040 Denver25416624832 Green Bay25416312624 Carolina20315840945 Miami2572811441248 San Francisco255208321144 Buffalo2562411441352 New QB, Same Coach30.8 NY Giants25416728728 San Diego257289361248 New QB, New Coach22.1 Chicago2541615601768 While some of that is a mix of correlation and causation — good teams, if given the choice, tend not to abandon their coach/QB combinations — more continuity is associated with greater success even after controlling for a team’s existing talent level. A logistic regression on all NFL teams since 1990 shows that an average team7In terms of its Simple Rating System (SRS) score the previous season. loses 6 percentage points of playoff odds when it changes head coaches (but keeps the same QB), 11 percentage points when it switches the QB (but keeps the same coach) and 17 percentage points when both are swapped out.This suggests that constant leadership shake-ups take their toll on a team, with instability at quarterback exacting almost twice the cost (in terms of playoff probability) as a head coach shake-up. And say what you will about Jones as a meddler, but lately he’s erred on the side of ditching coaches, not QBs. While Dallas has gone through three head coaches over the past decade, Romo has been a constant under center throughout (aside from the year he missed 10 games due to injury).So by resisting the media pressure to churn through new faces at coach and (especially) quarterback, the stability of a fifth straight Garrett-Romo season puts Dallas in a comparatively strong position. New England25520624832 Same QB, Same Coach49.5 Pittsburgh2528728936 Seattle2552010401248 New Orleans255209361144 L.A./St. Louis259366241560 Washington2583212481560 Minnesota2552014561872 Dallas256248321248 FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » Baltimore19211842842 Cleveland2283613591673 Houston13215%215%323% Philadelphia2541613521352 Houston/Tennessee2541613521456 Phoenix/Arizona2572816641872 Kansas2562411441248 Cincinnati2541610401352 L.A./Oakland25114413521664 In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Up today: the NFC East. It may not always be the best — or even the most competitive — division in football, but it’s always the NFL’s most visceral, featuring four teams that aren’t so much rivals as mortal enemies. Beneath the violence, though, the East is also about contrasting levels of continuity, and perhaps never more so than in the wake of the Eagles’ startling offseason makeover. Atlanta256249361040 Detroit2562414561872 Philadelphia Eagles2014 Record: 10-6 | 2015 Projected Wins: 9.4 | Playoff Odds: 63.6%Offensive Rank: 7th | Defensive Rank: 16th | Special Teams Rank: 3rdCoach Chip Kelly is running the Eagles like the Ship of Theseus. If a team is the sum of its parts, and a ton of those parts change, is it still the same team?During the spring, Kelly jettisoned his starting quarterback, Nick Foles, for a promising QB with balsa-wood knees, Sam Bradford.1Fans want the pope to bless the knees when he is in town; in fairness, that may be a rational reaction when the alternative is Mark Sanchez. He sent Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for an injured linebacker. He ditched a whole slew of veteran standbys.2To name just a few: LB Trent Cole, CB Cary Williams, G Todd Herremans, TE James Casey and WR Jeremy Maclin. He guaranteed $21 million to running back DeMarco Murray within days of signing RB Ryan Mathews for $5 million guaranteed. He went on to spend a guaranteed $95.1 million more in free agency. Also, Tim Tebow now plays for this team.In other words, the overarching theme of the Eagles’ offseason was chaos — far more so than would be expected of a team coming off a 10-6 campaign.To measure the continuity (or discontinuity) of a team’s roster, we tracked the percentage of its players’ Approximate Value3Pro-Football-Reference.com’s way of measuring a player’s overall contribution to his team. (AV) from one season that returned to the team the next year. Since 1970, the average NFL team has kept about 78 percent of its AV from the previous year, with the other 22 percent departing in the league’s cycle of life — players retire, get traded, leave in free agency, etc.Teams as good as Philly was last season tend to retain more talent than average. Since the Eagles went 10-6 a year ago, we’d have expected them to bring back 82 percent of their AV, which would rank 11th-highest in football this season. But all that chaos means that Philadelphia’s projected continuity percentage4Based on its 2015 roster as of Aug. 21. for 2015 is merely 68 percent, good for fourth-lowest in the league.Only the San Francisco 49ers had a larger negative disparity between their expected and actual continuity rates, and the Niners might have just suffered through the worst offseason in NFL history. By contrast, the Eagles’ moves were largely by choice: Kelly turned this roster upside down as part of his grand plan to bring a Super Bowl to Philadelphia.If he succeeds, though, he’ll be bucking four and a half decades of NFL history. Even after controlling for their Simple Rating System (SRS) scores the previous season, teams that had as much roster turnover5As measured by continuity percentage relative to the league average. as the Eagles tended to win about a half-game fewer than would be expected if they’d posted an average rate of continuity.As we said in March, Kelly might be some sort of lunatic savant. But it remains to be seen if his Ship of Theseus is seaworthy enough to get the Eagles back to the playoffs. New York Giants2014 Record: 6-10 | 2015 Proj. W: 7.7 | Playoff Odds: 27.7%Off. Rank: 11th | Def. Rank: 26th | S.T. Rank: 27thNew York’s obnoxious devotion to its own history is also realized in its player management strategy: The team typically treasures continuity to the point of boredom.8At least in terms of actual football moves — if there’s a Giants roster shake-up in the offseason, it probably requires a visit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But consistency at the expense of dynamism has generally paid off for the Giants — two Super Bowls during the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning years ain’t shabby.Over the past 25 seasons, the Giants were breaking in a new coach or a new quarterback just 28 percent of the time. Only Green Bay and Houston (a franchise that’s only been around for 13 seasons) have had a lower coach/QB turnover rate. Washington2014 Record: 4-12 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.7 | Playoff Odds: 5.7%Off. Rank: 27th | Def. Rank: 22nd | S.T. Rank: 12thWashington is, as always, a disaster. The team’s Elo rating hit its all-time10Or at least, since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. nadir in mid-November of last season, and Washington promptly built on that to set new record lows each of the next four weeks. It had the worst passing defense in the league last year by multiple metrics. Former starting quarterback Robert Griffin III is, when healthy, one of the worst in the league. Coach Jay Gruden will sit him in Week 1 in favor of backup Kirk Cousins … who also is one of the worst in the league.Did we say “disaster”? This is a cordoned-off federal Superfund site. And it all starts with toxic mismanagement.In a given year since 1990, there was a 1-in-3 chance that Washington was breaking in a new coach, and no quarterback has been the team’s top passer for more than three consecutive seasons since Mark Rypien in 1993. The team’s longest-running coach-QB collaboration was Rypien and Joe Gibbs, which lasted four years.In the 16 seasons since Daniel Snyder, noted bastion of team-owning excellence, bought the franchise in 1999, Washington has churned through eight head coaches and nine passing leaders. Under Snyder’s watch, there’s been a 69 percent chance that at least one of those two key personnel positions was changed in a given season. Other teams — Cleveland, Detroit and Minnesota — have been slightly more chaotic over the same span, but all it would take for Washington to grab the lead would be Cousins losing his starting job at QB or Gruden getting fired. (Neither of these things is particularly unlikely.)Washington’s most significant offseason move was hiring a GM, Scot McCloughan, who spent last season living on a farm. But, for once, that’s not the punch line — McCloughan is an acclaimed talent evaluator. And Washington also boasted a slightly above-average level of roster stability this offseason, with 79 percent of the team’s 2014 AV projecting to return to the team in 2015. In a strange twist, the franchise known for its volatility has the highest continuity rate of any team in the NFC East.11The Giants also checked in at 79 percent, a few decimal points behind Washington. The ongoing preseason RGIII drama suggests that Washington’s days of dysfunction are far from over, but there are at least some signals for hope that the team won’t be defined by tumult and misrule forever. NY Jets2583213521768 New Coach, Same QB30.4% read more

Justin Rose captures Memorial Tournament championship

Trailing by four shots heading into the Memorial’s final round, round one co-leader Justin Rose shot a near-flawless 66 on Sunday to claim his first career PGA tour victory at 18-under par.“For me, it’s a great way to win,” Rose said. “And to win here at the Memorial, at Jack’s tournament, I couldn’t think of a better place to win my first tournament. It’s a great day.”Chasing three-round leader Rickie Fowler, Rose said he was able to stay focused on his game and let the rest take care of itself.“I knew that I was in the hunt all week, but I wasn’t playing golf like I was in the hunt all week,” he said. “I was just in the moment and I thought that paid off for me today.”Playing nearly mistake-free golf with just one bogey in the first three days, the youngster Fowler was unable to close it out with three bogeys and a double bogey in his final round.Knotted at 16-under par heading into the par-3 12th hole, Fowler made double bogey to drop two shots back and never held the lead again.“I was just trying to aim at the back bunker and cut it off a little bit there,” said Fowler. “The ball started going where I wasn’t trying to. So I just made a bad swing and paid for it.”Although Fowler’s final round 73 resulted in a second place finish at 15-under, he was still pleased with his overall performance this week.“It was an awesome week,” he said. “Obviously not the round that I wanted today, didn’t hit as many greens as I would like to, but we had a lot of fun.”Rounding out the top five were Bo Van Pelt and Ricky Barnes in a tie for third at 12-under and Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson and Tim Petrovic tied for fifth at 11-under par.World No. 1 Tiger Woods finished out his week with an even par 72, leaving him in a tie for 19th at 6-under for the tournament.The PGA tour will head south next week for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., before heading to the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in two weeks for the 2010 edition of the U.S. Open. read more

Tomas Rosicky Its weird seeing Arsenal without Wenger

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky admits it’s strange being at the club without long-time manager Arsene WengerRosicky was signed by Wenger in the summer of 2006 from German side Borussia Dortmund and spent the following decade under the guidance of the Frenchman.The former Czech Republic international left Arsenal in 2016 for a return to boyhood club Sparta Prague, where he spent the final two years of his playing career.“Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say,” Rosicky admitted to the Evening Standard.“He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger. People have to be patient.“The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did. It’s still early days, only four games. There are some positives, some negatives. We’ll see how it goes in the future.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He means a great deal, it’s impossible to avoid him here. Someone like me, who spent so much time with him, or the other guys here, we see him everywhere.“If you come here it’s not possible to not think about him.”The 37-year-old has begun taking his UEFA coaching badges at Sparta Prague and has wasted no time in seeking counsel from Wenger.“We exchanged some texts only but I haven’t seen him since he left,” said Rosicky.“I needed recommendations about some players. He helped a lot.”Rosicky scored 28 goals in 247 appearances for Arsenal.last_img read more

SBI tops debit card transactions in April

first_imgReuters fileState Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, which is a 31 percent share of the market, according to data from the Reserve Bank of India.SBI logged over 8.33 crore POS (Point of Sale) transactions using debit cards during the month of April, even as it has grown market share in debit card spends over the last six months. The number of transactions far outstripped the onsite and offsite transactions of HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank which were around 3.52 crore and 3.27 crore respectively.The country’s biggest lender reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, notching up a share of over 31%, according to RBI data. In October, the share was a shade under 30%.In contrast, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank saw their market shares drop over the six-month period following the note ban in November. Both banks were trailing SBI in April with debit card transactions worth Rs 4,818.66 crore and Rs 4,671.62 respectively.While the April data was definitely miles ahead of the October data, it paled in comparison with the record digital transactions seen in January – in the wake of demonetisation-fuelled bank deposits — across public and private sector banks with SBI’s market share at just 25.3 percent.At the end of April, SBI had nearly 35 crore debit cards while HDFC Bank has 2.39 crore debit card holders and 3.7 crore card holders for ICICI Bank.last_img read more

8 injured in French mosque shooting

first_imgA view of Arrahma Mosque where a shooting incident occured, in this still image from video, in Avignon. ReutersEight people including a girl were lightly wounded late Sunday in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southeast French city of Avignon, the prosecutor’s office said, ruling out terrorism.According to initial accounts taken on the spot, at least two men got out of a car around 10:30 pm near the mosque and opened fire, including with a shotgun, the prosecutor’s office said.None of the wounded had life-threatening injuries, it said.”From what we know this evening, the mosque was not targeted. The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it,” the prosecutor said, ruling out terrorism.Witness accounts mentioned four men in the car, all hooded.The criminal investigation department has taken charge of the case.The shooting comes a few days after a man on Thursday attempted to drive his car into worshippers outside the Creteil mosque in southeast Paris.The driver, a 43-year-old Armenian who suffered from schizophrenia, hit barriers and pillars outside the mosque with his 4×4 without causing any injuries before crashing into a traffic island.According to a source close to the investigation, the suspect had made “confused remarks in relation” to a string of jihadist attacks that have struck France, killing 239 people since 2015.Following a van attack against worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque in London on June 19 which left one dead and 11 injured, France’s Muslim community has also felt threatened.Some Muslim officials have described the Paris incident as an attack and called on the authorities to “strengthen protection of places of worship”.The Paris police commissioner reiterated his orders for vigilance in protecting Muslim places of worship.last_img read more

Bengal Fish Fest kicks off today

first_imgKolkata: The state Fisheries department will organise the three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019′ at Nalban Food Park in Salt Lake Sector V from Friday to Sunday (January 11 to 13), with the aim of propagating the activities of the state government in this area and at the same time, address the current issues pertaining to aquaculture, fish feed and exports in the fishery and seafood sector.The festival will host stalls and exhibitions put up by stakeholders from the fisheries sector for promotion of modern technologies, different varieties of fish feed, ornamental fish etc. A large number of food stalls will also be set up by reputed food chains/brands to titillate the tastebuds of fish loving Bengalis with exotic fish delicacies. Indian Chamber of Commerce is the event partner. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalState Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha said: “We have been able to increase the production of big fishes in the state by 40 percent. We have instructed state Fisheries Development Corporation to take necessary steps to increase fish cultivation in ponds throughout the state.” It may be mentioned that with its vast resource of more than 4.27 lakh hectares of impounded water bodies (including 3.35 lakh hectares of inland and 0.92 lakh hectares of brackish water area), Bengal has a tremendous potential in the fisheries sector, which is almost unrivalled in India. Bengal ranks second in fish and first in fish seed production in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This sector has tremendous export potential and during the last 7 years, export figures have grown significantly from 61,709 metric tonnes (Rs 1,734 crore) in 2011-12 to 1,05,318 metric tonnes (Rs 4,910 crore) in 2017-18,” a senior official of the state Fisheries department said. A special Investors’ Meet will also be organised during the festival to explore the scope of export promotion and investment potential, as well as the possibility of promoting the fish market within and outside Bengal.last_img read more