Lambert calm over Benteke call-up

first_img “But to cause them the problems we did was really pleasing.” Benteke was actually one of four first-team staples missing against the Blues last weekend. “It wasn’t just Christian we lost for last week,” Lambert said. “There was Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley Westwood and Jores Okore too. “The four of them are doing well, even though Jores’ cruciate injury will keep him out for a while. “So it wasn’t just Christian we missed, but the lads who came in were excellent for us.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will not become embroiled in a club-versus-country spat with Belgium despite national team coach Marc Wilmots controversially calling up injured striker Christian Benteke for their upcoming matches. Wilmots has reportedly stated Benteke will not be risked for the Croatia match but, should they lose that and need a result against the Welsh, the striker is likely to be called upon. When it was put to Lambert that he may be heading for a clash with his international counterpart, the Scot said: “No, I’ve spoken to Marc anyway and the medical people are engaged in good dialogue so there’s no problems at all. “But he’s not fit for us this weekend. “Christian is doing really well with his rehabilitation and we just have to wait and see how he’s feeling. I’ve spoken to him every day, as I do with everybody else, and he’s doing okay.” Villa beat Manchester City 3-2 at home without Benteke last Saturday to go some way to dispelling the myth that they are anything like a one-man team, but Lambert insists they never needed to make any sort of statement. “The lads had nothing to prove to me,” he said. “I knew we were up against one of the best teams in the country and that we had to play ever so well to try to get something from the game. “Against City they had everything that you want from a footballer: The fight, hunger, desire, togetherness. Everything that makes a strong team, we had in abundance. “It wasn’t a statement as such, it was just a group of lads who came together in that game. Yes, we had to run a lot without the ball at certain times but there aren’t many teams who are going to have much of the ball against Manchester City. Benteke is still thought to be weeks away from fitness following a recent hip injury suffered against Norwich. However, Belgium boss Wilmots has selected the big striker for his side’s World Cup qualifiers against Croatia on October 11 and Wales on October 15 as his side seek the point they need to secure their spot next summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Point-counterpoint: Spookiest sports costume

first_imgKevin Hagstrom Betwixt the haunting ghosts, moaning ghouls and cackling witches you’ll find one costume trick-or-treating from door-to-door who can spook us all come Halloween night. Dennis Rodman? Please. Sam Cassell? Too extraterrestrial. The Undertaker? He’s something else entirely. This man is so frightening that I can barely type his name… Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson. The guy sends me chills for all of his ills. If not for Jackson’s broken index finger, Minnesota head coach Brad Childress would actually be starting this monster. Jackson is more disturbing to watch than any of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” flicks where Freddy Kruger slices and dices victims like Emeril slices meat on his cooking show. Jackson can’t complete a pass for the life of him, or one of his victims, connecting with targets at a 45.9 percent rate. Nor can he really do anything (48.7 quarterback rating), except suck on the lifeblood that is an otherwise OK football team. He’s so heinous that his receivers live in fear that, by never seeing a hallowed ball come their way, they won’t ever be able to cash-in on a free-agent deal somewhere else. It doesn’t stop there. Like a zombie, Jackson’s play wakes other deranged personas from the dead. Ray Lewis, an accused Killer! Killer Night!, will rise from the darkness to feast on the floating pigskin thrown by Jackson (no, not Michael). Pacman Jones shall return to strip more than just burlesque queens. And Vinny Testaverde, the world’s oldest man, Alzheimer’s and all, may extend his incessant career by finding a job with the purple and gold next year. I think I’ve made myself clear that if you’re looking to provide a scare tonight go as Jackson. But beware. You just may never be able to throw again. Point: Childress’ pure folly. Ben Voelkel When it comes to Halloween, there are no decisions more important than what to be. As a sports fan, you will naturally be drawn to a costume that reflects your interest in athletics. There are countless options for picking the sports identity you choose to don for an evening (and early morning) of revelry. You could go the snarky, smart route and parody something in sports news today, like dressing up as Michael Vick’s dogs or Barry Bonds’ steroid needle. The risk you run with that line of costumes is some sports-illiterate folk not understanding your costume, leading to an awkward, time-consuming attempt at an explanation that still renders the dumbfounded unamused. You could try for the team concept, order some jerseys and go with some friends as a professional sports team. This has its benefits, because even if you get separated from the group, you still have a reasonable costume. Or, you could completely cop out and throw on the jersey you have sitting in your closet and go “as” that player. But the best sports Halloween costume is equal parts genius, convenience and spookiness. Throw on a facial tattoo, find some boxing gloves and get intoxicated enough to not make sensible sentences and voila — you are Mike Tyson. This costume really works well for a multitude of reasons. First, Tyson is one of the scariest humans on the face of the earth, athlete or not. What’s worse, some goofy Scream mask or a man who once bit another man’s ear off? Second, if your festivities wind up ending with you spending the night in jail, you can plead your case that you were only taking your costume to the extreme and acting out your character. Odds are it won’t get you anything more than a scornful look from the judge, but it’s worth a shot. Finally, you can say the most outlandish things you can think of (“I want to eat his children”) and, for once, no one will even bat an eye. Iron Mike. Winner by KO.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Brewzer

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Brewzer!  He is a happy and healthy five-month-old Lab/PitBull puppy, weighing in at 24 pounds.  Brewzer is actively exploring the world and learning new things.  He is beginning to understand what it means to walk on a leash politely and to “come” and “sit”.  He loves to play and looks cute while doing so!Brewzer is an eager 5-month-old puppy looking for a family. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetBrewzer’s coat is black and nicely accented with a white chest and white paws.  When he listens to humans talk, he perks up his ears so that he doesn’t miss a thing.  If you are a nice family with a fenced yard, and the desire to teach an eager puppy how to become a great forever companion, he would like to meet you.  Please schedule an appointment to meet him or if you have further questions, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet.  Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Leafs get top marks halfway through KIJHL regular season

first_imgThe Nelson Daily: Is this team back on track after its recent three-game slide?Frank Maida: I don’t think we were really in a slide. We really only lost in those three games, once in regulation. I don’t really call  that a slide.TND: Your last game you had only 14 skaters against Grand Forks. Are you concerned about injuries playing with a short bench?F.M. We are getting our numbers back to where we need to be (defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Bryce Nielsen are day to day while sniper Travis Wellman is scheduled to be back in the lineup after missing both games against Spokane and Grand Forks). We’ve been playing short staffed for the last 15 games and now were getting healthier and that’s helping.TND: Are you at all worried about players playing too much and getting hurt?F.M: I’m always worried about injuries and when rest is needed the boys get some time off. After the weekend, we take Sunday and Monday off, and Tuesday we’re right back at it.TND: This team has proven it’s never out of games. As evident last weekend needing to rally past Grand ForksF.M: Going back to the beginning of the season, we’ve proven this team is never out of it. We all understand it’s a 60-minute game and you have to play 60 minutes in order to win and that’s our focus going into every game and if we do fall behind we stick to the game plan.TND: Nice to be back home for two games this weekend?F.M: These are two really good teams coming to town in Kelowna (18-6-0-2) and North Okanagan (12-11-0-1). The boys are excited to play at home after a stint away so we’re expecting two real good games. . . .Two very strong teams that play their systems very well so we’ll have to bring our A-game. Half way through the Kootenay International season, the Nelson Leafs own the best record in the league at 20-1-1-3.Ironically, the Green and White suffered through a three-game losing streak earlier in November before reeling off five straight wins to take a 10-point lead over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Much of the success for Nelson has been in the offensive zone as Nelson has racked up 130 goals en route to the best goal differential in the league.The Leafs also sport the top goal scorer in the entire KIJHL in Travis Wellman, tied with Nick Josephs of Kelowna Chiefs with 31 markers.And the Leafs are also getting it done at the defensive end with a league low 73 goals against.Nelson, host club for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in April, is back on home ice after playing five of six the previous games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The Nelson Daily talked with head coach Frank Maida on the team’s recent success.last_img read more

Nelson Nordic, Whitewater Ski Club host swap weekend

first_img According to coach Karen Redfern, “properly waxed skis make a huge difference for skiers of all abilities, but it’s often neglected because it can be messy and inconvenient.”Redfern also says that all skis benefit from waxing and even waxless or scale skis need the tips and tails waxed for optimal performance. During the swap, skiers can have their skis waxed during the annual Nordic ski swap for a suggested donation of only $10.       The clinic is a fundraiser for the Nelson Nordic Track Attack and Junior Racers program and will be run by parents and athletes.The club will have several stations set up for short waiting times, and apply a general hot wax suitable for conditioning skis and average temperatures. Are you ready for some skiing — downhill or nordic?The Nelson Nordic Ski Club and Whitewater Ski Team are hosting respective ski swaps Saturday and Sunday.The Nelson Nordic Ski Team kicks off the swap weekend with its Ski Swap and Annual General Meeting Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club at 801 Railway Street.Re-sale items can be dropped off from 9-10 a.m. The AGM follows at 10 a.m. with the swap running from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.center_img Sunday, at Hume School Gymnasium, the 25th annual Whitewater Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap is being held from 12:30-3 p.m.Entrance is by donation. Ski, snowboard, telemark & touring gear and clothing can be dropped off from 9-11 a.m.Proceeds to toward the Whitewater Ski Team, a ski racing club dedicated to building life long skiers in a positive, fun and supportive learning environment.The goal of the club is to instill passion in young skiers, develop excellent skiing skills in all terrain and conditions, as well as building self confidence, respect for the mountains, and respect for their peers.Check out the Whitewater Ski Club on its Facebook Page.last_img read more

Josh Pierre-Louis expresses intent to transfer

first_imgDuring his only year at Temple, Pierre-Louis averaged 3.8 points per game in 27 games this season while averaging 12.7 minutes per game. Pierre-Louis also made 42.9 percent of his shots from the field while converting 37.8 percent of his three-pointers. Pierre-Louis was rated as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports coming out of Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, New Jersey. Pierre Louis’ announcement comes just two days after his brother, junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis, declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.  Pierre-Louis is the second Temple player to announce his intention to transfer from the program following this season. Junior forward Justyn Hamilton announced his intent to transfer from the program on March 14. Freshman guard Josh Pierre-Louis intends to transfer from the Temple University men’s basketball program, Verbal Commits announced in a tweet on Wednesday. Freshman guard Josh Pierre-Louis dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Saint Joseph’s University at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 10. | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Josh Pierre-Louis has not provided a comment as of Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016

first_imgMELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORKMISS SOUTHERN MISS IN TURF DEBUT MONDAYOFFSHORE IS ON COURSE FOR ZUMA BEACHKITCAT ‘PURRTY GOOD’ IN PREP FOR BC MILESANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY MONDAY MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cupat Santa Anita on June 25, continued preparing for a meeting with Horse of the World California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, working seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:27 Sunday morning under regular rider Joe Talamo.“He looked good,” said David Hofmans, who trains the five-year-old Kodiak Kowboy gelding for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “It was a nice, easy work. We got a lot of air into him and we’re trying to get him ready to roll.”Melatonin was given fractional times of 25.80, 50 flat and 1:03, with a one mile gallop out of 1:40.80 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Melatonin is unbeaten in four races at Santa Anita and has earned $1,218,552 thanks to a 5-3-3 record from 13 career starts. Peter Miller2173233%57%$207,965 Bob Baffert1536220%73%$631,215 Tyler Baze3132610%35%$161,985 TOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days tomorrow, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Mike Smith1131127%45%$160,180 Kent Desormeaux2163129%48%$209,985 Philip D’Amato232059%30%$232,230 Victor Espinoza1742124%41%$620,495 FINISH LINES: Flavien Prat, who took over the riding lead with three victories yesterday, will be at Keeneland next Saturday to ride Senorita Stakes winner Stays in Vegas for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Next Sunday, agent Derek Lawson has the 24-year-old Frenchman booked to ride The Pizza Man in the $1 million Canadian International at Woodbine for trainer Roger Brueggemann . . . Condolences to trainer Eddie Truman and his family on the passing of his oldest brother, Dale, last Thursday in Wichita at the age of 78. Services are pending for Dale, a former chaplain for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. -30- Carla Gaines721129%57%$119,670 SURF’S UP FOR OFFSHORE IN ZUMA BEACHNeil Drysdale has a reputation of not winning with first-time starters, so it may have surprised racing insiders when the Exchange Rate colt Offshore won at first asking going one mile on Del Mar’s turf course Sept. 3.“Maybe he overcame my training,” the Hall of Fame trainer joked.Be that as it may, next up for Offshore is Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on grass.Drysdale was cautiously optimistic, as is his wont, about Offshore’s chances.“There are others in the race with more experience,” he said.The Zuma Beach, race nine of nine: Offshore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ooper Wallah, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Toshiro, Florent Geroux, 5-1; Riser, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Sorry Erik, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Colonel Samsen, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Billy Big, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Bowies Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Secret House, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harbour Master, Mike Smith, 4-1; Sonic Boom, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1; Big Score, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and also eligible Ventry Bay, David Flores, 15-1. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype720029%29%$52,685 Flavien Prat3584623%51%$797,990center_img Jamie Theriot1831217%33%$115,815 TRAINER FANCIES FILLY IN GRASS DEBUTMiss Southern Miss makes her turf debut in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies, and Keith Desormeaux is confident she will give a good account of herself in the one mile event.“She’s by More Than Ready out of a Stormy Atlantic mare (Miss Atlantic City),” the trainer said. “I’ve always been high on her since the first day she galloped. She was second in two stakes (the Landaluce and the Sorrento) but I thought she was capable of more.”Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell and bred by the Cantrel Family Partnership, was an eventful fifth behind Union Strike in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last out on Sept. 3.The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux, 4-1; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; La Force, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith, 20-1; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Shy, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2873425%50%$311,650 TEAM KITCAT PLEASED WITH FILLY’S U.S. DEBUTKitcat, the Filly from Chile, came out of her second-place finish behind Curlin’s Fox in Saturday’s Swingtime Stakes in good order and it’s on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.It was the first start in nearly six months for the four-year-old Chilean-bred daughter of Scat Daddy trained by Sebastian Silva and ridden Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who was making his riding debut in the United States. The 37-year-old Perez has ridden Kitcat in all of her 14 races, winning seven.“She ran real good,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Chile who has been interpreting for Team Kitcat during their stay in the U.S.“They run in the opposite direction (clockwise) in Chile, like they do in England, so this was the first time she ran this way (counter-clockwise),” pointed out Vergara.“She handled the turf very well and she hadn’t run for six months, so we’re very pleased with her second. Gary Stevens put up a good ride on Curlin’s Fox.“Gonzalo will stay here with the filly this month and he’ll ride her in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. I will try to help him with mounts here during that time.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt1335323%85%$139,568 Peter Eurton820025%25%$177,064 Jerry Hollendorfer1922211%32%$126,045 Richard Baltas2135114%43%$230,660 Joseph Talamo2043020%35%$178,870 Doug O’Neill3856613%45%$226,223 Rafael Bejarano37513514%62%$630,265 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 8) Fernando Perez1940221%32%$90,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more