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Watch Anders Osborne And Tom Hamilton Jam On Grateful Dead’s ‘Bertha’ At The Cap

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgLast Friday, February 26th, Anders Osborne came out firing for his first-ever headlining performance at the Capitol Theatre. Osborne has had a strong beginning of 2016, and has a new album called Spacedust & Ocean Views due out early this year. In celebration, Osborne brought his New Orleans-influenced sound to the famed Port Chester venue, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on as support.Naturally, fans who were keeping their fingers crossed for an Osborne-Hamilton collaboration got their wish, as the JRAD guitarist linked up with Osborne during the middle of his headlining set. Hamilton joined in for “Back On Dumaine,” an Osborne original, before segueing into a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.” Watch video below via Sean Roche:The band also covered Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War,” seen below:Check out photos from the night, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein: Load remaining images Setlist: Anders Osborne at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 2/27/16Set: 5 Bullets, Pleasing You, Big Talk, Lafayette, Back On Dumaine > Bertha > Masters Of War, Pontchartrain > Coming Down, Windows, Move Back To Mississippi, Charlie Parker, Me And Lola (?)Encore: The Lucky One, It’s Gonna Be OkayCheck out Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography‘s full gallery below:last_img read more

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Liverpool’s move for highly-rated RB Leipzig striker placed on hold

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Liverpool have put all contract talks and recruitment plans on hold amid the coronavirus crisis Read Also: Klopp tells pals Liverpool will be last club job Similar sentiments apply to negotiating deals with any members of the current playing staff. Liverpool completed a raft of contract extensions over the last 12 months, including new deals for Klopp and James Milner in December, but a pressing issue has been the future of Gini Wijnaldum. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool have put all contract talks and recruitment plans on hold due to the ongoing uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League leaders have been heavily linked with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and there have been persistent reports about the Germany international having a £51million release clause that had to be activated by a certain date in April. Any ambitions Timo Werner has of moving to Liverpool will have to be placed on hold Werner is hugely admired by Liverpool and he has spoken favourably on a number of occasions in recent months about their team – and manager Jurgen Klopp – but any ambitions he has of securing a move to England will have to be placed on hold. With no indication as to what will happen with the summer transfer window and the ongoing insecurities, Liverpool are not actively working on any deals to bolster and refresh their squad – and will only resume once there is clarity.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?These TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?World’s Most Delicious FoodsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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Ronaldo strikes 90th Europe goal, sets record of scoring against 40 Nations

By on September 22, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 UEFA Nations Cup: France fight back to sink battling Croatia Ronaldo scores 100th goal for Portugal Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first European player to score 90 international goals. The 34-year-old netted four times in Portugal’s European Championship qualifier against Lithuania on Tuesday night, which means it has taken him a total of 160 games to claim the record. In fact, Ronaldo’s brace in the Group B tie means that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored against 40 different nations. He is the only person to achieve such a remarkable feat. The Juventus forward has scored eight hat-tricks for his country over the years, which includes tonight’s magnificent display against a helpless Lithuania. He opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a typical finish from the penalty spot, and then scored three goals in the space of 15 minutes to make it 4-1. Ronaldo’s fourth was by far the most entertaining of the game. Mostly because of the goalkeeper’s horrific error.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoEuropeEuropean ChampionshipLIthuaniaPortugallast_img read more

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Obaseki Commiserates with Ogbeide’s Family, Insurance, NFF

By on September 8, 2020

first_imgThe Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has commiserated with the family of late Solomon Ogbeide, over the recent passing of the football veteran and coach, who had an illustrious career managing clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).In a statement, the governor said late Ogbeide contributed significantly to sports development in Edo State, carved a niche for himself in the NPFL and paid his dues in the footballing world with a career draped with laurels.He said, “I commiserate with the family of late Solomon Ogbeide, Bendel Insurance Football Club, Edo State Sports Commission and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on the passing of Ogbeide, whose achievement in sports leaves an indelible mark in the history of sports development in the state. He was a great football tactician and veteran coach, who worked tirelessly for the development of the game, building teams that put up good showing in national and continental football championships.” He said the late Ogbeide was a refined gentleman, whose expertise and experience will be missed, noting, “On behalf of the people and state government, I send my condolences to his family and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss. They should be consoled by the fact that he led a boisterous life and made an indelible mark in his chosen field.”Late Ogbeide, before his death, was the Head Coach of Lobi Stars FC since 2017. He led the Pride of Benue to the group stages of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League this year, after helping the team win the NPFL title last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Godwin Obasekilast_img read more

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Mateusz Juroszek: Building the STS brand outside of Poland

By on August 30, 2020

first_img VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 It was confirmed late last week that STS, the biggest bookmaker in Poland, was ready to enter 11 new European markets – including the UK and Germany – after reaching a deal with BetConstruct for the provision of both sports betting and gaming content.Just a few days on, we caught up with Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS, to discuss lessons learned from Poland, the freedom to work under less penal tax conditions and the key targets for the operator’s BetConstruct-powered expansion.SBC: What have you learned from your Polish operations to guide your successful expansion into new markets?MJ: STS is not only the biggest bookmaker in Poland, but also one of the biggest companies in the country. We have developed half of the domestic sector, and our brand is recognized by 80% of Poles. Therefore, the time has come for the next step, i.e. development outside the country’s borders. In the first phase of our foreign expansion we want to reach mainly the Polish diaspora – in Great Britain there are nearly one million Poles, in Germany there are not much less, and in Norway nearly 100 thousand, and in Iceland another 50 thousand Poles. This is a great potential for a company like STS, because we know the Polish player very well and we know how to convince him to our offer. Ultimately, however, we want to become one of the key players . We have ambitious development plans for our group.SBC: With less penal tax restrictions than in Poland, how much more freedom does this give you, both in terms of allocating money to product development, and adjusting margins to a more attractive level for customers?MJ: Outside Poland, the STS offer is complementary, as local legislation allows it. The offer includes a casino or live casino. We have been repeating for a long time that in Poland the Act strongly limits the development of the industry. On foreign markets we can take full advantage of our potential. This is also reflected in the competitive odds offered by the world’s biggest players.SBC: What has been the impact of boosting the number of streamed events for your customers?MJ: We notice that streams in STS TV become more and more popular. This is the reason why we are still expanding the number of broadcasts in our offer. It is highly important due to live betting and its growing interest among the customers.STS TV is one of the bookmaker’s most popular features on all online channels. Top matches are watched by thousands of unique users. STS cooperates with three providers to make our coverage as wide as it is possible. In Poland, only three licensed bookmakers have live streaming, one of them is STS. So it drives our retention rate at very high level.SBC: What are the key aims for this expansion?MJ: In the first phase of our foreign expansion, we want to reach a large number of Polish immigrants in Europe. Ultimately, however, we want to become one of the key players. We want to work with multiple languages (other language versions of our website) apart from Polish, English and German.SBC: What do you expect to be the big breakthrough for STS in 2019?MJ: Undoubtedly the biggest breakthrough is that we start operations in as many as 11 foreign markets – in Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, as well as in Gibraltar, Malta and Latvia. We hope that activities outside of Poland will be more and more visible in our revenues. At the moment, it is our priority. StumbleUpon Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020last_img read more

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Eric Bekoe trains with Hasaacas

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgSekondi Hasaacas welcomed their star player signings at their training on Monday afternoon as Eric Bekoe and Ernest Papa Arkoh together with the promising youngster, Saliw Babawo joined the team at their Chapel Hill training park as they prepare for the forth coming league season.The trio arrived in Takoradi on Sunday evening, building the fans’ anticipation to visit the team’s training to catch a glimpse of their big name players and some did turn up. The media attendance was also massive which showed a new ambience on the day.Bekoe, a former top scorer of the league with Kotoko signed a one year contract with the Giants of the West to revive his career and his new coach, Yusif Basigi is happy about Bekoe and the others who have joined his team.”In fact it’s exciting that Eric Bekoe and Papa Arkoh has joined the team because looking at the time some of our key players left the team, many were those who were disappointed because they realized we have lost a lot of good or quality or key players but when these players joined we’ve had some sort of relief which I believe with little time they will blend and cope with the rest of the team” he intimated.Basigi is also looking forward to a season of attacking fire power with the recruitment made. He said “Now we have Eric Bekoe, Samuel Afful is also around, we have Prince Papa Arkoh, then Fatau Mohammed will come and Kojo Poku is there too so I think we have a good bench in terms of attack and its good we have  strengthen the attack”.For now Basigi is awaiting the arrivals of Philip Boampong, Fatau Mohammed, Eric Adu Poku and Michael Abu to have his full squad. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Pope brings familiarity with offense to Steelers

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Leonard Pope smiled, shook his head and rolled his eyes incredulously. Then he politely answered the question.Pope was the only unrestricted free agent the Steelers signed in the offseason, and questions for the 6-foot-8 tight end keep coming back again and again to one subject. Not the 102 receptions or nine touchdowns he has totaled in his six-year NFL career, and not his appearance in the 2009 Super Bowl. Not even his nickname, “Champ”—or the fact he saved a 6-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool last summer.All anyone wants to talk to Pope about is his familiarity with Todd Haley’s offense. Haley was hired in February as the Steelers first new offensive coordinator in five years. No surprise, Pope arrived in Pittsburgh weeks later.Wherever Haley has been the past six years—from Arizona to Kansas City and now Pittsburgh—he’s taken Pope with him.With the Steelers feverishly studying to master the new offense, Pope is a man everybody wants to speak with about it.“Every day—all day, every day,” Pope said with a chuckle. “And I give the same answer: I’m here learning the new playbook just like the rest of the players are. So my story ain’t gonna change.”A story Pope is much more eager to tell is how he potentially saved the life of the young child of a friend at a party in his hometown of Americus, Ga., last June.The only person at the party who knew how to swim, a fully-clothed Pope jumped into the pool, grabbed the boy, Bryson Moore, by the waist and pulled him out of the water to safety.“It was an act born out of the fact of me being a father and having kids,” said Pope, who recently threw a pizza party for the boy’s class. “Like I told people, I would want someone doing the same for my child.”That story has made its way among his new teammates.“I guess you can check the ‘Performs Under Pressure’ box for that,” fellow tight end Heath Miller said.Providing depth to Pittsburgh’s tight end corps isn’t a life-or-death issue. But with David Johnson having been moved to fullback and Weslye Saunders suspended for the season’s first four games due to a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, the 272-pound Pope will likely see plenty of reps this season for the Steelers.“He’s a big boy,” tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “He’s aggressive, he’s bright-eyed, he just loves to come in and stick his hand in the pile and try to help us win.”A third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2006, Pope clearly has the size to help in the blocking game—a trait the Steelers have sought in their tight ends in recent years.He also has shown an ability to be a weapon in the passing game, evidenced by the five touchdown receptions he had during his second year with Arizona or the career-high 24 catches he had last season with Kansas City.“I try to tell people, ‘Please don’t sleep on me. When you sleep on me, that’s when I get you,’” Pope said. “You think I’m going to block all day, then I’ll run a route past you. You think I’m going to catch all day, I’ll block.”Pope said his grandfathers and father used to argue about who deserves credit for bestowing the nickname “Champ,” given to him as an overly active and rambunctious boy.Pope even dubbed his foundation aimed at disadvantaged families that emphasizes physical fitness, C.H.A.M.P. (Creating Hope And Making Progress).But one thing Pope is not yet is a Super Bowl champ. He was with the Cardinals when they lost to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Super Bowl.“I want to be on the other side to not have that feeling again,” Pope said.Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin cited the hunger Pope has after being “on the wrong side of the confetti” that February night in Tampa three years ago. Tomlin mentioned that when asked about Pope before he mentioned the player’s history with Haley.That’s the way Pope would prefer it. Contrary to conventional opinion, Pope did not sign with the Steelers just because of Haley.“I came here because I had a job opportunity,” he said.Haley was the offensive coordinator in Arizona for Pope’s final two years there, including the NFC championship season. When Haley was hired as head coach of the Chiefs, Pope was signed soon thereafter.Haley was fired by Kansas City late last season, and the Steelers hired him to replace Bruce Arians less than three months later. Pope was signed in April.Haley’s fiery sideline demeanor, combined with the fact the affable Arians had a warm relationship with most of his players, have led to much discussion in Pittsburgh about Haley and the offense.Pope might not be willing to speak too much on Haley’s Xs and Os, but he will endorse Haley the person.“I love Todd,” Pope said. “He’s a great coach, and hopefully the guys are starting to see that right now.“I know a lot of people see the negative picture of him yelling on the sidelines and all that kind of stuff, but he’s a real humble person and has a great passion for what he does.”NOTES: Linebackers coach Keith Butler said that reserve LB Jason Worilds had offseason wrist surgery and that Pro Bowl LB James Harrison has not been practicing with the team because of knee inflammation. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wife Ashley are expecting a son later this year. Roethlisberger released the news on his official website. PROVIDING DEPTH AT TIGHT END—Pittsburgh Steelers Leonard Pope (45) stands with Heath Miller and the other tight ends during a break at practice. Pope signed with the Steelers as a free agent during the offseason, reuniting with offensive coordinator Todd Haley after playing for him in Arizona and Kansas City. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015

By on August 2, 2020

first_imgARKANSAS TRAVELER ALL THE RAGE FOR DERBYESPINOZA SAYS PHAROAH DID IT ALL ON HIS OWNMILLER GOES FOR TRAINING CROWN FROM AFARLEGENDARY YCAZA ON HAND FOR WOOLF AWARD Drayden Van Dyke22323282610%$1,506,413 Martin Pedroza18018272310%$781,994 MANNY YCAZA, WINNER OF 1964 WOOLF AWARD ON HAND TODAY            Known as “The Fiery Panamanian” throughout his legendary career, Manuel Ycaza, a winner of the 1964 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will be on hand for today’s Woolf Ceremony honoring Mike Luzzi.“This is the first time I’ve been to Santa Anita in about 25 years,” said Ycaza, 77, who retired with a lifetime win percentage of 22.4. “I first came here when I was 16, in 1954 and I lived in a dormitory. Everything looks about the same and I’m finding my way around pretty good.”Known as a tremendous finisher who due to his intensity “led the league” in riding suspensions, Ycaza noted that he was indeed a pioneer. “I was the first Panamanian and the first Latin jockey to come here,” he said Sunday morning. “Milo Valenzuela was riding here and doing well, but he was born in Texas. I’m very proud that some great Panamanians followed me. Guys like Laffit (Pincay), Braulio (Baeza) and Jacinto Vasquez.”Although Ycaza is commonly associated with several stakes horses trained by James Maloney in the late 1960s such as Gamely, who won the 1968 Santa Margarita Stakes with Ycaza, his first added-money success came much earlier.“I had been leading rider at Golden Gate and my agent, George O’Bryan, got me on a nice filly here named Born Rich. She won the 1958 Santa Margarita and that was my first stakes win here at Santa Anita.”Ycaza, who retired due to injury in 1971, was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1977, and made a brief return to the saddle in 1983. When asked to name the best horse he ever rode, he said, “I rode a lot of great horses, Dr. Fager, Lamb Chop, Ridan, Gamely, Dark Mirage, Damascus, Quadrangle, but the best horse I ever rode I think was Bald Eagle. He won the (Washington) D.C. International in 1959 and we came back and won it again in 1960. That was a really big race back then, at a mile and a half on the grass.”Great memories, great riders–What else would you expect when the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award trophy is on display? Santiago Gonzalez14219152113%$843,304 Philip D’Amato8420121524%$940,050 Mark Glatt8615171217%$664,202 Jack Carava55710813%$223,370 Rafael Bejarano29971464124%$3,530,888 Peter Miller16230282019%$1,471,756 Tyler Baze32947433514%$2,717,778 PHAROAH SHOWS NEW DIMENSION IN ARKANSAS ROMPThe buzz on the backstretch at Santa Anita Sunday morning was all about AmericanPharoah, and it ranged from spectacular to speechless.For those who might have missed it, American Pharoah emphatically enhanced his position as favorite for the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2 with a jaw-dropping eight length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.Even Neil Drysdale was impressed. Said Jerry Hollendorfer: “Words can’t describe it.”Pharoah’s victory, the first in which he did not lead virtually from start to finish, as he did in his previous three triumphs, by a combined margin of 14 ¼ lengths, showed a new dimension, as if he needed one–stalking.Bridget’s Big Luvy, at 38-1, led until the three-quarter marker in the mile and an eighth race, then Victor Espinoza “moved at will to collar the leader in the second turn” . . . and the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat “drew out as he pleased through the stretch without being asked for his best,” according to the Equibase chart.Espinoza never moved on the horse through the lane.“Moved?” observed one insider, eyebrows raised. “Hell, he never even said ‘giddy up.’”Bob Baffert watched the race on TV from his base at Santa Anita, leaving the maneuvers of execution to assistant Jim Barnes.“I was ecstatic,” Baffert said Sunday morning of American Pharoah’s performance. “I liked the way he shut it down. We thought he might be able to do that, but you don’t know until you actually do it in a race, because the adrenalin’s going through and everything else.“He got bumped leaving there a bit, and sometimes that gets them all charged up. But he was just so professional. I couldn’t have been happier the way it turned out. He got some things his own way, but it was good he showed he was not one dimensional; that’s a big plus.”Undefeated Dortmund, the gargantuan Santa Anita Derby winner and the other half of Baffert’s one-two Derby punch–call them The Dazzler and The Diesel–will leave Santa Anita for Kentucky April 26, Baffert said. American Pharoah leaves Arkansas tomorrow for Louisville, while Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane will ship to Louisville on an as-yet-to-be determined date.As American Pharoah and Dortmund continued to trump each other en route to the Derby, the fact remains that the playoffs are now over, and a full field of 20 could enter the starting gate for the mile and a quarter classic.Or not. Perhaps the 2015 Run for the Roses is a fait accompli.“If there ever was a year there shouldn’t be 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby,” said trainer Jim Cassidy, “it’s this year.” Mario Gutierrez1141016109%$559,052 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 Peter Eurton8815131517%$880,676 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Aaron Gryder9071188%$447,670 John Sadler14222201915%$1,485,820 Fernando Perez2101824279%$880,888 Edwin Maldonado12918131414%$625,704 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Thomas Proctor5787314%$582,078 Doug O’Neill18923172512%$1,127,792 Steve Knapp4172317%$289,447 Felipe Valdez9813121613%$429,837 (Current Through Saturday, April 11) Flavien Prat16018182011%$989,114 Brice Blanc6273511%$343,340 Richard Baltas841715720%$751,585 Martin Garcia15130201720%$2,758,740 Jerry Hollendorfer17230222617%$3,323,658 Bob Baffert11326191523%$2,961,522 Elvis Trujillo23926352511%$1,545,808 Richard Mandella7217101324%$1,027,996 Michael Pender5489615%$221,950 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Eddie Truman2574228%$349,170 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 J. Eric Kruljac5977812%$361,610 Hector Palma3775219%$191,600 -30- James Cassidy751081313%$440,800 Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 Mike Puype10914151513%$606,946 Steven Miyadi4596620%$305,070 Tiago Pereira1311891514%$516,362 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won CONFIDENT ESPINOZA ‘SLOWED DOWN’ PHAROAH Victor Espinoza, back at Santa Anita bright and early Sunday morning after steering American Pharoah to a geared-down victory in the Arkansas Derby, was not a victim of jet lag flying in from Arkansas.He flew in on a private jet owned by the Hronis brothers.“I was very confident in American Pharoah,” Espinoza said in a classic understatement, since the colt was favored at 10 cents on the dollar. “This was the first time I rode him that he was behind another horse, but I just went by him like he was standing still.“Into the stretch, it didn’t feel like I was going that fast, and I was excited. I wanted to let him run a little, but I looked back and I was so far in front, I slowed him down a little bit. He did it all on his own, basically.“Bob Baffert didn’t want me to win by that many lengths, but sometimes you can’t help it. I know it’s only three weeks until the Kentucky Derby and you want to save as much as you can for that race.“But with a horse like him, he does things so easy, it was all I could do.” FINISH LINES: Peter Miller, currently tied with Jerry Hollendorfer for Santa Anita’s training lead at 30 wins each, has horses entered in four races today in an attempt to take the lead. Hollendorfer has 8-5 morning line favorite The Kentuckian going in race eight, the San Pedro Stakes. Winning would be more special, Miller said, “because I don’t think there’s ever been a trainer who’s won a meet from a training center. We’re going to try. We’re going to run everything we can. Jerry’s won enough titles.” Miller is based at San Luis Rey Downs . . . Hollendorfer said Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is scheduled to breeze Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields and leave Wednesday for Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia . . . Trivia question: approximately how many Americans work in the horse industry? 2.1 million, 4.6 million, 500,000, or 5.8 million . . . Richard Mandella said two-time champion Beholder came out of her 2015 debut romp in the Santa Lucia Stakes in good order and is ticketed for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9 and a possible meeting with streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda, trained by Craig Lewis. It would be mindful of the 1995 Santa Anita Derby, when Larry the Legend, trained by Lewis, lunged at the last second to hang a desperation head defeat on Afternoon Deelites, trained by Mandella. “That,” recalled Mandella, “was a nightmare.” . . . Trivia answer: 4.6 million. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Gary Stevens10218151818%$1,606,738last_img read more

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App to Ease Commutes to MacDill AFB

By on September 13, 2019

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority has launched a smartphone app that could shorten motorists’ lengthy commutes to MacDill Air Force Base and ease traffic congestion in South Tampa.The app provides near real-time data on travel times for primary and alternative routes onto the base, reported the Tampa Tribune. About 15,000 vehicles pass through the base’s four gates every day.The app, which is free to download and use, was designed for MacDill users to provide the wait time from a point almost two miles from the installation to each of its four gates, said authority spokeswoman Susan Chrzan.The authority developed the app as part of a larger study of morning traffic flows headed to MacDill intended to reduce wait times and ease congestion throughout surrounding neighborhoods, Chrzan said. The cost to develop and launch the custom MacDill gate traffic app was about $10,000, with the funds being reallocated from the ongoing traffic study.“The peak time queues back up from the gates into surrounding Tampa neighborhoods and add to congestion there due to school and commuter traffic,” said Chrzan.The study has produced one concrete recommendation — adding a right turn lane and other intersection improvements at the Tanker Way gate — that already has been approved. Tampa officials now are trying to identify a source to fund the project’s $300,000 cost, Vik Bhide, the city’s chief traffic management engineer, told the Tribune.MacDill officials are cooperating with the study and the app’s development, according to Capt. Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the 6th Air Mobility Wing.“This is a great example of the ongoing community partnerships we have here at MacDill,” Brown said.last_img read more

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