Press Association Clarcam made the most of a serious mistake from hot favourite Vautour to grab Grade One glory in the Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Vautour made a shuddering error that left him with his nose on the turf before being picked up by Townend, and Bryan Cooper sensibly took the initiative, sensing an upset was on the cards. Clarcam quickly opened up a break on the chasing pack and was clear rounding the home turn before winging the final fence to seal his wide-margin victory. Vautour, unable to recover from his mishap, dead-heated for second with Ted Veale. RaceBets cut Clarcam to 14-1 from 25-1 for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in March. Winning trainer Gordon Elliott said: “It’s great for Bryan as this is the horse he broke his leg on at Cheltenham. I know Vautour made mistakes but my horse didn’t just win a length or two – he destroyed them. “We’ll look at coming back here for the (Irish) Arkle and see what happens then.” Elliott went on to complete a double as 13-2 shot Space Cadet landed the bumper under Jamie Codd. Fiscal Focus caused a major upset in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle as he put the odds-on Kalkir in his place at odds of 33-1. Kalkir was unsurprisingly a warm order as the 4-7 favourite for the Grade Two, having made a smooth start to his jumping career in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse last month, propelling him towards the top of the Triumph Hurdle market. Vautour was a stunning winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham Festival and looked every inch a top-class chasing prospect when comfortably seeing off Clarcam on his debut over fences at Navan last month, so it was no surprise to see him sent off the 1-4 favourite to confirm his superiority. Clarcam (8-1), who had since opened his own chasing account, took the field along down the back straight, with Vautour shadowing him in the hands of Paul Townend – until the pivotal moment came five fences from home. The Mullins runner moved well for much of the journey, but Fiscal Focus was travelling even better as he led rounding the home turn under Mikey Fogarty and he skipped over the last to win by two lengths, with Kalkir unable to make an impression. The winner was making his jumping bow for Des McDonogh, having previously been trained by Jim Bolger on the Flat. McDonogh’s legendary hurdler Monksfield was actually beaten in the same race early in his brilliant career and the trainer hopes his latest winner could earn himself a trip to the Cheltenham Festival. The handler said: “It’s been a long time since Monksfield ran in this race. He probably had too much Christmas pudding and didn’t run too well. “I’ve not been to Cheltenham since 1987 and said I wouldn’t go back unless I had a runner. I’ll have to sit down and talk with Jim (Bolger) before we decide what to do. I’ve known Jim for many, many years. He’s a great friend and he’s been very good to me. “I haven’t seen the likes of Monksfield around us for a long time. I’d love to go back to Cheltenham. He jumped great for his first run over hurdles and has beaten one of the favourites for the Triumph Hurdle. I’m still in a bit of shock! “Good horses are easy to train and he’s come from a very good academy. He loves soft ground. He was prepared so well for me to take over and they did get Annie Power out of there, so they know how to do it. We’ve a lovely horse (Theophilus) tomorrow, too.” Alvisio Ville made a stunning Irish debut for the Mullins team in the Bewleys Hotel Maiden Hurdle. Third on his only previous start in a French bumper, the JP McManus-owned four-year-old was sent off a heavily supported 1-2 favourite for the opening contest of the four-day Christmas Festival. Never too far off the pace in the hands of Paul Townend, Alvisio Ville was still hard on the bridle rounding the home turn, while the majority of his rivals toiled. Townend gave his mount his head on the run to the final flight and he soon asserted, pinging the last to seal a most impressive five-and-a-half-length success. With the champion trainer at Kempton, his son Patrick said: “He showed there what he’s showing at home. He’s 17.2 hands and has a huge stride. As they were going faster he jumped better and we think he’s very, very good.” RaceBets quote Alvisio Ville at 14-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, having gone 25-1 immediately after the race.
Number eight Heaslip will captain Ireland in their opening World Cup warm-up clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. The Leinster loose-forward will win his 73rd cap, moving past his former Test team-mate Wallace’s mark, as head coach Joe Schmidt seeks a strong start to four World Cup preparation fixtures. Heaslip hailed former Munster flanker Wallace as one of his finest back-row opponents and team-mates. “In a weird way I was a little bit gutted to be honest,” said Heaslip of learning he would move past Wallace’s record. “I was a little bit sad, because I hold Wally with particularly high regard, as a player and as a bloke, but as a back-row guy as well. “I was a bit sad to be honest, that I passed one of my idols, and especially in the last World Cup he was one of the guys that I unfortunately saw him play his last international. Yeah, I was pretty sad to be honest. “It’s cool obviously, on one side, but I think Wally was probably one of the best, if not the best, back-row player I’ve ever played with or against, and probably the best who played for Ireland.” Wallace won 72 Ireland caps between 2001 and 2011, and featured on the 2001 and 2009 British and Irish Lions tours. Heaslip branded Wallace all but the complete back-row forward ahead of facing Wales on Saturday. “He was just awesome, absolutely – ball carrying, defence, work-rate, knowledge, the full package really,” said Heaslip. “Bar his line-out ability. Maybe I can take him on that! But otherwise it was a bit bitter sweet hearing that, to be honest.” Jamie Heaslip admits he will be “gutted” to eclipse David Wallace’s record as Ireland’s most-capped back-row forward in Cardiff on Saturday. Press Association
The Latest: Bellator postpones its three cards set for May Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC. Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.” The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___ Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.” ___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman. The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue.Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.” ___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut. The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California.Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.” The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are. ___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic. March 31, 2020 Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.” Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
President Obama outlined his plan to prepare America for the future in his second State of the Union Address Tuesday night.Obama conceded that the future would present challenges for America, but that Americans should embrace these challenges.“The world has changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us,” Obama said. “It should challenge us.”The first part of the President’s plan for the future is centered on education.Speak out · Dan Schnur (right), the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, speaks at a panel discussion in the Annenberg East Lobby before Obama’s State of the Union Address last night. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Obama called for parents to pay a more integral role in their children’s education.“We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline,” Obama said.A key component of Obama’s education plan is the replacement of the No Child Left Behind Act with a policy that focuses more on children at a local level.Obama called Race to the Top, a program that awards schools with the highest quality teachers and student achievement, “the most meaningful education reform of the last century.”The President promised that by the end of this decade, America will once again have the largest proportion of college graduates in the world through increased financial assistance from the government.Obama also announced that the children of illegal immigrants studying at American universities and colleges should not be deported.“[Children of illegal immigrants in college] grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation,” Obama said. “Let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses and further enrich this nation.”The second part of Obama’s plan to prepare America for the future is tackling the nation’s rising debt.“Every day Americans sacrifice to live within their means,” Obama said. “They deserve a government that does the same.”The President proposed a plan that would freeze all non-security related, domestic spending for the next five years, which would eliminate the deficit by $400 billion in the next 10 years.In addition Obama promised to restructure the federal government as a cost saving measure.“We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black-and-white TV,” Obama said. “In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America.”The President also pushed a new clean-energy agenda, which calls for America to have the most electric cars on the road of any country by 2050 and to have 85 percent of America’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035.The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics held a discussion panel in the Annenberg East Lobby prior to the State of the Union Address to discuss cooperation throughout the federal government.Kate Mather, a panelist at the discussion and former editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, talked about how Obama’s move to the center is crucial for his re-election bid.“Because Republicans were so successful in November, Obama was forced to move back to the middle,” Mather said. “He does have to start thinking about re-election, so he has to walk a balancing act, but at the same time he needs to also reach out to Republicans.”Republicans, including Alexandra Russo, president of USC College Republicans, saw Obama’s shift to the center as a political ploy.“A lot of [Obama’s] points were aimed more at moving his character to the center in light of his upcoming re-election,” Russo said. “He spoke about issues that are typically considered conservative such as cutting federal spending and restructuring federal government, in order to appeal to independent voters.”Victoria Hallebo, an officer in USC College Democrats, also observed Obama’s shift to the center, but supported his proposed education and infrastructure policies.“His speech was pretty central,” Hallebo said. “But I agree with his focus on education and infrastructure through technology and innovation.”Madeline Lansky, a sophomore majoring in political science, applauded Obama’s new education policy and efforts to eliminate earmark spending.“I like that he took bold stands and I agree with what [Obama] said about education starting in the home,” Lanksy said. “I also am happy [Obama] took a stance against earmarks, he’s extending an olive branch to Republicans.”Correction: 1/26/11: A previous version of this story identified Kate Mather’s quote as “He does have to start thinking about re-election, so he has to walk a balancing act, but at the same time he needs to also walk out to Republicans.” Mather actually said Obama has to “reach,” not “walk” out to Republicans. This version of the story has been corrected to reflect the change. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
Tipp FM will have full, live coverage of the match from 4.45 on Saturday, which will be brought to you in association with McDonald’s at Junction 8 on the M8, Cashel. The Premier County play Derry in a Round 4A clash on Saturday evening.Proceedings at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan get underway at 5 o’clock.The Tipp boss doesn’t think the controversial choice of venue has increased the side’s determination to defeat the Oakleaf county.