Photo by Andrew Stevenson/WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – On Monday, the Jamestown Raiders hockey team took home the 2020 State Championship with a 6-2 victory over Lancaster at Northwest Arena.Going 2-0-1 in the preliminary round, the Raiders picked up a victory in the Semi-Finals Monday morning to advance to the Championship Round, defeating Syosset 6-4.Less than a minute into the championship game, the Raiders drew first blood via the first of two goals by Raiders defenseman Alex MacCallum.MacCallum would extend Jamestown’s lead to 2-0 after netting his second goal of the game in the second period, a lead the Raiders would not relinquish. In the losing effort for Lancaster, Devin Clemons did score a goal to cut the team’s deficit to 2-1 with under six minutes left in the second period.Jamestown responded with a 4-0 scoring run after Clemons’s goal, with two goals by forward Cooper Bergman and goals by forwards Cooper Bergman and Tristan Spillane. Jared Voelker scored the other goal for Lancaster with the game out of reach.Named the MVP of the championship game, MacCallum went into the championship game with just one goal scored in 16 games played this season.In the regular season, Bergman was the team leader with 22 points, scoring eight goals and adding 14 assists.Spillane averaged one point a game during the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 18 games. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Thurles Sarsfields’ coach Paddy McCormack says getting through this weekend’s Munster club hurling semi-final will be ‘a big challenge’.The Tipp champions face Ballyea of Clare in the last four of the provincial competition on Sunday.Sars have lost at this stage for the last two years. Paddy says their opponents at Cusack Park, Ennis, won’t be easily beaten.Tipp FM will have live coverage of the AIB Munster senior club hurling championship semi-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballyea on Sunday afternoon. Our coverage gets underway at 1.50pm in association with Supermacs.
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros That’s where Maddon is wrong. He clearly was not aware that Rojas is something of a hero among Angels fans who are enamored with his big numbers at Triple-A and the underdog story of how he rose from being a 36th-round pick to being on the cusp of the majors.“If he gets an opportunity to get to the big leagues, he’ll hit in the big leagues,” Maddon said. “No doubt in my mind.”Rojas, who just turned 27, so far hasn’t gotten that shot, despite hitting .293 with 31 homers and a .938 OPS at Salt Lake last season. The Angels did not call the left-handed hitter up, even when rosters expanded in September.“It hurt,” Rojas said. “But maybe there wasn’t a fit or the need to call me up then. We’re here now in spring training with a new opportunity in hand. I’m going to keep doing what I have been and hopefully get a chance this year.”One of the issues is that Rojas doesn’t have a position. The Angels have bounced him around at first, second, third and left field. He said he’s working this spring about equally at the three infield spots, without much work so far in the outfield. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “I love it,” he said of moving around. “It can be tough touching base at every position. Managing the workload can be a grind. … I am just going to go wherever they ask me to go and give it my best.”Rojas is in his first big league camp, after having been called up from minor league camp frequently to play in big league exhibitions last spring. He’s now sharing a clubhouse with Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols, who worked with him over the winter and has become one of his mentors.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros TEMPE, Ariz. — Joe Maddon was acclimating himself with all the Angels players who are new to him when he happened upon No. 90 in the cage.“I’m telling you, man, the first day I saw him, I asked ‘Who’s that?’” the Angels manager said. “The kid could really swing. He could really swing the bat.”Meet Jose Rojas.“He’s got a great way about him,” Maddon said. “He’s another guy that nobody talks about.” Rojas has already gotten farther than anyone would expect after the Angels grabbed him out of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa toward the end of the 2016 draft.While it’s easy to assume Rojas has used the draft snub as inspiration to prove the baseball world wrong, he takes a different view.“I know what I believe in,” he said. “I believe in myself. I am proving myself right, not proving other people wrong. I had motivation within myself. From when I first started playing baseball, this was always a goal of mine. I’m not one of the top prospects, but just going out and doing my job and making noise with my play on the field, that should make something happen.”If the Anaheim High product does finally reach the majors, it will certainly be a moment of celebration for all the Angels fans who have campaigned for him via social media. Rojas smiled at the mention of his cult-like following, saying that he doesn’t do much on social media but his family keeps him apprised.“They hear more than I do,” Rojas said. “But it’s fun. I appreciate it. Having support from people I don’t even know feels good.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
United States312002+0.457 **By Louis Jadwong and additional reporting ESPN, icc-cricket.com & WikipediaRELATED STORY Mohammed Irfan celebrates in his cousin (Shahid Afridi) trademark style soon after reaching his century. PHOTO ICC CRICKET COMICC World Cricket League Division ThreeUganda 193/6 in 36.2 overs (M. Irfan 108*) | Malaysia 189 in 50 ( Shafiq Sharif 58 off 55, V Singh 39 | F Nsubuga 4-43-10; H Ssenyondo 3-30-10)Canada – 256/8 50/50 ov RR: 5.12United States of America – 160 (43.0 ov)Singapore – 100 37.1/50 oversOman – 101/5 23/50 oversRight hand batsmen Mohammed Irfan scored a quick-fire unbeaten century to guide Uganda to a crucial 4 wicket victory over Malaysia Saturday.Irfan thrilled the crowd at Lugogo with 10 sixes as he posted a match winning 108 off 71 balls. Uganda raced past a 189 target with 14.4 overs to spare, and a healthy run rate of 5.31.The result pulled the hosts from bottom of the table to third with 4 points, behind Oman and Canada who are now at 6 points. Share on: WhatsApp HB Kayondo lbw NCK Liyanage04000.00 Oman431006+0.777 TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus READ A BLOW BY BLOW ACCOUNT OF IRFAN’s KNOCK (click here)WATCH VIDEO HERE (click)DAY 5 MondayMalaysia vs OmanCanada vs SingaporeUganda vs USA***MATCH PREVIEW S Ukani c Shafiq Sharif b Muhammad Wafiq29362180.55 Mohammed Irfan NOT OUT10871710152.11 Oman321004+0.254 F Nsubuga––––– Uganda Batting B Masaba c Virandeep Singh b Muhammad Wafiq118005.55 H Ssenyondo––––– RG Mukasa b Pavandeep Singh15361041.66 Canada321004+0.709Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 Canada431006+1.036Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 Uganda422004–0.206Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three Points Table Singapore422004–0.544 Malaysia413002–0.823 United States413002–0.212Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 Singapore321004+0.059Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three Two defeats in three games has left Uganda fighting to survive relegation in a tournament they were tipped to win as hosts.Now, only two wins in the two remaining ICC World Cricket League Division 3 matches can save Uganda’s dwindling hopes — of staying in Division 3.The mission to survive relegation (teams that finish 5th and 6th) starts today for Uganda against Malaysia, who did the hosts a favour by bursting open the promotion race by upsetting Canada yesterday.Uganda must now beat USA and Malaysia by huge margins in their final two games, and hope two of the top three falter. Three of those top teams on the table have to play each other, reducing the chances of more than one getting 8 points. (The maximum Uganda can now get are 6 points – see table bottom)The loser at Lugogo today will certainly be relegated.Singapore face Oman at Entebbe oval with the winner favoured to take one of the two available promotion berth, while USA can only keep their promotion hopes alive, by handing Canada a second straight defeat at Kyambogo.Uganda walk off crestfallen after Oman chased down their target in super quick time. PHOTO ICC CRICKET COMFriday result (click to read full results via espncricinfo)Uganda 144/10 in 46.3 ( Mukasa 57, Kayondo 20, Irfan 15; Khan 3-28-9, Magsood 3-34-10, Ilyas 2-5-7.3)Oman 145/4 in 27 (Singh 58, Ahmed 22, Lalcheta *19; Ifran 1-32-6, Nsubuga 1-43-9)#ICCWCL3UG TweetsPoints table TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus BatsmenRB4s6sSR Malaysia312002–0.616Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 Extras (nb 1, w 6, lb 7)14 DK Arinaitwe NOT OUT2200100.00 A Otwani lbw Khizar Hayat24502048.00 J Sebanja––––– L Sematimba run out (Aminuddin Ramly)02000.00 Uganda312002–0.728
Antonio Brown expresses his frustration during Steelers Browns game in Cleveland. (Photo by Julio Torres )When I arrived in Cleveland Sunday morning I followed my normal script. Branson Wright, my friend and colleague from the Cleveland Plain Dealer get together whether the game is in Pittsburgh or Cleveland to chat and break bread. We always discuss the upcoming game in a brutally honest way.I asked him; “what’s your take on the game?”He glanced at me as we sat down at the table to eat breakfast. “I just don’t know Aub, I have tried to get a feel for this one, but it could go either way.”Aubrey Bruce“Branson my friend; ” I said through a mouthful of Bratwurst, “this is going to be ugly. If Pittsburgh loses by less than three touchdowns I will perform an act,” (which shall remain nameless here) “in front of the Plain Dealer the next time that Pittsburgh plays Cleveland in Cleveland.”That prediction was not based on the performance of the Steelers defense, that prognostication was based on the sophomoric past performances of the Steelers offense.Out of all of the NFL teams that competed last Sunday, only two teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the NY Giants scored less points than the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Vikings have an excuse, a really big…..excuse. Their best player, running back Adrian Peterson has been exiled from gridiron and so goes their offense.The Steelers have no such excuse to lean on.They have two top flight running backs, LeVeon Bell and LeGarette Blount to tote the rock, so what whining card is acceptable now?Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger misfired on at least 3 possible touchdown passes against the Cleveland Browns. Do you still think that he is an “elite” quarterback? Aren’t “yinz” tired of excuses?Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin did not overthrow several wide open receivers. Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley did not make several “check down” decisions that resulted in stoping the chains from moving for the Steelers. A few of the Pittsburgh writers used to have a cruel nickname for former Steelers backup QB Charlie Batch. The name was “check down Charlie.”If that secondary and unflattering name was appropriate to pin on Mr. Batch, would the nickname “check up Ben” be fitting for Mr. Roethlisberger? Why? Well because with all of the receivers that Roethlisberger missed in the Browns game as well as several games prior to that debacle, could he be overdue for a “check up” from the neighborhood optometrist?Roethlisberger had the nerve to say that he didn’t know. “I don’t know, we can all look at the film. Coaches will look at it. We tried to run it in the red zone and when we got down there we just couldn’t quite get it all the way in. We’ll look at it and figure out what the execution, figure out what it is.”There is nothing to figure out. Hit your receivers in stride and discontinue missing wide open receivers “Big” Ben.Do you guys’ and dolls’ remember Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo? The same Tony Romo that everyone not only threw under a bus but under a fleet of 18 wheelers? Well now teams opposing the Cowboys had better make sure there aren’t any phone booths in nearby areas because Romo seems to have morphed into, “Super Q” or in laymen’s terms, “a bad mama-jamma.”This guy has had back problems and all other sorts of issues but just keeps on rollin. If any of Ben Roethlisberger’s wide receivers would have had more than one public sideline disagreement with him as happened with Romo and his wide-outs the Pittsburgh receivers would have been put on the last train to “Mudville” eons ago and “Casey” would not be waiting on the platform at that train station to meet the exiled individual to chauffer them to their prepaid condominium.The Cowboys ventured into Seattle to play the Seahawks, After being down by 10 points, Dallas came back to stun the Seahawks, 30-23.Romo had this to say about the big win. “I think our team now understands that we do a lot of things pretty well, and I think we have the ability to kind of impose yourself on other teams.”Where have we heard the about that philosophy before? Oh from the “Emperor” the late great Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll. Noll once said; ““You can’t have enough tough people on your team.” Coach Noll knew about imposing your will and having players with enough confidence and swagger to do just that. However, even as great a coach that Chuck Noll was he could not execute the game plan and play the game for the players.Well, “one thing for certain and two things for sure” as Henrietta Bruce my mother used to say, I won’t have any acts to perform outside of the offices at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The penalty has been paid. The Cleveland Browns have done enough.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe
Forum is held at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Center from 11:30am to 1pm. The cost is $30 general admission, $20 for members who reserve online and $25 for members at the door. Reservations are requested at 360.357.3362 or www.ThurstonChamber.com. The class of 2011 marks a milestone with over 400 participants having graduated from the program since it began. These leaders are now making a difference throughout our community and beyond. Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to recognize the Class of 2011 at the June 8 Chamber Forum presented by Anchor Bank. The keynote speaker is Denny Heck, entrepreneur, community philanthropist, founder of TVW and former legislator. Celebrate 2011 LTC Graduates at Chamber Forum Founded in 1992 by local leaders and tailored to local needs, Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, nonprofit organization. The program develops informed, skilled, and committed civic leaders ready to step up to serve our community. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:David Schaffert, President/CEOPhone: 360.357.3362Email: [email protected] LTC Graduation Presented By: Anchor BankForum Sponsors: Jensen Kokis Erwin and Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County
The Nakusp Varsity soccer team doubled Kelowna’s Immaculata 4-2 to finish ninth overall at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Championships last month in Victoria. Nakusp finished the round robin with a 1-2 record after defeating Southpointe 4-1. The boys then edged Osoyoos Rattlers 1-0 before doubling the Okanagan side. For this great result the movers and shakers at Mallard’s Source for Sports have selected the varsity squad Team of the Week. The team includes, back row, L-R, Tyler Hascarl, Jade Streliev, Kellan Nishida, Adam Watson, Ryan Bateman, Damin Devlin, Carter Stenseth, Nathan Hawe, Jacob Balske, Zach Friedenberger and coach Rod Morrison. Front, Nathyn McInnes, Mitchel Hascarl, Luis Carrillo, Kodi Bowman, Connor Reimer, Brody Jordan, Jesse Jensen, Sean Harper, Tyson Cann, Quinton Fahlman and coach Ron Balske.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, will offer fans much more than just world class Thoroughbred action in American racing’s most beautiful winter setting. In addition to four graded stakes, all on-track fans will receive the track’s traditional full color wall calendar, free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture, sponsor of the opening day Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) will provide the first 20,000 fans with a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mathis Brothers, one of America’s leading furniture retailers. Additionally, the first 5,000 kids, 17 and under, will receive a miniature Thoroughbred plush toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture.In addition to the Mathis Brothers Mile, Santa Anita will also present a pair of Grade I, seven furlong stakes worth $300,000 each; the Malibu and the La Brea. The Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, will round out the opening day stakes action.Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby, noted that the partnership forged between The Great Race Place and Mathis Brothers Furniture has become synonymous with Opening Day.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Newby. “They are (again) sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as to the Mathis Brothers flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis, who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Themed “What’s In a Name,” the 2016 wall calendar will no doubt be in keen demand among racegoers everywhere as fans will be treated to monthly depictions of how notable Thoroughbreds, who have competed at The Great Race Place over a period of nine decades, have come to be named.Opening Day attendees are also encouraged to come in their “Holiday Best,” and participate in Santa Anita’s “Passion for Fashion” contest, which will reward the winner with a $2,500 gift certificate redeemable at Mathis Brothers Furniture.All fans 18 and over are eligible to sign up for “Passion for Passion” in the East Paddock Gardens near Champions! Gifts and Apparel. The top 10 “Passion” finalists will be announced before the Mathis Brothers Mile, with the winner taking home the $2,500 Mathis Brothers gift certificate and six passes to Santa Anita’s popular Winner’s Terrace, which adjoins the Winner’s Circle.Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series will also return on Opening Day, with LA’s hottest culinary event taking place in the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room. Fans are encouraged to experience some of LA’s most innovative restaurants steeped in the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing in this one-of-a-kind event.Fans can enjoy an amazing menu created by LA’s own, The Church Key, and experience live music provided by the mult-talented James Torme’. Guest Chef Series tickets are on sale now at santaanita.com/chefseries.For more contest information on opening day at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ CONTEST TO OFFER WINNER $2,500 MATHIS BROTHERS GIFT CERTIFICATE
IN ANY LANGUAGE, CHAO CHOM’S A WINNERConsidering the owner doesn’t speak English and the trainer doesn’t speak Thai, S. Sandow, Inc. and Gary Stute have a business relationship made in heaven.Stute trains Chao Chom for Sandow, who plans to be on hand when the upstart daughter of Tizbud runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.“It’s a big step up for her but as long as I get (Kent) Desormeaux, I’ll be happy,” Stute said. It was Hall of Fame rider Desormeaux who piloted 8-1 Chao Chom to a 1 ¾-length upset over 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the Betty Grable Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar Nov. 13.“He’s got those magic hands,” Stute said of Desormeaux, who was riding the filly for the first time. “He had a chance to ride another filly in the Betty Grable, but that owner wanted to try somebody else.”Stute said Chao Chom’s owner, who owns a business that collects trash in Bangkok, usually visits the United States later in the year but is coming in specifically to see Chao Chom run in the La Brea.“The difficult part of our relationship is, I don’t speak Thai and he doesn’t speak English, and I’ve been training for him 15 years,” Gary said. “My Dad (retired trainer Mel Stute) loves them. Every time they come here, his wife gives him a hundred-dollar bill.”Chao Chom worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under jockey Juan Ochoa. STORYBOOK HORSE LEAVES BIG VOID FOR SHERMAN The penultimate chapter in California Chrome’s fairytale career is scheduled to unfold Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the soon to be 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit readies for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park–Chrome’s farewell race before being retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.“He looks very good,” trainer Art Sherman said three days after Chrome had his final workout for the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. “He’s been training forwardly and I look for him to run a decent race.”If all goes well after Saturday, plans call for Chrome to leave for Florida on Jan. 6 “and train at Gulfstream prior to the race.”California Chrome will leave a gaping chasm not only in racing but in America’s mainstream. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2014 when he was named Horse of the Year, California Chrome won the $10 million Dubai World Cup last March, was second by a half-length to champion-in-waiting Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and is North America’s all-time leading money earner with $14,452,650, boasting a 15-4-1 record from 25 starts.Chrome’s life as a stallion will require an adjustment for both horse and trainer.“When I look at that stall and see he’s not in there, it will be a void for me,” Sherman said. “But he’s got some great mares lined up, so I’m hoping he’ll be a really decent stud.”That, of course, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Sherman can’t complain.“It’s been one helluva ride for me,” said the Brooklyn native who turns 80 come Feb. 17. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Every trainer hopes he can have a horse like him and I was lucky enough to have him. It’s been great for me, my family and friends.”While the California Chrome story on the race track is due to end Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, his untarnished tale of the turf could live on in perpetuity.Sherman said a book that would be authored by Daily Racing Form’s Eclipse Award-winning Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey has been discussed.“There are a lot of memories,” Sherman said. “I can tell you that.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events) –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUTLANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTESANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAY ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, worked five furlongs Tuesday at The Great Race Place in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 77 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.39.Trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com that Arrogate could make his 2017 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, which could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill.“When he came back, he was just full of himself, it was like nothing for him,” Baffert said of Arrogate. “He’s so impressive. After retiring American Pharoah, I never dreamt I would be dealing with another horse of his caliber, but he’s just getting stronger and better every day.” FINISH LINES: As is its tradition, Santa Anita begins its Winter Meet at 12 noon the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, which falls on a Monday but is considered a holiday since Christmas is on a Sunday. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos Race Course. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The public is encouraged to attend.
Wales’ severance criesFormer Wales sugar worker Arvin Bradford has decried the financial strain that has been facing his family over the past year.The Free and Easy, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident told Guyana Times that since the closure of the estate, he plants his land with cash crops. But, he gave all indications that his life was not what the name of his village suggested as his earnings now were not sufficient to take care of his wife and children.Arvin Bradford, Wales Estate“Twenty years I worked with [Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo. Right now, I struggling. I got a lil’ piece of land and by time I plant that out, everything done sell out and eat out. Four pickney me got and that not easy to maintain. The smallest one is couple months,” he expressed.He explained that one of his children attended nursery school while the others attended primary school. Bradford contended that not having employment meant that his youngest child was born into a situation of poverty. Bradford said in 2016, he was injured but afterwards he was not offered suitable work or compensation from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).“They forcing people to go to Uitvlugt but I ain’t going nowhere. Here become redundant and they supposed to pay we off. From 2016, I get a head injury while working for GuySuCo; I do a head scan and I ain’t get nothing from NIS,” he stressed.He further explained that he was given a referral by the hospital that he could perform “light labour”, but was not offered such tasks at Wales and he instead opted for severance as the entity was being closed.He said sugar workers were being neglected despite their contribution to Guyana.“It seems to me like cane cutters [are] nothing in this country. I feel neglected because without we, there woulda never be a sugar industry…nobody could get pay, nobody wouldn’t get a job, no sugar to make, no molasses to sell, but the hardest set of workers ain’t getting nothing,” Bradford detailed.He then highlighted that the surrounding Estate villages were suffering as there were “more sellers than buyers”.Despite the calls and even protests by Wales sugar workers and their families, GuySuCo announced earlier this month that those employees were not entitled to their termination benefits. This was declared by acting GuySuCo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Bhim, who maintained that GuySuCo honoured all its obligations regarding the payment of severance at the Wales Estate. He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that cane cutters were offered jobs at the Uitvlugt Estate and they were at risk of self-termination because of their refusal to take up this offer.However, the workers argued that they were being pressured by GuySuCo when they were aware that the Uitvlugt Estate was located more than 20 miles from Wales. They still contend that this move is contrary to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.