February, 2020 Archive
Olympic champion boxer Davis Jr diesMIAMI (AP):Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr, who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over US teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said on Friday.Davis, 59, died on Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, Karla Guadamuz-Davis said.Amir back inPakistan squadISLAMABAD (AP):Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is back in Pakistan’s Twenty20 and ODI squads – provided he can get a visa for New Zealand.Amir’s five-year ban from international cricket for spot-fixing ended in September, but the left-arm quick needs clearance from authorities in New Zealand because he also served three months in an English jail for taking bribes to bowl no-balls at agreed times.Pakistan is scheduled to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting January 15, in New Zealand.AtlÈtico signs Argentine midfielderMADRID (AP):AtlÈtico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Augusto Fern·ndez from rival Spanish club Celta Vigo at the start of the winter transfer window.The 2014 league champions say Fern·ndez signed a contract through to 2019 after passing a medical examination.The 29-year-old Fern·ndez will help fill the void left by the injured Tiago Mendes.Fern·ndez scored 10 goals in more than three seasons for Celta. He previously played for AtlÈtico coach Diego Simeone at River Plate in 2007-08.
The top distance horses in training will face the starter at Caymanas Park today in the grade one feature for the Legal Light Trophy over 1820 metres on the Win Dem Wheelz Grooms’ Appreciation Day 11-race programme.Although the race has attracted a small field of six, it is embedded with quality. Present are the 2015 ‘Horse of the Year’, SEEKING MY DREAM, with four-time champion Omar Walker again in the saddle; last year’s Superstakes winner, FRANFIELD, under champion jockey Shane Ellis; as well as the island’s top stayer, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR; and the progressive American filly, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who bids for a hat-trick of wins.The class of the principals is unquestionable, yet I believe victory will go to the Wayne DaCosta trained SEEKING MY DREAM, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg and will be allowing weight all around.BEST HORSE IN THE COUNTRYBy virtue of his impressive win in the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile on December 5 last year, the 4-y-o chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’, Alsafra, has established himself as the best horse in the country and despite his narrow loss to FRANFIELD in the recent Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres, he can definitely rebound with a win.With little early pace in the race, SEEKING MY DREAM (working well) represents the controlling speed and coming from the number one post position on the rails, should have enough in the last furlong to stave off stable companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD.Other firm fancies on the card are STAR OF DAVID in the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica Trophy over the straight five course; PERFECT FLYER to capture the closing Win Dem Wheels Trophy race ahead of MISS DOROTHY; as well as AGAKHAN IN the third and the front running PUDDY POOH in the overnight allowance race for the Roy Hamilton Trophy, this in recognition of one of the five veteran grooms to be honoured by the Azar Group on the day.