Cyrname targeted at Cheltenham Gold Cup | Racing News

first_imgPaul Nicholls believes Cyrname can develop into a prime contender for next year’s Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.The Ditcheat trainer plans to work back from March, with the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase next on Cyrname’s agenda – after he finished second at Kempton 12 months ago, well behind stablemate Clan Des Obeaux.- Advertisement – Cyrname silenced his doubters on his return this season, proving he can stay three miles and race left-handed with an impressive victory under a penalty in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.Nicholls said: “Cyrname will be a different horse going into the race (King George) this year (to what) he was last year.“He will almost certainly go down the Gold Cup route after that.- Advertisement – “He has had three quiet weeks, but he has cantered every day. He looks great. I couldn’t be happier with him. “Nicholls expects Cyrname to demonstrate his true ability in this year’s King George, having given him more time between his seasonal reappearance and his intended outing at Kempton.Last season, Cyrname had just over month to recover from his exertions in becoming the first horse to defeat Altior over jumps on his return at Ascot.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Nicholls said: “Cyrname was good the other day, and he has come out the race well. What we wanted to do was run him with that big gap between the two races.“We go into the race full of optimism that we have got him really right this time.”last_img read more

Ranieri expects ‘two intense months’

first_img Inter host Ranieri’s men on Sunday to recover the games in hand during the first weekend back in Serie A and the Sampdoria coach hopes to see his players react well to the ‘tough’ programme. “The championship will be false, anomalous, but one that must be concluded due to force majeure,” Ranieri told the Corriere dello Sport. “We have two intense months ahead; we’ll see what happens. “The fixture list is tough, if all goes well, we will hit form immediately. We must face these two games with a positive mindset, knowing that we are facing two giants.” Ranieri has claimed the five substitutions will help Sampdoria compete and rotate the squad and he believes he can keep the team-up.Advertisement “At Sampdoria, I have a squad that allows me to rotate the players, I can’t let the same team play every three days. “Thanks to the five substitutions I can give minutes of rest, then in the next games, we will see who recovers. “We know that the great teams have champions on the bench. We have a good side, I’m confident we can stay up, even if we have to work hard. read also:Claudio Ranieri set to be named Sampdoria head coach “We already had to get out of the relegation zone. We knew from the beginning that we had to fight for every game. It will be the same now, all the way.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri has claimed Serie A will be concluded ‘due to force majeure’ and expects ‘an intense two months’ to keep the Blucerchiati up.center_img Loading…last_img read more

MBB : SU zone holds Walker to season-low point total

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HARTFORD, Conn. — Dion Waiters laughed because it was so obvious. To describe Syracuse’s defensive game plan required only one word.‘Kemba,’ Waiters said.Kemba. That simple. Stopping Connecticut’s National Player of the Year candidate in Kemba Walker was SU’s key to victory on the defensive end.And stop him Waiters and the No. 17 Orange did Tuesday. Stopped the nation’s second-leading scorer, holding him to eight points, 16 fewer than his season average. Stopped him after four games of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone being exposed by players less talented than Walker. Stopped him en route to a 66-58 victory over the Huskies on the road.‘We know what he’s capable of doing,’ Waiters said. ‘He can take over a game. So our whole focus is just stopping him.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut stopping him was anything but simple. It required precise attention devoted to Walker, making other players beat the SU zone. It required all five Orange defenders. And it required a complete turnaround from Syracuse’s defensive performances during its four-game losing streak.And things didn’t look good to start. Orchestrating the offense, Walker picked apart the zone with crisp passes. Left and right. Finally, to the middle, where he found Alex Oriakhi for the game’s first basket. On Connecticut’s next possession, Roscoe Smith found Walker beyond the arc.Swish. And in a 5-0 Husky run to start the game, Walker was involved in both scores.‘Obviously,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, ‘we got off to a very bad start.’It had to bring up signs of the Orange’s defensive struggles in its past four games. But from there, SU stifled UConn’s offense. And most importantly, it stifled Walker.Syracuse did so by keeping a watchful eye on him at all times. When Walker got the ball at the top of the key, SU’s rotating guard trio of Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Waiters didn’t let him get into the lane. When he got the ball beyond the 3-point line on either side, Kris Joseph or Rick Jackson shaded out of their spots. When he got into the lane, Baye Moussa Keita altered his shots.And it all added up to Walker’s worst statistical offensive performance of the season. The only time he has been held to single digits in the scoring column. Just 3-of-14 shooting from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range.‘I think, as a team, we did it,’ Triche said of stopping Walker. ‘Me and Scoop, we more so focused on keeping him in front. If he got screened, I was going to be there to keep (Walker) out of the lane. Make sure I slam my feet and not give up easy shots.’Walker, for his part, was more frustrated than he has been all season. Later in the game, orchestrating the offense, he couldn’t find the openings like he did in those first two possessions.He made poor decisions, trying on one possession to fit through the slimmest of holes in the zone to drive to the lane. Meanwhile, fellow Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb carried the weight with 22 points on the night.Lamb was the only player whose performance UConn head coach Jim Calhoun would discuss after the game. Everyone else, including Walker, didn’t play well. Walker wasn’t there to lead a Husky comeback with Lamb.‘They just had two guys on me,’ Walker said. ‘They tried to make somebody else beat them besides me.’But that somebody else — Lamb — couldn’t do it alone. And in the game’s final seconds, it was Walker who tried to take over.Running down the court with 31 seconds to play and his team down by six, Walker went to the right side of the Syracuse zone. This time, Joseph stepped up. He stole the ball as Walker fell to the ground.‘It felt good,’ Joseph said of SU’s defensive performance. ‘We hadn’t won in about two weeks.’And that two-week losing streak ended thanks to execution. Delicate execution of the simple premise Waiters and the Orange keyed on all along.‘We know how dangerous Kemba is,’ Waiters said. ‘We had to make him continue to take tough shots. And make the other guys, the other guards — the freshmen — make them do something.’[email protected] Published on February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

MLB free-agent predictions: Rankings, rumors for the top 10 players on the market

first_img10. Yasmani Grandal, 31, CThoughts: Grandal’s struggles in the 2018 postseason (he hit .138 for the Dodgers) had to be the primary reason he wasn’t able to land the type of deal he wanted on the free-agent market, settling for a one-year deal with a mutual option with the Brewers in mid-January. But Grandal was great for Milwaukee, hitting 28 homers to go with a .380 on-base percentage and 119 OPS. He should fare much better on the free-agent market this time, especially because he can’t be given a qualifying offer and won’t have draft-pick compensation attached.Possible destinations: Twins, Reds, White Sox, Brewers, BravesSN’s prediction: RedsUPDATE: Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox. We’ve already ranked the top 87 free agents in this year’s class, but today we’re going to take a deeper dive in to the top 10 players on that list. Well, the top 11. There’s already been an adjustment, hopefully a sign of things to come; Aroldis Chapman was No. 10, but he agreed to a new deal with the Yankees instead of opting out of the two years and $30 million left on his contract. Yasmani Grandal, who was No. 11, slides up one spot.  For each of the 10, we’ll take a quick look at why they’ll be attractive as a free agent, a couple of places they might wind up and then a prediction.  MORE: Every MLB team’s most pressing free-agent need1. Anthony Rendon, 29, 3BThoughts: Rendon’s days as an overlooked star disappeared with his incredible postseason performance — .328 average, 1.003 OPS, three homers and 15 RBIs in 17 games — as the Nationals won the World Series. And that, on top of his incredible second-half performance — .336 average, 1.023 OPS, 14 homers, 64 RBIs in 71 games — has vaulted him to the top of SN’s list of top free agents. The difference between Rendon and the guys in the 2-3-4 spots on this list? They’re all elite stars, but as a position player, Rendon has the opportunity to make an impact on 162 regular-season games, not just 33, and 20-something games in October, not just five or six. Possible destinations: Mets, Yankees, Nationals, Angels, White Sox, Rangers, PhilliesSN’s prediction: Nationals2. Gerrit Cole, 29, SPThoughts: The big right-hander is everything a contender could want from a top-of-the-rotation ace. He’s only 29 years old and should win the AL Cy Young award when it’s announced Nov. 13, which would be more than enough for a massive contract. His 326 strikeouts this season were the most in MLB since Randy Johnson’s 334 in 2002 and the most in the AL since Nolan Ryan’s 341 way back in 1977. But then you add in October, when he allowed zero or one run in four of his five starts and went at least seven innings every time? Back up the Brinks truck, folks. Possible destinations: Yankees, Angels, Astros, Dodgers, Padres, PhilliesSN’s prediction: Angels 3. Stephen Strasburg, 31, SPThoughts: After his incredible postseason performance — 1.98 ERA, 47 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings — helped lift the Nationals to the World Series championship, Strasburg opted out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his current deal. Even if he wants to stay with the Nationals, which isn’t even remotely a stretch, opting out was kind of a no-brainer. He was pretty impressive in the regular season, too, leading the NL with 209 innings, while striking out 251 and posting a 3.32 ERA/3.25 FIP. Possible destinations: Yankees, Nationals, Angels, Padres, Phillies, White SoxSN’s prediction: Nationals4. Madison Bumgarner, 30, SPThoughts: Admittedly, it feels wrong to think of MadBum wearing any other uniform, but the way the Nationals and Astros rode strong starting pitching into the World Series probably helps his case a bit. His numbers weren’t quite as good in 2019, the first time since 2016 he’s stayed healthy and pitched a full season. But he’s still striking out nearly a batter an inning (8.8 K/9) and still striking out a lot more guys than he walks (4.72 K/BB ratio). And maybe this doesn’t really matter, but with as much as Bumgarner clearly loves to bat, it stands to reason he might prefer an NL team. Possible destinations: Giants, Braves, Phillies, Cardinals, Astros, Yankees, MetsSN’s prediction: Yankees5. J.D. Martinez, 32, DHThoughts: His numbers dropped a little bit in 2019, but that’s mostly because he was incredible in 2017-18. Martinez still popped 36 homers, to go with a .304 average, .939 OPS and 3.3 bWAR as Boston’s DH. He has an opt-out (with a $2.5 million buyout) and three years, $62.5 million remaining on his current deal. At this point, of course, with his mediocre glove and back issues — Boston limited his time in the field as much as possible in 2019 — he’s mostly an AL-only option at DH, unless an NL team is just that desperate for a lineup upgrade in outfield. Possible destinations: Mariners, White SoxSN’s prediction: White SoxUPDATE: Martinez decided against opting out of his deal, so he’s back with Boston for 2020. 6. Josh Donaldson, 34, 3BThoughts: After injury issues in 2017 and 2018, Donaldson proved in 2019 — on a one-year deal with the Braves — that he’s still an elite middle-of-the-order bat (37 homers, .900 OPS) who plays above-average defense at third base, and more than one contender could use that combination (he had a 6.1 bWAR). At 34 years old, he’s not going to land a long deal, but a two or three year deal with a high AAV seems mutually beneficial for the right team. He’s a cheaper, but still very much a win-now, option for teams that don’t land (or bid on) Rendon.Possible destinations: Phillies, Mets, Cardinals, Braves, Nationals, BrewersSN’s prediction: Braves 7. Hyun-Jin Ryu, 33, SPThoughts: Ryu made 44 starts over the past two seasons, and he’s produced a 2.21 ERA, which is pretty darn impressive. Plus, because he accepted the Dodgers’ qualifying offer last year, he will be free of draft-pick compensation, which will be a big plus for the lefty, in this era when teams are hesitant to give up those picks. Possible destinations: Dodgers, Twins, Angels, RangersSN’s prediction: Dodgers8. Zack Wheeler, 30, SPThoughts: Wheeler’s ERA this year (3.96) was above his career average, but his FIP (3.48) was below his career average. He often looks like a Cy Young candidate out there, and you can bet that’s how his agents will frame his resume. He won’t get as much as the elite starters on the market, but he might produce relatively similar numbers. Possible destinations: Mets, Yankees, Angels, Phillies, Dodgers, CubsSN’s prediction: Phillies9. Nicholas Castellanos, 28, OFThoughts: Castellanos seemed clearly revived when he was traded from the Tigers to the Cubs and joined a pennant race. In 51 games with Chicago, the corner outfielder hit 16 homers, batted .321 and posted a 151 OPS+. Also, he doesn’t turn 28 until March 4, making him a couple of years younger than most free agents this offseason. Possible destinations: Cubs, White Sox, Rays, Indians, Red SoxSN’s prediction: Red Soxlast_img read more

88 of employees attend work despite suffering from minor illness

first_imgNine in ten (88%) employees have admitted to attending the workplace when suffering from a minor illness, according to a study on absence and presenteeismby Canada Life Group Insurance.The online survey of 1,001 full-time and part-time UK employees, carried out in August 2018, also revealed that nearly half (47%) of workers went through 2017 without taking a day off sick, representing a decrease from 54% in 2016.Over half (53%) of employees attending work despite suffering a minor illness felt their condition did not warrant a day off. A quarter (25%) of respondents said their workload had been too great for them to take time off, while around one in ten (9%) did not feel secure enough in their role to phone in sick.Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Presenteeism is a vicious cycle. The drive to remain in the office can cause illness to spread or end up leading to a longer recovery time.”Among those concerned about how their colleagues would view them, 19% felt they would be seen as weak, 17% believed they would be perceived as lazy and 15% thought they would be viewed as inconsiderate.Nevertheless, while 14% felt they would be seen as undedicated and 7% as dishonest, 17% believed they would be seen sensible, the same percentage thought they would be perceived as genuine and 15% felt they would be viewed as honest.Avis said: “It is encouraging to see that many employees view those taking time off for illness in a positive way, being described as genuine, honest and sensible. To reduce presenteeism, these positive perceptions must be encouraged so workplaces can reduce any stigma attached to taking time off.”For employees who took time off for illness, the average number of days rose in 2017, from 2.8 to 4.4. Some 28% of those taking time off sick were out of the office for between one and five days, representing a slight decline from 30% in 2016, but one in 12 (8%) took between 11 and 20 sick days in total, the highest proportion since 2015.On preventative measures, three in 10 (28%) respondents said flexible working options would help with both their physical and mental health, 27% said a more positive workplace attitude towards health and wellbeing would be beneficial, while a fifth (19%) wanted better workplace support, such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs).last_img read more