NOTES: This was McAnally’s fourth San Juan win. The others were by John Henry (1980), Amerique (1998) and Interaction (2013). Winning owner Pablo Gomez resides in Garden City, New York. TYLER BAZE, QUICK CASABLANCA, WINNER: “To do it for Mr. McAnally is so great, it feels special. He got an unlucky trip last time and he’s a wonderful horse to ride, very talented and he loves long distance races and they’re my favorite. It’s a race you watch as a kid wondering if it’s a race you could ever win and to finally have the chance to do that . . . to win it, it’s fantastic.“In the paddock the only thing Mr. McAnally told me was to just gallop him the first time around. That was no problem, he’s a real cool horse, push-button, like a pony. I galloped that first mile and picked it up from there and tried to figure out how I was going to push the button because with him, it’s all or nothing. He was really flying that last three-eighths of a mile.” RON McANALLY, QUICK CASABLANCA, WINNER: “The race set up well. I just told Tyler to let him gallop past the finish line first time around. I was a little afraid going twice around on soft ground.”On winning his first race of the meet from only 14 starters: “We haven’t run that much. We don’t have those kinds of horses anymore. Charlie (Whittingham, who won the San Juan 14 times) was one of a kind. To win this race 14 times, that’s a good horseman.“This is a good horse. He’s an easy horse to ride. We just let him gallop around the first timearound, and the second time, he made that move. He had plenty left.“He’s an old horse, he’s a pro. He’s been around a long time. He’s been to Chile, he’s been to New York, he’s been to Florida. He’s one professional horse, and he’s old, like me (83).” -30- TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports people from Texas to Ohio are bracing for a long-duration ice storm that could turn destructive and cut power to hundreds of thousands from Friday to Sunday.A shallow layer of cold air in the atmosphere will accompany a storm over the central United States. The storm will produce a swath of freezing rain along a 1,000-mile swath.As the chilled rain falls on cold surfaces, it will freeze into a glaze of ice.Untreated sidewalks, streets and highways can turn into a skating rink as a layer of clear, smooth ice forms.The heaviest rain can wash away ice-melting compounds as the storm progresses.Preceding the main ice storm will be a period of freezing rain and sleet that affect travel in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin during Wednesday night.“Travel is likely to be hazardous for hundreds of miles along Interstate 35, I-40 and I-70 in the Central states from Friday to Sunday,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.People traveling across the country may want to consider a more southern route.Where temperatures remain below freezing and rain falls at a heavy rate, the ice will continue to accrue for a few days. Ice of 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thick can occur over a broad area.The thickness of the ice will become substantial enough to weigh down trees and power lines.“In some areas, the weight of the ice combined with increasing wind later on during the storm could bring down many trees and power lines,” according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.Cities likely to experience dangerous conditions with possible power outages include Amarillo, Texas; Wichita and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis; and Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.“The worst conditions may be centered on portions of northwestern Texas, western Oklahoma and central Kansas, where there is the potential for about an inch of ice to encase the region followed by 30-mph winds,” Walker said.“The ice storm could rival that of late January and early February of 2002 in the region,” Rossio said.The power could be out for days in some communities of the southern and central Plains during and in the wake of the storm.The ice storm into the weekend could have an impact on the NFL Playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs in Kansas City, even if temperatures rise above freezing in time for the game on Sunday.A couple of degrees Fahrenheit will mean the difference between a dangerous buildup of ice and plain rain with wet roads.Cities that will teeter on the southern edge of the ice versus rain storm include Lubbock, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springfield, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio. While ice may not hit these communities, it may not be far to the north and west where icing is an issue.On the northern edge of the storm, the air may be too cold and dry for much freezing rain. However, there is the possibility of a period or two of wintry mix and slippery conditions in cities such as Dodge City, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago and Cleveland from Saturday to Sunday.The same setup will cause rain, ice and snow with slippery travel to extend into part of the Northeast this weekend.On the southern edge of the storm, severe thunderstorms could erupt in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Sunday as warmer air surges in from the Gulf.
Some teachers grade their students on a curve. A straight A student might have their grade pulled down, and a D student may have their grade increased. When students are graded on a curve, the grades follow a normal distribution curve, so only the top 10% of students can get an A, the next 10% can get a B, the middle 60% get a C, students between 11% and 20% get a D, and the bottom 10% get an F.But that’s not how success works. You aren’t measured against your peers. You can get whatever grade you choose based on your own definition of success.The top 1%, the wealthiest people on Earth, may have more money, more homes, and more toys. But that is no indication that they are happy, that they are living up to their full potential, or that that single measurement means that they are successful. Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and the guy down the street with his own small plumbing business may have more meaning in their lives, may be happier, and may be more successful using any other measure of success.Mother Teresa may have been in the bottom 1% when measured on wealth, and she surely spent her time with people that occupied that financial strata. She chose spiritual wealth over financial wealth.The only way to measure your own success is to measure it against your own definition. But don’t go easy on yourself when you define success.Start with this question: “What do I have to do to reach my full potential?”If you don’t perceive a serious gap here, you aren’t being honest, or you are delusional. If you are willing to be really introspective in answering that question, you just created a lifetime of work for yourself, and you are still unlikely to be able to honestly admit you weren’t capable of more.Answer this question: “What do I want to do?”It doesn’t matter what other people want to do with their lives. It doesn’t matter what other people want you to do with your life. Your definition of success can only be based on what you want to do with your life. And if it doesn’t change every ten years or so, you need to get yourself unstuck.And here is another big one: “What do I want to contribute?”I’ve asked a lot of successful people to define their success for me. I have yet found one who, upon reflection, hasn’t defined it through the contribution that they made to others, some cause greater than themselves. When you are young, it’s easy to measure your success by your own individual achievement. But if you grow up (which is different than aging), you can no longer accept your individual achievement as an acceptable definition; it has to be something bigger than you.Pulling other people down by believing that their definition of success is wrong doesn’t make you any more successful. Measuring yourself against someone else’s definition, especially society’s definition, doesn’t make that definition right for you either.There is no success curve. You have to define the grade yourself, and you have to measure yourself against it. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
View comments Malaysia, whose 60th Independence Day coincides with its fourth SEA Games hosting, is gunning for 111 golds, the same number it did in winning the 2001 edition. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The Philippines is relatively new in this sport and given time, they will be a team to watch,” said Abdullah.The Filipinos dropped the gold medal match to the host Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This gold medal means a lot. It is the first step towards achieving our target. The players were excellent in controlling the ball. Their spirit was high,” added the Malaysian mentor.After winning the first gold of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, Malaysia sports minister YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin told the host’s athletes: “One down, 110 to go.” Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Rhemwil Catana and Johnjohn Bobier of Philippines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sepak takraw chinlone team may not have won the gold, but it gained respect from the one that won it.Malaysia’s coach Mohd Yusoff Abdullah cited the Filipino’s natural flair in the sport that requires coordination and athleticism.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Reality hits PH netball athletes hard in Malaysia Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES
Ex-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen says the man-management ability of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his best quality.The Molde coach has been loaned to Manchester United as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.”I think most people were surprised when Solskjaer got the job at United, but this is a great fun for Ole Gunnar. He’s going to be followed by everyone in Norwegian football,” Pettersen told VG.”Ole Gunnar is generally very good with people, also as a coach. I want to say it’s his greatest strength that he sees all the players all the time. He manages the players and the coaching in a good way, regardless of the situation, and of course he has a football professionalism.”Pettersen won two league titles with Solskjaer at Molde.And he added: “It is in the offensive game he is the best and he does not tie up his players. Ole Gunnar triggers creativity and speed. Watching from outside, he is the real opposite to Mourinho.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is under consideration at Leicester City.The Mirror says Claude Puel bought himself time at the King Power Stadium with successive surprise wins over high-flying Chelsea and champions Manchester City. But their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday by Cardiff City, who recorded their first away win all season.The club’s Thai owner, Top Srivaddhanaprabha, is known to be an admirer of Rafa Benitez — whose hopes of a takeover at current club Newcastle that could inject fresh January transfer funds are fading.It means Puel is back on a tightrope at Leicester, where he has never fully won over fans despite leading the club to ninth last term.Questions about his man-management, motivational skills and tactics persist — and he appears to have a fractured relationship with star striker Jamie Vardy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Victor Conte, founder of the infamous BALCO and sort of mad scientist behind the steroid era, said he estimates that “as much as half” of current players in Major League Baseball are using performance-enhancing drugs of some kind.Conte told USA Today, “I’m not going to name names, but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.”Conte’s comments come after the San Francisco Giants’ star Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for positive test for synthetic testosterone.Of course, MLB disagrees with Conte’s estimates.“There is no way that Victor Conte would have information that would allow him to have any basis on that,” MLB vice president Rob Manfred said. “He’s just making that up. It’s a guess. We use the very best, most sophisticated methodologies that are available.”Many baseball experts believe Conte could not be so tuned into the baseball world to have an accurate assessment. They further believe he likes being in the spotlight and misses the controversy he used to enjoy before becoming an athletic leper.Conte also indicated he wonders if “Major League Baseball has a genuine interest in stopping these guys.”Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP tested positive before having his suspension overturned by an independent arbitrator, and now this year’s All-Star Game MVP has been hit with a 50-game suspension.Seems like there’s truly an effort by baseball to clean it up based on those high-profile cases. But it would not be surprising if Conte is throwing around big numbers for a cause that would benefit him.On the other hand, an even more forceful assault on PED use in baseball might make Victor Conte go away, so there’s that.
Long after he retired, Berra remained one of the most quotable and beloved figures in baseball’s considerable history. Measured by the frequency with which his name is mentioned in books, Berra is more prominent by a large margin than any of the four catchers who produced more total WAR in their careers. Instead, Berra’s name appears in books at a frequency closer to that of historic greats like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Berra’s outsize popularity is a testament to his special character and likability, which came to overshadow his no-less-impressive or -unusual accomplishments on the field.CORRECTION (Sept. 23, 5:17 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described comparisons of Berra’s strikeout rate and home runs with those of other players. In the text, we compared Berra’s strikeout rate with that of players who have hit more than 350 home runs since 1940, and, in the chart, we compared his strikeout rate and home run total with those of players who have had more than 2,000 plate appearances since 1940. None of those comparisons were with all players with more than 350 home runs or more than 2,000 plate appearances. Yogi Berra, the ever-quotable former catcher and manager, died Tuesday at the age of 90. By quality, he was one of the best catchers ever, amassing the fifth-most total wins above replacement at the position and the 11th-most WAR per game.1I applied a minimum of 1,000 games played at catcher. By quantity, he played in 13.2 percent of all of the Yankees games in history and more World Series games than any other single player. But more than the obvious accolades — the three Most Valuable Player awards, the 10 World Series wins — Berra was exceptional by virtue of his improbability.As a 19-year-old, Berra participated in the D-Day invasion as a member of the U.S. Navy, fighting from a boat at Omaha Beach, where there were some 2,000 casualties. He was later injured in Marseilles and earned a Purple Heart. After he returned to baseball, he played in just 77 minor-league games before advancing to the majors. Because of his service, Berra didn’t begin his career in earnest until he was 21 years old.Berra was unlikely even as a baseball player: All of 5 feet 7 inches tall, he launched 358 home runs during his career, 90 more than anyone his height or shorter.2Here I am using the Lahman database numbers. The runner-up is Joe Morgan (5 feet 7 inches, 268 home runs). The shortest player who hit more home runs than Berra is Mel Ott (5 feet 9 inches, 511 home runs). Berra was an unusually disciplined batter, striking out in only 4.9 percent of his plate appearances. That combination of power and plate discipline is exceptionally rare in MLB history. Sluggers tend to strike out at higher-than-average rates because they are often selective and waiting for a pitch to drive. Players with more than 350 home runs since 1940 have struck out, on average, in 15.8 percent of plate appearances, more than three times Berra’s rate. No one else with a strikeout rate below 5.5 percent hit more home runs than Berra did during that period. When you add up his position, size, power and plate discipline, Berra is unique in all of baseball’s history.
7Jordy NelsonWR9248,5879.3 6Michael IrvinWR9608,9369.3 10Travis KelceTE5795,2369.0 2Julio JonesWR1,09510,7319.8 5Brandin CooksWR5465,1479.4 3Malcom FloydWR5705,5509.7 PlayerPositionTargetsYardsyards per target 9Doug BaldwinWR7226,5639.1 Among players with at least 500 career targetsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Good things happened when you throw to GronkMost career yards per target for NFL players, 1992-2018 1Rob GronkowskiTE7947,8619.9 It was the Instagram post that shook the NFL. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took to the social-media platform Sunday night to announce what had been speculated for the better part of two years: He was retiring from football at age 29, leaving the Pats less than two months after New England won Super Bowl LIII. Despite his relatively short career, Gronk seems like an ironclad lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his three championships and many spike-worthy touchdowns. And there’s plenty of evidence that the traditional markers of tight end production undersell Gronkowski’s success. When healthy, Gronk was one of the most efficient offensive weapons in NFL history, notable as much for the nightmares he caused defenses as for the short amount of time his star shone (or his party-loving ways off the field).Not that Gronkowski’s conventional stats are anything to scoff at. He was named to the Pro Bowl in five of the seven seasons in which he played more than half of the Patriots’ games and was the first-team All-Pro tight end in four of those years. In the 2010s, no tight end had more receiving yards, and no receiver of any kind scored more receiving touchdowns. Only two tight ends in history — Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — have more regular-season career TD catches, and Gronkowski caught 12 more in the postseason, which ties him with John Stallworth for the second-most playoff TDs among all players behind Jerry Rice.On a per-16-game basis, the average Gronk campaign would consist of 72 catches, 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns — numbers that would rank among the top 25 tight end seasons in history. And Gronkowski sustained that pace for nine seasons.Those numbers are only scratching the surface in terms of how valuable Gronk was to Tom Brady and the Patriots over the years. On a per-target basis, Gronkowksi picked up 9.9 yards — basically an entire first down every time the ball was thrown in his direction — according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Since 1992 (the first season for target data on PFR), that’s the best of any receiver — wideout or tight end — in the NFL. 8T.Y. HiltonWR8788,0979.2 4DeSean JacksonWR1,05710,2619.7 Remember longtime Vikings WR Cris Carter’s old reputation — “all he does is catch touchdowns”? For Gronkowski, that was closer to being true than for any player of his generation — and it was a very good thing for the Patriots. With 521 career receptions and 79 career touchdown grabs, Gronk hauled in a TD once every 6.6 catches. Only eight players in NFL history with a minimum of 400 lifetime receptions — Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Tommy McDonald, Art Powell, Jimmy Orr, Wesley Walker, Randy Moss and Lance Alworth — caught touchdowns as a greater share of their total catches than Gronkowski did.With those rates of great things happening whenever he was involved in the play, it’s easy to make a case that Gronkowski was the most efficient receiver (of any type) in NFL history. What’s more, Gronkowski consistently made his teammates more efficient, too.When our colleague Kyle Wagner looked at Gronk’s impact during the 2017-18 playoffs, he found that Brady’s passing efficiency numbers were significantly higher when his favorite tight end was on the field than not, one of the big ways Gronkowski has been a secret weapon for the Pats during the latter phase of their record-smashing dynasty. Since Gronk’s debut in 2010, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Gronkowski is 124.7, but it was just 96.8 when throwing to any other receiver. Even when it came to the greatest quarterback of all time, Gronkowski found a way to make him look much better.And then there was Gronkowski’s effect as a blocker. He frequently graded out as the best blocking tight end in the game, according to ProFootballFocus.com’s ratings. This aspect of his game made Gronk an asset whether the play call was a pass or run — keeping the Patriots from having to sub him in and out depending on the situation, or having his presence tip the Pats’ hand on which type of play was coming. No matter what Gronkowski was asked to do, he generated a mismatch with the defense.(All of this is to say nothing of the fun-loving image Gronkowski cultivated both on and off the field. We’ll leave others to judge his extracurricular activities, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t reference this great description of Gronkowski’s playing style from The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: He was “six-foot-6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children’s birthday party.”)Gronkowski was still a valuable player in 2018, but there’s no denying that he was a shell of his old self. According to ProFootballFocus, he was ranked 11th best overall at the position. But as he showed in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory this year, Gronkowski could still be a game-changing player. His 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter set New England up on the goal line, leading to the game’s only touchdown. While Gronkowksi’s impact as a blocker generated great fanfare during the regular season and in the playoffs, he also was the team’s primary downfield weapon after Josh Gordon exited New England, averaging 16.4 air yards per reception, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. That was more than 50 percent greater than Brady’s overall mark per attempt during the same span.Few Hall of Famers have ever retired before their age-30 season,1In the parlance of Pro-Football-Reference, which calculates its seasonal ages based on the player’s age as of Dec. 31 during the year in question. but Gronkowski is destined to join a group that also includes Jim Brown, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley and Gale Sayers (among modern2Retiring since 1960. players). Though his time in the NFL was relatively short, Gronk made his mark on the league as a receiver, blocker and all-around offensive terror. The game — and its greatest quarterback — will miss him dearly next season.
On Saturday, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ended its 2015 campaign with a loss to the No. 4 Denver Pioneers, 15-13, in the NCAA quarterfinals.Inside the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, the Buckeyes (12-7) took a quick 7-1 lead in the first 18 minutes of action. However, success for the Buckeyes wouldn’t last as Denver (15-2) struck back with nine unanswered goals to lead the Pioneers to their third consecutive NCAA semifinals.Although the Buckeye attack had success early, DU goalie Ryan LaPlante made 13 saves to hold the Buckeye offense. But it was senior attacker Wesley Berg who would lead the Pioneers to victory, scoring six goals while contributing one assist.OSU senior midfielder Jesse King was the main contributor for the Buckeyes, scoring three goals and handling three assists.“It comes down to possessing the ball and that’s what we did a really good job of in the first quarter,” King said. “We were scoring on probably 50 percent of our possessions. Then you get unlucky and you don’t get a couple of ground balls that you want and Denver starts getting them, and that’s when things went wrong.”King, along with 11 other seniors, will be leaving the Buckeyes after leading OSU into the new era of Big Ten lacrosse. The group had been a part of 32 wins over the last four years, leading the Buckeyes to two NCAA quarterfinal matchups.The unseeded Buckeyes fell to 0-3 all-time in NCAA quarterfinals after previously losing in 2008 and 2013.