Sandown Lakeside track deemed unsafe for racing – Herald Sun

MELBOURNE Racing Club and Racing Victoria will investigate why, for the second time in seven weeks, a meeting was abandoned at Sandown Lakeside because horses slipped on turning for home.

Jockeys voted not to ride after several horses lost their footing in races two and three. Trainers weren?t happy as the meeting was a launching pad for horses chasing spring goals.

In the second race, Mark Zahra?s mount Lord And Master and Katelyn Mallyon?s Morning Mix lost their footing soon after straightening for home.



Jockeys then inspected the surface and agreed to ride again after the problem area was aerated.

They then rode in the third race but Ben Melham?s mount Deckhand and Ryan Maloney?s Arianne lost their footing. The nine jockeys riding in the fourth race then voted not to proceed.

Champion jockey Damien Oliver said they hoped the track had improved after it was aerated, but horses still lost their footing in the third race.

Melham said after riding Deckhand that he didn?t feel the track was safe for racing.

Chief steward Rob Montgomery said that once four of the jockeys had elected not to ride the meeting had to be called off.

Montgomery said he believed the jockeys made the right decision as the track was unsafe.

?The horses weren?t slipping but they were losing their footing. In that area a number of horses had the ground give away from underneath them,? Montgomery said.

Montgomery said before the meeting the stewards walked the track and there wasn?t any sign of a problem.

Victorian Jockeys? Association chief executive Des O?Keeffe said it was a disappointing result and he would meet officials today.

?We need to work in a collaborative way to come up with a solution. We will meet tomorrow with them and try and identify what the issue is,? O?Keeffe said yesterday.

O?Keeffe said his feedback was that jockeys love riding at the Hillside track.

MRC chief executive Brodie Arnhold said the club took full responsibility for abandoning the meeting.

RV clears Callow to resume riding

NOEL Callow will resume at Mornington on Thursday after being cleared to ride by Racing Victoria stewards on Wednesday.

The jockey was detained by Malaysian immigration officials after an incident with a false passport last month.

Deputy chief steward Rob Montgomery said a report would be forwarded to RV?s licensing subcommittee.

Callow has been booked for one ride, Regal Trader, on Thursday.

Buffering flies in Doomben trial

TOP sprinter Buffering sizzled in winning a barrier trial at Doomben on Wednesday.

Ridden by regular rider Damian Browne in a heavy saddle, the nine-year-old ran 59.58 sec for 1050m, close to the 59.19 course record, with his last 600m in 32.14.

media_cameraBuffering impressed in a barrier trial at Doomben on Wednesday. Picture: Darren England.

Browne said while he was happy with the trial there was improvement to come.

Trainer Robert Heathcote is still deciding whether to run Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 30.

Allen replaces Coffey on Prince

JOHN Allen will become the fourth jockey to ride Prince Of Penzance when the gelding runs in Saturday?s Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.

He replaces Harry Coffey, who has six rides in Adelaide.

Nick Hall will ride Perth filly Whispering Brook in the Thousand Guineas after Chris Parnham committed to Leotie.

Chess team beats Palestine in 2016 Olympiad – Daily Nation

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Despite missing the opening four rounds, the national women?s chess team on Wednesday beat Palestine 3-1 in round five of the 2016 Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The team of four is self-sponsored at the event after Interim Chess Kenya (ICK) failed in its bid to get both men and women?s team to the biennial competition. The men?s team comprising of five players and their coach did not travel.

The quartet arrived in Baku on Tuesday before taking on their Palestinian opponents at the Baku Crystal Hall.

Gloria Jumba, playing on board one, got Kenya off to a winning start after she beat Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Faqeeh Rahaf before the Palestinians levelled the tie after Albzoor Anwar beat WCM Jane Wambugu.

The Kenyan girls would eventually go on to win board three and four matches through WCM Purity Maina and debutant WCM Joyce Nyaruai to seal their first win at the competition. The duo saw off Faqeeh Aseel and Faqeeh Yara respectively.

It was a morale boosting win for the Kenyans who are ranked in position 115, one ahead of their opponents. Nyaruai was thrilled with the win and believes the team can finish in a higher position.

?We were up against an equally rated opponent and totally deserved to win the match despite the challenges. It is a dream come true to represent the country at the Olympiads. I have worked hard for the last two years to reach here,? Nyaruai told Daily Nation Sport.

The team has no reserve player after the fifth player Woman Fide Master (WFM) and the country?s top ranked female player Riya Shah failed to travel. Team coach Moses Andiwoh also failed to make the trip.

The country is now at position 127 out of 140 countries taking part in the women?s competition.

Kenya will take on Maldives today in the sixth round with five more rounds to come in the competition that will end on September 14.

Both teams (men and women) had been assured by the Interim Chess Kenya (ICK) officials that air tickets for the event had been secured. The teams were to depart the country last Wednesday but were told the tickets would arrive on Saturday.

On Saturday, ICK Chair Bernard Wanjala informed the players that the African Chess Federation had pulled the plug on sponsoring the team under unclear circumstances.

?We completely failed in taking the team to this prestigious event after the continental body left us on our own at the last minute after promising to ensure our players take part in the competition,? Wanjala told Daily Nation Sport last Saturday.

USA Hockey Coach Says Players Better Stand For Anthem, Or Get Benched – Huffington Post

Team USA?s hockey coach isn?t taking this protest trend sitting down.

John Tortorella told ESPN Tuesday that his players will not play at the World Cup of Hockey this month if they don?t stand for the national anthem.

?If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game,? he said.

A national conversation has erupted over Colin Kaepernick?s repeated refusal to stand during renditions of ?The Star Spangled Banner? in protest against social injustice and police brutality. Soccer player Megan Rapinoe followed suit.?

The declaration is perhaps personal for Tortorella. His 26-year-old son, Nick, has re-enlisted after serving as an Army Ranger for four years, the Columbus Dispatch noted. In an honorary gesture, Tortorella said he would have an Army Ranger on the bench during an exhibition game against Canada on Friday.

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John Tortorella, whose son is an Army Ranger, has vowed to bench players who sit for the national anthem during the World Cup of Hockey.

?I know these are hockey games ? but I do look at it like it?s for my country,? Tortorella, who is also the head coach of the NHL?s Columbus Blue Jackets, told the paper. ?What Nick is doing by far dwarfs what we do. We?re entertainers; we?re playing a sport.?But with my son over there ? this might sound selfish ? I want to team up with him and help my country.?

However, Tortorella may not get the chance to act on his pledge before games at the tournament, which begins September 17 in Toronto. National anthems are usually played after international matches, The Washington Post wrote. And they will only be played in select World Cup games afterward ?when something is won from a tournament perspective,? NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in March.?

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Ryan Fitzpatrick sees himself in 'perfect' situation with Jets – New York Daily News

There’s a fearless sensibility about the man that makes you wonder how dangerous the Jets would be if every man around him shared that quality.

Confidence has never been a problem for Ryan Fitzpatrick even when he lived on the outskirts of relevance all those years.

So, it’s no surprise that he has embraced this moment when it would have been easy to downplay it. It comes with the unofficial job description. The Jets’ 2016 playoff hopes hinge on Fitzpatrick, which suits him just fine.

He is good enough to carry out the prime directive.

“Every quarterback that wins the Super Bowl is an absolute hero,” Fitzpatrick told the Daily News in a quiet moment this week. “Everyone that doesn’t makes the playoffs is an absolute zero. Is that necessarily the case? Maybe not. But it’s the nature of the position. You’re going to have all eyes on you all the time.”

From his six-month long contract impasse that dominated the off-season headlines to his matter-of-fact admission that he ultimately chose to bet on himself by signing a one-year deal, Fitzpatrick is as much the everyman as he is the Harvard Man, a born leader with a killer instinct.

“I know what the situation is,” Fitzpatrick said about external expectations this year. “It’s not even about the money. I got to play well to make all these guys happy to win games. That’s all that matters for me in my career right now: Winning.”

The playoffs have escaped him in a career that has included five stops in the first 10 years. He’s been branded a “journeyman,” which is akin to a four-letter word in his line of work, but he couldn’t care less. Hopefully, the sixth team is a charm.

Defending himself is wasted energy at this point. Critics will never disappear.

The question running on a loop this summer: The Jets seem to have the requisite talent to be a playoff contender, but can Fitzpatrick duplicate his success from a year ago?

It’s a loaded question, of course, given all the variables out of Fitzpatrick’s control (see: offensive line), but that’s life as a quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick says the players in the Jets? huddle give him a sense of confidence.

Ryan Fitzpatrick says the players in the Jets? huddle give him a sense of confidence.

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“People keep asking me that, but I hope I don’t duplicate what I did last year,” Fitzpatrick said. “I hope I play a lot better than that. I know it was a career year in terms of some of the numbers, but there’s so many things that I can be better at as a player. … There’s a lot for me to improve on from last year. I feel like I?m a better player now than I was last year than I was the year before. So I expect better things out of me this year.”

It was a dream season that included a franchise-record 31 touchdowns and career-high 3,905 yards. He did it all after getting thrust into the starting job 48 hours before the first preseason game. His shared understanding with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey buoyed him during the Jets 10-win season. His bond with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker will only get stronger in their second year in the same system.

Expectations are high, but it sure beats the alternative. Fitzpatrick’s past has provided a perspective that makes the pressure manageable even in a place filled with frustrated playoff-starved patrons conditioned to turn on their own after a while.

“It’s been such a bumpy road for me to get here,” Fitzpatrick said. “To me, all this is icing on the cake. I’ve battled through so much adversity in my career … mainly losses and downs and not many ups. But this is fun for me to come to work every single day. There’s not a ton of pressure on me. ? No slight to any other team I’ve been on, but it’s a very confident feeling for me when I walk into the huddle and look at the other guys that are standing in there with me.”

He’s 33, not 63, even though some of his doubters act as if he should be talking snaps from a rocking chair. He has plenty of quality football left in his body. His mind is sharper than ever, but he is far from a finished product. He knows that his 59.6 completion percentage from a year ago must improve.

There are two other areas that he has paid special attention to that could make all the difference if the Jets hope to break a five-year playoff drought: Third-down and red-zone efficiency.

The Jets were 12th in third-down completion rate (40.6 percent) last year. Although Fitzpatrick threw 23 touchdowns and only one interception in the red zone, he wants to get better. “Those are two key things for me to focus on,” the quarterback said.

He has finally found a home, but doesn’t spend time wondering how his career would have unfolded had he come here years ago. What if?

“The timing ? what led me here with these players ? is perfect,” Fitzpatrick said before pausing for a moment. “The timing is perfect. I wouldn’t change it.”

He’s ready for whatever awaits.

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Disney's “Queen of Katwe” presentation to feature live chess games with 20-year-old Grand Master at El Capitan Theatre – Inside the Magic

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Disney?s new live-action feature ?Queen of Katwe? relates the true story of an impoverished young Ugandan girl whose life is forever changed when she takes up the game of chess.

To help celebrate the release of the movie, on opening weekend the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will present live chess matches with?twenty-year-old Grand Master?Daniel Naroditsky, who will play two simultaneous games against volunteers from the audience before every show.??The audience will be able to cheer on as they view the games projected onto the big screen.? Naroditsky will also share tips and tricks about chess.?

After the film, Naroditsky will also be on hand to take questions in the El Capitan?s lower lounge area.


?Queen of Katwe? stars Lupita Nyong?o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, and is directed by Mira Nair of ?Monsoon Wedding? and ?The Namesake.?

The movie begins its run at El Capitan on Friday, September 23rd, and?Daniel Naroditsky will be on hand at the theater from the 23rd through the 25th. Be sure to visit the official El Capitan website for tickets and more information.

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Gamasutra – Press Releases – Play chess against a Grandmaster … – Gamasutra

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

  • Pure Chess?Grandmaster

    ?launches this Friday on Steam and Xbox One
  • Grandmaster Simon Williams will play against the
    collective minds of the Twitch chat in a world-first livestreaming
  • Twitch viewers will vote on the?moves to make
    against Williams
  • If Twitch wins,
    everyone playing will receive a free Ripstone

Liverpool, September 6 2016


Ripstone Games, the developer and publishing house best known
for titles such as?Stick it to the Man, Ironcast and Pure
Hold’em, is giving you the opportunity to play Pure Chess against a
Grandmaster this Friday on Twitch, as part of a special
Twitch-first event.

Pure Chess Grandmaster
is set to launch on Steam and Xbox One on September 9,
the definitive edition of the multi-million selling title, with
exclusive chess sets, comprehensive tutorials and an in-depth ELO
ranking system, all for ?9.99 / $12.99 / ?12.99.


Check out the Twitch vs Pure Chess trailer

To celebrate the launch, Ripstone is giving Twitch viewers the
chance to play a crowdsourced game of chess against
Simon Williams, the British veteran chess
with a FIDE rating of 2444.

Starting at
8am PST on September 9th, Ripstone and Williams
will be streaming Twitch vs Pure Chess at By
typing chess moves into the Twitch chat, viewers will be able to
vote on the moves that Twitch makes against Williams.

And if the Twitch chat manages to beat Williams,
everyone taking part in the event will receive a free
random Steam game
from the Ripstone catalogue.

Follow Ripstone on Twitch to
make sure you’re notified when Twitch vs Pure Chess goes live this
Friday at 8am PST.