Whitewater Ski Team Goes Big


first_imgFueling the nearly 200% enrollment increase is one of the snowiest winters in recent memory, with Whitewater Resort leading the North American pack in snowfall. Long-time ski team president Tracy Punchard is serving her last shift as fearless leader, with this season being a most fitting farewell for someone who has had such a large part to play in the club’s current upturn.“Being a part of the ski team is as much fun as skiing itself. The team’s success has been very rewarding,” said Tracy.This excitement was easy to see at last week’s Rio Tinto Nancy Greene Ski League race at Phoenix Mountain near Grand Forks.The sun broke through the clouds first thing in the morning, the mountain was covered in plenty of wind-buffed powder, and the down home feeling at Phoenix reminded everyone how valuable small family ski hills are—and how important it is to preserve them.As ribbons were presented and cheeseburgers were consumed, kids of varying ages continued to run up the mountain and throw snowballs. The League’s main intention to engender good sportsmanship and fun through skiing was never better witnessed.In the following weeks, Whitewater Ski Team will participate in zone races and speed camps at Kimberley Alpine Resort, and then get set to break hearts at Salmo’s Nancy Greene race on February 14. By Graham TraceyThe Whitewater ski team has made history this season with a record- breaking enrollment of 140 athletes, 7 of whom are on their way to the BC games after qualifiers at Red Mountain in mid January.“When you consider that only 20 athletes go to the games from the entire Kootenay Zone,’ said head coach Dylan Henderson, ‘we as a team feel we’re pulling our weight nicely.’”last_img read more

Brewers steamroll to Sunfest Tournament Title


first_imgNelson opened with a 10-4 win over Castlegar Steelers followed by a narrow 10-9 win over Castlegar Royals.The Brewers then outlasted the Castlegar Raptors 12-7 to conclude the round robin draw with a 3-0 record.In the semi finals, Nelson edged the Raptors again, this time by a 6-4 score.The team includes, Moss Beattie, Gavin Franklin, Levi Konken,Sebastien Conne Correnti, Cash Nay, Gunnar Evenson, Larson Proctor, Cohen Wolbaum, Connor Peters, Austin Shrieves and Dax Dewar. Coaches are Kevin Dewar and assistant Jordan Konken.The Brewers, undefeated on the season at 12-0, play the Trail BlueJays Wednesday in Beaver Valley. Dewars Brewers had the offence running on all cylinders, putting up 10 runs during a 10-8 victory over Trail Mariners in Castlegar Sunfest Minor Division Baseball Tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The win was the fifth of the tournament for the Brewers.last_img read more



first_imgNOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) or Joseph Ciaglia. TRAINER QUOTES JOEL ROSARIO, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “The horse broke sharp. I was between horses, so I just stayed there and then when I got clear, I took to the outside. He gave me a good feeling after we left the gate. He just kept level and seemed very confident. You’ve got to give the trainer a lot of credit. This horse had been off a long time. He had him ready to go. I’m just out here for the day and enjoying the holiday.”NORBERTO ARROYO JR., STORMY LIBERAL, SECOND: “I think [Stormy Liberal] ran good. He was really second best and you’ve got to give credit to the winner. My horse was feeling good, acted good going into the gate and he put me in a good position. It was just down to the end and I can’t take that away from the winner.” PETER EURTON, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “It’s hard to give horses that only have 10 starts some preps but it was a great race. After his last race he came up with a suspensory so we did a scan and he had a little lesion, nothing horrible. So, we did a little PRP on him, he took six months off and he came back training great for the race. No issues whatsoever. We had to give him the normal time off to recover and here he is today. It took a lot of waiting and a lot of patience. We could’ve easily given up but that would just be a waste of talent.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOE CIAGLIA, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “We’ve been away 22 months and I was just hoping we’d run and then run back in the Cal Cup (Sprint, Jan. 28). This is so amazing. He was one week away from running here last spring and he hurt his shoulder. I can’t believe it. We came from off the pace and there were some good horses in here. Breeding horses like this . . . owning the mare, breeding her and seeing her kids grow up, it’s just an amazing experience. There’s nothing more satisfying.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHARD’S BOY, THIRD: “He ran his race. He missed the break a little bit. He’s usually pretty quick out of the gate, but today he kind of missed the break, and I sat back and tried to make a late run, and almost got second. If he could have broken more like he usually does, it would have been different.”last_img read more

Classy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer


first_imgClassy Bellafina Takes On Talented Baffert Pair As Eight Distaffers Go Six Furlongs In Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert StormerARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2020)–Although well beaten on April 25, three-time Grade I winner Bellafina heads a group of eight fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita.Fourth, beaten 10 lengths after breaking slowly as the 7-5 favorite in an ungraded six furlong stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina, a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and Grade I Chandelier Stakes at two and of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, will be reunited with Flavien Prat, who last rode her to a close second place finish three starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.Bob Baffert will be playing a solid two-card hand in the Desert Stormer, as he’ll send out stakes winning Mother Mother and talented comebacker Fighting Mad.BELLAFINAOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick SmithTrainer:  Simon CallaghanAway slowly and sixth early in a field of eight in her most recent start April 25 at Oaklawn, Bellafina’s last win came seven starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6, 2019.  Second as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes two starts back on Dec. 26, Bellafina, a 4-year-old filly by Quality Road, has been favored in 10 out of her 14 starts, winning six of them and amassing earnings of $1,452,975.  With four wins and two seconds from six starts at Santa Anita, Bellafina will hope to break sharply and run well over a course she adores.MOTHER MOTHEROwner: Gainesway Stable, Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer:  Bob BaffertMost recently second going seven furlongs in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Feb. 15, she was a handy 1 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes two starts back on Jan. 12 at odds of 2-5.  A first out, 6 ½ length winner of her only start going six furlongs in July, 2018 at Del Mar, Mother Mother has sprinted in nine out of her 11 career starts, with two of her three wins coming around one turn.  A three-time Grade I stakes placed 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, Mother Mother will be seeking her first graded stakes win on Sunday and will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.FIGHTING MADOwner:  Gary & Mary WestTrainer:  Bob BaffertAlthough she’ll be cast as “The other Baffert,” Fighting Mad looms a very dangerous commodity off the bench.  Idle since a stirring eight length, gate to wire triumph in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes going one mile at Del Mar Aug. 17, Fighting Mad was a gutty nose winner of her 5 ½ furlong debut in August, 2018 and she followed that up with a solid one length allowance win off a nine month absence in taking a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2019.  Now faced with a similar nine month layoff, this 4-year-old filly by New Year’s Day has trained well for her comeback and will get the services of Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE III DESERT STORMER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTFighting Mad–Drayden Van Dyke–126First Star–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Mother Mother–Mike Smith–124Amuse–Jorge Velez–122Bellafina–Flavien Prat–126Artistic Diva–Victor Espinoza–124Tomlin–Abel Cedillo–124Hang a Star–Umberto Rispoli–122First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  With no public admitted, wagering is available through 1stBet.com and at XpressBet.com.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Poch admits Eriksen may have played last Spurs game as club ‘fear £30m exit’


first_imgMan United star, Paul Pogba, vows to fight racists ‘for the next generation’ MAURICIO POCHETTINO is not sure if Tottenham can keep hold of wantaway Christian Eriksen.The Danish playmaker, 27, came off the bench during the shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.2 Christian Eriksen is being targeted by Real Madrid and can leave for nothing next summerCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd after seeing a lack of creativity hamper his side against Steve Bruce’s Magpies, Poch was questioned over the midfield maestro’s benching.He said: “I cannot pick more than 11, we have plenty of players.”If the result was 3-0 you wouldn’t ask me that question.”The players who are out are always good when you don’t win.”Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Eriksen ahead of the September 2 deadline for European clubs.And as he enters the last year of his deal, the Daily Star claims Spurs chiefs are afraid of losing the star forward for just £30million.Asked if Eriksen will play for the club again, Pochettino added: “I don’t know. It’s so difficult.”Some situations we cannot fix, we knew that a situation like this could happen. It’s difficult to handle. What can we do?2″The problem [with the contracts] is during the week that maybe can affect [the players].”These type of situations happen in the Premier League.”That is why you need to create a very good dynamic and a strong team-bonding and at the moment that situation in our group is still far, far away in that respect.”last_img read more

Madrid plan January spree with Eriksen and van de Beek top of wish list


first_imgAnd van de Beek may also be a stretch after he rebuffed talk of a winter transfer.The Dutch midfielder, 22, told Voetbal after Ajax’s win over Valencia: “I will finish the season at Ajax.”At Real Madrid, they already know that. I do not like to change teams midway through the season.”Whether Zidane can snag his first-choice playmaker target may come down to patience with it also important to make space in his squad by moving on Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz in January.Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen tells Danish journalists he’s ready to leave the club REAL MADRID are preparing yet another major signing with reports in Spain naming Christian Eriksen as their top January target.Tottenham still haven’t signed the Dane up to a new contract and Mauricio Pochettino has even dropped him from the side amid the uncertainty over his future.1 Eriksen hasn’t been able to stay in the Tottenham team this seasonCredit: Getty – ContributorBag yourself the best acca with LadbrokesPick up a whole load of acca featuresWant more from your accumulators? Then you’ve hit the jackpot in the hunt to bag yourself the best acca!Ladbrokes boast an unbeatable range of features to help you land the big one from acca insurance and acca tracker to edit my acca and cash out.*Players must be over 18. Log in or register to play. T&Cs apply.Full details of the acca propositions can be found here.According to MARCA, Real want to finally sign the attacking midfielder that Zinedine Zidane has desired when the market reopens.Paul Pogba was his first choice in the summer and Manchester United appear to have successfully warned the Spaniards off by putting a massive price tag on their star man.That makes Eriksen a much better prospect for the January window with Madrid able to pressure Spurs as the Dane has six months left on his contract.And they can even sign a pre-agreement for a free transfer if Tottenham refuse to settle on a fee.The North London club’s struggling start to the season won’t help in their quest to keep Eriksen, with three defeats in four including a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich putting immense pressure on Pochettino and the squad.However the picture is only slightly rosier in Madrid, where Los Blancos hold a narrow lead atop La Liga but have made a dismal start to the Champions League group stage.MARCA also name Ajax star Donny van de Beek and Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga as options for a January deal.A move for Camavinga would not reinforce the first-team anytime soon however, given that he is only 16 years old with a handful of Ligue 1 games to his name.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetlast_img read more

Manly greats set to retire


first_imgThe Sea Eagles are working closely with the NRL, the RLPA, and the players’ respective managers George Mimis (Stewart) and Gavin Orr (Matai) to give the players a dignified and respectful exit from their brilliant careers.Both players have been unable to train in preparation for the 2017 NRL season as a result of surgery at the end of 2016 and the inability to receive medical clearance to train.Manly Sea Eagles are working with the management of both players to give them the farewell they deserve in front of their thousands of adoring fans at Lottoland.last_img

How a drizzle turned into a Melbourne Storm


first_imgNow, as they enter their 20th season in the competition, the Storm are considered one of the powerhouse clubs in Australian sport and will head into the 2017 Telstra Premiership as title favourites alongside the Penrith Panthers. It’s a remarkable journey for a team that has been through so much over the past decade. From premiership success in 2007 and 2009, to the pain of the salary cap scandal in 2010, and then redemption in 2012, the Storm have been there or thereabouts for longer than any other team in the NRL.It wasn’t always that way.What started with a first-up win on a wet night in Wollongong in 1998 was quickly followed by premiership success the following season, but that’s when things started to slow down. When Cameron Smith debuted for the club in 2002, the Storm registered just nine wins in what was statistically the worst year in their history. That year the average crowd at Storm home games at Olympic Park was just 9,103, a figure that slumped to 8,887 by 2004. Coaches were coming and going, support was waning, and it was starting to show on the field. It looked like the naysayers were right. The hysteria generated by the 1999 premiership was fading. Enter the ‘Big Three’. Smith and fullback Billy Slater, along with coach Craig Bellamy, were established figures, but Cooper Cronk’s emergence as first-choice halfback in 2006 signalled a colossal change in the club’s fortunes. With the rise of Greg Inglis as a superstar centre, the Storm made four grand finals on the trot, winning premierships in 2007 and 2009 that would later be stripped as part of salary cap punishments. That could have been a hammer blow to the organisation. Instead, it galvanised the club.The Storm averaged 14,670 fans per game that year – a record at the time – having made the permanent move to the state-of-the-art facilities at AAMI Park. On-field success returned with an emotional grand final win in 2012, and they nearly went all the way again last year, only for the Sharks to celebrate their own fairytale win in dramatic circumstances. ‌But the most profound change has happened off the field. The Storm boasted a record crowd average last season (19,024) and there is a genuine buzz around the city of Melbourne when it comes to rugby league. As of February 22, the club has registered 16,296 members – nearly 3,000 more compared to the same time last year and fourth amongst the 16 NRL clubs – and that’s the tip of the iceberg according to their skipper, Cameron Smith.     “We’re nearly passed our membership mark of last year and we’re aiming for 20,000 this year which would be fairly significant for a rugby league team in Victoria,” Smith told NRL.com. “If someone said 20 years ago that there was going to be a successful rugby league team in Victoria then you probably would have been laughed at. It’s come a long way in a short amount of time. “That’s on the back of what the club and the players have put into Victoria, particularly the Melbourne region. “Victorians love their sport, and they get behind their local teams. We’re fortunate to be the only league team in town but we don’t see ourselves competing with AFL; we want to work alongside those guys to create the best product possible for Victoria. “People that follow football in general – no matter the code or who they support – they’ll come down to support the Storm and be a part of our organisation.”While the Storm have been the main attraction over the past 20 seasons, the NRL has rewarded Melbourne for its continued support of the game with blockbuster events such as the 2014 Four Nations clash against England, State of Origin matches, as well as the 2017 World Cup opening fixture later this year. “A lot of the credit has to go to the NRL,” Smith said. “They’ve taken some pretty significant games down to Melbourne – World Cup games, Four Nations matches… State of Origin has been hugely successful down there. We had the largest State of Origin crowd in history two years ago with roughly 92,000 fans coming to the MCG. “It shows there is huge interest in our sport and you can see it at junior level.”That rise in junior participation has been evident on and off the field, with former Storm centre/winger Mahe Fonua the first Victorian born and bred player to represent the club in 2012. He was closely followed by Young Tonumaipea who became the second local junior to represent the club in a sign that more and more kids in Melbourne are participating at grassroots level. “There are so many more kids playing our game down there now,” Smith noted. “Anywhere we go in the community, most people know who the Melbourne Storm are, what we’re doing down there, and they know a lot of the players as well. “It’s clear to see how far we’ve come – we still want to make it bigger and better for kids coming through to play our game – but it’s certainly in a great spot at the moment.”last_img read more

Mbappé is shot


first_imgThe first time Mbappé and Tuchel crossed words was in October. In that match, the PSG coach left his star on the bench in the match corresponding to the group stage of the Champions League against Bruges and the player responded in the second half with a spectacular hat-trick. In the mixed zone, he left a message to his coach explaining that he had demonstrated in the game what it means for a team to do without him in the eleven holder. That same week the PSG offered to renew it, but today it still receives no response.In December, Kylian Mbappé returned to be the protagonist in an identical way to what he has been earlier this year. Tuchel replaced him immediately against Nantes and Montpellier, in games that were already decided, and the player complained again about it, considering that he was always sacrificed and that players like Neymar always played 90 minutes.On Saturday, after the game against Montpellier, Mbappé gave three Real Madrid players like on Instagram, turning upside down the rumors that put him in the white house next season. In the offices of the Bernabéu they follow with attention each episode of the disagreement … Apparently, Saturday afternoon was going to be quiet in Paris. The PSG defeated Montpellier 5-0, and although Neymar had had his plus and minus with the referee in the locker room tunnel, the match was well on the Parisian side. However, Tuchel replaced Mbappé again and the forward starred in the nth episode of a relationship that seems fractured since the beginning of the season.The French international withdrew from the field with an upset gesture and not only that, but had an intense encounter with his coach, who tried to calm him down and even had to grab him to pay attention to him. Minutes later, the cameras focused on a Mbappé who did not address any teammate on the bench and with an obvious anger.last_img read more

What the 2020 Oscars have given themselves, summed up in the best memes


first_imgEvery year more people are interested in the Oscars awardsAny moment of the Oscars can become meme Image: Reuters On Sunday, February 9, the 92nd edition of the Oscar Awards was held in Los Angeles, prizes that are given every year to recognize people related to the world of cinema who have done a great job during that year. In each edition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets to analyze the work of great professionals in the sector to be able to deliver up to 25 statuettes to the best of each branch within the cinema.Every year there are more people who are interested in the awards, but not all do precisely to know who will be the winners of the night. This type of event brings together hundreds of celebrities from around the world and that is why many people get noticed. Some people want to analyze the dress of each of the guests while others simply want to know more about the love life of their famous favorites. Another aspect that has been linked to the Oscar Awards gala for years is the memes of each edition. During this celebration, the highlights of the night and the expressions of some celebrities, among other things, become protagonists of different memes that circulate as gunpowder through social networks.Who will win? For me Billie Eilish takes this statuette too ????#Oscars pic.twitter.com/EbZVJZw7xX– AlejandraLMJ1 ???? (@ Ale_Camzregui27) February 10, 2020QUEEN AMIDALA #Oscars pic.twitter.com/4uDGcWeR9Kcenter_img – zatara (@feyresolo) February 10, 2020When EMINEM left the stage. “Excuse me”#Oscars # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/h2G2EV5UVs– Samuel Torres (@ElSamu_BSC) February 10, 2020About #Jason Derulo in the #Oscars it was seen coming pic.twitter.com/aegpqYoY04– Raúl Labrador (@RaulGipsy) February 9, 2020The fall of Jason Derulo, represents way of life #Oscar pic.twitter.com/bNtuie1s8n– Jandira Daza (@ JnDaza17) February 9, 2020When you are already highly ethyl and close an eye to focus. # Oscars2020 # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/DWGqOY5MYW– Prometeo Cinema (@PrometeoCinema) February 10, 2020Elsa interpreters singing # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/OzI6jlVBIX– Luz Onell (@onell_luz) February 10, 2020last_img read more