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Manchester United have seen their earnings slump by nearly a fifth in the first financial quarter as they continued to lose out on ticket sales from fans unable to attend matches due to the coronavirus crisis.

The top flight club said playing matches behind closed doors and cancellation of the pre-season tour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis had hit income, although this was partly offset by higher broadcasting revenue.

The results, which were mistakenly released a day in advance due to an error by the publishers of its filings, showed matchday revenue dived by 92% to £1.7m in the three months to September, compared to the same period last year.

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Executives have backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

However, broadcasting revenue leapt by 45% to £47.6m.

It meant overall earnings for the period were down 19.5% to £109m, leading to a loss of £30m.

The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with the sporting calendar, forcing the suspension of English Premier League fixtures for three months, with fans still unable to attend matches.

Manchester United have urged the government to allow fans back into stadiums, adding they can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford while maintaining social distancing.

It remains uncertain whether fans would be welcomed back in the near future after England imposed a one-month lockdown this month.

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view.

“The club’s resilience and our strong commercial business continue to provide a solid foundation and gives us confidence in our long-term outlook beyond the pandemic, both on and off the pitch.”

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He added: “We recognise that not all football clubs are in as robust of a financial position and that the Premier League has a responsibility to support the wider English football pyramid.

“We will continue to push for this support, both through emergency assistance during the pandemic, and through longer-term reforms to ensure that the success of the Premier League is reinforced for the benefit of the national game as a whole.”

The results come at a time when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future was questioned after a shock 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last week, but those concerns were eased following a win at Everton.

Woodward added: “On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop.

“We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible.”



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A Black Belgian Student Saw a White Fraternity as His Ticket. It Was His Death.


Sanda was beginning his third year of school when he pledged Reuzegom, an unsanctioned club for young men from Antwerp. “They represent a type of social class,” said Kenny Van Minsel, a former president of the campus student association. “Predominantely white — that’s a given — and predominantly upper-class.”

Mr. Van Minsel frequently interacted with fraternities and tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade Reuzegom to sign a hazing code of conduct. Reuzegom had only one other Black member, who was given the nickname Rafiki, the name of the monkey in the movie “The Lion King,” he said.

But Sanda Dia saw Reuzegom as an opportunity. “It has benefits, being in a club like that,” he had said, his brother recalled. “If you know them, it’s good for your network. And when you leave school, they will trust you a lot faster.”

If it sounds peculiar for a Black student to pledge a nearly all-white fraternity in the name of networking, students say it made sense. “It might seem like something outlandish, but for a lot of Black people it’s very understandable,” said Nozizwe Dube, a K.U. Leuven student who immigrated to Belgium from Zimbabwe as a teenager.

One of the mantras of Flanders is that anyone can succeed if they learn the language, work hard and get a degree, she said. In reality, research has shown that Belgians of African descent are far more likely to be unemployed or work in low-skilled jobs, despite having high levels of education. Fraternities, she said, can seem like an avenue toward a better career.

Reuzegom was notorious for its hazing rituals, known as “baptisms.” In October 2018, Reuzegom held a boozy party in a student association building. The fraternity trashed the venue, causing thousands of dollars in damages, Mr. Van Minsel said. Fraternity members ordered Mr. Dia to clean up, calling him a racial slur, said Mr. Van Minsel, whose student association colleague was present and reported the incident to him.

“Their argument was that Black people should work for white people,” Mr. Van Minsel said. “They treated him like an object.” Two months later, Mr. Dia was dead.



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MLB roundup: Indians punch playoff ticket with walk-off home run



Sep 22, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) celebrates his game-winning, three-run home run in the tenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

September 23, 2020

Jose Ramirez belted a three-run homer in the 10th inning as the host Cleveland Indians clinched a postseason berth in dramatic fashion with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Chicago appeared poised to prevent Cleveland from punching its ticket to the postseason for the fourth time in five seasons after scoring twice in the top of the 10th inning. Adam Engel ripped an RBI triple off Phil Maton (3-3) before coming around to score on Nick Madrigal’s RBI single to stake the White Sox to a 3-1 lead.

Undaunted, Francisco Lindor halved the deficit in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI double off the top of the wall in center field.

Cesar Hernandez earned a walk off Matt Foster (5-1) to set the stage for Ramirez, who greeted Jose Ruiz by depositing his 2-2 fastball over the wall in right field for his team-leading 17th homer and sixth in as many games.

Dodgers 7, A’s 2

Corey Seager had a home run among his three hits as Los Angeles clinched its eighth consecutive National League West title with a victory over visiting Oakland.

The Dodgers also clinched the No. 1 seed in the National League heading into the playoffs, which begin next week. Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock also hit home runs while rookie right-hander Dustin May (2-1) was solid over five innings as the Dodgers won for the 13th time in their past 16 home games.

Robbie Grossman hit a home run for the A’s, who clinched the American League West title during their Monday off day when the Houston Astros lost to the Seattle Mariners. Frankie Montas (3-5) took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits over four innings.

Astros 6, Mariners 1

Martin Maldonado and Michael Brantley hit home runs and Framber Valdez pitched seven strong innings as Houston won at Seattle to inch closer to a playoff berth.

The Astros (28-27), who have five games left, hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels (25-31) and a four-game lead over the Mariners (24-31) in the chase for second place in the American League West and an automatic postseason bid.

Houston owns the tiebreaker with Seattle because it already has won the season series between the teams, but the Angels hold the tiebreaker over the Astros. Valdez (5-3) allowed one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Giants 5, Rockies 2

Austin Slater had two hits, including a home run, Alex Dickerson also went deep, and host San Francisco beat Colorado.

Joey Bart had two doubles to help the Giants move into a tie with Milwaukee and Cincinnati for the two National League wild-card playoff spots. Reliever Tyler Rogers (3-3) got the win despite blowing a seventh-inning lead, and Sam Coonrod picked up his third save.

Raimel Tapia, Kevin Pillar and Matt Kemp had two hits apiece for Colorado.

Pirates 3, Cubs 2

Jacob Stallings’ home run in the ninth inning gave Pittsburgh a win over visiting Chicago, ending the Pirates’ five-game losing streak.

While the game was in the eighth inning, the Cubs clinched a playoff spot when the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Pittsburgh blew a 2-0 lead before Stallings’ one-out blast to left field off Andrew Chafin (1-2). It was Stallings’ third homer this year and third career walk-off hit.

Braves 11, Marlins 1

Marcell Ozuna hit two home runs and drove in five as Atlanta won the National League East for the third straight season with a win over visiting Miami.

Ozuna hit a long solo shot with two outs in the first to put the Braves on the board and added a two-run homer in the eighth. They were his 16th and 17th homers, giving him the NL lead. Ozzie Albies added a towering solo homer to center field in the second inning, his sixth.

Atlanta got a stellar starting effort from young right-hander Bryse Wilson (1-0), who pitched five shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked one and a struck out a career-high seven. Jose Urena (0-3) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings.

Twins 5, Tigers 4 (10 innings)

Max Kepler’s three hits included a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and a walk-off single in the 10th that gave Minnesota a victory over Detroit in Minneapolis.

Byron Buxton and Mitch Garver also homered for Minnesota, which moved to within a half-game of the first-place Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. Taylor Rogers (2-4) picked up the win despite allowing an unearned run in the top of the 10th.

Daz Cameron had two doubles and scored a run and Willi Castro and Miguel Cabrera also had two hits for the Tigers.

Yankees 12, Blue Jays 1

Aaron Hicks had three RBIs with a triple and a single, right-hander Gerrit Cole struck out seven in seven innings, and visiting New York defeated Toronto in Buffalo, N.Y.

Gio Urshela added four hits and two RBIs to extend his hit streak to 11 games as the teams have split the first two games of a four-game series.

Cole (7-3) allowed one run and five hits in beating the Blue Jays for the second straight start. Blue Jays right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in his third straight start against the Yankees.

Mets 5, Rays 2

A slumping Pete Alonso homered and finished with three RBIs and Seth Lugo bounced back from the worst start of his career by tossing 6 1/3 solid innings as host New York kept its playoff hopes alive while denying Tampa Bay a chance to clinch a division title.

The Mets began the day three games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the final National League wild-card spot, but the Phillies were swept in a doubleheader by the Washington Nationals before New York’s win was complete.

The Rays entered Tuesday with a magic number of one for clinching the American League East, but the New York Yankees routed the Toronto Blue Jays 12-1. Lugo (3-3), who gave up four homers and six runs over 1 2/3 innings last Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Brewers 3, Reds 2

Eric Sogard delivered a tiebreaking RBI double during a two-run seventh inning and Brett Anderson threw six strong innings for Milwaukee, which evened its three-game with host Cincinnati to draw in even in their chase for a playoff spot.

Milwaukee (27-27) was down 2-0 after one inning but fought back to win for the fifth time in six contests and catch Cincinnati (28-28) in winning percentage.

Anderson (4-3) allowed only Nick Castellanos’ two-run homer and three other hits while striking out seven without a walk. One of the two runs he yielded was unearned. Cincinnati, which lost for just the second time in 10 games, got five innings from Sonny Gray, who allowed a Tyrone Taylor home run and one other hit while fanning eight with one walk. It was his first start off the injured list after recovering from a back issue that kept him out 11 days.

Nationals 5, Phillies 1 (Game 1)

Austin Voth tossed a complete game three-hitter to lift host Washington past Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.

It was the first career complete game for Voth, who tossed 105 pitches, struck out seven and walked one. Voth (1-5) entered the game winless with a 7.17 ERA. Juan Soto scored two runs and walked twice for the Nationals.

Jean Segura hit a solo home run for the struggling Phillies, who dropped their third in a row. J.T. Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen had the other two hits, both singles. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola (5-4) gave up six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. Nola struck out six and walked two.

Nationals 8, Phillies 7 (Game 2, 8 innings)

Yadiel Hernandez’s first career homer was a two-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday, lifting host Washington past Philadelphia in the second game of a doubleheader.

Hernandez finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the nightcap. He had eight career at-bats in six games before the outburst. Juan Soto added a three-run homer for the Nationals, and Daniel Hudson (3-2) earned the win despite giving up an unearned run in the top of the 10th.

Scott Kingery homered and Didi Gregorius added two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, who have lost four in a row. Alec Bohm and J.T. Realmuto had two hits each for the Phillies, who took a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth. Brandon Workman (1-4) took the loss after serving up Hernandez’s homer.

Angels 4, Padres 2

Max Stassi hit two homers as part of a four-hit game and Griffin Channing gave up just one run on two hits over six innings as Los Angeles won at San Diego.

Stassi’s sixth homer of the season in the bottom of the second tied the game at 1-1. His 409-foot drive to straightaway center followed a two-out double by Taylor Ward corner and broke the tie in the sixth.

Channing (2-3) issued five walks and had 10 strikeouts en route to the win. He retired 11 of the last 12 Padres he faced after working out of jams in the first and third innings — as San Diego scored a total of one run after loading the bases in both innings before Channing recorded an out.

Red Sox 8, Orioles 3

Nick Pivetta struck out eight over five innings in his Boston debut, Christian Vazquez hit a three-run home run and the Red Sox beat visiting Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series.

Pivetta (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and three walks as the Red Sox kicked off their final home series of the season. Pivetta, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last month, made his first major league start since July 17, 2019.

The lone blemish on Pivetta’s night came in the first inning, when he walked a pair and allowed a run to score on a two-out single by DJ Stewart. Pivetta struck out the side in order in the second and later escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the fifth to end his outing.

Cardinals 5, Royals 0

Dylan Carlson had three hits, three runs and two RBIs to help St. Louis defeat host Kansas City.

Cardinals starter Austin Gomber (1-1) allowed four hits and no walks, striking out three, in six innings. His longest outing previously this season was three innings. Brady Singer (3-5) took the loss with the worst — and shortest — outing of his brief major league career. He gave up three runs on three hits in three-plus innings.

St. Louis grabbed a one-game lead over Cincinnati and Milwaukee for second place in the NL Central and an automatic playoff berth, while the Royals were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 0

Carson Kelly slugged a three-run homer to cap a four-run sixth inning and help Arizona roll to a shutout victory over Texas at Phoenix.

David Peralta went 3-for-4 with an RBI as Arizona moved to within a win of getting to .500 at home (12-13). Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 as the Diamondbacks finished with 11 hits in the opener of the two-game set.

Texas was shut out for the first time this season. The Rangers have dropped five of their past six contests. Eli White went 3-for-4 with a stolen base for the Rangers, while Sam Huff went 2-for-4. The Rangers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

–Field Level Media





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Saints put “rudderless” Giants out of their misery, punch finals ticket


St Kilda will play finals for the first time since 2011, comfortably dispatching GWS at the Gabba.

Subsequently, the Giants’ 2020 rollercoaster is over, with last year’s runners up barely giving a yep after half time with their season on the line.

The Saints broke GWS in the third quarter with a string of goals and pushed away in the fourth to win by an enormous 52 points.

The Giants won roughly 60 more disposals than St Kilda and took 40 more marks, but that was indicative of the slow, indecisive ball movement that has plagued their 2020 season.

Paddy Ryder tripled Shane Mumford’s hit-outs and gave the Saints first-use, while St Kilda’s forward line looked dominant and got stronger as the night went on.

Here’s everything you need to know!

The Finals Implications: St Kilda is IN, the Giants are OUT

St Kilda will finish as high as sixth in Brett Ratten’s first year at the helm, with the Saints now locked into the top eight.

This leaves one spot in the eight up for grabs and only one team, Melbourne, capable of working their way in.

GWS needed to win and win comfortably tonight to play finals, but did not look on the same level as the Saints and got worse as the game went on.

A win over Essendon tomorrow will see Melbourne in the top eight, with the Bulldogs set to kick them back out if they beat Fremantle on Sunday night.

The Talking Point: Where do the Giants go from here?

GWS looked the team to beat after their Round 1 decimation of Geelong coming off their Grand Final disappointment, so to say missing the finals is a wasted year is an understatement.

AFL Nation’s Garry Lyon was particularly harsh on the Giants in the second half of the game, saying the belief “sapped” out of the side early in the third term.

“They have not looked urgent at all,” he added.

“They’re rudderless. That’s a fair description for mine.”

With Jeremy Cameron, Zac Williams, Aidan Corr and a number of young first round draft picks out of contract and Shane Mumford and Heath Shaw likely at the end of their respective careers, their list is suddenly at a crossroads.

FULL SCORE
St Kilda: 3.3, 5.5, 8.9, 12.10. (82)
GWS Giants: 1.5, 3.8, 3.10, 3.12. (30)

GOALS
St Kilda: Lonie 2, Steele 2, King, Butler, Marshall, Membrey, Battle, Billings, Hill, Ryder
GWS Giants: Riccardi, Greene, Lloyd

BEST
St Kilda: Steele, Ryder, Coffield, Marshall, Long, Wilkie
GWS Giants: Whitfield, Kelly, Williams, Coniglio, Shaw, Hopper

Reports: Nil

Injuries
St Kilda: Nil
GWS Giants: Nil








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ONE WAY TICKET: Tigers playing for spot in AFLNC decider


PLENTY to play for at both ends of the AFL North Coast men’s ladder in round 10 as the competition enters the penultimate round.

A win for the table topping Grafton Tigers on foreign territory at the Sawtell Toormina Saints will see them claim the first spot in the grand final.

The Tigers have been a rags to riches story in 2020, going from cellar dwellers to an absolute premiership force. Earning the right to play in the season decider will be the next step in the club’s resurrection.

Their opponents were light on numbers last week and had to work hard to scratch together a team. Despite this, the Saints gave a good showing of themselves but were stung by the loss to the Breakers.

At full strength, the Saints have the capacity to match it with Grafton. This was evident in the draw that occurred between the two teams back in round 5, but the Sawtell players know that anything less than 100 per cent commitment is likely to end in disappointment.

Coffs Harbour Breakers are gunning for a spot in the finals while the Port Macquarie Magpies season is all but over. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Green Shoots Marketing

Port Macquarie Magpies are playing for pride when they take on Coffs Harbour Breakers at Fitzroy Oval.

The Magpies are in an unenviable position after falling out of the race for the finals and need to use the remaining two rounds of home and away footy to build towards 2021.

All at the club will be disappointed with the way the season has panned out, knowing that, at full strength, they had the troops to compete with all comers.

Getting a consistent team on the park has been the challenge throughout the season while the lack of a reserve grade team has often meant that their depth was tested.

The Breakers know that a win against Port will give them the upper hand in the race for second spot and hosting rights for the semi-finals.

Sawtell currently hold the advantage courtesy of the draw against Grafton from earlier in the season, but a slip up against the Tigers opens the door for Breakers to leapfrog ahead of their rivals.

Breakers are on a two-match winning run which surprisingly, is the strongest form they’ve shown all season. This is a must win match if the Coffs team wants to mount a serious defence of their premiership.

The rich rivalry continues as Sawtell Toormina and Coffs Harbour meet in a local derby in the women’s competition.

With final ladder positions already decided neither team stands to gain an advantage for the run to the finals. However, both teams will be keen for a strong showing as they prepare to meet again in the coming weeks.

The Saints have had a torrid time with injuries this season but are starting to see these players return. Their best performance was back in round 1 when they last had a fully fit roster so they’ll be looking to use this match to fine tune ahead of the do or die semi-final.

In what has been a tough season for the Sawtell women, they’re only one win away from a spot in the grand final. The Saints need a good performance in round 10 to give themselves the confidence to believe that they can get to the big dance and won’t just be making up the numbers.

Breakers have been the form team of the season and won’t want to drop a match at this late stage. They know the other teams are gunning for them and have done a terrific job as the competition’s front runners.

Just like Sawtell, they’ll be looking to build on their momentum for the grand final which is only three matches away. This will no doubt be a source of inspiration for the team as they look to ensure that their focus doesn’t slip in the last couple of matches that have no bearing on the finals.





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Humidor secures Cox Plate ticket with victory in Feehan Stakes


Sentiment will play no part in Humidor’s spring campaign after Chris Waller conjured another training miracle with the revitalised veteran to secure a guaranteed berth in the $5 million centenary Cox Plate.

Acutely aware of Humidor’s Cox Plate journey, having twice conquered the quirky former Kiwi with Winx in 2017 and ’18, Waller insists the gelding’s pathway to a third Cox Plate start will hinge on the horse’s health – and nothing else.

“Whether we take him that step, I said to the owners ‘I’m only pushing on if he’s a sound horse.’ Winning or losing is irrelevant,” Waller said after capping a remarkable rejuvenation of a horse who hadn’t won for 735 days.

“I want the horse to be sound and that’s why he’s got here today. Nothing else matters.”

Fighting back tears on a day when racing mourned the death of Sydney trainer Rick Worthington, Waller indicated there was no room for poetic justice with Humidor, who was installed as an emergency for last year’s Cox Plate after minor placings the previous two years.

He ran on Plate day last year, finishing fourth in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup with subsequent results seemingly pointing towards retirement.

Waller once tried to buy Humidor, only to be trumped by disqualified trainer Darren Weir, who saddled the evergreen galloper at his previous win in the 2018 Memsie Stakes.

Since Weir’s fall from grace with a four-year ban, Humidor has been handled by three different trainers – Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Lindsey Smith and now Waller.

“It was great to see, great old horse, simple as that,” Waller mused after Damian Lane capitalised on Damian Thornton’s broken foot to pick up the ride before delivering a wonderful ride. “So many great memories of Winx, simple as that.

“I guess it (victory) was (a surprise), we hadn’t given him a chance to disappoint us. We had just taken him over from what looked like a pretty average campaign last time around so we just went back to the basics.

“I guess that’s how I learnt my trade – go back to the basics – you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just treat horses and give them that will to live and race again.

“Jo (Taylor) and her team have done a fantastic job during COVID (at Flemington). He was due to come up here today to race but was unable to do so, so this was the right race for him.

“Damian Lane has had a great association with the horse. Damien Thornton, unfortunately, was riding him and broke his foot – a comedy of great stories.

“The horse, even from the beginning, I followed him to New Zealand.”

Waller will now have the luxury of plotting a conservative path to the October 24 Cox Plate, a race which has defined the immensely successful Kiwi.

Lane, who won the Cox Plate on Lys Gracieux 10 months ago, is not prepared to dismiss Humidor in a year when the Japanese will be absent.

“I’ve always said with this horse, you wouldn’t put anything past him,” Lane said.

“He’s a little superstar and on his day he’s as good as any horse.

“They’ve done a massive job at Flemington to get him here today the way they did. Not often you see eight-year-olds turn their form around. Great to be back on-board.”

Humidor ($18) downed Surprise Baby ($3 favourite) by a long neck with Harbour Views ($5.50) a short half-head further back.

THE VALLEY WRAP

DUNN’S HARD KNOCK

Dwayne Dunn was taken to hospital for precautionary scans on his neck after his mount Shot Of Irish reared on jumping from the barriers, causing Dunn to strike his head leaving the gates. Out of contention, Dunn and Shot Of Irish completed the course before Dunn was assisted back to scales by the clerk of the course before being stood down for the rest of the day.

*****

Willie Pike is renowned as a last-race specialist but he reprised his winning habit mid-meeting at The Valley as Showmanship proved his mettle by claiming the Listed Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m).

The Wizard of the West shadowed main danger Age Of Chivalry everywhere to score an imposing win. Co-trainer Grant Williams paid tribute to Pike‘s masterful ride.

“He (Pike) gave him an absolute peach and the horse did the rest,” Williams said.

Showmanship took his career record to seven wins from eight starts.

*****

Rich praise for Lachie Neindorf after the SA apprentice combined with How Wowmantic to win the Ladbrokes Handicap (1200m) for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, marking the start of a remarkable day for the stable.

“She was a short-priced favourite and a bit of expectation on her, and Lachie as well,” Eustace said. “I thought he gave her a beautiful ride. He rated her very well and credit to him. He’s a young kid going places, obviously.”

Flash Flood, ridden by Ben Melham, and Junipal, partnered by John Allen, sealed a stable treble after just four races.

*****

Flash Flood is raced by Col McKenna, whose star mare Jameka carried the blue and lime silks to win a VRC Oaks, BMW and Caulfield Cup. Flash Flood looks a smart three-year-old in the making after making the jump from a Wangaratta maiden win to a city success.

Eustace said winkers helped Flash Flood but the son of Night Of Thunder would continue to improve with experience. “He’s still learning his craft,” Eustace said. “We really liked him the first day.

*****

The daughter of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente scored narrowly, but Shandy was impressive after sitting wide before putting her rivals away in the Pet Foods Services Handicap (1600m). “She is really just coming of age,” co-trainer Simon Zahra said. “We did nominate her for the Caulfield Cup cheekily, but she has got a nice win in her somewhere over the (spring) carnival.” Shandy has now won three on the bounce since returning from a spell and she is winning like a good horse.

*****

Favourite backers were on good terms with themselves until the home turn of the Lockdown Legends Handicap (2040m). Heavily-backed Dabiyr had enjoyed the perfect run to the 400m but laid out under jockey Michael Rodd rounding the home turn, costing him his chance of victory. Dabiyr got balanced late but was unable to prevent Creedence getting the money for apprentice Michael Poy and Ballarat trainer Matt Cumani.

Cumani said the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes in a fortnight could be a good target for Creedence. The Naturalism Stakes offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption but Creedence was not nominated for the October 17 race.

*****

Jockey Jason Benbow had his first win for 15 months when he rode Mr Roger to win at Kilmore on Saturday. Benbow sustained shocking leg injuries in a fall at Sale in May 2019. Benbow had an easy time of it aboard Richard Laming-trained Mr Roger, who scored a three-length win.

EXCUSES, EXCUSES

Bons Away – bled

Best ever – lame hind leg

STEWARDS

Jamie Kah – Eight meetings careless riding

Mark Zahra – 10 meetings careless riding

Richard Laming – $2000 COVID breach

Peter Moody – $500 COVID breach

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’m a bit emotional after that. She’s a horse to fall in love with. She has heaps of ability but I just admire how tough she is and how hard she tries. She delivers ten-fold,” Will Clarken, trainer of McEwen Stakes winner Bella Vella.

TWEET OF THE DAY

“Shocking news. Rick was a great man, a wonderful horseman, and so kind. He has been taken from us too soon. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and partner Rachel, and may he rest in peace.” – Gai Waterhouse on the death of NSW trainer Rick Worthington.

TAB BETTING REVIEW

THE VALLEY

RACE ONE

Punters were on the money in the opener at Moonee Valley with How Womantic delivering a hammer blow to TAB. Leading throughout over the 1200 metres, Lachie Neindorf had to get everything out of the $2.60 favourite to survive a last dive by Parmie ($15-$13). The daughter of The Wow Signal was heavily tried throughout the week after opening $3.60 on Wednesday. She was four times as popular as second pick in the market Cordilla ($4.60-$3.80-$4.40) and held nearly 70 per cent of the total investment.

BETS: How Womantic $5,000 @ $2.80, $1,300 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,510 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $25,440 @ $2.60, $5,000 @ $2.60, $2,500 @ $2.60, Cordilla $3,500 @ $4.40

RACE TWO

One of the best tried runners all day at The Valley was Shandy. The Matt Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained runner opened $5 on Wednesday and TAB punters were quick to jump on board the mare. Today, that support was sustained which saw the five-year-old firm from $3.70 into a dominant $2.80 favourite. Going around with nearly two-and-a-half times the support of the next best supported which was Sovereign Award ($5-$6), Jamie Kah got everything out of Shandy which won despite sitting three-wide the trip. It was the second consecutive race that punters were well on top and delivered TAB a losing result.

BETS: Shandy $4,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $2.80, $2,500 @ $2.80, $1,600 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES

RACE THREE

A move at odds for Flash Flood paid dividends in the Drummond Golf Handicap (1500 metres). The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained galloper was backed from a morning quote of $19 to start a $9 chance – good for equal third in betting. Flinders River ($7) went around with the most money while Best Ever ($11) and Surooj ($10) were tried late at odds while Milton Park ($18-$9) halved its quote on the day too.

RACE FOUR

One of the ‘good things’ of the day did the right thing by his backers in the Powerflo Solutions Handicap (1600 metres). Junipal was crunched from $2.30-$2.15 on the day and bottomed out at even money at one point. Astute TAB customers secured as much as $3 on Wednesday. Sitting behind the leader Alsvin ($9), John Allen eased out three-wide at the top of the straight and the Maher & Eustace son of Reset did the rest. He held over half the market and was extremely popular through multis.

BETS: Junipal $2,000 @ $2.25, $1,500 @ $2.25, $4,000 @ $2.15, $1,400 @ $2.15, $5,000 @ $2.10, $1,600 @ $2.10, $1,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES, $6,000 @ $2, $3,000 @ $2

BETS: Shot Of Irish $2,400 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.70, $1,500 @ $3.50

RACE FIVE

The big push for Age Of Chivalry back fired in the Strathmore Community Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200 metres). Backed since the market opened on Wednesday, TAB customers jumped all over Age of Chivalry to see it firm from $4.80 on Wednesday into $3.20 at the jump. Planted three-wide the trip, Age of Chivalry couldn’t withstand the finishing burst of the easing favourite Showmanship ($1.85-$2.25). Despite being a drifter, Showmanship held the most money in the race. Between it and Age of Chivalry, they commanded a whopping 75 per cent of the market.

BETS: Showmanship $3,500 @ $2.25, $2,000 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,592 @ $2.25, $1,500 @ $2.25, $1,000 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES, Age Of Chivalry $2,500 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $10,000 @ $3.10, $1,000 @ $3.10

RACE SIX

Strong money all day suggested Bella Vella would be hard to toss in the Mittys McEwen Stakes (1000 metres). Going $5-$4.20 on the day, Bella Vella arrived in time to nail roughie Ashlor ($31) right on the post. The winner was the most popular runner in terms of money held. Brooklyn Hustle ($3.80) was the second most popular and carried a number of large bets while Hanseatic, the $2.90 favourite on Wednesday, got out to $4 before a late rally saw it start $3.70 favourite after it lost top spot in betting briefly to Brooklyn Hustle.

BETS: Bella Vella $1,150 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $4.20, Brooklyn Hustle $2,500 x $6,000 e/w @ $3.90/$1.60, $3,000 @ $3.90, $1,000 @ $3.90, $1,500 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, Hanseatic $3,865 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES

RACE SEVEN

The money for Night Raid was spot on in the Inglis Ready2race Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200 metres). TAB went up $6 on Wednesday for the Mick price & Michael Kent Jnr runner and that was snapped up early. Today, $4.20 was on offer in the morning but consistent backing saw it bottom out at $3.50 which is what it jumped at. Agreeable ($4-$5-$4.60) lost favouritism to the winner and was second most popular while Dirty Thoughts ($7-$5.50) and Aidensfield ($4.40-$6) was primarily a drifter ever since markets opened.

BETS: Night Raid $6,000 @ $3.80, $1,500 @ $3.80, $8,500 @ $3.70, $5,000 @ $3.70, Aidensfield $4,500 @ $5.50, Aryaaf $1,500 @ $21

RACE EIGHT

Grand campaigner Humidor’s victory wasn’t totally unexpected in the Feehan Stakes (1600 metres). The Chris Waller runner was $23-$26 at one point in the afternoon, however, some specking closer to jump time saw the price get down to $18. With Damian Lane hunting the rails for a run, the eight-year-old found a split early in the straight and sprinted sharply to score. Surprise Baby ($3-$3.60-$3.40) was ready to deliver a big blow to TAB and land some huge bets, however, couldn’t hold off the finish of Humidor while Harbour Views ($4-$4.80) was close up in third. Surprise Baby accounted for 43 per cent of the total investment.

BETS: Humidor $500 @ $26, $500 @ $21, $790 @ $18, $500 @ $18 TWICE, $500 e/w @ $18/$3.90 TWICE, Streets Of Avalon $3,556 @ $6.50, Coming Around $3,000 @ $10, $1,000 @ $10, Surprise Baby $2,500 @ $3.60, $2,000 @ $3.60, $3,000 @ $3.50, $3,500 @ $3.50, $2,000 @ $3.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $3.40, Sircconi $1,500 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40, $1,000 @ $4.40, Harbour Views $3,000 @ $4.60, $2,500 @ $4.60, $1,500 @ $4.60

RACE NINE

Creedence upset the strong push for Dabiyr in the final event on the program from Moonee Valley. Most TAB customers were in the corner of Dabiyr ($2.60) which was nearly four times as popular as anything else in the race. Creedence hovered around the $4 mark for most of the day before starting $4.20. It held more money than anything else outside of Dabiyr. Of the rest, Naivasha ($9.50) and Skelm ($8.50) had plenty of admirers too at the each way odds.

BETS: Creedence $2,000 @ $4.20, $1,500 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $4.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, Dabiyr $1,667 @ $2.80, $10,000 @ $2.50, $5,000 @ $2.50, $3,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES, Naivasha $8,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $9.50/$2.60



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black father and son speak out after being arrested by Finnish authorities for not having a validated train ticket


A BLACK FATHER AND SON WHO CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN MANHANDLED by Finnish transport authorities and police officers for not having a valid train ticket have spoken of their ordeal to the Helsinki Times, describing the incident as “traumatizing” and “dehumanizing”. 

The incident took place on the train from Helsinki to Kirkkonummi on Sunday, 2 August. The Father, David Gill, who is originally from New York and has lived in Finland for 7 years, was travelling with his son Max following a basketball tournament in Tampere.

In David’s recounting of the event, they had entered the train and had not realized that their ticket was invalid until being confronted by onboard ticket staff, who instantly treated the pair with aggression and suspicion. David had misplaced his own ticket, while his son’s ticket was found to have not been validated on the train’s validation machine.

“As [Max] was moving towards a seat, the ticket guy comes up and asks about our tickets”, recalled David.

“One of the ticket agents grabbed Max by his backpack. I asked him to take his hand off my son and then calmly tried to remove his hand from my son’s backpack. He then hit me in the stomach with his forearm.”

“While this was happening his two colleagues surround us. We felt very threatened. They asked for our ID then gave me a fine for not having a valid ticket”.

After this, the ticket inspectors escorted the duo off the train and informed them that they had called the police and that they would have to wait for the police to arrive. David said that he had also called the police for assaulting him and his son.

David, who works as a screenwriter, describes the behavior of the police as equally violent and aggressive. Upon arrival, the police quickly manhandled the father and his 15-year-old son.

“I said ‘why are you doing this? We are complying’. They took our belongings from us, including my medication, and threw it on the floor. They handcuffed me and my son and led Max into a second vehicle”.

In video footage of the incident, which was recorded by several bystanders and can be seen here, police can be seen stripping David of his belongings and shoving him into a nearby van. Bystanders can also be heard shouting “shame on you!” to the police and “he’s just a minor”, referring to Max.

Following their arrest, David and Max were taken to Espoo Central Police Station. David says he was forcefully escorted into a drunk tank and was denied access to his medication, which he requires for a variety of pre-existing conditions, including blood pressure issues. While David was held overnight, his son was released at around 9pm that evening, being discharged from the station without his phone or any means of contacting a relative or determining where he actually was.

Describing his time in the police station, David says that he was denied food and legal representation and was never informed that he was under arrest.

“I spent the whole night begging for my medication. They threw me in there like I was in Russia or something. They didn’t tell me I was being arrested. They didn’t charge me with anything. I didn’t find out anything until a detective arrived the next morning”.

David was released without charge later the following morning. He says that rough treatment at the hands of Finnish police has worsened a pre-existing injury on his hand and has required him to arrange surgery. Max, meanwhile, says describes suffering ligature marks on his wrists for days following the incident.

15-year-old Max describes the incident as the “scariest thing that has ever happened to me” and emphasized his shock at the way he was treated, despite attempting to cooperate peacefully with authorities throughout the ordeal.

“This has completely changed my perception of living in Finland. Of course, I have experienced smaller racist incidents almost every day, but this is something else”, said Max.

Reflecting on the incident, David says he would like to see better training of HSL staff with regards to diversity and stated that he would like to see the police officers involved in the incident “disciplined” for their behaviour. He has also filed a formal complaint against HSL.

“This is discrimination, pure and simple. We were abused and my son has to live with this for the rest of his life”.

“Racism is systemic and ingrained in Finnish society. Guys like me and Max will always be treated with hostility”.

The Helsinki Times reached out to the Western Uusimaa Police Department for comment. In response, detective inspector Katja Rekola said that;

“The crime type, in this case, is a resistance to a person maintaining public order. After the investigation is finished, the case will proceed to the prosecutor in consideration of charges. Police don’t have anything else to comment at this point of the process”

HSL did not respond to requests for comment in time for the publication of this piece.

This is not the first time this year that HSL and Finnish authorities have faced accusations of racism. In July, footage emerged of HSL staff assaulting and violently arresting a black youth at Helsinki’s Central Railway Station for not having a metro ticket. His white counterpart, who also did not have a ticket, was spoken to calmly by HSL staff before being allowed to leave the area on his own.

 

 

Adam Oliver Smith – HT

 

 



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Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst blasts Biden-Harris ticket during GOP convention for being ‘hostile to farmers’


Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday blasted the Biden-Harris ticket during the third night of the Republican National Convention, slamming the 2020 Democratic nominees for being “hostile to farmers.”

“I can’t recall an administration more hostile to farmers than the Obama-Biden administration,” Ernst said. “Unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket.”

REPUBLICANS OFFICIALLY RE-NOMINATE TRUMP AT GOP CONVENTION

Ernst, R-Iowa, claimed that should Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., are elected, they would “essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars.”

She added that a Biden-Harris administration was one that was for “liberal coastal elites and radical environmentalists,” and she praised President Trump, and said farmers “have an ally in the White House.”

Ernst, in her short speech Wednesday night, touched on Biden’s support of the Green New Deal, a sweeping proposal introduced in Congress last year that aims to transform the country’s economy to combat climate change while enacting a host of new welfare programs.

BIDEN UNVEILS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN USING GREEN NEW DEAL AS FRAMEWORK

Biden, last year, unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat climate change, which used the Green New Deal as a framework.

The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice’ is $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years. Biden’s campaign said last year this would be supplemented by leveraging more than $5 trillion in additional private sector and state and local government investments. Biden’s plan is considerably less expensive than the Green New Deal itself, for which cost estimates range as high as $93 trillion.



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Mum baffled after being slapped with ‘harshest parking ticket ever’ at beauty spot


A family visiting a tourism beauty spot were baffled to find themselves with a parking ticket- for the tiniest of mistakes.

They were shocked to find a parking ticket slapped on their car minutes after leaving it in a Devon car park because one of the wheels was barely inches over a white line.

Rebecca Edge, a teaching assistant from Teignmouth, was out with her three-year-old twins Teddy and Peggy in Cockington, South Devon, when she got hit by the fine.

She claims she managed to squeeze her vehicle into a tightly packed car park just off Cockington Lane near the Rose Cottage Tea Room.

Upon her return, she found a ticket had been written just minutes after she left the car – initially to her complete bemusement.

“At first I couldn’t work why we had the ticket,” she told Devon Live. “It was only after taking photos we realised what it was for.

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The mum couldn’t believe she was ticketed for such a minor infraction

“It’s ridiculous. It is a very tight car park anyway with lots of other cars and when you have kids in big child seats, it’s not easy getting them in and out in a cramped space.

“We saw other larger cars getting ticketed as well so it wasn’t just us.

“If one of our wheels was entirely over the line then I could understand it, but this was just a couple of inches. It is really, really petty.

“It was written for us minutes after we parked, so I can’t help but think they were watching us at the time.”

Rebecca says she has already contested the ticket.

She also said it was a shame as she had planned to go for lunch with her children at the nearby pub.

Rebecca was on a day out with family

However, the parking ticket forced her to rethink her plans.

“We were going to do our bit and support the local economy by eating in the pub afterwards, but we didn’t after getting a £50 parking ticket,” she said.

“That means the local economy has missed out on that little bit of extra support.

“I have appealed it and I might even take it to court if they reject it as I feel very strongly about it.”

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Rail commuters face 1.6% rise on ticket prices – Channel 4 News


Rail commuters in England and Wales could face a rise of 1.6% in the cost of their tickets from January.

It follows the release of the latest retail prices index figure – used to cap price increases on most commuter routes.

Passenger groups and opposition parties have called for a fare freeze.

But with many of us having swapped the daily commute for home working during the pandemic, the government’s already had to pour billions into keeping the system afloat.

Will the passengers stay away? And can the network survive if they do?



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