Halilhodzic appointed as Morocco’s new head coach

first_imgFormer Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic have taken over as the new boss of Morocco.The Bosnian, who left French side FC Nantes earlier this month, has been given a three-year contract.Morocco’s Football Federation said his targets included taking Morocco to the World Cup in 2022 and the semi-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.He replaces Herve Renard, who left after three years, having taken the team to Russia 2018.The Frenchman has now taken charge of Saudi Arabia’s national team.Morocco had a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations in 2019, going out in the last-16, but their global ranking under Renard improved from 81 to 41.Halilhodzic has a huge international experience.“It’s the fourth time that I will try to take a team to a World Cup,” the coach said at the news conference announcing his arrival.He led Algeria to the last 16 of the competition in Brazil in 2014, where they lost only on penalties to the eventual champions Germany in the last 16.Ivory Coast, for 2010, and Japan, for 2018, both qualified for the global showpiece under his charge – but he lost the jobs before the finals took place.Halilhodzic also has previous experience of working on Morocco, having taken Raja Casablanca to the African Champions League crown in 1997. Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more

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19th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe 19th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza was Saturday at Tinity Episcopal Church. This annual affair is a fundraiser to give out scholarships for anyone pursing higher education. There is no age or grade level requirement to qualify. Chocoholics had the opportunity to eat chocolate cake, brownies, double-chocolate chips cookies and many other desserts at this cocoa buffet.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious HOME Act helps lower cost of Habitat homesNext Alpena’s polish communities ‘pig out’ days before Lentlast_img

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Live Roller Derby in Trail on Saturday!

first_img“I feel like we are no longer the underdog and now are a team to be afraid of,” she admits.The energy will be high in the arena, between the hard hits, beer garden and oh so cute animals. The SPCA is hosting a half-time show that could result in the adoption of a few animals. But the oohs and ahhs will likely amplify when the animals exit the track to make room for the second bout of the night.The Killjoys are refocusing their game for a new competitor after WKRD’s Valley Brutality folded due to a low roster. The Spokannibals are traveling from Spokane to battle it out with old friends, some of which they played when they went head to head with the league travel team, the Kootenay Kannibelles.“We are very excited to be playing them – they rank very close in stats to us so it should be a very evenly matched game,” said Nelson’s Danielle McGrath (McWrath). “We’re keeping a tight team dynamic and really working on keeping our walls strong.”Don’t miss this event! Doors open at 4 p.m., with the first game at 5 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Want more? Follow the derby girls to RTRG’s clubhouse, the Arlington Bar and Grill, post double header for a pint and an autograph.Tickets are $10 in advance at the Arlington Bar and Grill and Maglio Building Centre in Trail, The Flying Steamshovel in Rossland or online at brownpapertickets.comThe remaining tickets will be for sale at the door for $15 a pop.For more info, visit www.kootenayrollerderby.com or check out the league’s Facebook page. West Kootenay Roller Derby (WKRD) rolls into the Trail Arena this Saturday for a couple of match ups that will make your head spin.The action starts at 5 p.m. when the home team, the Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG), take on Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers. The Dams are coming in hot after defeating their competition last season. But the Nelson Killjoys reminded them last month that it’s anyone’s game when they outplayed Castlegar in the first double-header of Season 6.“It’s a new purple team this year,” says Dams’ skater and founding team member Kristina Kruchkowski (aka Kitty Karnage). “We still have lots of familiar faces on the bench but have gained some new sisters this season, both of the fresh variety and from the (dissolved) Valley Brutality.”RTRG is shaping up to be a real contender with the return of a couple all-star players and some new talent. The Red Army is looking to entertain its hometown crowd, according to skater Ashley McKenzie (ASH), and that may come at a price for the Dams.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 17, 2015

first_imgWilliam Spawr1031130%$68,250 AMERICAN PHAROAH GOES FOR TRIPLE CROWN JUNE 6            Bob Baffert has been down this road before. Doug O’Neill, too. Each trainer has been within arm’s length of the Triple Crown, Baffert three times, O’Neill once, each remembering the Belmont Stakes as a race that will live in infamy.After winning the first two jewels, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the Belmont remained ever elusive, Baffert missing with Silver Charm in 1997; Real Quiet in 1998; and War Emblem in 2002. O’Neill never got a chance to run I’ll Have Another in the Belmont in 2012.I’ll Have Another captured the first two legs but suffered an 11th-hour injury and was scratched from the mile and a half Belmont, which will be run this year on June 6.Baffert has perhaps his best chance ever this time, if streaking Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah can do what no Thoroughbred has done since 1978, when Affirmed became the 11th and to date last Triple Crown winner.Naysayers were few and far between following Pharoah’s front-running, seven-length romp in Saturday’s Preakness, leaving seven rivals in his wake over a sloppy Pimlico track.Before the Derby, which Pharoah won by a hard-earned length, O’Neill said the striking colt looked like he had “Triple Crown written all over him,” but later had second thoughts.            “After the Derby, I thought, ‘No,’” O’Neill said at Santa Anita, where his horses were among the 251 who recorded workouts Sunday morning. “It just looked like he was all out to get it done, but watching him yesterday, man, he had a pretty easy run.”American Pharoah’s rider, Victor Espinoza, the first jockey to go for the Triple Crown with three different horses–War Emblem (2002), California Chrome (last year) and American Pharoah–rode the perfect race, usually easy to do when you’re on the best horse.The affable native of Mexico was on offense from the get-go in the Preakness. Nothing cute, no over-thinking on strategy, no melding of mathematical equations, numbers or figures authored by equine gurus.Espinoza sent Pharoah to the lead from the No. One post position after the son of Pioneerof the Nile gathered himself quickly to open a lead that would only increase throughout the mile and three-sixteenths race. Pharoah became only the third horse in the last 50 years to win the Preakness from the No. One post position.“Victor had to ask him leaving there,” O’Neill said, “but the rest of the race he was on his own.” Can he become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown?“He’s back to where he’s going to be tough, but this year, more than others, there are four or five good horses waiting to run in the Belmont,” O’Neill said. “We’ll have to see who shows up there, but I’m sure Bob’s feeling pretty good right now.“Bob knows what to expect. He’s ready. It would be great for the game.”True enough. The world holds its breath until June 6, knowing full well there are no sure things in racing.But one thing is certain: you’ll never see American Pharoah in blinkers again. Rafael Bejarano5211101221%$497,512 SANTA ANITA SHIFTS TO 4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS MAY 22            Santa Anita will offer a series of six twilight racing cards dubbed “4 O’clock Fridays,” featuring a 4 p.m. first post time beginning this Friday, May 22, through the month of June.All Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members will receive free General Admission and the track will also present a “Totally 80s” concert series, hosted by K-EARTH 101 Radio after the races, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sirona’s Sports Bar.In addition to live music (provided May 22 by “The Young Guns Band”), fans 21 and older will be treated to the following discount drink specials in Sirona’s and in the track’s newest sports bar, The Gallop Out, on the Club House turn:–$3 Bud and Bud Light (16 oz. draft)–$5 Well Cocktails–$10 Domestic Draft PitchersSanta Anita will also open at 11 a.m. each Friday beginning May 22 for simulcast racing from across North America. For more information regarding “4 O’clock Fridays,” including a complete schedule of “Totally 80s” live bands, please visit santaanita.com/events.FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, were still in Baltimore Sunday morning after the jockey and trainer Bob Baffert did a live interview on NBC-TV. Espinoza was scheduled to leave this afternoon for New York, where he will be on the Today Show with Matt Lauer on NBC Monday morning, then fly back to Los Angles Monday night . . . David Flores was genuinely happy to be back in action at Santa Anita Saturday, riding for the first time since having a year-long suspension meted out in Singapore overturned by the California Horse Racing Board. The 47-year-old jockey, who had been riding in Singapore for two years, finished fourth aboard Lady Now for trainer Bobby Joe Grayson in the 11th race, beaten four lengths at 6-1. “It’s so good to be home,” Flores said. “I appreciate home. I’ve been gone for a while, and everybody who does that, like (Kent) Desormeaux and (Alex) Solis, appreciates it when they return. There’s something about Santa Anita. It’s home.” . . . Trainer Barry Abrams said fellow trainer Henry Moreno “might be coming home today” from Huntington Memorial Hospital where the 85-year-old was taken for precautionary measures after tripping and falling last Tuesday, injuring his face . . . Congrats to Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on tabbing four winners on top Saturday capped by $57.20 stunner City State in the 10th race that cemented a Pick 6 carryover into Sunday of $80,136.79 . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. Joseph Talamo541021019%$338,018 (Current Through Saturday, May 16) Eddie Truman931133%$89,350 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jack Carava920122%$42,260 Michael Machowsky1323115%$82,120 Gonzalo Nicolas4855810%$166,058 Jerry Hollendorfer282847%$239,884 Tiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 Felipe Valdez5278413%$262,870 BAFFERT HOPES FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARMBIG MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY STAKES WEEKEND ESPINOZA ON NBC’S ‘TODAY SHOW’ MONDAYDÉJÀ VU: ‘USSERY’S ALLEY’ COMES TO SANTA ANITA4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS START AT SANTA ANITA Martin Pedroza412665%$166,268 Richard Mandella1755129%$385,840 Ricky Agarie721229%$77,180 Doug O’Neill42911521%$390,860 Edwin Maldonado43511812%$226,120 Fernando Perez5499817%$378,630 Tyler Baze8115111719%$634,050 Peter Miller34810124%$301,510 John Sadler3356515%$203,258 Santiago Gonzalez3747311%$170,978 Alex Solis1223217%$117,360 Martin Garcia1020120%$56,990 Bob Baffert1031130%$142,140 Peter Eurton1621513%$69,196 Richard Baltas2463225%$317,400 Martin Jones720029%$200,760 Mike Smith1735118%$361,130 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brayan Pena352126%$60,080 Vladimir Cerin720229%$74,180 Mark Glatt2123410%$98,964 Mike Puype242358%$138,520 Elvis Trujillo4654711%$259,670 Alonso Quinonez262258%$84,078 Victor Espinoza821025%$98,270 Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 Steve Knapp2020110%$70,630 Jorge Periban1022220%$55,240 HARLINGTON’S ROSE PREPS FOR SPRING FEVER            Harlington’s Rose, winner of the Grade III Las Flores Stakes March 8, worked three furlongs Sunday in 34.80 for next Saturday’s $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes, one of eight major stakes races scheduled starting Saturday and running through Monday, Memorial Day.“She’s doing really well,” said trainer Steve Knapp, who saddled the longest shot in the field, Big Break, to a $33 upset win by 1 ¼ lengths in Saturday’s ninth race. “She’s trained great and this is the plan we’ve had all along, so this is where we’re running.”Saturday features five stakes in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses. In addition to the Spring Fever, they are the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes; the $200,000 Melair Stakes; the $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes; and the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes.Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf marks the U.S. debut of Brazilian import Going Somewhere for Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale.A 6-year-old horse, Going Somewhere won the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini at San Ysidro in Argentina in 2012.Monday’s features are the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, and the Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.PEREIRA TAKES ‘USSERY’S ALLEY’ TO VICTORYShades of Bobby Ussery. When jockey Tiago Pereira took Stepsun to the outside fence after breaking from the 11 post position in Saturday’s fifth race, a seven furlong test for $20,000 maidens, veteran race-trackers were instantly reminded of Bobby Ussery’s tactics, when the Hall of Fame rider would traverse the far turn at Aqueduct, dubbed “Ussery’s Alley,” riding the outside fence, then veering in to do his thing through the homestretch.Stepsun, second choice at 5-2, got up by the bob of a nose to shade 29-1 outsider Crawford the Crook, ridden by Iggy Puglisi.“Those were not my instructions,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Stepsun for owner Wesley Melcher. “Pereira told me that part of the track was the place to be, but I didn’t think he meant the outside rail.”The Equibase chart reads: “STEPSUN broke out a bit, chased near the outer rail on the backstretch, angled in six wide into the turn, moved up outside, came five wide into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up late.”Added D’Amato: “He was about as far out as you could be but he cut that turn good. It was almost like a NASCAR race but he got it done. He was trying to follow the ambulance tracks.” Mario Gutierrez2032415%$152,900 Drayden Van Dyke3674219%$258,910 Flavien Prat531211223%$672,770 Robertino Diodoro1522213%$69,420 James Cassidy921022%$82,440 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 Philip D’Amato2483333%$309,170 -30-last_img read more

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