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first_imgBlatter still in chargeZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper” and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president’s legal team said yesterday.Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.Blatter is expected to hand over power in February when an emergency election is held, triggered by the president’s resignation statement four days after being re-elected for a fifth, four-year term in May.But the 79-year-old Blatter does not appear to be planning any sudden exit despite being the subject of a criminal investigation over his management of world soccer.”President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Blatter’s attorney, Richard Cullen, said in a statement.Everton rally to beat West Brom 3-2BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another against his former club as Everton rallied from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 yesterday in the Premier League.Lukaku slotted in the winner in the 84th minute with his second attempt after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu to complete the second-half comeback and lift Everton to fifth in the standings.Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put West Brom 2-0 up by the 54th minute, a lead that a Tony Pulis-managed team had never before allowed to turn into a loss in the Premier League. But Lukaku started the fightback almost immediately when he headed in another perfect cross from Deulofeu, who provided a constant threat down the right flank. Lukaku then turned provider with a perfectly weighted pass through the West Brom defence to set up Arouna Kone for the equaliser in the 75th.last_img read more

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Murray scores 22 as Nuggets beat Jazz

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, reaches up to block a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDENVER — Jamal Murray scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter and the Denver Nuggets overcame the ejection of Nikola Jokic to beat the Utah Jazz 107-83 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).Jokic had 13 points and seven rebounds before getting tossed in the fourth quarter. Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris scored 15 apiece to help Denver win its third in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Despite the rout, Jokic got tangled up with Jonas Jerebko early in the fourth and was called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.The Jazz cut it to 13 after Jokic left, but Murray converted a three-point play and Trey Lyles had a driving dunk to push the lead to 90-72 with 5:38 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDerrick Favors had 20 points, and Jerebko and Donovan Mitchell each scored 13 for the Jazz.The Nuggets showed no sign of complacency after big road wins at Portland and Golden State last weekend. They used a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to take a 13-point lead, and another big run at the end of the second to lead 50-34 at halftime.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Unlike the two meetings in Utah this season, Denver didn’t collapse in the second half. The Nuggets led by 21 less than four minutes into the third and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half to improve to 12-3 at home.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Sir Michael Stoute puts Frankie Dettori in the shade with Poet’s Word victory

first_imgRoyal Ascot Royal Ascot 2018: Poet’s Word beats Cracksman in Prince of Wales’s Stakes – as it happened Royal Ascot 2018 Reuse this content Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Horse racing news Poet’s Word, though, was clearly the best horse on the day, while Dettori did not look happy aboard Cracksman at any stage. The 2-5 favourite was the shortest market leader here since Black Caviar went off at 1-6 for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012, but Dettori was nudging at Cracksman soon after the start and though he got to the front at the top of the straight, James Doyle, on Poet’s Word, had him covered. He was soon in front and kept on well to beat Cracksman by two-and-a-quarter lengths.“Obviously, he is not the same horse that I was riding in the spring,” Dettori said. “He was very lethargic and never travelling at any stage. Usually when he turns for home, the turbo kicks in but today it was very one-paced. It wasn’t his run.”John Gosden, Cracksman’s trainer, suggested that the colt’s focus may be increasingly directed away from racing. “He was welcoming all the fillies that were walking back from the Duke Of Cambridge [Stakes] on the way back to the stables. I think we need to concentrate his mind as we know the ability is there.“I make no excuses whatsoever. The other horse had him covered from two out. To my mind, he is just playing around a little bit. To that extent, we will get him home and sharpen him up a little bit.” Michael Stoute Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Twitter While Gosden returned to Newmarket with a puzzle on his hands, Stoute was left to enjoy one of the more significant moments of his long career. As he has pointed out, his late friend and racing rival Sir Henry Cecil compiled his record of 75 Royal Ascot winners at a time when the meeting was staged over four days rather than five.Reaching 76 winners at the season’s most competitive meeting is still a great achievement, however, and Stoute went on to make it 77 when Expert Eye took the concluding Jersey Stakes.“Henry did most of his training when it was four days,” Stoute said, “so I’ve had more cracks at it than he did. Nobody respected him more than I did as a trainer.“Royal Ascot is very special for any trainer, and we’ve been very lucky in that we have brought a lot of nice horses here over the years. The first one, Etienne Gerard in the [1977] Jersey Stakes, was special, and I took particular satisfaction from Shareef Dancer, the first horse that Sheikh Maktoum-al-Maktoum sent to me. He had a blip on his first run of the season, then won the King Edward VII here [in 1983] and went on to win the Irish Derby.“Poet’s Word is a very sound, consistent horse and he’s just met some good ones in Group Ones before. We’ll stop and think now but it could be the Eclipse [over Wednesday’s 10-furlong trip] or it could be the King George [over 12]. I think he’s equally effective at 10 and 12 furlongs and there are not many that are at that level.” Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Stoute’s second success of the day with Expert Eye was also significant for his jockey James McDonald. He was a leading figure in the Australian weighing room and Godolphin’s retained jockey in the southern hemisphere when he was banned for 18 months in 2016 for asking a friend to place a $1,000 bet on his behalf on a horse making its racecourse debut.British fans may well remember McDonald making a name for himself during a busman’s holiday in the summer of 2016 that included a win in the Northumberland Plate Handicap and Group-race successes at both Newmarket’s July meeting and Glorious Goodwood.McDonald is now trying to rebuild his career and has two more significant rides at this week’s meeting: Equilateral, the favourite for the Group One Commonwealth Cup on Friday, and Stoute’s Elector, in the Queen’s colours, in the King Edward VII Stakes the same afternoon.“He felt like a rocket ship out there,” McDonald said. “Credit to the horse and credit to Sir Michael, he’s a true legend.” One Ascot legend handed the baton to another here on Wednesday, as Frankie Dettori’s golden run of form came to an abrupt halt and Sir Michael Stoute claimed outright possession of the all-time trainers’ record at the Royal meeting. Poet’s Word, a five-year-old who embodies Stoute’s patient approach, beat the Dettori-ridden favourite Cracksman with ease in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and his trainer now has his 76th Royal Ascot winner.For the second race running, Cracksman did not produce the form that carried him to a seven-length success in the Champion Stakes over the same mile and a quarter in October. Poet’s Word was the runner-up on that occasion and for all Stoute’s brilliance with maturing horses, it is hard to believe he has improved by 10 lengths since the autumn. Royal Ascot tips: Stradivarius can hit the winning notelast_img read more

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