Whitewater Ski Team prepares to host Nancy Greene Zone Finals

first_img Whitewater sent an incredible seven athletes to the games, all of whom posted impressive results against some of the best skiers in the province.Sophie Hickson(SL), Aliza Jones(GS), and Zarah Murray(SL) placed 18th, 20th, and 39th respectively, while Liam Lazier and Troy Bellman came in 23rd and 20th in GS.Assaulting the top fifteen were Henry Leishman, finishing 13th in Slalom, and Yael Ooshuizen capturing ninth in the same event. The course was in great condition, and the racers went home with ribbons, candy, and swag donated by generous local businesses and thrown into the madding crowd.Whitewater Ski Team invites the public to come to the hill to watch future skiing stars in action.Seven Whitewater skiers shine at BC Winter GamesThe 2016 BC Winter Games have come to a close, having brought 1700 athletes, 1800 volunteers, and a $1.8 million dollar economic boost to Penticton. Even more importantly, the Games — now in its 38thyear — renewed the spirit of competition and provincial pride in a region formerly referred to as “The Best Place On Earth.” Whitewater Ski Team is gearing up to host the Nancy Greene Festival for zone finals Sunday (March 13th) at Whitewater Ski Resort.There will be five different event stations including downhill, long jump, dual slalom, a speed trap, and a mogul competition.The event comes after Whitewater played host to its annual zone race held recently at the local resort.An amazing 186 skiers and their families descended upon the resort, carving ruts in Upper Concentrator and keeping the fleet of volunteers busy.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2016

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SADLER HAPPY WITH DRAW IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERTrainer John Sadler is looking forward to Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, in which he has entered Bench Warrant for the Doubledown Stables of Chicago’s Richard Templer.“The horse is kind of a specialist,” Sadler said. “He runs well down the hill every time. He was kind of unlucky in the Daytona last out on Dec. 26. When you look at the chart and where he came from and how far he got beat, it was a pretty good race.“We got a good draw, so we’re looking forward to it.”The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonazlez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1. Peter Miller4063215%28%$207,380 Tyler Baze80613118%38%$343,382 SANTA MONICA AN OPEN RACE SANS SUNDAY RULESESPINOZA PUTS KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT REPORTSSPECIALIST BENCH WARRANT IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERDORTMUND IN BULLET DRILL FOR RICH SAN ANTONIO Vladimir Cerin941244%78%$111,050 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 18) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke3955513%38%$304,214 Joseph Talamo6489613%36%$396,588 Gary Stevens2042020%30%$491,780 SANTA MONICA FIELD GROWS WITHOUT BIG FAVORITESaturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes drew nine entrants, thanks in no small part to the unexpected absence of Sunday Rules, who would have been the odds-on favorite in the seven furlong test for older fillies and mares.One horse entered that had been on the fence is Kyriaki, a 6-year-old Scat Daddy mare coming off a head victory in the mud at Delta Downs.“That’s why there’s such a big field,” said Peter Eurton, trainer of Kyriaki. “We fooled around with Kyriaki on the turf for 12 starts, but she’s been on dirt and won three and she’s gotten better with age.“I’m not 100 percent sure sprinting is her best gig. I think she wants a mile, but seven-eighths is not so bad.”Also set for the Santa Monica is Ben’s Duchess, fourth in the Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs on Dec. 26.“She had her prep Monday morning at 6:30 with Joe Talamo up,” trainer John Sadler said. “She went perfect. Hopefully, we’re going to rebound from her fourth-place finish in the La Brea. She missed getting a prep race for that race, but now she’s had a race and trained steadily with two good works going into the Santa Monica.”Ben’s Duchess worked five furlongs Monday in 1:00.20.Sunday Rules was not entered due to a skin infection in a hock, but it was minor and the front-running Tribal Rule mare will be pointed to the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs a week from tomorrow, on Jan. 30.“It was just a two-day deal,” said Phil D’Amato, atop the trainer standings through 16 days with eight victories. “She’s back training full force. It was just one of those things that happen, and now we’re looking to run in the Cal Cup.”The Santa Monica: Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Kiss At Midnight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Lost Bus, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 6-1; Room for Me, Martin Garcia, 3-1; Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; and Finest City, Corey Nakatani, 10-1. Mario Gutierrez67813612%40%$416,764 Mike Smith3642311%25%$416,200 David Lopez571141019%44%$332,028 Fernando Perez60741112%37%$296,716 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Flavien Prat58841214%41%$427,408 VICTOR ESPINOZA NOT READY TO RETIREReports of Victor Espinoza’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.In fact, the Triple Crown-winning jockey, just back from an awards ceremony in London, said at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning that contrary to a recent news report, he is not retiring, and a few hours later, his agent, Brian Beach, confirmed that.“There’s nothing to it,” Beach said. “People have to understand that after a grueling last six months and actually, the last two years, it takes a mental toll and it wears you down.“Victor is working a horse tomorrow morning at 6:30. He’s as hungry as ever. He’s not ready to retire.”Espinoza was in London where he participated in Longines World’s Best Racehorse ceremony at which American Pharoah was honored. “I got there Monday and left Wednesday,” said Espinoza, who is named to ride 6-1 chance Aguacate for Vladmir Cerin in today’s fifth race. “It was great. They gave me the best watch ever.“Longines designed it with the words ‘Triple Crown No. 5’ engraved on the back. That was American Pharoah’s saddle cloth number in the Belmont Stakes.”center_img FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, prepping for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 1:12 under regular rider Martin Garcia. Dortmund’s fractional times were 23.80, 35.60, 47.80 and 1:00.40, according to clocker Dane Nelson . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has unbeaten Eclipse champion Nyquist set to work Sunday towards his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 . . . San Pasqual Stakes runner-up Imperative, also ticketed for the San Antonio, went four furlongs with Mario Gutierrez up for Richard Baltas Thursday in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 43 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.90. “It was a great work,” said Baltas, who has a busy weekend, with two horses entered today, five on Saturday and one on Sunday . . . David Jacobson, who has two horses entered today in quest of his first win this meet, is happy to date with the transition from the East Coast to California. “Everything’s great,” said Jacobson, who has 6-1 morning line chance You Know I Know in the third and 7-2 Caldera in the eighth. Jacobson also has entered horses at Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. “Wherever I think I can win a race,” he said, “I’ll go there.” Jacobson started 646 horses last year, winning with 128, a respectable 20 percent average . . . Geoff Shackelford, horse player and writer for Golf World & Golf Digest, and track announcer Michael Wrona, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday respectively in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has Tiago Pereira booked to ride Power Foot for Neil Drysdale in the Grade III John B. Connolly Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles at Sam Houston Jan. 30 . . . Santa Anita, home to America’s biggest winter betting pools, is currently handling on average more than $920,000 in its weekend Late Pick Four pools and more than $570,000 in the weekday Late Pick Four. Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 Martin Pedroza3542111%20%$83,490 Edwin Maldonado57104718%37%$324,670 Abel Lezcano2231114%23%$122,120 Alex Solis830238%63%$174,384 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Martin Garcia3755714%46%$341,824 Richard Baltas3674319%39%$446,854 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Santiago Gonzalez901912921%44%$692,908 Doug O’Neill5949127%42%$276,832 Philip D’Amato4087920%60%$485,210 Alonso Quinonez3037110%37%$154,920 William Spawr1353038%62%$130,274 Kent Desormeaux323759%47%$302,970last_img read more

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and other top males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the highly anticipated showdown never materialized, as Beholder spiked a fever and was forced to the sidelines.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is an amazing 11 for 12 at Santa Anita and she has a long series of steady drills for her return to action on Sunday.“She’s had her serious works,” said Mandella following a three furlong blowout on Wednesday morning in 37.60. “We’re excited to have her back.”A winner of her last six starts, dating back to the 2014 Zenyatta, the Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Gary Stevens, who has won nine out of the 10 times he’s been aboard the legendary mare. With an overall mark of 20-15-3-0, Beholder has earnings of $4,436,600.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred Sheer Pleasure could be the second choice in the race as she comes off a solid half length win here versus state breds in the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 27. A three-time stakes winner, the 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly seeks her first graded win or placing in the Adoration.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure is 11-4-2-0 with earnings of $383,030. She’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia.Race 5 (of 9)                                    Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PDT THE GRADE III ADORATON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Moyo Honey–Drayden Van Dyke–120All Star Bub–Rafael Bejarano–120She’s Reddy–Santiago Gonzalez–120Backintheacademy–Brayan Pena–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–120Beholder–Gary Stevens–124Special first post time on Sunday, Mother’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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AUTUMN MISS QUOTES – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

first_img            CARLA GAINES, COVER SONG, WINNER: “I was watching the replay with Kent and let’s just say that I thought the Stewards made the right decision. She’s been training well but we did come close to scratching her and running her down the hill. I’m glad we decided to stay with our first choice of race. TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, COVER SONG, WINNER: “She broke like a Quarter Horse. I was fearful that I was going be 20 in front, but she made the lead and then checked herself and got into a nice rhythm. She carried me around the track very, very well and even had a horse stop right in her face and I thought, ‘no, no she doesn’t need this.’ I re-directed and turning for home I was trying to pick a spot. I thought I had a line chosen and the horse on the outside (Danilovna) started pushing on us so I thought, ‘Ok. If you’re going to initiate contact, I’m gonna hold my ground.’“I ‘m not even sure I left my line. I’ll have to watch the replay, but it became a horserace at that point. My filly ran her heart out. I could feel her turning it on. She would not lose.”center_img             NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes, who races as Spendthrift Farm, LLC resides in Lexington, Kylast_img read more

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Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Sweep McCarty Awards Again

first_imgThe UCA student-athletes’ recognition is the second time in as many years that the Bears have claimed both the women’s and men’s awards after tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor won in 2018.“Being awarded both McCarty Awards in consecutive years is quite a testament to the type of men and women our coaches bring on campus,” said UCA Athletics Director Dr. Brad Teague. “We are very proud of our students and this recognition for citizenship is one of the highest honors a student can receive.”The award recognizes both male and female student-athletes who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006. FRISCO, Texas –The 2019 Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners are University of Central Arkansas softball player Oakley Sisemore and football player Breylin Smith. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. The Conway native is the incoming president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coaches a seventh- and eighth-grade girls AAU basketball team. Sisemore, a fifth-year senior from Farmington, Ark., and Smith, a junior from Conway, Ark., will be honored Tuesday, May 21, at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Locally, she volunteers with Community Connections – a program for special needs children. She has joined with teammates to help raise funds for “Light the Night Walk,” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A health education major, Smith is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Read to Succeed, and UCA Student Mobilization. Along with his teammates, he volunteers his time by going to elementary schools and reading with children and is a frequent speaker at meetings for Conway High School’s Fields of Faith program. Sisemore holds a 3.93 grade point average and is expected to graduate summa cum laude in May with a degree in health sciences. Sisemore, a member of the UCA Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental science next fall, and then attend medical school in the fall of 2020. Smith is a champion roper and is involved with the Arkansas Rodeo Association. Oakley Sisemore, Softball, Central ArkansasThe outfielder’s leadership extends far beyond the softball field and across the world. Sisemore has spent three of the past four summers in Uganda serving the impoverished nation as a community volunteer. This past summer, she convinced teammates Cheyenne Kuhn and Rachel Haberman to join her working at an orphanage and assisting with other community endeavors. Sisemore’s efforts include giving her time at clinics and hospitals in the northern part of Uganda and teaching youth to read. Additionally, Sisemore speaks to Special Olympics athletes about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is one of just five UCA students participating medical internship rotation – a role normally reserved for third-year medical students.Breylin Smith, Football, Central ArkansasSmith, the starting quarterback last fall before suffering a broken ankle in the fourth game of the season, is involved in a myriad of activities beyond the classroom and football field. His mother Dandra Thomas was all-conference in both volleyball and basketball at UCA. She passed away when Smith was a child and he was raised by his grandparents.last_img read more

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Force shatter Reds’ hopes with Super win

first_imgThe Reds needed a win to stay alive in the race for the Australian conference, but the Force overran them with 17 unanswered points in the second half.A late yellow card to winger Eto Nabuli – who made needless high contact with Force five-eighth Peter Grant, as he collected a high ball with less than 15 minutes to go – cruelled any chance of a Queensland comeback.Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau came off the bench to seal it for the Force with his 70th-minute try, while Grant’s fourth penalty of the night was the final nail in the coffin.Grant didn’t miss a kick all night and contributed 18 points off his own boot, with the Force leapfrogging the Reds in the Australian conference.Nabuli’s sin-binning came shortly after Marcel Brache scored to put the Force back in front 30-26.It was the second yellow card of the night for the Reds, taking their season tally to 12 – more than any other team in Super Rugby.Halfback Nick Frisby was shown the first yellow in the 44th minute and conceded a penalty try for kicking the ball out of Michael Ruru’s hands as he leapt over a ruck to plant down.It will be a sore point for Reds coach Nick Stiles, who had brought in referees to training during the week in an attempt to stamp out the root causes of their costly ill-discipline.Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore tried to drag the Reds back into it with a second-half double but he could not inspire his teammates in front of just 12,040 fans.Frisby endured a torrid night, but was briefly a hero for the Reds as he helped set up Lukhan Tui for a try just two minutes after halftime with a surging counter-attacking run.The Reds started brightly enough and led 5-0 when Duncan Paia’aua was set up by a Quade Cooper dummy and crossed for the opening try just five minutes in.But continued turnovers and poor field kicking allowed the Force to turn the rest of the first half into a grind, with two penalties and Ross Haylett-Petty’s debut try giving them an 11-5 lead at the break.Force coach Dave Wessels was delighted with the turnaround from his side after they were demolished last week at home by the Highlanders.”There was no doubt our intensity won us that game,” he said.”I’ve had a lot of special wins with the Force but that ranks right up there because of the context of where we’ve come from.”Stiles accused the Reds of taking “soft options” and said their yellow cards were unacceptable.”I’m filthy,” Stiles said.”We can’t sustain 80 minutes of football.”We’re happy to do things in spurts and patches but that doesn’t win you football games.”last_img read more

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Added security for NRL match

first_imgTop-flight sport returns to the city on Saturday when Manly stage a “home” match at Christchurch Stadium a fortnight after the mass shootings at two mosques which claimed 50 lives.New Zealand has been placed on a high threat alert since and police have reminded event organisers nationwide to be aware that a proliferation of memorial events has the potential to stretch law enforcement resources.However, a large police presence remains in Christchurch and will be out in force at Friday’s National Remembrance Service at Hagley Park.Match promoter Justin Wallace told journalists there would be increased police numbers at Saturday’s game and that both teams were also bringing their own bolstered security staff.It didn’t stop New Zealand Police issuing a note of caution through a media statement on Thursday.”The public is asked to continue their vigilance and report suspicious activity,” the statement read.”Police advise anyone attending events to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.”New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed the high-profile nature of an NRL match in a city still grieving.”Safety is of course our focus … but the ability to come together at times like this, to form a community, whether or not it’s around sport or anything else, I think is an important part of recovery,” she said on Thursday.Wallace revealed a group of Christchurch medical emergency staff and first responders to the attack would be honoured on the field before kickoff.Both teams will walk from the tunnel together and observe a minute’s silence.last_img read more

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Hekari and Dwellers lead NSL competition

first_imgHekari tops the southern conference and Dwellers are leading the northern conference after round seven on the weekend.Hekari is unbeaten on 21 points and FC Port Moresby moves up the ladder to level with PKA Rapatona FC on 10 points following its win on the weekend.Huawei PS United FC has gained three points after a win on Sunday to level with Erema Gulf FC on seven points while Gigira Laitepo FC is trailing on five points.In the northern conference, Dwellers lead the points ladder on 17 points followed by Madang FC on 12 and Welgris Morobe United FC on 11 points.After its win, Besta PNG United has moved up to equal with Admiralty FC on nine points.Struggling Goroka Gosiha FC is yet to put a mark on the score board after losing all its seven matches so far this season.The competition has three rounds to go before it enters the National League format.last_img read more

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Pele football memorabilia expected to fetch millions

first_imgThe huge collection amassed over more than 60 years will go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in London, and will be open to online bidders from around the world.At age 75, Pele says he is “happy for amassing such a great collection” but he is ready to share it with his fans.”Now we’re going to be partners, we’re going to be brothers, because I’ll always be present at your house,” he said.Although he has suffered a number of health issues in recent years, it is thought the decision to auction off the collection is largely philanthropic.”It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me,” he said.Items up for auction include his three World Cup medals — one from Brazil’s first ever victory in 1958 — as well as football boots, the game ball he scored his 1000th goal with, and expired passports.A copy of the Jules Rimet Trophy — the original World Cup — is predicted to draw the highest bids, with price estimates ranging between $560,000 and more than $800,000.Dan Nelles, a sports specialist at Julien’s Auctions, told the BBC Pele planned to donate a portion of the profits from the auction, expected to be in excess of $7 million, to the Pequeno Principe paediatric hospital in Brazil.”There are so many wildcards in the auction, the Jules Rimet trophy, his World Cup medals, soccer boots, which means that ideally we are looking at three times that conservative estimate, and maybe as much as 10 times,” Mr Nelles said.The collection also includes numerous used jerseys, a champions’ ring, trophies and medals, a Pele tribute knife, capes, an antique firearm, and an Indian royal jeweller crown.Whilst many big-ticket items are expected to fetch thousands, other more obscure items may sell for as little as $100.Pele is often regarded by fans and peers as the greatest footballer to have lived. He began his professional career in 1956, aged 15, when he was signed to Santos FC. He was included in the Brazilian national team at age 16.The auction runs from June 7 to June 9.last_img read more

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