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Marijuana banking just got more complicated

first_imgWell, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming…we blogged back in March, 2017 on what the change in administration might mean for marijuana banking, and the federal government announced a change in its policy towards marijuana enforcement late last week.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions changes DOJ’s position on marijuana.In a move long forecasted by many legal and policy observers, last Thursday the attorney general issued a memorandum to rescind Obama-era guidance on federal enforcement of marijuana. Released just days after California became the latest (and largest) state to begin sales of recreational marijuana, the memo directs “all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles,” in marijuana enforcement, thus eliminating the already-limited guidance that provided some measure of direction in navigating the conflict between federal illegality and state legality of marijuana. This policy shift will significantly heighten risks for credit unions serving state-authorized marijuana-related businesses or operating in states with legalized cannabis.Sessions’ memo rescinds a 2013 directive, written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, which instructed federal prosecutors to focus its marijuana enforcement efforts on eight priorities, including keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors and black market criminals and cartels.  It also rolls back a 2014 Cole memo that directed U.S. Attorneys to apply the same eight enforcement priorities in prosecuting financial crimes based on transactions involving marijuana proceeds.  The so-called Cole memo guidance had cleared up some of the uncertainty about how federal prosecutors would address the conflict of laws as states began allowing sales of marijuana for medical and recreational use. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Eversley agreed to take the job earlier in the week. He succeeds the fired Gar Forman and will work under new top executive Arturas Karnisovas. Eversley spent four years in Philadelphia’s front office — the past two as the 76ers’ senior vice president of player personnel.The Bulls were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 and on the way to their third straight losing record when the league stopped play.Eversley, a Canadian, becomes the Bulls’ first black general manager.He spent a decade at Nike, managing company-owned retail stores in Ontario before moving to their corporate office in Oregon and becoming the point person for their basketball player relationship division. He then worked in Toronto’s front office for seven years and Washington’s for three before joining the 76ers.NC STATE-HALL-NBA VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP sources: MLB, umpires reach pay dealUNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the agreement tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached a deal to cover a 2020 pay structure during the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement includes a 50% cut in May and nothing more this year if no games are played. Umps generally make between $150,000 and $450,000.Umpires have already been paid from January through April. If even one regular-season game is played this season, the umps are guaranteed about one-third of their salaries.As part of the deal, MLB has the right not to use instant replays of umpires’ decisions during the 2020 season. Most calls have been subject to video review since 2014, but MLB is considering playing regular-season games at spring training ballparks that are not wired for replay. — The Green Bay Packers have signed well-traveled defensive lineman Treyvon Hester. The 2017 seventh-round draft pick from Toledo has played for three NFL teams in as many seasons. He played 15 games for the Washington Redskins in 2019. He played 12 games and made one start for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. He spent his rookie year with the Oakland Raiders and played in 14 games with one start. Green Bay’s only draft addition on the defensive line last week was the seventh-round selection of Miami end Jonathan Garvin.— The Miami Dolphins have traded former first-round draft pick Charles Harris to the Atlanta Falcons after three unproductive seasons for a seventh-round choice in 2021. A defensive end from Missouri, Harris was the 22nd overall pick in 2017, but he totaled only 3 1/2 sacks with Miami. That included half a sack last year, even though he started a career-high five games for rookie coach Brian Flores. Harris has one year left on his rookie contract.NBA-BULLS-EVERSLEYMarc Eversley joins Bulls as GM from 76ers’ front officeCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls announced Marc Eversley as their new general manager on Friday. In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants baseball and football to get on the field, and he says big league opening day could take place around the start of July. The Kentucky Republican said during an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WLCL that he called the commissioner and said, “America needs baseball. It’s the sign of getting back to normal.” McConnell also said that he thinks there will be a college football season, even if there’s nobody in the stands or reduced attendance.— Major League Soccer is allowing players to return to outdoor team training fields for individual workouts starting next Wednesday. MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15. MLS says individual workouts must follow certain detailed health and safety protocols. The workouts are voluntary and must also follow local public health and government policies.— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he has tested negative for the coronavirus. Miller tweeted the news Thursday night, two weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Super Bowl 50 MVP, who has asthma, was under the care of Broncos team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks. Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16, saying he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.— Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque (zhorj luh-RAHK’) has tested positive for COVID-19. The 43-year-old made the announcement in a social media post showing him in a hospital gown. Laraque played 12 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting was scheduled for Marina del Rey, California, on May 19-20.The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting and likely will be conducted during the virtual meeting instead. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players.The NFL continues to plan for a preseason and regular season as scheduled.In other NFL news:— Backup quarterback Nick Mullens has signed his exclusive rights tender with San Francisco. He was tendered a one-year deal in March. Mullens showed promise in place of injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and is eligible to become a restricted free agent next offseason. The 49ers also have signed undrafted running back Salvon Ahmed to a three-year deal. Ahmed ran for 2,106 yards and 21 TDs on 353 carries in three years with the Washington Huskies. He also caught 50 passes for 331 yards. MONACO (AP) — American sprinter Deajah Stevens was provisionally suspended Friday for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year.The AIU said similar suspensions were imposed on American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas and Kenyan distance runner Alex Korio Oliotiptip. It didn’t specify when or where the violations occurred.Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition. A violation means an athlete either did not fill out forms telling authorities where they could be found, or that they weren’t where they said they would be when testers arrived.Stevens won the U.S. national title in the 200 meters in 2017 and was a finalist in the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland’s trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The hard-throwing right-hander was expected to have a major role at the back end of the Indians’ bullpen this season.Clase made his debut with the Rangers in August. He appeared in 21 games, going 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA. He struck out 21 in 23 1-3 innings. Clase is scheduled to make $564,800 this season.His suspension won’t begin until the start of the 2020 regular season, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the season doesn’t cover 80 games, MLB and the players’ association are still working out if any carry over will apply for 2021.NFL-NEWSNFL owners to meet via video conferences COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MAUI INVITATIONAL-2021 FIELDNotre Dame, Oregon top 2021 Maui Invitational fieldLAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Former tournament champion Notre Dame and Oregon headline the 2021 Maui Invitational field.The bracket, announced Friday, also includes Butler, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and host Chaminade.Notre Dame won the Maui title in its last appearance in 2017, beating Wichita State in the championship game.center_img Associated Press May 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-INDIANS-CLASE-DRUG SUSPENSIONIndians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violationCLEVELAND (AP) — Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The commissioner’s office said the 22-year-old tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid. Wisconsin is making its fourth Maui appearance and Oregon will play at the tiny Lahaina Civic Center for the third time. Saint Mary’s is headed to Maui for the first time and Texas A&M is returning for the first time since 1994.Kansas beat Dayton 90-84 in overtime to win the 2019 title.North Carolina, Indiana and Texas headline the 2020 Maui Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 23-25.DOPING-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Deajah Stevens suspended in doping case NC State recruit Josh Hall to stay in draft, skip collegeRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State signee Josh Hall is staying in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 forward announced his decision in a social-media post and said he is signing with an agent.Hall played at Moravian Prep in North Carolina for his senior season as well as an additional year of prep school. Prep players are eligible for the draft if they’re at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and at least one NBA season has passed since their graduating class from high school.Hall is a top-25 recruit for Rivals and a top-35 pick for 247sports.This marks the second straight year that a key recruit has chosen to bypass playing for the Wolfpack in favor of staying in the draft. Jalen Lecque was eligible for the draft last summer after reclassifying his graduation year. He went undrafted but signed with Phoenix, playing four games with the Suns and 33 games in the G-League. — Churchill Downs says its spring meet will open without spectators on May 16. The historic Kentucky track is expected to release a revised schedule of stakes races online this weekend. Last weekend’s scheduled opening was delayed because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the postponement of the Kentucky Derby from this weekend to Sept. 4-5. The track’s new opening will come five days after its stables and training center reopen in phases under strict guidelines. Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays with a Memorial Day card on May 25. The meet will be spectator-free until government officials approve their return.— The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970. The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.— The Pan-Mass Challenge is going virtual in the hopes that it can continue to raise money for cancer research. The race usually attracts thousands of cyclists who travel across Massachusetts in the nation’s largest single event athletic fundraiser. This year’s event was scheduled to include around 7,000 riders on 12 different routes covering from 25 to 192 miles. Instead, participants will be encouraged to ride however they can on their own. There will be a virtual starting line and reimagined opening ceremonies.— Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the league’s hopes of resuming games this month. Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive, and didn’t say whether they were players. The club said none of the three displayed symptoms and they will all now spend 14 days in isolation at home, the club said. Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various clubs ahead of a planned return to full team training, then to competition.— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30. Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions. — The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.— The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie. Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France. World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media. Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2016

first_imgPeter Miller70103714%29%$370,510 INSIDE IS THE SHORTEST WAY AROUND FOR NYQUISTNyquist makes his much-anticipated three-year-old debut Monday in the Grade II SanVicente Stakes at seven furlongs, the first step on what Team O’Neill hopes will lead to the Kentucky Derby on May 7.Winner of all five career starts, his last three Grade I stakes including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Oct. 31, Nyquist drew the rail against five rivals, not necessarily any trainer’s favorite post position sprinting, but Doug O’Neill is taking it in stride.“I think with a good horse, it’s part of it,” he said. “You take what they give you, andsometimes the rail’s not a bad thing. It’s the shortest way around. You just have to break good. We’re pretty confident in Nyquist. He’s a good gate horse so we should be in good shape.”O’Neill’s “junior varsity,” meanwhile, came through at Golden Gate yesterday when Frank Conversation won the El Camino Real Derby, his second straight win over the synthetic Tapeta surface, having captured the Golden Gate Derby in his previous start.“He’s a nice horse, very honest, and very exciting,” O’Neill said. “If he can parlay that (form) to dirt, it could be a lot of fun.”The San Vicente, race five of nine: Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 4-5; Electrifying, Tyler Baze, 20-1; El Charro, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Denman’s Call, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2; and Sheikh of Sheikhs, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1.In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita celebrates Presidents’ Day with another popular Dollar Day. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. THE RAIL IS NO DETERRENT FOR UNBEATEN NYQUISTCHAMPION SONGBIRD DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA OAKSBAFFERT MULLS HITHER OR YON FOR HOPPERTUNITYCALCULATOR VICTORIOUS IN COMEBACK FOR MILLER Mark Glatt5266212%27%$278,310 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Bonde2162329%52%$143,340 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze14815232210%41%$855,961 Richard Baltas62109616%40%$719,909 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 13) Gary Stevens4376516%42%$885,058 Flavien Prat12723151818%44%$1,494,848 Joseph Talamo12915171612%37%$801,144 William Spawr2465325%58%$161,492 Edwin Maldonado103209919%37%$716,330 Doug O’Neill9613151714%47%$688,927 Drayden Van Dyke83881210%34%$516,939 Mike Smith62761011%37%$914,045 FINISH LINES: Agent J.R. Pegram reports David C. Lopez still sore from a riding mishap in Friday’s eighth race and remains “day-to-day” as to when he will return to the saddle. Lopez took off his scheduled four mounts today . . . Tiz a Billy, prepping for next Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, worked four furlongs Sunday in a bullet 47.40 for trainer Brian Koriner. Tiz a Billy’s time was the fastest of 69 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 49.22 . . . Illuminant, ticketed for Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, worked four furlongs for trainer Mike McCarthy in 50.80. Flavien Prat, who won three races Saturday, rides both horses . . . Rafael Bejarano and Santiago Gonzalez remain tied for the riding lead with 29 wins each through 30 days, but Phil D’Amato, with two wins Saturday, has opened an 18-13 lead over runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert among trainers . . . Legendary Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden would have been 109 years old today. Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488 Rafael Bejarano14029291321%51%$1,421,670 Kent Desormeaux52713613%50%$662,290 Mario Gutierrez11412201611%42%$789,056center_img Kristin Mulhall2552220%36%$218,990 Martin Pedroza5464311%24%$162,590 George Papaprodromou2552520%48%$120,730 CALCULATOR’S WIN COULD ADD UP TO SAN CARLOSCalculator, a well-regarded son of In Summation, returned after an absence of more than year to win Saturday’s seventh race by a neck for Peter Miller, who trains the gray Florida-bred for owner Richard Pell.Calculator hadn’t raced since winning the Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita by 4 ¼ lengths on Jan. 23, 2015. Prior to that, he was second in two Grade I races behind eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, in the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner Stakes.“He had a non-displaced condylar fracture on his right front,” Miller said in explaining the long layoff. “We planned to run him in the Breeders’ Cup, but he had a sore foot, so we had to scratch him.“He’s had some issues but he’s a tremendous talent and it’s really gratifying to get him back and to have him perform like this. For him to break bad, be five wide, run into the (speed) bias and hang tough was real gratifying.“When that horse (Fusaichi Samurai) came back on (along the rail), I thought, ‘Uh oh,’ but he showed his heart. If he stays healthy, we could think about the San Carlos, going seven-eighths (a Grade II, $300,000 race on March 12).“I don’t know how far he really wants to go, but I think a mile, a mile and a sixteenth is within his wheelhouse.” Fernando Perez1051091710%34%$555,354 Bob Baffert601381022%52%$1,049,575 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer83961211%33%$752,071 Peter Eurton54814915%57%$605,668 Agapito Delgadillo4885617%40%$198,557 Vladimir Cerin2582332%52%$251,780 BAFFERT MULLS PLANS FOR STAKES STARSBob Baffert remained non-committal Sunday morning on the next race for San Antonio Stakes winner Hoppertunity.“It will either be the Big Cap ($1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12) or Dubai ($10 million World Cup on March 26),” Baffert said.There was little confirmation on the next races for Dortmund and Mor Spirit, as well.“Dortmund’s feet are good,” Baffert said of the Santa Anita Derby winner, who has not raced since winning the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar last Nov. 28. “He just hasn’t shown the energy in his works that he has in the past. That’s the issue.”On Triple Crown contender Mor Spirit, Baffert said, “I’m still waiting on him. I’d like to give him a couple weeks before making a decision. His next work will tell me more.” Carla Gaines3152216%29%$412,105 Steven Miyadi3677519%53%$226,159 ‘NICE AND EASY’ BREEZE FOR SONGBIRDUndefeated and untested Songbird worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picturesque Sunday in 48.40, breezing, under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez.The champion two-year-old female of 2015 is preparing for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on April 9.“Nice and easy,” is how trainer Jerry Hollendorfer described the move. “She’s coming along good.” John Sadler4576416%38%$350,715 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Martin Garcia70117816%37%$716,404 J. Keith Desormeaux2753619%52%$156,680 Philip D’Amato7318121225%58%$981,065 Santiago Gonzalez14429211520%45%$1,136,904last_img read more

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FANS CAN ENTER TO WIN PRIZES, INCLUDING A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC & BREEDERS’ CUP SEATING AT SANTA ANITA ON FAN APPRECIATION DAY, MONDAY, JULY 4; FREE ADMISSION FOR VETS & ACTIVE MILITARY ALSO AVAILABLE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

first_imgDOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & HOT DOGS OFFERED ALL DAY MONDAY FANS CAN ENTER TO WIN PRIZES, INCLUDING A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC & BREEDERS’ CUP SEATING AT SANTA ANITA ON FAN APPRECIATION DAY, MONDAY, JULY 4; FREE ADMISSION FOR VETS & ACTIVE MILITARY ALSO AVAILABLE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY Monday, July 4 is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita Park.    Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 & 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission this Monday at Santa Anita as well.  With a nine-race card on tap, Monday is also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita on Monday. That card, once completed, can be placed in any number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility.All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m.The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day, from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on July 4. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.$500 betting vouchers will be given away. Four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages will be given away.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away. PLEASE VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES.                First post time on Monday is at 1:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.  In addition to santaanita.com, additional information regarding Fan Appreciation Day on Monday, July 4, can be obtained by calling (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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BUDDING SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS EARLY THURSDAY IN 1:00.20 ‘BREEZING’ FOR HOLLENDORFER IN PREPARATION FOR THE GRADE III SANTA YSABEL STAKES AT SANTA ANITA MARCH 4

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2016)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s budding superstar filly Unique Bella was sent out for an impressive five furlong breeze in 1:00.20 “breezing” early Thursday morning as she prepares for what her connections hope will be her fourth consecutive win in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 4.A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit, Unique Bella came onto Santa Anita’s main track at 5:30 a.m. and went about her five furlong assignment without a hitch as she seeks to follow-up on a dazzling 8 ¾ length win here going a flat mile in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 5–which came on the heels of a 7 ½ length triumph in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs Jan. 8.“She went very easy,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer.  “It was an easy work, like always.  She was nice and smooth and very relaxed.  Edgar (Rodriguez, regular exercise rider) has got her going off slow and coming home fast.  I see her getting more and more relaxed as time goes by.  We had her getting her last eighth in 11 and 4/5s.”Owned by Don Alberto Stable and ridden in all four of her career starts by Mike Smith, Unique Bella, who broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs in her second start on Nov. 26 at Del Mar, has won her last three races by a combined 16 ½ lengths and thus has many observers comparing her to her multiple Eclipse Award winning stablemate, Songbird, who lost by a nose to Beholder in an epic running of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 4 and was subsequently named America’s Champion 3-year-old Filly.Although long range plans for Unique Bella have not been announced, Hollendorfer said following her win in the Las Virgenes that short range objectives call for her to stay with her gender and run in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8 and in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.XBTV VIDEO LINK: http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/unique-bella-worked-5-furlongs-in-100-20-at-santa-anita-park-on-february-23th-2017/last_img read more

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Pulis praises team after defeat at Chelsea

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis praised his players after their 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.Albion defended superbly until Diego Costa nudged Gareth McAuley off the ball and fired home the winner 14 minutes from time.The visitors were well organised and caused Chelsea problems on the break, although Pulis felt they could have used the ball better.“We were well set up without possession and caused them some problems on the break, especially in the first half,” Pulis said.Embed from Getty Images“What we needed to do when we regained possession was just to get that pass up the pitch earlier to cause them problems.”The hosts struggled to create chances before McAuley allowed Costa to squirm away from him on the right-hand side.The striker’s finish was emphatic and gave Chelsea a ninth consecutive league win.“Gareth should have dealt with it but I’ve got no qualms about him or the other lads,” Pulis added.“Gareth made a mistake. We all make mistakes. We’ve got to move on.“I’m disappointed for them because they put so much effort into the game.” See also:Costa makes it nine wins in a row for ChelseaConte praises Blues and dismisses reports of possible deductionChelsea hero Costa praised for ‘incredible’ disciplineChelsea v West Brom player ratings  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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College of the Redwoods volleyball expects to compete for GVC title

first_imgEUREKA >> Entering her third season as head coach, Oceana Matsudu believes the program has turned a corner.The former Humboldt State University volleyball star guided her team to an 8-10 record in 2015, which is one of the best finishes for the program in the past decade. With four starters returning from last year’s squad, Matsudu is confident her team is ready to take the next step and contend for a CCCAA Golden Valley Conference title.“We expect to work hard and to win,” Matsudu declared …last_img

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Dirt for Physical and Mental Health

first_imgLive Science has an article suggesting that exposure to dirt can improve your mood by boosting the immune system.  This is an unexpected twist on the “hygiene hypothesis” that childhood exposure to dirt and animals helps innoculate the body to certain diseases (see 08/02/2006).  Certain bacteria might not only boost the immune system, but also release neurotransmitters that could fight depression.  “These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health,” said Chris Lowry (U of Bristol).  “They also leave us wondering if we shouldn’t all be spending more time playing in the dirt.”Maybe horses and dogs are onto something.  You can’t give them a bath without them running for the nearest place to roll over in the dirt, to the frustration of their owners.  This is not to imply that pigs set a better example.    Anything can be taken too far.  There are things in some soils that are clearly harmful.  Some locations have to worry about pathogenic roundworms, valley fever, and other risks.  Cleanliness is still a virtue, but it is possible to be too clean.  We were made to live in the great outdoors.  Some African tribes, like the Masai, living close to animals and plants, seem happier than Westerners.  Moderate exposure to sunshine, fresh air, soil, plants and animals is healthy for body and soul.  When was the last time you did some good, hard, sweaty, dirty work outdoors?  Didn’t it feel good when the day was done?  Don’t hire a landscaper to do it all; get out there and do it yourself.  A good shower afterwards is still a big reward when you’ve earned it.  Just don’t use antibacterial soap (see 08/02/2006).    Our bodies are not intended to be hermetically shielded from nature.  There are microorganisms we depend on.  Consider how Adam and Eve would have worked close to the soil, the plants and the animals without covering in an ideal world.  That would have been the norm had things not gone wrong.  Even today, gardening and farming and outdoor work is honorable.  Don’t we all have a place in our hearts for the iconic farmer, outstanding in his field, wiping away the dirt and sweat from his brow as the rooster crows and the sun’s rays spread over the land?  Doesn’t the proverbial milking maid walking through the chicken yard sing cheerfully as she carries the buckets of milk she squeezed with her bare hands?  City slickers driving their Lexi down concrete roads from plastic offices to their townhomes are missing out on a big part of life.  Watch the fun movie City Slickers again and see how some hard work and fresh air and risk-taking transformed a group of dudes in a midlife crisis into handsome, noble, proud heroes for a week, riding their steeds like kings.*    Don’t take this too far; nobody is prescribing mud wrestling.  Some things are dirty in an unhealthy sense.  If you are always depressed and tired, though, maybe your doctor needs to prescribe an oxymoron: clean dirt.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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4 days agoMan Utd No2 Mike Phelan admits more major spending due

first_imgMan Utd No2 Mike Phelan admits more major spending dueby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United No2 Mike Phelan admits they plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United were languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpool.And Old Trafford No2 Phelan claimed the club still have spending to do following the dramatic slump this season and at the end of the last campaign.He told The Sun: “Ole hasn’t got his team yet, he hasn’t got the players. He’s got three but you need more than three to be the manager of your own team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Check Out This Custom “Black Cherry” Chrome Louisville Helmet

first_imgLouisville's football team runs out onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 3: The Louisville Cardinals run onto the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA game on September 3, 2006 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville has released a number of interesting helmet designs over the last few years, but perhaps no lid was better received than the red-on-black chrome version that debuted in 2013. Since it’s the offseason (and we have to pass the time in some way), we figured we’d show you a custom helmet recently made by the guys over at JVince Custom Lids. It’s the same design, but it instead features a black cherry base. Needless to say, it’s clean. Check it out:Louisville fans – would you support the team wearing these at some point in 2015?last_img read more

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