Novak Djokovic got a straight sets win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov, while Serena Williams eased past Vera Zvonareva. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka also got a straight forward victory, as did Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.
Jimmy Winkfield rides the horse Alan-a-Dale to victory in the 1902 Kentucky Derby. — submitted photoA few weeks ago, I was moping around the house, not feeling well and unable to find a remedy for my allergies. You know how things are at this time of the year; pollen can cause lots of discomfort. So I decided to stay indoors and make a few bow ties. This is a recent favorite pastime which I find quite satisfying. But, it is hard for me to just sit and sew. Thus television becomes my partner as I make my bow ties or work on other small projects.On this particular Saturday, I channel-searched until I came to an interview with the actor Jamie Foxx, not realizing that this was a preliminary activity leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Jamie Foxx, at the Kentucky Derby, I thought; how interesting! I stopped and watched further. While the women with their fashionable hats caught my attention for a while, at some point it shifted to the appearance of the legendary NBA Hall of Fame player, Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Dr. J made the “Riders up” call for the 140th running of the Derby. I thought about how things are changing; now we have white folk bringing Black folk into the Kentucky Derby. It then hit me that the involvement of Blacks in the Kentucky Derby is not new. In fact, it is quite old. My memory was jogged by thoughts about things I had read and heard about Blacks and the early days of the Derby. Just what do you know about Black jockeys and the Kentucky Derby? Like me, you probably know very little. So let us take a trip together and take a peep at Black jockeys and the Kentucky Derby, back in the day.When I mentioned today’s topic to several colleagues, only one knew that there was a Black jockey in last year’s Kentucky Derby, Kevin Krigger, riding Goldencents. What he did not know was that Krigger was only the second Black jockey in the last 92 years to ride in the “Run for the Roses.” But many of us do not realize that Black jockeys dominated the winner’s circle in the Kentucky Derby in the race’s first three decades. In fact, Black involvement in horse racing goes back to the days of slavery. Back in the day, slaves on Southern plantations were put to work in their owners’ stables. Unknown to many, slaves cared for and raced their masters’ horses. They were riders, grooms and trainers. This time spent in the stables enabled them to obtain a great deal of experience and a sound understanding of racehorses. An Internet article entitled “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Black Jockeys,” by Christopher Klein, points out that on May 17, 1875, former slaves and their sons starred at Churchill Downs. I want to emphasize that this was a time when most Blacks were enslaved. Yet, according to Klein’s account , thousands of eager racehorse fans went to Churchill Downs to get their first look at this new racetrack in Louisville, Ky. Finely dressed gentlemen and ladies cheered on the horses in the featured race, the inaugural Kentucky Derby. In this race, Oliver Lewis rode the colt Aristides to victory. Back then, in spite of the state of race relations, it was of little importance that Lewis was a Black man. Furthermore, according to reports about this first Kentucky Derby, 13 of the 15 riders were Black Americans. It should also be noted that in the years following the Civil War, Black jockeys dominated horse racing; a time when it was America’s most popular sport. Black jockeys established themselves as the first Black sports superstars at the Kentucky Derby, back in the day.I suspect many of you know little or nothing about Oliver Lewis, or know the name, William Walker. William “Billy” Walker, who was born a slave, was the leading rider at Churchill Downs in the fall racing season of 1875-76 and the spring racing season of 1876 through 1878. He rode the horse Baden-Baden to victory in the 1877 Kentucky Derby. But Blacks in the Kentucky Derby did not stop here. According to Christopher Klein, Isaac Murphy became the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, winning in 1884, 1890 and 1891. It is reported that he also won an amazing 44 percent of all the races in which he rode. Another Black Jockey winning the Derby was Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton, a winner in 1892. At 15, he was the youngest to win this race. He was followed by James “Soup” Perkins who won in 1895; Willie Simms who won in 1896 and 1898; and Jimmy “Wink” Winkfield, who won in 1901 and 1902. While he was the last Black American to win the Kentucky Derby, it should be noted that Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 Derbies, back in the day.The web site smithsonian.com contains an article also titled “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” by Lisa K. Winkler. She points out that Blacks emerged as jockeys because as slaves they cleaned the stables and handled the grooming and training of some of the most valuable racehorses. As a result, they connected with the horses, with skills that were
Facebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. – Brightly colored dragon boats and 32 local and regional teams vying to paddle those vessels to victory will return to Budd Bay Inlet in Olympia Saturday, April 27, for a day of fun and fierce competition at the 8th annual Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival.More than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which will take place 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Port Plaza in Budd Inlet. The day-long event, presented by the University in cooperation with the Washington Dragon Boat Association, is free and open to the public. Some 750 participants will paddle their way through the annual Dragon Boat Races as part of the day’s activities. The paddlers are members of teams from universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies, community organizations and local businesses, hailing from Seattle to Portland.Dragon boat racing dates back to fourth-century China, commemorating famed poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Today, dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate culture and community.“Friendly competition and having fun while learning about another culture’s time-honored traditions make the Dragon Boat Festival an eagerly anticipated event for the University and surrounding communities,” says Josephine Yung, Saint Martin’s vice president of international programs and development.Saint Martin’s University has been actively involved in education and cultural exchanges with China since 1995. Each year, members of Saint Martin’s faculty travel to China to teach international business, accounting and general education courses. Saint Martin’s students regularly participate in China study tours and internship opportunities in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zhuhai. In addition, about 50 students from China are currently studying at Saint Martin’s University.Following welcoming remarks at 9 a.m. by Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., and Rick Panowicz, honorary chair of the Dragon Boat Steering Committee, the festival will kick off at 9:10 a.m. with the traditional “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony, a blessing of the dragon boats. The races will begin at 9:45 a.m., and will consist of three heats and three divisions. The participating teams include the competitive division teams of Paddles of Fury and Wasabi Kraken; the intermediate teams of Seattle Flying Dragons and Sun Dragons Paddling Club; and the community teams of City of Tumwater and Apple Therapy Dragons. The festival will be broadcasted by 94.5 ROXY.In addition to the races, there will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, martial arts performances and music. A lion dance will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The competitions will conclude at approximately 5 p.m., and the closing and awards ceremony will begin shortly after the races end.Organizations throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond are supporting the Dragon Boat Festival, including: Port of Olympia; the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; 94.5 ROXY; the Academy of International Education (AIE); Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University (ASSMU); Puget Sound Energy; Olympia Federal Savings; Print NW; Thurston County Visitor and Convention Bureau; Thurston County Chamber of Commerce; Thurston County Economic Development Council; Olympia Area Chinese Fellowship; U.S. Commercial Services of Seattle and Tacoma; Washington State Department of Commerce; Washington State China Relations Council and World Trade Center, Tacoma.For more information about this event, visit www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat or contact the Office of International Programs and Development at 360-438-4504.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
Talking the show on the road are the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Senior Girl’s Volleyball team.The players and coach Joe Moreira are in Duncan to compete in the B.C. High School A Girls Volleyball Championships, November 28-30.The Cats are ranked fourth heading into the 16-team tournament. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the Cats good luck.The team includes, coach Joe Moreira, Lexi Tarasoff, Maya Mierau, Allison Perepelkin, Malin Chernoff, Lauren Spurge, Jaslyn Uppal and Madia Rehwald, Mikayla Tarasoff, Kyra Makortoff, Miranda Boisvert, Teya Makortoff and Victoria Peebles.
Eva Carneiro 1 Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against the Premier League champions.The preliminary hearing took place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon and was held in private before an employment judge.Carneiro arrived at court holding hands with her husband, Jason De Carteret, and surrounded by her legal team, and made no comment to the waiting members of the press as she entered and later left the building.After the three-hour hearing, Mary O’Rourke QC, representing Carneiro, said no settlement had been reached and a date had been fixed for the next hearing.A court spokesman refused to reveal exactly when that would be.“It was a private hearing and what happened in the hearing is a private matter,” he said.The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties after then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised her and first-team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn ”impulsive and naive”.Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.The hearing was expected to set the timetable for the case, and deal with witness statements and disclosure of documents – including texts and emails – from each side, as well as any legal procedural disputes which currently exist between the two parties.Chelsea filed their defence in the case last month.Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro following an investigation by the Football Association.Afterwards, Carneiro and the FA’s independent board member, Dame Heather Rabbatts, criticised the governing body for not interviewing the doctor as part of its investigation.Carneiro has also had backing from FIFA’s medical chairman, Michel D’Hooghe, who contacted the doctor to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro’s insistence that she was simply doing her job.
Hull’s highly-rated defender Josh Tymon has left the club with immediate effect after turning down a new contract offer.Tymon, 18, earned rave reviews after making his first-team breakthrough in the Premier League last season and has been linked with joining Stoke.“Josh Tymon has turned down a professional contract with the Tigers and has chosen to cancel his scholarship contract, which was due to expire in June 2018. He will leave the club with immediate effect,” read a Tigers’ statement.“This is a standard clause in all contracts for this age level and the club has no option but to reluctantly accept his request.“When Josh joins another club, a fee will have to be agreed between the two clubs.”Left-back Tymon progressed through Hull’s academy and made his first-team debut aged 16 in an FA Cup win at Bury in January 2016.He made his league bow in a defeat at Sunderland last November and went on to make a total of 12 appearances for the Tigers last season.Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: “The club is naturally disappointed to lose a home-grown product of its academy.“We have met with Josh and his representatives on numerous occasions starting back in January 2016 with improved offers of a professional contract.“I want to make clear that we have made offers significantly higher than the figures circulated by some media sources.”Hull have sold central defenders Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire since they were relegated after one season back in the top flight and the club is braced for further departures.Head coach Leonid Slutsky confirmed he wanted to sign a total of “six or seven” new players this summer when formally introduced to the media on Wednesday.Allam added: “As stated by Leonid in his press conference, we are working very hard to bring new players into the club with news hopefully by the end of the week.“This process can take time and as much as we would like all business completed immediately, some deals take longer due to the complex nature of the transfer window.“New additions will be made to the squad to help towards our aim of a return to the Premier League. We wish Josh well for the future.” Josh Tymon has quit Hull City 1
LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal waves to spectators as as he leaves the court after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. APNEW YORK, United States — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and third-ranked Roger Federer sounded alarms against changes in tennis Saturday even as Britain’s second-ranked Andy Murray joined the injured list at the US Open.Murray withdrew with a sore left hip from the year’s final Grand Slam that starts Monday on the New York hardcourts, joining 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori and Canada’s Milos Raonic among the injured.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses ‘Playing without thinking’Nadal supported an experimental change used in qualifying to allow coaching, but drew the line at a 25-second shot clock.“Depends on what the fans want. If the fans want short points and players playing without thinking, only going for the shots, maybe is good,” Nadal said.“If you want to have matches like the three finals I played here with Novak, the kind of match the crowd is more involved because the points are so long, well, you cannot expect play 50 shots’ rally and in 25 seconds be ready to play the next point.“I think that’s not possible for a great show. But if you don’t want a great show, of course it’s a great improvement.”Most assuredly, New York fans love nothing more than a show and Nadal can’t wait to give them one when he opens play Tuesday.“Excited to start the US Open,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re seeded one or 20, for me always is special to play here.” CBB Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Don’t forget we’re not 21 anymore,” said Nadal. Stan is 32. I am 31 and a half almost. Novak is 30. Andy is 30. We are not that young anymore, so it’s normal that we had some things. That’s coincidence that it happens at the same time.”The superstar Spaniard also noted such past stars as Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras were not playing at such an advanced age.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Don’t forget that Sampras probably at my age was not playing tennis, Borg was not playing tennis. A lot of great players were not playing tennis at our age,” Nadal said. “Is normal that we are still playing, we try our best, but it’s normal that we have more troubles during this.”Asked if the schedule needed to be trimmed to ease the workload, 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer took that idea to extremes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Legacy cemented, Huelgas looks at bigger picture Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can cut down the season by half and then if there is an injury we cut it down half again, and at the end we play two months of the year eventually and we’ll still be injured because now we’re not playing enough,” Federer said.“The guys who are hurt lately, it’s mostly because they are 30-plus. Wear and tear just takes its toll. Maybe some players have just had enough of playing hurt and told just themselves, ‘When I come back I just want to be 100 percent.’“I don’t think there needs to be that much addressing, because the players they have the option not to play as much.”Nadal cited different ball contracts for the US Open and its main tuneup events as a problem that could be resolved.“That’s very bad for the wrist, for the elbow, for the shoulder. That’s bad,” Nadal said. “There are contracts but there’s some ways that you can fix it.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
ANGELES, Pampanga —For the last five months, Alaska had to deal with the frustration of not being able to do anything right.ADVERTISEMENT And coach Alex Compton, who is hoping to catch just one break, caught a big one Saturday night—against San Miguel Beer.The Aces snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to the last conference by bringing down the powerhouse Beermen, 90-79, in a Petron Saturday Special Game at AUF Gym here as Alaska fanned its fading playoff hopes in the PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“After all the tough breaks, the close losses, we just couldn’t seem to get a break,” Compton told the Inquirer after getting 36 points and 15 rebounds from import LeDontae Henton in what could be considered as the biggest upset in the conference.“We got a break [tonight], they (Beermen) got an import that they probably won’t be happy with in the long run,” he said as San Miguel struggled after Terik Bridgeman, tapped to replace Wendell McKines, scored just two points and had just six rebounds in close to 24 minutes. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano downs St. Benilde; UAAP partners with Sports Vision “The guys have a belief of what level [of play] we’re at,” said Compton. “It’s been five months [since our last win]. We still have a mathematical shot and we still need to win games. Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s just so nice to get rid of that goose egg and put one on the win column,” added Compton.Alaska thus improved to a 1-6 card and with five games left, Compton believes that they still have a strong chance to go deep in this tournament.And after that mammoth victory over what he described as “the best team in the league,” Compton was particularly happy seeing his players celebrate in a subdued way, a sign that his charges are hungry for more victories.“Everyone was excited, happy and relieved,” Compton said. “But it’s not a championship level of happiness, and I actually like that.”Alaska plays GlobalPort on Friday before slugging it out with KIA Picanto on Sunday, and Compton believes that they are must-win games.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
It was an inauspicious start for the Indian men’s archery team at the London Olympics as they shot wayward and lost 27-29 to Japan in the pre-quarter final shoot-off.Unable to draw inspiration from the historic venue that the Lord’s is, India and Japan were tied 214-214 on a sunny, pleasant Saturday morning.That the World No.5 team crashed out even without staging a fight will have to undergo a post-mortem. First things first, there is some friction in the team as coach Limba Ram, was not to be seen when the archers were taking aim.Like in other sport at home, the Indian archers have been comfortable with a foreign coach from Korea.But why Limba Ram was missing and deputy coach Ravi Shankar was sitting inside was quit baffling. Insiders say there is politics taking place in the team and manager Paresh Mukherjee will talk about all this only after the Olympics.There are hints that the archers actually do not meet eye to eye with Limba Ram.The Indians had raised hopes in recent times after doing well in the Guangzhou Asian Games and stages of the World Cup.But the pressure in an Olympics is very different where competing on the big stage does make you nervous.The Indians and the Japanese were tied at 214-214 and in the shoot-out Japan outgunned India 29-27 with the Japanese managing two 10s and a 9, while India had three 9s.At one stage, the Indian trio was almost three points ahead and still had a two-point edge going into the last set of three arrows each. Japan had an 8, 9 and a 10 in the last set, while India had two 9s and one 8, leading to a tie and shoot-out.”I feel it has happened because of the pressure. We tried to hit 10s, but it was always 9s,” said Jayanta Talukdar.Talukdar also confessed that having been afflicted with viral fever made them weak. “All three of us were in bed for two or three days, so our bodies got weak. Yesterday, during the ranking round, I could not shoot properly because of less body power.”Asian Games silver medalist Tarundeep Rai was more optimistic and emphasised that the archers had to focus on the individual event and prove their mettle.Rahul Banerjee admitted the team had its chances but failed to capitalise on it.”We were leading by three points. We all shot well but some of our 8s put us down,” said Banerjee.The women’s team begins its campaign on Sunday and the pressure will now be on them.Deepika Kumari and company did not do too well in the qualification round but given her recent form, she is capable of raising her game.advertisement
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…