Gleneagles tees off at Curragh

first_imgAidan O’Brien rates Gleneagles’ raw speed as his biggest weapon ahead of his bid to complete a Classic double in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. The Galileo colt was a stunning winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago and is long odds-on to repeat the feat in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. O’Brien believes the three-year-old is a rare breed in that he has inherited a range of talents from various members of his esteemed family. Press Association The Ballydoyle handler told Irish Horse TV: “He’s a very good horse. He’s very like Giant’s Causeway, really, but he probably would have more speed. That’s the way we would rate him at the moment. “He’s a very well-made horse – not too big and not too small. He has a great step to him, a lovely head and a lovely mind. “He travels very well in his races and quickens well. When he gets there he doesn’t do a lot, but he’s very professional. “The most important thing in any horse is speed, and he has loads of it. He goes through his races very easy and goes where he wants to go whenever he wants to go. “It (Newmarket) was perfect for him as it was lovely, fast ground and there was plenty of pace on. The first seven furlongs were all 11-second furlongs and he travelled very comfortable at that and quickened off it – that’s very unusual. “He hasn’t done a lot, it’s only three weeks since. He had an easy week after and then he did three half-speed (workouts) and seems in good form. He has a great constitution and eats, sleeps and does himself very well. “He’s a combination of his whole pedigree on both sides, which is very unusual. We’d love to keep him on good ground or better, so hopefully the ground will be good and we’ll look forward to Saturday.” Gleneagles, the mount of Ryan Moore, is joined by stable companions Smuggler’s Cove (Seamie Heffernan) and The Warrior (Joseph O’Brien) as the trainer bids for a 10th success in the race. Richard Hannon is under no illusions about the task facing Ivawood ahead of his rematch with Gleneagles. A winner of three of his four juvenile starts before being touched off in the Middle Park Stakes, Ivawood was a disappointing favourite on his reappearance in the Greenham at Newbury, but raised his game significantly to finish a three-length third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago. Hannon said: ” The odds are stacked against us, but we think Ivawood has improved again since the Guineas and, though we are not claiming we will beat Gleneagles, who looked a proper horse at Newmarket, we have always loved our fellow and he’ll be giving his all to gain revenge. “He’ll be going there at the top of his game.” Hannon also sends outsider Lexington Times, who won the Spring Cup at Lingfield in March but has been beaten on both his starts since on the all-weather. “Lexington Times has it all to do on ratings but has definitely improved for a little break. The owners are keen to have a shot, and why not?” the trainer said on his website. last_img read more

Syracuse falls on the road to Mercyhurst, 4-1, despite Victoria Klimek’s opening goal

first_img Published on December 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (5-10-1, 4-2-1 CHA) entered its two-game weekend series in Erie, Pennsylvania tonight against conference foe, Mercyhurst (5-10-2, 4-2-1), with a dismal 5-34-3 overall record against the Lakers. SU’s lack of success against Mercyhurst continued in its 4-1 loss. This loss marks the Orange’s second in conference play and its third in a row.SU was outshot by the Lakers, 30-21, in its loss. The Orange’s lone goal came at the 14:31 mark of the first period, when Syracuse freshman forward Victoria Klimek netted her fifth goal of the season.Mercyhurst goalie Kennedy Blair made 20 saves in the Lakers victory. Syracuse’s Abbey Miller was back in net for the Orange after being relieved of her duties by sophomore Ady Cohen in SU’s last matchup against Clarkson. Despite saving 26 shots, Miller struggled for the second consecutive game, allowing four goals.Mercyhurst scored three of its four goals in the first period. The first goal was scored at the 7:46 mark of the first period by Mercyhurst’s Vilma Tanskanen while the Lakers were shorthanded. Mercyhurst’s next two goals came within the next six minutes and were scored by Maggie Knott and Brooke Hartwick, respectively. The Lakers tacked on an insurance goal scored by Emma Nuutinen with 15:57 remaining in the third period.The Orange’s lack of success on the power play plagued Syracuse in its 4-1 loss. SU was unable to take advantage of six power play opportunities, not scoring on any. The Orange has scored just one goal in its last three games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year, the Orange split the season series with the Lakers and gets the chance to do the same tomorrow. SU faces Mercyhurst at 1 p.m. in a battle for sole possession of second place in CHA standings. Commentslast_img read more

Jim Boeheim wanted Marek Dolezaj to ‘make plays,’ now he’s emerging at the right time for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Jim Boeheim had begged Marek Dolezaj for weeks to do the opposite, but with just over 13 minutes left in the second half against North Florida, Dolezaj held the ball at the free-throw line with his back to the basket. Syracuse, meeting its perimeter-oriented match in the Ospreys, looked to the 3-point line often to counteract quick bursts of outside shooting and a surprising inability to create against one of the country’s worst interior defenses.No one was near him. Dolezaj faked a pass left. Then right. The shot clock dwindled and Buddy Boeheim jumped and hollered. He wanted Dolezaj to turn around, take it himself. When Dolezaj turned, he panicked, tossed to a cutting Elijah Hughes and — if not for a foul call — nearly threw the play away.Throughout a tumultuous season, the Orange (7-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) have seen ups and downs in Dolezaj’s aggressiveness. His early-season pass-first tendencies opened up the floor and created high-low movement, but it also led Boeheim to ask for more.“(Elijah Hughes) and Marek need to make plays for us to be successful,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s second loss in Brooklyn to Penn State on Nov. 29, grouping a then-quiet producer in Dolezaj with the Orange’s best player.Now, a 12-point scoring average over his last six games has Dolezaj developing as a legitimate off-the-dribble threat and a scorer inside for Syracuse. His 17-point, 8-assist, 5-rebound performance is the most recent and potent example of the all-around contributor he could be. While the Orange sunk nine spots further to No. 84 in the latest NET rankings, Dolezaj is emerging at the right time for a team desperate for production and about to enter their conference schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re leaving me open,” Dolezaj said on Dec. 18. “I’m trying to move, get to those open spots, drive to the basket.”After the Orange’s 85-64 loss to Penn State, Jim Boeheim declared his team would take more time than he previously thought. In the preseason, SU’s youth was apparent with a freshman point guard, but there were exceptions. The trio of Hughes, Dolezaj and Bourama Sidibe, while limited in their court time for Syracuse, provided a veteran presence and predictable output.But as Hughes and Sidibe trended into polar opposite directions — Hughes among the ACC’s top players and Sidibe struggling to stay on the court — Dolezaj landed somewhere in between. His passing, quick drives and ball handling skills complemented SU guards and provided optimism. But in two games at the Barclays Center, Dolezaj passed out of open looks on the block and at the elbow.“Nobody ever told him not to shoot,” Boeheim said on Nov. 29. “When guys don’t take shots, it’s generally because they don’t think they can make them.”But Boeheim harped on the same point repeatedly: Dolezaj had shown he could score in the past. Though his outside jumper was always an anomaly, Dolezaj’s scoring acumen has emerged in big moments for SU. During the first round of an eventual 2018-Sweet 16 run – his freshman season – Dolezaj erupted for 17 points to lead the Orange over TCU after a 20-point game during the ACC Tournament. In his sophomore year, as nothing more than the fifth or sixth option in SU’s offense he matched a season-high 10 points on three different occasions.This season, the Orange attempted to optimize his play in a variety of ways through post-ups, cuts from the free-throw line and an infrequent pick-and-roll game. Dolezaj spent the first five weeks of summer focusing on gaining weight, leading to an additional 10-to-12 pounds he said, in part, to build toward a bigger role. But the 6-foot-10 forward said he didn’t feel heavier, just stronger. His wiry, quick movement remained, and before SU made its trip to Brooklyn, Dolezaj said he realized defenders still couldn’t keep up.“I really need to score more,” Dolezaj said. “Look at the basket. Drive to the basket. Make the plays for my teammates, for myself.”Against Oklahoma State, Dolezaj drove early. He converted on layups, and was fouled five times to earn 10 free throws. When defenders collapsed, Dolezaj passed out to Hughes and others on the wing. Off rebounds, he shot up court with the ball in his hands and made plays in transition — a part of the game SU has struggled with this year.His newfound success with the drive led to a gradual rise in his shot attempts over the next five games, and an uptick in production as well. As Buddy found when his plea convinced Dolezaj to look toward the rim against North Florida, all Dolezaj needed was a nudge.“I need to focus more on driving to the basket,” Dolezaj said, “and that’s what I’m going to do.” Commentslast_img read more