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Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Saturday, February 22, 2020

first_img42% Jorge Velez123 Doug O’Neill74 32 27 $625,068 15 $613,787 29 $1,576,464 11% 1st 11 7 14% AMERICAN THEOREM’S NEXT WORK IS KEY $593,957 44% 18 7 2nd 45% J.C. Diaz, Jr.62 23% 10 5 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 21) 2 12 Bob Baffert57 ITM% 9 Philip D’Amato67 10 61% $1,552,784 5 17 12% 70% 22% 38% $981,476 $600,117 Tiago Pereira88 9 21 14 16% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS                                                                                                           25 7 3 35% 1st 2nd 51% 7 23% Steve Knapp35 22 9% 10% $883,476 26 44% 9 Victor Espinoza41 3 9 $551,881 $1,272,262 19 11 26 ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ HERE ON MARCH 8 40% 12 7 $424,971 TrainerSts Flavien Prat120 7 33% Richard Baltas78 30% 21% 9 GLATT MAKES HIS MARK WITH RICK PITINOcenter_img 50% 40% 8 53% Peter Miller55 48% Ruben Fuentes61 $1,325,052 6 21% 7 7 4 3rd 28% 2 $751,312 Money Won 8 49% 3rd Win% 11% 13 3 ITM% 12 5 Abel Cedillo179 15% 4 9 8 37% 13 Geovanni Franco63 Umberto Rispoli94 47% $1,181,321 Mario Gutierrez65 JockeyMts Joel Rosario115 $487,630 Win% VENETIAN HARBOR DRILLS FOR SA OAKS 10 $275,545 22% Money Won $627,367 GLATT, PITINO A WINNING COMBINATIONMark Glatt enjoyed a fantastic Friday when he saddled Tamaraandtheboys to win the seventh race with Assael Espinoza in the irons after sending out first-time starter Striking a Pose to register a $54.20 upset under Umberto Rispoli in the fifth race.Tamaraandtheboys, a four-year-old daughter of Clubhouse Ride, is owned by Glatt and 67-year-old basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, who campaigns as RAP Racing.“We each own 50 percent of the horse,” said the 46-year-old Glatt, a successful fixture on the Southern California circuit after departing from the Great Northwest. “We got together through a mutual friend, Bob Bone. He owns part of a three-year-old Cal-bred filly I train as well. But this is the first horse I’ve had for Rick.”Pitino’s career includes college tours with the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and, on the professional level, the NBA’s Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.Striking a Pose, a four-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Majesticperfection out of the Smart Strike dam Striking Scholar, was making his debut in a maiden allowance test and won the mile event by three-quarters of a length.“He’s got a half-brother that won the (Grade III) Longacres Mile in back-to-back years,” Glatt pointed out, alluding to Stryker Phd, winner in 2014 and 2015 under Leslie Mawing for trainer Larry Ross. “It’s a Smart Strike mare and she’s had one other horse that had some ability, so she’s been a good-producing mare so far.”As for Rispoli, a two-time champion in his native Italy, Glatt is one of a growing number of horsemen and handicappers the rider has won over through 28 days of the Winter Meet, where he has 21 wins, good for fourth in the standings.“He’s doing great,” Glatt said. “He’s excellent on the turf, but really rides everything pretty good. He seems very intelligent and he knows what to tell you after a race. His input has been very useful so far. It makes sense and I think they’re all reasons he’s doing well.”STREAKING VENETIAN HARBOR WORKS FAST HALF FOR OAKSIn her first recorded work since daylighting her competition by 9 ¼ lengths in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 8, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor drilled a half mile in a bullet 46.20 Friday at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat.“I was very happy to see she was so relaxed,” said Baltas, the meet’s leading trainer through 28 racing days with 19 wins. “I told Flavien my only concern was to keep her relaxed, within herself. I looked at the watch and it said 46 and one. I’ve never had a horse do that.”Although the Grade III Santa Ysabel, at a mile and one sixteenth, had been considered, Baltas said the three-year-old daughter of Munnings would likely pass the race.“I was glad to see she’s in good shape this morning. We’re gonna wait until the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade II, $400,000, at 1 1/16 miles April 4). I’ve had some good ones, but yes, she’s the best filly I’ve ever had. I’ve never had a horse do what she’s done and if we can keep her healthy and sound, there’s no telling what we’ve got.”Bred in Kentucky, Venetian Harbor, who is out of the Street Cry mare Sounds of the City, debuted at five furlongs on turf Nov. 15 at Del Mar, finishing a close second as the even money favorite. A 10 ¾ length maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt here Dec. 29, she stretched out for the first time in the Las Virgenes and although she was a bit keen in the early stages, demolished her competition as the 1-5 favorite.Purchased for $110,000 out of the Keeneland September 2018 Yearling Sale, Venetian Harbor, with two wins from three starts, has earnings of $163,400.OHIO COULD MAKE HISTORY IN FRANK E. KILROE MILEOhio will attempt to become only the second back-to-back winner of the prestigious Frank E. Kilroe Mile when he runs in the Grade I race on turf March 7.The Brazilian-bred gelding posted a 9-1 upset in 2019 when he nosed out favored Catapult in a thrilling renewal of the race, which will be contested for the 62nd time this year.“He’s coming off a nice win in the same race he won in 2019, the Cotton Fitzsimmons atTurf Paradise,” said Michael McCarthy, who trains the venerable bay for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman. “He’s doing very well and it’s not like he needs to run every 30 days, so we’ll pick and choose our spots since he’s nine years old.“But he still has plenty of gas left in the tank and still wants to run. The timing is right and fortunately it’s a Grade I, so it’s expected to be tough.“Our horse is doing well; you can’t fault him.”Ohio was claimed for $50,000 on June 10, 2018 at Del Mar. Overall, he has a 10-5-3 record from 33 starts with earnings of $585,293.Ga Hai is the only horse to win the Kilroe in consecutive years, in 1975 under Jacinto Vasquez and in 1976 with Fernando Toro up. The trainer was Gene Cleveland.‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON TO BE HELD MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the track’s Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.“The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon has been a successful event on the east coast, and we’re excited to bring it to Santa Anita,” said Shannon Kelly, Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “We wanted to bring it west to engage the California racing community and show the important work that the Safety Net does for those in need in the racing industry across the country.”The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop with local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested in this very worthwhile cause are encouraged to respond by this Monday, Feb. 24 to Shannon Kelley at (212) 521-5327, or via email at LINES: George Papaprodromou was pleased with Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem‘s five furlong workout Friday in 1:01.40 but will not announce the colt’s three-year-old debut race until after his breeze next week.  “He worked great, galloped out well but we have no plans yet,” the trainer said Saturday morning. “We should know after his breeze next week.” . . . Rafael Bejarano rides Legends of War for Doug O’Neill in the Ste 1351 Cup at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Saturday in Saudi Arabia.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 22nd, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Humberto GomezAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Biddy DukeAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know RagerWORKOUTS:Appriciated (Becerra) 2-21-20Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 2-21-20Julius (O’Neill) 2-21-20United (Outside) and Affianced (Mandella) 2-21-20Gidgetta (Outside) and Untouched Elegance (Baltas) 2-21-20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Outside) (Baffert) 2-21-20Croughavouke (Mullins) 2-20-20Game Winner (Baffert) 2-20-20I Want One (Lerner) 2-20-20 Brian Koriner32 24% 9 18 6 20 $875,302 16 35% $304,481 $1,777,754 12 12 42% 9 Mike Smith40 Michael McCarthy30 50% 8 20% 24 $295,662 67% John Sadler54 22 8 17% 17% $284,222 29% 7 2 Drayden Van Dyke95 13% OHIO IN FRANK E. KILROE STATE OF MIND 14last_img read more

SP awards set for tomorrow

first_imgThe eleven categories are male athlete of the year, female athlete of the year, team of the year, national performance of the year, community sports initiative, junior male athlete of the year, junior female athlete of the year, best sportsperson with a disability, sports official of the year, sports media of the year and sports photo of the year.From the 140 nominees for the awards in different categories, SP sports award committees, chaired by Moses Koiri, have picked the top three nominees for each category for the finals.Moreover, SP Brewery thanked the family of sponsors for supporting the event and making it possible and hopes that it will be a memorable one.Also, among the guests and awardees tomorrow evening will also feature one of Australia’s basketballer and former NBA star Lauren Jackson. She will be a guest speaker at the awards.The event will be staged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, downtown Port Moresby, starting at 6pm.last_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgLyceum rallies to keep slate clean Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rodgers insists new signings won’t threaten “fantastic environment” at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will not allow any of his new signings to disrupt the “fantastic environment” at the club, as Mario Balotelli’s proposed Anfield move seems to be gathering pace.The Merseyside outfit are thought to have agreed a £16million deal for the AC Milan striker, as they look to replace Luis Suarez following his big-money move to Barcelona this summer.Former Manchester City forward Balotelli was understood to be returning to England on Friday afternoon ahead of a medical with the Reds, though it has been reported Liverpool are seeking assurances over the 24-year-old erratic behaviour.Rodgers, who was adamant three weeks ago that he “categorically” would not be signing Balotelli, was unwilling to refer to the player by name on Friday afternoon, but did emphasise there is an “extensive code of conduct” at Anfield for all players to follow.“I can categorically tell you that I can’t speak about it until the player is signed,” said the Reds boss.“If we sign anyone, I will speak at length about them, but until then I can’t say anything.“I think every club will have a code of conduct for the people and professionals who work for them. We have quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff – there is no specific one for any one individual.“We have a fantastic environment here and a great culture, and I think it is something that was very important for us to create and build here.“There will be nothing that will ever shake that or provoke it in any way. It is something I always protect at the club.”Rodgers said he has “complete confidence” that any player he signs for Liverpool will not be a disruptive influence and while the Northern Irishman admitted he can see why some might perceive signing Balotelli as a risk, he sees it as one worth taking.“With every player we assess and look at, of course, character is very important and no player would come here if I felt it couldn’t work,” the manager added.“If I feel someone cares enough, I will give them everything, and thankfully we have a culture here that creates talents and gives them the opportunity to blossom.“As long as they show they care and want to learn and develop, we can give them the opportunity.“This isn’t like many clubs. Liverpool is a club that is a real strong family football club, with values and ethics that run over many years.“I, as the manager, will fight to protect that always, so no matter what player or professional at the club, they will abide by that.“But we understand that sometimes you have to take a risk with people. And a lot of the time, if you take that risk you can get a reward for it.” 1 Liverpool target Mario Balotelli last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Car Salesperson sought by leading dealership

first_imgJob Vacancy: Divers Hyundai in Letterkenny are currently recruiting for the position of Car Salesperson.The successful candidate must be highly motivated and will be expected to meet set targets in the busy dealership.If you are confident dealing with people and have an outgoing personality we would like to hear from you.  Experience in car sales would be desirable but not essential as full training will be given to the right candidate. Computer experience required together with a full driving licence.This is a full time position and all applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.Please apply with CV to :-The Manager,Divers Hyundai,Canal Road, Letterkennyor e mail cv to Closing date for receipt of applications Wednesday 21st. February) Job Vacancy: Car Salesperson sought by leading dealership was last modified: February 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car salespersonDiver’s HyundaijobsalesVacancylast_img read more


first_imgFOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS:U12 Boys FootballTraining for next years U12 boys football team continues every Wednesday night at 6pm in Tír Cónaill, new players always welcome. Senior Men’s FootballThe Seniors lost 2-13 to 0-16 to Glenswilly on Saturday in their last league game. They now play either Bundoran or Cloughaneely in a play off for Division 1 football in 2016. The reserves lost out to St Eunans on Sunday on a scoreline of 0-02 to 2-12.Bord na nÓg Awards NightThe Bord na nÓg awards night takes place on Sunday November 22nd in the St John Bosco Centre from 6pm to 8pm. All coaches and managers are asked to be there from 5pm to help set up the venue. ‘Come Cook With Us’ FundraiserThis vital fundraiser for Bord na nÓg takes place on Thursday November 19th in the Abbey Hotel from 8pm. Tickets are available from all underage managers and are priced at €10. Contestants on the night include Austin O’Kennedy, Odie McBride and Davy Crawford among others. There will also be a comedian on the night alongside the cooking. All club members, parents, players and locals are asked to get behind this fundraiser, with all money raised on the night being reinvested in the underage of the club.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB’S ‘COME COOK WITH US’ NIGHT AT THE ABBEY was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAAlast_img read more

Pogba welcome at Barca, Arsenal ace considered exit, Leicester man to Celtic?

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manchester United star Paul Pogba would be welcome at Barcelona, according to striker Luis Suarez. (ESPN)However, reports claim Pogba would look to stay at Old Trafford as he is desperate to play under boyhood idol Zinedine Zidane – who is said to be the first-choice replacement if Jose Mourinho leaves. (Metro)The agent of Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has said the 32-year-old centre-back was considering leaving the club before suffering an Achilles injury in May. (ESPN)Arsenal are also being linked with a surprise move for Atletico Madrid’s former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis in January. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are reportedly scouting Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong ahead of a possible January bid. The highly-rated 21-year-old has also been watched by Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund – FULL STORY 3 3 Latest transfer gossip on De Jong is regarded as one of the finest young players in world football 3 REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has played down transfer speculation linking Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)Leicester defender Filip Benkovic has said he demanded a loan move to Celtic just weeks after signing for the Foxes – FULL STORYWorld Cup-winning France defender Benjamin Pavard has denied reports that he has agreed to join Bayern Munich from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart. (Sky Sports)The Premier League apparently fear Brexit could affect the league’s competitiveness and global popularity, and are urging the British government to stop all restrictions on signing foreign players for clubs. (Daily Telegraph) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Here’s a round-up of the latest football news and transfer rumours in Wednesday’s newspapers and online… RANKED Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has admitted his debut season at Chelsea was ‘a disaster’ and his miserable form almost led to him leaving the club before the transfer window closed – FULL STORYBUYING SUCCESS? Manchester City and Chelsea are among the clubs which have spent over £1BILLION on transfers over the last ten years – FULL STORYLiverpool’s out-of-favour winger Lazar Markovic has hit back at suggestions his deadline day move to Anderlecht fell through over wage demands – FULL STORYWest Ham would have to pay £15m in compensation to Manuel Pellegrini if they were to sack their under-pressure manager – FULL STORYCeltic were interested in Anderlecht midfielder Adrien Trebel during the summer transfer window, but the Belgian club refused to sell their 27-year-old captain – FULL STORYLionel Messi believes big-spending Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have closed the gap on Barcelona in the European ranks. (Manchester Evening News) moving on targets Can Manchester City finally compete with the elite for European titles this season? Messi thinks so! last_img read more

Power overcome below-per Oilers in NBL finals’ game one

first_img Tags: Betway Powercity oilersFUBA NBL Power captain Ikong throws down a layup on Wednesday night (Photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball leagueCity Oilers 66-85 BetWay PowerMTN Arena, LugogoWednesday, 03-10-2018BetWay Power got off the best possible start as they overcame a below per City Oilers side 85-66 in game one of the best of seven FUBA National Basketball League series finals.Power Captain Joseph Ikong inspired his side with a game high 24 points on the night, shooting 8-13 from the field despite accumulating two fouls as early as the first quarter.Power were clearly in charge from the onset, leading from start to finish.How the action unfolded:Power started on the offensive and Ikong registered the first points of the night, sinking a long three with just six seconds played.James Okello scored Oilers’ first basket off a jump shot with 8:39 on the clock but Geoffrey Soro restored Power’s three-point caution with a layup.It was a cat and mouse affair from then onwards until Power went on a run of 7-0 to lead with as many as eight inside the last four minutes of the quarter.Power went on another healthy run of 5-0 late on in the first 10 minutes on their way to winning the quarter 17-09.In the second, Oilers started growing into the game and reduced the deficit to three with 8:23 on the clock despite conceding the first points of the quarter again to Power through Ikong.However, Power would go on to win the quarter 27-21 and increase their lead to 14 going into halftime.Oilers then threatened to come back, winning the third 30-24 and ensuring they trail by only eight going into the decisive last 10 minutes.However, their comeback could not materialize as Power went on a run of 17-0 and hold a more than healthy 25 point caution on their way to an 85-66 victory. Oilers managed only six points in the fourth quarter.The victory is the second for Power over Oilers this season having defeated the five time defending champions 64-56 on the opening day of the campaign.Paul Odong (12) and Soro are the others who joined Ikong in double figures in terms of points for Power.For Oilers, they had only Jimmy Enabu (15) and Josh Johnson (13) in double figures as they lost the game.Game two of the series takes place on Friday evening. Power now lead the best of Seven series 1-0.Comments last_img read more

New loan deal for QPR youngster

first_imgQPR have extended teenage striker Ben Pattie’s loan spell at non-League Woking.Pattie, who joined the Cards in August, will stay with them until 14 November.He has made eight appearances for Woking so far, all of them as a substitute, and scored one goal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Brewing business success: SAB Miller’s Graham Mackay

first_imgGraham Mackay is remembered as one of the most inspirational and successful leaders in international business by people he worked alongside at SAB Miller.(Image: SAB Miller) Meyer Kahn said of Mackay, “He had the courage to join what we called the dance of the elephants.”(Image: Wall Street Journal)Sulaiman PhilipIt rarely happens that the government takes note of and comments on the death of a businessman in the private sector. But Graham Mackay, a man lauded by South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as a phenomenal leader, was not simply another businessman. The SAB Millerchief executive officer (CEO) was, according to Gordhan, a man who, “never forgot his South African roots and remained proudly South African in international fora”.Described as forward-thinking and cerebral the soft-spoken Mackay, who succumbed to cancer on December 18, oversaw a 1 000% rise in the value of SAB stock since 1999 when he became CEO. Under Mackay’s leadership South African Breweries grew from the market leader in a pariah state into the world’s second-largest brewer. Today, the company sells 200 brands of beer and employs 70 000 people in 75 countries. With Mackay at the helm, every R1 700 you invested when he became CEO, would now be worth almost R10 000.When the University of the Witwatersrand Bachelor of Science graduate joined SAB in 1978 it controlled the South African beer market and accounted for 10% of all consumer expenditure. Income was not derived solely from brewing though; as economic sanctions against the apartheid government shrank the economy SAB had expanded into supermarkets, clothing, furniture and hotels to drive growth.When Mackay took over from former CEO Meyer Kahn in 1990 he starting selling off operations that were not core to the brewery business. The OK Bazaar chain was sold to Shoprite/Checkers’s Whitey Basson for R1. Mackay believed strongly that beer was a growth industry, as he told an investor conference in February this year, paraphrasing rock icon Frank Zappa, “You can’t be a real country without a beer or an airline.”International dominanceSAB Miller’s international expansion was made possible by changes in South Africa’s political landscape. Like other large South African companies SAB was eager to be seen as not supporting the government’s apartheid policies. The company’s practice of training and promoting black employees and encouraging black entrepreneurship won it support from Nelson Mandela even before his release from prison in 1990.As Mackay told a journalist, “We positioned ourselves as a very progressive company and enlightened company, and pushed the boundaries all the time in what we were allowed to do.”Expansion opportunities for SAB in Europe and North America were limited. In North America Anheuser Busch’s dominance made it a difficult market to crack, and European brewers were unimpressed by SAB’s courting due to the soft Rand.Mackay identified Africa and the former Communist Eastern Europe as the areas to look for opportunity. He tapped into the experience of his South African management team to turn around breweries that had been nationalised, run badly or neglected and which produced poor-quality beers.Through his years at the helm of what became SAB Miller, Mackay depended on the experience of these South Africans to build a brewing conglomerate that is the now the largest beer producer in China and South America. “Those early experiences helped us to develop skills to turn around failing enterprises in other markets. We learnt how to analyse companies quickly and deploy a cadre of managers to knock them into shape.”Mackay employed a core group of managers whom he trusted with day-to-day decisions. Executives often refer to the company as a family where each member trusted that each one was working for the benefit of SAB Miller.SAB chairman, Norman Adami, was at Mackay’s side in those years and remembers that the belief that a company from the tip of Africa could take on giants came from Mackay. He never doubted that South Africans had the ability to take on the world.“He told us once that we did not need to have an inferiority complex about being South Africans … ‘I’m telling you that we can conquer the world,’” Adami remembered recently.In the words of Minister Gordhan, “The corporation that he worked for counts as one of the best producers of high-calibre managers and is among those firms that have been a good training ground for black professionals.”Alan Clark, the current CEO, told the Wall Street Journal that Mackay preferred asking questions to giving orders, saying “Graham Mackay never gave me a direct instruction.”Within a decade the former tank commander had grown SAB from the giant of the South African beer market to a player on the international stage. By 1999, 55% of the company’s revenues were derived from its offshore operations. In 2002 Mackay took his boldest step when he added the US-based Miller Brewing Company to the SAB stable for $6.5-billion.In April Mackay underwent surgery for a brain tumour before recovering to resume his post as chairman in September. His conditioned worsened and by November he stepped down permanently. He passed away at his home in Hampshire, England, surrounded by his wife and family.Acknowledged as the 20th best CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review, Mackay’s business acumen placed SAB Miller on a transition path that allayed any jitters in the markets. Clark believes that Mackay’s legacy is that he leaves SAB Miller stronger than when he joined it.last_img read more