Hannon makes Power Curragh link

first_img Press Association The Tattersalls Gold Cup is a possible option for Shifting Power after the four-year-old gained a confidence-boosting success at Windsor on Monday night. A return to Group One company is definitely on the cards now, while Hannon may consider stepping Shifting Power up to a mile and a quarter, possibly at the Curragh on May 24. “He hit the crossbar a few times in the top grade last season, so getting his head back in front will have done wonders for his confidence,” the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk. “This was always going to be the season when he would blossom as he is a big horse and has only just filled his frame. “But there are plenty of good races coming up for him, including Epsom and Royal Ascot, while he is also in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh should we choose to step him up in trip.” center_img Richard Hannon’s colt was winning for the first time since last April when he stretched a length and a three-quarters clear of Complicit in the Listed Royal Of Windsor Stakes. Shifting Power was highly tried after his Free Handicap victory at Newmarket last term, finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas and second in both the Irish equivalent and the Prix Jean Prat. last_img read more

Positives aplenty in defeat

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”last_img read more

England’s leading women and girls set for 2020 season

first_img Tags: England Girls’ Squad, England Women’s Squad 14 Feb 2020 England’s leading women and girls set for 2020 season England Golf has today named the players who will make up the women’s and girls’ squads for 2020.Four of the country’s top talents will lead the way for the women in the season ahead.Reigning Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy is named alongside a three-time 2019 tournament winner and Curtis Cup player, Lily May Humphreys.Charlotte Heath, who started this year by winning the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship, is joined by the 2019 Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Masters winner, Mimi Rhodes. All four are pictured above.The girls’ squad features real strength in depth. Northumberland trio Rosie Belsham, Jess Baker and Rachel Gourley are joined by Surrey’s Lottie Woad and Rafiah Banday.Cumbria’s Caitlin Whitehead and US-based Ellie Gower complete the seven-strong squad.Women’s performance manager, Rebecca Hembrough, insists the job of selecting the squads for 2020 was trickier than ever due to the quality of players at all levels of the women’s and girls’ game.“We are very excited to finally announce the national squads for 2020,” said Hembrough.“They are a strong and dedicated group of young women that have been challenging themselves and one another with the support of the coaching programme since October.“There were some extremely tough decisions to make, but the squad sizes were reduced to provide more individualised coaching support with an eye on a big year at the Europeans, Home Internationals and World Amateur Team Championships.“We fully envisage selections to continue to be very competitive this year and we’re really excited by this.”The Club de Golf Escorpion in Valencia, Spain will stage the European Ladies’ Team Championships between July 7-11.On the same dates, the European Girls’ Team Championships will take place at Rosa GC in Poland.The Home Internationals will take place at Royal St David’s Golf Club in Harlech, Wales between August 5-7. England’s women and girls will defend titles won last year at a rain-soaked Downfield Golf Club in Dundee.The 2020 World Amateur Team championships will be held at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore between October 14-17 after organisers switched the event from its original venue in Hong Kong. Both the women’s and girls’ squads will fly to Quinta Do Lago in Portugal over the coming days for a warm-weather training camp as they continue preparations for the season.Next week, the women’s overseas squad – comprising of players based abroad and completing studies – will also be announced.Women’s squadCharlotte Heath (aged 18) – Huddersfield GC, YorkshireLily May Humphreys (aged 17) – Stoke by Nayland GC, EssexMimi Rhodes (aged 18) – Burnham and Berrow GC, SomersetEmily Toy (aged 22) – Carlyon Bay GC, CornwallGirls’ squadJess Baker (aged 17) – Gosforth Park Ladies GC, NorthumberlandRafiah Banday (aged 16) – Royal Mid Surrey GC, SurreyRosie Belsham (aged 18) – Whitley Bay GC, NorthumberlandRachel Gourley (aged 15) – Arcot Hall GC, NorthumberlandEllie Gower (aged 17) –  based in AmericaCaitlin Whitehead (aged 17) – Carus Green GC, CumbriaLottie Woad (aged 16) – Farnham GC, Surreylast_img read more