Press Association “He’s a well-bred colt being a half-brother to two Group Two winners. It’s hard to know where we will go next. I doubt if he’ll go back in trip for the Tetrarch and he may go 10 furlongs in time.” Kevin Prendergast’s juvenile Bebhinn (11-8 favourite) stepped up on her debut second to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden with complete authority, streaking clear going to the final furlong under Chris Hayes and scoring by four and a half lengths. The handler said: “She ran very green on debut but has a very good attitude. We’ve entered her for the Marble Hill Stakes and her long-term target is the Heinz (Phoenix Stakes) at the Curragh. La Collina was our most recent winner of that and she measures up to her. ” I’m hoping to find one close to her but by far she’s one of the better ones we have at the moment.” There was a thrilling finish to the Navan Welcomes Owners Today Handicap as Battleroftheboyne was collared on either side late on by Mr Bounty (14-1) and Lady Ranger, with Shane Kelly getting the former home by a nose for Michael O’Callaghan. Harrington said: “She’s been pleasing me at home this spring. It’s amazing she did as much as a two-year-old as she did. “She may come back in trip for the Irish Guineas, as she’s not a slow filly. Fran said she was getting a little bit tired in the last 50 yards, but she was entitled to on her first run of the year. She seems to go on any ground, and is a lovely filly.” Berry doubled up when the Christy Roche-trained Madeira Classic (7-2 joint-favourite), who hasn’t done much racing in the last few years, dug deep to beat Annagh Haven by a length and a quarter in the Seamus McCarville 20th Anniversary Memorial Handicap. Aidan O’Brien introduced a potentially smart three-year-old in the 20 Euros Family Ticket For May 17th Family Day Fillies Maiden in the shape of Fluff, a full-sister to the Ballydoyle-trained Group One winner Maybe. Seamie Heffernan had her well placed to strike approaching the furlong pole and when he popped the question, the 2-1 shot displayed a nice turn of foot to go four and three-quarter lengths clear. The jockey said: “Joseph (O’Brien) said she’d be hard to beat if she wasn’t green. The odd one of ours is green, but she wasn’t. She has a great pedigree and couldn’t have won any easier – it was easy.” John Oxx’s newcomer In My Pocket (8-1) quickened up well from the furlong pole when asked by Declan McDonogh and took the Kilberry (C&G) Maiden by two and a quarter lengths from the O’Brien-trained favourite Cenotaph. Oxx said: “He’s always been a nice horse at home. He’s not too big, but is a good sort. I’m not surprised he’s won first time out, although Declan said he was a bit green. Sent off the 5-2 joint-favourite for the Listed contest after winning a maiden at the same track on her final start as a juvenile, she was given a patient ride by Fran Berry, who held her up towards the rear but was plenty close enough and travelling strongly at the top of the straight. Pleascach hit the front briefly, but Bocca Baciata was clearly going best and she put the race to bed when urged into the lead going to the furlong pole, lengthening away to score by a length and a half, with market rival Diamondsandrubies close up in third. Jessica Harrington looks to have a decent filly on her hands after Bocca Baciata took the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBethune-Cookman (12-12, 6-4) vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (3-21, 2-7)William P Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Maryland; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: MEAC foes meet as Bethune-Cookman squares off against Maryland Eastern Shore. Both teams last played this past Monday. Bethune-Cookman won easily 87-68 at home against Howard, while Maryland Eastern Shore is coming off of a 68-67 overtime loss at Coppin State. VETERAN PRESENCE: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their seniors this year. AJ Cheeseman, Da’Shawn Phillip and Ahmad Frost have combined to account for 36 percent of Maryland Eastern Shore’s scoring this season and 49 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Bethune-Cookman, Isaiah Bailey, Cletrell Pope, Malik Maitland, Wali Parks and Leon Redd have combined to account for 70 percent of all Bethune-Cookman scoring, including 74 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.RAMPING IT UP: The Hawks have scored 59.8 points per game and allowed 67.4 points per game across nine conference games. Those figures both represent moves in the right direction from the 66.5 points scored and 76.4 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.BRILLIANT BAILEY: Bailey has connected on 29.5 percent of the 44 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 10 over his last five games. He’s also converted 78.3 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Wildcats are 0-6 when they score 65 points or fewer and 12-6 when they exceed 65 points. The Hawks are 0-21 when they fail to score more than 67 points and 3-0 on the season, otherwise.COLD SPELL: Maryland Eastern Shore has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 55.7 points while giving up 72.DID YOU KNOW: Bethune-Cookman has attempted 23.4 free throws per game this season, the 15th-highest rate in the country. Maryland Eastern Shore has gotten to the line far less frequently and is averaging only 14 foul shots per game (ranked 286th, nationally). Associated Press February 13, 2020 BCU, UMES meet in conference play ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Trump stated on the call that the goal was for leagues to be playing games with fans in attendance by August and September, although no one is sure whether that’s a realistic target at this point.Donald Trump also told commissioners that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/EFqDryGlTQ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020At least one state governor, Gavin Newsom of California, is not counting on that happening. On his daily press briefing just now @GavinNewsom tells me flatly re #NFL starting season on time w/fans in stands in the CA stadiums: “I’m not anticipating that happening in this state.” @AdamSchefter https://t.co/ejqC423Vtk— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) April 4, 2020Given the wording of both statements, it’s possible leagues could resume earlier than that without fans in attendance. Either way, it looks like it will be August at the absolute earliest before leagues can even consider resuming their seasons.MORE: Four things we’ll miss if the NHL season is cancelledSo, what does that mean for the NHL? Well, it certainly doesn’t make things any easier.Bettman appears determined to award the Stanley Cup this year one way or another, even if that means summer hockey. His reported concern over a conflict with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is no longer an issue, so the summer could provide the window necessary for the league to decide a champion in prime-time TV slots. However, even resuming games in the summer is in doubt at this point.It’s unclear what the league’s exact plan is to deal with the situation, but it looks increasingly likely that the regular season is over, even if that means sending 24 teams to the playoffs. However, the number of disrupted events has continued to grow, with summer development camps and rookie tournaments looking likely to join the scouting combine, NHL Awards and NHL Draft on the list of postponements. One of the league’s main goals from the start has been to avoid disrupting the 2020-21 season. “The only definite for us is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic in mid-March. “So that’s kind of the outside parameters and rules we’re following currently. Everything else is kind of up for grabs for lack of a better term.”As more time goes by without an end to this crisis in sight and more events continue to get postponed, it only gets harder and harder for the league to avoid seriously compromising the 2020-21 schedule. At a certain point, trying to complete the current season will become more trouble than it’s worth, and that point could be coming very soon. With essentially the entire sporting world on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with the commissioners of 13 different leagues on Saturday to address the future of sports in America. One of those commissioners was the NHL’s Gary Bettman. The NHL has been on hold since March 12, when Bettman released a statement saying the league’s goal was “to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup.”