– Advertisement – This month, Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith was joined by former Premier League kingpin Joleon Lescott and Olympic gold-medal hockey player and presenter Sam Quek – who is also an avid Liverpool fan.So, how did the team unfold? Let’s start between the sticks…Goalkeepers The Kings of the Premier League show, sponsored by Budweiser, returned on Sky Sports this Friday with another all-star line-up on the panel.Guests pit stats against gut when they compare results from the statistical Power Rankings with fans’ votes for Kings of the Match on the Premier League website.- Advertisement – “I think they pick themselves,” said Joleon. “There’s a lot of top-quality talent in this position, but Kyle Walker has been the standout performer this season – and that’s something to say when there are the likes of Trent-Alexander Arnold and Chilwell.“For me, Chilwell is the closest Chelsea have had to Ashley Cole, if he can stay fit. He’s that good. He’s hit a level of consistency. Cole loved to venture forward and get in the box and Chilwell’s got that in him.”Final selections: Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker Both guests agreed on selecting Wolves centre-back Conor Coady. “I’m a massive fan,” revealed Sam. “His England performance was an extra cherry on top of the cake. His stats don’t leap off the page, but, as a defender, if you just do your job properly, sometimes it’s under-appreciated.“If you’re in the right position to let the forward go wide, or you close off the path in the channels, or you make the opposing defender pass back, that’s your job half done. So, technically, you’re making fewer tackles but doing the same job – and Coady does that excellently.”“I also went for Gabriel,” added Joleon. “He’s new to the Premier League and he looks like he’s played here for a number of years. He’s aggressive, which I like, and hasn’t made many mistakes. He’s played in different positions, on the left and in the middle of a three – so he has a good understanding of different roles.” – Advertisement – Saturday 7th November 8:15pm Sam selected Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has conceded only one goal in his previous four league games and made almost twice as many saves as Mendy during that time.Joleon debated whether Patricio could have aligned his wall more effectively to prevent Jacob Murphy’s late equaliser for Newcastle, but ceded ground to back the Wolves No 1.Final selection: Rui Patricio “And James Rodriguez oozes class and he’s also passionate. You want your big players to step up for the big games and he was arguing with the ref and shoving Liverpool players in the Merseyside derby – and that’s what you want to see.”Joleon swung the vote for the third and final midfield selection after making a case for Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley. “If you get him playing with confidence, he’s hard to stop – a lot of positive traits. A great signing for Aston Villa and he’s proved that during his time there.”Final selections: Jack Grealish, James Rodriguez and Ross BarkleyForwards Joleon nominated new Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy, who has kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League since his debut.“Mendy’s come into the league and showcased why he’s No 1 at Chelsea,” said Joleon. “Against Manchester United, he produced three or four world-class saves.”“He’s kept three clean sheets – but he didn’t face a shot on target in two of those games!” argued Sam. “So it’s pretty easy to keep a clean sheet!” There was no debate for the full-backs this month, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker immediately rubber-stamped with starting berths. – Advertisement – Centre-backs Image:Rui Patricio has faced twice as many shots on target as Edouard Mendy since October 1 and made almost twice as many saves But Sam was keen for Kurt Zouma to be selected after helping Chelsea keep three shutouts during his four league appearances over the past month. “For me, he’s got to be Frank Lampard’s first name on the team sheet.“When you look at the clean sheets he’s kept, he’s had that consistency with three different centre-back partners. I think he’s done excellently and he’s also been a threat from corners with two headed goals.”“I’m not basing this on scoring,” joked Joleon. “I look at the defending and the stats state Gabriel has been better defensively!”Final selections: Conor Coady and GabrielFull-backs Kings Of The Premier League “It’s really interesting how Kane’s dropped deeper and wider,” added Sam. “Is that down to him, the partnership with Son, or is it Jose Mourinho and the way he wants his team to play? But whatever it may be, you have to give credit to Kane for adapting and becoming more of a team player.“And Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals so far this season, he’s got points on the board for Liverpool. They’re top of the table. I do get frustrated with him, because he goes missing in games, but then that’s when he’s also at his most dangerous, because he just pops up, out of nowhere and rattle one in.”Final selections: Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Mohamed SalahFinal KOTPL XI King of the month Midfielders Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son – who have scored nine goals between them since the turn of October – and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah were uncontested starters along the forward line.“Son has definitely upped his game to another level this season,” said Joleon. “He’s probably the most balanced forward from the names on that list. He scores with his left foot, right foot and headers. He contributes in all areas and tracks back.” The show’s best bits will play out across Sky Sports’ YouTube and the partnership will also deliver the weekly Power Ranking articles every Tuesday on the Sky Sports website and apps.The second episode aired on Friday, November 6, with repeats over the weekend and on-demand, and will run throughout the first four months of the Premier League season.Do the Premier League’s statistical leaders make the cut in this month’s XI, or do the fans’ favourites earn starting berths? Tune into Sky Sports Premier League to find out… Sky Sports and Budweiser, official partner of the Premier League and King of Beers, have joined forces to bring you the Kings of the Premier League show.On the back of its resounding success last season, the debate returns to your screens at 7pm on the last Friday of every month on Sky Sports Premier League.Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith and two guests will build an ultimate XI from the top-performing players over the past month, pitting stats against gut as they compare data-driven form charts with Kings of the Match fan votes.“This show really is the perfect way to pick the team of the month,” according to Smithy. “It’s never easy picking a dream XI, so let the debate commence.” Final selection: Heung-Min SonPick your KOTPL XIDisagree with the final selections? Use the team selector below to create your XI and share it on Twitter @SkySportsPL using the hashtag #KOTPL.Kings of the Premier League on Sky Sports Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish and Everton playmaker James Rodriguez were unanimous selections in midfield.Sam poured praise upon Grealish, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad on Thursday to face a friendly with the Republic of Ireland and Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland this month.“He’s has been brilliant for Villa. To be where they are now, compared with where they were last season, it’s incredible. They’ve brought in some more young talent, recruited well, and that has brought him on even more.
Apr 16, 2009Prenatal pandemic flu exposure might have affected brainPrenatal exposure to the Hong Kong pandemic influenza strain of 1968-69 may have impaired fetal cerebral development and lowered adult intelligence scores, according to Norwegian researchers who reported their findings in the early online Mar 18 edition of Annals of Neurology. In reviewing the records of more than 180,000 Norwegian men born between 1967 and 1973 who performed compulsory military service, they found that intelligence scores for each birth year rose annually, except for 1970. The investigators also found that the intelligence scores of men born in July through October of that year—6 to 9 months after Hong Kong flu struck Norway—were lower than those of men born in the same months in 1969 and 1971. The pattern suggests that exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy affected intelligence, the authors wrote. They said the effect could have been due to fetal cerebral infection or to the mother’s immune response, high body temperature, or use of medications.[Apr 15 Wiley-Blackwell press release][Mar 18 Ann Neurol abstract]Egypt reports three fresh H5N1 outbreaksAnimal health officials in Egypt today reported that H5N1 avian influenza broke out in three governorates, according to Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). An outbreak in Giza governorate, detected through active surveillance, struck 25 mixed variety backyard birds. Officials in Kafr el Sheikh governorate reported an outbreak in 70 backyard chickens, and authorities in Sharkia governorate reported that preslaughter testing at a commercial farm in Mafarik Khodeir village detected the virus in some of the facility’s 3,500 chickens. The vaccination status of the birds wasn’t available in any of the three outbreaks.Salmonella-related food recall expanded to include oils, saucesUnion International Food Co., which recalled dry spices on Mar 30 because of possible Salmonella contamination, has expanded the recall to include various oils and sauces. In a notice posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site, the Union City, Calif., company said it is expanding its recall of Lian How and Uncle Chen brand products to include all sauces, oils, and oil blends. The products come in containers ranging from 6 ounces to 1 gallon and were distributed to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in California, Oregon, and Washington state. The original recall was prompted by the finding of Salmonella in some Lian How white pepper in connection with an outbreak. The company said the sauces and oils have not been linked to the outbreak, but it decided to recall the products out of caution.Safety review to delay opening of biodefense lab a year The opening of the new $192 million National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University will be delayed another year while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) completes its longer-than-projected safety review, the Boston Globe reported today. The complete but vacant building is slated to include a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory, meaning it can handle some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The NIH told a district court judge yesterday, in a court proceeding in a lawsuit filed by neighbors seeking to block the lab, that it hoped to submit its safety analysis by the spring or summer of 2010.[Apr 16 Boston Globe story]US had 1,505 malaria cases in 2007The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today it received reports of 1,505 US cases of malaria in 2007, down slightly and nonsignificantly from the 1,564 cases reported in 2006. The highest estimated relative case rates were in civilians who traveled to West Africa. Among 701 case-patients who provided the information, 441 (62.9%) reported that they had not followed the preventive drug regimen recommended by the CDC for their travel destination. Plasmodium falciparum was the most common malaria species, identified in 43.4% of cases. There was one death, in a patient who had a P vivax infection.[CDC malaria surveillance report]Drug-resistant TB plagues former Soviet countries, parts of ChinaMultidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) remains a serious threat in parts of China and in nine countries of the former Soviet Union, according to a report from the Global Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Surveillance. In a study involving 90,736 patients in 83 countries, the median susceptibility to any drug in new cases of TB was 11.1%, according to the report in The Lancet. The prevalence of MDR TB (resistant to at least two first-line drugs) was 7% in two Chinese provinces and ranged from 6.8% to 22.3% in nine former Soviet countries, including 19.4% in Moldova and 22.3% in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition, five former Soviet countries reported 25 or more cases of extensively drug-resistant TB. The study showed that MDR TB became less common in Hong Kong and the United States.[Lancet report on MDR TB]Train passenger’s death in Russia triggers quarantine of other ridersMore than 50 people were escorted off a train in central Russia and quarantined in a hospital yesterday after a Chinese woman on the train died of an unknown illness, according to multiple news reports. The woman, on a train bound for Moscow from far eastern Russia, died suddenly yesterday, according to a Reuters report today. Some reports yesterday suggested that she might have had SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), but World Health Organization spokeswoman Sari Setiogi said there was no confirmation of that, Reuters reported. An RIA Novosti report today quoted unidentified officials as saying the woman had an “acute respiratory viral infection” with “pulmonary and cerebral edema” and that blood samples were sent to Moscow for analysis. The story said 59 passengers were sent to a local hospital. The Chinese woman was accompanied by three family members, who all had slight fevers, the report said.[Apr 16 RIA Novosti report]
Djoko also questioned how the Transportation Ministry could monitor and ensure all app-based ojek drivers and passengers complied with the health protocols. “On a practical level, who is going to monitor whether the health protocols are being followed by the drivers and passengers? How will the temperatures of drivers and passengers be checked?” he said. “On a practical level, this regulation is hard to monitor.”Public policy observer Agus Pambagio also highlighted the inconsistencies in the regulations, and argued that permitting ojek drivers to carry passengers would undermine the effectiveness of the large-scale social restrictions. “COVID-19 will continue to spread if passengers are allowed to be transported using two-wheel vehicles, both for commercial and personal purposes. Thus, I beg the Transportation Ministry to revoke or revise ministerial regulation No.18/2020, as soon as possible,” said Agus. Tulus Abadi, the chairman of the Indonesia Consumers Foundation (YLKI), also called on the government to scrap or revise the regulation on the grounds that it did not take into account the safety and security of customers during the pandemic. Responding to the criticism and confusion, the Transportation Ministry held an online press conference on Sunday. Spokesperson Adita Irawaty said the ministry maintained the point stated in the regulation that motorcycles could still be used to transport passengers, both for personal or commercial reasons, so long as health protocols were followed. “However, we will monitor the situation in the field and may evaluate and make changes to the regulation,” said Adita. Ride-hailing service providers such as Gojek and Grab disabled their ojek services on Friday in Jakarta, the first day of PSBB implementation in the capital. Gojek chief of corporate affairs Nila Marita said the company welcomed the Transportation Ministry regulation and is waiting for the regulation to come into effect to make adjustments. “The issuance of the regulation will help people to travel and do [certain] activities that are still allowed under the PSBB terms. On the other hand, it can also help our driver partners to maintain their income to support their families,” said Nila on Monday. Gojek has provided its driver partners in Greater Jakarta and other cities with health equipment packages.Grab Indonesia’s head of public affairs Tri Sukma Anreianno said that company was making preparations to ensure its driver partners were ready to comply with the health protocols stipulated in the Transportation Ministry regulation once it was implemented.“We are still waiting for the regulation to be officially implemented. On behalf of our driver partners, we want to thank the government for listening to our input and our drivers’ input regarding the regulation,” he said.Topics : “According to Health Ministerial Regulation No.9/2020 on PSBB guidelines, app-based ojek drivers can only transport goods, not passengers,” said Djoko Setijowarno, a transportation observer from the Indonesia Transportation Society (MTI) on Sunday. The Transportation Ministry regulation also contradicts Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No.33/2020 on PSBB status, which permits app-based ojek to transport goods only, he added. Incoherent regulations have left law enforcement officers, transportation operators and the public confused about whether ojek drivers are still permitted to transport passengers during the two-week PSBB period in Jakarta, which started on April 10. PSBB status will be enforced in Jakarta’s satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java beginning April 15. The government’s guidelines on transportation controls during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain COVID-19 have sparked criticism for being ambiguous and clashing with other regulations, leaving many confused.On April 9, the Transportation Ministry issued ministerial regulation No.18/2020 on transportation controls to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among other things, it allows app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers to serve passengers, so long as they comply with health protocols, which include wearing masks and gloves, disinfecting vehicles before and after use and not driving when not feeling well.Civil groups and politicians were quick to lambast the regulation, signed by acting Transportation Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, as it clashes with Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto’s regulation on PSBB guidelines, meaning enforcement will be challenging.
Brisbane first homebuyer Joel Binfield found the property settlement process very confusing at first. Picture: SuppliedA MASSIVE 80 per cent of buyers don’t understand how the property settlement process works, raising concern over the potential for delays in homes changing hands.A GlobalX survey found that four in five buyers were “stumped by the settlement process” — steps which experts said were precise but uncomplicated.The findings came after the conveyancing technology firm surveyed legal professionals to find out how much Aussies buyers understood about the settlement process.It found the results concerning: “Property buyers are suffering from a serious lack of ‘know-how’ when it comes to property settlement.”Given the obsession that Australians have with the property sector, it was interesting that buyers did not fully understand how to close out the process, said GlobalX chief executive Peter Maloney.“As a country, we see property ownership as ‘the Australian dream’, but it seems those who dream about owning a home don’t recognise the importance of properly understanding the process.”If they did, he said, they could avoid unnecessary hold-ups simply by conducting proper due-diligence and having all the required documents.“Don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer or conveyancer to explain things to you more than once and ask plenty of questions,” he said. FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Brisbane first homebuyer Joel Binfield who bought an apartment in Fortitude Valley last year, agreed the settlement process was very confusing at first.“We were buying in Fortitude Valley and I had to make sure we were prepared for all of the necessary paperwork.“It can make it even more stressful because if we were missing even one document it could have set the whole process back.”He advised those heading towards finalising their real estate purchases — first timers especially — to do a lot of research into the settlement processes.“We were lucky enough to have a great solicitor on board who answered all of our questions,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAmong compulsory steps GlobalX recommended buyers tick off were local government searches, building and pest inspections, and pre-approved financing.As well as that, the Queensland Government advised that buyers “conduct a pre-settlement inspection no more than a few days before settlement day. If it isn’t in good condition, they can ask their lawyer to delay settlement until (the seller) fix(es) the problem.”It said settlement day could “be whatever length of time you negotiate” ranging from 30 to 60 days — though most commonly it was four to six weeks after the contract was signed.As well, it advised that the seller was responsible for paying council rates and other such fees up to and including the day of settlement, with the buyer taking over the day after.A Property Exchange Australia and PricewaterhouseCoopers report last year found that one in five residential property settlements were delayed because of human error in documentation such as a missing signature. WHAT HAPPENS ON SETTLEMENT DAY?• Buyer hands over the remaining amount of the purchase price• The title of the property is transferred• The keys and possession of the property are handed over to the buyer (Source: Qld Govt) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
Oliver Morley, CEO, PPFIt had a funding surplus of £6.8bn (€7.9bn) as of 31 March 2018, according to its most recent annual report.The fund’s five priorities for 2019-22 are: maintaining sustainable funding “in volatile times”; building for innovation; providing “brilliant service” to schemes and scheme members; providing value for money; and achieving “the best of financial and public services culture”.The PPF collects a levy each year from eligible DB funds. Its estimated bill to schemes for 2019-20 was £500m, while its modelling indicated “an overall downward trajectory for the levy in the long term”.Morley succeeded Alan Rubenstein as PPF chief executive last year. Debenhams schemes not in PPF despite administrationThe PPF this week moved to reassure members of UK high street store chain Debenhams’ pension scheme after it was placed into administration. “The PPF will remain prudent and maintain its current funding strategy and low risk investment approach over the course of the strategic plan to ensure there will be sufficient revenue and reserves to take on large schemes with significant deficits without risk to members,” the organisation said. Credit: PhilafrenzyA Debenhams store in LondonThe group’s operating subsidiaries have continued to trade after they were transferred to a new holding company owned by creditors, meaning Debenhams’ DB pension schemes have not entered the lifeboat fund’s assessment period.A PPF spokesperson said: “We have been advised of Debenhams PLC’s administration and are aware that the two associated pension schemes have not been affected and will continue to operate as normal. Members can be assured that the PPF is there to protect them if needed.”Debenhams’ schemes had assets worth £1.1bn at the end of September 2018, according to the company’s most recent accounts, and a funding surplus of £156m.Alex Hutton-Mills, managing director at sponsor covenant adviser Lincoln Pensions, said: “This is a very good example of where the trustee board has worked collaboratively alongside the Pensions Regulator, the PPF and the sponsor to ensure members’ interests have been protected on what is a very unfortunate day for the retail sector.”‘Significant minority’ of firms support CDCRoughly 13% of pension trustees and sponsors say their organisations will adopt collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes after the UK government confirmed its intention to legislate for new pension model last month, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The consultancy giant polled 70 companies and reported that “a significant minority” said it was ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ that they would bring in CDC benefits by 2025.The majority of respondents offered an individual defined contribution (DC) plan, WTW said, but two thirds said they would “prefer to offer a pension providing a regular income throughout retirement”, as offered by CDC arrangements.Roughly a third of participants (34%) said members would “struggle to understand the nature and variability” of CDC schemes, WTW said.Simon Eagle, senior director in WTW’s retirement business, said: “New things usually take time to catch on. While only a minority of organisations are expecting to be part of the first wave of CDC benefit provision, our data shows that most organisations would like to provide their employees with a regular income in retirement rather than a flexible pensions pot. This suggests there may be further appetite for CDC provision in the longer term.”DB funding level falls over Q1UK private sector DB funds were 97.4% funded on aggregate at the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to the PPF.The lifeboat fund’s monthly 7800 Index of DB funding levels showed that combined assets rose to £1,649bn at the end of March, up from £1,603bn a month earlier.However, total liabilities climbed from £1,612bn to £1,693bn in the same period, increasing the aggregate deficit to £44bn.Aggregate deficit of UK defined benefit pension schemes, 2016-19 (£bn)Chart MakerOver the course of the first quarter the 7800 Index showed a 5% increase in total assets but a 5.6% increase in combined liabilities.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at BlackRock, said: “In general, pension schemes appear to have withstood most of the surprise equity market falls in the latter months of 2018 and equity markets have retraced most of those losses over the first quarter.“This is mirrored in other asset classes such as global credit, high yield and emerging market debt. With yields falling 60 basis points over the last six months, increasing liability values by over 10%, those schemes with liability-driven investment strategies in place will have come through the period largely unscathed and can sail on to self-sufficiency.” The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) wants to become a standard-setter for innovation over the next three years, according to its new business plan published this week.The lifeboat fund for defined benefit (DB) schemes set out five priorities for the next three years in its first business strategy plan under its new CEO Oliver Morley.Morley said: “Over the course of this strategic plan, we will be setting standards for innovation, assurance and service at the PPF. We will do this by adopting innovative approaches to our business operations including moving to cloud based technology and the development of digital technologies so we can respond quickly and efficiently to the environment in which we operate.”The fund said it would seek to develop “innovative digital services and explore future technical developments” while also maintaining its investment approach to ensure it has sufficient reserves to meet future claims.
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Southeastern IN—Got Milk? Cause if not, there are several places that are giving gallons of the dairy product away this week in Southeastern Indiana. Decatur County Memorial Hospital has partnered with Prairie Farms to give away milk in two locations this week. On Wednesday they will be at the Versailles IDA from 10 am to noon. Saturday they will be in Decatur County from 10 am to noon at the hospital. Prairie Farms will also be in Dillsboro on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm to hand out over 4320 gallons of milk to Southeastern Indiana residents.
Young feels the process has been assisted by the welcoming reception Mata has received from his new team-mates. “Juan looked like he had been here for years,” he said. “He had only been training for two days and it was his first game but he has gelled straight away. “There is a great team spirit here. There are some great characters and the banter is brilliant. I have never experienced anything like it. “When he has fully settled in he will add something special to the squad.” Without even trying though, Mata has provided the spark United so desperately needed. As Phil Jones pointed out, his team-mates are already trying to impress the new boy and Young confirmed the dressing room seems a slightly more positive place. “It has lifted everyone; the fans, the staff and the players,” he said. Juan Mata has made a seamless transition into the Manchester United dressing room, according to Ashley Young. Press Association Even though the Spain star only completed his club record £37.1million move from Chelsea on Saturday, manager David Moyes still felt confident enough in him to start Tuesday’s Premier League encounter with Cardiff. Although Mata was not at his very best, the early signs were encouraging and United’s 2-0 win very welcome given the difficulties they have endured this season. “Obviously, as it is the transfer window, you are wondering who is coming in and what is going on. When you see a player like Juan Mata coming in it is fantastic. “He is one of those world-class players who can fit into any team.” Young’s response was a positive one. Whilst it seems fellow wide man Nani might be heading for a loan spell at Inter Milan, having failed to find the form that persuaded Moyes to hand him a new five-year contract as recently as September, Young sparkled on Tuesday, drilling home an impressive second-half goal that wrapped up the win. “It was not too bad,” said Young. “You have to be on the ball. You have to put in performances every week. It keeps you on your toes. “Manchester United has a big squad, we can rotate the team. It ensures you keep wanting to play well, wanting to train well. “That is the only way to keep yourself in the team and in the manager’s thoughts.”
The seven-year-old moved back to the head of the ante-post betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after stable companion and fellow Rich Ricci-owned star Djakadam fluffed his lines when falling in the BetBright Trial Chase on Saturday. Vautour was last seen going down by a head to Cue Card in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and Mullins is undecided as to whether to run him again before his return to Prestbury Park in March. The champion trainer raised the Denman Chase at Newbury on February 13 and the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on the same day as possible alternatives to next weekend’s Leopardstown feature. “I don’t know if I want to run Vautour anywhere before Cheltenham,” said Mullins. “He could go to Leopardstown on Saturday for the Irish Gold Cup and there is also the race in Newbury and the Red Mills at Gowran. “They would be the options if he is to have another run.” Willie Mullins will consider letting Vautour line up in next Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Press Association
The International Tennis Federation has released the dates for the 19th edition of the Lagos Open.The men’s and women’s hard-court event will run from October 7 to 20 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.The Lagos Open is a $100,000 tournament on the ITF World Tennis Tour and comprises two legs, which will hold for a week each, with $50,000 ($25K for the men’s and women’s event each) the prize-money for each week. The first leg will hold from October 7 – 13, while the second leg will get underway immediately, from the 14 – 20. It will be the first time the event will run under the new ITF World Tennis Tour format, which was introduced in March, 2017 and implemented this year.Under this new format, the tournament will be known as M25 Lagos for the men’s event and W25 Lagos for the women’s. M and W denote the gender and 25, the prize-money.Last year, in the men’s singles, Tom Jomby of France won the first leg, while Britain’s Jack Draper, who was 16 years old at the time, clinched the singles title in the second leg, beating Tom Jomby in an epic final.The Lagos Open is the follow up to the Abuja Open which serves three weeks of top class action starting with the Tombim Open, Dayak Championship and the GSL Open a combined $75,000 + Hospitality prize-money event which is part of the ITF World Tour.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram