JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning. He said, ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish. She should want to go a little further than this as well.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer, I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride.“Richard told me, ‘she might get a little light on her front end but it’s fine, just show her that everything is okay and she should be all right.’“The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself, she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”TRAINER QUOTESGARY MANDELLA, SON OF RICHARD MANDELLA, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “She adapted quicker than most South American imports. A couple of the really good horses dad’s had over the years took a while to adjust. She was quicker than they were.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super-quick. He wasn’t sure if she’d get outrun a little the first part or if she’d do what she did. You don’t know until you put them out there.“She had a perfect trip. Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock, but Mike got her calmed down in the post parade. He had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that. The track record? We’ll take it.”NOTES: The time of 1:01 established a track record, eclipsing the old mark of 1:01.49 held by Torosay set on Nov. 3, 2019.The winning owner is Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hills Farms, Inc.
Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinatorPutin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at OlympicsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It is the latest sign of an unlikely, yet growing, interest in ice and snow sports in a winterless, steamy region, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in most places.A major milestone for winter sports in the region came last year when they featured for the first time at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, with ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating making their debuts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it was not without problems — puddles formed on the hockey rink during matches, slowing down the puck and forcing marshals with squeegees to dash onto the ice to mop up the water.Figure skater Julian Yee, who will represent Malaysia at next month’s Games, is typical of athletes from the region who have had to overcome a lack of facilities, limited official support and public skepticism to pursue their dreams. When growing up, the only places he could find to practice were a handful of small, crowded rinks in the shopping malls scattered around the capital Kuala Lumpur.Figure skating on the tiny rinks was “like trying to get an A380 (world’s biggest airliner) to land on a very small runway”, the 20-year-old told AFP.But he persevered and began training in the morning and evening when the rinks were less crowded.“I skated two times a day, six days — sometimes six-and-a-half days — a week,” he said.‘Are you mad?’ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Eze’s triple-double powers Perpetual over JRU Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES There were no official programs or funding for figure skating so Yee’s parents had to spend huge amounts of their own money on his training.They also sent him to train abroad during school holidays, in China and South Korea.“People said: ‘Are you mad? You’re sacrificing all this money,’” his mother Irene Cheow told AFP. “We’re looked at differently now.”Yee’s efforts paid off and he won gold at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, and came eighth in the 2017 Asian Winter Games. His crowning glory was qualification for Pyeongchang, alongside Malaysian skier Jeffrey Webb.Speed skater Cheyenne Goh has faced similar challenges in neighboring Singapore, where even a modest cold snap can set the population shivering.This month a freak monsoon surge sent the mercury plummeting to almost 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) — chilly by Singapore standards — sending people rushing to the shops to buy scarves and winter jackets.But unlike her compatriots, Goh got a taste for a cold climate after moving to Canada aged four, where she developed a love of winter sports.The 18-year-old initially took up ice hockey, a staple of Canadian life, before discovering short-track speed skating while watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.As well as qualifying for the Olympics, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Winter Games and won two silver medals and a bronze at last year’s SEA Games.No winter to speak of Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Goh, who is taking a year off after high school and splits her time between Singapore and Canada, insisted her success was not unusual.“It’s not all that strange that I’m representing a country with no winter to speak of at a winter sport,” she told AFP after a recent training session in the city-state.She is modest about her chances of matching the success of swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.But supporters hope her participation in the women’s 1,500 meters category will encourage more Singaporeans to take up winter sports.“After Joseph Schooling’s gold medal, many more became keen on swimming — and we are hoping that the same happens to us,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.The Malaysian and Singaporean athletes join a small group of Southeast Asians heading to Pyeongchang, including several from Thailand and the Philippines.No matter how well he does, Malaysian skater Yee said his qualification had already shown that athletes from the tropics can prove the doubters wrong.“It really does show that many things are possible,” he said. “Even without winter in Malaysia, we can still be there.” ABRELATED STORIES:North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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1 Manchester United target Marcos Rojo is facing disciplinary action from Sporting Lisbon for his ‘unprofessional’ attempts to seal a move away from the club.The Argentina full-back, understood to be the subject of a £16million United bid, has refused to train with Sporting and handed in a transfer request as he looks to force a summer exit.The Portuguese club’s president has warned the player and his fellow wantaway teammate Islam Slimani, however, that he will not bow to player pressure and has vowed to take action against both.Announcing Rojo and Slimani will not play in the club’s league opener against Academica on Saturday, a bullish De Carvalho said: “This will take as long as it takes. If something doesn’t change, you’re going to end up with the players seeing out their contracts.“They can watch the game on television. On Saturday, against Academica, we will play to win and we will win.“There is no player bigger than the club. I would not give up the honour, the club’s history, for the attitudes of anyone.“I give a piece of advice: don’t use the press, be professional,” he added, in an interview with Sporting TV.“These two, in defence of our magnificent group, must be removed. They are subject to strong disciplinary measures. Both players have taken decisions that have caused sharp indiscipline at Sporting.“A message: any player who does not follow the rules of the club can have illusions and pretensions, but with the way these two did things, the situation is just complicated.” Marcos Rojo [left]