Horse dies on racecourse day before Preakness Stakes

Three-year-old filly Congrats Girl collapses at Pimlico Race Course as Baltimore course prepares to host second leg of Triple Crown on Saturday A filly collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Friday, the day before the track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83F (28C) heat and was eased to the finish line. The Florida-bred three-year-old was running her sixth race. She came in last in the eighth race on the card, then fell to the dirt about 100 yards past the finish line. Jockey Trevor McCarthy, clearly distraught, said the filly felt hot when walking on …

A Big Mac at the White House: Trumps telling sports celebrations

Hes hosted teams and honored athletes, but the presidents ceremonies reveal his polarising nature On Monday last week, it was the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team. On Monday this week, the US army football team, followed by the golfer Tiger Woods. On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox, the baseball World Series champions. I love it, the John F Kennedy or Barack Obama eras, few actors, dancers, film makers, musicians, painters or poets now visit the White House. Instead, Trump rails against Hollywood liberals and reportedly eschews books and theatre. Thursdays visit by the Boston Red Sox initially announced on the White House website as the Boston Red Socks was a case in point. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Votes Matter, …

As the Kentucky Derby approaches, deaths pose existential questions for US racing

A rash of deaths at the famous Santa Anita Park in California has left many wondering about the future of horse racing in America Tank Team, Unusual Angel, Secret Street, Derby Treasure, Noise Mandate, Amboseli. There will be no statues built at Santa Anita Park in memory of those six thoroughbreds, 23 horses died at the track, either training or racing. Equine death has been called on racing to be suspended at Santa Anita, while the Los Angeles District Attorneys office announced an investigation into the deaths. Animal right activists are calling for the abolition of horse racing in California, an attainable goal in a state where won his last race here. this weekend at Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky …

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tiger Woodss rehabilitation continues with the news that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony next week at the White House Tiger Woodss rehabilitation continues with the news that he will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony next week at the White House. The medal is one of the highest civilian awards in America, and Woods will be only the fourth golfer to receive one. The other are Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charles Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. Woods will receive the award from Donald Trump, who is a long-time friend and business partner of the golfer. Woods pulled off one of the great revivals in …

Giants draft pick Ballentine injured and college teammate killed in shooting

The New York Giants sixth-round draft selection Corey Ballentine has been injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas The New York Giants sixth-round draft selection Corey Ballentine has been injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas, on Sunday morning. Simmons was 23 at the time of his death and had played alongside Ballentine at Washburn University. Ballentines injuries are not life threatening, and he should make a full recovery. Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act, the Washburn president, Jerry Farley, wrote in a statement. Both Dwane …

Huawei tech would put UK-US intelligence ties at risk, official says

Chinese firms 5G equipment described as security risk after council gives partial go-ahead A US official has warned that the UKs leaked proposal to adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risks affecting intelligence cooperation with the US, prompting further criticism from Conservatives opposed to the plan. Robert Strayer, a deputy assistant secretary at the US state department, said on Monday that Huawei was not a trusted vendor and any use of its technology in 5G networks was a risk, contradicting the British stance. The official said if an untrusted vendor was used by the UK or another western country, the US would have to reassess the ability for us to share information and be interconnected implying that intelligence-sharing …

Trump sends support to NFL draft pick who called Kaepernick a ‘clown’

Trump tells new 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, who deleted posts that criticized Kaepernick, to stay true to yourself When college athlete and future NFL star Nick Bosa realized he might get drafted to a team in liberal San Francisco, he started April 27, 2019 The rookie defensive end had been a fervent Trump supporter on social media before he started scrubbing his posts. But he perhaps drew the most scrutiny for describing former 49ers quarterback settled a collusion lawsuit against the league in February. Trump repeatedly condemned Kaepernick during the election campaign, and continued his criticism as president, mocking him during a 2017 rally in Kentucky. Trump also put pressure on NFL team owners to change league rules to …

‘I won’t be silent’: Ilhan Omar answers Trump 9/11 attack

Congresswoman says rightwing vitriol cannot threaten her unwavering love for America as president pushes video In the face of attacks from Donald Trump, Republicans and rightwing media outlets, the Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar said on Saturday no one could threaten her unwavering love for America. I did not run for Congress to be silent, Omar wrote on Twitter, less than a day after the president shared a video that included footage of her speaking and graphic images of the 9/11 terror attacks. Trump retweeted his message on Saturday. Omar thanked supporters for standing against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country. No one person no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious can threaten my unwavering love for …

Prosecutors offer Patriots owner Kraft plea deal over massage parlor charges

Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots sixth NFL championship under his ownership. NFL has not taken any action against him but has said its personal conduct policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL and it will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. Krafts wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander …

It’s Mueller time but don’t forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America | Robert Reich

Partisan fury over the special counsels report may obscure the ways the president has damaged our democracy We may report, whatever it shows, will almost surely be overwhelmed by a fog of alt-interpretation and epistemological confusion. Whats collusion? Whats illegal? Whats unethical? Has Trump been vindicated or not? The real danger is that as attention inevitably turns to the 2020 campaign, Douglas Southall Freeman, explained, the first president believed he had been entrusted with something of immense intrinsic worth, and that his duty was to uphold it for its own sake and over the long term. He led by moral example. Few of our subsequent presidents have come close to the example Washington set, but none to date has been …

Trump’s Federal Reserve pick linked to indicted boyfriend of Russian agent

Stephen Moore created a controversial political group with Paul Erickson, who is charged with fraud and whose girlfriend, Maria Butina, pleaded guilty to infiltrating the conservative movement Donald Trumps new nominee for the aggressive advertising campaign tying Barack Obama to William Ayers, a leader of the Weather Underground domestic terror group in the 1970s. Obama and Ayers had served together on the board of an education foundation in Chicago. indicted last month in South Dakota on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Stephen Moore. Photograph: The Heritage Foundation I havent seen much of Paul since he was with the Romney campaign in 2012, Moore said. Asked if he had seen Erickson or spoken to him during the 2016 election, …

Mother of super-middleweight world champion Caleb Plant shot dead by police

Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a statement that 51-year-old Beth Plant was pronounced dead on Saturday at a hospital. It says Plant became combative while being transported by ambulance and pulled out a knife. The driver called law enforcement and an arriving deputy shot Plant when she brandished a knife at the officer, according to the report. CalebPlant (@SweetHandsPlant) Love you forever and always momma . You always said work hard bubba …

Trump donor who owned spa linked to Kraft arrest offered access to president

Miami Herald and Mother Jones report Li Yang claimed to be able to get Chinese clients pictures with Trump A company run by a donor to Donald Trump claimed it could provide Chinese clients with a chance to mingle and Miami Herald and https://t.co/CI4vCj9e7c Miami Herald on Friday published a photo of Yang with Trump at a Super Bowl party at his West Palm Beach country club and reported on the link between Yang and the spa where Yang was a former owner of the spa. Yang wasnt charged in a multiagency anti-human trafficking operation that resulted in 25 arrests, including that of Kraft, and shut down 10 Asian day spas in South Florida last month. None of the spas …

Santa Anita suspends racing after ‘horrible’ deaths of 21 horses in two months

Santa Anita, one of the worlds most famous racetracks, has cancelled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months Racing at Santa Anita in Los Angeles, one of world racings most iconic venues and the host track for this years Breeders Cup, has been suspended indefinitely after the death of a four-year-old filly during training at the course on Tuesday, the 21st fatality there since 26 December. Training on its dirt track has also been suspended, and the valuable and significant cards for this weekend, including two Grade One events and an important trial for the Kentucky Derby in May, have been cancelled. The halt to activities on the dirt …

Trump donor who once owned prostitution case day spa offered access to president

Miami Herald and Mother Jones report Li Yang claimed to be able to get Chinese clients pictures with Trump A company run by a donor to Donald Trump claimed it could provide Chinese clients with a chance to mingle and Miami Herald and https://t.co/CI4vCj9e7c Miami Herald on Friday published a photo of Yang with Trump at a Super Bowl party at his West Palm Beach country club and reported on the link between Yang and the spa where Yang was a former owner of the spa. Yang wasnt charged in a multiagency anti-human trafficking operation that resulted in 25 arrests, including that of Kraft, and shut down 10 Asian day spas in South Florida last month. None of the spas …