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 …

Rugby World Cup committee warns Japan not to run out of beer

Issue was raised as part of briefing sessions in cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitors Its the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans: organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restaurants in host cities could run out of beer during the tournament. As part of the planning for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the organising committee has urged business operators to order in sufficient quantities of beer to avoid upsetting travelling fans, Japans Jiji Press agency reported. The concerns were among issues raised as part of briefing sessions held in Sapporo, Hokkaido and Oita, the Japanese cities tipped to deal with the largest influx of international visitors. The …

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 …

Scientists find reason behind split-second sporting disputes

Players automatically perceive their own actions ahead of rivals, research shows Whether its rushing to push the buzzer on a quiz show or working out who last touched a basketball before it left the court, players often end up squabbling over moments that turn on milliseconds. But now scientists say there is more to the disputes than sour grapes or angling for an advantage. Researchers have found that when two players press a button simultaneously, they both judge their own action as having taken place about 50 milliseconds before that of their opponent. The upshot is that even if two Jeopardy! contestants hit their buzzers at the same time, each can believe they got there first. The authors say they …

‘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 …

Ed Jackson: I want to be the first quadriplegic to climb Everest

Former Wasps player was told he would never walk again after an accident in 2017 but two years on his sights are set very high indeed I seem to be in a good mood all the time, Ed Jackson says as he Wasps and the French rugby player died its like a heart attack because of the spinal shock. Play Video 2:22 loss of his best friend, Tom Maynard, also strengthened Jackson. Maynard, a gifted county cricketer, died on a railway line in 2012 amid a personal crisis. Toms death was my first big trauma. Tom was like my brother. But I got through that. Then the accident happened. It wasnt as bad. What happened to Tom made me stronger. …

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 …