She said she had been practicing at home, but was excited to get back onto the field. “We are getting a lot of practice in for the season,” Tesar said. “Last year I didn’t get to hit a lot of balls so I am happy to do that this year.” 11 year-old, Kayla Tesar, went out to the fields with her dad, as she gears up for her second season of organized softball. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – Saturday marked the first weekend with athletic fields back open to the public in Broome County. Tesar hopes to begin her Little League season at some point in the next two months.
Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam and Grade One-winning novice Valseur Lido form a formidable twin assault for Willie Mullins on the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday. Mullins said: “Djakadam ran a cracker here (Punchestown) last April. One or two of them will probably be rusty and I’m hoping he’ll put up a show.” The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Valseur Lido won three of his five starts over fences last season, including Grade Ones at Fairyhouse and Punchestown. “I’m very pleased with how both of them are. It’s probably a little short for both of them,” the County Carlow handler told www.wpmullins.com. Gigginstown’s retained rider Bryan Cooper has sided with Valseur Lido over the race-fit Clarcam from Gordon Elliott’s yard, who has already been beaten twice this season. Gigginstown’s stud manager Eddie O’Leary said: “Hopefully he (Valseur Lido) will run well. He’s in good form. The trip is a bit on the short side for him, but we’ll see how he goes. I think Clarcam will improve now we’re putting the cheekpieces on him.” Hidden Cyclone arrives in excellent form after an impressive victory in the Fortria Chase at Navan a month ago, but trainer Shark Hanlon is concerned the two-and-a-half-mile distance could stretch him in what will be testing conditions. Hanlon said: “He’s in great form and has a run under his belt, which hopefully gives him an advantage over one or two of the others. “The only worry is the ground is going to be heavy. If it was two miles, I’d be delighted, but over two and a half, I just hope they don’t catch him. Djakadam was a major disappointment on his seasonal reappearance in last year’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but bounced back emphatically in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park to earn a shot at the blue riband. The six-year-old finished second in the Gold Cup before finding the formidable Don Cossack too strong in the Punchestown Gold Cup in late April and makes his first start since then in the Grade One over two and a half miles. “It’s a very good race. Willie has two very good horses in it, they are both stayers and with the ground it might ride more like a three-mile race, which will suit them better than us. I’m very happy with our horse, though. He was very good in Navan and ran a blinder in the Galway Hurdle before that, so he goes there in great shape.” The JP McManus-owned Gilgamboa signed off an excellent first season over fences with a Grade One victory in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April. Trainer Enda Bolger said: “Everything is good with the horse and he’s ready to run, but having been off the track for a while, he will just take (need) it. “It’ll be nice, soft ground, which will suit him. It’s a very hot race, but we have to start somewhere and there aren’t too many options for a horse like him. We’re just hoping for a nice run. A clear round and coming home safe and sound will do me.” Press Association
The second International Swimming Meeting ”Mladost Kup 2013” was held this Saturday in Banja Luka. This meeting was held at the City Olympic swimming pool in Banja Luka. The competitors competed in two swimming pools. Children up to 12 years of age competed in the 25 meter long swimming pool, while older swimmers competed in the 50 meter long Olympic swimming pool. The competition welcomed 200 competitors from 15 clubs. Besides the clubs from B&H, clubs from Croatia and Serbia also competed at this meeting.Swimming pool PK “Zmaj-Alpamma” participated at this competition with 30 competitors. Some of them are: Melika Imamović, Džana Kasumović, Džana Čaušević, Belma Rahmanović, Azra Ibrahimagić, Mila Hrustić, Iris Samardžić, Merisa Mustajbašić, Asja Merdić, Andrej Simić, Vladimir Simić, Kajs Hadžić, Maid Sukanović, Adi Mešetović, Ahmed Imamović, Amar Ustavdić, Tarik Ustavdić, Amir Imamović, Belmin Karić, Faris Čanović, Emir Jusičić, Faris Škahić, Benjamin Ibrahimagić, Eldar Vikalo, Azur Žabić, Denis Stankić, Harun Bajramović, Zlatan Radovanović, Amar Koprić and Damir Koprić.Swimmers from PK “Zmaj-Alpamm“ won in total 18 medals at this competition, out of which 3 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals. Andrej Simić, a swimmer from PK “Zmaj-Alpamma” is the pride of this club. He was proclaimed as the best athlete from Tuzla and as the best athlete from the Municipality of Tuzla for the year 2012.
Asmir Begovic has admitted he is a doubt for Bosnia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel, just hours after it was reported he would captain the side.Begovic has delayed meeting up with his international teammates while he receives treatment at Stoke for a groin injury picked up against Tottenham.He is due to fly out tomorrow and hopes he will be fit to feature in the match on Saturday.“I had to stay in Stoke for a check-up but I will join my Bosnia team mates (on Wednesday) and hopefully will be ready for (the match against Israel),” he told for sportspor.ba“I played through the pain after taking a knock in the groin in the first half against Tottenham and I will know more about my condition in a day or two, but there is a good chance I will be fit.” (Source:sportsport.ba)
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went down with a gruesome leg injury on Monday night in the second overtime of their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at the Moda Center, and had to be stretchered off the floor.With the Trail Blazers up two points and less than three minutes to go in the second overtime, Nurkic went to grab a rebound after a Maurice Harkless miss. Nurkic caught the ball and attempted to tip it back into the hoop. He missed the shot, and as he came down, his left leg snapped and collapsed as he fell to the floor.The injury was so jarring, the first people to reach Nurkic draped a towel over his leg to cover it from view. His leg was put in an air cast, and Nurkic was stretchered to the locker room. There was no immediate word on the details of the injury, but Nurkic will assuredly miss the remainder of the season.Blazers coach Terry Stotts called the injury “devastating.”
Julio Cesar is in Portugal ahead of a season-long loan move from QPR to Benfica.The Brazil goalkeeper is surplus to requirements at Loftus Road, and manager Harry Redknapp is keen to offload the 34-year-old, who is currently earning £100,000-a-week at the west London club.Redknapp, who stuck with former England stopper Robert Green in his side’s Premier League opener on Saturday, said: “Benfica are supposed to want him. Cesar is supposed to be over there. I hope he’s there anyway.”Cesar joined QPR in August 2012 and spent last season on loan at Toronto FC, before playing in all seven of Brazil’s World Cup matches this summer. 1 QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar looks set to join Benfica