September 20

Fenton banned for three years

first_img Fenton was called before officials after being found guilty of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances at a district court hearing last month. A cardboard box packed with 25 bottles and containers of animal remedies was found hidden in the horse spa in his yard in County Tipperary during a search by officials from the Department of Agriculture in January 2012. The Tullow Tank was another flag-bearer for the yard, but he has already been transferred from Fenton’s stables by owner Barry Connell. Powerful owners Gigginstown House Stud also removed the three horses they had in training with Fenton, including the Grade Two-winning Real Steel. Fenton had a runner at Gowran on Saturday when Ange D’Or Javilex finished third in a two-mile novice hurdle. Philip Fenton has been disqualified from holding a trainer’s licence for three years following an Irish Turf Club hearing. Press Association Among them was one kilo of the anabolic steroid Nitrotain in a paste form in a black tub – enough for 250 doses – and a 20ml bottle of a second performance-enhancing drug Ilium Stanabolic. Fenton was fined 6,000 euro as well as being ordered to pay a further 4,200 euro in costs following the case. The Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer did not give evidence in the one-day hearing in Carrick-on-Suir District Court and refused to explain afterwards why he had the steroids in his yard. Fenton’s disqualification period from training horses will begin from midnight on Friday, November 28. On March 1 next year he will be disqualified entirely from any horseracing environment. Fenton’s solicitor pleaded for a financial punishment, rather than disqualification, but a Turf Club panel felt the severity of the offence was of sufficient gravity to hand out a three-year suspension. Head of the panel Tony Hunt said Fenton would still have the right to appeal. The 49-year-old trainer enjoyed great success with Dunguib, who won the 2009 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, and Last Instalment, but those two horses have since been retired. last_img read more

September 17

Yelin gives players opportunity to participate in fun activities before match

first_imgBefore the Syracuse volleyball team took the court against Virginia last Friday, head coach Leonid Yelin gave his players the opportunity to do something they had not had much of all season before and during games: have some fun.Before the match started, Yelin instructed the players to compete in fun activities such as sprinting races and other things to ease their minds before the match.“We would compete between each other, like run races, like the weirdest things ever,” sophomore outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “It makes us not focus so much about the game.”This differs from the mentality the team usually has right before a game. According to Wlaszczuk, before a match, the team normally focuses on techniques and tactics to use in the match instead of the fun competitions they did last week. Although it might make more sense to focus on tactics rather than playing games before a match, changing the pre-match routine seems to have helped the team last weekend.While Yelin declined to be interviewed for this story, sophomore middle blocker Monika Salkute said she expects a similar pregame approach when the Orange (6-12, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) travels to Maryland (10-8, 2-4) on Friday and to Pittsburgh (11-8, 3-3) on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we will do the same thing,” Salkute said. “Last time it worked. Why not now?”Before last weekend, the Orange had yet to record its first-ever ACC win. After the weekend, the Orange had accomplished that goal, defeating Virginia on Friday.Sophomore outside hitter Silvi Uattara said the “stupid kids games” came as a relief, and made it easier to start the match. Those games strike a sharp contrast to Yelin’s aggressive practice routines.Typically in a practice, the team will play practice matches and train competitively. When a player makes an error, Yelin forces that player or that scrimmage team to do push ups or run laps around the court.While that practice routine hasn’t been their pre-match routine this season, after going through hard practices like that, players said it felt relieving to have some fun before the match.“I really like how Coach made our before the game, like we had a lot of games and competition between each other,” Wlaszczuk said. “He made us loose and have a lot of fun, which we actually enjoyed all this time.”After a six-hour bus ride to Maryland on Friday morning, the team may need to be loosened up before the game at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2013 at 1:12 am Contact Ryan: [email protected]last_img read more