Cabral excited by new challenge

first_img Press Association Basle reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, only to lose out to eventual winners Chelsea over two legs, in a run which captivated the club’s fans. However, Cabral, whose Champions League experience could be invaluable to manager Paolo Di Canio, is well aware of the level of support at the Stadium of Light and is looking forward to running out there for the first time. He said: “The Champions League was very good and a great experience for the young players. “Last year, we played in the Europa League and for a Swiss club to reach the semi-finals was very good also. “Now I am playing for Sunderland in England. I am happy. In Basle, there are passionate fans – around 20,000 or so per game – but this is different. “Every game we play, the fans are always there and that is important for the team. In the game, I battle for the fans.” The 24-year-old claimed five league titles and three Swiss Cups during his time with former club Basle, and also had the opportunity to play Champions League and Europa League football. However, he believes England’s top flight represents a whole new test and he is keen to take on the challenge. He told the Black Cats’ official website, www.safc.com: “This is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it. Playing in Basle, we won everything in Switzerland, and I played in the Champions League and Europa League. Now I have a new challenge in England and, for me, it is the best league.” center_img Sunderland midfielder Cabral is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the Barclays Premier League after winning everything he could in Switzerland.last_img read more

Guineas double for magical Moore

first_img Press Association It was almost a case of deja vu as Ryan Moore completed a magical weekend on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile when showing his strength in the saddle aboard Legatissimo in the Qipco 1000 Guineas. With his original mount and ante-post favourite Found an absentee at the declaration stage, it looked as if Moore’s chances of landing a second winner of the mile fillies’ Classic after Homecoming Queen in 2012 had been significantly reduced. However, he found a more than suitable substitute with the engine and heart of a champion. Last at halfway, Moore bided his time waiting for the right moment to make his move as Tiggy Wiggy and Redstart cut out the running. Redstart gave way, but Tiggy Wiggy continued to gallop on resolutely in front, although it was not long before the Jim Bolger-trained Lucida powered past in a move which looked to have put the race to bed. With Moore now in full flow, Wachman’s filly, who only won a Listed heat at Gowran Park seven days ago, started to reel in the 9-2 favourite, and soon enough her stamina saw her move into a lead she was not to give up. Lucida battled back but it was not to be, as she went down fighting by three-quarters of a length, with Tiggy Wiggy another four and a half lengths back in third, gifting the winning handler his first English Classic success. Wachman said: “She’s a lovely filly, a big, scopey filly, and Ryan gave her a great ride. “Over the winter she showed me she could be classy, but we went to Leopardstown early this season and she was beaten in soft ground and we were scratching our heads a bit. She won very well in Gowran last week. It was like a bit of work. Twenty-four hours after gaining his first 2000 Guineas on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles in the same colours, the 31-year-old stole the show again with a power-packed ride aboard the 13-2 shot, this time for David Wachman. In doing so, Moore became the first rider since Kieren Fallon in 2005 to do the big-race double on Guineas weekend. “We were taking a chance coming here so soon, but it worked. I knew that if it didn’t come too quick we definitely had a chance. The step back to a mile was never a worry for me as she has plenty of pace. “She is in everything, so the Oaks is a possibility, but it might be that a mile and a quarter is the magic number. She’ll go further, we have got plenty of options – she’s won her Group One now, so the pressure is off.” Moore added: “Once we were getting the room I was confident of picking them up, as she travelled very well. She saw it out in really good style as she is a good, tough, hardy filly. “I am lucky to have picked up two good rides. I was a bit gutted when Found was not running as she is an exceptional filly and I was looking forward to riding her, but it has worked out well as I found another great one.” Part-owner Michael Tabor said: “It’s hard to believe, to win the first two Classics of the year – it’s what you dream about. “I was joking with Ryan yesterday saying I’d never done the double and I said ‘perhaps it will happen’, but never really thinking it would. “She only ran a week ago and David said she’d run well as long as we weren’t running her back too quick. If David has the right animal then he produces.” last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety Daily Incident Log between Friday, Feb. 24, and Monday, Feb. 27. View Roundup 02-28 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 8:34 p.m. on Feb. 26, a student reported that a suspect slapped her buttocks while she was standing on Orchard Avenue.  The suspect appeared to be intoxicated and she made a vaguely threatening statement before she walked away and disappeared from sight.At 5:26 a.m. on Feb. 26, a student reported that a cab driver sprayed him with pepper spray when he refused to pay his fare.  The student did not require medical treatment, and he was unable to provide DPS officers with a description of the driver, his vehicle or the cab company name.At 1:07 a.m. on Feb. 26, a suspect smashed the front passenger side window to gain entry to a car at Felix Chevrolet and removed a vehicle owner’s manual, a pair of headphones and a cable.Crimes against propertyAt 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 25, a suspect climbed through an unsecured window to gain entry at 1163 29th St., and removed two laptop computers, three iPods, two cellular phones, a television and two watches.At 12:18 p.m. on Feb. 24, DPS officers responded to a report of two suspects prowling in the bike racks outside Leavey Library and upon their arrival, they observed one of the subjects toss a duffel bag into some nearby shrubs.  The officers detained the suspects for questioning and both of them denied ownership of the bag, which contained three bicycle seats and a cell phone.  The officers were unable to locate the owners of the property to determine if a crime had occurred and the suspects were subsequently released.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:28 p.m. on Feb. 26, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained a possible broken nose when he was struck in the face by a football that a juvenile threw at him on 28th and Orchard streets.  The juvenile admitted throwing the football when contacted by the officers, but the student did not desire criminal prosecution of the matter.  The officers then transported the student to Kaiser Hospital for medical treatment.At 6:13 a.m. on Feb. 26, DPS officers responded to a student who reported that she had taken an overdose of her prescription medication.  An LAFD R.A. unit was requested and Unit #15 responded.  The R.A. Unit examined the student and transported her to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.At 2:17 a.m.  on Feb. 25, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who was reported to be unable to care for himself at Seeley G. Mudd building. The student was conscious and coherent when contacted by the officers and he declined transportation for medical treatment.  The student was released into the care of a friend.last_img read more