Sweeney snr said: “He’s running well and it’s not every horse that will handle Tramore. He’ll go for a similar contest next and it’s grand to get the win.” All Honours (14-1) galloped on strongly as the rain fell and the mist descended to win the Tramore Racecourse Members Club Handicap Hurdle. Philip Rothwell’s charge was driven into the lead by Brian O’Connell at the second-last and kept on well in the closing stages to beat Robbie Kaydee by four and a quarter lengths. Winning owner Christopher Morrissey said “We’re very surprised by the win. He’s been running on heavy ground during the winter and it’s the first time he’s got better ground.” John Costello’s Final Gift (11-4) took command of the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Hunters Chase when favourite Nevskij was pulled up quickly late on, winning by 10 lengths under James Carroll. The trainer said: “He’ll go for a winners hunters chase at Down Royal or Killarney now.” The eight-year-old, trained by Rodger Sweeney and ridden by his amateur son Colman, had won his last two starts over hurdles and continued the winning streak over fences in the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase. The eight-year-old, sent off the 5-4 favourite, travelled easily into contention and jumped into the lead two out before stretching to an 11-length triumph over Hillman, despite pecking on landing after the last. Press Association The Sweeney family, fresh from Cheltenham Foxhunter success with Salsify for the second year running, struck with Fiery Oscar at Tramore.
FILE PHOTO: Sadio ManeLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool must turn to unlikely heroes to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday according to defender Trent Alexander-Arnold after top scorer Mohamed Salah was ruled out with concussion.Roberto Firmino will also be absent against the Spanish champions leaving Jurgen Klopp without two of his most potent weapons for an already massive challenge.“Obviously we’ve got two of our main goalscorers out, but it also presents an opportunity for some of the other lads to come in, make a name for themselves and make themselves heroes,” said Alexander-Arnold.“If we do overturn the deficit tomorrow then whoever scores, their name will always be remembered because I am sure it will be one of those really special nights.”Salah was stretchered off during Liverpool’s tense 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday that kept alive their chances of a first Premier League title in 29 years after colliding with Magpies’ goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for a high ball.“It’s a concussion so that means he would not even be allowed to play,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Monday.“He feels OK but it is not good enough from a medical point of view that is all. He’s desperate (to play) but we cannot do it.”Klopp was realistic at his side’s chances of progressing to a second consecutive Champions League final, but refused to give up hope with Liverpool’s history of European comebacks.“Together with our supporters it was a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer,” added Klopp.“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes. “It doesn’t make life easier, but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try it.”– Anfield an extra man –Luis Suarez scored the opening goal against his former club in last week’s first leg at the Camp Nou, but ahead of his return to Anfield, the Uruguayan warned his current teammates of the lift playing on home soil will give Liverpool.“To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players,” said Suarez.And Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes attack will be the best form of defence as if the Catalans get an away goal, Liverpool will need to score five.“What we have to do is score,” said Valverde.Suarez will be joined by Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho on his return to Anfield after a £142 million move to Barca from Liverpool last year.But Ousmane Dembele is absent for the visitors due to a hamstring injury and Valverde believes the Frenchman’s absence will be felt just as much as Salah and Firmino.“We don’t want any player to be injured. It would have been extraordinary to see them all on the field. They are all important,” he added.“Dembele’s absence is a problem. Against a team that concedes space (in behind) it is always important to have player like Ousmane.”Share on: WhatsApp
Officials ruled the death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a suicide on Friday.The autopsy cited his official cause of death as suicide by hanging, according to The New York City Medical Examiner.Epstein was being held in the federal facility while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Correctional officers found Epstein unconscious last Saturday and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.He was found just days after he was taken off suicide watch.Since Epstein was charged for sex trafficking, the case has been a constant source of shocking revelations, and his death was no different.Conspiracy theories after his death went viral almost immediately.An outrageously popular theory is that the Clintons orchestrated his murder.Suspicion of foul-play intensified after an initial autopsy revealed Epstein sustained multiple broken bones in his neck. Before his death, speculation arose that Epstein who never married or had children spread his DNA by impregnating his victims.A Florida-based genealogical company is now looking into claims made by those who could be related to the disgraced financier.The autopsy report seemingly answers questions that were fueling speculation about his death.However, it remains unclear whether the conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s life and death will ever be put to rest.