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• Vet suggest horses more sensitive than humans
The ruling body of British horse racing has once more found itself defending its whip rules following criticism from Australia of the 2011 report that provided the basis for the present rules. The whip has been a hot topic in Australia this week, with one academic claiming horses are more likely to feel pain than has been realised, while an increasing number of British politicians are showing interest in the subject.
The British Horseracing Authority claims it has put in place whip rules that safeguard animal welfare and ensure the sport’s continued good standing in the eyes of the public but its 2011 report on the subject has now been attacked in a study for the quarterly journal Animals. After finding a series of faults with the BHA’s work, the study condemns the Authority for concluding “that whip use is not painful, that whip use is not a welfare problem and that whip use is necessary for safety and encouragement, without adequate evidence to support these claims”.Continue reading...
• ‘But he didn’t answer the call and it is not about one man’
The Israel coach, Eli Guttman, insists he has no special plans to stop Gareth Bale during Wales’s crunch Euro 2016 visit to Haifa. Guttman dismissed the idea of using strong-arm tactics to curb the Real Madrid player and even joked that his call to Bale’s club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo on how to keep the Welshman quiet had fallen on deaf ears.
“We contacted Cristiano exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale,” Guttman said at his press conference before Saturday’s Group B top-of-the-table clash at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.Continue reading...
I have no idea whether Pete Rose had put money on the game I watched him play for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field one afternoon in the summer of 1985. Cincinnati won, and it was Rose’s habit only to bet on his team to win. But professional baseball players are not allowed to bet. Once exposed to the world, that habit became his downfall.
Rose should have been granted a coveted place in baseball’s hall of fame many years ago. His career total of 4,256 hits is the highest in the history of the sport, and he is a three-time World Series winner. He was also aggressive and abrasive – his nickname was “Charlie Hustle” – and once served a 30-day suspension for shoving an umpire. Then came the charges that would demolish his claim to a formal position among baseball’s immortals.Continue reading...
• ‘We can do even better next season,’ manager says
Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract with Stoke until 2018, the club have confirmed. The manager revealed he had entered talks in January, with his existing contract due to run out in 2016.
Hughes has been at Stoke since May 2013 and has guided them to 10th in the Premier League this season. He told the club’s website: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I think it’s exciting times for Stoke City, everyone can see there’s more progress to be made and we want to see how far we can take the club.Continue reading...