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Things did not pan out how Tony McEvoy thought they might with Vinlands debut but the colts recent barrier trial win in Sydney has buoyed the trainers confidence for the Inglis Nursery. Saucony Schuhe kaufen .The two-year-old confirmed his place in Saturdays $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick after impressing McEvoy in a trial at Rosehill last Tuesday when he won by more than three lengths.He did in his trial what I thought he would do in the Merson Cooper, McEvoy said.Vinland made his debut in last months Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown and came from back in the field to run fifth.I was pretty confident going into the Merson Cooper and he just didnt begin well and then he got squeezed out and made too many mistakes, the trainer said.And at that level you cant make mistakes. He still ran very solid, but the trial confirmed to me that hes a nice horse.McEvoy has already had five juvenile winners this season and said Saturdays rich sales-restricted race had always been the plan for Vinland who will be ridden by Hugh Bowman.He has come through the trial beautifully, McEvoy said.It has brought him on really nicely. Im very happy and it was good to see that horse come out and win that he beat in the trial.The Gerald Ryan-trained Chauffeur, a $1.6 million yearling, finished second in last Tuesdays trial before winning on debut at Rosehill on Saturday.While the Inglis Nursery is the richest race on Saturdays program, the $250,000 Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m) is the feature and McEvoy has Big Memory heading to the race.Big Memory hasnt started since being withdrawn from the Caulfield Cup in October but trialled last Tuesday in preparation for his shot at The Villiers.I had to scratch him the day before the Caulfield Cup when he injured his hock, McEvoy said.It took a while to get that right but it seems right now and he trialled well.Hell run a solid race and hes got a good record at a mile.Tommy Berry, the last jockey to win on Big Memory in the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes, will be reunited with the gelding for the first time in more than two years on Saturday. Saucony Schuhe Outlet . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Saucony Schuhe Kaufen Schweiz . -- Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. http://www.sauconyschweiz.com/ .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Up until Wednesday night, life in Rio was pretty good for players on the U.S. mens basketball team.They stayed on a luxury ship, and cruised past a couple of badly outmatched opponents. They played tourist at the Christ the Redeemer statue, and went on a field trip to watch Michael Phelps win yet another gold medal.Then an Australian team with a little pedigree of its own served notice that maybe the Olympic gold medal isnt such a foregone conclusion after all.Banged about and taken out of their game, the U.S. had to rally in the fourth quarter to salvage a 98-88 win that was even closer than the score indicated. Sheer talent -- and some timely 3s from Carmelo Anthony -- saved the Americans, but the Boomers from Down Under exposed some weaknesses even if they were not able to get the final job done.The look afterward of relief on the faces of some U.S. players told the story as well as anything.It got real, Paul George said. It definitely got real.This was supposed to be another romp in the park for the collection of NBA stars that is the U.S. Olympic team. Australia is good -- starting five NBA players of its own -- but no one expected it to be terribly close.That included the bookies in Las Vegas, who installed the U.S. team as a 27.5 point favorite after two laughers to open the tournament.What the bookies didnt realize was this wasnt just another opponent that was going to be intimidated. This was an Australian team plenty confident in its own abilities, a team that has played together in various incarnations for years.They battled for rebounds, fought over loose balls. They played hard and they played physical, refusing to give any possession away.Mostly, though, they played like they belonged on the same court as the U.S. players.I think its the Australian culture, said Joe Ingles, whose day job is playing for the Utah Jazz. Were not afraid of anyone. Were not going to back down to anyone. Were going to play the same way if its the top team or a low-ranked team.Andrew Bogut had warned his teammates before the game not to fall into the trap of paying too much respect to the Americans. Thats hard for most teams to keep from doing, even though the U.S. is full of new players and missing past Olympians like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.Once things got physical, though, it was anyones game. The Australians led by five at half, and still clunng to a 2-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Anthony and Kyrie Irving combined to turn the tide. Saucony Schuhe Günstig. He was special tonight, George said of Anthony, the four-time Olympian who scored 31 points. Hes the reason we won tonight.The U.S. wouldnt have been eliminated had it somehow lost, but there is a certain pride factor when it comes to U.S. Olympic basketball teams. Theyve won two gold medals and 19 Olympic games in a row after the culture of the program was changed by USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo in the wake of the Olympic debacle of 2004 and the loss in the 2006 World Championships.Colangelo was watching courtside as the team he built on the theory that chemistry is just as important as talent struggled to contain Australia defensively and was taken out of its offensive flow by the aggressive play of the Australians.There were only two possible scenarios after the first half tonight, Colangelo said. One is the streak is over. The second is that theyre not invincible because we had a close game.Thanks to Anthony and Irving, who combined for all but the last 2 points of the fourth quarter for the Americans, the second scenario was the one that played out. Afterward, almost everyone connected to the U.S. program tried to take a positive out of it, saying a close game will prove good for the team as it chases the gold.Its pretty obvious why its good for us, said coach Mike Krzyzewski, who screamed at an official after Boguts hard foul on Irving in the third quarter. You beat one of the best teams in the tournament. You beat a team thats going to vie for a gold medal. You beat a team that was undefeated and has played together for years, a really good basketball team so I dont know how that could not be good for us.It was good for Australia, too, though the Boomers had to wonder if anyone can beat the U.S. after just falling short in their best effort.Asked if the Americans could be beaten, longtime NBA player and assistant Australian coach Luc Longley didnt exactly offer a lot of hope.Not tonight, he said. We rolled all our dice tonight and couldnt beat them.----Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg ' ' ' 
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