Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes  At the time of writing, Brian Hughes has just won the British Jump Jockeys’ Championship for the second time. Between May 1, 2021 and April 23, 2022, Hughes rode 204 winners, 99 more than his nearest rival, Sam Twiston-Davies. In so doing, he became just the fourth National Hunt jockey in history, after Peter Scudamore, Sir Anthony McCoy and Richard Johnson, to ride 200 winners in a season. Reflecting on his second jockeys’ title, Hughes said, ‘Having lost the championship [to Harry Skelton] last year, to win it back, by a considerable margin and with 200 winners, it will mean the most.’

Of course, Hughes won his first jockeys’ title in 2019/20, with 141 winners, thereby becoming the first jockey based in the North of England to do so since Jonjo O’Neill in 1980. Indeed, O’Neill also held the record for the most winners in a season by a northern jump jockey, 149, which he set in 1978. However, Hughes broke that record as early as February 7, 2022, courtesy of an 83/1 four-timer at Carlisle, which took his seasonal tally to 150. Fittingly, three of his winners that day were saddled by Cholmondeley trainer Donald McCain, to whom Hughes was appointed first-choice jockey at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Born in County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Hughes, 36, became conditional jockey to Howard Johnston in 2005/06 but, by his own admission, became ‘a bit disillusioned’ and sought opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, he remained in the North of England and formed successful partnerships, first with County Durham trainer John Wade and subsequently with Donald McCain, Nicky Richards, Brian Ellison, James Ewart and others, that would ultimately take him to the top of his profession.

The History of CSGO: All you Need to Know!

The History of CSGO: All you Need to Know!  CSGO is one of the most popular online games today. It has been around for over a decade, and it continues to be one of the most played video games in the world.

CSGO began as a mod for the first-person shooter game Half-Life, quickly becoming popular among professional gamers. In 2012, Valve Corporation released CSGO as a standalone game, quickly becoming one of the company’s most successful products. Since then, CSGO has continued to grow in popularity and has even become an eSport – with professional players regularly winning millions of dollars in prize money.

Today, CSGO is available on multiple platforms – including PC, PS4 and Xbox One – and it continues to be loved by both casual and professional gamers alike. Let’s explore the history and evolution of CSGO.

The Rise of Professional CSGO

Counter-Strike has been around since 2000 and was initially just a fun mod for Half-Life. However, over time it grew in popularity and produced independent titles. In 2012, Valve Corporation released CSGO as a standalone title for Windows and Mac OS platforms. This was followed by the release of CSGO for Linux devices in 2014.

In 2013, Valve decided to create a professional circuit for CSGO, which led to the establishment of several prize pools worth millions of dollars. Today, over 100 teams compete in the Professional League (PL). The top teams in the league compete against each other in a series of qualifying rounds before culminating in major tournaments.

The rise of CSGO as a professional sport can be attributed to several factors:

  1. CSGO is a highly competitive game that rewards skill and teamwork more than pure firepower. This makes it suited for competitive play at an international level, where teams compete against each other to see who the best is.

  2. CSGO’s map design allows multiple strategies to be used simultaneously by both teams, keeping things interesting for spectators.

  3. The increasing popularity of streaming platforms has made it easier for fans to follow their favourite professional players and watch them compete live.

Overall, CSGO has been very successful and continues to evolve at a fast pace. It is now one of the most popular eSports titles on earth and provides gamers with an engaging experience they can enjoy online and off.

The Rules of CSGO

Players and teams alike need to understand their role in the game and be able to properly use each of their teammates’ abilities if they have any chance at winning. Each side will choose between one of five different soldier types at the beginning of a match: Offense, Defense, Heavy Assault, Support and Medic. Here are a few rules that apply in CSGO.

  • Both teams take their positions and wait for the start signal.

  • Both teams try to find the best possible strategy by analyzing what they see in their opponent’s position, players and weapon spawn. This can include choosing a separate tactic for each player or arming them with an appropriate weapon at the start of the round.

  • The round starts when both teams attack each other and try to wipe out all of their opponents as quickly as possible without damaging themselves. Players must constantly move to avoid being killed and ensure their team gains an advantage over their opponents’ spawn points.

  • To win a match, one team has to win 16 rounds against its opponents (one knock-out round won equals one point). A total of 30 rounds are played in a series, with each side switching sides after 15 rounds have been played (the 15th round is called technical pause). The winner is decided by whichever side has the most points at the end of three matches in a series or whichever side wins 2 out of 3 games on a single map in a round-robin format (this total may vary depending on the tournament structure).

  • If both teams are tied after all 30 rounds have been played, there will be overtime where players try to get an advantage by ensuring that they’re respawning near more valuable areas on the map or choosing more powerful equipment than normal (in case it’s available). To win overtime, one team has to get five kills in a row on their opponent or capture two designated areas on the map.

The Future of CSGO

CSGO has been around for a long time, and it’s still going strong. It has seen its share of ups and downs, but it looks like it is on the up and up again. While it may be hard to predict the future of CSGO, based on its performance, most people believe that it has a lot of potential for continued growth in the years to come.

Conclusion

The history of CSGO is long and complex, full of changes and developments that have had a huge impact on the game itself and the industry. Today, it is one of the largest online gaming communities in the world, with millions of active players every month. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s something here for you at CSGO.

The History of Paris Longchamp

The History of Paris Longchamp  Emperor Napoleon III sailed down the Seine on his private yacht to watch the action unfold on the first day of racing at Longchamp. He joined a huge crowd on April 27, 1857, along with his wife Eugénie and many other members of the royal family and the broader aristocracy.

They watched on as Eclaireur got the better of a famous mare called Miss Gladiator in the inaugural race at Longchamp. There were four more races held that day, and the event proved to be a roaring success.

Since then, it has emerged as one of the world’s most famous racecourses, responsible for hosting more than half of France’s Group 1 races. When you check out today’s French horse racing tips, you will notice that the biggest events take place at Longchamp, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Duke’s Dream Becomes a Reality

Racing had been held at the Champ de Mars in Paris since 1833, but the French aristocrats sought a higher level of grandeur. The Duc de Morny approached the authorities with a proposal to build a racecourse within the vast Bois de Boulogne in Paris, which is more than double the size of New York’s Central Park.

The authorities gave their consent, and the Longchamp opened the following year. It boasts a glorious setting, nestled amid manicured lawns and straddling the banks of the Seine, making it the perfect venue for elite racing.

In 1863, the Société d’Encouragement established the Grand Prix de Paris, which instantly became the world’s richest horse race. It took place at Longchamp. A British colt called The Ranger outstripped his rivals that year, seizing a prize of 100,000 francs, which the Duc de Morny raised from the Paris Municipal Court and the railway companies.

It turned Paris into the centre of the global racing scene. However, that all fell by the wayside when Longchamp was bombed during the 1870 Siege of Paris. Racing had to be abandoned throughout the Franco-Prussian War, but it would emerge stronger than ever in the 20th century.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Debuts

Racing was also cancelled during the First World War, but the government was keen to mark the end of the fighting with a celebratory event. By that point, there were two very famous races at Longchamp – the Grand Prix de Paris and the Prix du Conseil Municipal, a handicap established in 1893.

The French racing committee decided to launch an event that was similar to the Prix du Conseil Municipal, but without any weight penalties. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was conceived – named after the Paris landmark that became a symbol of the Allied victory during the post-War celebrations – and it first took place in 1920.

Count Evremond de Saint-Alary’s three-year-old colt, Comrade, won the race, which carried prize money of 150,000 francs. Comrade also won the Grand Prix de Paris that year.

The War Years

Longchamp continued to grow in stature during the 1920s and 1930s, but racing stopped during the outbreak of World War II. It resumed during the German occupation in 1941, with a host of German officers in the stands to watch the likes of Le Pacha and Djebel triumph.

In 1943, Longchamp was hit by a bomb during a race, killing seven people. The bodies were cleared from the track, and racing resumed an hour and a half later. French essayist Jean Guéhenno decried it as a sign of just how far standards of decency had fallen, as people continued betting on races at the crumbling course that day.

A Major Renovation

Longchamp was fully restored after the war, and racing continued unabated until 2016, when it closed for two years, allowing the authorities to conduct a €150 million makeover.

More famous races were added during the second half of the 20th century, and the Hippodrome de Longchamp – to use its full name – also began hosting concerts. For example, the Rolling Stones played there as part of their Voodoo Lounge Tour in 1995 and they returned in 2022 for another gig.

The racecourse had received minor upgrades and expansions over the years, but it needed a major overhaul. France Galop, the governing body of French racing and the owner of Longchamp, commissioned renowned architect Dominique Perrault to overhaul the historic venue.

It reopened in 2018, just in time to host the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which had been held in Chantilly while the renovations were taking place. Guests mingled at a chic new open-air café, took in stunning views at the sprawling rooftop lounge and gathered in the ultra-modern grandstand to watch Enable seal a second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win.

The Modern Era

Longchamp now has a capacity of 50,000. The complex is 56 hectares. It is essentially four racecourses intertwined into one larger course. That allows it to host a diverse mix of races, ranging from 1,000 metres to 4,000 metres in length.

The longest course is 2,750m, another is 2,500m, a third is 2,150m and there is also a 1,000m straight course that runs across the other three. It gives France Galop a great deal of flexibility, so there are 46 different starting points for races at Longchamp.

The main event each year is the Arc – Europe’s richest horse race, with a €5 million prize purse – but the Grand Prix de Paris, the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches are also extremely prestigious.

It is a flat racing venue, so the season hits its stride in May with the Prix Gany and winds down with the Prix de Royallieu, Prix du Cadran, Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, Prix Marcel Boussac, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, Prix de la Forêt, Prix de ‘l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix de l’Opéra and Prix Royal-Oak in October.

You can visit for a variety of meetings throughout the summer, and you can also take in famous artworks from the likes of Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas, who have depicted racedays at Longchamp.

‘Utah is going away…. They are going to blow it up’: Utah Jazz crashes, blockbuster trade predicted in the off-season

‘Utah is going away…. They are going to blow it up’: Utah Jazz crashes, blockbuster trade predicted in the off-season  On Friday, Utah Jazz were kicked out of the first round of the playoffs after a 98-96 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks, losing the playoff series 4-2.
Bojan Bogdanovic had the opportunity to win it for Utah Jazz with an open look at a 3-pointer in the closing but missed, seeing his team crash out of the playoff series and the ramifications could be greatly dramatic.

Utah Jazz has now made it to the playoffs for 6 consecutive seasons but has continually been eliminated early in the post-season and that was the case once again this time around. It was even worse with Mavericks star Luka Doncicout injured for the opening few games of the playoff series.

ESPN NBA analyst Michael Wilbon claimed earlier in the week that Utah Jazz would have to “blow up” the squad and start all over again should it go down to Dallas Mavericks.
Wilbon said on The Tony Kornheiser Show, “Utah is going away. They are going to blow that team up.”

“I don’t know if they are going to keep Donovan Mitchell and try to build around him or if they’ll trade Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. I don’t know the answer to that or if anybody does. I think it depends on the offers that are out there.”
Mitchell is the most possible piece to be on the trade table considering he would attract several interests across the league although Rudy Gobert is another trade option.
Matt Barnes also said there would be a big opportunity at Utah Jazz should they not make it beyond the second round, let alone the first round, and maintained that on Twitter yesterday. Their fans will also have a chance to claim some wins using picks from FlashPicks when the team continue their fight in the playoffs.

“They’ve been one of the better teams in the Western Conference for the last two to three years and all they have to show for that is two first-round exits and a second-round exit,” Barnes disclosed on ESPN’s ‘NBA Today’ earlier this month.
“I’ve continually said: ‘Who is going to be their consistent next second guy?’. They’re missing that second key guy and don’t be surprised if this falls flat on its face again if Donovan Mitchell leaves Utah.”

Mitchell secured 23 points, and 9 assists with8 rebounds on Friday to lead the way for Utah Jazz but it was not enough with Doncic and Brunson (24 points) coming up big for Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks will square up against the Phoenix Suns in the second round.
The possible fallout of another early postseason defeat has been a subject of much talk around the NBA all campaign, especially among teams that would be keen to trade for Mitchell or fellow cornerstone Rudy Gobert if Utah Jazz eventually decides to break up the partnership.

“No matter what, I’m always going to do my best to be the best Rudy I can be on and off the floor and win,” Gobert disclosed after Utah’s 98-96 Game 6 defeat. “The rest is out of my control.”

How much longer will Mitchell, who has 3-years and a fourth-year player option remaining on his deal, remains committed to the franchise that drafted him?
Several teams are eagerly awaiting the answer; reports suggest teams have been planning for months in anticipation of the 3-time All-Star asking to be traded this offseason. Mitchell did not commit himself when asked about the possibility in the wake of their elimination.
“My mindset is to win. Like I said, right now, I’m not really looking at [asking for a trade],” Mitchell said. “For me, I just want to win.”
“This hurts,” Mitchell said. “Like I said, I’ll think about it in a week and go from there, but right now, I’m not really thinking about any of that.”