Press Association With qualification for the knockout stages well out of their reach, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen handed starting places to some of the younger members of his squad – including three Academy stars – and he was delighted with their performances on the night. Cullen, who fielded six first-time European starters, said: “Yeah, guys are working really hard, and some of those young guys, we talked about it yesterday, they’re the guys that are showing really positive characteristics, day in, day out, and they showed it on the field. There’s no real coincidence, I suppose. Ian Madigan finished with an impressive personal tally of 20 points as Leinster finally secured the first win in this season’s European Champions Cup, beating Bath 25-11 at the RDS. “They work hard all the time, and they put in a good shift. Certainly, they lack in experience, but they made up for it with the endeavour and work that they put in. Delighted for them, that they got a really good, positive reception as well from the crowd, which was fantastic. Unbelievable noise out there tonight.” Madigan’s 15 kicked points had Cullen’s side in the driving seat, before a 59th minute try from Leroy Houston helped Bath to work their way back into contention. However, the Blues responded with a try of their own from replacement Sean Cronin just three minutes later – and Cullen felt they learnt from some of the errors they made in attack during the opening period. He explained: “We got the ball straight back (following Houston’s try), pretty much from the kick-off. Built a bit of pressure there. We probably learnt from some of the mistakes we made in the first half in how we managed our way in the 22. Sean Cronin did very well to get in.” Bath boss Mike Ford is familiar with Cullen from this time in the Ireland international set-up alongside Eddie O’Sullivan, and although he acknowledged that the visitors underperformed in a number of areas, he was particularly disappointed his charges were outmuscled as their Champions Cup hopes petered out in Dublin. “A few things, a few areas. I think our set piece wasn’t great, was it? Line-out, we didn’t win too many collisions, and our discipline was poor. Madigan picked us off, kicking his goals,” conceded Ford. “We knew Leinster didn’t want to lose here in all the three Champions Cup games, so we pretty much knew they were going to come at us, but we couldn’t handle it. “That’s disappointing really, that we couldn’t win a collision. Because you know what we did last week at Toulon, against a very, very big side. We did that last week, and couldn’t do it this week.”
A Pinellas County deputy has been fired and charged with battery after punishing an inmate for trying to give a cookie to a bird.Three inmates were on kitchen duty when one of them saw a bird and threw a cookie toward it.Surveillance video shows Deputy James Moran yelling at the inmate, ordering him to do pushups and then kicking him in the ribs.Investigators say when the inmate was ordered to do 50 pushups and was kicked in the ribs by Moran for stopping due to getting tired.The incident occurred Jan 11., but the inmate who was in jail on charges for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest but didn’t come forward until his release, last week.The other deputy who was there is also under investigation for not taking action.The inmate at the center of the cookie scandal is already back in jail on car burglary charges, reports say.
JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Through the last half mile I was comfortable with where we were. It felt like we were rolling even though the track is playing pretty fast. I thought we were rolling so I was ok to sit where I was.“By the three-eighths pole I could see we were making ground and probably would be able to catch the leader, Fahan Mura.“I did have to ask her in the stretch but as soon as I switched my stick to my left hand she made a very nice move.”TYLER BAZE, STREAK OF LUCK, SECOND: “I put her right in behind the winner and I was hoping to get the jump on her, but that other filly (Vasilika) is a runner. So’s mine.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I don’t know,if there’s anything this horse can’t do, if there is we haven’t found it yet. I thought going down the backside Flavien had a good idea of how fast they were going, so he started moving a little earlier than he usually does, then she kicked in her last eighth like she always does and ran very well, we are very pleased.“Vasilika is certainly one of the barn favorites and really seems to come through for us every time. Even the couple of times she hasn’t won, she’s still tried so hard. We’re blessed to have her.“If I could answer why she is so consistent and so special I wouldn’t have to work.“She’s certainly running for her late owner Dan Gatto each and every time it seems.”MATT CHEW, TRAINER, STREAK OF LUCK: “We wanted to find out if she belonged with these kinds of mares. We needed to get that answered today and she answered it. We’ll take a look at what’s next, we’ll consider the Santa Ana (Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf on March 31).”OWNER QUOTES MARKSCHLAICH, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Just another great claim by Jerry, the horse just goes to the vamp she keeps producing and getting better, she just looks amazing today.“This race you get a little nervous in the beginning but then she just starts rolling and she looked ready to go and ran hard. (We are) very impressed.NOTES: All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and Todaro, G.Vasilika and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO