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OCEANPORT, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had another easy gallop Saturday morning at Monmouth Park, his final serious exercise before the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.
The overwhelming 1-5 favorite for the race on Sunday was on the track shortly after 7:30 a.m. He slowly jogged from the barn area to the finish line, giving fans who lined the rail a good look at the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
He then turned toward the inside fence for a one-mile gallop under clear skies and a cooling breeze rippling off the nearby ocean
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said “the track was good, the weather was good,” and a lot of fans came out to see him. He said the horse “looked awesome out on the track. We couldn’t be happier.”
Oceanport Councilman Joseph Irace says American Pharoah has been creating a buzz.
“Biggest day of the year. Biggest day of the season and probably the biggest day ever for the borough,” Irace said. “Everybody is excited. The town is excited.”
And that excitement translates into huge economic impact, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports.
Thousands Expected To Attend Haskell Invitational To See American Pharoah
“All the local hotels around here are booked,” Irace explained. “The restaurants were packed last night. The restaurants will be packed again.”
With more than 60,000 people expected at the track, Irace says to be prepared for traffic. But says officials at the local county and state level have all been coordinatin to keep things moving. The silver lining is that it shows what horse racing can bring.
“It’s showing a renewed passion for horse racing and we hope the people out in Trenton take a look at it,” Irace said. “The politicians out there.”
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On Saturday, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Tim Duncan will play the “same boring game” in 2015-16.
Here’s the full quote:
Same boring game. He’s going to come to the game, he’s going to score X number of points and X number of rebounds. He’s going to lead, he’s going to tell me what to do during the game and then we’re going to go home. It’s going to be the same routine as usual.
At 39 years old, The Big Fundamental averaged a near double-double of 13.9 points and 9.1 boards while shooting 51.2 percent from the field last season.
Peruvian security forces liberate hostages, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, from remote jungle region
Peruvian security forces have rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, being held captive by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region, an official said on Saturday.
Anti-terrorism police chief General Jose Baella said that some of the adults were kidnapped between 20 and 30 years ago from Puerto Ocopa and nearby towns when the rebel movement was still strong.
Anyone involved in worship or production ministry is all too aware of the critical role that volume plays in worship services. Can the congregation hear the drummer? Do the people in the back row hear the Scripture reading? Are the words being sung loud enough to be understandable?
But whatever the ambient volume of the sanctuary, there is a more critical matter of volume and understanding at play. And it is one of the most glorious truths in the universe. It is implicit in our worship, but too seldom is it mentioned. When we gather to worship at our local churches, behind all our prayers and all our songs, behind all our exhortations and all our encouragements, is this stunning truth: God hears.
Has that simple, astonishing truth recently escaped you? Do you realize that, though God is all-powerful and present everywhere, he is not required to hear you? Would your engagement in corporate worship differ if you were more aware of that truth than the volume of the instruments?
Why We Don’t Hear
Consider the reasons why we cannot hear when someone calls to us.
Perhaps there is something wrong with our ears. My children often wonder if, after decades of performing live music, there is something wrong with dad’s hearing. Perhaps they are right and my hearing is failing — I prefer to think they are too far away when they are calling.
Perhaps the distance between the speaker and our listening eardrums is too far for the sounds to be intelligible. Or perhaps there is a social or relational gap between speakers and listeners, such as when a celebrity walking past a crowd believes himself too important to stop and listen to all the shouts from his adoring fans.
The God Who Hears
But consider the glorious God of the universe. First, God’s ears never fail. His hearing, after millennia of listening, is not fading. Second, God is never too far away to hear our cries. Though he is high, he regards the lowly (Psalm 138:6). These insights are precious.
Yet the glorious reality of God’s listening becomes clearest to me when I consider how God listens across the social and relational chasm between us. Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff writes, “By listening to what we say to God, the unsurpassable great God brings it about that this puny, defective act of ours becomes a link between us” (The God We Worship, 77). He continues, with understatement: “This is astonishing.”
It is astonishing that God — who is infinitely rich and never lacking — crosses the chasm and answers the poor and needy (Psalm 86:1). That God, who is completely righteous, hears those who need deliverance and rescue (Psalm 71:2). Even those in the midst of the darkest situations (Psalm 88:2, 6), the most distressing times (Psalm 102:2), and failing spirits (Psalm 143:7) can turn to God in prayer. Those facing adversaries (Psalm 64:1) or tearful sojourns (Psalm 39:12) can bring these concerns to the Lord.
Scripture promises us that God hears the prayers of the needy (Psalm 69:33) and the cries of the afflicted (Psalm 22:24). God hears at all hours of the day (Psalm 55:17), even in the day of trouble (Psalm 86:7), and begins his answer even before our request is fully spoken (Isaiah 65:24).
His Attentive Ear
Faith believes that God will hear and answer prayers (Psalm 17:6). This faith provides patience as believers await his answer (Psalm 40:1). Because God has previously brought relief in times of distress, believers call on him again and again (Psalm 4:1).
And while it’s true that God hears and delivers the righteous from their troubles (Psalm 34:17), even undeserving sinners can be sure that God hears their cries for mercy (Psalm 55:1). Because God is gracious, he hears our cries (Psalm 27:7), even to the point that he makes the words of our mouths acceptable in his sight (Psalm 19:14).
Amazingly, we can have even more confidence of this truth than the psalmist because his own Son purchased our access with his blood (Ephesians 2:18), pioneered our way into the Father’s presence (1 Peter 3:18), and sits in the place of honor at his right hand interceding for us (Hebrews 8:1).
So, believer, how would you pray today if you knew that God was listening? How would you sing if you knew God could hear?
God’s word tells us to call on him and bring our most difficult and most trying circumstances to his attentive ear. He is listening.
Yuri Felshtinsky, who wrote a book with former spy, says UK capital – once a safe haven for Russian expatriates – is now a dangerous place for Putin critics
London has become one of the most dangerous cities in the world for critics of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, with “no one safe” from the reach of the Kremlin, according to one of Alexander Litvinenko’s closest confidants.
As the sun set on another muggy New York City Friday (July 31), in-the-known Brooklynites of all ages gathered in Prospect Park’s bandshell. A structure that’s housed all types of acts, from Philharmonics to Brazilian dance troupes, was that night filled with electric energy only associated with a hip-hop show.
A part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series, the free show brought out just about every broke millennial in the borough looking for a Friday flex. Tonight’s stage was to be occupied by two very different MCs, Detroit’s Angel Haze and Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. Though their styles differ, both formerXXL Freshmen brought their A game to night’s proceedings.
The bandshell was fittingly soaked in neon-colored stage light and a rumbling fog when Angel Haze emerged for her set at around 8:30 pm. Focusing on moving forward in her career, Haze prepared a bunch of new material for her young audience to consume. The 24-year-old rocked a low snapback, leather and shades and told the crowd her plan for the night.
“I come to you guys a new me, so it’s only right I perform new shit,” Haze announced to the orchestra pit’s delight.
Starting off with a track entitled “D-Day” Haze spit heavy over a Missy Elliott sampled beat a-la “Gossip Folks.”
Next up was Mississippi bred-MC Big K.R.I.T. Still flying high off his space-themed 2014 album, Cadillactica, Krizzle brought the South to BK with down home turn up fervor. His southern tinged G-Funk set moved everyone within earshot.
Running through his steadfast artillery, K.R.I.T. got the crowded hyped from “Cadillactica,” “My Sub Pt. 3 (Big Bang)” and “Pay Attention.” He even touched on throwbacks like “Fuck These Haters and Fuck These Hoes” from his 2012 debut, Live From The Underground.
Ending with the defining “Mt. Olympus,” Krizzle sprayed his crowd with water, strolled offstage and garnered chants of an encore before the house lights went up.
First launched in 1979, Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of NYC’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. The festival is meant to bring residents back the beauty of Prospect Park by showcasing the beauty of New York’s multi-cultural arts scene.