Gold Cup hero Subjectivist is out for the season after suffering a leg injury.
The Mark Johnson-trained four-year-old gave a top-drawer performance to win in brilliant fashion at Royal Ascot, by five lengths from Princess Zoe – with three-time victor Stradivarius only fourth.
He was expected to renew rivalry with the latter in the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup later this month.
It is possible Subjectivist could be ready in time to defend his crown at Royal Ascot next summer but, as a potential stallion, time could be called on his racing career.
Johnston said: “He’s got an injury and it’s certainly season-ending.
“There was no secret that the horse had filling in his left foreleg in Dubai straight after the race (Dubai Gold Cup) and we got a hell of a fright from that. Visually, that was a career-ending injury.
“Within 24 hours he’d got a reasonably clean bill of health and within a month he’d got a complete clean bill of health, which was very unusual for that type of situation. Everything went perfectly well and there were no issues going into the Ascot Gold Cup or afterwards.
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“But on Monday he had filling in the opposite leg. Because the left foreleg had been so atypical and he’d come back from that, we hoped it would be the same with the other leg, but it didn’t.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. The only positive we can take from it is that at least he did get the opportunity to show us what he could do.
“Those of us that were there in Dubai thought that was a phenomenal performance and at least it was confirmed in what I like to think was one of the best Ascot Gold Cups in recent days.
MURRAY BREAKS AGAIN! Murray breaks to love as the Scot battles back once again. He must be wishing he doesn’t have to serve at all, because he’s a different player on his opponent’s serve.
Andy Murray* 1-1 Nikoloz Basilashvili
BASILASHVILI BREAKS BACK! It’s going to be one of those nights! The Georgian powers his way back into the set and closes out the game with a sublime shot down the sideline to level the set at one game apiece.
Andy Murray 1-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
MURRAY BREAKS STRAIGHT AWAY! If only he’d done this earlier! Murray breaks Basilashvili to love to steal a march on his opponent in the very first game of the fourth set. Now comes a crucial moment. Basilashvili has broken each of Murray’s last FOUR service games. Can Murray hold here and put himself in the driving seat?
The Centre Court roof is currently being closed, after which the players will return and resume the match. Murray will be hoping the rest does him good. He looked totally spent in those final games of the third set. As for Basilashvili, he’ll be absolutely itching to get back out there and take the fight to the tiring Scot.
Set 4 updates will follow.
Nikoloz Basilashvili takes the third set!
Andy Murray* 5-7 Nikoloz Basilashvili
BASILASHVILI BREAKS MURRAY AGAIN! Murray’s serve struggles continued, but he dug out a cracker to save set point and keep things alive in this set. But the Scot’s power bar is starting to dip into the red here. He looks absolutely shattered and, after a tense final rally at the net, Basilashvili prevailed to break Murray again and claim the set.
Andy Murray 5-6 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
That’s six games in a row for Basilashvili, who now knows that if he can break Murray again (he’s done three times already in this set) he’s back in this match. Murray’s starting to look tired, too. This is absolutely huge. Can Murray hold serve?
Andy Murray* 5-5 Nikoloz Basilashvili
BASILASHVILI BREAKS AGAIN! Well, this is incredible. Nikoloz Basilashvili was 5-0 down in this set. It’s now 5-5!
Andy Murray 5-4 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
That was a ballsy game from Basilashvili. A huge forehand error gifted Murray two match points, but the Georgian saved both, then closed out the game with an ace as he put himself in with a shot of survival in the set. Murray will serve for the match, once again. Will the third time be the charm?
Andy Murray* 5-3 Nikoloz Basilashvili
BASILASHVILI BREAKS! “I thought this match was supposed to be over!” exclaims Andrew Castle on commentary as Basilashvili breaks Murray again. It all looked like plain sailing for the Scot, but winning that final game is proving to be a tricky test.
Andy Murray 5-2 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
Don’t call it a comeback, but Basilashvili grabs another game as he holds serve to make the set look a little bit more respectable. Murray will serve for the match once again.
Andy Murray* 5-1 Nikoloz Basilashvili
BASILASHVILI BREAKS! Basilashvili’s desperate attempt to stay in the match sees him earn two break points. Murray saves the first with a serve and volley, but finds the net for the second and the Georgian grabs a foothold in the set. He needs a Murray collapse here, but he’s still in there – just.
Andy Murray 5-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
He’s fist-pumping, he’s hitting passing shots, he’s landing drop-shots with ease. Andy Murray is living his best life on Centre Court right now. The third set hasn’t been competitive as he has blown Basilashvili away. Now he’s about to serve for a straight-sets win and a place in the second round.
Andy Murray* 4-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili
“He’s tapped out,” says tennis legend John McEnroe on BBC commentary as Murray surges into a 4-0 lead and moves one step closer to a quite brilliant win. The Georgian is trying to blast his way back into rallies, but has lost the control and touch in his shots, and a drop-shot attempt falls apologetically into the net to put Murray in cruise control.
Andy Murray 3-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
MURRAY BREAKS AGAIN! If this match was closely contested at the start, Murray has well and truly broken his opponent mentally now. He’s showing flashes of his old form, and is looking cool, calm and collected as he surges into a big lead. A straight-sets victory is there for the taking.
Andy Murray* 2-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili
He had to work hard for it, but Murray holds his serve to move to 2-0 up in the third set. He’s looking in fine fettle, while Basilashvili is starting to look a little demoralised.
Andy Murray 1-0 Nikoloz Basilashvili*
MURRAY BREAKS! What a start to the third set for Murray! The Scot earns three break points, but only needs one as he breaks Basilashvili to love to score a huge break at the start of the set. Is this a sign of the Georgian’s resolve breaking? Regardless, it’s exactly what the Wimbledon crowd were hoping for.
The US President – nicknamed “Sloppy Joe” by rivals for his frequent gaffes – made his latest blunder after holding his face-to-face talks with the Russian President in Geneva earlier today. Nuclear stability, cybersecurity and possible prisoner exchanges were on the agenda as the men sat down for their first meeting in person.
Both sides played down the possibility of major concessions beforehand and it appeared the talks were aimed at thawing frosty relations between the two countries.
Things appeared to be going well for the US leader until his glaring blunder in the post-meeting press conference.
When asked about ongoing disputes in the Arctic between the two countries, Mr Biden said: “I caught part of President Trum… Putin’s press conference and he talked about the need for us to have some sort of modus operandi we dealt with where the arctic was in fact a free zone.”
The 78-year-old American President has been accused of going senile previously – a claim that he vehemently denies.
The pair were photographed shaking hands earlier today in an effort to mend badly frayed ties.
Mr Biden has previously called Mr Putin a “killer” and an “autocrat” and warned him about Russian meddling in Crimea.
The Russian leader hit back saying “it takes one to know one” – alluding to American interference in countries across the globe.
Russia’s alleged involvement in attempted assassinations of a double agent and his daughter in Salisbury and political rival Alexi Navalny have also been widely condemned and led to harsh sanctions on the state.
Mr Biden said he warned his Russian counterpart that there would be “devastating” consequences if the jailed activist didn’t leave prison alive.
He told a press conference: “I made it clear to him that I believe the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia.”
Mr Putin shrugged off the threat – refusing to even mention the opposition leader’s name or guarantee his safe release.
Referring to him as “this man”, he said: “This man knew that he was breaking the law of Russia.”
The Russian statesman later said their three-hour talks had been “quite constructive” and praised Mr Biden as an “experienced statesman”.
Mr Biden responded that Russia is in a difficult situation because “they are being squeezed by China.
Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland had to look away in the stands as his teammate Mateu Morey suffered a horrific injury against Holsten Kiel in the German cup semifinal on Saturday, finding his knee stuck in the turf.
The third division minnows, who had upset the odds to knock out domestic rulers and Champions League holders Bayern Munich on penalties earlier in the competition, were outclassed at the Signal Iduna Park.
A brace from Gio Reyna and goals by Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Jude Bellingham gave the hosts a 5-0 and a date in the final with RB Leipzig.
Yet it was the horrendous incident involving Morey that stole the headlines.
MADRE DE DIOS LO QUE LE ACABA DE PASAR A MATEU MOREY 😱😱 Ojalá sea lo menos posible pero tiene pinta de haberse destrozado la rodilla entera… pic.twitter.com/73GQurlKFs
— Forza Atleti (@Alberto1903_1) May 1, 2021
Ruled out of the match through injury and watching from the stands, golden boy Erling Haaland looked away in horror as his teammate twisted his knee at a shuddering angle while stretching to control the ball.
“We have to wait and see what the investigations reveal.”
Ex-Liverpool star Emre Can vowed: “Of course we are happy about [getting to] the final, but Mateu’s injury seemed bad.
“We will support him no matter how long he is out. It hurts us all.”
Spain youth prospect Morey had been enjoying a breakthrough campaign at Dortmund, featuring in 23 games for them so far.
Brought on in the 62nd minute with the score already 5-0, his cameo lasted just 12 minutes when the grim accident ended his afternoon and season.
Stretchers were immediately called for Morey, who was replaced by Belgium international Thomas Meunier. Dortmund are unsure how long he will be back for.
Offering their support, Dortmund wrote on Twitter: “If there is anyone who will give their all to come back stronger, it’s Mateu. We’re all with you.”
Haaland echoed the sentiment, sharing a photo of Instagram of himself with his close friend, adding: “Come back stronger.”
⚫️ Fur Dortmund nach Berlin 🟡 Gutted to have to miss the final, but I will be your biggest fan in the stands! I unfortunately have to undergo surgery and will be working hard to come back stronger. The road to recovery starts now! HEJA @bvb ⚫️🟡 pic.twitter.com/axmiP8nHrO
— Mateu Jaume (@mateujaume2) May 2, 2021
Taking to his own Twitter account, Morey posted a photo of himself smiling with thumbs and his feet up on Sunday afternoon.
“Gutted to have to miss the final but I will be your biggest fan in the stands,” he said.
“I unfortunately have to undergo surgery and will be working hard to come back stronger. The road to recovery starts now.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s hopes of picking up a crucial victory at UFC 261 ended with the very first kick of the fight against Uriah Hall.
Weidman faced Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout in Jacksonville, Florida, and looked to make a fast start in the opening seconds of the fight as he closed the distance and threw a powerful leg kick at Hall.
But Hall, using a defensive technique to “check” the kick, lifted his leg off the ground, causing the Weidman’s leg to snap on impact. The break could be heard around the packed VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena as the 15,000-strong crowd gasped in shock at the sight, and sound, of Weidman’s horrific injury.
It meant the fight was over in just 17 seconds, giving Hall the TKO victory. But Hall wasn’t interested in celebrating a win, and was clearly shocked and distressed by what had just transpired in the octagon.
“I got nothing but respect for Chris Weidman. He’s truly one of the best,” he told Joe Rogan after the verdict was read.
“It’s a crazy story that he’s the first man I fought that defeated me, that introduced me to fear.
“He’s the first one to defeat Anderson (Silva). I was the last. and it crazy that we ended up here again.
“Man, I feel so bad. I hope he’s OK. I with his family well. It’s a sucky part of this sport. It’s the hurt business.
“Whatever rank I am in the future, if he gets healthy, I owe him this fight.”
The graphic injury suffered by Weidman was a bizarre flashback to a fight earlier in his career.
Back in 2013, at UFC 168, Weidman checked a kick from former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, causing the Brazilian legend to suffer a broken leg in Las Vegas.
And, in a cruel instance of history repeating itself, it was Weidman who suffered an almost identical broken leg as he was stretchered away from the cage with a career-threatening injury.
In a typical year, Hollywood’s awards season provides work for an army of people including glam squads of hair and make-up people, of course, but also florists, limo drivers, waiters, parking attendants and so many more.
Those workers are suffering from what The Hollywood Reporter calls a “brutal hit” to their ability to make a living.
It’s been called The Red Carpet Economy, where thousands work largely unseen by the public, performing all sorts of tasks.
This has been their busiest weekend of the year, until now.
“I think a lot of people are really hurting,” said Eric Buterbaugh, who is known as the florist to the stars. “To be honest, I hate to say this but, it doesn’t really even feel like The Oscars, really.”
He is still the go-to floral designer, but right now his business must depend on gifting, for folks who send his floral designs to say “congratulations” or “thanks.”
“Normally, during Oscars season we’re doing four, five, six big parties and as those aren’t happening this year, it’s really a weird year for us,” Buterbaugh said.
His famous attention to detail has kept him busy. Same with caterer Sean Hayman, but that doesn’t mean business as usual.
“I had a full time assistant and she pretty much ran the office,” Hayman said. “And I had to let her go.”
His company fed firefighters battling last summer’s blaze in the Angeles National Forest, but his big show business gig last year, feeding the crowd at The Critics Choice Awards, evaporated in 2021 when the ceremony went virtual.
“It will be a matter of starting all over,” Hayman predicts. “But I like to think positive, and I think after a year or so, people will thirst for the more elaborate for what we were doing before this happened.”
Mark your calendars: April 25 is Oscar Sunday. Live coverage begins Sunday morning and continues all day with special “On The Red Carpet” coverage leading up to the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. After the last award is handed out, stay with “On The Red Carpet” for continuing coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscar news and information.