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While River's Prayer and jockey Clinton Potts were winning the $150,000 Cal Cup Distaff by a length over Tiz a Gem, the 3-10 favorite Cambiocorsa was coming home a punchless third, losing for the first time in nine starts on Santa Anita's 6 1/2-furlong hillside turf course.
Punchless Villa were not good enough to beat a newly-promoted side surely destined to return whence they came by season's end.
The Giants' punchless offense yet again failed to provide support for Uehara, who gave up just four hits in eight solid innings in a duel with Fukuhara.
But he did not absolve his team for a punchless display that dropped well below the level of recent performances.
Punchless Pool enjoyed long spells of control, and finished as the better team, despite having Chris Llewellyn sent off on 63 minutes for a foul on Michael Jackson.
The Irish appeared plenty ready for the postseason on Friday, as they coasted past punchless Churchill - the last school other than Sheldon to win the league title, which it did in 2000.
Kenny Jackett admitted last night he was frustrated as his punchless Swans were 'sloppy at the back and not ruthless in front of goal' as they stuttered to a 2-0 opening-day league defeat to Northampton Town.
But they were punchless up front, and also looked unhappy at the back when pressed by lively duo Henri Camara and Carl Cort.
Under James Widdoes' punchless direction, nothing much really happens that might be labeled a genuine human response.
It's just rather sad that the outcome of this latest instalment is probably the least meaningful of all as, just as when India toured England in 2011, one of the teams has been rendered a jaded, punchless shadow of itself by an itinerary drawn up by fools.
Elsewhere today I like Stoke at punchless Derby at 5-4 and Swansea should win at Bolton as long as they field a full-strength side.