IMPROVING IN EVERY RACE Though Nunes and Subratie have numbers in their corner, Richard Azan’s lone runner, CAPTUREMYSHIP, has been improving with every race, winning three of four starts, the last being a five-and-a-quarter length romp at 1500 metres in June, suggesting he should have no problem at a mile. BILINGUAL, however, should be able to cope with Azan’s improving colt. In addition to being seven pounds lighter, she has faced the best of the three-year-olds this year, whereas CAPTUREMYSHIP has dodged those bullets by not competing in any of the classics. Nunes’ BILINGUAL faced the best of the best, finishing two lengths third behind SHE’S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in the Thornbird Stakes, and returned to chase home the eventual Triple Crown winner in the fillies’ Guineas – which, by the way, was 1.2 seconds faster than the colts’ 2000 Guineas – the same afternoon. However, the brave filly’s stamina limitations, bred Fearless Vision-Electrifying, was exposed at 10 furlongs in the Oaks when she finished distressed, but far from disgraced, 12 lengths behind MARLENE MY LOVE after being five off at the furlong pole. Far from being short on class, BILINGUAL will certainly enjoy an easier pace, no tearaway LOOSE CANNON to contend with, and should outclass the expected leader, WESTERN WARRIOR, whenever Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas decides to ask her to run. BILINGUAL now has the distance in her favour – a mile – and should use her class to make amends in this afternoon’s ninth race after losing to speedster LOOSE CANNON when returning off a near-five-month lay-up two weeks ago. Still in classic-distance mode when reporting off a rest on September 16, BILINGUAL was left flat-footed by LOOSE CANNON at 1100 metres. Her three previous races were middle to long distances, a run which started with the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes in March, the fillies’ Guineas at a mile in April and the 10-furlong Oaks three weeks later. Though BILINGUAL showed real dash at exercise, galloping 59.2 on the round course a week before the race, LOOSE CANNON’s terrifying speed was simply too much for the filly coming off the long break, leaving her well behind in splits of 22.4 for the opening quarter and 45.3 into the lane, where she gradually closed inside the last furlong, finishing two-and-a-half lengths adrift in a final time of 1:05.4. Anthony Nunes has crowded the 11-horse field with five runners, including BILINGUAL, going up against a trio from Gary Subratie’s barn – SARAH LEE, GREATH FAITH and BIBLICAL LEGEND.
1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – see the full possible Liverpool XI, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11 11 11 Liverpool could extend their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday evening, kick off 17:30 BST, as they travel to Crystal Palace.The Reds have won five and drawn two since their defeat to Burnley in August, sitting third in the Premier League only on goal difference.Plenty have quietly been discussing Liverpool’s title credentials amid their excellent form, but Jurgen Klopp won’t allow his troops to get carried away.Saturday’s opponents have been poor in recent games, having failed to win three points since the end of September.So who will get the nod from Klopp against the Eagles?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI by viewing the slideshow above. 10. Philippe Coutinho (left attack) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) 32. Joel Matip (centre back) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 19. Sadio Mane (right attack) 11 7. James Milner (left back) 11 11. Roberto Firmino (centre forward) 11 20. Adam Lallana (midfield) 11 14. Jordan Henderson (midfield) 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (midfield) 11 11
Marie Claire Mukambuguje and her husband, Faustin Murengezi pose with three of their children. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Refugee stories are often about fear: people fleeing their homes because they fear for their safety. But they can also be stories of joy. One Anchorage woman and her family took a path from war to love, and finally, to Alaska.Listen nowMarie Claire Mukambuguje fled Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 only to find herself caught up in the war in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.For months, she walked more than 300 miles through the dense forest with a group of other civilians and some soldiers. They were trying to escape areas of fighting. During that time, she was forced to marry a soldier and stayed with him for four turbulent, violent years. Together they had a son. When aid agencies finally helped her escape the forest and relocate to Congo-Brazzaville, she wasn’t free of her violent husband.“After one months, two months he can come (again),” Mukambuguje recalled while sitting in her living room, surrounded by family. “And then he go in the forest and then he back again.”Mukambuguje worried he would try to kill her.But this isn’t that story. This is the story of how she met her current husband, Faustin Murengezi.Mukambuguje was working at a hospital in Congo-Brazzaville and living alone with her son. One of her coworkers knew she was single, so he brought his friend, Murengezi, to visit her. He proposed that day, but the way Marie Claire saw it, she didn’t need a husband.“So now I can pay my rent. I can buy my clothes…What can you do for me?” Mukambuguje said, her children and husband laughing in response.Mukambuguje’s first marriage was miserable. She feared going home from work. Why should she try it again? “I live four year with someone…I never feel love.”But Murengezi came back to see her at the hospital, and this time, he was alone. He told her all about his past life – how he taught in Rwanda and was a person of faith. He was married before, too, but when fleeing the fighting in the forest, his was separated from his first wife. He waited for her for six years before accepting that she had probably died.Mukambuguje said her friends told her to give him a chance. “Start again your life. Don’t stay like this. You are still young. You can start your life and then life can be good for you,” she said. “I was always refuse.”She decided to pray about it. Then, one night, she dreamt that someone was coming to attack her and her son in their apartment, just like her former husband had done.“I scared – maybe someone is coming again,” Mukambuguje recalled. “I wake up – no person. Three times.”The next time she had the dream, she heard Murengezi’s voice. “He says, ‘This is my wife. If I saw you again here, we fight.’”Mukambuguje said she couldn’t go back to sleep and went in the morning to see her pastor. The pastor said maybe it was a sign from God. She never dreamed of being attacked again.Soon after the dream, they were married. Mukambuguje said being with Murengezi is very different than her first marriage – he cares for her.“He’s funny,” Mukambuguje said with affection. “I see big difference.”Together they had three more children, but they were not safe in Congo-Brazzaville. Her first husband tried to kidnap her oldest son. The family applied to be resettled in a new country, and about a year ago, they arrived in Anchorage.Mukambuguje sat with her husband on the couch, remembering how people described Alaska to her.“It’s very, very cold. Yeah,” Mukambuguje said, her husband nodding along side her. “Cold, no cold. For me, I need to be in a safe place.”Now Mukambuguje is safe, working full-time as a housekeeper at the Marriott and training new employees, while her husband, who used to teach and work in public health, attends classes and looks for another job.They leaned together on the couch, posing a lot like they are in the wedding photo that hangs on the wall right above them, one of the few belongings they carried to help make Anchorage their home.