Month: May 2020


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, AUTHENTIC, WINNER: “The main thing was getting out of the gate; once we did it was a nice trip. I took the lead and I wasn’t going to go too fast but I’m happy I got the trip I did.“I told Bob when he broke his maiden (Nov. 9) he was my favorite two-year-old. He’s very talented. I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch. His ears went toward the crowd, so I think that’s what caused it, but then when he got down to the rail, he spooked himself again.”JOEL ROSARIO, AZUL COAST, SECOND: “He got a lot of dirt in his face early and then he came running. He’ll move forward off of this.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, AUTHENTIC, WINNER AND AZUL COAST, SECOND: “We thought if he’s a good horse, he should win. That’s what you’re hoping for, the way he was working and all. Drayden (Van Dyke) has always been really high on him. I joked with him when he came back. I said, ‘Do you think he’s a little bit too much horse for you? No, no, no he’s not!’“You want to see him run like that, especially this time of year. We’ve got some other ones back there, hopefully they’ll come along, but the timing is good for him now to run in the March race, whatever it is (Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 7).“He saw the crowd (when he lugged in midstretch). We had a decent crowd today. He saw something, but he’s never really acted that way before. He was just out there by himself and didn’t know what was going on . . . he wanted to throw the brakes on.’“I thought he was the quickest horse in the race. He won going 5 ½ in one oh three and change. He moves like a gazelle. He’s real light, he’s leggy. It was a big move forward. The second race is the toughest one to make.“When I ran him the first time at Del Mar he was a little bit green that day, because I was debating whether or not to put blinkers on him. I didn’t, but he may need something to keep him more focused . . . Today he wasn’t blowing hard after the race and didn’t take a deep breath so that is a good sign.“Azul Coast ran a decent race. He’s better than that. He got a little sick on me after Los Alamitos. He lost some time, lost some weight, but he ran second because he’s a class horse. He’ll move up after that.”Asked about Derby hopefuls: “Whichever one won that day is your Derby hopeful. That’s the way it works in this business. He’s got 10 points (see note below).”NOTES: The winning owners are SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing or Madaket Stables, LLC, et al. The winning horse gets 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Second is worth four points, third two and fourth one point.last_img read more

Mourinho ready to settle for second best as Spurs switch attention to Prem

first_imgTHE Special One rarely settles for second best — but this time it suits.And it revives memories of Champions League glory with Porto and Inter Milan after finishing group runners-up both times.4 With second place guaranteed for Spurs, Jose Mourinho faces the big hitters in the next roundCredit: AFP or licensorsWhen he won it with Porto in 2004, they progressed to the knockout phase after finishing second in the group behind Real Madrid.In 2010, when he landed the trophy for chairman Massimo Moratti, Inter qualified behind Barcelona.With second place guaranteed for Spurs, Jose Mourinho faces the big hitters in the next round.He said: “Our big, big, big, big step was reaching the first knockout.”Then in the quarter-final, when all the teams from the same country can be in the same basket — with the possibility of being drawn home or away — it is the moment everybody has the same chances.“When I arrived I focused on two matches: the first West Ham, the second Olympiakos. “The objective was to put everything in these two with one objective in relation to the Champions League — to qualify.“If we qualified in that game it would allow us to focus more in the Premier League.“The first step is done. We are in the knockouts. The fact we are second diminishes possibilities a little bit in the last 16.“We play the second match away, we play a group winner — with clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain . . . the best waiting for us.“It’s going to be difficult for us. And it’s going to be difficult for them.”Mourinho has secured some extraordinary wins in the Champions League, with Inter’s success notable for victories over Chelsea and Barcelona along the way.4He is up against it next year but this type of challenge fires up one of the world’s best coaches.He gathers trophies — with his winning mentality convincing Daniel Levy he was the right person to succeed Mauricio Pochettino.There are few managers who conduct a job interview like Mourinho.He twice met Levy in the run up to Poch’s dismissal, sitting back and listening to the chairman’s presentations.The Special One said: “Before I signed, there were a couple of meetings with Mr Levy.“He was very organised with the way he presented the vision and the project.“Sometimes you have amazing presentations and the reality is different. In this case it was not a surprise because the club is very, very well organised.José Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for BarcelonaMost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“Everybody knows the players — they’re good players, they’re coachable.“There are some problems, which is normal, and I have to try and attack them but it is a pleasure to work with the guys.“I will leave Tottenham one day, when the owner Mr Levy, eventually the supporters, and the players want me to — because I myself don’t think of leaving at all.”4 Mourinho is ready to turn his attention to the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP or licensors4 Spurs prepare to face German champion Bayern MunichCredit: Reuterslast_img read more

Nines the litmus test in Elgey’s comeback

first_imgTwelve months after suffering the ACL injury that ended his 2016 campaign before it even began, Elgey insists that he is mentally free of any lingering demons but admits the true test will come in his return to competition at Eden Park on February 4He won’t have long to wait with the Titans to feature in the very first game of the tournament against defending Telstra Premiership champs Cronulla and the 22-year-old believes that providing he comes through unscathed he can leave 2016 behind him.”I think I’m past it but in saying that I haven’t played yet so it’s hard to say,” Elgey told of any lingering doubts about the knee.”Auckland Nines is very fast footy so after that I’ll be fine.”That will be the big stepping stone but I’m not nervous about it, it’s more being excited to get out there and play again having been so long.”It’s in the past now and I’m trying not to think about it. Obviously the boys went well [last year] and I’m just hoping to get through the trials and the Nines and hopefully bring something to the team.”Showing no ill effects of the injury through pre-season training thus far, Elgey continued with strengthening exercises over the Christmas break, a program he has been advised to continue for the next three years.A host of players in recent times have been plagued by recurring ACL injuries that – in the cases of Ben Henry and Kyle Stanley – prematurely ended their careers but Elgey is determined not to suffer a similar fate, the goofy-footer giving his left knee extra workouts by cutting across Gold Coast waves on his surfboard in his spare time.A standout as Titans’ rookie of the year in 2015 when he featured in 16 NRL games and scored six tries and kicked 10 goals, Elgey is in a three-way battle for a starting spot in the halves along with Tyrone Roberts and NRL Rookie of the Year, Ashley Taylor.last_img read more

Highlanders dispatch Reds

first_imgPhoto by: DIANNE MANSON/GETTY IMAGES (Highlanders flanker James Lentjes scores the Highlanders’ second try against the Reds on Friday night. Quade Cooper is also pictured). All they can do now is sit back and wait to see if they have to travel to Johannesburg to play the Lions or to Christchurch to play the Crusaders in the quarterfinals, something they might not know until about 5am on Sunday morning. Highlanders coach Tony Brown has maintained all week he’d rather play the unbeaten Crusaders, meaning he will be keeping a close eye on Saturday night’s match between the Hurricanes and Crusaders in Wellington.”It’s going to be a cracker of a game – the Crusaders and Hurricanes – just as a rugby fan it’s going to be pretty impressive to watch,” Brown said.”As Highlanders coach, I 100 per cent want the Hurricanes to win that one, so I’ll be cheering them on.”A Hurricanes’ win will mean the Highlanders play the Crusaders in Christchurch next Saturday night, unless the Sharks upset the Lions in Durban in the early hours of Sunday morning.”I doubt I’d be up [to watch it], but I’d check it when I wake up,” Brown said. Waiting to find out their fate might be tougher than their game at Forsyth Barr Stadium against the bumbling Reds. The Highlanders, without stars Ben Smith and Aaron Smith, outscored the visitors six tries to three to secure a bonus point win in their final regular season match.First-five eighth Lima Sopoaga, in his first Super Rugby start since pinging a hamstring in round three (March 11), kicked four conversions, while loose forward Liam Squire, playing his first game since breaking his thumb against the Cheetahs in May, impressed with his power running.It was far from a perfect display by the home side – their kicking game wasn’t up to scratch and they hashed a couple of tries –  but the result was never in doubt. Not only did the win extend New Zealand’s record against Australian teams to 25-0 on the season, it ensured the Dunedin-based franchise will head into the playoffs having won 10 of their last 11 Super games. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to play them when the sudden-death games kickoff next weekend, particularly if they play with the tempo they started with against the Reds.Electric wing Waisake Naholo only needed two minutes to dive over inside the right-hand corner flag, the final result of a sweeping attack.The Highlanders simply stretched the hosts from the get-go, and took a 21-5 lead into the halftime break after flanker James Lentjes and halfback Kayne Hammington crossed. Lentjes’ try, highlighted by a brutal fend on Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt, was the Highlanders’ second try inside the first 10 minutes and fears of a cricket score were real.But, despite losing Hunt after 15 minutes with a leg injury, the Reds showed some ticker and had the better of the middle stages of the first half.However, their finishing wasn’t up to scratch and the Highlanders were never seriously threatened as they scored two more tries, including a penalty try from a monster scrum, inside the first seven minutes of the second half.Reds flanker Caleb Timu scored the pick of his team’s tries with 10 minutes left on the clock, when he dived over out wide, while Alex Mafi barged over via a powerful rolling maul to avenge the battering the Reds’ scrum got in conceding a penalty try. The Reds will now head back to Brisbane to debrief a miserable 4-11 season, quite the opposite to Brown and the Highlanders, who would much rather prefer the one-hour flight to Christchurch than the 11,000km journey to Johannesburg. Highlanders 40 (Waisake Naholo, James Lentjes, Kayne Hammington, Tevita Li, penalty try, Ash Dixon tries; Lima Sopoaga 4 con) Queensland Reds 17 (Izack Rodda, Alex Mafi, Caleb Timu tries, Quade Cooper con) HT: 21-5last_img read more

Dutch teen is youngest-ever F1 winner

first_imgMercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg initially stole the headlines, after a second-corner collision left the two drivers out of the race — the first time in history Mercedes has lost both its cars on the first lap.But the incident should take nothing away from the teenager, who sped to the front alongside Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo after the safety car had been deployed.Verstappen showed maturity beyond his years, as he led for the final 21 laps of the race on deteriorating tires and with far more experienced drivers on his tail. “It feels amazing,” the Verstappen said on the podium. “I cant believe it.”It was a great race — I have to say thank you to the team for giving me such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is a great feeling.”When asked if he thought his father, Jos, a former Formula One driver himself, would be proud, Verstappen replied: “I think so. From a very young age my dad helped me a lot and to achieve this amazing.”last_img read more

Ibrahimovic: “With classmates I will be very bad”

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic, after his first day in Milan, fIt was presented today with a massive press conference that the manager Zvonimir Boban closed, with a warning to his players: “Zlatan gives us illusion, but that nobody forgets the horrible defeat of Bergamo, of that 0-5: we need results. No one can hide behind Ibra’s back” The Swede was happy and eager to prove useful in the field, without too many promises: “I feel the illusion of people, with them everything will be easier. I’m ready and I want to play now from today.”Negotiation: “After the last game with the Galaxy, Maldini called me and we were talking. I had many offers, but I was looking for adrenaline. It was not a difficult choice: I did not want to leave here in 2012, I did not agree and now I have returned. I will do everything possible to improve the situation. I always said that Milan was my home, after Barcelona gave me the happiness of playing football and I really want to. I love this club very much. “ Decision: “The team is not the one before, but Milan is always Milan. Many things have happened since the sale of Berlusconi, I must think in the field: if I had not believed in this project I would not have come here. ”Career: “A soccer player is never the same, the years pass, the experience changes you, it shapes you. I know what I must do to give my best. I didn’t come here to be a pet. ”Training: “I will be very bad with the young classmates, now that I have children I know how to make them grow well (laughs). You have to work hard, strong, you must know how to suffer: if you do not know how to do it, you will not realize your full potential. I like to suffer, so I work hard and expect a lot from my colleagues: sometimes maybe too much, but I see it that way. ” Age: “After being injured I was very happy, they said it was impossible to return and instead I worked to get it: until I can play, I will. It is impossible to do it like when I was 28 years old, but in the field you know how to help: instead of running, you can boot from 40 meters… ”.Adrenalin: “In the collective I want to improve the situation, in the individual sphere I want to have a good time in the field, to be well. I want to notice the grass: when I was away for a year it was not easy. I missed the field, the fans that whistle or applaud you… I almost prefer to be beaten, this gives me even more adrenaline. ”Terms: “I’m fine, I’ve been training since the last game I played: I only need the ball, but that was never a problem. I think I’m ready. “Christian: “It’s nice that I’m in Italy for the championship, we’ll see what will happen.”Kulusevsky: “It is positive that players from Sweden arrive in the big teams, I heard positive things from him, I am glad that he arrives at Juve, there he will learn a lot.”Future: “I don’t know if I will stay here in the future too, you never know. Until I am in the field I will look for challenges: if in these six months I see that I can give something, I will continue, and if not, then I will leave. I’m not here because my name is Ibrahimovic, I’m here to give something, this is what motivates me. ”Pioli: “Yesterday we had little time to talk, we’ll tell ourselves what we need to get both of our best.”Contacts: “A year ago I didn’t feel ready to return, and I was fine in Los Angeles. I went to the United States to feel alive, and after two championships there I feel more than alive: I am ready for Serie A ”.Derby: “I always said that the most beautiful is Milan, we will see how the game will go, but I have not signed a five-year contract, so I can not look too much into the future: I focus on the next game and now.”Italian Cup: “When you start a season the goal is always to win something, now we are in January and it is normal to aim for a trophy, but the idea should be to improve, to raise the mental level and in the field.”Nocerino: “He was very good with me here, look how many assists I have given him (laughs). I don’t know if there is another one like him, I don’t know the teammates yet, but when a strong player arrives it’s normal to have a push. ”Goals: “Did I dial 373? No, be careful: they are more than 500. The numbers are important … (laughs). In football everything depends on the group, I want to improve those of Milan, let’s try ”. Europe: “Let’s go game by game. We want to improve things, I followed the team in the distance and I think it has quality to do more, despite the latest results. You have to believe and workReturns: “Sometimes they haven’t worked, but I still haven’t lost my passion in what I do and that makes a difference.” A series* Data updated as of January 3, 2020last_img read more

A Espanyol-Barcelona with historic revolving doors

first_imgSomething similar happened behind gate 82 with Diego Orejuela, culé at age 15, with Sergio Gonzalez, door 83, who played alongside Roger Garcia in the Catalan cadet, with Albert Albesa, former Barça Atlètic at gate 90, or with the owner of 92, Toni Jiménez, who played two seasons in the youth culé.One more degree of link with Barcelona had when the guest of door 2 arrived at Espanyol, Cristóbal Parralo, who conquered the Wembley European Cup with the first and the Copa del Rey de Mestalla with the second. Also behind door 66 a Cayetano Ré for whom the parakeet club paid 600,000 pesetas to Barcelona. Almost the same thing happened to Toni Velamazan (gate 61) or Victor Sanchez (72). And not to say has the culé connection that they had Ivan of the Rock, door 76, or Sergio Garcia, 87, when they arrived at Espanyol. The unique case of CanitoMany others crossed the opposite path, with Barça as their last destination. This happened in the 10s of the last century with Santiago Massana (door 16), Martí Vantolrà (24), José Padrón (25). Special mention deserves José Cano ‘Canito’, which houses the stand that bears his name behind gate 43 and that, being a Barca player, celebrated in the Camp Nou somewhat of Espanyol that was reported on the video marker.Together with all of them, the doors of Cornellà hide cases of soccer players who one day were about to move to Barcelona. From the mythical Jose Parra (Gate 5), whom they tried to seduce after their outstanding role in the 1950 World Cup, to Juan Maria Amiano (70), going through Pepe Mauri (9), José María García (10), Toni Soldevilla (42), Antoni Fàbregas (49), Vicente Balaguer ‘Tasting’ (53), Joan Bartolí (58).Solsona and Marañón could go to BarçaLess known were the outputs that were about to undertake authentic parakeet symbols such as Dani Solsona (8), to whom the retention clause of the time was saved, and Rafa Marañón (11), which was informally transferred to Camp Nou in 1978 due to the economic urgencies of the Blue and Whites, which backed up the sale of Solsona to Valencia.Myths without a doorAs if all these names were few, there are cases of football myths that dazzled in Espanyol and Barça but did not get a door in Cornellà. This happened to Ladislao Kubala, Martial Pina or Javier Urruticoechea ‘Urruti’.And on the benches, an adventure that Abelardo now undertakes, they also successfully jumped from one club to another Juan José Nogués, Luis Aragones or, until just a few months ago, Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’. It is the other derby, that of the doors of history. Eight seasons, 257 matches and 17 goals testify to the firm step of Abelardo Fernández as a soccer player for Barcelona. A striking past for a technician whose mission is to save Espanyol from relegation, with whom he debuted precisely against the Catalans. However, the parakeet story is full of icons that were despite having gone through the revolving door of Barcelona.Just look at the culé bench tonight, Ernesto Valverde, to run into the first. The ‘Txingurri’ has a door (89) to his name at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, a distinction he shares with a few former Barça players. Door 1 indicates this, nothing less than the legendary Ricardo Zamora, with round trip ticket. OR Javier Marcet, tenant of door 52, who played with the amateur of the eternal rival. Even Raul Tamudo, door 23, was tested a year in Can Barça before arriving at the quarry.last_img read more

Elche sets prices before Athletic: between 20 and 45 euros

first_imgFans who want to witness next Wednesday (19:00 hours) the Copa del Rey match, corresponding to the round of 16 round, between Elche CF and Athletic Club Bilbao will have to pay between 20 and 45 euros at the box office to access Martínez Valero. The subscribers of the ilicitano team, meanwhile, will have free access to the stadium and, in addition, will have the option of withdrawing two tickets at the price of one. The prices established by the Elche CF directive are the following: Covered Grandstand, 45 euros; Discovered Grandstand, 40 euros; Covered Preference, 35 euros; Discovered Preference, 30 euros; Covered Fund, 25 euros; Discovered Fund, 22 euros; Covered Tribune Curves, 28 euros; Discovered Tribune Curves, 25 euros; Covered Preference Curves, 22 euros; and Preference Curves Discovered, 20 euros.The space reserved for the visiting hobby will be in the corner of the Upper Ring that separates North Bottom and Tribune. The price of that area is 20 euros. The rest of the upper part of the stands will not open for this meeting, unless the demand for localities requires it. Children up to six years who are not paid will have to pay 10 euros throughout the stadium. A good response is expected from the franjiverde fans and the clubs that the Athletic Club of Bilbao has distributed throughout the southeast. The ilicitano club will take advantage to make a memory in the previous meeting of the heroes of the 1969 Cup final that faced both teams and in which they won the Bilbao by 1-0, with Arieta II goal.last_img read more

Nadal – Fritz live: Acapulco ATP 500 final live

first_imgFinal live hour of Nadal – Fritz: finish of the ATP 500 of AcapulcoPreview of Nadal – Fritz: finish of the ATP 500 of AcapulcoWith magnificent sensations, each bodily and tennis, in opposition to a thermal sensation of 29 levels and 78% humidity regardless of taking part in at evening, and earlier than a Dimitrov frankly improved in latest instances, Nadal certified for the fourth time and with particular brilliance for the Mexican Open final. If he wins this Saturday (04:00, #Vamos) the American Taylor Fritz, who soared earlier than his compatriot John Isner (2-6, 7-5 and 6-3), will elevate to 17 his absolute document of consecutive seasons with successes. Rafael NadalThe Balearic, who had by no means gained his good good friend Grigor in simply two units on the laborious observe (now dominates him 8-1 on that floor), lastly bought it (6-Three and 6-2 in 1h: 44) and is about so as to add his third title in Acapulco, which might be the 85th of his lengthy and incredible profession. Since profitable the primary in Sopot, in August 2004, there has not been a season wherein I’ve not raised not less than one trophy.Taylor FritzAt 22, Fritz is an exponent of the NextGen and the prototype of a contemporary American tennis participant, with good cash and energy in his service and proper. It comes from eliminating Millman, Umbert, Edmund and Isner in an advanced image.last_img read more

Ulloa, operated on by the crusader

first_imgIf this season in Vallecas has been characterized by something, it is serious injuries that have plagued the team practically since summer. The first was Velázquez with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and then Baby followed with the same problem in his right knee. Captain Alberto has also had to undergo surgery twice, although in his case the reason was the cartilage of his left knee. Leo Ulloa, 33, He underwent surgery on Wednesday for the rupture in the anterior cruciate ligament and the internal lateral aspect of the left knee. that occurred during training last Wednesday, February 12. The operation was carried out by doctors César Flores and Manuel Leyes at the CEMTRO Clinic. The estimated recovery time for the Rayo striker amounts to seven months. The last footballer to be operated has been the Argentine Ulloa – Comesaña did it before for a bilateral inguinal hernia – who says goodbye to a season in which he has contested a total of 1,513 minutes spread over 17 matches (all of them as owner) and in which he scored six goals (the last, Oviedo, just a few days before he was injured) and assisted twice. (Almería and Ponferradina).center_img This serious injury forced the franjirrojo club to look for another striker, since he only had Yacine as ‘nine’ after this unexpected loss. This situation opened the doors to Juan Villar, who came to Vallecas on loan until the end of the season. At the moment, Yacine has participated in five games (four of them as a starter) and has scored a goal (Albacete), while Juan Villar has 64 minutes in the last three games.last_img read more