Month: May 2020


    first_imgPOPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE OPENING DAY A FIRST FOR SHIRREFFS AS SANTA ANITA OPENS MIRAHMADI, RUNHAPPY KEEN ON SANTA ANITA BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL SET FOR SATURDAY SHIRREFFS ON OPENING DAY STAKES STREAKJohn Shirreffs has done it all.In a career spanning a quarter century, the 74-year-old native of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas won the Kentucky Derby with 50-1 shot Giacomo in 2005 and masterfully conditioned  the magnificent mare Zenyatta, who won 19 of 20 career starts including a victory over males in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. In 2010, she was named Horse of the Year.But come Saturday, it will mark a new milestone for the former Marine who served in Vietnam, later heading to Hawaii to Hang 10 as a surfer.Shirreffs will saddle horses in three straight stakes for the first time when he sends out streaking Midcourt in the Grade II San Antonio, going as the fifth of 11 races; Giza Goddess in the Grade I American Oaks, race six; and Hard Not to Love in the Grade I La Brea, race seven.(Shirreffs won the American Oaks with Harmonious in 2010 when it was run at Hollywood Park).Noted for maintaining a low public profile when it comes to personal publicity, Shirreffs is in his comfort zone out of the limelight, shunning even winner’s circle photos. Often he’s less prominent than guys in the Witness Protection Program, so it was no surprise he was reticent about taking credit when addressing Midcourt’s success since taking over as trainer five races back, winning four including the Grade III Native Diver Nov. 23.“He seemed to rise to the occasion,” was Shirreff’s succinct explanation for the improvement. “He’s trained very well for this race. We’re happy with how he’s doing.”Giza Goddess, a gray daughter of Cairo Prince, is back with three-year-olds in the American Oaks after finishing eighth against older in the Grade I Matriarch on Dec. 1. She gets a new rider in Victor Espinoza. The Oaks will be decided at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“Only two of those entered have ever run beyond a mile and an eighth, so it’s a new distance for all of them,” Shirreffs pointed out. “No one knows exactly how their horse will run, so I think it’s worth a try.”Not Hard to Love has three wins and a third from four career races despite compromising starts in three of them.“She only has one eye (her right),” Shirreffs said of the daughter of Hard Spun. “She lost her left when kicked by another horse as a yearling when she was being broken. I think she’s distracted in the gate. She’ll hear a noise, then turn her head to see what it is. The gate can sometimes be a little awkward for her.”As for having horses entered in three consecutive stakes races, Shirreffs says it is a first for him. “I can’t recall that ever happening before,” he said, “so it’s a big day for us.”Santa Anita’s opening week schedule offers live racing Sunday, Dec. 29; New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1; and Friday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 5.First post time opening day is 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.The fields for Santa Anita’s opening day stakes: $75,000 Lady of Shamrock: Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Brill, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Bodhicitta, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Mischiffie, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Angel Alessandra, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Lucky Peridot, Javier Castellano, 4-1; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; and Lakerball, Joe Talamo, 12-1.The Grade II San Antonio, race five: Gray Magician, Javier Castellano, 4-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 9-5; King Abner, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Draft Pick, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Mugaritz, Ricardo Gonzalez, 10-1; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; and Fight On, Abel Cedillo, 20-1.The Grade I American Oaks, race six: So Much Happy, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Apache Princess, Javier Castellano, 5-1; Mucho Unusual, Joel Rosario, 4-1; K P Slickem, Jorge Velez, 15-1; Lady Prancealot, Joe Bravo, 2-1; Pretty Point, Mike Smith, 30-1; Giza Goddess, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Vibrance, Abel Cedillo, 3-1.The Grade I La Brea, race seven: First Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Del Mar May, Joe Bravo, 12-1; Free Cover, Abel Cedillo, 15-1; Stirred, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Bell’s the One, Javier Castellano, 7-2; Hard Not to Love, Mike Smith, 6-1; Motion Emotion, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; and Mother Mother, Joel Rosario, 6-1.The Grade III Robert J. Frankel, race eight: Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Excellent Sunset, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Don’t Blame Judy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 5-1; Curlin’s Journey, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Harmless, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; Mirth, Mike Smith, 5-2; and Ms Peintour, Brice Blanc, 20-1.The Grade I Runhappy Malibu, race nine: Much Better, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Complexity, Javier Castellano, 5-2; Manny Wah, Channing Hill, 8-1; Roadster, Joel Rosario, 3-1; and Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 4-5.The Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile, race 10: Sash, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Originaire, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Ocean Fury, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Never Easy, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Mo Forza, Joel Rosario, 9-5; Neptune’s Storm, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Proud Pedro, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Barristan The Bold, Javier Castellano, 12-1; Loafers Boy, Tiago Pereira, 50-1; and Bob and Jackie, Heriberto Figueroa, 6-1.MIRAHMADI, RUNHAPPY, SANTA ANITA SOLID TRIOFrank Mirahmadi not only has promptly found his niche as Santa Anita’s track announcer, he’s a perfect fit as its goodwill ambassador as well.Rarely at a loss for words, the ebullient Mirahmadi greeted the sunrise on a wet and windy morning at Clockers’ Corner Thursday prior to doing an interview with Spectrum News One’s Kristen Lago set to air tonight at 5 p.m.There are seven stakes races on Saturday’s opening day program, headed by the Grade I Runhappy Malibu, the Grade I La Brea, and the Grade I American Oaks.The Malibu is sponsored by Runhappy, winner of the 2015 Malibu who ran medication-free prior to being voted that year’s Eclipse Award-winning sprinter. Jim McIngvale, popularly known as “Mattress Mack,” stands Runhappy at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., where he owns some 75 percent of the stallion’s breeding rights, with a stud fee of $25,000.Claiborne also stands super stud War Front, sire of Omaha Beach, Jon White’s 4-5 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s Malibu.“When I flipped through the calendar we’re giving away on opening day, there were pictures of several horses that are running in Saturday’s stakes,” said Mirahmadi, whose passion for the game is unflagging. “That gives you an indication of the outstanding card (Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary) Steve Lym and his staff has assembled.“There’s a beautiful picture of Gift Box in a dramatic photo with McKinzie (winning the Santa Anita Handicap by a nose), and Bellafina, with her ears up.“I called Runhappy’s win in the 2015 Malibu. That night, Mack’s group was celebrating at a steak house in Pasadena, and Bernie Sams of Claiborne Farm was in attendance. Mack showed me his socks which were bright yellow and that was an indication Claiborne Farm was the frontrunner to stand him.“After Mr. McIngvale delivered the keynote speech at the University of Arizona’s symposium on racing earlier this month, he flew here to get a complete tour of Santa Anita. He absolutely loves Santa Anita Park and is proud to now be a huge sponsor.”SANTA ANITA’S POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE ON OPENING DAYA “must-have” among racegoers for decades, Santa Anita’s traditional wall calendar will be available free to all fans with paid admission on opening day Saturday. This year’s calendar will include racing highlights from the past 12 months and information about the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), which is based at Santa Anita and assists retired racehorses in finding their next career and home.CARMA, which operates largely on purse money which is designated by Thoroughbred owners, facilitates funding and networking for over 20 aftercare charities in addition to running a placement program serving horses that have competed at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Golden Gate Fields.CARMA hosts a variety of fund raising events on a monthly basis, including Thoroughbred Classic Horse Shows, in which retired racehorses can compete against each other in multiple disciplines. CARMA also assists with aftercare awareness events and placement success stories.Special first post time opening day is 11 a.m. and admission gates open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.SANTA ANITA HOSTS CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL OPENING DAYIn addition to world class racing and Santa Anita’s coveted traditional wall calendar on opening day, fans will be treated to some of the best brews and ciders in Southern California as the track stages it’s popular Craft Beer and Cider Trackside Festival as well.Available to those 21 and over, the Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will provide attendees with trackside seating and mouth-watering barbeque, provided by Meathead BBQ.  The following packages are available at PACKAGE ($55):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–One Signature BBQ Plate from Meathead BBQ–$5 Wagering Voucher–Access to Special VIP Trackside Seating–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand SeatingGENERAL PACKAGE ($32):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider Tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–$5 Wagering Voucher–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand Seating AreasPlease note, children are welcome in trackside seating areas, but you must be 21 or over to purchase the package.  Seating is not guaranteed.For additional information regarding opening day and Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.FINISH LINES: Del Mar training king Richard Baltas has 10 horses entered on opening day, two each in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes and the Mathis Brothers Mile . . . Jockey Joel Rosario is named to ride in 10 of the 11 races on the card, the first 10 in a row, while Abel Cedillo is engaged in nine of the 11 races, five of his mounts drawing the extreme outside post positions, four of them in a row, in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth races . . . Zuma Beach winner Hit the Road, last seen in the Cecil B. DeMille at Del Mar, is being freshened by trainer Dan Blacker with a spring return to the races in mind . . . Jockey Aaron Gryder braved wet, wintry conditions early this morning at Clockers’ Corner and shared his thoughts on Santa Anita’s run-up to opening day with Spectrum News . . . With temperatures in the high 30s, dawn’s early light revealed snow at about the 1,500-foot range in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio.Private Clocker Gary Young to Discusses Opening Day.WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19last_img read more

  • Poch has pick of top clubs and a £12.5m pay-off – now the heat is on Levy

    first_imgMOST 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI 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 himYou wonder if sacking your manager at a cost of £12.5m so he is free to take up a role with one of your Euro rivals is a smart move by Levy. But it highlights how strained their relationship had become.Levy clearly could not stomach the prospect of another transfer window with his mardy Argie.The chairman will clearly be the fall guy for this in the coming days.What he does to resolve this situation will determine whether he remains so. DANIEL LEVY clearly felt Mauricio Pochettino could no longer manage.But the crafty old Argie has managed to get himself out of Tottenham and into a situation where he will have the pick of most of Europe’s top clubs as his next employer.3 Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino – but the manager has a £12.5m pay-off and his pick of top clubsCredit: Getty – ContributorPoch has also managed to screw a £12.5million pay-off from Levy.If that was not enough, he has also managed to make the Spurs chairman look the villain of the piece.Pochettino’s future may have been the hot topic of discussion but, when the news broke yesterday evening, it was still a bombshell moment.So much so that the club’s players only discovered their gaffer was a goner online, the same time as the rest of us.The clamour to validate the shock announcement was such it caused the club’s official website to crash — just like their season so far.We all knew Pochettino’s position was perilous after their poor start to the campaign, which sees Spurs languishing 14th in the Premier League table with just three top-flight wins from 12 matches.They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup at League Two Colchester.3 The heat will now be on chairman Daniel Levy to pick the correct successorCredit: Getty – ContributorBut the feeling in and around Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium was Levy would only sack his manager as a last resort.This was partly because of the excellent job Poch had done in transforming the club since his arrival from Southampton back in May 2014.But mainly because Levy did not want to pay him the £12.5m compensation he would be due under the terms of the megabucks new five-year deal he gave him in June 2018.Yet in the end Levy decided it was a price worth paying as Pochettino became the Tottenham terminator’s ninth managerial casualty.Poch claimed in the build-up to last season’s Champions League final that he had made Levy “more human”. I think it is safe to say the Spurs boss — sorry, former boss — may have gone a bit early with that.3Just 171 days after leading the North Londoners on one of the greatest nights in their history, he was given the boot.The timing, at the end of an international break rather than at the start, seems utterly bizarre and leads you to conclude Levy must have someone else already lined up.But then again, it is Tottenham and Levy — who got rid of Harry Redknapp, the only previous manager to take the club into the Champions League before Poch, and replaced him with absolute disaster Andre Villas-Boas.Levy turned to Pochettino after some Spurs fans had started to turn against him and his fellow directors.If this situation does not go smoothly it is safe to say the chairman can expect more protests.Yet it is not all his fault.And you suspect Pochettino and his coaching staff were celebrating last night with a case or three of Argentinian fine red wine.It almost appeared Poch had been angling to get out of Tottenham from the moment he put pen to paper on £42.5m deal 18 months ago.Within weeks he seemed to regret signing it as he became linked with vacancies at Real Madrid and Manchester United.Even Spurs’ historic Champions League run did not seem to satisfy him. No sooner had they reached the final in Madrid than he was threatening to quit if his side won the trophy.After losing that showpiece 2-0 to Liverpool, Poch then turned on Levy, accusing his chairman of not backing him in the transfer market.In a pre-season hissy-fit in Munich, he huffed: “I am not a manager, I am a coach,” knowing full well his success on the pitch would lead to Spurs fans taking his side against Levy off it.Well, now Poch is neither coach or manager after being axed last night but he is free to talk to other clubs interested in him. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also said in offering him a rapid return to the dugout.last_img read more

  • Man Utd to roll out red carpet for Mourinho on Old Trafford return with Spurs

    first_imgMan Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next two games give his team the chance to prove themselves MANCHESTER UNITED will roll out the welcome mat for Jose Mourinho tonight on his return to Old Trafford.The Special One took over as Tottenham’s new manager last month, his first job since being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.2 Jose Mourinho will receive a friendly welcome back to Old Trafford tonightAnd the 56-year-old has already been invited by United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a post-match bottle of wine.Mourinho will also come face-to-face with Ed Woodward for the first time since his sacking.But the United chief executive was one of the first to congratulate the ex-Chelsea manager when he took over at Spurs.And it is understood Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to come for a chat after not getting a chance since he cleared his desk.2An Old Trafford source said: “There is no animosity between the pair. It is all very friendly and social.“Jose and his staff have already been invited for a drink in Ole’s office as is the tradition.“He’ll also meet up with Ed. They still have a decent relationship despite everything that happened.MOST 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI 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“The club also appreciated Jose not sticking the knife in during his time as a pundit with Sky Sports.”Mourinho has made a solid start to his reign in charge of Spurs, winning all three of his opening games.That includes two Premier League victories and a dramatic 4-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.last_img read more

  • Redknapp slams Spurs for slashing wages of 550 non-playing staff after coronavirus

    first_img5HARRY REDKNAPP slammed his old Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for slashing the wages of non-playing staff due to the coronavirus outbreak.Levy will use the Government’s furlough scheme as 550 Spurs employees take a 20 per cent cut — while players on mega-money deals still bank full pay.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has hit out at Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy after 550 non-playing staff had their wages slashed5And ex-manager Redknapp is shocked by the decision to hit the ordinary workers.He also called on Tottenham’s top earners — and all the Premier League big hitters — to donate a chunk of their salaries to help the NHS and the country.Redknapp, 73, said: “I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.“I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.“But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a year.“Tottenham are owned by Joe Lewis, one of the richest men in the world, and his club are cutting the wages of all their non-football staff by 20 per cent. I can’t believe it.“Here is a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week.5“And that’s average! Their top players earn £150,000 a week, maybe even £200,000 a week.“Surely, players should be taking a cut.“I know their minds and they don’t want to be going it alone but they will do it if all their team-mates do it.“They can all afford to hand over ten per cent and I’d like to see the captain of every Premier League club call a meeting and say, ‘Come on, guys, we are all in it together, let’s donate to help our staff’.“They can all have a meeting by phone.“They all know the importance of helping out the staff and they will want to help — they know there are a lot of people struggling.”5Speaking on the new and exclusive ’Arry Redknapp Podcast launched today, he added: “They know this country isn’t going to be the same again.“It is going to hit everyone — the corner shops, cafes, hotels.“All kinds of people will go under and they will need all the help this game can give them.”Meanwhile, Redknapp predicts the Premier League’s elite will react like nothing has happened in the world and that insanity will resume in the grossly inflated transfer market.The FA Cup-winning manager is convinced that Manchester United and Chelsea will not hesitate to splash out £100m — or even £150m — to buy 20-year-old Jadon Sancho.MOST 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Redknapp said: “I remember back when the Bosman rule came in and people were saying there would never be another big transfer because players can walk out for free at the end of their contract. That didn’t last for long.“So in the future, when everything quietens down again, clubs that have players that other teams want, and that’s the asking price, they won’t budge.“What will the buying club do then?”Adrian Durham wants to see compassion from the players at Tottenham as staff are given pay cutTo subscribe to the new and exclusive ’Arry Redknapp Podcast go to read more

  • Rugby league working on four potential restart dates as finals may switch

    first_imgRUGBY league is working on four potential restart dates after the Covid-19 shutdown.One of those may see the Grand Final moved to Tottenham and the Challenge Cup final switch Wembley for Old Trafford.44 Ralph Rimmer of the RFL and Super League’s Robert Elstone are leading the game’s response to the Covid-19 crisisAnd it is understood the majority of the competition wants to cancel promotion and relegation.The 13-a-side code remains on shutdown with no action in sight, even though the original suspension ended today.But SunSport has learned of four restart options currently on the table – June 1, mid-June, July 1 and mid-July.And if one of those is adopted, then talks will start on switching the game’s big occasions.4 The new Tottenham Stadium could host Super League’s Grand Final with Old Trafford hosting the Challenge cup finalCredit: Alamy Live NewsCurrently, Super League’s Grand Final is schedule for October 10, but one suggestion is for the cup final will take its place.As a result, the Grand Final would then move to Spurs’ stadium on November 14, when England are meant to play Australia there.What the season will look like is the first call on the agenda when, or if, the game is allowed to restart.But SunSport has been told the desire of almost every Super League club is to do away with promotion and relegation.4 Gary Hetherington insists promotion and relegation must stay and the season could extend into next yearCredit: SWPIX.COMLeeds chief executive Gary Hetherington insists that must stay as it adds drama and excitement to the competition.However, it is believed the will of the majority is to close the door for 2020 – with no chance of a club coming up.A 13-team competition would mean Magic Weekend could not be held and sides are reluctant to allow the Sky money to be split two further ways, seemingly ruling out an expansion to 14.THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutlast_img read more

  • Same starting line up for Warriors

    first_imgAlready boasting an unprecedented 5-0 start to the season, the second-placedWarriors face their third Queensland side in three games at Mount Smart Stadium having disposed of Gold Coast 20-8 on March 17 and North Queensland 22-12 in the second leg of last week’s double header in front of the biggest regular season crowd of 25,600 since 1995.Kearney has named the same starting line-up used against the Cowboys while there are two changes on the extended eight-man bench.Second rower Isaiah Papali’i returns after missing the last three rounds with a knee injury sustained in the second-round clash against the Titans and rookie hooker Sam Cook is also listed after being used in the Intrust Super Premiership in the last three weeks.Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), David Fusitu’a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Shaun Johnson, Bunty Afoa, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Leivaha Pulu, Tohu Harris, Adam Blair. Interchange (from): Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Simon Mannering, Anthony Gelling, Mason Lino, Chris Satae, Isaiah Papali’i, Sam Cook.last_img read more

  • Vipers to host Hagen Eagles in round 16

    first_imgThe match kicks off at 3pm at the Murray Barracks oval.Struggling Vipers, who are second last on the ladder, need to grab a win to avoid the bottom spot and make the top eight for the final play offs.Eagles are two places ahead on 13 points however a win will help them move up the ladder depending on other results today.A bumper crowd is expected to witness the match and Vipers will have a home crowd advantage.Tickets for this match will be sold at the gate for K10 adults.In other matches, Hela Wigmen (4th) takes on Agmark Gurias (3rd) up in Mendi at 2pm while bottom team Gulf Isapea will play Waghi Tumbe (8th) in Minj.In Kundiawa, second placed Simbu Lions will lock horns with Goroka Lahanis (6th).In Lae, top team Lae Snax Tigers will play hard to maintain the top spot against fifth placed Muruks who are looking to advance further up the ladder.last_img read more

  • Paco: “2020 I ask for calm; we are all tense”

    first_img“I liked Mexican referees. You screwed up on their father and they, on your mother. Nothing was happening.” —How was 2019?–We have had better years in sports and many extra sports complications. It has been to analyze it and that some of the situations that have occurred do not happen again. You can serve as a reference to not relive this.—The goal was to play in the playoff for Christmas. It has not happened.–The Lightning plays well, defends better and, with the remaining games, will give us to get up. You have to make a good second round, after the first has been regular nothing more. It is a sign of maturity not to look for excuses and take responsibility for what we have done.“It’s hard for them to win … Why?”–We do not have to do more than we do but make it better. On the day of Las Palmas we showed a trade playing with one less and we took the game where we were interested. It is not football that I like, but it is a resource at any given time. It can be worth us for the future. INMA FLOWERS – He has fallen three games after his expulsion in the Cup.–If the story is told by Little Red Riding Hood or the Wolf has nothing to do with it. He throws me out because he feels like it and then I tell him it’s very bad. I drop a match for expulsion and two for disregard. I don’t know how far that is inconsiderate, I tell him what it is, I don’t insult him. I accept my mistake, but it doesn’t seem like it for two games. He expels me because I tell him to take out the cards in what is really necessary. It is a pity that young referees have the mentality of 40 or 50 years ago. You can’t even look at some, they have an inferiority complex so big that they defend themselves with cards. Now we have to talk and endure, understand that at one point they say: ‘Fuck, how bad you are.’ Well, I answered: ‘And you more’. Nothing happens. In that I liked Mexicans very much. You screwed up on their father and they on your mother. And it followed. In Spain they seem untouchable and are a minority because our referees have greatly improved.– How do you see the resolution for the ‘Zozulia Case’?–Resume the game behind closed doors and the economic fine was seen coming, but close the bottom I see it excessive. We are going to have to suffer ourselves and our hobby. We have no choice but to resort, in case something can be done. —The results generated doubts about its continuity.–In another club maybe now I wouldn’t be on the bench. Or yes, I don’t know. I thank Rayo for keeping me when the results were not, nor by any means, the expected ones, but the feelings are good and we can still get where we want. The players and I must assume that responsibility. They are a good group, great professionals, we have not been wrong with them, but we have all surrendered below expectations.center_img —He said that to aspire to the ascent they needed reinforcements, how many?–The injuries have left the team very depleted. Sometimes we were the just to be summoned. We are lame in the extremes, we have had to play with laterals, with half-points thrown to the band … It is not a whim of mine but a necessity.“Isi sounded, Amath …”–You have to bring at least two to face the competition with guarantees until the end. We are not as clear about the name as the characteristics. Our extremes have been small, fast … We want them bigger, more powerful, strong one on one and that give us different records.“Will a forward arrive?”–We have them very good, but if a possibility arises the club will consider it. That depends on the results. The first to lose the position are the technicians, but if the players have not given the level, with the signings, they can also be left out. There are people who will now have to break their faces. If we were seconds, we would all be calmer.“Will Abdoulaye, Lass or Advíncula come out?”–Abdoulaye has to leave: he wants it that way and we don’t count on him sportively. There is only one solution and you have to find it as soon as possible. I don’t know what Lass’s situation is. We did not consider his presence when forming the template, nobody told me: ‘Remember that it is coming in January and you must count on it’. It is not an alternative, in the market you have to go to something safer. Advíncula is from Rayo and is playing. We have to strengthen the team, not weaken it. Nothing should happen that did not happen last summer. “I love her, I respect her and I have always defended her, but in politics I don’t show my face for anyone” “The fans felt annoyed at his words the other day …–I love her very much, I respect her and have always defended her. Now, in political or religious aspects I don’t get my face out of anyone. The other day I made it very clear and who did not understand me is because he does not want to understand me. I fight for my hobby with anyone, up to a limit. Pablo Iglesias, Errejón, Rufián have left … supporting them, but they are politicians. For political issues there are already politicians. I am a coach and this has nothing to do with football, only that it has occurred in a field.“Do they feel in the middle of the managerial-hobby conflict?”–It catches us fully. Vallecas has lost all the essence that has made him great. We are one more field. Before it was the last redoubt of neighborhood football, foreigners came to watch games … We have loaded it and it is our fault. I mean everyone, we all get into garlic. I would have liked to have the atmosphere of my previous stage, the fans made us feel more important than we were.“What do you ask of 2020?”–Health and calm. We are all too tense and jumping to the minimum. We will try to get the problems from the rivals, not ourselves. Each other, the others one, nobody is saved here. Hopefully we are a united club that people envy. We have to fix it.“And a promotion?”–That is an obligation, we have to fight for that.– Are the workforce and you still involved in social causes?–The other day I watched a documentary by an ex-golfer and I loved a phrase that said about success. It was not money or fame but to help others. In Vallecas we have done many things other years and this is not yet, but we will do it. We are so engrossed in ours that we forget the most important. One of my father’s best advice (singer Lucas de Écija) is that, if one day I could help someone, I would do it.last_img read more

  • A heat stroke separates Ane Mintegi from the tournament

    first_imgThe match was performed on monitor 5, outside and with a temperature near 40 levels, on the hottest day of the complete championship. Attributable to the excessive heat coverage he was stopped with the rating that was in the end last and Ane couldn’t proceed enjoying when he was going to restart. Based on sources from his workforce, “I used to be very dehydrated and dizzy.” “Fortunately, he was rapidly handled by docs and he’s already higher, however we determined that the very first thing was to safeguard your well being. A disgrace and cruelty thus finish an incredible tournament however it’ll absolutely come again stronger. “Mintegi has already participated in the 4 Grand Slams and Melbourne has received three video games with out dropping a single set, which led him to acquire the finest results of all majors, the quarterfinals of which he couldn’t cross due to the harsh climate circumstances. Ane Mintegi ended his journey Thursday at the junior tournament of the Australian Open. The tennis participant born 16 years in the past in Idiazábal (Guipúzcoa), needed to retire due to a heat stroke when he misplaced in his quarterfinal sport 6-Four and 1-1 in opposition to the German Vecic.last_img read more

  • Zanetti: “I see Lautaro in Italian soccer one more year”

    first_imgThe sports director of Inter Milan, Javier Zanetti, He stated in Argentina, specifically on Radio Continental, that he is confident that Lautaro Martínez continues at Inter despite the interest, among others, of FC Barcelona in his signing.“I see it in Italian soccer”, The executive of the Lombard outfit stated that he was also a legend of the neroazzurro outfit.The Argentine is the great favorite of the board of directors and the technical secretariat to relieve Luis Suárez as nine of reference in the Camp Nou. Even more so after his great individual performance in the Champions League match with Inter. Lautaro and Messi’s relationship, companions in the Argentine team, may be one of the keys that lead him to opt for one side or the other. Beyond that, Barcelona also meditates paying the termination clause so as not to have to negotiate half the necessary purchase of a leading reference. AS confirmed the information of Il Corriere dello Sport, which talks about a price of 111 million euros during the first 15 days of July.However, after the Coronavirus crisis, the teams’ finances will be highly affected, so prices are expected to go down and from the technical secretariat of the club the amount is expected to be less than those 11 million.last_img read more