first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLORENT GEROUX, BOLO, WINNER: “What an amazing horse and such an amazing job to Carla and her team. She had the horse ready. Last time the horse ran better than what it looked like, it was a bit far for him being a mile and eighth and he only got beat a mile and a half so I had all the confidence in the world, I knew the horse was ready this time.“I’ve seen him run.  I’ve followed his career.  He’s a nice looking horse. Carla just gave me free reign. Whatever the horse does is fine.“Right from the beginning he broke sharp to take the lead easily so I said why take him back, the horse took a few good breathers during the race and I knew from that point he was the horse to catch.”“He ran a big race and the pace was legit. I know a few of the horses had trouble behind me. I’ll be back on him for the Breeders’ Cup.”FLAVIEN PRAT, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND:  “He ran a good race. It’s good to have him back here and he ran well with some very good horses. The winner was just too much today.TRAINER QUOTESCARLA GAINES, BOLO, WINNER: “The  first race in April was a bit far for him and he hadn’t run in basically two years, so it was sort of like let’s get him out there and have him carve out some easy fractions and see if  he can keep going. He got a little tired in the end but today he didn’t.“I’m about to cry right now, I’m really happy for my team really happy for Keith Brackpool and his group, Tim the whole bunch. They allowed me to take the time to get the horse back at a very gentile and slow pace and it worked.”“It’s hard to say in words what this means, I can’t verbalize it. He means everything to our barn, he’s the chief.“My emotions are coming from the long road back to the track with him and he’s just special. He took me to the Kentucky Derby. We didn’t do so well but we went to the Derby.“Receiving so much support from everyone and the cheers today from colleagues too, it means the world. I appreciate all the thoughts and well wishes from everyone in the game.“As I was watching I was thinking I hope we hold on, who’s going to come running at us? When I saw the 46 and four for the half it had me a little worried because the track does have some cut in the ground. I actually walked the turf course this morning because he doesn’t like it too soft, he kind of struggles in it. When I walked it, I thought it felt good.“After the first race I went to the jocks room and talked to Victor (Espinoza) and Flavien (Prat) because they’ve both ridden the horse. I asked if it was a sort of track that he’d like. I walked over it but I’m 100 pounds and he’s 1,200 pounds so that could make a difference.“It was a brilliant ride wasn’t it? He really likes a very firm surface so that was my main concern. He lost a little weight after his last start, his first start back, so that was a concern…I couldn’t find anything to worry about.(In regards to how East-Coast based Florent Geroux got the mount) “To be honest I was a little miffed. I know he’s a horse from the past and he’s had a long time off but I didn’t have a lot of guys calling me wanting to ride him. I called Derrick Lawson (Prat’s agent) and asked who Prat was riding and he told me he would call Florent’s agent as he was going to be out here riding today. I said it would be heavenly to get him because he’s such a fabulous rider and his agent told me that Florent would ride my horse. I thought he was kidding. He told me that they knew the horse and that he was capable. That’s how I got him. I have to give that one to Derrick!”JEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, SECOND:  “He’s had some troubled trips this year.  With his style, he likes that outside swoop and run. Today, we had to wait in traffic.”NOTES: The winning owner is Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.last_img read more

Well Fancied Nadal Is All Business In Taking Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes By Three Quarters Of A Length Under Rosario

first_imgWELL FANCIED NADAL IS ALL BUSINESS IN TAKING GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN RAPID 1:22.59 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2020)–Despite the fact he was making only his second start and was facing the reigning Eclipse Champion Juvenile Male, Bob Baffert’s Nadal was hammered down to 1-5 favoritism in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita and he responded with a gutty three quarter length win.  Ridden by Joel Rosario, he got seven furlongs in a rapid 1:22.59.Breaking sharply from post position four in a field of six sophomores, Nadal got early pressure from longshot Party Town to his inside and was seriously challenged to his outside around the far turn and to the sixteenth pole by a very tenacious Ginobili.“Today, I told Joel, ‘Don’t get cute, just go,’” said Baffert, who registered his record 10th win in the iconic prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.  “‘We can rate him some other day.’  They took it to him, but if we’re gonna get beat, get beat.  I trained him light for this, so this is my serious work…I thought he was gonna get beat.  He got to gut it out today, so he’s got a good foundation now.  This should set him up pretty good and I think we’ll go to the Rebel (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park March 14).”A handy 3 ¾ length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 19, Nadal paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen, Nadal, a Kentucky-bred colt by Blame who sold for $700,000 at the Fasig Tipton Florida March Selected 2-year-olds in Training Sale, is out of the Pulpit mare Ascending Angel.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $153,000 while unbeaten in two starts.For his part, Ginobili, who had been idle since running a close fourth in a five furlong turf stakes here on Oct. 6, ran a massive race in defeat, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Fast Enough. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Ginobili, who is trained by Richard Baltas, was off at 12-1 and paid $6.00 and $4.00.Last early, Fast Enough split horses turning for home and just held off Storm the Court by a neck for third money.  Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Fast Enough was off at 14-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Storm the Court, who had been idle since winning the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 1, was the second choice at 3-1 and was beaten approximately 2 ½ lengths in a race that he likely needed.Fractions on the race were 21.81, 44.09 and 1:09.05.last_img read more

Mourinho reveals Kane could return this season in major Euro boost for England

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 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids4“But no, you have a break but then you play against Aston Villa Sunday, not Saturday or Friday, but Sunday.“So they gave you ten days of break, but then you play on the Sunday and the Tuesday. For me, the break doesn’t make any sense the way it is.”Spurs will assess Dele Alli to see if can face the Saints after Raheem Sterling’s horror tackle on him on Sunday. JOSE MOURINHO gave England a Euro 2020 boost by revealing Harry Kane COULD return this season.The Spurs boss had feared his striker might be KO’d this term which would have made the Three Lions skipper a huge doubt for this summer’s finals.4 Harry Kane is on the road to recovery for Tottenham – and could return in time before the end of the seasonCredit: harry kane4 The boss is backing his main striker to be back before the end of the seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesKane, recovering from hamstring surgery, may now feature in the final home game against Leicester on May 9.Mourinho said: “I hope he will be able to. Is that the best case scenario at the moment? Yes I think so.”Spurs wrap up their Prem campaign at Crystal Palace eight days later.And it means Kane could have a valuable 180 minutes of competitive action under his belt before Gareth Southgate’s men kick off their Euros against Croatia at Wembley on June 14.Kane ruptured a tendon in his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.They host Saints in an FA Cup fourth-round replay tonight.Asked when Kane could be back playing, Mourinho added: “Maybe Leicester.“Maybe we will need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.“Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us.”Tottenham initially feared he would not return to training until at least April.There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. It’s just my feeling.Mourinho on Kane’s recoveryMourinho said: “It’s the first week of May.“There is not a setback. Nothing has happened. Everything is OK.“He’s having his treatment. There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. It’s just my feeling.“It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”The replay with Southampton has robbed both clubs of a winter break — not that Mourinho had planned to take his Spurs stars to sunnier climes.He revealed: “No. We would have been training. No time off.“Because I’ve been here for just ten weeks, I need to work, I need to prepare my team the best I can, so I wouldn’t give them the whole week.“So in terms of holidays it doesn’t change much.”But Mourinho, whose side do not play this weekend, slammed the winter break.His team will play at Aston Villa on Sunday week, before hosting RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on the Tuesday.The Spurs chief added: “I don’t like the break especially because there is no attention to when you play Champions League.“It would be much more normal for us to be playing this weekend.4 Kane was forced to undergo surgery on his hamstring injuryCredit: Instagram @harrykanelast_img read more

Dier hit with misconduct charge for fan-rage incident after Spurs’ FA Cup loss

first_imgERIC DIER has been charged by the FA after he climbed into the crowd to confront a fan after Tottenham’s FA Cup loss to Norwich in March.The England man, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and raced up the West Stand after Spurs lost on penalties.3 Eric Dier has been charged by the FA for sprinting up the stands to confront a fan in March3 Dier was pictured and filmed arguing with supporters in the home endCredit: Rex FeaturesDier is said to have been protecting his younger brother, who’d got himself into a spat with a fellow supporter.But the Tottenham man has now been charged with misconduct.An FA statement read: “Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3.”It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s actions at the conclusion of the Emirates FA Cup fixture against Norwich City FC on Wednesday 4 March 2020 were improper and/or threatening.”Eric Dier has until Friday 8 May 2020 to provide a response.”The statement went on to reveal there is no estimated fine or ban in place as yet, thanks to the unusual nature of the incident.It read: “This case is being treated as ‘non-standard’, so no sanction has been offered with the charge.”If it is accepted, or found proven, any penalty ultimately imposed will be solely at the discretion of an independent Regulatory Commission.”At the time of the bizarre clash, a source revealed one fan had been screaming “horrendous” abuse in the direction of Dier.3 The incident came just minutes after Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup on penaltiesCredit: Rex FeaturesMORE TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHis younger brother, Patrick – who was sat nearby – then tried to calm the man down.It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.Numerous videos showed Dier leaving the pitch and then climbing 20 ROWS to make his way towards a section of supporters inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercationlast_img read more

Lions set to ignite their attack against the Highlanders

first_imgThe Lions scored all their points with the boot when they out-muscled the Crusaders 12-3 on Saturday, the impressive display following two lacklustre tour outings in which the visitors combined for just two tries.Seymour, however, is confident that a contest against an expansive Highlanders side combined with the gradual improvement of the touring party will enable the Lions to finally start putting more points on the board ahead of the All Blacks tests.”We would be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit disappointed that we hadn’t crossed the whitewash a few more times,” the 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors wing told reporters in Dunedin.”It is only so long you want to go creating those opportunities and not finishing them off, you can only be pleased for so long about creating them. It is no good having them and not converting,” he added.”But it’s a lot easier to go finishing off those final passes, than it is to go from creating nothing.”Seymour starts in the back three with Jack Nowell and Jared Payne against the 2015 Super Rugby champions after coach Warren Gatland opted for an entirely new starting lineup, and the Scot is looking forward to facing All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.”That’s the theme for this trip, there is a lot of talent in the back three over here and certainly Naholo fits right into that,” he added.”He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to.”These are the challenges both as a team and individually that we knew we were going to face and it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and us as a backline to try to go out and hopefully get the better of them.”Following the Highlanders match, the Lions have two more tour games prior to the first of three tests against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24.last_img read more

French adapts to life without his PCL

first_imgDespite the result against the Cowboys in Darwin last week, French said he got some confidence out of the game personally.”I thought it was my best game since I’ve been back,” he said after setting match-highs in tackle busts (seven) and kicks defused (three) in the 32-6 loss. “Each week it’ll get more confident.”The biggest differences French has found without the ligament there are in stability and agility – pretty key areas for a fullback whose game is based largely around speed, evasiveness and footwork.”My first few weeks back my straight running was sweet but side to side I struggled a bit,” he said.”The game on the weekend I felt a lot better going side to side. It’s only going to keep better. I’ve got to adapt to it and it will feel normal in the next couple of weeks.”The other immediate challenge for French to adapt to is a new playmaking roster at the Eels, with Saturday’s loss to the Cowboys the first game new recruit Mitch Moses has played alongside senior half Corey Norman.It would be unkind to blame the huge loss on the new halves combination given how thoroughly the Cowboys outplayed the Eels on Saturday but no doubt the new combinations will take some time to get used to. “Yeah we can’t dish up a performance like that again. Our effort was there but I think everyone needs to own their role and attention to detail we need to pick up before we take on the Dragons,” French said.”[The combinations are] going pretty good. [It was] Mitch and Normy’s first game on the weekend and you saw the effects of that. It’s only going to get better each week.”The boys are very confident in what we can produce. It’s not just them with how the spine is coming along. It’s every player in the 17; on the weekend we were all off our game. We have to pick that up if we’re going to be playing finals footy.”Moses will have plenty of eyes on him every time he plays given his high-profile mid-season switch from the Wests Tigers and he was always going to take time to find his feet in a new system. While his defence has come in for particular criticism, French said it was unfair to blame one new player when the team as a whole isn’t firing.”It doesn’t just come down to Mitch. It’s everyone else in the team,” French said.”If everyone else in the team is not playing good then you can’t expect him to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make things happen. If the whole team is going well you’ll see Mitch going well.”The fullback said combination between himself, Moses and Norman – plus hooker Kaysa Pritchard – was developing quickly at training.”Me and Mitch formed a pretty good relationship and I’ve had Normy there for a couple of games last year and the start of this year,” he said.”That will all come along with time together. We do it well at training but when we get to the game our preparation side of things – it only takes two or three players not to be on their game and it puts everyone else out. “It’s not just us three preparing and focusing on ourselves. We have the whole team during video and we talk about the whole team being on. We can’t just have us three working well and the rest of the team not preparing well. We are doing everything as a squad because it’s mostly the squad that are having a few concentration lapses that are hurting us.” When French twisted his left knee at training back in Round 6, there were initial fears of a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.However French ended up missing just five games, which was a blessing for coach Brad Arthur given the injury curse that saw stars Corey Norman and Michael Jennings headlining a lengthy injury list.Unlike an ACL, PCLs aren’t necessary for the knee to function but French said it did take some getting used to the change in stability, a process he is still adjusting to.”It has been a bit hard,” French confessed at an Eels media session ahead of a Round 15 clash with the Dragons.”I knew coming back it would take a bit of time for my knee getting used to playing without the ligament there.”last_img read more

Hunt avoids drugs conviction

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s future remains in the hands of Rugby Australia, who say they have “resumed” an investigation into his conduct after prosecutors dropped a cocaine charge against him in court yesterday.A statement from Rugby Australia said Hunt would continue his “voluntary stand- down” from all rugby duties until the matter is resolved.It means his playing career is still in limbo, with the national governing body a chance of tearing up his contract for bringing the game into disrepute.Hunt has not trained with the Reds since his arrest on December 30 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.But he has been keeping fit at a Brisbane boxing gym alongside fellow Reds exile Quade Cooper, who is out of favour and has been told not to come to training based on performance reasons.Hunt pleaded guilty to possessing alprazolam – a tablet of Xanax – and to contravening a police direction after failing to attend a police station when required to give fingerprints. He was handed a $600 fine.The cocaine charge was formally dropped due to a lack of evidence.But the fact he avoided a conviction is significant and means he can not only travel with the Reds to play overseas matches, but he can also play in France or Japan – countries which deny entry to convicted drug users.With the Queensland Rugby Union having lost all faith in Hunt after his second major off-field indiscretion in three years, a shift abroad is firming as a likely outcome.However, because he falls a long way short of the 60-cap ‘Giteau law’, any departure from Australian rugby would spell the end of his brief Test career.Hunt showed promise in his five appearances for Australia last year and appeared bound for 2019 World Cup selection.His player profile has seemingly been removed from the Wallabies squad section on, but is still accessible via an internet search.While he is still contracted to the Reds for another two seasons, the recent recruitment of fullback Aidan Toua indicates coach Brad Thorn is prepared for life without Hunt.UK outlet The Rugby Paper reported interest last week from French Top 14 clubs Bordeaux and Toulouse and English sides Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors.Hunt has already played in Europe, having spent a season with Biarritz Olympique in 2009-10 prior to linking up with the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns.last_img read more

Zidane does not ask for signings

first_imgWith these actors, it is worth remembering the scenes that were lived in the final stretch of the first stage of Zidane on the bench of the Bernabéu. Madrid faced 2018 in a sea of ​​doubts, very out of the leadership in the League and eliminated in the Copa del Rey by Leganés, who threw him after conquering the Bernabéu (1-2) in the quarterfinals. Then the club was convinced to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga, still in Athletic, by its clause, of only 20 million; Zizou refused and in August, after renovation, Chelsea signed the goalkeeper paying 80 million That had happened to cost. Real Madrid faces the month much more pending of the lawn than of the offices. What the team achieves in this demanding January costs six games and the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia will condition its course until the end of the season, so the focus is on the sports section. At market level there will be little movement: As AS has learned, except for unexpected turn of events, the club and Zidane have decided not to sign. Yes, they intend to start two players now in the form of assignment: Mariano and Brahim.The current situation is very similar to that experienced in summer. Zidane doesn’t want anyone but Pogba, as this newspaper reported on the 28th, but the coach is aware that The club is not in the job of satisfying that desire because Manchester United doesn’t even put a price on its star. In any case, yours would be a summer megaoperation. The Uruguayan Valverde explosion (21 years) has been key at this point. Nor is it that Florentino Pérez is very likely to look out the winter window. Between his two terms he has moved seven times in this market, investing only 48.8 million euros. The last incorporation was in 2018, Brahim, after there were no reinforcements in 2016 and 2017.There is harmony between Zidane and the clubZizou also doesn’t have much faith in winter shopping. Trust your staff, a message that is responsible for repeating and enunciating each press conference, and has not asked for news for the second half of the season. Not without some irregularity, the team has responded as expected when starting the course. That incident caused the first strains in the good relationship of Florentino and Zidane, who packed in May. The club considered that Kepa’s was a strategic signing that was ruled out by the coach’s ‘no’, who saw his great commitment to his children reinforced by raising a Thirteenth in Kiev in which few believed months before. Now there will be no discrepancy.last_img read more

Bayern Munich signs Nübel for free, the ‘new Manuel Neuer’

first_imgBayern would have raised to Neuer the possibility that next season yield between 10 and 15 meetings to Nübel, to which the German international would have refused in the round.He will cease to be the captain of SchalkeDespite his youth, Nübel became the Schalke captain this season. He arrived at the club in 2015 from Paderborn and, despite having played only half a season with the first team, his experience in the entity served him to receive such an honor.After the announcement of his signing for Bayern, Schalke decided to remove the captaincy from the player, ensuring that he had already warned him that this would happen if he finally decided to leave the club: “We put all the pros and cons on the table and we decided it would be better for the team if it stopped being the captain because it could cause incidents. “ Bayern Munich has made the signing of Alexander Nübel (09/30/1996), Schalke 04 goalkeeper who will arrive free to the Bavarian club next summer and that is already considered by many like the new Manuel Neuer. Der️ Der #FCBayern verpflichtet Alexander Nübel zur Saison 2020/21.– FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 4, 2020As the club has announced on its website, Nübel will sign a contract for five seasons and he will begin to share costumes with Neuer from next season, but according to the Bild newspaper, sparks have already begun to jump for the new addition.center_img Bundesliga* Data updated as of January 4, 2020last_img read more

Baraja expects several signings “to be more competitive”

first_imgTenerife coach Rubén Baraja confirmed that they are probing the market in search of several signings that make the blue and white team “more competitive”. Total, could be up to four reinforcements, but that depend on the fact that there have been disconnections before.“We seek to reinforce the team in demarcations where good options may arise. Then, the market gives you information about what you can get. We also depend on the players that come out and find accommodation outside, “he said.“We are clear about what we want”, said the Valladolid professional. “And the players already know that,” he said of the intended men., among which are Joselu (Real Oviedo) and Ganea (Athletic Club).“Now it is the market that will tell us how far we can go. We want to be more competitive, that there is a healthy competition in all positions, that there are colleagues who come and can make better those who are already, “reiterated the head of the Tenerife bench. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 9, 2020 About him duel on the Cerro del Espino, noted that it gives “the importance it has“. “We have prepared the week thinking only about the Cup, not on Wednesday. We have much to improve as a group to stay at the competitive level we want for Tenerife. Playing the Cup is a good opportunity to show those players who have not had opportunities in the league. Y when Majadahonda passes, we will think of Huesca “, he said.“I give it the importance it has. For a club like Tenerife, this tournament is a good chance to compete. Each game is an opportunity to grow and add good performances, have continuity in what you are looking for, reduce bugs … “, said the coach. About the Leaving the goalkeeper Ángel Galván, he simply replied that he was already coming from the weekend and that he was looking for “an agreement that was good for all parties.”Alberto does not travel, he will have restThe summoned list for Majadahonda has the absence by technical decision of Alberto Jiménez, which the coach wanted to “give rest”. “Against the Messenger they had one and now others will have it,” he said.Ortolá does not travel, still unavailable, so the Tenerife’s firefighters on the Hill will be Dani Hernández and the one from the subsidiary, Ignacio Otaño. The others news they are joining the group of Nahuel Leiva, already restored from his last injury, although he will not start. According to Baraja, his evolution invites him to gradually reintegrate him into the activity. In the list of blue and white expeditionaries there are some players who could leave the club in the next dates. “Some exits are more advanced than others”, the coach said.After playing in the Cup against Lightning, Tenerife awaits – in one stroke – three teams located in the upper hemisphere of the league standings: Huesca, Girona and Las Palmas.center_img Yes, He did not want to enter “in names or demarcations”. “But hopefully there is the possibility that we can improve the team,” he suggested later.last_img read more