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first_img$112,150 McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS IN THE FIFTH RACE TODAY 7 3 BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM WITH LADY NINJALady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Baltas confirmed Saturday morning.Baltas claimed the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2018, but this would not be his first former claimer to run in a Breeders’ Cup race, having done so previously with Freedom Crest (2001 Classic) and Big Macher (2015 Sprint).Freedom Crest was claimed out of his third start and would earn $648,850 in his career, the vast majority for Baltas and owners Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. Claimed from his first start on July 17, 2013 in which he finished seventh, Big Macher earned $744,288 all under the aegis of Baltas for owners Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables.“She came out of her race good,” Baltas said of Lady Ninja. “She’s the third horse that I’ve claimed that has gone on to the Breeders’ Cup. She’ll be a longshot and it looks like a tough race, but she’s on her home track where she’s won five races.”Among Freedom Crest’s seven victories after the claim was the Grade II Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in 2001, while Big Macher won eight races, including the Grade I Bing Crosby in 2014.McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS TODAYMap Maker, a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite McKinzie, makes her debut in today’s fifth race, which drew a salty field of 10 two-year-old fillies, eight of which will be making their debut.“I think she might take (need) a race or two,” Baffert said of the gray daughter of Liam’s Map-Runway Model owned and bred by Summer Wind Equine. “I haven’t been really hard on her,” he said, adding that McKinzie is “doing great” for the $6 million Classic on Nov. 2.GLENDORA GIRL SCOUTS PRESENT $3,300 TO BENEFIT CARMAWith horse safety and welfare of paramount concern, Glendora Girl Scout Troop 1834 will present the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) with a check totaling $3,300 in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on today at Santa Anita.“Our girls have been out in the community and they have raised $300 for this incredible cause,” said Becky Hazelton, on behalf of Troop 1834. “Our girls are extremely proud to be able to help CARMA find homes for the many retired Thoroughbreds that they adopt out and we also want to thank all of those individual contributors, as well as Santa Anita, for contributing an additional $3,000 in order to make this happen.”CARMA, which is based at Santa Anita Park, assists in retraining and placing retired Thoroughbreds with other after-care organizations as well as families and individuals, who are seeking to adopt these horses for pleasure riding and in some cases, competitive hunter-jumper competition.Santa Anita, which proudly serves as CARMA’s leading funding mechanism, provides office space on-track and encourages fans and horsemen to assist in their efforts to rehabilitate and re-home hundreds of horses annually.For additional information on CARMA, visit or LINES: Higher Power, Ollie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, three of trainer John Sadler‘s major players in the Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2, each worked Saturday morning. Higher Power (Classic) went four furlongs in 47.20; Ollie’s Candy (Distaff) went the same distance in the identical time; and Catalina Cruiser (Dirt Mile) breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.80, fastest of just five drills at the distance. In all, there were 146 recorded workouts on a beautiful Saturday morning at Santa Anita, including 16 on the training track. First post time for the first live race at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, day one of the Breeders’ Cup, is scheduled for 10:45 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup race set for 1:12 p.m. First live race on Nov. 2 is 10:07 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup event set for 11:55 a.m. All post times are Pacific Time. The five two-year-old races will be contested on Nov. 1. The nine Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 will be capped by the Classic at a mile and a quarter at 5:44 p.m. . . . Today’s second race at Fresno is the Cheryl White Memorial, named for the late woman who became the first black female jockey on June 15, 1971. She died Sept. 20 at the age of 65. Services will be held Oct. 18 at Thistledown in her native Ohio. One of racing’s pioneers, she also served as a racing official at California tracks, received several awards for her riding career, and on July 29, 1971, her picture appeared on the cover of “Jet” Magazine, sharing that accolade with such  luminaries as Angela Davis, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis Jr. and John Conyers. White said the last winner she rode (of some 750) “was Montfort (at Fresno on Oct. 19, 1983), a 10-year-old making his 100th start.”. . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day and holiday racing this Monday, Columbus Day, with first post time 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Fans can gorge on hot dogs for $2 apiece, and beer and soda for just a buck each. 11 $207,959 Flavien Prat32 $233,848 57% BALTAS TRIES BREEDERS’ CUP WITH ANOTHER CLAIM 6 Richard Mandella16 6 2 2 Jorge Velez40 12 4 16% Richard Baltas30 3 3 7 Philip D’Amato25 7 $107,204 25% 30% 48% 6 7 56% $579,882 $499,927 Hector Palma12 Money Won ITM% 2 1 Abel Cedillo51 $122,092 5 56% 3 33% 16% Geovanni Franco28 2 $509,213 3 $177,502 0 40% GIRL SCOUTS  PRESENT A $3,300 CHECK TODAY TO CARMA 19% 0 26% Jeff Mullins20 55% 10% 18% 46% (Current Through Friday, Oct. 11) 0 17% 3 2 3 52% $44,992 10% 27% 40% 5 11% 3 $157,420 Mario Gutierrez18 9% 4 26% Doug O’Neill37 3 41% 17% 47% Win% 7 3 44% $213,788 3rd 16% 33% 6 13% 3rd SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 3 10% 41% 44% Bob Baffert15 3 53% $513,836 4 2 $33,832 Craig Anthony Lewis11 22% $105,994 1st 8 2nd 1 5 31% Simon Callaghan11 3 6 3 4 $334,362 $695,577 $182,938 27% Mark Glatt19 27% $615,740 $323,192 2 42% 2 1 2 $137,255 2 TrainerSts 15% 72% 0 Evin Roman23 2 3 4 1st John Sadler29 Rafael Bejarano31 0 Martin Garcia22 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 12th, 2019XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 13th, 2019FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 1 of 2A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 1A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2WORK OUTS:Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 10/12/19Higher Power (Sadler) 10/12/19Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 10/12/19American Theorem (Outside) and Knifes Edge (Papaprodromou) 10/11/19Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/11/19Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10/11/19Draft Pick (Outside) and Storm the Court (Eurton) 10/11/19Roadster (Outside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10/10/19McKinzie (Baffert) 10/10/19S Y Sky (Outside) and Violette Szabo (D’Amato) 10/06/19Gypsy Blu (Glatt) 10/05/19 Tyler Baze12 $250,567 28% ITM% 3 2 5 6 3 45% 1 2 8 1 15% $215,853 25% J.C. Diaz, Jr.24 Mike Smith19 35% 4 JockeyMts 0 Money Won 13% 5 4 $464,788 Win% 2 1 Drayden Van Dyke32 7 1 $125,798 53% 11% 3 2 56% 5 $223,046 10% 4 60% 22% Ruben Fuentes32 $133,396 1 6 2nd Vann Belvoir9 3 2 SADLER THREESOME DRILL FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP 7 Tiago Pereira27 Peter Miller19last_img read more

Free agent Llorente ‘holding out for Man Utd transfer’ despite Italy offers

first_imgFERNANDO LLORENTE is reportedly holding out for a switch to Manchester United despite a number of club’s queuing up for his signature.The Spaniard, 34, is available on a free transfer after his £100,000-a-week contract with Tottenham expired at the end of last season.1 Fernando Llorente scored six goals for Spurs last seasonCredit: ReutersAccording to TEAMtalk, Llorente is stalling on offers as he is still hopeful of completing a move to Old Trafford.United were reportedly interested in signing him after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to sign a number of top targets.And the Reds boss could need to bolster his attack as Alexis Sanchez looks likely to follow Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.The forward, who scored 13 goals in 66 appearances for Spurs, has also been heavily linked with a move to Italy this summer.Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli have indicated their interest in the former Swansea City star.But Lazio are said to be leading the race for the 34-year-old’s signature.LATEST MAN UTD NEWS Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansIt is understood that Simone Inzaghi wants him as a back-up option for strikers Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo.He has experience in the Italian top-flight after he played for Juventus from 2013 until 2015.Last month it was reported that Spurs made a move to sign him – just three weeks after they released him.Man Utd star Scott McTominay reveals he has ‘close bond’ with new-boy Daniel Jameslast_img read more

Vertonghen nets late winner as Spurs close gap on Chelsea to three points

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S winning message is coming through loud and clear.Lucas Moura had revealed the Portuguese has been drumming it into his players that they have the capacity to be winners since arriving at Tottenham.6 Tottenham edged out a 2-1 win away at Molineux to lift them up to fifth in the tableCredit: Reuters6 Spurs are now just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the tableCredit: PA:Empics SportBut when the Brazilian’s super opener was ruled out by a Adama Traore wonderstrike, you wondered if Spurs would fall into bad habits and fold under the pressure.Yet their ability to withstand a Wolves onslaught before nicking it at the death through Jan Vertonghen’s header showed times are a-changing under Mourinho.This certainly was the kind of game they would have lost in the miserable final year of Mauricio Pochettino.But whatever you think about him, Mourinho has proved to be a champion again and again throughout his trophy-laden career.He has hardened up a soft centre with the return of hardman Eric Dier and Vertonghen installed at left-back.And it has been paying off big time with this Spurs’ fifth win in Mourinho’s seven games.It also ended Wolves’ 11-game unbeaten streak in the league which is a serious achievement given the talented outfit Nuno Espirito Santo has put together.This was effectively the Jorge Mendes derby with both managers on the books of Portuguese super agent.6 Lucas Moura opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a strike that nestled into the roof of the netCredit: Reuters6 Adama Traore equalised in fine fashion in the 67th minute with an effort from outside the boxCredit: Rex FeaturesNuno became Mendes’ first-ever client when the pair linked up in the mid 90s.While the Wolves boss was Porto’s sub goalkeeper for their 2004 Champions League triumph, masterminded by Mourinho.The South Bank sang ‘Nuno is the special one’ in support of their idol and in a cheeky dig at the arrogant nickname Mourinho once gave himself.But it was the Spurs boss who was soon jumping for joy as Moura put the visitors ahead in style.Wanderers thought they had cleared the danger when Rui Patricio parried Son Heung-Min’s shot and the ball was hacked to safety.Yet it fell to the feet of Moura outside the area and the Samba star danced past two defenders in the box before lashing high into the net.Patricio should have done better but it was still a goal of breathtaking quality and one that saw Moura net at Molineux for the second year running.6 Spurs have got back to winning ways after losing to Bayern Munich on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho’s winning words looked to have his players feeling ten feet tall as 5ft8in Moura outjumped 6ft3in Romain Saiss as they vied for a header.The opener sparked a terrific first half where the hosts – led by the rapid Diogo Jota and the playmaker Joao Moutinho – pinned back their opponents, who always looked dangerous on the break.Jota looked full of confidence having his five goals in his last two games – including an 11-minute hat-trick in the 4-0 bashing of Besiktas on Thursday.The Portuguese was a constant threat with his direct running and on 26 minutes teed up strike partner Raul Jimenez, whose sliced shot went inches wide.Harry Kane then copped flak from the home crowd as he nutmegged Romain Saiss in the area and then went down as he tried to go round the Moroccan.Ref Stuart Attwell waved play on and a swift VAR review upheld the decision – prompting Kane to be roundly booed.Attwell then played an excellent advantage on a foul on Moura which saw Dier exchange passes with Dele Alli and strike a post.6 Spurs will leapfrog Chelsea in the table should they beat the Blues next weekCredit: Getty – ContributorThe lofted return pass from Alli was the former MK Dons man at his finest, continuing his renaissance under Mourinho.Spurs’ boss had come with a tactic to defend deeply, soak up pressure and hit Nuno’s men on the break.It was working until 67 minutes in when his backline decided to stop off Traore outside the box. It was a mistake they would live to regret.Jimenez laid it off to the Spanish powerhouse who unleashed an unstoppable effort into the far corner from 20 yards. Paulo Gazzaniga was at full stretch but touched nothing but air.Wolves pushed for a winner with Traore electric down the right.Brighton had three players cautioned scything down the jet-heeled Spaniard at the Amex last week.Spurs went for the same tactics as Dier and Kane were both cautioned for cynical fouls on the ex-Middlesbrough speedster.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 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 CelticAnd then came the gut punch for the hosts as sub Christian Eriksen flung in a corner which a totally unmarked Vertonghen rose to power past Patricio.Pochettino’s era of heroic near misses is over.Mourinho, the serial winner, is here and Tottenham mean business.Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Arsenal joined by Spurs in race for Upamecano as Mourinho scouts RB Leipzig

first_imgTOTTENHAM could enter the race for French defender Dayot Upamecano in the summer, after boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over the 21-year-old over the weekend.The Portuguese was in the Allianz Arena crowd as Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig produced a 0-0 stalemate in their top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash.3 Upamecano is set to face Spurs in the Champions League next weekCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho was an interested spectator as he used Spurs’ winter break to scout out their Champions League round of 16 opponents RB Leipzig.And while preparation for next week’s first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was the primary reason for the 57-year-old’s attendance, he may have also been watching Upamecano with particular interest.The Lilywhites could find themselves in the market for a defender in the summer, with popular stalwart Jan Vertonghen’s contract set to expire.And with Mourinho having seemingly frozen out fellow centre-back Juan Foyth, a move for another centre-back wouldn’t come from out of the blue.Upamecano has long been linked with a move to their North London rivals Arsenal.And with the Frenchman having just 18 months left on his contract, interested clubs could prise him away from Leipzig by matching the new £50million release clause that will become active in the summer.Under Mourinho’s watchful eye, Upamecano gave a slightly shaky performance against the reigning Bundesliga champions.While Leipzig did manage to keep a clean sheet, their star centre-back was extremely fortunate not to be penalised for a blatant trip on Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area.3 The young defender has come up against some of the world’s best in the BundesligaCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Jose Mourinho ran the rule over Spurs’ Round of 16 opponentsCredit: Bundesliga TVLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY 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 wrongA VAR review spared Upamecano’s blushes, with the technology deeming there to have been an offside in the build-up to his foul on the Pole.He has generally been very good this season, appearing 24 times as his side fight for both Bundesliga and Champions League glory.It’s set to be a busy summer for Spurs, with the Lilywhites also having been linked with moves for other defenders including Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake. RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano shows off his moves as he joins the team in traininglast_img read more

Council wants Pacific Games recognised as Continental Games: Minogue

first_imgHowever, according to PGC Executive Director Andrew Minogue there’s still some work and convincing to do before it fully becomes a recognised games for the region like all other continents.“We have Australia and New Zealand here and some of the sport are really using the Games now to qualify for the Olympics or World Championships and we have to deliver to a certain standard,” said Minogue.“For the Games Council we will look at what we all do, and say, is there a way that we might need another person or two in some areas to help make sure that we do deliver everything  to the standard that’s now being expected.”He says the desire has to come from  the athletes of the Pacific to want to come to the Pacific Games because its important to them and use the competition to make themselves better.The PGC realises that there a few hurdles to overcome.“We have to be a little bit realistic about it on a number of fronts. First of all, what’s happening here in 2015 was decided by our General Assembly last year as a trial. “And we really can’t go beyond treating it as a trail until the results are in from these Games and I mean I can say I think quiet confidentially on behalf of the Executive Board  that we’re very happy with what’s happened so far in the Games with the Australian and New Zealand teams here in the weightlifting, rugby 7s, sailing and taekwondo. “I think its off to a good start, but this is something that we now have to consider, we have to consult all our members and we also have to be mindful that we have Tonga and Vanuatu under contract to host the Pacific Games. “We have to be sensitive to their ability to host additional athletes and additional technical officials and so forth so I think the future is positive on this score but full integration and full membership of the Games Council is a thing quite off in the distance.“I think the Australians and New Zealanders are happy to be here, I’d expect they would be happy to receive invitation to the next games. But beyond that there’s a lot of thinking that we need to do in the region.”He said the Pacific Games Council wants to do that with the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) and the Oceania Sports Federation Organisation (OSFO)- and reach some long term strategic plan around how to use the games for all the member countries.“We really do want the Games to be recognised as the Continental Games. All the other regions of the world have one now, we had the European Games in Baku, Europe has ticked the box and we are starting to tick our box now. “We work with all of our partners to get to that point at the appropriate time,” Minogue said.     The inclusion of Australia and New Zealand in future Games is likely to come up in the PGC’s Annual General Meeting at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby today…..PACNEWSlast_img read more

Brothers book first grand final in POMRFL

first_imgClose to 500 people turned up to watch an action packed preliminary final.Souths took a 6-0 lead after only two minutes when Frank Tole took an intercept to run 90 metres to score.Brothers fought their way back into the game and after about 15 minutes registered their first points.Ian James was put into space to fly over and score.The score at halftime 6-4.Brothers dominated most of the second half with the highlight being three tries to Port Moresby Vipers player Jolam Jerry.With 10 minutes left on the clock, the Brothers defence went to sleep as they conceded three tries for Souths to bring some respectability to the score line.Brothers will play Royals in the grand final.last_img read more

Xavi Hernández refuses to train Barcelona right now

first_imgXavi Hernández has opted to continue as coach of Al Sadd until next June, which is when he ends his relationship with the Qatari team. The former midfielder rejects the offer of Barcelona at the moment, although everything indicates that he will take the reins of the club in June. Image: Getty As they report Sports world Y Sport, Xavi is inclined to occupy the position of coach of Barcelona next season. The meetings between Óscar Grau, CEO of the club, and Eric Abidal, technical secretary, have served to approach positions and analyze future projects.The idea of ​​the club was to sign him immediately, but Xavi’s commitments to Al Sadd, together with the fact that it is not yet the most appropriate time to try to implement his method of work, have ended up postponing this decision.All this leaves Ernesto Valverde in a compromised situation, knowing about Barcelona’s interest in signing Xavi Hernández. The defeat of last Thursday in the Super Cup against Atlético has ended with the patience of Barcelona and right now his future as a coach is hanging by a thread.“It’s my dream” The former FC Barcelona player Xavi Hernández has refused to lead the culé team immediately because he is “focused” on Al Sadd, with whom he will play the Crown Prince Cup final after winning Al-Rayyan this Saturday, and confirmed the talks with Eric Abidal, technical secretary of the Blaugranas.“I have talked about many things with Abidal, he is my friend,” Xavi justified after rejecting Barça’s bench. “I cannot hide that it is my dream to train Barcelona, ​​I have said it in many interviews and everyone knows it, but I am focused on Al Sadd,” the Catalan told a news conference.center_img With almost total security, Xavi will head to Barcelona next summerAll this leaves Ernesto Valverde in a very committed situationlast_img read more

Two defeats in Europe provoke the goodbye of Txingurri Valverde

first_imgErnesto Valverde He arrived in Barcelona at the third opportunity. Twice the Blaugrana train passed him in front of the house and twice decided not to take it by loyalty to Athletic from Bilbao, his lifelong team with whom he had Current contract. And when he took it, he did it and ran into the Neymar storm. As soon as he landed on the Blaugrana team, he saw the end of the American preseason tour Brazilian left planted to the entity and left for PSG.The consequence immediate was the final defeat against Real Madrid in a Super Cup in which the whites erased the blaugrana. Along the LaLiga managed to reverse the situation and when no one gave a hard for him, he clearly imposed on Madrid. Chance has wanted it to be after a new Super Cup when the destitution arrivedIn its Blaugrana stage, Valverde has won two leagues in his first two seasons as a coach and leave the team as Leader in his third season and qualified for Champions League round of 16 League, which must play against Naples. That competition was his Achilles heel since the quarter losses to the Rome in his first year and before the Liverpool in the semifinals last season are the defeats that They dug his grave. In The league, their numbers are excellent in front of Barcelona with 66 wins 22 draws and only seven defeats. In the Champions He has won 18 games, drew five and reaped only two losses. Both determinants.In the Cup del Rey won the Title in its First season after an exhibition against Sevilla and I qualify the team for the final final in which fell to Valencia after the Anfield catastrophe. Their numbers in this competition are also unappealable: 12 wins, two draws and only four defeats. Some numbers left the bar very high For his successor.last_img read more

Carles Pérez, the last battered

first_imgPérez also feels mistreated by the entity, because overnight he seems to have forgotten the effort he made to accept a clause for which he had first team token, after playing seven games, but that would remain on horseback of the first team and the subsidiary. A totally anomalous and unfair situation, but that Pérez assumed, thinking especially about the interests of the entity. And the club has paid for the services provided in this way: inviting you to look for a club. In any case, The technical secretary, Eric Abidal, informed him that it was a personal and unilateral decision of the new coach and in no case of the club. Now Pérez and his agent have six days ahead to find a team. Any offer they hear will have to be in the form of assignment or a transfer with a repurchase option because the player is convinced that he has not yet said his last word in Barcelona. It seems that Rome is already waiting … “He’s screwed, but that’s really screwed”. In this way as descriptive as it was expressed a person from the closest environment of Carles Pérez to the newspaper AS. Fucked by the surprise of seeing how the new coach, Quique Setién, told him that he doesn’t have him with only six days left to close the market and screwed up because the young forward has seen his dream of consolidating in the first team truncated in a thousand pieces.It wasn’t until Friday after the afternoon session that Setién gave him the lunge after discarding it from the list for the match against Valencia. The excuse wielded by the coach is that the imminent return of Ousmane Dembélé, which is expected by mid-February, would close the doors to play on a regular basis, so he preferred that will take off on another team because a player of his age, 21, needs minutes.Nevertheless, from the environment of the striker they consider that it is a maneuver of the club to seek economic resources in order to finance the possible signing this winter of a 9 after confirming the loss of Luis Suárez for the remainder of the season.last_img read more

500 battles in the elite

first_imgOf enviable health, apart from the age, only the knees bring him the occasional headache from his stage in Murcia, “because of the humidity or that I know”, and he could extend his career until the “34 or 35 years” . He started in the premiere in Sarriá and lived the first two years in the category. There are fewer and fewer of his generation. “I was in Levante from 60 to 65, both years in First and from there I went to Barcelona“Precisely before the Barça rival he starred in the biggest win still in the Levantine historical records, a 5-1 in the former Vallejo, with two assists to Wanderlei, two goals from him and the fifth was from Torrents after capturing a rebound of a shot from the extreme framing, which always felt like an ‘8.’ That exhibition was the prelude to his signing for Barça, a record that he thought would be overcome on historic day 5-4 at the Ciutat in 2017-18, cutting the streak of unbeatable of those of Ernesto Valverde on the penultimate day of LaLiga. That day I said to my wife: “Today they are going to break that record.” One hundred and ten years of history and 500 games in the First Division. The 2019-20 season of the Levante will go to the granota collective imaginary as a different year. The icing, as always, will put what happens on the green. The set of Orriols will live its fifth centenary in the elite at the Camp Nou, where they haven’t scored yet. Precisely in Barcelona, ​​in the old field of Sarrià, the entity played its first meeting in the category against Espanyol (4-4, 09/15/1963). Since then, 499 meetings on the cusp of national football to close the circle with Barcelona as a link.To talk about a First Division Levante is, essentially, to do it from the last decade, where they contemplate nine of the 14 years in the elite. After almost 40 years for football underworlds, in 2004 he returned to the elite with the group led by Manolo Preciado. But it was in 1963 when the top was first reached. Among those players was Serafin, top historical scorer of the first years in First, who after his experience for Levante ended up signing for Barça. “I think it’s the thing out there with Cucumber“, he remembers exactly at 83 years old. They both signed 13 goals in the first two courses granotas in the elite, above names like Dominguez Y Wanderlei. And remember that he signed “three or four more” in the Cup. Serafín analyzes the meeting and trajectory of the entity in First. And remember with special affection to Ramon Balaguer Y Lele, which prepared the team to ascend two years earlier. “Balaguer was at that time close to transferring me to Seville. I was prepared to stay in Valencia because Levante had asked for the borrowed field when Vallejo collapsed and entered into an operation with Calpe to leave Mestalla for one or two seasons. But he Valencia did not stop by leaving the field. Then Calpe drove for Madrid and I to Barcelona. I wanted to stay in Valencia, “he says. Even if confesses that “I want Levante to beat Valencia and put him on the table, and that I have sympathy for Valencia and I was close to going there. But they are whims that one has”.He pulled from memory to analyze the current Levante, “from a distance” of his native Tudela. “Until now I had not seen a team like the one we had: with Wanderlei, Dominguez, Camarasa, Calpe … So together, so worked. But today. This lift is half board up“Although he said that his team” was a joy “and this one” in some game failed me, like the other day in Pamplona; and that I wanted Osasuna to win. I thought … fuck, if they delivered it. “ For its part, After a long career in teams such as Osasuna, Barakaldo, Deportivo de la Coruña, Levante, Murcia and Barcelona, ​​it is clear: “Sometimes I say, if I could return to football, of all my teams, I would go to Levante. It’s where I got married, a daughter was born in La Cigüeña (former hospital of Valencia) and the other two children were not born in Valencia because my wife had them on vacation and gave birth here in Tudela, “he says.” I keep many friends from my stage in The uprising. One of them is the father of the current president, Pedro, who was a kid then, and I have him in a photo uploaded to a palm tree on the day of the first ascent. I have a tremendous friendship and I keep it. ” He could even sign for Valencia before arriving at Barça. His connection with the city was total. From Paco Lopez, I affirm that “I don’t know him but since he arrived he came to me, and on top of the house“.” He doesn’t put his ass back. I like that from the fifth man onwards. From 11, five behind, and another five from midfield forward. I always think of that pivot that instead of being defensive is an attacker. As now Campaign. “And He showed his preference for ‘Commander’ Morales. “I love it, there are few players in Spain who beat the line like him. When he is well, he shoots”. And when I saw Felix Ettien “the one with 1,000 daily abs” I thought: “This one looks like Dominguez, is the master”. Although if he stays with a current player it is with Jesus Navas. And with Christian before Messi, which states that “has a march more than the rest.” Legend word granota.Scoring at the Camp Nou, the first time in history, would be a great boost for the Levantinistas, who have not started in the best way in 2020. He still does not know the victory, as in Can Barça.last_img read more

Another feat of Mirandés: he puts four to Villarreal and passes to the semifinals of the Cup

first_imgIraola’s team is ‘charged’ to the third First in Anduva (4-2)He will play the semifinals as he did in the 11/12 season Photo: EFE An unstoppable Mirandés eliminated Villarreal (4-2) and planted in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the second time in its history. Merquelanz was the decisive player for the reds that again repeat the feat of the 2011/2012 season.Villarreal wanted to send in the game dominating the ball while the Mirandés preferred to wait well placed on the pitch and pressing from the top of the ball, one of the hallmarks of Andoni Iraola’s team.Merquelanz warned the goal Andrés Fernández with a ball that was almost touching the squad, just before Matheus Aias, who was constantly getting serious problems to Villarreal’s defense, advanced to the reddish team.The Brazilian dribbled several players before surprising with a tight shot to the short stick, being the fifth to score this season, placing himself as top scorer.That goal gave wings to the rojillo team until a foul of Malsa on Cazorla from the front of the area, ended with a perfect shot from Ontiveros that nothing could do Lemons. The goal of the set of Javi Calleja was a jug of cold water for those of Iraola who suffered in the last minutes of the first half.The Mirandés got back in front thanks to the VAR. A corner kicked by Merquelanz was in the hands of Quintillá and first De Burgos Bengoetxea did not punish a penalty but after a couple of plays, it was reviewed and ended in penalty in favor of Mirandés.center_img Merquelanz marked from the penalty spot with the time served to reach the locker room with a 2-1 in favor of the reds.After passing through the locker rooms, Javi Calleja’s men came out with more energy and had better opportunities in Ontiveros’ boots. Odei touched a center of Villarreal with his hand and the referee did not hesitate to call a penalty.Cazorla matched the match, but the game became a real madness, because only two minutes later, Odei himself put Mirandés forward again, well anticipating the defense.The Mirandés came up and Antonio Sánchez starred in a play in which the reddish team was able to mark the fourth of the night before Villarreal had several clear occasions, but Limones saved the reddish team several times, being providential for the team IraolaFranquesa, who was precisely facing the team from which he has ceded to the Mirandés, had to retire injured in the 84th minute. Time was running out to those of Javi Calleja and they began to punch in search of the extension, while the Mirandés was dedicated to shrink balls.Merquelanz, touching the regulatory time could sentence with a strong shot that Andrés Fernández sent to corner and at the discount, the Irundarra gave a ball to Antonio Sánchez to close the tie and return to surprise by eliminating another first division.– Data sheet4 – Mirandés: Limones, Alexander, Odei, Sergio, Franquesa (Kijera min 84), Malsa, Antonio Sánchez, Álvaro Rey, Álvaro Peña (Guridi min 67), Merquelanz and Matheus Aias (Marcos André min 78).2 – Villarreal: Andrés Fernández, Mario, Funes Mori, Sofian Chakla (Rubén Peña min 46), Xavier Quintillá, Samuel Chukwueze (Paco Alcácer min 64), Anguissa (Moi Gómez min 70), Cazorla, Ontiveros, Gerard Moreno.Goals: 1-0: M.17 Matheus Aias. 1-1: M. 32 Ontiveros. 2-1: M.45 Merquelanz (p). 2-2: M.55 Cazorla (p). 3-2: M.58 Odei. 4-2: M.91 Antonio Sánchez.Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque school). He admonished for the local team to and for the visitors to Iborra (min 34), Chakla (min 37), Mario Gaspar (min 51), Chukwueze (min 63), Cazorla (min 77)Incidents: Match corresponding to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey held at the Anduva Municipal Stadium before 4,528 spectators, some 100 Villarreal fans.last_img read more

Rooney explodes: “It seemed that the footballers in England were guinea pigs”

first_imgThe suspension of competitions due to the expansion of the pandemic will cause a restructuring of the calendars. The Derby County player proposes on The Times the following: “We would love to play until September if the season continues. It is our job. As long as we know we are safe to play and that it is a safe environment for spectators, we will play. The next World Cup will take place in November and December 2022, so you can really take advantage of this situation to say that we will finish the 2019-2020 season later, and then we will prepare for 2022 starting the next two seasons in winter … “. Wayne Rooney has exploded and has done so against the British football authorities for what he considers to be a clear lack of reaction to suspend matches due to the coronavirus crisis. Last Friday, after learning the positive for the COVID-19 from Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, the decision was made in the Islands to stop all football until April 4. “Why do we wait until Friday? Why did Mikel Arteta have to get sick for England to make the right choice?Asks the Derby County player in a column on The Times.“For the players, the staff and their families, the week has been worrying, one in which we have felt a lack of leadership from the government, the FA and the Premier League. After the emergency meeting, the right decision was finally made. Until then, it almost seemed like footballers in England were treated like guinea pigs. “Rononey complained, assuring that he would never have forgiven the English authorities if a member of his family had contracted the virus through him. “The rest of the sport (tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, soccer in other countries) was closing and we were told to continue. I think many footballers were wondering: ‘Does this have to do with money?’. Fortunately, football finally made the right decision and we had to suspend. If people’s lives are in danger, it must come first. “last_img read more

The Spanish Football Federation also asks to postpone the Games

first_imgA few minutes after the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation requested, as the United States or Great Britain did, through a statement the postponement of the Tokyo Games, after consulting the opinion of their athletes, Now it is the Spanish Football Federation who is joining this same request, which has already been transferred to the COE. The FEF has made it public through the following statement:“The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did it at the meeting held together with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government.Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay together and suspend all sports events, as from the first moment it was done by this Federation regarding those competitions over which it has competence.We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to the relatives, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and Bodies and all those who are maintaining the services of the citizens, while remaining at the disposal of the authorities and we offer to collaborate in everything that is considered. “last_img read more

Atlético ERTE: the workforce is reduced by 70 percent the salary

first_imgThe cessation of activity that has meant the declaration of the state of alarm in Spain as a consequence of the health crisis of COVID-19 has caused Atlético de Madrid to have to study measures to safeguard the club’s economic viability. Due to this complicated situation, and always with the aim of guaranteeing the entity’s future, the club has made the decision to present a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE).The staff and coaching staff of the men’s first team understand that the club’s need for the presentation of the aforementioned ERTE, respect its conditions and assume the consequent economic impact on their income. All the members of the first team have signed an internal agreement with the entity that defines two different scenarios depending on the final configuration of this 2019-20 season. The file will mean a reduction of 70 percent of the salaries of the technicians and players of the men’s first team, the women’s first team and Atlético de Madrid B, while the state of alarm lasts. From the outset, the club’s objective in studying possible measures to deal with this delicate situation has been to minimize its effect on the salaries of its employees as much as possible. The agreement reached with the first team will also allow supplementing the salary of 430 employees affected by the ERTE, a complement from which only players and technicians from professional teams are excluded. To make this possible, the first squad will contribute half the necessary amount and the members of the club’s Management Committee, made up of the CEO and the directors of the different areas, the other half.last_img read more

Murray, Pouille, Carla Suárez and Kerber, to the virtual Madrid Open

first_img“The Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional is a brand new problem for the gamers, and one thing that has by no means been executed earlier than,” Kerber mentioned in the group’s assertion. “It’s thrilling and a superb alternative to compete from residence in a brand new format. I’m wanting ahead to taking part!” He mentioned. Carla Suárez may even take pleasure in a chance during which she had introduced it could be her final yr on the circuit.“Being a part of the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional is an honor. The event has at all times been progressive and it is a new instance. We’re experiencing an distinctive state of affairs and any approach of collaborating will at all times be welcome. These are difficult occasions for everybody, “mentioned the Canary Islands.” That is going to be a really thrilling problem, “acknowledged Lucas Pouille.” I’ve already began coaching as a result of I would like to win this event towards my fellow tennis gamers and I do know that some play loads. . Thanks to the Mutua Madrid Open for this nice initiative “The group will quickly reveal the remainder of the individuals, in addition to the totally different novelties of the competitors. Britain’s Andy Murray, Germany’s Angelique Kerber, France’s Lucas Pouille and Spain’s Carla Suárez are the first confirmed gamers for the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Professional, which can be held from April 27 to 30. The announcement comes three days after speaking the group of this occasion that will occur on this virtual approach, during which the gamers would change the racket for the online game console, after the cancellation of the precise take a look at due to the COVID-19 pandemic.For Andy Murray, former world primary, champion in Madrid in 2008 and 2015, it represents an excellent alternative to soar into the fray, since he’s presently recovering from hip issues that he has been dragging for greater than two years and that haven’t allowed him to compete commonly on the circuit. One other former primary Angelique Kerber, winner of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and who just lately advocated the dispute of tournaments with out an viewers as a treatment for the return to the tracks, highlighted this problem.last_img read more

USTA President donates her plasma after defeating the coronavirus

first_img“I bought contaminated in early March, earlier than New York numbers skyrocketed and panic unfold. I had minor signs, physique aches and an undetected fever that broke throughout the night time. I examined constructive and I didn’t actually endure, “says Adams.“The silver lining is that I later turned a candidate to donate my plasma to avoid wasting the lives of others., since my antibodies are extraordinarily excessive, “he continues.“I bought contaminated for a motive and this photograph jogs my memory that goodwill comes from my misfortune. Truly, it was a blessing that will now be vital to another person.” The president of the USTA ends, a corporation that should determine whether or not the United States Tennis Open, the final Grand Slam of the season, continues with the scheduled dates, from August 31 to September 13. Katrina Adams, president of the United States Tennis Affiliation (USTA), recalled that she examined constructive for coronavirus and that now, already recovered, she is pleased to donate her plasma and be capable to save the lives of others.“As I replicate on the which means of Easter and the resurrection of Christ, I take into consideration what has occurred in the world of Covid 19. Lots of my buddies and acquaintances have misplaced family members … I used to be fortunate,” The previous participant acknowledges on social networks, in a textual content that she accompanies with a photograph wherein she is seen surrounded by units to regulate the illness and with a masks on.last_img read more