first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES     FLAVIEN PRAT, UNITED, WINNER: “I think I made a mistake last time (GII Hollywood Turf Cup Dec.1). I was trying to keep him covered up and it didn’t end up the way I wanted and I found myself too far back. Today we broke off and we were in the race (early). He just (kept running) to the wire.”TRAINER QUOTES     RICHARD MANDELLA, UNITED, WINNER: “You could see there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race. He’s got a big lumbering stride and you don’t want to get in the way of it. We just let him cruise along and that worked out well.     ALEX SOLIS II, OWNER, UNITED, WINNER: “It’s probably more how he wants to be ridden during the race. A mile and a quarter is not really his thing. He’s probably better at a mile and a half. He’s just one pace, he stays. It’s great, it’s perfect prep for Dubai and we’ll go from here.“I guess the track was fast he’s a nice horse. He doesn’t quicken, if you look at his fractions he can finish in twenty three and four, twenty three and three, that’s as fast as it’s going to get. So at mile and a half, that works but a mile and quarter they can quicken a little bit.”NOTES: The winning owner is LNJ Foxwoods.last_img read more

Stokes goes from hero to zero with fans as he decides he is a Tottenham fan

first_imgPiers Morgan is going to be devastated— NT. (@THFC88_) August 30, 2019 Fans go wild as Ben Stokes leads England to historic Ashes comeback at Headingley to tie series 1-1 The 28-year-old produced the greatest performance ever seen by an Englishman as he rescued the country from certain defeat to seal a dramatic one-wicket win at Headingley.His performance captured the imagination of the whole country, even non-cricket fans – and has made him a shoe-in to win this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.The all-rounder from Durham revealed he did not have a favourite football team after Newcastle boss Steve Bruce watched his heroics before the win at Tottenham and said there was a place for him in his side.But now Stokes has publicly revealed he is a Spurs fan after the Premier League club sent him their shirt with his England number 55 on the back.Stokes revealed all in a post on Twitter and said: “Never supported a club, always wanted to but never loved football enough really.”My first ever football top was actually a Tottenham one, it was the blue and yellow kit with Thomson on the front.”But after getting sent this I guess I’m now officially a Spurs fan.”His revelation went down with supporters of the North London club – but instantly drew howls of dismay from those who follow other teams.And just a week after cementing his place as England’s favourite sports star, he appears to have gone some way to losing half of his new admirers.From hero to zero in one tweet.— RB_London (@RB_London_RB) August 30, 2019 BEN STOKES has revealed he has decided to become a Tottenham fan – and immediately lost half his fanbase as a result.Stokes became a national hero after his stunning innings fired England to victory over Australia in the Third Ashes Test.1 Ben Stokes has gone from hero to zero after declaring he is now a Tottenham fanCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdBeing a Tottenham fan is hard work,well for all 4 hours of it so far 🤣,had some extremely hilarious tweets though I’m not gonna lie #coys— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 30, 2019— Connor Bowers (@SfcBowers) August 30, 2019— evan 》 (@afcevan) August 30, 2019 Your week summed up 😂— jordy (@j00373w) August 30, 2019— Jay (@CLARTUSJAY) August 30, 2019 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 Celtic— Jorginho (@George_Bruce97) August 30, 2019— 卐Aryaputra卐 (@sagarVerminator) August 30, 2019— Everton Till I Die! (@ETID_Dazzy) August 30, 2019last_img read more

Shocking Spurs dumped out on pens by League Two minnows

first_imgJOHN McGREAL’S League Two minnows Lap-danced their way to a shock shootout win.Tom Lapslie converted Colchester’s winning spot-kick after they took the Premier League giants to penalties.7 Tottenham crashed out of the Carabao Cup after losing against ColchesterCredit: Getty – Contributor7 It is the first time Colchester have reached the fourth round of the League Cup since 1975Credit: ReutersSpurs’ season is now in danger of falling apart before the clocks have even gone back after they missed a string of chances in normal time.But gutsy Colchester showed as much fighting spirit as the soldiers in the town’s garrison by producing the club’s most famous win since they knocked Don Revie’s mighty Leeds team out of the FA Cup back in 1971.The Essex boys may have rode their luck to take the game to penalties, but once there they made no mistake — just like in the previous round when they won at Crystal Palace by the same method.Keeper Dean Gerken saved Christian Eriksen’s opening spot-kick before Spurs stopper Paulo Gazzaniga kept out Jevani Brown’s terrible Panenka effort.And the hosts held their nerve in the final round of kicks as Lucas Moura’s effort rattled the bar before Colchester midfielder Lapslie scored to send the underdogs through to the fourth round.Tottenham did not arrive at the JobServe Community Stadium until 65 minutes before kick-off.Their team bus was delayed in heavy traffic, caused by a string of accidents on the A12.To make matters worse, train services from the capital to Essex were delayed by flooding.7 Tom Lapslie proved to be the hero for Colchester as he netted the deciding spot-kickCredit: Reuters7 Lucas Moura missed in the penalty shootout as Spurs were dumped out by the lowest ranked team in the competitionCredit: Getty – ContributorThis meant, despite being a sell-out, there were still many chunks of empty seats — especially in the away end — when the teams kicked off on time.Tottenham arrived in England’s oldest town after making a poor start to the season with only two wins from their opening seven matches in all competitions.Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to the League Cup final in his first season in charge back in 2014-15 and the semi-finals last term — losing to Chelsea on both occasions — despite insisting this competition has never been his priority.And even though he made TEN changes to his starting line-up after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester, it was still a fairly strong team featuring six internationals — including England duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli.There were also debuts for academy products Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott. Defender Tanganga, 20, impressed on Spurs’ summer tour of the Far East while strike starlet Parrott, a man- mountain of a 17-year-old, is seen as Harry Kane’s possible successor.With the England captain given the night off, along with Harry Winks and record £65million buy Tanguy Ndombele, Parrott was given the chance to shine up front.And the Republic of Ireland Under-21 prospect showed his potential against Colchester’s rugged defenders, as his 15th-minute shot from the edge of the box was deflected narrowly wide for a corner.Dele then side-footed wide before Moura’s 20-yard free-kick was beaten away by Colchester keeper Gerken.7 Mauricio Pochettino’s side haven’t won a trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008Credit: Reuters7 A pitch invasion ensued after Colchester beat Spurs on penaltiesCredit: PA:Press AssociationAt the back, Tanganga was able to have an assured debut as the Premier League side’s goal was hardly threatened.The hosts, as expected, were on the back foot for most of the contest, but they did manage to get to half-time without conceding.Tricky winger Courtney Senior’s runs forward gave them some brief moments of hope. But even when McGreal’s men did force their first corner at the start of the second half it ended with another Tottenham breakaway.That bizarrely resulted in U’s right-back Ryan Jackson having to go off injured after he was penalised for handballing a Ben Davies cross on the edge of the box.Jackson’s replacement Paris Cowan-Hall was fortunate not to give away a penalty for a shove in the back of Dele.Cowan-Hall’s luck did not last as he was soon booked for clattering Parrott as the visitors cranked up the pressure. Kyle Walker-Peters hit the post with one cross-shot before Gerken patted away another.Tottenham boss Pochettino made a double change for in the 66th minute as he replaced debut duo Tanganga and Parrott with Eriksen and Son Heung-min.But Colchester continued to stand firm and as the clock ticked down the more the noise and expectation in the home stands increased.7 Christian Eriksen was another player guilty of missing a spot-kick for the visitorsCredit: ReutersLATEST 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 summerPochettino rolled his last dice by sending on Erik Lamela for Oliver Skipp. But it was the U’s who nearly snatched a late winner as first Cohen Bramall floated a ball across the face of the Spurs goal before Senior blazed a shot just wide from the edge of the box.A special mention must be made for U’s journeyman striker Frank Nouble, who celebrated his 28th birthday by chasing endless lost causes and scoring a spot-kick in the shootout.Let’s hope his team got him a cake — although he will be happy just with a fourth round spot.James Maddison speaks after scoring winning goal to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadiumlast_img read more

Man Utd’s form may have improved but Pochettino’s shadow will loom large over Ole

first_imgTHE consolation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that it happened now and not during the last international break.If Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked then, the clamour for him to take over at Manchester United would have been overwhelming.3 United made it clear that Mauricio Pochettino becoming available changes nothingCredit: Getty – ContributorThe dispiriting defeat at Newcastle had left United looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone — and some fans calling for a change of manager.As it is, Solskjaer is sitting more comfortably in the Old Trafford hotseat having overseen five wins from seven in the last block of fixtures.The word from the United hierarchy is that they very much want this to work with their former striker.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said last month: “Whatever manager we have has to buy into our philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that.“Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.”And yesterday the message from Old Trafford was clear: Pochettino becoming available changes nothing.Even so, until the ex-Spurs boss takes another job, his shadow will loom large over  Solskjaer.The bookmakers have already decided United are  favourites to be the Argentinian’s new club.And it is not difficult to see why he was — and still might be — an attractive option for them.United legend Gary Neville said after Jose Mourinho’s departure that he felt Poch was perfect for the role.He said: “They need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club: the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.“I see Pochettino — and he’s done an incredible job.“People will say, ‘He hasn’t won a trophy yet’ but Manchester United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.”3 Gary Neville claimed Mauricio Pochettino was a good fit for United after Jose Mourinho’s departureCredit: Getty Images – GettyLast Christmas Poch was the first pick in the eyes of many supporters.But Woodward knew it would be almost impossible to get him out of Spurs at that time.Pochettino was also keen to stay and lead Tottenham into their new stadium and they were  going well in the Premier League and Europe.But the feeling  then was that things could be different by the summer.So when appointing Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, the idea was to see who was available at the end of 2018/19.But then the Norwegian surprised everyone with the start  he made.After their amazing win in Paris in the spring, Woodward could no longer ignore the calls to make the appointment permanent.And having done that he had to stand by his man — even when last season finished so disappointingly.That remained the case through an unconvincing start to the current campaign.Woodward is desperate for it to work. The last thing he wants is to get rid of another manager  he appointed.Yet at the back of their minds United will know this could be their one and only chance to get Pochettino.Don’t forget, this time four years ago, United were thinking of offering Louis van Gaal a new deal.3LATEST 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 plansBut the chance to hire  Mourinho that summer came along and it was too good to turn down.Poch needs a break right now but is unlikely to be short of offers when he is ready to return.Solskjaer will be hoping he gets fixed up quickly — or the spectre is unlikely to go away.Man United set to seal Gareth Bale transfer in JANUARY…and could send Paul Pogba to Real Madrid in returnlast_img read more

Oceania Weightlifters to Rio named

first_imgMen:Samoa – Nevo Ioane (62kg category)Australia – Simplice Ribouem (94kg category)New Zealand – Richard Patterson (85kg category)Fiji – Manueli Tulo (56kg category)Kiribati – David Katoatau (105kg category)Nauru – Elson Brechtefeld (56kg category)American Samoa: Tanumafili Jungblut (94kg category)PNG -Morea Baru (62kg) categoryWomen:Samoa – Mary Opeloge (75kg category)Australia – Tia-Clair Toomey (58kg category)New Zealand – Tracey Lambrechs (+75kg category)Fiji – Apolonia Vaivai (69kg category)Solomon Islands – Jenly Wini (58kg category)Cook Islands – Luisa Peters (+75kg category)Marshall Islands – Mathlynn Sasser (58kg categorylast_img

SP comes good with K250, 000 for PNG Games

first_imgThe money was presented today to the Host Organizing Committee for the Games to ensure the two week event is a success.SP Brewery’s Managing Director, Stan Joyce said the company was excited to be part of the biggest local sporting event in the country with participation from the 22 provinces. “SP Brewery is a staunch supporter and promoter of sports in the country as underscored by its long-term association with the different sporting codes in the country to expose and develop hidden sporting talents amongst Papua New Guineans.“In supporting the games, we want to make sure that people who choose to drink must do so responsibly without causing problems to the games and to bring law and order into disrepute,” said Joyce. Joyce added that SP Brewery has undertaken a campaign to educate people about the laws that prohibit drinking in public places and drinking on moving vehicles that attract immediate penalties, including arrest, fine and imprisonment. “The company continues to support the games as long as everyone plays and enjoy the games in their various Provincial colours in true spirit of sportsmanship,” said Joyce. In receiving the cheque, West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel thanked SP Brewery for contributing to one of the biggest nation building events in PNG. “For the people of West New Britain this will have a great impact and we are trying to make it a win-win situation for all of us and we are happy that SP Brewery has supported the Games,” said Muthuvel.In preparation for the Games, Governor Muthuvel confirmed that over K20 million has been used to build additional classrooms and dormitories in major schools in the 4 Local Level Government areas in the province. The 7th BSP PNG Games will be held from 24th November to the 10th of December in West New Britain.last_img read more

Murray passes Melzer test

first_imgGerald, the younger brother of former world No 8 Jurgen, played his part by handing the world No 1 a serious workout in two hours and 23 minutes.A passive Murray dropped serve twice in the opening set and world No 68 Melzer saved eight set points with some brave hitting before the Briton took the opener during an intense tie-break.He then got the break in the seventh game of the second set but failed to claim victory when serving at 5-4 as the 26-year-old left-hander Melzer forced a break of his own.When the 29-year-old Murray served for the match for the second time he made no mistake to extend his winning streak to 26 matches and stay on track for a third title in Doha.”He played great, great tennis,” Murray said of Melzer. “He was dominating large parts of the match and dictating a lot of the points and made it extremely difficult.”If he plays like that this year, he’ll climb higher up the rankings and I was lucky to get through in two sets today.”We’ve never practised or played against each other before and I told him if he keeps playing like that he’s going to get up there in the rankings. He’s playing much better than 69 in the world. He’s fairly young so he’s going to get better and better.”Murray felt his latest test was testament to the competitiveness of the men’s game, which he feels is getting harder and harder every year.”Today is a perfect example of the depth in the men’s game just now,” he said. “It was an extremely difficult match and I felt I played pretty good just now. I served well and was returning well, but he was hitting the ball huge from both sides. The depth is great now so you have to be prepared for every match.”The Wimbledon and Olympic champion will next take on Spain’s Nicolas Almagro after he upset seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6).Second-seeded Novak Djokovic will face wily old Czech Radek Stepanek for a place in the last four after he beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3 6-4.After the Serb won his match, his opponent asked him to pose for a selfie, and the 12-time Grand Slam champion cheerfully obliged.”I just have to mention that making a selfie after the match was over, that was the first time that I ever had this kind of experience in my career,” Djokovic said on court. “So, Horacio, well done. Very original.”Stepanek, 38, is the oldest ATP Tour quarter-finalist since 42-year-old Jimmy Connors reached the final eight at the 1995 Halle tournament after defeating wild-card entry Arthur De Greef of Belgium 6-3 6-2.Also, Fernando Verdasco needed six match points, three in the second set tie-breaker, to beat fourth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-1 7-6 (8-6).Number three seed Tomas Berdych beat Czech compatriot Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-1, to set up an intriguing clash with France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who blasted past Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1 6-3 in less than an hour.last_img read more

Rosetti: “We don’t want the VAR to re-arbitrate the games”

first_imgRosetti insisted that the International Football Association code Board (IFAB) provides for “clear evidence” of the error to justify VAR intervention. In the last days there were cases “limit” in the English Premier League, in which the technology annulled by a few millimeters a goal to the Portuguese Pedro Neto in Liverpool-Wolverhampton and to the English Jack Grealish in the Burnley-Aston Villa.Also on Saturday there was a similar case in the 3-0 win of Real Madrid in the Getafe field, with a French goal Raphael Varane who was validated after VAR control to determine a New position very fair. “The VAR is noticeable especially when it is not available. It is non-negotiable, it does justice, but it should not alter the spirit and fluidity of the game. The VAR controls everything that refers to the four planned cases: goals, penalties, red cards and identity errors. Silent control is something ordinary that should not be noticed. It lasts 16 seconds and does not interfere in the match. The important error is usually noticed in about 27 seconds, “Rosetti explained.“If the interruptions are very long, with ten or fifteen repetitions and four or five different cameras, it means that it is not a clear and obvious error, but a subjective interpretation of the referee that the VAR should not correct, “he concluded. The Italian Roberto Rosetti, president of the UEFA Referees Committee stressed that the VAR should not change the decision of the collegiate in cases of gameplay by a matter of few centimeters, in which “several minutes” are necessary to determine The effective position of a player. “We want the VAR to intervene only when the images show a clear error, not to re-arbitrate the matches. If not, the decision made in the field is better, “Rosetti said in an interview published this Saturday by the Italian newspaper”La Gazzetta dello Sport“.“Any part of the body, except the arms, closer to the goal than the ball and the last defender is out of play. Theoretically, one millimeter is enough. But if to decide if there is an offside of a few centimeters it takes several minutes to position the lines and there is a real difficulty in determining if it is out of play, always it is better not to change the decision made in the field, “he added.last_img read more

Butragueño: “Modric’s goal is a masterpiece”

first_imgModric’s goal: “It’s a masterpiece. He seemed like a very creative forward. He also stayed with the other two. Kroos, first you have to see that Domenech is out of the goal and then have the technical precision to put it where Domenech does not reach. Then the Isco also stops her with her chest, lowers her and puts her where they don’t arrive. “Placid Encounter: “The team has played very well. With our technical capacity, when we get ahead … We have had control of the game from the beginning. It is more our merit than the low level of Valencia, which is a very competitive team.”Atleti or Barça ?: “We wanted to be there (laughs). We will watch tomorrow’s game with ease. They are two powerful teams … let’s see what happens.” Great victory: “We started the game very well, pressing up and stealing the ball quickly. We scored an exceptional goal in the corner. We felt comfortable and the second goal gave us peace of mind. The second part has been totally ours.”Five means: “We have players with a very high technical capacity that guarantee possession of the ball. We have felt very comfortable in the field. Defensively we have not granted occasions either and that says a lot about the collective work of the team.”last_img read more

Marotta: “Arturo Vidal is one of our goals”

first_imgThe Milanese club, trained by Antonio Conte, works to reinforce the squad for the second leg of the season, in which he will fight for the league title with Juventus Turin, in addition to competing in the Europa League and in the Italian Cup. In this sense, Conte considers Vidal as an element capable of giving a boost to the center of the field, which is suffering in recent months because of a long series of injuries suffered by Nicoló Barella or Stefano Sensi, who returned to the group in the last days after several weeks of absence. The Inter coach already knows Vidal for having worked with him from 2011 to 2014 when training Juventus. At that stage, Conte and the Chilean midfielder won three consecutive league titles. Giuseppe Marotta, CEO of Inter Milan, said Thursday that the Chilean Arturo Vidal, midfielder of Barcelona, ​​is “one of the objectives” of the Milanese club in this winter market session. “Vidal is one of the objectives. It is well known that important things happen in this market at the end of January,” Marotta said on the sidelines of an event organized by the Italian Serie A League in Milan.. “We are working to improve the quality level of our group. To do so we must have important objectives and this entails some difficulties,” added the director of Inter.last_img read more