SANTA ANITA BIG ‘CAP QUOTES-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, GIFTBOX, WINNER: “It was a good race he broke perfect out of there, John told me to keep him close and when he wants to go maybe just follow someone. He did great and it was a good race turning for home. I knew McKinzie was coming for us in the last part. (Gift Box) is a cool horse, he was very tough in the end. He showed a lot of heart today and I have to thank Hronis Racing for the opportunity and to John.”MIKE SMITH, MCKINZIE, SECOND: “It was a tough beat, I don’t know. I think I was in front I just didn’t get the bob, you know. There’s not a whole lot you can do about that. It’s part of the game.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, TRAINER GIFT BOX, WINNER:  “This is very special.  I grew up with this race, to win it two years in a row is incredible.  I came here as a kid with Lou Rowan (owner/breeder and original board member, Oak Tree Racing Association) when Quicken Tree won the Big ‘Cap (1970), so it means a great deal to me.  Joel rode a great race, you could see that he had a lot of horse around the turn and he was just sitting on him.  To beat a top horse like McKinzie in a photo like that…We needed it because we lost that tough photo last week (with Catapult, who was beaten a nose by longshot Ohio in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile).  This was the plan when we bought this horse and it happened.  We couldn’t be happier.”OWNER QUOTESHRONIS RACING, GIFTBOX, WINNER : “The crew really loved Gift Box, the barn, the exercise riders, John (Sadler), they really like this horse so we took a shot and he proved himself, we are really proud of the last two races. I really thought Gift Box was going to win easy but then McKinzie came flying, I didn’t see that coming so I was grateful we got the bob. The Santa Anita Handicap is a big race for us. We grew up coming to this track and we love everything that Santa Anita stands for and to have this race get rescheduled and everything, Gift Box acted like a professional and waited patiently and it turned out great. It’s really good that we didn’t have to travel with him and he could stay home and win this race. This was a very important race to us. He’s exactly who we think he is and I had no doubt. It is exceptional the trust with John and the team and their decision making. It is always special and it means a lot.”NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing LLC.last_img read more

Spurs in transfer scrap with United for Leicester’s Maddison

first_imgTOTTENHAM will battle it out with Manchester United to snap up Leicester’s James Maddison as a direct replacement for wantaway star Christian Eriksen.Spurs were linked with the England starlet before he signed for the Foxes from Norwich in a £24million deal in the summer of 2018.2 Tottenham want Leicester’s James Maddison to replace Christian EriksenBut now, with Eriksen set to leave when his contract finishes in June, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has made Maddison his top priority.But United are also keen to link Maddison up with Harry Maguire, the Leicester centre-half who they signed for £85m this summer, a record for a defender.It is thought that Leicester would look for as much as £70m for the 22-year-old, who has scored twice in seven appearances so far this season.Maddison earned rave reviews in his debut Prem season last year, with seven assists and seven goals in the top flight.That attracted the interest of Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who desperately needs goals from his shot-shy side.2The Norwegian is keen to recruit more young British players as he builds a new era at Old Trafford.But Spurs could even nip in during the January transfer window, especially if Eriksen is sold in a cut-price deal after several disappointing performances for the Londoners already this term.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe Dane has turned down several offers to stay at Tottenham.Latest 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’Spurs’ latest offer would have put him on a par with top earner Harry Kane.But Eriksen is desperate to move to Spain and is likely to run his contract down after six years at the club.Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img read more

Arsenal & Spurs target shock Gomez transfer with Liverpool star ‘frustrated’

first_imgARSENAL and Tottenham are plotting shock transfers for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, according to reports.It is thought the Reds star is frustrated with a lack of game time this season.3 Arsenal and Tottenham are both considering moves for Joe Gomez, with the Liverpool man reportedly frustratedCredit: Rex FeaturesAnd according to 90min.com, he is even prepared to leave Liverpool if things don’t improve – and would prefer a move back to his hometown of London.So it is little surprise that the North London rivals are both interested in taking Gomez, possibly on loan, in January.The 22-year-old was the first-choice centre-back to partner Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of last season.But he suffered a leg fracture in December, ruling him out until mid-April.During his absence, Joel Matip excelled and has retained his place in the side this season, even earning himself a fresh new contract this month. Gomez has played just 91 minutes in the Premier League – the opening-day victory over Norwich and then one minute in the win at Chelsea.But as he tries to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England defence ahead of Euro 2020, Gomez might seek a move away from Anfield.Arsenal brought in David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer while William Saliba was signed and then loaned straight back to Saint-Etienne.Their defensive woes have continued once again this term with Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi struggling to find form.At Spurs, meanwhile, both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are out of contract at the end of the current campaign.3 Joel Matip is currently the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk with Gomez frozen outCredit: ReutersLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsSo Mauricio Pochettino will certainly be desperate to bring in a new centre-back soon and an experienced, young English defender who has won the Champions League would surely fit the bill perfectly.But league-leaders Liverpool will no doubt do everything in their power to hold on to Gomez.He still has four-and-a-half years left on the contract he extended last December and is currently the immediate replacement should Matip, Van Dijk or right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold be unavailable – ahead of Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne.3 Gomez knows he needs to be playing regularly if he wants to start for England at Euro 2020Credit: ReutersJurgen Klopp warns Liverpool not to underestimate Sunday match against Tottenhamlast_img read more

Thurston in doubt for 300th after heroic finish

first_imgA visibly uncomfortable Thurston was hampered and targeted with an ongoing shoulder injury throughout Origin II but soldiered on to help the Maroons steal a late win over NSW, with Dane Gagai’s second try of the evening proving the catalyst for a fitting finale to Thurston’s Origin career in Sydney. After his streak of 36 consecutive State of Origin appearances came to an end in Game One, Thurston knew what he was in for upon his return to the side against a fired-up Blues pack that included back-rower Tyson Frizell running at the veteran all game.The Cowboys will be sweating on Thurston’s recovery over the next 48 hours in a bid to play against the Panthers in Townsville.”Structurally it’s fine but I got a whack there a couple of times so I need to get the swelling down and go from there,” Thurston said post-game. “Everyone plays through pain out there and I’m no different. It’s a part of rugby league and this game. That’s what Origin is about and I expect that. I’ll get back to Townsville and assess. I’ve got the best medical staff available up there.”It would be nice [to play on Saturday] and that’s the plan, I trust my medical staff and my physio knows my body better than anyone.”‌Thurston played down the winning kick when asked and said it just came down to experience in the key moment. “It’s what dreams are made of… it’s all locked up and you’re in that position. It’s all about going through your processes and I’ve been through it a thousand times before with goal kicking,” Thurston said.”And I’ve been in those situations before many times and sometimes I’ve missed and other times I’ve come up trumps. “Tonight I came up trumps.”Maroons skipper Cameron Smith saw the conversion in a different light, knowing Thurston would have no issues putting the visitors in front in the clutch moment. “We scored that try to level it up and I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d want to take the kick. I just said to him ‘you’re the best, just go and kick it’ and he did,” Smith said. “The play that got us the win was that goal kick, I couldn’t hear myself think and I was back waiting on the tryline for the kick-off. “He’s a special player and we all know that.”With the 34-year-old having announced his retirement from representative football at the end of the season, the countdown is on for his final Origin match and Thurston has no regrets over the decision – despite being at the peak of his game. “I’m at peace with the decision I’ve made so I have no worries about that,” Thurston said.”I know my career is coming to an end and it’s about enjoying training and behind around the boys.”I’ve enjoyed the camp this week and to top it off with a win and head back to Queensland in a decider – it doesn’t get any bigger. “I’m extremely proud of the boys and the efforts they put in tonight. Obviously behind the eight ball at half time but we spoke about hanging in there and not letting your teammate down.”I’m trying to stay in the moment and love it while it lasts.”last_img read more

Entertaining Opening Ceremony brings curtain up on Samoa Youth Games

first_imgAround 2,000 youngsters and teachers featured in the Ceremony, which aimed to reflect the mantra of the Commonwealth Youth Games, such as inspiration and empowerment of young people.Following a rendition of the Samoan national anthem played by the Police band and a hymn from the Games Choir, the Opening Ceremony began with the Athletes Parade as competitors from the Isle of Man, which hosted the event in 2011, led the 63 nations taking part in the spectacle around the track.Three of the 66 competing nations, Dominica, Rwanda and the Solomon Islands, were unable to participate in the parade due to having not yet arrived in the Samoan capital.The event was attended by various dignitaries including Samoan Head of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin.“Having been involved with the very first Youth Games back in Scotland in the year 2000, I am so pleased and proud to see this very special event now taking place in your wonderful Pacific island nation,” newly-elected CGF President Martin said.“The next week will fly past.“Do yourselves proud.“Do your families proud.“Do the Commonwealth proud.“Take time to experience this wonderful place, meet new friends, on and off the field of play, from Samoa and the Commonwealth.“Athletes, the Games are now in your hands.“Let’s put on the best sporting party that Samoa has ever seen.”After Martin and other delegates had spoken to those in attendance, the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games were officially declared open by the Samoan Head of State, prompting a spectacular burst of fireworks and lighting among total darkness inside the venue to bring formal proceedings to an end.From then on, a celebration of Samoan culture ensued with the Ceremony itself featuring two segments.The first was titled “Traditional Samoa”, which reflected the re-telling of the Creation Mythology of Samoa, including the creation of the nine heavens, represented through traditional dances and songs.It was however interrupted by technical issues with the lighting, which caused a slight delay and an alteration to the original plan.The second part was more upbeat and celebratory, reflecting the spirit of the people of the small Pacific Island, featuring a rendition of an ‘Ava dance, one of the most popular and most practised in Samoa, before the official Commonwealth Youth Games song “Here I am” brought an end to the evening.Around 1,000 athletes are due to compete at the Games, which come to a conclusion on September 11, across nine sports – aquatics, archery, athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, squash, tennis and weightlifting.Sporting action will begin on Monday (September 7), with none taking place tomorrow due to no sport being played on a Sunday in the strongly-Christian island host nation.last_img read more

Hunters in for mighty Anzac Day clash

first_imgGiven the huge Anzac Day celebration that is held at Burleigh Heads and the close association and history with Papua New Guinea during the Second World War, it is right that such a game is held between these two sides.Last year’s clash an absolute ripper, with the Hunters looking down and out before a stirring comeback in the second half took them all the past the Bears for a 38-32 win.The record is one a piece so far, and with these sides sitting second and fifth just two points apart, this game is an important one for plenty of reasons.The game will kick off at 3:30pm on Monday at Pizzey Park in Australia.The 18 men squad for this weekend’s game will see: 1.  Stargroth Amean, 2. Justin Olam, 3. Adex Wera,  4.  Thompson Teteh, 5. William Aquila , 6. Ase Boas,7. Atte Bina, 8.  Henry Wan, 9. Warren Glare, 10.  Esau Siune, 11.Tuvi Lepan, 12. Adam Korave (Capt), 13.Brandy Peter, 14. Wartovo Puara Jnr, 15.Timothy Lomai, 16. Benjamin Hetra, 17. Edward Goma, 18. Bland Abavu.last_img read more

PNG to face New Caledonia this afternoon

first_imgPapua New Guinea Kapuls are set with 1. Ishmael POLE, (GK), 2. Daniel JOE, 3. Valentine NELSON, 4. Alwin KOMOLONG, 5. Felix KOMOLONG, 6. Patrick AISA, 7. Raymond GUNEMBA, 8. Michael FOSTER, 9. Nigel DABINYABA, 10. Obert BIKA, 11. Wira WAMA, 12. David MUTA, 13. Roland BALA, 14. Emmanuel SIMON, 15. Philip STEVEN, 16. Jeremy YASASA, 17. Jacob SABUA, 18. Tommy SEMMY, 19 Koriak UPAIGA, 20. Ronald WARISAN, (GK) 21. Sammie CAMPBELL, 22. Otto KUSUNAN, 23. Leslie KALAI (GK) and Coach: Flemming Serritslev.The game will kick off at 4pm.Tickets are available at all Big Rooster outlets in the city, ranging from K10 for the outer stand and K30 for the grandstand.last_img

League, NBA players reach tentative agreement on new CBA

first_imgIn order to give both sides enough time to review the terms of the agreement and vote to ratify, the parties have agreed to extend the mutual deadline to opt out of the existing CBA from Dec. 15, 2016, to Jan. 13, 2017.Specific terms will be made available at a later date.Of note, the new CBA, once ratified, will shorten the NBA’s preseason in the interest of beginning the regular season one week earlier beginning 2017-18, according to reports.Another point of discussion was whether to continue with the league’s one-and-done rule for incoming players. The sides reportedly decided to table the issue for a later date, so current rules will remain unchanged for now.last_img

Valencia-Real Madrid Madrid Olympic dance

first_imgMadrid perfected the victory theorem without strikers. Zidane put one, Jovic, and the game did not go through him. His invisibility was the only adverse news in a team that ended up in ballet. He had a free field center as numerous as it was versatile: Precise and cunning Kroos, airtight Casemiro, Herculean Valverde and ornamental Isco and Modric. But those of both conditions made art of a first pressure on a suffocated, non-existent Valencia. What started with an Olympic goal ended up in the Madrid’s most choral Olympic dance that is remembered.The concentration of casualties in attack and a general and extreme high of prudence they filled the midfielders game, clear invitation to rhetoric. Five per head, with Valencia trivote, and some assumed loneliness of Gameiro and Jovic on the other side of the field. Two attackers of different species. A mobile target the Valencianist, useful in the game to space and with the ability to start long; a piece of artillery fixed the madridista, lamb out of the area, unpublished wolf when he steps on it.It was Zidane’s, without Benzema, his goal donor, a bet on the past, without Rodrygo or Vinicius. The first lacks daring; on the second, pack their good intentions in the goal. He decided on a company of revitalized veterans and from the trade he took the goal that changed everything, the goal of Origi without Origi at Barça in Liverpool. Gil Manzano kicked a corner to the left of the Madrid attack. There came Kroos. The goal was deserted because Jaume took his eyes off the ball by ordering his centrals. The lack of attackers from Madrid, even to reach the area, did not alert him to the danger. Kroos had head to see the carelessness and foot to try the Olympic goal. When Jaume wanted to return, he put his arms awkwardly and the ball ended up inside. The goal was the perfect crossing of an occurrence and a huge loss. Olympians were the one and the other.Before the invention, Madrid had already thrown the tie at the game since a careful elaboration, sufficient pressure in the opposite field and a defense away from Courtois. That start gave him a free header from Varane rejected by Jaume and a distant shot from Valverde.Valencia had already successfully tried to play Madrid with a tip, plus Ferran Torres, in December. This time, without Mestalla in the cogote of Madrid, it didn’t work out. And it is that Zidane, now yes, has lifted his work from back to front. From the Madrid of action of the last decades, which entered shots in the matches even at the cost of finishing more than once on the ground, this group has been ordered, methodical, cerebral, sealed with lime and song. Something seems to tell him that the 50 goals Cristiano took must be saved backBecause Benzema is on the limit, Bale has long since abdicated like a dolphin and Jovic is still behind a mask. In Jeddah he was again figurative. ChangesMaxi Gomez (57 ‘, Kondogbia), Cheryshev (69 ‘, Gameiro), Marcelo (70 ‘, Ferland Mendy), James (76 ‘, Modric), Mariano (82 ‘, Jovic), Ruben Nephew (82 ‘, Coquelin) SentenceBefore the break Madrid scored a second goal and sent a header to the post. The one and the other were attributable to Isco, another one of those players to whom Zidane has returned from the right. Of the squad of mediapuntas, it is the most qualified for the auction. The goal came in a raid on the right of Valverde, definitely the renaissance player. Valverde has several players on one. His physical deployment allows him to steal and reach, but also to get between the centrals and turn to the side, this time Carvajal, or shake a shoe from 25 meters. Someone capable of playing so many instruments sounds like heavenly music to any coach.Valencia was little. He protected himself badly without the ball and moved without grace when he had it because Madrid minimized Ferran Torres and Carlos Soler, the troublemakers, and Parejo, the player where the team breathes. Gameiro had one and pointed to King Abdullah’s half-empty bleacher.The passing of the minutes fortified the spider web of Madrid, which redoubled its effort to steal quickly and away. There was the impression of being too much before a team lacking the energy, drive and mood of a month ago. Isco established the difference as abysmal. He enjoyed the game, with some excess even at recess.When Celades scored a second point, Valencia was for the coroner. In that bath and massage, Modric left his mark with a goal with the outside of the foot, a gesture that worried Benítez in his day and is part of his ID in football. The game allowed Zidane, even, to roll Marcelo and James, to make a squad, and to give Mariano a kind farewell, which he has always seen as a lost case. Parejo’s final goal, by Ramos penalty, did not comfort Valencia. And the game and result had to convince Zidane that the midfielders are the lever that moves the world. CardsCasemiro (87 ‘, Yellow Goals0-1, 14 ‘: Kroos, 0-2, 38 ‘: Isco, 0-3, 64 ‘: Modric, 1-3, 91 ‘: Equallast_img read more

Varane will reach 300 matches wearing the white shirt

first_imgCup2. 314456two Spain Super Cup53oneone00 MatchesCattleTiedLostGoalsCards League1881263329712 Total2992005247fifteentwenty* Champions724714eleventwo6 European Super Cup3two0one00 * He has been expelled twice: once for a double card and once for a direct red card.Turn. Zidane’s arrival on the white bench gave her situation a 180 degree turn. He gave free passage to Pepe’s march and granted him ownership. In the 2017-18 campaign he played 44 matches (all complete, which led to the Manchester United his signing was signed: it was rumored that he offered 100 million for his transfer) and the next one, 2018-19, 43. In the current campaign he already has 23 games, with three goals scored. In total, Madrid have won 200 games (66.89%), have drawn 52 (17.39%) and lost 47 (15.72%) with him in the field. Against Sevilla he will round the 300 white matches. world880000 Raphaël Varane (Lille, 04-25-1993) will play his 300th match against Sevilla wearing the Real Madrid shirt. The central reaches that round figure in its ninth season of white, and with a spectacular record in its service sheet: four Champions, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, two Leagues and a Copa del Rey. Before him Seville will lead the defense again with his partner Eder Militao, as they did in the last league match they played in Getafe (victory by 0-3), before traveling to Arabia to play the Super Cup. The fall of Sergio Ramos force that solution. In that way and before the Sevilla, the French defender will reach this figure in the first game that white people play in their stadium in this 2020.Varane arrived in Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011. Zinedine Zidane, his current coach, was his great supporter. It is already known the call of the now coach and the response of the then young student (“Call me tomorrow that I have to study for an exam”). At the beginning it was difficult to gain the position: the solidity of the axis formed by Ramos and Pepe they closed any kind of opportunities. These, scarce, served to forge the character of the talented defense. His great moment came in the semifinal of Cup before him Barcelona in 2013. In the first leg, in January 2013, and before a Madrid dwindled by numerous casualties, the central was colossal when it came to defending the white goal. In addition, he scored the goal of the tie (1-1) that opened hope for Real Madrid for the return match. In the Camp Nou, he was outstanding again, and eventually certified the white triumph (1-3).However, muscle injuries (frequent in the biceps femoris during his trajectory) plus a meniscus tear (his knee was inflamed when he linked two-three games in a row) at the end of the 2012-13 season, which separated him 143 football days (from May to October 2013) plus another 52 days of relapse in November (a total of 23 games were lost), have prevented him from reaching that figure much earlier. As revealing fact, he highlights that in his first six campaigns he only exceeded the 40-match barrier in the 2014-15 campaign, with 46. Varane Balancelast_img read more