first_imgMUCHO GUSTO CONTINUES TO HOLD HOT HAND AS HE TAKES CHARGE TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 AFFIRMED STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS OVER STABLEMATE ROADSTER; BAFFERT & TALAMO TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 16, 2019)–Although the distance may’ve been a concern to some beforehand, Bob Baffert’s speedy Mucho Gusto settled nicely off the pace and took charge around the far turn en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length win over stablemate Roadster in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto, a 3-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, got a mile and one sixteenth with aplomb in 1:45.15.Attentive to the pace from the outset, Mucho Gusto, fresh off a 3 ¼ length score in the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes going seven furlongs on May 18, sat a joint third with Roadster heading to the far turn, but when Talamo stepped on the gas at the 3 ½ furlong pole, he quickly reeled in early pacesetters Visitant and Kingly while leaving Roadster in his wake and was in-hand at the wire.“With the right trip, I don’t think this colt has any distance limitations,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Mucho Gusto in all seven of his starts, including a disappointing third two starts back in the Grade III Sunland Derby at 1 1/8 miles on March 24.  “He finally drew outside today, so we were able to kind of sit outside.  He can go to the lead or sit second or third.  As long as he settles, he’ll finish.”The second choice in a field of six sophomores at 9-5, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, paid $5.80, $2.60 and $2.20.“That race at Sunland set him back a little,” said Baffert.  “They went so fast.  There’s some derbies around, but I think he’ll probably go to the Haskell (Invitational, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles July 20 at Monmouth Park).  As long as he relaxes, he’ll run that far…I think ‘Mucho’ has really improved.”Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto now has four graded stakes wins to his credit and an overall mark of 7-5-1-1.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $430,800.Ridden by Mike Smith, Roadster, who subsequent to his Santa Anita Derby win, was beaten 16 ½ lengths in the Kentucky Derby May 4, was off at even money and paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing one length in front of Visitant.“Roadster was coming at the end but he’s not quite where he was,” said Baffert.  “This was a positive move forward. He needs a little bit more weight on him after the Derby.  He’s not where he was, but he’ll get there. He needed a turnaround race and hopefully this is it.”Breaking from the rail with William Antongeorgi III, Northern California-based Visitant went to the rail, but was badgered turning up the backside by Baffert’s Kingly, who appeared to be extremely rank under Mario Gutierrez.A minor stakes winner at Golden Gate Fields May 19, Visitant was off at 5-1 and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.14, 48.92, 1:13.28 and 1:38.37.last_img read more

Levy ‘not scared’ of selling Eriksen to Utd and hints at NO January transfers

first_imgTOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy is “not scared” of selling Christian Eriksen to Manchester United.The Danish playmaker has rejected several approaches, worth up to £200,000 one-week, from Spurs to extend his contract that expires at the end of the season.3 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ‘not scared’ of selling Christian Eriksen to Man UtdCredit: Rex FeaturesAt the start of next month Eriksen can negotiate a deal to join any overseas club for free next season – so Levy is looking to sell the midfielder in the winter widow.The Spurs chief is even open to flogging Eriksen to a rival club in order to prevent losing him for nothing in six months, as United and Real Madrid lead the race for the 27-year-old.Levy told The Standard: “We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals.”Defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are in similar situations, and looked set to run down the remaining months on their contracts.3But after Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino, and Spurs moved within three points from Chelsea in fourth, the duo are said to be considering committing their future to Tottenham.Levy, though, has insisted the contract rebels will have to be fully committed to the club if they are to sign new deals.He explained: “My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it.“It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see. I don’t want to comment on ­individual players too much.“I actually think it is unfair. Every circumstance is different. There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.”Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions LeagueMost read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAfter Mourinho inherited the squad, and revived midfielder Dele Alli, he claimed the North Londoners did not need improvement in the January window.And Levy agrees, as he said: “Jose is on record as saying what we need now is to get the players playing better, which is what they are doing.“He’s made it clear he is not looking for new players in January. He is happy with what he’s got and that’s why he said that.”3 Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld could soon sign new Spurs deals under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributorlast_img read more

Shocked Blues remain confident

first_imgThey made more metres, forced more dropouts, missed fewer tackles and produced more offloads than their Queensland counterparts.All the stats were in their favour, except three, including the one that mattered most. The Blues came up with more errors on Wednesday night and conceded more penalties than their opposition, allowing the Maroons to level the series with a pulsating 18-16 win at ANZ Stadium.All the hard work the Blues had done in the first half to establish a 16-6 lead was undone after the break as they invited the Maroons back into the contest with a 3-0 penalty count and a number of costly errors near halfway. To their credit, NSW defended valiantly and it’s testament to their doggedness that they held on until the 77th minute. Alas, if you give a champion team like Queensland that many bites at the cherry, they’re bound to strike gold as Dane Gagai did in the closing stages. “They’re a great team and they ask a lot of questions, especially when you give them so many opportunities on your own line,” Blues forward Wade Graham told “We probably weren’t at our best in that second half and that’s really frustrating because the boys put us in a really great position at half-time. We were probably our own worst enemies in that second half. We turned over cheap possession, gave away some penalties and didn’t finish our sets as best we could. “It’s hard to digest everything right now because there are a range of emotions. What we did in Game One gave us two bites at it so we know what we have to do up there in the decider.”We definitely have confidence and we feel as a team that if we play our best game then we can beat them. We showed that in the first half tonight. Even with all the cheap turnovers and penalties in the second half, we were still in it until the very end. “We’re very disappointed by how it all finished but Game Three is on in three weeks and we know we can turn it around.” ‌The Blues knew they needed to score more than 16 points to wrap up the series, but their desire to push the pass came back to bite them with several poor options in attack resulting in turnovers. “We didn’t want to hold the lead; we wanted to continue playing footy and score a few more points,” Blues lock Tyson Frizell told “Unfortunately there were a few momentum swings and they killed us in the end. We wanted to play some footy after the break but we never gave ourselves a chance to do it.”We gave them a few outs to help them out of their own end and that took the pressure off them. You can’t do that against a quality side.”We were pretty comfortable defending them time and time again, but giving them that possession doesn’t help your cause, and against a team like that, they’re going to make the most of their opportunities when they’re down there. We gave them too many opportunities to put some points on us and in the end they took their chance.”We knew what was coming and I think we let ourselves down.”The Dragons back-rower had to be needled to get through the game and hopes his ribs will be fine in time for Sunday’s clash against the Knights. “It pulled up pretty sweet but I know I’ll be pretty sore tomorrow,” he said. “Going into the game it was alright, and hopefully I should be sweet to back up on the weekend.”last_img read more

All Black suspended for two weeks for elbowing

first_imgIn an off-the-ball incident, the All Blacks loosehead raised his elbow into Beale’s jaw late in the first half, flattening the Wallabies’ inside centre, before collecting a pass and scoring the Crusaders’ first try.Local referee Ben O’Keeffe and an all-New Zealand roster of officials allowed the incident to go unpunished and the try stood.Moody was cited after the match and SANZAAR’s Foul Play Review Committee ruled that the incident contravened the law relating to “striking with hand or arm”.”The act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of four weeks due to the dangerous contact with the opposing player’s head,” committee chairman Nigel Hampton said in a statement.”However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent judicial record, good character and guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to two weeks.”The incident proved to be a decisive moment as the Crusaders, who had been trailing 29-0, ran over three tries in the following minutes before halftime and eventually overhauled the Waratahs 31-29.The Crusaders victory extended New Zealand’s winning streak over Australian Super Rugby sides to 39 straight matches.Moody was slammed in Australian media for the “cheap shot” on Beale and the citation did little to ease the indignation.”The Crusaders won 31-29, but they know they didn’t deserve the chocolates,” a blogger on Australian sports website The Roar wrote.”And Ben O’Keeffe doesn’t deserve another game of rugby.”Waratahs’ New Zealand-born coach Daryl Gibson, a former Crusader, said after the game that O’Keeffe had missed the incident but declined to blame the oversight for the loss.”It’s an elbow to the head, so I’m sure the powers to be will look at that,” he said.Moody will miss games against the Blues and Hurricanes but the 29-year-old should feature against the Chiefs, making him available for All Blacks selection for their test series against France next month.last_img read more

Golf Fiji sets up high performance unit for 2020 Olympics

first_imgWith its vision of having locals participating at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the parent body has set up a high performance selection committee headed by national coach David Roche. Also a disciplinary committee has been formulated, which will be chaired by Golf Fiji secretary Pradeep Chandra. Golf Fiji tournament coordinator Vikrant Chandra said they had new visions to develop the sport in the country. He said they would be targeting more overseas tournaments for the national players. “The selection of players to don the national jumper will be done on merit,” Vikrant said. “Players wishing to be part of the national squad will have to attend the trials and various Golf Fiji sanctioned tournaments where ranking points would be on offer.” The third national trials will be held at the Fiji Golf Club course, Vatuwaqa, Suva, on Saturday. This year Golf Fiji is looking at getting possible entries into the Malaysian Amateur Championship, the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship, the Jack Newton Junior Championship, the Asian Amateur Championship, the Asia Pacific Teams Championship, the Vanuatu Open and the Australian Master of the Amateurs.last_img read more

Appeal cautiously suspends Lightning sanctions for insults to Zozulia

first_imgThe Appeals Committee has lifted this Friday the sanctions against Rayo Vallecano for the Zozulia case, for now. The competition decision to fine the franjirrojo team with 18,000 euros, to close the stand responsible for insults to the Ukrainian striker of Albacete for the next two games and resume the Rayo-Albacete behind closed doors, it is suspended on a precautionary basis.To decide on the matter, the Committee gives the club more time to present and expand its appeal until January 14 and will study the sanctions later: “This Appeal Committee considers the content of the resource already raised and the rest of the documentation in the file insufficient to resolve the merits of the matter. Certainly, given that the appellant club announces the extension with in-depth arguments within the time frame that it has in place, this Committee considers it essential to assess those arguments announced to decide on a matter of special relevance such as the one that gives rise to the appeal filed before us ”, they affirm in the document. Thus the subscribers of the fund will be able to access the stadium of Vallecas already from the match against Girona this Sunday. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 3, 2020 The complicated relationship between Zozulia and Vallecas began three years ago, when Lightning signed the striker, who then played at Betis. The team’s followers rejected the Ukrainian for allegedly posing with Nazi and fascist symbology and expressed their outrage during their first workouts. At the end, Zozulia gave up staying in Vallecas and returned to Betis where he remained without playing the rest of the season.The player returned to Vallecas to play the game on December 15, but the referee López Toca suspended him during the break “as a result of the display of banners and the songs delivered by a sector of the local fans against Zozulia”. On December 27 Competition sanctioned Lightning, something that the club president, Raúl Martín Presa, defined as “unfair.” “We are a victim and Lightning is being punished and fined. It is an atrocity to sanction the club with 18,000 euros for events that it has not been able to avoid, ”he said. With the suspension of the sanctions, Appeal grants the Lightning a moment of respite.See the full Appeal resolution.last_img read more

Jenni Hermoso: “If Madrid comes to add, welcome be”

first_imgIn the end the Tacon shirt has another shield. When it is Madrid everything will sell more. His arrival can join the League and I hope so, even if they are late. In women’s football we need people to help this grow. If Real Madrid comes to add, welcome be.After playing at Atleti and Barça, would you like to try the Real Madrid shirt?I have never been clear about what I am going to do next season. Here at Barça I am happy and I am where I want to be. In the future it will be seen. It could be Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano or any team. My present is in Barcelona and I will make the most of it. Why do you decide to return to Barça this summer?It was the soap opera of a very busy summer. Returning to Barça was an option that I always had in my head, despite the good year I signed with Atleti.She is the Spanish player of the moment. Did you ever imagine that you would reach this level?I never imagined it. I’ve been to different places, where I learned and matured a lot. Everything made me reach what I am now, based on work.Do you regret going to Switzerland or France?Now I tell you that I do not regret it, although there were many moments in which I regretted some decision. The year in Paris was overcoming in every way. I had no illusion for football and thought about quitting. I met another Jenni.What differences are there between Barça that he left in 2017 and the one he found this summer?Everything has changed. The level is much higher. We have a more compensated team in all positions.What is the key to the success of this team?We are all very clear about what we can contribute and how we can help. Let’s go to one, play who plays.Is there a contrast of playing before 32,068 people to do it normally before a thousand?It changes a lot. In a full field, it seems that you are physically different. Playing in San Mamés is one of the most beautiful things I’ve experienced in football. His hobby deserves all the applause they give. At Johan Cruyff we are also getting a very good average attendance.How do you experience the rise of this category?We are seeing that the monitoring is increasing. In the World Cup people turned and have now been hooked on this category.It is said that the arrival of Madrid will help this growth. Is there any expectation for it? How do they face the match against Tacon after 9-1?It will be completely different. We should have enjoyed that 9-1 more, because the Tacon tomorrow is not going to leave us so many occasions. They have a very positive dynamic and it will be more difficult to win.After the Tacon, comes the Cup, the Super Cup, the Champions …Starting this month, a fairly strong tide is coming. Hopefully we will arrive in May in all the finals. We are preparing physically for it.He is in a great scoring form. Is there any secret?I have no secret. I always say that I am a player who has not been scoring goals. I like to play between the lines or give the pass. The goal scoring came to me at Barça, which put me forward and not false nine and had more chances to score. It was then that I stayed two seasons as a League pichichi. I still score goals, but I think I have more than a goal and I can give more to the team. I don’t want everything to be based on me scoring goals and work to make it happen.Do you have any mania before jumping into the field?I usually tie my boots two or three times before going out to the field. Until I see that my feet are squeezed equally I am not going quiet.How did football come to Jenni Hermoso?I always played in the park with my grandparents, to whom I always dedicated my goals because they continue to support me from above. When I was very young, I got into the school’s futsal team and when I couldn’t play anymore with children at age 12 I went to Atleti school. It all started there.His grandfather, who was also a footballer …Yes. He was the Atleti goalkeeper, the only athlete in the family. And, well, I am the second.They compare him a lot with Ibrahimovic …I have been told enough. I look like some tactical aspects. I wish he had his back to play like him.Who has been your reference?I always looked at players like Zidane, Solari or Mijatovic. Now, I also like Messi a lot.And his dream as a footballer?The first thing is to win the League and then it would be a dream to be in the Champions League final.How do you see your future after football?I believe that all my future will have to do a lot with football. I hope that the injuries respect me and that I continue to have many years of enjoyment. Now I want to think that I have a lot of football left on my feet. Jenni Hermoso poses for AS in the Sports City of Barça.Gorka Leiza – Diario AS The gift of the goal is an innate quality in Jenni Hermoso. The front easily finds the goal every time she puts her tight boots on the grass (she says she ties her laces several times until she feels the same pressure on both feet). And that, as she herself indicates in an interview with AS, her own are not goals. “I have not been to score goals. I like to play between the lines or give the pass,” he says. The Madrid, who returns this Saturday (16:30) to her homeland to measure herself at the Tacon, tells that she never imagined reaching this level, the one that keeps him as a pichichi since the previous season, when he raised the league title with Atleti. He left the club rojiblanco for Barça, in which he had already added two pichichis years ago, to continue shining. And, for now, he is getting it. In her boots there is a lot of goal or a lot of football, as she wishes it was for a long time. With 29 years, and if the injuries respect him, he will surely give us more than one goal thanks to a talent he learned in the streets of his neighborhood with his grandparents, to whom he now dedicates each of his triumphs game after game. Gorka Leiza – Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Jenni Hermoso poses for AS in the Sports City of Barça.Gorka Leiza – Diario ASlast_img read more

Fabinho: “We are going to win the Premier League”

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho spoke at Telefoot about his injury, the arrival of Robert Moreno in Monaco, about the situation of the team in the English league and how Jürgen Klopp helped him adapt to the team when he arrived. In addition, he responded to a questionnaire in which he replied that Mbappé will win the Golden Ball before Neymar.Ankle injury: “My ankle is better. I trained alone this week. I touch the ball, I feel good and confident.”The Monaco bench and the arrival of Robert Moreno: “I think three coach changes are not good. I hope there is more continuity now.” Premier League champion looks: “Liverpool will be England champion this season.”Continue with the streak: “I hope we don’t break up. This season is amazing. We have a lot of confidence to keep it up. Several players evolve at a very high level.”Klopp helped him adapt in Liverpool: “There was a change. It was a bit difficult when I started in the club, but then it made me join when I got to the team.”Will Mbappé win the Golden Ball ahead of Neymar ?: “Yes”.last_img read more

Two out of three Internet users believe that De Jong’s goal is well annulled users have it clear: the goal annulled to De Jong should not go up to the scoreboard. Almost two out of every three Internet users considered the decision of Martínez Munuera, the referee of Real Madrid-Sevilla, that land it has been worth the criticism of much of the sevillism. 65%, almost twenty thousand users, of the participants in our survey consider that the goal of the Dutch striker was anti-regulatory, while 35%, just over ten thousand, consider that the Valencian referee was wrong in his decision. De Jong’s goal went up to the scoreboard, but Martínez Munuera went to check it on the VAR monitor after receiving a notice from the VOR room. In the images you could see a Gudelj blockade on Militao that, not only prevents him from defending the play, but also knocks down the Brazilian, who was the marker of the Dutch battering ram. Finally, the Valencian referee decided to cancel De Jong’s goal, understanding that Gudelj had disregarded the ball in the play. Eduardo Iturralde González, arbitration analyst of AS and Carrusel Deportivo, explained the decision: “The tackle is prohibited in football. The Sevilla player makes a small movement to go for the Madrid player. In the regulation the blockade does not exist. Yes it is pita the blocking for me is missing. If we call this block via VAR, we must be attentive to whistle them all. The blockage is seen if there is movement of the forward towards the defender, it is not the same that you are still to move to plate“.last_img read more

Food and performances to make pineapple before Seville and Liverpool

first_imgThe Athletic has entered the decisive phase of the season and from the dome they want to convey all the support to the coaching staff and the players in the face of what is coming. Before the game against Liverpool, the squad He made two group meals to make pineapple. This Wednesday, for the double date against Sevilla and Liverpool, the team has reunited after training. This time it has been in the Wanda Metropolitano, in the new restaurant El Gran Escenario. Again It has been Michelangelo Gil, who already invited the staff in the previous group appointments, who has put the initiative on the table. CEO wants to help the twinning of the costumes and, in addition, that everyone knew the restaurant, which opened its doors to the public last Thursday.Atlético could enjoy in the Great Stage, a new gastronomic experience in Madrid by Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, not only of food, but of musical performances. A moment of disconnection to continue preparing the next matches. If the exams go well against Sevilla and Liverpool, there will be reasons of joy for a new meal of conjuration …last_img read more