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Laudrup warning for Swans

first_imgMichael Laudrup has warned Swansea they must retain their motivation until the end of the season despite having already secured silverware and 40 Premier League points. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Arsenal, courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho, was Swansea’s second defeat in the three games since their Capital One Cup final success over Bradford. The Swans have not added to their league tally since reaching the 40-point mark which is generally seen to earmark safety, and Laudrup said: “It is important to always try – as individuals and a team – to find motivation in each game. We compete at the highest level, even in training everyone wants to win.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “If you want to move on and have that ambition to move higher in the coming years, you have to be up for every game. “Even if you have done well yesterday, you have to do well today and tomorrow, but I cannot say anything about the attitude of this team. They have been excellent. “The three games since the final have all been tight. “Against Newcastle and West Brom a draw could have been a fair result and this game could have been 0-0. “So in terms of points it would have been the same, but I would have preferred three draws to one win and two defeats. “But it’s part of our education. It is not often a smaller club is in this situation. To have 10 or 11 games before the end of the season, and already have a trophy and 40 points, but we have to carry on. “Some of my players may end up at a top club one day, and then they will need to win every game, so we have to stay motivated.” last_img read more

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During coronavirus isolation, family recreates Pirates of the Caribbean ride in their house.

first_imgIf you can’t go to Disney’s theme parks, then just build your own.As many families are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic by going through a period of self isolation, many are finding unique ways to spend their time. With the Disney parks closed, one family decided to recreate one of the company’s most famous rides in their living room.last_img

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Flamengo clinch first win of Brazilian Serie A season

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO: Uruguay international midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta struck a first-half goal as defending champions Flamengo secured their first win of the Brazilian Serie A season with a 1-0 victory at Coritiba.On Saturday, De Arrascaeta put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute after latching on to a Bruno Henrique pass and firing a shot beyond goalkeeper Wilson Rodrigues from a tight angle, reports Xinhua news agency. It represented a welcome return to form for the 26-year-old, who started Flamengo’s last match – a 3-0 loss at Atletico Goias – on the substitutes’ bench. The hosts were reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark when midfielder Rene Junior was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Joao Lucas. The result at Couto Pereira stadium marked Flamengo’s first win under their Catalan manager Domenec Torrent, who was appointed just a week before the start of the Serie A season after the departure of Jorge Jesus. Flamengo were left 10th in the 20-team standings with one win and two losses while Coritiba remained last with three defeats. Earlier on Saturday, Corinthians held hosts Gremio to a goalless draw in the southern city of Porto Alegre. IANS ALSO WATCH: BREAKFAST NEWS | 17 AUG, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: Table tennis events to return in November

first_img September 4, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Table tennis events to return in November The International Table Tennis Federation says World Cup events for men and women will be held in China after the country took over hosting duties from Germany and Thailand.The Chinese table tennis federation says “we are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table.”The ITTF froze the world rankings in April when all international competitions were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 16 top-ranked men and women will compete at the ITTF Finals. World Cup events will have 20-player lineups of no more than two from each country.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Table tennis events will return in China in November. Associated Press last_img read more

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RCB come up short as Mumbai deny AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers and Virat Kohli joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) party yesterday but it was not enough to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to victory over Mumbai Indians.After failing in the opening loss to Chennai Super Kings, both men found their form in Bangalore as RCB looked set to claim their first win.However, the hosts fell agonisingly short as Jasprit Bumrah (3-20) and Lasith Malinga (0-47) bowled superbly at the death to earn Mumbai a six-run triumph.Mumbai set a challenging target after they were put in, captain Rohit Sharma leading the way with some trademark hitting but falling two short of a half-century.Hardik Pandya, Yuvraj Singh and Quinton de Kock all followed their captain’s lead as Mumbai reached 187-8 from their 20 overs, only the control of Yuzvendra Chahal (4-38) keeping them in check.Chahal’s work with the ball seemed to have been enough as Kohli – who reached 5 000 IPL runs as he made 46 – and de Villiers led the run chase, the pair sharing 49 for the third wicket.de Villiers was given a life by Yuvraj early on and he quickly took advantage, upping the pace, following Kohli’s departure to finish unbeaten on 70. However it left RCB just short.Bumrah bowled a penultimate over that only went for five to leave RCB needing 17 to win, and Malinga – playing his first IPL match since May 2017 – ensured they would not reach it as the hosts finished 181-5.BANGALORE’S BRILLIANCE ON THE BOUNDARYMumbai’s big-hitters delivered some devastating blows to the RCB bowlers but in the end they were all snared on the boundary by some superb fielding.Rohit and Yuvraj cleared the ropes four times between them but ultimately they perished before being able to inflict serious damage as Mohammed Siraj took two fine catches.The dangerous Kieron Pollard went before clicking into gear as West Indies compatriot Shimron Hetmyer clung on at deep extra cover.Hardik could not be stopped, though, with three huge maximums, including one that flew out of the ground.YUVRAJ’S RELIEFMumbai’s win could have been less stressful had Yuvraj sent de Villiers packing on his first ball.Buoyed from removing Parthiv Patel, Mayank Markande pushed through his next delivery and it brought an edge from de Villiers, but Yuvraj spilled the chance at first slip.Luckily for the veteran it did not prove costly as Mumbai earned their first win.last_img read more

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Super Falcon Coach, Dennerby Seeks Revenge against South Africa

first_imgAWCON 2018Femi Solaja with agency reportSuper Falcons Coach, Thomas Dennerby is already looking beyond the final match against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa as he expresses optimism that his wards are in good shape to handle three solid opponent. Thomas Dennerby Moments after it was confirmed that Nigeria will go head long against the same opponent that had beaten in the tournament, the coach expressed satisfaction as he hoped to get his revenge this Saturday in the final match.The Swede tactician was on his feet for most of the semi final against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in Accra on Tuesday, which exhausted the statutory regulation and extra time and then went into penalty shoot –out before the Cup holders inched past their bitter rivals into the final and a place in France.“This is a dream final but when we arrived in Ghana, we made it clear our first target was the ticket to the World Cup, and after that, retaining the trophy. Now, we have achieved our first target. On Saturday, we have the opportunity of achieving our second target. We will go in there and give it our best shot and take the trophy back to Nigeria.“Sincerely, I was not happy with our performance in the first 20 minutes of the match. We lost the ball too many times; we were too anxious and the defenders and midfielders couldn’t contribute to the attack. However, the positive from this tournament is our defence is very good. We have a compact team and that is why we made it today. Going to the World Cup, we need to improve the way we attack. We need to create chances and make the best use of the opportunities that come our way,” he explained.In a related development, the First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi has declared Tuesday’s battling win over Cameroon and the accompanying qualification for the FIFA World Cup and the Women’s AFCON Final as justification by the Super Falcons of the NFF’s confidence in the team.“I feel elated, and I am sure that my colleagues on the board of the NFF will feel the same way anywhere they are presently. The NFF has always had confidence in the Super Falcons and we are happy we got this World Cup ticket.“It was not easy and it could not have been easy, as that was a semi final match (against Cameroon). The Cameroonians were the hosts in 2016 when we beat them in front of a capacity crowd to retain the trophy, so they came with every ounce of strength and tactical knowledge to try and gain revenge. But champions would always be champions and we overpowered them.”On the preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France, the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association and Member, CAF Youth Competitions Committee said told that there would be no half measures.“The FIFA World Cup is the FIFA World Cup, and we must put in place a proper and comprehensive preparatory programme for the Super Falcons. We must utilize all the available FIFA windows for the team to play friendlies.“After the final match on Saturday, the NFF will ask Coach Thomas Dennerby to submit his program and we will take it from there.”Nigeria is one of only seven countries in the world that has qualified for all the editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since the championship was launched in China in 1991. The others are the United States of America, Germany, Sweden,Brazil, Norway and Japan.The Super Falcons will be joined in France by South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, who they meet in the Women AFCON Final in Accra on Saturday, as well as the winner of the losers’ final between Cameroon and Mali.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers suffer heartbreaking senior day loss

first_imgUW guard Jade Davis finished with a career-high 14 points vs. Michigan but missed a game-winning three-pointer as time expired.[/media-credit]Senior Day took on an emotional setting Saturday at the Kohl Center, and Wisconsin’s (14-12, 9-5) matchup with Michigan (16-10, 9-5) fit the somber pregame mood, as the Badgers fell 68-66 after an impressive comeback.Playing without senior forward Tara Steinbauer, who suffered a torn ACL against Iowa, Wisconsin guard Jade Davis missed a three-pointer just before time expired to give Michigan the win. Up two points with a minute to go, junior guard Courtney Boylan made two straight baskets to give Michigan a lead it would never surrender.After building a 12-point lead on the Badgers early in the second half, it appeared the matchup had turned into an easy win for the Wolverines. However, the Badgers displayed their resilience by finally finding an offensive rhythm in the closing minutes of the game.“They’re a relentless group. We know we’re a second half team; we’ve talked about it. We talked about it at halftime,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I knew that we’d give a valiant effort and play to the better end. I mean, there’s not a player on our team that didn’t leave themselves on the floor. They laid it out there and played very, very well.”The Badgers led 5-3 less than two minutes into the game and didn’t regain the lead until just over four minutes remained in the game. With only two players in double figures and not one reaching the 15 points, Wisconsin struggled offensively for much of the contest.Senior guard Alyssa Karel, UW’s leading scorer, finished with only nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. For the game, the Badgers managed 43.1 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc, but it simply wasn’t enough to take down a Michigan team that was finding its stroke in the first 20 minutes.Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines’ attack on offense, scoring 18 points in the first half. Although the Badgers held her to four points in the second half, Sheffer was crucial to Michigan, building a nine-point halftime lead.“In the first half, she had our number a little bit. In the second half, my goal was to be as physical as possible and keep her out,” senior forward Lin Zastrow said. “In the first half, she got prime position and that’s hard to stop anyone. …So I just tried to be as physical as I could with her and keep her off the block.”Sheffer was only one piece of a Michigan offense that was red-hot in the first half, and the Wolverines never allowed the Badgers to gain an advantage late in the half. Although they struggled from three-point range in the first half (shooting 21.4 percent), the Wolverines shot nearly 52 percent from the field.Building on that lead for much of the first half, Wisconsin’s late run was simply not enough to bring down a Michigan team that dominated most of the game.“I thought Jade’s shot was going in; [it] sat up in the air for a long time. I thought that was going down,” Stone said. “But the game doesn’t come down to one shot or one play. It comes down to 40 minutes, and I give Michigan a lot of credit. In the first half they found ways to get mismatches.”The Wolverines also got a great boost from sophomore guard Kate Thompson in the second half, who hit three big shots from long distance that slowed Wisconsin’s momentum.As several of the Badgers’ usual scorers had a hard time finding their game, Davis, a junior guard usually known for her defense, picked up her game in their absence, finishing with a career-high 14 points. Davis played a major role in keeping UW in the game late, shooting 50 percent from the floor to go along with four three-pointers, including one that gave Wisconsin a lead with just more than three minutes to go.“Once we started moving and really working together, [the Michigan defense] couldn’t find us and Alyssa, Taylor – they were all able to find me,” Davis said. “Lin every once in a while tells me to shoot it when I’m wide open when I don’t really see that, so, I mean, it was just team effort, really.”The Badgers may have minimized their chances of winning a Big Ten title with the loss, but UW is trying to stay positive and maintain perspective heading into the next game against Indiana Wednesday.“We just have to take care of what we can take care of, control what we can control, and that’s the next game,” Stone said. “What I want our team to do is respond from this, play well, bring some momentum into the Big Ten Tournament and make some noise, because this is a really good team.”last_img read more

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Youtuber Chief Pat forms Tribe Gaming and enters both Vainglory and Clash Royale

first_imgChief Pat, a Youtuber with over 2.3 million subscribers, announced earlier this week that he has launched his own mobile esports organisation called Tribe Gaming.In a video revelation on his channel, Chief Pat announced the news of the team and that they would be competing in “the two biggest mobile esports titles right now”; Vainglory and Clash Royale. When it comes to Vainglory the team has acquired Liberation X, the first Vainglory champions in North America.The team will consist of Status, Pon The Original and E36 and Martohhh. Chief Pat boldly stated that they’re hoping to qualify for the Vainglory Spring Championships in London next month, and that by the end of the year they hope to represent the USA in the Vainglory Worlds Championships.You can watch the video for yourself here:Tribe Gaming’s Vainglory roster made its debut last weekend. They went down to One Piece 101, an organisation which was acquired by Tempo Storm on the same day. They’re now known as 101 VG. As for Clash Royale, Chief Pat discussed his high hopes for the game. Chief Pat said: “There is so much potential for the future of Clash Royale esports, and it’s something I want to be a part of. I’ll be looking for the best possible players going forward to the summer of 2017.“Hopefully Supercell is going to figure out that secret esports sauce and make Clash Royale esports a reality. That’s what I, and a lot of other organisations, are banking on.”You can keep tabs on what Tribe Gaming are getting up to by following them on Twitter here. The account has already amassed close to 30,000 followers at the time of writing. Esports Insider says: Chief Pat has covered Clash Royale and Vainglory for some time now, and so this move makes sense. Kudos to him for going it alone and launching his own organisation, and it’s great to see the mobile esports hype train roll on.last_img read more

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Child and Family Services recognizes foster families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – May is foster care awareness month.In response Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan is placing heightened awareness on the importance of foster families.Fundraising is a huge part of support for the children entering the foster care system as many of them enter with very few material possessions.This year the agency is hosting two fundraising campaigns that the public can support and you may possibly get lucky in the process by receiving an envelope with a gift card.According to Director Stephanie Dettloff,  their department has been inundated with calls and she foresees a greater need for foster families within the region.According to Stephanie,  there are approximately 13,000 children who enter the foster care system and about 300 who still do not have adopted families.For more information on how you can contribute or learn more about foster care you can visit the child and family services website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hinks Elementary’s “Operation: Rock It” ProjectNext Donations are being accepted for annual fireworks displaylast_img read more

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Karim Benzema free to return to France team for Euro 2016 after Court of Appeal decision

first_imgKarim Benzema could be free to play at Euro 2016 after a judge lifted legal restrictions around the France striker.Benzema had been prevented from meeting his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena after being charged in connection with an alleged plot to blackmail the midfielder over a sex tape.The Real Madrid striker remains under investigation but now the Court of Appeal of Versailles has partially lifted some of the restrictions around Benzema, namely the judicial ruling that he could not contact Valbuena.In December, the French Football Federation suspended Benzema due to the circumstances of the case and has yet to issue a statement whether the striker, who has 27 goals in 81 international caps, will be welcomed back into Didier Deschamps’ squad.Benzema and ValbuenaThere is still the possibility that Benzema’s case will go in front of an ethics committee, and in any case, Benzema is currently sidelined for several weeks and would not be available for the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands on March 25 and Russia on March 29.In February, Deschamps said: “As of today, he is still not available so I cannot select him. It would need my president to decide (he can play) and for the law to give a positive answer as well. “If I found myself in that situation, I would consider it and make my decision. Things can change. From a sporting point of view, I want to have the best team and therefore the best players. But in this case, there is also a judicial panel. We have to see how things develop.”Benzema has been charged with complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning – an offence which is punishable by at least five years imprisonment.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Cancer-stricken forward Oskar Lindblom honored by Philadelphia Flyers, fans

first_imgMORE: Reddit rallying for Lindblom to be voted into NHL All-Star GameThe 23-year-old returned to the Wells Fargo Center ahead of Tuesday’s contest, visiting teammates and sharing in some “pretty good energy” in the Flyers dressing room. Lindblom’s No. 23 jersey was hung up in its regular stall, although his orange home Flyers sweater was flanked by dozens of purple and black “Hockey Fights Cancer” warm-ups that were worn by his teammates prior to puck drop and will be auctioned off to help support the Sarcoma Foundation of America.One fight. One family. #OskarStrong pic.twitter.com/X6HFzDDWhG— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 17, 2019Fans at the arena were encouraged to purchase #OSKARSTRONG t-shirts, with those proceeds also going to the Sarcoma Foundation, and every seat was adorned with an “I fight for Oskar” sign that the crowd held up in unison during the game. The Philadelphia Flyers are a family.On Tuesday, the organization made sure to show love to one of its own, as forward Oskar Lindblom was the guest of honor for the team’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, last week and will miss the rest of the season while undergoing treatment. In this family, we fight for eachother. #OskarStrong 💜 pic.twitter.com/XFPW5CMXl7— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 18, 2019Up against the fight of his life, Lindblom was still tempted to take part in the Flyers’ morning skate on Tuesday, according to Philadelphia head coach Alain Vigneault. While he didn’t take part in the actual game, Lindblom’s teammates said his presence helped boost the Flyers to a 4-1 win Tuesday night.”It was the first time we really spent time with him since we heard what was going on,” Flyers forward Claude Giroux said following the victory. “His attitude is unbelievable. It was great to see him again with the guys. We wanted to get this win for him, and every win for the rest of the season will be for him.”last_img read more

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Felon voting rights restoration clears Iowa House panel

first_imgDES MOINES — The House Judiciary Committee’s chairman called it a “rare moment.”   Republicans and Democrats on the committee unanimously embraced a plan from Governor Kim Reynolds on felon voting rights on Wednesday night.The proposed constitutional amendment would automatically restore the right to vote to felons who’ve completed their sentences. Backers hope the proposed amendment could be presented to voters in 2022.Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton says House Republicans will meet soon to discuss how to legally define what sentence completion means.“Because I believe the voters should know what they’re voting for,” Kaufmann told reporters this evening.Kaufmann said he’s interested in keeping felons who’ve done time for murder, rape or child sex abuse from voting.“I don’t think that certain classes of criminals should ever have the opportunity to get these rights back,” Kaufmann said.Other Republicans have discussed requiring felons to pay any restitution to their victims before they’d be allowed to vote.last_img read more

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COMEBACKING HOME RUN KITTEN; COASTLINE, ROCKET HEAT & BENCH WARRANT ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AS FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES TO GO 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Home Run Kitten, idle since this past May, recent graded stakes placed finishers Coastline and Rocket Heat, as well as stakes winning Bench Warrant, all figure prominently in a wide open field of 10 older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Sunday in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes.Trained by David Hofmans, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten, who has been on the bench since well beaten here in the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes May 9, was a downhill winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes in Sept. 2014, and has two wins and a third from four starts down the unique layout. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 15-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,050.Separated by a neck at the finish, Coastline and Rocket Heat ran two-three in Santa Anita’s Grade III Daytona Stakes Dec. 26, as Toowindytohaulrox prevailed down the hill by a neck over Coastline.Trained by Phil D’Amato for the first time in the Daytona, Agave Racing Stables’ Coastline, who had been based primarily in the Midwest, rallied strongly to just miss in his first hillside try at odds of 52-1. A close third as a sophomore in the Grade III Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, 2014, the        5-year-old horse by Speightstown is 18-4-3-3 with earnings of $290,006.Trained by Vann Belvoir, the aptly named Rocket Heat broke running in the Daytona, opened up by 3 ½ lengths approaching the quarter pole, but was run-down late, finishing third, beaten a half length. Claimed out of a nine length maiden $30,000 win 11 starts back on Feb. 12, 2015, Rocket Heat enjoyed a terrific year, banking $187,080 while compiling an overall mark for the year of 12-5-3-1.A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat will try to pose an elusive target in this third career try down the hill.Last and 12 lengths off the pace after a half mile in the Daytona, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant flew late to be fifth, beaten three quarters of a length and thus looms a stout threat from behind in the Clockers’ Corner. A winner of the minor Baffle Stakes down the hill six starts back on Feb. 15, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., Bench Warrant is two for four over the course and has three wins from 11 overall starts, with earnings of $186,790.A multiple graded stakes winner, 7-year-old Silentio comes off an even seventh place finish in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap, run at a 1 1/16 miles on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta on Nov. 29. Trained by Gary Mandella and owned by his breeders, Wertheimer and Frere, Silentio was well beaten in his only lifetime try down the hill, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, on Nov. 1, 2014.The leading money earner in the field, Silentio has banked $712,565 from an overall mark of 18-4-1-7.Eleventh, beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Daytona Dec. 26, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza and try to hold off the late runners the final sixteenth. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute has a win and four seconds from six hillside tries.Lightly raced Ocho Ocho Ocho, who was a well beaten ninth in the Grade II Mathis Mile (turf) here Dec. 26, cuts back in distance as he seeks his first win since taking the Grade III Delta Jackpot as a juvenile in November, 2014. A close fourth two starts back in the Grade III Pennsylvania Mile (turf), “Ocho” will try the hillside turf for the first time on Sunday.The complete field for the Clockers’ Corner, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 124; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 119; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 119; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 124; Silentio, Mike Smith, 119; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 119; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 119, and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 124.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Cutura, Arthurs, Roccaforte Headline Final Weekly Soccer Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Christina Cutura, Stephen F. Austin’s Carli Arthurs and McNeese’s Emma Roccaforte are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Cutura and Arthurs led their teams to a pair of dominant wins to clinch two of the remaining three spots in the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, and Roccaforte kept Lamar off the board in a 1-0 win for the Cowgirls in the regular-season finale.McNeese faces Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first round, followed by SFA versus Houston Baptist at 5 p.m. SLU opens the conference tournament against defending champion and host Lamar in the day one nightcap at 8 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Christina Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Forward – Pearl River, La.Cutura etched her name in the Southeastern Louisian annals, becoming the first player to record two hat tricks in the same season with a trio of goals against Nicholls in the regular-season finale. After neither team got on the scoreboard in the first 62 minutes, Cutura found the back of the net three times in a span of 24 minutes to power the Lions to a win and a Southland Conference Soccer Tournament berth as the sixth seed.Honorable Mention: Brianna Moore, Stephen F. Austin; Nola Prickett, McNeeseDefensive Player of the Week: Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Defender – Lewisville, TexasArthurs captained the Stephen F. Austin defense to its fifth shutout of the season, holding rival Sam Houston State scoreless on just four attempts. On the other side of the ball, Arthurs registered five shots and netted her first goal of the season to cap off the five-goal win and help the ‘Jacks clinch a berth into the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed.Honorable Mention: Sarah Clayton, McNeese; Sofia Olsson, Southeastern LouisianaGoalkeeper of the Week: Emma Roccaforte, McNeese – So. – Goalkeeper – Nederland, TexasRoccaforte secured her seventh shutout of the year, stopping all five shots she faced, including a saved penalty kick in the 69th minute of the 1-0 affair. Roccaforte’s net-minding helped the Cowgirls secure win No. 13, setting a program record for wins in a single season. This is her second goalkeeper of the week award in 2018.Honorable Mention: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist; Nadine Maher, Southeastern LouisianaSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Villa confesses how close he was to Wenger

first_imgPep Guardiola: “He is the type of man who always tries to evolve. He knows that it is not the same to play in Spain, England or Germany, that there are different styles. I have no chance to be with him on a daily basis but I am sure that his mind he’s always looking for ways to take football to another level. “He would have liked to have Mourinho as a coach: “I thought about what it would be like to coach José Mourinho. I played against teams he trained but I still liked him because he is one of the best coaches in the world.”His goal in the Champions League final: “We were playing very well, but we were winning 2-1 against Manchester United and with one goal they would have tied us. That goal gave us the calm to win the trophy and it was perfect.”2010 World Cup: “I think many situations occurred at the same time. There was a good generation of players, coaches, a lot of work in previous years without success … Of all the players who were in the 2010 World Cup, 80% were in the best moment of their careers. “Withdrawal: “For the past two years I have only had three or four minor injuries and I have been out of the team for three weeks, but I think that my mind was beginning to think of another place outside of football. I made the decision to retire because I felt that the final and I think I am in the situation I want now. Obviously, I will miss playing but I am very happy. I will try to contribute to football in another way. “ David Villa granted an interview to the BBC in which he reviewed his entire career. He confessed that before signing for Atlético de Madrid he was able to sign for Arsenal, gave his opinion on Messi and Guardiola, admitted that he would have liked to train with Mourinho and explained the success of Spain in the World Cup, as well as the reasons for his withdrawal.He was able to go to Arsenal but ended up at Atlético de Madrid: “We were in many meetings and there were many calls. I thought ninety percent that he would go to Arsenal with Arsene Wenger, but at that time we did not reach an agreement. Atlético de Madrid arrived and in three or four days he arranged everything. No I know what would have happened if I had signed with Arsenal. I am very happy to have signed with Atlético de Madrid, not only for winning the League, but for everything. I am very happy to have made that decision. “The Premier League offers: “I love the Premier League. I have seen many matches during my career. I always thought about going there one day, but at the moment when all these offers came to me or my agent, I made another decision. Why? I know. Many times I had the opportunity to play there, but I chose another path. “Messi: “I don’t know who said this, but they said ‘Messi is Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets’. When I heard him I thought the same thing. If you ask me what is your best position, I don’t know. He is not number nine , but the top scorer. He is not the number ten, but he is the top assistant. He is not a tall guy, but he makes a head start. He is good at everything. Sometimes we thought he did not shoot well with his right foot and then scored incredible goals. right-handed. I think he once played as a goalkeeper and he did well. “last_img read more

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PH Azkals eye top 100

first_imgThe Philippines has a lot to celebrate anew after putting in a lot of hardwork and sacrifice to clinch its latest achievement. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAfter reaching new heights in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the Philippines hopes to finally crack the Top 100 before its historic campaign in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.Azkals manager Dan Palami vowed to pull out the stops to ensure that the team reaches that goal by the time it faces South Korea (Jan. 7), China (Jan. 11) and Kyrgyzstan (Jan. 15) in the 24-nation continental showpiece event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film World champion banners tough Xterra Legazpi cast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Palami also said an announcement on the national team coaching job would be made soon.The Azkals are also vying in the AFF Suzuki Cup in November with two home matches against Singapore (Nov. 13) and Thailand (Nov. 21). The Azkals are also traveling to face the playoff winner between Timor Leste and Brunei (Nov. 17) as well as Indonesia (Nov. 25).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Azkals improved two notches to a record high of 111 in the rankings released by the sport’s governing body on Thursday. It has been a steady climb for the Azkals in the last eight years since Palami started helping bankroll the national team, which hovered between 180 to 190 in 2010.“It’s a reward for all the hard work of the players, staff and management and the federation all these years,” Palami said. “This wasn’t easy. It has been a long and arduous climb. The rankings have shown how far we’ve developed as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRanking points are determined by results of the past four years with the more recent games carrying more weight.“It’s a good place to be as we prepare for the Asian Cup,” said Palami, noting that a higher ranking will allow the Azkals to attract quality teams for friendly matches in preparation for the continental tournament. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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