DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PEREIRA, TOUCHING RAINBOWS, WINNER: “I got the feeling for the race, I had good speed in the race and I tried to close. I think the number five had more speed today but my horse was running easy.HERIBERTO FIGUEROA, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND:  “He showed a lot of speed, he broke well, once I saw myself in front I tried to make him relax and he did, but the other horse ran us down good, so congratulations to Tiago.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, TOUCHING RAINBOWS, WINNER: “I thought maybe Heck Yeah would be a little closer on the pace but Tiago judged it right when he saw that horse was kind of struggling into the turn, and he just decided to make his move and go after the horse on the lead there and we wore him down late.“I think he loves six furlongs, and that day at Del Mar that day, it was like a deep muddy sand trap, so I think all the speed horses kind of died that day, but today he got a track he likes and skipped right over it.“The race set up pretty well. Tiago (Pereira) had him in the right spot and I liked that he pressed the button at the right time. He got him close enough to the other horse to engage him and wear him down.“Hat’s off to Tiago. He’s not the easiest horse to ride. You have to press the button at the right time and Tiago did just that.”ON THE CAL-BRED PROGRAM:  “It’s been very good to me. I’ve been very fortunate to win a lot of Cal-bred stakes, and I just tell everyone out there to breed to Cal-breds.”“California stakes have been very good to me, since I started training and hopefully we can get one or two more here.”OWNER QUOTESRYAN COSATO, SLAM DUNK RACING: “I was a little concerned when I saw Richard’s Boy was out there by himself, no one pressuring him, but when I saw him go a little quicker than 22 and one it gave me a little hope that we could reel him in, but I never like to see Pete Miller alone on the lead. That makes me very nervous. ”“Tiago and Phil seem to have a pretty good relationship. We haven’t been able to ride him on many of our horses, unfortunately, but a lot of the jockeys are out of town today for the Pegasus and Tiago’s been riding well lately, so we decided to give him a shot and rode the horse perfect today.”NOTES: The winning owners re KM Racing Enterprise, Inc., Madaket Stables LLC and Slam Dunk Racing.last_img read more

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SHARP SAMURAI & RIVER BOYNE HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgSHARP SAMURAI & RIVER BOYNE HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (June 20, 2019)–Two of Southern California’s most consistent turf performers, Sharp Samurai and River Boyne, head Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. The American, for three year olds and up at one mile on turf, has attracted a field of seven.In addition to the top two, who are both owned by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, Richard Mandella’s comebacking Bombard, who has been in the money in nine out of his 10 starts, would appear to have a big look as he makes his first graded stakes appearance at age six.SHARP SAMURAIOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Mark GlattIn his first start in roughly seven months, this 5-year-old gelding by First Samurai was attentive to the pace, but could never get on terms with gate to wire winner Bolo in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) here on May 27, finishing fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths while earning a lofty 97 Beyer Speed figure.  With five wins from seven tries over the Santa Anita lawn, including two wins from five starts at a mile, Sharp Samurai’s connections no doubt have the Breeders’ Cup Mile Turf in mind this November as he tries to improve upon an overall mark of 15-8-2-0. The leading money earner in the field with $765,270, Sharp Samurai, who was ridden by eastern-based John Velazquez in the Shoe Mile, will get the first-time services of Victor Espinoza on Sunday.RIVER BOYNEOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Jeff MullinsThis consistent 4-year-old Irish-bred colt gives his owners a devastating one-two American combination, as River Boyne, like Sharp Samurai, comes off a solid effort in a Grade I, one mile turf stakes in his most recent outing. Second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by longshot Ohio in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 30, River Boyne earned a 96 Beyer and will be making his fourth consecutive one mile appearance over the course, dating back to a game head victory in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on opening day, Dec. 26. With three wins from eight tries at a mile on grass, River Boyne, who will be handled for the first time by Kent Desormeaux, is 18-7-5-1 overall with earnings of $871,718.BOMBARDOwner: Claiborne Farm, Perry R. Bass, II, Ramona Bass & Adele DilschneiderTrainer:  Richard MandellaLightly raced, this 6-year-old War Front gelding has been idle since July 22, 2018, when he was second, beaten a head in the restricted Wickerr Stakes going one mile on the Del Mar turf.  A hard knocker who figures to be close to the early pace, Bombard is a dangerous commodity who will be trying graded stakes competition for the first time and will be reunited with leading man Flavien Prat, who has ridden him eight times, winning three.  A minor stakes winner going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course two starts back on June 17, 2018, Bombard is 10-4-3-2 overall with earnings of $211,320.THE GRADE III AMERICAN STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 5 of 10 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTTartini–Iggy Puglisi–121Sharp Samurai–Victor Espinoza–123Snazzy Dresser–Edwin Maldonado–121Law Abidin Citizen–Tiago Pereira–121Bombard–Flavien Prat–121River Boyne–Kent Desormeaux–123Majestic Eagle–Rafael Bejarano–121First post time on closing day, Sunday, is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Spurs receive huge boost with Ndombele and Sess among four stars back in training

first_imgRYAN SESSEGNON could feature in the Tottenham squad for the first time since his £25million summer switch from Fulham.The England Under-21s star has finally started full training at Spurs after recovering from the hamstring problem that has sidelined him since his arrival from the Cottagers.1 Tanguy Ndombele, left, and Ryan Sessegnon will be hoping to face PalaceAnd the 19-year-old could be on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino’s team in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Crystal Palace.The club admitted he is being “assessed for selection”.Record-buy Tanguy Ndombele is also back in contention after missing the last two matches with a thigh injury.The France midfielder, who joined from Lyon in a deal worth up to £65m, was also forced to withdraw from Les Bleus squad.Tottenham have been further boosted by right-back Kyle Walker-Peters and midfielder Eric Dier returning to training after injuries.But Giovani Lo Celso is definitely out after injuring his hip on international duty with Argentina.He will not return for at least two months and Pochettino said: “It’s a sad situation. We’re very disappointed.THROUGH 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”For Giovani the first month here was to adapt to a new club and new way of football.“Everything was going in a very good way, but now we have to wait for him. So it is very disappointing.”Juan Foyth also remains sidelined with an ankle injury and fellow defender Davinson Sanchez is a doubt after hurting his ankle playing for Colombia.This Saturday’s Premier league sees Liverpool take on Newcastle and Norwich v Man Citylast_img read more

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Latest Tottenham news – Follow all the updates from North London

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO made his Tottenham managerial debut against West Ham on Saturday – and it was a winning start for the Special One.Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura were all on the scoresheet as Spurs beat the Hammers 3-2.Follow all the latest Spurs news here… Jake Lambourne23 Dec 2019, 12:25 amWilliam Pugh21 Dec 2019, 12:27 amWilliam Pugh21 Dec 2019, 12:27 amWilliam Pugh21 Dec 2019, 12:26 amJake Lambourne20 Dec 2019, 12:33 amJoe Miles20 Dec 2019, 12:32 amJake Lambourne20 Dec 2019, 12:32 amWilliam Pugh18 Dec 2019, 12:28 amIan Tuckey26 Nov 2019, 10:44 pmJOSE MOURINHO borrowed a famous line from Winston Churchill to gee up his Spurs Euro stars, claiming: “History is written by winners.” The Special One is preparing last season’s beaten Champions League finalists for Tuesday’s group game with Olympiakos. Mourinho, who has twice won the European Cup as a head coach, said: “To arrive in the final is an incredible achievement — but it’s not history. History is winning. “In the Champions League and every knockout competition there are details that are responsible sometimes for your success or your failure — if you want to call it a failure. “The reality is 32 teams are in the group phase, so if we speak about failure and success, it’s success for one and 31 failures. “Sometimes you don’t do it when you have incredible potential to do it — in my case, the season when I lost the semi-final on penalties with Real Madrid.“I think that was the strongest Real Madrid of the past 15 or 20 years.“We got to the semi- finals of the Champions League but lost in a penalty shootout where three of the best penalty takers in the world — Kaka, Ramos and Ronaldo — all missed. “We were the best team. We didn’t win it. So sometimes details make the difference.” Mourinho is keen to build on Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Ham in his first game as Spurs boss after replacing the axed Mauricio Pochettino last Wednesday.Ian Tuckey26 Nov 2019, 10:38 pmAT least Dele Alli admired the honesty. In Jose Mourinho’s first conversation with his talented midfielder, he asked whether he was “working with Dele, or Dele’s brother”. At the London Stadium on Saturday, the Special One got the answer. Dele, speaking ahead of their Champions League group game with Olympiakos, said: “To have it honestly said to my face was nice – because a lot of people would prefer to say it behind my back. “It was actually the first thing he said to me. It was funny, I thought, I laughed. “But we’ve had a few conversations now. That was one of them. There have been a few more as well.“I’m hoping I can show him who I am.” The criticism has hurt Dele, with plenty of ex-pros piling in to him after a difficult start to the season.Ian Tuckey26 Nov 2019, 8:54 pmGARY NEVILLE claims new Jose Mourinho and Tottenham are just “using each other” as they look for something better.Sky Sports pundit Nev believes it is “marriage of convenience” — a “bridge” for Mourinho to get back into elite management and for Spurs supremo Daniel Levy to “protect finances”.Former England and Manchester United defender Neville told Monday Night Football: “The team are half falling apart a little bit in terms of contracts running out and a little bit of destabilisation of this squad, and trying to keep them together by bringing in a big name manager,“Daniel Levy needed someone would get the football club quickly back into a level that is acceptable into the Champions League. This is a marriage of convenience.“This has got prenuptial written all over it like you would not believe. They are using each other. I think it’s a hard cold conversation between two men who respect where each other is at, but probably never saw each other working for each other and essentially they’re using each other for a bridge to where they need to be.”Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 7:57 pmLUCAS MOURA scored a beauty last time out against Olympiakos. Turning our attentions to the @ChampionsLeague and looking to build on the weekend result! #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/3XK1lbeFWU— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) November 25, 2019Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 4:27 pmAMAZON were denied the chance to mic up Jose Mourinho for a documentary during his first match in charge of Tottenham.The Premier League stepped in when producers tried to have him wired up on the touchline for the 3-2 win at West Ham.According to the Athletic, Mourinho entered referee Michael Oliver’s room for the captain’s briefing and asked whether he would be OK with him being recorded on the touchline.Oliver suggested the 56-year-old would not be allowed to do that.Then the Premier League reportedly intervened with higher officials telling him ‘no’.The league believe that having one manager with a microphone on and the other not would be unfair if there was a touchline dispute that was investigated by top brass.Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 3:56 pmTONY ADAMS does not reckon Mauricio Pochettino is the right manager to replace Unai Emery.According to HITC, he said: “I’m not sure [Pochettino’s] the right manager.“I wouldn’t want him at this club I think the Tottenham connection and there might be other people out there.“Someone who can do the defensive side of the game would be a start.”Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 3:29 pmJOSE MOURINHO has warned Christian Eriksen he will pick the team with the future in mind – casting doubt over the Dane’s involvement under the Special One.The playmaker started on the bench against West Ham on Saturday and could face further spells on the sidelines after his manager’s comments.Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos tomorrow, Mourinho was asked about Eriksen’s role in the squad.Eriksen is keen to leave North London and has spoken of his desire for a “new challenge”. Mourinho was quick to respond claiming Eriksen’s selection will be based on a “perspective of the future”. Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 2:51 pmDELE ALLI looked back to his best during Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Spurs. 🇧🇷 @LucasMoura7 ⚽️ 💥#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/Y6gNyfiX7K— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 25, 2019Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 7:25 pmGARTH CROOKS reckons Tottenham trio can mimic Liverpool’s front three under Jose Mourinho.Writing in his BBC column, he said: “Mourinho’s decision to play Son alongside Harry Kane, Moura and alli away at the London Stadium proved fatal for the Hammers.“It’s still very early days but Son, Kane and Moura could do for Spurs under Mourinho what Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have done for Liverpool.”Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 6:43 pmJOSE MOURINHO wants to give Mauricio Pochettino more time to “process” his sacking before contacting him – but has spoken to his son in Tottenham’s academy.New Spurs boss Mourinho says is happy for the axed Argentinian to meet his old players at the club any time – with or without him being there.Mourinho continued the humble, more considered image unveiled at his first press conference in charge, when he insisted any success he achieves at Tottenham would be down to Poch.And having opened with Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Ham, ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager Mourinho again held his arms wide open to his predecessor.Asked if he had spoken to Poch, Mourinho said: “I didn’t because I know what he’s feeling.“I’ve been there and I know that there is a period where the best thing for us sometimes is to process our feelings, to process what happened with us.“And then, in a couple of weeks – depends two, three weeks – I think then we are open again to the world.“We are open again to embrace a different period in our lives. So I want to respect that and give that feeling to him.“I spoke with his son, who is a player in our youth categories, and I think through his boy he can understand my feelings too.“And of course I will call him. But I want to let him process.“I also told the players in contact with him to make him feel completely free to come here any time he wants.“If he wants to come for a training session, great. If he wants to come for a dinner in the lodge with the boys, perfect.“If he wants me to be here, I will. If he doesn’t want me to be, and he just wants to be with the boys, let’s do that way.”Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 6:12 pmDELE ALLI earlier spoke to the press ahead tomorrow night’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos.The 23-year-old had his say on Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.“It’s so clear what Mauricio meant to us. He helped me grow a lot. I came as an 18-year-old & had ups and downs. When I found out I was upset and wanted to speak to him. “I went to see him. I’ve seen him more than my family over the past five years.“After I heard the news I couldn’t wait to see him. I was very upset. It wasn’t so much a conversation about football more two friends having a chat.“It would be lying if I said I didn’t blame myself when it first happened rather than looking at the bigger picture. We had a great journey. You can’t help but feel you’re to blame because you’re out there but I realised I gave 110% always.”Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 5:37 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO will not allow his loyalty to Tottenham prevent him taking the Arsenal job should it become available.That is the view of former Spurs midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.Writing in the Mail, he said: “If I was a decision maker at Arsenal, I’d go for Mauricio Pochettino in a heartbeat.“I’m not sure I believe Poch would let his time with Tottenham stop him from taking over.“Maybe the reason Spurs decided to go for Jose Mourinho so suddenly was they felt they could not hang around, because their North London rivals might be searching for a new boss soon.“Unai Emery is under big, big pressure. I have some sympathy for him but he looks a beaten man.”Etienne Fermie26 Nov 2019, 5:04 pmCOULD Toby Alderweireld perform a contract U-turn and stay at Spurs?center_img Drop the shoulder, @HKane 😅#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/Igyq5WNNyT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 25, 2019Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 12:47 pmGARY NEVILLE has warned Mauricio Pochettino that his success could be “limited” if he takes over Arsenal. Speaking about the Argentine’s next move, the Old Trafford veteran said: “Arsenal would be interesting. “It’s happened before George Graham going the other way. Would Spurs fans like that? Would Mauricio do that? Would Arsenal do that? “I’m not sure Mauricio would want to do something like that to Spurs. “Taking over at Arsenal would be similar to the job he just left at Tottenham, in the sense that there is some investment and spending, but it’s limited.“He’s not going to go to Arsenal and win the league in the next two years. “Whatever the next job Mauricio takes, he will want to win trophies, that will be the most important factor in the decision.”Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 12:19 pmJOSE MOURINHO reportedly kept the water basket he threw while at Manchester United in his office.The Special One lost his cool during a Champions League clash against FC Young Boys last season. And The Athletic claim the water basket he kept the basket as a souvenir at the club’s Carrington base. Load more entries… 🎙️ @dele_official: “I want to keep moving forward and improving. I’ve been lucky to work with two great managers here and I’m looking forward to learning new things.” #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/3BP7wCNA5P— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 25, 2019Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 2:00 pmKURT ZOUMA has thanked Jose Mourinho for teaching him valuable lessons at Chelsea.He told France Football: “He is the one who opened the door of England to me. I was only 19 when I arrived there. That’s young.“It’s also him who gave me belief by playing me in big matches with a lot of intensity. “It is also he who showed me what football in England was about. The coach is a man who detests losing. “He taught me to hate defeat. Thanks to him, I got to enjoy myself at Chelsea.“He has given me a lot of things and taught me an enormous amount. I thank him.” Joe Miles25 Nov 2019, 1:22 pmHARRY KANE and Jose Mourinho having a giggle during training today.last_img read more

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Emotions get the better of Slater

first_imgSlater feared at times his career would end prematurely after season-ending shoulder injuries in the past two seasons. The former Kangaroos fullback was visibly emotional during an interview on-field following the side’s two-point victory and Slater admitted the successful comeback got the better of him with the Maroons pulling off a miracle to level the State of Origin series at 1-1 heading into the decider at Suncorp Stadium in July 12. Slater was back to his usual roaming best and looked at home in the No.1 jersey, while his battle with former Storm teammate James Maloney throughout the contest added to the theatre. “The last two years just come rolling back and all the emotions… it’s certainly been a rollercoaster. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to play another game of football let alone be at ANZ Stadium in front of a packed house and be involved in an Origin match like that,” Slater said after the win. “I got a little bit choked up and [was] just hit with a question and I didn’t think I would. It took me back to the dark days and tough times to remind me it was all worth it.”Slater believes his stint on the sidelines offered him a new perspective on the game and anything he may have ever taken for granted. “[You miss] the emotion involved in rugby league and that’s one thing I’ve sat back and enjoyed since I’ve come back,” he said.”Not that you didn’t enjoy it before but you understand the emotion side of rugby league and little moments like sitting in the rooms after the game having a beer with your teammates – they’re the things I’ve missed since I’ve been back.”It’s been a long time and two years since I last played and to come back from 16-6 down and beat NSW who have got an outstanding side was just Queensland spirit.”It has been there a long time before I pulled the jersey on and will be there a long time after I take it off so it’s great to be a part of it.” ‌While the future of Johnathan Thurston in the Maroons jersey has been confirmed with the playmaker set to be farewelled at Suncorp Stadium in three weeks’ times, both Slater and Cooper Cronk continue to be questioned as to whether the fixture will also be their last in the Origin arena. Cronk’s departure from the Melbourne Storm at the end of the season for a move to Sydney prompts speculation the 33-year-old could retire after the Rugby League World Cup.Slater on the other hand was more confident in going around again in 2018 for the Maroons – should they select him.”There’s more chance than not that I’ll play on next year, and I really enjoy playing for Queensland, so I’d like to think that if I did play on next year I’d play for Queensland again,” Slater said.”I just don’t know, until I sit down and nut out what I want to do next year and whether I can put 100 per cent in to next year, I’ll make that decision in due course.”At the moment I’m feeling really good, the body is in a really healthy spot and I’m enjoying my football.”That’s why I went through all that hard work to get back so there’s more chance than not of me playing next year.”Slater had admiration for Thurston, who ensured the series remained alive heading for his final appearance in Queensland by converting Dane Gagai’s 77th-minute try.”I had the ball after Gags scored that last try and gave it to Johnno and just said ‘this is what you’re about here mate’ and he looked at me and went ‘yep’ so I knew it was going over from then,” Slater said.”He’s a tough competitor and copped a couple of whacks. There is no tougher league player than Johnathan Thurston – he is half the size of a lot of them but puts his body in front and we see all the great plays that he makes.”He was that confident and we see all those plays but just the toughness he displays typifies what this jersey is al about. “That calmness rubbed off on everyone, we were down by 10 points and NSW scored some good tries opening us up in that middle third, but we weren’t panicking.”last_img read more

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Top rugby nations urged to tour Pacific Islands

first_imgPhoto: Ivamere Rokovesa / AFP Scotland’s Ross Road (3rd L) driving through Fiji’s defence for the try line during the one-off test in Suva. The Scots were upset 27-22 in Suva at the weekend, one week after they stunned Australia in Sydney.Italy were also beaten in Suva this month while Wales edged Manu Samoa 19-17 in Apia, a week after beating Tonga in Auckland, in a match originally scheduled for Nuku’alofa.Flying Fijians coach John McKee said the feedback he received from the Scottish and Italian teams was encouraging.”Talking to the management and some of the players of both the Italian and Scotland teams, they really enjoyed the experience of touring Fiji – the passion the people have for rugby and the friendliness of the people,” he said.”They really relished the time of their stay here and a number of people commented that it’s one of the best touring experiences they’ve had.”That’s great and I think they need to look outside the square of just continually touring Australia or New Zealand or South Africa when they come south, and look to fit in more games across the Pacific to round out their tours.”Italy have now toured Fiji on five occasions and Samoa twice, most recently in 2014.Wales have played internationals in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, while Scotland have won three of their four tests against the ‘Ikale Tahi but, despite trips to Suva and Apia, have yet to visit Nuku’alofa.Fiji consolidated tenth place on the World Rugby rankings with their victory over Scotland at the weekend, who slipped one place to fifth.John McKee said hopefully strong showings against Six Nations teams will encourage more top nations to put the Pacific Islands on their calendar.”One of our goals is to be a very competitive team in world rugby, not just amongst the tier two nations but with tier one nations as well,” he said.”I think we’re making steps towards that direction. We’ve certainly got the talented players but we have our challenges in pulling our team together with our players spread all around the world but it shows through a campaign like that that we’re certainly heading in the right direction.”Change on the wayEarlier this year, World Rugby announced changes to the international calendar from 2020, with England and France both agreeing to tour the Pacific.England have previously toured Fiji in 1988 and 1991, winning both tests, but have never played an international in Samoa or Tonga.France defeated Fiji in Suva in 1998 and Samoa in Apia a year later, but were beaten 20-15 by Tonga in Nuku’alofa in 1999.Australia have played three tests in Fiji but have never visited Samoa or Tonga, while the All Blacks played in Apia before the 2015 Rugby World Cup but have never visited Fiji or Tonga.last_img read more

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Johnathan Thurston’s retirement plans could include plotting the downfall of the Maroons

first_imgThe Blues’ great tormentor for more than a decade, Thurston will on Friday morning launch the Johnathan Thurston Academy in the lead-up to the testimonial match in conjunction with great mate Cameron Smith at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.The Academy is just one of a number of post-football projects Thurston has in the pipeline but the future Immortal did baulk at the suggestion of a move into full-time coaching.More than just a production line for promising rugby league players, the Johnathan Thurston Academy is promising to provide an opportunity for young people to be successful through education, healthy living, employment and sport.Destined to be a prominent and popular media figure once he stops playing, Thurston told foxsports.com.au that while full-time coaching doesn’t appeal he is open to working with clubs in a consultancy capacity, including promising halves coming through the ranks in New South Wales.Watch every NRL premiership game live in 2018 on Fox Sports. Sign up here to stream for free on a two week trial >The likes of Nathan Cleary, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks, Matt Moylan and Luke Keary would all benefit greatly from some one-on-one tuition with Thurston and the Maroons legend wouldn’t rule out giving them a helping hand.“I would really think about it,” Thurston conceded.As for what else lies beyond his extraordinary playing career, the 2018 Australian of the Year finalist is looking beyond the constraints of a football field but will maintain some connection with the game.“I’ve got some other ideas,” Thurston said of the potential of joining the coaching ranks.“Obviously I’ll stay involved with the Cowboys but not in a coaching capacity.“At this stage that doesn’t really interest me.“I could do some consultancy work with a club or two who have some young halves coming through but at this stage there’s not much of an interest in [coaching].”Thurston’s first ‘consultancy’ assignment is likely to be later this year when he is expected to join the Queensland camp to help coach Kevin Walters usher in the successors to the Thurston-Cooper Cronk combination that has been so successful in recent years.“It would be nice if Kevvie gave me the call,” Thurston said of having some involvement this year after retiring from representative football with 38 Tests for Australia and 37 Origins for Queensland to his name.“He’s called me in the past and I’ve always given him my honest opinion about it so if he calls me again no doubt I will do that.“There’s boys now that have had a taste of it that we know can do the job.“Michael Morgan was great in the World Cup campaign playing at six. Obviously Cameron Munster had a go there at six and ‘Morgo’ led (the Cowboys) to the finals and took us to the grand final playing at halfback.“Kevvie knows he can play either at five-eighth or halfback and he’ll do a job for us.“We just need to start getting a bit of continuity in the team and no doubt whoever does get the nod for game one we will stick with the boys for the whole series.”While Morgan and Munster would appear the frontrunners to take the reins from Thurston and Cronk, Walters said that there are a number of other contenders in position to push for selection for game one.“No JT or Cooper in our halves this year so a great opportunity for some players to step up,” Walters told Fox Sports.“Obviously we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the opening rounds of the premiership and that will really determine who gets the frontrunning I suppose.“Guys like Michael Morgan, ‘DCE’ (Daly Cherry-Evans) from Manly, Ben Hunt, (Anthony) Milford, Cameron Munster is already there, Ash Taylor, Corey Norman.“We’ve got some great talent coming through but it is going to be a big challenge for the players and the staff when Origin does come to get that right because we know how influential those two players have been for Queensland over the last 10 years.”last_img read more

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Hunters lead Bears 14- 10 at halftime

first_imgA mistake from the Bears gave the Hunters their first points in the third minute of play after Adex Wera scooted out of dummy half to put on some fancy footwork and score on the wing.It took some time but the Bears got themselves into the game and started to dominate possession and looked dangerous at times.But the Hunters defended their line to keep the Bears from scoring.The Hunters second try came in similar fashion to the first through Ase Boas who threw a dummy and stepped in carry over two defenders with him to score.Boas converted his own try to put the Hunters in front at 10-0 after the 20 minute mark.The Bears hit back just minutes later in what was a soft try to captain and halfback Jamal Fogarty who kicked for himself and re-gathered the ball to score.But the Hunters still had the momentum and extended the lead out again to a 6 point margin by the 31st minute.It was Boas who had a hand in the try throwing a short ball to Bland Abavu who charged over to score.The Bears put themselves back in the game seconds out from the half time hooter with a try to Pat Vaivai.last_img read more

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Celades: “I have decided the goalkeeper but I can’t say it”

first_imgCelades attended the media at the press conference prior to the semifinal match against Real Madrid.The Final Four format balances things.We are focused on the Madrid game, the rest we cannot control. They are in a very good defensive strength in addition to the talent they have on the offensive side.Who is most affected by casualties? Rodrigo al Valencia or Benzema y Bale in Madrid?We have been with injury situations for a long time and have tried to adapt. Rodrigo is an important casualty. We want to minimize it as much as possible. Goal DebateI have decided the goalkeeper but I can’t say it because I haven’t told them.How will you supply Rodrigo? With Ferrán Torres? Cheryshev in band?We do not want to reveal our intentions. Knowing the quality of Rodrigo, which is differential, but understands that we cannot count more.The Madrid.That greatness of the rival is a big challenge, but that motivates us. You can not book, we do not think about that possible final, we have enough with this semifinal. Focused on that and without thinking about anything else.last_img read more

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Escalante: “That Lazio notice me is incredible”

first_imgIn 2014 he made the move to Europe, playing for Italian Catania in Serie B (Second Division), where he played 26 games. Catania’s financial problems helped him fulfill his dream of playing in Spain. In July 2015, Catania transferred Escalante to Eibar, where he has surrendered from the beginning under the hand of José Luis Mendilibar, with whom he arrived at the same time in the 2015-2016 season. In his 5 seasons, he has played 144 league games – he is the second player from Barcelona who has played the most games in the First Division -, in which he has scored 10 goals and has given 8 assists. He has almost always played as a pivot or midfielder, although he has sometimes done it on the right wing.“From Boca to Catania it was a bit difficult for me to adapt. In Italy they were very tactical compared to Boca. I suffered the change, but I adapted quickly. When I got to Eibar it was much easier. More than anything because of the language, which is something else that in Italy I suffered a lot. At Eibar the people are very good, I adapted quickly and I am very happy. I have been here for five years and the truth is that I had a great time, “he stressed.Happy in Ipurua.Taking stock of his 5 seasons at Eibar and in the top flight, he only has good words. “I think I grew a lot. It is not easy to play in the First Division. When I was not here, I would watch the Spanish games from Argentina. You watch them on TV and you say: ‘I am dying to play there’, ‘and now I am here. almost 150 league games, for me it is a lot and I am very happy with everything I have achieved so far, “he stressed.When asked about the games he remembers the most with Eibar, he remembered two. “One when I played for the first time against Barcelona for Leo Messi (a 0-4 on March 6, 2016 in Ipurua in which Messi scored 2 goals). And the other, when I scored a goal for Real Madrid (3-0 in 2018). The best for me “, he claimed. From the first time that, in 2016, he faced Messi, his idol, he keeps a photograph taken after the match and the shirt of the Barcelona star. “Thanks for the photo and the shirt, a dream to share a court with you. Without words,” Escalante said then.On the last occasion in which Messi was measured, a month ago, on February 22, Escalante wore the captain’s armband with the Eibar team at Barcelona-Eibar (5-0) at the Camp Nou, in which Messi achieved 4 goals. On the Escalante Twitter account, the photo of the two captains (Messi and Escalante) with the refereeing trio is published.Interest of Italian Lazio.Gonzalo Escalante ends his contract with Eibar on June 30 and is close to changing his air. His destination could be Lazio, which is second in the Italian Serie A with 62 points, one of the leader Juventus (63). Last January, he was ‘hunted’ in Rome visiting the sports facilities of Lazio, where he met the coach of the Roman team, Simone Inzaghi. “I am going to end the contract and I am analyzing the alternatives. I know it is an option, but I still have a contract with Eibar,” he said. That one of the important clubs in Italy is interested in him fills him with pride. “It is a beautiful feeling, that all these years are paying off. That a great like Lazio take notice of me is incredible”, he claimed. He is a staunch fan of Boca Juniors, whom he has gone to see play in Madrid after playing a game with Eibar. He would like to return one day to the whole of Buenos Aires, which he arrived with at the age of 10, but later. “Now I would like to continue in Europe. It is time to take the leap, and I consider that it is now,” he concluded. “They have given us a meal and exercise plan that we have to do as far as everyone can do at home. I try to get up as early as I can, eat breakfast and try to be with the Play Station. I train, I watch Netflix, I drink mate (an infusion) with my wife. We both ‘put together’ even puzzles, to pass the time, ha. The truth, we no longer know what to do, “Escalante acknowledged. Like almost all of them, he is bad at running the bulls and uncertainty about when the First Division league will resume. “That is what is complicating us players, we do not know what will happen. We are locked up and we do not know how long. There is nobody here on the street. Everything that is going on is very ugly, “said the Argentine to his country’s newspaper.Eibar sports troubles.He is living his most difficult season at Eibar, with which he has participated in 20 league duels in the 27 days played before the break. The Gipuzkoans, who have 27 points, only add 2 points more than the relegation places after losing to Mallorca (1-2) and Real Sociedad (1-2), both in Ipurua. “Before all this happens, we were complicated. We were not in the relegation zone, but we came from a negative streak and our permanence was getting complicated. But the truth is that now we don’t know what will happen. If there are going to be descents, yes the League is restarted or not, nothing is known, “he said.If the competition resumes, 11 league matches are missing, which would be to the death. “Here every weekend you play against a difficult team. It is not that you say: ‘Sunday I play against such’. All the games are final, and more for us. We are already used to that, and to fight every weekend to score, which is what we want, “he stressed.Boca Juniors and Catania.Escalante (Bella Vista, Buenos Aires, 1993) was formed in the Boca Juniors youth academy, debuting at the age of 20 with the Boca first team on April 13, 2013, in the Argentine first division. After having opportunities to play with the Buenos Aires team in 2013, the same did not happen in 2014. In total, he played in 11 games in the Buenos Aires team.center_img Gonzalo Escalante, Eibar midfielder, is “very happy” with everything he has accomplished for the Gipuzkoan team, according to an interview published by the Argentine newspaper Olé, which he has managed to overcome the “informative quarantine” that the Gipuzkoan club has imposed by the coronavirus. The Barça captain, who is wearing the bracelet this season (2018-2020) when Iván Ramis is injured, is confined to his home in the Basque Country with his wife due to the COVID-19 epidemic that has paralyzed professional football in Spain.“The situation is complicated. Until last week we were training and suddenly they told us to go home until further notice. Then they told us that we couldn’t train as a group. Now, everyone is at home, and the club is giving us a couple of things so that we can train indoors. “ Indian. After suspending group training this week, like the rest of the Barça squad, he tries to stay in shape with the individualized work plan that the Eibar coaching staff has imposed on the players, so that they perform physical exercises on their own.last_img read more

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