Hollas Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

first_imgNACOGDOCHES, Texas – In a release issued Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA), Stephen F. Austin sophomore Ann Hollas was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team member for her efforts both in the classroom and on the court. The only Southland Conference volleyball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District acclaim in 2017, Hollas is the owner of a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology while overseeing one of the nation’s most efficient offenses on the volleyball court. As a First-Team Academic All-District honoree, Hollas advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.Coming into the 2017 campaign as the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Hollas maintained her post as the squad’s primary setter and has since helped the Ladyjacks add another memorable chapter to the program’s storied history. So far in 2017, Hollas has dished out 885 assists – good for a per-set average of 7.76 which is the 10th-highest in the Southland Conference – while directing a Ladyjack attack that operates at a collective .261 hitting percentage. Not only is that hitting percentage the best in the Southland Conference, it’s also the 29th-best among all NCAA Division I volleyball squads.SFA’s top threat from the service line, Hollas has racked up 39 aces from there so far in 2017. That total is good for the fourth-best in the Southland Conference while her 0.34 aces per set average is the sixth-highest in the 13-team league. Also contributing in a big way to the Ladyjacks’ efforts on defense, Hollas leads the team with 12 double-doubles. Her digs per set average of 2.36 make her one of five SFA regulars who are averaging two or more digs per set. Because of that defense, the Ladyjacks have held opponent to a hitting percentage of just .164 throughout 2017 – the second-best figure in the Southland and the 30th-best nationally. With the aid of Hollas’ SFA has rolled up a 26-6 overall record so far in 2017 which included an 11-match winning streak as part of an 11-1 start to the campaign. That run represented the best start to a season in the history of the program and helped propel the squad to a 14-2 record in Southland Conference action. Hollas and the rest of the Ladyjacks are in the midst of preparing for the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. By virtue of claiming the 2017 Southland Conference regular season title – the ninth in the history of the program – SFA earned the top seed for the league’s postseason tournament.The Ladyjacks begin their quest for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth at 11:00 a.m. Friday inside the Dugan WellnessCenter on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when they take on eighth-seeded Abilene Christian in the first of four quarterfinal matches scheduled that day.Photo courtesy of Hardy Meredithlast_img read more

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Kats Improve One Stroke at NCAA Regional

first_img“The goal for us now is to refocus and make the most of our final round,” Kieschnick said. “I want to guys to go out and be loose and see if we can pass some people on the leader board.” The Kats fired a 302 and currently sit in 12th place with one round to play. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships in Arkansas.   The low round of the day for the Kats was a 74 by William Holcomb. After a bogey on No. 10 to start, Holcomb picked up birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 17 and made the turn at even par. He opened his back nine with four straight pars, before a double bogey, bogey, birdie, bogey stretch. He closed with a par on No. 9 and is currently in a tie for 39th.  Levi Valadez was only Bearkat who seemed to have holes 1-9 figured out on Tuesday. He had eight straight pars after making the turn, only dropping a stroke on his last  hole. He finished the day with a 75, improving by five strokes from Monday’s round.  “We were just missing to the wrong side of the holes, and on this course you can’t do that,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “I liked our approach and mindset, the shots just haven’t been there for us.” Courtesy of Sam Houston State AthleticsAUSTIN, Texas – Despite playing one shot better on Tuesday, the Sam Houston men’s golf team dropped one spot in the standings at the Austin Regional of the NCAA Golf Championships.  Noah Steele, who was 3-over for the tournament heading into the day, shot a 77 on Tuesday and is two shots back of Holcomb on the leaderboard. He made the turn at 1-ver, with a birdie on No. 13. Once again the Bearkats got off to a good start, beginning the day on No. 10. They combined for five birdies on the first five holes and after nine, they were 6-over for the day. But once again, they had their struggles on holes 1-9. They managed just three birdies on their final nine holes and were 11-over, including posting six double bogeys and one triple.  Luis Carrera seemed to be on his way to another good day. After leading the Kats on Monday, the freshman had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to make the turn at 2-over par. But he struggled on his final nine holes and finished the day with an 82.  Also with a big improvement on Tuesday was freshman Jack Randle. He was six shots better on Tuesday, shooting a 76. Randle got off to a good start, playing the first four holes at 1-under after a birdie on No. 11. He made the turn at 3-over par and then birdied No. 1. He then closed with four straight pars to close out the day.  The Kats will close out the Regional on Wednesday, teeing off at 8:55 a.m., playing with UMKC and St. Mary’s.last_img read more

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CINEMA STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER:  “Yes, we got away with some soft fractions and that helped.  I learned from riding him last time and then working him in the mornings that when horses come to him on his outside, he’ll re-engage and fight back.  On the gallop out today, horses came to him and he took off.  He should like more distance.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: Asked if he was concerned about the slow fractions: “That’s the way the race was. On paper, there wasn’t a whole of speed and this horse has natural speed. He can carry his speed and he’s a good horse.“The thing about him is he’ll rate. He doesn’t have to have the lead . . . but he came home fast. I didn’t have to tell Drayden anything. He rode the horse last time. I just told him to have him up close.”OWNER QUOTESJOHN ROCKFORT OF CYBERTEC INTERNATIONAL, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “I think he can go further, he’s a good horse. Initially when we got him we asked Billy try to find a horse that can compete in a stakes race, and boy can he compete.”MIKE NENTWIG, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “Billy and Luis Morey bought the horse as a 2 year old in training, I actually got in  with the group a little bit later but the horse has been very straight forward for them and as the distances have gotten greater he seems to be getting better himself.  Ritchie is pushing to go a little further, there is this mile and a quarter race in Belmont for some big money coming up and we may want to take a shot at it.”MIKE GOTEZ, NEPTUNE’S STORM, WINNER: “He’s an athlete and anything can happen. He is in top form now and it was pretty much cruise control in this race.”NOTES: Baltas leads in stakes wins this meet with five. The winning owners are Cybertec International Inc., Gevertz or Gitomer.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019

first_imgMIDNIGHT BISOU STIRS THE MIX FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR GINOBILI TRIES TURF IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASY SADLER HAS THE NUMBERS, 19 ENTERED IN THREE DAYSJohn Sadler, who has run eight horses the first four days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn meet, continues his entry box binge today through this weekend with 19 more entered, seven of them in stakes.“We have Flagstaff and Horse Greedy in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday,” Sadler began. “Flagstaff is a very fast horse with good numbers, stepping up in class but we’ve got a good draw (four of six).“Horse Greedy hasn’t started in three months–there wasn’t another race–so it looks tough for him, but he’s a nice horse, so we’ll give it a go.“Catapult is in the City of Hope. He won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile last May and we ran him once at Del Mar (eighth in the Grade I Eddie Read on Aug. 18), but he was a little close to the pace in that race. We’ll back off on Saturday.“Selcourt goes in the LA Woman, and all four of her wins have come at Santa Anita. She’s been freshened for four months, and we hope this will be a prep for the Breeders’ Cup ($1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2).“Yuvetsi makes her first start on the grass in a while (in the Springtime Stakes), and Lady Suebee (also in the Springtime) is coming off a sharp win in the Tranquility Lake.”Overall, Sadler has six horses entered today, 11 on Saturday, and two on Sunday.The Sprint Championship, race nine of 10 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: $6,000 supplemental nominee One Flew South, Evin Roman, 30-1; Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 8-5; Shancelot, Emisael Jaramillo, 4-5; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; California Street, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; and Horse Greedy, Martin Pedroza, 15-1.The City of Hope, race eight: Ohio, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Synchrony, Joe Talamo, 5-1; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Big Score, Mike Smith, 10-1; Catapult, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; River Boyne, Ruben Fuentes, 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Prince Earl, Geovanni Franco, 7-2; Andesh, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; and Bolo, Tyler Baze, 6-1.Ohio drew the rail for the sixth time in his last 12 races. “My owner told me the odds of that happening are 44,000 to one,” trainer Michael McCarthy said.THREE STAKES FEATURED ON SATURDAY’S NBC SPORTSSaturday’s NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will present expanded coverage to include the Grade III LA Woman Stakes (scheduled post time 2:33 p.m. PT) incorporated into the regularly scheduled America’s Day at the Races Show.America’s Day at the Races (4 to 5 p.m. PT) will cover the Santa Anita Sprint Championship with Laffit Pincay and Gary Stevens in studio and Michelle Yu reporting.STREAKING MIDNIGHT BISOU HAS HORSE OF YEAR CREDENTIALSWith seven straight graded stakes win on her gaudy resume and a clouded picture in the handicap and three-year-old ranks, Midnight Bisou has emerged from the also-eligible list to the starting lineup among those vying for Horse of the Year honors.“She’s very much in the conversation,” said part-owner Jeff Bloom, on hand at Santa Anita where the four-year-old filly trained by Steve Asmussen arrived Monday from Belmont Park to prepare for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 2.“When you look at her body of work and the fact that she started in January of this year and has continued throughout, hopefully undefeated, it speaks for itself,” added Bloom, a San Diego native who rode for nine years, learning his trade at San Luis Rey Downs under the tutelage of former jockey Muzzy Francis.“She’s had a stellar campaign and I think her performances put her right in there for Horse of the Year consideration. It’s a year where there isn’t an absolute clear-cut handicap horse, and the three-year-old division has been topsy-turvy all the way through.“One horse has been consistent and it’s Midnight Bisou. She’s been solid from the get-go. It’s been the ride of a lifetime. Just as a fan, it’s been a remarkable experience to witness her greatness. She’s one of a kind.”BALTAS HOPES GRASS IS GREENER IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASYGinobili tries the turf for the first time in his abbreviated career of three races when he starts in Sunday’s $100,000, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy Stakes for two-year-olds on the grass.After breaking his maiden at nearly 20-1 at Del Mar on Aug. 3, the bay son of Munnings was fourth of eight in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 2.“The horse is very fast and he’s bred a little bit for the turf,” trainer Richard Baltas said. “It’s a Win and You’re In and we thought it’d be an easier spot than stretching him out in the American Pharoah, and it does seem like he’s got a lot of gas.“So it was either this or we send him back east. It might be the right move. We’ll see.”The Speakeasy is race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Greg’s Diva, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Alfie Solomons, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Commander, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; Mr. Tip, Sophie Doyle, 12-1; Bulletproof One, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Ginobili, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Raging Whiskey, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Square Deal, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Absolute Weapon, Martin Garcia, 30-1; Biddy Duke, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and El Tigre Terrible, Ruben Fuentes, 8-1.FINISH LINES: Citing illness, Flavien Prat took of his scheduled three mounts today. The Kentucky Derby-winning jockey has stakes engagements at Keeneland tomorrow . . . Effective immediately, agent Mike Ciani has taken the book of Aaron Gryder . . .Eastern based jockey Sophie Doyle, who will be at Santa Anita Sunday to ride Mr. Tip in the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes, is also set to pilot Larry Jones-conditioned Street Band in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 2 . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. is expected to miss about two weeks after suffering minor injuries in a training mishap at San Luis Rey Downs on Wednesday . . . A special edition of America’s Day at the Races airs Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. PT on FS2 featuring coverage of the City of Hope Mile (race eight) and the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship (race nine). Earlier in the day, on the 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. edition of ADR, the LA Woman (race five) will be shown from Santa Anita with Michelle Yu reporting . . . Private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young and XBTV analyst Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the XBTV studios. SADLER BEGINS BUSY WEEKEND TODAY AT SANTA ANITA LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:All-Star Stronach 5 Ticket for October 4th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 4th, 2019FEATURES:A Day in the Life With Exercise Rider Taylor Cambra at Santa Anita ParkQuick Questions With Trainer Eoin Harty: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Eoin Harty: Part 2 of 2WORK OUTS:Midnight Bisou (Asmussen) 10/03/19Roadster (Baffert) 10/03/19Bolo (City of Hope Mile) (Gaines) 10/02/19Shancelot (SA Sprint) (Navarro) 9/29/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Monday, February 17, 2020

first_img38% Richard Mandella28 7 PRAT’S FOUR SCORES TIGHTENS JOCKEYS’ RACE 7 5 Michael McCarthy29 9 Jorge Velez112 Drayden Van Dyke91 48% 15 $535,347 Win% 26 8 26 Abel Cedillo170 27 Jeff Bonde17 Mario Gutierrez65 7 $928,044 Joel Rosario105 32% J.C. Diaz, Jr.60 19 $551,881 47% 3 1 7 9% Tiago Pereira81 5 Mike Smith39 28% 5 24 1 2 6 14% $541,105 17 9 JockeyMts Brian Koriner31 Andrew Lerner23 10 44% 6 50% 46% Umberto Rispoli88 9 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 16) 19% 11% 9 11 $293,320 3rd 37% Doug O’Neill72 21% 51% Peter Miller54 7 17% Hector O. Palma28 9 $226,621 $543,697 3 $1,500,604 23% 22% 9 7 Money Won 21% 2 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Monday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 17th, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Shane ConlonDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:McKinzie (Outside) and Dessman (Baffert) 2-17-20Instagrand (Chatlos) 2-17-20Mirth (D’Amato) 2-17-20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 2-16-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 2-16-20Just Grazed Me (Outside) and Tiny Tina (D’Amato) 2-16-20Bristol Bayou (Shirreffs) 2-15-20Ax Man (Outside) and Anuket (Baffert) 2-15-20Gidgetta (Baltas) 2-15-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 2-15-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-14-20Roadster (Outside) and Paint Me Lucky (Baffert) 2-13-20Jolie Olimpica (Outside) and Littlefirefighter (Mandella) 2-13-20 33% 4 Geovanni Franco62 20 $535,917 ROADSTER EYES GRADE II SAN CARLOS MARCH 7 18 35% $412,091 Craig Anthony Lewis33 7 2nd 17 11% 18% $299,861 13 9 Flavien Prat110 5 TrainerSts Jeff Mullins34 $208,455 35% 23 39% $1,307,052 4 31% 14% Richard Baltas76 15% 6 12 5 5 59% Assael Espinoza36 5 Philip D’Amato67 8 12% 36% 5center_img $578,807 52% $171,641 UNBEATEN BRAZILIAN RETURNS IN BUENA VISTA 24 $723,952 69% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $1,141,561 7 Mike Puype27 25% 12 7 12 15% Bob Baffert55 6 $141,341 4 19 5 15 26% 6 19 11 5 11% 11 20 5 6 64% 25% 5 11% 10 $486,480 10% $1,269,922 4 $1,574,754 Win% 38% $270,901 $281,342 6 12% 2 6 Ruben Fuentes57 20 13% 45% 46% Steve Knapp32 John Sadler49 8 29% 19% 3rd 3 6 6 22% 4 6 57% 4 $255,242 $366,701 15% 62% 40% 37% 52% 2 1st 2 23% 11% CHARLATAN GETS 105 BEYER, ONE UP ON JUSTIFY 2nd $128,512 3 12 4 Money Won $1,535,164 $863,676 Robert Hess, Jr.28 7 5 43% SON OF SPEIGHTSTOWN DAZZLES IN HIS DEBUT 14 $241,345 8 51% 41% 43% CHARLATAN JOINS BAFFERT’S TRIPLE CROWN BRIGADE     Bob Baffert unleashed another dazzling three-year-old from his seemingly infinite band of blueblood buzz saws when he sent out Charlatan to capture his debut race Sunday, scoring by 5 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke in 1:08.85 for six furlongs, an eye-opening clocking on a track that has been playing seconds slower through the first 26 days of the Winter Meet.“We knew he was a really fast horse,” Baffert said Monday morning of the $700,000 son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Speightstown, who had two bullet works among his 12 recorded drills prior to his debut.“His gate works were very impressive,” Baffert said. “He worked one 12 and two from the gate (on Jan. 22) with an older horse and that tipped them off, but I thought he still might need one. He still looks a little soft, and until they run, you don’t know, but he was pretty impressive.”Asked his read on his three-year-old crop to date, which includes first division Triple Crown sophomores Nadal, Thousand Words and Authentic, the two-time Triple Crown winner opted to play his cards close to the vest, as is his wont.“You know what? Right now, I’m still not talking about it too much,” he said. “I’ve got to figure out where I’m going to run them. Everybody keeps asking me every day, ‘What are you going to do?’ I know what I’m going to do, but only I know.“Things change and I don’t want to jinx them.”JOLIE OLIMPICA STRETCHES OUT IN SALTY BUENA VISTAUndefeated Brazilian invader Jolie Olimpica, impressive winner of her U.S. debut in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 11, heads a salty edition of the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at a mile on turf Saturday.How salty is it? So salty it flirts with Grade I status and is expected to attract a full field from 18 nominations, with Jolie Olimpica leading the pack.Favored in each of her four starts, three in her native Brazil, the four-year-old chestnut filly will be favored again and was no secret as the 6-5 choice when she won the Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf by a length and a quarter despite bobbling at the start.“She’s been working well and we’re hoping we can do as well going a mile,” said Richard Mandella, trainer of Julie OIimpica for Rick Porter who campaigns as Fox Hill Farms.Early probables for the Buena Vista: Carressa, Victor Espinoza; Jolie Olimpica, Mike Smith; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo; La Sardane, Flavien Prat; Meal Ticket, Tiago Periera; Muchly, Umberto Rispoli; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez; and Super Patriot, Ruben Fuentes. All but two of the aforementioned are stakes winners.     FINISH LINES: Lending further significance to Charlatan‘s big debut win yesterday is the fact that he’s been assigned a whopping 105 Beyer Speed figure. By contrast, the Bob Baffert-trained Justify, who debuted on Feb. 18, 2018, earned a 104 Beyer en route to an undefeated campaign that saw him retired following his Triple Crown sweep . . . With four wins Sunday, including a sweep of the first three races, Flavien Prat joined a jockeys’ race that’s thistight. The Frenchman now has 24 victories, two behind co-leaders Abel Cedillo and Joel Rosario with 26 each. Tied with 19 are Drayden Van Dyke and Umberto Rispoli. Richard Baltas is the training leader with 19 wins, two more than Bob Baffert and four more than Peter Miller . . .Baffert has Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster ticketed for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 7. . . Through 26 days, favorites are winning well above the national norm of about 33 percent, at 39.09 (86 out of 22), even higher on dirt, 41.80 (51 of 122) and slightly lower on turf, 35.71 percent (35 of 98). Bridge jumpers are faring well with in-the-money odds-on favorites registering at an 87.50 clip (49 of 56) . . . Restrainedvengence, the best horse in trainer Val Brinkerhoff‘s barn, could make his next start in the $1 million Charles Town Classic on April 18. Restrainedvengence finished fifth behind Midcourt in the San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1…It’s all in the jargon–In describing Adam Scott’s two-shot victory in yesterday’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, the LA Times’ Mike James wrote, “Scott proved he was a mudder 15 years ago; he showed Sunday he could outrun the field on a fast track too.” . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 18 through 20, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Victor Espinoza38 Edwin Maldonado55 $625,068 46% $271,462 3 18% ITM% 21% $873,142 ITM% 4 9 42% Agapito Delgadillo44 9 2 1st 2 9 7 48% $311,541last_img read more

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Poch to throw ‘big party’ when transfer window shuts after ‘worst’ Spurs spell

first_imgSPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino will throw a “big party” on Tuesday to celebrate the European transfer window closing and Christian Eriksen staying at the club.The Tottenham manager confirmed this destabilising window, in which he looked set to lose one of his most valued players, was the “worst period” of his tenure.2 Pochettino will throw a big party when the European transfer window shuts and Eriksen stays at SpursCredit: ReutersBut speaking to talkSPORT, Pochettino said he plans to celebrate on Tuesday when the European window slams shut.Pochettino, opening up after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, said: “Tuesday, we party. Finish the transfer window after tomorrow, I think Tuesday we are going to make a big party and celebrate.”Because I think it was my worst period after five years in Tottenham.”Dane star Eriksen, who has been targeted by Juventus and Real Madrid, bagged the opener in the thrilling draw against Spurs’ North London rivals.And Pochettino said afterwards that it is now “nearly impossible” for the 27-year-old midfielder to leave the club.He said: “His mind is clear that he wanted to play.”It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.”There are still hours, one day and I want to say that it is impossible but it is going to be difficult.’BIG PARTY AND CELEBRATE'”I think nothing is impossible in football. I am optimistic.”The most important thing is [the next] 24 hours and [we] hope that everything will be clear for everyone.”Christian Eriksen had a big performance. The whole team had a very good performance.”I enjoyed it a lot. You want to win, but you hope to play these kind of games every week.”Pochettino – who said the £600million doubt incurred building the new stadium means Spurs can’t splash out on transfers – added that the club will only now finally feel settled after months of uncertainty surrounding.He commented: “The team wasn’t settled and I told you from the day one when we started the pre-season in London and then we moved to Singapore.”That is why I wasn’t happy, why I was a little bit worried about the situation because we knew very well what is going on.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLatest Spurs newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”But now I am optimistic and happy. I think the most important thing is to all be on the same page in the club. I think that is most important.”The players have a clear idea where we want to arrive and how we need to move. That is the most important – a clear mind, like today with Christian.”And different players tomorrow they are going to be only focused 100 per cent on Tottenham, not thinking in different things that makes it so difficult in management.”2 Eriksen celebrates scoring the opener in a pulsating North London derbyCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clashlast_img read more

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Coutinho curls in from outside box to double Germans’ lead

first_imgNot a bad way to mark your first Champions League start… Ryan Sessegnon slams the ball home to level for Tottenham!What a moment for the youngster 🙌 pic.twitter.com/H3gRxP5djs— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 11, 2019 Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 10:26 pmJOSE MOURINHO has spoken.He said: “Negatives, I can’t tell you. It would be unfair. Some of the players played their first minutes for me. “Foyth it was the first time he played for me. It’s all information to collect.“The fact we played so well the last time, 5-0, allowed me to come here and risk what happened. “I’m happy with the decisions I made and I hope the supporters understand what I did. Internally we understand.“This was not a team. It was not a perfect puzzle.“I think from the teams that finished second, I think the teams that finish first they wish they don’t play against us. “I think we are one of the strongest teams from the second group. I know we are a country which goes through a crazy period and leaves marks on players and their conditions. “But by February I will understand my players better and we will be more ready. Today was not about being ready. It was about putting more emphasis on the players who rest than those who are playing. “I tried to hide this from the players but they are clever, they knew my focus was not on this game, but the next one.”Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 10:08 pmHERE’S that magical moment for Ryan Sessegnon. Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:50 pmFULL TIME: BAYERN 3 SPURS 1A largely poor night for Spurs, only fleetingly brightened by debutant Sessegnon.There’s much work to do if they can make an impact on this competition post Christmas.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:49 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 192′ Son looked for all the world as if he’d score when he raced through on goal through the left channel – but Neuer stood up well to save.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:47 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 1Three minutes added on in Munich.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:46 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 1 89′ Good save by Gazzaniga to deny a left footed drive from Coutinho.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:42 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 1 86′ Zirkzee and Goretzka about to come on for Bayern.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:38 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 1 81′ No Troy Parrott tonight… forgotten man Victor Wanyama replaces Eric Dier.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:35 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 1 78′ And Eriksen’s corner is comfortably cleared.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:34 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 177′ It’s a fairly tame effort but Neuer has to tip round the post for a corner.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:33 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 176′ Spurs have a free kick in a promising position…Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:29 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 172′ Eriksen puts Son through on goal, he must score… but Davies gets back to tackle!The South Korean probably should have done better there but that was a great recovery from the young Canadian full-back.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:27 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 170′ Gnabry shoots with his left foot on the edge of the box. The strike was venomous, but straight at Gazzaniga.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:26 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 169′ Since the substitutions, Skipp has gone into the middle of midfield alongside Dier, with Sissoko moving to the right hand side. Son is upfront, where Lucas had been.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:22 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 165′ Skipp replaces Giovani Lo Celso, while Son is on for Lucas Moura.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:22 pmBAYERN 3 SPURS 164′ It’s been coming! After being allowed to shoot for the umpteenth time, Coutinho finally gets his goal. Sissoko doesn’t get close enough as the Brazilian cuts onto his right foot and curls into the far corner from the edge of the box.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:21 pmGOAL BAYERN 3-1 Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:19 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 162′ Perisic gets the better of Walker-Peters before pulling back to Coutinho, whose shots is straight at Gazzaniga.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:18 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 161′ Son is about to come on, as is teenage midfielder Oliver Skipp.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:17 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 160′ Son Heung-min could be about to come on for Spurs…Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:16 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 159′ Coutinho curls the free kick just too high.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:15 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 158′ Foyth fouls Coutinho and Bayern have a free kick in a good shooting position.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:13 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 156′ Not a lot happening in this second half. Bayern continue to dominate and Spurs continue to struggle to get a hold of the ball.A substitute could be a good idea some time soon – to freshen things up.Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:09 pmBAYERN 2 SPURS 152′ Walker-Peters is down hurt and appears to be bleeding from his mouth after being struck by the ball.Load more entries… And he told BT Sport: “To get the goal was a special moment for me.”Etienne Fermie12 Dec 2019, 9:59 pmSO not that it could change much this evening… but here is how the Group B table finishes. BOTH Spurs and Bayern are safely through to the Champions League last-16 before their meeting in Munich.But the fixture has added spice after their meeting earlier in the campaign, when former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry netted four times in a 7-2 thumping.Jose Mourinho is now in charge and will rest a number of Tottenham’s big stars for tonight’s clash.Final score: Bayern 3 Spurs 1Venue: Allianz Arena, MunichTV/Live stream: BT Sport 2/BT Sport app or free with EEBayern XI: Neuer, Pavard, Thiago, Martinez, Coutinho, Perisic, Boateng, Davies, Gnabry, Coman, Kimmich.Spurs XI: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Eriksen, Sessegnon, Lucas.last_img read more

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Prem eyeing restart but Rice and Lloris fear quick return means injuries

first_img3DECLAN RICE and Hugo Lloris have warned football chiefs players will suffer if the season  restarts too soon.The Premier League and EFL are desperate to get going again after the coronavirus lockdown to avoid financial chaos.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates3 England and West Ham ace Declan Rice admits it has been difficult to stay at maximum fitness while in lockdownCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has compared the bodies of footballers to delicate enginesCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd the Government hopes competitions can resume within WEEKS.But West Ham’s England ace Rice said: “If you try to  go straight back into it, you’ll get so many injuries.That’s what clubs are saying.  You need at least three weeks of high-intensity interval training to get yourself back in shape with the football.”Tottenham’s French World Cup-winning keeper Lloris claims footballers are like Formula One cars and need time to get up to full speed.’LIKE AN F1 CAR’Prem and EFL chiefs are targeting behind-closed-doors games starting in early June.But Lloris, 33, insisted: “The sportsman is a machine comparable in some ways to an F1 car  — everything is fine-tuned.“You have to pay  attention when you restart the engine.“When we do restart, athletes will need time to get back into shape for the final sprint.“At the moment we’re just keeping in shape — but we’re very far away from our top physical condition.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealIn an interview with  French newspaper Le Parisien, Lloris added: “If we  finish the season behind closed doors, it won’t be the same sport, but we will manage.“Sport will still have its place. It has this ability to bring people together.“As footballers, we  have greater responsibility. There will be a tomorrow but the psychological impact will be stronger on some people.’CATASTROPHIC’“And I imagine it will be a fairly long transition period before things get back to normal.“There are already more than 200,000 people who have died. There  will be psychological  consequences for people.“It’s catastrophic. We never imagined living through anything like this.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.“We  have to raise  ourselves up together, make more of an effort and show more unity.”Midfielder Rice, 21, admits it is  hard to train at maximum intensity while on lockdown.Though he has appreciated  a break from the pressure of the Hammers’ fight to avoid relegation.Speaking on Sky’s  Soccer AM, he added: “It’s  tough as you are used to seeing your team-mates, going out  and doing  day-to-day things.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“But it’s nice to not feel the pressure of going out and playing for three points every week and have all the stress.“Though mentally, it’s really, really tough  training on your own.“You’re going for a plod around the park, but it’s mentally really tough to get it done.”last_img read more

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Stat Attack: Billy Slater’s glittering career by the numbers

first_imgAs the veteran fullback prepares for the round two clash against the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park, here’s a look at some of the key stats that show why he’s one of the game’s greatest of all time.When it comes to tackle breaks in the NRL era, Slater is the undisputed king with a grand total of 1231 for his career, which puts him 108 clear of the next best, South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis.Slater is also the all-time leader for line breaks with 259 for which puts him well clear of Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Darren Lockyer (203).In running metres he has 39,187 for this career, behind only Cronulla Sharks lock Paul Gallen, and should become the second player to break the 40,000 barrier later this season.He is third for minutes played with 23,533, another stat which proves Melbourne really did have a “Big Three” for many years as he trails long-time Storm teammates Cameron Smith (27,659) and Cooper Cronk (24,346).He not only makes line breaks but helps create them – Slater is fourth with 159, behind Johnathan Thurston (287), followed by Benji Marshall (214) and Cronk (198).And if that’s not enough statistical information for you, Slater has also made 3974 runs, 289 kicks, 351 offloads, only 83 errors and 1080 decoy or support runs in his 299 Telstra Premiership appearances, according to NRL.com Stats.last_img read more

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Fiji’s table tennis rep qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgYee finished third in the Oceania Table Tennis Championship in Bendigo, Australia, to qualify for the Olympics. Yee says his 15-year-old daughter’s achievement is a proud moment for him and the family and it all came down to dedication and commitment to training as well as juggling her schoolwork. “It’s through her hard work that she has qualified for the Olympics. For such a young age, I wasn’t really sure that she would make it or not, but through her training, I believed she would and she did.” Sally Yee is currently training in Melbourne with the rest of the Fiji team and will travel to the Gold Coast for further competitions.(Fijian Table Tennis members (L-R) Phillip Wing, coach Brett Clarke, Alisi Naisau, Grace Yee, Shriti Jeet, Sally Yee. Front row; Young Jun Park. Picture: Fiji Sun)last_img read more

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