2019 Southland Conference Baseball Season Begins Friday

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The 56th season of Southland Conference baseball gets underway this weekend with 41 games slated from Friday to Monday. First pitch is set for Friday at noon CT when No. 40 Sam Houston State faces Manhattan in the first game of the Rycass Classic, hosted by No. 37 Stetson in DeLand, Fla.The reigning regular-season champions, the Bearkats are once again the heavy favorite for the regular-season crown in 2019, earning 22 first-place votes and the top spot in the league preseason poll for the second-consecutive season. The 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament will be held from May 22-25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 1 – 2018 Record: 39-20 (24-6 SLC)After getting knocked out of the Southland Conference tournament and missing out on a berth to the NCAA tournament for just the second time in the last seven seasons, the Bearkats enter 2019 looking to add to their nine regular-season titles and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. The team returns 21 letterwinners, including three Preseason All-Southland Conference picks in outfielders Hunter Hearn and Clayton Harp and pitcher Hayden Wesneski. The team’s nonconference slate is highlighted by a trio of Power Five opponents at the Frisco Classic March 1-3, when the Bearkats will square off with Mississippi State, Nebraska and Texas Tech.First Game: vs. Manhattan, Fri., Feb. 15, NoonSoutheastern Louisiana Lions – Preseason Ranking: 2 – 2018 Record: 37-22 (21-9 SLC)Southeastern is coming off a third-straight second-place finish in the regular season. The Lions are tied for the conference lead for preseason all-conference selections with three, including the return of senior second baseman Cody Grosse and senior pitchers Carlisle Koestler and Corey Gaconi, a two-time all-conference selection. Gaconi went 7-1 as a member of the Lions’ 2018 rotation and issued just 1.8 walks per nine innings.First Game: vs. Louisiana Tech, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.Northwestern State Demons – Preseason Ranking: 3 – 2018 Record: 38-24 (18-12 SLC)The defending tournament champions, the Demons won four-straight games at the Southland Conference tournament to claim the program’s first-ever tournament title and earn a No. 4 seed in the Corvallis Regional, hosted by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State. After shutting out San Diego State in the elimination game, the Demons lost a hard-fought battle with LSU to bring their season to a close. Senior pitcher Jerry Maddox, the 2018 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, is one of Northwestern State’s three preseason all-conference picks and headlines Northwestern State’s crop of returners.First Game: vs. No. 40 Houston, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Ranking: 4 – 2018 Record: 32-25 (17-13 SLC)The Bears are coming off back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time since 2013-14 and are coming off their seventh-straight Southland Conference tournament appearance under head coach Allen Gum. Central Arkansas was represented on the preseason all-league squads by senior first baseman Tyler Smith, a third-team all-conference and all-defensive honoree in 2018. The Bears, who were a dominant force at home in 2018 (22-13), open with a three-game slate against Bradley at Bear Stadium.First Game: vs. Bradley, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.McNeese Cowboys – Preseason Ranking: 5 – 2018 Record: 25-33 (15-15 SLC)The Cowboys enter 2019 ranked at No. 5 in the preseason poll after a sixth-place finish a year ago. McNeese landed two on the preseason all-conference second team in seniors Shane Selman and Aidan Anderson. A year after being one of the league’s most explosive hitters and earning Southland Conference Hitter of the Year honors in 2017, Selman clubbed the third-most home runs in the league (10). He will look to improve his positioning in the McNeese record book, where he currently sits 10th in at-bats, fourth in home runs, and sixth in total bases. In 2018, Anderson led the Cowboys in ERA (3.30), opposing batting average (.220), saves (6), appearances (28) and games finished (21).First Game: at UTSA, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 6 – 2018 Record: 29-30 (18-12 SLC)Jared Moon, the longest-tenured active coach in the league and the active leader in wins (363), has his Huskies ready to follow up a fourth-place finish in 2018. HBU countered an 11-18 non-conference mark with an 18-12 record in league play to earn the No. 4 seed at the conference tournament, where the Huskies knocked out regular-season champion Sam Houston State before falling in the second-to-last game of the tournament to New Orleans. HBU will face a tough stretch as they turn the calendar from February to March with a road contest against Texas A&M, a road series at Dallas Baptist and a home series against Sam Houston State over an eight-game stretch from Feb. 26-March 10.First Game: vs. Northeastern, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 7 – 2018 Record: 29-32 (14-16 SLC)The Privateers are fresh off a Cinderella run at the 2018 Southland Conference tournament, which saw them knock off regular-season champion Sam Houston State in the opening game as the eight seed and beat a pesky Houston Baptist team twice in three games to advance to the championship game, where they fell to Northwestern State. New Orleans begins the 2019 campaign with several preseason accolades after catcher Beau Bratton and outfielder Pearce Howard were named to the Preseason All-Southland Conference teams and pitchers John Barr and Reeves Martin appeared on the initial NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Watch list.First Game: vs. Michigan State, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2018 Record: 19-36 (13-17 SLC)Despite sweeping rival McNeese to close out the season, the Cardinals narrowly missed out on a Southland Conference tournament berth under second-year coach Will Davis, but Lamar is determined to earn a trip to Sugar Land in 2019 as the eighth team in the predicted order of finish. The Cardinals have a lot of new faces as 15 members of the roster will make their Lamar debut this weekend. Among the 21 returners is junior Cole Coker, a first-team preseason all-conference utility man for the Cards and senior pitcher Ryan Erickson, a member of the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Watch List. Also making its debut in 2019 will be the state-of-the-art turf installed at Vincent Beck Stadium over the offseason, which will be broken in with a three-game series against LIU Brooklyn.First Game: vs. LIU Brooklyn, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 9 – 2018 Record: 28-32 (14-16 SLC)The Colonels avoided missing out on the conference tournament a second-straight year as a sweep of Central Arkansas lunged them into a three-way tie for seventh, in which they edged out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After dropping the opener to Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls eliminated the Lions two games later to advance to the team’s first semifinal since 2011 before they dropped a 3-2 contest to eventual champion Northwestern State. Senior shortstop Ethan Valdez, who hit .400 in Sugar Land and earned all-tournament honors, is a First Team Preseason All-Southland selection. Nicholls’ 2019 slate includes a pair of matchups against preseason top-25 clubs: No. 1 LSU and No. 21 Southern Miss.First Game: vs. Southern Illinois, Feb. 15, 1 p.m.Incarnate Word Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 10 – 2018 Record: 29-26 (13-17 SLC)While a season-ending skid that included series losses to the regular-season and tournament champion squads eliminated them from conference tournament consideration, the Cardinals have plenty of talent to work with in 2019 to get over the hump and get to their first-ever Southland Conference tournament. UIW placed a trio of student-athletes on the preseason all-league teams, including a pair of first-team honorees. Junior Kyle Bergeron paced the team in runs (46), RBI (50), slugging percentage (.466), multi-hit games (22) and multi-RBI games (13). Senior Eddy Gonzalez looks to build on a conference-leading 82 hits in 2018 and enters the 2019 campaign with a 15-game hitting streak. Ryan Flores impressed in his first year of collegiate play, hitting .329 with 19 runs, 53 hits and 23 RBI. First Game: at Hofstra, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 11 – 2018 Record: 30-26 (14-16 SLC)A six-game win streak wasn’t enough to get the Islanders to Sugar Land as they lost out on a three-way tiebreaker with Nicholls and New Orleans, but it did snap a four-season streak of losing seasons to give them some momentum going into 2019. In addition to that, last year’s tournament champion Northwestern State began the year as the 11th-ranked team in the preseason poll. A&M-Corpus Christi tied with four other institutions for the most players on the preseason all-conference teams with three, including 2018 Southland Conference batting champ Itchy Burts. The junior outfielder hit .401 on the year and led the team in on-base percentage (.468). Senior Enrique Sanchez Jr. and junior Drake Osborn occupied the preseason all-league second team.  Sanchez recorded 58 hits and 29 RBI in his junior campaign and Osborn tallied 36 RBI at the plate while throwing out eight runners from behind the plate. First Game: vs. UT Arlington, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2018 Record: 17-36 (9-21 SLC)The Lumberjacks return 17 student-athletes from the 2018 campaign, including seven starting position players. SFA landed two on the Preseason All-Southland Conference teams as senior third baseman Jake Georgiades garnered first team laurels and senior shortstop Manny Vasquez was named to the second team. Georgiades, who began the year as the backup third-baseman, settled into the starting role and finished as the team leader in batting average (.333) and on-base percentage (.423). Vasquez posted a slugging percentage of .424 with 14 extra base hits and five home runs in 2018 as the go-to shortstop. SFA’s schedule includes matchups with Lone Star State powers Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor and Dallas Baptist.First Game: vs. Arkansas State, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2018 Record: 21-33 (5-25 SLC)The Wildcats look to turn a new leaf under first-year head coach Rick McCarty, who joins the program after three seasons as the Dallas Baptist pitching coach. His roster features a duo of preseason all-conference selections in seniors Dalon Farkas and Derek Scott. Farkas finished second only to Southland Conference Player of the Year David Fry and 10th in the nation with 22 doubles to go with a .296 batting average and a .502 slugging percentage. Scott, a two-way asset for ACU, knocked 16 doubles and three home runs, swiped 15 bags and struck out 15 batters in 28.1 innings pitched. The Wildcats; schedule is highlighted by a home-and-home with TCU, along with matchups with Texas A&M and Baylor.First Game: vs. Bryant, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESBRICE BLANC, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “After her last race, I told Brian I think she wants to run further.  She stays very steady and even though she doesn’t have big turn of foot, she keeps trying.  This race came up at a mile and one half and it was perfect. I’m very happy to be right and I’m glad to have this opportunity with Brian and Samantha.”TRAINER QUOTESBRIAN KORINER, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “She’s always loped out strong.  She doesn’t have that turn of foot, but she’s acted like she wants to go and go. We thought if Brice could get the jump on them today, we wouldn’t have horses finishing like they do at the shorter distances.  She ran a really big race today and I told ‘Sam’ that even though we’ve had offers on her as a broodmare, let’s try her in a few more times and it worked out.”SAMANTHA SIEGEL, OWNER, MS PEINTOUR, WINNER: “The big excuse is that she hates that turf down at Del Mar, she just won’t pick up her feet on it at all no matter how good she trains. She likes the track at Los Alamitos, so Brian trains her there, keeps her quiet and ships her over when she runs. Brice said she might really like a mile and a half so she can get to relax. The plan came together and it actually worked!“At about the half mile pole I was like okay it’s time to go, she moved up on the turn like she did last time (Dec. 28) but she had a little more in the tank today and once she got moving it was home free.”NOTES: The winning owner is Jay Em Ess Stable.last_img read more

An Eddie Surprise Responds To Rosario’s Deft Touch & Rallies To Win $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes By A Half Length

first_imgAn Eddie Surprise Responds To Rosario’s Deft Touch & Rallies To Win $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes By A Half Length; Reddam Homebred Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.40LEADING MAN ROSARIO POSTS FOURTH WIN ON DAYARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2020)–Next to last in a field of five heading into the far turn, Reddam Racing’s homebred An Eddie Surprise relished a change in tactics as she rallied from off the pace to take Monday’s $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes by a half length, providing Joel Rosario with his fourth win on the day. Trained by Doug O’Neill, An Eddie Surprise got 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.40.Ridden for the first time today by Rosario, An Eddie Surprise, a 5-year-old California-bred mare by Square Eddie, was into the bridle about four lengths off the lead at the rail approaching the quarter pole and swung three-wide a furlong out to win under confident handling.“We were very confident, she got out of there not very quick in the beginning,” said Rosario. “I just let her be where she was and she started getting better going into the turn…I just try to figure out what makes my horse happy and to help them run their best.  Yes, I think when they feel comfortable, they perform.”Most recently second in a second condition allowance over the course on Feb. 2, An Eddie Surprise was third choice at 7-2 and paid $9.40, $4.60 and $2.60.“We love her consistency,” said O’Neill. “Prior to the race, it looked like such an evenly matched race so you could win or run fifth and run your race.  We just got a dream trip by Joel and it worked out perfect…We are just so blessed to call this home and there’s just nothing better than winning here at The Great Race Place.”In getting her first-ever stakes win, An Eddie Surprise, who is out of the High Demand mare Dani Reese, improved her overall mark to 26-5-9-4.  The winner’s share of $57,000, which included $12,600 in Cal-bred incentive money, increased her earnings to $341,952.Miss Hot Legs, who sat second throughout, was off at 4-1 with Abel Cedillo returning $5.60 and $2.60 while finishing one length in front of pacesetter Kentan Road.Kentan Road, favored at 8-5 with Jorge Velez, showed the way to the top of the lane and held third by a neck over Apache Princess while returning $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.71, 45.07 and 56.56.Rosario’s “four bagger” gives him 30 for the meet, four better than Abel Cedillo, through 27 racing days.#1 AN EDDIE SURPRISE (Joel Rosario)$75,000 Wishing Well StakesOwner: Reddam Racing LLCTrainer: Doug O’NeillMonday, February 17, 2020Santa Anita ParkArcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

COVID-19 Health & Safety Update

first_imgUPDATE – MAY 15Santa Anita Returns to Action >Watch the Live Stream online, here > UPDATE – MAY 13 – SAP APPROVED TO CONTINUE RACINGSanta Anita Park Approved to Continue Racing >Racing InformationPlay on 1/ST BETUPDATE – MAY 12 – FRIDAY, MAY 15 OVERNIGHTSanta Anita is continuing discussions with the LA County Health Department to resume racing at Santa Anita. In the meantime, Santa Anita has posted the Overnight for Friday, May 15th.Overnight for Friday, May 15 (PDF)Racing InformationUPDATE – APRIL 30Santa Anita is continuing discussions with the LA County Health Department to resume racing at Santa Anita. In the meantime, Santa Anita has released Condition Book #6 pending approval to resume racing.Condition Book #6 (Tentative)Updated Stakes Schedule (Tentative)Echo Eddie StakesNominations (PDF) | Past Performances (PDF)Evening Jewel StakesNominations (PDF) | Past Performances (PDF)Desert Stormer Stakes (Gr. 3)Nominations (PDF) | Past Performances (PDF)UPDATE – APRIL 23Santa Anita is continuing discussions with the LA County Health Department and LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office as they undertake a thorough and thoughtful review of the proposal submitted to resume live racing as soon as possible at Santa Anita. The comprehensive written proposal was submitted last Thursday (April 16), following a meeting with Supervisor Barger earlier that day.While Santa Anita is first and foremost in our minds, we are one of literally hundreds of businesses asking for attention during this Pandemic. The process, as thorough as it is, is time-consuming. However, we anticipate receiving an answer shortly.To manage expectations, should we be able to resume live racing under the new protocols submitted, we anticipate there will be a delay of 7-10 days between acceptance of the plan and implementation of the protocols to return to live racing.UPDATE – APRIL 1Horse Care and Human Connection – Why We are All in this Together During COVID-19 >By Belinda StronachChairman & President of The Stronach GroupUPDATE ON RACING AT SANTA ANITA – UPDATED MARCH 31Santa Anita to Remain Closed for Live Racing through Weekend per Order of Los Angeles County Public Health Department >UPDATE ON RACING AT SANTA ANITA – UPDATED MARCH 27In accordance with instructions received from Los Angeles County Health Department, Santa Anita Park will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. >UPDATE MARCH 19SANTA ANITA PARK AND GOLDEN GATE FIELDS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS >Santa Anita Park And Golden Gate Fields To Close Stable Entry Gates To Out-Of-State Personnel >UPDATE MARCH 12Santa Anita Park  And Golden Gate Fields To Temporarily Close To The Public In Response To COVID-19; Races To Continue With Licensed Personnel >_______________________________________________________Support the California Thoroughbred Horsemen Foundation (CTHF)At Santa Anita Park, the “Noble Threewitt Health Center” offers on-site health care services managed by the CTHF.  Those services include primary medical care, dental, optometry care, and food & clothing services for the backside employees and their families.To learn more or donate, visit CTHFcares.org >_______________________________________________________Cash a Mutuel Ticket by MailSanta Anita ParkAttn: Pari-Mutuel Dept.PO Box 60014Arcadia CA 91066-6014To cash winning tickets by mail (making a copy & sending by registered mail suggested), enclose winning ticket(s), along with your name, address, and phone number. You have until May 15 of the following year to cash any winning tickets. Please note, although we will process as soon as we can, due to a high volume of requests there could be some delays. At 1/ST & Santa Anita Park, the health and safety of you, our guest, is our top priority.UPDATE – MAY 21last_img read more

How Spurs could line-up vs Red Star with one of Sessegnon or Lo Celso to play

first_imgWith just 12 points taken from 27 in the league, they are in freefall – with some fans calling for the gaffer to go now.And that has prompted Poch, 47, to concede that his players are their own worst enemies.He said ahead of the Red Star clash: “It is going to be tough but at the moment our worst opponent is ourselves.”We need to compete with Red Star as well as ourselves.”There is no pressure on the team. They need to feel they have the freedom to play and I have said that the most important thing is that the players feel the freedom and perform.”Because against Watford we made a mistake and we were punished and we conceded as we did against Brighton.2 How Tottenham could line up with Sessegnon given a starting roleCredit: The SunLatest 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”The most important thing is that people say expectation has changed after the final of the Champions League for this club. And for this group of players. That is why it looks worse, this situation.”But the most important thing is to build our confidence again.”Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’ MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed one of Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon will play against Red Star Belgrade.The Spurs boss was asked about the fitness of his players ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League clash and said one will and one will not feature.2 This is how Spurs could line up if Pochettino decides to play Lo CelsoCredit: The SunTottenham tweeted that Christian Eriksen could be back in the fold after returning to training following a dead leg.Sessegnon – who is yet to play a single minute for Tottenham this season – and Lo Celso were also involved.However, it was just four days ago that Poch said both were “far away from the level they need to be involved” – so their level of involvement is in question should they get the nod.Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, has “commenced the early stages of rehabilitation” following his elbow dislocation earlier this month.Pochettino guided Spurs to the Champions League final but saw his side thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their first home game of this year’s competition.TEAM NEWS:🔹 @ChrisEriksen8 (dead leg) – returned to training with the squad.🔹 Hugo Lloris (elbow) – continues to be monitored and assessed, commenced early stages of rehabilitation.#UCL ⚪️ #THFC pic.twitter.com/ZvlDiExVp9— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019last_img read more

One change to All Blacks fifteen

first_imgCodie Taylor starts at hooker for the injured Dane Coles, with Nathan Harris going onto the bench.Loosie Liam Squire comes onto the bench replacing Scott Barrett.All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This Test against Scotland will be an opportunity for this group of players to take on the challenge of raising the bar on the performance which was set down by their teammates on Tuesday (against the French Selection).”Scotland will be a formidable opponent who, from all indications, will be looking to play skilful rugby and an up-tempo game. Therefore, we’ll need to meet this challenge head on and be prepared to empty the tank and exert our own pressure upon them through both our physicality, our own tempo in the game and executing our skills at the highest level.Hansen said: “We look forward to playing at Murrayfield. It’s one of the iconic grounds in world rugby and there’s a lot of history between the two countries. Scotland, as always, has been a great country to tour and visit, and the people are always welcoming and hospitable.”The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps):1. Kane Hames (7)2. Codie Taylor (26)3. Nepo Laulala (11)4. Luke Romano (30)5. Samuel Whitelock (94)6. Vaea Fifita (4)7. Sam Cane (51)8. Kieran Read – captain (108)9. Aaron Smith (69)10. Beauden Barrett (60)11. Rieko Ioane (11)12. Sonny Bill Williams (44)13. Ryan Crotty (33)14. Waisake Naholo (16)15. Damian McKenzie (10)16. Nathan Harris (9)17. Wyatt Crockett (69)18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (12)19. Liam Squire (13)20. Matt Todd (11)21. TJ Perenara (40)22. Lima Sopoaga (14)23. Anton Lienert-Brown (20)The All Blacks have played Scotland 30 times since 1905, with 28 wins to the All Blacks and two draws. The last match between the two sides was at Murrayfield on the 2014 Northern Tour, which the All Blacks won 24-16.last_img read more

Tour de France: Tributes paid to Nice victims

first_imgOrganisers had debated whether the stage should be cancelled and officials observed a minute’s silence before the first rider went down the ramp. There was another minute of silence at the podium ceremony after the stage.Dutchman Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) clocked 50 minutes 15 seconds, beating Froome by 1:03.The Briton, however, extended his overall race lead to 1:47 over Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who moved up to second but lost 51 seconds to the Team Sky rider.Froome’s compatriot Adam Yates (Orica-Bike Exchange) dropped from second to third, 2:45 off the pace after battling strong head and crosswinds.Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost 2:04 on the day to Froome, to slip from third to fourth overall, 2:59 off the pace ahead of a gruelling final week in the Alps.Australian Richie Porte finished 21st on Friday and now sits eighth overall, 4:27 off the pace.The BMC Racing rider was involved in a pile-up with Froome on Thursday’s 12th stage after hitting a TV motorbike that was forced to stop by spectators crowding in on the course.Porte said Friday’s stage was a hard time trial and windy.”Yesterday with the motorbike doesn’t really help much either … I’m a little bit sore from yesterday. It’s quite disappointing to be honest. But I’m sure the race is not over yet.” The 13th stage began with the tour’s publicity caravan – usually playing loud music to energise the thousands lining the route – silenced for the day following the attack in Nice.A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating France’s national day in the southern city late on Thursday, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.”I woke up this morning and learnt something terrible had happened. It’s an extremely sad day. So it was a stage with two sides,” said Dumoulin following his second stage win of the Tour after he prevailed in a mountain-top finish at Arcalis, Andorra last Sunday.”There was a question this morning whether we could start. And I think it was right to go on racing. It’s horrific what happened but we cannot let terrorists decide on how we should be living.”Two hours before my start it was decided to race and I decided to do everything I could to race well because that’s the only thing I can do. I did a very good TT (time trial). I did a good time. I cannot say anything about the others. It was a very good TT for me personally.”Froome lacked the juice to beat time trial specialist Dumoulin but showed no ill effects of Thursday’s 12th stage crash when he retained the yellow jersey thanks to a jury decision that cancelled the time he and Porte had lost in the incident.AAPlast_img read more

Hunters squad to be named tomorrow

first_imgThe 33-man squad assembled in Port Moresby to resume pre-season training on Monday this week, after returning from their Christmas and New Year break.Coach Michal Marum will announce the 28-man squad at the National Football Stadium at 4.30pm after training.The Hunters will play their first game of the season against the Central Queensland Capras on Saturday, March 4, at 6pm at Browne Park, Australia.Their first home game will be in the following week at the National Football Stadium, against the Easts Tigers, at 3pm on Sunday, March 12.last_img read more

Confirmation Day – AS.com

first_imgEven though this filming, to the new Barcelona from Quique Setién you have no other option than win up tonight (Camp Nou 9:00 p.m.. Movistar LaLiga) if you don’t want to see each other off hook of the Real Madrid leader, who last week agreed to the leadership after the trip of the Catalans in Mestalla and yesterday, in the absence of Barça playing today, they won Atlético de Madrid and extended their advantage in the table to six points about the blaugrana (follow the game live on As.com)Therefore, it arrives confirmation day at Camp Nou, which on Thursday saw how his team recovered vital signs before the Leganés in the cup and back to thrashing after recovering the drawing and the peace in a tremendous week that was agitated by the closing of the market and the last league defeat in Valencia. Barcelona arrives notified to this match, because, precisely, it was the I raised the team that apparently turned on the alarms in the box regarding the continuity of Valverde in front of the Catalan ensemble. According to sources from sources close to the directive, it was in Orriols when the meeting began to consider the relief of the previous technician and first contacted Setién. Exactly three months ago (November 2, 2019) on Barça was falling in the Ciutat de València 3-1 in a second part of the infamous Barcelona crash.Messi had advanced to those of Valverde from 37th minute penalty and in seven minutes of the second part (from 61 to 68) the team of Paco López turned it around to the scoreboard to end up winning 3-1. That day, also He injured Suarez. And if we have to believe in the echoes of the box, that day the Valverde ruling because Orriols was Anfield.Now, six points behind the leader and forced to win, Barça returns to face to the equipment that you discovered all shame in November. He will do it without margin of error and assuming that a victory involves a moral burden on what lies ahead. Confirmation Daylast_img read more

Soldier and the VAR liquidate the champion: Granada, semis

first_imgGoals1-0, 2 ‘: Soldier, 1-1, 39 ‘: Rodrigo, 2-1, 93 ‘: Soldier Practically in the first half there was no minute without someone stepping on one of the areas, and whenever any of the two opponents arrived, there was a shot on goal. There was the greatness of the party, in which Granada bit how it should be done when your people jelly at you like the Nasrid fans did. But it is that Valencia neither wrinkled nor his football deserved to be punished.The passage through the locker room slowed the correcalles but not the intensity. The game became more tactical and there Valencia became better mimicked. Arrivals were less frequent, but first they were always in the Granada area. But Aaron grew big before Ferran and then Diego Martínez perfectly moved his chips. Machis’s exit oxygenated his defense of black and white control. Jaume started again to see them come and have to intervene. And when it seemed that Granada would dispute its fourth extension, the penalty came from Jaume Costa, the goal of the now-called legend called Soldier and what Granada will play is its fourth semifinal. In Los Cármenes, very close to the Alhambra, a monumental party was lived. Of passion, without respite and with history, the one that Granada wrote, which will be for the fourth time in the semifinals 51 years after its last time. It was also a modern football game, the one of the VAR, that annulled a goal to Rodrigo by half foot of the Hispanic-Brazilian and warned González González of some hands in the area of ​​Jaume Costa when nobody had noticed. It was Roberto Soldado who executed him, signing a legend double and liquidating the current champion, who defended his throne with nails and teeth.Granada and Valencia offered an ode to the Copa del Rey, a football show worthy of collector. Rubiales has to record it in a pen and with that video, plus the deeds of Cultural and Mirandés, he can show off the world of his change of format. The Life and Death Cup is not a place for cowards and neither Nasrids nor black and white were. Diego Martínez and Albert Celades went out with everything, because they knew it was semifinal or home, and none of their players kept a drop of sweat.Only before the break 22 auction shots and 15 occasions to which clearer, with two shots to the stick of Foulquier and Yangel and the goal annulled Rodrigo. Soldier hit first and fast, two minutes later. Who thought that at 34 he arrived in Granada to ski in Sierra Nevada is that he does not know him. But Rodrigo Moreno hit later, in 39 ’, confirming that the noise that was generated by the interest of Barcelona, ​​by one ear entered him and by another he came out. But it is that beyond the goals, everything happened and almost always in the areas. The pace was so frantic that even those who saw it from home would do it in tension. ChangesVictor Diaz (45 ‘, Vadillo), Gonçalo Guedes (67 ‘, Ferrán Torres), Machís (68 ‘, Carlos Fernández), Brice (85 ‘, Gonalons), Florenzi (86 ‘, Rodrigo), Ruben Nephew (94 ‘, Mouctar Diakhaby) CardsGonalons (42 ‘, Yellow) Soldier (52 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more