CAPTAIN SCOTTY HOLDS OFF FAVORED FLAGSTAFF LATE TO REGISTER NECK WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES

first_imgCAPTAIN SCOTTY HOLDS OFF FAVORED FLAGSTAFF LATE TO REGISTER NECK WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES; CEDILLO & MILLER TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG SCORE IN 1:09.46 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2020)–In a race reduced to four horses as the result of a pair of program scratches, trainer Peter Miller’s Captain Scotty went to the front and never looked back as he registered a neck victory over heavily favored Flagstaff in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes. Ridden to victory by Abel Cedillo, who recorded his third win on the day, Captain Scotty got six furlongs in 1:09.46.With Ax Man scratched and scheduled to run in Sunday’s Clockers’ Corner Stakes on turf, Captain Scott broke running from the inside and carved out splits of 22.39, 45.22 and 56.87 as Flagstaff tracked him in second position. A quarter mile out, Victor Espinoza was asking Flagstaff to get on terms with Captain Scotty, but Cedillo had plenty left in the tank and was not headed until they hit the wire.“Pete told me to try to go to the lead, when I saw the race was a two horse, two-speed type of race, I tried to slow it down,” said Cedillo, who had never ridden the 6-year-old Quality Road gelding.  “He was trying to run off, but I got him to relax pretty good and he finished pretty good.”Most recently fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by stablemate Texas Wedge in the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 1, Captain Scotty was off at 7-2 and paid $9.80 and $3.00 with no show wagering.“We brought him back from Kentucky (after running third in a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28) and sent him to San Luis Rey Downs,” said Ruben Alvarado, assistant to Miller. “He came back in good shape and we decided to run him on the grass and the horse that won that day, (stablemate) Texas Wedge, came back to win today at Gulfstream, so he got beat by a good horse. He handled the grass okay, but not like the dirt, so we tried the main track today and we got lucky.”Owned by Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable, Captain Scotty, who is out of the Aggressive Chief mare She Is Raging, registered his first graded stakes win today and improved his overall mark to 13-4-4-2.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $321,095.Flagstaff broke alertly but was out-footed early and was a length off the winner at the quarter pole. With Espinoza doing his best, Flagstaff hit his best stride late and just missed in a big effort.  Off at 4-5, he finished six lengths clear of Speed Pass and paid $2.20 to show.Cedillo rung up his fourth winner on the day in the ninth and final race and moved into a tie atop the rider standings with Joel Rosario, who was away to ride today at Gulfstream, with 16 wins each through 15 racing days.First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Guardiola risks Premier League fine after Spurs defeat by leaving media hanging

first_imgPEP GUARDIOLA may face a Premier League fine after leaving the media hanging for 45 minutes following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News claims that the Spaniard’s lateness meant that home manager Jose Mourinho had already finished his post-match press conference by the time he emerged.1 Pep Guardiola kept his Manchester City players in the away dressing room after defeat at SpursCredit: EPAA debut goal from Steven Bergwijn followed by a strike from Son Heung-min condemned Guardiola’s side to their sixth league defeat of the season.Pep’s frustration was compounded by City’s domination in the game, which saw them miss a penalty in the first half before the tide turned in the second following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s red card.The former Barcelona boss responded by locking his players in the away changing room for three-quarters of an hour after the final whistle before emerging to face the press.But when Guardiola eventually emerged to face the Sky Sports cameras, he insisted the delay was not because he was criticising his stars.He said: “Never. With this performance? How should I be critical after this performance?”I was talking to my staff and my wife. After this performance it would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”He later told reporters in a press conference when asked what he said: “How proud I am of them, but it’s not enough. I like to see my players playing that way.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Brighton vs Watford, Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth and Man City vs West Ham scores this coming weekend and win £100Most 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 Celtic“Never when we lose do I stay away from my players because I know them.”We lost the game so we talked about how to move forward and keep going. There’s a lot of months to play and try to do it.“If I would find the solution I would try to work on that. It would be a mistake not to let them feel incredible and fantastic after that game, football is sometimes like this.”Pep Guardiola doesn’t appear from dressing room for 45 minutes but claims Manchester City ‘played well’ in defeat at Tottenhamlast_img read more

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Foley finds radar after Dunedin “hiccup”

first_imgFoley has slotted 15 from 15 in the two Tests since the second Bledisloe, a performance skills coach Mick Byrne simply categorised as an off night.”I think it’s faith, especially when you have a hiccup,” Byrne said.”It’s like in any sport – golfers are a classic one.”We look at (Marc) Leishman, he’s just won the (BMW) tournament but you go back to a tournament he had before, he wasn’t hitting the ball really well there.”You just have those moments at the top end of games.”You can’t get concerned about what happened or why it was this or why it was that, because you get caught up in stuff that’s not really there.”You trust your rhythm, go back and work on what you need to work on.”Byrne doesn’t harbour any concerns for Reece Hodge’s accuracy, either, putting his two from eight at Test level down to the sheer difficulty of the shots he faces when handed the tee.”When you look at the field, without getting too technical, there’s certain parts of the field where kickers kick it at 100 per cent, and then as you move out – it’s usually at that 25m mark, a semi-circle around the goal – most kickers are at 100 per cent,” Byrne said.”When you push out to 30m they drop out to about 85.”When you get out to 40m, some of them are dropping down to 60, 65.”When you drop out to 50 they’re about 50, 40, 30 sort of thing.”If you look at Hodgey’s eight kicks and multiply by the distance of his kick, he’d probably be twice as far as any other kicker.”So, what’s the merit in taking those low percentage kicks?”The beauty of that is, if you’ve got a guy who can kick the ball from 55m, and you’re going to go in and try and slow the ball down and you know the guy’s going to kick penalties from there, you might have a second thought about giving away a penalty from 55m out.”It might just be enough to say to a team, if you want to start giving away penalties here… extend the safe zone.”The Wallabies will need both Foley and Hodge to have their radar’s working when they tackle the Springboks in Bloemfontein, as accurate goal kicking is one of three non-negotiables against the Boks on their home turf.The other two, winning the physicality up front and at least breaking even at set piece time, were two areas where the Wallabies battled, at times, when these two teams slugged out a 23-all draw a fortnight ago.”It is a non-negotiable to beat anyone, really.” Byrne said of the physicality challenge.”But South Africa bring a physicality.”They pride themselves on that. They’re a nation of it. We’ve got to match them in that area.”On the lineout front, Byrne said a few little things going wrong sparked a chain reaction in a poor second half in Perth.”There was a couple of things identified, mainly around the get in and get the job done,” Byrne said.”There was probably a little bit too much thinking about it.”The skill sets inside that lineout that night, a little bit better jumping, I think there was a crooked throw or overthrow as well.”Just the little skill sets are really important.”It comes back to trusting your habits and backing yourself under pressure.”last_img read more

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Cook Islands urges PGA’s to maintain Mini Games

first_imgCISNOC Secretary General Robert Graham told members of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) that his country would not be able to host Pacific Games because it has no capacity to host the games.“We won’t be able to host a Pacific Games – never. We cannot it’s too big for us,” he said.“About 12 of us members that will only probably host Pacific Mini Games,” he said.Graham said if the PGC changes the Mini to Youth Games it won’t get the support from the government.“If we were to make it a Youth Games I don’t think I will get 100 percent support from my government. If we say Pacific Games, they look at Pacific – doesn’t matter if it’s a mini Games. If we say Pacific our government will say yes we gonna help you.“2009 was proof, today we have legacy, and we have a gymnasium that in some of Australia, NZ cities suburbs can’t beat. You observe our islands facilities its ‘wow’, that’s a legacy why because we host the mini games and get support from our Cook Islands people and  from our government because its Pacific Mini Games not Youth Games.“We travel overseas for Oceania championships to participate in Youth Games, under, 18, under 20,” he stressed.Graham emphasized the need for Pacific Mini Games to be retained.  “For me I just hope that my brothers and sisters support that we maintain that Pacific Mini games because it gives us smaller countries a chance to host you guys- brothers and sisters to us. Probably maybe not so long distant future we gonna put another bid again.“Please let’s take a really long look at these because it’s disadvantaging us the smaller PGAs,” he said.PGC President Vidhya Lakhan assured members the concerns raised by the Cook Islands will be taken into consideration by the chairman of the Sports Committee.last_img read more

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Selections for Kickboxing World Titles underway

first_imgThis follows the recent 15th National Kickboxing Championships held in Chimbu Province which saw 350 from nine provinces participate.Out of the 350 fighters, only 60 were selected and these will be announced later this week.PNG Kickboxing Federation president Stanley Nandex confirmed that selection is still going on as those centres that did not participate in the national titles have expressed some concern.He says fighters in these centres want to be included in the selections so selectors are taking this into consideration.There are also plans for training and lead-up fights in preparation for the world titles and other 2016 international invitations in the World Kickboxing Association event calendar.last_img read more

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Olympic Torch relay gets Pelé’s approval

first_imgReaching the town of Santos on 22 July, the torch was passed to the “king of football” himself at the Pelé Museum.The three-time world champion appeared on the balcony, displaying his Medal of the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee.”I want to thank you because not everyone has this opportunity,” Pelé said. “Let’s go Brazil!”Before reaching Santos, the relay passed through the town of Itu, where Rogério de Brito, former Olympic boxer who started out collecting paper from the streets, was among the torchbearers.“I started with athletics but it was through boxing that I travelled the world and saw myself among the best,” he said.“I never imagined I could reach the Games but I ended up competing in two.”Diving coach Fernando Ribeiro, who competed at Melbourne 1956, also carried the torch through the town while Magic Paula, one of Brazilian basketball’s legends, took the flame through Jundiaí.“I thought I had lived through everything but I was thrilled again,” Paula said.“I started crying when I got off the bus. I started playing basketball in earnest here in Jundiaí and it was here that I was called up for the national team. It means a lot to carry the flame here.”On Friday, 22 July, the relay took to the skies above São Vicente on the town’s famous cable car before silver medalist judoka Leandro Guilheiro received a standing ovation as he carried the torch through Vila Belmiro.Meanwhile, shooter Felipe Wu took a day off from preparations for Rio 2016 to carry the torch in Guarujá.“The key is repetition. I believe in my chances of getting a medal for Brazil,” he said.Passing through Guarulhos, São Caetano do Sul and Santo André en route to São Bernardo do Campo on 23 July, the torch was carried by some of the biggest names in Brazil’s Olympic team.Arthur Zanetti, Olympic and world champion on the rings, was the first Latin American to win an Olympic gold in any of the artistic gymnastic disciplines.And Diego Hipolito, who was the only Brazilian artistic gymnast at Beijing 2008, carried the torch in São Bernardo do Campo.Along the route, there were sports activities and cultural performances for the public before the flame arrived in São Paulo city, the last state capital before Rio de Janeiro.Crowds gathered to welcome the flame at the Ipiranga museum, before passing the monument to Brazilian independence.Known as the Neymar of archery and silver medalist at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Marcus Vinícius d’Almeida, 18, was one of the athletes to carry the torch through the city and he had only one thing on his mind.“Our group has one target: do the best. And our best has a great chance of winning a medal,” he said.“Now, with 12 days to go, the emotion is going. Archery has to be prepared to do the best and get a good result for Brazil.”The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay has three Presenting Partners: Worldwide TOP Partner Coca-Cola, which continues its longstanding support for Olympic torch relays, and local Partners Bradesco and Nissan. For further information, please visit the Rio 2016 website.last_img read more

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Former President Miguel Archanco involves Thebes in a plot to descend to Osasuna

first_imgThe one who was president of Osasuna between 2012 and 2014 Miguel Archanco, has affirmed that the club “has not rigged matches, nor has it paid amounts to players from other clubs” for that purpose and that “the only time” they paid was because a third party, Betis, won against Valladolid in 2014, since it favored interest for that the Navarrese team could remain in First Division. Away from the Vizcay demonstrations, alluding to love affairs by the Navarrese entity under Archando’s mandate, This one totally changed the version and referred to an alleged plot between Valladolid and Granada to induce the decline of the Pamplonians:“We descended Betis, Valladolid and us, and Granada was saved because it won zero to one and Valladolid scored a goal in its own goal at the end of the first half”, The former Osasunista president opened.-What went wrong those last two days that hurt Osasuna?The question at the trial by the prosecutor had a quick response from the ex-president: “The agreements between Granada and Valladolid”– Were there agreements?And Archanco threw the bomb: “Look at the emails that cross Carlos Suárez (former president of Real Valladolid), Mr. Tebas and the president of Granada (Quique Pina) …”. In addition, the former ‘rojillo’ said that certain outflows of money he knows from that stage were due to the payment of Osasuna players’ premiums, and the payment of signings for example, Sporting de Gijón or the University of Chile.Archanco pronounced himself this Tuesday at the second session of the trial in the Osasuna case, after this Tuesday former manager Angel Vizcay acknowledged that there were several outflows of money to pay for match fixing or bonuses to third teams to try to achieve the salvation of Osasuna in the First Division.The prosecutor asked Archanco about the money outflows that occurred in May 2013, which occurred, according to Vizcay, for the match-fixing, about what the former president has indicated that his signature does not appear and that sometimes “decisions were taken behind him.”Yes, he affirmed that before the possibility of losing the category, in 2014 the option of paying a bonus to Betis players to win against Valladolid was explored, considering that paying to win was not “predetermining the result”. Archanco has acknowledged that a payment of 400,000 euros was authorized for that game and has assured that it was Vizcay who made the “voluntary” efforts. “I didn’t order anything,” he said.last_img read more

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Leonardo: “I do not accept that it is said that Mbappé is a spoiled child”

first_imgPSG sports director Leonardo spoke at Channel + after the victory of his team against Olympique de Lyon (4-2). The Brazilian opined on the discussion between Kylian Mbappé Y Thomas Tuchel for the change, but although he blames the player, he does not accept the criticisms expressed on the French striker: “I heard things about Mbappé, about his personality. It makes me feel uncomfortable. If a player leaves the field and talks to the coach, he has the blame. We’ll talk about it and solve this. But to say he’s a spoiled child, I don’t accept him. Because he’s an adorable, very committed person and a fantastic player. “On the other hand, the Brazilian made a ranking of the five best players in the world, among which he placed Messi, Cristiano, Mbappé, Neymar and Salah: “In the Top 5, there is a 35 year old, a 32 year old and the other two are 28 and 21 years old. And these two are with us. Let’s rejoice. I’m a happy sports director. We should take advantage of that and stop talking about the problems. “. Flirt 1* Data updated as of February 10, 2020 Leonardo also explained that it is vital to have the template in shape to try to win the Champions League, for which no favorites are seen: “We say that this team is not ready, that Ligue 1 is not at that level.”center_img He recalled that every year, when the European qualifiers arrive, they question whether the team is able to achieve the title: “They say that the club does not know how to handle its stars and I want to understand the reasons why we have the right to be happy from time to time. The team is first with a twelve-point advantage. We have an incredible squad and our players are fit. Why do we have to be worried every time the eighths arrive? Why do we have to be stressed? It won’t be a matter of life or death against Borussia Dortmund. It’s just a Champions League game and I think the team is ready. If we win, it’s fine. If we don’t, the PSG will continue to grow. “last_img read more

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Calleri-RdT: the goal of a complementary couple

first_imgWhen Espanyol made the line-up public an hour before the game in El Sadar, Jonathan Calleri’s absence caught his attention. The striker, author of a hat-trick against Wolverhampton and substitute against Atlético, had earned the title since the arrival of Raúl de Tomás. Both formed a complementary society in the first four games of Madrid. Calleri’s work, his aerial game and his space races were the way to free the former Benfica, who scored in those meetings with the collaboration of the Argentine. In Vila-Real, a center of the tip itself finished off Tomás on goal. Against Athletic at home, both formed the pair in attack and again scored the Madrid with Calleri still on the pitch. As in Granada, in that penalty of discord that finally launched the parakeet itself. And finally, with Mallorca, in the first and only victory at home. Tomás scored in the 57th minute, before the 64 ‘replaced Calleri. Change of plan. But the injury of De Tomás, before traveling to Seville, opened the door to other variants and a system change that paid off at its premiere. Abelardo made a 4-2-3-1 with Calleri as the only reference and Wu Lei on the right side, a formula that was worth making a remarkable game and drawing (2-2), a valuable point. Formula, later, that did not give results in Valladolid. Before the expulsion of David López, Espanyol had been shown a harmless set. Before Atlético, the coach repeated with De Tomás instead of Calleri. Espanyol resisted Diego Simeone’s team and even went ahead with both Savic’s own goal, woven by Wu Lei and De Tomás.center_img “I was wrong in the lineup, I shit all the shit to me,” said Abelardo after the game, aware that the staging of the team was not the best, surpassed by Osasuna, without a clear game link. At the break he corrected with the entry of Calleri by Wu Lei, although it was not enough. Not even with his best attack did Espanyol increase his chances, which he only threw into goal through Darder in an individual action that the goalkeeper refused.Awaiting the course of the week, and with the meeting against Alavés on the horizon, Abelardo could use this pair of attackers again, aware that Espanyol is no longer worth even the draws if he wants to continue another year in First. And with Calleri and RdT in attack this Espanyol proved to be more dangerous.last_img read more

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United could put 80 million to take Saúl

first_imgUnited is behind Saúl because he senses that Pogba could leave. The midfielder is a player that pleases both Real Madrid and Juventus. At United, the general opinion is that Saúl is at the best moment of his sports career, he is the ideal age and would fit perfectly into English football.At Atlético it is a vital piece for Simeone. Proof of this is that he has played 37 of the 38 matches disputed so far. Only the match against Granada was lost due to accumulation of warnings. Either as a midfielder or a winger, Simeone has one of his regular players in Saúl. Saúl is the object of desire of the Premier. The Atlético midfielder, who turns 26 in November, is one of the most desired players by English clubs. Manchester United seems determined to take over the services of the player from the Atletico team, whose clause is 150 million euros. Sources close to the English entity assure that Manchester United would never reach that figure or even come close, since it is an economic amount that they consider disproportionate.At United they would be willing to reach a figure of around 80 million euros, more or less half the price of its clause. Saúl has a contract with the Madrid club until June 2026 and is in talks with Atlético to improve his contract. It is not the best time for this and it seems complicated that in this general crisis in football, the Atletico leaders can sign contracts on the rise.last_img read more

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