“I’m really proud of our team,” said Abilene Christian coach Julie Goodenough. “We’ve been tabbed as the sixth-youngest team in America and I think that we’ve started growing up a little bit.” “We just had a lot of fun on the court today,” said Wright. ACU also received big contributions from Dominique Golightly, who added 22 points and four rebounds while forward Sierra Allen scored 16 points and pulled down six boards. The Wildcats assisted on 21 of their 32 field goals, with Sara Williamson delivering seven assists to go along with her 11 points. The Wildcats were able to shoot 46 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 12 of their 26 attempts from deep. All-conference third team guard Breanna Wright led the offense with 23 points and added eight assists as the Wildcats shot 62.5 percent from the field (20 of 36) in the second half. Wright scored 16 of her points in the second half, including two of her four treys. Leading 30-29 at intermission, the Wildcats opened the second half with a 10-2 run on the strength of consecutive treys from Golightly and Breanna Wright to extend their lead to 40-31 with 8:08 left in the third. The ACU advantage moved to 45-33 before the Privateers began to find an offensive rhythm behind the shooting of Jada Swafford and Randi Brown. Looking nothing like a team that came to Katy having lost five of their last six, the Wildcats more resembled the team that opened the regular season with a 6-0 start while averaging more than 80 points per game. “They have opened it up so much for us recruiting-wise,” said Davenport of her five departing seniors. “People don’t understand that 3-4 years ago when I went into a recruit’s house they would ask me if we were a junior college. Are you Division II or Division III? The things these ladies have accomplished have made it easier for me to recruit someone’s daughter.” The Wildcats, who shared the regular season title with UCA in 2017, lost both meetings against the Sugar Bears in the regular season, falling at UCA 63-45 on Jan. 20 and 73-61 at Abilene on Feb. 24. Despite the loss, the Privateers finished the season with a school-record 11 wins in conference play while ending the year at .500 for the first time since becoming a member of the Southland Conference in 2013. It also marked the second straight year of double-digit wins for the program under coach Keeshawn Davenport. The ACU defense did its job in containing New Orleans (15-15) senior guard Randi Brown, who scored 18 points but was held to 8-for-21 shooting. Brown, who led the conference with 22.1 points per game, managed to connect on only one of her seven attempts from beyond the arc. Brown’s layup preceded her three-pointer as part of a run that allowed New Orleans to reach within 48-42 but Abilene Christian shook off the Privateers’ spurt with one of their own, capped by a three-pointer from Wright that helped the Wildcats to eventually extend the lead to 59-46 entering the fourth quarter. “We came here with the focus that we’re playing against the leading scorer in the conference,” said Goodenough. “I think for the most part, the players were locked in and keyed on her. We tried to make other players on their team beat us.” Box Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN3 Replay | Highlights | Tournament HomepageKATY, Texas – Seventh seed Abilene Christian made their Southland Conference Basketball Tournament debut a memorable one as the Wildcats outscored New Orleans 58-37 in the second half en route to an 88-66 win over the sixth-seed Privateers Thursday afternoon at the Merrell Center. The win pushes ACU (16-13) into Friday’s second round contest against third seed Central Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. CT. “They live by the three and die by the three,” said Brown. “Today, they lived by it because we didn’t converge as well as we should.”
Tournament Central | Bracket | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – After three days of play at the 2019 Southland Tournament, the championship match is set with No. 1 Sam Houston State taking on No. 2 Nicholls Friday, May 10 at 12 p.m. CT. The Bearkats clinched a shot at the title with a 2-0 win over Nicholls in Game Nine. Brooke Malia sealed the victory for SHSU with a two-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning. The Colonels rebounded from the loss with a dominant 10-4 win over McNeese to conclude day three action. Nicholls had previously been eliminated from the 2017 and 2018 Southland Tournaments by the Cowgirls.Game Eight | No. 4 Stephen F. Austin – 6 vs. No. 6 Northwestern State – 1 (Box Score)After a 22-hour rain delay, No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 6 Northwestern State returned to the diamond to settle their game from Day Two for the right to advance to Game 10 of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. The Ladyjacks employed an impressive three-run fifth inning to eliminate the Lady Demons by a final score of 6-1.The first 2.5 innings were tabled Tuesday night but not before NSU’s Kaitlyn St. Clair blasted a shot over the left-field fence to put the Lady Demons up 1-0. Inclement weather conditions ensued, forcing SFA and Northwestern State to postpone play until 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Leading off the day for Stephen F. Austin was 2019 Southland Hitter of the Year who was immediately walked. Mackenzie Bennett then stepped up to the plate next and delivered a home run out of left field to put the Ladyjacks up 2-1.Bennett provided another spark for the SFA offense in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI double to plate Bryana Novegil. The Ladyjacks would score once more in the inning on a single up the middle from Lauren Becker to bring Corona and Bailey Richards across the dish. Northwestern State’s defense retired SFA on the next play with the Ladyjacks up 5-1.Emily Wolfe struck once more for SFA in the sixth after Corona singled to center field for her first hit of the afternoon. Northwestern State catcher Alexis Perry caught Novegil stealing third on the next play, ending the inning with SFA up 6-1.The Lady Demons attempted to drum up their offense in the seventh inning after Cayla Jones cranked a single to second base. Stephen F. Austin ended the game on the next play, however, after NSU’s Emma Hawthorne popped out to Maggie Black at shortstop.The 6-1 victory pushed the Ladyjacks into an elimination bout against No. 3 McNeese in Game 10 of the tournament.Game Nine | No. 1 Sam Houston State – 2 vs. No. 2 Nicholls – 0 (Box Score)Yet another pitcher’s duel ensued in Game Nine between top-seeded Sam Houston State and No. 2 Nicholls. Nine innings and 243 pitches were needed to decide a winner between the Bearkats and the Colonels where Sam Houston State’s Brooke Malia launched a two-run walkoff home run to end the contest. SHSU ace Lindsey McLeod struck out eight batters in the affair, sending the Bearkats into the championship game with an unblemished 2-0 tournament record.Defense remained stingy for both squads as each team posted four hits through the eighth inning. Megan Landry delivered her three strikeouts within the first seven innings, while her teammates assisted her by securing 16 flyouts throughout the game. Sam Houston State countered by forcing the Colonels into 17 popouts during the contest.With runners on the corners and Mallery Marino threatening from third base, the Colonels entered Gretchen Morgan into the game to pinch hit for Corynn Major in the seventh inning. Morgan faced six pitches before flying out to left field, taking the game into the bottom half of the inning. Landry stepped into the circle, fanning one of two batters while sitting the Bearkats down in order.Three of the game’s nine hits were registered in the eighth inning as Nicholls started things off with a hit from Samantha Mracich. Mracich advanced to second for the Colonels before Sam Houston’s McLeod rung up her seventh strikeout of the game. In the bottom of the eighth, the Bearkats put two runners on base with a pair of singles but were unable to convert, ultimately leaving two runners stranded to end the inning.In the bottom of the ninth, SHSU’s Tiffany Thompson provided a leadoff hit, reaching first base on a Nicholls fielding error before stealing second base on the next play. Second baseman Brooke Malia stepped up to the plate looking for her first hit of the afternoon. Facing a 2-2 count, Malia took her fifth pitch and sent it over left field, ending the game in spectacular fashion.The 2-0 win solidifies a spot in the Southland Tournament title game for the Bearkats and improves the squad to a 33-21 overall record.Game Ten | No. 3 McNeese – 3 vs. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin – 0 (Box Score)In what would turn into the fourth extra-inning game of the tournament, No. 3 McNeese and No. 4 Stephen F. Austin battled through 11 innings until a winner was decided. The Cowgirls provided three runs in the top of the 11th, highlighted by a two-run homer from Toni Perrin. Stephen F. Austin and McNeese combined for 15 hits throughout the contest.The Cowgirls employed three pitchers, beginning with Saleen Flores who went 8.2 innings before Caroline Settle tagged in to replace her. Alexsandra Flores closed out the contest for McNeese with two strikeouts in the final two innings. The trio allowed six hits on 156 pitches and 46 batters faced.Ashley Kriesel started things off in the circle for Stephen F. Austin with four innings of work before freshman Kassidy Wilbur closed out the game for the final seven innings. Wilbur faced 25 of McNeese’s 41 batters, tossing 133 pitches and fanning four Cowgirls. In her four innings, Kriesel rung up seven McNeese players on 16 batters faced.The Ladyjacks were led on offense by Bryana Novegil who accounted for three of SFA’s six hits. Alex Hedspeth delivered the only extra-base hit of the game for Stephen F. Austin with a double up the middle in the fourth inning.Mcneese logged five of their nine hits over the last four innings. In the top of the 11th, Cori McCrary charged the Cowgirls’ offense with a leadoff single down the right field line before stealing second base. On the next play, facing a 2-2 count, Perrin cracked a two-run home run that placed McNeese ahead 2-0. Justyce McClain provided the assurance for the Cowgirls with a sacrifice flyout to left field that brought Megan Holmes in for the third and final run of the game.The 3-0 victory vaulted McNeese into the backdraw semifinal contest against No. 2 Nicholls.Game 11 | No. 2 Nicholls – 10 vs. No. 3 McNeese – 4 (Box Score)No. 2-seeded Nicholls and No. 3 McNeese flipped the script on the rest of the Day Three Southland Tournament games with an action packed 14-run contest that ultimately fell in favor of the Colonels. The two squads combined for 23 hits as Nicholls scored six runs in their final two innings to top the Cowgirls 10-4.McNeese jumped ahead early with a trio of runs in the second inning after a home run from Alexandria Saldivar brought in Toni Perrin who doubled to left center field just two plays earlier. Following the home run, Alexis LaBure entered the circle for the Colonels with one out on the board. After relieving Emily Danehower, LaBure retired the next two McNeese batters. Kasey Frederick responded for Nicholls with a solo home run that placed the Colonels on the board and reduced McNeese’s lead to 3-1.The Cowgirls added a run in the top of the third, but Nicholls responded once again, this time with a three-run explosion that tied the score at 4-4. Nicholls ace Megan Landry made her appearance at the top of the fourth with the decision up in the air. The two teams retired each other in order, moving the game into the fifth inning with the stalemate still intact.In the bottom of the fifth, the Colonels reached base on each of their first four plays but were unable to score as Kelsey Miller was thrown out on a fielder’s choice at second base. With the bases loaded and the score still tied at 4-4, Caitlin Garcia stepped up to the plate for her third appearance of the contest. Garcia was still on the lookout for her first hit of the game and built her count to 0-1 before launching a shot out of right-center field for a grand slam and her ninth RBI of the tournament.The Colonels, now ahead 8-4, carried their momentum through the remainder of the game, scoring two more runs in the sixth inning and securing a 10-4 win over the Cowgirls. Prior to Thursday, Nicholls had been eliminated from each of the last two Southland Tournaments by McNeese. With the victory, the Colonels will now face No. 1 Sam Houston State in the championship match of the Southland Tournament.First pitch of the Southland title game is slated for 12 p.m. at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. Should the Colonels defeat the Bearkats, the two teams will play one last time as Sam Houston State has not yet lost a game in the double-elimination tournament.Coverage for the championship match is scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPNU, in addition to streaming availability on ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. Four-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year Lyn Rollins and two-time NFCA All-American Tori Vidales will call the action for the title stage.If Game 13 becomes necessary, coverage will shift to ESPN3, online-only through ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps.
LIVE RACING TO RESUME ON FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA WITH A 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $405,029, EIGHT CONSOLATION TICKETS EACH WORTH $14,203.10TRACK OPEN FOR SIMULCAST WAGERING WITH FREE PARKING & ADMISSION ON WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY AT 10 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2019)–Live racing will resume with an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita and fans will be greeted by a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $405,029.With $212,693 in “new” money wagered today, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $569,025. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were eight consolation tickets with six winners, each worth a hefty $14,203.10.Santa Anita will again be open at 10 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room. General Admission and parking are free both days.Santa Anita also offers free Club House and General Admission, as well as free General Parking, on Fridays, as well as two dollar beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails, sponsored by Woodford Reserve.First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. and approximate post time for Friday’s third race, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2 p.m. PT. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
XBTV INTRODUCES BREEDERS’ CUP PORTAL FEATURING CONTENDER WORKOUTS, ANALYSIS AND REPLAYS October 19, 2019 (Arcadia, CA) – XBTV, the premier online destination for exclusive video workouts, handicapping insights and analysis, has unveiled its 2019 Breeders’ Cup Portal providing racing fans, horsemen and handicappers free access to exclusive videos and blogs in advance of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 1 & 2, 2019 at Santa Anita Park.Sorted by Breeders’ Cup race and debuting in advance of the Monday’s Pre-Entry Deadline for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, XBTV’s2019 Breeders’ Cup Portal includes:A growing library of more than 260 workouts from probable Breeders’ Cup horses stabled in California, New York, Florida and throughout the world.Replays of more than 75 prep races.Exclusive interviews with trainers, jockeys and owners.The Jeff Siegel Blog, including picks, wagering strategies and workout analysis.XBTV’s Current Top 5 Most Popular Breeders’ Cup VideosOmaha Beach’s October 16 WorkoutMidnight Bisou’s October 14 WorkoutMcKinzie’s October 10 WorkoutWar of Will’s October 16 WorkoutCatalina Cruiser’s October 12 WorkoutTo access XBTV’s Breeders’ Cup Portal, visit https://www.xbtv.com/breeders-cup/.Additional exclusive XBTV content will be added throughout the two weeks prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.Plus, a list of “In Today” horses who have recorded XBTV Video Workouts is available every day at Xpressbet.com, exclusively for Xpressbet customers. Sign up for a new Xpressbet account using Promo Code RELEASE to get a $100 Bonus.
$527,080 Richard Baltas32 $392,082 $601,600 Abel Cedillo45 HOROLOGIST MAKES SANTA DEBUT IN ‘VERY TOUGH’ LA CANADARichard Baltas expects improvement the second time around from Horologist Saturday in the Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 1 1/16 miles.The four-year-old New Jersey-bred daughter of Gemologist was a distant ninth first out for Baltas in Keeneland’s Grade II Raven Run at seven furlongs Oct. 19 under Joe Bravo, who returns to Santa Anita for the La Canada. “Jersey Joe” won three times previously on the bay filly last year, once at Gulfstream and twice at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.Bravo also won the Grade I American Oaks in a dramatic rail-skimming ride for Baltas at Santa Anita aboard Lady Prancealot Dec. 28, so they have a successful if brief history together.“I didn’t have her very long and now she’s kind of in our routine,” Baltas said in explaining Horologist’s disappointing debut for him. “Hopefully, she’ll run better, and Joe asked to ride her back, plus the owners wanted him on the horse, so that’s what we did.“Joe knows the filly, so that’s kind of good. There’s speed in there and maybe Joe can get a good trip but it’s a very tough race. I didn’t think it was going to come up that tough.”The La Canada, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Der Lu, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Zusha, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes, 3-1; Message, Mike Smith, 4-1; Kaydetre, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Horologist, Joe Bravo, 4-1; Spiced Perfection, Joel Rosario, 5-2; and Star of Quality, Geovanni Franco, 15-1.LAS CIENEGAS ‘GOOD SPOT’ FOR STORM THE HILLStorm the Hill shortens up in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The six-year-old mare is coming off five straight races of a mile or longer, including a fifth in the Grade I Matriarch Dec. 1.“She’s training very well and she’s won stakes sprinting on the grass,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, alluding to the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy in 2018 and the Unzip Me in 2017.“She’s coming out of a tough Grade I (fifth in the one-mile Matriarch Dec. 1) and I think this is a good spot to start off the New Year.”Storm the Hill worked five furlongs on the training track Sunday in 1:00.40 under Flavien Prat, who rides her competitively for the first time in the Las Cienegas.The Las Cienegas, race three: Storm the Hill, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Kentan Road, Jorge Velez, 4-1; Jolie Olimpica, Mike Smith, 6-5; $2,000 supplemental nominee An Eddie Surprise, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; and Free Cover, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1.FREE COVER TRIES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN LAS CIENEGASFree Cover makes her grass debut in Saturday’s Las Cienegas Stakes and Andrew Lerner is optimistic the gray daughter of Congrats can have a successful conversion after 11 races on dirt or synthetic for owner Eric Johnson, defenseman of the Colorado Avalanche, who campaigns as ERJ Racing, LLC.“I think the Grade I was just a little too deep for her,” the trainer said, referring to Free Cover’s well-beaten ninth in the Grade I La Brea Stakes Dec. 28. “We chased a sizzling pace and kind of bull-rushed her up there, so we thought the Las Cienegas was a good opportunity to try the grass.“Her dam (Candybedandy) won something like four races on the turf, so we’re hoping we’ll be competitive, and she’s got a good post, too (five of five).”BRICKS AND MORTAR WINS VOX POPULI; POSTER SIGNING ON SATURDAYWinner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 2 and unbeaten in six starts last year, Bricks and Mortar has been named winner of the 10th annual Vox Populi Award, to be presented in a Runhappy Winner’s Circle ceremony Saturday at Santa Anita.Created by the late owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, Penny Chenery, the inaugural Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award was won by legendary Zenyatta in 2010.Bricks and Mortar, a six-year-old horse by Giants Causeway, who campaigned for owners Klaravich Stables, LLC and William H. Lawrence, was conditioned by Chad Brown and retired to stud following his magnificent 2019 season with earnings of $7,085,650.There will be a special poster giveaway celebrating all 10 winners of the Vox Populi Award and past winning connections will be on hand beginning at 11 a.m. to sign these posters in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Among those scheduled to attend the poster signing are Bob Baffert (trainer of American Pharoah, Justify and Paynter), Art Sherman (trainer of two-time winner California Chrome) and Gary Stevens (jockey, Mucho Macho Man) Victor Espinoza, (American Pharoah).Chris Tweedy, son of Penny Chenery, will be on hand to represent his family.PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR TO CELEBRATE 99TH BIRTHDAY JAN. 17Orphaned as a young boy in London, wounded by German artillery in World WarII and employed by Santa Anita Park since 1961, John Shear, the track’s beloved Paddock Captain, will celebrate his 99th birthday between races with family, friends and co-workers on Friday, Jan. 17.A former exercise rider, groom and assistant trainer who had originally aspired to be a jockey, Shear, at four feet, 11 inches and 104 pounds, gained national attention on March 12, 2011, when he threw himself into the path of a loose horse, potentially saving the life of a five-year-old girl who was attending the races with her father.“Horses are like homing pigeons,” Shear said in an interview following the incident. “When they’re upset, they want to go home. So when I heard someone shouting, ‘Loose horse!,’ I knew it would be heading our way as it tried to go back to the barn.”Despite suffering multiple fractures to his pelvis, hip, back and cheekbone, along with internal bleeding that resulted in a significant loss of blood, Shear was back on the beat in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens in less than a year, and at nearly 99 year of age, he continues to defy Father Time.“I love what I do,” said Shear. “I love the people, the horses and working outside. I still do 30 pushups every morning and I walk all the time. I’ve loved this place since I first came here in 1954 and I’m blessed to be able to do what I’m doing. If people got outdoors more and stopped worrying about things none of us can control, they’d be much happier. I know I am.”John Shear will be honored with a race named in his honor on Jan. 17 and be presented a birthday cake in the Runhappy Winner’s Circle between races.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Due in large part to the efforts of pari-mutuel clerk David Ibershoff, Saturday’s first race has been named in honor of a Santa Anita “Original” Angel Contreras. As a nine-year-old boy, Mr. Contreras sold newspapers to eager racegoers on the day of the track’s opening, Dec. 25, 1934 and along with his son, Patrick, remains a regular attendee.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for January 10th, 2020XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 10th, 2020Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear Turns 99 Years Old on January 17thQuick Questions With Cameraman Guy Stuttley at Santa Anita ParkWORKOUTS:Gift Box (Sadler) 1-10-20Cassie Belle (McCarthy) 1-10-20Madman (Baltas) 1-10-20Pelican Way (Shirreffs) 1-09-20Bristol Bayou (Shirreffs) 1-09-20Holy Ghost (Outside) and Dia De Pago (Cerin) 1-09-20Storm the Court (Eurton) 1-05-20Ax Man (Baffert) 1-05-20Grinningeartoear (Koriner) 1-05-20 20% (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 5) 4 5 $375,822 38% Philip D’Amato24 Mario Gutierrez20 7 6 $271,568 2 7 $237,659 STORM THE HILL BACK SPRINTING ON SATURDAY 6 Drayden Van Dyke29 1st 3 Bob Baffert20 28% 6 42% 1 9 Steve Knapp8 6 3rd 3 BRAVO, BALTAS REUNITE IN LA CANADA STAKES 8 Win% 1 Joel Rosario44 30% 45% 64% Money Won 41% Peter Miller16 TrainerSts SANTA ANITA HONORS SHEAR ON 99TH BIRTHDAY ITM% 3 Money Won 7 50% 13% 35% 12 Win% 42% TURF DEBUT IN LAS CIENEGAS FOR FREE COVER $258,257 4 41% 1st 4 1 2nd 38% ‘VOX POPULI’ AWARD PRESENTED ON SATURDAY 4 1 6 Doug O’Neill24 JockeyMts 3rd 80% 17% $787,512 13% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $100,140 1 2 50% 0 19% $435,509 2 3 ITM% 4 2nd 38%
Man Utd transfer target Bruno Fernandes’ outrageous skill to leave opponent for dead in Sporting’s 1-1 draw against Martimo REAL MADRID are in with a shout of signing Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon offered the attacking midfielder around for just £64million.Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both passed up the chance to bring in the Portuguese talent during the English window.3 Fernandes grabbed his first goal of the season on the weekendCredit: AFP or licensors3Neither club met Sporting’s valuation of Fernandes, the Red Devils deciding he wasn’t worth that much due to his mediocre passing statistics.But United could end up helping along a deal for the player to head to Madrid.According to AS, Lisbon have told Real and a number of other teams that he is theirs if they meet the non-negotiable £64m price tag.And Los Blancos will consider a bid if and when they finally become resigned to not signing either Paul Pogba or Neymar.The French midfielder has insisted that he wants a new challenge but United remain staunch in their determination to keep him.Neymar, meanwhile, is still the subject of intense speculation over player-plus-cash deals involving Real and Barcelona.NO DEALSpurs found out just how non-negotiable Sporting’s demands were when reportedly falling short with a £55m bid before the new Premier League season.Likewise, United backed out when scouts judged Fernandes to be wasteful on the ball.Last season saw the 24-year-old clock in a pass completion rate of 75.1 per cent, compared to Pogba’s 82.8 per cent for example.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yet3Nonetheless, Fernandes struck 32 goals in 53 games across all competitions in 2018/19.And Sporting have reportedly asked big-name agent Jorge Mendes to secure them the cash.They have until September 2 to find a buyer, when the European transfer window shuts.
NEW CHALLENGEEriksen made it clear at the end of last season he was open to the idea of a new challenge, and it is suggested he has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.There is still time for those clubs to come in with a late bid for the playmaker – and the problem for Spurs is that because relationships with the agent are now strained, they are unaware of any moves behind the scenes.Pochettino is bristling with frustration at what has been going on at the club over the summer, with the Eriksen situation one of the biggest problems.The midfielder has started just one game this season as a result, and was on the bench for last week’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle.Latest Tottenham 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 summerAfter the match, Pochettino suggested he had never known a more unsettling start to a season than the current one, a clear indication the playing side is starting to be affected.With a fully focused Eriksen available, he would be a certainty to start, but that appears to not have been the case this season.And the club are already seeing themselves losing ground in the Premier League as the uncertainty starts to filter through on match days.Christian Eriksen will only quit Tottenham for Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus… with last-gasp £60m bid expected TOTTENHAM have been left in the dark over the future of Christian Eriksen after the relationship between his agent and Daniel Levy broke down.Eriksen has entered the final year of his contract with Spurs and as things stand will be able to leave the club for nothing next summer.1 Tottenham are completely in the dark over the future of Christian Eriksen after the relationship between his agent and Daniel Levy broke downCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham have been desperate to get the 27-year-old tied down to a new £200,000 contract but so far the midfielder has shown little sign of wanting to stay.And the Guardian say the club is now completely unsure of Eriksen’s future because chairman Levy is no longer speaking with the player’s agent.It is claimed Levy has not talked with Martin Schoots for some time, and that has increased Mauricio Pochettino’s concerns about the possibility that one of his best players is about to leave.The international transfer window does not close until September 2, and Spurs know they are vulnerable to a bid coming in for the Dane.
THIS WAS NOT the Manchester United Jose Mourinho remembered.To be fair it wasn’t the one Ole Solskjaer remembered either. Not from this season anyway. Maybe from his own playing days.7 Marcus Rashford’s near post drive opened the scoring for UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Rashford sent Gazzaniga the wrong way with his penaltyCredit: Getty – Contributor7 Gazzaniga should have done better for the first but made a great save onto the crossbar from Rashford soon afterCredit: Getty – ContributorNo, this was a performance totally at odds with what had been going on of late.United were exciting, vibrant, dominant and in Marcus Rashford they had the outstanding player on the pitch.He scored both United’s goals and ran the Spurs back four ragged all night.Mourinho could only stand and watch from the technical area unable to plot a way through his former charges.Unable to summon up another performance from his opening three games.This was how Ole Solskjaer wants his United team to play week in week out.Not just on a big occasion like tonight and that now is the aim – for 90 minutes, week in week out.The United boss could barely believe his side were only on level terms at the break having dominated the first half.They were ahead after seven minutes through Rashford who was the star of that opening 45 minutes.His close pal Jesse Lingard was looking more like his old self as well.It was he who won a tussle for the ball on the left wing with Davison Sanchez with a quick turn and fed Rashford.He was shooting on sight and from the corner of the box let fly with a low dipping effort and while Paolo Gazzinga got a hand to it he could only deflect it onto the post and in.7 Alli tucked the ball beyond De Gea after a stunning piece of skillCredit: PA:Press Association7 VAR checked Alli’s goal for handball but it eventually stoodCredit: Getty Images – GettyRashford wanted more and sent a free kick from outside the area curling just wide.Mason Greenwood in for the injured Anthony Marial had a close range shot from an angle superbly saved by Gazzaniga’s outstretched right leg.If the Spurs goalkeeper had been at fault for the first goal he was certainly making up for it.His finger tips were the only thing between Rashford and a wonder goal when the young United forward let fly from 20 yards as he stretched to touch it onto the bar.It was as well as United had played all season and Rashford forced another full length save out of Gazzaniga in the 27th minute.And yet they would still go in at the break level.Dele Alli, who has been reborn of late under Jose Mourinho, had hardly been seen all half but it was another piece of magic from him that drew Spurs level.It was the 38th minute when a cross from Jan Vertonghan found Serge Aurier at the far post.His shot from a tight angle was saved by David De Gea and the ball ballooned up in the air.Alli with his back to goal quickly worked out a spell to conjur up a goal as he flicked the ball back over his shoulder, between Fred and Ashley Young, before guiding a shot across De Gea and in.Such set backs would normally see doubts creep into the United side as the impetus was allowed to swing to their opponents.Not this time.They ran out for the second half determined and moments later they were back in the lead with Rashford the man at the centre of it all again.Jose Mourinho explains why it’s easier for Man Utd to play against the better teams in the Premier League after Spurs lose 2-1 at Old Trafford7Charging into the Spurs box he was felled by a clumsy challenge by Moussa Sissoko.Referee Paul Tierney pointed straight to the spot and the VAR was not going to meddle with his decision.The responsibility fell to Rashford who calmly slotted the spot-kick away, rolling the ball into the bottom right hand corner while Gazzaniga dived the other way.United’s tails were up.The quick tempo that had defined their first half performance was still there.Spurs were still struggling to keep pace with them.When even Fred is playing well you know something special is happening.We will not mention his first half shot that flew sideways and backwards. Definitely not.Still, while defensively Spurs were having nightmares, not least in the full-back areas, there are still plenty of goals in this side at the other end.They had hit ten in Mourinho’s first three games in charge.But they were not threatening though. Harry Kane was not getting a sniff of goal.United meanwhile continued to bring the best out of Gazzaniga at the other end with Daniel James the latest to sting his fingers with a shot from the edge of the area.Solskjaer’s side had surrendered 12 points this season from winning positions but they were not prepared to give up anymore.They were winning the battles in midfield. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were staying strong at the back.It just needed the whistle to bring it all to an end.When it did Mourinho congratulated Solskjaer and went onto the pitch to console his players.7 It was an unhappy return for Jose Mourinho at Old TraffordCredit: ReutersMOST READ IN FOOTBALLA SILENT KILLERTara Palmer-Tomkinson died of a ‘perforated ulcer and peritonitis’ – but do you know the symptoms?ALWAYS THE REAL THINGFrom your weight to your ticker, we pit Coke against Diet Coke – and find they’re AS bad as each otherlighten the loadFind out about breast reduction surgery from how the procedure is done to if you can get it done on the NHSGraphic WarningSPOT OF BOTHERRevolting footage shows Dr Pimple Popper removing a snowman-shaped cystNot just that but he shook hands with each of his former players who he did not have the chance to say farewell to after his exit last December.The reaction he got from each of them was warm. His one positive from the night.For Solskjaer, the chants of ‘Ole Ole Ole’ rang round the ground. Dan James hurts Jose Mourinho after sliding into him on the touchline during Man Utd v Tottenham
The Rhinos put a £250,000 valuation on Segeyaro earlier this month and are taking legal advice over his decision to renege on his contract with the club to remain in Australia.Segeyaro’s deal at Headingley does not expire until 2018, but they have moved to plug his inevitable departure by securing Parcell for an undisclosed fee.”We are delighted to have signed Matt and look forward to welcoming him to the Rhinos,” said Leeds head coach Brian McDermott.”He is a player we have been monitoring for a while and were keen to bring him here before his move to Manly.”His natural abilities will certainly suit the style of play in Super League, however we are also conscious that it will take time for him to settle into this pivotal role in the team.”He is a smart player with a great rugby league pedigree and I am sure he will be a big hit with the Rhinos fans.”Parcell, who featured 15 times during the 2016 NRL season after joining Manly from Brisbane, will link up with Leeds in the new year ahead of the start of the Super League season in February.”I’m excited to have signed a deal with Leeds Rhinos,” said the 24-year-old.”After talking to (chief executive) Gary (Hetherington) and Brian I think the brand of football they want to play is really going to suit my game.”Playing in England has always been something that I have wanted to do and I’m looking forward to the move.”Sky sources suggest that this deal is part of a long term relationship that Leeds and Manly are looking to develop.
The derbies between Real Madrid and Atlético have become a global event: tomorrow’s will be the fifth confrontation outside of Spain in the last six years. In all the previous ones an absolute full was registered in the stadiums. The starting gun gave it the 2014 Champions, in a night of sweet remembrance for whites and bitter for rojiblancos: Sergio Ramos’ goal in minute 93 snatched the Champions from Simeone who celebrated (in the extension Madrid scored three goals). 61,000 spectators they packed the Lisbon da Luz Stadium to see Real Madrid raise their Tenth European Cup.Since then the derbies have happened outside the Spanish borders. Football gave the mattresses the opportunity to get the thorn out of that final lost only two years later, although what happened caused the wound to be even deeper: after 120 minutes none of the teams were able to uneven the balance in the 2016 Champions League final. The title was decided in San Siro, before 81,000 followers, in the penalty shootout. Madrid won again, which raised its Eleventh title.AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Matches between Real Madrid and Atlético between 2014 and 2020.ACE After those two varapalos, both teams saw each other’s faces again in a European final, although this time it was the Super Cup, played at the Lilleküla stadium in Tallinn with 12,500 fans in the stands (field capacity). He has been the only derby outside Spain in which Simeone and Zidane have not faced each other, since the white coach was Lopetegui (it was his first official match). The title, this time, was taken by Atlético. Again, the 90 minutes were not enough: 2-2. Atletico scored two goals in extra time and took a trophy that allowed him, in part, to alleviate the previous disappointments.The last derby was this summer, in a friendly at the Metlife of New Jersey (80,000 spectators) which filled Zidane’s second project with doubts: 3-7 in favor of Atlético.Spain. Beyond the duels in the League and in qualifying rounds, in Spain matches have also been played recently that have decided titles: in 2013 the Santiago Bernabéu (82,000 people) was filled to see the Copa del Rey final (1-2 for Atleti). In 2014 the rojiblancos also They won the Spanish Super Cup: 1-1 at the Bernabéu (78,000 followers) and 1-0 in the second leg at the Calderón (54,000 fans).