Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Sunday, March 22, 2020

first_imgREMATCH LOOMS IN SANTA ANITA DERBY 40% 37% HONOR A.P. ON COURSE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYHonor A.P., a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby, continues to train well for Santa Anita’s marquee three-year-old event on April 4, offering 100 qualifying points to the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5.“He came out of the San Felipe really well,” said trainer John Shirreffs, referring to the ridgling’s second behind unbeaten Authentic in the Grade II event on March 7. “We’re pointing for the Santa Anita Derby.”Authentic, too, is set to run in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles, thus forming the likelihood of an appealing rematch.Authentic, an Into Mischief colt trained by Bob Baffert, led throughout the San Felipe with Drayden Van Dyke aboard, winning by 2 ¼ lengths under a long hold.Honor A.P., a son of Honor Code, was making his first start in five months, so Shirreffs was pleased considering the circumstances. “He ran really great,” the trainer said. “I was very happy with him.” 13 Win% 26% 12 $2,423,014 8 26% 48% 18 WOUND TIGHT SHORTENS UP FOR SENSATIONAL STARAs a former Major League baseball hopeful who played college ball at Stanford with eventual Big League stars Jack McDowell and Mike Andrete, Bob Hess Jr. knows that sports can be a game of hit and miss.That includes horse racing, where the 54-year-old native of Chula Vista has been hitting more than missing, earning his keep as a trainer since 1987.Hess acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford, then learned the intricacies of horsemanship from his father, trainer Bob Sr., still winning races at age 84 in the Bay Area.Today, Bob Jr. has a horse that might appear to be somewhat misplaced in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds four and older at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, but he could outrun his odds.The horse is Wound Tight, a five-year-old gelded son of Coil who is coming off seven straight races at a mile or longer, including the last two at a mile and an eighth, winning the Cal Cup Turf Classic on the front end by 3 ½ lengths on Jan. 18.Last out at a mile and an eighth in an overnight race against open company, Wound Tight prompted the pace before finishing a distant third.“We’re in against Cal-breds today and he has sprinted twice, once on dirt (in his debut race in March of 2018, finishing seventh of 10) and once at five furlongs on turf (June of 2019, when he ran sixth but beaten just over two lengths),” Hess pointed out.“That was a throw out race,” he added. “He wasn’t ready. I think maybe 5 ½ is too short for him, but he’s sharp, so we’re taking a shot.”Asked about the rags-to-riches mare Zuzanna, an $8,000 claim that posted a 23-1 upset in the Grade III Red Carpet Stakes last September at Del Mar for a partnership that includes TVG’s Kurt Hoover, Hess said, “She’s training at Gulfstream and should run within a month.“We’re just trying to figure out where.”The field for the Sensational Star: Grinning Tiger, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; Wound Tight, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Brandothebartender, Umberto Rispoli, 5-1; Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Tigre Di Slugo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; The Hunted, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Lieutenant Dan, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Steal Thediamonds, Agapito Delgadillo, 5-1; Loud Mouth, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; and also eligible Tap the Wire, Jose Valdivia Jr., 30-1. 10 2nd 12 64% 6 $745,236 32 34 DISTANCE ACE SIBERIAN IRIS RETURNS IN SANTA ANAIn her last four races, Siberian Iris has run a combined total of 5 ¼ miles, so there’s little doubt the Irish-bred mare trained by Richard Mandella will fancy the mile and a quarter on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares.“She hasn’t run in a while but she’s training great and we expect her to run a good race,” Mandella said. Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden the six-year-old bay three times previously, including to victory in the CTT & TOC Stakes at Del Mar last Aug. 16, will be back aboard.“The distance will be no problem for her,” Mandella said. “She can go three miles if needed.”Owned by Calumet Farm, Siberian Iris was third in the Grade III  Astra at a mile and a half last out on Jan. 19; fourth in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and a quarter Sept. 28; won the aforementioned Del Mar stakes at 1 3/8 miles; and fourth in an overnight race at 1 1/8 miles last May 27.In other news from the Mandella barn, the Hall of Fame trainer recently received a two-year-old colt named Q B One, the first foal from the champion mare he trained, Beholder.“They always called Beholder the Queen Bee,” Mandella said when asked the significance of the colt’s name, “so I guess that explains Q B One. I thought it meant Quarterback One, but that’s not it.”Meanwhile San Marcos Stakes winner United, who was scheduled to run in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic on March 28, is on standby in the Middle East as the Dubai World Cup event was cancelled early today Pacific Time due to the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re trying to figure out how to get him home now,” Mandella said.United was runner-up by a head at 51-1 to Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. 61% 3rd Abel Cedillo254 10 Flavien Prat185 33 $967,422 44% 13% Money Won 14% Bob Baffert86 15% 39% Jeff Mullins56 $749,800 3rd $1,532,262 ITM% 25 22% Michael W. McCarthy46 $1,659,916 24 23% 16% Geovanni Franco94 $1,848,492 1st 6 12 20% Philip D’Amato83 $400,482 45% Drayden Van Dyke122 $1,113,896 $1,646,041 19% 21 15 9 18 19 JockeyMts 43 Jorge Velez185 51% Money Won 37% $868,451 10 13 Steve Knapp51 $814,285 37 37 $1,040,459 14 1st LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: Bob Baffert Gives An Update on Authentic, Nadal, Thousand Words and CharlatanDay in the Life With Jockey Valet and Exercise Rider Augustine LuraDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:Two Thirty Five (Outside) and Del Mar May (Baltas) 3-21-20Authentic (Baffert) 3-21-20Le Tub (Outside) and Lazy Daisy (O’Neill)  3-21-20Zellda (Inside) and Daniela Bella (Shirreffs) 3-19-20Dark Prince (Baffert) 3-19-20True Valor (Callaghan) 3-19-20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 3-19-20Dessman (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 3-19-20 Umberto Rispoli166 17 MARATHON MARE IS SET FOR SANTA ANA 9 $706,665 22 Tiago Pereira129 11 $2,424,040 46% 12 John W. Sadler83 TrainerSts 20% Peter Miller73 24% 65% CHRB TELECONFERENCE SET FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 26The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a teleconference meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26. Consistent with the Governor’s recent Executive Order N-29-20, the meeting will be teleconference only and no physical location will be provided.The public is encouraged to participate in either of two ways: The webcast audio link on the CHRB website will continue to provide a way for the public to listen to the meeting. Furthermore, those wishing to speak during the meeting may dial 888-392-4564 and enter 6896291# when prompted. The operator will provide instructions to those wishing to speak on any agenda item.Note that for agenda item #17, Public Comment, each person will be limited to two minutes, and no further comments will be permitted after 30 minutes. The agenda and package of materials for this teleconference meeting are available on the CHRB website. Ruben Fuentes90 19 18 5 15 2nd ITM% 33 13 Win% 49% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 26 14 11 36 12% 48% 11% Joel Rosario145 Richard Baltas116 22 52% (Current Through Saturday, March 21) 23 21% 24% 19 $2,393,096 41 $576,941 Doug F. O’Neill107 FINISH LINES:  Department of Corrections–Contrary to what had been stated here regarding 9-year-old gelding Ashleyluvssugar running for the fourth time in yesterday’s Grade III San Luis Rey Stakes, this was not the first time a horse has appeared in the same Santa Anita stakes on four occasions.  Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman advises that a pair of Hall of Famers have completed the quad.  Ron McAnally’s John Henry, ran in two different stakes four times each and Buster Millerick’s Native Diver actually ran in the San Carlos Handicap five years in a row.  And a third horse, Bruce Headley’s Eclipse Award winning sprinter Kona Gold, ran in the Grade I Ancient Title Stakes (now Santa Anita Sprint Championship) a total of four times…Jonathan Hardoon with the Ragozin Sheets, reports Bob Baffert’s Charlatan earned an incredible 3 ½ “Sheet” number in winning a one mile allowance here on March 14 and that his stablemate Nadal earned an 11 in taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes on the same day…Baffert’s Authentic, winner of the Grade II San Felipe on March 7, drilled five furlongs over a fast main track yesterday morning in 1:01.80. 21 HESS HOPES FOR HIT WITH WOUND TIGHT $1,354,859 44% 36 41% 12% 23 11 16% 8 5 6 50% 16 12last_img read more

Everton aces unlikely to visit Gomes in hospital due to his ‘strong painkillers’

first_imgANDRE GOMES’ distraught Everton team-mates are unlikely to visit him in hospital because he will be on such a “strong dose of painkillers”.The medication Gomes will receive while being in for surgery will almost certainly mean he is not ready to see visitors, report The Athletic.3 It is unlikely that any of Gomes’ Everton team-mates will visit him in hospital todayCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Spurs’ Son Heung-min was inconsolable after the freak incidentCredit: ReutersToffees midfielder Gomes, 26, suffered a dislocated and broken right ankle after a coming together with Spurs’ Son Heung-min last night.The 78th-minute incident saw Son reduced to tears, team-mate Serge Aurier visibly distressed and Cenk Tosun trying to comfort his Goodison pal after hearing his screams.Gomes was rushed to Aintree hospital and he will have the operation to put his foot back in place today.But he will reportedly do so without the presence of his team-mates.The Athletic say it is “unlikely” any Everton stars will visit Gomes due to the strength of painkillers he will need.Instead, they have sent messages on social media wishing him a quick recovery.Fabian Delph said: “It is difficult to put into words how we feel.3 Gomes was rushed to Aintree HospitalCredit: Getty Images – Getty”Our thoughts are with Andre. He is one of our brothers. We will give him all our support.”England keeper Jordan Pickford said: “Thinking of you brother. We’re all here for you.”Hope to see you back on the pitch as soon as possible.”Lucas Digne posted on Twitter: “My brother everybody is with you. I know you are the beast and you come back stronger.”Son is said to have switched off his phone and gone straight home to his parents once the Spurs plane landed back at Stansted last night.Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Everton skipper Seamus Coleman, who suffered a similar injury in March 2017, consoled Son in their Goodison dressing room.latest football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitThe traumatised South Korean was initially going to be awarded a yellow for his challenge before referee Martin Atkinson upgraded it to a red after seeing the damage caused by his challenge.Spurs are set to appeal Son’s red card with Pochettino slamming the “unbelievable” sending off.Dele Alli declared after the game that Son was struggling to lift his head up, but Poch has since said that the ex-Hamburg winger is now feeling better.Mauricio Pochettino brands Son’s sending off ‘unfair’ after referee Martin Atkinson changes his mind from yellow card to redlast_img read more

Chelsea set to face Barca and Spurs to get Valencia, say CL draw calculations

first_imgCHELSEA are most likely to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, according to the calculations.The Blues ended their group stage campaign with a 2-1 win over Lille  and 11 points – but still managed to only finish second in Group G.4 The permutations for the Champions League last 16 draw4 Chelsea are most likely to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16Credit: ReutersFrank Lampard’s side must now face a team who finished top of their group.And the calculations say Chelsea have a 23.28 per cent shot of landing the La Liga champions – the highest chance of any team to face any other team in the entire draw.The Stamford Bridge side cannot face Liverpool or Manchester City – who topped their groups – as rules forbid teams from the same nation being drawn together at this stage of the competition.Chelsea also can’t face Valencia, as they were in the same group together – giving them just five options in the last 16.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAlong with Barcelona, they could face Juventus (21.67 per cent), Bayern Munich (18.9 per cent), Paris Saint-Germain (18.18 per cent) or Red Bull Leipzig (17.98 per cent) – ensuring they have a tricky route to the quarter-finals.Meanwhile, Tottenham are most likely to land Valencia in the upcoming draw with a 22.61 per cent shot.Barcelona (22 per cent), Juventus (20.72 per cent), RB Leipzig (17.34 per cent) and PSG (17.33 per cent) complete their list.Amongst the other English teams, Premier League-leaders Liverpool are most likely to face Atletico Madrid – a 22.4 per cent likelihood.4MORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownThe rampant Reds could also draw Real Madrid (21.58 per cent) Borussia Dortmund (20.62 per cent), Atalanta (18.44 per cent) or Lyon (16.97 per cent).Meanwhile, Man City are most likely to face Atleti too, also with a 22.4 per cent shot.Their numbers are identical to Liverpool for Real, Dortmund and Lyon – but they’re an 18.44 per cent shot to come up against Napoli.4Neymar wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool as trio join transfer battle for wantaway PSG starlast_img read more

Sky and BT announce March games with Manchester and Merseyside derbies on TV

first_imgSKY and BT Sports have revealed their televised Premier League fixtures for March.And there are plenty of juicy games for fans to anticipate – including the Manchester AND Merseyside derbies.2 The Manchester derby is one of the top games being shown on live TV in MarchCredit: ReutersThe first full March weekend kicks off sees Man Utd host City at Old Trafford in Sunday’s late kick-off.And it really is a Super Sunday with Everton visiting Chelsea earlier in the day.United have another big fixture a week later when they travel to Spurs.And Monday 16 sees Liverpool take on rivals Everton at Goodison Park in an 8pm kick-off.Man City then play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early game on Saturday 21.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesBut Arsenal will have just one televised game on March 22 away to Southampton.It is sure to be a crucial month in the Premier League, with Liverpool getting closer to sealing their first-ever title in the competition.The Reds are already 16 points clear of Man City and even have a game in hand.So it may be the top four race where all eyes are fixed by the time March rolls around.Chelsea currently occupy fourth and are eight points behind third-placed Leicester.Sky and BT Sports live Premier League March gamesBT SPORTSSat March 7: Liverpool vs Bournemouth (12.30pm)Sat March 14: Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm)Sat March 21: Chelsea vs Man City (12.30pm)*SKY SPORTSSat March 7: Burnley vs Spurs (5.30pm)Sun March 8: Chelsea vs Everton (2pm)Sun March 8: Man Utd vs Man City (4.30pm)Mon March 9: Leicester vs Aston Villa (8pm)Sat March 14: Aston Villa vs Chelsea (5.30pm)Sun March 15: West Ham vs Wolves (2pm)Mon March 16: Everton vs Liverpool (8pm)Fri March 20: Spurs vs West Ham (8pm)*Sat March 21: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (5.30pm)*Sun March 22: Leicester vs Brighton (2pm)*Sun March 22: Southampton vs Arsenal (4.30pm)**subject to FA Cup quarter-finalsMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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 raidHowever, there’s just six points separating them from Man Utd, Spurs and Wolves.There’s just days remaining in the current transfer window.And all Champions League hopefuls are sure to be looking for reinforcements to help seal qualification for the continent’s top competition next term.2 The Merseyside derby will also be shown on the box in MarchCredit: PA:Press AssociationFA Cup 4th round TV games – Which matches are BT Sport and BBC showing live and what time do they kick off?last_img read more

Mourinho ramps up mind games and tells Lampard: I’ve been told your team!

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO told Spygate victim Frank Lampard: I‘ve been told your team!The Tottenham boss heads to former club Chelsea for their Prem showdown this lunchtime insisting he has already knows how the hosts will line up.3 Jose Mourinho has ranked up the mind games ahead of his return to ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics Sport3 He says he already knows Frank Lampard’s team for the lunchtime Prem clashCredit: Getty ImagesBlues boss Lampard went with three at the back when they won 2-0 at Spurs in December.Mourinho, when asked about his opponents’ gameplan yesterday, said: “Tomorrow the same. I was told the same.”Mourinho refused to divulge who had allegedly given him the team news.When a reporter asked him how he had come by this information, he replied: “The same way you have a lot of news and you don’t tell the sources.”And Mourinho gave an emphatic “No” after it was suggested Lampard may now change his tactics when he reads these comments this morning.Mourinho said: “Will he go with the team as is? Of course. Of course.”Leeds were fined £200,000 after one of manager Marcelo Bielsa’s staff was caught spying on Championship rivals Derby last year.Will he go with the team as is? Of course. Of course.”Mourinho on Lampard’s starting XIWhether this is espionage or pure Mourinho mind games remains to be seen.We know he is a manager who would do anything to win.While in charge of Chelsea in 2005 he defied a Uefa ban by smuggling himself into the dressing room in a laundry basket so he could give his pre-match teamtalk.In two spells at Stamford Bridge he led the Blues to three League titles – including their first for 50 years – three League Cups and one FA Cup.Yet he was booed by home fans when he returned there with former club Manchester United – to which he responded by sticking up three fingers – and he is expecting more stick today.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesHe said: “I won three Premier Leagues. That’s nothing special.“Am I disappointed? That’s football.“One thing is the way I am treated in the stadium, another is the way I’m treated on the street. And on the street, every time I am approached by fans from all different clubs – not just the clubs where I’ve been working before, even clubs that I have no connection with – I am approached with care, respect, great feelings. And the Chelsea fans they find me in the street full of respect.LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“So one thing for me is my social life and what I call the street, another thing is the football stadium. And in the football stadium it is a completely different environment.“That’s because inside a football stadium people are emotional, people just want to win and they look at the opposition as the sports enemy – I don’t want to say enemy as it is too strong in sport.“The last time I went back was with Sky for Chelsea v Liverpool. It was very normal again.“I don’t go there but I know if I want to go there I just need to pick up the phone and I will be treated the way I deserve and the way the club respects me and people like me who belong to their past.“I don’t have a single problem with the club, not at all. I know if I want to go to Chelsea v Bayern Munich next week they will not make me sit with the Bayern fans. I am treated properly well by the club.”3last_img read more

Jillaroos to watch at the World Cup

first_imgTalesha is in the army and has moved all over Australia pursing her dream to play professional rugby league.A couple of years ago Talesha decided to move her life and career to Queensland because she had heard of a women’s rugby league competition that existed up north. By the time Talesha got there, the competition was no longer running.After that initial disappointment, Talesha decided to give other sports a go (including rugby union). But nothing quite had the same pull as rugby league.When Talesha heard that at the start of 2017 the Cronulla Sharks would be launching a women’s 9s side of their own, she decided to give it one more go and got herself relocated from Queensland back to Sydney so that she could try and make the team.At that stage in the year, Talesha’s goal was just to play footy again. But then she made the Cronulla Sharks Women’s team and the bar moved.Talesha’s new goal was to represent New South Wales in the Interstate Challenge. She also managed to tick off that honour earlier this year when she made her debut for the Blues in August, helping them to beat the Queensland Maroons 22-6 to win the Challenge for the second year in a row.Was Australian Jillaroos selection too big of a dream for a young woman who only returned to the game at the start of the year?Not in Talesha’s case. She was named earlier this month as part of the Australian Jillaroos squad and I could not be prouder. To see Talesha represent not just the Cronulla Sharks, the New South Wales Blues and now the Australian Jillaroos is extraordinary and I congratulate her on her commitment to footy and am so glad that she decided to come back to the game. I can’t wait to see her run out in that green and gold jersey.Meg WardMeg Ward represents a whole new group of women who are coming to rugby league.Meg has excelled at a number of sports and was a Reds Rugby women’s representative (despite growing up in a house that was obsessed with rugby league).Despite her family loving footy and Meg clearly being a talented athlete, her first opportunity to play came only this year when she moved to the Northern Territory and saw a notice that was advertising schoolgirls rugby league.Similar to Kezie Apps who used to drive five hours to Sydney each week to compete in the Helensburgh competition, Meg drove three hours from her RAAF base to talk to someone about joining a team.She played five games for the Northern Sharks, represented the NT Titans at the Combined Affiliated States Championships and is now about to represent her country.Along with teammates Lucy Lockhart (from the Northern Territory) and Maddison Bennett (Western Australia) it is becoming clearer that you do not need to be from New South Wales or Queensland to represent Australia in women’s rugby league. Elliana WaltonAlong with names like Karyn Murphy, Stephanie Hancock and Ruan Sims, Elliana Walton will always be remembered for longevity. Elliana was recognised earlier this year with the Karen Foulkes award for her dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown District. Elliana is a prop/lock and after being selected for the Jillaroos in 2008 is one of the most capped Jillaroos ever, and hopes to continue playing so she can reach a decade of service..  Not only does she represent her country, but she also captain-coaches the Greenacre Tigers in the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Rugby League competition, has coached her son in the under-7 St George Dragons and also works full time as a support worker for adults with disabilities. Isabelle Kelly and Zahara TemaraThis is a pair to keep your eyes on.These two women made their debut for the Australian Jillaroos in the Test against the Kiwi Ferns back in May.Not only did these women make their debut, but each managed to score on debut. Isabelle scored the first try in the 10th minute and then in the 30th minute Zahara also scored to give the Jillaroos a 12-4 lead at half-time.Both at the start of their careers, they are players who will certainly be part of the next generation of Jillaroos to be long-term Australian representatives.  One final thoughtThis week I heard Kezie Apps interviewed and she shared that one night, four years ago, she was waiting for ‘The Simpsons’ to come on television and saw that women were competing in the Rugby League World Cup.That moment changed Kezie’s life and she knew that she wanted to be one of these women.You can’t be what you can’t see, so do not underestimate the importance of making our Australian Jillaroos visible to the next generation of young women.I look forward to seeing plenty of you at Southern Cross Group Stadium next Thursday for the opening day of the Women’s World Cup. The Jillaroos game will form part of a triple-header celebration of the women’s game which will also see the Kiwi Ferns play against the Canada Ravens and England play against the Papua New Guinea Orchids.In this Australian Jillaroos squad there are plenty of familiar faces including Ruan Sims, Kezie Apps, Maddie Studdon, Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Baker and Sam Bremner.While the women I have just named are women you should certainly watch during the Jillaroos World Cup campaign, I thought I would introduce you to some other squad members who you should also be keeping an eye on.Talesha QuinnTalesha is one of my favourite stories from 2017.last_img read more

FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

first_imgFINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.“The recent decisions of Mr Eduardo Paes are seriously damaging the image and value of FINA and its disciplines,” the letter states according to the AP.“This situation is in clear disrespect for the FINA requirements concerning aquatic venues, and will negatively affect the safety conditions and the level of performances of our athletes.”The report adds that four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov is quoted in the letter as saying that swimming conditions in Rio would be “a step back in relation to previous editions” of the Olympics.FINA’s unhappiness partly relates to a cut in spectator seats in the new design of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, which will now only seat up to 13,000 people instead of the 17,500 at the previous Olympics, which will have a substantial effect on finances through ticket sales.“Therefore, the main venue of the leading sport from the Olympic movement is diminished in terms of importance and value,” the letter states.“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”The letter also demands Rio do more thorough testing of the health issues at the open water venues at Copacabana beach and is critical of a decision not to put a roof on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which will hold diving, water polo and synchronized swimming in the open air.FINA’s criticisms have attracted support from Vladimir Salnikov, the influential head of Russia’s swimming federation.Russian agency R-Sport quotes him as saying: “These problems have to be solved on time” – adding that earlier recommendations from FINA “obviously haven’t been listened to.”last_img read more

Digicel Cup to deliver school holiday program in Port Moresby

first_imgThis event will mark the start of this school program in its inaugural year.There will be 195 students from 10 schools in Port Moresby expected to participate in a variety of fun-filled activities including a special visit  from the Port Moresby-based Digicel Cup players as well as reps from the SP PNG Hunters.Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers, PRK Gulf Isapea and TNA Lions have field in three reps each to show their support for the program. PNG Hunters player volunteers include Nickson Borana, Ase Boas, Esau Siune, Benjamin Hetra, Atte Wabo Bina, Thompson Teteh, Butler Morris, Benjamin Hetra, Noel Zeming and Adex Wera. These volunteers will help teach valuable lessons to Grade Seven students aged between 13 and 14 years as part of the program.Digicel PNG CEO, Maurice McCarthy, said he was excited to welcome the PNG Hunters players to join in the program which aims to build a strong sense of community among young people in Port Moresby.“It is an honour to give back to the local community with the help of our local Digicel Cup players and SP PNG Hunters players who have voluntarily lent their time to offering young students their advice and knowledge,” he said.“The program is an opportunity for schools in the province to come together and for participating students to engage with each other, share ideas and establish new friendships which they would otherwise not have the chance to make.”The sports program will include five sessions throughout the day including warm up and Zumba, Health and Wellbeing, Basics of Rugby League, Motivational Talk, Team Building activities and a friendly game of touch football.McCarthy said the sessions will show the students the importance of staying physically and mentally active through sports.“As part of living a healthy and active lifestyle, it is important for both girls and boys to keep their bodies and minds strong,” he said.“These sessions have been designed to empower youth to make well informed choices for their future in sports, health and education.”The Digicel Cup School Program will continue to run for the duration of the school holidays to instil positive life lessons to school children across the country.The Program will be rolled out in Lae and Kokopo on July 13 for both provinces.This will be followed by Goroka, Hagen, Jiwaka, Wabag and Mendi during the Term 3 School holiday in September.More than 1000 primary school students will be positively impacted by the program this year with a total of 44 schools participating and 20 students per school attending.All 11 Digicel Cup franchises competing in the Digicel Cup will take part in the program when it is rolled out in their respective regions.(Picture: Students from Bavaroko Primary School (participating school) at the Digicel Cup School Program awareness session held in May to promote the school holiday program and to encourage participation.)last_img read more

Xavi postpones his decision: there will be no response this Sunday

first_imgFinally this Sunday there will be no ‘white smoker’ about the future of Xavi Hernández. The Catalan coach has decided to postpone in a few hours his final decision on whether to leave the Qatari club and sign for Barcelona, ​​or instead wait until the end of the season and take the reins of the team for the next course. Although all the information pointed out that it would be this Sunday when Xavi said yes or no to Barcelona, ​​the truth is that The answer will have to wait a few hours or a few more days. And Xavi is not going to take this great step in his professional career without having several closed folders. First the situation that leaves your current team, which is played on Friday January 17 the final of Cup after eliminating Saturday at Al rayyan (4-1), and second his arrival in Barcelona where he does not want to be labeled as the executioner of Ernesto Valverde. In a press conference after the game he has already advanced his “maximum respect” by the current occupant of the Barcelona bench.Who seems to be in a hurry to close the agreement with Xavi is FC Barcelona, ​​which has been broadcasting to its related media the negotiations as if it were a football match. It is clear that the aim of the emissaries of the club would be to arrive in Barcelona with the signed contract of Xavi under the arm on Monday before the board of directors, but today it does not seem very feasible. At least they will have to wait a few more hours to know Xavi’s final decision. In any case, events have been precipitating in such a way that every minute that passes It seems more difficult for Xavi to say no to the offer to immediately join Blaugrana discipline. On Saturday he met two more hours with the Blaugrana delegation, headed by the director general, Oscar Grau, and the technical secretary, Eric Abidal, to finish defining future plans. It was the second meeting held with the emissaries Blaugrana in two days. A meeting considered fruitful by both parties, but in no case definitive.It should be noted that in this last summit nothing was formalized in particular, much less there was no drafting of contracts, as some media speculated. At the meeting, where Xavi’s brother Oscar, a member of the Al Sadd coaching staff, was also deepening on the possible arrival of the mythical player on the bench, but still with many fronts open in the negotiation.last_img read more

Gullit underestimates De Jong

first_imgFrenkie de Jong (22 years old) He recently rated his season with “a 6”. In Dutch, he arrived in Can Barça in summer in exchange for 75 million euros and, despite convincing in the beginning, the irregular march of the team seems to have affected the Dutch’s game. A needs to improve in full. Y that current is what Ruud Gullit follows, Dutch football legend. “There are many people talking about the great season that Frenkie is doing, but I have my doubts about it”Gullit said in Voetbal Primeur. Gullit does not doubt the abilities of the culé, quite the contrary, he “thinks that, in reality, he is not playing as well as he says and he can do much better “. “I say this because I know perfectly well that he can do better. Frenkie must play better,” he insists. However, he has shown his support for the young man oranje: “I have confidence in him because it is fantastic to see him when he is connected, but I see what is happening, “he concluded. De Jong himself has his feet on the ground, as you recognized in the aforementioned interview in Sport: “I’m playing well so far, but I think I can do much better. I would wear a six. At the moment, a six or a six and a half. I have played many minutes and I have played more or less well, I am happy, but I know that my performance can be much better. “last_img read more