STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

first_img10 GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW PICK SIX TODAY 7 1 FIRST ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ AIRS TOMORROW 13 7 $1,795,659 $826,008 28% 46% $594,312 John Sadler46 Rafael Bejarano91 17 6 5 Flavien Prat116 1st 41% 17% 41% 42% 7 16 37% Bob Baffert45 14 Aaron Gryder32 19% Geovanni Franco110 3 7 58% $385,359 48% $753,322 2nd Tiago Pereira85 16 Kent Desormeaux55 39% 23 $725,333 15 Richard Baltas72 9 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 14% 4 2 William Spawr14 13 22 5 16% Win% 14 $749,605 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 7) $282,102 9 59% 30% 65% 5 2 Joseph Talamo88 Richard Mandella27 36% 10% Agapito Delgadillo35 5 2nd 8 64% 11 8 56% $595,838 15% 14 J. Keith Desormeaux34 3 3 $461,424 $710,458 14% 22% 8 JockeyMts 2 5 9 23 $226,954 8 11 Mark Glatt41 $561,469 59% Assael Espinoza70 40% 7 10 11% 10 47% 42% SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M. 6 1st ITM% 30% $139,136 $683,801 15 Money Won 19% 14 6 26% Martin Pedroza44 5 4center_img Ruben Fuentes61 11% 5 $163,991 7 TODAY’S STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES A $100,000 POOL 9% 27% 5 Joel Rosario126 8 7 Tyler Baze127 Drayden Van Dyke87 $262,365 Money Won 43% 20% Doug  O’Neill92 20% 17 $1,416,736 18% 58% $756,055 9 3rd 7 FLAMBOYANT GOES FOR SAN MARCOS GRAND SLAM Win% 59% $807,405 41% Edwin Maldonado43 Jerry Hollendorfer58 6 2 8 12 9 12 37% 1 $288,532 8 1 17 Peter Eurton31 5 14% 3 20% $579,179 HOLLENDORFER EYES FOURTH WIN IN LAS VIRGENESJerry Hollendorfer has won 7,570 races in his illustrious career, including the Las Virgenes Stakes three times, but if he captures Saturday’s edition with Calf Moon Bay, it will mark a gargantuan upset compared to his previous three triumphs.All were recorded by champions: Blind Luck (2010), Songbird (2016) and Unique Bella (2017). Calf Moon Bay not only has never won a stakes race, she has never run in one.But the bay daughter of Bodemeister owned in part by Hollendorfer is doing well enough to merit a chance against 2-5 morning line favorite Bellafina and a trio of other three-year-old fillies in the one mile race, a major steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6.Calf Moon Bay broke her maiden going one mile at Los Alamitos, winning stylishly by five lengths, then returned to the same distance at Santa Anita on Jan. 11 and won by a nose.The Las Virgenes, race five of 11 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Calf Moon Bay, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Enaya Alrabb, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5; Mother Mother, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and Tomlin, Tyler Baze, 15-1.FLAMBOYANT RUNS FOR FOURTH TIME IN SAN MARCOSNot many Thoroughbreds are durable enough to run in the same race four times over a four-year span, let alone four stakes races, but Flamboyant is about to achieve that when the French-bred trained by Paddy Gallagher goes in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes.Flamboyant won the mile and a quarter turf race in his first attempt, on Feb. 6, 2016. The bay gelding, now eight, was third in the race on Feb. 4, 2017, and sixth on Feb. 3, 2018.“He’s been good to us,” Gallagher said of the son of Peer Gynt, owned by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner, Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board.In 36 career starts, six in his native France, Flamboyant has six wins, five seconds and 11 thirds, good for earnings of $1,103,612.Still, Flamboyant’s San Marcos record doesn’t hold a candle to that of California Flag, who ran in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint five consecutive years, from 2008 through 2012, winning in 2009 at Santa Anita.The gelded gray son of Avenue of Flags, now 15, was trained by Brian Koriner back in the day and won 11 of 27 starts, earning $1,288,825. “He was an aggressive, good-feeling horse all the time,” Koriner recalled. “Always happy.”The San Marcos, which goes as race nine: Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 10-1; Roman Rosso, Evin Roman, 12-1; Chicago Style, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Epical, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Platinum Warrior, Shane Foley, 12-1; Sejo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Lucky Soul, Heriberto Figueroa, 30-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 12-1; India Mantuana, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and Prince of Arabia, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.OHIO TAKES ON FAVORED RIVER BOYNE IN THUNDER ROADMichael McCarthy hopes to continue reaping dividends with $50,000 claim Ohio in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes for older horses at a mile on turf.The Brazilian-bred son of Elusive Quality is making a relatively quick return, having won the Cotton Fitzsimmons Stakes on Jan. 12 at Turf Paradise by 6 ½ lengths as the 4-5 choice.“Unfortunately, with the weather what it was the past week, we couldn’t get a work into him but he’s certainly an old pro,” said McCarthy, who made his bones on Jan. 26 by saddling City of Light to a spectacular victory by some six lengths in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup.“It’s a big ask tomorrow trying to get the better of River Boyne who’s been so good here the last year. It seems he likes this surface, too, so we’ll try not to let him get too far out of our sights and go from there.”The Irish-bred River Boyne, trained by Jeff Mullins, is unbeaten in six starts on Santa Anita’s turf course, with three wins and a second at one mile on grass, thus most deserving of being the 8-5 morning line favorite.McCarthy had sound reasons for claiming Ohio, an eight-year-old gelding now with eight wins and earnings of $228,065.“Obviously the horse had a bunch of back class,” McCarthy said. “He had quite a reputation when he came here. His first few races in the United States were out of sight . . . but it took us a little while to get him into the program.“He had some nagging minor things that required some time to resolve, but overall he was in very good shape when we got him.”The Thunder Road, which goes as race seven: River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 5-2; Le Ken, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Desert Stone, Joel Rosario, 3-1; True Valor, Andrea Azteni, 8-1; and Blackjackcat, Mike Smith, 5-1.FOX2 AIRS LAS VIRGENES STAKES SATURDAYFox2 begins its “Saturday at the Races” program tomorrow featuring the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile airing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Nine other ‘Saturday at the Races” shows from Santa Anita are scheduled, with Michelle Yu reporting. In addition to the Las Virgenes, they are:Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the California Cup Derby; Saturday, Feb. 23, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, the Pasadena Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 6, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Races to be determined will also air on Friday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $20,461.50With three “live” horses in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot heading into Thursday’s eighth and final race, there was decent chance one would come home on top and provide one lucky ticket holder with a Jackpot payout of $86,547.It wasn’t to be however, as #4 Big City Bane (30-1), #9 Silent Musketier (19-1) and #11 Cryin’ Chuck (9-2), finished seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively.Instead, the winner was #3 Blame It On Kitty. Trained by Craig Dollase, he provided Tyler Baze with his third win on the day and paid $14.80 to win.Although there was no Single Ticket Jackpot winner, there were two winning consolation tickets, each worth a healthy $20,461.50.With an eight-race card on tap today, there is a Jackpot carryover of $45,624. Approximate post time for the third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 1:30 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.TODAY’S STRONACH 5 FEATURES $100,000 GUARANTEED POOLThe Stronach 5, featuring an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will have a $100,000 guaranteed pool today while showcasing races from Santa Anita Park, Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, and Golden Gate Fields.The national pick 5 sequence kicks off at 1:35 p.m. Pacific Time with a 10-horse field going seven furlongs at Laurel Park. After stops at Gulfstream and Santa Anita, the sequence will conclude with the fifth race from Golden Gate. There will be two turf races, one from Gulfstream and one from Santa Anita.Past performances for the Stronach 5:  https://www.xpressbet.com/bet-the-stronach-5Leg One – Laurel -Race 9 (10 entries, seven furlongs) 1:35 PTLeg Two -Gulfstream -Race 10 (11 entries, one mile) 1:40 PTLeg Three -Santa Anita -Race 4 (eight entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 2 PTLeg Four – Gulfstream -Race 11 (15 entries, one-mile turf) 2:13 PTLeg Five – Golden Gate -Race 5 (10 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 2:45 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.If a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5. LITTLE GIRL WITH BIG DREAM AT SANTA ANITAAnna McLain is a little girl with a big dream.At five feet tall and 90 pounds, the 22-year-old native of Texas who has been in Los Angeles for five years aspires to be a jockey.Towards that goal, she has been working at trainer Hector Palma’s BG Thoroughbred Farm in Hemet and has been a fixture at Clockers’ Corner on recent mornings, absorbing the ambiance and atmosphere that is Santa Anita’s alone.“We’re committed,” said Anna’s mother and mentor, Leah Lanier, always seated within arm’s length of her daughter as they fully absorb their surroundings.“We’re on a mission and we’re here rain or shine.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW VIBRANCE, STARTING HER JOURNEY TOWARDS THE KENTUCKY OAKSMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GETTING TO KNOW AXELRODMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW LIAM THE CHARMER, A GRADED STAKES WINNERMULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER CARIBOU CLUB WORKED 5 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER TOM PROCTOR.ELYSEA’S WORLD WORKED 5 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER RICHARD BALTAS. MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER CHASING YESTERDAY WORKED 6 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERT.BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE VICTOR GAME WINNER (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKED 5 FURLONGS AT FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERT.KANTHAKA, 2ND IN THE PALOS VERDES IN HIS LAST START, WORKED 5 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER JERRY HOLLENDORFER. THE UNDEFEATED IMPROBABLE WORKED 6 FURLONGS FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERT. IMPRESSIVE DEBUT WINNER FLOR DE LA MAR (OUTSIDE) AND QAHIRA WORKED 5 FOR TRAINER BOB BAFFERT.FINISH LINES: With rain forecast over the next few days and wet weather having caused either a sloppy or a closed main track for nine of the last 11 days since Jan. 31, clockers’ pens were running dry as 350 workouts were recorded Friday, 57 on the training track. Heading the list was a five furlong main track breeze in 1:00.20 by undefeated Triple Crown contender and Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2018 Game Winnerfor Bob Baffert, and another Baffert Triple Crown contender, Improbable, who went six furlongs in 1:15 flat. All top works are available free anytime on XBTV.com . . .Yesterday, Tyler Baze followed Doug O’Neill‘s three victories Sunday by posting a triple of his own, with one difference: O’Neill’s wins came in consecutive races. “First time I’ve ever done that,” said the meet’s leading trainer . . . An additional reminder, special early first post time for Saturday’s 11-race card is 11:30 a.m. 42% ITM% 3rd $131,472 6 8 Philip D’Amato58 57% 7 11 17% 13 49% $664,299 13% 17% TrainerMts 28 8 9 22% 19 15% 30% 16% 18 9 23 Mike Smith46 14 12 13% 11 5 14 OHIO STATES HIS CASE FOR THUNDER ROAD STAKES 19% Jeff Mullins32 $266,921 Peter Miller68 17% 5 44% 14% 14 CALF MOON BAY SEEKS AN UPSET IN LAS VIRGENES 44% $231,558 24% $952,263 50% 25 12 9 6 Heriberto Figueroa115 $754,356 5 16% $876,850 45% $135,176 Steve Knapp30 William E. Morey40 $363,691 9 18 10 $121,027last_img read more

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ROYAL HEROINE STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “We broke fine at the rail. We changed our strategy when I saw Mike (Smith) was out of the race on the first turn and we went to plan B. I can never do anything wrong with this filly. No matter what I do, she covers me. She is definitely something special.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, MEAL TICKET, SECOND: “My plan was to follow the speed and when two took the first turn the way she did, it kind of forced me to change it up a bit. But, I was still pretty much where I wanted to be. I almost got myself in a good position where I could trap Vasilika, but she just proved to have too much horse to keep her bottled up down in there. My filly ran a really good race, so I’m pretty happy.”MIKE SMITH, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, EASED GOING INTO CLUB HOUSE TURN:  “No, she didn’t bolt.  I just didn’t like the way she was moving.  I’d rather be safe than sorry.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I talked to Flavien (Prat) a little bit before the race and I told him if ‘You wanted to do something a little different, I didn’t mind.’ I think he was a little nervous about being back today, so he kept her a little closer and it worked anyway. She’s doing good right now, that’s for sure.”As to what’s next, Hollendorfer said he would look at the $400,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4.OWNER QUOTES GEORGE TODARO, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I don’t know what caught my eye on this mare, I didn’t expected this, some of them work out and some of them don’t, that one worked out very well and I am very pleased. Jerry (Hollendorfer) does a good job at picking out horses that can move up, there are several others like that not as extreme but he is great.”MARK SCHLAICH, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Jerry just called us up and asked if we wanted a piece of her (Vasilika) and he talked about her a little bit, I usually say yes about 3 of the 4 times, he took Vasilika to his camp  and put a little weight on her and got her into shape. We are always looking ahead and we like to compete so we will do something creative with here to stay in the competitive world. We like it.”NOTES: The winning owners are All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro.Vasilika and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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Jockey Luis M. Quinones Wins Prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

first_imgJockey Luis M. Quinones Wins Prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award; Puerto Rican Native, Who Won 314 Races In 2019, Will Accept Woolf Trophy On Sunday, March 22ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020)–America’s second leading rider by races won in 2019, Puerto Rican native Luis M. Quinones, a mainstay at racetracks such as Mahoning Valley Racecourse and Thistledown in Ohio, as well as at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as the winner of the prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.The Woolf Award, which can be won only once, recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The Woolf trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Quinones, 41, outpolled a group of five highly respected finalists that included veteran riders Tyler Baze, Javier Castellano, Chris Emigh and James Graham.“It’s a great honor just to be on the ballot for this award,” said Quinones.  “Winning the Woolf Award is incredible.  I’m looking forward to coming out there and I know this is something I will never forget.”In winning the award, Quinones joins a fraternity that includes some the greatest riders in the history of the sport as he follows last year’s Woolf winner, Scott Stevens.A major force at both Mahoning Valley, near Youngstown and Thistledown, on the outskirts of Cleveland, Quinones had a tremendous year in 2019, as he won 314 races from 1,331 mounts, finishing second nationally to Eclipse Champion Irad Ortiz, Jr., who had 324 winners.A married father of three daughters, Quinones, who has nearly 2,000 career winners, has built a solid reputation that far exceeds his ability to win races according to his longtime agent Billy Johnson.“His personality and work ethic are as good as anybody,” Johnson told Chelsea Hackbarth of the Paulick Report in January.  “…Anybody can work hard, but trainers don’t want to put up with riders who have a bad attitude.  Every horse he rides, Luis tries to find something about the horse that might help it improve for its next start…Even when he loses, he tries to find something positive about the horse.”Quinones will be at Santa Anita to accept the Woof Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 22.last_img read more

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U23 rugby program to develop code

first_imgThe Under 23 Resident program is a 5 year agreement with New South Wales Rugby League.The Under 23 Resident’s program creates another pathway for all the players in the national competition, the Digicel Cup.“This program has been negotiated and finalized by PNGRFL together the counterparts News South Wales Rugby Country and PNGNRLC. We are deligted that they have the confidence in PNGNRLC to pass the program onto us to deliver it in PNG” explained PNGNRLC Chairman Adrian Chow.Chairman Chow said the country has witnessed a general improvement in the standard of the code and this Under 23 Resident program will continue to develop rugby league in the country, especially the players.“This competition is directed at young and developing players so we want this program to assist players reach their potential because many of this players when they are young, they are still able to be moulded” said Mr Chow.The advantage of this program is that it will expose the young players to international level of competitions.Under the program, the PNG Under 23 Resident team will challenge New South Wales Country Under 23 Team.“This year they will come here and next year, our boys will travel to New South Wales. ..Beyond the partnership with NSW, this is a concept we want to grow and we will look at other competitions for our Resident’s Team going forward” said Sandis Tsaka, PNGRFL Sandis Tsaka.last_img read more

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League’s Oceania Cup postponed

first_imgThe series, which was to include a much-anticipated rematch between Tonga and New Zealand and other tests involving Samoa, PNG and the Cook Islands was originally scheduled for June.However the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation said it was now looking at delivering fixtures in October and November.Deputy Chair Greg Peters said the unprecedented measures had to be taken for the safety and well-being of players, staff and supporters.”With the recent announcement on mass gatherings and the unpredictability of this pandemic, the safety and well-being of our players, staff and supporters remain a priority,” he said.”We are also very conscious of the current demand on some of our players due to the travel restrictions in place which we will be taking into full consideration going forward.”Peters admitted that even if restrictions were lifted before the event date, it would not be feasible to undertake the work required to deliver the June tests.”The best-case scenario is our calendar is postponed, depending on what the NRL season looks like the back end of the year, but of course, we cannot guarantee anything at this stage.””We are in unfamiliar and unknown territory; collectively, we are all feeling the widespread impact of this pandemic but rest assured, we will be exploring every possible option,” Peters said.Chairman Sandis Tsaka said there were still hopes all nations would be able to play at least once this year.”We’re going with a Plan B where we are putting all the Oceania Cup matches towards the end of the year.”Obviously that would require a lot of discussion between the NRL and the Super League around how they would structure their seasons going forward,” he said.”We will need to see whether we are struggling with the State of Origin, the NRL and Super League matches because the Oceania Cup is mostly made up of players competing in those competitions so we’ll be liaising with them to find an appropriate time within the calendar towards the end of the year around November but obviously everyday the situation is evolving.”last_img read more

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Barnett and Bale’s possible march: “An assignment would be ridiculous”

first_imgThe matter is recurring. Whenever Gareth Bale appears in the center of the storm and his name reappears on the list of future departures from Real Madrid, Jonathan Barnett, his agent, goes on stage to deny any march option. This Wednesday, hours before your represented play before Unionists of Salamanca On the 16th of the Cup, the British representative has ruled out any possibility of leaving Bale in this winter market. “At the moment he will play tonight for Real Madrid and has another two and a half years of contract and is fine. He will be there and everything will be fine, “he told Sky sports.Tonight’s is a penance for Bale, who He did not travel to play the Super Cup in Arabia because of an infection in the respiratory tract, neither was summoned by Zidane for the match against Sevilla (the club reported that he had no physical problems) and his service sheet this season is almost immaculate: has only scored one goal in the 14 matches in which he has participated. Although the controversy seems not to take off from Bale, his agent insists that he will not leave in winter, and less transferred. After asking him if there is an option to go on a loan to another club, Barnett settled: “He is one of the best players on Earth, why would one of the best players on Earth go on loan? That’s ridiculous. Loans are ridiculous and not many clubs can afford it anyway. He is happy, he will play at Real Madrid and, hopefully, he will win another couple of things with them“. Tottenham does not lose sight of the seismic relationship between Bale and Zidane and intends to fish in troubled waters, according to El Chiringuito. The Sixth program talked about a meeting between Florentino and Daniel Levy in which the president of Tottenham asked about the situation of his former player. And he revealed that the offer he made to win the Welshman is 30 million. Asked about this possible interest of the London club to recruit Bale, Barnett haggled like this: “I am fond of Arsenal… “last_img read more

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Net, KO for a sprained left ankle

first_imgThe truth is that Neto is not having excessive fortune in his first season as a Blaugrana. After breaking the scaphoid of the left hand during the preseason, the goalkeeper has again suffered an accident in the form of injury during the Copa del Rey match against Ibiza. This time it is not as serious as the one he suffered in his hand – he will not need to go through the operating room -, but he could be at least two to three weeks off. Everything will ultimately depend on the degree of sprain injury in the left ankle that will be evaluated on Thursday after the relevant tests. There is no doubt that Neto is having a discreet passage through Barcelona. To his hopeful premiere against Inter Milan (1-2) in the Champions League, in the rest of the games he has played his participation has been very deficient. Both in the LaLiga derby against Espanyol (2-2), and in the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético (2-3) and now in Copa del Rey against Ibiza (1-2) their performance has not raised expectations initials. It also happens that Neto has not yet premiered at the Camp Nou. In principle, the loss of Neto will be occupied by the goalkeeper of the subsidiary, Iñaki Peña, who this season has entered the dynamics of the first team, at least in most of the training. In any case, and as the tight schedule comes, Net could perfectly miss both the knockout stages and the quarterfinals if they finally qualify, since both qualifiers are scheduled for January 29 and February 5respectively. Obviously it would not be available for LaLiga matches that Barcelona will play against Valencia, Levante and Betis.last_img read more

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Williams denounces racist shouts in the Espanyol field: from the bottom he heard “uh, uh, uh, uh”

first_imgThe referee did not notice the insults and has not reflected anything in the minutes, so it will be difficult for a fine or action taken by LaLiga. In the recent Barcelona derby with Piqué as the protagonist there were also insults. Thebes himself, president of the LFP, has condemned the events in the parakeet stadium: “Today we have taken a step back in the work started years ago, the violent incidents of Barcelona and Valencia, the racist insults to Williams they do a lot of damage to all Spanish football, LaLiga assumes its responsibility, we will look with the clubs where the mistake is. “Once the game was over, Williams received a touch of attention from Garitano for the bad moment he lives.” you have to demand goals, “he said. He is on his way to breaking the record for consecutive games, held by Larrañaga (202). Athletic statement:Athletic Club rejects and expressly and strongly condemns any expression, manifestation or violent act.The Athletic Club, a hundred-year-old entity that advocates for sport and football without violence, wants to strongly condemn the incidents prior to the Cornellà match.We believe in a healthy sports rivalry, without confrontations beyond sports and in which only hobbies that respect the rival above any condition and result have a place.Zero tolerance with any sign of violence.Unconditional support for hobbies that understand football as a meeting point between different, peaceful and plural.Espanyol reacted on social networks:The @RCDEspanyol strongly and explicitly condemns any sign of racism on soccer fields. The club is already investigating the incidents of racist character uttered by a few against Iñaki Williams. Our support and solidarity. Today we have taken a step back in the work started years ago, the violent incidents of Barcelona and Valencia, the racist insults to @ Williaaams45 they do a lot of damage to all Spanish football, @the league assume your responsibility, we will look with the clubs where the error is.– Javier Tebas Medrano (@Tebasjavier) January 25, 2020“I’m going a little sad because of the draw and because I have suffered racist insults. It’s something that no player of any race wants to hear. It’s something that is totally out of place. People have to come to the stadium to enjoy football and encourage your team. This is a friendship sport, as a team, it’s a sad day. ” Iñaki left the stadium very hurt. Part of the background began to reproduce the screams of a monkey and the forward burst: “Sons of a bitch all”. When he went to the bench, he explained the incident to his colleagues. Muniain notified the referee Sánchez Martínez. More calm, he valued: “It is a shame that such cases continue to be seen.” Espanyol and Athletic studied the case and made a separate statement. LaLiga is entering this type of insults hard. Recently in Vallecas a match was suspended for insults to Zozulia, Albacete player. Williams has lived a bitter noon in Barcelona. He is in a bad moment and has suffered racist shouts from the bottom where Espanyol ultras are accommodated when he retired to the band after being replaced in the 69th minute by Raúl García. The Athletic striker left the pitch on the bottom where the ultras are located and from there shouts of “uh, uh, uh, uh” were heard, just as Movistar’s cameras caught. In the same images you can see the player very angry and responding with several “motherfuckers” to those who insulted him.The rojiblanco already lived a similar episode in El Molinón years ago, when the match was stopped and they were asked to stop by public address system. The rojiblanco forward turned to the stand from which the insults came in an attitude of indignation. In mixed zone he wanted to downplay that episode, but he looked annoyed. “We are all people, regardless of nationality or skin color. People have to come to see the person, the soccer player, and enjoy football, not to insult him for being from another country and another color, ”he said at the end to Euskal Telebista, not wanting to give more trouble to the problem. Radicals of both teams have engaged in a fight before the game, in which chairs have been blown up from a hospitality shop.last_img read more

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Critics of Coutinho from Bayern: “It gets too complicated”

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho is still locked. Last summer he left Barcelona to win minutes and, above all, confidence that would allow him to be the elite player that everyone expected. So, The Bayern Munich ceded, leaving the German club a purchase option of 120 million euros. A few months later, it seems unlikely that it will finally be exercised, due to the poor performance of the attacker in the Bundesliga.Before the Hoffenheim, in German Cup, he returned to sign a questionable performance and an error of his provoked the first goal of the rival. At least, Bayern achieved the classification after winning four goals to three. However, it was a day to forget about Coutinho, which, to top it off, received criticism publicly from within the entity. Speaking to Sky Sports, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic showed his vision on performance. of the Brazilian in the Allianz Arena. “He’s doing good things, but then he gets too complicated in his game once again. He needs to have the feeling that things are going well for him. It hasn’t worked in this game, but we know what it can do, “he explained. Salihamidzic After the conclusion of the meeting. Meanwhile, he continues to receive opportunities from Flick to show his worth. He was substitute in the last two league events, after chaining four consecutive titles. In fact, in one of them, in front of the Werder Bremen, signed three goals and two assists in what has been his best game so far in Germany. However, They are still waiting for more from him and not even from the club themselves they remain outside the debate …last_img read more

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João Félix begins to dispel doubts at Atlético

first_imgJoão Félix begins to dispel some of the Doubts that had settled around him. The Portuguese was watched with a magnifying glass from the moment of his signing. The 127 million that it cost was a difficult slab to carry, although he has always carried it naturally. In these last meetings the fans have seen the best João Felix and rubs his hands with what may come in the next collisions. The Athletic grabs to best version from João Félix. The stoppage forced by the coronavirus pandemic left some positive news. The most important Atlético’s pass to the Champions League quarterfinals after eliminating Liverpool.Great news for a team in need of some great joy. And there are also proper names that appear important for the immediate future. João Félix’s is one of them. The Portuguese was injured for a month and returned to offer the best performance of the season. João Félix played against Villarreal, Espanyol, started against Sevilla and later also started at Anfield. Against Sevilla he was the best footballer of Atlético at 2-2 and in Anfield, in spite of the difficulty of the party, it played a good shock. It’s a shame that can’t play against Athletic in Bilbao, in the first clash when league competition resumes. João Félix has played 28 matches Official competition with Atlético (20 from LaLiga, five from Champions, two from the European Super Cup and one from the Cup). Has scored six goals (four in the league tournament and two in the Champions League) and given three assists (one in LaLiga, one in the Champions League and the other in the Cup).center_img In the Athletic nobody understand a rojiblanco team 2020-21 without him. This year it will have served as an apprenticeship and from the coaching staff consider that it will be able to contribute much more after its time of adaptation to the Spanish championship and to Atlético itself. With a contract until 2026, Atlético next season will start in Oblak and end in João Félix. And he still has the last leg of the season to increase his performance and improve his numbers.last_img read more

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