THUNDER ROAD STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “We were able to split horses there turning for home and we got lucky.  The horse to my outside was tired and he drifted (out) a little and we got through.  Jeff told me to warm him up good and put him close to the lead and he was pulling the whole way.”TRAINER QUOTESJEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s a game horse. Since he turned four, things have been a bit tougher for him he’s had some troubled trips. He needed this. I just told Abel, get him up close and just save ground. See if you can split horses at the top of the stretch.  He got it done. We got a little class relief today and I’ve been lucky with this jock.  He’s ridden three horses for me and we’ve won all three.“He’s not the kind of horse to run off. He needed to be in contention and not give him a lot to do. Today Abel had him sitting in a good spot and it looked like he had a lot of energy so when he split horses he got it done.”TIM COHEN, PART OWNER, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s had a lot of bad luck a few troubled trips and ground that he didn’t particularly like. Especially last time out in Phoenix (Ran third in the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap, Jan. 11). I’m just so happy for him because he is such a competitor and he deserves to win and he did.  I’m so happy for the horse.“We have a really good team of people that we work with and my father is a big part of that process. We have been lucky and that’s what you need to be.”NOTES: The winning owners are Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC.last_img read more

Chelsea the biggest losers from VAR as rivals benefit most from video replays

first_imgCHELSEA were left ruing a disallowed goal once again on the weekend and, after six games, they have been caught out the most by VAR.Cesar Azpilicueta saw his effort chalked off because of an offside ruling against Mason Mount – albeit a correct one.3 Chelsea are coming off worst under VAR this season3 Gabriel Jesus was particularly incensed at the outcome of a VAR reviewCredit: ReutersIt was the second time the Blues’ celebrations were cut short this season after a goal by Kurt Zouma against Norwich was also dismissed for a foul by Olivier Giroud on goalkeeper Tim Krul.Chelsea are the only team to have two goals erased without a VAR decision in their favour, as revealed by ESPN.Wolves and Sheffield United are also yet to have a video review come to their rescue having lost out in a replay, the Midlands club in particular feeling hard done by after a Willy Boly handball cancelled out a potential winner at Leicester.Champions Manchester City were allowed to retake a Sergio Aguero penalty on the opening day but have also had a pair ruled out, most crucially Gabriel Jesus’ last gasp goal against Tottenham in August.Bournemouth and Brighton share a single-goal VAR deficit of-sorts, again with the decisions picked up generally agreed on as correct. 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 permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleBenefiting from the reviews have been West Ham, Leicester, Norwich and Liverpool – who were the recipients at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.And despite their own protestations at the narrow offside judgement that went against Son Heung-min, Spurs have come out stronger thanks to VAR.That is down to Ayoze Perez seeing his 16th minute goal past Paulo Gazzaniga chalked off and Jesus’ aforementioned handball call.The only team to have a plus-two goal difference from VAR referrals is Southampton.Goals by Oli McBurnie and Josh King were both checked and erased due to offsides, Saints going on to win 1-0 in the trip to Sheffield United as a result.3Premier League at risk of losing its integrity over VAR shambles as bosses admit they will CHANGE rules after four gameslast_img read more

Dele goes from coronavirus chump to mentoring Tottenham kids in lockdown

first_img5DELE ALLI has gone from a crass coronavirus chump to the fella you can rely on in a crisis.What a difference a couple of months make!⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Dele Alli keeping himself busy in the lockdown by exercising, making a cake on his birthday and playing TwisterThere is nothing like a global pandemic and national lockdown to bring out the best in people – and we have certainly seen that with Dele.The Tottenham ace was rightly charged with misconduct by the FA in February for a social media posting which poked fun at coronavirus andan Asian man. It was insensitive and probably racist.Dele apologised and is still awaiting the outcome of his response.5But it is hard to believe it was the same star, who is today checking on his young team-mates to ensure they are keeping well during the lockdown, while heavily backing a charity which provides breakfasts to thousands of kids each weekday during the crisis.Not bad for someone who, like of all us, is finding the current crisis strange and tough to deal with.He admitted: “It’s been difficult. This is the longest I’ve had off from the training ground and not training.“I wouldn’t say it’s been a good break because it was unexpected. But I’ve been missing playing, so I’m just trying to find ways to keep myself entertained and fit.”Dele turned 24 earlier this month and the lockdown meant he had to celebrate on his own, with only Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and his coaches waving at him from across the road for fun.5The midfielder posted a photo of himself on social media cooking himself a burger on his barbecue as a treat.He said: “Being stuck at home on your birthday isn’t the most ideal thing, but I made as much fun of it as I could.“It was a little bit of fun, I tried to keep it light-hearted!”Dele has been taking part in a daily training session with the Spurs squad via video link.In an interview with Sky Sports he said: “We’ve been doing a zoom session every morning at 11, which is good because it keeps us in a routine.“It means you have to get up early, eat well and do those sessions, which have been tough but also good as you get to see the boys every day.”It’s the whole team and the support staff who take the session and everyone follows on the treadmill or using the gym equipment the club sent to our houses.“No one has been in this situation before, it’s tough for everyone to deal with, everyone is in the same boat. I think it is great that people are using social media and different platforms to find ways to try and help anyway they can.”Whether it be entertaining people or helping people try and staff healthy with different workout routines, in this situation it’s important to keep your health up and keep on a good track.”Mentor is not always a term that has been associated with Dele – a streak of the devil seems to run through his competitive veins.It has resulted in several bans and FA raps during his career.But he has shown his maturity and nicer side by keeping an eye out for his younger team-mates during the current lockdown.He said: “As a more experienced player, I’ve been speaking to the younger lads and just making sure they are alright.5“Even for myself, speaking to other people and trying to make sure I’m not in my little bubble here and that I reach out and communicate with other people.”And while Dele may have to settle for a BBQ burger for one, his support of the Magic Breakfast charity means many underprivileged kids still get a healthy meal at the start of the day.The good cause provides nourishing breakfasts to over 48,400 children in the UK every school day.The millionaire star, who grew up on a council estate in Milton Keynes, has clearly not forgotten his roots.He said: “As players we do a lot of things that maybe doesn’t get publicised, I’m doing things to help other people that I wouldn’t publicise myself.”We’re in a situation where we can help, be that through raising awareness by using our platforms. We know we are such role models and a lot of people look up to us, so we have to help as much as we can.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 summer“Magic Breakfast is an amazing charity, the work they are doing is amazing.”Situations like this have made me realise how difficult it is for them to keep it up, so I wanted to help as much as I could with donations and trying to raise awareness about it.”They are feeding kids, kids that are in schools and need it – it’s something that I relied on when I was younger, free school meals – but they are taking that a step further.”With so many kids not at school it’s made their job a lot more difficult, but they are still helping the kids.”Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdownlast_img read more

Ex-Spurs star Dembele reveals Chinese are still ‘very afraid’ of coronavirus

first_img3EX-TOTTENHAM star Mousa Dembele has lifted the lid on his scary new life in China amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgium international ended his seven-year Spurs career last summer to join Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Former Tottenham star Mousa Dembele has lifted the lid on life in ChinaCredit: PA:Press Association3 The Belgium midfielder ended his seven-year Spurs career last summer to join Guangzhou R&FCredit: Guangzhou R&FThe Covid-19 virus originated in the Chinese city Wuhan.And even though Dembele’s new home is 600 miles to the south, lockdown measures and local people’s attitudes have left him stunned.The 30-year-old midfielder said: “We’re no longer in quarantine, but there are still a lot of measures in force.”Everybody has to wear a facemask when they go out.”Or if you go into a shop, you first have to have your temperature taken.”There has been a new wave of infections, and people from abroad are said to have brought them in.”The people here are very afraid of foreigners. When I am out in the street everybody swerves to get past me.The people here are very afraid of foreigners. When I am out in the street everybody swerves to get past me.Mousa Dembele”It is crazy to be part of something like this.”All the citizens here take the measures deadly seriously.”Everybody stays indoors, and no-one goes out for a stroll or to play sport.”Besides, in China they have a system of infra-red cameras to see if anyone is flouting the rules.”I feel that back in Belgium they are more relaxed about the situation.”I haven’t noticed a great deal of panic in China.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal”You feel that they’ve been through something similar before.”Dembele made 250 Spurs appearances, scoring 10 goals, following a two-year spell with Fulham.His Belgium teammate Marouane Fellaini, who followed him in swapping the Premier League for China, was discharged from hospital this week after contracting the virus.Fellaini says he’s ‘getting stronger every day’ as he works out in hospital after testing positive for coronaviruslast_img read more

Hess leads Cowboys to win over Titans

first_imgFor the fourth week in succession the Titans dawdled out of the blocks and while the Cowboys completed at 100 per cent with 80 per cent of the ball the home side could complete only one of their first four sets of the game.It allowed the Cowboys to race out to a 10-0 lead after 19 minutes but the Titans made good use of the little football that they had to score two tries of their own and actually lead 12-10 after 32 minutes.Tries to Gideon Gela-Mosby on debut and Kalyn Ponga saw the Cowboys take a 20-12 lead into half-time but it wasn’t until two barnstorming efforts from Hess in the space of 10 minutes late in the second half that North Queensland sealed the two competition points.After a perfect first half with the ball the Cowboys’ error rate invited the Titans back into the contest early in the second half and a superb cut-out pass from Tyrone Roberts saw Tyronne Roberts-Davis score millimetres inside the sideline to get his side back within a converted try in the 55th minute.A Kane Elgey grubber that went dead in-goal released the pressure the Titans were mounting heading into the final quarter and after Kyle Feldt got the Cowboys on the front foot from the restart Hess wrestled through the attempted tackle of four Titans defenders to plant the ball with his left hand outstretched in the 61st minute.He was at it again 10 minutes later when with a head of steam and running of Johnathan Thurston Hess steamrolled his way over three Titans players who simply didn’t have the manpower to stop him.Dale Copley completed his Titans debut with a second try in the 75th minute and Daniel Vidot dived on a spilled Ash Taylor bomb as the full-time siren sounded but for the third time this season they simply gave themselves too much work to do after such a poor start.The Titans made a number of changes to their line-up prior to kick-off with Tyrone Roberts shifting from hooker to take the place of Tyler Cornish at fullback and Ryan Simpkins coming into the starting side at dummy-half but they barely got their hands on the football for the first 20 minutes of the game.In the fourth minute a Jake Granville grubber was unable to be grasped by Roberts and Johnathan Thurston did what he always does, following the play to collect the crumbs and open the scoring with his first try of the year.A 5-0 penalty count running the way of the Cowboys enabled Thurston to extend the lead to 10-0 courtesy of two penalty goals from close range but when the tide eventually did turn the Titans had no problems scoring points of their own.Showing remarkable resolve and on the back of an Ash Taylor-earned repeat set the Titans tested the Cowboys’ left-edge defence time and again before a late offload from Leivaha Pulu down the Titans’ left edge allowed Ryan Simpkins to hit Copley out wide, with the new recruit stretching out with the left hand to score just inside the corner post.Earning their second penalty of the half, the Titans ventured into Cowboys territory for only the second time in the game and again came away with the points. A sublime set play that started on the left before switching to the right put Roberts in space who passed off to Pulu and then doubled around to take the return offload to dive over and take an unlikely lead after 32 minutes.The Cowboys were gifted another shot at the Titans courtesy of a Ryan James error and finished their 16th successive set with Ponga and Gela-Mosby reigniting a combination that proved fruitful in the 20s for Gela-Mosby to score on debut.When Gela-Mosby received Ponga’s cut-out pass wide on the left there were plenty of blue shirts ahead of him but he used his blistering speed and evasive skills to elude them all and put his side back in front four minutes from half-time.Ponga sparked another Cowboys raid from the very next set with a break from mid-field and although his first claims to a four-pointer were denied by the Bunker the 18-year-old trailed Thurston in the ensuing set to race across untouched and register his first try in the top grade.North Queensland Cowboys 32 (Coen Hess 2, Johnathan Thurston, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Kalyn Ponga tries; Thurston 6 goals) def. Gold Coast Titans 26 (Dale Copley 2, Tyrone Roberts, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Daniel Vidot tries; Ashley Taylor 3 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium. Crowd: 17,647. Intrust Super Cup: CQ Capras 30 def. Tweed Heads 16.last_img read more

Rabbitohs captain Sam Burgess facing NRL ban for high tackle in loss to Sharks

first_imgNo sooner was Burgess back from eight weeks out with injury than he rattled Cronulla’s Matt Moylan with what has been deemed a grade-two, careless high tackle during Saturday’s limp 39-28 loss to the Sharks.If the fiery Englishman takes an early guilty plea he’ll miss next Sunday’s clash with the Storm, while he faces a two-game ban if he contests the charge and is found guilty.Three years ago Bennett delivered a withering public spray to Burgess for giving away too many penalties during an England test loss to Australia.And Bennett didn’t try to hide his disappointment after Saturday night’s match.”I’m not happy about that, Sam’s been out for a number of weeks and it’s time for him to come back and lead from the front and stay within the rules of the game,” Bennett said.”He’ll have to get that off his conscience. It’s not what we needed at the time, there was no reason for it.”Burgess’s woeful disciplinary history has led to him missing 10 games since he came into the NRL in 2010.Before going in for shoulder surgery, Burgess was considered by many to be lucky to avoid a ban for his part in an ugly brawl in round 13 against Newcastle.He was accused by Knights skipper Mitchell Pearce of a “dog shot” in the aftermath of the incident.He was charged with contrary conduct and escaped with a $1350 ($NZ1404) fine but he also has the spectre of loading hanging over his head for two suspensions last year for a careless high tackle and dangerous contact.”His aggression is important, I want them all to play with aggression,” Bennett said.”But there are rules and we need to stay within those parameters.”Meanwhile, Penrith playmaker James Maloney is poised to miss next weekend’s big clash with Cronulla after being slapped with a grade one tripping charge.Maloney was placed on report after catching Canterbury’s Jeremy Marshall-King in the fourth minute of the Bulldogs’ shock 16-8 win over the Panthers.With carry-over points added, Maloney would serve a one-game ban even with an early guilty plea and the only way he can face the Sharks would be if he successfully beats the charge.last_img read more

Celades: “It has cost us a lot since the beginning, it was a bad day”

first_imgWe are aware that we have not been at our real level and to which we can give. It has cost us a lot since the beginning. It cost us to defend that talent of Real Madrid, link plays, have continuity and reach the opposite area.Why didn’t the team give its size?We had a bad day. We have lacked to be more active. When you play against a team like Madrid you have to have more activity. We weren’t good at any stage of the game, with or without the ball. The final consequence is the result. The players fought until the end, but it was not the day. What analysis do you make of the match? The first goal came from an improper dismissal of a team that plays such a match.Yes. It’s true that until that moment we weren’t too good either. But that goal has hurt us because of how it happened. It has cost us to recover. They are things that cannot happen, but they happen.Has the Madrid approach surprised you?No. We talked about what could happen, playing with all the midfielders and only one center forward. It was similar the first half hour in Mestalla.How does the Arabian team leave?We must move forward. It is a time that is not easy because it leaves you in a bad body, but you have to prepare for what is coming. Now to rest and prepare for the game against Mallorca. There is no other.Do you have any instructions on prioritizing or not the Copa del Rey over the League?Do not.Was the public’s support for Real Madrid influenced you?No. What influenced us was the game.last_img read more

Follow the reign of Mbappé: the most expensive player in the world

first_imgIts performance is being regular. Its individual qualities allow it to have attack complements for the PSG in terms of imbalance, speed, forcefulness and electricity. All this added to scoring figures of authentic center forward, of authentic ‘killer’ of the area. One of the most desired soccer players in the world who, according to some of the strongest rumors, would be the great goal of Real Madrid for next season to be the great reference in ‘galactic’ terms.A consecutive year being the most expensive footballer in the world ahead of stars of the magnitude of Neymar, Raheem Sterling, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or the already classic Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé is one of the most decisive players on the planet. His sports explosion in recent years and his progression have made him one of the best attackers, one of the most media, and a clear and absolute reference.His level allows him to rub shoulders with the elite of European and world football, and can be considered as one of the most desired soccer players in the world because his performance continues to increase season after season. Therefore, it is not surprising that its market value continues to allow it to be the most expensive footballer in the world.The latest update of the specialized Transfermarkt website has again established Mbappé at the top of the world ranking. No player has a higher market value than the French attacker of Paris Saint Germain. Thus, it does not undergo any change, neither positive nor negative, and continues to obtain the figure of 200 million euros, making it the most expensive player on the planet.last_img read more

Sheriff: “We have shown that we don’t care about the rival”

first_imgThe Real Sociedad coach, Imanol Alguacil, stressed that this Thursday they will face a “special and very important” moment with the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Mirandés, a team “difficult to beat and very competitive”, and He said they have already made it clear in their journey that they do not “care” about the opponent they face.“It’s a lot, but obviously it’s very important, they are Cup semifinals, the second in 32 years and it’s going to be special and that’s how we take it, that’s how hobby feels. I’m proud and excited and with many positive things, but conscious that there is still a lot to achieve the final goal, “Alguacil said Wednesday asking if it was the most important game of the last 30 years.The coach ‘txuri urdin’ asked not to fall into relaxation and warned that playing against a LaLiga SmartBank rival is no less important than doing it against Real Madrid. “It’s quite the opposite, it’s up a step,” he said. “We do not care about the opponent, we have shown it throughout the Cup. They are semifinals and before a team that has eliminated three ‘First’ and making nine goals. We both play a lot and we will have to make a great game to try to get on track the tie. “The Gipuzkoan sees his “supermotivated players” before this appointment and said he does not look at what has been done so far. “I try to forget all that, which is difficult, because what has brought us here has not been what can be or can come, but to face the next game with the intention of winning it,” he said.“We know what we play, but we have to forget what is at stake and leave with the intention of being better, generate more chances and win the game,” said Alguacil, who recalled that the tie “is 180 minutes “and that he” only “thinks of the first leg.In addition, he demanded maximum attention before the Mirandés. “Do you remember the 80? That is all said,” he replied in relation to the quarterfinals of that season in which the Royal Society was eliminated by Castilla, a subsidiary of Real Madrid and subsequent runner-up. “The fans will be vital, we hope that the atmosphere is even greater than in the derby,” continued the realistic coach, who is without nerves for these semifinals. “The derby has been the best medicine to sleep well,” he joked about it.Del Mirandés, stressed that “it doesn’t matter whether it is League, Cup or face ‘First’, is always very recognizable, brave, determined and with very good people from midfield up.” “Although it does not have a very large staff, it is supporting the entire load admirably. It is difficult to beat and is always competitive, it is here on its own merits,” he said.Opposite, the Real could have two of its assigned youth players like Merquelanz and Guridi, and a Gipuzkoan technician like Andoni Iraola. “It is terrible, all year long wishing that the Mirandés win for the ceded. It is a club with which we have a very good relationship and that we like tremendously. It will be special and emotional, also for them, and I hope you enjoy it , who do what they are doing regularly, but do not exceed qualifying, “he confessed.Sheriff also made it clear that given the current level of his team it is “better” to play the first leg at the Reale Arena. “The team is scoring and the fan is excited and with the high of the derby,” he admitted, while noting that he does not care to fit except if that causes “doubt in attack.”On the great moment of the Swedish Alexander Isak, the coach of the San Sebastian team preferred to focus on the quality of the squad. “In the first weeks we talked about Willy (Willian José), Odegaard, sometimes Oyarzabal. Now Isak is his sweet moment and that is good because he says that there is a lot of quality within the team. It is a very good moment and the team is benefiting, but it would not come if the rest of the team was not so good. The moments are there to take advantage of them, “he saidlast_img read more

Carlos Fernández protagonist of the two comebacks of Granada

first_imgAnd that was one of the you must of this Granada this season. The Nasrid team was not able to return a result until last February 1. So, the Espanyol, Like Valladolid, it also advanced on the scoreboard. And the end was the same as last Saturday, although with less emotion. Granada took the game thanks to some Carlos Fernández, but against the parakeets the goal came of victory came much earlier, in 46 ‘. In this way, Carlos Fernandez, in addition, it has become the top scorer of the team with five goals in the league (which have served to give Granada five points) and two others in the Cup. The faith of Charles and from this Granada begins to be unbreakable … The Pomegranate got his second comeback of the season, second also in Los Cármenes, thanks to some faith Carlos Fernandez when the encounter against Valladolid agonized. With that goal in 95 ‘, the striker courtesy of Sevilla He was going around a game that has put Diego Martínez’s men uphill. However, the team pulled from the heart to do for the second time in a row at home what they had not done in what we have been doing in the league: Trace a match.center_img Carlos: “We play as a team and that is the greatest possible force”Carlos Fernandez spoke after the meeting to highlight the grip of this Granada: “East team always gives everything, is always up to the game and you have to give it a brutal importance because you get 33 points at this point The championship has incredible merit. And we keep moving forward in the Copa del Rey, which is wonderful. “On his goal in the last play of the game, he acknowledged that”whenever you win this way it gives you a extra high of joy and happiness. But the important thing is to achieve the three points which is a step forward by our objetive, What is it the permanence“In addition, he highlighted the team importance above the individualities: “The people who have jumped from the bench helped us a lot because we needed fresh air. Here there are no individualities, we are all one. We play as a team and that is the greatest possible force. “last_img read more