“Jerry’s been doing it for the past month,” Barbier said. “He’s fought through it until he finds a bit of a groove. It’s almost more satisfying than when he has his best stuff, because it shows what we’re about, not dying, not giving in.” Less than 16 hours after seeing hard-hit ball after hard-hit ball go for naught, Northwestern State’s offense made up for that tough luck by roughing up San Diego State, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon, eliminating the Aztecs from the Corvallis Regional. Maddox (8-3) battled through 120 pitches in six-plus innings to start the first NCAA Regional shutout in school history. The nine-run margin of victory also was the Demons’ largest in its three regional wins and the largest margin of victory by a Southland Conference school in the NCAA Tournament. Buoyed by the momentum of that pivotal sixth-inning double play, the Demons poured it on late. “(Hitting coach Taylor) Dugas has been helping me with a bunch of stuff,” Smith said. “I’ve been struggling lately, but we made small adjustments and it paid off. You have a little more confidence when a pitcher fills up in the zone. He’s not all over the place. You get on the first pitch and get after it.” Hill lasted just three innings as the Demons tagged him for six hits and four runs (all earned). After a scoreless first inning, Maddox stranded two runners in each of the next two innings while the Demons built a 4-0 lead thanks to Tyler Smith. Two of those walks came with two outs in the second and another came with a man on and one out in the third. Maddox was able to escape those jams unscathed thanks to a couple of fly-ball outs. Smith finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs, giving him his first three-hit game since March 17 at Nebraska and his first multi-hit game since May 12 against Abilene Christian. Maddox, meanwhile, danced around four walks in six innings by allowing just three hits, marking the third time this season he has pitched at least six scoreless innings in a start. “Nobody wanted this to be our last game,” Adkins said. “Our backs are against the wall, and we’re going to keep fighting.” Thanks to a gutty, scoreless six-inning start from right-hander Jerry Maddox, Northwestern State (38-23) extended its run of Saturday success, winning a game on Saturday for the 16th time in 16 Saturdays this season. “My breaking was working for me today,” Maddox said. “It got me going when it needed to. The biggest thing was the hitters coming through more than you can ask for. You get a four- or five-run lead, especially a nine-run lead, it takes a toll on the other team, especially being in an elimination game.” CORVALLIS, Oregon – To keep its season alive, the Northwestern State baseball team proved Saturdays are for the Demons. Maddox found a bit of a groove in the middle innings, retiring seven straight between the third and fifth innings before David Hensley led off the sixth inning with an opposite-field double. He allowed just three hits and struck out four in his six scoreless innings. The Demons will face LSU in a 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time elimination game Sunday, televised on ESPNU. “It feels amazing,” said senior center fielder Kwan Adkins, who went 3-for-6 with a two-run, eighth-inning home run. “Everybody on that bus can attest to it. This is what we talked about all season, going out and making history.”Hear from @BobbyBarbier, @JM_3412, @t___smith10 and @Kwanstan22 following Saturday’s NCAA Regional win against San Diego State. #ChangedIt #StandUnited https://t.co/Y8lu9riuFE— NSU Baseball (@NSUDemonsBSB) June 3, 2018 Adkins, Smith and Peyton Davis (3-for-3, two walks) all had three hits for the Demons, who have not lost back-to-back games since March 29-30 at Central Arkansas. J.P. Lagreco’s two-run double in the seventh inning extended the lead and Adkins put a cap on the scoring with a mammoth, two-run shot over the right-field bleachers.When they say you’re a lead-off hitter who doesn’t have power and you hit a 2-run bomb in an NCAA Regional! @NSUDemonsBSB @Kwanstan22 pic.twitter.com/8XSBWW9obe— Greg Burke (@demonsforkem) June 2, 2018 The Aztecs (39-21) loaded the bases with one out before Maddox induced Julian Escobedo to hit into a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play. Smith singled home Adkins, who led off with a double, in the first and followed singles by Adkins and David Fry with a three-run, third-inning home run off Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year Garrett Hill (7-3).
Sam Houston State 18.0 9. Lamar 16.0 Men Points Women Points New Orleans Day Two Champions Team Standings After Day Two Lamar Central Arkansas Men’s Triple Jump Chris Welch Houston Baptist 15.74m /51-7.75 37.0 2. Abilene Christian 62.0 32.0 3. Northwestern State 50.0 Women’s Heptathlon Migle Muraskaite Lamar 5,221 25.0 5. McNeese 25.0 Event Name School Distance/Time 6. Stephen F. Austin 19.0 T7. Sam Houston State 19.0 8. Houston Baptist 18.0 T7. Southeastern Louisiana 19.0 26.0 4. Incarnate Word 38.0 NATCHITOCHES, La. – Sam Houston State overtook the top spot in the men’s standings, while Stephen F. Austin remained atop the women’s side as eight events were finalized Saturday at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches, La. Stadium records also fell throughout the day after Central Arkansas’ Gracie Hyde breezed to a 10:27.55 first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The women’s triple jump event also provided impressive marks as four competitors toppled a previous stadium record of 40-00.0 (12.9m), before Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander earned a gold medal with a 43-02.50 (13.17m) mark.After recording 40 points on day one, Stephen F. Austin continued their dominance on the women’s side with 25 more points in day-two competition. The Ladyjacks were boosted by a second-place finish from Brittany Innis (10:42.04) and a third-place finish from Taryn Surratt (10:55.03).Abilene Christian sits three points behind SFA in the women’s standings after a 24-point performance in day two. The Wildcats grabbed a bulk of their points in the shot put as Kayla Melgar registered 10 points on a first-place 52-08.0 (16.05m) mark. Annina Brandenburg finished in third place on a 51-10.5 (15.81m) throw.Sam Houston State registered 24 points in the standings to climb up the men’s leaderboard and overtake Northwestern State at the top spot. The Bearkats were led by Michael Nichols and Aaron Akens in the shot put as the tandem combined for 12 points in the event. Nichols finished second overall with a 58-06.5-foot (17.84m) toss on his fifth of six attempts, while Akens claimed fifth-place honors on a 58-06.5 (16.83m) heave. The SHSU men have compiled 47 points through seven events.Abilene Christian also holds the second-place position in the men’s standings with 37. The Wildcats logged 16 points in the shot put Saturday afternoon. Kai Schmidt boosted the ACU men with a first-place performance after delivering a (18.55m) throw in the shot put.The third and final day of competition opens up Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT, beginning with the men’s javelin finals event. Field events will conclude with the women’s high jump at 12:30 p.m. Running events begin at 12 p.m. with the women’s 4x100m relay. The 2019 Southland Conference Championship will conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay, set to begin at 3:35 p.m.Live video streaming of the 2019 Southland Championships will be available through the Southland Conference Digital Network. Broadcasts can be found via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps. 10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14.0 10. Houston Baptist 13.0 19.0 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 20.0 Women’s Triple Jump Sarea Alexander* Incarnate Word 13.17m / 43-2.5 Women’s Shot Put Kayla Melgar Abilene Christian 16.05m / 52-08.0 Men’s Decathlon Rodney Littlejohn Incarnate Word 7,248 Men’s 3,000m Steeple Ryan Cleary Abilene Christian 8:53.71 47.0 1. Stephen F. Austin 65.0 Abilene Christian Northwestern State 11. McNeese 12.0 11. Central Arkansas 12.0 Men’s Shot Put Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 18.55m / 60-10.5 12. Southeastern Louisiana 6.0 T12. New Orleans 6.0 T12. Nicholls 6.0 Women’s 3,000m Steeple Gracie Hyde* Central Arkansas 10:27.55 Incarnate Word
Glatt’s Longshot First Timer Striking A Pose Takes $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight By Three Quarters Of A Length And Gets One Mile In 1:38.77 Under RispoliARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2020)–The longest shot in a field of six at 26-1, trainer Mark Glatt’s first time starter Striking a Pose held off 3-5 favorite Muralist by three quarters of length to win Friday’s $55,000 maiden special weight feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, the 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Majesticperfection got one mile in 1:38.77.Second, just a head off of pacesetter Paint Me Lucky for the first half mile, Strike a Pose relaxed well under Rispoli, took command turning for home and held off the late charge of the favorite in deep stretch.“He’s a pretty nice horse to do that first time out,” said Glatt. “I didn’t know if he was fit enough and I didn’t think he’d be that close to the pace, but it worked out great. We got him in late November and he’s out of a really good mare. He’s a half brother to Stryker Phd, who won the Longacres Mile twice, so he’s got a right to be a good horse.”Owned and bred in Washington by Todd and Shawn Hansen, Striking a Pose paid $54.20, $16.20 and $7.20.A bay gelding out of the multiple stakes producing Smart Strike mare Striking Scholar, Strike a Pose picked up $33,000 for the win.“We talked this morning and we knew he was a big striding horse, so we decided to just let him find his best stride,” said Rispoli. “He jumped the (starting gate) tracks in the last 50 yards, but he kept running.”Trained by Dan Blacker and ridden by Joel Rosario, Muralist, who took a big hit in the tote as the field loaded, was away a step slow and was shuffled back to fourth in the run into the Club House turn. A $210,000 October yearling three years ago, he found his best stride in the final sixteenth of a mile and finished very well, besting Paint Me Lucky by three quarters of a length for second money and paid $2.60 and $2.40.Paint Me Lucky, the second choice at 5-2 with Bob Baffert and Flavien Prat joining forces, was four lengths clear of Mongolian Legend and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.24, 48.82, 1:13.79 and 1:26.44.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Saturday. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
MANDELLA GIRDS FOR BIG HOLIDAY WEEKENDRichard Mandella has horses entered in four stakes this Memorial Day weekend and hopes to celebrate the holiday in style.On Saturday, the Hall of Fame trainer has United in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, and on Monday, Memorial Day, Voodoo Song for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, Siberian Iris in the Grade I Gamely Stakes and Jolie Olimpica in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes.United and Jolie Olimpica loom heavy favorites.Jolie Olimpica, a four-year-old Brazilian-bred filly, won all three races in her native country by a combined margin of 13 ½ lengthsShe captured the Grade III Las Cienegas at 5 ½ furlongs on turf in her U.S. debut Jan. 11 before running second by a half-length after leading until the shadow of the wire in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 22.The Monrovia, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will mark her first start in three months, and Mandella is confident that down the road the chestnut miss owned by Fox Hills Farms will have success going two turns.“She will, eventually,” he said. “With all the rest she’s had, for the Monrovia I went back to how I trained her when she first came here.”All her recent works have been above average, topped by a bullet 1:12.20 for six furlongs on April 23.United will be making his first start since returning from Dubai, where he missed the March 28 Sheema Classic“He’s doing very well,” Mandella said of the Giant’s Causeway gelding who at 51-1 came within a head of upsetting Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita last Nov. 2.Mandella shrugged off thoughts of undue pressure he might experience by sending out strong favorites. “Pressure,” he said, “is being 51-1 and wondering how to put food on the table.”Siberian Iris will be making her first start in four months, since finishing third in the Grade III Astra Stakes at a mile and one half on turf.“I’d rather the race be further, but this is what it is,” Mandella said of the mile and an eighth Gamely.Voodoo Song will represent Mandella and owner Barry Schwartz in the Shoemaker. The six-year-old English Channel horse has not raced since March 21 when he had an eventful trip finishing sixth in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over a good turf course.The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’ Challenge Race in the United States this year. It entitles the nominated winner automatic entry into the 2020 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7.The Whittingham, race eight of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Desert Stone, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Multiplier, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Bold Endeavor, Mike Smith, 20-1; Synthesis, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; United, Flavien Prat, 6-5; Originaire, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; and Rockemperor, Irad Ortiz Jr, 5-2.O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE DAYTONA MONEYFor a consistent Grade I winner with six wins, seven seconds, six thirds from 28 starts and earnings of more than three-quarters of a million dollars, Cistron has a lot of non-believers among bettors.He has been favored only twice in those 28 races, although he could be the betting choice in Saturday’s contentious Daytona Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.However, that’s not stopping Doug O’Neill from triple-teaming Cistron, a son of The Factor who won the Grade II Kona Gold, was second by a head in the Grade II Triple Bend, and won the Grade I Bing Crosby and the Grade III San Simeon in his last four starts.John Sadler trains Cistron for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis. A full horse at age six, primarily a sprinter, Cistron is adept on turf and dirt as victories in graded stakes on both surfaces attest.O’Neill had six of the 17 horses nominated to the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona for four-year-olds and up. He entered French-bred Murad Khan, Grade II Woodford winner Stubbins and Wildman Jack, the latter recently back from Dubai where he set a track record of 1:07.60 going six furlongs on a good turf course in the Grade I Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on March 7.“Having three in the same race is the result of not running for a couple months,” O’Neill explained. “I have a lot of fresh horses ready to go and we’re blessed in the turf sprint category right now, so we’re excited.“Wildman Jack won by nearly five lengths on the Meydan track in Dubai, so that was incredible. He really flourished over there and he continues to do well. He’s got a great post and new jockey in Hall of Famer Mike Smith. It’s a tough race but he’s got a big chance.“If Stubbins had a clearer trip in the Breeders’ Cup and the race had been 5 ½ (furlongs) instead of five, he might have got all the money that day (instead of rallying from 10th entering the stretch and finishing fourth, beaten only three lengths). Credit to the McShanes (owner McShane Racing, LLC) for giving him time off.”Stubbins, a four-year-old Morning Line colt, has not run since the Breeders’ Cup last Nov. 2 but has been working forwardly. He shows a bullet five furlong move in 1:02.20 at San Luis Rey on April 28.“He’s come back really well, so we’re excited about him and looking forward to a great second half of the year,” O’Neill said.Murah Khan is a seven-year-old gelding by Raven’s Pass out of the Sadler’s Wells dam Lady Elgar. “He’s our seasoned veteran,” O’Neill said. “He’s long in the tooth but he’s back with Abel Cedillo who’s won on him before. He should be running down the lane.“I think we’ve got three live chances.”The Daytona, race five: Sparky Ville, Geovanni Franco 20-1; Stubbins, Umberto Rispoli, 3-1; Murad Khan, Abel Cedillo, 10-1; Blameitonthelaw, Drayden Van Dyke,20-1; Cistron, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Wildman Jack, Mike Smith, 2-1; and Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat, 3-1.PRAT ENJOYS RIDING AND WINNING SIX ON CARDTeam Prat is still basking in the glory of its six-win day at Santa Anita last Sunday, when Flavien Prat became only the 12th rider to accomplish the feat since The Great Race Place opened on Christmas Day, 1934.“It was a lot of fun to start riding again and the big day made it more special,” said Derek Lawson, agent for the 27-year-old Frenchman.Prat’s richest victory came in the Grade III Desert Stormer Stakes aboard the Simon Callaghan-trained odds-on favorite Bellafina, now being pointed to the 6 ½ furlong, Grade II, $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 4.“Flavien is a top rider and good person,” Callaghan said. “He deserves all his success. Winning six on a card is very rare.”SHOE MILE LEADS 2020 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIESAs Santa Anita Park has resumed live racing at its current meeting, the Shoemaker Mile (G1) on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day), will be the first race of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series in the U.S.The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners receives automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held this year on Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.The $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, a 1-mile race on turf for 3-year-olds and up, will provide the winner with a free berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), also a 1-mile race on turf.The Shoemaker Mile will be televised live on TVG and NBCSN, with NBCSN coverage starting Monday at 6 p.m. ET.As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen competing in the series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be nominated by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 26 to receive the rewards.In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America, and a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of Kentucky.“We congratulate Santa Anita on their return to racing and are excited that they will launch our first domestic Challenge Series race of year on Memorial Day with the Shoemaker Mile,” said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. “With more racetracks opening over the next few weeks and setting their stakes schedules, we look forward to announcing our complete calendar of ‘Win and You’re In’ races for the summer and fall.”Breeders’ Cup, in conjunction with NBC Sports, also will be announcing its 2020 schedule of live racing broadcasts for the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing,” in the coming weeks.There have been five international 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races thus far.In December of last year, Haras Phillipson’s 3-year-old homebred Nao Da Mais (BRZ) won the Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini (G1) at San Isidro Racecourse in Argentina, earning the winner an automatic berth into the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).The next two qualifiers came from South Africa. On Jan. 11 at Kenilworth Racecourse, Kantor, Blank, Sarkis & Yutar’s 4-year-old gelding Vardy (SAF) won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) and earned the first automatic berth into the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile this year. Earlier on the program, 4-year-old filly Queen Supreme (IRE), owned by Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd., Mrs. M F de Kock and partners, won the Cartier Paddock Stakes (G1), and gained a free berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).On Feb. 23, Capital System’s 6-year-old Mozu Ascot won the February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and became the first horse this year to qualify for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.Last Sunday, Silk Racing’s 5-year-old mare Almond Eye (JPN) won the Victoria Mile (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and earned an automatic berth into the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.FINISH LINES: Peter Eurton is considering the June 6 Santa Anita Derby for Shooters Shoot, who won his last two starts including an allowance race by a neck at Oaklawn Park April 11 but was scratched from the first division of the Arkansas Derby due to a fever. “He’s training well so we’re considering the race,” the trainer said. “He’s scheduled to work tomorrow.” Shooters Shoot, a son of Competitive Edge, was second in a maiden race at Santa Anita on Feb. 16 to the undefeated Charlatan, front-running winner of the first division of the Arkansas Derby for Bob Baffert. As for two-year-old champion male of 2019 Storm the Court, Eurton also has him scheduled to breeze tomorrow “but we have no race in mind right now. We’ve given him a little freshening and he’ll probably run at Del Mar, but we have lots of options.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:WORKOUTS:Novella (Bonde) 5-22-20Parsimony (O’Neill) 5-22-20Toinette (Drysdale) 5-22-20Honor A. P. (Outside) and Mobou (Shirreffs) 5-22-20War of Will (Casse) 5-21-20McKinzie (Baffert) 5-21-20March to the Arch (Casse) 5-21-20Raging Bull (Brown) 5-21-20 SHOOTERS SHOOT SANTA ANITA DERBY HOPEFUL SHOE MILE HEADS 2020 BC CHALLENGE SERIES O’NEILL HAS A LIVE TRIO IN GRADE III DAYTONA PRAT’S ‘PICK SIX’ WAS MORE THAN JUST WINNING MANDELLA EYES MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBER
Alexander’s Homebred Lieutenant Dan Get Perfect Trip En Route To Three Quarter Length Win In $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes Under Van Dyke; Trained By Miyadi, He Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.32RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2020)–With a light rain falling at post time, conditions proved ideal for Nick Alexander’s homebred Lieutenant Dan, as he sat close to the early pace and reeled in lightning quick distaffer Stealthediamonds late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes by three quarters of a length under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 4-year-old gelding by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs over a “firm” turf at Santa Anita in 1:02.32.Breaking from post position seven in a field of 10 older runners, Lieutenant Dan sat third, about 2 ½ lengths behind Stealthediamonds with longshot Grinning Tiger to his inside. Leaving the quarter pole, Van Dyke swung three-deep and overhauled a tiring Stealthediamonds with 50 yards to run while ridden confidently.“It set up perfectly for him today,” said Van Dyke, who guided Lieutenant Dan to a close second place finish behind multiple stakes winner Fashionably Fast in the Cal Cup Sprint going six furlongs on dirt here Jan. 18. “My main concern was getting him to switch to his right lead when we turned for home. Once he did, yes, I was pretty confident we’d catch that mare.”Off as the second choice at 3-1, Lieutenant Dan, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, paid $8.60, $5.40 and $3.60.A two-time Cal-bred stakes winner sprinting on dirt, Lieutenant Dan got his first stakes victory on grass and his third overall added money win today. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $406,020 from an overall mark of 12-5-2-4.“The race set up well for him, no question,” said Miyadi. “This horse is finally growing into his frame. We gave him a little time off and he’s picked up some weight, which he needed because he’s been so light.”At that point, Miyadi segued into a mild dose of Stengelese: “Someday, he’s gonna have to route. He sprints like he’ll route and he routes like he’ll sprint.”Huh?Be that as it may, Stealthediamonds, who broke from post position nine, was able to clear off as planned going into the far turn, but didn’t have enough gas left to hold off the winner as she finished 2 ½ lengths clear of a late closing Brandothebartender.Off at 5-1 with Agapito Delgadillo, Stealthediamonds paid $6.40 and $4.00.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Brandothebartender was off at 10-1 and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.52, 45.03 and 56.40.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Sensational Star is part of the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Per local, state and federal public health directives, Santa Anita remains closed to the public until further notice. For updates, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Latest Arsenal NewsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsHOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGUNNING FOR ITArsenal predicted XI for Prem return with Chambers and Soares back trainingYOU BETTER BE-LIB ITSaliba ready to be an instant Arsenal star, reveals current boss PuelGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacement2The Gunners sit ninth ahead of the Blues down in 14th despite Chelsea winning two Europa Leagues in six years and a Champions League in 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo was manager.Arsenal are also above Manchester United in 10th and North London neighbours Tottenham who sit 12th.One Arsenal fan said: “I’m an Arsenal fan, I have no idea what were are doing in the top 10, it makes no sense.”Arsenal XI of deadwood and contract rebels Emery has cleared out this summer, raising £48m and saving £1m-a-week in wages BERND LENO has joined in on the constant battle for footballing supremacy in London by claiming Arsenal is ‘THE club’ in the city.Leno, 27, joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a £22.5million deal as the long-term replacement for the now-retired Petr Cech.2 Bernd Leno reckons Arsenal are the only real club to play for in LondonCredit: Getty – ContributorThe German is now settled as Arsenal’s No 1 and is happy to fan the flames of the Gunners’ rivalry with Tottenham and Chelsea.Leno told German outlet Sport Bild: “You can’t compare, of course Arsenal is a world club, THE club here in London.”Not Chelsea, not Tottenham – Arsenal is the club here with fans around the world.”Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season, behind both Chelsea and Tottenham, and were denied Europa League triumph by the Blues in the final in Baku.It means they will play Europa League football again while their two London rivals will play in the Champions League group stages.But Leno has been impressed by Arsenal’s global reach since joining the club a year ago.Leno added: “No matter where we are, also in the USA or in Asia, there are many fans of Arsenal everywhere.”UEFA might have reinforced that feeling of superiority with the latest release of their coefficient rankings.
ENGLAND’S Ashes series against Australia is NOT off – yet.Fears the three Tests with the Kangaroos would be cancelled because the club seasons would need rescheduling have been growing. 2 England are scheduled to face Australia in three Tests this AutumnBut as things stand, even though the game on this side of the world is suspended until at least April 3, games are not off.However, they are not definitely going ahead either.The NRL down under is still going ahead, with this weekend’s matches being played behind closed doors.However, the southern hemisphere looks set to follow the northern in shelving its season.That would mean both the Super League and NRL Grand Finals may be delayed from their October dates, ending the Kangaroos’ chances of touring.2 Australia beat England 6-0 in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup finalCredit: Getty Images – GettyRugby Football League bosses held talks today as they faced the prospect of losing matches at Bolton, Leeds United’s Elland Road and Tottenham’s new stadium and left the door to a cancellation open.The governing body said: “Our sport, like all sports, is facing unprecedented challenges and we recognise that applies in the southern hemisphere as it does here.“At the moment our contingency planning for the remainder of this season involves looking at all options but there is still more planning to be done with nothing confirmed and nothing ruled out either.“The key for the game, internationally as well as nationally, is to be collegiate, creative and flexible.”THROUGH 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 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 raidIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut
Photo: World Rugby Hands up if you want to win the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay. The Baby Flying Fijians have been stuck in the second tier of international competition since being relegated from the Junior World Championship in 2014.Last year they finished in third place in Zimbabwe, having lost to Pacific rivals Samoa in their decisive pool match.With eight nations vying for one promotion place in Uruguay over the coming fortnight, head coach Koli Sewabu said Fiji probably have to win every game in Montevideo to claim the title, starting with Hong Kong tomorrow morning.”The teams are getting stronger each year so we can’t lax off and just aim for one game, so we’ve got to treat every game as a final,” he said.”So we’re really looking forward to our first game – it will be an opportunity for us to put a lot of our game-plans in place and making sure we take a step ahead every game we encounter after that.”Fiji will also face Portugal in pool play and the host nation Uruguay for the third year running.”We’ve had a look at the videos of both Uruguay and Japan [in the other pool] – Uruguay beat Fiji two years ago and Fiji just won last year, so they’ll be strong,” he said.”[We’re expecting] a forward-dominated style of play but we’ve seen the weaknesses and the work-ons for those games and that’s what we’re preparing for and putting things together to ensure that we don’t repeat the same sort of mistakes like we did last year”.The top team in each pool will play off in the final next month.
The girls from Tabubil could only manage to send down one B grade team.They finished with 2 wins from 7 games playing with only seven players.They beat Central (1) and Motu Koita West.TNA President and also player, Maria Aeava said it had been a struggle to get down to Alotau.”It was difficult for us. Most of the workers who play have all gone back to their provinces after the closure of the mine.”We didn’t have time to train properly but we managed to play all seven games back to back without any injury.”We put together a team of 7 players and for the love of netball came down to Alotau to play and we all enjoyed ourselves, ” said Aeava.
From the player’s environment, Nevertheless, flatly deny that the signature has occurred, explaining that the boy is still a minor. The rubric, they argue, can only occur as of this Sunday 19th, when Reinier will turn 18. 19 The signing of Reinier Jesus (17 years old) for the Real Madrid It is already an open secret. Despite what was leaked last Wednesday, the player did not leave the concentration of the Brazilian U23 to fix his situation with Flamengo, but he made an express trip to Spain. This has been confirmed ACE In the last hours. However, sources of the operation assure this newspaper that everything is waiting for the official announcement, after the presence of Reinier in the Spanish capital. In fact, the soccer player had already passed the medical exams previously in his country and now the plan is for the two clubs to communicate the signing at the same time. It is intended to avoid doing it on Sunday for Brazil-Peru from the first day of Pre-Olympic.After the permission of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) had been obtained, Madrid planned the visit of its new reinforcement earlier this week. However, the agenda was altered by a change in the date of the second friendly team André Jardine. On Tuesday, finally, after re-highlighting with the Olympic, Reinier went to Madrid. The displacement caused it not to be part of the Brazilian expedition towards Colombia and to be absent in two workouts, re-engaging in the national routine on Friday.where this Sunday has its debut in the Pre-Olympic versus Peru. Also that he missed two workouts, getting engaged in the national routine on Friday.