O’NEILL GETS HIS THIRD WIN OF THE DAY AS TRAVIEZA GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY BEJARANO, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.74 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2019)–Doug O’Neill padded his meet-leading lead in the trainer standings by taking Monday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths with Travieza–his third victory of the afternoon and his 15th of the 23-day Autumn Meet. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief won in gate to wire fashion while getting 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.74.“It’s been a good day,” said O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “She broke sharp and Rafael kept her comfortable there on the lead. It’s a good way for her to go out for us. She’s going to be shipped to Kentucky and she’ll be sold at the Fasig Tipton Sale on Nov. 5 in Lexington. She’ll either be kept in training or be bred…Winning this race today sure doesn’t hurt her value.”Breaking on top in a field of five fillies and mares, Travieza set fractions of 21.86, 44.49 and 55.71 and was in-hand at the wire. Off at 7-2, she paid $9.40, $3.80 and $2.80.Owned by W.C. Racing Inc., and Greg Lewis, Travieza, who is out of the Tapit mare Bellezza Rosso, won the ungraded Unzip Me Stakes six starts back but was winless in four starts this year. With the winner’s share of $31,800, she leaves O’Neill’s barn with earnings of $207,141. Her overall mark now stands at 17-3-6-3.Off as the 6-5 favorite with Victor Espinoza, Storming Lady, who broke from the rail, had to wait for room around the turn and with the temporary rail set at 30 feet, she never threatened the winner while just getting up to tag Littlefirefighter for second money and paid $2.60 and $2.10.The longest shot in the field at 9-1 with Flavien Prat, Littlefirefighter paid $2.60 to show.Racing will resume with an eight-race card on Friday. First post time is at 1 p.m. and Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Admission gates to the Grandstand Paddock Room will open at 10 a.m.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
BAFFERT’S MCKALE RUNS LIGHTS OUT FROM RAIL AND TAKES $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH, GETTING 6 ½ FURLONGS WITH VAN DYKE IN 1:15.65 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2020)–Idle since Sept. 6, Bob Baffert’s McKale blasted off from his rail post position and was completely dominant in winning Friday’s $59,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, McKale got 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:15.65.Although he broke a bit sluggishly, McKale was quickly into stride and made the lead easily out of the chute, maintaining a two-length advantage to the quarter pole over Seven Scents and then kept late running Manhattan Up at bay late.“He ran fast, but he’d been working really well,” said Baffert, who indicated McKale would have several options as to when and where he would make his next start. “We gave him some time (off) and he came back good. He needed a little freshening.”A well beaten fourth in a six furlong allowance at Los Alamitos Sept. 6, McKale, a 5-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Congrats, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.40.Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, McKale, who is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lofty Lizzy, collected his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $35,400, increased his earnings to $132,900.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Manhattan Up saved ground while next to last at the rail a quarter mile out and finished well as clearly second best. Off at 5-1, Manhattan Up finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of Royal Trump and paid $5.40 and $3.00.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Royal Trump, who finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Pepe Tono, was off at 2-1 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 21.97, 44.94 and 1:09.27.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
A TOTTENHAM fan was so enraged by their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich that he was forced to call in SICK to work to avoid stick from Arsenal-supporting colleagues.Despite taking an early lead, Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered the heaviest home loss by an English club in Europe after they were thrashed 7-2 by the Bundesliga champions.2 Spurs have just one point from their first two Champions League matches after Bayern Munich hammeringCredit: EPAThat stunning home loss came just a week after the club were sent tumbling out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.To compound their misery, it was former Arsenal flop Serge Gnabry who scored four times before declaring that “North London is RED”.And it was all too much for Spurs fan Darren, who admitted that he left his work WhatsApp group to avoid similar trolling from his Arsenal-supporting mates.He told talkSPORT’s Sports Bar: “I’m flabbergasted with the result tonight. 7-2! It’s really not on!“Christian Eriksen, first of all, he doesn’t want to be there and should have been frozen out from the start of the season. He said he wanted to leave after the Champions League final so he should have been in the Under-23s or Under-18s.“Pochettino over five years has done a great job – an amazing job – but I just feel like it’s coming to an end.“I’ve got to go to work tomorrow with eight Arsenal fans… I’ve just text my manager and had to call in sick!“I’ve left the WhatsApp group and I’m not going to work tomorrow!”I’m flabbergasted with the result. 7-2! It’s really not on! I’ve just text my manager and had to call in sick!Arsenal fans wouldn’t be in the best position to rub the result in after they suffered a heavy loss to Bayern the last time they were in the Champions League.When the two sides clashed in the round-of-sixteen back in 2017, the Bundesliga champions triumphed 10-2 on aggregate, with the Germans winning 5-1 in both legs.But that hasn’t spared Tottenham’s flops from being mocked by other football fans on Twitter, with a series of hilarious memes flooding in after the 7-2 defeat.Pochettino told his battered team to “man-up” after they suffered the worst home defeat in the club’s 137-year history.“This type of situation happens and you need to show your quality like a man first – to face like a professional is like a man,” said the Argentine.“You need to put your quality, how you are strong like a person to face this type of situation and after is coming the professional side.2Latest 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“Now we need to be a man and to face that problem and be strong together to try to bounce back and change that feeling.“I think we are very critical with ourselves and to find always the way to fix a problem. We need to try to move on because I think it’s more psychological now.“I think the most important now is to have one idea, one analysis, one assessment and we need to stick with this idea and from there start to improve.”Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich
TOTTENHAM turned to Jose Mourinho to save their flagging season – after failing to land Brendan Rodgers.Mourinho was appointed as head coach this morning less than 12 hours after they sacked Mauricio Pochettino.2 Spurs tried to sound out Brendan Rodgers before they turned to Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – Contributor2 Jose Mourinho is all smiles after being named the new Tottenham managerCredit: Getty – ContributorChairman Daniel Levy says he has brought in a winner after handing the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss a contract until the summer of 2023.But the Mail claim his first choice to replace Pochettino was actually Leicester manager Rodgers.They say Levy had initially tried to sound out whether the former Liverpool and Celtic boss would be open to moving to North London.But he discovered that any attempt to persuade the Foxes to allow Rodgers to leave would be impossible, so immediately set his sights on Mourinho instead.It is believed the Spurs hierarchy had started to consider parting company with Pochettino last month as the side stuttered in their league form.A series of disjointed performances from the squad had suggested the players were not responding to the instructions of their manager any longer.The 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United proved to be the decisive game which led to Levy deciding the time had come to make the change. 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 summerIt is suggested talks about Poch leaving began over the first week of the international break.But the Argentine was not about to walk out on the club and lose a pay-off, leading to the wrangle spilling over into this week.Once an agreement was finally reached, talks with Mourinho gathered pace and it became easy for the two parties to reach an agreement. Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino
And if it goes through, to the outrage of Leicester, Chelsea, Wolves and Sheffield United – and the private delight of Manchester United, Arsenal and, possibly, Spurs – the only guarantee is that the legal challenges will be lodged as soon as the decision was ratified.As one prominent Prem club boss noted, in a mastery of understatement: “If it were to happen, that would be a problem!”Ceferin used the video conference with the 55 national associations to make clear he wants the the Big Five leagues, along with the rest, to restart by June and be played to a finish, allowing the two European knock-out competitions to be included at the end of August.But with the length of the coronavirus shutdown still uncertain, and Uefa conceding for the first time that may not be possible, discussions spread to what would happen next.Uefa’s brief statement following the meeting confirmed: “There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.5“But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.”In such circumstances, Ceferin suggested that each national association should present a list of names to play in the Champions League and Uefa League.But some national FAs, reluctant to make the final decisions and risk a fall-out with their clubs, pushed back.They argued that, instead, Uefa club coefficients, which are compiled over a rolling five-year period, should be the key factor.In the Prem, that would see fifth-placed United leapfrog Leicester and Chelsea into England’s third spot, with Arsenal jumping into fourth from ninth.5When Gunners executives proposed the £500,000 bonus clause if the Emirates side lifted the Champions League title next season, they probably did not realise the door to the richest prize could be opened up out of seemingly nowhere.Spurs, currently eighth, would join Chelsea in the Europa League, although, with Manchester City currently still facing a two-year European ban, they could sneak into the “top four”.Leicester, thanks to their run to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2017, would be in the Europa League, Wolves only in Europe if City remain banned, and Sheffield United, who have never played a European football, not even a consideration.The unfairness of such a scenario is obvious – in Spain, it would see Atletico Madrid “steal” Real Sociedad’s spot, with Roma replacing Inter Milan from Serie A and Leverkusen and Schalke edging out Leipzig and Monchengladbach in Germany.Ceferin does not need reminding and will be hoping that the leagues are able to restart within the six weeks he envisages as the best solution for everybody.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’But it remains an option ahead of tomorrow’s executive committee meeting, which will see the big clubs represented by Andrea Agnelli of Juventus and PSG’s Nasser Al-Khelaifi.Uefa is likely to confirm that August will be the fall-back to finish this season’s outstanding Euro ties, with the extra time potentially making travel between countries viable again.And the executive committee is also set to rearrange the Euro 2020 play-offs, cancelled last month, for the start of September – just before the likely kick-off of the 2020-21 league campaign, with “triple-header” Nations League games in October and November. TOTTENHAM and Arsenal could be handed an astonishing backdoor route into next season’s Champions League.Uefa’s video conference with the 55 national associations agreed to push ahead with attempts to restart leagues across Europe by June to play out the season to a finish.5 Daniel Levy and Spurs could find themselves with a shock Champions League place under potential emergency Uefa plansCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Arsenal could also find themselves in next season’s Champions League thanks to the sneaky backdoor routeCredit: Rex FeaturesBut if it proves impossible to complete domestic seasons amid the continuing coronavirus crisis, Euro chiefs have been urged to order associations to use Uefa coefficient scores to decide which teams play in respective competitions next term.The ludicrous idea would see Arsenal joining Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in England’s “top four”, with Spurs, Chelsea and Leicester in the Europa League – and Sheffield United and Wolves missing out altogether.But Spurs would then take City’s place in the Champions League if the reigning Prem champs’ two-year Euro ban is upheld.Meanwhile, Premier League clubs are readying their lawyers to fight Uefa’s latest crazy idea.European football chiefs will consider using coefficient rankings to decide who plays in the Champions League and Europa League next term — if domestic leagues cannot be finished.5And if that becomes a reality, you can bet the writs will start flying.Uefa ordering the FA to ignore the Prem table when Wembley puts forward the clubs to take part in next season’s European competitions seems ridiculous.Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin is understood not to be in favour, arguing that the “integrity of competitions” must be paramount and urging this season’s performances to be decisive.Yet, bonkers as it may appear, that was one of the ideas booted round – and not off – the virtual boardroom table yesterday.A genuine proposal, that will be discussed by the influential European Clubs Association and Uefa today and then by European football’s ruling executive committee tomorrow.
When addressing the local and international media today, Pacific Games Council (PGC) president Vidhya Lakhan congratulated the PNG Government for its efforts.“After visiting all the venues this week, we were surprised with the amount of work compared to our last visit in getting the games venues ready.“All venues are ready after being tested and trialled and there are no issues.“They’re far better than in past Games so congratulations to the PNG Government,” he said.The PGC was also grateful for the people of the host city, Port Moresby, for the support provided to the Games Organising Committee.The council is confident that the Games will be an excellent event and a success.Four thousand athletes and officials from 24 countries will be involved in the Games.
PNG struck first on the wing through Nadya Taubuso and then hit from the opposite wing thanks to the brilliance of captain Diane Vetu.Samoa hit back just before the break to get back in the game.
The planned dedication service will start soon after the Lae City Dwellers arrive in Lae around 4pm this afternoon.The team has defended well their title and retained the cup as the premiers of the prestigious soccer game in the country.Team manager Peter Seske, coach Peter Gunemba and the team’s spiritual leader Reverend Gary Mangiri will lead the team to the church for the service.Lae City Dwellers is a Papua Compound-based NSL team. Apart from the game of soccer, they also commit themselves to God as they know that He is the source of their lives and game.And since they entered the competition two years ago, they had always put God first.”We thank God for the guidance as He is the source of our lives and games. The church dedication is about thanking God for our victory.”We are so thankful for the guidance and comfort from Him,” coach Gunemba said.
This came off a two-hole playoff on Sunday. Moules, who took the lead after the first day, fired 5-under 67 in the final round to be the clubhouse leader on 11-under the card.It was a three-way playoff between Moules, amateur Anthony Quayle and Aaron Wilkin. Moules claimed victory with his birdie on the second playoff hole.He walked away with AU$21,000 in prize money plus a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour of Australasia.Wilkin and amateur Quayle shared runner-up honours while Mitchell A. Brown finished a shot outside the playoff to finish 4th.The tournament teed off on Thursday 21 April and ended yesterday (Sunday 24 April).
Solomon Islands will be hosting the 2023 Pacific Games and Sogavare says the real work will start after the bid to make sure the infrastructures are ready in time before the Games.“Since we are here, I know we can learn a lot of from the experience of Papua New Guinea.“So far this morning we toured a number of sites and one thing of course is the infrastructure.“So we have two challenges on our hands, first is to make sure that the infrastructure are ready a year before 2023, and the other of course is to continue to use the facilities after the Games,” said Sogavare.He added he was impressed with the current infrastructure adding it will be a mammoth of a task to equal what PNG is doing.Sogavare said that PNG is a very big economy and will ably sustain and maintain such infrastructures, however for Solomon Islands, they will be selective on the sports they offer.“We are of course very selective in the sport we are offering for 2023, so we will be building infrastructures according to the games we offer,” said Sogavare.Sogavare ended his tour at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) where staff from the High Performance Sport took on him on a tour of the facilities.He was further impressed with PNG’s scientific approach to improving Sports in Papua New Guinea using the High Performance unit based at the TAC.He said PNG and the Solomon Islands have a very strong relationship and he has received assurance from the PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and his Ministers that they will assist in hosting the Games in 2023.