Month: May 2020



first_imgSANTA ANITA PARK TO INSTITUTE NEW ENHANCED PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES TO HELP ENSURE RACING AND TRAINING SAFETY AND INTEGRITYARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2019)–As a thorough evaluation of Santa Anita’s main track continues, The Stronach Group (TSG) has announced several new safety and welfare measures which will be put in place when racing resumes at Santa Anita Park in the coming weeks.“We’re looking forward to returning to normal, but it will be a new normal,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, TSG.  “The safety of our equine and human athletes remains our highest priority.  We need to work together and continue to create not only our own internal audits, but an open and honest dialogue with all of the stakeholders and evaluate best practices at other racetracks around the world.”Moving forward, Santa Anita Park will require trainers to apply for permission to work a horse (a timed high-speed training exercise) at least 24 hours in advance.  This will allow track veterinarians to assist in identifying “at risk” horses through the evaluation of past performances, workout data and physical inspection.  Santa Anita has hired additional veterinarians to observe all horses entering and exiting the tracks each morning during training hours.Santa Anita had previously announced a change to the morning training schedule to ensure a more orderly and safe process.  The first 15 minutes of training after the main track opens, and after each renovation break, are now exclusively reserved for horses working for an officially clocked time.  This will allow horses going at a faster pace to encounter less traffic, thus providing a safer environment.TSG is also announcing the creation of a new position, Director of Equine Welfare, which will be held by an accredited veterinarian.  This person will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of equine well-being and will lead a new Rapid Response team for injuries which will be tasked with conducting transparent investigations of all factors involving the injury, as well the communication of their findings to the racing and general public.As has been implemented with great success at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita will now institute a “House Rule” requiring complete transparency with regard to veterinary records.  This mandates that the veterinary records of a horse follow that horse through any trainer or ownership change, including a claiming race or private sale.“This has worked very well at Gulfstream Park,” said Ritvo.  “There was some pushback from the trainers at first, but this is the best thing for the horse.  Now, everyone has bought into the process as they realize they are also on the receiving end of this information intended to understand the full medical history of that horse.”TSG is strongly committed to working with the California Horse Racing Board and industry stakeholders in evaluating racetrack safety.  The goal is to establish a culture of health and safety throughout all of the racetracks, creating checks and balances, intervention strategies and working together to identify factors to help mitigate risk to horses and riders.  This includes the continued engagement of Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Kentucky and veteran trackman Dennis Moore, and other independent racetrack surface experts to continually review both the dirt and turf courses for consistency, composition and compaction, as well as the exploration of advancements in injury detection and prevention.“Every one of us, from our Chairman and President (TSG) Belinda Stronach, to our employees, to every trainer and owner and person who works in the stable area, we all have deep, deep love for horses,” said Ritvo.  “It’s why we get up every day.  It’s all about the horses.  Human medicine is more advanced than equine medicine, so if there is new technology or equipment that will assist in increasing the ability to discover our pre-existing injuries, we’re going to invest in that technology and bring it to our horsemen.”last_img read more


Spurs sensationally SACK Pochettino 5 months after CL final as Mourinho circles

first_img8 Pochettino defied the odds last season by taking Tottenham to the European Cup finalCredit: Alamy8 Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United last season, is in talks to take overCredit: PA:Press Association“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.”Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history.”I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”SunSport previously reported how Spurs’ top target to replace Pochettino is RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.Bournemouth gaffer Eddie Howe was also believed to be on the shortlist, along with Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti, but now the Special One is odds-on to replace the Argentinian.8 Poch leaves Spurs after failing to win any of his last five Premier League gamesCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho has been keeping tabs on the situation at Spurs – despite being linked with a return to Real Madrid.Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Reilly believes that the ex-Chelsea boss will soon be in the Spurs dressing room.She said: “Early fingers are pointing towards Mourinho leaving the Sky studio for a return to the dug out with Spurs.”Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes that the players have got Poch the sack due to their dire performances.He told Sky Sports: “They’ve obviously pushed the panic button. When people talk about all the players loving him, if they loved him that much maybe they should have done a bit better for him.”At the end of the day they’ve got him the sack as they have not been good enough. They’ve had one Champions League final. If you look back at the run, everything went their way a bit.”They haven’t won a trophy for five or six years with a team full of internationals and possible the best No 9 in the world.”Look at the quality they have – and they haven’t won anything. Not making the Champions League is a disaster in Daniel Levy’s and Joe Lewis’ eyes with the money they have invested.8LATEST 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”These are ruthless businessmen. They will have spoken to somebody, I know how they work.”They’re not suddenly going to start looking for a new manager, all their work would have been done behind the scenes already. They spoke to both Brendan Rodgers and Carlo Ancelotti before they sacked me.”Tottenham face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, with the Hammers to leapfrog their London rivals should they claim the three points.Mauricio Pochettino jokes: If Levy sacked me, I could never manage Arsenal! Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is in advanced talks to take over from Poch.SunSport understands both sides are confident they can reach a deal which would see the 56-year-old take charge before Saturday’s crunch clash with West Ham.Despite not winning a trophy for Spurs, Poch, 47, guided the club to four consecutive Champions League finishes.Prior to his arrival, Spurs had finished in the top four in just two of their 22 seasons in the Premier League.He also took the club to the Champions League final last season, but Liverpool prevailed as they won 2-0.After replacing Tim Sherwood in 2014, Poch took charge of 293 games, winning 159, losing 72 and drawing on 62 occasions.It is understood that Tottenham will have to pay Pochettino £12.5million as he was contracted to the club until 2023.In a statement issued by Daniel Levy Levy addressing the shock sacking, he said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing. Club statement— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 19, 2019center_img MAURICIO POCHETTINO has been sacked by Tottenham after five-and-a-half years in charge following a dismal start to the season – with Jose Mourinho set to take over.Spurs have failed to win any of their last five matches in the top-flight and sit 14th with just three victories out of 12 games so far.8 Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino with the club 14th in the tableCredit: PA:Empics Sport8 Pochettino, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final five months ago where they lost to LiverpoolCredit: Getty – ContributorAs well as Pochettino, coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also been relieved of their duties.Spurs fans took to social media to vent their fury at the club’s decision to axe their beloved manager.A gutted supporter fumed: “Why today. why not do it at the start of the international break so they could have a chance of getting someone in for the next match ffs.”Several rival fans pointed out that Pochettino failed to end Spurs’ wait since 1984 to win another major trophy.One cheeky member of the Arsenal faithful posted: “Poch took the best ever Spurs side to zero trophies? Hate to see it.”But another suggested: “This could be the biggest mistake the club has made.”BBC pundit and Tottenham legend Gary Lineker also blasted his former club.The former England striker tweeted: “He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.”Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust statementWe’re shocked and saddened to hear our Club has sacked Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff. During his time at Spurs, Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham Hotspur a force to be reckoned with again, and forged a strong link with the fans. We will never forget the joy he brought us.Of course, results in the league have been disappointing for some time. But many fans thought Poch had earned the right to turn it around in the first sustained period of poor form we’ve had during his time at the Club. We now have to look forward and take stock. But there are questions that must be asked of the Board of THFC. 88Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by @SpursOfficial. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 19, 2019last_img read more


Samoans dump defending champs Fiji in 9s

first_imgThe match at the BSP Stadium is expected to be a packed house affair as all the tickets for the 15,000 capacity stadium have been sold.Samoa upset the defending champions Fiji with a full time score of 20-12.Samoa’s winning foundation was set up in the first half as they lead Fiji 16-0 into the break. In the second half, Fiji scored two converted tries.But the Samoans sealed the match with a four pointer to win.last_img


Hunters heading down South for Jets clash

first_imgIpswich is a short drive from the city of Brisbane.This will be another big game for the Hunters who are taking on the third placed team in the Intrust Super Cup competition. After their win on the weekend, the Hunters are still in second place.Hunters coach Michael Marum has made a few changes, naming Ase Boas at halfback while Edward Goma moves to the centres. Thompson Teteh is still out injured.The Jets will be out for revenge after going down to the Hunters in the round 13 clash earlier this year. The Hunters beat the Jets 40-28.The Jets also have named a strong side with the usual inclusion of Papua New Guineans Rod Griffin and Richard Pandia.The game will kick off at 3pm.The team:1. Stargroth Amean, 2. Bland Abavu, 3. Noel Zeming, 4. Edward Goma, 5. Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Henry Noki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai. Interchange: 14. Adam Korave, 15. Atte Bina, 16. Willie Minoga, 17. Enock Maki, 18. Nickson Borana, 19. Warren Glarelast_img read more


Tigers maintain lead in Digicel Cup

first_imgAfter 11 rounds, the boys from Lae are on 19 points (8 wins, 1 loss and 1 bye).The struggling Bintangor Goroka Lahanis are last on the ladder on 6 points with only 2 wins this season.Yesterday’s results: Eagles 34 – Wigmen 6, Isapea 20 – Muruks 16, Gurias 18 – Lions 14, Tigers 22 – Tumbe 12, Mioks 16 – Lahanis 14, Vipers Bye.The progressive points ladder after 11 rounds:Snax Lae Tigers (19), Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles (17), Agmark Rabaul Gurias (16), EGP Mioks (15), Waghi Tumbe (13), Kemele Hela Wigmen (11), PRK Mendi Muruks (10), PRK Gulf Isapea (9), SNS Port Moresby Vipers (9), TNA Lions (7), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (6).last_img read more


1×1 of Barcelona: if Messi does not dial, no one here dials

first_imgTer Stegen: Despite the two goals, the German goalkeeper made an outstanding game, especially after a spectacular stop to a shot of Isco that slipped through the entire squad. Semedo: He halted Vinicius practically the whole game, but in the only play that the Brazilian missed, he ended up opening the score. Offensively it continues contributing things, but it should be more protagonist because it has conditions to do it.Pique: Impeccable game of the Catalan central, although he had no luck in the play of the first goal, since I diverted the shot of Vinicius enough to deceive Ter Stegen. He had a great chance at a Messi center, but he finished off incomprehensibly outside. He took a ball between sticks after a header from Isco and Ter Stegen could not clear it completely.Umtiti: The Frenchman is offering an incontestable improvement in the last games, although in Mariano’s goal he showed once again that he is slower than the bad horse.Sunrise: He was not one hundred percent and it was especially noticeable in the second part, where he hardly took the attack. Between Valverde and Carvajal they made him suffer the unspeakable for his band. He gave a great assistance to Griezmann, who missed.Sergio Busquets: Formidable in every way, although he made some mistake of a lump at some ball out. He served a sung goal to Messi, which he misunderstood. In the second part he was more demanded and with more problems to give continuity in the game. Arthur: Your best game this season. The Brazilian was very dynamic and active throughout the game, but Setién decided to replace it incomprehensibly. He had a hand in hand with Courtois, but the Belgian goal was smarter.From Jong: Too irregular, alternating good phases of play with others quite misguided. In any case, an impressive play was given, surpassing lines with ease and giving great assistance from Leo, which the Argentine could not bring to fruition.Arturo vidal: Bad match of the Chilean. Unsuccessful with the ball and not very precise when pressing. He never knew how to get along with De Jong when he was practically in no man’s land and Setién was forced to replace him with so much nonsense in the game.Messi: The Argentine could not score and increases his scoring drought against Real Madrid. In any case, he had two great chances to beat Courtois, but this time the white goalkeeper won the game. And we already know that if Leo does not mark, in this Barca nobody marks.Griezmann: The Frenchman was very dynamic and always offering himself in attack, having a great opportunity with a shot on the front of the area that went out. In the second part, the striker faded into the field and ended up being replaced.CHANGES:Braithwaite: He jumped into the field like an exhale, having a great opportunity to beat Courtois. It is clear that the Danish is called to do important things in this team.Ansu Fati: He could barely participate when entering the last minutes.Rakitic: The Croatian, in his line in the last matches.last_img read more


Stationary bike and lots of home: this is how Atleti spends his days without football

first_imgLlorente doing static bike. Atlético will not return to training until Monday, for the time being, before a weekend without football, LaLiga canceled, therefore the San Mamés match, and the footballers remain in Madrid (order of the rojiblanco club, despite the days without football or sessions they must remain in the city and not go to spend the weekend there; all physical stores have also been closed). Many aware of the situation in the country due to the crisis caused by Covid-19 that will cause the government to declare a state of alarm starting tomorrow. That is, home, family and remote work, like many of the Spanish this day. This was reported by some on their social networks. This is the case of Saúl who posted a publication that appeared next to a computer and the message that the political, public and health sectors have been launching for days: #quedateencasa. “Let’s be prudent and responsible”, the fourth rojiblanco captain headed his message. Felipe posted a similar photo, also on the computer, from home. Marcos Llorente, meanwhile, advocated showing that he continues to work even if they do not actually have telework. Atletico, in principle, will return to training on Monday, it has not been canceled, but it is armored: they will be behind closed doors, without even a press and without the footballers stopping to sign autographs and photos for the fans, in addition to canceling the wheels Press, commercial events and personalized interviews. But the sport in the case of Marcos it is in their DNA. The photo that he hung during these days with everything detained because of the Covid-19 is doing an exercise bike as if he were in the Cerro … but at home.last_img read more


The Madrid that Zidane projects

first_imgIn short, in that new Madrid that Zidane is profiling, there is less possession, more physical vigor and faster transitions and a clear reference above, what has been missing since Cristiano left. The two main proper names must be those of Pogba and Haaland and they would be joined by Hazard and Asensio, almost unpublished in the season that is interrupted. It is already a fact that Zidane is planning the next season. Within the entity there is little confidence that what remains of it can be completed and, whatever happens if it resumes, the French coach will command the next project. Zidane has learned from his own mistakes in this second stage at the helm of the team and has already set to work to correct them. He knows that there are many players on the squad who are over 30 years old, many of them vital in previous wins (Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Benzema …) and He wants an eleven guy with much more physical vigor. Zidane projects a new Madrid. ANDREW YATES & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>ANDREW YATES (REUTERS) In the middle of the field.That’s where Zidane wants to kick off with the addition of Pogba and definitely make a change to the style of play towards a much more English one, back and forth, with less possession and faster transitions. Pogba is the chosen one. Casemiro would remain as an anchor, in a fixed position ahead of the centrals, and there would be two true midfielders in the eleven type, Kroos and Pogba. The Frenchman, with a lot of physical display and arrival, just as he plays for United and France. Valverde would be the victim. He and Modric would be on the bench as alternatives to take breaks or as a Plan B. option.center_img In the frontIt is still to be decided whether Madrid gets into the operation for Haaland. If he did this it would mean a substantial change in the eleven type because Benzema would have a very difficult time playing. The French striker is already 32 years old but has been so careful in recent seasons that he seems to be at the best moment of his career. A dilemma. With Haaland in the field and Hazard (100 million were spent for him, the Belgian will have a leading role), it remains to be seen if Zidane bets on a natural drawing and puts Vinicius on the right or if he invents something to put Hazard as a playmaker and put an attack pair with Benzema and Haaland himself. On the right, Asensio It can also be an option for Vinicius for your ideal eleven.WOLFGANG RATTAY & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>WOLFGANG RATTAY (REUTERS) In defenseIn defense Zidane cannot do without the great captain, Sergio Ramos, true supporter of the group for his charisma. He is obsessed with preparation and has a privileged physique, so he is still the backbone of the project. The main change is in Mendy. The side, out of the PSG youth team, will have all the gallons next season. In which we are in progress he usually already plays the hardest games: the one in Paris and the first leg against City in the Champions League, the one in Pizjuán in the League or the first Clásico in Barcelona … There will be a definitive “sorpasso” on the side.OSCAR DEL POZO & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>OSCAR DEL POZO (AFP)last_img read more


Dembélé, the confined conf invisible ’

first_imgNobody escapes by now the withdrawn and sickly shyness of Ousmane Dembélé, But the truth is that they have been enhanced since the State of Alarm began, which forced everyone to be confined to their homes.During the month that the players have been confined at home, who more or less have shared their personal experiences with the fans. Some have posted videos training at home, others have participated in challenges and activities promoted through social media, and some have even encouraged people to stay home or have made donations public. for aid against the fight against the pandemic. The most determined have even participated in interviews with the club’s official media or have held chat sessions with fans. Everyone, in one way or another, has done their bit to make this hard confinement more bearable Everyone? Well no, there is always an exception in a group. And in the case of the FC Barcelona locker room it is Ousmane Dembélé. The French striker has only appeared during this month to publish the statement that Leo Messi sent as captain to announce that the first-team squad accepted the 70% pay cut of the salary while the State of Alarm lasts while he regretted the pressures received from the club. A statement that was shared by all players without exception. This is the only sign of Dembélé’s life during his forced confinement. Nothing is known of his recovery – it must be remembered that the striker underwent surgery on February 11 of a ruptured femoral biceps tendon in his right leg; In principle, he still has a long way to go, since the initial forecast was six months, so at best he would be back in July.Nor is it with his colleagues that he communicates openly. Apart from the francés French clan ’, with whom he continues to have contact, with the rest of the players in the squad there has been little communication. In fact, it was the only absence that stands out among the footballers at the telematic meeting held by the squad on Tuesday. A drop that, incidentally, was discussed during the conversation.His last image, shared on Instagram, apart from the statement, dates back to January 20, where he posted an image of him running in the Ciutat Esportiva in the final stretch of his recovery. Since that day, the French striker has disappeared from social networks.At the club, for his part, he is extremely concerned that confinement ends up hurting Dembélé. And not only because he cannot follow the rehabilitation guidelines in an ideal way when having to do everything at home under the supervision of a recuperator, but also because he could return to some of his bad habits due to confinement, such as playing video games until late at night. the early morning or a less controlled diet based on ‘fast food’.last_img read more