PALOS VERDES STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESPACO LOPEZ, ROH H, WINNER:  “Peter told me he’d like me to be third or fourth early.  He’s like a machine.  You could see going to the three eighths, he was just cruising.  He loves to run and I had a whole lotta horse the whole way.  He definitely ran as good today as he did in the Breeders’ Cup.  He was just incredible.“He’s a machine bullet that horse. Today he jogged unbelievable like always, and he’s great, it’s a was little into the race and I thought he was going too fast today, he’s like a machine, he was flying that horse today.“It’s such a pleasure to be here at Santa Anita.”  TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, ROH H, WINNER:   “He’s a pros pro and you know he’s a Lebron James of sprinters.“We’re gonna try Dubai again hopefully we can get it right this time.  In the words of Chick Hearn, ‘He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,’ so nothing bothers him, me on the other hand I don’t ship so well, but he’s an unbelievable horse and I just thank Gary and Amy for allowing me to train him.“He’s something else, he’s a thing of beauty.  Watching the race, I was not happy with Paco, because I thought he was too close, but he knew better.  He’s a machine and I’m running out of superlatives.”DID ROY H RUN AS WELL TODAY AS HE DID IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP?  “The track’s been playing (slow) and he was just cruising…He runs today in 1:08 and four (fifths)…I hope he didn’t run too fast.  There’s two big sprint races every year, Dubai and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (at Santa Anita Nov. 2).  Those are the two we’re running in.”OWNER QUOTESGARY HARTUNIAN (ROCKINGHAM RANCH), ROY H, WINNER: “I gotta start working out with Roy because he’s running circles around all of us here. You know I thought he might set a track record today the way he looked yesterday. You know he just found a perfect match, Pete Miller is a great sprint trainer and Roy H may go down as one of the better sprinters ever.“Win, end of the story, we never even had the other conversation, were out here to win, that’s it. You guys do a great job and Santa Anita is one of the greatest places you can come.”NOTES: The winning owner is Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen LLC.Owner Gary Hartunian, center, celebrates in the winner’s circle with jockey Paco Lopez, left, and actor Billy Gardell, right, after Roy H’s victory in the Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED S Y SKY GOES GATE TO WIRE TO TAKE $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLION FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT BY A HALF LENGTH

first_imgALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED S Y SKY GOES GATE TO WIRE TO TAKE $150,000 SUNSHINE MILLION FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT BY A HALF LENGTH; TALAMO & D’AMATO TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG HILLSIDE TURF WIN IN 1:12.52RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2019)–Favored in six out of her seven lifetime starts but not today,  Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky posted an authoritative half length win as she led throughout in taking Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Phil D’Amato (who picked up his fourth win on the day), the 5-year-old mare by Grazen, out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.86.One of four stakes on Saturday restricted to horses bred or sired in California, the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.Breaking from post six in a field of eight, S Y Sky shot to the lead and was pressured down the hill by eventual runner-up Queen Bee to You, who never threw in the towel.Second as the 3-5 favorite in a state-bred allowance going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track here Jan. 10, S Y Sky was off as the 2-1 second choice and paid $6.00, $3.00 and $2.80.With the winner’s share of $90,000, S Y Sky, who now has two lifetime stakes wins, increased her earnings to $457,320 from an overall mark of 9-5-3-1.Queen Bee to You, who was ever so gradually getting to the winner on the money, prevailed by two lengths over Fiery Lady for the place.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Queen Bee to You was off at 10-1 and paid $7.80 and $5.80.Dispatched at 24-1 with Mario Gutierrez up, Fiery Lady finished well on the far outside and ended up a neck in front of Bella Luma while paying $7.60 to show.Cordiality, who pressed the early pace as the even money favorite, tired late to finish sixth.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 43.98 and 1:06.48.last_img read more

BAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY TALAMO

first_imgBAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY TALAMO, DERBY HOPEFUL GETS 1 1/16 MILES OVER SLOPPY TRACK IN 1:41.81WINNER BY MUCHO MACHO MAN PICKS UP 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2019)–Favored Mucho Gusto was all business on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he rated kindly and exploded the final eighth of a mile to take the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 4 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the chestnut colt by Mucho Macho Man got a mile and one sixteenth over a sloppy track in 1:41.81.A comfortable third into and around the Club House turn, Mucho Gusto was well within himself as he stalked Magnificent McCool while second heading to the far turn.  Five sixteenths of a mile from home, he took command and accelerated through the lane like a top Derby prospect to win with his ears pricked.“Every race, he’s getting better and better,” said Talamo, who’s ridden him in all four of his starts.  “He settled today like he’s been doing this a hundred times…He galloped out real strong.  I don’t think distance is going to be any problem.  At the three eighths (pole), I was pretty confident.  He’s a 3-year-old, but he feels like an older horse.”Idle since running second to his highly regarded stablemate Improbable in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 8, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off at 3-5 in a field of five sophomores and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto, who was purchased for $625,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale this past May, picked up $90,000 for the win, hiking his earnings to $234,000.  He now has three wins from four starts and he picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points as well.“He got to sit off the pace, which was good,” said Baffert.  “They have to learn to do that, and I was really happy with Joe.  He rode him with a lot of confidence today, like he was a good horse and he (Talamo) was on his own.  I didn’t give him any instructions…He’s a good horse.  He’s a fighter, too.  If they’d have hooked him, he likes to fight.“This is the time of the year when you want to start getting excited about something…I want to run him in spots where he’s going to be very competitive, and we have those other horses, so it depends on what the other horses are doing.  Right now, I’m going to nominate my horses everywhere and whoever’s doing great that week runs in that race…Let the games begin.”Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, Gunmetal Gray, a deep closer, had his work cut out for him in the short field.  With what developed into a reasonable early pace, he rallied well from last to catch Easy Shot late, finishing second by a half length.A winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes here on Jan. 5, he was the second choice at 8-5 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the Keith Desormeaux-trained Easy Shot was off at 12-1 and paid $2.60 to show while finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of Magnificent Cool.Fractions on the race were 23.67, 46.55, 1:10.51 and 1:35.57.The second, third and fourth place finishers picked up four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying point(s) each.last_img read more

Blame Pochettino for Spurs slump… he’s been plotting exit since last term

first_imgWith a new stadium, training ground and supposed top young squad and manager, it is baffling why any star would want to leave.But at Spurs they seem to be queuing up for the exit.Only last week skipper and keeper Hugo Lloris — after all the support he got from Spurs in the wake of his drink-drive conviction — announced in the French press he would like to finish his career in the MLS.4 The form of Dele Alli is a major worry for Spurs, summing up their plightCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Spurs refused to cash in on Christian Eriksen and now he is strugglingCredit: AFPAnd he insisted he loved Pochettino. So what is the problem? Is it the pay?Could be. Tottenham have upped their scale but their best players know they could still earn more elsewhere.Or is it a lack of silverware? Tottenham have not been champions of England since 1961 and not lifted a trophy since the League Cup in 2008.Do the current stars believe losing in the Champions League final is as good as it is going to get?Spurs fans — who have been through far tougher times — should be in dreamland but there is a lot of negativity and Poch has to hold his hands up.How many other managers preview a Champions League semi-final by announcing they could quit if they win?Pochettino seems to have been plotting his exit ever since booking a last-four place against Ajax last season.He then seems to have spent the whole time since moaning about Levy’s failure to back him in the transfer windows.CRACKS IN RELATIONSHIPThere is no doubt two transfer windows without a single signing has come back to bite Spurs on the bum.They tried to make amends in the summer with new additions but Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso have suffered lapses in either form or fitness.While there are suggestions Jack Clarke, signed from Leeds for £10m and loaned back, was Levy’s idea and not wanted by Pochettino.It hints at cracks in the relationship between the manager and his chairman.Poch admits there are colleagues at Spurs with different agendas but insists he will try to pull them together.Maybe ‘United’ is the wrong term, as the way things stand you wouldn’t back against him taking over at Old Trafford.Real Madrid could also be in the market for a new boss.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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongPoch has done a great job but is giving the impression it is the beginning of the end.Ex-Spurs star Jamie O’Hara was spot-on when he said on talkSPORT yesterday: “The problem is the Carabao Cup is another trophy we could have won which we have now lost.“It’s getting to the point where I’m looking at Poch’s interviews and he looks like, ‘I’m on the verge here, I’ve had enough’.”James Maddison speaks after scoring winning goal to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadium HOW apt that a car crash in the old Roman capital of Britain has us all wondering if Mauricio Pochettino is near the end of the road at Spurs.Tuesday’s Carabao Cup shootout defeat in Colchester continued Tottenham’s awful form.4 Manager Mauricio Pochettino is as much at fault for Spurs’ plight this term as chairman Daniel Levy4And Poch now finds himself under pressure just a few months after guiding the club to their first ever Champions League final — which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.Any Goliath can lose to a David in English cup football. Yet the fight Spurs showed in the former Roman stronghold was more Gus Caesar than Julius.Tottenham, despite making ten changes, should have conquered.Pochettino and his players had not even boarded their chariot back to Londinium when #Pochout was trending on Twitter.But the rot set in at Spurs even before their run to Madrid.Poch blamed the current situation on having an unsettled squad — and he is right.But he is as much to blame as chairman Daniel Levy.It is no secret the manager wanted the likes of Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama out of the door this summer so he could overhaul his roster.QUEUING UP TO LEAVEBut they remain and that is because Levy has ballsed up contract talks or refused to take a hit on player sales.There is no way Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld should be in the final years of their contracts.They should have been tied down or sold. But Levy’s pigheadness is costing his club.Refusing to sell Eriksen in the summer for less than £130million — even though the Dane joined from Ajax for just £11.5m six years ago — is a perfect example of why Spurs are in this mess.last_img read more

Tottenham news LIVE – Latest updates from North London

first_imgTOTTENHAM needed a late equaliser from Dele Alli to prevent a third straight defeat in a hugely controversial game.Watford had taken the lead early on, but felt they should have had a penalty – only for the referee and VAR to wave their appeals away.But Alli netted late on, with VAR allowing it to stand despite calls for handball and ‘no goal’ being shown on the stadium screen.Get all the latest Spurs news here…Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 9:07 pm📸 Take a look at today’s training gallery as the players prepare for a return to @ChampionsLeague action.#UCL ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 8:05 pmSPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino will reportedly veto a new contract for Jan Vertonghen.According to Football Insider, The Tottenham gaffer and his coaching staff are concerned about his dip in form.Vertonghen, 32, will become a free agent next summer.They report also adds that they are concerned by his mystery ankle injuries.Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 7:08 pmTicketing details for @SpursWomen’s historic North London Derby against Arsenal Women in the @BarclaysFAWSL. To be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 17 November (3pm KO). #SpurHerOn ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 6:31 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO believes it is fundamental his side beat Red Star Belgrade in their bid to get out of their current funk.Spurs have won just once out of their last seven games in all competitions.Speaking ahead of their Champions League clash, Poch said: “It’s important to win tomorrow to be in a good position in the table.“We need to build our confidence.”Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 5:57 pmSPURS will be back in action against FK Crvena zvezda tomorrow… Getting ready for Red Star 👊 #UCL #COYSA post shared by Tottenham Hotspur (@spursofficial) on Oct 21, 2019 at 3:42am PDT Preparing for a return to @ChampionsLeague action. 👊#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/PgBaRCxg4F— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Joe Miles22 Oct 2019, 5:28 pmHARRY KANE has admitted that this is the most difficult spell he has endured with Tottenham. When asked if it was the worst phase of his time at Spurs, he said: “Yes, probably, I’d say so. “When you look at the results it’s not been easy.” Mauricio Pochettino’s side are seventh in the Premier League table after picking up just 12 points from nine games. Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 4:45 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed one of Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon will play against Red Star Belgrade.The Spurs boss was asked about the fitness of his players ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League clash and said one will and one will not feature.Tottenham tweeted that Christian Eriksen could be back in the fold after returning to training following a dead leg.Sessegnon – who is yet to play a single minute for Tottenham this season – and Lo Celso were also involved.However, it was just four days ago that Poch said both were “far away from the level they need to be involved” – so their level of involvement is in question should they get the nod.Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, has “commenced the early stages of rehabilitation” following his elbow dislocation earlier this month. View this post on Instagramcenter_img Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 3:43 pm”It’s important for us to come out of the blocks with loads of energy, with the ball and without the ball.”@HKane on tomorrow’s game against @crvenazvezdafk.#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/n2BN8DYRbe— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 3:09 pmTEAM NEWS:🔹 @ChrisEriksen8 (dead leg) – returned to training with the squad.🔹 Hugo Lloris (elbow) – continues to be monitored and assessed, commenced early stages of rehabilitation.#UCL ⚪️ #THFC pic.twitter.com/ZvlDiExVp9— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 1:57 pmHARRY KANE has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade.Spurs have picked up just one point out of six from their opening two games.Kane said: “We know about the effort it takes to get through a Champions League group. “We have to believe and fight for everything together.” Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 1:14 pmSPURS have been given a triple injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.Tottenham have picked up just one point from their opening two group games – drawing against Olympiakos and losing to Bayern Munich.But ahead of Tuesday’s match, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso have all joined in training with the first team.However it is like that Eriksen will be the only player to feature for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 12:37 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has said he is focused on fixing Tottenham’s alarming slump – and is not concerned about the club being the subject of a new Amazon documentary.Asked about his thoughts on Spurs to allow cameras to film behind the scenes this season, Poch snapped: “Do you think it is a moment to talk about that?“I am focused only in trying to stick with giving my best to turn the moment.“That was a club decision to do a documentary about Tottenham and me as a manager I need to give my best to help the club to do what the club want.”Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 12:00 pm Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 11:22 amGetting ready for Red Star. #UCL ⚪️ #THFC pic.twitter.com/Nu2oplzanT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 10:48 amBRANDON MALINSKY: POCH out!……. There. I’ve said it.I won’t be the most popular person at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but I can’t keep it in any longer.Mauricio Pochettino is clearly a good manager.He’s moved Spurs up from being a team fighting to get into the top four, to a team finishing in the top four (although, the way they’re playing at the moment, that run could be coming to an end).But I don’t think he can take us any further – and it doesn’t look like he wants to.Read more HERE.Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 10:11 amTONY CASCARINO believes Mauricio Pochettino still doesn’t know what his best backline is following the 1-1 draw against Watford.The ex-Chelsea striker told talkSPORT: “Pochettino got his team selection wrong.“Whatever you say, at the start of the game, if you set up one way and it’s wrong. You set the team up.“He’s not sure of his XI, he doesn’t know. Certainly his back four and five, he doesn’t have a clue who he thinks is his best player to stick in there.“At this moment, there are a number of players in the Spurs squad who you can say that they don’t deserve a place in the starting XI.”Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 9:38 amEXCLUSIVE by Alan Shearer: Why was Dele Alli’s goal against Watford allowed to stand? If the ball hits you on the Premier League badge or below, it’s your arm and therefore a handball.We’re almost in November and no one seems any wiser to how VAR is being used.I want VAR technology to work, I really do. When it was brought in, we were told it would provide “minimum interference, maximum benefit”.They want trust between the ref and VAR but, come on, it’s just not being used properly.You will not see a clearer penalty than when Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen.How professional referees looking at that incident in real time, and then in slow-motion, don’t think that is a penalty is beyond me.Jake Lambourne21 Oct 2019, 9:07 amROY KEANE has told Manchester United there is a simple solution to their goalscoring problems – sign Harry Kane.United have been struggling for goals this season after the club took the decision to sell Romelu Lukaka to Inter Milan.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s have scored just ten goals in nine Premier League matches this season having left themselves short of options up front.United legend Keane is in no doubt what his former club have to do if they want to solve the problem and return to the top table – break the bank to sign Kane from Tottenham.And he says the current mess Spurs find themselves in this season gives them the ideal opportunity to snatch the England captain from the North London club.Keane told Sky Sports: “Just go and get Harry Kane from Spurs, easy. You look at me as though I’m not being serious. Go and buy him.“He scores 25 goals a season with his eyes shut. They’re in disarray, go get him.”Adam Storer21 Oct 2019, 8:07 amTOTTENHAM have struggled to get results of late after their controversial draw against Watford extended their winless run to three matches.But defender Toby Alderweireld is remaining positive ahead of a massive clash against Liverpool next weekend.As reported by the Mirror, the Belgian said: “You can see it two ways. It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday [against Crvena Zvezda]. We must use that.“Then Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half [against Watford]. Our best, it’s all we can do.”Marc Mayo21 Oct 2019, 9:12 pmMarc Mayo21 Oct 2019, 8:29 pmTOTTENHAM WOMEN secured a victory over West Ham today.Rachel Furness hit the winning penalty in the Conti Cup shootout after the Hammers scored two stoppage time goals to make it 2-2 in 90 minutes.It means Spurs secure a bonus point despite the draw to get off the mark in Group D of the competition.Marc Mayo21 Oct 2019, 7:44 pmDARREN BENT is looking forward to Ryan Sessegnon getting some game time at Spurs.But the former Tottenham striker wants fans to give young wing-back Sessegnon time to adapt after a long injury lay-off.He told Football Insider: “He can help bring something at left-back and he can play left-wing so he can help them down that whole left side, so he can give them another dimension.“Obviously it’s going to take him some time to learn how they play and it may be a little bit tough for him as when you’re a young player and you’ve gone to a new team, and that team isn’t playing that well, it won’t do you any favours.“Especially when you’re coming back off an injury so hopefully they bed him in slowly, but I’m sure it won’t be too long before he’s up to speed.”Marc Mayo21 Oct 2019, 5:49 pm⚽ @dele_official’s late strike against Watford. pic.twitter.com/YP7tVXBwWv— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 19, 2019Joe Brophy20 Oct 2019, 4:44 pmTHE company supplying VAR in the Premier League has apologised to Tottenham and Watford fans after an error during their 1-1 draw.Dele Alli salvaged a late point for Spurs but there was confusion over whether the goal had stood after the big screen mistakenly displayed a “no goal” verdict.A statement on Twitter read: “Hawk-Eye apologises to Spurs and Watford fans for the confusion caused.“We are working together with the Professional Game Match Officials Board [the body responsible for professional match officials in England] and the Premier League to understand the root cause of this problem and propose a series of measures to ensure it won’t happen again.”Joe Brophy20 Oct 2019, 3:36 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO recently ruled out a January signing spree as he looks to turn Tottenham’s troubled season around, and the Argentine restated his position.He added: “I am clear with you. I don’t say yes or no. I don’t say we are going to sign or not sign, sell or not sell.“It is not the moment to talk, when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another.“Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere.“We are not going to get any benefit to talk about January, it is too far away, we have got a lot of games to play.“That is the structure of the club that is working and thinking and they need to be ready if we need to do something, if not we keep going, but I am happy with the squad, I am happy with the players.“Like always, what is going to happen in January I cannot guess today, what happens will happen.”Load more entries…last_img read more

Spurs mocked by Leipzig ahead of Champions League clash over Timo Werner move

first_imgRB LEIPZIG have mocked Tottenham ahead of their Champions League crunch.The Germans lit the fuse for next week’s last 16 first leg in London by joking leading scorer Timo Werner will be joining Spurs this summer.2 Timo Werner has bagged 20 goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances this seasonCredit: ReutersThe frontman, 23, is one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe after scoring 25 goals in 30 appearances so far this season, with both Liverpool and Chelsea believed to be preparing bids for him.Leipzig responded to reports in Germany Werner will join the Kop this summer by taking a tongue-in-cheek pop at Spurs on Twitter.The Bundesliga club posted on their official account: “We heared he is headed towards #Tottenham though…”Spurs refused to comment on the tweet but the dig at their failure to sign a striker has not gone down well at the North London club.Tottenham insiders hope it will fire up manager Jose Mourinho and his stars even more for their Euro tie against the Germans.The clubs meet in the Champions League round of 16, with the first leg taking place in North London next week.And boss Jose Mourinho was spotted in the crowd at the Allianz Arena as he scouted RB Leipzig during their Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich.2 Leipzig posted the strange tweet just a week before their Champions League clash with SpursMOST 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himLeipzig, meanwhile, fear that they will lose Werner to the Premier League after he recently told German football magazine Kicker: “I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be.”I am open for everything. I was in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all the time.”That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.”Leipzig striker Timo Werner shows he is also great in goallast_img read more

Adebayor refuses to aid Togo’s Covid-19 war and says ‘I do what I want’

first_img“I do what I want to do, eat the food I want, and this is the most important. Then, there will be those who criticise me for not having established a charity in Togo.“But it seems that I brought the coronavirus to Togo, it is very unfortunate, but this is the case and what happened in the country.”Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o has donated relief packages to his country with items such as food, soaps, sanitisers and protective equipment included.Chelsea icon Didier Drogba has also donated the soon-to-be-completed Laurent Pokou hospital, built by his Drogba Foundation, to Ivory Coast’s government as a facility to screen for the disease.LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA 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 CelticBut Adebayor insists he does not want to be compared to either of them.He added: “I’m sorry that people compare me to Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba by asking me why I don’t have a foundation or why I don’t donate, as if I was the one who brought the coronavirus to Togo…“I am Emmanuel Adebayor and I will always do what I want to do.”As of Thursday morning, official statistics stated there were 86 cases of coronavirus in Togo with six deaths.Give 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 2FORMER ARSENAL and Manchester City star Emmanuel Adebayor has refused to donate to his home nation of Togo’s battle against coronavirus.The 36-year-old, who now plays for Paraguayan Club Olimpia, pocketed well over £100,000-a-week during his days playing in the Premier League, having also represented Tottenham.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates2 Emmanuel Adebayor is refusing to help his home nation Togo’s fight against coronavirusCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd he was recently earning around £38k-a-week in Turkey playing for Istanbul Basaksehir, with his estimated net worth said to be £36m.Despite that vast fortune, the striker has come in for fierce criticism for refusing to help the African nation he was born and raised in go to war against the deadly Covid-19 bug.Now Adebayor has hit back by releasing a video online saying he “did not bring the coronavirus to Togo” and he will continue to “do what I want to do.”Speaking on a Facebook Live video, Adebayor said: “For those who say that I do not donate, let me be very clear, I really do not donate. This is very simple.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.last_img read more

Kane not like stars ‘who get ar** wiped for them’ says ex-Spurs boss Sherwood

first_imgTIM SHERWOOD is fed up with mega-rich Premier League footballers “getting their arses wiped” for them – but says his old Tottenham prodigy Harry Kane is very much the exception to the rule.The former Spurs boss worked with the England captain and model pro during his short spell in charge at N17, as the striker rose through the ranks to become a first-team regular and one of the world’s greatest strikers.2 Tim Sherwood salutes a young Harry Kane when in charge of SpursCredit: Rex FeaturesIn an interview with his former Blackburn team-mate Chris Sutton in today’s Mail, Sherwood replied to the striker’s questioning of the way young players get handed everything on a plate in modern football.Sherwood said: “They get their a***s wiped for them. The opposite of this for me is Harry Kane.”He would play the same way for £1 a week. He would never waste one day on the training field.”I would take attitude over ability all day. If you can marry the two up, then you’ve got a serious footballer. I hate it when I hear pundits talking about ‘natural talent’. There’s no such thing.”Sherwood gave Kane his Tottenham debut after taking over as caretaker boss in December 2013 when Andre Villa Boas was fired.And Sherwood reckons Kane will take his time to decide whether to quit Spurs after indicating earlier this year he could move on despite Jose Mourinho’s appointment.The ex-Aston Villa chief said: “It’s like Alan Shearer. He finishes fourth with Blackburn (in 1992-93), then second (in 1993-94).Harry needs to assess this himself. I would wait to see what they do in the summer.”Manchester United are all over him. But he decides to stay, because he believes we have the quality to win it, and we did the next season.”Harry needs to assess this himself. I would wait to see what they do in the summer.”They’ve got a manager who has not gone there to only finish inside the top four.2″Harry will know very soon if the club are willing to spend that money to give themselves that opportunity of winning the league.”Kane had scored goals in loan spells at Leicester, Norwich and Leyton Orient.But his career really took off after Sherwood gave him his chance.He grabbed four goals in 19 appearances during that second half of the 2013/14 season.Kane is now closing in on 200 goals for Spurs in all competitions and has been linked with a move to Manchester United.Latest Spurs 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 summerDespite a bright start at White Hart Lane, Sherwood admits he quickly realised he was not going to get the opportunity that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given at Manchester United.The club had already set their sights on Mauricio Pochettino, who would spend five years at the club, taking them to the Champions League final last season.Sherwood added: “I knew the job. I knew the script. I knew he was ready to come in and they needed someone in the meantime.”It would’ve been different if I didn’t know. Perhaps I would’ve liked that opportunity, like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United. But I knew it wasn’t my job.”How Man United could line-up with ‘done deal’ Sancho as Shearer urges Solskjaer to make Kane and Grealish transferslast_img read more

World Cup withdrawal for Foran

first_imgThe five-eighth, who has just completed a disappointing and injury ravaged season will call Kiwis coach David KIdwell this week and tell him he’s not going to play in the tournament, according to the Sunday Telegraph.Foran wants to get himself right for the Bulldogs next season and is prepared to put this ahead of representing New Zealand in the tournament the country will co-host in just over a month’s time.”I tore my quad during the season,” Foran told The Sunday Telegraph.”My back’s been pretty stuffed too. I’m busted.”I saw the Canterbury medical staff last week and we’re getting scans to work out the best treatment and best way forward.”Medically I can’t play in the World Cup.”I played under strength for much of the year at the Warriors and I just wasn’t strong enough for NRL football. I’ve got to get my body right. I really need a big off-season.”With Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor already ruled out of the Kiwis’ World Cup team because of disciplinary reasons, the Kiwis will be desperately under strength at the tournament.Jordan Kahu is also unlikely to play for the Kiwis at the World Cup as he needs to have an operation.One of their strengths for the Kiwis at the World Cup would have been Foran and Shaun Johnson in the halves, but that looks unlikely to happen now and once again the Kiwis team could have a makeshift look to it.With the Kiwis having moved on from Benji Marshall, despite having a good season for the Broncos, it leaves Te Maire Martin and Kodi Nikorima as the two likely options to team up with Johnson.Tuimoala Lolohea, who played for the Kiwis on the 2015 tour to England has already pledged that he’ll play for Tonga at the World Cup.Meanwhile, Foran confirmed to the Sunday Telegraph that the sacking of Des Hasler as Bulldogs coach hasn’t changed his plans to move to the Bulldogs next season.”I’m fully committed to the Bulldogs,” Foran said.”I’m close to Des and I feel for him as a friend. He’s a great footy coach and his record speaks for itself.””I guess I saw it coming from all the speculation,” Foran said of Hasler. “Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, which is disappointing personally.”But the Bulldogs have made their decision and all I can do is play. We’ll get behind the new coach and hopefully have a really strong year.” Photo by: GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Kieran Foran will join the Bulldogs for the 2018 NRL season).last_img read more

Maprik United ready to face the best at NGI Super 9s

first_imgThe team left Madang yesterday by bus to Lae. They will leave for East New Britain today where the 9s tournament will staged.Coach of Maprik United and former Agmark Gurias player, Bradley Simon said his team has been hard at training and are looking forward to the challenge.“The boys had a training session at Divine Word University on Wednesday afternoon and the boys are ready to go against the best.“We will have the weekend off after a week of travelling and we’ll be back in training on Monday leading up to the tournament weekend.“My boys are very relaxed. Most are young and the main thing is to be calm and just expose the raw talents that has been hidden for years,” said Simon.The NGI Super 9s will run from January 20-22 at Kalabond Oval.  Twenty teams will take part in the tournament.last_img read more